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General Comments / Re: Question for progressives
« on: May 21, 2023, 10:47:50 AM »
I don't know I suspect when we look back the word like 'progressive' will return to its original intent as per the dictionary.

Those who using the word today with a different definition will likely be viewed through the lenses of the original definition. As such comments won't age will.

 - they were against change that progresses forward as a general principle. Or for 'woke' 'they' were against the notion  mindfulness. 

Not that I'm saying anyone here  is saying that, only that by redefining these terms for political argument today that more often obfuscate then points to specific issues probably won't age well.

I only see partial return. The American vocabulary borrows from everywhere and evolves as it does. Once a word is noticed it is used and sticks. When Van Patrick (the old Detroit Lion sportscaster) pronounced the term "HarASSed" instead of "HARassed" when talking about Linebackers going after the QB, it entered the cultural bank and stayed there. You can rarely hear it pronounced correctly. To correct misuse, an Earth-shattering event must occur that overtakes the earlier acceptance. (Like the "laying on of hands is the medically accepted best way to "cure" hysterical illnesses.) Something big has to happen to shock the misuse into a different place.

The reason that clichés and focal points are beloved by the Democrats stem from when James Carville and Paul Begala spelled out chapter and verse to the "Culture of Corruption" in their book, Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future They codified how to use disinformation to the best effect. Thery pointed out how useful disinformation can be when handled with open eyes. One can't refute clichés easily.

As Rush Limbaugh said, Words have meaning. When something is said it gains a life of its own. Getting new thoughts to be revised back to its origins is hard.

The KGB read Marx and Engels and pushed their term, "Capitalism" to replace "Free Enterprise". It won't go away.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 05:08:25 PM »

Why didn't Durham recomend prosecutions then?  Stand up for what he thinks is right?  Charge them? Oh, that's right. He is sure he can not win, so why even try?

That is a cowards response.  If he thinks they are guilty of something then charge them and take them to court.

Oh he did that And lost.

You are wrong again. You obviously did not understand the report when you skimmed it looking for spinnable bits and pieces. Durham did say he recommended against any new rules - because the existing rules were solid enough as they are, but need to be followed. This should not be too complicated for you. It means the FBI and the complicit perps broke the law, but were not held accountable. Durham said what they did - but no one from Justice slapped cuffs on them or opened valid investigations of their actions.I understand that was beyond Durham's purview. The few he got into the official crosshairs got free passes, didn't they? You know Sussman admitted his guilt but got off anyway.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 04:37:45 PM »
Durham proved the guilt of the upper echelon in the FBI.
There is no sense in which this is true.

You just lied. Have you no honor at all? Those 51 signers to the letter that gave Biden the election were totally without merit. Period. We know Crossfire Hurricane was totally without any factual causation - except Democrat politics. We know FBI whistleblowers were accurate about the charges against their partisan superiors. We know from other sources that the Biden Crime Family is corrupt. We have business partners and other witnesses who verified Joe's participation in the criminality. Isn't taking money from China while giving them unwarranted largess politically treason? The criminality is right before your eyes. All you can't see are complicit DOJ and FBI doing anything about it.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 01:13:02 PM »
Why ask for records from Trump? I mean they are probably fraudulent anyway. I mean his company has been found criminally guilty of fraud and he is currently being sued for fraud and will likely be charged with wire fraud in the near future.

Deflecting the findings of the report, aren't you? Durham proved the guilt of the upper echelon in the FBI. It wasn't Trump who started Crossfire Hurricane without any cause (except to influence the vote against him.) Yes, the Swamp is stacked against the Right. Do you pretend otherwise? It is no longer able to be cast aside as conspiracy. It is proven.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 01:06:29 PM »
Or Durham uses that as an excuse since he knows he really has nothing.  I mean he tried to get some convictions and lost 2 out of 3, right?  Better to blame the court system than admit your cases were weak.

I love how the right now says that anytime one of their side gets convicted the system is biased.  No chance that the person is actually guilty or liable.

Hmmm... Do you mean you actually think the criminals who got off after being proven guilty were actually innocent, and not let off because of a prejudiced court? Are you serious? It's not just the Right who says this - but anyone with honor and integrity. Pick your side.

You cannot believe the court system in the 85% Democrat DC with arbitrary empaneling rules is not politically biased. You may say so - but I doubt you believe it.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 12:59:13 PM »
I don't remember seeing any college records from Trump.  I believe he actually sent letters to his schools blocking the release of said records.  I also find it funny that the GOP governor of Hawaii verified he was born there based on the birth records.  Did you ask Trump to provide these?

Did the Hawaiian Governor provide the documents demanded by the Court Order? No, he just offered an unverified opinion. Other people (including a family member) provided documents stating Obama was not born in Hawaii.

Why need to ask Trump about any records? It was Hillary who started the Birther Movement, talking about Obama and his total lack of anything. Trump was a successful professional with a long published history of his actions (which the Dems lauded until he came down the golden escalator as a Republican and not a Democrat.) Like Biden, Obama said he was something he could not verify - so he did not. Obama was accepted because Biden defined him: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 12:41:23 PM »
Oh and on Durham's report, some who has experience with special counsels is not impressed.

More are impressed with the facts documented but left unprosecuted. There is a difference. Durham showed enough for heads to roll - but came up against being forced to indict perps in D.C., where the courts are stacked, and those who must get thrown in prison are in charge of the throwing. To get justice, the Swamp monsters in DOJ must be removed from their power. It will take a Trump or a Vivek Ramaswamy. to drain them.

Because of Durham, we know the FBI offered to pay Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump “dossier,” up to $1 million for evidence linking Donald Trump to Russia, and paid Steele’s primary subsource hundreds of thousands of dollars even after the source was unable to provide evidence for any of his claims. This was done even though the FBI had significant evidence that Danchenko was, himself, tied to Russian intelligence. The FBI lied about their knowledge of him.

The most important take away from the report is that the FBI, DOJ, and CIA created political disinformation to get Biden elected. The fix is not shouting at the innocent victims, but perp-walking the criminals who did this to the prison bus, so they can't do it again.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 12:09:21 PM »
Medical records not released? Why would they be released?  How many Presidents have released their medical records?

Law practice client list?  Of course that would not be released I would think. That is not public info. It is confidential company info. Why would you expect that to be released?

Hmmm... could it be to disprove the allegation of his persistent drug abuse? Most presidents release their records to prove their capabilities and health, and to improve their political stature. I remember Trump reciting the memory test words that he took to prove his mental acuity. Biden never could, neh?  The client list is not protected by statute - only by policy, and policy is not a legal defense, only something designed for the convenience of the policy maker. Name any legal firms that don't release their list of clients to show how successful they are, and how important they are based on the celebrity status of those they work for. But you purposefully miss the sheer quantity of non-transparency. How do you judge a person's ability and nature when everything is hidden?

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 11:56:49 AM »
Well my horribile rep to the house Jim (Gym) Jordan thought he was going to have a gotcha moment.

He subpoenaed Pomerantz and the guy showed up. Made an opening statement about what he thought about the hearing and then took the 5th.

How Jordan ever thought this guy would help him or be in his favor I have no idea.

You should have an idea. The basic response of any observer was that using the defense against self-incrimination points to cover-up. Also, any failure to refute evidence tells the court, by statute, that the offense should be considered as verified.

