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MANY A TRUTH IS SPOKEN IN JEST

Sorry folks, I could not resist…

Wt-hdrCitizenship test changing to multiple choice

The Biden administration revealed plans Wednesday to rewrite the test to become a U.S. citizen, making it a multiple-choice exam and changing the way applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of English.

In addition to changing the civics part of the test from open-ended answers to multiple choice, officials will ask applicants to study new material to pass, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a regulatory filing.

“The naturalization test is a key step in becoming a U.S. citizen,” said Ur M. Jaddou, USCIS’s director. “We welcome input from — and the participation of — stakeholders who are familiar with this important process as we continue to improve and update our naturalization test, ensuring that it is consistent with industry testing standards.”

Ms. Jaddou’s rewrite would be the third test in less than four years. <Source>

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Like multiple choice driver’s license tests, it is expected that the tests and their answers will wind up in the hands of immigration activists to be passed to those who are barely literate.

Bottom line…

I find it hard to find something that the Biden Administration has done to help Americans.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is reinstating a task force that is aimed at helping immigrants and refugees integrate into the United States.

The Task Force on New Americans will be run by the Domestic Policy Council and the focus will be workforce training, education and financial access as well as language learning and the health of immigrants who have green cards and other types of legal status, according to the White House.

[OCS: How many times have we heard that “undocumented migrant” is considered to be a legal “status” which is far from a status of being legally within the United States?]

A version of the task force had been in existence off and on since the mid-2000s, most recently under former President Barack Obama before it lapsed under Donald Trump, whose restrictive policies were aimed at allowing as few migrants into the U.S. as possible.

[OCS: Trump’s restrictions were targeted at illegal aliens, criminals, human traffickers, and drug runners – all welcomed under the de facto Obama/Biden open border policy.]

There are several ways immigrants come to the U.S.; as a refugee, through programs that allow temporary legal status for certain migrants arriving from war-torn or nations places destroyed by natural disasters, through visas and then applying for a green card, and at the borders, where they come to ports of entry or cross illegally and ask for asylum.

[OCS: Only to see these individuals given transportation vouchers to the interior of the country where they disappear into sanctuary communities and are shielded from law enforcement.]

Right now, the administration is grappling with increasingly large numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border and a possible surge following the upcoming end of a COVID-era policy that allowed border officials to turn most migrants away. 

[OCS: Most illegal aliens were not screened for COVID or other communicable diseases – many endemic to foreign countries and all but non-existent in the United States.]

And the U.S. cap on refugee admissions is also up again to 125,000 following deep cuts in the previous administration. That number excludes the roughly 180,000 Ukrainians and Afghans who came to the United States through a different path that moves more quickly than the traditional refugee program but only allows for stays of up to two years. <Source>

[OCS: Can you think of a more blatant lie or a slap in the face than the assertion that the “Biden administration plans to retain its goal of receiving up to 125,000 refugees in fiscal year 2023?” Especially when the U.S. Border Patrol reports an average of 2,400 illegal migrant crossings per day in El Paso. <Source>]

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


DIGITAL DOLLAR EQUALS DIGITAL DANGER

Cbdc-1

Just like Australia and New Zealand, Britain seems to be leaning toward Communist China authoritarianism…

Great Reset: UK Prepares to Introduce a ‘Digital Pound’ Central Bank Digital Currency

The de facto head of His Majesty’s Treasury announced this week that the Bank of England has begun consultations on implementing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) that could usher in the globalist vision of a cashless society in which all transactions are traceable by the government.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt revealed that, as a part of his ‘Edinburgh Reforms’ of Britain’s financial services, the Bank of England will begin consultations on the design of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) which would act as a digital version of the pound sterling.

Hunt, an anti-Brexit, pro-China figure resurrected from the David Cameron era, said in a written statement to Parliament that the government will begin “bringing forward a consultation in the coming weeks to explore the case for a central bank digital currency – a sovereign digital pound – and consult on a potential design.” <Source>

A warning from Communist China…

Consider the words of the IMF Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Bo Li …

...and finally the third way we think cbdc [central bank digital currency] can improve Financial inclusion is through what we call programmability. That is, cbdc can allow government agencies and private sector players to program to create smart contract to allow targeted policy functions, for example welfare payment, for example consumption coupon, for example food stamp, by programming cbdc. Those money  can be precisely targeted for what kind of people can own and what kind of use this money -- can be utilized for example for food so this potential programmability can help government agencies to precisely target their support to those people who need support so that way can also improve financial inclusion of course.

