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A RARE POLITICAL WIN FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS

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A rare win against the progressive communist democrats in California…

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is an association of local San Diego County governments that serves as the metropolitan planning organization for the County of San Diego and believes your money is their money.

San Diego County’s SANDAG was forced to vote to remove the Mileage Tax from the San Diego county’s regional transportation plan!

The board, which consists of mayors, councilmembers, and County Supervisors, voted to remove a contentious “Regional Road User Charge,” AKA the “mileage tax,” from SANDAG’s 2025 Regional Plan. The original plan proposed a 4- to 6-cent-per-mile tax that would cost the average driver $900 per year on top of registration, license, sky-high gas taxes – and possibly an electric vehicle surcharge to compensate for the lack of fossil fuel tax revenues. An equivalent of an 80-cent-per-gallon hike in now outrageous gas tax!

The proposed tax was to assist in funding The mileage tax, originally proposed to fund a $162.5 billion railway expansion that included a transit connection to San Diego International Airport, a fix for fragile rail tracks along Del Mar bluffs, and kickstart a 200-mile commuter rail system.

All apparently to advance the progressive communist agenda to curtail the ownership and use of private vehicles stemming from the uber-progress Governor Jerry Brown and his appointment of Adriana Gianturco as the director of the California Department of Transportation in 1976. Unlike his father, Pat Brown, who was a proponent of large infrastructure projects to keep California golden, his son Jerry was little more than a hippie/Jesuit Democrat wingnut.

The joke is that drivers would be gouged just to drive on poorly maintained freeways already paid for and maintained with the original gas and sales taxes! Of course, the politicians have diverted those funds elsewhere and replaced them with moldering IOUs.

However, the biggest joke on taxpayers remains California’s multi-billion High-Speed Rail project to planning, design, build, and operate the first high-speed rail in the nation, sold on the progressive promise to connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs, and preserve agricultural and protected lands—a political boondoggle benefiting developers, consultants, contractors, and unions. Ridership estimates and cost recovery are a joke, and the project appears to be little more than a money-losing, highly subsidized transit system to move illegal aliens from the hinterlands to employment centers.

The unspoken surveillance state danger…

Implementing a per-mile gas tax would require a surveillance device in your vehicle that could be used for everything, from setting your insurance rates, monitoring and punishing driving infractions, tracking your location, and even reporting on your personal communications via the car’s built-in communications systems. The proposed system uses a smartphone app for its connectivity and possibly data collection points as ubiquitous as roadside license plate readers.

Bottom line…

We live in a police state, and it’s getting worse.

Vote the progressive communist democrats out of office.

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


ELECT A DEMOCRAT: DESTROY AMERICA’S ECONOMY

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If you doubt that progressive communist democrats will say or do anything to destroy America, its military, economy, culture, and people, consider what a second Biden term would look like under an administration effectively run by communist-in-chief Barack Obama’s fellow travelers.

Biden to Target Industrial Pollution in a 2nd Term, if He Gets One

If the president wins re-election, his climate team is likely to try to cut greenhouse gases from steel, cement and other hard-to-clean-up manufacturing.

If President Biden wins a second term, his climate policies would take aim at steel and cement plants, factories and oil refineriesheavily polluting industries that have never before had to rein in their heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

[OCS: The progressive communist democrats are targeting industries that fuel our economy and are responsible for almost all of our public infrastructure. This in an effort to control the uncontrollable -- the relentless, chaotic activities of a constantly changing nature.]

New controls on industrial facilities, which his advisers have begun to map out and described in recent interviews, could combine with actions taken on power plants and vehicles during his first term to help meet the president’s goal of eliminating fossil fuel pollution by 2050, analysts said. Industrialized nations must hit that target if the world has any hope to avoid the most catastrophic impacts from climate change, according to scientists.

[OCS: The is no doubt that progressive communist democrats want to limit the voluntary mobility of Americans, destroy the rural housing market, and force people into dense, easily monitored and controllable  housing units much like those found in the old Soviet Union. Consider the insanity of electric vehicles with the added burden wind and solar power on an increasingly unreliable electric grid .]

