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FEDWATCHER: AS USUAL THE FED IS TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE

Unbelievably, the Federal Reserve took the coward’s way out and only hiked the rate by 75 basis points.

September 21, 2022 - Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production. Job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and broader price pressures.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The war and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are weighing on global economic activity. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3 to 3-1/4 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet that were issued in May. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals. The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments. <Source>

As before, the Fed is about using weasel words and continuing to be reactive rather than aggressive. I believe this increase is too little and comes too late to have a material effect on increasing inflation. 75 basis points just does not seem high enough to dampen economic activity. I would look for additional 75 basis points hikes at the Fed’s upcoming meetings.

I tend to consider the five- and ten-year neutral stance adjustment to guide my opinion.

The Neutral Rate

At what rate or range of rates does a change in the federal funds rate go from being low enough to be “accommodative” to being high enough to dampen economic activity? The answer is the neutral rate, often defined as the rate or range of rates consistent with full employment, trend growth, and stable prices. An economy in this state presumably wouldn’t need to be stimulated or slowed by monetary policy. Economists often describe the neutral rate by talking about the real federal funds rate— that is, the nominal fed funds rate minus a measure of inflation. <Source>

Before the hike blog post…

All things considered, I would posit that the Federal Reserve will hike rates by 100 to 125 basis points and, if they were serious, by 150 basis points.

The current Federal Funds Rate is 233 basis points, and the potential target will likely be between 450 and 550 basis points before year-end.

As with all things Fed, the market has taken their probabilistic projections and priced them into their offerings.

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Bottom line…

This is a reminder that we have a supply-side problem, not a demand-side one, exacerbated by wasteful government spending, causing stagflation. We need to ramp up production, not curtail consumption -- assuming our logistics chain will support greater economic activity.

The Wall Street Wizards will continue to create their own narratives to generate profitable volatility.

The aftermath of the 75 basis points increase…

Fedwatch-after

As you can see, we could have accommodated another 50 basis points to move closer to a zero neutral stance ajustment.

In my humble opinion, it would have been appropriate to bump the Federal Funds Rate by 125 basis points to 3.58 from 2.33 instead of a cowardly 75 basis points to 3.08. That is if the FOMC Committee wanted to dampen economic activity. Since we have two remaining FOMC meetings left for this year, the target rate for the year might be about 4.58 when it should be a more appropriate 5.50.

But then again, Congress has outsourced fiscal policy to the “experts” at the financial industry-dominated Federal Reserve as they are either too stupid or lazy to deal with the issue as contemplated in the U.S. Constitution.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE "SCIENCE" OF PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT SEXUAL POLITICS

In an Orwellian world where up is down and men can think themselves into being women…

The problem with most ideological-driven academics is that they: one, believe they are more intelligent than most everyone else and thus have the moral right to dictate your lifestyle choices; and two, they think that any assertion must be grounded in some defensible argument, thus eliminating historical heuristic lessons and traditions accumulated over thousands of years.

In the realm of sexual argumentation, excluding biological arguments, many academics do not simply accept that incest is wrong and refuse your reflexive, intuitive response, “because it is,” as a valid reason.

Likewise, the same reasoning applies to pedophilia. However, some academics are willing to use historical references when it supports their assertions -- pointing to ancient Greek homosexual pedophilia practices as justification for the allegation that pedophilia is just another “sexual orientation” that falls on a socio-political construct of an LGBTQ+ spectrum.

So why should we be surprised that the progressive communist democrats who want to destroy our nation from within by first destroying our history, traditions, religion, and institutions, argue that the difference between a biological male and female is simply an artificial construct engineered by the white patriarchy to oppress women? Secretly adding, “give us political power, and we will redress these grievances.”

Therefore, it should be of no consequence when a formerly respected scientific magazine, Scientific American, goes woke.

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Consequences be damned...

It is the modus operandi of progressives to ignore a reality embodied in human nature, scientific discovery, history, and tradition. When corrected or challenged, they ignore facts and rational debate -- becoming extremely angry and demanding dissident censorship or cancellation of platform access.  Behavior that can be summed up by the cowardice and groupthink described in "The Emperor's New Clothes."

