RANT: Tesla and other EV’s should be considered a national disgrace


The shaming images that show where our iPhones, laptops and Tesla cars REALLY come from: The truth about the Congolese mines where kids are paid $2-a-day to dig for cobalt

  •     Images from the Shabara mine and others in the Democratic Republic of Congo show young children mining  
  •     They dig for cobalt, the chemical element that is used in almost every tech product on the market today 
  •     Apple, Tesla, Samsung and Microsoft are the other end of the complex supply chain  

By Jennifer Smith, Chief Reporter For Dailymail.Com
Published: 08:24 EST, 30 January 2023 | Updated: 09:14 EST, 30 January 2023

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For years, big tech companies like Apple and Tesla have assured the customers of their glossy stores and showrooms that all their goods are ethically sourced and sold. 

But a new series of images taken from inside mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 90 percent of the world’s cobalt is mined and used to make the batteries that power our tech-led lives, raise uncomfortable questions. 

Cobalt is the chemical element found in almost every tech gadget that uses a lithium-powered battery on the market today – a smartphone, tablet or laptop requires a few grams of it, while an electric vehicle requires 10kg.

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Sorry, but this is a national disgrace.  And, all EV’s should be scorned.

I’m speechless.


ECONOMICS: Recongize reality and change the retirement age to 75 or 85?


Raise The Social Security Age To (At Least) 75
by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 – 06:30 PM
Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute

  • On January 10, the French government announced plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

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One thing raising the age has going for it is that it’s been done before. A 1983 change very gradually increased the full-benefits age from 65 to 67. That’s much too little, and even an increase to age 75 would be a mild reform. Other reforms, up to and including abolition, should include means-testing pensions and totally defederalizing and decentralizing the program. But it’s also easy to imagine the tidal wave of opposition from activists who vehemently oppose even a very mild reduction in Social Security payouts. Raising the age won’t make Social Security just, prudent, or wise. But cutting federal spending is always the right thing to do.

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As horrific this change wood be, it’s needed to prevent economic catastrophe.

Time to unwind the Ponzi scheme.  Those, that are close to their retirement age (i.e., 55), don’t have enough working time to adjust to the loss or reduction in Social Security benefits.  And, don’t forget that there is a terrible age discrimination problem when workers turn 40, 50, or 55. So evidently, those under 40 are going to take a real haircut.

I doubt the current crop od politicians and bureaucrats have any stomach for the pain to be inflicted on themselves and the general population.

One thing is for sure, “they” can’t print their way out of this one.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 10:39 AM Luddite wrote:

“Back in the day” when I was making some decent coin, I was always pleased each year when I reached the maximum income required on SS withdrawals each month. I remember a couple of years when I received some big January bonuses that they stopped taking out SS in April! In my opinion, the easiest solution to preserving SS is to remove the cap on income. I understand that the reason we even have a problem is because the crooks raided the fund years ago and have never paid it back, but given the current situation I believe removing the cap is the easiest and least painful solution. What say you? (Also understanding that I just poked the libertarian’s cage!)

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Taxation is theft. 

Starting from that basic principle, “eliminating the cap” merely allows the current plundering to continue. 

A radical reform is required to truly correct the problem.  Will some get hurt, yup. 

To minimize the pain, the young should be excluded, the old exempted, and the middle get the full retirement age adjusted. 

Say a 40 goes from 69 to 80, 50 goes from 68 to 75, 55 from 68 to 70. 

Then in 40 years social security goes away.

It’s only fair way to unwind the ponzi scheme.

Yes, fiscal reality sucks.  Economics is the dismal science. And, TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” From Robert Heinlein’s classic)!



RANT: Big Pharma, Big Government and Big Media are all in bed with one another and “We, The Sheeple” get screwed


Project Veritas Pfizer Video and The New Triumvirate: Big Pharma, Big Government and Big Media

In Vino Veritas: Project Veritas undercover video with Pfizer executive goes viral on Twitter, but most of mainstream media is smothering the story.