Still, the urgency of global warming requires action, Mr. Larsen said. “Most other problems in America aren’t going to be 10 times worse in 10 years if we don’t do something right now,” he said. “Climate’s not like that. If this year has shown us anything, with the extreme weather and fires, it’s that it won’t just stay at this level — it’s going to break all the records we’ve just broken.” <Source>

[OCS: John Larsen, a partner at the leftist Rhodium Group, a self-proclaimed nonpartisan energy research firm, cannot answer even the basic questions about climate change. Scientists do not fully understand the climate system. They can’t directly measure man’s climate signal amid the noise of climate’s inherent variability. They cannot explain how there is an optimum temperature that would be suitable for latitudes from the equator to the polar regions. It’s a scam – a hoax designed to accrete political power and loot treasuries.]

Bottom line…

Consider the unions, the communist Judas goats leading their members to the slaughter, like the union leader of the Turkeys pointing out all of the free food available – and never mentioning the existence of Thanksgiving.

Consider the GOP, at war with themselves while the progressive communist democrats march us all into the gulag.

Consider how screwed we are.

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-- 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


WHEN CELEBRITIES TALK POLITICS AND DEMONSTRATE THEY ARE LIBERAL ASSHOLES...

I  may be outraged when a multimillionaire celebrity pervert tells me, “It shouldn’t be so great here in America.”

Speaking on the Joe Rogan podcast, Comedian Louis C. K. spouted the progressive communist democrat immigration nonsense you expect from someone who is insulated from the consequences of his actions. 

  • “Like when liberals try to say -- it's like the dumbest position they get into, it’s like ‘we can’t keep letting them in here, gotta keep them out, but we really like them, and it’s great that they’re brown,’ and ‘sorry.’” “Then the right takes over, and they sound racist and the left takes over, and they sound stupid.’”

  • “My feeling is they should open it, the border, let everybody pour in, and then the answer which is ‘well then there will be all these problems.’ Yes, there should be. It shouldn’t be so great here, is what I’m saying, in America.”

  • “You’re not supposed to be happy, and you’re not supposed to be safe, I think that that’s the problem is that people expect that-- you’re not happy when you’re safe, you’re not happy when you’re secure.”

  • “It’s a weird thing to sequester a certain group of people and try to keep upping their lifespan and their lifestyle and just keep trying to increase that for ‘this’ group of people,” as others suffer in poorer conditions.

  • “There’s something wrong with that, that’s not a system that’s working, and it forces people to do cruel things to other people,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that die, so Americans can be safe.”

  • “It’s not a good way to live in a gated community. If you let folks pour in, like any other wave it will kinda slosh, and then you’ll all just-- things will be different.” “I don’t know, like-- what will really happen? A bunch of people-will they just come with knives and start killing everybody? I don’t think so, I don’t know what will happen, it’s just weird to me.”

The great fallacy of Louis' thinking is that he wants America to support the world, instead of helping the world to increase their own standards of living, mainly by ousting their corrupt leadership that is stealing the fruits of their citizen's labor. He lived in Mexico, one of the most corrupt countries in the world -- and you can bet he did not live the life of an ordinary Mexican.

Remember, this man was excoriated by his fellow liberals and nearly had his career destroyed by the hysterical #MeToo movement... 

Louis CK accused by five women of sexual misconduct in new report

Five women came forward to the New York Times, including two female comics who say CK masturbated in front of them, following rumors of his misconduct

Louis CK responds to sexual misconduct allegations: ‘These stories are true’

Five women have accused Louis CK of sexually inappropriate behavior, including masturbating in front of two female comics, according to a report by the New York Times.

Coming in the wake of years of rumors that have dogged the influential comedian, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told the Times that in 2002, CK invited them to his hotel room for a nightcap and shocked them by asking if he could take out his penis. As the two women laughed, thinking it was a joke, he proceeded to take off all his clothes and masturbate.

Three other women told the Times that CK masturbated in their presence, over the phone, or that he asked if he could.

Louis CK’s publicist, Lewis Kay, told the New York Times the comedian would not respond to the allegations. “Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Kay wrote in an email.

CK is one of the most revered figures in contemporary comedy. The Emmy-winning creator of the FX series Louie consistently sells out huge concerts and has cultivated a reputation as an auteur.

The network HBO dropped the comedian’s shows from its on-demand service on Thursday night.

The report came as CK prepared to premiere a new movie, I Love You, Daddy, about a television writer whose 17-year-old daughter is seduced by an older movie producer who is rumored to be a pedophile.

On Thursday, his new film’s production company canceled its New York premiere, which was scheduled for that evening, and CK canceled an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The comedy world has convulsed with rumors about CK’s sexual misconduct for years.

