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A SYSTEM CRASH OPENED MY EYES

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For those who believe that every problem sows the seeds of opportunity, you may be right...

For the last three days, my eyes have been opened as I struggled with first trying to restore a backup that had passed a validity check and then using the nuclear option of rebuilding my system from the bare metal.

Some of the things I learned along the way...

(1)  Backup software, even professional-grade software, can be dodgy in ways that are not apparent until you face a data disaster. In this case, the validation feature prominently displayed in the center of the screen is misleading. It may mean that your data file is valid, but the disk file system is corrupted, so you cannot restore the entire system. Likewise, critical hidden files may not be captured. Luckily, I use other software to protect my data files, not the installed programs.

(2)  Then there is Microsoft... putting more cruft in their installations, which pack unwanted and unnecessary features into their bloated programs -- and then force you to adopt their work process even though you must re-tool your own workflow. And, of course, they are trying to force you into the cloud -- where they hold the keys to the kingdom and can unilaterally scan your data without your permission—using a pay-as-you-go money-spinning scheme to generate outlandish profits on some products that have seen better days—forcing you to use a Microsoft account to download third-party software.  Even with a new installation from Microsoft's latest software release -- expect to spend hours updating and tweaking settings.

(3)  Even my blog provider gave me some grief. I use third-party blogging software to post entries and needed the vendor's server address. They told me, straight up, that they don't support third-party software and to use their inferior software offering -- telling me that it may have some new features. Of course, this was lousy customer service and pure bullshit from a company whose aging platform has seen numerous issues—time to reconsider our 17-year relationship.

(4)  You can do everything right and still get screwed by the fickle finger of fate wielded by Father Time.

Bottom line...

It's great to have a fallback position of simply walking away from the bullshit.

It appears that we are in deep doo-doo -- a full-on communist rebellion and a police state enforcing the nonsense that would have our ancestors running our tarred and feathered politicians out of town on a rail.

We are 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


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“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


M$ SCREEN OF DEATH

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Another day, another update…

Today’s hiatus from politics is brought to you courtesy of Microsoft and their infamously crappy update process which scrambled a portion of their equally dodgy Windows 10 operating system.

I use backup and recovery software and perform a nightly backup, saving critical legal or financial files to another location when created.

So, when this minor annoyance struck, I attempted to repair the system but couldn’t get the system to do anything after logon but display a black screen with a flashing system tray at the bottom.

I tried an alternate account login and booting into safe mode, but no joy was found in either effort.

I booted my system from a bootable removable drive with recovery software and set about backing up the damaged system in situ for further investigation. This is an extremely time-consuming process.

After the hours-long process, it is my intention to copy some selected directories to an external drive before restoring yesterday’s validated backup. Then, on to restoring select data files to bring the system current to today — and soldier on after another backup. 

UPDATE: Validated backups indicating corrupt index — new plan required.

In the meantime, I will do some further research on Vivek Ramaswamy, who I believe is an opportunistic poseur kissing Donald Trump’s ass for a position in his Administration if he should win. Otherwise, boost his own name brand which he will use to monetize his ventures. In my opinion, he appears to be an inexperienced man not to be trusted with our nation’s affairs.

Bottom line…

M$hit happens and 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


DO THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE HONESTY TO GO FULL COMMIE?

We are faced with the clear and present danger of communism in the form of a Trojan Horse, the modern Democrat Party…

Long infiltrated by hardcore communists, agitators, and activists, the Democrats control most of our government, institutions, and infrastructure. They have weaponized the government against the people and destroyed our sovereignty with open borders. They have wrecked our economy and produced another generation of ill-educated, mush-minded, useful idiots in their K-college indoctrination programs. 

So why won’t the Democrats elect an out-and-out communist like Bernie Sanders instead of a closeted one like Barack Obama?

BS-FULL-COMMIE

Almost…

Undoubtedly, Bernie Sanders remains a prominent figure within the Democratic Party and played a significant role in influencing the progressive communist democrat platform and policy discussions, particularly in the 2016 presidential primaries. Sanders was the front-running candidate, laid low by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

Likewise, there is little doubt that Hillary Clinton and her cadre of Communist Clintonistas conspired with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to steal the presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary season. Much of the evidence revealed in the release of allegedly hacked DNC emails demonstrated DNC bias against Sanders. Although the DNC claimed that Russia hacked the emails, the FBI was prevented from thoroughly investigating the alleged email server breach by the DNC and stonewalled the investigation of the mysterious murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich, who favored Sanders and had access to the emails. Rich was said to be the victim of a robbery – where nothing was taken. Except his laptop kept mysteriously appearing and disappearing. Moreover, the head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had her own laptop scandal involving foreign nationals with access to the Democrat’s IT systems.