Posted by Leslie Eastman Friday, January 27, 2023 at 07:00pm 47 Comments

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In ancient Rome, men who want to wield enormous influence and become fabulously wealthy while doing so would form triumvirates (e.g., the Marc Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian in 43 BC).

We are now living under a new triumvirate: Big Pharma, Big Government and Big Media.

Thanks to the now-unchained Twitter, a viral video from Project Vertias that purportedly shows a senior Pfizer employee talking about covid vaccine and “directed evolution” has spread widely social media.

However, despite the shocking revelations from that seemingly high-level executive, there has been no detailed, follow-up analysis on the content of the video by American news organizations.

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Wonder what happens now?



RANT: AMAZON PHARMACY like Hotel California — you can check in but not out!


Amazon Pharmacy Virtual Assistant

Hi there. A few things to mention before we connect you with an Amazon Pharmacy Customer Care agent…

12:48 PM

Need to speak with a pharmacist? Call 855-745-5725. Our pharmacists are available 24/7…

 12:48 PM


 12:48 PM


Amazon Pharmacy Virtual Assistant

When typing your questions or responses, be sure you don’t include any personal or sensitive information…

12:48 PM

The current wait time to chat with an Amazon Pharmacy Customer Care agent is minutes. If waiting isn’t possible—and we’re sorry for the inconvenience—you can call us now at 855-745-5725.

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Only an on-ramp.  Second RX I entered, they couldn’t include it.  Nor match my insurance price.

Then there was no obvious way to cancel.

After 45 minutes on hold by phone and same waiting for chat with agent, I found away.  GO to change your credit card and there’s an option to cancel;

I urge you to consider NOT getting involved with it.  Like PillPack, it just didn’t work as advertised.




INSPIRATIONAL: Remember the bravery of ‘The Angel of Warsaw’


As the world marks liberation of the Nazi concentration camps… LORD ASHCROFT recalls the forgotten heroine of the Holocaust who smuggled 2,500 ghetto children to safety in coffins, suitcases… and even a toolbox

  •     Irena is all but forgotten despite the fact that she saved around 2,500 children 
  •     She died in 2008 with brief tributes to the bravery of ‘The Angel of Warsaw’

By Lord Ashcroft For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 17:00 EST, 21 January 2023 | Updated: 17:00 EST, 21 January 2023

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The pretty, dark-haired young woman in a nurse’s uniform felt her heart thump inside her chest as she presented her identity papers to the Nazi soldiers guarding one of the few entrances to the Warsaw Ghetto.

It was the summer of 1942 and the truth about the Germans’ brutal genocide of the Jews was becoming horrifyingly clear. The knot in her stomach shifted slightly as the guard gruffly waved her inside. Agonisingly, she knew that if the truth of her secret mission was revealed, she would be tortured by the ruthless, sadistic SS and then shot.

She sighed with relief, but knew an even more heart-rending task lay inside the walls of the ghetto, where up to 500,000 Polish Jews had been corralled ten-to-a-room in a warren of buildings and streets in an area little larger than a square mile. There, the stench of death and disease was appalling. Thousands of half-starved people wandered around with just rags to protect them from the bitter cold.

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On the anniversary of the Nazi concentration camp’s liberation, we would all take the time to read and reflect upon this human tragedy.  And the heroes and heroines, who risked everything, to save babies.  It’s hard to imagine having that much physical courage.  Not sure if I could do it; hope I would but until you have to act will you really know.

All those, who deny that the Holocaust happened, must be repudiated and reviled as mentally ill.

I can’t imagine their mental workings that can ignore all the evidence and personal testimony.



RANT: It’s the vaccine, stupid


It’s the vaccine, stupid, it’s the vaccine; Bill Clinton said ‘it’s the economy, stupid’, I am saying ‘it’s the vaccine, stupid, it’s the vaccine’; when you hear it, know it came from me, also known as ‘Dr. Paul ‘lock them all to hell up’ Alexander’ on the speech circuits.

