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THE ONLY THING CONSISTENT ABOUT DONALD TRUMP IS HIS INCONSISTENCY

 

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There is little doubt that the FBI needs to relocate outside Washington, D.C. to Greenbelt, Maryland, and rebuild both its infrastructure and leadership from the ground floor.

However, it appears that former President Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" mantra was mostly idle chatter as we find him trying to keep the police power of the state near at hand in Washington, D.C. where power lives in a bubble of progressive communist democrat politicians who have destroyed the integrity and credibility of the FBI.

Ugly is as ugly does…

For many people. the current J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C., is an eyesore and an example of “brutalist” architecture.”

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Background...

TRUMP’S INTERFERENCE IN THE FBI HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION PLAN

A plan to relocate the FBI headquarters to the Washington, D.C., suburbs was surprisingly scrapped in favor of the far costlier option of rebuilding at its existing site — which happens to sit a block away from the Trump International Hotel. American Oversight is investigating what influence the White House and the Trump Organization might have had over a decision that ensures a huge city block remains free of competition for the president’s hotel.

For more than a decade, the FBI sought congressional funding to move its headquarters from the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C., to the suburbs — a cost-saving plan that would address serious security concerns and free up prime downtown real estate. So when the Trump administration canceled the project in July 2017 and then seven months later announced plans to rebuild at the downtown site, which sits a block away from the Trump International Hotel, eyebrows rose.

In late summer 2018, after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump was personally involved in that decision, the inspector general of the General Services Administration found that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy may have misled Congress earlier in the year about the extent of Trump’s involvement — and that the agency had not accurately estimated the costs of the rebuilding. Read more at American Oversight.

Hotel sold (May 2022) ...

Trump sells Washington hotel to Miami-based investor group

The lease to the Washington, D.C., hotel run by Donald Trump's family company while he was president, a symbol of his power to GOP politicians who gathered there and of corruption to his critics, has been sold by his family company to a Miami-based investor fund.

The Trump Organization said Wednesday that it had completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel to CGI Merchant Group of Miami for what it described as a record price per room for the city. Sources close to the deal demanding anonymity to discuss the private transaction have said that the price was $375 million, handing the Trump family business perhaps as much as $100 million in profit.

The new owners planned to remove the Trump name from the facade and rebrand the hotel a Waldorf Astoria. Workers were seen removing signage from the hotel Wednesday night. <Read more at NPR.>

Trump sold his DC hotel. GOP spending disappeared.

In June the Waldorf Astoria opened for business in downtown D.C.’s Old Post Office Building, replacing the Trump International Hotel, which for five years served as an assembly point for Republican officials, lobbyists and anyone who wanted to buy Donald Trump’s attention. Despite the fact that the Waldorf is in the same building and kept public and private spaces remarkably the same, political spending at the new hotel all but disappeared when compared to the years when it was owned by a sitting president.

From its opening in June to the midterm elections, Republican officials, candidates and fundraising committees have spent less than $2,000 at the Waldorf Astoria, according to FEC data. In the same five-month window during the 2018 midterms, Republicans spent more than 400 times that amount with $867K in disbursements to the Trump Hotel. After the property opened in 2016 Republicans spent $266K in its first six months alone. This is only a portion of the spending that took place at the time, as a number of wealthy Republican donors and dark money groups also spent money at Trump’s hotel, without any requirement to disclose that spending to the public. Read more at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Bottom line...

A slip of the tongue? A nod to his Miami investor group? Or just normal Trump babbling?

No matter. The FBI still needs new leadership and a new building--and this is the perfect time to pitch Trump on both issues.

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


BIDEN ANNOUNCES WINNING STRATEGY FOR 2024

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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


BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO DEGRADE OUR MILITARY'S MISSION

FRAM-medals

If you want to see why America’s military under Obama/Biden is becoming a major failure, look no further than the highest-ranking transgendered military officer Lt. Col. Bree Fram of the United States Space Force.

According to Colonel Fram, speaking at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” event, “Inclusion is a national security imperative. We fight today and we are going to fight in the future using brainpower. And if that brain who is going to revolutionize the way we fight, we fight in cyber, just happens to be in a trans body, you should want them all serving alongside me.”

Lt. Col Bree Fram is not exactly a warrior or even charged with defending the nation. She is the Chief of the Acquisition Policies and Processes Division of the United States Space Force, and stationed at the Pentagon. Fram also co-leads the Department of the Air Force LGBTQ+ Initiatives Team, dedicated to eliminating barriers to LGBTQ+ military service in the Air and Space Force.