In 2015, Gawker linked CK to rumors about a comedian who exposed himself to fellow performers at the Aspen and Just For Laughs comedy festivals.

Jen Kirkman seemed to refer to CK on a comedy podcast when she described a known perv” who is “lauded as a genius”. (Last month, Kirkman clarified that CK had never harassed her.) <Source>

The scandal Louis millions in lost revenue, but he had plenty left over to purchase expensive real estate in “safe areas” and live a life of his own making.

Even the corrupt liar Joe Biden returned a $2,800 donation made to his presidential campaign by Louis C.K., noting that the disgraced comedian admitted in 2017 to sexually harassing a number of women over the course of his career.

Bottom line...

 But that’s the beauty of free speech.

We are free to make our own determinations of the source's credibility, the “truth” of the issue, how we feel about a particular person or subject, and what action we will take.

Consider the ancient wisdom of Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Or, more colloquially, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

In my opinion, Louis C.K. is either a liberal asshole, a liberal asshole seeking attention on a media platform, or both. 

And opinions are like assholes; everyone has one.

Isn't it nice when the progressive communist democrats virtue signal their thoughts?

We are so screwed by censorship and cancellation. 

-- 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


UNDERSTAND YOUR ENEMY, AND RESIST!

Look around; the signs of America’s decay are everywhere. Mostly in areas governed by progressive communist democrats who place political power over people. Exclaiming we must destroy society first before we can "build back better."

America-decline

Suppose you want to understand the destruction of America from within by the progressive communist democrats. In that case, this is the one book you must read, understand, and motivate yourself to take action -- before our country becomes just another failed third-world state like Mexico, a nation with abundant natural resources, a willing workforce, and a malignant communist government.

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From Chapter One…

America is unraveling. Our founding and history are under assault. Our families and faiths are being degraded. Individualism has been substituted for groupism. Color blindness is now racist. Capitalism and prosperity are being devoured by economic socialism and climate-change fanaticism. Classrooms have become indoctrination mills for racism, segregation, bigotry, and sexual perversion, and teachers’ unions are hostile to parental involvement in critical decisions about the health and welfare of their children.

In America, free speech and academic freedom are shrinking, and the police state is growing—as is monitoring and spying on citizens. The government is banning and regulating more and more household products, from incandescent lightbulbs to dishwashers, while creating shortages and driving up costs of others. Crime is out of control on our streets, public transportation, and schools, while police budgets are slashed and many prosecutors and judges coddle violent criminals. Our borders are wide open to millions of foreigners who seek entry into the country, as drug and criminal cartels ship killer drugs into our country by the tons and brutalize migrants by using them as indentured servants and sex slaves. And the list goes on.

[OCS: Tell me this is not all true, one-hundred percent accurate, and a condemnation of the Democratic Party and their Republican enablers.]

Chapter One:     The Democrat Party & Authoritarianism
Chapter Two:     Anti-Black Racism & Anti-Semitism
Chapter Three:  Anti-White Racism & Anti-Semitism
Chapter Four:    Language Control & Thought Control
Chapter Five:     War on the American Citizen
Chapter Six:       War on the Nuclear Family
Chapter Seven:  War on the Constitution
Chapter Eight:   Stalin Would Be Proud

About The Author

Mark R. Levin, nationally syndicated talk radio host, host of LevinTV, chairman of Landmark Legal Foundation, and the host of the Fox News show Life, Liberty, & Levin, is the author of seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers: Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia, The Liberty Amendments, Plunder and Deceit, Rediscovering Americanism, Unfreedom of the Press, and American Marxism. Liberty and Tyranny spent three months at #1 and sold more than 1.5 million copies. His books Men in Black and Rescuing Sprite were also New York Times bestsellers. Levin is an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame and was a top adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet. He holds a BA from Temple University and a JD from Temple University Law School.


Title:                       The Democrat Party Hates America
Author:                   Mark R. Levin

Publisher ‏: ‎             Simon & Schuster Threshold Editions 
Publication date ‏: ‎ September 19, 2023
Language ‏:             ‎ English
Print length ‏: ‎         400 pages
ISBN-10‏: ‎                 150118315X
ISBN-13:                  9781501183157

Hardcover ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 150118315X
Hardcover ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1501183157

AMAZON-ID:   ASIN B0C7RJMJ8S

Bottom line…

There is very little time to reverse course, to excise this metastasizing malignancy before it consumes you, me, and America.