Dr. Paul Alexander

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I read all the news about “sudden deaths” and wonder why we don’t have mandatory autopsies to determine a cause of death.  

This is a slow moving national disaster. 

We need to know “the truth”.

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson


POLITICAL:A framework for dealling with illegal aliens


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US citizens get chance to play role in resettling refugees

1/20/2023, 11:45:23 AM · 30 of 30

Rurudyne to Oldeconomybuyer

No refugees. Deport all the illegals. Close the doors for a decade.

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I’d start with all the CRIMINAL illegals. 

Parole all non-criminal aliens pursuant to good behavior.

Dreamers (aka, those who were brought in illegally as children) get special consideration and put on a path to citizenship (i.e., stay clean and out of trouble).

For States or other Gooferment unit that declare themselves as sanctuaries, no Federal funds for any purpose. 

If they’d like to secede, let them. 

When we run out of criminal illegals, then reassess the situation.





POLITICAL: Sorry DJT45, “you’re fired”



He can spin it and rationalize and lie, but the vaccines are his baby. They failed miserably and are now killing and maiming millions. The blood of vaccine victims are on his hands. This fake pandemic was never going to be like 1917. He locked down the country. He kept Fauci and Birx as his top advisors. Trump can’t weasel his way out of what he did.

Jeffrey A Tucker @jeffreyatucker

This is simply incredible. He is criticizing Florida for locking down when the truth is that 1) he ordered lockdowns nationwide, 2) blasted Georgia for being the first to open, and 3) dismissed and criticized Sweden the whole time!

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I think back to the Apprentice TV show.  Pre-presidential DJT at the end of one show, he sympathized with one of the contestants and reviewed how he failed and what he might have done.  Then ended with the classic line: “You’re Fired!”

So too, DJT45 has to own his role in the national Covid disaster.  I can sympathize that “everyone” was in a panic, he got bad advice from characters who had a hidden agenda to see him fail as well as a financial motivation for everyone getting the Jab.  But, as a NYC builder, he should have been much more savvy.

So, DJT45, “You’re Fired”.

Go to the sidelines and help the country avoid future disasters.

If I were you I’d urge ending the CDC, the FDA, the FBI, the CIA, and DHS.  Become this era’s Andrew Jackson.


VETERANS: A hero silenced; whet else don’t we know?


Hero pilot who shot down at least FOUR Russian Migs in classified dogfight in 1952 to receive the Navy Cross: Captain took on seven jets alone and was shot 263 times – but was ordered not to tell anyone for fear of sparking war

  •     Capt. Royce Williams was sworn to secrecy for more than 50 years over fears that his battle against seven Soviet fighters could spark war with Russia
  •     Now the 97-year-old is free to tell his tale and is due to receive the Navy’s second highest award for combat valor on Friday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
  •     In a ferocious dogfight, Williams downed at least four Migs despite his jet being so badly wounded he considered bailing out into almost certain death

By Ross Ibbetson For Dailymail.com

Published: 11:10 EST, 18 January 2023 | Updated: 13:36 EST, 18 January 2023

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A hero pilot who shot down at least four Russian Migs in a classified dogfight at the height of the Cold War which saw his jet shot 263 times is to receive the Navy Cross.

Retired Navy Captain Royce Williams was sworn to secrecy for more than 50 years over fears that his battle against seven Soviet fighters could spark war with Russia.

Now the 97-year-old is free to tell his tale and is due to receive the Navy’s second highest award for combat valor on Friday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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The national security peril soon dawned on Navy command who discovered Williams had engaged the Soviet Air Force.

Migs flying in the Chinese and Korean air forces were known to be flown by Soviet volunteers but this was an escalation with potential to turn the Cold War hot.