Why she is a failure is apparent from the two flags displayed in her office: a trans flag and an American flag.

By any measure, Fram is a trans activist in a support role that demands one-hundred percent allegiance to the United States and its warfighting mission—not wasting time on progressive public relations events pushing transgenderism, alphabet politics, diversity, and inclusion. 

But, of course, this dovetails with the Obama/Biden Administration policies, which can be summarized as: lead from behind, appeasement, and retreat, if not surrender.

Bottom line…

If all our wars will be fought by brainpower, why do we trust someone shit for brains?

Inclusion is not a national security imperative. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are all laughing at us because there are some who demand we acknowledge that men can become women, women can become men, and these outliers are necessary to maintain our safety and security. 

We are so screwed. And dudes in dresses do absolutely nothing for recruiting warriors.

-- 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


TAYLOR SWIFT: ANOTHER BILLIONAIRE WITHOUT BRAINS?

America is truly a wonderous place where an individual with a modicum of talent can be promoted into becoming a billionaire by media-savvy hucksters.

But, that doesn’t guarantee that individual has the brains and bona fides to address world issues.

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Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez attend comedy night for Gaza charity

The funds raised from the comedy show were donated to ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid)

What they say…

Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan live with purpose and hope.

Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Lebanon and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Our staff serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most.

That’s how Anera received more than $100 million in support of programs in 2022 alone, and it’s how we will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.

The reality…

Despite their claims of having no affiliations, NGO Monitor has described the charity as highly political, evidenced by “ANERA’s reports and newsletters present a highly biased view of the conflict, ignoring any Palestinian responsibility for hardship and contributing to the demonization of Israel consistent with the 2001 Durban strategy.”

<Source>

Bottom line…

Any charitable donation is filtered through the hands of Hamas.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift, due to their significant cultural influence and reach, have a moral responsibility to understand the difference between good and evil before associating themselves, intentionally or unintentionally, with terrorist groups like Hamas, which can legitimize or amplify terrorist narratives. However, to ask bubble-headed, vacuous celebrities to be well-informed and thoughtful in their actions and words may be too much to ask.

We are all screwed when the young condition their thinking on those they admire rather than thinking for themselves.

-- 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


GAVIN NEWSOM IS WHY CALIFORNIA IS DECLINING?

Californicator

PG&E announces yet another increase to 2024 utility bills
The increases came in an end-of-the-year rate adjustment PG&E filed with the California Public Utilities Commission Friday.

Pacific Gas and Electric bills will jump by about $34.50 each month for average households starting Monday, according to an end-of-the-year rate adjustment the company filed with state regulators Friday.

The new forecast — about $2 higher than earlier estimates — rounds out a historic year of PG&E rate hikes the company estimates will increase household gas and electric bills by more than $400 annually compared to 2022.

The California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E executives have said the rate changes are necessary for the company to update its aging infrastructure, meet a growing demand for electricity and reduce the risk of power line-sparked fires after years of disastrous blazes. <Source>

Funny how that money seems to wind up being used for personnel, pensions, and Wall Street profits.

If Gavin Newsom’s California Public Utilities Commission was designed to protect consumers and assure the safety and reliability of our State’s critical infrastructure…

PUCThe California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services.

  • Energy -- The CPUC regulates investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities. The CPUC ensures the reliability and safety of electric and natural gas systems, and works to advance renewable energy and climate goals.

  • Transportation -- The CPUC oversees the safety of railroads and rail transit systems, for-hire passenger carriers (limousines, airport shuttles, charter and scheduled bus operators) and Transportation Network Companies (Lyft, Uber).

  • Telecommunications -- The CPUC develops and implements policies for the telephone communications and broadband markets, including ensuring fair, affordable universal access to necessary services.

  • Water -- The CPUC is responsible for ensuring that investor-owned water utilities deliver clean, safe, and reliable water to their customers at reasonable rates.

<Source: CPUC>

… why are all the commissioner’s bureaucratic swamp rats with a history of promoting a progressive political ideology harmful to consumers and businesses?

  • Alice Busching Reynolds was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as President by Governor Gavin Newsom on Nov. 22, 2021, effective Dec. 31, 2021. She was confirmed as a CPUC Commissioner by the State Senate on August 17, 2022.

