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DEMOCRATS WANT TO DRIVE YOU OFF THE CLIFF

Kill-switch

There is nothing wrong with your vehicle. Do not attempt to adjust its operation. We are controlling the speed. If we wish to make it go faster, we will bring up the speed. If we wish to make it go slower, we will apply the brakes. We will control your steering. For your driving safety, sit quietly and we will control all of the vehicle's functions. We repeat: There is nothing wrong with your vehicle. You are about to participate in a great socialist adventure.

Once again, we find our increasingly tyrannical government attempting to limit your freedoms—this time by curtailing your property rights and restricting your freedom of mobility.

Hidden deep within 1000+ page House Resolution H.R.3684, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and masquerading as an impaired driving safety issue, we find the government’s demand that all new vehicles contain a remotely-operated “kill switch.”

Or in the language of the legislation-- “To ensure the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles that can passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired; and prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if an impairment is detected.

Of course, the details are sketchy as a lazy Congress abdicated their sworn duty to debate the issue and craft the actual law, outsourcing their duties to an Executive Branch agency. They are leaving it to the Secretary of Transportation and his bureaucratic minions to craft the essential administrative rules and regulations that act with the force of law.

It is anticipated that your vehicle’s sensors will continuously monitor your behavior to determine impairment, including speed, braking, jerky control movement, lane excursions – all mannerisms of a drunk driver, a driver in medical distress, a driver seeking to avoid an accident, or a driver attempting to flee a pursuer.

Where are the answers to these crucial questions?

  • Who controls the system, and under what conditions?
  • Who has access to the data collected by the system?
  • Will law enforcement agencies be given access to the data without a warrant?
  • Can insurance companies use the data to determine your insurability and rates?
  • Will the system lead to forced medical interventions?
  • Who is responsible for accidental activation and system-caused crashes and personal injuries?
  • What about security from hackers or malicious third parties such as government employees, contractors, and confidential informers who have access to the “keys to the kingdom?”

What about civil rights?

Such a device could also target and discriminate against certain groups of people, such as low-income communities or people of color, who are more likely to live in areas where the risk of impaired driving is higher. Or the unthinkable, conservative drivers appearing to head to polling places in heavily GOP precincts?

The end game?

There is no doubt in my mind that the progressive communist democrats, especially in California and New York, want to curtail the independence, freedom, and joy derived from car ownership-- and limit your existence to Soviet-style hives where everything you need is within a 15-minute walk or accessible by government-controlled mass transit.

Eliminating private ownership of vehicles could have several potential dangers, including:

  • Dependence on the government: Individuals may become overly dependent on the government to provide transportation without the option to own a personal vehicle. This could lead to a loss of autonomy and control over one’s freedom of mobility.
  • Reduced access to transportation: A transition to a completely public transportation system could leave some areas, mainly rural areas, with limited access to transportation. This could lead to isolation and reduced economic opportunities for those living in these areas. How will you return home after a natural disaster or a public employee strike? How can you flee to safety or seek help in an emergency?
  • Job Losses: Eliminating private vehicle ownership would significantly impact the automobile industry and its vendors. This could lead to significant job losses and economic disruption.
  • Lack of flexibility: Public transportation may not always be available, reliable, or meet the specific needs of an individual, such as disability, distance, timing, or cargo and passenger capacity.
  • Privacy concerns: Eliminating personal vehicle ownership could also raise privacy concerns, as individuals would have to rely on public transportation systems that may be subject to surveillance and monitoring.

Bottom line…

Already you risk investigation and possibly temporary incarceration because your geo-locator data indicates your registered device was at or near the scene of a crime. As the January 6 patriot-protesters.

Once again, we find that our freedom is being compromised by our government in the false promise of safety, punishing the masses for the actions of a relatively few errant individuals. Most of these schemes are driven by pointy-headed academics with a radical far-left bias.

The government is likely preparing to use geolocation data to track individuals who might visit gun stores or shooting ranges.

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


LIAR, LEAKER ADAM SCHIFF POINTS THE FINGER

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Now that Adam Schiff is no longer the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, where he can no longer point to never-to-be-released “classified” documents as proof that his outrageous claims are valid, he needs a new diversionary schtick…

Pointing to another lying politician!

