I’ve been thinking a lot about my last post, because as a conservative, my view seems to be a lone one. Looking at this situation I tried to break things down into a timeline and who said or did what and when. Then I assessed it based on my limited understanding of UCMJ, of the military, and any events similar to this that I recall. I tried very hard to view Lt. Col. Scheller’s actions through an apolitical lens, which is quite a challenge these days. My feelings of outrage about the lack of accountability of top generals and the Biden WH for the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle are very similar to Scheller’s, but (yeah, there are always those buts) my feelings aren’t what matters.
Bolstering the US military as an institution matters.
In our current hyper-partisan culture, coupled with the social media and news media rage machine spin war culture, each and every one of us is manipulated and influenced by this constant media incitement. We get the videos that go viral to stir up emotional responses. We also get a lot of inaccurate and often deliberately dishonest framing, to feed and fuel partisan views.
It’s easy to spot the spin crap on the other side, as I can attest, because after trying to understand the Dem spin information war since the 1990s, spotting dem and liberal spin seems second nature to me. I disagree with probably 99.9% of Dem and liberal spin narratives. It could be 100%, but perhaps a miracle will occur and there will be a Dem spin effort where they’ll say sometime that I agree with. Hasn’t happened yet, though.
The harder challenge is to spot the spin crap or inaccurate information from the side that feeds into my partisan political views. I’ve been very conservative my entire adult life.
I feel a great deal of anguish for Scheller’s parents, who have spoken out defending their son. Scheller served faithfully and with honor for over 17 years in the Marines, as an infantry officer. His father said Scheller did 5 deployments in that time. I’d imagine how the Biden administration misled this Afghanistan withdrawal debacle and the way several top generals and the Sec. of Defense paid lip service to the Biden spin effort felt like a betrayal and a disgrace to many servicemembers, who actually had skin in the game in Afghanistan and Iraq. Scheller’s father (around 3:00 in the above video) said after the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport, his son snapped and was very angry. I felt a great deal of anger and a burning sense of outrage too and and I didn’t personally sacrifice anything in the “war on terror.” One of my sisters, a career Air Force vet, deployed to Afghanistan in the early years and one of my sons, who was in the Air Force, deployed to Iraq. Scheller’s parents went through 5 deployments with their son serving in the Marine Corps infantry – directly in harm’s way.
I understand Scheller’s anger. I also suspect that if Scheller had stopped posting videos to social media and abided by the gag order, he would not have ended up in the brig. He chose to disobey that lawful order. And here’s where there’s a bit of an information gap in my understanding – I wonder how many right-wing political types and pundits had contact with Scheller and if they influenced his decision to disobey the gag order. I wonder if they encouraged his efforts, made any promises to support his efforts, etc.
After a few days reflection on this situation, I still believe rules matter, I still believe blatant insubordination in the military can’t be ignored, and I believe that Scheller ended up in the brig for disobeying that gag order.
One of the things that bothered me was in the Ingraham interview (at 7:26) Ingraham asked Scheller’s parents about Senator Cotton asking Sec. of Defense, Lloyd Austin, why Scheller is being held in pretrial confinement. Austin appropriately did not answer. If Austin had weighed in, that is undue command influence in a pending case. Austin shouldn’t make any public comments on that case. Period. Ingraham foolishly was spouting that the Pentagon chief should be weighing in on a pending case. This is the spin world we live in – rules don’t matter, upholding institutional norms don’t matter. Only partisan spin incitement matters.
This past week the liberal media and Democrats finally decided to focus on the illegal immigration crisis at the US southern border, which has been growing since President Biden rolled back the Trump era border control policies earlier this year. Back in March, President Biden tapped Vice President Harris to deal with the escalating border problem:
“WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead efforts to stem migration across the U.S.-Mexico border, as the administration faces growing political pressure to address a surge in undocumented migrant children unaccompanied by parents.”
This latest border crisis involved mostly illegal immigrants from Central American countries, but in recent weeks it’s now, reportedly, Haitian illegal immigrants flooding the US southern border with Mexico. It’s not politically correct to question how on earth these tens of thousands of poor Haitian illegal immigrants are getting from the Caribbean island of Haiti to Mexico or to inquire if there are any political or NGO groups funding this mass illegal immigration movement.
For reference, I recall reading a sympathetic refugee Washington Post report years ago on the Syrian refugee crisis, which deluged European countries with refugees, not just from war-torn Syria, but from many other countries. I wrote a blog post, Adding it up, back in 2015, and in 2018 I wrote, The smell of a manufactured crisis, about how these refugee crises seem manufactured and well-funded.
This past week a new story, which I’m not sure whether to believe emerged. This new storyline claims most Haitian illegal immigrants trying to enter the US have been living in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and other Latin American countries for years and not coming directly from Haiti:
“Nearly all Haitians reach the U.S. border on a well-worn route: Fly to Brazil, Chile or elsewhere in South America. If jobs dry up, slowly move through Central America and Mexico by bus and on foot to wait — perhaps years — in northern border cities like Tijuana for the right time to enter the United States and claim asylum.”
The liberal (mainstream) media and the Biden administration downplayed the flood of Haitian illegal immigrants, as the situation at Del Rio, TX escalated into a serious crisis with an estimated 15,000 illegal immigrants massed in a makeshift camp. As the numbers of illegal immigrants swelled FOX News continued its coverage of the border crisis and was using drone footage, which they’d been doing for months. Rather than address the crisis the FAA issued a temporary ban on Fox News drones around Del Rio, which seemed very similar to the liberal efforts to silence Trump’s social media presence and bury the Hunter Biden laptop story, except with the FAA, the Biden administration was overtly abusing government power rather than relying on liberal media and big tech cronies to corruptly silence stories Dems wanted buried. The FAA lifted the suspension, but that the Biden administration was willing to abuse power like this, to try to impede FOX News’ coverage, speaks volumes. Interestingly, during the temporary FAA ban FOX News was able to continue their coverage via being invited to fly on a law enforcement helicopter to film the illegal immigration chaos at the Del Rio bridge.