Before her appointment, President Reynolds served three years as Governor Gavin Newsom’s senior advisor for energy. From 2011 to January 2019, she served in the administration of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., most recently as the Governor’s senior advisor for climate, the environment and energy and previously as chief counsel and deputy secretary for law enforcement at the California Environmental Protection Agency. During her time at CalEPA, she coordinated statewide multi-agency environmental enforcement actions and led the creation of the agency’s environmental justice task force and refinery safety task force. President Reynolds began her public service career in 2002, serving approximately 10 years as a deputy attorney general in the California Attorney General’s Office, where she litigated cases involving protection of public trust lands, coastal resources and public access, and other environmental issues. Prior to entering public service, President Reynolds was a lawyer in private practice in San Francisco. President Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude.

  • Genevieve Shiroma was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Newsom on Jan. 22, 2019. Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Shiroma served as a member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 1999 to 2019, serving as chair from 1999 to 2006, 2011 to 2014, and 2017 to 2019. Previously, she was Chief of the Air Quality Branch at the California Air Resources Board from 1990 to 1999, an air quality supervisor from 1984 to 1990, and an air quality engineer from 1978 to 1984. From 1999 to 2018, Commissioner Shiroma was elected director of Ward 4 of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for five terms.
    Commissioner Shiroma is presently the lead Commissioner for more than 70 formal proceedings spanning the regulated electricity, gas, telecommunications, transportation, and water industries.

Commissioner Shiroma resides in Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis. She was born and raised as a farm worker’s daughter in the Acampo-Lodi area of San Joaquin County.

  • Commissioner Darcie L. Houck was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gavin Newsom on Feb. 9, 2021. She formerly served as Chief Counsel for the California Energy Commission since 2019.

Commissioner Houck was an Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC from 2016 to 2019, a Partner at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan from 2005 to 2016, and Staff Counsel and Policy Advisor at the California Energy Commission from 2000 to 2005.

Commissioner Houck has expertise in environmental equity, nuclear energy regulation, and safety policy matters. She has an extensive background representing Native American tribes throughout the country on matters involving energy, natural resources, land claims, and water rights.

Commissioner Houck is a member of the California Indian Law Association, California Lawyers Association, Schwartz-Levi Inn of Court, Women Lead and the Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment. She earned a law degree from the University of California and a Master of Science in community development.

  • Commissioner John Reynolds was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 23, 2021, and reappointedon Dec. 22, 2022.

Prior to his appointment to the CPUC, Commissioner Reynolds served as Managing Counsel at Cruise LLC since 2019. Prior to that, he held multiple positions at the CPUC, including Interim Chief of Staff to Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma in 2018, Advisor to former Commissioner Carla J. Peterman from 2015 to 2018, and Public Utilities Counsel from 2013 to 2015. Commissioner Reynolds has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco.

  • Commissioner Karen Douglas was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 22, 2022.

Commissioner Douglas was previously Senior Advisor for Energy in the Office of Governor Newsom since 2022. She was a California Energy Commission Member from 2008 to 2022. She was Director of the California Climate Initiative for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2005 to 2008. She held several positions at the Planning and Conservation League from 2001 to 2005, including Acting Executive Director and General Counsel. Commissioner Douglas earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Colorado Boulder.

You will notice that the Commissioners were all appointed by Gavin Newsom, an empty-headed elitist progressive communist democrat, and have a heavy progressive ideological bent. There are no actual consumers on the Commission, and most disputes are between those who heavily lobby California officials and the Commission. 

Bottom line...

Perhaps it is time to depoliticize the Commission, enlarge the Commission with a more diverse set of Commissioners, and remove the current crop of Commissioners to staff positions where they belong. 

And it’s undoubtedly time to focus not on gouging consumers for the benefit of Wall Street but on repairing, replacing, and building out a hardened infrastructure for the future of California. 

Enough with the meaningless gestures, photo-ops, policies, and press releases.

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


FORD EMPLOYEES SCREWED BY PROGRESSIVE POLITICS AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS

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In 2024, Ford announced they would drastically cut the production of its “best-selling” EV, the F-150 Lightning, from 3,200 to 1,600 trucks per week at the company’s flagship plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

Once again, the progressive communist democrats, with their Marxist ideology and central planning, have loaded car dealers with unwanted vehicles. The end result is that production lines are idled, and employees are furloughed or laid off. The progressive auto unions are complicit in this tragedy as they refuse to push back against the politicians who greenlight their continuing wage hikes without corresponding increases in production--the road to ruin.

What we have found.

  • Electric vehicles have limited range, consume excessive recharge time, do not like extreme cold or heat, and can potentially create catastrophic fires and accidents.