Dunham also stated that any indictments brought in Washington would be impossible to prosecute because the juries would be corruptibly Democrat partisans, based on the Jury empaneling rules. What does one do when you know the culprit is dirty - but the courts are stacked to prevent true justice? We know there was no evidence of any kind to cause those 51 Intel letter-signers to rescue Biden before his debate with Trump, which we now know did cause a 17% swing of Biden voters, which would have changed the election.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 11:41:29 AM »
BTW; through Obama's presidency, these were some of the things that pointed out his lack of transparency that he was called upon:
1. Occidental College records -- Not released
2. Columbia College records -- Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper -- "Not available"
4. Harvard College records -- Not released
5. Selective Service Registration -- Not released
6. Medical records -- Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule -- Not available
8. Your Illinois State Senate records -- Not available
9. Law practice client list -- Not released
10. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate -- Not released
11. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not released
12. Record of baptism -- Not available

any articles published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, or as a (so-called) Professor at the University of Chicago.

These are not caused by a GOP conspiracy - but only Democrat lack of transparency.

With Biden, his misdeeds have been revealed - but not acted upon. Is this a GOP conspiracy, also?

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: May 16, 2023, 11:17:12 AM »
Really guys? Two hundred and twenty five times you need to ask the same question with an equal lack of standing?

Maybe the better question is why no one had standing to enforce a Constitutional requirement.

So my conclusion is no, the parties are not equivalent. I think if Obama would have been the Republican candidate, the Democrats would indeed have raised the question and let it hang there, but it wouldn't have become a fervor.

As a counterpoint, I would suggest you look at the enormous history of the DNC successfully using dirty tricks to remove third party candidates from ballots.  The Obama birther controversy was child's play when you look at the DNC's success in wiping out upstarts.

I am stunned how so many herein say it was a GOP attack on Obama's status, when we know it was another Hillary plan to derail her opposition. Her minion, Philip J. Berg was the individual who launched the lawsuits against Obama to keep him off the ballot. This was the origin of the Birther movement. BTW: The Obama defense against the lawsuits was lack of standing.  The judge denied Obama's countersuit against Berg and ordered the turnover of
1. Obama’s “vault” version (certified copy of his “original” long version) Birth Certificate; and
2. A certified copy of Obama’s Certification of Citizenship;
3. A Certified copy of Obama’s Oath of Allegiance.

Please look up the records to see if they were ever turned over that September.

General Comments / Re: Question for progressives
« on: May 10, 2023, 10:21:24 AM »
Progressives include BLM, they don't look like they are groveling. Neither are antifa. It's not progressives chanting blue lives matter, or wanting to force people to stand for the flag. They are protesting at the houses of judges, calling out congresspeople in restaurants, and tipping over statues.

Not all progressives fit each of these points, but I think it is safe to say that your assertion that they grovel to authority is absurd.

BLM & Aunti Fascist grovel to the authority of phony histories written within the last 2 decades, and try to force others to gravel.  Grovel in sports games to grovel by aping words & gestures in schools & streets.

Making others bow to the IS Flag is a conservative shtick. I have a post their stupid flagburning amendment since I first talked about it in the 80s.

It’s progressives that sent Proud boys to jail for burning a BLM flag.

Not to mention all the Flaggotry Progs force on schools.

Yes, conservatives still have their own authoritarian thing. A woman in Utah was charged for stomping on a blue lives matter flag and AFAIK I was the only one making a stink about that.

Actual liberals have always stood against flag protections that flout 1a. Whether conservative or progressive.

When I note Conservatives talking about Liberals, it is usually to separate Progressives using the term "Liberal" because it confuses what the Conservatives claim to be, which is "Classic Liberals."

Those corrupt pols who love to use disinformation tend to use clichés researched and recommended by think tanks and focus groups. Pete, you are dead on with that. There is more than usage at stake, as well. The process has been codified to the point where on any particular day when a cliché is coined for some nefarious purpose, it is suddenly omnipresent everywhere. Talking heads from all the Progressive outlets saturate the media both horizontally, and vertically. It is their opinion, as represented in the past by James Carville and Paul Begala in their writings, that carefully cultivated clichés and talking points get disinformation spread to the public - where any rebuttal needs to be presented with enormous redefinition and substantiation, which is rarely effectively received by those disinformed victims. I use the episode of "gravitas" as an example. Remember how "gravitas" was launched overnight during election season to disparage Bush 43? It erupted onto the scene on every news show by every talking head, and by every reporter in print. It went on for a week until someone ran a poll that showed Bush 43 was considered to have far more gravitas than his Democrat opponent. The next day the term disappeared from use.

Their playbook has many clichés and focus points warehoused that are easily understood and difficult to answer with less than enough words to put anyone to sleep.

Look for some clichéd reaction to today's GOP charges against the Biden Crime Family. The term "Biden Crime Family" is, itself, a cliché that will never see the light of day in Progressive outlets.

General Comments / Re: What is Woke Anyway?
« on: April 27, 2023, 11:36:51 AM »
I've posted its original meaning here a couple times: specifically, having had the epiphany that systemic oppression has been historically built into the American experiment and therefore it's impossible to properly understand most events in American culture without taking a moment to review them through a lens of implicit bigotry. It got appropriated by non-Black liberals within a year to describe (with less tongue in cheek) people who had become aware of the general effects of systemic bigotry and consciously worked against those systems and their effects in themselves.

Actually, this is a cogent definition - but there is more. Please refer to "Crimes Of the Educators" (This book is available for free through Project Gutenberg) 2014 by Samuel L. Blumenfeld. This helps to explain the cultural baggage that allows "Wokenesss" to be burned into the psyche of adherents and believed at a deeply religious level. Doesn't matter if anything is illogical - it is believed, and simple truth and common sense cannot shake it. It doesn't matter if BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors used BLM donations to buy mansions in an estate in Studio City, an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood, for $6 million, and a $3.2 million residential compound in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon. Purchases that BLM kept under the radar. The "Woke" will not condemn anything BLM does.

   The plan to dumb down America was launched in 1898 by socialist John Dewey in an essay entitled 'The Primary Education Fetich.' In it he showed his fellow progressives how to transform America into a collectivist utopia by taking over the public schools and destroying the literacy of millions of Americans. The plan has been so successfully implemented that it is now a fact that half the adult population of America are functionally illiterate. They can't read their nation's Constitution or its Declaration of Independence. They can't read their high school diplomas.

   [Dewey was a brilliant sociologist, but lived at a time when the promise of Marx and Engels was untested, but claimed the intelligencia (Like Dewey) could and should rule the world. Since then, the verdict has been rebutted by history, yet the Dewey plan endures. Dewey was inspired by Edward Bellamy, a Unitarian journalist, who in 1884 wrote 'Looking Backward' which described a utopian socialist society in 2000 America. It was this utopian vision of a socialist future that drove the progressives in their messianic crusade to use education as the means of changing America into a socialist society.]

The result has been a dumbed-down public easily converted to "Woke" principles that are reinforced by the infected educational system, which has corrupted the Media and Entertainment. The brainwashing is a mammalian psychological mechanism explained by Pavlov and verifiable.

Wokeism is a religion and hard to combat.

General Comments / Re: Thomas
« on: April 23, 2023, 03:01:16 PM »
I don't think he's unprincipled. His lifelong guiding principle seems to have always been "if you have money, you get to make rules."