The Biden administration studiously avoided talking about or dealing with this border crisis for months, but finally a totally fabricated, hot news story this past week galvanized the Biden administration to launch an all-hands-on-deck spin effort response to the crisis. Instead of the illegal immigration being their concern, the Biden administration embraced and amplified a false news story, alleging horse-mounted US border control agents used whips to attack Haitians trying to enter the US.
Quickly, the “horrific” scene turned out to be not “whips,” but just border control agents on horseback holding their reins. Border agents did not whip illegal immigrants, only twirled their reins, as they’re trained to do. They were doing a thankless job trying to stop illegal immigrants from entering the US, while Dems, from the White House on down, ratcheted up their spin hysteria with WH press secretary, Jen Psaki, leaping on this incorrect reporting:
It’s been several days since the initial reporting about “whips” broke and despite the liberal media and many Dems (including the Biden WH) knowing the initial reporting was incorrect, this false narrative of border control agents “whipping” Haitian refugees fits too perfectly with popular anti-law enforcement politics among the left, so many liberal journalists and Dem politicians continue to play dishonest semantical spin games.
Watching the spin word games with this fabricated “whip” story highlighted again that the liberal (mainstream) news media main purpose is to advance the liberal political agenda and preferred narratives, not to accurately report the news. The preferred liberal political narrative will prevail here, no matter how many Republicans or right-wing pundits debunk the false narrative.
Even more disturbing is the Biden White House has double-downed on this false spin narrative too. The border control agents in the photos and video that ignited this liberal spin narrative have been suspended, the Biden WH announced border control agents will no longer be allowed to use horses, and an investigation of the border control agents has been launched.
President Biden, who couldn’t be bothered with the border crisis for months, has now become energized about the situation at the border – by selling a false narrative, attacking his own border control agents:
It’s easy to warn about threats to America, like hostile foreign adversaries or radicalized domestic groups, but this corrupt alliance of partisan political operatives and large swaths of news media and social media giants in America poses a serious threat to American free speech and to our democratic institutions too.
Many Democrats and liberal news media organizations spend hours daily warning about the dangers of FOX News spreading Trump lies. It’s true, some of the Trump/Fox spin games are corrupt and spread many lies, but their reach is very small compared to the vast Dem/liberal media/social media corrupt spin information war operations. Neither Trump nor right-wing media possess the reach of the Dem and liberal media spin information war operations, yet.
The news media that aids and abets both the Dem/liberal and Trump spin efforts can regurgitate line for line every deceptive and dishonest spin messaging effort the other side spewed, but pretends their side’s news reporting is dedicated to reporting facts and giving Americans the news straight. Unfortunately, our entire news media environment has little to do with reporting news and everything to do with partisan politics and aggressive spin information warfare operations – which equals clicks online and ratings on TV. The corruption is obvious when you see liberal media just stop reporting on the Afghanistan withdrawal or do everything possible to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story weeks before the 2020 election or watch Fox’s entire primetime line-up pay lip service to Trump’s stolen election lies.
Last weekend the estimated number of illegal immigrants at Del Rio reached 15,000 and still the Biden administration and the liberal media tried to ignore the story, until this border agent “whip” video emerged this past week. This false “whip” narrative became the major news story on liberal media, feeding all the preferred BLM race narratives and it was a narrative liberals want to be true. This “whip” story will fade away, but the false narrative’s already served its purpose by being believed by most people who trust those liberal news organizations and by many liberals, who are fully-invested in the BLM racial politics.
Today Fox News Sunday interviewed DHS secretary Mayorkas, who in response to questioning on the what happened to the 15.000+ illegal immigrants by the bridge at Del Rio, admitted 12,000+ of them had been released inside the US:
The Haitian illegal immigration crisis at the border was solved by the Biden administration releasing most of the 15,000+ illegals into the US and the topper is that despite the Biden administration’s Covid hysteria and mandates, none of these illegal immigrants were tested for Covid or subject to any vaccination requirements – they are exempt from the restrictions placed on law-abiding American citizens.
This is the surreal state of the Dem/liberal media spin information war – a false story that perfectly fit the Dem racial politics has been repeated, all the way up to the POTUS. The liberal media fact-checkers have been silent and the liberal media hasn’t gone full-blown hysterical like they do about Trump lies. Instead, the liberal media has aided and abetted bolstering the false “whips” story.
We’re all now Alice in Wonderland, stuck living in a liberal-controlled rabbit hole. Liberal media and social media owned and operated by liberals vastly outnumber conservative media venues. Corporate America also seems anxious to promote the liberal culture war and to embrace the establishment of the liberal Covid regulatory state
The border control agents on horseback, who were doing a thankless job, have been suspended and the POTUS is threatening that he will make them pay… just let that sink in.
I don’t know anything about the person who tweeted the above tweet and I have no idea where or when this video was taken, but this little girl’s actions sum up my feelings on all of the COVID-19 rules, hype, politicization, and endless hysteria.
The little girl’s actions especially sum up my feelings about anything both the mainstream media and Dr. Fauci say about COVID-19, at this point. In the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, I trusted they were providing science-based information, yet the more Dr. Fauci has spoken and the more hysteria the media ramped up in the past year, the more it sounds like they’re pushing the Democrat political agenda rather than unbiased medical information.