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Yes, Heaven forbid, the American people would be told the “truth”.

Better to allow a hero to be silenced.


At what point will “We, The Sheeple” ever get the whole truth.

I think of all the MIAs, KIAs, and other veterans who are denied their due.

And don’t get me started on “homeless vets” while illegal criminal aliens live comfortably in hotels.


INSPIRATIONAL: Meditation to defeat a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world


The Well
How to unlock your “peak mind”

  • “What you pay attention to, is your life.” Where do you place precious brain resources?

Amishi Jha

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There’s a shorthand that we can use to think about this. The term is VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. The world today feels like it’s a constant VUCA environment, but there’s another challenge that our attention faces, and why many of us feel like we’re in an attentional crisis. Frankly, the brain was designed to be lured by, for our evolutionary success and survival, certain kinds of information; threatening information novel information, self-related information, and even things that are fun and enticing. I’m talking about the ‘Attention Economy.’ Everything is being done by teams of engineers to actually capture your attention and keep it there; your attention is the product. Finally, the mind can be hijacked away by something called ‘Mental Time Travel.’ That means that our attention is not in the present moment, so when we’re thinking about the past, our attention is fully in the past, same thing with the future. About 50% of our waking moments, we aren’t in the present moment.

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When I first learned about “meditation” in Comparative Non-Christian Religions  — yes, I got another D  — I thought it was a lot of “Barbara Streisand” <synonym for excrement>.  Later, when I was in USAF survival school, we were encouraged to practice it for when we became a POW  — luckily I never left Maryland.  But, the lessons kept being repeated to me.  “Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.”  — ― Frank Sonnenberg, Soul Food: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Not sure when I began to take “mindfulness” seriously; I do now.




― Frank Sonnenberg

POLITICAL: Is Chicago the fate of the USA under Democratic “democracy”


January 16, 2023
We’re All Chicagoans Now
By Jeffrey Folks 

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Much has been made about California leading the country: the Golden State is said to be America’s future, and to some extent, that is happening.  But in other respects, as a nation, we’re becoming more like Chicago, and Chicago is our future unless we struggle against progressive policies.

Chicago is perhaps the most solidly Democrat city in America.  It has not elected a Republican mayor since 1927.  And what it has created in the past 95 years is a society that suffers from inequality, corruption, and violence on a scale beyond anything seen elsewhere in America.  Chicago ought to be a case study in what not to do, but liberals like Obama and Biden seem to think it is a blueprint for success — and it is, if only for the political elite who rule over a helpless underclass.

That blueprint involves transforming citizens into clients of the State, a process that progressives have begun calling “democracy.”  Progressives intend to establish a socialist totalitarian society with a permanent underclass ruled by a small elite — the so-called vanguard of the proletariat that Lenin said must rule indefinitely until workers were prepared to govern themselves, a day that never has arrived in any communist state.

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It would seem that every Gooferment political entity my be reformulated into a bicameral form in which one part is elected by citizens and the other part is elected by taxpayers.

In the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, property owners pay “property taxes” but don’t get to vote on those that spend it.


Wasn’t “no taxation without representation” one of the catch phrases of the American Revolution.

Seems like a “national divorce” is the only solution.


TINFOILHAT: Seems like “everyone knew” the truth about the JFK assaination but “We, The Sheeple”


Nixon Threatened to Reveal the CIA’s Involvement in the Kennedy Assassination
Shocking new Watergate-era tape reveals.
Roger Stone
Jan 11

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A stunning, long-overlooked Nixon Watergate-era tape shows Richard Nixon warning CIA Director Richard Helms that he knows of CIA involvement in the murder of John F. Kennedy- “I know who shot John.” 

This shocking new tape depicts Nixon increasingly besieged by Watergate but unaware that at least four of the Watergate burglars were still on the CIA payroll at the time of the break-in, and that the CIA had thus infiltrated the burglary team. Recently declassified documents reveal that Watergate Special Prosecutor Nick Akerman was aware of both the CIA’s advance knowledge and involvement in the break-in — but said and did nothing.