I am not saying that voting Republican will solve all problems immediately. Still, it will halt the progressive communist democrats before they can complete the task of destroying America from within.

For those Democrats who may have a shred of decency left, look around and ask is this what you want for your children or yourself in the near future?

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 SAUDIS ARE PLAYING BIDEN AND HIS CADRE OF OBAMACONS

President Obama bows to Saudi King Abdullah during the G-20 summit…

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There is little or no doubt that President Obama sold out America to Iran… and now President Joe Biden is preparing to sell America to the Saudis.

  • In what universe can we trust the duplicitous Saudis, especially after September 11, 2001?

  • In what universe can we allow the Saudis access to nuclear technology, even using climate change and the Saudi reserves of fossil fuel as justification?

  • The Saudis have always feared that the corrupt House of Saud might be overthrown and will do anything to preserve their absolute power.

  • Using a “peace with Israel” stratagem is ironic since any agreement might protect Saudi Arabia from Israel should they overtly or covertly support an attack against Israel.

Danger and Deception…

Biden Aides and Saudis Explore Defense Treaty Modeled After Asian Pacts

Despite U.S. fatigue over Middle East wars, the White House sees a security agreement resembling those with Japan or South Korea as an incentive for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel.

The United States is discussing terms of a mutual defense treaty with Saudi Arabia that would resemble military pacts with Japan and South Korea, according to American officials. The move is at the center of President Biden’s high-stakes diplomacy to get the kingdom to normalize relations with Israel.

[OCS: The Biden Administration hates the idea that President Trump negotiated the Abraham Accords, a bilateral agreement for Arab–Israeli normalization that was signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on September 15, 2020. The progressive communist democrats want a similar agreement to tout in the 2024 election.]

Under such an agreement, the United States and Saudi Arabia would generally pledge to provide military support if the other country is attacked in the region or on Saudi territory. The discussions to model the terms after the treaties in East Asia, considered among the strongest the United States has outside of its European pacts, have not been previously reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, regards a mutual defense agreement with the United States as the most important element in his talks with the Biden administration about Israel, current and former U.S. officials said. Saudi officials say a strong defense agreement would help deter potential assaults by Iran or its armed partners even as the two regional rivals re-establish diplomatic ties.

[OCS: Of course, Mohammed bin Salman wants the United States to protect his totalitarian regime, especially at no cost to the Kingdom.]

Prince Mohammed is also asking the Biden administration to help his country develop a civilian nuclear program, which some U.S. officials fear could be cover for a nuclear weapons program to counter Iran.

[OCS: Sounds like the same bullshit the Iranians fed former President Obama.]

Any treaty with Saudi Arabia that is similar to the American pacts with East Asian allies is sure to draw strong objections in Congress. Some senior U.S. lawmakers, including top Democrats, see the Saudi government and Prince Mohammed as unreliable partners who care little about U.S. interests or human rights.

[OCS: By Congress, they mean the United States Senate – and we all know that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel and several establishment Republicans will most always jump the aisle to join the progressive communist democrats in pushing their anti-America agenda.]

An agreement would also raise questions about whether Mr. Biden is getting the United States more militarily entwined with the Middle East. And such a treaty would also contradict the Biden administration’s stated goal of reorienting American military resources and fighting capabilities away from the area and toward deterring China specifically in the Asia-Pacific region.

The U.S. military has bases and troops in both Japan and South Korea, but American officials say there are currently no serious discussions about having a large contingent of American troops in Saudi Arabia under any new defense agreement. The Pentagon has just under 2,700 American troops in the kingdom, according to a letter the White House sent to Congress in June.

[OCS: 2,700 troops in Saudi Arabia? Why? What are they protecting? Can’t be our diplomats who are protected by the DSS (Diplomatic Security Service).]

But U.S. officials have said a diplomatic pact would be an important symbolic defusing of Arab-Israeli tensions and could also have geopolitical significance for the United States. Bringing Saudi Arabia closer to the United States, they argue, could pull the kingdom farther from China’s orbit and blunt Beijing’s efforts to expand its influence in the Middle East.

[OCS: Symbolic? At what cost to America for nothing more than a photo-op?]

The United States and South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, signed a security treaty with similar language in 1953, when the Korean War halted under an armistice.

