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USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMP-UP A UKRAINE CONFLICT

Is the Biden Administration pushing America into another foreign conflict to misdirect the nation’s attention from the gross and growing failure of the Biden Administration that is being stage-managed by the Obamacons?

White House: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion

U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and Moscow has already prepositioned operatives to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House.

[OCS: Why is it that these same intelligence experts never reveal that the majority of the affected population in these disputed areas are ethnic Russians, speak the Russian language, and in many cases hold Russian passports and would rather be associated with Russia rather than Ukraine?]

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday the intelligence findings show Russia is also laying the groundwork through a social media disinformation campaign that frames Ukraine as an aggressor that has been preparing an imminent attack against Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.

[OCS: White House press secretary Jen Psaki is a liar – a despicable, duplicitous. liar willing to say anything to advance the Administration’s agenda. Baghdad Bob in a skirt!]

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby described the intelligence as “very credible.” A U.S. official, who was not authorized to comment on the intelligence and spoke on condition of anonymity, said much of it was gleaned from intercepted communications and observations of the movements of people.

[OCS: Intelligence from the corrupt Obamacons embedded in the government, especially the National Security Council? Intelligence who seem shocked and surprised when major developments occur on the world state? Intelligence gleaned from mostly open sources – using the social media as a primary source of “credible” information?]

The U.S. intelligence findings, which were declassified and shared with U.S. allies before being made public, estimate that a military invasion could begin between mid-January and mid-February.

[OCS: As we have seen before, true intelligence is almost never revealed, unless the administration is advancing their agenda or conditioning the battlefield, both foreign and domestic.]

Ukraine is also monitoring the potential use of disinformation by Russia. Separately, Ukrainian media on Friday reported that authorities believed Russian special services were planning a possible false flag incident to provoke additional conflict. <Source>

[OCS: Historically, false flag incidents are used to create propaganda justifying further political or military action.]

Purported intelligence on social media sites is suspect...

Reality

Whose side is Alexander Vindman really on?

Trump Impeachment Whistleblower Alexander Vindman Slams Biden Over Russia and Ukraine

Trump impeachment whistleblower Alexander Vindman slammed the Biden administration on Thursday over its approach to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“Now what? Diplomacy looks to be a dead-end & the U.S. & West have done little on deterrence. Russia’s offensive against Ukraine will be the largest in Europe since World War II & there is nothing effective being done to avert it. Start working contingencies & arm Ukraine,” tweeted Vindman.

The USG should have started with an engagement (diplomacy) & pressure track. When paired, the pressure track would aid the possibility of dissuading the coming Russian offensive. Instead, the West went all-in on diplomacy, absent a display of hard power. It was destined to fail.

The pressure track, still has a small, possibly of being effective. The intent is to avoid the kind of war that is likely to drag the U.S. into a conflict (e.g. World War II). What to do: 1) Send troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies and help with refugees coming from Ukr.

2) Arm Ukraine with defensive lethal aid (air & coastal defense, electronic warfare, & anti-armor; 3) coax Sweden & Finland into initial talks on joining NATO; 4) legislate sanction to snap in as soon as Russia escalates; 5) consider NATO (not U.S.) deployments to west Ukraine.

A major war in Europe would be a disaster for the Biden admin. On the hells of the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco, this would kill hopes of dems holding Congress in 22 & be a disaster for the 24 election cycle. Preservation of the Republic necessitates Biden gets this one right. <Source>

[OCS: I have always regarding Vindman as a quisling who was working for the Ukraine oligarchs. An advisor proven to be an un-American liar who should have been cashiered long ago. His twitterstorm of advice is about as reliable as his account of the Trump/Ukraine telephone call.]

Bottom line…

We are entering desperate times when the out-of-control Biden Administration fails before our very eyes. Becoming more authoritarian as they elevate domestic dissent over true existential foreign threats. Possibly creating the conditions for foreign conflict to justify some of their more radical and draconian actions on the population of the United States.

To say we are screwed by powers beyond our immediate control is an understatement.