The objective reality is that there are two biological sexes that are complementary and predisposed to the procreation that propagates our species. To the extent that someone does not conform to traditional science-based definitions does not mean that person should be mistreated or otherwise shunned by society. But it is axiomatically true that aberrant individuals should not legally impose their mindset on the general population in order to gain acceptance or make them feel better about themselves.

To the extent that academics can create their own realities, does not give them the right or privilege to force "We the People" to obediently accept their delusions without pushback.

Another example of progressive idiocy... 

Washington Post fact-checker slammed for calling ‘fetal heartbeat’ a ‘misnomer’ in defense of Stacey Abrams

A video of Georgia gubernatorial candidate] Stacey Abrams referring to the idea of the "fetal heartbeat" as a conspiracy against the pro-abortion rights movement went viral on Twitter Wednesday.  In the clip, Abrams said, "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body."

In response to an RNC Research tweet about Abrams' comments, Kessler claimed the heartbeat of an unborn baby can only be detected at 10 weeks in a pregnancy, that the fetal heartbeat doctors say can be detected at six weeks is merely "electrical activity generated by an embryo" and the sound is noise "created by the ultrasound" machine.  <Source>

A perversion of science to create a progressive communist democrat sexual narrative of control? 

Bottom line...

Disguising absolute idiocy behind the language of a credentialed academic does not make their assumptions and assertions less idiotic.

As for Scientific American, one of the special publications of my youth, it is now not even an afterthought. “Go woke, go broke!”

We are so screwed when scientists pander to politics and perversions.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS FIRST PREMIER BANK A LEGAL LOAN SHARK?

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A little unpleasant business…

Experian, the credit reporting agency, notified me that First Premier Bank in South Dakota had accessed my credit report through Transunion, another credit reporting agency. Since I have never applied for a First Premier Bank credit card, I immediately called them and filed a fraud report. I also filed identity theft reports with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and all three major credit reporting agencies.

Thinking the issue was resolved, I was surprised to receive a First Premier Bank “Platinum” Mastercard in the mail.

I again called the bank and spoke with their representative, who assured me they could see the first fraud alert and advised me to destroy the card.

But that’s not what pissed me off…

It appears to be a scam. On the mailing carrier form with the attached credit card is a greeting. “CONGRATULATIONS! You have been approved for a First Premier Bank Credit Card.”

I found that I had a ridiculously low $700 credit limit, with available credit of $613.00 as soon as I paid a $55 “Program Fee.”  Somewhat confusing as the First Payment is stated as $30.00. Additionally, “If you pay your initial Program Fee by check, we will hold the payment for up to six days. This means your Credit Account won’t be opened and available to use for transactions for up to 30 days.

Sketchy as hell until I read the accompanying program disclosure form.

Annual Percentage Rate is 36%. 

It appears that usury (exorbitant or illegally high rates) laws are state-specific, and some states do not have any limitations on interest rates as long as they were set by written agreement. Many states cap credit card interest  

“Many states have a usury law which limits the interest rate that a company may charge. Most of these laws capped interest rates at 18%. However, some states, such as South Dakota, do not have a usury law, allowing in-state businesses to charge as much interest as they want.”

According to the Federal Reserve’s G-19 Consumer Credit Report, in May 2022, the average credit card interest rate in the United States on accounts with balances assessed interest was 16.65%.

If you adjust the rate for the risk of default using FICO scores as a guideline, you might see rates like Super-prime (740 and Above)16%-18%; Prime (670-739) 20%-22%; Subprime (580-669) 22%–24%; Deep-Subprime (579 and Below) 24% and above.

Screwed!

With my credit report in their computer and a Super-prime+ FICO score, the bank decision algorithm is either screwing me without first kissing me, or this is what they do to everybody who legitimately applies for one of their cards.

If that was not enough, the bank adds insult to injury with its one-time Program Fee of $55.00, a first-year fee of $79.00 – and after that, $49 annually.

Yes, it gets worse. The disclosure also lists an introductory monthly fee of $96.00 for the first year ($8.00/month), followed by a $124.80 yearly fee ($10.40/month).

Cash Advance fees are 5% of the transaction or $8.00, whichever is greater. Late Payment and Return Item Charges are both up to $39.00.

So if I take $100 out of an ATM, assuming there is no additional service fee, I am charged $8.00 for the privilege, whereas 5% of $100 is $5 – a de facto 8% handshake.

