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Proper Respect

Here’s a tweet by Vice President Harris that ignited another crazy partisan tweet firestorm on Saturday, two days before Memorial Day. These partisan outrage tweet firestorms have become just part of the social media ecosystem that flare up quickly and then leap to ignite “national conversations” on news media, (especially cable news networks). Most of these partisan Twitter battles are ridiculous, totally disingenuous and just shallow political theater.

I am not a fan of Harris, find most of her comments vapid and her giggling at odd moments when speaking annoys the heck out of me, but I did not take this tweet to be some sign of disrespect for our fallen war heroes. It was the most innocuous platitude imaginable and something just about everyone has said at the beginning of a long holiday weekend, but many from right-wing blue-checkmark Twitter (especially Trump-supporters) went berserk tweeting angry diatribes about her tweet, accusing her of disrespecting fallen soldiers, dishonoring our country and even asserting this tweet made her unfit to serve. And somehow over four years of Trump’s disrespectful, petty, spiteful and plain wacky tweeting was forgotten and this Kamala tweet became the worst public display of disrespect imaginable.

The whole predictable Twitter firestorm left me feeling, not only weary of the endless, petty spin war, but also deeply saddened that blue-checkmark, politically-connected partisans have so much influence over American news and American politics. On both sides of the political divide in America, this small Twitter crowd wields enormous influence over our political landscape and within minutes can ignite national outrage, spread malicious lies, and even pressure elected officials into making rash decisions.

Yesterday morning, the Kamala Twitter kerfuffle was still permeating before I headed to the veterans cemetery, where my husband is buried. I’ve been visiting this cemetery almost every weekend since March and usually there are one or two other visitors there. I expected more this weekend and there were a few more visitors, like three men on motorcycles who came to pay a visit to a military buddy. There were a few family groups. There was a man with his son, who looked to be around 7 or 8 years old, walking through the row next to where my husband is buried. His son was straightening flags that were leaning sideways from the wind and I heard him ask his dad what “Purple Heart” means and small moments like that give me hope for America.

On a couple other visits I’ve seen a younger lady sitting on a grave and it hurts my heart to see her grieving. Grief’s a very personal thing and as with just about every part of life, assuredly there’s a slew of self-help books to “teach you” how to cope with grief, there are grief support groups, and I’ve even come across some YouTube channels for grieving widows, but I’m very slowly feeling my way through this.

What makes my heart catch on trips to this veterans cemetery are two words on markers: Iraq and Afghanistan, because then I look at the birth date. There have been so many brave men and women who sacrificed so much to keep America free and here we are, a country where the political and media elites spend hours upon hours trying to drive and control public opinion via a corrupt, cynical spin information war that’s designed to fuel partisan divides every minute of every day, all while lecturing and preening about “proper respect” and “honor.”

Words come cheap, especially in a spin war, but how we choose to live our lives and treat others is what really matters. It’s way past time for Americans, especially those with the power “to influence” public opinion and our politics, to extend just a fraction of goodwill and exert a few moments of restraint, before leaping into these phony self-righteous patriotic outrage media sideshows.

The best way to honor the sacrifices of those who died defending our freedom isn’t about saying the “right words” on Memorial Day; it’s about working every day to be a good citizen.

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“Aggressive niceness” might be good for what ails America

A few weeks into the Biden presidency and despite the Biden administration hype of “America United,” it’s obvious the partisan rancor remains. This week the US Senate commenced the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, so the media coverage leans heavily into rehashing the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. The political winds blow in favor of Democrats falling short on votes to convict and Trump being acquitted again.

A lot of ink has been spilled painting the millions of Trump supporters as QAnon, anti-science, violence-loving kooks, but there’s been much less attention given to the dedicated #Resist liberals bigotry and zealotry, especially within the media. The mainstream media paints the picture of Trump supporters as ignorant, second-class citizens, who aren’t fit for polite society or any respect.

Since January 6th, many Democrat and liberal media mouthpieces have become the moral arbiters of “The Truth” and they’ve been aggressively preaching a new spin word game, to frame the events of January 6th. They dubbed the attack “an armed insurrection,” bandied about the terms “white supremacy” and “domestic terrorism” frequently. Trump’s insistence that he won the presidential election has become termed “The Big Lie.”