Notice the use of the language of Marxist class warfare and the word “inclusion.” Like everything else in the Orwellian world where up is down, wrong is right, and evil is good, they mean “exclusion.” Exclusion of those who refuse to accept their yoke of tyranny, those who are willing to stand up and dissent, and, worst of all, those who are willing to lay their lives on the line for freedom.

Who is Bo Li…

Deputy Managing Director

Mr. Bo LI assumed the role of Deputy Managing Director at the IMF on August 23, 2021. He is responsible for the IMF’s work on about 90 countries as well as on a wide range of policy issues.

Before joining the IMF, Mr. Li worked for many years at the People’s Bank of China, most recently as Deputy Governor. He earlier headed the Monetary Policy, Monetary Policy II, and Legal and Regulation Departments, where he played an important role in the reform of state-owned banks, the drafting of China’s anti-money-laundering law, the internationalization of the renminbi, and the establishment of China’s macroprudential policy framework.

Outside of the PBoC, Mr. Li served as Vice Mayor of Chongqing—China’s largest municipality, with a population of over 30 million—where he oversaw the city’s financial-sector development, international trade, and foreign direct investment. Mr. Li was also Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

He started his career at the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he was a practicing attorney for five years.

Mr. Li holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Boston University, both in economics, as well as a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate education from Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Think about it. A former high-ranking Communist Chinese official with impeccable American credentials is presently a Deputy Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund, which supports a globalist authoritarian governance system.

Do you understand who these people are and what future vision they imagine for the United States? These people are communists acting as fascists, where the state directs so-called private enterprises to serve as gatekeepers to implement and enforce their chosen policies.

These individuals and organizations are not about inalienable rights and personal freedoms; they are about political power. The power to control what you think, say, and do -- and ensure it complies with their dictates.

Presently they appear to control the government and a significant number of organizations. Their only vulnerability is pushback from “We the People.” And it is no wonder they fear the Second Amendment and its stated purpose of responding to government tyranny.

There is no escape...

China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of 'social credit' system

People accused of social offences blocked from booking flights and train journeys

China has blocked millions of “discredited” travelers from buying plane or train tickets as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens.

According to the National Public Credit Information Centre, Chinese courts banned would-be travelers from buying flights 17.5 million times by the end of 2018. Citizens placed on black lists for social credit offences were prevented from buying train tickets 5.5 million times. The report released last week said: “Once discredited, limited everywhere”.

The social credit system aims to incentivize “trustworthy” behaviour through penalties as well as rewards. According to a government document about the system dating from 2014, the aim is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

Social credit offences range from not paying individual taxes or fines to spreading false information and taking drugs. More minor violations include using expired tickets, smoking on a train or not walking a dog on a leash. <Source>

Bottom line...

The progressive communist democrats succeed only if we do not resist their further attempts to exert control over our lives by surveilling our spending first and then controlling how we spend the money they control through “programmability.”

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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: WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?

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-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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… CAN GOOGLE BE TRUSTED WITH NATIONAL DEFENSE WORK?

Google-sell-out

From what we have seen about domestic surveillance, leaks of classified information, and other evil acts, it appears that the big tech companies are rife with individuals, many of them from government agencies and nations governed by hostile powers, who represent a potential threat to America’s national security.

Therefore, it would be natural to ask if these big companies can be trusted with classified or sensitive information, given the probability that they have been infiltrated by foreign spies and partisan employees willing to substitute their ideology and agenda for the needs of our nation, especially since the government seems reluctant to prosecute evildoers because of the nature of the material that would need to be disclosed in open court or sheer embarrassment.

Especially since we have seen a costly global demonstration of a laboratory pathogen engineered to target a specific spot in the human genome.

Inside Google’s Quest to Digitize Troops’ Tissue Samples

The tech giant has long sought access to a priceless trove of veterans’ skin samples, tumor biopsies and slices of organs. DOD staffers have pushed back, raising ethical and legal concerns, but Google might win anyway.