-- 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



WHO ARE THE GOOGLE FACT-CHECKERS AND WHAT DO THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING?

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WHO ARE THE GOOGLE FACT-CHECKERS AND WHAT DO THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCIENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING?

This is not an idle question as Google has taken steps to demonetize drroyspencer.com, a climate site operated by a well-educated, well-credentialed climate scientist.

Dr. Roy Spencer is not some rando blogger with ill-supported theories about climate change. He happens to be a “principal research scientist” at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and one of the world’s most recognized experts on global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Spencer continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Who the hell at Google has the scientific credentials and chutzpah to demonetize his site for “unreliable and harmful claims” regarding global climate change?

According to Dr. Spencer, “I defend much of mainstream climate science, including climate modeling as an enterprise. Where I depart of the “mainstream” is how much warming has occurred, how much future warming can be expected, and what should be done about it from an energy policy perspective.”

It seems that Google is more concerned with the political aspect of global climate change, which comports with their progressive communist democrat worldview.

And it is abominable that Google would demonetize Spencer’s site for “policy violations” but refuse to explain what pages are in violation and what those violations might be.

Unfortunately, anyone who does not parrot the administration’s apocalyptic view of climate science which demands authoritarian obeisance and billions of taxpayer dollars, is likely to be censored or canceled.

Bottom line…

When we allow the media moguls, tech tyrants, politicians to control our lives, we are well and truly screwed.

-- steve

Reference Links…

Global Warming Theory in a Nutshell


“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



WHAT THE HELL -- JANUARY 13, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom throws senior citizens on fixed income under the bus…

HEALTHCARE-CA-SENIORS

Pfizer admits the first two vaccine shots are marginally effective…

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Zuckerberg exporting California liberals to Texas…

ZUCKERBERG-TEXAS

George Soros remains one of the most dangerous men on the planet…

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It's a bitch when you can't trust the government and its agencies...

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I wonder what the January 6 Committee will do about this...

Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Never Interviewed By Investigators, Now Back In Charge Of House Security

When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on “NBC Nightly News” to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he’d been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.

“There’s an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the DOJ [Department of Justice], and FBI and [the D.C.] Metropolitan Police,” he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in August, adding that the Capitol Police also cleared him of wrongdoing and decided not to discipline or demote him for the shooting.

Byrd then answered a series of questions by Holt about the shooting, but what he told the friendly journalist he likely never told investigators. That’s because he refused to answer their questions, according to several sources and documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.

In fact, investigators cleared Byrd of wrongdoing in the shooting without actually interviewing him about the shooting or threatening him with punishment if he did not cooperate with their criminal investigation.

“He didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement,” Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said in an RCI interview. “It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”

Roberts, who has spoken with the D.C. MPD detective assigned to the case, said the kid-glove treatment of Byrd raises suspicions the investigation was a “whitewash.” The lawyer’s account appears to be backed up by a January 2021 internal affairs report, which notes Byrd “declined to provide a statement,” D.C. MPD documents show. <Source>

What say you Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and the illegitimate Committee?

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



DEMOCRAT PROJECTION

Once again, blaming the GOP for the actions they have taken or are taking…

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From Biden's speech in Atlanta, Georgia, where massive election irregularities have been uncovered.

"It’s no longer about who gets to vote; it’s about making it harder to vote.  It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all
It’s not hyperbole; this is a fact."  <Source>

And Joe Biden should know because he hung with the segregationists and members of the Ku Klux Klan when he first came to Congress. 

 

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



CHICAGO'S RACIST RED LIGHTS?

Disparate impact is a tool used by social justice warriors to “prove” that systemic racism exists without “proof” or “intent.”

Basically, disparate impact is a statistical lie used to prove that discrimination has occurred in a protected class because the percentage of class members affected greatly exceeds their class representation in the general population. It is statistically invalid because the process ignores “confounding variables,” which are unmeasured variables that impact both the cause and effect of the variable being measured – and can cause invalid results.

