The Dynamics of Mob Mentality…and Going Along

“In mob dynamics one might distinguish five roles. First there are the instigators, loudly pointing at the victim, egging on the rest of the crowd, and defining who shall be the sacrificial victim. Second are the enthusiastic accomplices, who happily act on the instigators’ accusations. Third, there are the people who just go along with it, assuming that what everyone seems to be doing must be right. Fourth are those who are skeptical, but seeing that no one speaks up think that either they themselves are mistaken, or that it is futile or dangerous to do anything. Fifth are those who do speak up or otherwise oppose the will of the mob. If they are few, they become the next victims, confirming the fears of the fourth group.”

“This is the social pattern that fascists and despots ride to power. It can be broken only when enough people are brave enough to defy the mob.”

Charles Eisenstein

Or perhaps, as in the case of Nazi Germany, when enough forceful, violent power is brought to bear from the outside so as to completely destroy the society.

Eisenstein has laid this out fairly well, but I take issue with point #3.

There are those who do go along with the crowd, but the assumption that they do so because they think that the mob mentality is right is, in my opinion, a faulty argument. They may, probably do, understand that the narrative is wrong, but because they have no moral strength in themselves to resist, they simply cooperate. It is easier to drift with the current than it is to swim against it. Even if they know that a catastrophe awaits ahead, they will do nothing at all to avert it. This group makes up the greatest part of any society and it is this group which the Instigators must capture to win their own battle. The deed is done by striking fear into them via the use of Enthusiastic Accomplices, those who will gladly do anything they are told (or allowed) to, no matter how vile it is.

The only thing which will (might) bring these people out of their self-imposed torpor is the smash-up at the end of the run. I am not even sure, however, that this is the case. It is entirely possible that they will only shift their support from one narrative, one Dear Leader, one Messiah, to another in the hope that they can continue to survive without developing any strong character or resolve. They are, after all, only faces within a mob, terrified to be seen as different.

It takes an incredibly strong person to stand against the tide of public opinion. Most people never achieve such power, but will take the easy way out by blending in with the crowd. It is easy to “do the right thing” when you are in agreement with the people you associate with. When you advocate for something which goes against the grain of the society or culture, though, it is much more difficult. If you do, the crowd will turn on you. Cancel culture is nothing new. It has been this way throughout the ages.

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”

–Robert F. Kennedy

Perhaps Jesus Christ was referring to this aspect of society when He spoke these words, only paraphrased slightly,

“…Broad is the super-highway that leads to destruction and many there be who travel on it.”

–Matthew 7:13

Go Woke, Get Broke–Rugby Style

It was bound to happen.

“At least one sport has had enough of the transgender charade, wherein biological men have been routinely decimating biological women in their sports. Across the pond the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League has announced a new policy that bans transgender women – also known as biological males – from playing female rugby, according to Sky Sports. Last week the RFU Council and RFL Board approved the policy, with the RFU Council voting in favor of the new gender participation policy for rugby union in England, beginning in the 2022/23 season, by a vote of 33 to 26. Two people abstained.”

I recently wrote that, in my opinion, the leftward, progressive swing of the pendulum has reached its zenith and has now started to move back in the opposite direction. American society, in general, has had enough of abortion on demand, repeated attempts at gun control, corporate ownership of government, economy, and narrative, and constantly expanding avenues of “wokeness”. The RFL ruling in Great Britain is only one more example that people are starting to wake up and wipe the shit out of their eyes, to see clearly for the first time in decades that certain courses of direction are disastrous, especially for the weaker among us. In the highlighted case, those weaker persons would be female. (This statement is, of course, blasphemous to the “morally superior” crowd and should elicit condemnation and cancellation, except that I am not well-known publicly. Therefore I probably will not suffer any substantial adverse reaction. If any.)

Let’s face it, folks. Women, (the smaller and physically weaker sex), are simply not capable of going head-to-head with full-grown men (the larger and physically stronger sex) in a rugby scrum. Neither can they hold their own in the line-up of a football team, pro-wrestling, or swimming when they are competing directly against men. Common sense knows this. Unfortunately, common sense has been thrown out the window when it comes to the ludicrous notion that there are no innate differences between the sexes (there are only two). Progressivism would have us believe that we only have to pass legislation and force people to accept “change” in order to completely override and destroy age-old customs which have survived the test of thousands of years…and proven worthy.

Men are men and women are women and never the twain shall merge. Or diversify, to be truthful.

I find it amusing is that, for at least a century, women have argued vigorously, vehemently, and sometimes violently, that they were equal to men AND that they could do anything which men do, equally well and quite possibly even better. They are now discovering, in so many ways, that they have been wrong and their efforts misguided. Women certainly cannot play rugby in the same capacity as men. In this, (and many other areas cropping up), they are now demanding that they be protected from men and in many situations, that protection must come as the result of men taking action on their behalf. It is ironic that the efforts of the last century are now starting to bear the poisoned fruit of countless lies–told and believed, beginning with this one.

Horrors, I know, but reality bites.

In the physical scrum of rugby, when women are competing on the same field as men, “Get Woke, Get Broke” (slightly paraphrased) is going to apply to many of them. Fortunately, attitudes are beginning to revert back to more accepted norms.

Weeping, Wailing, and Gnashing of Teeth

I have resisted the urge to write about the Supreme Court decision overturning its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and returning the issue of regulating abortions back to the states, but a recent article on the Unz Review by Ted Rall convinced me to put in my two cents. Rall occasionally writes something which borders on common sense (which proves that even progressive shills can be right sometimes), but this article is shot through with hysterical shrieking about the number of women who are going to die due to onerous regulations imposed outlawing and prohibiting the sordid, murderous practice known as abortion on demand. He is not alone.

In his unhinged rant, Rall repeats many of the same lies and distortions of the rabid abortionist agenda without any attempt at rationality, such as,

“Some abortion bans are so sweeping that the procedure isn’t permitted even in case of a miscarriage, which can lead to fatal sepsis unless the fetus is removed.”

Right! Show me the law in any state which forbids the removal of the remains of a miscarried fetus which is already dead. Fact: there are none and there never will be.

“Women are going to have to die hard, ugly, public deaths.”

Unlike the unborn children who die hard, ugly, private deaths until the news becomes public.

“Cops routinely murder Black men on video yet the police remain woefully undefunded. Women’s deaths may be like that, piling up with nary a “thought and prayer” for a generation or more until the United States rejoins the developed world and restores Roe.”

You would think that after the last two years of cities defunding police departments to mollify hard-left activists and woke “journalists”, even someone as committed as Ted Rall would see the light about the cause of most black deaths, i.e., self-imposed street killings by undisciplined young men in their own neighborhoods. Well, I would think that, but then I am not a senseless liberal progressive who makes excuses for bad behavior.

On the other hand,

“We the people won’t act, either. Now that Roe is no more, look at what has happened in the streets: nothing, unless you count a few sporadic, easily ignored, low-attendance protest demonstrations. Abortion-rights groups like NARAL are still fundraising, not mass-mobilizing.”

Ahhh! The light dawns. Welcome to the real world, Mr. Rall. This is a done deal and all that the pro-abortion lobby is doing to amend the situation is to raise more money, much of which will go into someone’s own personal pocket. The reality is that abortion on demand, like BLM, trans-genderism, and homosexual approval, has always gone against the grain of a huge swath of American citizens who are finally beginning to exercise control over these issues and many others like them. Just beginning, mind you, but when the building tsunami of common decency, moral character, and righteous indignation breaks on the shore of public opinion, all these will be swept away without mercy, allowing a new social mentality to take over and influence the world in a much better way. You can only push people so far.

Every extreme position, bar none, will eventually meet more resistance than it can overcome. When it does, there is nothing left to do except to face reality and accept that you have lost. Of course, you can waste your time, energy, and resources trying to regain the initiative and the day. In the case of abortion on demand for any reason, Ted Rall and his ilk are left with no recourse except to live within the boundaries of reality or to spend the rest of their lives complaining bitterly and waging a losing battle.

Pendulums only swing so far before they reverse direction.

We Want a King. Give Us a King!

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” — 1 Samuel 8: 4-7 (NKJV)

Eggs will be $12/dozen. Meat shortages coming this August. Well, maybe. Some variation of these predictions will undoubtedly play out, but I want to point out that people who make declarative statements about something happening in the future are often wrong and we should not be too quick to believe what they say…because they could be wrong.

That being said, we cannot entirely discount the warning either, ignoring it to our peril. Pooh-poohing the idea that the situation on the ground is fraught with danger, and refusing to do anything to alleviate what MIGHT come would be as stupid as buying wholesale into the entire gloom and doom mindset.

The times, they are a’changing. With respect to that, there is no question. The halcyon life of the “good, old days” has gone and will not be restored any time soon, maybe never. History does not repeat itself, at least not exactly, and what we knew (became accustomed to and believed to be “normal”) will continue to recede into the dusty past of our rear-view mirror. The future is definitely going to be different and I have no qualms about making such a declarative statement. You can ignore that if you want to. It’s your problem, not mine.

“For some years, I have closely observed food supplies not just in groceries and farmer‘s markets, but also in local commodity distribution (the government buys from large farmers and gives these commodities to schools for their heavily subsidized breakfast/lunch programs, senior citizen centers, and others on government assistance); private, church, and government food pantries, and other government and private assistance programs in my county.”

“The news is grim. The government is now giving back less to the citizens.”

— Southern Catholic Mom

The word, government, shows up five times in the space of these two paragraphs. Perhaps without meaning to (although it may be intended), the author has zeroed in on the reason why we are in our current situation and decries what is happening without ever getting to the root cause of the problem and laying out the solution for getting out of the mess we find ourselves in.

That phrase, “The government is now giving back less to the citizens“, can be taken in at least two ways. The government is not giving back as much as it used to. The government is now taking more from the citizens than they are giving back. It doesn’t matter which, if either, is correct. The good citizens who trusted the government to make their lives better are now on the short end of the stick and their situation is not likely to change any time soon.

Who is to blame? This question must be answered if there is to be any chance of improvement. Of course, virtually everyone will have their own favorite “whipping boy”, someone or some group to point at and ascribe blame to. Democrats. Republicans. Progressives. Liberals. Conservatives. Socialists. Nazis. Transgenders. Trans-national corporations. Whites. Blacks. Russians. Immigrants. Welfare bums. Abortionists. Donald Trump. Bill Gates. And on, and on, and on, and on, and…well, you get the point. Or ought to.

In the end, though, there is only one person to blame for the mess we are in and it is not Joe Biden or Vlad the Putin. No, the culprit lives a little closer to home and you see him (or her) in the mirror every single morning. That’s right. You are to blame. I am to blame. We are to blame. There is no getting around it and the best thing to do is to admit it, change the way we think about government, and get on with the business of living life the way it was meant to be lived–freely and responsibly.

1 Samuel 8 tells the story of how the people of ancient Israel clamored for a king to rule them so that they could be like the neighboring countries. Apparently, they did not appreciate the freedom they already had and decided they would rather place themselves into bondage to a government, all for the purpose of “keeping up with the Joneses”, so to speak.