In early February 2016, the security gate at a U.S. military base near Washington, D.C., swung open to admit a Navy doctor accompanying a pair of surprising visitors: two artificial intelligence scientists from Google.

In a cavernous, temperature-controlled warehouse at the Joint Pathology Center, they stood amid stacks holding the crown jewels of the center’s collection: tens of millions of pathology slides containing slivers of skin, tumor biopsies and slices of organs from armed service members and veterans.

Standing with their Navy sponsor behind them, the Google scientists posed for a photograph, beaming.

Mostly unknown to the public, the trove and the staff who study it have long been regarded in pathology circles as vital national resources: Scientists used a dead soldier’s specimen that was archived here to perform the first genetic sequencing of the 1918 Flu.

Google had a confidential plan to turn the collection of slides into an immense archive that — with the help of the company’s burgeoning, and potentially profitable, AI business — could help create tools to aid the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. And it would seek first, exclusive dibs to do so.

“The chief concern,” Google’s liaison in the military warned the leaders of the repository, “is keeping this out of the press.”

More than six years later, Google is still laboring to turn this vast collection of human specimens into digital gold.

At least a dozen Defense Department staff members have raised ethical or legal concerns about Google’s quest for service members’ medical data and about the behavior of its military supporters, records reviewed by ProPublica show. Underlying their complaints are concerns about privacy, favoritism and the private use of a sensitive government resource in a time when AI in health care shows both great promise and risk. And some of them worried that Google was upending the center’s own pilot project to digitize its collection for future AI use.  <Read more… >

The Communist Chinese are masters at exfiltrating large stores of government data…

Hacking Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers

The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.

The compromised data was held by the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and federal employee records. The breach was first detected in April, the office said, but it appears to have begun at least late last year.

The target appeared to be Social Security numbers and other “personal identifying information,” but it was unclear whether the attack was related to commercial gain or espionage. The announcement of the intrusion came on the same day The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency had expanded warrantless surveillance of foreign hackers, an effort that could sweep up the information of innocent Americans.

There seemed to be little doubt among federal officials that the attack was launched from China, but it was unclear whether it might have been state sponsored. The administration did not publicly identify Chinese hackers as the culprits because it is difficult to definitively attribute the source of cyberattacks and to back up such an attribution without divulging classified data. <Source>

This hack included all of the raw and processed data on those holding or applying for security clearances to work on national security projects.

OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged, Went Undetected For More Than A Year, Sources Say

The massive hack into federal systems announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through government databases undetected for more than a year, sources briefed on the matter told ABC News.

"If [only] they knew the full extent of it," one U.S. official said about those affected by the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management's information systems.

It all started with an initial intrusion into OPM's systems more than a year ago, and after gaining that initial access the hackers were able to work their way through four different "segments" of OPM's systems, according to sources.

Much of that data has been stored on OPM systems housed by the Department of the Interior in a Denver-area data center, sources said. And one of the four "segments" compromised held forms filled out by federal employees seeking security clearances.

As ABC News previously reported, the 127-page forms — known as SF-86's and used for background investigations — ask applicants for personal information not only about themselves but also relatives, friends, and potentially even college roommates. <Source>

And where do you think that ancestry DNA information is going?

China is collecting the world’s DNA and the reason is sinister

The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has been collecting people’s DNA for years, and according to Gordon Chang, author of ‘The Coming Collapse of China,’ the country’s sinister motivations should be of great concern to the United States.

With over 80 million health profiles, China has the largest DNA database in the world, and growing. In an interview with Fox News, Chang warned that China plans to use this information to create bioweapons designed to target specific ethnic groups.

“The coronavirus is not the last pathogen that will be generated from Chinese soil. And so we've got to be concerned that the next disease is more transmissible and more deadly than the novel coronavirus,” said Chang.

China reportedly collects the DNA of its own citizens for purposes of law enforcement, tracking down dissidents, and forming a tightly controlled surveillance state.

They have also found ways to obtain the DNA of foreigners, including Americans. 

How exactly do they get this sensitive information?

“Buying American companies which have DNA profiles, subsidizing DNA analysis for ancestry companies, and hacking,” said Chang.

According to Chang, genetic data gives China the ability to create bioweapons that can target certain groups of people. Furthermore, he said the country’s behavior of collecting the DNA of foreigners while prohibiting Chinese DNA to foreign researchers supports this theory.

