RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR A SATURDAY
Punishing the many for the acts of a few…
For all the talk about a new crime wave sweeping the country, almost the entire country is safe from homicidal maniacs. In most neighborhoods in the country–or even in the counties where the murders are concentrated–people are perfectly safe. Crime is concentrated in remarkably few areas.
Those are the findings of the Crime Prevention Research Center. And of common sense, if you think about it. Unless you live in a bad part of town you don’t worry about taking a stroll through a neighborhood and are totally shocked if something does happen in otherwise safe areas.
There are vast swathes of the country where violent crime is very very rare, and small areas of the country where it is common. And what the MSM doesn’t tell you when they scream from the rooftops about how common “mass shootings” are is that they are almost always gang members shooting gang members. Not that this is acceptable, but it is a far different problem than random crazies picking up a gun and shooting a place up.
It 's criminals being criminals, and the way to deal with criminals being criminals is to arrest them and lock them up, instead of pat them on the back and tell them society made them do it. <Source>
Supreme Court Leak…
The United States Supreme Court claimed it suffered one of the worst breaches of trust in its history, an assault on justice, when the draft opinion of the pending Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision was leaked in May 2022. Now, the Court informs us that it hasn’t found the leaker despite an extremely small number of individuals who had access to the leaked document. The Court even requested an “outside” review of the investigatory process that ultimately pronounced the investigation as thorough. Leading me to question whether or not the leak was sanctioned as a means to reduce public criticism of the Court. A time-tested technique used by politicians who want to diffuse public reaction to bad news. The official announcement can be found here.
We are now learning that the Justices and their wives may have not been questioned which makes a mockery of the “thorough” investigation. <Source> But they were spoken to? <Source>
Government accounting systems and system controls – defective by design?
“For years, the Department of Defense has struggled to accurately account for government property in the possession of contractors, known as government-furnished property. DOD has repeatedly revised its planned dates to address a GFP-related material weakness since auditors first reported it in 2001.”
“DOD’s lack of accountability over government property in the possession of contractors has been reported by auditors for decades. This long-standing issue affects the accounting and reporting of GFP and is one of the reasons DOD is unable to produce auditable financial statements. DOD estimated the value of its GFP at over $220 billion; however, that amount is likely significantly understated.”
The GAO is an investigatory agency with limited powers and no enforcement duties. Year after year they produce reports with recommendations which may or may not be followed, with failures appearing in the next report. Kabuki theatre to give the impression of actions after audits. Still waiting for the Department of Defense to address its inability to track equipment provided to government contractors. The GAO report can be found here.
Pompeo for President…
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, now a presumptive 2024 presidential candidate is slinging the anti-Trump mud in pre-release publicity for his obligatory memoir, "Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love."
- Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo's new book, Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, alleges that Haley "played" White House chief of staff John Kelly by securing a personal Oval Office meeting but, in fact, bringing Kushner and Trump's daughter along with her, according to excerpts obtained by The Guardian. “As best Kelly could tell, they were presenting a possible ‘Haley for vice-president’ option,” Pompeo wrote. "I can’t confirm this, but [Kelly] was certain he had been played, and he was not happy about it. Clearly, this visit did not reflect a team effort but undermined our work for America.” Pompeo was serving as secretary of state at the time and Haley was Trump's ambassador to the United Nations. <Source>
- Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleges in an explosive new memoir that former President Donald Trump told him to “shut the hell up for a while” about China hiding early COVID-19 pandemic information — after Chinese President Xi Jinping said it was a sore topic. <Source>
Let us not forget that Pompeo served as the CIA Director (January 23, 2017 – April 26, 2018) under Trump and that his Deputy Director was Gina Haspel who served as CIA Director until being replaced by Biden nominee William J. Burns on January 20, 2021. We are talking deep state swamp creatures here whose art of deception, diversion, and distraction are well known. Is this a plus for the presidency or empowerment of establishment “business as usual” Republicans who work with the Democrats to spend more and more money?
It appears that certain members of the deep state do not want a corrupt, inept, and mentally deficient Biden to run in 2024. Hence, the brouhaha over classified documents when there is ample evidence of real criminal activities.
Why? The answer is simple, Biden’s document crime is a solo act, unlike compromising our Southern border which implicates many deep state actors or the quid-pro-quo deals that reveal State Department/CIA actors.
It appears that this is the very same type of action that forced then-popular president Richard Nixon from office to be replaced by a deep state-friendly politician, Gerald Ford. Let us not forget that it was Nixon who first broached the subject of the CIA’s involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy to CIA Director Richard Helms. Remember four of the five burglars that broke into the Watergate offices of the DNC worked for the CIA. Funny how Bob Woodward, whose source for the Watergate story was Mark Felt, the Deputy Director of the FBI, was not a journalist by an intelligence officer performing classified duties for the government.
Word in the deep state, the favored candidate is not Vice President Kamala Harris, but California Governor Gavin Newsom. Now, the goal of the Washington elite is to protect the Democrat Party since Biden’s ship is sinking fast.
Is President Biden a foreign agent?
Between the end of his Vice Presidency and the beginning of his Presidency, it appears he participated in Ukraine projects that represented foreign countries – requiring registration under FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Even worse, while President Biden has repeatedly denied discussing business with his son, Biden met with at least 14 of Hunter Biden’s business associates while he was vice president in the Obama White House. Including business associates from the U.S., Mexico, Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan. During this time, President Biden was receiving money, goods, and services from Hunter – including a portion of Hunter’s share of received funds. He was also complicit in selling access to his office during the Vice Presidency and Presidency.