Can you elaborate on that? If I could sum up Thomas, I would say that he doesn't want anyone to make rules. He doesn't want judicial rulings to interfere with people, legislatures, or corporations from doing anything. He doesn't want legislatures to pass restrictions. Everybody and everything can make whatever political donations they want, for instance. That all campaign finance rules are unconstitutional. He thinks schools should be able to cram God down the throats of their students if they want to. He just thinks laws are a real bad idea.

That is the most disingenuous summation, yet. Thomas has always been the best presenter of rulings of the Court. If one wants to understand any Judicial rulings, reading Thomas is always the clearest and most cogent opinion presented.

General Comments / Re: Thomas
« on: April 23, 2023, 02:57:26 PM »
What if the influence being bought and peddled is for Thomas to keep basing his decisions on the actual Constitution...
What if we only paid the assassin to murder bad people?

You mean like allowing the DOJ to hide from Hunter's laptop and only go after Trump supporters? Hmmm... seems like that is exactly what you allude to. Except you think it is okay if it is your party that bends justice.

You can no longer look to any Main Stream Media that doesn't admit the Biden Crime Family has been found out. The only issue is if the kept DOJ will do anything about it. In the mean time, deflection is the only defense, isn't it? Thomas, DC as a State, and the great Biden economy is just meant to cover for The BCF.

General Comments / Re: Allow me a brief happy dance...
« on: April 08, 2023, 08:09:22 PM »
What do you think has been sown, specifically?

As LLoyd Perna said: "...I don't think those on the left have any moral high ground to stand on regarding impeachment and they are about to reap what they sow."

On top of that, the more offensive the Democrat malfeasance becomes, the more precedent they hand over to their foes to repay their actions. I know many here laughed when anyone compares the weaponized DOJ and compare what was not done to Dem Pols like Hillary, or Schiff, or so many more - against any GOP target. Al Bragg has now set the stage to indict Democrats instead of ham sandwiches.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: April 05, 2023, 06:35:55 PM »
...Any pre-politician Trump investigation clearly shows that Trump was famous for using the Law as a hammer to bully his opponents (those he is/was in business with have a high probably as being viewed as opponents). For crying out loud Trump is openly proud of that fact. That you remain blind boggles the mind. Anyone doing business with Trump has a 60/40 chance of being screwed and yet for you he is a god that has never done any wrong. Trump demands loyalty but does not give it and quite frankly does not deserve your trust. I wonder if your devotion isn't so much related to the man as it is to the notion of how much those not in your tribe dislike him? So much so that your willing to cut out your eyes to spite your own values. ...

As an owner and construction manager, Trump did see many lawsuits. That is usually because construction law mandates adhering to the rules. But it is a two-way street. When I was working in Vegas with a construction management company, Vegas required Project Coordinator, Estimators, and Supers to attend Construction Law classes where we went over the legal niceties to expect. The majority of lawsuits come from subs who try to scam owners or builders. When I put out bids to hire subs, the plans detail all the work that is needed and approved. During construction, anything that needs to be done that is outside of the plans must be signed off on a change order. I've seen electrical subs that come in late and tossed light bulbs from fixtures onto a cleaned concrete floor to break expecting the demo subs to clean up after them, even after demo is over. Construction law says the electricians must clean up after themselves when they cause an expensive problem like this. The problem is that the cleanup by electricians is not in the contract and there is no change order - so it ends in a lawsuit that the construction company wins.

I doubt there were 3,500 suits that were much different than just subs trying to CYA so their workers don't realize therm not getting paid is on the sub, not the owner.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: April 05, 2023, 12:29:07 PM »
Running out the clock and/or his opponents' purse has always been his primary legal strategy, going back to the '80s.

Total hypocrisy. Trump has been the victim of more bogus lawsuits than any one else you can name - and has come out as a winner who was forced to hire expensive defense attorneys. All those attorneys held many different trial philosophies, but all tailored for the individual suits. Of course. I don't remember you guys noticing Hillary's tendency to run out the clock. How long has the DOJ had Hunter's laptop and never brought any charges because of serious obvious crimes? And that is with eyewitness whistleblowers with corroborating testimony.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: April 05, 2023, 12:06:42 PM »
Running out the clock and/or his opponents' purse has always been his primary legal strategy, going back to the '80s.

Hypocritical statement. Trump has been attacked and sued more than anyone you can name. His attorneys have won almost all suits - yet the MSM has gone after him since he came down the golden escalator as a Republican. Until then, he was their golden boy, because they were hoping he would run as a Democrat. You never see the MSM report when the losers admit to lying and confirm that Trump was right - hoping the courts will be lenient to them.

Tweet from Eric Trump
BREAKING!!! the 9th Circuit just awarded Trump $121,962.56 in attorney fees from Stormy Daniels.  Order just released. This in addition to the roughly $500k she already owes him.
3:00 PM · Apr 4, 2023  6M Views

The result is Trump getting richer, while DA Braggs has cost Manhatten millions of dollars just for the security requirements for the arraignment. Fox News showed the clips from CNN, MSNBC, ABC and other complicit, left-leaning news programs berating Bragg for his "ill-advised" idiocy.

General Comments / Re: Fox Dominion lawsuit
« on: April 04, 2023, 07:57:24 PM »
Again, William, please seek mental help. You are not in a healthy place.

Another insincere insult without any attempt at rebuttal. I posted "they unilaterally withdrew from all the successful bipartisan committees and worked to sabotage Bush." Totally correct and accurate. You cannot challenge that because you know it is true. One day the Dems were getting their long-fought for goals satisfied. The next day all those bipartisan committees were abandoned by the Democrats. Not only did they abandon their own goals - but they tried to sabotage what came out of those committees and claim their own goals were bad policies because Bush 43 was in office to get the legacy for fulfilling their own desires.

It is this hypocrisy that has defined the party for decades. It is all about working for personal power, not the issues they claim to fight for.

Look at today's embarrassment at Bragg's indictment circus. The release of inside info from Bragg's staff is more felonious than anything lodged against Trump. Even the MSM is admitting how weak this is.

The mental healthy seeking you constantly ask for seems like something you may need to look into. Hypocrisy knows no bounds with you Democrat apologists.

General Comments / Re: Fox Dominion lawsuit
« on: April 01, 2023, 02:17:54 PM »
What you five Democrat apologists miss, is that facts predispose people to look for answers in the face of a weaponized DOJ and Soros-spawned DAs and Prosecutors. Why don't you explain facts like what Victor Davis Hanson asked about? "What happened to the once trusted FBI? Why almost overnight did its directors decide to mislead Congress, to deceive judges with concocted tales from fake dossiers and with doctored writs? Did Congress pass a law that our federal leaders in the FBI or CIA could lie with impunity under oath?" Why not answer why Bill Clinton escaped Rape charges, yet Trump gets indicted for charges that the victim has already admitted were bogus, after the statute of limitations ran out, in order for Dems to get him nominated in order for him to lose to Biden?

It sure looks like selective Justice. I saw legitimate eyewitness accounts of vote scamming, yet courts refused to look at them. If a complicit Main Stream Media erroneously reports disinformation as real, why should anyone believe what courts allow in the Dominion lawsuit.

It has been established that common sense must be disbelieved.