RRTC

Chicago’s “Race-Neutral” Traffic Cameras Ticket Black and Latino Drivers the Most

When then-Mayor Richard M. Daley ushered in Chicago’s red-light cameras nearly two decades ago, he said they would help the city curb dangerous driving. “This is all about safety, safety of pedestrians, safety of other drivers, passengers, everyone,” he said.

[OCS: Of course, this is one of those big government lies. When municipalities saw that red light cameras were cash cows, they ignored credible studies showing that the cameras were marginally effective in reducing accidents and could be the proximate cause of rear-end collisions as drivers jam on their brakes at the last second to avoid a red light camera ticket.]

But for all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city — and generate tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall — have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.

The consequences have been especially punishing in Black neighborhoods, which have been hit with more than half a billion dollars in penalties over the last 15 years, contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.

[OCS: If the city is truly placing cameras at dangerous points, where is the analysis showing that the minority community is generating traffic infractions at a rate that is above the general population and deserving of extra enforcement? One might also make this case for murder and other serious crime in Chicago and similar inner cities.]

“We felt the brunt of it the way white people didn’t,” said Olatunji Oboi Reed, a longtime activist for racial equity in transportation in Chicago who has received a handful of camera tickets over the years. “Fortunately, I’ve always been in a situation where I can survive financially, unlike many Black and brown people in the city; one ticket is throwing their whole finances in a hurricane.”

[OCS: Many municipalities have removed certain red light cameras, primarily because the revenue generated does not exceed their cost of operation or they have been ruled ineffective by the legislature – not because of any racial or socio-economic impacts.]

Similar racial and income disparities in camera ticketing have been documented elsewhere. In Rochester, New York, officials eliminated the city’s red-light camera program in 2016 in part because motorists from low-income neighborhoods received the most tickets and the financial harm outweighed any safety benefits. Miami ended its program in 2017 amid complaints from low-income residents who felt unfairly burdened by the fines. And in Washington, D.C., racial justice advocates are researching the city’s camera-ticketing program after a local think tank in 2018 and The Washington Post last year found that cameras in Black neighborhoods issued a disproportionate share of tickets there.

In Chicago, officials have known of disparities since at least April 2020, when a pair of professors at the University of Illinois Chicago shared initial research showing that cameras send the most tickets to predominantly Black ZIP codes. The city then hired them to study the issue further.

Six months later, Lightfoot — who campaigned in part on ending what she called the city’s “addiction” to fines and fees — proposed that Chicago expand camera ticketing by lowering the speeds at which cameras will issue citations. Lightfoot called it a public safety measure, especially in light of a spike in traffic fatalities during the pandemic, but many observers called it a money grab. The City Council approved the measure as part of the 2021 annual budget. <Source>

Notice they are not adjusting traffic fines downward, just using taxpayer funds to pay what they can’t collect… 

Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces California Will Eliminate Traffic Debt For Low-Income People Owed Since 2015

The budget proposal calls for a $300 million fund from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan to support relief for low-income Californians through a one-time debt forgiveness program eliminating debt owed on traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2015 and June 30, 2021. <Source>

Rather than forgiving the fines and writing-off the amount owed, they want the taxpayers to pay the uncollectible tickets.

Bottom line…

If the cameras are ineffective in reducing accidents, there is no justification for their existence. Many cities have ticket forgiveness programs or allow the courts to adjust amounts owed. The real crime is that everyone has their fingers in the pot.

California speeding tickets

The basic fine is determined purely by your speed at the moment you were stopped.

  • Over the speed limit by 1 to 15 mph – $35
  • Over the speed limit by 16 to 25 mph – $70
  • Over the speed limit by 26-99 mph – $100
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 100 miles per hour – $200.

All traffic citations in California are subject to a 20% fee for all drivers – no exceptions. In addition, you’ll have to pay $40 in court fees and $35 for your conviction assessment. Additional costs may apply to some drivers, including:

  • Court Penalty Assessment – 70% of your base fine
  • State Penalty Assessment – 100% of your base fine
  • Night Court Assessment – $1
  • Penalty for DNA Identification Fund – 40% of your base fine
  • Assessment of a State Court Construction Penalty – 50% of your base fine
  • Penalty for Emergency Medical Services – $4.