The prophet, Samuel, did not mince any words about what the king would do to them, but he was flogging a dead horse. They had already made up their minds and nothing he could say would dissuade them, so he gave them a king who proceeded to do everything to the people which they had been warned about. By the time they recognized it and wanted relief, however, it was too late.

“And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” — 1 Samuel 8:18

Your king. The one you chose for yourselves. The one you begged to have. The one who promised to give you everything you wanted so you voted for him. Or her.

We, the People, live in a society in which nearly everything has been brought under the control of government. We are nearly completely dependent on this “king” for our protection, our sustenance, our health, even our very lives. The worst part of it is that the system we have built is the one we have built. Our king, which we chose for ourselves. Exactly the way we wanted it.

And there is no relief. God, no matter how many prayers we utter in anguish and heartache, is not going to hear us because we have not learned yet what it means to worship a false god. We are not likely to until we have been wrung out so there is nothing left to turn to — except God, Who has been there all the time, patiently waiting until we get our heads out of our collective ass and significantly change our ways.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

If. If we confess our sins. If we do not, then the forgiveness and cleansing will not happen.

How high will the price of eggs have to go before we learn?

Time: The Great Equalizer

This article by Walter Block posted on Lew Rockwell caught my attention this morning, so I wrote a short companion piece to it which is shown below. After you read it, think about the instances of long lines you are aware of or have been a part of and imagine if they would exist without government “assistance”. Probably not.

One of the hallmarks of communist societies is long lines. It is said that, in the Soviet bloc, if someone saw a queue anywhere, he would get in it because he assumed that there was something of value to be had at the end. He would line up even if he had no comprehension of what was being offered or whether the good or service was valuable to him or not.

The DMV in America today produces long lines of people just waiting, patiently or impatiently, to purchase the “service” DMV mandates. Hordes of bored bureaucrats function as gatekeepers to keep you in line, making sure that all of the protocols are followed and all of the paperwork is completed–before you are allowed to exit the queue and go about your own business. Maybe you’ve wasted a few hours of your valuable time. Who cares? That is the cost of “doing business” with the government.

After all, as everyone knows, freedom isn’t free.

Pendulums Eventually Reverse Direction

There are a number of things which have recently happened which make me believe that the power and authority of the US government has reached its peak and can advance no further without resorting to drastic authoritarian measures, up to and including blatant, brutal martial law. (Which we may get and which will NOT help the cause of the would-be controllers and may hasten their demise.) Coincident with this is the understanding that the radical, progressive left has also reached its zenith and is in danger of becoming irrelevant. The mood has shifted. The pendulum has reached its leftward extreme in socio-political life and is now swinging back the other way.

Think about it.

  1. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vs. Walt Disney Corporation. Five years ago, Disney would have scored an easy win. Today, they have lost their most-favored status, a truck load of financial worth due to stock devaluations, and the loss of many, many customers who are (and will continue) to boycott the company because of a polarizing stance which directly opposed the wishes and wills of a huge number of common, everyday people. People who only want what is best for themselves AND their progeny. Meanwhile, DeSantis is riding the wave of new-found popularity, which might actually carry him into the White House. We shall see.
  2. Roe v. Wade. A profound shift of direction from the Federal government toward the individual states. Unless Congress and Joe Biden can summon up what it takes to codify abortion on demand into law, this so-called “constitutional right” is dead at the federal level. From here on out, the states will have the say-so on this issue.
  3. The slapping down of a New York State gun control law in favor of the individual right to carry without having to justify a need for the permission. Despite the Congress and Biden, gun-control in this country is a mirage and, as the situation on the ground deteriorates, will become even harder to put into effect.
  4. The recall of San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin in a massively, lopsided vote. Turns out that the “woke” population of the city actually woke up and decided they needed a change of direction–that is, at least as far as criminal prosecutions and homelessness were concerned.

This list is far from comprehensive and maybe I am reading too much into it, but coupled with the Covid fraud, the inglorious departure from Afghanistan, the debacle unfolding in Ukraine, skyrocketing food and fuel prices, rapidly upward-adjusting inflation, and many more items, it is not hard to imagine that average Americans have had enough from their government.

Disappointing Results

Editor’s Note: Following is an article written by one of my acquaintances. It is his own opinion and not necessarily that of this blog.

Comments, as always are welcome within the parameters set forth in our Comment Policy.

Written by: Steve Finley

I’m afraid that we may have learned very little from the debacle of 2020 and the leftist’s push to take over this country and run it into the ground.  It is disheartening to see Trump not only pick a RINO like Katie Britt for the Georgia senate primary, but also for people to vote for her over a more established and trusted conservative like Mo Brooks.  First, let me say that I am Trump’s biggest supporter.  I literally have a shower curtain in my bathroom with the name Trump and him peeking out from the top corner.  I think it’s hilarious and I love it. 

For the record, I do understand that it’s about America and not about Trump, but he really did set the stage for the America First agenda.  I will always support Trump and his efforts to save this country, but I do question some of his picks.  Katie Britt is a good example.  The case has been made that she is a RINO and has received a great deal of “dark money.”  What’s more, she is supported by some democrats and by spineless Mitch McConnell, which should tell you everything you need to know about her.  In fact, McConnell put over $2 million in efforts to help her win the primary.

But Trump’s picks are just that, picks.  We don’t have to abide by them, although in many cases it may serve us well to do so.  That said, who gets into office is ultimately up to us.  However, Wednesday’s primary results cause me to lose a little hope.  In addition to voting for Katie Britt in Alabama, the people of Georgia shockingly voted to keep both Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp, men who proved to have no backbone and knowingly certified and supported a contested and fraudulent election while resisting all efforts to investigate the matter.  Yet, when given a chance to vote them out and clean house, people chose to keep them as candidates for the midterm elections.  We can do better than this.  We must do better if we want to save this great country of ours.

$40 Billion is a Lot of Money

Written below the separator is an actual comment I made in response to a posted article by Ted Rall on the Unz Review. You can see it here. Everything above the separator is introduction.

Rall attempts to make the case that the $40 billion appropriated by Congress to “support” Ukraine against Russia could be better spent domestically. He lists numerous items which could be paid for if only we spent that money at home instead of sending it abroad. However, nowhere does he question why Congress (or anyone else for that matter) should be able to simply grab that money and spend it. It is simply assumed that our Dear Leaders have the right and authority to do so.

I push back on that mentality and assert that no one, absolutely no one, individual or collective, can legitimately take what lawfully belongs to someone else and use it for their own purposes. This is a real problem in our modern world, but it is not unique to the present. Instead, it has been the M.O. for all of human history and it has always resulted in catastrophe for those who practice it.

I fully expect to receive blowback and negative responses. I do not care. When they arrive, I will respond to them in the best way I know how. In this, I am in full agreement with Gary Barnett’s declaration.

If my comments here seem disagreeable, or offend in any way, just remember, I don’t give a damn. I do not mean this disrespectfully, it is just that your thoughts are yours, and mine are mine. I have no time to waste worrying about what other’s think about me, what I believe, what I know, or what I write. If I were to spend my days wringing my hands over such nonsense, my entire life would consist only of worry over things of which I have no power to change; not that I would anyway. It is not that I do not have curiosity, compassion, or even agreement with some of the thoughts and ideas of others you see, it is simply that it makes no difference what you or I think about each other’s opinions, only that we are honest with ourselves.

$40 billion wish list! Make sure you get your own request in soon while there is still money left because the Gravy Train has almost run its course.

Considering that the only true function of government (if there is one) is to protect its citizenry from aggression, either foreign or domestic, there is nothing on that list which can be considered a legitimate expenditure. As nice as it sounds to promote the idea that our cats should be fed or that college students should be subsidized by the government, this is nothing more than the socialistic mindset that all of us should be forced to pay so that someone else can benefit from our own hard work. Whether we want to or not is irrelevant. Open your wallet, boy, so we can stick our hand into it. Oh, and by the way, we know exactly how much you should pay and who will benefit!

All of this, every bit of it, is predicated on one thing–that someone has the right to take what lawfully belongs to someone else and use it as they see fit. This can be boiled down to one word–theft. Most people participate in the system of Grand Theft willingly because they believe, deep down, that they really do have a right to the property of others and that it is only correct and proper that government redistributes that property so that “justice” is practiced. As long as I get what I deserve, who cares about the suffering of others who might be harmed by it?

Everyone wants their own piece of the pie and is actively engaged in making sure they get it by any means, fair or foul, regardless of who has to pay. Unfortunately, everyone has to pay and the bill keeps getting larger, resulting in ever louder screams for more government intervention to “right” the perceived wrong, which does nothing at all to improve the situation but only makes it worse. It is a constant downward spiral which eventually will end in disaster for the entire world in a very real way, and a new system will arise out of the rubble.

If there is anything or anyone left to come out of it.

Elijah and Joe Biden

Out of all the characters in the Old Testament, my favorite is the prophet Elijah, probably because I can identify with him in so many ways.

Elijah came out of nowhere–Tishbi. Today, this would be like saying he came from Wisdom, MT, just another wide spot in the road where a few buildings cling to a precarious existence. One day he showed up at the seat of government, marched right into the throne room of the palace, and told Ahab, the king, in no uncertain terms— “There will be no more rain in this land until I say so.” Then turning around, he walked out and disappeared. Apparently, the king’s security detail was out to lunch because they never laid a hand on him.

Imagine if a wild-eyed, bushy beard from Wisdom, dressed in his ragged, dirty coveralls entered the Oval Office of the White House and spoke to Joe Biden that way. Wow, what a ruckus! Heads would explode. Or roll. But it would get attention, probably splayed all over the news as a photographic example of what the people in “flyover country” look like.

Anyway, one year without rain. Two years. Three. Extreme drought everywhere. Widespread famine and starvation. Then, all at once, Elijah showed up again, this time with a challenge to the king and the people: “How long are you going to waver and dither between the truth and a lie? Make up your mind!” You know the story. 1 Kings, chapter 18. Confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Calling down fire from Heaven. Praying up the “mother of all rainstorms” to end the drought. Wow! What a guy!

You would think that after all of that, he would have been invincible, but when Jezebel, the queen, 105 pounds soaking wet, threatened him, he turned and ran like a terrified rabbit with a hungry fox right on its tail. Ran so fast even God couldn’t catch him…until he found a place he could crawl into and pull the rocks over his head. But when he quit running, God caught up with him and began a very interesting conversation with a question. “Elijah, what are you doing here?”

Now, maybe I am reading this badly, but I can imagine Elijah pouring it all out, clueing God in on just how bad the situation was, as if God didn’t already know. And at the end of his tirade, “Oh, BTW, I am the only one left that you can count on, and my life is over if that woman catches me.” Jezebel, that is, not Hillary, and I say that only to eliminate any confusion.

And I can imagine God’s answer to Elijah. “Why you little, miserable, arrogant pipsqueak! Who do you think you are anyway? I have thousands of people all over Israel that you have never heard of and don’t know anything about, so get over yourself, get out of here, and get back to work!”

How does this relate to us?

We’re in a bad situation today, just as Elijah was then. People everywhere are straddling the fence between freedom and slavery, unable to decide which is the better way. We need people who are not afraid to speak truth to power. To stand up against injustice and evil. To smack down the false prophets of Statism. To persuade the common everyday person to make up his mind about what is true. To perform even when the odds are overwhelmingly against you, even when it seems that you are struggling all by yourself.

