Previous month:
December 18, 2022 - December 24, 2022
Next month:
January 1, 2023 - January 7, 2023

ANOTHER MEANINGLESS GUN STUDY

BullshitI find it amazing and somewhat silly that some researchers investigate meaningless associations that state the obvious, believing their work somehow advances the understanding of their chosen subject matter.

Consider this journal article in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open…

Comparing Risks of Firearm-Related Death and Injury Among Young Adult Males in Selected US Cities With Wartime Service in Iraq and Afghanistan

Key Points

Question How does the risk of firearm-related death and injury for young adult males in parts of 4 major US cities compare with the corresponding risks faced by military personnel deployed to war?

Findings This cross-sectional study of 129 826 young adult men living in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles in 2020 and 2021 found that young adult males from zip codes with the most violence in Chicago and Philadelphia had a notably higher risk of firearm-related death than US military personnel who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while the most violent areas in New York City and Los Angeles were associated with less risk for young adult males than these theaters of war. In all zip codes studied, risks were overwhelmingly borne by young adult males from minoritized racial and ethnic groups.

[OCS: Not so coincidently, the areas studied, mostly inner city zip codes, have the highest minority populations, the highest drug-related violence, and most of the deaths are targeted at members of the same minority community or cross-minority communities in the instance of criminal turf wars.]

Meaning This study’s finding that young adult males of minoritized racial and ethnic groups in parts of major US cities faced greater firearm-related risks at home than did soldiers at war calls for an urgent response that emphasizes violence reduction and trauma-informed interventions.

[OCS: Imagine that! Did they consider soldiers on both sides of the battlefield or just U.S. casualties which grossly understates the dangers on the battlefield for all combatants?]

Importance In 2020, homicides in the United States saw a record single-year increase, with firearm injuries becoming the leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults. It is critical to understand the magnitude of this crisis to formulate an effective response.

Objective To evaluate whether young adult males living in parts of 4 major US cities faced a firearm-related death and injury risk comparable with risks encountered during recent wartime service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conclusions and Relevance In this cross-sectional study, for young adult men in several of the communities studied, firearm violence carried morbidity and mortality risks that exceeded those of war. Health equity requires prioritizing effective responses.

[OCS: In my opinion, the study is bullshit and meaningless.]

<Source: JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(12):e2248132. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.48132>

(1)  The American Medical Association has a known leftist bias with an emphasis on gun control rather than crime control – and this is often reflected in articles accepted for publication.

(2)   It is scientifically meaningless to characterize gun deaths in a civilian population against those in a war zone unless one deliberately seeks media attention.

(3)   If the researchers were intellectually curious, perhaps they would have studied the predominant political culture, which is soft on crime and criminals – plea bargaining away serious gun-related felonies to obtain a guaranteed conviction with a minimum expenditure of time and money. Allowing violent re-offenders to roam the streets and reengage the residents with violent behavior. Or a community reluctant to cooperate with local law enforcement to prevent, investigate, or prosecute gun-related crime as they attempt to defund the police.

Bottom line…

GUN-VIOLENCE

Another ticket-punching exercise by academics seeking to be published. As if the total number of publications were more important than the probative value of the research.

Protect yourself and your family because progressive communist democrats want to disarm you and remove your right to self-defense. The same group of progressive communist democrats is more concerned with criminals than the criminal’s victims.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

NRA-BENEFACTOR-1


“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 DANGER IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COMES FROM HUMAN NATURE

AI-KNOWLEDGE

The next big thing after an AI-enhanced world...

What we have seen with the books, records, and art marketplace is a continuous cheapening of content as supply increases exponentially.

One need no longer be a musician, classically-trained or not, to create and publish esthetically pleasing sounds.

One need no longer be an author, mindful of spelling and grammar, to write and publish a book or write a script.

One no longer be an artist to create and publish a work of art.

One no longer needs to be a lawyer to do legal research or compose boilerplate documents.