Time to stop the theft of your hard-earned dollars to support a bloated, out-of-control government pandering to identity groups to gain political power.

BTW: Most red-light cameras do not catch as many vehicles running red lights as they do vehicles making illegal right turns on red lights.

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



HILLARY CLINTON 2024: MEDIA CLICKBAIT TO GENERATE AN AUDIENCE & REVENUE

In what universe would a political party promote a candidate who is a provably corrupt liar whose political schemes and machinations have cost Americans millions of dollars and actual American lives in Benghazi, Libya, and elsewhere?

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There are two answers that come readily to mind.

The progressive communist democrats have no viable national candidates and an abysmal record on foreign and domestic policies.

The media needs heroes and villains to generate controversy, translating into audience and revenues.

Now that the media moguls and tech tyrants have shown they are willing to censor or cancel their users to promote a political agenda or protect an existing narrative, the progressive communist democrats count on the suppression of Hillary Clinton’s negatives while excoriating former President Donald Trump. At the same time promoting false narratives and outright lies.

Before reading a piece on Hillary Clinton in the Wall Street Journal consider its dishonest source...

Douglas Schoen and Hillary's slimy pollsters (September 27, 2007)

A pollster with long-standing ties to the Clintons boosts Hillary's candidacy while pretending to be an independent analyst.

But Schoen's problems go beyond mere establishment-perpetuating ideology. In light of the importance of perceptions of polling success for the Clinton campaign, Schoen -- ever since he left the Penn firm -- has been holding himself out as an independent polling analyst for Rasmussen Reports and other media venues, concealing his long-standing ties to the Clintons and writing one ostensibly objective analysis after the next which has no purpose other than to depict Clinton's candidacy as an inevitability. <Source>

From a Wall Street Journal Opinion piece…

Hillary Clinton’s 2024 Election Comeback (Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein -- January 11, 2021)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have become unpopular. It may be time for a change candidate.

A perfect storm in the Democratic Party is making a once-unfathomable scenario plausible: a political comeback for Hillary Clinton in 2024.

Several circumstances—President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for re-election at 82, Vice President Kamala Harris’s unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket in 2024—have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill.

She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee. She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking.

If Democrats lose control of Congress in 2022, Mrs. Clinton can use the party’s loss as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of “change candidate.”

Based on her latest public statements, it’s clear that Mrs. Clinton not only recognizes her position as a potential front-runner but also is setting up a process to help her decide whether or not to run for president again. She recently warned of the electoral consequences in the 2022 midterms if the Democratic Party continues to align itself with its progressive wing and urged Democrats to reject far-left positions that isolate key segments of the electorate.

Given the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of Congress in 2022, we can anticipate that Mrs. Clinton will begin shortly after the midterms to position herself as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new and more successful path.

If Democrats want a fighting chance at winning the presidency in 2024, Mrs. Clinton is likely their best option. <Source>

How corrupt or crazy do you need to consider Hillary Clinton a viable 2024 candidate.

Here comes the echo chamber…

Democratic operatives say Hillary Clinton is 'best option' for party to win 2024 election

Two Democratic operatives see an opening for Hillary Clinton to run again for president in 2024.

A commentary article published in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday makes the case that a "perfect storm" is brewing in the Democratic Party, including low approval numbers for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as questions about whether Biden, now 79, will be viable to run for a second term.

All this creates a "leadership vacuum," according to Douglas Schoen, founder and partner of Schoen Cooperman Research, a polling and consulting firm whose past clients include Bill Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Andrew Stein, a former New York City Council president, Manhattan borough president, and state assemblyman. <Source>

Bottom line…

It is my personal opinion that Hillary Clinton is a criminal and an as-yet unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal conspiracy that interfered with two presidential elections (2016 and 2020) and other crimes committed at her direction by a cadre of acolytes while at the State Department.