The latest Dem spin war game targets, not only Trump-aligned pols and right-wing media mouthpieces, but also every Trump supporter in America for shunning and demands that they denounce Trump and “The Big Lie.”

Last week an op-ed, Column: What can you do about the Trumpites next door?, by Virginia Heffernan, a Harvard-educated LA Times political columnist, generated a good bit of response on social media. Heffernan took a rather simple neighborly good deed and turned it into a massive political and personal moral dilemma:

Oh, heck no. The Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway, who seem as devoted to the ex-president as you can get without being Q fans, just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job.

How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-02-05/trumpite-neighbor-unity-capitol-attack

Breaking this down, an urban liberal, fled the city due to COVID-19 and finds herself living next door to some self-sufficient rural neighbors, who support President Trump. The rural neighbors plowed this ungrateful, uppity urbanite’s driveway and rather than be grateful, the urbanite wrote an angry op-ed in a large newspaper, turning an uncomplicated neighborly good deed into a partisan political issue.

Heffernan’s piece goes on to make the argument that her neighbors’ support of Trump is akin to people in Lebanon supporting Hezbollah or French people collaborating with the Nazis during WWII.

Heffernan sounded angry and resentful about her rural neighbors plowing her driveway and it came across as she didn’t want to have to express gratitude to her neighbors for plowing her driveway and that speaks volumes about her own moral character. For all the effort she went to trying to pull historical analogies to broad brush all Trump supporters as evil people and anguishing over what phony gestures of gratitude she will offer, the one thing missing from her piece was any recognition of her neighbors as individuals with lives beyond partisan politics.

The important lesson from this op-ed isn’t the one the author intended. For the good of America, across all partisan political divides, we should embrace the “aggressive niceness” habit of her Trumpite neighbors whenever we can and it just might be good for what ails America. Only by working hard to take politics out of our daily lives, as much as possible, can we work to build some stronger bonds within our communities.

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More mayhem ahead

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.

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Politics again…

Well, here goes some political ponderings…

This morning I turned off the ringer on my landline phone after 4 “get out and vote” phone calls in a row. Yesterday started with a recorded message from Donald Trump, Jr, ended with a recorded President Trump message last night and was filled with recorded calls with messages from Newt Gingrich and many other Republican calls.

I am not voting in this GA Senate run-off election, because of the craven way Loeffler and Perdue caved to all of Trump’s corrupt pressure and vicious attacks on Governor Kemp and the GA secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. I certainly can’t bring myself to vote for far-left candidates like Ossoff or Warnock, so I’m sitting this one out.

In November my principles took a backseat to “binary choices” and fear. I voted for Trump, in hopes it would help prevent Democrats from controlling Congress and the White House, which I feared would be very bad for the country at this time. The regrets came very quickly for allowing political calculations to take precedence over my principles. Even more upsetting about my vote is I knew Trump was a fraud, a liar, totally untrustworthy and yet, I still listened to arguments that voting for Trump would also help Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

It was so stupid, to ever lose sight of the fact that a lying, corrupt fraud can’t be trusted – ever. Trump has deliberately turned the GA Senate run-off into chaos and he has deliberately fomented disunity in the GA GOP and pushed Loeffler and Perdue to turn on the GA governor and secretary of state. Trump, the political saboteur, has been trying to wreak havoc on their Senate races – deliberately.

Trump lost the 2020 election and his legal team produced no tangible proof of widespread election fraud or some massive sinister Democrat plot that robbed Trump of victory. After over 60 failed Trump legal challenges, many of which were heard by Trump-appointed judges, the Trump lawyers seemed to spend more time engaged in their news media appearances and Twitter efforts, to appease Trump, than they did on putting together strong legal challenges.

Watching as Trump’s corrupt public smear and disturbing pressure campaigns against Republicans keep expanding, where Trump loyalists, like Senator Tom Cotton and Vice President, Mike Pence, are now being singled out by Trump in public attacks makes me wonder, who is next on Trump’s hit list. It’s been totally disgusting, to watch him flip the truth on its head, repeat and retweet any crazy conspiracy theory that crosses his radar and pretend he is the victim of a “stolen election,” when he lost. Most of all it’s been infuriating to watch Trump followers rush to join in Trump’s smear campaigns and vicious attacks on elected Republican officials, who won’t go along with Trump’s “stolen election” effort to overturn the 2020 election. Trump followers have been outraged by these same smear tactics being used against Trump for 4 years, but they rush to jump on-board Trump ringleading the same reprehensible smear attacks against Republicans.