Senator Howard Baker, the Republican Leader on the Senate Watergate Committee and his counsel Fred Thompson himself, a future U.S. Senator from Tennessee, like Baker, stumbled on the CIA’s deep advanced knowledge and direct involvement in the Watergate break-in. Baker and Thompson both knew that at least four of the Watergate burglars were on the CIA payroll at the time of the break-in and that through CREEP Security Director James McCord, had infiltrated the burglary team. Senate Watergate Committee Chairman Sam Ervin stoutly refused to allow Baker and the Committee Republicans including Edward J. Gurney of Florida the right to publish a Minority Report which noted this stunning information regarding the CIA.

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This “revelation” just rips to the heart of the matter.  It seems that the Deep State had enough dirt on everyone involved to keep the truth for the general public. 

If that truth was allowed to come out, then what would have resulted?

We certainly should start to dip out the CIA and all the other parts of the Deep State by the roots NOW!


VOCABULARY: “Whataboutism” to absolve bad behavior


When ‘whataboutism’ is appropriate
by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe
January 15, 2023

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“Whataboutism,” a term much in fashion in political circles these days, is a pejorative reference to a very old and familiar argument: A’s bad behavior can’t be condemned because B engaged in bad behavior too.

The term dates back to the Cold War. It was the label given to a tactic perfected by Soviet propagandists. If Western critics blasted Moscow’s crimes in Afghanistan, the persecution of dissidents, or the horrors of the Gulag, trained Soviet flacks would respond with knee-jerk “whataboutism”: What about racism in America? What about Watergate? What about riots in US cities?

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Sorry, but you can’t distract from the point being made about your bad behavior by pointing to someone else’s bad behavior.

Each “counter example” may be worthy of its own discussion, but stick to the point at hand.


LIBERTARIAN: Separation of powers


How States can Undermine Biden’s Unconstitutional “Ghost Gun” Rule
Tenth Amendment Center by TJ Martinell / January 12, 2023 at 04:06PM

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Like President Trump’s bump stock ban in 2018, Biden’s new rule is unconstitutional in more ways than one. First, the Second Amendment specifically prohibits the federal government from infringing on the right to keep and bear arms. Second, this infringement doesn’t even stem from Congress passing a law. Rather, it was carried out by unelected bureaucrats in an executive branch agency who received 211,564 comments during the rulemaking process.

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My Constitutional objection is to the existence of a Gooferment “agency” that is the rule maker, the prosecutor, and the executioner.  We have a separation of powers to limit the powers of out-of-control politicians and bureaucrats.

In this case the ATF, but there are many many more.  

If the ATF wants to make diktats, then some other entity must enforce them and adjudicate them.

Hence, the ATF, as well as the EPA, the DofAg, and others must immediately be shut down until they can be reconstituted consistent with the Constitution.


INTERESTING: THis “genius” carried is cell phone and made the job easy!


News: university of idaho murders
Idaho murders: All the ‘amateur’ mistakes that led cops to arrest Bryan Kohberger
By Olivia Land 
January 12, 2023 7:17am Updated

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Cellphone records

According to an arrest affidavit released Jan. 9, Kohberger’s many mistakes began months before the killings, when he failed to turn his cellphone off while allegedly surveilling the victims’ King Road home.

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It’s interesting how many crimes are being solved with cell phone records.  

Throw in some DNA and genealogy to sew things up.

If this fellow is a “genius”, then we need smarter ones.  

I still haven’t heard the motive and look forward to an insanity defense where he claims schizophrenia and “voices”.

Lock him up and throw away the key.



POLITICAL: Time for age limits on ALL elective offices?


Will This Be the Year Dianne Feinstein Finally Retires?

  • California Representative Katie Porter has already announced her intention to run for the seat. But the 89-year-old senator hasn’t said she’ll step down.