ADAM-SCHIFF-LOGO-2Stephen,

The serial liar and newly-elected U.S. Representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district, George Santos, has managed to make himself a pariah within his own party – in less than a week.

Considering the standards of today’s MAGA Republican Party, that’s saying a lot.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has vowed not to assign Santos to any top committees — while leaving the door open for other important committee assignments. Profile in courage, that Kevin McCarthy.

Even while the Nassau County GOP in Santos’ home district has called for his immediate resignation.

“He’s not welcome here. He’s disgraced the House of Representatives and we do not consider him one of our congresspeople.” —Nassau County GOP chair

I agree. I think pretty much everyone in the country does too, except Santos, who is vowing NOT to resign.

Join the bipartisan calls for George Santos’ immediate resignation from Congress by signing my petition today. With Republicans abandoning him already, we have a real opportunity to force his resignation if enough people speak up — but we need to act now.

SR-BUTTON

Santos has betrayed the trust of his constituents and the American people. It’s time for him to go.

Thanks for speaking up and adding your voice today.

— Adam

Funny when the actual previously-classified information was released, Schiff’s lies about the Nunes memo were proven ludicrously false.

IG Report Confirms Schiff FISA Memo Media Praised Was Riddled With Lies

The new inspector general report on FISA abuse settles the debate between Republicans and Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Both groups put out memos about the Department of Justice’s efforts to secure a warrant to wiretap Carter Page.

At the time of their release, the media praised Democrat Adam Schiff and his memo and vilified Republican Devin Nunes and his memo. Nearly two years later, the inspector general’s report vindicates the Nunes memo while showing that the Schiff memo was riddled with lies and false statements. <Source>

And then there is the schtick about condemning the opposition…

As-tweetOf course, Schiff overlooks the truth.

(1)  The tax code was written by lobbyist-driven legislators, especially Democrats, who knowingly voted for tax loopholes and have refused to close them for years.

(2)  Ignoring the government’s own reports of Social Security’s projected insolvency and the unsustainability of Medicare.

Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast.

Annual government reports on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

The financial outlook for Social Security is eroding more quickly than previously expected, as the coronavirus pandemic has drained government revenues and put additional strain on one of the nation’s most important social safety net programs. The overall finances for Medicare, however, are expected to hold steady, though the health program is still forecast to face financial pressure in the coming years.

Annual government reports released on Tuesday on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about their long-term viability at a time when a wave of baby boomers are retiring and the economy faces ongoing uncertainty as variants of the coronavirus surge. The United States economy already faces soaring federal debt levels in the coming decades, but both Democrats and Republicans have been wary of making significant structural reforms to the popular programs. <Source>

(3)  Democrats have had years to codify abortion law and prefer to ignore the issue except as a campaign talking point and fundraising ploy. Of course, they ignore that any such law would be as unconstitutional as the original law itself.

(4)  Democrats live in an “opposite” world of projection. Not only are they the party of slavery, secession, and segregation, they have long abandoned working-class Americans in favor of oligarchs and despots. Democrats have destroyed jobs, raised taxes, and decimated the working middle class with their crazy restrictions based on a communist ideology.

(5) What was the Intelligence Committee doing under your direction for years while you pursued the Trump bogeyman? What about the known terrorists crossing an unprotected border? About those Chinese spies in the government and defense industry. Perhaps you could ask your fellow intelligence committee member Swalwell, who was caught sleeping with a Chinese spy?

(6)  The Republicans weren’t the ones drafting legislation with misrepresenting names or inserting un-America garbage in bills only to claim the Republicans voted against them -- but were really voting against the garbage in the bill?

Bottom line…

Adam Schiff must be censured and expelled from the House of Representatives if not prosecuted criminally for 18 U.S.C. § 371—CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES.

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor. <Source>

Let’s see if the newly-elected Committees have the cojones to take on Schiff.

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


SAD TRUTH OF THE DAY

It is a fact that there are no Republicans in the Democrat Party, but there are Democrats in the Republican Party…

Republican Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC),  sworn into the 118th Congress on January 7, 2023, wasted no time authoring H.Res.10 - Directing the Fine Arts Board to obtain a bust of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for display in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol, on January 9, 2023.