Over the weekend Trump tweeted out about a phone conversation he had with the Sec. of State of GA. Quickly, Raffensperger tweeted refuting Trump’s framing of that phone call and then a recording of that phone call was leaked to the Washington Post. Trump-friendly Twitter erupted in outrage over Raffensperger leaking that recording, but it is Trump who made this phone call public and Trump who lied about what Raffensperger said. That Trump phone call was nothing less than the POTUS pressuring the GA secretary of state to change the election results in GA. If a Dem POTUS had said those things, trying to overturn the results of a state’s election, Republicans would have been rushing to pen articles of impeachment and demanding an immediate resignation. This is the new Trump GOP, where none of the rules ever apply to Trump, because “Trump’s not a politician” (ignorant of the law, which doesn’t stand up in any court in America) and/or “Democrats have treated Trump so unfairly and tried to destroy his presidency” (true, but still no justification to act as corruptly as Dems).

Last night Trump showed up at a rally in north GA, ostensibly to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue, yet he spent most of the time whining about how he won the election in November and was being robbed. He attacked Governor Kemp and Sec. of State Raffensperger. Even more disturbing was he publicly pressured Mike Pence to reject the certified election results tomorrow, as if the vice president has the power to overturn states certified elections. This effort will most likely fail, but make no mistake about it, Trump is trying to corruptly alter election results. If Democrats attempted this action, Republicans would be howling in outrage.

After 4 years of corrupt Dem and mainstream media scorched earth spin attacks to destroy Trump, many Trump supporters perceive Trump as a victim of corrupt liberal spin attacks and as a strong fighter against the liberal spin mob. These people are willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt over anything Dems or the mainstream media say. One can only wonder how far Trump will go in inciting his followers to “fight for Trump” after the Congress counts the electoral votes tomorrow and Biden is officially the winner, but it seems a given that Trump will stick to his “stolen election spin effort and refuse to admit he lost and Biden won.

Truly, I dread a Biden presidency, that will assuredly clash with my conservative views, but going against my principles in November, by voting for Trump out of fear of Democrats controlling the WH and Congress, left a bitter taste in my mouth and made me feel in some small way culpable for this Trump post-election chaos. I want to stick to my principles and vote for candidates whom I really do support, not vote out of fear or make some binary choice, choosing “the lesser of two evils.”

My hope remains that at some point Americans will find some ways to find some common ground and common aspirations for our country rather than splintering into more and more hostile factions. At this point this seems like wishful thinking, but all things are possible, if we each decide to make the commitment to pulling our country together rather than tearing it apart.

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Still clinging to hope for America

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.

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Never say never

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.

Then this morning I read a Newsweek article about the new Thanksgiving Restrictions Governor Newsom, in California, has issued and it’s like looking at America’s future if the Democrats control Congress, the White House, most of the mainstream media and big tech, which owns the large social media companies. It felt like I was reading a dystopian novel, with COVID rules people must follow in their own homes, down to telling them:

“All gatherings must include no more than three households, including hosts and guests, and must be held outdoors, lasting for two hours of less.”

and

“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.”‘

and

“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.

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My gloomy post-election forecast

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..

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Random thoughts

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.”

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/when-did-covid-hit-earliest-death/

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.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt blocks in progress.

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.

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Another “What if” pondering

In my “what if” pondering in the past week or so, it seems very odd that Susan Rice, former President Obama’s scandal-prone national security advisor, should emerge as a top-tier Biden pick as his running mate.  The Biden delays in announcing a running mate and the top names (Karen Bass, Kamala Harris, Susan Rice) may fit the BLM moment, but they don’t fit the real power player battles within the Democratic Party.  Last night, Twitter was abuzz that Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, had visited Biden for a VP meeting too.  What if there’s an Obama camp power struggle and a Clinton camp power struggle going on behind the scenes.  It just seems inconceivable that Hillary Clinton, who has spent her life believing her destiny, is to become the first female POTUS and who has spent the past almost four years refusing to accept that she lost the 2016 election to Trump, would just sit back and gracefully accept Susan Rice lunging to the top of the Biden VP stakes.  There’s no love lost between Rice and Hillary Clinton.  Rice wrote in her 2019 memoir:

“Days after the tragedy, Rice was asked to do a round of Sunday TV interviews addressing the incident because Clinton was unavailable.