Obama 69,000,000 votes - 873 counties - 18/19 bellwethers -
Won Florida, Ohio, & Iowa - won House seats

Trump 74,000,000 votes - 2,497 counties - 18/19 bellwethers -
Won Florida, Ohio, & Iowa - won House seats

Biden 81,000,000 votes? - Biden 477 counties - 1/19 bellwethers -
Lost Florida, Ohio, & Iowa - lost House seats

Search all you want for an answer to wondering why Biden's numbers were enough to win, except for vote-scamming.

The reason why Fox News has beaten all the competition is simple. It does actually show both sides of the news and allows its viewership what is happening. I have seen major stories relegated to mere seconds of coverage on other networks, but covered fully on Fox, Newsmax, and OANN. In that business plan, the liberal Rupert Murdoch is right. But it is not about spinning - it is about showing both sides and allowing people to make up their own minds.

Years ago, Fox worked hard to recruit left-wing talking heads for balance. In response to them being unable to stake out their positions cogently, they just did did what the Democrats did to a bipartisan George W. Bush. He put Dems on committees (like Ted Kennedy with the education committee to design NCLB.) The Party heads saw that their old ever-searched for goals were being fulfilled by Bush and were losing future votes by having nothing left to build upon - so they unilaterally withdrew from all the successful bipartisan committees and worked to sabotage Bush. The Democrat talking heads are now hard to come by on Fox, Newsmax, or OANN. The sabotage angle is still in effect as they try to cancel OANN, Newsmax, and Fox. (One needn't argue cogently if there is no opposition.

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: March 20, 2023, 08:47:09 PM »
No it supports his facile argument perfectly. Every step private businesses make is inherently good and every step government takes is inherently bad.

We weren't talking about government  :P

A. He always is, and I think it's implied. No need for a minimum wage, if people are taking the jobs it's better than starvation for them. No need for OSHA, if people thought it was unsafe they wouldn't work there, it's better than the even more dangerous jobs. No need for child labor laws, it's up to the family if they want their nine year old to make shoes in Indonesia.

Totally incorrect. The Drake and Fenring assume whatever they gravitate toward without real understanding. Too bad. I post about Free Enterprise - and they want to make everything about the Marx/Engels mantra of the pejorative term, "Capitalism" which the KGB admitted during Glasnost and Perestroika when they released files that they publicized it only to denigrate the successful Western economic philosophies.

The marketplace must decide how much salaries and pay rates should be based on what is needed to both attract workers and make businesses successful. As entry-level workers learn how to work, their contributions are less than established workers who make the business more profitable. Yes, one should be paid what one earns through ones contributions to the work. Government mandates have no place in this.

In past eras, low pay ruined businesses because no one would work for such low wages. But too high wages that made little impact on success was also bad. The argument shoulkd be on monopolies - not on "Robber Barons." Tenure and unrealistic Union contracts have ruined many businesses. Unions had to use political machinations to offset unsustainable pension plans forced on business owners all over the nation.

Free Enterprise believes the best way to establish fair wages is by good people running things honestly and economically. Minimum Wage laws do not make economic sense. Like Limbaugh said, " If a political  minimum wage should be pegged at $20/hr, why not $200/hr, or even a million dollars an hour?"

General Comments / Re: The Jan 6 Commission
« on: March 14, 2023, 01:21:00 PM »
So to obfuscate the issue as to what you know happened on Jan 6 lets point to other happenings... as its obvious the handling of BLM matters is the same and well maybe even responsable for the causing the behavior of those evolved in Jan 6.
Not my fault, don't hold me responsible, BLM made me do it. Yeah that doesn't sound racist or anything.

The issue isn't BLM vs. Trump - it is the difference in the actions of the DOJ. It is the actions of a disputed Committee which disallowed defense and cherry-picked videos and witnesses (often publicly refuted), and hid exculpatory evidence. It is the actions of a party (Dems) to foist political gamesmanship into legal proceedings. It is the actions of a MSM that refused to publicize denigarting evidence against Hunter and the Biden Crime family before an election.

General Comments / Re: The Jan 6 Commission
« on: March 13, 2023, 08:25:21 PM »
Well to no one's suprise, Tucker put out a piece showing how peaceful the protesters were. No time stamps and no other context.

McConnell says Fox made a mistake in doing this type of piece.

Did anyone in this forum actually look at the footage? There were many iPhone videos released but uncommented upon by Pelosi's Committee. Those of us who saw the videos realized the Committee was picking and editing clips to mislead the public. There were videos of Pelosi's security escorting innocuous protesters into the building. The "Shaman" got a royal accompaniment throughout the whole visit. Study the Doctrine of Laches to understand how important that was. Two contemporaneous actions facilitate each other. Pelosi rejected Trumps request to send troops to help the under-strength Capitol security - and the security that was there encouraged access to the building, but some must not have been read-in to the Democrat master plan and tried to block access. Their actions were shown in the Committee, but the other part that would have disallowed the Committee to proclaim insurrection was edited severely to look worse than it was. Did you see the murder of Ashli Babbitt from the Committee? In fact, they hid the revelation of the officer who shot her.

Allowing the full panoply of videos to be seen is a good thing - and totally proves how the Pelosi Committee was biased and blocking the truth.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: February 11, 2023, 08:55:07 PM »
Well the  Trump Organization (which Trump said in a legal filing does not exist) paid the $1.6 million fine from the criminal fraud conviction.

if you were going to appeal the ruling, why would you pay?

So can we put the rest who is the head of a crime family?

For the same reason that Sussman skated and John Durham elected to position future trials in locales that are not 85% Democrat. He knew you can't get a fair trial in DC. The jury selection restricts the challenges so it is impossible to seat a fait panel. (

As smart as Trump is, he realizes the deck is stacked against him - so the goal is to weather the storm and do the necessary work to regain power and drain the swamp. You know Sussman was rescued unfairly. How does one create fairness in Democrat-owned swampland?

General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: February 11, 2023, 02:29:20 PM »
Gee... per your own post, Mayor Pannulla said: "Municipal leaders have a responsibility to best represent their constituents, and it is our belief this change of party is in the best interest of the community. As the nastiness, rhetoric and social media vitriol of national politics continues to infiltrate local governance, we collectively determined this was the best course of action to keep the focus on local issues impacting our community."

They had been "in conversation" with the GOP for months. He gave the impetus to "national politics" - not local causes. I guess you think Biden is outside of national politics?

General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: February 11, 2023, 12:16:27 PM »
The Biden escapades has engendered another big event:
In East Hanover, New Jersey, the state’s elected leaders dropped a political bombshell on Tuesday, announcing that longtime Mayor Joseph Pannullo and the entire township council had switched their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

General Comments / Re: Balloons and Intelligence Assessments
« on: February 07, 2023, 01:57:39 PM »
...And I'm not terribly inclined to accept nonsense from a person who calls Biden "senile."  Not only is it ageist, it completely goes against observable fact.  Comparing Biden's town halls with Trump's shows that Biden is far better at extemporaneous speaking than Trump.  That is not a sign of senility.  He may not be on top of his game, but I would take him any day over that orange ignoramus who thinks a senility test shows that he is a highly intelligent.  ::)

It is not ageist to accuse an incompetent of incompetency. Biden does have worse traits. He is a confirmed purposeful liar and plagiarist. If you don't know that -  it is not stuttering that caused his problems, then you need a better grip.