The most important thing about this whole story is the last thing God told Elijah before he was sent back into the battle— you are not alone. We are not alone! Only God knows how many Americans there are, scattered all over this country who are preaching, believing, and living the same message we are. Millions, I am sure. Probably tens of millions, all of them simply doing the work they were sent to do. I am not alone. You are not alone. We are not alone. They are not alone. This fact should give us hope for the future and good reason to double down in our efforts to breathe free, to extend that principle of ‘…liberty and justice for all’, until it becomes true for everyone.

Face your freedom. Embrace life. Live without fear. Know the truth about yourself. Change the way you think and the way you act. Be free to speak the truth boldly and fearlessly. America and the world are waiting for you to get over yourself, get out of your own pity party, and get to work.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

False Flag: Ukraine Style

Lusitania. Pearl Harbor. Tonkin Gulf. Iraq, Saddam Hussein, mushroom clouds over American cities. 9/11 and Osama bin Laden. Covid

All of these have been used over the last century (107 years, actually) to manipulate and steer the American people into a war-fever, ready to take on the nation’s newest, latest, and greatest enemy, willing to die if need be for the cause of victory over evil enemies. Except for Covid, that is, and in that blunderful pitched battle, the people proved to do whatever they were ordered so that they wouldn’t die. Sad to say, many of them did and there is no telling how many more will succumb to “wounds suffered in the heat of battle’ (read, hypodermic shots) over the next few years. The fact remains, however, that the narrative of Covid was generated under false pretenses and only collapsed when the weight of lies became too much to hold up.

Now, we are struggling mightily to “stand with Ukraine” while the Fuhrer, er, President Zelensky fends off the evil Putin. If Zelensky can hold out for just a little bit more time, some of that $40 billion which Nancy Pelosi and crew are determined to throw his way (and which you are going to pay for) might actually find its way into his pockets. Some of it, that is, not a great amount, perhaps a few hundred million. The rest will be divvied up among other worthies including, but not limited to, arms manufacturers (Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, etc.), NGO’s who thrive on slush funds, foreign officials who keep the ball rolling in return for the payola, CIA, Pentagon bigshots, Israel, etc. Damned little of it will ever reach down the ladder as far as the schmucks who are on the front line, “…kicking and gouging in the mud, the blood, and the vodka.”

My sincere apologies to Johnny Cash for whom I have a great deal of respect. He would approve.

If you get your information from other than the “official” mouthpiece of the State, the MSM, then you might understand that Russia is grinding out a victory on the ground, one Azov battalion at a time, and looks to completely neutralize and destroy Ukraine’s ability to engage in aggressive actions for a long, long time. If that is true, then it might be time to bring out the biggest false-flag of them all so far…a suitcase sized nuclear device detonated in some mid-sized, no-name Ukrainian city, with the blame immediately cast on you-know-who. After all, when you are in a virtual state of war with someone as dastardly as Vlad Putin, nothing should be kept off the table, especially if you can use the occasion to whip the West and the rest of the world into a hysterical outrage seeking revenge. What difference does it make if the warheads start flying, creating real mushroom clouds over mega-cities world-wide? At least, we will be able to get rid of that “thorn in our side”, and depopulate the world of a few billion people at the same time.

Two birds with one stone, right? Now, that’s efficiency!

All right, then. Go ahead and call it a conspiracy theory. The problem with that head-in-the-sand attitude is that something like this might actually happen. It is not far-fetched to consider the possibility nor to imagine the consequences. We should be working to make sure that it doesn’t. One thing is certain: if the nuclear-tipped missiles really do start flying, all bets are off and life on Earth will never be the same.

That is, if life on Earth can survive at all.

There ought to be a law!

How many times have you heard that expression or even spoken it yourself? Invariably, every time someone uses it is because someone else has done something which the speaker disapproves of and would like to see legislated against, outlawed, prohibited, and punished.

I want to take a few minutes and engage you in a little introspective exercise. There is only one rule: Be honest with yourself. Absolutely, truthfully honest.

How many of you believe that you, personally, need government to control and order your life? I’m not talking about government controlling anyone else, only you. Do you need government to tell you how to live your daily life, while you are interacting with those around you, while you are conducting business? Do you need government to tell you to do what is right? If you do, then I would ask you to raise your hand high so that everyone else can see it. Do not raise your hand if you are able to govern yourself, but only if someone else must do it for you. Come on, now, let’s see those hands.

Hmmmm! That didn’t work so well.

OK, then, let me rephrase the question. What about the person next to you? Do you think he or she needs government to force them to do the right thing, to keep their emotions and actions in check? Please raise your hand. If the person next to you is your spouse, then you are excused from answering. We don’t need WWIII to erupt because you are being absolutely, truthfully honest. Discretion is the better part of valor.

OK, then, what about somebody on the far side of the crowd that you don’t like. Or maybe someone on the other side of the county who identifies with a political affiliation you don’t approve of? What about someone who lives in California? Mexico? Russia? Anywhere in the world? Do you think that they need to be governed, controlled, regulated, restricted, taxed, identified, harassed, jailed, or killed? Please, raise your hand. Put it right up there. You’re being honest now, aren’t you? Show everyone where you stand.

The fact of the matter is, that if I was to ask anyone, anywhere, these questions, they would respond in the same way. I, personally, do not need government. I, personally, do not need to be controlled. I can live my life responsibly in the way I should without outside interference or directive. But they do and I will do whatever I can to make sure that they get the government they need AND deserve.

One rule for me and another one for thee.

This, my friends, is hypocrisy. It is arrogant, proud, self-serving. It is visiting evil on others who have done no harm to you. It is an attitude which transcends borders. It is ubiquitous. It causes conflicts. It creates divisions. It must stop and it must begin with us.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi

We are all flawed human beings and are no different than anybody else in that respect. If we can govern ourselves, then we should be willing to admit that everyone else can govern themselves. Furthermore, if we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, then we ought to allow them the freedom and opportunity to govern themselves without any interference on our part.

Now, I will say that there are those who DO NOT control themselves and must be punished because they act aggressively toward others. However, it does not follow that because someone in south Detroit, Chicago, or Timbuktu shoots and kills someone else, that you must give up your gun rights. Does it? Instead, the proper response to this would be to charge the offender with murder and remove him from society in some way while leaving you alone to manage your own affairs. Right?

If this is true, then why shouldn’t this principle be applied across the board, to fit every situation in life? It could be if enough people were willing to live that way, but deep down inside all of us is the craving and desire to control others. If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that and then take the steps to overcome that evil within us. It would be a matter of simply adhering to that one-sentence bit of wisdom spoken 2000 years ago: “Take the beam out of your own eye before you try to take the speck out of mine.”

In fact, I am certain that one of the earliest recorded effects of sin, as a negative consequence of Adam and Eve eating the apple in the Garden of Eden, is that all of us have a deep-seated wish, a craving, a longing, to control everyone around us. Whether we admit it or not, each of us is guilty.

“To the woman, He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception. In pain, you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’” (Genesis 3:16)

Now, everyone has their own peculiar method of interpretation, so this could mean that she simply wants to be near him, either physically or emotionally, or both. It could mean that she wets her panties whenever she thinks about him. It could mean any number of things, but the best explanation I have ever seen is that she wants to control him and is unable to. Perpetual frustration. Ooooh! That man!! Instead, within their relationship, he has the responsibility to keep her in check, difficult as that is at times. If this is true, then the result of taking one bite of an apple has been unceasing conflict between men and women ever since, both trying to rule and control the other, both trying to gain the upper hand.

According to the New Testament and the Christian religion, Jesus the Christ restores us to the ideal of Eden, definitively at salvation, progressively throughout our life, and finally at our graduation into His presence at death. If this is true, then one of the things which are restored is that desire to control others. The attempt to control, to rule, to order stems from a flawed, twisted nature which is corrected through Christ. Man’s selfish nature sets up governments everywhere, not to control himself, but to control others. Jesus sets us free to control ourselves and, paradoxically, the closer we come to the truth of this matter, the less we have need to control others.

Musk, Twitter, and Skepticism

Elon Musk takes over Twitter and the entire universe explodes–either in agony or in ecstasy. Wait just a minute now, though, and think this thing through. There are a few things to consider.

  1. Musk wins his gamble and turns Twitter into a huge soapbox of utterly uncontrolled free speech. Everyone benefits except those who want to control the narrative by controlling everyone else. He is seen as a savior by those who support him and as a devil by those who don’t.
  2. Musk loses his gamble and has to admit defeat publicly. The enormous forces who do not want free speech are arrayed against him in a unified effort to block him from bringing back the soapbox. He is seen as a failure by those who defeat him and a victim by those who desperately wanted him to succeed.
  3. Musk is only play-acting and the whole venture is just another scripted scene in the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy of the super-elite Ubermenschen to subjugate the entire world to their rule. He is seen as a fraud.

Savior. Failure. Fraud. Have I left anything out?

Color me skeptical.

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent take on this. In an interview with Tucker Carlson, he explains why the odds are stacked against Musk and why we should not rush to judgement one way or the other. The fact is that Musk has always been a part of the immensely wealthy world and he has never shown any consistent dedication to the cause of human liberty and free speech. Why now? Has he, like some religious zealot who has just ‘found Jesus’, suddenly converted to a different, more exciting, belief system about which he cannot keep quiet? Or is there something else which we are not being told?

Color me skeptical.

I can imagine the possibility that this is nothing more than a carefully scripted act in the ongoing drama which is rapidly approaching the ‘final curtain’. Of course, the same thing could be said about Putin and the war in Ukraine, which erupted seemingly out of nowhere even though the lines were written and played out meticulously long before the first shots were fired.

Remember how, just two years ago, virtually every government rushed to trot out and enact the party line about C.O.V.I.D., with only a few isolated small-time exceptions (Was Sweden a bit actor in the play?), proving that it was possible to manipulate public opinion from one single vantage point? Remember how quickly the scam (scandal, scheme, shit-show) was scrapped overnight and the world’s attention was diverted by the invasion of Ukraine two months ago? Is it so hard to rationalize that the Western powers-that-be have taken action to create another sensational headliner to distract the masses now that Putin seems to have gained the upper hand and has Europe by the throat (pay for your natural gas in roubles or go without and freeze to death)?

In my opinion, C.O.V.I.D. happened because the ‘dear leaders’ saw an opportunity to consolidate extreme power over their own populations and advance the cause of total control. In this, they acted in concert. However, these people, wealthy, powerful, knowledgeable, influential, are still flawed human beings and, as such, are susceptible to the same conditions as everyone else. They are greedy, proud, arrogant. They make mistakes. They wage war, not only against the peons and plebeians, but also against each other. This last may be the most important thing to keep in mind. They wage war against each other! Their intense desire to be the top dog, the King of the Hill, is their Achille’s Heel, the one thing which will always and forever be their weakness by which they can be defeated. Which may or may not explain Ukraine and Putin’s gamble.

Statue of Achilleas Thniskon (Dying Achilles) at the Corfu Achilleion.