Time to watch the Communist Chinese and the back-door flow of funds into a Clinton candidacy.

We are being screwed again.

-- 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



KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF MY INBOX

It is tragically ironic that the New York Times, the progressive communist democrat propaganda media outlet, continues to advocate for free speech and press freedoms while promoting speech suppression and censorship.

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Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation

A few weeks ago, Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican, falsely claimed that the centerpiece of President Biden’s domestic agenda, a $1.75 trillion bill to battle climate change and extend the nation’s social safety net, would include Medicare for all.

It doesn’t, and never has. But few noticed Mr. Crenshaw’s lie because he didn’t say it on Facebook, or on Fox News. Instead, he sent the false message directly to the inboxes of his constituents and supporters in a fund-raising email.

Lawmakers’ statements on social media and cable news are now routinely fact-checked and scrutinized. But email — one of the most powerful communication tools available to politicians, reaching up to hundreds of thousands of people — teems with unfounded claims and largely escapes notice.

[OCS: It is a demonstrable fact that the progressive communist democrats continue to assert both their narratives and opinions are representative of the truth and therefore are facts. The great majority of the so-called fact checkers are not, as Facebook admits in a court filing, fact checkers but opinion checkers. And that there is a difference between information published on a public platform and information sent to a private mailbox. Even though we know that some free email providers monitor the contents of emails to provide targeted advertising and to build user profiles, nothing gives them a right to tamper with the message content or add additional warning information in a private message.]

The New York Times signed up in August for the campaign lists of the 390 senators and representatives running for re-election in 2022 whose websites offered that option, and read more than 2,500 emails from those campaigns to track how widely false and misleading statements were being used to help fill political coffers.

[OCS: It is a given that most, if not all, politicians shade the truth or outright lie to advance their personal, professional, and political agenda. It is up to an individual to use their critical thinking skills to filter the information and decide for themselves any takeaways. That some information may reinforce beliefs that are contrary to reality such as distortions of the facts or outright lies is an individual matter that does not involve the government or private enterprise supported by competing interests.]

Both parties delivered heaps of hyperbole in their emails. One Republican, for instance, declared that Democrats wanted to establish a “one-party socialist state,” while a Democrat suggested that the party’s Jan. 6 inquiry was at imminent risk because the G.O.P. “could force the whole investigation to end early.”

[OCS: I leave it up to the readers to determine if the statement “that Democrats wanted to establish a ‘one-party socialist state’” is true. I offer two pieces of evidence: The State of California and the City of San Francisco. As for the Jan. 6 inquiry, I offer the facts that nobody has been charged with insurrection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played a major role in the event and is not being questioned, and nobody has adequately investigated the killing of an unarmed protester, Ashley Babbitt, as an unjustified use of police force -- because Babbitt was standing next to three armed police officers and less than one-hundred yards from an armed and armored SWAT team when she was shot.]

But Republicans included misinformation far more often: in about 15 percent of their messages, compared with about 2 percent for Democrats. In addition, multiple Republicans often spread the same unfounded claims, whereas Democrats rarely repeated one another’s.

[OCS: Like beauty being in the eye of the beholder, the veracity of information is in the ideology of the so-called fact-checker. Therefore, it would be next to impossible to identify and quantify misinformation accurately. As for echo-chamber repetition, the left lives in a world of projection where they project their behavior onto their opposition. Just reading progressive emails or listening to progressive pundits who are making the same point and using the same language is enough to raise doubts about this claim.]

The emails reviewed by The Times illuminate how ubiquitous misinformation has become among Republicans, fueled in large part by former President Donald J. Trump. And the misinformation is not coming only, or even primarily, from the handful who get national attention for it.

[OCS: With the tragedy that the progressive communist democrats have inflicted on our nation, the last refuge of Democrat scoundrels is to invoke the evils of Trump. Funny how the progressives seem to overlook a growing mountain of credible evidence of election irregularities while branding any inquiry as a “Big Lie” or an attack on election integrity.]