The bank is controlled by billionaire T. Denny Sanford, the wealthiest man in South Dakota.

Bottom line…

Thank your legislators for pretending to support the poor with credit products they cannot afford while enabling financial institutions to bleed them dry.

The lesson here is that bad credit can be turned into big profits.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


FEDWATCHER

All things considered, I would posit that the Federal Reserve will hike rates by 100 to 125 basis points and, if they were serious, by 150 basis points.

The current Federal Funds Rate is 233 basis points, and the potential target will likely be between 450 and 550 basis points before year-end.

As with all things Fed, the market has taken their probabilistic projections and priced them into their offerings.

Fedwatch-21

Bottom line…

This is a reminder that we have a supply-side problem, not a demand-side one, exacerbated by wasteful government spending, causing stagflation. We need to ramp up production, not curtail consumption -- assuming our logistics chain will support greater economic activity.

The Wall Street Wizards will continue to create their own narratives to generate profitable volatility.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE 20+ YEAR EMERGENCY DECLARATION THAT DRIVES THE DEMOCRAT POWER GRAB

With politicians, in general, and progressive communist democrats, in particular, it is all about real or imagined crises to usurp power and spend taxpayer funds using “the emergency” to create a sense of urgency that demands the suspension of customary rules and safeguards.

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Biden extends an emergency order passed 20 years and 11 months ago…

Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism

On September 23, 2001, by Executive Order 13224, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks against United States nationals or the United States.

On September 9, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13886 to strengthen and consolidate sanctions to combat the continuing threat posed by international terrorism and to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

The actions of persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, as amended, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 23, 2022. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism declared in Executive Order 13224, as amended.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. <Source>

Yes, we still have global terrorism and the threat of domestic terrorism…

Terrorism, especially terrorism based on religion and ideology, has been with us for centuries and will always be with us. In the United States, we are especially vulnerable due to the individual protections of the U.S. Constitution. It is not unusual for our enemies to use our own laws against us. (Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “#4 -- Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”)

But, if you haven’t noticed, the progressive communist democrats have made America more vulnerable to terrorism by violating the U.S. Constitution and failing to enforce federal immigration laws. We have a wide-open Southern border, and it has been officially acknowledged that terrorists have been apprehended crossing into our country.

42 Suspected Terrorists Have Been Apprehended at Our Southern Border Since Biden Took Office

Since Joe Biden took office and started implementing his radical open border policies, 42 people on the terrorist watchlist have been apprehended attempting to enter the United States through our southern border illegally.

Even more disturbing is that earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list. <Source>

Moreover, due to the catastrophically bungled surrender of Afghanistan, unvetted individuals, including terrorists, have entered the United States via an unsupervised airlift.

Inspector general says DHS allowed unvetted, dangerous Afghans to reach the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department failed to fully vet some of the Afghan evacuees it brought into the U.S. during last year’s airlift, the department’s inspector general said in a devastating audit, which warned that some people who “posed a risk to national security” were indeed let into the country.

One evacuee, just liberated from prison by the Taliban, was cleared to reach the U.S. Another reached the U.S. and was released, only to have the FBI conclude three months later that the evacuee “posed national security concerns.”

The evacuation was constructed so hastily that the department wrote procedures on the fly, with screening decisions made “on an ad hoc basis,” said the audit, released Tuesday.

“As a result, DHS paroled at least two individuals into the United States who posed a risk to national security and the safety of local communities and may have admitted or paroled more individuals of concern,” the inspector general concluded. <Source>

As for those domestic terrorists…

Dhs-warningThe Biden Administration is pressuring the F.B.I. to find “white supremacist terrorism” cases to support their racial narrative and the crackdown on white conservative Trump supporters. Therefore, I am not surprised that the F.B.I. appears to have a pattern and practice of creating terrorists, often to the point of false entrapment.

Overlooking the Black supremacist terrorism that saw organizations like the communist front groups Black Lives Matter and Antifa damage more than $2 BILLION in public and private property as they wreaked murder and mayhem across the United States with little or no government pushback. And what about the large armed Black militia associated with the Black separatists known as the Nation of Islam?