In the end, they all work for and are subject to the unseen king of the dirt pile–Satan, the ultimate power-hungry, attention-craving, insanely jealous madman, who is willing to destroy everything, including himself, in order to get his way. As such, they appear to be successful, but in the end, like their ‘dear leader’, they will fail as well.

“I will build My Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” –Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18)

Whether Elon Musk wins, loses, or is exposed is trivial to this.

Freedom’s Just Another Word…

When I was growing up, in a more innocent time, I often heard Janis Joplin reminiscing in her own peculiar way about Bobby McGee. Can you hear it? “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” In other words, after you have lost everything else, probably including your life, then you are free. Well, what would you expect from a person who worked for Big Brother and the Holding Company?

As much as I love that song, I have to say that Joplin’s philosophy was wrong. Freedom does not come about through the loss of everything. Instead, everything that you have, everything that you are, everything that you can be comes through the doorway of freedom. Freedom is the beginning, not the end. Everyone is born free, with all the capabilities, capacity, and potential that God infused into them at the very beginning of life, nine months earlier. No one is born a slave. Freedom is given to us by God as an inherent part of human life and cannot be dislodged from its position. 

From the moment of birth onward, however, freedom is degraded, assaulted, and infringed on by others. “Do as I say. Don’t do that. It’s the law. Submit. Comply! I have a gun and you’re the target. I’m from the government and I’m here to help you. Society says!” And on and on and on.  Throughout life, we are constantly bombarded with messages that we do not own ourselves, but that someone else has a claim over one aspect or another of our health, wealth, and happiness. This is not freedom. It is bondage and we revel and glory in it because we compare ourselves with others around the world who are also in bondage, deluding ourselves into thinking that because we are allowed to live a certain way, we are free. Relatively speaking, we might be, but the fact remains that we still live in a state of bondage…to someone, in some way. America might be the freest country on Earth, as some assert, but that does not mean we are free.

We need to rise above this and change the way we think!

Most people believe that governments main reason for being, raison d’etre, is the protection of its citizens. Look at America today, though. Would you say that OUR government is protecting us? Compare our situation with that of America in 1782, immediately after the colonies broke free from Great Britain. How did those people survive and prosper without a huge, intrusive, overbearing, oppressive government telling them every move to make and “keeping them safe”? They were orders of magnitude freer than we are today, and they throve on the opportunity to reach for their potential, building a civilization and society that was the envy of the rest of the world…until it wasn’t. Today, America is viscerally hated in many parts of the world and, contrary to George W. Bush and his warmongering hordes of “christian” worshippers, it is not because we are free!

What, then, is freedom? More than anything else, freedom is potential and the liberty to become what we were created to be. Freedom is the ability to live the way we wish, the way we see fit, without interference from others, with only one qualification—we cannot use our freedom to control or restrict someone else in their own quest to reach their potential. We cannot use our freedom to unilaterally harm others. We cannot initiate aggression against someone else.

This concept takes the idea of freedom out of the legal realm into one of morality. It is a moral concept, dating back to the very beginning of humanity. “Thou shalt not steal!” thunders the eighth commandment and this prohibition is not restricted to physical properties but can be extended to every area of life. Anything taken from someone by force, fraud, or violence is an act of theft which transgresses against another’s freedom and is strictly prohibited.

Even more so, freedom is a spiritual issue. As spoken by Jesus Christ, “you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” What is truth? Five things, certainly not exhaustive.

  1. We are all created in the Image of God, Who is the very definition of freedom.
  2. We have the capacity and responsibility to control ourselves. Self-control is inherently part of man’s nature, and we are expected to adhere to it.
  3. We can take the beam out of our own eyes, so that we can see clearly to remove the speck out of another’s. This requires honest, consistent, and willing self-examination.
  4. We can love our neighbor as we do ourselves—if we want to.  
  5. We can give and receive freely. The principle is that whatever we give to others eventually comes back to us, with interest, in good measure, pressed down, and running over—whether good or evil.

This is instructive. IF we love our neighbor as we do ourselves, then we will not attempt to control his actions or lifestyle BECAUSE we do not want our neighbor to control our actions and lifestyle. Neighbor, of course, means anyone in the world, not just those who live across the street or the person beside you. The problem with this is that we tend to believe that I do not need government to tell me how to live, but that my neighbor does. And, I’ll bet, that if I asked your neighbor whether he or you needed government, he would quickly say that he does not, but that you do. Repeated ad infinitum around the world. I do not need to be regulated, controlled, nor governed, but everyone else does, especially those I do not agree with or those I dislike. I control myself properly, but no one else does, therefore government must control them. Not me, them, and I know just the way it ought to be done. To paraphrase a popular saying, “I’m righteous and I vote.”

“Be the change you want to see in the world”, Gandhi is reputed to have said, and that advice holds true in this argument. We cannot lift other people up if we are constantly beating them down. We cannot love our neighbor as we should if we are constantly trying to control his behavior and actions. We cannot be free in our own lives if we refuse to allow others to be free.

Freedom is not free. There is a cost. That cost, which grates on and irritates so many people, is that we must give up all claims to control, regulate, govern, punish, or destroy those who want to live their own lives peacefully. Freedom does not originate from a set of rules. It is not granted by government. It begins, instead, with each individual person living out what is right and true in a spirit of love for all mankind.

The choice is ours to make. Think about it.

Changing of the Narrative: From Bad to Worse

What a difference one month makes!

Thirty days ago, Russia was still on its own side of the border with Ukraine. The main attention-getter was the Canadian trucker’s convoy in Ottawa. C.O.V.I.D was still in the news but showing definite signs of fading.

Today, there is nothing at all about the convoy or its little sister in the USA (which hasn’t gained much traction or exposure), either in the news or in Washington, D.C. The relentless hysteria about the pandemic has suddenly disappeared and mandates are dropping like flies, including the “mask mandate” at Missoula County Public Schools although the outgoing superintendent, Rob Watson, thinks that individual schools in the district should be able to impose them without board approval–parents be damned!

Instead, the nearly unanimous focus of the news has suddenly shifted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In many countries around the world, especially in the West, Vladimir Putin has become arch-enemy #1, unseating the pandemic from its secure perch of the last two years by simply signing a document and nodding his head, giving the green light to his generals. (Anthony Fauci was abruptly displaced, left in the dust and rubble of his own making, and went into self-imposed exile, trying to figure out what happened and how to make a comeback which he attempted on March 15. Strategically, though, he also made plans for his future in case the comeback failed, which it apparently has. May the door hit you in the ass, Mr. Fauci, as you walk through it!)

If you are awake and alert, you would have noticed how seamlessly the narrative shifted direction, like a well-trained basketball team acting as one after an unexpected steal. It is almost as if the media suddenly became aware that the pandemic had worn out its welcome and a new threat to world peace, wealth, and well-being had arisen, personified by the New Hitler, Vlad Putin. Of course, remembering the incessant mantra, “Russia, Russia, Russia”, of the last six years, it is not difficult to understand why so many people could immediately pounce on the concept and start flogging it to death.  

The drums of war are beating loudly, in unison, across the world. Unlike the recently deceased “existential crisis” of the C.O.V.I.D. pandemic, the current fracas in Ukraine and the West’s response to it might prove to be truly fatal, considering how both the US and Russia have enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons in reserve, just waiting for someone to make the decision to pull the trigger, as Harry Truman did against Japan at the end of World War II.  Unlike Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fallout from such a move could easily and irrevocably become the end of all civilization, not to mention life on Earth.

Thirty days is all it took to transition from a supposedly life-threatening crisis to one which is horribly real.

God help us all.

The Hypocrisy of Conservative Covidism

In many “conservative” circles, the belief exists that the Republican party and its camp followers are the party of small government and the politicians elected have our best interests at heart. For those who subscribe to this notion, I have one question. How do you explain this?

In America, we have two major parties which control everything and numerous smaller ones which want to control everything. The major ones are zealous in keeping their grip on power and will do anything to maintain that status, as would the smaller ones if they were able. The accepted model is one or the other of the two main parties holds the governor’s seat, the Senate, and the House (a trifecta of power) or there is divided government in which they share power.

As it stands right now, in seven states (Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming), the Republican party owns the trifecta. Logically speaking, if “conservative values” are the core of the Republicans, then it would seem these states would have abandoned their emergency declarations and policies enacted during the C.O.V.I.D crisis long ago, yet this is not the case. All still operate under the rubric that the state’s citizens must be protected from the earth-shattering effects of this existential threat to humankind and that the Nanny State knows best.

Come on now! Really? Texas? Idaho, that bastion of freedom? Wyoming, where there are more cattle and prairie dogs than people?

Concerning the difference between the two main political camps, G.K. Chesterton wrote this little bit of wisdom more than 100 years ago when the growth of Big Brother was just getting started. I can only imagine what he would have to say about the situation today.

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus, we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.”

This explains in a nutshell why the growth of government has relentlessly advanced and human liberty has been diminished between then and now. The liberals, progressives, and “forward-thinkers” conjure up things which need to be regulated, controlled, and taxed. The conservatives and “rear-guard protectors of The Law” maintain those items as a matter of holding the line against any enemies, either domestic or foreign. Or viral, for that matter.

If conservatives and Republicans really were champions of small government, this impulse of stupidity would have never gotten traction in the first place, but since it did, there remains one question to be asked. Why in the name of all that is good and holy are these “traditionalists” still hanging onto, admiring, and defending the “ruins”, preventing the mistakes from being corrected? The only logical answer that I can produce is that they are hypocrites. They really do not believe what they espouse. RINO’s. More than likely, they have some vested interest in supporting the status quo.

This brings up another question. If the populations of these states are generally conservative, why haven’t they raised an uproar and thrown these rascals, scallywags, and thieves out wholesale? Would it be that they also have vested interests in maintaining the System, that is, because it will affect their own personal bottom line. BLM! Bottom Lines Matter!! Do not rock the boat or Grandma will starve to death!!!

Unfortunately, it is not only politicians who are hypocrites or RINO’s. People at the grassroots level ought to engage in an activity which most are not willing to do—bringing their stated philosophies and personal actions into a state of consistency. Without this happening on a large scale, we will continue down the road to perpetual slavery, serfdom, and bondage under the auspices of the Omnipotent, Omniscient God of modern humanity—the State.

State of the World: Dangerous, Desperate, Deplorable

OMG! What are we coming to?

Since the C.O.V.I.D. narrative has outrun its usefulness of shrouding the desperate state of modern politics and financial affairs, it was necessary for the powers that be (TPTB) to produce something else which would distract the populace from the looming, catastrophic breakdown and collapse.

“Voila! Ukraine!! That should do it. There ain’t nothing like a good war to refocus the attention of the suckers that pay our astronomical salaries. Go get him!” –Joe Biden, State of the Union, 2022

The order, “Go get him!”, was part of Biden’s speech, but he might as well have spoken the rest because wars have always been used as a means of “masking” (pardon the pun) the actions of desperate governments. Any thinking person ought to be able to put two and two together about the current situation which is growing more untenable by the hour. However, there is one silver lining–the C.O.V.I.D. existential crisis is past us, rapidly receding into the rearview mirror, never again to be resurrected…until TPTB need another reason to scare the “unwashed, deplorable serfs” shitless again so that they get back into line and quit resisting the proper authority which knows what is best for them.