The people behind campaign emails have “realized the more extreme the claim, the better the response,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster. “The more that it elicits red-hot anger, the more likely people donate. And it just contributes to the perversion of our democratic process. It contributes to the incivility and indecency of political behavior.”

[OCS: About those extreme claims, I believe that the media, especially the New York Times, discovered long ago that “if it bleeds, it leads” and that the bizarre and outrageous attracts an audience. In any number of cases, Luntz’s methodology is little more that political show business and there is no proof that there is any real value in his contribution to the GOP. Political behavior is defined as incivility and indecency, and to pretend differently is a gross distortion of reality.]

The messages also underscore how, for all the efforts to compel platforms like Facebook and Twitter to address falsehoods, many of the same claims are flowing through other powerful channels with little notice.

[OCS: I am not aware of any attempts of Twitter or Facebook to filter or fact-check the lies of Communist China, Russia, or the Mullahs of Iran.]

For fact checkers and other watchdogs, “it’s hard to know what it is that politicians are saying directly to individual supporters in their inboxes,” said Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

[OCS: It’s none of their business – anymore than what transpires between consenting adults in their bedroom – or kitchen table.

“And politicians know that,” she said. “Politicians and the consulting firms behind them, they know that this kind of messaging is not monitored to the same extent, so they can be more carefree with what they’re saying.”

Email is a crucial tool in political fund-raising because it costs campaigns almost nothing and can be extremely effective: When campaigns invest in it, it routinely accounts for a majority of their online fund-raising. Supporters are bombarded — sometimes daily — with messages meant to make them angry, because strategists know anger motivates voters.

In many cases, candidates used anger-inducing misinformation directly in their requests for a donation. For instance, after his false claim about payments to immigrants, Mr. Kennedy — who began the email by declaring himself “mad as a murder hornet” — included a link labeled “RUSH $500 TO STOP ILLEGAL PAYMENTS!”

Another common line was that the Justice Department was targeting parents as “domestic terrorists” for challenging the teaching of critical race theory, an advanced academic framework that conservatives are using as shorthand for how some curriculums cover race and racism — or, alternatively, for challenging pandemic-related restrictions.

[OCS: This is pure propaganda and misinformation. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo (still not withdrawn) is proof of the first assertion. Critical Race Theory is demonstrably divisive, racist, and without redeeming value.]

Combating misinformation in emails is difficult both because of the private nature of the medium and because its targets are predisposed to believe it — though Emily Thorson, a political scientist at Syracuse, noted that the fact that the recipients were likely to already be staunch partisans reduced the chances of misinformation reaching people whose views would be changed by it.

[OCS: This is the same type of targeting that is being sold by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others in the public arena.]

Professor Thorson said what concerned her more was that — unlike much of the misinformation on social media — these claims came from people with authority and were being spread repetitively. That is how lies that the 2020 election was rigged gained traction: not “because of random videos on Facebook but because it was a coherent message echoed by a lot of elites,” she said. “Those are the ones that we need to be most worried about.”

Mr. Luntz, the Republican pollster, runs frequent focus groups with voters and said they tended to accept misinformation uncritically.

“It may be a fund-raising pitch, but very often people look at it as a campaign pitch,” he said. “They think of it as context, they think of it as information — they don’t necessarily see this as fund-raising, even though that’s what it is. And so misleading them in an attempt to divide them from their money is pure evil, because you’re taking advantage of people who just don’t know the difference.” <Source>

[OCS: It sounds like preparation for a pitch to monitor inboxes.]

Bottom line…

The world is run on competition for power, prestige, and profits. We live in a competitive world of ideas. Anything that artificially interferes with that competition is an unnecessary evil that prevents us from decision-making and acting in our own best interests.

Here is how it all works. Some academic does a study. The media amplify the message of the study. Congress forms an investigatory committee. Some public interest group sues the government. The government caves and produces de facto law or Congress then reacts with “needed” legislation to protect consumers and citizens. And our freedom is diminished.

Most voters do not have the time, energy, or motivation to research their own information, so they look to authority figures. A great reason liars like Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) needs to be held accountable for their lies.