And, let us not forget that the greatest act of domestic terrorism, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was pushback against the F.B.I.’s egregious killing of men, women, and children at Waco (1993) and Ruby Ridge (1992) – both staged media events precipitated by an F.B.I. sniper Lon Horiuchi, who was the original target of the bombers.

Bottom line…

Remember, it only takes one terrorist or terrorist-wannabes to ruin your whole day and cause life-altering damage to your fellow citizens.

It is time to review the Patriot Act, Presidential Executive Orders, and Emergency Orders since we have observed significant government abuse of power, the commission of impeachable offenses, and the weaponization of our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies concurrently with the politicization of agencies and institutions.

You cannot use laws to protect against criminals, crazies, and terrorists.

Maintain situational awareness and decide if you are willing to fight or die on your knees begging for mercy.

Please support our local law enforcement as they remain a bulwark between anarchy and civil order.

To say we are screwed 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

“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


OUR ENEMIES ARE OPERATING OPENLY IN AMERICA AND HAVE CAPTURED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY

Once again, the Brookings Institution and the corrupt Democrat Party are in the news.

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Top Foreign Funder Of Transnational Terrorism Funds Think Tank That Staffs Democrat Presidential Administrations
Too many think tanks receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the U.S. and our interests.

American policy makers, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies often rely on U.S.-based think tanks for research and policy recommendations. While many institutions produce academic products with intellectual sovereignty and moral integrity, too many receive undisclosed foreign funding from countries hostile to the United States and our interests.

Funding from these countries is generally associated with a quid pro quo. For this funding, the think tank provides analysis that is less than objective, which may lead to devastating international and national security consequences.

The looming threat of the revival of 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should compel the examination of American think tanks’ relationships with subversive regimes, such as Iran. Among the leading think tanks pushing for reinstating the JCPOA is the Qatari-funded Brookings Institution.

[OCS: The JCPOA is an Obama creation to boost Iran’s creation of a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a ballistic missile to not only threaten their Middle East neighbors, but the continental United States. Obama, an un-American, anti-white, anti-Semite, has channeled billions into this state sponsor of international terrorism – full well knowing that Iran has openly attacked U.S. troops.

And, unlike the leadership of Pakistan and North Korea, the Mullahs operate a subscribe to a death cult whose religion commands the elimination of Jews and a major catastrophe to aid the return of their hidden religious leader to unite the world under Islam. The Democrats continue to negotiate until Iran demonstrates they have nuclear weaponry—while preventing an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities until it is too late.

Likewise the Democrats continue to support Pakistan, a Muslim country that harbored Osama bin Laden and other enemies while taking our money.]

Brookings is a top incubator of staffers for Democrat presidential administrations, including the current Biden administration.

[OCS: One need only consider the individuals associated with the Brookings Institution and the attempt to destroy Donald Trump and control Ukraine, one of the most corrupt and unreliable players in the Eurasian theater.

Among the names you will find with connections to the Brookings Institution are Nelson Strobridge "Strobe" Talbott III , Cody Shearer (Hillary's free-lance political fixer who wrote his own version of the dossier), Susan Rice, Fiona Hill, Igor Danchenko, Victoria Nuland, Benjamin Wittes, Christopher Steele, Jake Sullivan, and many others.]

In 2013, Qatar’s mediation between the Taliban and the United States resulted in the release of Taliban mass murderers and war criminals from prison and led to the opening of the Taliban’s “political” office in Doha. Negotiations with the Taliban ultimately resulted in handing Afghanistan to the Taliban to run it as a jihadist base for transnational terrorism.

[OCS: This is almost as insane as requesting the Communist Chinese and Russians to mediate U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran.]

Qatar Funded the Brookings Institution

Also in 2013, according to The New York Times report, Qatar provided a “$14.8 million, four-year donation” to the Brookings Institution. Not coincidentally, the following year Brookings began a disinformation campaign on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last June, the FBI seized electronic data from John R. Allen, a retired four-star general who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan prior to becoming the president of Brookings from November 2017 until June of this year. Federal prosecutors obtained records indicating that Allen, while serving as Brookings’ president, “secretly lobbied for the government of Qatar, lied to investigators about his role and tried to withhold evidence sought by a federal subpoena.”