Again?

On the Trail: Why Bernie Sanders is back in NH on Saturday

Longtime progressive champion Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to the New Hampshire on Saturday, a trip that’s sure to generate plenty of political buzz ahead of next year’s presidential primaries.

Sanders will deliver a speech entitled “The Agenda America Needs” at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics that a release from the populist independent senator highlighted will “lay out a concrete agenda which speaks to the needs of a long-neglected working class.”

“I have always believed that good public policy is good politics,” the two-time runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination said in a statement promoting the address. “The American people are increasingly disgusted at the growing levels of income and wealth inequality in our country and the rampant corporate greed we are seeing.”

Sanders, who won the 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primaries in the longtime first-in-the-nation primary state, will deliver his speech at the Institute, which has been a must-stop for White House hopefuls for over two decades.

And his latest trip to New Hampshire is sparking speculation. <Source>

There is no doubt that the grandfatherly-like communist Bernie Sanders resonates with a younger, college-indoctrinated crowd and represents a clear threat to the corrupt cognitively impaired Joe Biden and interloper California Governor Gavin “Gruesome” Newsom, who is waiting for Biden to stumble and die. Nobody in the progressive communist democrat party believes the unlikeable and incoherent Vice President Kamala “Haughty” Harris is a viable candidate for any office.

Colorado’s "Che " Guevara…

HERNANDEZ

Colorado Dems Go Full Commie, Choose Open Marxist Who Calls for Cultural Revolution for State House Seat

Just in case you have any lingering doubt about what the Democrats plan to inflict upon America, consider the case of Tim Hernández, whom Colorado party apparatchiks have just selected to fill a vacant state House seat in the Denver area. The charming Hernández is an open and proud Marxist, frequently rails against “Whiteness,” and has called for a “FORCEFUL Cultural Revolution.”

He is also a schoolteacher, busy raising up new cadres of Bolsheviks to bring about the revolution he desires. Every Marxist revolution in history has been accompanied by appalling bloodlust; if Hernández ever gets what he wants, Coloradans can’t say they didn’t see it coming.

Fox News reported Monday that Hernández was “selected as a state representative for the Denver area on Saturday by a committee of Democrats tasked with filling the vacant seat after its incumbent, Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, was elected to the Denver City Council.” Before that, Comrade Hernández indoctrinated children under the unsuspecting noses of their parents, working at Aurora West Preparatory Academy in the Aurora Public Schools District. He kept this job despite hanging signs in his classroom reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Dismantle White systems.” Or maybe he kept the job because he was so flamboyantly and unapologetically leftist in a heavily leftist area.

Hernández made where he stood abundantly clear when he ranted at a protest about how to bring about the Marxist revolution that apparently everyone present wanted: “We like to compete who knows Marx better, who knows these things better, who’s a Leninist. Listen, all right, I’ll give you a real take on this s—t. Kids don’t care.” He meant that talking Marxism was less important that acting to bring the revolution about:

Yes, it’s important to know theory. But you have to do some practices, you have to get out into the streets. You have to get into your workplace. You have to go to your families. If we are just sitting, talking in an ideological circle, our kids are still going to schools that are underfunded where they are investing more in their failure than in their success. Your [communist] theory will not save you. The revolution…will happen in the hood. It will not be led by who understand Lenin best, it will not be led by the deepest Marxists. The people will lead the revolution….And I say all of this because I’m a teacher.

Yeah, that’s the scary part. Fox notes that he has “signaled that he was including lessons on communist theory in his classroom.” He recommends that children “be shown the movie ‘A Bug’s Life’ followed by a lesson on ‘proletariat revolution,’ meaning a social revolution in which the working class attempts to overthrow the bourgeoisie.” He boasted at one far-left rally: I tell my students the truth.”