The first few posts in this thread stated all the known facts. They were simple. Biden accused Trump of allowing Chinese balloons to fly over the country - but the actual facts say only "near" Florida and Texas. I guess Chinese boats in the Caribbean launched them - so there was little substance for weather Research, neh? If they never actually crossed the border, then either they were knocked down or held back for fear of Trump's response. All in all - a good recommendation for Trump.

A three story tall balloon needed to carry a one-ton surveilance package and navigation system with fuel can easily carry a dirty bomb or biologic weapon. Biden preferred that to allowing it to hover all over the nation spying. How much did the slush money from China have to do with that?

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: January 29, 2023, 03:20:46 PM »
I think the issue is two-fold:
1) Appropriation by non-minority leftists for whom the term lacks cultural meaning and who may not apply it in the correct context
2) Perversion by political enemies who never bother to understand the correct usage of the term and instead mock and deride a strawman version of the white liberal usage

I imagine that it smarts even more precisely because this new slang terminology keeps getting created as a way to more precisely describe something with cultural connotations, and that's the first thing that gets stripped when it's first popularized and then later ignorantly vilified. While I can't speak for all the people involved, obviously, it's probably rather like someone who's marched with antifa hearing DeSantis describe antifa as a "fascist terrorist organization."

Might that be because DeSantis uses the term "Fascist" correctly and identifies Antifa according to that totally accurate definition? It seems you want to use the patois of the uninformed and call it acceptable - yet ignore its obvious discordant wannabeism. Calling a hat a glove - then blaming those who understand both terms, and insulting them as being "ignorantly vilifying" is itself unacceptable.

Firstly, Antifa is more than a local coming-together of kindred spirits. Unless you made the same argument of the KKK which was a Democrat appendage. Antifa is blessed, funded, and protected by Democrats and complicit hangers-on and media. The "people involved" have no claim on the proper use of language because they misuse and misapply it. Not using understandable and precise terminology just gives a lazy person a moving target to define one's inconsistency.

Those who bother to check it out notice that these Antifa (or BLM) are the exact same people who showed up in other locations, representing other issues. They, and the Occupy Wall Street group were paid by the same Soros-funding cut-outs. How is a protest spontaneous if it is paid for?

General Comments / Re: A good guy with a gun
« on: January 27, 2023, 03:01:07 PM »
Why is it so difficult to understand the Founder's demand that the citizenry must be armed with the same weapons or war as the military, in case of the historical transgressions experienced all over the world. You can't find an uprising that doesn't show tyrannical regimes going after guns to prevent their villainy.

General Comments / Re: Paul Pelosi got hammered ... again.
« on: January 27, 2023, 02:44:04 PM »
So they have released the body cam footage.  I wonder how the RINO MAGA Trumpist are going to spin this.
They'll ignore it.  The event is old news and why bring up something that reflects poorly on them.

On the contrary. Nancy Pelosi brought in an exorcist to cleanse her house. The question is why she thought things were so bad that she needed Heavenly intervention to help make things right. Things must be pretty upside-down for someone like her to do this.

There are many unanswered questions about what happened during hammer time. Some have pointed out that it does look as if Paul Pelosi did lie in his official police report. The missing parts is all about why. Perhaps we will learn more from the body cams. There are no conspiracies at this time - just unanswered questions that really need to be explained.

General Comments / Re: Russian Influence, where is the beef?
« on: January 24, 2023, 12:05:05 PM »
Charles McGonegal, the man who headed the FBI's investigation into Trump's Russian ties (and who exonerated Trump in a series of interviews with the NYT) has been arrested for taking bribes from Oleg Deripaska for over six years, during which time McGonegal and a partner deliberately steered investigations away from Deripaska and toward his business rivals. After leaving the FBI two years ago, McGonegal went to work directly for Deripaska. It is worth noting that Paul Manafort, before Trump's pardon, was specifically convicted of money laundering on Deripaska's behalf.

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska told CNBC that his relations with Paul Manafort ended eleven years ago.

Trump got rid of Manafort before Mueller.

General Comments / Re: Russian Influence, where is the beef?
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:55:07 AM »
So you're saying McGonegal is another Hunter Biden?

You did say that his FBI team did exonerate Trump of any Russian collusion. Factually. He didn't make up facts - he just disproved Hillary's lies and proved her culpability.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:48:36 AM »
Acts 4:34-35

Neither was there any among them that lacked, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold and laid them down at the apostles’ feet. And distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

QED.  :D

Rush Limbaugh loved to tell the story of how Jamestown died and then the Pilgrims almost died because of such a communist pact. When they agreed on everyone must earn their own wherewithal, the settlers flourished. That is the history of the USA.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: January 24, 2023, 11:41:56 AM »
TheDrake is correct. Graham doesn’t generally endorse primary candidates. He will endorse The winner of the primaries which is probably going to be Trump. He is aware that the complicit MSM disinforms the flock and there will be any number of personal opinions that will change with better reportage. Both he and his father knew Trump and believe him to be a good man.

General Comments / Re: Truth Social
« on: January 24, 2023, 10:47:04 AM »
Is he though? The article wasn't very clear to me. It appears like he's not trying to break the agreement, just not renew.

Agree. Trump has always been practical, and he is bound to maximize communications and outwit the MSM for his campaign. He helped Truth Social get off  the ground when Twitter banned conservatives. It was a good move at the time - now using all social platforms to their max is his wisest move.

On top of that - the MSM is mellowing a bit, as Democrats fracture to get rid of Biden. Except for Michelle Obama they just can't figure out who could beat him. I suspect that when she gets to the debate stage, she'll begin to look like another Kamala with a better ghostwriter. By then - so many scandals and prevarications will have been unearthed by the House that she may not be their shoo-in.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: January 22, 2023, 02:29:30 PM »
Republicans have demanded to see the logs to his Delaware home after classified files were discovered there.

I'm assuming the same republicans have demanded to see the Trumps visitor logs to Mar-a-Lago but no mention of it in the story

As a matter of fact, Trump has stated that the Secret Service who guarded his home and stored unclassified documents have always kept strict visitors logs. Dan Bongino who was employed in that position for multiple presidents from 1999 to 2011 backed up that fact and also noted that the SS did the same with all of Biden's offices and homes.

We now know Hunter Biden claimed ownership of properties where the Classified documents were stored and had access to them as well as his suspect guests. He claimed he paid the Big Guy $50,000 a month as rent to launder money from the Chinese and other of his employers.

Interesting that Wm cited CDC research, when they haven't been able to research it for the past 25 years...

Interesting that the research is still there and the quantity dwarfs others.

The other thing to notice is that the Wild West numbers cited in some of your links talk about five or six murders in towns of less than 5,000 being high - but neglect the fact that those towns, like Tombstone and Dodge City that had notorious shoot-outs were gun-free zones. Kids and families all had guns to protect themselves and were remarkably proficient in usage and training. Gun safety was a fact.

Gun-free zones:

The Crime Prevention Research Center recently finished updating a list of mass public shootings worldwide.

The U.S. makes up 1.49 percent of the killings worldwide, 2.20 percent of the attacks, and less than 1.15 percent of the mass public shooters. All these are much less than America’s 4.6 percent share of the world population.

The U.S. ranks 64th per capita in its rate of attacks and 65th in fatalities. Major European countries, such as Norway, Finland, France, Switzerland, and Russia, all have at least 25 percent higher per capita murder rates from mass public shootings.