“We've got to be extremely concerned because that is not consistent with a country that wants to cooperate with the rest of the world. That is consistent with a country developing biological weapons,” he warned. 

“People have said biological weapons don't work. Well, we do know they work because we had the coronavirus, which may or may not have been a biological weapon,” Chang clarified, “but we do know that it crippled the United States and that's what Beijing is really looking for.”

Now that China has had proof of concept, Chang urged the United States to act swiftly and prevent the superpower from obtaining any more American DNA.

“We should not allow any Chinese or Chinese affiliated organization to test DNA of Americans. And we’ve got to say to China, either you agree to an inspections regime or we're pulling out of the biological weapons convention.” <Source>

Bottom line…

It is time to impose severe penalties on those who violate our national security. Including those tech companies that cater to Communist China in the race for the “almighty buck.”

We are so screwed.

-- Steve 


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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 IMMIGRATION LAW THAT MUST PRECEDE CONDITIONAL AMNESTY

Alien-crossing

The crucial immigration question nobody wants to be answered: How many illegal aliens are present in the United States?

For years I have heard that there are between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens in the United States. This is impossible to believe when one considers the official numbers and adjusts for those illegals who escape detection or overstay their visas.

The political parties, politicians, and organizations that profit from servicing the illegal immigrant population do not want to know. Likewise, they do not want to know about the illegal alien impact on our healthcare, social safety nets, employment, housing, and criminal justice systems – claiming that seeking such information is racist.

But how else can we rationally create domestic policies and allocate resources?

Even worse, politicians pander to the illegal alien lobby comprised chiefly of lawyers and activists who service this population segment and refuse to fully implement visa ingress and egress tracking to capture and deport overstays or fully implement e-verify to ensure illegal aliens are not employed.

The necessary law…

Every illegal alien in the United States must register within 90 days of a specific date, including both biometric and residence data, to be eligible for any future consideration for a program that will grant their generation a conditional permit to reside within the United States. They will not receive citizenship, but their offspring born in the United States will be legal citizens. This will provide a relatively accurate count of illegal aliens for policy decisions and resource allocations. Any person not registered will be deported with cursory judicial review within 60 days.  

Bottom line…

National security and the United States Constitution demand secure borders. The issue of birthright citizenship is also a battle that must eventually be fought. I believe that, in the case of the non-citizenship of both parents, the child assumes the citizenship of the parents, preferably the mother. If one parent is a U.S. citizen, the child becomes a U.S. citizen.

We are so screwed as our American culture and values are diluted by people with allegiance to a foreign power, an un-American governance system, or a desire to game the system to extract money from hard-working citizens.

The U.S. Constitution is not a suicide pact, and we are not slaves to those who claim a right to our bounty. Charity should be voluntary, not an institutionalized transfer of wealth.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


SEE YOU AT THE SINEMA?

SINEMA

A friend asked me what my take was on Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema leaving the Democratic Party and registering as an independent…

And she was surprised when I said it was a cynical marketing ploy to allow Sinema to be perceived as a moderate in Arizona and avoid the increasing radicalization of her party or supporting extreme policies.

As far as the Republicans are concerned, she will continue to caucus with the Democratic Party for committee assignments. She will give the Democrats an edge on committee seats as she is not counted as a Democrat. She can also sell her vote to either side to her advantage – and hopefully, benefit her constituents.

Sinema is still an odd duck as she is openly bi-sexual and a non-theist who does not believe that there is a god or gods.

Bottom line…

It’s not about political ideology; it’s about getting re-elected in 2024 if she chooses to run. It appears she is attempting to channel John McCain, who self-advertised as an Arizona “maverick,” although he was a traitorous aisle hopper.

We are still screwed in the Senate.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


UNIONS: WELCOMING THE COMMUNIST FOX INTO THE UNION HEN HOUSE

COM-CAL-FLAG

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the most radical progressive communist democrat front groups is the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union.

SEIU drops mask, goes full commie

A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart. <Source>

So it is with some trepidation and degree of concern that I observe that the SEIU might be able to influence the $449 BILLION in assets controlled by CalPERS (California Public Employees' Retirement System).