By Sasha Abramsky
Today 5:00 am. (Note: 2023-01Jan-13)

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Feinstein is 89 years old; she will be 91 come the 2024 election. In any reasonable world, having had a more-than-distinguished career, she would now gracefully bow out and make room for the next generation—or even the one after that. She should have done so in 2018, but insisted on staying in the race, scaring off most challengers. The one senior figure who did enter the contest was then–California Senate president pro tem Kevin de León; in the top-two-advance primary, Feinstein received about 44 percent of the vote, and de León came in second, with 12 percent. In the general election later that year, she got 54.2 percent to de León’s 45.8. Her rival went on to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and then self-destructed in 2022 when he was caught on tape, along with several colleagues, using racially inflammatory language to mock another council member and his adopted child.

Four years later, Feinstein is approaching 90, and, by all accounts, is a pale shadow of her former self. Last year, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a long article quoting colleagues of Feinstein’s who questioned her mental fitness to remain in office. To date, however, despite ever-louder discussions about her impaired short-term memory and her difficulty performing her senatorial duties, Feinstein has not indicated any retirement plans. Like Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd before her—the former of whom served in the Senate until six months before his death, at the age of 100 in 2003, and the latter of whom died in office at the age of 92—at least one part of the aging senator’s psyche seems to believe that eternal membership in the Senate is some sort of birthright. 

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The Dead Old White Guys, in their inifinite wisdom, put an age requirement to be a Senator.  

The Seventeenth Amendment took the selection power from the various State legislators and created a whole different system. (Like taking the brakes out of a car!)

So it seems time for a Consititional Amendment to repeal the Seventeenth and introduce 70 as a maximum age.

(I can’t blame the Dead Old White Guys for not envisioning the increase in life span that exceeds the human brain’s capacity in old age.)


TINFOILHAT: Is the “deep state” getting rid of Joe in order to have “their” candidate run?


Is the Deep State Coming After Joe Biden?
By Josh Hammer
January 13, 2023

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But obvious similarities — hence, Biden’s egregious hypocrisy stemming from his earlier attempt to seize a moral high ground — in these situations aside, there are some crucial differences. Those differences do not reflect well on the current White House occupant.

By far the most important difference is the constitutional distinction in the statuses of the two men at the center of this two-pronged saga: Donald Trump was president of the United States, while Joe Biden was merely vice president of the United States during the time that he absconded with classified documents.

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Whenever the “corporate media” “breaks” an old story (i.e., this was known to them BEFORE the midterm elections), one has to ask “why now?”.

Cui Bono.

Has the Deep State selected his replacement and must “clear the decks” for their preferred candidate?

Is it Kamala, or (imho) the more likely Michelle Obama?

It has been rumored that BHO44 is running the Presidency via Susan Rice.  Will this now be “simplified” by just put in Michelle in the Presidency?

Time will tell.


RANT: What remedy does “We, The Sheeple” have for this blatently unCOnstitutional actions


A Big Tech lawsuit and ‘The Twitter Files’ are showing Democrats used the same process against Trump in 2020 that they falsely claimed he had used to win in 2016.
Joy Pullmann

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s latest is evidence demonstrating the federal government’s use of Big Tech communications monopolies to censor its critics was not at all limited to Twitter. He posted an email showing the Biden White House asking Facebook to shut down Tucker Carlson’s speech on its platform, and a Facebook employee apparently complying within just a few hours. 

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Put all those Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats involved in jail.  As well as, ALL the social media executives.



EDUCATION: Time to separate Gooferment from “education”


The school that sabotaged its standout students
by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe

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It is hard to overstate the outrageousness of this betrayal, but it reflects the school district’s stated determination to “produce equal outcomes for every student, without exception.” Taken literally, such a policy requires the dumbing-down of classroom expectations to the lowest common denominator. It means that high-scoring students must on no account be encouraged to excel.