This doesn’t mean I refuse to believe in science or that I am a COVID denier or against COVID vaccines or that I refuse to wear a mask.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was January 15, 2020, with a man in Washington state, who had just returned from Wuhan, China. My husband got very sick around that same time, in GA and my husband hadn’t traveled anywhere, but our son had been sick about week before with the same symptoms. Although my personal situation has no science to back it, it’s not much less suspect than many of the public health pronouncements on COVID-19, which have been tainted with both domestic and foreign political considerations and US public health officials in Washington, who seem too willing to trust Chinese government and WHO information, even as the Chinese government’s lies about the virus have been exposed.
I followed all of the COVID-19 rules and I spent 2020 at home taking care of my husband. I didn’t take any vacations or attend any social gatherings (large or small), I wore a mask in public, I followed the social distancing rules and at first, I trusted Dr. Fauci and the DC public health officials made science-based recommendations. I don’t have any trust in Dr. Fauci or the CDC at this point, but I went ahead and got my first COVID vaccine last month and will get my second shot soon. I still wear a mask in public places and I still follow social distancing rules in those places, even though I strongly suspect that when exploiting COVID-19 fear and inciting hysteria for political advantage reaches the point of diminishing returns for Democrat politicians, we’ll likely learn from the “experts” that there’s no evidence to support that any of these “mitigation” efforts were effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and that most of these efforts came with huge health and societal costs.
Whenever COVID-19 numbers in red states don’t conform to bolster the Dem’s COVID spin narrative, that Dem governors’ COVID mitigation restrictions are working magnificently and red state governors, who ended lockdown and mask mandates, are creating a serious public health threat, Dr. Fauci doesn’t ever have any explanation for information and data that runs counter to his belief in imposing more restrictions on people’s lives. He just pivots back to hyping more restrictions, from double-masking to insisting that even fully vaccinated people must still live a very restricted life, controlled by media-induced fear and government-imposed COVID-19 rules.
When this Democrat COVID-19 con game reaches critical mass, sadly our political class, both Dems and their media cohorts, who often seem more like comrades, will still be on Twitter generating the spin attacks that evil red state governors jeopardized public health by lifting COVID-19 restrictions too soon and they’ll still be doubling down, defending their corrupt and destructive COVID-19 “Trust the Science” spin crap show.
Another gloomy forecast is Republicans and Trump-friendly media will still likely be countering the Dem spin crap show with their adopted Trumpian counter-spin crap show, because they’ve bought into that “at least Trump fights the left spin,” as being a viable strategy to defeat the massive Dem/media spin control of mass media in America.
Control of the mass media spin messaging propels the left’s culture war, which relies on mass media spin information war to mold and control public opinion in America
The Trump spin approach remains doomed to fail and will never actually defeat the Dems’ massive spin apparatus, that includes, not only most of the media in America, but also the big tech social media giants, who jumped onboard with becoming the online censors of Republicans and conservatives speech, working to silence Trump-friendly conservative and Republican voices, who gain too much traction or pose any threat to the preferred liberal spin narratives. And now corporate CEOs have jumped into the Dem spin war too.
Trump’s dishonest, bombastic, reactionary spin show provides the Dems endless spin ammunition, while at the same time assures that Republicans and conservatives will stay locked down by Trump’s circular firing squad leadership style, wasting more time on in-fighting than uniting for any common purpose to counter the Dem/mainstream media spin war.
The main reason Trump supporters cite for supporting Trump is “he’s a fighter!” Unfortunately, Trump’s undisciplined and short-sighted outbursts aren’t a winning strategy to defeat a massive, sophisticated, well-organized and funded spin information war, that is only part of a multi-faceted leftist culture war. The left’s culture war ideologues are deeply burrowed into the American education system, they control the Democratic Party agenda, they have powerful support among America’s big tech giants and corporate America, and they control most of mass media political messaging in America.
The COVID-19 spin scare is beginning to lose its effectiveness at keeping the American people fearful and thus compliant to Dem COVID spin power grabs, so the leftist spin message operations have already begun priming the media spin battlefield for pivoting to their next spin “CRISIS” messaging, moving away from COVID-19 onto CLIMATE EMERGENCY… Seriously, the Dems and their liberal media friends are already prepping their media spin battlefield for this pivot:
The Biden administration wisely began muzzling President Biden as their COVID preacher, after inauguration, and instead allowed the media gadfly, Dr. Fauci, to assume the role of unofficial COVID czar, so that once he’s no longer useful to their spin messaging, the media will stop their Fauci lovefest coverage and the Democrats can just pivot to ramping up CLIMATE EMERGENCY hysteria.
Here’s my current take on our corrosive American spin information war situation. Trump lost a lot of ground after losing the election in November and his disastrous January 6th rally, that devolved into an attack on the US Capitol. Republicans lost even more ground, since losing control of the Senate and the GOP still being tied to Trump. Frequently, Congressional Republicans most vicious spin attackers are Trump’s spin pundits and smear merchants rather than Democrats and liberal media.
Democrats and the mainstream media have lost no time in trying to elevate conspiracy theorist/ QAnon supporter, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene as the new face of the GOP and once again playing their corner-hapless-Congressional-Republicans spin game, to bait them with questions about Marjorie’s wacko comments and beliefs. Here again, Trump is the one who elevated Greene’s profile and embraced her – handing the Democrats and liberal media attack dogs more red meat with which to beat up Republicans.
Democrats and the mainstream media have gained spin momentum, but seem well on their way to overplaying their hand.