Tim Hernández in the Colorado State House is a veritable poster child for the maladies of our age. Communist regimes the world over have terrorized and murdered their own people and driven their economies off a cliff. There has never been one anywhere that made life better for those who had the misfortune to have to endure it. The Colorado Democrats, if they had any modicum of good sense left, would have expelled Tim Hernández from the party, not given him a state House seat.

However, it’s all out in the open now that they have done so. You want Marxist revolution? You want to be a slave of the all-powerful, all-encompassing, rabidly violent and conscienceless state? Register as a Democrat. <Source>

Bottom line…

Why you should reject communism beyond national security…

  1. Preserving Freedom, Liberty, and Individual Rights: American values emphasize individual freedom and liberty, emphasizing the protection of individual rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press

  2. Equality, Justice, and The Rule of Law: American values include the principles of equality and justice for all, deeply rooted in the rule of law.

  3. Democracy, Representation, with Checks and Balances: The United States is founded on the principles of democracy and representative government with a system of checks and balances to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful.

  4. National Unity with Inclusivity and Diversity: American values celebrate inclusivity and diversity, promoting national unity by supporting leaders who seek common ground and work toward the betterment of the nation rather than divisive interests.

  5. Innovation and Progress: American values encourage innovation and progress that helps the United States advance the country's prosperity  and maintain its role as a global leader 

This is not the story that the progressive communist democrats and their media propagandists tell as they create classes of victims and set them against each other to create their revolution. Promising to address their individual grievances in return for political power, which, historically, turns into corrupt authoritarian dictatorships.

Ask yourself why Bernie Sanders just endorsed a corrupt dysfunctional Biden for the Presidency of the United States. 

They Democrats appear to be winning, so get off your ass and fight back by registering more Republicans and seeing they vote.

Otherwise, 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


WAS THE FBI PROTECTING OBAMA AND NOT HILLARY CLINTON OR JOE BIDEN?

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It is now plausible that the FBI, NSA, and CIA were protecting former President Obama’s nefarious activities when they declined to prosecute Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for the use of pseudonymous e-mail addresses that violated national defense and government policies -- and may have revealed government corruption and complicity.

National Archives acknowledges 5,400 Biden pseudonym emails, faces lawsuit for their release

The National Archives and Records Administration acknowledged possessing potentially up to 5,400 emails connected to then-Vice President Joe Biden's pseudonym accounts that he used to forward government information and discuss business with his son, Hunter Biden, and others, and on Monday the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit to compel the agency to turn over the emails.

The non-profit constitutional legal group that filed the lawsuit said the archives confirmed that Biden used the pseudonyms of Robin Ware, Robert L. Peters, and JRB Ware during his time in the Obama administration.

The archives' admissions confirm years of reporting from Just the News about Biden's use of a personal email as vice president and the pseudonym accounts he used.

The legal foundation first filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the archives for Biden's emails in 2021 on behalf of Just the News editor-in-chief John Solomon.

The legal foundation renewed its initial request last year with a second FOIA request, but the archives "has failed to produce a single one of these emails," the group said.

Monday's lawsuit turns up the pressure on the archives to release the documents.

"All too often, public officials abuse their power by using it for their personal or political benefit. When they do, many seek to hide it," Southeastern Legal Foundation general counsel Kimberly Hermann said. "The only way to preserve governmental integrity is for NARA to release Biden’s nearly 5,400 emails to SLF and thus the public. The American public deserves to know what is in them." <Source>

Bottom line…

Someday, someone is going to unravel the media-created myth of Barack Obama.

Until then, 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


IT IS MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO AVOID SELF-HARM OR NOT COMMIT SUICIDE

Coronavirus-warning

As an American citizen and a member of a high-risk group, I refuse to accept any mandate, advice, or suggestion from a demonstrably corrupt Administration headed by a cognitively impaired individual whose Administration is being run by ideological and incompetent holdovers from the scandal-ridden Obama Administration.

An Administration whose top medical officials working for the leading medical agencies lied about almost everything, including the origin, spread, treatment, and outcomes related to the COVID-19 virus – including the fact that it was developed with U.S.-funded technology in our enemy’s laboratory with ties to hostile military bioweapons research.

Just in time to assist the progressive communist democrats in stealing the 2024 election by demanding mail-in balloting to avoid the spread of the new COVID variant, which seems to mutate at the speed of politics.