[OCS: In Korea, we had skin in the game. With Saudi Arabia, nothing comes to mind.]

<Source>

Bottom line…

We cannot trust the Saudis or the progressive communist democrats in the Obama/Biden Administration.

Now consider Obama and Biden deliberately destroyed America’s energy independence. Something stinks, and it is the progressive communist democrats.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DEMOCRATS IGNORE CRIME CONTROL, PURSUE GUN CONTROL WITH BULLSHIT STUDY

Another bullshit “research study” dropped like pigeon poop on the heads of law-abiding individuals…

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Once again, we find “research” driving a social narrative skewed to the beliefs of the progressive research funders and benefitting the progressive communist democrats.

Who bought a gun during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States?: Associations with QAnon beliefs, right-wing political attitudes, intimate partner violence, antisocial behavior, suicidality, and mental health and substance use problems

Abstract

There was a large spike in gun purchases and gun violence during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

We used an online U.S. national survey (N = 1036) to examine the characteristics of people who purchased a gun between March 2020 and October 2021 (n = 103) and compared them to non-gun owners (n = 763) and people who own a gun but did not purchase a gun during the COVID-19 pandemic (n = 170).

[OCS: The sample sizes are inadequate to draw valid statistical inferences.]

Compared to non-gun owners, pandemic gun buyers were younger and more likely to be male, White race, and to affiliate with the Republican party.

[OCS: Notice the overt politicization, which mirrors the narrative of the progressive communist democrats.]

Compared to non-gun owners and pre-pandemic gun owners, pandemic gun buyers exhibited extreme elevations on a constellation of political (QAnon beliefs, pro-gun attitudes, Christian Nationalism, approval of former President Donald Trump, anti-vax beliefs, COVID-19 skepticism; mean Cohen’s d = 1.15), behavioral (intimate partner violence, antisocial behavior; mean d = 1.38), mental health (suicidality, depression, anxiety, substance use; mean d = 1.21), and personality (desire for power, belief in a dangerous world, low agreeableness, low conscientiousness; mean d = 0.95) characteristics. In contrast, pre-pandemic gun owners only endorsed more pro-gun attitudes (d = 0.67), lower approval of President Joe Biden (d = -0.41) and were more likely to be male and affiliate with the Republican party relative to non-gun owners.

[OCS: A statistical hit job! Especially considering the widespread fear of a killer pandemic and increased stress caused by lockdowns, forced long-term intimate contact with family members, disruptions in normal daily activities and exercise, and increased financial pressures. Did the study authors consider age-related impacts or extreme financial pressures on increased suicidal ideation?]

Pandemic gun buyers represent an extreme group in terms of political and psychological characteristics including several risk-factors for violence and self-harm.

[OCS: One wonders if any cohort included members of radical progressive extremists like Antifa or Black Lives Matter, both of which were associated with violent behaviors?]

Introduction

The early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic introduced tremendous uncertainty and stress into people’s lives around the world that included major disruptions to social and economic life, in addition to the health risks associated with contracting a potentially life-threatening infectious disease.

In the United States, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was also a period of social and political upheaval driven by the impact of heightened divisions among Americans. This upheaval included resistance to public health guidelines and government restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID-19, protests against police brutality that became the largest mass movement in U.S. history, controversies around the 2020 presidential election results (aka the Big Lie conspiracy theory of voter fraud), and the Insurrection of January 6th, 2021 when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral college votes of the 2020 Presidential election.

[OCS: There is no doubt, even with retrospection, that our public health officials were lying and spreading propaganda. That our election integrity had been compromised. And that communist-in-chief Barack Obama and his cadre of fellow travelers were the proximate cause of increasing racial division in the United States. January 6 was a riot, not an insurrection – believing a small, unarmed, motley group of individuals, embedded federal officers, and Antifa members could take over the government is ludicrous.]

Amidst this turmoil, there was a dramatic increase in domestic gun sales. The estimated 7 million federal background check applications in the early part of the pandemic (March to July 2020) surpassed the rates recorded during other high gun-buying periods in recent history, including the months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the election of Barack Obama in 2008, and the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. From March to July 2020, national surveys estimated that 6% of adults bought guns, 34% of whom were new gun owners, for an estimated 6 million first time gun buyers.