It would be easy to blame Trump or one side of rabid partisans, either Democrats or Republicans, for America’s scorched earth spin war, but there are plenty of other players in this corrupt spin war.
To rehash – the mainstream media, to include Hollywood, conservative media, and social media venues online, all play an outsized role in our spin war and without media providing the “spin battlefield” and most of the spin warriors to keep the high-octane spin cycles churning, this spin war would not even be possible. A whole lot of media people are making a vast fortune off of keeping the spin war ablaze every day in America.
Of course, the politicians also make loads of money, drive their political agenda, but most all consolidate their power off of spin war, so they will keep the spin narratives and smear campaigns roiling. Assuredly, there are also foreign intelligence operators, who seek ways to influence America’s spin war and foment more chaos and divides.
President Trump is out of the White House and President Biden is busily signing one executive order after another, advancing the Obama progressive agenda, all while mouthing platitudes about “America United.” The one thing that’s obvious is the scorched earth spin war did not end with Trump being defeated. In fact Trump’s January 6th rally, that progressed to an attack on the US Capitol, has provided Democrats and the mainstream media a wide opening to launch a new, more ominous spin offensive.
Hyping a “domestic terrorism threat” from QAnon and radical Trump supporters, Democrats, the mainstream media and social media honchos are openly advocating limiting the reach of conservative and right-wing media. CNN is asserting FOX News spreads “dangerous disinformation” and efforts must be made to limit FOX news’ reach. A couple months ago Twitter actively began suspending conservative accounts, alleged to be spreading “dangerous disinformation”. Democrats have been floating the notion that the Pentagon must start screening recruits for dangerous far right-wing beliefs and weeding them out of the military. However, there’s no concern about dangerous far left-wing radicals or leftists spreading “dangerous disinformation.”
The Democrats and liberal media are trying to use fearmongering about far-right “domestic terrorists” to silence conservative views and even news outlets that present views liberal censors decide are “disinformation.” Defining “disinformation” and “domestic terrorists” remains fluid presently, but assuredly the only targets the Democrats and liberal media want to paint with spreading “disinformation and being “domestic terrorists” are Trump and anyone who supported Trump.
On the right, the Republican Party remains divided and Trump, reportedly wants to stick to his “stolen election” spin crap show, that led to the January 6th rally where he, his son, Don Jr., his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, fed massive spin lies to an angry crowd. I watched their speeches and believe they deliberately incited that mob and encouraged them to raise hell at the US Capitol. None of them openly advocated violence or attacking the US Capitol, but they used a lot of inflammatory language about fighting to “Stop the Steal.”
Trump, as the leader of the GOP, feeds the Dem’s “domestic terrorism” spin narrative by sticking to his looney-tunes “stolen election” conspiracy theories and makes the case for them. His penchant for latching onto any crazy conspiracy theory he hears about or sees online, is the Dems’ best weapon to keep the GOP in constant disarray. He remains an unprincipled, toxic leader, who has no ability to unite or organize a functioning team, whether it be his own staff, the Republican Party or the country. However there doesn’t appear to be any Republican leader, who can compete with Trump or organize any effort to effectively counter Trump’s aggressive spin war efforts.
The America spin war still rages. Democrats control the White House and Congress, plus social media and most of the American media are run by liberals, who still loyally run the Dem spin. The momentum presently is on the side of Democrats’ and the liberal culture warriors (many of them who are part of the liberal news media).
FOX News, after facing dramatic declines in viewership, after toning down their post-election Trump cheerleading punditry, appears to have moved back into a full-blown Trump spin zone. The Trump spin commandos continue to bleat and blare loudly on social media and right-wing venues.
Meanwhile, Democrats and liberal media pundits are busily working to redefine censorship as protecting Americans from “dangerous disinformation.”
On January 6, 2020 a mob of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol, where both houses and Vice President, Mike Pence, were carrying on their constitutional duty to count the electoral votes from the November presidential election, which Joe Biden won. That MAGA mob first listened to incendiary speeches from President Trump’s son, his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and President Trump himself. President Trump had branded his effort to overturn a lawful election, which he lost, as “Stop the Steal.”
After more than 60 post-election legal challenges by Trump’s lawyers, there was no evidence of massive election fraud presented in these legal challenges. Trump would have had to produce evidence of election fraud to overturn the results of three states. His lawyers never produced that evidence. All they produced were hearsay, rumors and dubious statistical assertions.
Trump refused to concede the election and he initiated a massive spin effort to incite his followers to “Stop the Steal.” He strong-armed Republican officials in GA, pressuring them to change the results of the election. As a last ditch effort he publicly pressured Mike Pence to interfere in the Congressional counting of the electoral college votes. Pence refused and stated he did not have the power to change electoral college votes, which were certified by each state.
Against this backdrop, a mob of angry MAGA misfits stormed the Capitol, while Trump watched the events unfold from the White House. With the mayhem still ongoing, Trump released a video praising the attack on the Capitol and Giuliani was calling Republican senators, trying to strong-arm them into delaying the counting of the electoral college votes.
Five people died in this attack, including a Capitol police officer.
Trump’s incitement and grotesque manipulation of these supporters shows unconscionable callousness and a total lack of judgment. Trump truly is unfit for the office he holds and I believe he deserves to be impeached and banned from holding federal office ever again. He has not offered a single word of condolence about the death of a Capitol police officer, despite his mantra of how much he supports the police. He tried to get out tweets last night about his social media though. That is his main concern.
The reality though is this corrupt spin information war that continues to drive America into a land of raging partisan loons, assures that impeachment likely will fail and that Trump will quickly regroup and use the Dem and media rage about the attack on the Capitol to rally his supporters and spin this event into an unfair attack against him or the Left treating him so unfairly.