98 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places where citizens are banned from having guns.

The national media tend to ignore case after case of mass public shootings being stopped by armed private citizens.

General Comments / Re: GOP nutbag of the week
« on: January 19, 2023, 03:41:33 PM »
Personally I don't really understand why you can't legislate wearing shorts and a tank top, barefoot. The tech and most of the business world figured out that suits and ties, with or without lapel pins, weren't really necessary and neither were hats. Is it surprising that the party stuck in the past would be the holdouts for an outdated dress code?

Have you ever been in a managerial position and attended a "dress for success" workshop? You can wear shorts and a T-shirt if you want, but the odds are you will be overlooked for your next promotion. The goal is to best empower your workmanship and acceptance. Dressing down can ruin a person's authority, acceptance, and competency. "If it feels good - do it," is not always your best advice.

General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: January 19, 2023, 02:48:40 PM »
Is this the new Democrat legal system?

there were no charges brought at the time of any crime happening - yet two decades after she thinks she can sue him for denying her charges that were never sustained with no witnesses or contemporaneous evidence? Why is her charge believed now, while rejecting them is considered criminal?

There have been so many bogus false charges against Trump (proven to be false) that it seems any charges brought up decades afterwards should be automatically placed into that same category. Why can't he comment on his innocence?

Many of the earlier bogus charges were brought by Democrat operators looking to stir the pot and make some money in the process. Why should anyone believe these charges? Hunter had DNA proof of his licentiousnessand and he and his father still deny wrongdoing.

Of course the Democrat apologists here bring this up so they can ignore Hunter and the Big Guy's criminal activity. Unlike the charges aginst Trump - their charges have been backed up with confirmed evidence and eyewitness testimony. But those here who fear Trump just say, "Move along - nothing to see here. Look at that guy over there - don't look at the guy behind the curtain."

There is an entire culture of gun-violence research. Rand and CDC are quite visible in that community. John Lott has over 200 articles on the subject - but because his findings are generally supportive of gun ownership, he is a target of politically-inspired gun control groups who claim his research is "faulty." It is hard to look at the thousands of investigative research reports without seeing the politics behind it all.

Basically there are three categories of gun laws. Those that enforce child-protection schemes - like locked gun cases and gun security are considered positive. The others, behavioral science, and gun ownership are negative and are said to cause more problems.

Even then, the big researchers, like Rand and the CDC, avoid practical answers.

The two solutions tend to be elimination of gun-free zones and positive attitudes for gun ownership and training. Please remember the "unwild West" was miscast as lawless - but was very safe because everyone had firearms to defend against the animals and snakes they needed protection from. Kids were trained early and there were few misadventures.

Gun stats have always been skewed for whoever wanted to endorse a position. Incident reports in many mass shootings don't even show how a Concealed carry civilian was able to distract a mass shooter allowing the police to flank the perp and then kill him. Sometimes the civilian is not even mentioned because of the grief that can come down for the act of heroism.

What atats are there for all the shootings done in gun-free zones because the perps think the victims are defenseless?

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: January 15, 2023, 09:25:37 PM »
*sigh* Do you want to take another pass at that one, man? It isn't your best work, and I don't particularly feel like wasting my time addressing low-quality arguments you pretty clearly don't actually believe just to entertain a hypothetical Peanut Gallery.

You are so out of your league.

Why don't you just concern yourself with the fact that Biden is a liar and had possession of documents he was not allowed to have as a private citizen. Others who did far less went to prison. Documents involving China and Ukraine in unprotected places with Hunter there to share them with his benefactors.

He certainly was not transparent - accusing Trump as irresponsible when he knew he had illegal documents before the elections.

He also stopped including Trump in classified updates as all past presidents have always been. Did he also stop including Obama, Clinton, Bush, and Carter? They have always been updated, because the secrets in their heads need to be updated for their relevancy.

General Comments / Re: The Trump Papers
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:39:53 PM »
Did you ever think there might be a reason we so many people that interact with the man dislike him? (Its not jealously of his massive  intellect.)

No - it is because of his successes. No matter how often you disinform, Trump was the most successful President possibly of all time.

You can't argue that, because there are too many for you to ignore.

Here is a compilation from Mark Lewis. Answer all of these
1. Unemployment and economic growth.
•Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows.
•Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years.
•Lifted nearly 7 million people off food stamps.
•Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows.
•Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade.
•The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth.
•Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue-collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase.
•African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent.
Trump, of course, is a “racist” and “sexist” to liberals; it is one of their prime charges against him, with absolutely no proof. It is hard to understand, though, why a man who hates minorities and women so much would institute policies that would be so beneficial to them.

2. Tax Relief
•Strengthened America’s rural economy by investing over $1.3 billion through the Agriculture Department’s ReConnect Program to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to rural America.
•More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts.
•A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 – slashing their tax bill in half.
•Doubled the standard deduction – making the first $24,000 earned by a married couple completely tax-free.
•Doubled the child tax credit.
•Since the passage of tax cuts, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased, while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased.
•Over $1.5 trillion was repatriated into the United States from overseas.
•Created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones where capital gains on long-term investments are taxed at zero.
Americans were able to keep more of the money they earned. Only a Marxist (yes, Democrat) would object to that.

3. Regulations

•Instead of 2-for-1, Trump eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted.
•Provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year.
•Removed nearly 25,000 pages from the Federal Register – more than any other president. The previous administration added over 16,000 pages.
Mr. Trump was very pro-business, something else that is anathema to the Left. Yet, the removal of onerous, needless regulations, not only helped small business owners, but cheapened costs and provided more money for average Americans.

4. Trade
•Immediately withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
•Ended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and replaced it with the brand new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
•The USMCA contains powerful new protections for American manufacturers, auto-makers, farmers, dairy producers, and workers.
•Negotiated another deal with Japan to boost $40 billion worth of digital trade.
•China agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion worth of United States exports and opened market access for over 4,000 American facilities to exports while all tariffs remained in effect.
•Imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of Chinese goods to protect American jobs and stop China’s abuses under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
•Achieved a mutual agreement with the European Union (EU) that addresses unfair trade practices and increases duty-free exports by 180 percent to $420 million.
•Successfully negotiated more than 50 agreements with countries around the world to increase foreign market access and boost exports of American agriculture products, supporting more than 1 million American jobs.
Economics is not something most Americans understand very well, thus the benefits of the above are not easily understood, or quickly perceived or felt, by most. Yet, the list is clear enough to make the Left angry. Mr. Trump negotiated trade deals that benefitted the United States. He still had much to do in that regard, but he was denied another four years in which to do it. Obviously, the country has suffered greatly the last two years because of that.

5. Energy
   •   For the first time in nearly 70 years, the United States became a net energy exporter.
   •   The United States was energy independent, not having to beg our enemies to produce oil and natural gas for our consumption.
   •   The United States became the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
   •   Natural gas production reached a record high of 34.9 quads in 2019, following record-high production in 2018 and 2017.
   •   Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
   •   Opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska for oil and gas leasing.
   •   Renewable energy production and consumption both reached record highs in 2019.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline, while it varied around the country, was far lower than it has been under Mr. Biden, and the Ukrainian war is not the only or even major reason. Gas prices were going up long before Putin invaded Ukraine simply because Biden cut oil and gas production. Less of a commodity will raise its price. That is, of course, what Mr. Biden intended because he wants America on “renewables” to placate his “green” supporters.