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Forget for a moment that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a corruptocrat operating in a corrupt country that has been given billions of dollars without demands for responsible use or oversight,  and ask yourself what Representative Wilson could have done for America, the American people, and specifically his South Carolina constituency?

I wonder how much Wilson was influenced by some of his special interest donors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman, who are grabbing a big chunk of the $100 billion in taxpayer funds allocated to assisting Ukraine.

Bottom line…

I don’t care what Wilson, considered by many to be a staunch conservative, has done in the past, good or bad, but this is an unseemly action that does not speak well of the House Republicans who have pledged to do the right thing when it comes to shepherding America back on the right path to unity, peace, and prosperity.

If not a pseudo-Democrat, Wilson is undoubtedly an ass-kisser.

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


NONE DARE CALL IT AN ACT OF WAR

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We are at Defcon 2...

The fact remains that the leadership of Communist China is now seeding a new variant of the China-made Covid-19 virus throughout the world. Allowing infected individuals to travel abroad freely is an act of biowarfare.

For the U.S. government's leadership to willingly allow these individuals into the United States, either through legitimate travel channels or illegally crossing our borders, is treason.

There comes a time when no messaging or statistical sleight-of-hand can overcome the optics of full emergency rooms and hospital beds.

Add the overlay of the Administration's attempt to censor dissenting information that questions the efficacy of the various vaccines and the prevalence of life-altering side effects.

There is no doubt in my mind that the credibility of the public health authorities at the local, state and federal levels has been seriously eroded. They are leading Americans into a wilderness of mirrors with no authoritative answers.

As Dr. Fauci and his colleagues have demonstrated, speaking with certainty against the backdrop of an official seal is no longer enough.

Even worse, because of China's tendrils into government agencies and institutions, we now need to worry about regime collaborators willing to sell out America for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver. The exact price paid to the master of an enslaved person if and when his slave was gored by an ox, as mentioned in Exodus 21:32.

The narrative war...

We are engaged in an information war, attempting to change the ingrained long-standing beliefs gathered since childhood. Some individuals will be apathetic, some intellectually lazy, and some willing to bask in the comfort of their peers.  The key to forcing people to hear what they would rather not hear is daunting -- you need to subliminally access their channels of learning, so they finally accept and agree with your premise as if it were their own. Difficult or near impossible when the opposition controls the levers of media. 

They do not understand that we are facing the battle of our lives; against an alternate world order comprised of elites, oligarchs, and despots who have managed to subvert the system. One, by controlling the narrative through the media, censorship, and cancellation. Two, by inflating the money supply and manipulating currencies to allow the purchase of assets and influence that which could not be gained with force. Three, by indoctrinating, not educating, another generation into ignoring history and traditional norms in favor of normalizing bizarre and aberrant behaviors. And four, by simply coercing through money, sex, and blackmail the assent of those who we have trusted with our future.

Bottom line...

I fear that I am too old to be more optimistic that a solution to the encroaching demise of the United States can be found in my lifetime, especially when professional politicians put themselves above the needs of their nation and constituents -- as they pander to special interests, malignant unions,  and large donors.

The one saving grace of our Founding Fathers lies in their realization that the Second Amendment plays a role in self-protection against evildoers and evil governments.

One need only look at a disarmed Mexico to see the end-stage of America in twenty years. Illegal aliens with allegiance to their country of origin and without traditional American values of freedom are already invading the United States in massive numbers and, in some places, have, over time, begun to dominate political decision-making. 

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 UNBELIEVABLE JOY BAHAR

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There comes a time when you must call out corrupt progressive communist democrat evildoers who say things so idiotic as to make one wonder if they are suffering from a mental illness like Trump derangement syndrome.

Responding to recent revelations that Joe Biden had possession of classified documents before becoming President and after his vice presidency ended, Joy Behar attempted to draw a sharp distinction between the Trump and Biden document discoveries by proclaiming,

"We all know that Trump is a liar and a thief. We know that. So it’s not that big a jump to say that he obstructed and he lied. We don’t think Biden is a liar and a thief, so we give him the benefit of the doubt."