This corrupt media-driven spin war assures that Trump will probably survive and America will be dealing with more scorched earth spin war for the foreseeable future.
I’ve warned about the dangers of this spin information war since 1998, when Dems and the liberal media controlled the political spin narrative in America and Republicans had no clue how to counter liberal spin. I’ve written dozens of blog posts, tweeted thousands of tweets, written comments at various sites warning about the dangers of spin information war, all to no avail.
When Trump came along and entered national politics in 2015, I noted that someone had taught Trump how to spin just like the Dems. Since 2015, the American spin war changed into a supercharged spin death match of the entire mainstream media and Dems pitted against the Trump’s one-man spin POTUS reality show.
At this moment, days away from the end of Trump’s presidency, Democrats want to impeach Trump for his role in the attack on the Capitol. Twitter and other social media big tech honchos jumped on board the Dem spin effort selling impeachment and yesterday decided to ban Trump from using their platforms. Twitter didn’t just ban Trump, but also some MAGA pundits. Twitter also began screwing with the follower lists of many MAGA supporters, ostensibly to root out bots. Trump will seize on this liberal big tech banning and play the victim again and he’ll be right back fueling his followers’ rage against the Left. Democrats and the liberal media are already overplaying their hand attacking not only Trump, but all of his supporters.
It seems that even a speedy impeachment will be outpaced by the rapidly shifting spin cycles in this perverse, corrupt spin information war.
Many Republican leaders keep assuring themselves that Trump only has 11 days left in office, while Dems are hysterically ranting Trump’s an existential threat to the republic. My belief has always been that Trump is a man who has no boundaries or rules he lives by, other than self-interest and self-promotion. He has nothing to gain by going out quietly, at this point. I expect more Trump-induced chaos. The belief that Trump is contained and will behave with decorum, flies in the face of reality, which is Trump is cornered, facing probable impeachment, unending legal problems, collapse of his brand and financial ruin, if his MAGA reality show crumbles to dust.
Trump’s going to cause more mayhem in the next 11 days.
Here’s where I’m at with this election – Biden won. Period. I’ve seen no evidence to support some massive “systemic voter fraud” case that President Trump insists happened.
Sure, President Trump has a right to pursue legal challenges and sure there’s likely plenty of voter fraud and shenanigans around the country, but in no scenario do I believe there’s proof of some massive “systemic voter fraud” legal case with merit or enough cases of voter fraud that will lead to changes in the margins to flip several states to red and garner Trump a win. It’s just not happening, in my view.
I regretted voting for Trump very quickly after the election and it’s not because he lost, it’s because of his shameless lying and trying to create some big media sideshow, selling he was robbed, without having a single shred of evidence. Even worse is he’s latched onto every internet rumor and allegation, without any investigation or concern those stories were false. Trump’s vast conspiracy claims have about as much veracity as Hillary’s “vast, right-wing conspiracy” deflections.
One of the things I detested most after the 2016 election was the Dem rage, hysteria and corrupt spin war antics tossing out various spin lies in the media, to try to gin up enough public outrage to somehow change the outcome – even launching that entire Trump-Russian Collusion spin lie in January 2017, before Trump’s inauguration. That spin lie was launched with the aid of top FBI officials and top former intelligence officials working with Obama administration officials and the Clinton campaign. There will be zero accountability for their corruption seems a sure bet. The Dem-Clinton public corruption has run unchecked for decades and frankly plenty of Republican insiders seem just fine with public corruption in DC too.
I regret breaking my rule of never buying into binary choices of the lesser of two evils, because there is no lesser evil – only evil. Trump will continue to act out and fume, but I also realized that I want to stop fuming about the Clinton and Dem political machine scoring another victory and that there will never be any accountability for any of their wholesale public corruption.
The surreal disconnect after four years of having both Dem/mainstream media scorched earth spin war blazing across American media AND Trump/FOX/right-wing media scorched earth counter-spin blazing too, is we live in a deeply divided country, where even corporate news media spread so much partisan spin disinformation that’s it’s very hard to trust any of their reporting on anything.
One last thought about this election and then I’ll end this post. Biden started making carefully crafted statements about how he will work to unite America, but it felt surreal to hear his words and think back over the past 4 years of scorched earth #Resist spin information war Dems have blazed across every avenue of mass media 24/7. Now Biden, Dems, liberal news media and pundits all pretend none of the last 4 years happened and it’s, “What is wrong with you mean Repubs… Biden is trying to unite America… Now hurry up and get on board!”. These people are as deceitful, hypocritical frauds as Donald J. Trump. What a bunch of lying losers we have leading America!
I still cling to hope for America’s future and I pray that someday we find some decent, honorable leaders to forge a better path for our country, but it takes a lot of effort to cling to that hope after watching so many dishonest frauds engage in this level of mass, organized lying, that is our domestic scorched earth spin information war.
Today I decided to do something that I swore never to do. I decided to vote for Trump and a straight Republican ticket. A few small things happened today, but it was my personal tipping point.
Twitter blocked The New York Post’s account over a week ago for posting a report on Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the ensuing days the mainstream media totally froze out any reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story. Today, I saw a retweet by Brit Hume, with a sensitive content warning masking the original tweet. I clicked on VIEW and it was a Matt Taibbi piece at Axios, With the Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression is Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story. Twitter has escalated this petty censorship effort against mentioning the Hunter Biden story and kept The New York Post blocked unless they remove a number of tweets Twitter demanded be removed. Their sensitive content warning, so you don’t see the story immediately, is meant to slow down amplification of Taibbi’s article.