CalPERS retirees elect longtime SEIU president to represent them on pension board

Former California union boss Yvonne Walker won election for a seat representing retired public employees on the 13-member CalPERS Board of Administration for the next five years, according to voting results announced Thursday in Sacramento.

“I am honored to have the trust, confidence and support of my fellow CalPERS retirees,” said the 63-year-old Walker. “I am ready to get to work to ensure all CalPERS retirees receive the secure retirement benefits they earned for years of hard work serving the people of California. I look forward to working with my fellow board members so that CalPERS continues to lead in showing how defined benefit pension systems can thrive.”

As a member of the board, Walker will be responsible for setting policies for retirement and health benefits on behalf of California public employers and their active and retired employees. This body oversees the asset allocation of the pension fund’s estimated $449 billion investment portfolio.

Walker, who led Local 1000 of the Service Employees International Union 2008 through 2021, secured the seat with 56.9% of the vote in a runoff election that pitted her against Randall Cheek, the legislative director of the Retired Public Employees Association, a volunteer position. <Source>

CalPERS investing in our enemy…

California pension system invested more than $490 million in Chinese state-owned companies

California's public pension system (CalPERS) has more than $3 billion tied up in Chinese companies, including 14 state-owned enterprises blacklisted by the Trump administration because of their ties to the Chinese military, according to a report Thursday.

Records reviewed by The Washington Free Beacon reportedly show that CalPERS had more than $450 million invested in the 14 companies blacklisted by the previous administration. More than $490 million were invested in other seven of companies owned by the Chinese government, which are reportedly funding the state's Belt and Road Initiative.

While those weren't blacklisted by the previous administration, the other 14 raised questions about California's compliance with the executive order signed by President Trump.

One of those – China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) – is also state-owned and has reportedly flouted international agreements by building military installations in the South China Sea. CalPERS invested $6 million in the company, which faced intense criticism from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Aug. of 2020. <Source>

The U.S. Constitution should not be a suicide pact…

It is a recognized fact that the United States, under the auspices of capitalism, has brought freedom and prosperity to the American people. Whereas an opposite ideology, communism, has brought death, despotism, decay, and misery to the people who are subject to its dictates.

It is about time to officially outlaw communism and removes those promoting communism from our government and critical infrastructure – including communist sympathizers.

California's new attorney general sponsored bill to allow Communist Party members to seek political office

Robert Bonta serving as the attorney general of California since 2021 formerly sponsored a controversial bill to allow Communist Party members to hold office in the Golden State.

Bonta, while he was a Democratic assemblyman representing Oakland in the California State Legislature, in 2017 spearheaded AB 22, which was designated as a "cleanup" to remove purported unconstitutional language, some of which served to bar communists from serving in California's government. The legislation was dropped after it passed the Assembly floor as it drew ire from Republicans, who insisted the effort was offensive to military veterans and immigrants who fled oppressive regimes.

Bottom line…

Our government, institutions, infrastructure, and corporations have been heavily infiltrated by communists with an allegiance to the communist ideology, if not directly to hostile foreign powers like Communist China and Russia. The reason our enemies have grown so powerful is that they leapfrogged the costly and time-consuming learning curve by stealing our technology, primarily by using embedded agents and those executives and employees they could turn with sex, money, and other support. Including well-known politicians who have taken multi-millions from our enemies while preventing legislation from punishing collaborators.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. This isn't the first time we saw Communists at CalPERS

CALIFORNIA COMMUNISTS FUND CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY? (UPDATED)

I find it outrageous that California’s progressive socialist democrats would allow a former member of the Communist Chinese Party to direct $3+ BILLION in funding from California pensioners to Communist Chinese companies, some of which are developing black-listed or dual-use military technology.

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter today to California Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to investigate California Public Employees' Retirement System’s (CalPERS) Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Yu Ben Meng, for his ties to the Chinese Communist Party and suspicious investment decisions. 

CalPERS holds $3.1 billion worth of shares in 172 different Chinese Companies.


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


WILL ELECTION RIGGING IN THE COURTS BE AFFIRMED BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT?

The progressive communist democrats need to complicate election issues to baffle the American public with bullshit and exert their power to influence the outcome of elections.