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“Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

I was never a willing student, but I was always “encouraged”  — sometimes with physical violence  — to do my best.

Now, seven decades later, I realize how important that encouragement is.  We don’t have “corporal punishment” like in my day, but sometimes  — to refer to the old joke about the farmer and the stubborn mule  — sometimes “you need to get the student’s attention”.   I like when the student is encourage to learn what they want and when they want to learn.  Maybe we have lost the American ethic to “work hard and smart”.

I admire the Asian family influence over children and the importance of education.  It’s a shame that black students equate being educated with “acting white”.  We’ve failed them.  The late Walter Williams came from the segregated Philly school system where poor performance was just unacceptable.  He attributed his success to the encouragement he got then.

Bottom line for me is that the Gooferment has take over “education” and “achieved” diminishing results and an ever expanding cost.

In the tax revolt of the 1970 in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, I urged a “Forty Year” plan to move from the current system to a free market solution.  The first 20 years was a series of 5% liberations of students from the requirement to attend a local public school with a “green voucher” to but whatever education is best for them.  The second 20 years was a series of 5% reduction in the amount of those vouchers.  At the end of 40 years, the problem would be solved.

But, as ususal, politics and the “teachers’ union” was impossible to overcome.


LIBERTY: No death penalty; no matter how horrendous the crime


Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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Go ahead, call me a Neanderthal. Call me unwoke. A guy who just doesn’t “get it.”

I believe in the death penalty. I don’t believe an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth per se. I don’t believe that the robber should have his hand removed. But I do believe a life for a life.

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I think you’re wrong.

As gun owning pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I think there are THREE significant arguments against the death penalty (from weakest to strongest): (1) it’s an unConsittional cruel and unusual punishment — actually barbaric. (2) the “system” makes mistakes all the time — search “project innocence”. (3) we should never permit the government to ever kill its citizens — lest bad opinions become a “capital offense”. 

As horrendous as this murder is, she must have been insane. I think it’s a contra-survival gene that in nature will eliminate itself. It punishment enough to imprison her past her reproductive years.

Since every rule has to have exceptions, there are a class of killers that are too dangerous to send to jail. A convicted murder, that kills a prison guard, is in this category.  

I favor a “Devil’s Island” solution that put the convict out of sight and contact with other humans. Something like a geo-fence that if they leave their “confine”, their head explodes.

Since all life is precious and fragile, we should be extremely circumspect about killing things.

Especially when we allow the Gooferment to do it!

The DoI says “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.



1. It was a great year for global efforts to end capital punishment. The death penalty was abolished in Malaysia, Zambia, the Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea and Equatorial Guinea, one of the world’s most authoritarian countries. More than 70% of the world’s countries have now removed the death penalty in law or in practice.


Lawmakers express outrage over NYC’s ‘revolving door’ shoplift crisis that’s killing local businesses

Lawmakers expressed outrage over the shoplifting crisis that’s killing local businesses — including by calling for the return of 1990s-style law enforcement.
— Read on nypost.com/2023/01/09/lawmakers-express-outrage-over-nycs-revolving-door-shoplift-crisis-thats-killing-local-businesses/

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Why not just put everything in vending machines? Like the old Horn & Harduts restaurants. Problem solved. (I remember buy food with a fist full of nickels!)


HEALTH: “The Jab” seems to have cause this 79 year old to die prematurely


A Case Report: Multifocal Necrotizing Encephalitis and Myocarditis after BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccination against COVID-19
by Michael Mörz
Institute of Pathology ’Georg Schmorl’, The Municipal Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Friedrichstrasse 41, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Vaccines 2022, 10(10), 1651; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10101651
Received: 31 August 2022 / Revised: 25 September 2022 / Accepted: 27 September 2022 / Published: 1 October 2022

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adverse Events of COVID-19 Vaccines)