On top of that I’ve been following Andrew Cuomo and Bill DeBalsio’s escalating efforts to harass Orthodox Jews in NYC and Cuomo blustered on about his new COVID plan and how he’s going to force compliance by Orthodox Jews.
“All gatherings must include no more than three households, including hosts and guests, and must be held outdoors, lasting for two hours of less.”
“The new rules state those at a gathering “may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.”‘
“Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized,” the statement added.”
There’s way more, like restrictions on singing and restrictions on playing music (no wind instruments) and a whole bunch of other draconian lunacy. And I thought, this is America’s future if Biden wins the White House and Republicans lose control of the Senate.
I detest Trump’s reality TV show presidency, I detest his pettiness, his mendacity, and most especially his vicious name-calling and I never thought I would even consider voting for him or decide to vote for him, but I did.
For a while now, I’ve believed the worst possible outcome for America would be for Dems to control Congress, the White House, in addition to liberals controlling most of the major news media organizations, Hollywood, and the largest social media companies. With this much control of information dissemination and the levers of powers in America, Democrats would be be able to totally marginalize dissenting opinions, in addition to fast-track the far-left’s radical wish list.
A few years ago, I learned about the reach of the political and news media Twitter crowd on American news reporting and on political messaging. At first I dismissed the Twitter influence operations as having so much impact, since a very small percentage of Americans even follow politics on Twitter, but then I realized that this small group of journalists, political pundits, and politicians literally battle for control of the news media’s political narratives and this is where most of the spin battles in America are really fought – out of sight of most Americans. And once I started following the politics Twitter crowd and trying to understand what was going on, I understood why President Trump felt his Twitter account had so much influence.
Twitter is the current epicenter of the American political spin war and it is where the Dems and the mainstream media people hang out to generate spin attacks and it is where President Trump and conservative media people hang out to generate counter-spin attacks. Dems and the mainstream media have waged a spin information war in America for decades, to propel leftist policy and promote Dem politicians, while Republicans floundered around trying to find a way to counter that liberal media dominance and complaining about media bias. It’s not bias, it’s an orchestrated spin information operation run by Dems, their operatives and their media friends.
I understand fully that Trump is everything that I consider a toxic leader to be, but at this moment in time, Republican control of the Senate is iffy and so is the White House. I do not want America being controlled by a Democratic Party that refused to condemn rioting and looting, engaged in smearing police across America, that ran the appalling smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh, and who are poised to ram through the most radical leftist agenda in my lifetime. And in the midst of a COVID surge this winter, I do not want live in an America that embraces draconian policies, propelled by media-fear mongering campaigns that scare people into submitting to massive encroachment on basic civil rights.
I said NeverTrump since 2015 and I’ve written a whole lot of that on my blog, but at this point in time the choices are Dem control of the White House and Congress, which alarms the hell out of me, after watching the craziness of 2020 or hoping that Republicans can hold at least the Senate or White House and perhaps both. I do not want Democrats with unchecked power after watching their spin and smear operations escalate in the past 5 years.
This blog post is my thoughts on where America will be after this election and the general state of American culture, so please skip past it if you want a blue skies and sunny days ahead forecast for after November 3rd.
The rabid nature of the American culture war blares across our media every day via a spin information war, intended to drive and control public opinion in America. The American people remain the primary target of spin information war, as partisans and media try to prod us to overreact and become enraged (spin is ruthless agitation propaganda). If you consume a lot of political news, you’re constantly blasted in the face with spin attacks, but if you consume movies, TV shows, late night entertainment shows, crafting videos online and music, you can’t escape the partisan spin efforts. Even crafting channels on YouTube are filled with political ads right now. Just about everything in American life has taken on partisan political overtones.
We’re getting down to the last weeks before the 2020 election and the binary-thinkers on both sides believe that only their candidate in the Oval Office can “save America.” President Trump touts that only he can save America from the fa-left agenda that Biden will rubber-stamp. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, promises he’ll restore dignity to the Oval Office and a “return to normal.”
I believe the binary thinkers on both sides are completely off-base. Regardless who wins, the powerful people driving the spin war have no intention of ending this destructive spin war.
If Trump wins reelection and Republicans maintain control of the Senate, I expect an even more deranged media spin war/Resistance effort to destroy him and more Trump-driven chaos. If Biden wins and Republican maintain control of the Senate, I expect many more Congressional investigations and endless clashes and crazy media spin drama.
And the worst possible outcome for the country will be if Biden wins and Democrats control both the House and Senate, where they hold all of the power to ram through their progressive agenda. I feel this outcome will escalate and deepen the cultural/political divides and could lead to a rapid increase in civil unrest (especially if Dems use COVID as cover to impose more restrictions on civil liberties, under the pretext of “trusting the science.”) I worry that a large segment of the country feeling completely powerless and disenfranchised could escalate tensions dramatically.
This spin information war waged across every media avenue in America leads to only one outcome – a totally dysfunctional country, where the raging factions lose all sense of a shared set of civic values or national unity. The erosion of trust in our news media portends even more stormy political weather ahead for America, as news media create more chaos by being more dedicated to spin war attacks than to gathering facts first. We will become a failed republic, unless we find a way to end this scorched earth spin information war and find a way to reclaim some common ground.
I don’t want to leave this blog post on such a gloomy note, because all across America there are millions of good and decent citizens, who would rather be positive influencers and help in their communities, rather than tear our country apart. Finding ways to increase their numbers offers a path to a better direction for all of us. That centers on teaching people to calm down and talk first, before making rash judgments, rushing to anger or taking to the streets in rage. Too bad our leaders aren’t teaching people to respect other people’s right to disagree and hold differing opinions or modeling basic civic virtue in the public square..