In her book she writes that her mother Lois Dickson Rice advised her to refuse, saying: ‘Why do you have to go on the shows? Where is Hillary?’

Rice told her mother that Clinton was ‘wiped out after a brutal week’ and that the Obama White House asked her to step up in the place.

‘I smell a rat. This is not a good idea. Can’t you get out of it?’ her mother said.

Rice told her: ‘Mom, don’t be ridiculous. I’ve done the shows. It will be fine.’

It was far from it and Rice committed what would become the defining error of her career.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7550115/Susan-Rice-says-mom-smelled-rat-went-TV-Hillary-Clinton-Benghazi.html

Bill Clinton continually pressured President Obama and other Obama officials (see Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting) in 2016, trying to force Obama to end the FBI Clinton email investigation and I’ve been wondering if the the Clintons want Hillary to be in position to finally step into the presidency, as Biden becomes unable to handle the duties.  In light of Biden’s obvious cognitive decline, that Hillary would sit back and meekly accept Susan Rice as Biden’s running mate just seems so completely unfathomable, after decades of watching Hillary fight and claw her way to attain power.  Would Hillary not try to push herself into that favorable “one-step-away-from-the presidency” position or would she gracefully cheer on some other woman (especially Susan Rice) stepping into that position.

While, it certainly seems Susan Rice is the Biden top choice, whom Obama would gladly embrace, the dark horse no one mentions at all is Hillary Clinton.

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Left’s culture war planners mobilized to win

When the BLM protests broke out at the end of May, at first Dems, the media and most Republicans bought into the George Floyd narrative that BLM, Al Sharpton and the media were selling.  It’s become apparent that some details were left out of there “totally peaceful arrest” and the effort to spin George Floyd as an upstanding citizen.  Geroge Floys had a lengthy criminal record and the story of Floyd offering no resistance during his arrest, likewise appears to be untrue. While these details still don’t justify the police officer holding Floyd down with a knee to Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes, those details assuredly might weigh into the charges the police officers are facing.  Andrew McCarthy at National Review explained:

“Defense lawyers will certainly note that the new theory may have led to some sleight-of-hand by Ellison in drafting the charges. In the original complaint, prosecutors more forthrightly acknowledged that Floyd, while he did not threaten the cops, was uncooperative. For example, the original complaint states, “Mr. Floyd actively resisted being handcuffed”; in the amended complaint, that allegation has mysteriously vanished — we are now told simply that “Officer Lane handcuffed Mr. Floyd.”

Why the change? Because Ellison has changed the direction of the prosecution since taking it over. Originally, prosecutors were not concerned about accurately describing Floyd’s resistance, since their theory was that, no matter what Floyd may have done, the recklessly excessive manner in which he was restrained — with his ability to breathe impeded — established depraved indifference. But now, Ellison is alleging that the arrest and accompanying restraint of Floyd was felony assault from the start. To pull that off, he realized he needs to soft-pedal Floyd’s resistance. Otherwise, physical restraint by the cops may appear to have been reasonable, at least at the start; Ellison wants it to look unreasonable through and through, to the point of assault.

New Floyd Murder Charges Will Be Tough to Prove and May Imperil Good Cops

Living in a world where our media and political culture, totally corrupted and committed to running scorched earth spin information warfare 24/7,  makes finding reliable, vetted information time-consuming, frustrating and often like trying find the proverbial needle in a haystack… or to use some JK wisdom, learning to be a crow;

“There’s a somewhat useful methodology label analysts occasionally admit to using. The Crow Method. Don’t know you ever spent much time in barnyards/feedlots. … Next time you find yourself where bovines and crows are gathered, pick one crow and keep eyes on that one crow. If you’ve chosen a smart crow, the crow’ll be following a big bull and every time the bull drops a load, the crow’ll swoop down and swirl around the bovine waste looking for the few nuggets of undigested golden corn kernels. The crow will take the corn leaving the remainder of the bullshit for the worms.”