[OCS: The “dramatic increase in domestic gun sales” was driven by progressive communist democrats' street-level shock troops, anti-police rhetoric, and their general failure to protect citizens from criminals and domestic terrorists like Antifa and BLM.]

<Original Study DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0290770>

I see bullshit flowing freely…

The “Pretense of Knowledge”

In his Nobel Prize lecture, Friedrich von Hayek criticized the arrogance of economists and other social scientists who believed their knowledge was so excellent that they could make numerical predictions with accuracy comparable to the physical sciences.

"The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men’s fatal striving to control society – a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals." <Source>

Confounding variables.

Confounding variables are extraneous factors in a research study that can distort or obscure the genuine relationship between the independent and dependent variables, making it challenging to determine whether the independent or confounding variable causes changes in the dependent variable.

Correlation versus causation.

Just because two variables are statistically related or tend to occur together does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. An underlying third variable or other confounding factors may influence both variables, creating an apparent correlation.

Issues with online surveys.

Online surveys are a popular research tool for collecting data due to their convenience and cost. However, it’s essential to exercise great caution when interpreting the results of online surveys because they come with significant validity concerns relating to inadequate question design, age bias with respondents skewing to a younger, internet-savvy base, selection bias created by voluntary participation, lack of appropriate controls, and other issues affecting a study’s conclusions. 

Statistically valid sample sizes.

The size of a statistically valid sample depends on several factors, including the population size, desired level of confidence, margin of error, and the variability of the data. Small sample sizes are unlikely to yield valid insights when mapped onto a significantly larger, demographically diverse population. Unless, of course, you are trying to advance a political narrative and the actual research is secondary.

The press release from the University of Michigan…

Mental health problems, political extremism found in many who bought firearms during COVID pandemic

Survey raises concern about high risk for suicide and violence toward others

People who bought firearms during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have much higher rates of recent suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors and intimate partner violence, compared with other firearm owners and people who do not own firearms, a new study suggests.

Pandemic gun buyers were also much more likely than the other groups to hold extreme beliefs, ranging from anti-vaccination views to support for QAnon conspiracy theories, according to the new findings published in the journal PLOS One.

The survey was completed by 1,036 adults living in the United States in October 2021. While not nationally representative, recruitment for the survey was designed to approximate the U.S. adult population in terms of the distribution of age, sex, race and Hispanic ethnicity with participants drawn from 47 states and Washington, D.C.

The findings suggest that pandemic firearm buyers have special characteristics that deserve attention to prevent harm to themselves or others, say the researchers, who are from the University of Michigan, the University of South Florida, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Michigan State University. <Source>

Bottom line…

This is precisely the type of bullshit research used by progressive communist democrat legislators to pursue public policies that criminalize lawful behavior by law-abiding citizens.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

NRA-BENEFACTOR-1


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ARE YOU ENJOYING THE DEMOCRAT CRIME WAVE?

2023-DEMOCRATI PLATFORM

Have you noticed that certain areas, notably areas governed by progressive communist democrats, appear to be experiencing an upsurge in crime?

And that our progressive communist democrat politicians, at the behest of billionaire and millionaire donors who are well-insulated from the consequences of their actions, are restricting or eliminating criminal prosecutions and passing legislation that incentivizes criminal activity.

Likewise, judges, driven by their progressive ideology, demand that hardened criminals be released back into our communities and that illegal alien criminals be treated differently than ordinary citizens.

What we are facing…

Los Angeles County deputy shot and killed after being 'ambushed' in his patrol car

Neither a suspect nor a motive has been identified. Sheriff Robert Luna said it appeared the deputy was killed because “he was in uniform."

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was "ambushed" and killed in his patrol car by an unknown person Saturday. Authorities suspect the deputy was targeted simply because "he was in uniform."

Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, 30, was found unconscious in his car at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff Robert Luna told reporters at a late-night news conference. The bystander called 911, and Clinkunbroomer was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He did not survive.

Authorities have not identified a suspect. Luna said that no theory had been eliminated for the shooter's motive but that it appeared the deputy was targeted because "he was in uniform."

"He was just driving down the street, and for no apparent reason — and we’re still looking into the specific reasons — somebody decided to shoot and murder him," Luna said.