DONKEY-CRAPWhat happened…

  1. The North Carolina General Assembly enacts a new congressional district map responsive to census data.
  2. Progressive Communist Democrats challenge the General Assembly’s map.
  3. The North Carolina Supreme Court rejects the legislature’s congressional map.
  4. The North Carolina General Assembly creates a new remedial map they believe is more responsive to the Court’s requirements. 
  5. The North Carolina Superior Court rejects the proffered legislative map and implements a congressional map of its own making.
  6. The matter arrives at the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the limit of the Court’s authority with respect to the United States Constitution, which assumes supremacy over a state constitution.

The question before the United States Supreme Court…

Whether a State’s judicial branch may nullify the regulations governing the “Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives . . . prescribed . . . by the Legislature thereof,” U.S. CONST. art. I, § 4, cl. 1, and replace them with regulations of the state courts’ own devising, based on vague state constitutional provisions purportedly vesting the state judiciary with power to prescribe whatever rules it deems appropriate to ensure a “fair” or “free” election. <Moore v. Harper (Docket 21-1271) >

The argument…

North Carolina’s Supreme Court appears to have usurped exclusive legislative authority when it claimed jurisdiction over setting district boundaries.

This act appears to violate the provisions of the U.S. Constitution’s elections clause Art. I, Sec. 4  which clearly and unambiguously grants the matter to the state’s legislature.

Section 4.

The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.

The legislature is bound by the U.S. Constitution, which assumes supremacy over the state constitution and any state laws; hence the matter of redistricting lies with the legislature, not the Courts (Judicial Branch) or the Governor (Executive Branch). And it is a clear violation of the concept of separation of powers for the Court to assume jurisdiction over the districting issue as if “judicial review,” an authority not granted to the Court in political matters, was adequate justification for the Court to present its own redistricting map.

Why it matters…

This is an issue of electoral integrity and to prevent courts from usurping legislative power, as it is no secret that progressive communist democrats, the party of lawyers, often turn to the courts when their proposals will not withstand a legislative battle or are outside the boundaries of mainstream thought.

Several GOP 2020 and 2022 electoral losses can be directly attributed to election rule changes fought in the courts and spearheaded by the despicable progressive democrat election attorney Mark Elias.

And while there is no specific provision of most state constitutions barring the consideration of partisanship in drawing the boundary lines of legislative districts (gerrymandering), there are issues of fairness that demand attention to redress “fairness of representation” issues. While the courts may consider these matters, the ultimate responsibility should lie with the state legislature.

Bottom line…

Yes, the matter is that simple to understand.

And, while the U.S. Supreme Court does not typically review state constitution interpretations by state supreme courts, this matter transcends state issues as it dramatically affects national elections.

The problem is that the liberals on the Court, Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and the ever-squishy Chief Justice John Roberts, often placate the progressive communist democrats rather than use a textual approach to the constitution to inform their decisions.

Can we rely on Associate Justices  Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to join Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, and Neil M. Gorsuch to rein in the judiciary and keep political matters in the political realm where representatives of “We the People decide them?”

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


HOW IS THIS NOT THE LARGEST QUID PRO QUO IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA?

It’s not a secret – the labor unions own the Democrat Party, providing campaign funds and voter support overwhelmingly to the Democrats in return for sweetheart legislation and government contracts that are sometimes associated with organized crime, waste, fraud, and abuse.

Including union make-work projects that are almost always delivered late, over budget, and use inferior materials and techniques that ensure ongoing maintenance costs using union labor.

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How is this not the nation’s largest quid pro quo?

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Remarks by President Biden on Building a Stronger Economy for Union Workers and Retirees

So, with the American Rescue Plan, we included the Butch Lewis Act — named after an Army veteran and a true champion of union workers — to protect the pensions you all worked so damn hard for, the pensions you sacrificed to secure.

And today, my administration is announcing the single largest approval of funds from the Butch Lewis Act: $36 billion to cover — (applause) — to cover over 1,000 employers, 350,000 union workers and retirees.

These union workers and retirees are facing cuts up to 60 percent of their benefits, starting in the next few years, if we hadn’t acted. That means some folks would stand to lose $10,000 each and every year of their retirement. That’s how much they’d lose each and every year of their retirement — the money they earned.

[OCS: Tell me about our senior citizens who worked their entire life believing Social Security was a pension plan. Tell me about those senior citizens living on a fixed income who thought saving money was the proper thing to do – and watched financial institutions cut their savings interest rates when the government gave them essentially zero-interest funds to invest?]