Court documents revealed “substantial evidence” that Allen’s violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) were “willful.” While these allegations were levied against Allen, they should have also included Brookings. After all, Brookings was the conduit through which Qatari funds and influence were peddled.l

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Bottom line…

It’s time to reform our State Department and the nation’s formerly premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies which are more interested in Donald Trump and spying on Americans than fighting our enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is also time to realize that the modern Democrat Party is a clear and present danger to America and its connected think tanks.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


USAF: TOO MANY WHITE AVIATORS, I SAY TOO MANY "WOKE" OFFICERS!

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I found this headline disturbing, “Unexpectedly, the USAF Finds Itself With a Critical Shortage of Pilots While It Says It Has Too Many White Officers”…

It is a fact that our military has been decimated by the progressive communist democrats who are attempting to destroy America from within. And using race and sex to weaken America’s fighting forces. Demanding the military leadership focus on race- and sex-based affirmative action than on improving our lethality and mission superiority. Many pilots are aging-out or can’t put up with the political bullshit that keeps them from completing their mission.

86% of Air Force pilots are white men. Here’s why this needs to change. – Major General. Ed Thomas, Commander USAF Recruiting Service

The tragic death of George Floyd and recent events have fueled widespread protests and a renewed call for racial equality nationwide. Amid this, our country has been compelled to reflect on issues that are often uncomfortable, and leaders have been driven to examine their organizations in ways like never before. The Air Force, in many ways, is no different. But as a war-fighting organization we cannot afford to squander this moment, because our future — and national security — depends on it.

[OCS: George Floyd was a thug, a career criminal who died of a Fentanyl overdose and was turned into a martyr by race-baiting activists, agitators, and the media. As a war-fighting organization, it is not about squandering the moment but falling prey to those seeking to weaken our U.S. military and destroy the United States from within. Primarily by substituting race in place of communist class warfare.]

Pursuing equality means we must be sure that we are attracting the most capable members of our society, from all races and walks of life, as we prepare for the next fight. This fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve.

[OCS: That our “fighting force should be highly capable while reflecting the diversity of the country we serve” is pure racial bullshit. The fighting force should be well-trained, lethal, and capable of pursuing the mission regardless of its composition. Relaxing recruiting standards to accommodate race and sex is a prescription for failure. All should be welcome to compete for the available slots – may the best person win the position.]

Before I even took command of my service’s recruiting efforts this spring, Air Force leadership made it clear to me that improving diversity would be on the top of my to-do list. And recent national events only serve as an accelerant as we take aim and tackle this vexing issue.

[OCS: This is the hierarchal military, and one can easily imagine how this “suggestion” turned into an “order” with percentage goals and tacit recruiting quotas.]

Pentagon leaders didn’t need to explain the why, although Gen. David Goldfein, our former chief of staff, did that in calling diversity “a war-fighting imperative.” It’s been clear for some time that our progress in better reflecting the society we serve has been too slow.

[OCS: Diversity is not a war-fighting imperative, it is another needless obstacle in a mad world that puts soldiers at risk by restrictive rules of engagement that favor the enemy over our fighting force. Hiding behind women, children, and non-combatants should not bring propaganda victories for our enemies, but scorn and outrage directed at those trying to kill their own people.]

We simply can no longer afford for significant segments of our society to be underrepresented in our U.S. Air Force or our newest branch, the U.S. Space Force.

[OCS: By significant segments, he means race and sex. How long before we see a black transsexual lesbian on a recruiting poster standing in front of an F-35?]

To be clear, the Air and Space Forces are not setting quotas based on race or gender. We will, however, focus intensely and concentrate our efforts in traditionally underserved communities. It wouldn’t be legal or productive to hold recruiters accountable for bringing in a certain number of recruits from various demographic groups. But if we see that we’re not hitting recruiting targets that mirror the qualified population in those categories, we will adjust to concentrate on areas where we can get a more representative balance in our applicant pool. To use a fishing analogy, recruiters must not only cast a wide net but ensure we are spending time in the right fishing holes.

And by measuring those targets, we’ll employ the old management axiom that what gets measured gets done. And we’ll get it done.

[OCS: Measurement implies targets, quotas, and extra effort to satisfy the orders of “woke” military leaders kissing the ass of politicians to keep their jobs or advance in rank.]