Clinkunbroomer had just left the Palmdale station, and his car was found nearby at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q. Law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said Sunday that a video clip that shows a car pulling alongside the patrol car before it speeds away is a focus in the investigation. <Source>

UPDATE: (9/18) The alleged suspect is now in custody and his mother indicates that he is a paranoid schitzophenic who may have been off his meds and that she had requested help from deputies previously. The suspect is also said to have attempted suicide on at least two occasions. Another example where it is the individual, and not the weapon, responsible for a despicable act. The failure to deal with the mentally ill population falls squarely on the politicians and judiciary.

Footage shows teen driver appear to deliberately hit and kill retired police chief Andreas Probst

A retired California police chief appeared to be deliberately mowed down and killed while riding his bike in Las Vegas by a laughing teenage driver whose pal can be heard saying “Yeah, hit his ass,” video of the incident shows.

Andreas Probst, 64, was killed after he was deliberately struck while out for a morning bike ride around 6 a.m. on Aug. 14, according to Las Vegas police.

The unidentified 17-year-old driver of the Hyundai was arrested by police soon afterward, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The teen has since been charged with murder, after police discovered a video posted to social media that allegedly showed him deliberately hitting the man.

This weekend, the shocking footage went viral online, showing the driver asking his pals “ready?” as the passenger films, laughing.

“Yeah, hit his ass,” he tells the driver before plowing into the retiree. <Source>

Illegal immigrant charged with murder released by New York police because of paperwork delay: Reports

An illegal immigrant charged with stabbing a man to death in New York was previously released by police because of a paperwork delay despite being accused of a separate stabbing in another state, according to multiple reports.

Carlos Corrales-Ramirez, a 20-year-old Honduran national, was arrested and arraigned this week in a Rensselaer County, New York court for the fatal stabbing of 28-year-old Jario J. Hernandez-Sanchez, 28, of Troy, New York on September 2.

However, a report by The National Desk said that Corrales-Ramirez was previously arrested by border patrol agents near Champlain, New York in March before being turned over to New York State Police when border patrol saw there was an active warrant for his arrest in Laurel, Maryland for a non-fatal stabbing.

He then spent three months in the Clinton County Jail waiting for Maryland to approve his extradition — which never came — before a county judge finally ordered his release in June.

According to the report, Maryland failed to obtain a governor's warrant for the extradition in that three-month time frame, leading Clinton County Judge William Favreau to approve an extension of his hold from 30 days to 90 days because Maryland had not responded to the extradition request. <Source>

Why?

OBJECTIVE: To create fear and chaos throughout the land.

GOAL: To condition the population to demand more protection and accept harsher authoritarian measures without protest or pushback.

What's next?

Look for the progressive communist democrats to employ their Antifa and Black Lives Matter street shock troops as we grow closer to the 2024 election.

Look for illegal alien gang activity to ramp up as illegal aliens flood the border before a new administration.

Bottom line…

We are so screwed if we don't curtail progressive communist democrats with an unassailable majority in 2024.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


IS THIS THE END OF ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING?

AmerikidI am continuing to experience issues with my blog hosting platform provider…

  1. They have denied access to an RPC (remote procedure call) server they have supported for years. When questioned, they claim they do not support third-party software, even though the issue is on their end and has been accessible in the past few weeks.

  2. They suggest the use of their internal editor to compose blog content. This demands online access, and given the intermittently unstable nature of the platform, this appears to be a sub-optimal solution. Likewise, there are issues with uploading graphics and having graphics display properly.

  3. Their RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed, which connects blog content with my email provider, has suddenly failed, making it impossible to send content to my email list automatically.

  4. Their customer service announcements are simply platitudes like “we are working on it” and lack specificity regarding the issue and a resolution time frame.

Considerations…

The hosting company started as a well-respected platform hosting many Fortune 500 companies. However, it has been sold several times. It is now controlled by a hosting company offering several competing services, itself owned by a private equity firm, probably seeking a restructuring and integration with its other entities.

If you try to create an account, you are greeted with a disturbing message which portends changes afoot.

Typepad-graphicBottom line…

After sixteen years and many thousands of posts, I must ask myself, “Is this the end of One Citizen Speaking, or maybe this the start of a new beginning?

Is this a case of "sunk costs" where I am attempting to save previous content?

Do I want to invest the time, effort, and money to transition some of my content to another blog platform, or discontinue the effort and move on to something else?

This is the way of the world, where formerly great companies have fallen prey to cost-cutting money manipulators who treat companies and brands as pieces on a Monopoly board.

It is also a cautionary tale to those who rely on long-term service providers in these mutable times.

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