Instead, thanks to today’s announcement, tens of thousands of union retirees and workers in states like Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri can go to bed tonight knowing their pension they worked so damn hard for is going to be there for them when they need it.

So I want to thank everyone at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation who work so hard to make this program work, including the director who’s here today. Thanks, Gordon, for being here. I really do appreciate your work and being here. <The Speech>


FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Relief to Protect Hard-Earned Pensions of Hundreds of Thousands of Union Workers and Retirees

The American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance program is providing financial relief to struggling multiemployer pension plans and ensuring that millions of families facing benefit cuts will receive the full benefits they earned.

Multiemployer plans are created through agreements between employers and a union, with plans typically involving multiple employers in a single industry or related industries. A typical worker whose multiemployer plan became insolvent would see their expected pension benefits slashed substantially. Before the American Rescue Plan, workers and retirees participating in more than 200 multiemployer pension plans faced the prospect of not receiving the full benefits they earned and need to support them and their families in retirement.

These plans are insured by a federal agency – the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) – which provides partial protection of the benefits of approximately 11.2 million workers and retirees in approximately 1,400 private-sector multiemployer, union-connected plans. Prior to the America Rescue Plan, the PBGC’s multiemployer pension insurance program was projected to become insolvent in 2026. Under the Special Financial Assistance program, financially struggling multiemployer pension plans can apply to the PBGC for assistance.

The Central States Pension Fund estimates that it will now be able to pay full benefits to workers and retirees through 2051. Today’s announcement is estimated to benefit thousands of workers and retirees in individual states across the US, including:

  • Michigan – 40,000 workers and retirees
  • Ohio – 40,000 workers and retirees
  • Missouri – 28,000 workers and retirees
  • Illinois – 25,000 workers and retirees
  • Texas – 22,000 workers and retirees
  • Wisconsin – 22,000 workers and retirees
  • Indiana – 20,000 workers and retirees
  • Minnesota –19,000 workers and retirees
  • Florida – 19,000 workers and retirees
  • Tennessee – 14,000 workers and retirees

<The Fact Sheet>

A new political emergency arises to suck money from the money allocated for the pandemic…

President Biden is using money in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law to save the fund, and It’s no secret that billions of COVID-19 relief funds have been stolen or misused for purposes not authorized by the American people through their corrupt representatives in Congress.

Explain why the Central States Pension Fund, which has $7.4 billion in assets according to its most recent quarterly financial report, continues to spend more than $2 billion per year more than it is taking in from contributions – without re-adjusting some of the more excessive pay-outs to “the rich” which were computed under corrupt work rules? What is the limit for individual pension accounts, like those placed on FDIC-insured accounts?

Who is listening to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) when he called the bailout a “blank check with no measures to hold mismanaged plans accountable?”

Bottom line…

Nobody is bailing out my retirement IRA and 401(k) investments as the stock market plunges and inflation remains a hidden tax on all products and services. In the name of fairness, let union members deal with their union’s leadership who authorize union-directed or politically-directed investments that cannot possibly sustain growing pension obligations, many of which have been plus-upped under corrupted work rules and wink-wink agreements that violate good actuarial practices.

Why must I pay the bill for unions that support progressive communist causes?

Why must I watch the Biden crime family and the corrupt Democrats squander my money to buy votes and political power?

We are being screwed – and nobody seems to give a tinker’s dam.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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


TIME TO CONSIDER 2023 AND BEYOND

Us-future

Working through the future…

Most individuals have an innate sense that today will be much the same as yesterday and tomorrow will be much the same as today. They are not concerned with events outside their immediate experience and control. Looking into the future is an exercise in extending the past while allowing for the constancy of change and the possibility of a “Black Swan” unpredictable event. Few ask the follow-up question, “what then?”

So my starting point is to compile a list of issues that affect me, my family, my community, my nation, and the world in general – and adjust on a time horizon. Simplifying issues to matters of natural law and human nature are long-term constants underlying all change. Then comes an effort to streamline issues into elemental components and link them to competing powers.

My list of concerns is in alphabetical order, although I usually consider the issues randomly and use mind-mapping software to illustrate linkages.