Biden Suggests He Will Mandate a COVID Booster for All Americans This Fall

Here we go again— the Biden Administration has plans to roll out a new COVID-19 vaccine this fall, requiring Americans to get another jab.

Despite declaring earlier this year that COVID is no longer a threat, President Joe Biden said his administration will "likely" recommend that all Americans receive the updated booster, including children. 

[OCS: Face it! It is not Biden speaking as he merely reads the words of an anonymous Obama acolyte.]

Over the weekend, the president told reporters that he plans to ask Congress for additional funds to develop a new vaccine, adding that he may force everyone to take it whether they previously received the initial vaccine.

"Yes, I can," Biden said. "I signed off this morning on a proposal we have to present to Congress a request for additional funding for a new vaccine that is necessary, that works."

The new vaccines, developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax, have been re-designed to target the dominant XBB variants that magically popped up just in time for the general election. The jab is expected to be rolled out sometime in mid-September.

[OCS: Will these "more of the same" vaccines be tested by the FDA for efficacy and effectiveness, or receive rubber-stamped "emergency approvals" under an agreement that holds the government and vaccine manufacturers immune from adverse consequences?]

Additionally, a TSA whistleblower allegedly reported that mandates would return in October. CNN also pushed the Left's Covid hysteria, citing so-called "experts" who say to "dust off those N95 masks and place them snugly over your nose and mouth to protect yourself from a recent uptick of the virus."<Source>

The government is now urging (wink-wink) the major platform operators to ramp up their efforts to combat disinformation, especially health-related disinformation…

Once again, the government is urging the conventional and social media to reassert their role as watchdogs against “conspiracy theories” ahead of the 2024 presidential election. However, what they can’t deny is that the major conspiracy theories involving the progressive communist democrats not only have been proven to be accurate but even worse than first imagined.

Operating on the specious basis that hostile foreign actors are attempting to spread disinformation to disrupt our nation, government agencies are gearing up to “protect” America and Americans by becoming the arbiters of the “truth,” much as they have become the arbiters of what is “science,” “gender,” and social justice.

Pushback – rediscovering the First Amendment right to free speech…

U.S. is barred from combating disinformation on social media. Here's what it means

The government's ability to fight disinformation online has suffered a legal setback that experts say will have a chilling effect on communications between federal agencies and social media companies.

[OCS: Are those the same so-called “experts” who manipulated the system for personal and political profit and blatantly lied to the American people – possibly resulting in thousands of American deaths?]

A Tuesday ruling by a federal district judge in Louisiana could have far-reaching consequences for the government's ability to work with Facebook and other social media giants to address false and misleading claims about COVID, vaccines, voting, and other issues that could undermine public health and erode confidence in election results.

District Court Judge Terry Doughty, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday that bars several federal departments and agencies from various interactions with social media companies.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department filed a notice that it will appeal the injunction with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The government also expects to ask the court to stay the district judge's decision, meaning it would not go into effect while the appeal is heard.

What does the judge's ruling say?

Doughty issued a temporary injunction blocking agencies including the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI and many individual government officials from doing things like notifying platforms about specific posts that may be against their own rules or asking for information about content moderation efforts.

The injunction bans interactions such as "meeting with social-media companies for the purpose of urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech posted on social-media platforms".

It also blocks federal agencies from flagging specific posts that contain protected free speech, encouraging social media companies to change their guidelines regarding such posts, or asking the companies to "be on the lookout" for such postings.

What else is in the injunction?

The ruling also prevents federal officials from working with third parties including the Election Integrity Partnership, the Virality Project, and the Stanford Internet Observatory — three academic research groups that track the spread of online information. Republicans have accused the Biden administration of attempting to outsource its alleged efforts to stifle speech to outside organizations and academics.

[OCS: Are these the same third-party non-profit groups who purport to be non-partisan while funding and promoting programs that almost always seem to benefit the progressive communist democrats? Like operating a voter registration drive but concentrating those efforts in highly concentrated or marginal Democrat districts? Or by falsely labeling something as “disinformation” to give the government “plausible deniability?” Or by providing an ignition point that can be used to justify a congressional hearing or government “investigation?”] 

MacCarthy says the judge's tone was "a little bit over the top" and "apocalyptic," but the free speech issues involved in the case are real.