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The current report presents the case of a 76-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who died three weeks after receiving his third COVID-19 vaccination. The patient was first vaccinated in May 2021 with the ChAdOx1 nCov-19 vector vaccine, followed by two doses of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine in July and December 2021. The family of the deceased requested an autopsy due to ambiguous clinical signs before death. PD was confirmed by post-mortem examinations. Furthermore, signs of aspiration pneumonia and systemic arteriosclerosis were evident. However, histopathological analyses of the brain uncovered previously unsuspected findings, including acute vasculitis (predominantly lymphocytic) as well as multifocal necrotizing encephalitis of unknown etiology with pronounced inflammation including glial and lymphocytic reaction. In the heart, signs of chronic cardiomyopathy as well as mild acute lympho-histiocytic myocarditis and vasculitis were present. Although there was no history of COVID-19 for this patient, immunohistochemistry for SARS-CoV-2 antigens (spike and nucleocapsid proteins) was performed. Surprisingly, only spike protein but no nucleocapsid protein could be detected within the foci of inflammation in both the brain and the heart, particularly in the endothelial cells of small blood vessels. Since no nucleocapsid protein could be detected, the presence of spike protein must be ascribed to vaccination rather than to viral infection. The findings corroborate previous reports of encephalitis and myocarditis caused by gene-based COVID-19 vaccines.

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It would seem, that unless an autopsy is done, there is no way to be sure.  

I wonder if this too is being suppressed in the name of Big Pharma profits.



GUNS: Seems necessary use of force to protect the resident


Alleged Intruder Enters Home Through Window, Gets Shot Dead
AWR Hawkins3 Jan 202396

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An alleged intruder entered a Lake County, Florida, home through a window Monday and was shot dead by a person inside the house.

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Baring further evidence, it seems that this is a sad but necessary outcome.

Hard to imagine this is his first attempted break in.

While I’m pro-life, I think this is the best possible outcome  — only the bad guy pays.


POLITICAL: Yet another case for no death penalty and punishing police misconduct


New Evidence Unearthed by Podcasters Frees 2 Men Wrongfully Imprisoned for 25 Years
By Andy Corbley – Dec 29, 2022 

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Two men wrongfully-imprisoned for more than two decades were able to spend Christmas with their families after a podcast and non-profit advanced evidence of their innocence.

Darrell Lee Clark and Cain Joshua Storey were just teenagers when they stood trial for a murder of their 15-year-old friend he died of gunshot wounds at a party in 1996.

Clack had all the charges against him dropped after a motion for a new trial was field on his behalf by attorneys from the Georgia Innocence Project. He was released Thursday along with Storey.

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The details go like this. At a party, 15-year-old Brian Bowling shot himself in a game of Russian Roulette with a gun allegedly provided by Storey. Manslaughter was to be the original charge, but Bowling’s distraught family urged for the charge to be stiffened to murder, and charged Clark who had a corroborating alibi of his absence from the whole situation, in a conspiracy to murder.

The Proof podcast hosts interviewed the party hostess, who admitted that the police had coerced her into making false statements regarding Clark and Storey’s testimony. The second witness was a hearing-impaired man, and Simpson and Davis got him on record as not being able to separate the Bowling murder details with a very similar case from ten years later in 1976.

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The “death penalty” eliminates any chance of rectifying an injustice.

The police coerced a false statement; they should be punished severely.

Qualified immunity is a joke.  I’m sure all involved are enjoying their pensions. 



VOCABULARY: Thoughtcrime (George Orwel 1949)


Thoughtcrime is a word coined by George Orwell in his 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It describes a person’s politically unorthodox thoughts, such as beliefs and doubts that contradict the tenets of Ingsoc (English Socialism), the dominant ideology of Oceania. In the official language of Newspeak, the word crimethink describes the intellectual actions of a person who entertains and holds politically unacceptable thoughts; thus the government of the Party controls the speech, the actions, and the thoughts of the citizens of Oceania.

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Are You A “Thought Criminal”?