Likewise, one no longer needs to be a programmer, trained in structures, algorithms, and feature libraries to write or debug code.

One can profitably build upon the work of experts and synthetically create derivative works that appear original.

So, what comes after this augmented creation process?

(1)  Discovery management and navigating the marketplace to find customers much in the same manner as a search engine collects and analyzes personal data to predict potential customers.

(2)  The detection, analysis, and legal management of AI-created works knowing that AI has no concept of originality and is bound, over time, to re-create the same, similar, or derivative works that can de-value other works already created.

(3)  The mining of patent data using more modern materials which make previously impossible objects an exploitable possibility.

Therefore, it would seem prudent to ask ChatGPT itself what comes after an AI-enhanced world.

what comes after an AI-enhanced world.

It is difficult to predict exactly what will come after an AI-enhanced world, as the development and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) is an ongoing process that is likely to continue to evolve and shape our world in ways that we cannot fully anticipate.

One possibility is that AI will continue to become more sophisticated and integrated into various aspects of our daily lives, potentially leading to significant changes in the way we work, communicate, and interact with each other and the world around us. It is also possible that AI will be used to address a wide range of social and environmental challenges, such as improving healthcare, addressing climate change, and promoting economic growth and development.

It is important to note that the development and use of AI also raises a number of ethical, legal, and social issues that will need to be carefully considered and addressed as AI continues to advance. These issues include concerns around the potential loss of jobs due to automation, the potential for AI to perpetuate or amplify existing biases, and the need to ensure that AI is used in a transparent and accountable manner.

Bottom line...

AI-assisted chatbots are still in their infancy; who knows what the future may bring?

But I know a few things for certain...

(1) There will be a globalist gatekeeper to market the AI-enhanced services to the rest of us. Already multi-billionaires and billion-dollar corporations have invested in AI, either to protect their existing product offerings or to develop next-generation products to capture this newly-emerging revenue stream.

(2)  Politicians seeking to extract their share of the generated tolls will seek to regulate the use of AI-enhanced products in the name of protecting the people..

(3) Despots will seek to deny this miracle of discovery and learning to their people lest their subjects learn the depth of their own oppression by their leaders and become envious of the lives other, freer, individuals experience. Possibly enough to start another nation-to-nation war over access to these new paradigms of discovery and creation. We are already seeing this in Communist China where all AI-generated content must be clearly labeled and identified with an individual.

(4)  There will be a number of “knowledge workers,” including academics who will oppose AI-enhanced systems to preserve their own employment.

(5)  There will be those who will use AI-enhanced products to further educate, indoctrinate, and isolate children – perhaps giving them realistic friends to interact with so as to disguise the indoctrination process.

(6)  There will exist a class of people opposing Artificial Intelligence and AI-enhanced products to enhance their own notoriety and income streams. Such opposition being based on religion, ethical concerns, or some perceived advantage in a class-oriented society.

(7)  AI-models do not necessarily tell the truth and may be relatively unreliable when it comes to life-altering questions.

In short, AI will not improve human nature where the strong and privileged dominate the weak and underprivileged.

Something ChatGPT acknowledges...

“However, it would be up to human users of the AI system to interpret and draw conclusions from the data that it has analyzed, and to take appropriate action based on those conclusions.”

We have seen several instances when “expert systems,” including robotics, have eliminated or reduced the number of employees to generate products and services. Ignore Artificial Intelligence systems at your own risk, especially those involving natural large language learning models.

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


COMMIE MOMMIES: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER?

Commie-mommies

It’s not the radical that is the most dangerous to society…

It appears that one of the biggest threats to our nation is a category of middle-class, college-educated, wine-guzzling white women who seem to have abandoned any semblance of common sense as they indoctrinate their children in the “woke politics” that has them questioning their sexuality and contribution to society.