This blog post will just be a smattering of things that caught my attention and/or are on my mind. First up, The Wall Street Journal has a piece up, Coronavirus Hit the U.S. Long Before We Knew, by Rob Barry, Joel Eastwood, and Paul Overberg. which contains a lot of charts and maps with COVID information:
“The Wall Street Journal interviewed disease detectives and reviewed hundreds of pages of new research to piece together how the coronavirus infiltrated the wealthiest nation on earth. The latest genetic, epidemiological and computational research suggests it was spreading inside the country before anyone started looking.”
I still suspect my son, husband and I had COVID-19 in January, but finding antibody testing is low on my list and knowing for sure that’s what made my husband so ill won’t change a thing. The more important aspect of knowing when COVID-19 hit the US is the lack of interest among most of the US media, among politicians and most assuredly among the nation’s “health officials.” Many of the top health officials seem to have spent more time trying to tamp down on even questioning their official story of the first US COVID-19 cases being in late February and they’ve tried to silence those who suggest an earlier COVID-19 arrival date
I noticed a writer on Twitter tweeted:
On to politics for a moment, with my post VP debate assessment – Pence did better, I think, but it wasn’t a knock-out win. Harris held her own and scored some points. The media got obsessed over the fly sitting on Pence’s head and his bloodshot eye more than the substance of the debate. Harris avoided answering the question on court-packing and Pence tiptoed around answering for Trump’s questionable Rose Garden COVID social distancing efforts.
Naturally, anti-Trump media rushed to get medical experts on to speculate Pence might have conjunctivitis and that conjunctivitis is sometimes a COVID symptom. Despite the mainstream media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome and valiant effort to be #Resist warriors, I thought Pence didn’t look well and his eye concerned me, in light of the number of Covid-positive cases in the White House right now.
If Pence gets COVID now, it will unleash a massive Dem and mainstream media negative spin offensive, that could aid Biden a great deal. And Biden would not be at fault; Trump’s reckless disregard for mask-wearing and staging large events with people seated close together would be at fault. Dems and the media would assuredly rehash all the Pence team complaints about not wanting plexiglass at the debate and the Trump campaign persisting with the large rallies, even as the WH has had 20+ cases of COVID in the past week or so.
Trump refuses to try any other strategy than his one-man show Twitter troll routine and his sideshow rally routine. He is his own worst enemy always.
Of course, the spin loons on the Left are also out of control with their #Resist efforts to destroy Trump, especially Nancy Pelosi, who is as vile as Trump when it comes to petty name-calling, bold-faced lying and addiction to her spin queen routine. The mainstream media fawns all over Pelosi, while aiding her spin attacks every step of the way. She drops vicious spin smear innuendo without any hesitation. Pelosi is set to discuss a commission to investigate the 25th Amendment, less than a month before a presidential election. If she thought Biden was a surefire winner, why on earth would Dems be floating removing Trump using the 25th Amendment?
That’s it on politics – I still am disgusted with the Trump vs Dems/mainstream media spin war and still can’t see how any of these people will “save America.” And frankly, if Americans are placing their trust in these shallow, dishonest, morally bankrupt politicians, we deserve our fate.
I spent a lot of time writing on this blog about our destructive American spin information war, which can only be waged with massive media collusion advancing political spin messaging. I went on Twitter a few years ago “trolling” politicians, pundits and news journalists, attempting to disrupt spin attacks and perhaps some of my efforts had a tiny bit of impact, but I’m pretty much done trying to fight against spin war on Twitter.
The spin war has led the news media in America, across the board, to abandon any sort of journalistic standards or accountability, by placing political spin objectives as a higher calling than presenting accurate, factual, timely information in an objective manner. Spin requires corrupting words and choosing the most negative take when framing reporting on political enemies.
If you wonder why so many Americans buy into wild conspiracy theories, look no further than to America’s political class and the news media, with their dedication to waging 24/7 spin information war across all media venues in America. We’ve endured almost 4 years of “Trump the Russian agent” conspiracy spin crap spewed by Dems and “serious” journalists and then there are people like Trump, who will spread any rumor as fact (his infamous “someone told me”) or look to people like the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who will launch any vicious spin smear attack with a straight face. These people are way more dangerous than the nobody conspiracy theorists on social media. These people are supposed to be responsible reporters of news and political leaders in America.
My daily life is challenging – still doing full-time care giving for my husband, with the aid of wonderful hospice nurses, who check on him twice a week. I do wonder if COVID caused my husband’s acute respiratory failure in January, but he had serious medical problems for years. He’s still bed bound and requires complete care, but his vitals have been stable for months now and he eats good most of the time, but the dementia is worse and he has late stage COPD.
We take one day at a time here and I’ve decided to spend more time on learning new craft and needlework stuff rather than following the spin war sewer closely every day. Grandmother’s Flower Garden is my favorite quilt pattern. As a child I cut out plenty of hexagons for my great-grandmother’s quilts using this pattern.
The technique is called English paper piecing and I found a lot of helpful information on YouTube videos. I’ve learned a lot of things on YouTube… way more than I have ever learned following the spin war. My hexagon quilt blocks above aren’t perfect stitching and I’m working on improving my stitching, so that none of the stitching shows between the hexagons.
One positive development from this year’s challenges with the pandemic and political chaos, is it seems a lot of people have started looking to doing more things with their families and at home. Who would have ever thought it would be hard to find jigsaw puzzles, but the pandemic led to short supply of jigsaw puzzles for several months (it’s improving, because I bought a few recently).