This is an ignorant and ludicrous assertion, given that President Biden is a thoroughly corrupt, pathological, chronic, and compulsive liar.

In her own words… 

The documents bearing classified markings were discovered in a locked private office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, where Biden used the office space from the end of his vice presidency in 2017 until the beginning of his 2020 presidential campaign. And, unlike the President of the United States, the Vice President is not authorized to declassify documents or circumvent document retention and storage policies unilaterally.

What makes these revelations problematic is threefold. One, the news of the discovered documents were deliberately withheld until after the mid-term elections. Two, the documents included classified information on Ukraine, where both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were known to be freelancing Vice President Biden’s contacts and influence in exchange for millions of dollars. And three, the circumstances are similar to the Trump-related documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago that President Biden viciously condemned in a 60-Minutes interview.

When asked by CBS’ Scott Pelley about the viral photograph of top secret documents spread across the floor by the FBI following the raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, a photo staged by the FBI, Biden said,

"How that could possibly happen, how one anyone could be that irresponsible? And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera. And it's just totally irresponsible."

Bottom line...

Unfortunately, this is how many white, college-educated, wine-sipping women get the news that helps fashion their worldview.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

p.s.

Don't forget the race-baiting Stacy Abrams...

STACY-ABRAMS-GRIFTER


“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


PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS TARGETING NATURAL GAS

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In their struggle to destroy America from within, the progressive communist democrats will do everything in their power to cripple the American economy by eliminating access to abundant, cost-effective, clean-burning natural gas in favor of costly, unreliable, and unsustainable “green power.”

Another fear-driven campaign based on trace amounts of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter.

Biden Administration Considers Banning Gas Stoves over Health Concerns

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to open public comment on the dangers of gas stoves sometime this winter. The commission could set standards on emissions from the gas stoves, or even look to ban the manufacture or import of the appliances, commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg News.

[OCS: Trumka Sr, was the corrupt communist thuggish leader of the AFL-CIO and bound to the hip of progressive communist democrats. It appears that the son has taken up the mantle.]

“This is a hidden hazard,” Trumka told the outlet. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” <Source>

The push to restrict natural gas is driven by the progressive communist democrats in Congress, notably U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA). And co-signed by the usual suspects, the progressive communist democrats who have authored much of the absurdly restrictive legislation designed to advance the progressive communist democrat’s agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), and co-signed by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Shontel M. Brown (D-OH), Mark Takano (D-CA), Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Gwen S. Moore (D-WI), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), and Katie Porter (D-CA). <Source>

Of course, their justification is “the science,” which they tweak to favor their cause while ignoring the basic facts that all cooking, no matter what the heating method, releases pollutants of varying degrees into the air and that the real issue is adequate ventilation, not restrictions on natural gas. The full text of the Congressional letter calling for restrictions on natural gas can be found here.

Meanwhile, Americans are being punished by exorbitantly high gas prices…

SoCal Gas warns customers to expect 'shockingly high' bills this month: Here's why

A lot of natural gas bills in Southern California are suddenly getting more expensive.

SoCal Gas has already warned customers: "January bills are likely to be shockingly high,"

Lauren Davis is among those shocked customers.

When she opened her family's gas bill this month, she found it was nearly 25% higher than expected.

"I opened the bill and it was $330 and the first thing was, 'What's the temperature in our house?'" Davis said.

After taking a closer look, Davis found out she actually used less gas this year compared to the same time period last year.

But the cost of natural gas supplies nearly doubled, leading to more money out of her pocket.

"For a colder house, less gas used and it's insane," Davis said.

When SoCal Gas warned customers of the expected increase on a website message in late December, the company said natural gas market prices in the West more than doubled between December and January.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the reasons behind the price hike of natural gas included the following factors:

  • Widespread, below-normal temperatures
  • High natural gas consumption
  • Reduced natural gas flows
  • Pipeline constraints, including maintenance in West Texas
  • Low natural gas storage levels in the Pacific region

SoCalGas announced that it contributed $1 million toward its gas assistance fund, which gives one-time, $100 grants to qualifying applicants. <Source>

Our bill tracker notification system shows a projected next bill of over $330.00. Here is a convenient chart of what we paid and the average temperature for the billing period.