Openly allowing school systems to teach Critical Race Theory, which posits, but does not prove, that our nation is systemically racist and white people automatically and systemically oppress people of color and those who adopt a different sexual persona. Their children are not taught to share but to give away their toys and dignity to others for no reason other than their skin color.

Demanding that the best and brightest be abandoned in favor of the presumed disadvantaged by dumbing down school curricula, so nobody feels bad when underachieving.

The problem, as I see it, is…

Protest has been socialized as an event or cause for socialization with your peers, to sip wine and virtual signal, to demonstrate allegiance to real-life positions that defy common sense—pointing to the make-believe Pollyanna world of socialism as the means for change while ignoring the hundreds of millions who have died or suffered under socialist regimes.

Meanwhile…

The GOP refuses to take off the gloves and call a spade a spade. They refuse to loudly criticize and condemn the human rights abuses that have been visited on American citizens – especially in the inner cities where political corruption, crime, and poor school systems exist for all to see. To loudly demand that parents live up to their civic responsibilities and moral obligations to support their children.

To allow identity and sexual politics to interfere with the education of children should be a crime – where administrators and teachers are denied certification for in-school indoctrination instead of education.

It is time to stop giving free passes to those who cannot possibly take advantage of the opportunities offered and return to a more competitive environment. Yes, there will be those who are naturally talented and will rise to the top – something as true for academics as it is for sports. But that is the challenge posed by human nature. 

It’s time to put pampered students in their place as students rather than social warriors holding power over the administrators.

And for the legacy and social media…

It’s time to go beyond acceptance of a single-sided truth and start pointing out propaganda and dishonest media sources.

Bottom line…

Commie mommies vote, and unfortunately, not in the best interests of the nation, their families, and especially their children. It is up to the GOP to provide direction – and if they cannot do this simple nation-affirming task, they should all lose their jobs in favor of a random person on the street.

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


LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

After

Who can explain why the Republicans leave everything to the last minute, panic, and then accept the best of the worse?

Even worse, why do Republicans refuse to vet their candidates in advance and continue to allow deeply flawed candidates to run for expediency?

Washington-times-logo-2101475090Embattled Rep.-elect George Santos admits he lied about his life story

Rep.-elect George Santos has come clean about not being truthful with voters about his job background and college education, but he said that won’t stop him from taking his seat in the House next week.

Mr. Santos, 34, admitted to inflating his finance career credentials on his resume and lying about attending Baruch College and later New York University when he ran for the state’s 3rd Congressional District on New York’s Long Island.

After the election, questions arose about these key aspects of his life story that Mr. Santos presented while on the campaign trail.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” he told The New York Post. “I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume. … I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign.”

He admitted to lying about graduating from college. Mr. Santos, who is Catholic, claimed he said he was “Jew-ish” not Jewish. And he said his claim that he worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs was a “poor choice of words.”

Mr. Santos, a Republican from Queens, said that the issues about his background would not prevent him from taking the oath of office next week when he becomes part of the 118th Congress. <Source>

We have become accustomed to politicians lying… just not as blatantly as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Joe Manchin, and former President Donald Trump. And unfortunately, we have come to accept the lousy performance of the political parties in pre-selecting candidates and giving us a choice between evil and more evil.

Even our judiciary is filled with appointees who act like demigods, thwarting the intent and will of the people as they substitute their own partisan viewpoint for constitutional law.

Bottom line…

When will the American people rise up in protest? When is enough enough? Something to think about as we watch America be destroyed from within – while hordes of illegal aliens arrive to complete the task of turning America into a third-world sanctuary where Americans slave (and yes, that’s the right word) to support the illiterate, impoverished, unproductive, illegal aliens at the expense of our health and welfare.

As we approach the New Year, I find that we are screwed, and I am getting no message from the GOP to convince me I am mistaken and that 2023 will bring us a better future.