Lots of Americans have been cooking and baking more, doing home repairs, taking up gardening, and learning about preparedness too. Americans all over the country went to work sewing face masks and offering to help in any way they could. All of these signs leave me hopeful that most Americans aren’t nearly as useless as our political class .
Why we still get so invested in supporting these thoroughly corrupt politicians remains a mystery to me… The presidential election pat answers for decades have been “this election is the most important election in American history” and “binary choices.” And nothing ever changes.
In September of last year, Hurricane Dorian was heading toward the Atlantic coast. Most Americans have probably forgotten about this hurricane, because it didn’t turn into one of those major catastrophic hurricane hits on the United States. However, Dorian does provide a clear historical template for how America’s partisan spin warriors (including the vast numbers of media spin warriors, who pose as “objective journalists) fight their petty spin battles in a potential national emergency situation.
The Dems and mainstream media spin warriors and Trump with his FOX News and Twitter spin commandos, are repeating their same stupid spin battles as this corona virus threat escalates. Of course, it’s too early to know if, like Hurricane Dorian, America will receive only grazing coastal type damage with the corona virus or if it will turn into a Cat 5 level national emergency, but it’s clear that our president, a large number of our politicians, and our media remain more committed to their scorched earth spin war than to putting the welfare of the American people first.
During that Sharpiegate fiasco, I wrote:
“What’s so disturbing to me about this situation is that Trump decided to engage in fighting the media and demanding an apology from the media, all while Hurricane Dorian is still barreling up the Atlantic coast and thousands of Americans are in the path. This is a weather emergency situation and the POTUS is obsessed, not with providing the most accurate and timely information to Americans affected by this storm, nope he’s fixated on winning a spin battle against the media. The truth is Trump’s spin fight isn’t part of his DUTIES as president, especially during a weather emergency involving numerous states.
It’s easy to just blow this off as another Trump vs. media spin battle and brush it off as trivial, but here’s why it matters,
The executive branch owns our national emergency response and information, so the President has a duty to manage emergency services and information. A large part of that information responsibility centers on providing the most accurate and timely information available. Credibility is crucial. The president scribbling on an official weather map with a sharpie destroyed the Office of President’s credibility. Trump’s staff sitting silently throughout this destroyed their credibility too.”
This corona virus spin battle shows every sign of becoming a repeat of the Hurricane Dorian spin battle. The media launched into attacks that Trump was failing to respond appropriately to the corona virus crisis. Trump countered by appointing Vice President, Mike Pence, as the administration’s point man on dealing with the crisis. Dems and the mainstream media responded within minutes launching a massive smear campaign against Pence, to undercut his credibility immediately. Trump, his Fox news mouthpieces and his Twitter spin commandos jumped into action attacking Dems and the media, but as usual, Trump can’t be quiet and let the government’s medical experts or his point man speak to the corona virus situation. Trump jumped right into more attacks on the media, more bs statements about the stock market, discounting the danger the virus poses, and he blabbered on about the media creating a “hoax” at a Trump rally.
Yesterday, Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review wrote:
“The wrong Donald Trump has shown up to deal with the coronavirus. One might have expected Donald Trump, a germophobe who spent much of his campaign lambasting the Chinese, to take an aggressive approach on the Wuhan virus. You’d expect the Trump who breaks taboos and shuts things down until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
As the spread of the new and still somewhat mysterious virus ramps up in Italy and Iran, and a few more cases emerge in the United States, maybe that’s the Trump we’ve needed. But we’re getting Trump the market whisperer. We’re getting a Trump who is obviously bothered by the drop in the Dow Jones. We’re getting a Trump who plans to campaign on the conventional measures of success favored by his predecessors. We’re getting a Trump who is downplaying the seriousness of this disease, who is probably acting too late, and who is making promises he can’t keep.”
Trump seems determined to downplay the virus, all to counter the Dems and mainstream media hysteria about of the virus. This is becoming the Trump Sharpie map level spin effort during Hurricane Dorian, where Trump insisted Alabama was in the direct path of the storm and he drew a black line, which included Alabama, on an official weather map. While Trump dug in on his Alabama claim, the media ramped up attacks on Trump’s altered map antic.
During the Hurricane Dorian map situation, Trump was also spinning (lying) about job numbers, which is very similar to the unfolding stock market decline this past week, as fear and uncertainty about the corona virus grew:
“The day after he shared the Sharpie-doctored hurricane map to justify his belated suggestion that Hurricane Dorian was headed for Alabama, Trump tried to spin the state of the US economy, which has emerged as his chief concern heading into the 2020 campaign. “Really Good Jobs Numbers!” he tweeted on Thursday.”
Before this blog post has even been completed, there’s a new twist. Trump gave a corona virus update on the situation this afternoon. The first US citizen has died from the corona virus. The media peppered Trump with questions about Trump’s previous “hoax” comment and Trump-centered matters, not about the actual corona virus situation. As usual, it appears to be a media determined to take down Trump and Trump determined to bolster Trump, when what America really needs is selfless leadership from our elected officials and a news media, who could step back from wallowing in victim hood and Trump derangement syndrome.
Trump running the Office of the President like a reality TV show comes at a serious cost to not only President Trump’s credibility, but it comes at a cost to the welfare of the American people. Trump coming out and doing another briefing, trying to erase his mistakes and acting like this is just a Hollywood second take, erodes trust in both Trump and the entire executive branch.
This corona virus seems likely to spread in America and that assuredly will increase the death toll, all while America remains held hostage to a scorched earth partisan spin information war being fought out across American media and on Twitter.