Socal-payments

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats need to cripple our economy using environmental regulations, including climate change and dumping billions of gallons of water into the ocean, purportedly to save a worthless fish known as the Delta Smelt, before they move on to their next targets.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

WARNING: THE PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS ARE PLANTING TIME BOMBS IN AMERICA


“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


JUST ASKING...

Once again, we appear to be faced with another academic writing that makes me wonder if this is another attempt by the black socialists attempting to sow discord in America by racializing one of our national sports and trying to destroy another long-standing institution.

The research itself appears to be an academic absurdity that is inconsequential in our understanding of our environment and the sport of football.

UN_SCIENTIFIC_AMERICAN

Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football
The “terrifyingly ordinary” nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men

The ordinariness of men running into each other at full speed represents a normalized—even rationalized—violence that is routine to this American game.

This ordinary violence has always riddled the sport and it affects all players. But Black players are disproportionately affected. While Black men are severely underrepresented in positions of power across football organizations, such as coaching and management, they are overrepresented on the gridiron. Non-white players account for 70 percent of the NFL; nearly half of all Division I college football players are Black. Further, through a process called racial stacking, coaches racially segregate athletes by playing position. These demographic discrepancies place Black athletes at a higher risk during play.

[OCS: Ignoring that football players are selected for their size, agility, and ability to execute complex plays in three dimensions, outstanding player candidates would be welcome regardless of their class characteristics.

Simple reasoning tells you that the greater the number of game participants, the greater the number of potential injuries. What is the author saying? Football is a game of racial power politics that diminishes black athletes. That we need to apply identity politics to coaching and front-office management? That there should be a sociological goal other than to entertain America, win, and generate financial gains in the process? Or is the author’s goal more malignant and disruptive?]

As a cultural anthropologist, I’ve spent the last decade learning how Black college football players navigate the exploitation, racism, and anti-Blackness that are fundamental to its current system. I know it’s not new to highlight the inherent violence of American football. This sport requires exceptional athletes, who are otherwise ordinary men, to perform extraordinary feats on the field. We liken these men to gladiators and warriors. The leagues, organizations, teams, coaches, spectators, and fans who benefit from their performance expect them to tough it out when they get hurt and applaud them when they play through these injuries. <Source>

[OCS: One is reminded of the wisdom of Booker T. Washington, who noted, “There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

Like a man with a hammer seeing everything as a nail, are certain academics seeing racism in everything with a disproportionate class membership?]


ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

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2022-present  Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

2020   Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Virginia; Dissertation: “A Team of Brothers: Race, Kin, and Order in College Football”
2016   M.A., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Virginia
2013   B.A., cum laude, Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, Duke University

Sport. Race. Kinship. Masculinity.

​I’m a socio-cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic research uses sport to theorize race, kinship and care, gender, and the performing body. My work focuses on the lived experiences of Black football players.

Currently, I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and affiliated with the Sports and Race Project at Duke University.

My research has been supported by various agencies, including the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bottom line...

Again I am disappointed in Scientific American for publishing drivel.

I am likewise displeased by certain actors in academia that exploit numerical discrepancies in player participation and management to cry racism, especially in elite sports where performance factors, exclusive of race, determine success.

And, I am suspicious of those who openly fete W.E.B. Du Bois.

From the Communist Party USA…

W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He encountered socialist ideas while he was studying in Germany, where he occasionally attended rallies of the German Social Democratic Party. A pioneer of U.S. sociology and prolific author, Du Bois was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was the first editor of its journal the Crisis.

In 1961, after a lifetime of scholarship and activism, he joined the Communist Party USA, saying ‘Capitalism cannot reform itself. Communism the effort to give all…what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute this is the only way of human life.’ <Source>

It is my personal belief that this is just another one of a cumulative attack on America, American culture, and Americans – with the single goal of dividing our nation by race and destroying it from within.

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


HOW COULD A FOREIGN ENEMY CRIPPLE THE U.S. WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT?

If you did not realize the threat, an army of mercenaries in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere is ready to attack the United States as long as the check clears.