6. HealthCare   •   Increased choice for consumers by promoting competition in the individual health insurance market leading to lower premiums for three years in a row.
   •   Under the Trump Administration, more than 90 percent of the counties have multiple options on the individual insurance market to choose from.
   •   Eliminated costly Obamacare taxes, including the health insurance tax, the medical device tax, and the “Cadillac tax.”
   •   Lowered drug prices for the first time in 51 years.
   •   Launched an initiative to stop global freeloading in the drug market.
   •   Signed first-ever executive order to affirm that it is the official policy of the United States Government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions.
   •   Passed Right To Try to give terminally ill patients access to lifesaving cures.
   •   Signed an executive order to fight kidney disease with more transplants and better treatment.
   •   Signed into law a $1 billion increase in funding for critical Alzheimer’s research.
   •   Accelerated medical breakthroughs in genetic treatments for Sickle Cell disease.

7. Judiciary
   •   Nominated and confirmed over 230 Federal judges.
   •   Confirmed 54 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, making up nearly a third of the entire appellate bench.
   •   Appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
   •   Appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
   •   Appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Liberals hate these actions, but a court system that respects the Constitution is necessary for a constitutional republic that believes in checks and balances. The Left, of course, doesn’t believe in either a constitutional republic or checks and balances. They want all power to the Party (Democrat).

8. Environment
   •   Invested over $38 billion in clean water infrastructure.
   •   In 2019, America achieved the largest decline in carbon emissions of any country on earth. Since withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, the United States has reduced carbon emissions more than any nation.
   •   In FY 2019 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleaned up more major pollution sites than any year in nearly two decades.
   •   The USMCA guarantees the strongest environmental protections of any trade agreement in history.
   •   Signed the Save Our Seas Act to protect our environment from foreign nations that litter our oceans with debris and developed the first-ever Federal strategic plan to address marine litter.

One of the major accusations liberals throw at Republicans is “you Republicans don’t care anything about the environment.” My far-left, hate-America brother gave that to me one time and I just laughed at him. It is demonstrably untrue, and Mr. Trump’s actions prove it. There is such a thing as “responsible environmentalism,” and there is “radical environmentalism.” Conservatives (“conservation,” wise use of resources) believe in the former; the Left, accepting every ridiculous environmental theory that comes from MSNBC and Hollywood, believes in the latter. Mr. Trump’s actions were good and wise for the environment.

9. The southern border
   •   Built over 400 miles of the world’s most robust and advanced border wall.
   •   Illegal crossings plummeted by over 87 percent where the wall has been constructed.
   •   Deployed nearly 5,000 troops to the Southern border. In addition, Mexico deployed tens of thousands of its soldiers and national guardsmen to secure their side of the US-Mexico border.
   •   Ended the dangerous practice of Catch-and-Release, which means that instead of aliens getting released into the United States pending future hearings never to be seen again, they are detained pending removal, and then ultimately returned to their home countries.
   •   Entered into three historic asylum cooperation agreements with Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to stop asylum fraud and resettle illegal migrants in third-party nations pending their asylum applications.
   •   Entered into a historic partnership with Mexico, referred to as the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” to safely return asylum-seekers to Mexico while awaiting hearings in the United States.Of course, Joe Biden has destroyed this; America no longer has a southern border, and even some Democrats have complained about it. If it hadn’t been for Mitch McConnell and the Washington Establishment, there is no doubt there would be a wall across the entire expanse of the American-Mexican border now. Not that it would matter. Biden would have torn it down. This may be the area where we miss Trump the most. Biden is diluting America into non-recognizability.

10. NATO, foreign affairs, and the military
   •   Secured a $400 billion increase in defense spending from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies by 2024, and the number of members meeting their minimum obligations more than doubled.
   •   Credited by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for strengthening NATO.
   •   Worked to reform and streamline the United Nations (UN) and reduced spending by $1.3 billion.
   •   Allies, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, committed to increasing burden-sharing.
   •   Protected our Second Amendment rights by announcing the United States will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
   •   Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the Iranian Regime.
   •   Brokered historic peace agreements between Israel and Arab-Muslim countries, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Sudan.
   •   Completely rebuilt the United States military with over $2.2 trillion in defense spending, including $738 billion for 2020.
   •   Secured three pay raises for our service members and their families, including the largest raise in a decade.
This is a partial list, of course, which must be limited due to space. There are many other items to be added here (e.g., Israel and more Middle Eastern accomplishments), and you can read about them at my website.

11. Education

   •   The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expanded School Choice, allowing parents to use up to $10,000 from 529 education savings account to cover K-12 tuition costs at the public, private, or religious school of their choice.
   •   Launched a new pro-American lesson plan for students called the 1776 Commission to promote patriotic education.
   •   Prohibited the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the Federal government.

There was much more to be done here as well, as is obvious to every sane American, but these accomplishments are notable.

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: January 15, 2023, 07:50:09 PM »
Dickens lied about savage employers in his books. Those workers were far better off than those barely existing on unsuccessful farms. That's why they moved to the city.

Every time I think you've got nothing new to offer, you pull off a gem like this. It's like you've actually read Dickens but completely swapped the protagonist for the antagonist. But then I remembered that the cartoon version of "A Christmas Carol" has been on recently, and you were somehow rooting for Scrooge to stay mean and miserly.

Amazingly, the fact that subsisting under savage employers in urban settings may have in fact been better than staying in rural work is the literal definition of wage slavery. It means you make this choice because it's the best option, while simultaneously being a bad option. It almost sounds like the argument being put forward is that there's no such thing as exploitation, since if they've chosen an option superior to death it must mean they like it. What a curious piece of logic.
Don't know if we have a Hall of Fame for posts. If not, look at this. It's my argument

If that is your argument, you need to go back to school and find our about real history.

This is a portion of an essay I wrote:
The biggest divergence from reality sprung from a simple mistruth offered up in 1832. If there ever was a simple causation for all belief in the benevolence and value of a strong centralized government, then this is it.

In a review of fourth and eighth grade history books, all of them get it wrong. None of them were honest about big government vs. big business. Each book spent much effort painting a picture of successful government monopolies in the Fur trade, building canals and railroads. The historical truth is that these government monopolies were uncontested failures - Failures so severe that the populace rose up in anger, ended the political forces that fed them, and turned them over to successful entrepreneurs. The books all preached to the young that big government was the savior and Robber Barons the nemesis, when in all actuality, it was the opposite that held true.

What caused this was a reliance on the historical works of John L. and Barbara Hammond, who influenced all the school books that followed. They relied on the Sadler Report of 1832 that reported the Industrial Revolution was "crowded with overworked children", "hotbeds of putrid fever," and "monotonous toil in a hell of human cruelty." Charles Dickens' novels helped to codify this image.

Would modern day Liberals feel less secure promoting big government to solve social and economic problems, if they knew in their hearts that what they learned as children was a lie? An historical review by Dr. Burton W. Folsom points out that
Mr. Sadler, we know today, lied in his report. He was a member of Parliament and made up much of his report to gain support for a bill he wanted to see Parliament pass. Economist W. H. Hutt has described Sadler's falsification of evidence. Even Friedrich Engels, comrade of Karl Marx, concluded that "Sadler permitted himself to be betrayed by his noble enthusiasm into the most distorted and erroneous statements."