"I know it's a matter of the paranoia of the conservative groups that they're being victimized by shadowy agents and the government," he says. "But these are not one-sided partisan issues here. These are issues that everyone should be concerned about."

[OCS: Funny, MacCarthy is Mark MacCarthy, a tech policy expert and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a progressive communist democrat think tank associated with the Obama/Clinton Russia hoax and the Steele dossier. 

What does the Biden administration say about this?

The Justice Department is reviewing the injunction and will evaluate its options in the case, a White House official told NPR.

"This administration has promoted responsible actions to protect public health, safety, and security when confronted by challenges like a deadly pandemic and foreign attacks on our elections," the official said in a statement. "Our consistent view remains that social media platforms have a critical responsibility to take account of the effects their platforms are having on the American people, but make independent choices about the information they present."

[OCS: This is a big lie! Almost everything in the Obama/Biden Administration was either ideologically or financially corrupt and was the product of morally and legally bankrupt ideologues.]

<Source> <The Ruling>

The truth emerges...

Biden Admin Admits Vaccine Error: No Evidence Behind Recommendations|Facts Matter

After a 7 month long legal battle, the Biden administration conceded that there is no scientific evidence to support an apparent recommendation to receive as many as six COVID-19 booster shots per year.

It took government watchdog Functional Government Initiative (FGI) eight months and a lawsuit for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to confirm that there was no scientific or academic basis supporting Secretary Xavier Becerra’s prescription for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots every two months. HHS ignored FGI’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for months until taken to court, and now says there are no documents or communications explaining the origin of the Secretary’s public health pronouncement.

Considering the many concerns that surrounded and still surround COVID vaccine efficacy and safety, such confusion and unsubstantiated public health pronouncements raise serious questions about the administration’s approach to pandemic policy. The lack of supporting records for the Secretary’s controversial recommendation also raises more questions on whether federal officials are committed to grounding major public health recommendations in hard science and empirical evidence – even if they run counter to the Biden administration’s policy agenda.

The lack of a single record supporting Secretary Becerra’s bold public health recommendation for six COVID boosters a year is a startling development. It is tremendously irresponsible for the government’s chief health official to fire off tweets recommending frequent injections of a new vaccine booster apparently based on no academic or scientific support.

How can the public be assured that the agency is ‘following the science’ on other important public health matters when it demonstrates such clear disregard for basic scientific integrity standards on an issue as important as COVID vaccine shots? Pandemics and vaccines are matters of life and death. Americans should be able to trust their leaders are not playing politics with their health.” <Source>

Remember the operative progressive communist democrat dictum about using fear and a crisis as an opportunity for political gains…

CORONAVIRUS-RAHM

Bottom line…

Never Again!

ENOUGH-work

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


IF TRUMP IS THE GOP NOMINEE, THE ONE REASON I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM

Trump-usa

Take almost any topic and examine the progressive communist democrat policies that created or exacerbated the problem.

Why? You may ask.

What happened to instinct, historical precedent, and commonsense that may have prevented adverse outcomes?

Why are people ignoring the insanity of doing the same thing and expecting something different – doubling, tripling, or quadrupling down on stupid? Pumping additional funds into a manifestly corrupt system to be siphoned off before they even reached their intended recipients.

Is muscle memory, ignorance, or wishful thinking driving citizens to make poor political choices? Or is their estrangement from religion or a cause outside of themselves that motivates their need for belonging, even if the result is self-harm?

Are they acting upon limited information or information manipulated by the progressive communist democrats and their media propagandists who censor information adverse to their agenda or cancel dissident voices from the outlets they control?

Do they have strong emotions? Susceptible to social and peer pressure? Do they manifest cognitive biases such as believing that which confirms their present opinions, makes them comfortable, and immune from the uneasy feeling of cognitive dissonance?

Are they protecting their self-esteem and refusing to admit their previous knowledge, attitudes, opinions, and behaviors are suspect or manifestly wrong?

Do they not understand the consequences of their actions, refusing to believe in aggregating and cascading events, like an avalanche, after it gains mass and momentum?

Or does greed override humanity?

Or are they just lazy, believing tomorrow will be much the same as today?

Whatever the reason, most people respond to pain and act only when the pain becomes intolerable.