They already have access to the highest reaches of our government, military, operators of critical infrastructure, and the media -- and they will leverage that access on behalf of their foreign clients.

China exploits the system with legal warfare, also known as lawfare…

The Third Warfare

The CCP is keenly aware that it is not yet able to destroy the West at a kinetic level of warfare. In a head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its allies, China would be outmatched — literally outgunned, militarily. However, there are devastating ways to wage asymmetrical warfare to undermine and weaken the U.S. while simultaneously bolstering the CCP’s military objectives and capacity to wage war in multiple theaters.

The CCP has learned to use the robust U.S. legal system to weaken America’s standing as the world’s leading superpower. Tactics collectively known as “lawfare” exploit both the strengths and weaknesses of American law and litigation to tie up, obstruct, undermine, and divide the U.S. internally and on the global stage.

Lawfare is a major component of fifth-generation warfare, which uses information and data to exploit and redefine cognitive biases, manipulate worldviews, and destroy opponents from within.

It is critical that U.S. lawmakers, policymakers, and military leadership understand China’s three warfares strategy and meet their threat head-on. A merely defensive posture plays into the CCP’s intent to immobilize U.S. companies, governmental agencies, and military powers through endless litigation and the manipulation of public opinion.

Ultimately, lawfare is a means of achieving military objectives — while constraining the West’s ability to employ its martial advantages — making it a serious threat to U.S. national security.  <Source>

Want to stop a significant economic development, hire some activists, gin up an AstroTurf effort to grab media attention, hire lawyers and file a suit demanding costly environmental impact studies or excessive cost curtailments?

FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) is a joke...

Not all attorneys disclose their affiliations, especially when hired by an intermediary “homegrown” third party.

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The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts, and disbursements in support of those activities. <Source>

And if caught, they negotiate their way out of “technical” violations...

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Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
Civil settlement resolves Department of Justice national security inquiry into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, resolving its liability for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

According to the Agreement, Skadden acted as an agent of the Government of Ukraine within the meaning of FARA, 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq., by contributing to a public relations campaign directed at select members of the U.S. news media in 2012. Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, Skadden received multiple inquiries from the Department’s FARA Registration Unit about its role in that campaign. A partner then at Skadden made false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, which led it to conclude in 2013 that the firm was not obligated to register under FARA. The facts, when uncovered, showed that Skadden was indeed required to register in 2012, and, under the Agreement, it will do so retroactively.

“Law firms should handle inquiries from the federal government the same way they would counsel their clients to: with appropriate due diligence to ensure the honesty of their response,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Skadden’s failure to do so, and reliance on only the representations of the lead partner on the matter, hid from the public that its report was part of a Ukrainian foreign influence campaign. FARA protects the integrity of the American political system by enabling Americans to consider the identity of the speaker as they evaluate the substance of the speech.” Assistant Attorney General Demers added, “The Department appreciates Skadden’s more recent extensive cooperation in the investigation of this matter, which facilitated its resolution.”

In addition to agreeing to register under FARA, Skadden has agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $4.6 million, which it received in fees and expenses for its work with Ukraine, and will ensure that it has formal, robust procedures for responding to inquiries concerning its conduct from any federal government entity and ensuring FARA compliance as to its engagements on behalf of foreign clients.

The Agreement acknowledges that Skadden has already taken substantial steps to comply with its terms, and so long as the firm continues to comply with it, the Department will not undertake any action against the firm relating to any of the conduct described in the Agreement and its Appendix.              

Jason B.A handled the investigation and negotiation of the Agreement. McCullough, a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, which includes the FARA Registration Unit, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Division.  <Source> Download Skadden Settlement Agreement here.           

And for those pushing for Hunter Biden to be held criminally responsible for his acts while acting as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of China, Ukraine, Russia, and others, don’t hold your breath…

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Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National

Elliott Broidy, 63, of Beverly Hills, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

In exchange for millions of dollars, Elliott Broidy and his co-conspirators agreed to secretly do the bidding of a foreign government and a foreign national by lobbying senior U.S. government officials regarding a pending Department of Justice investigation and the extradition of a foreign national,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Although his repeated efforts to influence the administration were unsuccessful, Mr. Broidy never disclosed that he was actually acting on behalf of foreign actors. 