  • To meet fuel efficiency standards, cars are lighter and more vulnerable to crashes with larger vehicles, which seems to be the current rage.

  • Wind turbines are not reliable sources of energy, cannot be easily maintained, and are an ecological disaster when decommissioned.

  • The generous, taxpayer-funded rebates and subsidies that fund the so-called “green revolution” are killing the economy and the consumer’s purchasing power.

Bottom line…

Dem-clean

Only a fool believes that electricity that powers your air-conditioning harms the planet while electricity that recharges your Tesla is eco-friendly.

Democracy is being destroyed by those ideologues who pretend their prescriptions will “save the planet” when the truth is that they cannot even clean up their cities or repair or replace their crumbling infrastructure.

We are so screwed when you ignore common sense and do not vote your wallet.

-- 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 GREATEST GIFT I CAN GIVE TO YOU IN 2024

Srl-oracle

I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about 2024...

I have decided that the greatest gift to you is to remind you of the wisdom distilled over the ages.

  1. Take care of yourself-- Robust health is an absolute must in this life; without it, you can not take care of yourself and those you love. Unfortunately, those in good health tend to overlook this fundamental principle until their health has been majorly impacted by some adverse condition or event.

  2. Family first, neighbors second, and then community-- set aside petty differences to create and maintain a support group with which you can celebrate the good times and withstand the hard ones.

  3. Free yourself from your debts-- There are very few things as unpleasant as being unable to meet your obligations as they come due. Employers and others count on the fact that their influence over your life, including the time you spend with your family, is ensured by your need for a paycheck and your lack of options. Reduce the clutter. Curtail frivolous purchases. Invest in different asset classes. But, most of all, clear your debt. Remember, this applies to the government too, as they count on unearned entitlements and giveaways to buy your support.

  4. Life is a journey-- Life is not experienced as a straight line. Do not, for one second, believe that tomorrow will be the same as today, even if today was the same as yesterday.

  5. Do not believe everyone shares your values-- There is a large part of the world that is unfamiliar with your beliefs and lifestyle. They do not share your concept of personal freedom, democracy, or even the value of human life. When these people say they wish to kill you and take your property, believe them and take prudent precautions to protect yourself.

  6. Politicians are not your friends, nor are they celebrities-- Politicians exist to serve their constituencies, not the other way around. Hold them accountable and punish wrongdoing. And like underwear, they should be changed often before they become soiled and stinky. In many cases, when politicians claim to be protecting the people, they are protecting themselves and the special interests who support them. 

  7. New Year's resolutions are relatively worthless-- They change over time, they cause anguish if they are not met, and contribute little to straightening out the unexpected twists and turns of life. It is better to develop life habits that will benefit you in good times and in bad.

While I am sure there are many more prescriptive, these are the most important as they come readily to mind.

Bottom line...

Remember one, two, and three when in doubt, and life may become immeasurably easier.

People who tell you to embrace change usually do so when that change is most unwelcome.

Those who say it’s not personal, it’s business, meaning it isn’t personal to them as much as it feels personal to you.

Best of luck.

-- Steve


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024 FROM ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING

Wishing you and yours ... health, peace, and prosperity. -- Steve

May you live long and prosper.


“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


CALIFORNIA JUDGES CONTINUE TO HAVE THEIR HEADS UP THEIR COLLECTIVE ASSES

Newsom-iwyd

It is an undeniable truth that criminals, crazies, and terrorists do not abide by any rules, regulations, laws, or mandates.

Likewise, it is an undeniable truth that a gun is a necessary and effective force multiplier that allows law-abiding citizens to maintain their inalienable right to self-defense.

Moreover, the duty of law enforcement to protect an individual extends only to those in their custody, and it is a fact that law enforcement cannot be everywhere they might be needed when they are required.

So why would any rational legislator or judge designate public places to be unprotected shooting galleries?

Federal appeals court temporarily allows California to ban guns in public places

Saturday’s ruling temporarily froze a lower court’s order declaring parts of the new law unconstitutional.

A California law banning concealed firearms in communal spaces such as amusement parks and libraries will take effect — for now — after a federal appeals court ruling Saturday.

The order by a panel of judges at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily froze a district court decision earlier this month that deemed the law unconstitutional.

State Attorney General Rob Bonta had sought an administrative stay of the lower court’s ruling, arguing that it would allow dangerous weapons in places where children and families congregate. By granting Bonta’s motion, the 9th Circuit judges have put the district court’s injunction on pause while a separate panel of judges weighs an appeal by the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrated the ruling in a statement posted to social media Saturday night.