OMG! This is frightening! How can we convince Pelosi and Harris to diaper themselves again so we do not have to actually see their smug, conniving faces? This can, however, also be seen as a good thing, since it brings out the truth that C.O.V.I.D. really is over. Now, if only the “sanitized, compliant serfs” could be convinced to stop their own virtue-signaling as well. Bare faces matter! There simply is no need to try to maintain the charade any longer except to protect those who perpetrated the hoax and are complicit in the absolutely criminal action.

Nevertheless, we appear to have jumped from the frying pan into the fire, because what is occurring in Ukraine right now does have the potential to develop into an actual existential crisis…for all of us, not just those whom TPTB have designated “enemies”.

Artwork by William Banzai

There is only one way to find our way out of both these oozing suppurations of manifest evil and it requires massive amounts of public action–loud, disciplined, committed, and dissenting.

After Covid, what next?

I wrote about this six months ago when it was not considered proper etiquette to declare victory, but then, I have never been one to limit myself because…manners.

The War on C.O.V.I.D, while it may linger on for a while, is essentially over and the forces of evil are running scared, doubling down to backstop the angry, determined masses of humanity which are assaulting their once impregnable positions. History may not repeat itself, as the saying goes, but it sure enough follows like patterns through cycles. This one reminds me of WW2 at the very end of Nazi Germany when the Soviet juggernaut was storming the gates of Berlin and Adolf Hitler was preparing to blow his brains out.

However, even though we may have survived this bout with evil and emerged stronger, wiser, and more unified against it, there will be something else to take its place–something which will have a bigger impact on all of us and which might destroy a large part of what passes as civilization today, because evil never sleeps. It would be naïve in the extreme to think that things are going to revert back to “normal” as we knew it before 2020.

The question before us then is this. What is going to happen? Well, as it happens, I recently made a series of predictions here and this is only one possibility, but it is beginning to play out on the ground right now. See here and here for confirmation.

“Russia and NATO will “stare each other in the face” over Ukraine. NATO will blink and be forced to back down, further damaging its already tattered reputation around the world.”

Of course, NATO might not blink and we will be involved in a shooting war before Winter 2022, barely six months from now. There is the possibility that a banking collapse will commence first and accelerate the rush to mortal hostilities. Perhaps more likely is that Russia’s move into the Donbas and subsequent inability by the US government and its puppets in NATO and Ukraine to dislodge it will cause a major downward spiral in the stock market and financial sectors, resulting in the afore-mentioned banking collapse. Regardless of how it plays out, if anything even remotely close to that happens, all of us who live in the “civilized” West are in for a rude awakening.

It is simply not enough to entertain the idea that because it is “over there”, we do not have anything to worry about. That naivete can be answered in just a few words–hypersonic missiles and nuclear warheads, which may start flying. Who can guarantee that they will not and this whole sorry mess will be resolved peacefully? Not even God Himself will touch that!

For all those who have drunk the Kool-Aid propaganda about Russia from the establishment media and war-mongering politicians, let me remind you that the US has invaded and waged war on many, many sovereign countries since the end of WW2, every one of them without the legality demanded by the US Constitution–that Congress declare war. For instance, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, Libya, Serbia, et al. Even now, without any formal declaration, the US has troops in two Syrian districts illegally, supposedly to protect the region against an uprising of ISIS, but Donald Trump let the cat out of the bag when he said that it was all about the oil. We were there to take the oil and are still there, taking the oil. In direct defiance of the Constitutional clause and international law, but, hey, when you are the 800 pound gorilla, you do as you please and let the devil take the hindmost. Unfortunately, 1000 American troops are in harm’s way as a result of this policy.

The one major difference between Russia/Donbas and the previously mentioned American “interventions” is that Donbas is inhabited by a very strong percentage of Russian people, both culturally and linguistically. Since this is true, it is only natural that they should look to Mother Russia for aid and support in their struggle for autonomy from the totalitarian government in Kiev. It is only natural that Russia should back them up.

What is unnatural is that the US/UK/NATO has any legitimate business there at all and may find out to their consternation and grief that they “poked the bear” once too often.

We should be ready for anything.

The Suicidal Stampede is near its End.

You’ll have to forgive the animal metaphors. They fit.

James Howard Kunstler has compared the last two years to a wild stampede of buffaloes over a cliff, which has suddenly halted and is now being turned back in the other direction.

“The whopping untruths launched onto the people of Western Civ by their governments reformatted the brains of millions so badly that they shuffled obediently into a mass formation and ran over a buffalo jump. What a stampede it has been!”

“But suddenly, the remaining buffaloes are balking at the cliff’s edge, seeing the bodies pile up below. Some of the bulls have even turned the other way and started charging back across the darkling prairie at the creatures driving the herd with their klaxons of deceit.”

And, of course, there is the enduring myth of lemmings grouping together in large formations and committing suicide by jumping off cliffs or trying to swim across the ocean, which they really don’t do.
But the tale hangs on.

Then there are the sheep. You know, that cozy group who are so docile, submissive, and agreeable that they will do anything they are asked or told without raising a fuss about it, even if it means they are going to be shorn. Or worse.

Yeah, all of these have been used to describe the actions of large numbers of people during the last two years. All of them on the receiving end of the stick. The lockdowns. The masks. The job losses. The bankruptcies. The social splintering. The separation from dying parents. The jabs. The blatant lying. The narrative shifts. The unexplained deaths, now rising rapidly. And they just take it in stride as they are piling over the cliffs regardless of others trying to warn them of the danger.

Since we are on the subject of animals, I might just as well bring up another species–rats. As in, rats deserting a sinking ship. As in, specifically the rats who deliberately drove that ship onto the rocks. That ship known as Covid, which is taking on water faster than all the oligarchs, governments, and media can bail it out. Those rats, sensing that the ship is going down, who are headed for the lifeboats, hoping to get in before someone notices they are trying to escape with their skin intact.

But there’s another metaphor I like better. It has to do with a dark room in which the rats do whatever they do until a switch is thrown and a bright light shines down on them. At that point, they forget it all and focus on only one thing–trying to find a way out of the light back into the darkness. It is actually quite hilarious to see them scrambling for the exits as fast as they can go. Unfortunately for them, the lights of truth are being switched on faster than they can run and, sooner or later, they are going to fetch up against a wall in which there are no ratholes to scurry through.

A lot of these rats are going to feel pain. Many of them are going to experience serious pain, as they should.

I am not a vengeful person, but it is absolutely necessary for the good of society, both current and future, that numerous persons who foisted this fraud on us are haled into a criminal court, hear the evidence against them, and are severely punished for their part in the show. It is time for honesty, brutal honesty, to appear in order to mitigate and bleed off the righteous anger which is bubbling just below the surface across the world. It is time for Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer, Mark Zuckerberg, Jacinda Ardern, Boris Johnson, et al., to confess their crimes against humanity AND finger the people behind the curtains who are the real string pullers. I will give Joe Biden a pass on one condition–that he finally speaks the truth about himself for once: “I didn’t have a clue and had no idea what was going on.”

There is only one thing which will heal what we have been through during the time of Covid: unvarnished truth and confessions of guilt from those who have tried to shove it down our throats.

Will that ever happen? Don’t hold your breath.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

COVID toll hits 3K

Except for technicalities like type font, this is what the headline at the top of the page of the February 1, 2022, Missoulian looked like. The article went on to explain that,

“Missoula County added 126 new COVID cases on Monday, bringing the active total to 3,303. Montana has surpassed 3,000 total COVID deaths, according to state data.”

OMG, we’re all going to die! Be Afraid!! BE VERY AFRAID!!!!

Now, I do not know if the 3K reference was to the number of persons who tested positive for Covid (you must take a test to know if you are sick), to the number of persons who have died statewide since the whole thing began two years ago, or to both. What is quite sure, though, is that this headline was presented to bolster The Narrative, which is visibly crumbling and disintegrating. True believers in the Cult of Covid will deny that this is happening, but everyone else can readily see it—if they have their eyes open. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

(Just to unpack this a little. There are nearly 1.5 million people living in Montana. Covid has been our nemesis for two years. This means that only 1, 500 people out of 1, 500, 000 (1 out of 1000) died from Covid in each of those two years. Assuming that the average lifespan is 80 years, then 1 out of 80 (37,500) persons would have died anyway in those years, probably including many of those who actually contracted the virus and perished as a result. 3000 vs. 37, 500. What the heck are they so afraid of?)

Of course, the Missoulian will claim that the article was only reporting the “facts” and they produced statistics to prove the point. In fact, most of the article was taken up with numbers and statistics, many of them generously provided by Missoula City-County Health Dept. officer D’Shane Barnett, who cannot keep his “facts” straight.

From the article cited.

“…Barnett told the Missoulian last week that since Nov. 1, the COVID death rate for unvaccinated individuals is roughly 4.3 times higher than for those who are vaccinated.”

Contrast this with an article which came out on February 06 about a rally in support of the Canadian trucker’s convoy against the “vaxxine” mandates, sponsored by Face of Freedom and Western Montana Liberty Coalition. As an aside, I was quoted, not unfavorably, in this article.

Feb. 06, 2022 Missoula, in support the Canadian Truckers

“The Missoula City-County Health Department recently released some statistics on the differences between unvaccinated residents and vaccinated residents.

For Missoula County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 during a 90-day period starting on Oct. 16 last year, unvaccinated people died from COVID-19 at a rate 15.45 times higher than their vaccinated peers.”

What the heck? In the space of 5 days, the ratio of deaths between jabbed and unjabbed individuals went from 1:4.3 to 1:15.45? This is almost as unbelievable as Stephen Hawking’s stated belief that the entire universe was once smaller than the smallest part of an atom. Almost, but not quite. Hawking, R.I.P., at least believed his religion and I respect him for that. Barnett is only spouting figures to promote his power-grabbing, political stance in favor of totalitarianism.

The obvious question here is which ratio is true. The bigger question is, if he cannot make up his mind, then why should anyone believe anything else that he says. I mean, roughly 4.3 (actual wording) is not anywhere close to 15.45 (actual wording).

Please do not tell me that I am taking things out of context. These are listed in the Missoulian and are available for anyone to see. Plainly, someone got their wires crossed. The short is smoking badly and fuses are tripping. Surely, Barnett could have done better than that. The reporters ought to get their stories to square. The editor ought to chew them out big-time. The paper ought to fire the editor.

Now, being the kind of person who tries to allow those of differing opinions to defend themselves when they make wild, inaccurate, off-the-wall statements like those above, I am more than willing to offer Barnett a chance to sort out the confusion and clarify this. If he can, which I doubt. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that he has nothing to go on and will only muddy the waters further. Of course, I could be wrong and might see his response posted on Missoula County Tyranny within the next week, but I expect that pigs will fly first.

Will the Missoulian look at this and post a retraction? “OOOOPS! Guess we blew that.” Somehow, I expect that pigs will fly first.

The End of Science or the end of “The Science”

“The purpose of science is to have rigorous debate about different hypotheses. I’ve never really experienced in my life where there was [sic] private telephone calls among scientists that had a decision on what position they would take collectively, and to see that position then published in a scientific journal like Lancet, to say that individuals that thought like myself, had a different scientific hypothesis, somehow had to be put down and viewed as conspirators, this is really antithetical to science.”