-- 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 FINE PRINT ABOUT FEELING GOOD AS A CLIMATE WARRIOR

Tesla-cold

Funny how reality, in the form of nature, seems to cut through the bullshit as it bites you in the ass…

(1)  For those of you who have been told that man is capable of managing the global climate using public policies and taxation, the reality is that the climate is constantly changing, mostly over large geologic time scales, and that the primary drivers of climate are indisputably the Sun’s energy output in all spectral bands, cosmic rays, the Earth’s position relative to the Sun, the Earth’s precessional and rotational dynamics, the Earth’s magnetosphere, plate tectonics and vulcanology, the deep ocean currents, the internal dynamics of the Earth, and the most significant greenhouse gas of all, water vapor. None of these are affected by man on a global or even a local scale. The fact is that man does not know the optimum temperature of the Earth since there is a wide variation between the polar and equatorial latitudes. Truth be told, man’s input signal to climate change cannot be detected or measured against the natural variability of global climate.

(2)  The only reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective power technologies at scale are nuclear, hydroelectric, and geothermal. Wind power and solar power have their limitations, and if not for government subsidies and mandates would be relegated to auxiliary use.

(3)  The idea of the electric car as a “zero emission” vehicle is a lie. Not only does it have severe range and operational considerations, but the power also needs to come from conventional sources, which are managed on a regional basis by entities answerable to corrupt government personnel.

The fine print…

How many individuals know that lithium-ion batteries used to power vehicles have temperature limitations that degrade their performance in hot and cold weather? And how many of these individuals even know what “preconditioning a battery” refers to?

Winter Driving Tips

Your Tesla vehicle has many features designed to optimize your cold-weather driving experience. In cold weather, vehicles use more energy to heat the battery and cabin, and it’s normal to see energy consumption increase.

We have made several updates to improve your driving experience in freezing temperatures including better overall thermal performance, quicker Supercharging and improved cabin conditioning.

Watch for the [Ironically named] Snowflake Icon

A blue snowflake icon may appear on your touchscreen and in the app if your battery is too cold for full power and ideal range. When this icon is displayed, you may notice reduced regenerative braking and acceleration.

Leaving your vehicle plugged in whenever possible and keeping the charge level above 20% when not plugged in will reduce the impact of cold temperatures.

Once the battery is warmed, the snowflake will disappear. Charging, driving and preconditioning [turning on your heater before driving or charging] are all ways to warm your battery. <Source: Tesla>

Does it make a difference?

Tesla Owner Stranded At Supercharger Station On Christmas Eve After Cold Weather Paralyzes Battery

Besides freezing door handles, Tesla owners who braved the cold this Christmas weekend were met with 'winter range anxiety.' As we explained last week, cold weather will degrade battery performance. At least one video went viral on Christmas Eve of a person whose Model S wouldn't charge in the cold at a Supercharger station.

Domenick Nati, 44, a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, rolled into a Supercharger station Saturday afternoon with 19 miles left of charge. The Tesla's dashboard showed outside temperatures were 19 degrees Fahrenheit. He made a video about his awful experience over the last 24 hours.

In a video posted on TikTok, Nati said battery issues began on Friday when his Tesla wouldn't warm up so it could charge. He tried charging at his house and a Supercharger station, but nothing seemed to work. In a last-ditch effort, he went to Supercharger station on Christmas Eve, where he experienced the same issues. 

Nati abandoned the Tesla at the Supercharger station, fearing it would run out of juice. He canceled his Christmas plans because it was the only car he had, and adding Tesla customer support and or roadside assistance wasn't to help him troubleshoot the problem. <Source>

Buffalo's deadliest storm in 50 years: Death toll rises to 27 in city and 55 across US after stranded drivers froze to death in their cars and six feet of snow landed on NY - leaving it like a 'war zone'

<Source>

From my author friend, Peter Ralph, in Australia…

Green_is_Good

I hope you're enjoying Christmas Day. I'm sure Australian orange-bellied parrots are.