  • American unification, national optimism?
  • Black swan events, by definition, are unpredictable, meteor strikes, global volcanic disruption?
  • Corporate power, transnational corporate allegiance, offshoring, the use of slave labor?
  • Criminal justice, federalizing state laws, violent crime, demonizing law enforcement, capital punishment?
  • Dissatisfaction, disunity, national apathy, malaise?
  • Drugs, legal and illegal?
  • Economics, monetary policy, inflation, spending, national debt?
  • Education, quality, funding, revision or cancelation of history by censorship, cancellation, or mythology?
  • Energy policy, energy independence, energy reliability, energy costs, grid vulnerability?
  • Environment, pollution, climate sciences, adaptation?
  • Healthcare, affordability, pandemic prevention, biosafety, insurance?
  • Immigration and national sovereignty?
  • Infrastructure, repair, replacement, build-out?
  • Media credibility, reliability, censorship, and cancellation of opposition voices, malfeasance, disinformation, misinformation?
  • Intermediaries who facilitate transactions and remove systemic friction?
  • Political corruption in government, education, elections, election integrity, politics, corrupt political parties, lack of leadership?
  • Power dynamics and conflicts, class warfare, capitalism vs. socialism, conservatism vs. progressivism, elitism vs. populism?
  • Racial justice, teaching racism, racial division?
  • Religious freedoms, decline of ethics?
  • Self-protection, Second Amendment. Gun control?
  • Sexual politics, sexualizing children?
  • Speculators, who embrace chaos and volatility, produce nothing but profit by an informed gamble on future outcomes?
  • Technology, domestic surveillance, and privacy?
  • Unionization as a vector of destruction, communism, and political corruption?
  • War, military strength, national security, terrorism, vulnerability to bio-warfare, and chemical and radiological agents?
  • Water policy, agribusiness, environmental diversion, catchment, containment, distribution, vulnerability?
  • Welfare systems, poverty, homelessness, affirmative action, redevelopment, urban decay, lack of auditability?
  • World affairs, foreign wars, wealth re-distribution?

Simplification, the basics…

(1)  Most individuals are tribal by nature, trusting or liking similarities and wary of differences that may pose a threat.

(2)  Most individuals first seek membership in the tribe and then elevation in the tribe’s hierarchy.

(3) Hierarchal position is denoted by a power relation over other individuals and control over assets.

(4)  Totemic symbols, which vary from tribe to tribe, are the visible representation of standing, power, and wealth. 

(5)  Assets are always owned or controlled by others, and the quest is to transfer ownership to yourself or your tribe by war, coercion, chicanery, or commerce.

(6)  The struggle between competing interests is a given even if, in polite society, it is not a topic of conversation.

(7)  All things, including individuals, have a price.

Rejiggering the list…

So what are the most critical issues as we move toward the future?

(1)  An honest media to report the facts and conditions as they are without narrative replacing news.

(2)  Reducing political corruption by investigating and prosecuting politicians who violate the system or put their needs above those of the nation first and their constituency second.

(3)  Diminishing the power of monopolistic gatekeepers who present predetermined choices as the illusion of choice.

(4)  Controlling our sovereignty and protecting our American values from dilution by those willing to live off the system rather than contribute to the system while being self-sufficient.

(5)  Prioritizing spending and curbing waste, fraud, abuse, and politically-directed pork projects.

(6)  Overcoming apathy and reestablishing an educational system that reinforces American values, namely, individualism, integrity, self-sufficiency, and self-reliance.

(7)  Limiting the federal government’s powers to those enumerated in the Constitution, which a Fifth Amendment Convention of the States should update.

(8)  Eliminating public employee unions.

Timing and endpoints...

Endpoints are easy to define as semantic word pairs. Trends are relatively easy to observe. However, our present location in the continuum and the timing of events are best left to those with a crystal ball. The other factor other than continual change is entropy, the tendency of a closed system to move from order to disorder over time. 

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Hitting the reset button…

Bad news! There is no reset button, and any reform efforts will take, at the minimum, two decades to achieve results. Our world and nation may not be the same, but the goal is to preserve traditional American values.

Bottom line…

As I have said on many occasions, we are so screwed. And it is up to “We the People,” not our representatives, to change our system and its leadership who purports to represent us.

-- Steve


“Nullius in verba”-- take nobody's word for it!
"Acta non verba" -- actions not words

“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