The history of our country is clear: It was the government that charged outrageous prices and tried to pawn off shoddy merchandise, while the private businesses that supplanted them did the job right, charged lower prices, and did it without government subsidies that kept the monopolies afloat.
Quote from: Folsom
The school books give the impression that robber barons stepped in to exploit whatever they could, and were a negative point in history. The lesson the books should be teaching is that in the world of commerce, the profit motive, the structure of incentives. and the stifling tendencies of bureaucrats are such that those businesses run by entrepreneurs will consistently outperform those run by the government. Instead, the authors had a bias for a strong central government. When the authors were called on these reports, they agreed that they were not reporting fact, but incorrect, unsubstantiated ideology.

As a prime example, what happened in Michigan, my home state, is the rule and not the exception.
Based on Grace Kachaturoff, author of Michigan, Folsom wrote:
When the state builds a project, the incentives are different from those of private enterprise. Satisfying political interests is often more important to legislators than building a railroad that is financially sound and well constructed. State builders use taxpayers’ money, not their own. If the road fails, it’s the state, not the builders, with empty pockets. The Michigan story is full of accounts of padded vouchers, illegal bidding, cost overruns, and the stealing of materials by contractors and even by the citizens themselves. Since no one actually owned the railroads, no one felt the responsibility to take care of them.

Judge Thomas Cooley, Michigan’s most famous 19th-century lawyer and a president of the American Bar Association, observed this waste firsthand. He wrote about it later and said, "By common consent it came to be considered that the State in entering upon these works had made a serious mistake." The people of Michigan, Cooley reported, became convinced "that the management of railroads was in its nature essentially a private business, and ought to be in the hands of individuals." In 1846, therefore, the state of Michigan abandoned all the canals and sold the Central and Southern Railroads, which were only partly completed, to private investors. The new owners promised to do some rebuilding and to expand the lines to the Chicago area. From this distress sale, the state recovered one-half of its $5 million investment and ended its headaches from being in the railroad business. Once the railroads had been privatized, they were rebuilt with care and extended across the state. At last, Michigan citizens had the roads they needed to trade and thrive. This turnaround was so startling that its implications were not lost on Michigan voters. They learned from history.

In 1850, Michigan threw out its old constitution and wrote a new one. It read, "the State shall not subscribe to or be interested in the stock of any company, association, or corporation." Furthermore, "the State shall not be a party to or interested in any work of internal improvement, nor engaged in carrying on any such work" except to provide land. The heavily taxed voters were determined to learn from their mistakes and chart a better future for the state. In the years of laissez-faire that followed, Michigan’s entrepreneurs developed the state’s natural resources— lumber and iron ore—so effectively that Michigan soon became a major industrial state.

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: January 12, 2023, 08:39:08 PM »
BTW, did anyone respond to the huge number of gotaways that have come into the USA? 19 terrorists brought down the Trade Center Towers and hit the Pentagon. Is the potential worth it?

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: January 12, 2023, 08:28:18 PM »
So, a couple of things.

You take every other category of theft, and I mean *every* one, add them all up, and it is significantly less then estimated wage theft. As in, employees being screwed out of the agreed upon compensation that they are due for their labor. I don't think shoplifting is moral or right. I also don't think it's a sign of the apocalypse. Lots of other, higher level theft going on that is actually hurting working class people, not a corporation's bottom line.

I'm also not getting the conservative kickback on the economy here. They all complain about how no one wants to work anymore, meantime they're complaining about minimum wage jobs. Good lord, if you go off of federal minimum wage I'd be very interested to see what parts of the country you could even rent a studio apartment on minimum wage. It's not flagged to increase with inflation, and every time a vote comes up to increase it conservatives get on the House floor tearing their shirts about how it will destroy America.

I mean...okay? Obvious BS, but where I get confused is ya'll immediately turn around and fight against bringing in immigrants to work for super low wages, because they're used to being treated like *censored*.

Pick a lane, guys.

Stop calling it "minimum wage jobs" as if a first-time employee must support a family with the wages. If it is cheaper to put in a self-serve kiosk at McDonald's - then that is where the industry will end up. The only salvation for first-time workers who need to learn how to earn is to accept starting wages and work their way up with increasing competency. Dickens lied about savage employers in his books. Those workers were far better off than those barely existing on unsuccessful farms. That's why they moved to the city.

The mindset that needs to be fixed is the USA: "I deserve a high wage without earning it!" A company I worked for was an engineering-expert emergency-type solution for Daimler/Chrysler that was called in when their inhouse engineers had problems. We were also called in to tutor all factories how to use all the new machinery as it was developed for the assembly line. When Chrysler opened up a line in Mexico, the new employees there were so pleased for a chance to work for good wages, that they actually did good work. They did what was needed without dragging their feet and sabotaging the line to get out of work. In the USA plants have whole lots with thousands of vehicles in it that have vehicles with flaws that need repairing before being released for sale. In Toluca, there was no such lot, because the Mexican workers using the same machines as here in the USA made them without flaws. Here in the USA our techs would grab a white smock and a clipboard and stand at an assembly-line station, and miraculously, no flaws were found from that area, so long as the tech was standing there.

IOW. one must learn how to work, and a minimum wage just is more of the same at victimization.

Immigrants may actually do a better job as home-grown workers - but they also accept lower wages - getting paid real wages, like in Toluca, is part of the draw for illegals to pay the Cartels to cross the border. There are good and bad from these possibilities - but anyone who decides to break the law just to come here has already proved themselves criminal.

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: January 08, 2023, 08:07:40 PM »
It should probably be noted that retailers are walking back their claims of rampant, mass shoplifting. Walgreens has already admitted that it overstated its shrink by 400% and made a mistake by over-securing some of its urban stores in response. Gangs of people walking through stores just looting them while staff watched placidly turned out to be as much of a real phenomenon as key parties and kids eating Tide Pods.

If this was a pre-Elon tweet - it would have caused alarms to go off for disinformation. We've seen scores of mass shop-lifting and staff unable to respond. Why pretend this was all exaggerated?

General Comments / Re: A Good Question.
« on: January 08, 2023, 08:03:51 PM »
Man, you are all over the map, William. Do you realize it, and are just engaging in a bit of desperate flailing, or does it seem to you that you're moving rationally from one topic to another?

On the contrary... Out of all the substantiated changes to our ways of like that VDH listed, I saw one item torn apart and rationalized, when the overall point is all the damage that has been done under the Progressives' watch. Every item is terrible and there is little for an apologist to feel proud of - just to ignore.

So many things are interrelated, also. Let's explore... Hillary lost a gimme election by not campaigning smartly or fully. When she lost, she tried to keep her legacy alive by claiming victimization "It was the Russians!" "It was Trump conspiring with te Russians!" "My illegal server didn't matter!" ...And don't forget the targeting of innocent oppositional players to hurt them financially and scare them off, and to smear anyone possible. Not satisfied to just work with what was there, she paid for an untrue dossier to smear Trump and allow a weaponized DOJ cause to illegally spy on him and anyone who could hinder Hillary's future chances. Hunter's laptop was just more of the same. Proof of so much crime protected by the DOJ It's hard not to keep VDH's items separate. 

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