“Californians overwhelmingly support efforts to ensure that places like hospitals, libraries and children’s playgrounds remain safe and free from guns,” Newsom said. <Source>

[OCS: The ruling of Circuit Court Judges Johnnie B. Rawlinson (Clinton), Jay S. Bybee (Bush), and Andrew D. Hurwitz (Obama): The district court’s preliminary injunction issued on December 20, 2023, is temporarily stayed pending resolution of the motion for a stay pending appeal by the merits panel. In granting an administrative stay, we do not intend to constrain the merits panel’s consideration of the merits of these appeals in any way.”]

Making sense of the nonsensical and indefensible ruling…

Considering that the Courts are releasing criminals into our communities and prosecutors are charging individuals who act in self-defense, the only rational conclusion is that the elite ruling class is afraid of the Second Amendment which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear Arms as protection from government tyranny. .

Bottom line…

There is no doubt that the progressive communist democrats want to disarm law-abiding citizens so that progressive domestic terrorists like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the Palestinian movement can scare the bejesus out of citizens without encountering armed resistance. Especially when domestic terrorists are almost immediately released to create additional havoc and hardened criminals are released into our communities.

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


MORE PROOF THE GOP HAS ITS HEAD UP IT COLLECTIVE ASS

Michigan_Republican_Party_logo.svgUnbelievable!

With the country in a deep fiscal crisis, burdened with geometrically expanding debt, the Republican Party, allegedly the bastion of fiscal prudence, takes out a $110,000 loan to pay actor Jim Caviezel to be their keynote speaker.

According to published reports

Mutiny Erupts in a Michigan G.O.P. Overtaken by Chaos

The Michigan Republican Party’s revered two-day policy and politics gathering, the Mackinac Island Republican Leadership Conference, was an utter mess.

Attendance had plummeted. Top-tier presidential candidates skipped the September event, and some speakers didn’t show. Guests were baffled by a scoring system that rated their ideology on a scale, from a true conservative to a so-called RINO, or Republican in name only.

And the state party, already deeply in debt, had taken out a $110,000 loan to pay the keynote speaker, Jim Caviezel, an actor who has built an ardent following among the far right after starring in a hit movie this summer about child sex trafficking. The loan came from a trust tied to the wife of the party’s executive director, according to party records.

[OCS: And the poor schmucks who thought their small donations were going to be used to help Republicans win state races will see their funds diverted to pay of the loan for the GOP’s event entertainment.  What about the food and drinks, the giveaways, and the other comps?]

For some Michigan Republicans, it was the final straw for a chaotic state party leadership that has been plagued by mounting financial problems, lackluster fund-raising, secretive meetings and persistent infighting. Blame has centered on the fiery chairwoman, Kristina Karamo, who skyrocketed to the top of the state party through a combative brand of election denialism but has failed to make good on her promises for new fund-raising sources and armies of activists.

Why would the Michigan GOP select a polarizing far-right diversity-hire politician to head what is essentially a business that should be specializing in a fundraising/get-out-the-vote effort?

Something stinks…

Michigan GOP chair hired firm of high-profile Republican who nominated her, records show

Weeks after Joe Moss, the conservative chairman of the Ottawa County commission, helped Kristina Karamo become the leader of the Michigan Republican Party, the state GOP paid a business associated with Moss $74,261 for undisclosed services, according to internal party bank records.

Critics said the expenditure paid to the business called For Liberty raised questions about how Karamo was using the Michigan Republican Party's dwindling resources during her tenure as chairwoman, which began in February. The bank documents, obtained by The Detroit News, revealed the party had about $35,000 remaining in its accounts in early August, 14 months before the November presidential election.

Moss, an up-and-coming figure in Republican politics, and a spokesman for the Michigan GOP didn't respond to requests for comment. However, Joel Kallman, who's listed in corporation records with the state as For Liberty's resident agent, confirmed Moss is a partner in the business that has been working with the Michigan GOP. <Source>

Bottom line…

And, once again, the Republicans gear up to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After the continuing Democrat destruction of Detroit and other Michigan cities under the corrupt Biden Administration and their cadre of progressive communist democrats, one would think that the GOP has a great story to tell. Yet, we see divisive bickering about diving up the spoils of a near-moribund party apparatus.

Why is it that the Democrats operate on a 24/7/365 basis, and the GOP gets animated a few months before a general election—pretty much after Republicans destroy each other in the primary?

We are so screwed when this same scenario is repeated across the nation.

--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