An Australian State Government EPA has just approved a 122-wind turbine project subject to all wind farm generators shutting down during the northern orange-bellied parrot migration period (1 March to 31 May inclusive) and the southern orange-bellied parrot migration period (15 September to 15 November inclusive).

Even with generous government subsidies it’s hard to see the project being viable if it can only operate for seven months a year.

Australia also has vast uranium reserves that it exports to the rest of the world while banning nuclear power at home.

Rio Tinto recently discovered a massive lithium reserve in Serbia, but the government has revoked its permits following protests.

Many supporters want green energy without paying the environmental costs that go with it.

Meanwhile, 74% of the Greens in Finland voted in support of nuclear power — something the Australian Greens would consider blasphemy.

I don’t know where we will end up with green energy, but I do know there are those who will make fortunes from it.

Grab a copy of his latest book; Greed is Good Green is Great! It’s a great read!

Bottom line…

If you must virtue-signal, at least get the more sensible hybrid.

It is time to push back against the weather bullpucky as it is simply a power grab and funding mechanism for both the globalists and the progressive communist democrats.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A KWANZAA KROCK...

Look up its history for yourself. Read about the violent militant pervert felon who created it.

KWANZAA-KROCK

Know what you are celebrating!


“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


THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAY

What the hell have the globalists, special interests, and their bought-and-paid-for political hacks wrought?

It’s the day after Christmas, and here I am … my small world is at peace. I have a warm bed, enough food, and more entertainment choices than I can possibly consume — all appears to be well as I bitch and moan about third-world problems: prices, taxes, and the decline of the environment surrounding my little piece of the world.

A world where others are suffering mighty, their problems worsened by the policies, both foreign and domestic, of our corrupt and feckless leadership.

Meanwhile, those who purport to represent me — voted in by my fellow citizens and possibly unknown individuals, conspire to feather their own nests. The nation, the state, the city, and my community be damned. 

I can only wonder what the New Year might bring.

With the progressive communist democrats, it’s more of the same — dirty tricks and bamboozling the squishy RINOs into voting for their agenda. 

With the Republicans, it’s a matter of securing your own power base first and then winging it — responding to developing situations with press releases instead of plans.

So what can I do?

(1)  Familiarize myself with the local voting regulations.

(2)  Start identifying those with a like mind and urge an early mail-in response to ballots received in the mail. Not voting is not an option, and it appears that “in-person” voting may become increasingly difficult in strongly Republican precincts.

(3)  Start identifying candidates, especially the infirm, for ballot harvesting if it is legal in your venue.

(4)  Show up at opposition events (without any identifying garb) and ask challenging questions with a tough follow-up.

(5)  Play the “whataboutism” game and call them out if they try to label you. Start by rejecting their premise and say what you want to say.

(6)  Gently troll social media, not with comments or refutations, but with questions you will point to and ask why they are ignoring the questions.

(7)  Read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and use their own tactics against them. Alinsky might have been a communist, but he was a keen observer of human behavior. 

Remember, you cannot convince, cajole, or persuade hardcore fanatics, so don’t waste your time trying. Gather your own base and welcome the disaffected into the fold without criticism, but remain vigilant about their motives and behavior.

Bottom line…

There are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there is a large number of Democrats in the Republican Party. Be careful when selecting those that would lead you astray.

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


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ONE CITIZENSPEAKING 2022

To all my readers…  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the coming Holiday Season.

To everyone else…  

Please accept with no obligation, expressed or implied, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2023, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. This is, of course, neither to suggest nor imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country; also, this is not to imply that "America," as noted herein, is the only America in the Western Hemisphere. May these heartfelt wishes be received with equal intensity regardless of distribution of individual wealth, documented carbon footprint, or perceived social privilege among the wishes addressed herein. This wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wish.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays...

Let us, for a moment, forget the political and financial catastrophes which have befallen our nation and concentrate on family and friends.

And most importantly, let us not forget those who have protected our nation and who stand watch over our celebration.

ArmedServices-MIA

-- 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