While we are meeting or exceeding nearly all demographic targets in our enlisted ranks, inside our cockpits is where we have the greatest disparities and opportunities for improvement. In all, 86 percent of our aviators are white males. Less than 3 percent of our fighter pilots are females. This is why we established a detachment within Air Force recruiting two years ago charged with improving diversity for those who wear flight suits. The mission of Detachment 1 is to bring a singular focus to recruiting qualified women and minorities who have not always felt they belonged.

[OCS: It’s not about feelings, it’s about performance. There are superb minority aviators, so what? We want more superb aviators regardless of their intersectional class status.]

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Pilot shortage?

Unvaccinated Air Force Officers Grounded Despite Court Order: Former Space Force Lt. Colonel

Members of the Air Force have been grounded for refusing to take a COVID-19 shot even after a court order ruling against such actions said a former space force commander on Sept. 15, adding that it is “not the time to be tampering with our readiness.”

Roughly two months back, a federal court in Ohio stated that the Air Force is not legally justified in taking punitive action against service members who do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, Matt Lohmeier, former Space Force Lieutenant Colonel, said in an interview with “Capitol Report” on NTD News.

A preliminary injunction was also issued. Lohmeier gave an example of a Squadron Leader in a fighter squadron at the Air Force who had been grounded and removed from his post following his decision not to take a COVID-19 shot.

Neither the squadron leader nor other members who he is aware of have been allowed to return back to flying status Lohmeier said.

“Our senior defense officials seem uninterested in abiding by law,” he said. “We’ve got over 700 pilots potentially on the chopping block right now for their refusal to take the shot.”

The mandatory vaccination rule itself is illegal since the COVID-19 vaccine available in many instances has only been approved under emergency use authorization (EUA), Lohmeier said. <Source>

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats are destroying America from within, weakening our military while arming our enemies and provoking direct military action. Unless we up our lethality, remove restrictive rules of engagement, and set a mission objective to win – we will continue to see another Viet Nam or Afghanistan. We can win the war – but politicians continue to ensure our losses.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


MAYORIAL CANDIDATE KAREN BASS DOESN'T FEEL SAFE IN L.A. -- LET THE COMMUNIST MOVE TO CUBA

The progressive communist democrats destroyed Los Angeles; now they want to complete the job using racist, communist Karen Bass…

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Dem. congresswoman running for LA mayor no longer feels safe in city
“My safety was shattered.”

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who represents parts of downtown Los Angeles in Congress and is running for mayor, said she no longer feels safe in the city after her home was burglarized on Friday.

In her first on-camera interview since the incident, Bass told Fox 11 Los Angeles that police informed her that two men had been arrested for stealing two firearms from the house.

“I came home one evening to see my house in disarray, and it was very traumatizing,” she told the interviewer at her campaign headquarters.

“I did feel safe until my safety was shattered, like so many Angelenos,” she added.

“My safety was shattered,” she repeated. <Source>

Los Angeles, don’t elect a communist and a racist to run the city further into the ground…

Karen Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden's running mate. There are good reasons for this. She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden. But she’s also the only person on Biden’s list who spent part of the 1970s working construction in Fidel Castro’s Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group that has organized annual trips to Cuba for young, leftist Americans for half a century.

The Biden campaign knows about Bass’s history with the Brigade, which began as a joint venture of the Castro government and Students for a Democratic Society, the leftist, antiwar organization that gave birth to the Weather Underground terrorist group. She told Biden’s vetting committee weeks ago that this was probably going to come up. So far, it hasn’t been a deal breaker—in fact, her potential to drive up African-American votes might help in Florida among voters who traditionally haven’t been paid as much attention in the state. <Source>

Bottom line…

Bass deserves no respect. She is another progressive communist democrat who happens to be an America-hating, anti-white, racist.

Caruso

We are so screwed if Bass becomes Mayor.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OCS: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

To the progressive communist democrats, the de-growth movement, the anti-animal vegans, and all of the other crazies who racialized everything to attract media attention...