—  Dr. Robert Redfield, former CDC director

Aaaaaand…it’s gone!

Not the science which attempted to tell the truth about Covid, but The Science, as embodied in Anthony Fauci, which lied continuously from the beginning of the narrative, deliberately suppressing and denying anything which deviated from the “official” version of said truth. Truly, it is good to see the dissension within the formerly closed ranks of the ‘follow the science’ crowd.

Of course, this is all nothing more than we knew or suspected before, but the fact that so many distinguished, credentialed, and revered (maybe formerly revered) public officials are now tripping over their own feet to distance themselves from The Narrative shows that the whole Covid debacle is virtually on its last legs, perhaps even comatose. Certainly, it does not have the steam hot air it once did as the balloon is rapidly deflating. Like any good Whoopee cushion, it is also making some strange noises while doing so.

There are also opposing strange noises happening. For instance, see here for this comment and graph by Alex Berenson.  

(Note: I could not link the graph back to its source, so it can be argued that this is nothing more than ‘misinformation’ and that there is no truth in it. However, it came from somewhere and if it truly is erroneous, then it can be proven to be so. The flip side is that if it is accurate, then the “drug pushers” have some serious explaining to do.)

Nuremberg, Round II?

With the Covid narrative disintegrating visibly and resistance to it gaining traction everywhere, the question arises. What is going to happen to all those people who trusted in “The Science” and dutifully and obediently bared their arms for The Shot? If the graph is any indication, their misplaced faith may very well be in jeopardy, although it is quite certain that some will hold on to the bitter end, firmly denying that they were ever wrong.

As anecdotal proof of this mindset, I recently (Jan. 27, 2022) heard someone make a statement very like this. “…the shots do not prevent anyone from becoming infected, getting sick, or spreading the virus, BUT they do keep people from dying. Statistically proven.”

Can you believe it? The commenter is so saturated with ‘The Science’ that he believes getting jabbed with the Pfizer/Moderna/J&J/AstraZeneca cocktail will prevent death by Covid. Need I mention that he gets his (mis)information from such outlets (none of whom ever fabricate untruth) as, the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, etc., and all things progressive online.

Jonestown, Round II? Drink the Kool-Aid? Get out!!

This would be laughable if it was not so serious. What is funny (coincidental) is that when I was browsing the internet later that evening (literally a few hours later), I saw the graph shown below which directly contradicted the statement above. I guess my associate has never seen this or, if he did, chose to ignore it since it does not comply with his version of the truth.

Breakthrough deaths? What are those? Absurd! Fake news! Misinformation! Cancel that!! Suppress that!! Shut it down!!!

Any rate, life goes on and death comes to all of us sooner or later, whether we have been jabbed or not. It may come to us sooner IF we have been jabbed, but then again, it may not. However, I would not bet that the shot is going to keep me alive. Considering human nature and the fact that Big Pharma is raking in huge amounts of dough by peddling these “life-saving, soon to be mandatory shots and boosters”, I am not convinced.

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

Frying pan into the Fire: This is going to hurt.

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

~ Charles Dickens, from “A Tale of Two Cities”

I was born in 1958. Yeah, it has been a lively run.

~1960’s — Woodstock, Kent State, the moon shots, Robert F. Kennedy assassination, Charles Manson, and the sexual revolution. (Try as I might, I cannot remember JFK or the Cuban missile crisis.)

~1970’s — The OPEC oil shock, Watergate, the Iranian hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter, and the beginning of the Libertarian Party.

~1980’s — Disco, the can-do Reagan era, the stock market CRASH, and the accelerating migration of manufacturing from America to China.

~1990’s — The first Gulf war, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bubble, the Y2K scare, and losing my independence to a marriage vow in 1995 (still with the same woman).

~2000’s — The crash, 9/11, the resulting wars on “terror” (including the Patriot Act, an implicit war on Americans), the widespread adoption of the internet, the housing market bubble and subsequent near-catastrophic economic collapse.

~2010’s — Quantitative easing to goose the stock market support the economy, the gargantuan growth of government at all levels of society, the rise of the “woke” culture, Donald Trump, and the demonization of Russia.

All leading up to the first two years of the decade we now live in which has brought us, in no particular order, the explosive ballooning of the national debt via trillions upon trillions of “injected” dollars into circulation by the FED, the embarrassing military debacle and humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, “mostly peaceful, though fiery” riots, and last but certainly not least, Covid-19, which has engendered widespread submission to a false choreographed narrative, devastating lockdowns, “warp speed vaxxines”, near universal acceptance of virtually useless face masks, deep-seated fear on the part of an enormous slice of the general population, “Let’s go, Brandon!”, the visible collapse of legacy media, and massive loss of public trust in established institutions.

But, enough about that. The really important thing to think about is this. What is coming in the remaining part of the current decade which I (you) will live through?

Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Again?? Please God, I hope not.

“The drift into authoritarianism doesn’t always set off alarm bells. Citizens are often slow to realize that their democracy is being dismantled even as it happens before their eyes.” ~~ Steven Levitsky

“It can take a long period of suffering before an otherwise supine population refuses to continue submitting unquestionably to authority. But the longer the condition exists, the more oppressive the methods that the state uses to defer the inevitable crisis become. Until something finally gives.” ~~ Alasdair Macleod

“What we see here is a deeply dangerous loss of trust not only in government, but in everything, including tech, media, experts in general, and a growing cultural perception that truth is no longer accessible to us…We are living amidst the rising of information chaos, the late stages of what Robert Malone has called mass formation psychosis. Where it ends up cannot be known in advance, but that something is coming and will hit us very hard is no longer in doubt.” ~~ Jeffrey Tucker

“…something is coming and will hit us very hard…” “Until something finally gives.”

Compare the situation we are in with the image of a massive rubber band being inexorably stretched until it reaches the breaking point. Until it snaps at the weakest point and the entire status quo collapses into a new paradigm of reality. Until everyone is forced by circumstances to make adjustments, both personal and social, in order to survive.

About much of this, there is nothing that any single individual can do. It is going to happen. The rubber band is going to break. The “sins” of the fathers are being visited on the children and, whether the children like it or not, they are the ones who are going to pick up the pieces and attempt to put their lives back together again.

When a rubber band snaps, there is instantaneous pain and the amount of pain depends on how large the band is and how directly it hits any object in its trajectory. Will I be on the receiving end of that when the current state of affairs breaks? Probably, yes. Will you? Probably, yes. In fact, it is nearly certain that everyone, in some way or another, will suffer pain, hardship, and loss. Some more than others. Some will lose every material gain they have accumulated over a lifetime. Some, perhaps even myself, will die horrible deaths through no fault of their own.

(Unless you are the type of person Alabama sang about in their hit, Song of the South. “Somebody told us Wall Street fell, but we was so poor that we couldn’t tell.”)

Does any of that matter? Well, yes, in fact, it does, and people should take steps to protect themselves from potential harm. However, this is not the proper question to ask. Instead, it should be rephrased. Should the risk of trouble in the future prevent me from doing what is right and true in the present? Should I avoid confrontation with the evil around me in the hopes that I will not be harmed by it? Should I refuse to be a “hero” by keeping my head down? Should I avoid attention at all costs, even if it means that I say or do nothing when I see something which is not right?

When I was young, I believed that I would live to 100 years. My mindset has changed. Now, considering everything happening around me and my own slowly deteriorating physical health, I think I will be doing good to make it to my 70th birthday, now less than seven years in the future. That being said, I have lived in interesting times and I am looking forward to what the future brings (no matter what it brings, which is probably going to be different than anything I would engineer if I had the ability to shape it in more than a cursory way). Regardless, I intend to do what I can to influence my world positively AND I intend to die with my boots on, working and fighting for what I believe to be right and true.

“If you know what you should do and you refuse to do it, to you it is sin.” (paraphrased)

James 4:17

“A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children…”

Proverbs 13:22

How much more needs to be said?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: my predictions for 2022

OK, so who said life had to be serious all the time?

Recently I proposed an exercise to a small group of people I associate with, in which I said that we should attempt to predict what will happen in 2022. It was meant to be fun and also to stimulate creative thinking. The predictions would be written down, stored in a secure place, and opened in early 2023 to see which were the most accurate. The rules were simple–The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The first two, Good & Bad, would be focused on human actions while Ugly would be limited to catastrophic events originating from natural disasters.

Incidentally, while compiling my list, I came across a similar one by Quoth the Raven, which had his own predictions for 2022, with this disclosure.

 “…void of all analysis and disclaiming any and all guarantees that I have any idea what I’m talking about…these are nothing more than wild-ass guesses, for fun, of what I think the coming year could bring…This list is for fun only – and is all opinion only.” [emphasis original]

The title claimed to show 100 predictions, but the author added this line, “…contained herein are 80 predictions of mine…” 80, not 100, a margin of error which is unacceptable for any sort of serious prognosticator, but, then again, QTR is not serious (See above quote.) I am not sure how many there were because I did not read the entire list. There were only seventeen shown, just enough to whet the appetite, with a link to see the rest “here” which was a link to a paywall. Yes, that’s right, in order to see QTR’s entire list, which are nothing more than “wild-ass guesses”, you have to buy a subscription.

I guess! That was as far as I went and if the comments below the article are any “predictor” of audience sentiment, I was not alone. Nevertheless, in the same spirit as QTR, I offer my own predictions…for free. They will not cost you anything except a little time.

The Good:

  1. The official Covid narrative will continue to deteriorate as evidence piles up against it and resistance to it reaches a tipping point. Anthony Fauci will “retire”. The Supreme Court will determine that Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates are not constitutional. Lawsuit filings will increase exponentially, clogging up the courts.
  2. The 2022 mid-term elections will result in the Democrats being decimated and the Republicans securely ensconced as the majority party in Congress. Nancy Pelosi, reading the tea leaves, will not run for re-election expressing a desire to spend more time with her family. Joe Biden will become a first-term, lame-duck president. Kamala Harris will resign from the office of VP, either under duress or as the result of an erupting scandal. Her replacement will be groomed to take over the Presidency in early 2023 when “Joe” leaves office for one reason or another.
  3. For the first time, alternative media will be widely acknowledged as the “real” news dispensers. The legacy mainstream media will continue their slide into journalistic irrelevancy.  CNN will attempt to reinvent itself, fail spectacularly, and be sold for a fire-sale price. Joe Rogan will be nominated as Time’s ‘Man of the Year’.
  4. North and South Korea will sign an accord to end the “war” and collaborate openly on re-unifying the peninsula. Protests from the US will be ignored.
  5. NordStream 2 will be certified and start transmitting gas from Russia to Germany despite the protestations and sanctions of the US.
  6. Donald “Warp Speed” Trump will announce his withdrawal from the presidential contest in 2024 and throw his support to ______________. Stay tuned for the next segment of his newest reality show, Pinned Down by the Facts.