This case demonstrates how foreign governments and principals seek to advance their agendas in the United States by hiding behind politically influential proxies. Such conduct poses a serious threat to our national security and undermines the integrity of our democracy. Mr. Broidy’s failure to disclose that he was acting on behalf of foreign principals deceived the American people and prevented government officials from properly evaluating the true source of and motivation for his lobbying efforts.” <Source>

[OCS:  Broidy, who served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2008 and pled guilty to conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, forfeited $6.6 million. And was pardoned by President Trump on January 19, 2021.]

A sampling of significant law firms currently registered as foreign agents….

  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Squire Patton Boggs, LLP

Along with numerous former politicians on both sides of the aisle and public relations consultants. Look through the list yourself here.

Bottom line…

Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are treating the U.S. Constitution and our legal system as a weapon, a suicide pact that allows economic terrorists to operate with near impunity. 

So who is watching out for America? Biden’s Department of Justice? The Federal Bureau of Investigation?

It appears that our government, including our Congressional oversight committees and premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, are either blind or corrupt. From what we have seen with the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens, I am betting on corruption. From China, Ukraine, and Russia.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve 

H/T Reader Tom, who sent me an article that pissed me off.


“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


HOW THE CORPORATIZED MEDIA DISTORTS SCIENCE

The key feature of the scientific method is controlled skepticism, where every fact and hypothesis is open for challenge, leading to confirmation, refinement, or falsification.

There is no consensus, as consensus is a political process to seek accord, often by negotiation. In science, there is no negotiation, and where facts may be generally accepted by some segment of the scientific community, that does not make them immune to challenge or debate.

By way of illustration, Albert Einstein, widely considered one of the greatest scientists of history, saw his complex theoretical work often misunderstood – sometimes violently by certain well-respected, well-credentialed members of the scientific community. A number of those challenged Einstein's theory of Special Relativity in a 1931 work titled, Hundred Authors against Einstein. In response to the work, Einstein famously quipped, “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would have been enough.” Pointing out that even the most well-accepted theory may be falsified by one scientific work.

Unfortunately, we are living in an era where politics has infected both science and a previously questioning media.

Today, science and the use of an appeal to scientific authority often drive the justification of public policy. And, when those public policies fail and the public is harmed, it is blamed on our imperfect understanding of science rather than the imperfect and corrupt individuals and institutions that put forth the policy to further their agenda and self-interests.

Few realize that current regime-driven funding mechanisms promote institutions, projects, and principal researchers who conform to the fashionable science of the day. With few expenditures allotted to the replication and confirmation of scientific findings that might embarrass the funders or those elite scientists who participated in the research. Especially if the results did not support commonly-held beliefs and public policies. Of course, the most common mistake in science is taking a local result and globalizing or exaggerating it to give it a greater impact in the media.

The regime is the filter that drives the media coverage of scientific findings…

ARTICLE-SCIENCEWhat it means to be a scientist…

Being a researcher is much more than getting a degree from an accredited educational institution—witness the number of discoveries and inventions from what the elite would call amateurs.

It is much more than paying lip service to the scientific method – especially while allowing the availability of funding bias to influence their work in favor of the funders.

It is about curiosity, hypotheses, observations, measurements, and the calculation of the bounds of uncertainty.

It certainly is not about stepping out of your expertise to opine on political or scientific matters with far-reaching ramifications outside your subject-matter knowledge basis. For that’s not science; it is opinion and commentary dressed up in credentialism or buried in a ream of cherry-picked, peer-reviewed papers.

The most important part of your findings or conclusion should be the ± error estimate that further validates your work. Without an estimate of likely error, the work remains incomplete.

For those individuals that represent that they speak for “The Science,” they should be ignored as compromised charlatans with an agenda beyond research. Perhaps best encapsulated in a quote by the eminent Australian Nobel Laureate and immunologist Peter Doherty who quipped, “If you want absolutes speak to a politician or a pope.”

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats and their feckless republican counterparts have destroyed the public’s faith in our premier government institutions, the media, and, shamefully, the process of science itself.

Faith in experts has been lost.

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