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



JUSTICE: SONIA SOTOMAYOR: IGNORANT OR DELIBERATELY CORRUPT?

As Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor considers the Biden Administration’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates, let us remember that Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her confirmation hearings why she was unsuitable as a nominee to the United States Supreme Court.

Looking past Sotomayor’s false claim that “The Omicron variant is so severe that “we have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators,” she was fundamentally flawed before being seated on the bench. One would think that she would have refrained from interjecting her misinformation and relied on the presented briefs and questioning to develop a fact pattern.

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Specifically, her comment that “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” is a clear and present indication of her unsuitability to perform the duties of a Supreme Court Justice. Namely, the Supreme Court Justices’ primary role is to serve as the final arbiters of the law, ultimately making the highest and final decision in any given case, using the United States Constitution as their guiding principles.

There is no provision for the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, partisan politics, or life experience of a Supreme Court Justice in the deliberative process. They are bound primarily by the U.S. Constitution and secondarily “stare decisis,” the legal doctrine or principle that precedent should inform legal decision-making in a case involving similar facts.

Nominated by President Barack Obama, himself a trained Marxist/Communist, Sotomayor appears to represent the elevation of ethnicity and gender over legal merit.

The 68-31 confirmation vote is indicative of our chief aisle-hopper today.

Republicans Supporting Sotomayor (9 of 40) joined 57 Democrats plus the two independents (Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (Connecticut) voted to confirm Sotomayor. Sen. Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts) was absent due to health reasons.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
• Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
• Sen. Christopher Bond (Missouri)
• Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
• Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
• Sen. Richard Lugar (Indiana)
• Sen. Mel Martinez (Florida)
• Sen. Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
• Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio)

Bottom line…

We are so screwed.

-- steve


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

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

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

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

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

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



IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR BY SOME BLACKS IS CREATING MORE RACISM

PoliceIn what universe does someone condemn a police officer risking his life by confronting an armed assailant to protect himself and members of the community…

[OCS: Is it possible that increasing racism in Los Angeles and elsewhere is being driven by Black activists and agitators who are being given easy access to media sources to "gin up" click-bait stories? And just what “Black Community” might this be that is mentioned in this example?]

Black community outraged after California cop shoots and kills a black man, but cellphone video shows he was pulling a gun

Some members of the black community in Southern California are expressing outrage over the latest incident of a police officer shooting and killing a black man, but cellphone video shows that he was pulling a gun during the altercation.

Some of the neighborhood members expressed outrage at the incident and condemned the officer for being so quick to shoot at the man, implying that racism was a motive for his actions.

"You can't justify a murder because he had a gun," said John Anderson, a resident of the neighborhood, to KCAL-TV. "He had a gun, if he did, to protect themselves, probably from them. They're the ones doing the damage, they're the ones doing the hurt."

[OCS: Let’s review. A police officer, sworn to protect the community -- the entire community -- suddenly finds their motives question, the jobs at risk, and possibly facing a media-driven life altering event is just as likely to be thrown under the bus by their politically-conscious leadership as they are by local politicians playing identity politics.]

A statement released by the San Bernardino Police Department said that the officer had responded to a call about a man with a gun jumping on cars in the "King Tut" liquor store. He was near the store at the time and arrived quickly.

The officer confronted Bender, but the man refused to follow his commands and attempted to enter the liquor store, inside which were numerous employees and residents.

The statement said that the officer attempted to physically restrain Bender but that he was overpowered. It added that Bender reached for his gun and turned toward the officer when the officer shot at him four times.

[OCS: Armed, Erratic Behavior, Dangerous…]

Police said they provided Bender with medical aid but that he died at the hospital. They also claimed that they recovered a firearm at the scene. The 9mm handgun was loaded and not registered, and Bender was not legally allowed to possess a gun at the time.

The statement also lists Bender's long history of arrests for violent crimes, including false imprisonment, criminal threats, and attempted murder. In addition he also had been arrested for domestic violence, possession of narcotics for sale, grand theft, and various probation violations.