The Bad:

  1. In a fight to the bitter end, Big Pharma, its controlled government agencies, and mainstream media will continue to push the official Covid narrative as far as they can before it completely collapses.
  2. Nothing of any substantial good will come about due to the 2022 elections in which the Republicans smash the Democrats in Congress. (See 1b above.) Totalitarian government will continue to grow without any serious effort by the “newly elected” to resist it.
  3. An incident in the South China Sea near Taiwan will bring the US and China to the brink of war.
  4. Russia and NATO will “stare each other in the face” over Ukraine. NATO will blink and be forced to back down, further damaging its already tattered reputation around the world.
  5. One high-profile political figure will be assassinated in the US. The “investigation” will conclude that the killer is a mentally-disturbed individual acting alone. He will be “Epsteined” like Lee Harvey Oswald.
  6. The Great Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 will be revisited, except that it will be much worse this time. It will start innocuously, a la Bear Stearns, and will appear to be completely under control…until it is not. At that point, all hell will break loose. The Nasdaq will close out 2022 off 40% from the beginning of the year (15,382.80 on January 3, 2022). Who could have seen that coming?
  7. The Fed will be forced to choose between bailing out the big players with more QE or curtailing inflation by cutting back and raising interest rates. No matter what the Fed does, it will make matters worse.
  8. Food and energy costs will spiral further upward, causing extreme hardship on the part of low-income citizens and families.
  9. Civil unrest will be relatively subdued until the November election and erupt the day after. Martial law will be declared in many areas of the country, further inflaming the division between “blue” and “red”.
  10. A nuclear reactor melts down, destroying any future viability of the industry. Nuclear plants are shut down everywhere, coal and gas cannot pick up the slack. Millions of people freeze to death.

The Ugly:

I do not want to consider the ugly. I would rather not think about these. Nevertheless, things do happen as part of life. Keep in mind that these are not strictly predictions, but are listed as only events that could occur at any time and which would have devastating consequences. Among the many candidates, not likely, but possible:

  1. Richter scale 9.4 earthquake in the Cascadia Fault off the western coast of Oregon/Washington, causing enormous damage and massive tsunamis, followed soon after by The Big One in southern California. [The order could easily be switched and either one could occur independently without the second.] The federal government and affected state government(s) cannot cope and many areas are left to recover on their own. The financial/social/political implications of such a scenario are devastating and would destroy the current system known as America.
  2. Slow-moving Category 5 hurricane slams directly into Miami. More likely than #1 above, more easily overcome.
  3. An unknown, undiscovered asteroid collides with Earth. If it strikes an ocean, huge tsunamis will swamp coastal cities. If it hits land, debris will be thrown into the atmosphere blocking sunlight and causing years of extremely colder temperatures. The political causes of global warming and climate change will cease to exist. Billions of people will freeze to death.

Enough, already! Check back in a year to see my score.

A Good Omen for 2022

One year ago, I wrote about the efforts of Anthony “The Science” Fauci who was trying to destroy Christmas despite clear evidence that Covid-19 (The Disease) was NOT the existential threat that he and others were trying to make it out to be. In this article, I advised him to either follow the example of the Grinch who repented of his sins and made amends OR to follow his co-worker, Deborah Birx, into self-imposed exile by retiring, going home, and shutting up.

Unfortunately, he has not bothered to listen to me and is still screeching like Chicken Little about the end of the world, going so far as to suggest that Christmas might be cancelled if flare-ups occur. Perhaps we ought to force our families and friends to test negative before we let them into our houses to celebrate with us and refuse them entry if they test positive. Fortunately, much of the world has just tuned him out and Christmas 2021 came after all.

The man’s credibility is thoroughly shot. Will someone please direct him to Exeunt, Stage Left?

It appears that the “mass formation” (See also here and here) is giving way. Zero Hedge notes that champagne sales are through the roof. Apparently, the general public is ready to put this scare behind them and get on with life as they once knew it. All this despite the emergence of Omicron, a far more transmittable and far less lethal variant of Covd, the world’s latest four-letter word. Omicron might even be the segue into reducing this panic pandemic into an endemic on par with the seasonal flu, a potential danger we are aware of and simply live with.

Charles Mackay has been proven right once again.

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

At any rate, enjoy the holidays in high style with those you love and associate with. Pop the bubbly if you can find a bottle. Due to supply chain disruptions brought on by labor shortages which were brought on by industry shutdowns which were brought on…well, you know. It may be a little difficult to find what you want.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Be Free!

The Grinch: Pulverizing the Christmas of Wokeville.

I usually watch The Grinch numerous times during the year and at least two or three times in December, leading up to Christmas. I recall that I was not impressed with it the first time I saw it, but over the years it has become a decided favorite. I noticed something in it this year, however, which had not been evident before to me. Actually, I noticed three things which have given me new respect for the movie and the people who brought it to life. My eyes have seen the light.

Observation #1. The Grinch is, first and foremost, a story of division and redemption. It is a story of human nature and emotions (hatred, animosity, greed, pride, fear, etc.), and the way they drive people apart to the point where they can no longer live with each other. It is a story of how they are brought back together through circumstances and a change of attitude towards others, leading to a reconciliation between those who were once estranged from each other. It is a story of love overcoming evil and, in its own way, is not that far removed from the story of how God’s love overcomes the evil within our own hearts once we realize our errors and correct our ways. It exemplifies the real reason Christ Jesus came to Earth–born, living, and dying as a human being–to show us the way we can be reconciled with God and, by extension, each other.

Observation #2. After the Grinch had stolen Christmas from the citizens of Whoville while they were sleeping, the Mayor, backed up by his sycophantic assistant, is berating the little girl, Cindy Lou, for causing the entire catastrophe by encouraging the Grinch to be part of the festivities. “Invite the Grinch! Destroy Christmas!”, delivered in all the pomposity and belligerence which can only come from a position of arrogant power. What is surprising, though, is that Cindy Lou’s father, an obsequious mouse of a man, steps forward and defends his daughter, confronting the Mayor and forcing him to back down publicly. In the process of doing so, he also proclaims the real reason for celebrating Christmas, not the gifts given and received, but the fact that his family is beside him regardless of what happens.

Observation #3. After The Grinch had come to his senses and realized what he had done, restitution had to be made and so he set off with Cindy Lou to return everything he had taken. At the very end of an out-of-control descent from the mountain into the village, Cindy Lou’s father plants himself in the path of the runaway sleigh, risking his own life to save that of his young daughter. Lou Who, the postmaster, unquestionably proves himself through his words and actions to be a real man.

Conclusion. This is no ‘woke’ movie. Not only does it “preach the gospel” of Christmas, but the men are men, the women are women, and everyone understands the difference. Most of the characters are ‘white’ and there is no racism, overt or covert, shown at all. Even though egregious wrongs are committed, forgiveness is granted when confession of guilt is owned up to. Loving relationships are restored as the malice and rancor of the past are forgotten.

Could such a movie with a similar message be made today? Could it make it past the censors whose only concern is the cancellation and silencing of anything which does not measure up to the “truth of the moment”? Could Hollywood even produce a sequel?

Perhaps. They can start with the fact that the Grinch was green. Other than that, I will not hold my breath waiting for it.

Mortally Wounded Beast. Watch Out!

"And he [the beast] was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue [wage war] for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them." (Revelation 13: 5-7a)

I used this scripture sixteen months ago to describe the curious connection between Anthony Fauci and the ferocious imposition of the Covid-19 narrative on the world. Four months ago, I wrote that the tide had shifted and was now running the opposite direction. I am more convinced of that today. And I am in good company, all of whom are far more prominent and influential than I am.

Alex Berenson

Becky Akers

Daniel MacAdams–video

James Howard Kunstler

Tom Luongo

If you take the scripture referenced in a literal manner, then you should understand that Fauci’s “death grip” on the lives and well-being of billions around the world has passed its half-way point. The Covid Monster has been public for the last twenty four months and Revelation allows the Beast only forty-two months to work. In eighteen months, this will all be over, that is, if a strictly literal, dogmatic interpretation of this passage is embraced.

Considering that it takes time to wind down an operation of this magnitude, it would seem logical that a visible waning would be taking shape now, with an increasing loss of credibility and influence of all those who have foisted this scam on us.

“Yo, Tony! You only have a little while before you pass into the ash can of history. Make the most of it while you can. On second thought, why don’t you just quit now and leave the rest of us alone.”

On the other hand, perhaps this scripture can be seen in a more nuanced, less definite manner. Perhaps the timeline is not so rigid and is only meant to show that the Beast’s reign is of short duration without specifying any particular length of time. Even so, the main thrust is that there is an end to the rule of evil, and that it does not go on forever. This gives us reason to hope that the light at the end of the tunnel is the daylight of freedom, not an onrushing train which will steamroll and destroy us.

Regardless, in the battle of life and death, the most dangerous time to be around a beast (human or animal) is when it is cornered and cannot get away. This is exactly the situation Covid is in today. The weight of growing public opposition, factual evidence, accurate data, and the incompetence, stupidity, and falsehoods with which the farce has been promoted and supported, is steadily driving the beast further into that corner. It simply cannot escape and, like any trapped, mortally wounded animal, it is striking out frantically. After all, long-held reputations, power, and vast wealth are on the line and will not be surrendered nor given up if there is any possibility of keeping them.

Covid was initiated and grew on only one thing–a lie. A deliberate lie based on a foundation of sand which is steadily being eroded. It cannot stand and will be destroyed in the brilliant light of overwhelming truth. It is only a matter of time.

That begs a question. What will take its place?

Anthony Fauci will go down. Covid, the narrative, (like AIDS before it) will fade into oblivion and distant memory. However, the impersonalized medical/industrial complex which spawned the rise of both will still be with us, in a different format perhaps, but still present. Not only that, but world conditions in many other areas are steadily growing worse and The Powers That Be (TPTB) are still holding the reins of finance, economy, and politics. These well-connected, well-heeled men and women will continue their maniacal drive to gain total mastery and control over everyone/everything, determined that nothing will stand in their way or oppose them. They are joined by the innumerable droves who mindlessly recite the mantras, half-truths, and clichés which are provided as ammunition to the foot-soldiers in the war on human liberty and freedom.

I repeat the question. What will take the place of Covid? Something, but what? Honestly, I do not know, but I am sure of one thing–it will be worse. We should not be surprised to see something far more vicious, restrictive, debilitating, overwhelming than what we have experienced over the last two years. A progression, so to speak, from orcs to oliphaunts.

Evil never sleeps. It never quits in its quest for ultimate, total power. Like the Dark Lord, Sauron, it can only be destroyed by those who will not succumb nor surrender to its totalitarian demands, by those who themselves do not give up the mission.

What is coming? I can only speculate about the future, but my belief is that it will be an epic struggle between the forces of total slavery at one extreme and comprehensive freedom at the other. It will be a battle for the ages, decided right here on Earth, and we are engaged in it, like it or not.

No Fear! Part Two

From a street demonstration in Missoula, MT. Copyright Face of Freedom.

If you know the truth about yourself, it does not matter what anyone else thinks about you.

Like a good hockey game, the discussion was swirling around, taking off on a new course every few minutes, changing direction instantly, darting here and there, everyone involved either listening attentively or speaking fervently, all without rancor or nastiness.

We were deep into a conversation about deception, fear, lies, truth, and the situation of the world we call home. We, meaning a small group of people I meet with on a regular basis trying to sort out what is happening around us and the best ways to respond to it at our own personal levels. Of course. How could it be otherwise?