Why are the details of a crime involving Paul Pelosi being covered up when such information is routinely released on non-influential individuals?
Even more unusual, why are left-biased news agencies like The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC and KQED, and an NPR-member radio station going to court to seek access to routinely available police body cam footage, tapes of the 911 call, interview details taken from the scene that night, and video from the security system monitored by the Capitol Police in D.C.?
Embarrassment, political or personal, has never been a consideration for information dumps previously. Is there a significant discrepancy between the official narrative and the evidence? <Source>
It has been previously reported that Governor Gavin Newsom engaged in the highly unethical practice of soliciting state vendors for campaign cash, and the first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, solicited the same state vendors and the governor's campaign donors for gifts to her charity, The Representation Project.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s non-profit, The Representation Project, raises money from a who’s who of governor’s backers and state vendors – despite their charitable registration lapsing with the state. <Source>
Sounds just like political grifting to me, exploiting her husband’s office for personal profit. And him shaking down those who do business with the State of California. Democrat business as usual.
Stupidity must be hereditary…
John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa, a 44-year-old American healthcare administrator and physician married to an Iranian national, carried the word at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“A quarter of the world’s deaths currently are from preventable environmental causes.”
This fits the WEF’s mantra: we are facing existential crises and unless you give us dominion over the world’s nations and populations, you will die. Categorically untrue and her statement demands explanation. Dr. Kerry is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that focuses on the power of investing in health and the health workforce for social well-being, economic growth, equity which transforms countries.
The greatest logic flaw…
The left’s position is that they represent democracy and any time they lose an election or fail to advance their agenda, democracy is under threat. Unfortunately, few stand up and point to the fact that the left is anti-capitalist and pro-authoritarian which is a true threat to democracy and freedom. A classic example of the left representing the very opposite of what they claim. Of course, both political parties participate in the charade as they pre-select the candidates running for office and which are offered to the voting public as pseudo-choice.
Trump was right…
Widely scorned by the globalists and progressive communist democrats when Trump said we should keep some of Iraq’s oil to defray our expenses, we not find that Iraq wants our money and assistance, but not so much our terms and conditions.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani defended the presence of U.S. troops in his country and set no timetable for their withdrawal, signaling a less confrontational posture toward Washington early in his term than his Iran-backed political allies have taken.
“We think that we need the foreign forces,” Mr. Sudani said in his first U.S. interview since taking office in October, referring to the American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troop contingents that train and assist Iraqi units in countering Islamic State but largely stay out of combat. “Elimination of ISIS needs some more time,” he added.
Until now, Mr. Sudani has been publicly silent about his views on keeping U.S. forces in Iraq, saying only that he would consult Iraqi commanders. Some pro-Iranian militia leaders and Mr. Sudani’s supporters in Parliament are pressing him to reconsider the U.S. presence.
That has left Biden administration officials unsure about the future of around 2,000 American troops in Iraq and a separate multinational training force under NATO command. <Source>
al-Sudani is closely aligned with Iran, so if Iraq wants our help protecting their oil revenues and countering Iran and the terrorists they support, let them pay – starting with refilling our national oil reserves at zero cost, including transportation.
“Scientific study” – a precursor to limiting access to national parks?
Hikers appear to have a strong negative influence on the movement of wildlife, research finds.
A study of Glacier National Park hiking trails during and after a COVID-19 closure adds evidence to the theory that humans can create a “landscape of fear,” as do other apex predators. Their presence seems to change how species use an area.
Glacier, which covers nearly 1,600 square miles of northwestern Montana, sees more than 3 million human visitors a year. It is also home to diverse range of animals with almost the full complement of mammal species that have existed in the region historically.
Thornton says park managers are faced with a balancing act between conservation and public use missions.
“It’s obviously important that people are able to get out there, but there might be a level of which that starts to be problematic,” he says. “Some additional research could help get a better understanding of that and help develop some guidelines and goals.” <Source> <The Report>
Fundraising using a condemned killer – with the money going to the non-profit news outlet.
On February 16, just 27 days from now, the state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip, despite overwhelming evidence that he is innocent.
Glossip was sentenced to death for a murder that even prosecutors admit he wasn’t present for. No physical evidence linked Glossip to the crime. Instead, the case against him was built almost exclusively on the testimony of the admitted killer, who avoided the death penalty himself by saying the murder was all Glossip’s idea.
The entire case is a travesty and a grotesque miscarriage of justice.
The Intercept’s team has tirelessly covered Glossip’s story for years, revealing one example after another of police and prosecutors cutting corners and ignoring witnesses and evidence that contradicted their case.
Now, with Glossip’s execution looming, Oklahoma’s parole board may be his last chance. Our team is racing to elevate this outrageous injustice and uncover evidence that could save Glossip’s life.
Will you make a donation to The Intercept to help us continue to investigate this case and expose the gross injustices of the death penalty in the U.S.?
But if Oklahoma finally gets its way, Glossip will be executed by lethal injection on February 16.
Clemency may be the last chance for authorities to spare the life of a man whose case has become emblematic of the profound problems with Oklahoma’s death penalty system and capital punishment as a whole.
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The most politically dangerous issue facing us today is the convoluted and inverted nature of our language where evil is good, wrong is right, down is up, and boys are girls. All without challenge from academics who should know better or the media that should call out absurdities and prevarications.
We are truly and thoroughly screwed.
“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 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