“Better to be a Crow. Dirty work but not so dirty as being a worm. Worms’ll swallow anything.”

I still fall for some spin narratives, only to realize later that I got sucked into them (see my totally buying into the Schiff spin narrative about Marie Yovanovitch).   Taking a deep breath and waiting to see what other information comes out before reacting tests my patience, but that’s my goal when it comes to information – don’t trust any first reports from the media and all political news should be treated as “potential spin propaganda, until more information is available to lend credibility to the reports.

In the midst of the media/political spin outrage over George Floyd’s death, we were led along and lulled into letting down our guard.  We placed our trust in spin narratives sold by BLM activists and race hustler, Al Shaprton.

Many Republicans jumped right on board the “police reform” bandwagon, being peddled by the left, except rapidly many Dems and far-left radical activists quickly pivoted from “police reform to “defund the police” to “reimagine (disband) the police” and the protests spread globally, while the social justice causes grew into a massive shog(fecal fog).  The real objective the BLM movement centers on completely is changing our economic and political systems in America into some, as yet vaguely defined, neo-Marxist Utopia.  Their goal most certainly isn’t “police reform.”

What seemed to get lost in the massive fog of spin war was the BLM movement sounds very much like the violent Black Power radicals from the 1960s, even though BLM mouthpieces insist their movement doesn’t endorse violence.  Instead, this movement led by radical black female activists working with their allies (predominantly radical feminists) intend to con Americans into buying into their revisionist history projects and other “reimagining” our political and economic systems, all based on massive spin operations, extreme emotional blackmail and public shaming spin operations and by stealthily encouraging their more violent “allies,” like Antifa to engage in street theater vandalism, statue-toppling, looting, arson and physical assaults.  BLM organizers will keep their hands clean and stay distanced from the violence, all while politically benefiting from the mayhem.

All of this radical leftist chaos seemed so familiar, so it was no surprise to find out Bill Ayers and other 60s radicals have been advising and offering their expertise to BLM organizers.

What’s even more disturbing about the media, pundit class and political class and their instant jumping on board the BLM/Sharpton outrage train is Republicans, like Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney and many others, jumped on board, trying to be noticed and seeking praise from the liberal media with their virtue-signaling.  They completely bought into the entire BLM/Sharpton spin narrative the mainstream media presented as 100% vetted information.

Even if these Republicans did not remember the 1960s-early 1970s radical protests and Black Power movement or recognize the political messaging, you would think they’d remember back a few years when the BLM movement began and gained national attention.

The collective amnesia about past events happens in days now with these rapidly churning spin cycles, so perhaps Republicans rushing to virtue-signal their racial sensitivity and fawning all over the Marxist-tinged radical BLM movement shouldn’t surprise me, but it did disgust me.

The radical left has stuck to their culture war since the 1960s, relentlessly.  They took over American colleges and universities, by becoming the tenured professors and administrators.  They tirelessly work to control K-12 education in America.  They control the media, except for a few news outlets and some successful talk radio programs.  And they developed, advanced and controlled spin information warfare, until Trump came along and learned how to spin. Trump’s clunky one-man spin show has begun to inflict more damage to Trump in the past year than it does on Dems and his media targets, so it’s hard to tell if he will be able to hold onto the presidency in November.

And here’s the thing that bothers me about conservatives and Republicans – those who cling to Trump as the only person who can “save America” from the far-left onslaught, that’s assuredly coming if Biden wins, have not a single other plan other than to place all their energy and trust in Trump, a fraud, who pretends to be a Republican and who keeps the right divided and engaged in constant in-fighting.  The Left has remained committed to their culture war since the 1960s and worked to advance their political goals through all of America’s institutions (including American churches, where many Protestant churches are more bastions of leftist political dogma than Christian theology.) Republicans placed all of their energy in hysteria over the Supreme Court and who sits in the White House.  That’s the right’s entire plan to defeat the Left’s aggressive culture war.

I’ve been spending time brushing up understanding the 1960s protest history, ideology and organization of radical groups.  My reading list also includes reading more about the French Revolution and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  I’ve read a good deal about Soviet history, but I might start brushing up on that too.