Anyway, as I was sitting there taking it all in, sometimes making a comment but mostly listening, an inspiration came to me and I made the following observation.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” The question is, what are we freed from? One of the most obvious answers to that question is fear. We will be made free from fear. He also said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” Now, if the truth makes us free from fear and Jesus is the Truth, then He must be the most fearless entity within the entire universe, literally afraid of nothing. As His followers, as we advance closer and closer to the truth about ourselves and our relationship to God, we should become increasingly fearless and unafraid of other people, circumstances, or what the future might bring.

Satan, on the other hand, is the consummate liar. Jesus described him this way in John 8:44. “He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” If the truth makes us free from fear and there is no truth at all in Satan, then he must be the most fearful entity in all creation, a veritable bundle of twitching, trembling nerves, literally afraid of everything. His followers, as they become more closely aligned with his program and image, must inevitably become like him, more fearful.

Why? What are they so afraid of? My answer to this is that they have bought into a lie and they are living in it. The more resistant they are to the truth, the more determined they hang onto the lie. They are terrified of admitting that they are wrong. They are afraid to change the way they think, do, and live. They are probably quite concerned about their own public image, the way other people view them, and cannot be seen as having a weakness which must be corrected. They are most especially afraid of being exposed as living a lie.

They, like Satan, are afraid of being found out.

No Fear: The way we were meant to live.

Something unexpected struck me just the other day. Remember the popular slogan of a few years ago: “No Fear!” As I recall, it was nearly omnipresent, and many people were promoting it on their coffee mugs, T-shirts, and bumper stickers or anywhere else they could find the space. I cannot recall the last time I saw it. It appears to have disappeared into thin air, much like the thin air it sprang out of.

Covid might be to blame. Contrary to the slogan, for the last two years we have experienced irrational, universal, insane fear, driven by nothing more than the idea that we might all get sick and die, repeated endlessly. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. We are all going to die, however, in fact the most certain part about life is that it is going to end…someday. For everyone of us. The sooner we come to grips with that truth, the better. If you are afraid to die, then you are afraid to live and there are huge numbers of people out there who are simply terrified of being alive.

This leads me to conclude that the No Fear mantra (repeated almost endlessly) was only sheer bravado without any lasting power. In essence, we were whistling past the graveyard. We indulged it because it made us feel strong and limitless, then it all ended instantly…like it did for the people of the Tower of Babel. NO FEAR! Until the day they became afraid of each other and scattered like sheep to the most remote corners of the globe.

Tessa Lena has written one of the best statements I have ever seen about our current situation. 

“I am not dreaming. Something terrible is happening to us, and it is not a drill. It is very complex and very trivial. It is imminent and cumulative. Every small fragment of the disaster can be explained in a respectable way, but the big picture is terrifying. We’ve given up our senses and our ancient instincts, but our leaders have no heads. We are not in good hands. We are shackled to a broken algorithm. We are on our own, and the sooner we realize it, the better our chance of surviving.”

She is right. This is not a dream nor a drill. It is terrible. A nightmare, if you will, from which we cannot seem to shake ourselves awake. The fear is palpable, but we must conquer it or we might not survive.

Bionic Mosquito has another take on the matter. In an excellent review of a discussion between four learned men, Jordan Peterson, Bishop Robert Baron, John Vervaeke, and Jonathan Pageau, he says this:

“We are first going to have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  What lies on the other side?  I don’t know, but we have no choice but to walk….”

We have no choice but to walk. Absolutely true. Life simply does not allow us to stop where we are while the rest of the world plunges on into unknown darkness. If there is one immutable fact about life (besides death), it is that we must go on, we must move forward, regardless of what that might bring. We can do nothing else.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..." -- Psalm 23:4

Our trouble is not new. Some 4000 years ago, the Psalmist wrote these words which must be our attitude if we are to survive the trouble massing against us. David must have had experience with hard times or he never could have penned such beautiful poetry of praise.

However, the resistance to the onslaught against us is building. It is well on its way to becoming a juggernaut which will sweep all this BS out of existence and may very well result in court trials, bankruptcies, and prison sentences of those well-connected and well-heeled people who have been forcing the issue on the rest of us from the very get-go. I suggest we begin with Anthony Fauci, hit him with as many charges of criminal wrong-doing as possible, and move on until there are no more opportunities.

Oh, yes, a new world order is coming, but it is not going to be the one which the-powers-that-be (TPTB) have always dreamed about and worked for. Instead, what I see rising is a world of freedom and liberty for the individual person which will dwarf anything which we have ever experienced and which most people cannot even imagine…yet. It will be like waking up from a bad nightmare and realizing you are still alive.

The important thing to remember about the verse quoted above is not that we are walking IN the shadow of death, but that we are walking THROUGH it. The current time we are in is a passage and some of us will reach the other side, probably scarred and damaged, but clear-headed, a lot wiser, far less arrogant and proud, and much more loving toward other people. The way we were intended to be.  

Psalm 23 continues, "...For You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil and my cup runs over.”

Yes, my cup runs over. In full view of my enemies who can do nothing about it except stare and be envious. It is an awesome, wonderful time to be alive.

The Truth of the Matter

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”–Jesus Christ (John 8:32)

Now, without ever engaging in a religious debate, there are three things about this statement which are true IF the statement is true.

1. Truth is knowable. It can be found and understood. There is no one who cannot find it if they are willing to search for it.

2. Truth is objective. It is THE truth. Only objective truth is knowable. It is fixed, unchanging, 100% reliable and guaranteed. Everything else is a moving target, a will-o’-the-wisp. Subjective truth or relative truth cannot be known because it is always shifting and changing.  It is undependable, here one day, gone tomorrow. It cannot be counted on when we need it most. In fact, due to these factors it is accurate to say that there is no such thing as subjective truth. Subjective truth is a contradiction of terms. Only objective truth exists.

3. Truth will set us free. Life is either a search for truth (which sets us free) or settling for what we have (which is a compromise and holds us back). Only when we have found truth–absolute, objective truth–can we be truly free.

“You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.” — G. K. Chesterton

One More Straw on the Camel’s Back

This one is for Jackson Sparks.

The above quote by an anonymous nurse at a children’s hospital in Waukesha, Wisconsin tells it all. After a black man, Darrell Brooks, Jr., allegedly drove his SUV into a Christmas parade killing at least six people (including an eight year old boy named Jackson Sparks) and injuring more than fifty, it became evident that local hospitals did not have the staff necessary to handle the catastrophic situation. This shortfall has been blamed on the “vaccination mandate” handed down by President Joe Biden, which led health-care systems nationwide to impose deadlines on their workers to get The Jab or get another job. Get the shot or get a pink slip!

Way to go, Brandon! You’ve really done it this time.

There are rumors that Brooks committed this deadly attack because he was upset with the Kyle Rittenhouse jury verdict just a few days earlier. Whether this is true or not, I am not qualified to judge and will go no further with it at this point. What is plainly evident, though, is that the White House edict is causing enormous chaos and displacement within America’s health-care system, forcing medical administrations to fire well-qualified staff creating a shortage of care for anyone who needs it, especially in extreme emergencies.

Remember how it was just a little while ago when all the emphasis was on keeping the hospitals from being overwhelmed by victims of the Covid-19 pandemic? Lockdown! Wear a mask! Stay away from everyone! Quit working! Two weeks to slow the curve! Build temporary medical structures! Bring in Navy ships to help out! Time, data, and recent history show how wrong-headed that was. No hospital or medical system was stretched beyond its limit to cope.

Until now, that is, due to a lack of competent workers who were terminated from their jobs because of a really stupid order from the highest office in the land.

How many more episodes of this nature are we going to endure before we have had enough? How many more innocent men, women, and children will die horribly before we put an end to this insanity? How many more straws can be loaded onto the camel before it’s back is broken?

Victory is Ours…if We don’t Weaken.

We are rapidly coming up on the two year anniversary of the beginning of the Covid-19 experience. What a ride it has been! Hopefully all is well with you.

Three months ago, August 15, 2021, I posted an article which began with these words.

“Call it a gut feeling.”

“I have no hard data to point to, but I have the sense that the tide has turned and is now starting to run hard against the Covid Monster. As time goes on and more people are made aware of the lies making up the narrative, our chances of completely destroying this blatant fraud in the grab for power increase steadily.”

In this article, I made reference to an incident during World War II, known as the Battle of the Bulge in which an American division was completely surrounded by German troops and threatened with annihilation. When the commander, Gen. Anthony MacAuliffe, received an ultimatum from the Germans to ‘surrender or else’, he sent back a one word response for which he would eventually become world famous–“Nuts!” Following his lead, the 101st Airborne did not buckle under the ensuing onslaught and eventually was relieved.

Just this morning, I came across an article written by Malcom Kyeyune in which he made a similar comparison, not with the war in Europe but half a world away, against the Japanese after Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Thanks to Robert Gore of Straight Line Logic for the lead.) In this well-written (and well worth reading) article, Kyeyune makes the case that the Establishment (elites, media, governments, etc.) threw everything they have at the world in a manner similar to that in which the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in the hopes of knocking the US out of the war at one stroke. Needless to say, Pearl Harbor was not the knockout punch they had hoped for and eventually the US machine, working together with one goal in mind, completely destroyed the Japanese empire.

Kyeyune writes that the average, everyday persons who make up the bulk of the world population are like the US immediately after Pearl Harbor, woken up by the shock and stirring into concerted action, each and every one creating resistance in his or her own way. According to him, the perpetrators of this episode have no reserves left. They hit us as hard as they could with the intention of beating us up so badly that we would just give up the fight and leave the field of battle. That has not happened and as time goes on, the side of those who wish to live in freedom simply grows stronger and is now carrying the fight to those who wish to enslave us all.

Witness the phenomenon of the immensely popular slogan, “Let’s go, Brandon!” Originally meant as a spin by the news media (NBC News reporter Kelli Stavast may have actually been mistaken), it has grown into a deliberate mockery of not only the president, Joe Biden, and his office, but also the MSM media and the entire establishment of entrenched government. Much of the world population has heard of this and, while they may not know its origin, understands its meaning or easily grasps the meaning when it is explained to them. In one respect, it is similar to the story of the emperor with no clothes–once someone pointed out the fact that he was naked and laughed at him, everyone else joined in and there was nothing left for him except to return home in disgrace. Today, the emperor’s clothes are ragged and being rapidly shredded as people everywhere are starting to see clearly. The truth is coming out.

What these incidents mean for us is that no matter how dark it is, no matter the might and power of those arrayed against us, no matter what it looks like, we have the truth on our side and our opposition is increasingly being forced on the defensive. If war is reduced to a matter of will and attrition, then we should understand that there are more of us than there are of them AND as long as our will to survive and overcome remains strong, we cannot lose. It is only when we give up that we have lost.

The Japanese rulers knew that they could not win a long, protracted war with the United States, so they gambled on one desperate measure…and lost. History will record that the rulers of our day, the powers that be, have shoved their entire stake into the pot to gain total control…and lost. We may not be able to see it yet, but every fiber of my being tells me that they are desperate because they know they are going to lose the war. They may have won the initial battle, but they are going to lose the war.

Of this I am certain.