Have we reached that point, or will it take a cataclysmic event, like a World War, to reset their behavior?

An example of progressive communist democrat idiocy and corruption...

Instead of dealing with crime control...

City Of Chicago Files Suit Against Automakers Kia And Hyundai

Mayor Brandon Johnson announced today that the City has filed a civil lawsuit against Kia America, Inc., Kia Corporation, Hyundai Motor America, and Hyundai Motor Company for their failure to include industry-standard engine immobilizers in multiple models of their vehicles, resulting in a steep rise in vehicle thefts, reckless driving, property damage, and a wide array of related violent crimes in Chicago.

The complaint, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, alleges that Kia and Hyundai failed to equip their U.S. cars, sold between 2011 and 2022, with vital anti-theft technology, which almost all other car manufacturers made a standard feature over a decade ago and which Kia and Hyundai include in their vehicles sold outside of the country. The Complaint alleges that Kia and Hyundai deceptively assured consumers that these vehicles possessed “advanced” safety features, despite knowing about this critical defect and its consequences.

[OCS: I was unaware of any legal requirement to build vehicle security features into every model. I even remember when I had to install my own alarm system -- coincidently made by Representative Daryl Issa's company and featured Issa's voice instructing would-be thieves to "stand back!" Safety features are not synonymous with security features.]

The impact of car theft on Chicago residents can be deeply destabilizing, particularly for low- to middle-income workers who have fewer options for getting to work and taking care of their families,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson. “The failure of Kia and Hyundai to install basic auto-theft prevention technology in these models is sheer negligence, and as a result, a citywide and nationwide crime spree around automobile theft has been unfolding right before our eyes.”

[OCS: They don't say that Chicago's poor and drug-addled residents are preying on their neighbors in a city where criminals are treated as victims rather than perpetrators. Rather than cracking down on auto theft or going after those chop shops selling parts or loading the cars onto containers for export, the city is turning a blind eye to crime, much of which appears to be organized.] 

Since videos posted on social media exposed this defect, thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles in Chicago surged from about 500 in the first half of 2022 to more than 8,350 during the second half of the year. Thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles continue to comprise more than half of all vehicles stolen in Chicago in 2023

[OCS:  Is there any surprise that a thief will target a theft that provides the least risk and resistance? So, what's the city's excuse for the remainder of non-Kia and Hyundai car thefts?]

Because these vehicles are entry-level models, Kia’s and Hyundai’s failure to include engine immobilizers disproportionately impacts low-income Chicago residents. Moreover, offenders have used stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles to commit other crimes, including reckless driving, armed robbery, and murder.

[OCS: Playing the race card? Criminals have always used stolen cars when committing other crimes; they may be evil, but most are not stupid.]

Kia and Hyundai have failed to remedy their misconduct, refusing to provide sufficient steering wheel locks requested by the City and even taking advantage of the crisis by charging consumers for security kits. <Source: City of Chicago>

[OCS: In the automotive world, you get what you pay for. Is a vehicle manufacturer now being required to upgrade features in their low-end vehicles to features found in their higher-priced vehicles? If this is such a significant issue, where is the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) that sets "federal vehicle regulations specifying design, construction, performance, and durability requirements for motor vehicles and regulated automobile safety-related components, systems, and design features?"

Strong locks do not deter determined criminals. There are always workarounds, or thieves would not steal high-end Mercedes and Cadillacs. Of course, thieves prefer popular cars that are easily stolen or whose parts may be worth more than what they could get for the entire vehicle.] 

Bottom line…

The progressive communist democrats have created a system that favors their agenda, using fear and free incentives to create the economic and societal volatility from which they profit. But why is the American citizen buying into such a corrupt system without pushback?

Can things change?

Will things change?

Or is what we need a disruptor – not a politically correct establishment representative like John McCain, Mitt Romney, or Lindsey Graham – politicians willing to jump the aisle to gain the approval of the progressive communist democrats and their media propagandists? At the same time, acting as useful idiot shills for anti-American forces.

I prefer a resolute, well-reasoned, and experienced candidate like Ron DeSantis. Still, at this point, we need a cunning, vengeful ass-kicker who has withstood the onslaught of the progressive communist democrats for years and remains standing. Donald J. Trump in 2024 may give us our last chance to save the nation from communism.

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