I just finished rereading Robert H. Bork’s, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.

I’ve started reading Roger Kimball’s, The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America.  and also, Alexis de Tocqueville’s, The Old Regime and the French Revolution.

My list also includes Amity Schlaes, Great Society, Jonah Goldberg’s, Liberal Fascism, and Kevin Williamson’s, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking In The Age of Mob Politics, Mao’s, The Red Book on Guerrilla Warfare.

Republicans trusting in Trump to “save America,” by winning the election in November, should realize that Trump has offered no coherent plan on anything during his first term, only chaos, more Twitter fights than most of us can even count, chaotic program roll-outs, endless palace intrigue battles among his staff inside the White House, non-stop leaking from his White House, and endless whining about his victimhood.  None of that will change if he is reelected.

Yes, he nominated a lot of judges, so that has been a positive, but does that outweigh the negatives?

In googling, I came across a 2014 Mark Steyn essay on our culture war and he wondered about America in 28 years, but eerily, we’re already almost to his nightmarish vision:

“If the culture’s liberal, if the schools are liberal, if the churches are liberal, if the hip, groovy business elite is liberal, if the guys who make the movies and the pop songs are liberal, then electing a guy with an “R” after his name isn’t going to make a lot of difference.

Nor should it. In free societies, politics is the art of the possible. In the 729 days between elections, the left is very good at making its causes so possible that in American politics almost anything of consequence is now impossible, from enforcing immigration law to controlling spending.

What will we be playing catch-up to in another 28 years? Not so long ago, I might have suggested transsexual rights. But, barely pausing to celebrate their victory on gay marriage, the identity-group enforcers have gone full steam ahead on transgender issues. Once upon a time there were but two sexes. Now Facebook offers its 1.2 billion patrons the opportunity to select their preference from dozens of “genders”: “male” and “female” are still on the drop-down menu, just about, but lost amid fifty shades of gay — “androgynous,” “bi-gender,” “intersex,” “cisfemale,” “trans*man,” “gender fluid” . . .

Oh, you can laugh. But none of the people who matter in American culture are laughing. They take it all perfectly seriously.

Supreme Intergalactic Arbiter Anthony Kennedy wields more power over Americans than George III did, but in a year or three he’ll be playing catch-up and striking down laws because of their “improper animus” and wish to “demean” and “humiliate” persons of gender fluidity.

Having done an impressive job of demolishing the basic societal building block of the family, the ambitious liberal is now moving on to demolishing the basic biological building block of the sexes.

Indeed, taken in tandem with the ever greater dominance of women at America’s least worst colleges and, at the other end of the social scale, the bleak, dispiriting permanence of the “he-cession,” in 28 years’ time we may be fairly well advanced toward the de facto abolition of man, at least in the manly sense.”

https://nypost.com/2014/10/19/real-battle-for-america-is-over-culture-not-elections/

The Left’s determined culture war will rage on, unchecked by any organized, coherent plan on the right to fight against the radical Left’s final charge to victory.  The energy within  far-left activism now seems to gravitate from radical feminists, like the BLM movement and MeToo movement.  Here’s a feminist activist explaining their big picture goal:

No one on the right has any plans, only lamenting about how bad these far-left radicals and their agenda are.  Trying to get more Americans moving toward the center and working together might counter some of the extremism of the left.  And as the far-left extremism spirals further out of control, their extremism may begin to alarm and alienate more Americans, who don’t want everything in their lives politicized.

The motivation, organization and planning of the Left’s activists speak to activists, who have spent years (some since the 1960s) working tirelessly to wage their culture war.  The far-left culture warriors have now fully-mobilized to finally win their culture war, while the right’s asleep at the wheel.

Mobilization among the right relies on trying to energize millions of Americans to chant “Trump, Trump, Trump!” at sideshow rallies, where Trump rambles on, hurls insults, engages in juvenile name-calling, then gets on Air Force One and tweets crap about the “crowd size” at his rally.  There’s a seriousness to the Left’s culture war, that is entirely missing on the right.  No one on the right has any plans other than, “In Trump We Trust!’

This lack of any plans to counter this latest, very aggressive far-left culture war assault worries me a great deal.

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