Sorry to be so late with posting Christmas greetings. I hope everyone had a safe and happy day, spent with those near and dear to them. Every little bit of normal we can preserve in our lives this year will strengthen us and our families. Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas season!
Since the election in November, I’ve given a lot of thought to how I spend my online time and pondered how much time I really want to devote to following our corrupt partisan spin information war blazing across American news media every single day. Each side’s spin game is predictable, boring and phony, staged agitation propaganda. Spin war is really just corrupt, ruthless agitation propaganda waged against the American people. It’s all about inciting Americans to anger and rage at other Americans. I haven’t written much, because I’ve given a lot of thought to writing about other topics and leaving the politics to the occasional blog post. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read my blog, but this year has left me feeling it’s time to try a new path – less politics and more about things that really matter to me.
I don’t want to write about corrupt Trump, corrupt Dems, the corrupt media or their destructive scorched earth spin information war anymore.
It’s become almost cliché to talk about 2020 as the worst year in our lives, but it’s December and none of the “worst case” scenarios that worried me happened. That’s not to diminish the 305,000+ Americans who have died of COVID-19 complications, the millions of Americans who lost their jobs and/or businesses or the alarming ways in which sacrosanct constitutional rights have been trampled by overzealous local and state officials, all in the name of “public health” or the personal challenges that did occur in my own life. All those dreadful things happened, but so far our governmental and economic systems have not completely collapsed and most Americans, including me, continue to quietly go about our everyday lives.
The most disturbing aspect of 2020 was the pile-on aspect of experiencing a pandemic, a government-induced economic catastrophe (yes, the government closures of businesses has been a real catastrophe), and major civil unrest (much of it orchestrated with leftist political groups, Dem politicians and media incitement), replete with widespread rioting and looting. Even the pandemic, appears to have been caused due to deliberate decisions by the Chinese government not to warn other countries about COVID-19 spreading in China. Of course, many people would prefer to attribute all of 2020’s dire events on mystical, malignant factors, but the truth is terrible human decisions and the repercussions of awful decisions were the root causes of these large scale disastrous events in 2020.
I’m not following the minute-by-minute spin war on Twitter anymore, because there are too many other real life things that require my time and effort and I feel better away from following the Twitter drama so much. It’s pretty predictable that the mainstream media will continue to pretend they are unbiased, professionals, when in reality they are mostly Dem spin hacks, who deliberately squashed the Hunter Biden laptop story in October – to help Joe Biden. Biden will be inaugurated in January is a safe bet.
Trump won’t go away quietly. He will continue lashing out at people, whom he targets as “disloyal,” so if he fires Bill Barr soon, that should come as no surprise, but none of Trump’s petty revenge tantrums will change a thing, except assure his own administration stays in total disarray until Biden is sworn in. And no, I don’t believe the election was “stolen” from Trump – he lost. His legal team has offered no hard evidence of any of their “stolen election” conspiracy theories and Trump repeating and retweeting any crazy conspiracy theory he hears, should clue his followers in that Trump’s not concerned about facts, only inciting his followers.
No matter how much most Americans try to avoid the partisan political chaos, it’s going to further intrude on our lives and unravel our institutions and our civic spirit. The best thing every American can do is work to become more self-reliant and become better able to adapt to rapidly changing situations. I plan to write more about other topics in the coming months, because there’s not a thing I can do to change the entrenched scorched earth spin war raging across American news media.
Finding ways to unite people or at least find some common ground appeals to me more than banging away on my keyboard giving daily reports from the Twitter spin war trenches or expressing outrage about the latest American political spin drama.
Sometimes a song says more than thousand-plus word blog posts:
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.
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.”
“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.
My last blog post offered all gloomy takes on America with this upcoming presidential election, COVID-19 spread and the endless spin information war raging across American media every single day, but despite all of that we all can try to live a happy life, as we feel our way through the gloom.
Find other things to do besides listening to media hysteria and political drama. I have been a news junkie since I was around 12 years old, so with watching “spin war” develop since the 90s, often I’ve had to step away from the news watching, especially in “crisis” periods, and just find other things to divert my attention, like my family, crafts, needlework, and lots of reading.
Many Americans, myself included, pay too much attention to issues the media hysterically spins up and we often listen to advice from national figures, politicians, Hollywood and TV celebrities, sports figures, and even social media influencers, when we’d be better off talking more to our family, friends and people in our own communities. My most despised media phrase is, “We need to have a national conversation about…” And that conversation is all one-sided as the media bombards us with partisan spin talking points or talking heads spewing claptrap that fuels distrust and anger. We end up being pawns in the spin war.
By paying so much attention to so many famous (yes, even YouTube famous) “personalities” rather than talking and getting to know more people in our own neck of the woods, we fail to build a real and meaningful support network for ourselves. I mentioned this before in a blog post long ago and I firmly believe it’s the truth. Get to know and develop relationships with real people around you. In an emergency or even if you’re just feeling stressed with all the bad news these days, having real live people to talk to and share your concerns and bitches with can help you feel like you’re not alone.
Many people do make friends in social media groups too, so I’m not dissing that type of networking by any means. I learn a lot watching all sorts of YouTube videos and reading blogs, from cooking, to crafts and needlework, to gardening and in recent months I’ve learned a whole lot about prepping and food storage.
My oldest granddaughter is a senior in high school this year and she’s handling all the COVID craziness with calm and cheerfulness. They were supposed to start in school classes, then more parent and teacher fears postponed that. She’s doing distance learning and trying to maintain her grade point average, so she’ll be the salutatorian of her class. She learned to drive this year and got her driver’s license, she found a job in a retail store. She’s also applied to three colleges, been accepted and offered scholarships. On top of that she’s got a boyfriend, whom my daughter says is a very nice young man. I’m very proud of her and I’m glad she hasn’t let all the craziness of 2020 hold her back from living as normal a life as possible.
To highlight the craziness of COVID decision-making, my next younger granddaughter, also in high school, is at home doing distance learning too, but started basketball practice at the school… wearing masks. She’s just happy practice started.
I have been at home this whole time and go out very little, but I try to work on some craft projects, read, sew and take breaks from the news. I also look for new recipes to try, learn new things and most of all try to remember to be grateful for every day.
Sure, I expect more political chaos and perhaps a tough winter with COVID, but I feel hopeful we’ll get through these challenging times. No matter what happens we all still need to live our lives and carry on as normally as possible, without letting the media-driven hysteria turn us into fear-driven basket cases.
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.”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.
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.
Just watched this YouTube video, by Prepper Potpourri, which I’ll call Prepping 101: Use Common Sense. This lady offers some great advice about not buying out of fear and making sure you take care of your normal bills and needs, before rushing out to purchase “prepper items or gear.” This video is only around 10 minutes long and really a departure from so much of the online prepper community, “Doomsady Is Near!” type videos.