[OCS: What does that say about these community members?] 

Despite the report of the gun, some community members still accused the police of acting inappropriately.]

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Bottom line...

Ever wonder why some individuals cross the street when they see young Black men and women walking down the street, especially in a group? Could it be that it is human nature to maintain situational awareness and employ a heuristic that is based on the statistical probability that someone in a particular cohort is more likely to cause you harm?

By appearing to support thugs, criminals, and drug dealers over members of law enforcement, certain individuals are reinforcing common stereotypes.

BLM, domestic terrorists seeking to affect political discourse through violence, is making it more likely that an armed citizen will discharge a weapon because of a perceived threat. And, the fact that someone is not armed does not mean that they cannot present an existential threat that may require the use of deadly force as protection.

We are so screwed when any segment of our society routinely condemns law enforcement and provides some measure of sympathy for thugs, criminals, crazies, and terrorists.

-- 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



THE SUPREME COURT IS ABOUT TO REVEAL THE STATE OF OUR REPUBLIC

The questions now before the Supreme Court will reveal the state of our republic…

HIDDEN-PARTISANSHIP

The questions regarding the Biden Administration’s mandate to impose a medical treatment, especially one that is not fully tested and available only under an “emergency use” authorization, are a clear and present check on the health of our republic.

  • One, where in the Constitution is the provision for the federal government to usurp the powers granted to the states when it comes to medical treatments and procedures?
  • Two, where in the Constitution is the provision for Executive branch agencies, headed by unelected political appointees, to usurp the sole law-making role of Congress?
  • Three, what are the limits of any “emergency powers” assumed, extra-constitutionally and without congressional authorization, by the President of the United State, and do these emergency powers override constitutional freedoms without a national declaration of martial law?
  • Four, the degree to which “public health” can be used to impose draconian federal rules and regulations on the entire citizenry?
  • Five, the role of religious freedom when claiming exemption from certain rules and regulations.
  • Six, must public health policy decisions be backed by credible, reproducible science, and do dissenting voices have a guaranteed role in the decision-making process?
  • Seven, to what extent are the constitutional rights of volunteers, under contract, in the military capable of being suspended?

The cases…

National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, centers on the vaccine-or-test mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It requires all employers with 100 or more employees – roughly two-thirds of the private sector – to compel those employees to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly and wear masks at work.

Biden v. Missouri, the justices are considering whether the Biden administration can enforce nationwide a rule that requires all health care workers at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. The Department of Health and Human Services issued the rule, which applies to more than 10 million workers, in November.

The wild cards…

Chief Justice John Roberts has knowingly ignored the constitutionality on matters before the Court on Obamacare (NFIB v. Sebelius), voter rights (Shelby County v. Holder), civil rights (Connick v. Thompson), consumer rights (AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion), and others. Some claim that Roberts was trying to protect the legitimacy and credibility of the Court, while others claimed it was an ego-driven partisan sell-out.

Originally thought to be a conservative, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been more of a moderate, voting with the liberals on several occasions. Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a relatively unknown newcomer to the Court but appears to have a strong predisposition toward religious freedom.

No guarantees for any court consistency as we saw in Van Buren v. United States, where Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil Gorsuch sided with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan Thursday in the application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to a police officer who had legitimate access to the license information he misused in return for $5,000. It is important to note that the crime was an FBI sting operation, and the plate number was fictitious.

Bottom line…

As it stands, the Supreme Court appears to be divided 3-3-3. Three liberals (Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan), three conservatives (Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch), and three “conciliatory moderates) (Roberts, Kavanaugh, Barrett).

Ironically, the progressive communist democrats are simultaneously arguing for body sovereignty (My body, My Choice) when it comes to abortion but unrestricted federal power in public health mandates.

The Court will likely rule against the OSHA case but do a rope-a-dope on the health worker case. Both should be roundly defeated 9-0 in the strongest possible statement affirming our Constitution and States’ Rights.

We are so screwed with the Obamacons in charge of the Biden Administration.

-- 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