Racist-milk

Screw y'all.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


COMMUNITY LEADERS DO NOT ABIDE BY THE "CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED"

There is no doubt in my mind that here in California where the most radical progressive communist democrats rule with an iron fist on behalf of their billionaires and unions, the consent of the governed is not even a consideration as these deviants destroy our formerly golden state with their toxic ideology and sense of entitlement. And these miscreants want to export this cancer throughout the United States with their infectious agent Gavin Newsom. l

Here is a sponsored advertisement that appeared in a publication targeted at high-level government executives and functionaries. While I do not have any opinion about the firm or its services, its promotional advertorial piece seems to offer an opportunity to comment on the shameful state of community government leadership and agencies. The source is listed below to read the full item in context.

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Defining the Modern Community

What comes to mind when you think about community? The roads you drive on, the churches and schools family and friends attend, or the parks and stores you visit on weekends? Whatever your specific images, these elements form an interconnected web of people, structures, and organizations that offer a shared place and set of goals to build our lives.

[OCS: No! What comes to mind is the place where I live, learn, work, play, and worship. I rarely think of infrastructure because that is a given, something to be managed by a competent invisible government – which is rarely the case.]

But communities today look much different than they did even a few years ago. Today’s communities — and the organizations that govern them — are facing a tectonic shift caused by the pandemic as well as cultural and civil strife. As masks come off and many return to offices, local governments and community members are still adjusting to a new reality.

[OCS: Radical progressive communist democrat politics have flooded the nation with a hoard of illegal aliens bankrupting governments at all levels and draining critical community safety net sources at an alarming rate. Google “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” and you will find that this destruction is intended and planned – as a way to destroy the existing system and replace it with authoritarian socialism. Look at some major cities with their third-world ambiance of poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime, and decay.]

Modern leaders have two choices: wait to see how our communities settle after this shift or enact changes to create better solutions. This era provides a backdrop to adopt new goals, roles and strategies — to create a new definition of modern community. In this series, we’ll be looking at modern communities, elements they commonly share, the unprecedented challenges they face today and how local governments can use these opportunities to adopt lasting change and improvements.

[OCS: Most modern leaders are corrupt, governed by personal and political self-interests or the desires of special interests such as the big unions. They care little for the consent of the governed as they attempt to refashion an environment that suits their interests and ideology.]

HOW HAS THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHANGED?

For many local governments, disaster or business continuity planning worked as intended — though the suddenness of COVID-19 surges and closures and the length of the crisis meant many governments faced more than one challenge at a time.

[OCS: I cannot name any local community where a crisis does lead to a power grab, with emergency powers becoming permanent powers and where significant mistakes, including corruption, are ignored as “the fog of crisis.” Millions of dollars go missing or are transferred to special interests with no accountability and little recovery of illegal or ill-spent funds.] 

ELEMENTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Consider how these common elements of local communities have been affected by the pandemic and current events.

The school board

Schools, in their unique position at the nexus of families, government and business, have been profoundly affected by the pandemic and its concurrent crises. “The Great Resignation” has particularly touched schools, with the departure of teachers and reduced availability of substitutes, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others.

[OCS: The truth is that schools are run for the benefit of the special interest unions and the vendors who supply overpriced goods and services to school systems. The teacher's unions dictated policies that kept the schools closed, while teachers continued to earn their salaries and enjoy their benefits. Only the children and their parents truly suffered.]

These challenges must be addressed by school board members to create a competitive hiring environment with limited budgets, as well as to find solutions for the underlying conflicts. Meanwhile, already-high demands for transparency have only been increased by streaming meetings and other efforts to make board deliberations accessible.

[OCS: Considering the overwhelming failure of the schools that indoctrinate, not educate, they are overfunded as they continue to graduate function illiterates that can’t even compete in their own community. Industrial arts programs were abandoned as women administrators and teachers could not appreciate non-academic pursuits or a manly work ethic. School boards treat parents as an unwanted impediment and when challenged scream about extremism and terrorism. Funny, when the board is comprised of radical extremists and social terrorists.]

Parks and recreation

Like our schools, parks and recreation departments have struggled with the loss of workers and often find it difficult to meet salary, benefits and flexibility expectations set by other employers. Youth participation in sports has also been on the decline even before the pandemic, according to a study by the Aspen Institute. Parks departments must justify their value to residents wary of tax increases and look for new ways to communicate their stewardship of budget dollars.

Transportation

Early in the pandemic, the first visible signs of change were deserted streets, often-idle trains and buses, and a general eeriness that came with reduced transportation use, especially in population-dense areas.

With return-to-work underway for many, activity has returned — but it looks different. Transportation departments are dealing not only with new ridership patterns, but with the rise of new technologies such as driverless cars. Transit departments such as California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority are implementing or considering alternative-energy vehicles as infrastructures shift to support hybrid and electric transportation options. These solutions require both forward thinking and careful budgeting.

[OCS: Political decisions using sketchy medical advice were the prima facie cause of the crippling lockdowns. There is no such thing as “forward thinking” and “careful budgeting” when politics trumps science and prudence.]

Zoning and city planning
Out of necessity or changing priorities, many citizens revisited how and where they live as a result of the pandemic. Trends in mixed-use development and urban issues around accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and other answers to density issues are changing the community horizon.

Zoning boards and urban planners must stay aware of changing trends in community management and how issues such as climate change, demographic shifts and housing costs affect community residents, business owners and employees.

[OCS: Unfortunately, the progressive communist democrats have taken control of our community planning systems. They institute a Soviet-era gray block housing project, force mass transit to limit individual freedoms, and sustain the elites with their NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitudes. Climate change is a money-sucking hoax that taxes and social policies cannot mitigate – the key is adaptation, not adoption. Demographic shifts are self-inflicted.]

Health department

In the last two years, civic health departments have played a large role in the understanding of COVID-19 risks, dissemination of information and formation of regulations and guidelines in how to address the disease.
Local health departments have had to manage understanding of changing guidance from federal and worldwide health entities and create recommendations that are appropriate for vastly different communities.

[OCS: This is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Health Departments have corrupted science in favor of political ideology and the usurpation of power. In fact, they are responsible for a large number of needless deaths with their refusal to accept empirical treatment protocols.] 

Public safety

The dovetail of COVID-19 with highly visible examples of civil unrest created a unique situation for local governments working to ensure residents that their communities were safe. In many towns and cities, police personnel were shifted to monitor stay-at-home orders, border patrol or other pandemic-related restrictions, while at the same time high-profile incidents inflamed already tense relationships with law enforcement.

[OCS: $2 BILLION in damages and lost lives are attributable to the progressive communist democrats who weaponized race to energize their base. The police were ordered to ignore their sworn duties and “stand down.” The Border Patrol was rendered ineffective by the progressive communist democrats. Police were vilified – with a number of political prosecutions leading to the imprisonment of innocent officers.]

City hall

City governments have been a first line of response to the pandemic, working with local health departments to implement appropriate responses to manage local infection and hospitalization rates. This role has required councilors, mayors and others to have accurate, consistent data about what is going on in their communities. Moreover, a surge in ransomware and other cyber crimes has targeted local governments at a high rate, leaving these entities, who often do not have the resources to adequately prevent or respond to these attacks.

[OCS: City governments are mostly corrupt, not prioritizing expenditures on public safety and the repair, replacement, and build-out of critical infrastructure. They spend obscene amounts of money on inadequate systems with little or no real bottom-up security as they solicit the advice of ignorant, politically-chosen stakeholders to guide designs. Should we spend more millions on ugly public art installations or virtualize our platforms for resistance to malware and failure?]

We’ll be taking a deeper dive into these in this series.

Misinformation. Trust for public officials must be earned, and local governments are finding that old methods of communication via email and untelevised meetings fall short when reassuring constituents that budget dollars are being spent wisely and voting outcomes reflect community values.

[OCS: The greatest sources of misinformation are government entities driven by personal and political self-interests.]

Inclusivity. One silver lining that came from the pandemic was the way communication changed — online meetings, consistent electronic messaging — created a more inclusive experience for many citizens. Local governments reported increased attendance at streamed meetings. Meanwhile, many communities are looking for ways to elevate voices of those who have been underrepresented both as the governed and the governing

[OCS: Both inclusivity and diversity are code words for politically-managed racism, affirmative action, and directed budget expenses. Most progressive communist democrats are elevating the voices of ill-informed individuals and illegal aliens over those of legal, law-abiding citizens and legal residents.]

<Source>

Bottom line...

There is a significant and severe disconnect between those chosen or appointed to govern and those they govern. A gap that creates political corruption and its resulting waste, fraud, and abuse. 

We are so screwed.

Steve

Gop-INFLATION-TAX


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS