Hard-hitting articles on today’s current events. Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author Janice Daniels and do not necessarily reflect those of MCU’s Board of Directors or members at large.
Tea – The Party I Love
September 12, 2019
The Ten Year Anniversary of the Tea Party March on Washington
(September 12, 2009)
“To Every Thing, There is a Season and a Time to Every Purpose under the Heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV).
If you are old enough to remember the above words being converted into a song, then that song Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds is going through your head right now. I just know it is.
And, for those of you who are not old enough to remember that song, I have included a link to it below, so that you too can enjoy this beautiful rendition of these amazing biblical words put to song.
The exact words of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 are mixed up a bit in the song (for entirely acceptable dramatic license), but the message of the song is clear: There are many life experiences that we can all relate to and can all reflect upon; the good, the bad and the ugly (okay, I thought I would disrupt the song Turn! Turn! Turn! from going through your mind with a reference to a Clint Eastwood movie theme song that many of us will remember).
Ha – for those of you who don’t remember that great melody (or for those of you who do, and who might enjoy listening to it again), following is an excellent version of the theme song of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
So, what’s with the old tunes and biblical references that belong in a commentary about the Tea Party being the party I love, and the fact that September 12, 2019, the ten year anniversary of the Tea Party March on Washington, is a great day to be remembered?
I guess it was the thought of great songs and situations, great wisdom of The Book, and maybe the great way God puts inspiration on our hearts to write great music, acceptable commentary, and to do the endless work that is needed to save a great country that connected these themes into this commentary.
There might be some other similarities. The Tea Party March on Washington on September 12, 2009, was a moment in history when at least a million orderly, adult, concerned citizens, who love the United States of America, came together peacefully protesting the same issues that troubled the author of Ecclesiastes (King Solomon) in biblical times, and caused consternation on the dusty streets of early colonial America … taxes, tyranny, temptation and traitors …. “To every thing, there is a season.”
King Solomon was gifted with great wisdom and love from God. The second son of David and Bathsheba, the third king of Israel; Solomon was a man of peace and prosperity. His downfall came in his marrying women who followed foreign gods and then his being influenced by their gods (displeasing our own God), his focusing on his love of material wealth (rather than focusing on his love for God), proscribing high taxes upon the people, and enslaving others. Hmmm, that all sounds familiar. “Turn, turn, turn.”
In colonial America, it was with their great love for liberty that the early settlers brought with them some important common law protections against the heavy handed excesses of rulers in Great Britain (same old, same old). One of these important legal constructs was the grand jury, which served as a buffer for the people against the British oversight and high taxes that the Americans despised. But then, as so often happens, the true purpose of the grand jury (which was to protect the people’s interests) was turned on its head by allowing the American legislators of the day to fold the jurors into the administrative state, causing these jurors to participate in some very unsatisfactory actions of their own, like assessing taxes and demanding an accounting from the people for behaviors that the jurists found unpalatable. They must have forgotten where they came from. “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”
Did you know that Paul Revere and Ebenezer Hancock (John Hancock’s brother) were grand jurors in Massachusetts?
Did you know that jurists (like Paul Revere) encouraged and fomented the actions of the Boston Tea Party due to their great displeasure over the tyranny of the English Crown?
Did you know that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written in an effort keep the citizen’s grand jury in its proper place within the American system of jurisprudence? That’s because, by the time of the signing of the Constitution that included the Bill of Rights, our forefathers remembered why they had a grand jury in the first place – to jealously guard against an overbearing government, foreign or domestic. “Turn, turn, turn.”
Remember, the first directive of the Fifth Amendment reads as follows: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.
Did you know that the United States government has worked ceaselessly and tirelessly to destroy the people’s grand jury, up to and including when in 1946 they passed The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (Rule 6) that never even included the word “presentment” in it. This “rule” effectively dismantled the entire form and purpose of the grand jury. “A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”
Today, for example, the government’s failure to indict former Director of the FBI James Comey, when there is plenty of evidence that he has committed unspeakable high crimes against our country, its people, and our free and fair election process, is reason enough to bring back the true bill of the citizen grand jury, and to possibly throw the bum into the Boston harbor. “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away.”
There is much to be learned from our history, all the way back to and including The Bible. For the past ten years, members of the Tea Party have been meeting, speaking, listening and learning. It is now time that we start showing the American people (who are not in our meetings) what we are doing. Now that we have gained all of this knowledge, let’s take that knowledge back on to the streets, so that we can once again define ourselves as the party I love, so that the people can see us, and learn from us, and help us restore our constitutional republic.
The final words that King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 were as follows: “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion; for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?”
Don’t give up tea partiers of America. We have been lambasted in the national press, we have been ignored by both political parties, we have been lied to by the men and women to whom we have thrown our great and weighty support behind at the local level, we have been mocked and maligned; but we know that we are on the side of God. We have faith, we have hope, and we have love. And of these three, love is the greatest (1 Corinthians 13:13 abridged).
I love you Tea Party of 2019 – stay strong; we have a great country yet to save.
The following commentary was initially published in The Oakland Press on August 20, 2010, yet the sentiments expressed herein still apply … maybe even more … in 2019 … even the issue examples used below still apply:
“The King mutters … to himself. He then proclaims a rule from a book he is holding; rule number 42 states that all people who are more than a mile tall must leave the court. Alice refuses to leave on the grounds that she is not a mile high, and also because she says the king just made that rule up to get her to leave. The King claims that the mile-high height limit is the oldest rule in the book, but Alice boldly retorts that the oldest rule would be rule number one. This is too much for the King and he tells the jury to consider their verdict.” (Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 12: Alice’s Evidence).
Of course, as the story goes, this is before the evidence has yet been presented.
I mention this clever snippet from Lewis Carroll’s fascinating journey into the human psyche because it reminds me so much of what is happening to our basic inclination towards justice these days.
For the longest time, people of good will and sound mind have defended a man’s innocence until he is proven guilty, most assuredly that is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Our innocence and the protection thereof are the bedrocks of civilized society.
The need for sensitive jurisprudence can even be found in the Bible, in Deuteronomy, when Moses proclaims that the Israelite judges should “Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother and the stranger that is with him.” Deut. Chapter 1:17.
In other words, this sound legal instrument has served mankind well since the dawn of awareness. Fast forward to the year of our Lord 2010 and examine the great issues of the day where we are now declared guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt in the court of public opinion without even a jury of a deck of cards.
For example: Seven million people in the State of California cast legitimate votes favoring the definition of marriage between one man and one woman –Guilty — of homophobia. The law is struck down by one federal judge with a personal agenda, and so the will of the people is silenced.
Arizona law mirrors federal law in an attempt to secure our borders against illegal foreign invasion — Guilty — of racial profiling. Enforcement is blocked by (the Obama) administration (which was) seemingly unsympathetic to a legitimate national security threat.
A majority of Americans do not want a mosque built at ground zero — Guilty — of denying first amendment rights. This is without considering our national grief or our moral sensibilities or the fact that this is a historical construction tradition upon a point of conquest.
And, closer to home, what about those folks who prefer to keep the hard earned fruits of their labor in their own pocketbooks instead of in the taxman’s coffers or the politico’s war chest — Guilty — Uncaring, unconcerned, uncommitted to the advancement of (you fill in the blank for the issue of the moment: Children, libraries, home values, poor people, old people, safe streets, parks, museums, fairs, Washington insiders). The list of issues that you should be ashamed of yourself for not supporting is as endless as the requests for taxes or retributions or contributions or revenue enhancements or commitments or condemnations. You name it — no matter what it is called — you must be guilty of it.
But Alice was right; she wasn’t a mile tall and the oldest rule in the book should be number one. We should strive to protect and promote our brother’s innocence and for that matter, we need no King.
NOTE: Parenthesis added to clarify time frame of original writing.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Ball Park Franks And The Mueller Report
By Janice L. Daniels, July 15, 2019
In an interview with the Associated Press on June 27, 2019, Michigan’s District 8 Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin warned us that Michigan was a key target of Russian election meddling that could affect the 2020 elections in favor of the Republicans. She said that the proof of this Michigan meddling could be found in The Mueller Report (this thing has received such a high level of notoriety that it is afforded all caps: The Mueller Report).
But wait; if I remember correctly, The Mueller Report came to the conclusion that President Trump did not collude with the Russians. Actually, in fact, after about 5 years and millions of misspent taxpayer dollars, the truth of the matter seems to be that the Democrat National Committee and the Obama administration colluded with Russian operatives to destroy the candidacy, and then the presidency of one Donald J. Trump.
But, of course, as we have grown used to seeing happen, the Democrats are rarely held accountable for their words or their actions, especially if the names Clinton and/or Obama have anything to do with it.
It is perplexing how even when the balogna and beans of The Mueller Report confirms no collusion, it seems to have just enough mustard on the bun for the Democrats to continue their merciless harassment, their relentless hounding, their gross misrepresentation and their outright lies against the America First agenda and against the only President in recent history who stands firm, first and foremost for the legal, law-abiding American people.
If there is going to be fraud found in the upcoming 2020 election, I dare say it won’t be the Russians who will be guilty of it.
Although it is very hard to follow the ketchup red bouncing ball of diversion and deceit, if I have the details lined up straight here, I believe that The Mueller Investigation that culminated with the writing of The Mueller Report by former FBI Director turned “Special Counsel” Robert Swan Mueller III was set into motion when (former Deputy Attorney General working under Robert Swan Mueller III at the time) then FBI Director James Comey (former self-proclaimed communist) accepted The Steele Dossier as evidence of potential Russian collusion by the Trump campaign. Have I got that right? Yes, in 2003 James Comey admitted that he was a communist in his “younger years.”
How does a self-proclaimed commy become the Deputy Attorney General and/or the Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation? I digress.
But, wasn’t The Steele Dossier paid for by The DNC and/or The Clinton Cartel? Apparently, it was.
Can Congresswoman (former CIA operative) Elissa Slotkin see any potentiality for collusion, corruption or conflict of interest in this little stream of things that I just mentioned that went on under the Obama administration? Probably not.
Did I really say former CIA operative? Well, yes. It just so happens that, according to a biography published on Ballotpedia, current Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who was born in New York, who received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Columbia University, “joined” the CIA in 2003, right out of college, at the tender age of 27.
But wait, I understand that one does not just “join” the CIA; the CIA recruits you; and, I’m just curious but, who was the head of the CIA in 2003? It was George J. Tenet, a close ally of Robert Swan Mueller III, according to an article published in 2002 by James Risen in the New York Times.
Isn’t it quaint how Robert Swan Mueller III seems to be everywhere, all the time; always in the thick of things, decade after decade, within the American ruling class, and yet no one has ever started a formal investigation against him? We should probably ask Rep. Slotkin why this is so.
Anyway, I wondered how one gets “recruited by the CIA” right out of college. First, I suppose that you have to go to the right schools (if you can afford them), and Rep Slotkin certainly did do that. Then, I guess it helps if you are the great-granddaughter of Michigan’s own Ball Park Frank giant Hygrade’s founder Hugo Slotkin. Remember: It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know. Follow the mustard … I mean follow the money.
In her acceptance speech in 2018, Michigan’s 8th district Democrat Rep. Elisa Slotkin (born July 10, 1976) said,“We will not wait for others to do the job for us. We will not complain. We do not need a participation ribbon, right? And we are going to teach those in Washington how to act. I could not be prouder to be going to Washington in a couple of months and let me just say they have no idea what’s coming for them.
Teach them how to act? Rep. Slotkin, the men and women of the DC swamp learned how to “act” a long time ago. I bet that they don’t think that they need any lessons from you, but I could be wrong. Money does talk, I have heard.
Going to Washington? You are a creature of the DC swamp, Ms. Former CIA operative. Your feigned hometown girl gig should be exposed for what it is – phony baloney.
Maybe the Michigan voters should have done a little more research on the lucky lady from New York before they elected her into high office, so that everybody could have seen what was coming for us. In fact, now that we do know a little bit more about her, we need to make sure that she doesn’t win a second term.
I hear the words “good luck” coming from the concession stand at Comerica Park. It’s gonna be tough to beat this well connected little hot dog, but we certainly should “relish” the opportunity to do so.
ELECTION FRAUD – Part V –The American Communist Party And Other Timeless Examples of Subversion
By Janice L. Daniels, June 6, 2019
Why does an organization called The Communist Party USA even exist in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Could it be because the great ideals of freedom and bravery do not walk side-by-side with the invaluable attributes of wisdom and discernment? Say it isn’t so.
I have long opined that America’s greatness will be destroyed by her goodness. Consider the grave danger that America now faces since, in our quest for “freedom for all,” we have acquiesced to the perversion of the minds and hearts of our youth in the very institutions that we established, financially supported and then sent them to for “public education,” AKA indoctrination. Consider the equally grave danger when enemies of freedom are able to freely vote in our free and fair elections, because “we are all free.”
Remember, in Election Fraud Part IV – Revamping the Electoral College, I pointed out that 146,000 illegal aliens voting in a Michigan election can sway the results of that election. Imagine the devastating consequences of “the subversives” turning millions of Bernie Sanders’ young voters into Communists, and they are not even hiding it anymore. Just check out their website:
Could it be that we are so lacking in knowledge that we don’t understand that anyone who swears an allegiance to Bernie Sanders and/or The Communist Party USA is actually swearing an allegiance to the Soviet Union?
As Whittaker Chambers explained on Page 241 of his great spy-trial autobiography Witness (written 67 years ago, in 1952), “I realized that I was not in an underground of the American Communist Party. I was either in a Soviet underground or in an underground of the Communist International. In practice, it made little difference which. Each is a different organizational form of the same political purpose. No Communist can be loyal to the Communist International, or any of its component parties, without being loyal to the Soviet Union. No Communist knows any higher loyalty or he could not be a Communist.”
If we are so lacking in a basic understanding of the workings of sedition within our country, do we have anyone to blame but ourselves? After all, we live in a country where we are still free to seek knowledge of any kind, to almost any level of desired depth; we still have books and tapes and records and recordings that we can immerse ourselves in to get a full complement of knowledge and understanding of concepts, both large and small, from the mundane to the miraculous, from the old to the new. In fact, we now have the Internet – knowledge at our fingertips – we are one browser click away from near genius, and yet we still seem to be but a stone’s throw away from lunacy.
Why are we so lacking in a basic understanding of our history that we don’t even remember the warning that our 40th President Ronald Reagan gave us (a mere 55 years ago) in his 1964 nationally televised Time for Choosing speech in which he said, “How long can we afford the luxury of this family fight when we are at war with the most dangerous enemy ever known to man? If we lose that war, and in so doing lose our freedom, it has been said history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”
The war that President Reagan spoke of (in that must-read speech) was the war against the welfare state, against progressivism AKA socialism AKA communism AKA tyranny – the same war we are still fighting today. Had our education establishment put that speech on our children’s high school required reading list, we might have already won this war. Had our legislators devoted themselves to following their Article I, Section 8 limited responsibilities, the war might never had started in the first place. Had our Supreme Court justices held their fidelity to interpreting the Constitution as written (not as they wished it had been written), we might have seen our States rights held in check over this hideous monster we now call the federal government.
Later on, in that same speech (A Time for Choosing), President Reagan said the following. “Someplace a perversion has taken place. Our natural unalienable rights are now presumed to be a dispensation of government, divisible by a vote of the majority. The greatest good for the greatest number is a high-sounding phrase but contrary to the very basis of our nation, unless it is accompanied by recognition that we have certain rights which cannot be infringed upon, even if the individual stands outvoted by all of his fellow citizens. Without this recognition, majority rule is nothing more than mob rule.”
And, without Election Integrity, voting is nothing more than mob rule as well.
Speaking of integrity, maybe we need to look back at the warnings of another American who was known to be a great orator (as was President Reagan). That other American is Patrick Henry. I am pretty sure that few of us were taught that “give-me-Liberty-or-give-me-death” Patrick Henry warned us against replacing the Articles of Confederation with the “consolidated government” of the constitution.
In a lengthy critique on June 5, 1788 (almost exactly 231 years ago to the day), Patrick Henry said the following:
“This Constitution is said to have beautiful features; but when I come to examine these features, sir, they appear to me horribly frightful. Among other deformities, it has an awful squinting; it squints toward monarchy; and does not this raise indignation in the breast of every true American? Your President may easily become king. Your Senate is so imperfectly constructed that your dearest rights may be sacrificed by what may be a small minority; and a very small minority may continue forever unchangeably this government, although horridly defective. Where are your checks in this government? Your strongholds will be in the hands of your enemies. It is on a supposition that your American governors shall be honest, that all the good qualities of this government are founded; but its defective and imperfect construction puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs, should they be bad men; and, sir, would not all the World, from the eastern to the western hemisphere, blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad? Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty!” (bolding mine).
I overheard someone say (just yesterday) that the American people need to return to The Declaration of Independence for guidance, instruction, understanding and direction, rather than relying upon the Constitution (and it’s faulty construction that depended upon our rulers being good men, which they have proven, over time, not to be).
Consider, in total, the following summaries drawn from this series on Election Fraud:
- Part I – We have fraud in our media coverage (the media conglomerate actually seems dedicated to the destruction of the Republican Party).
- Part II – We have jurisdictions all across this country dedicated to allowing non-citizens vote in our elections.
- Part III – We have lost control of election technology, vis-a-vis bad voting machines and bad law.
- Part IV – Our nation’s elected representatives are working to usurp the safeguards found in the Electoral College.
- Part V – We have allowed subversive organizations to flourish in our body politic.
All said, I did not intend to come to the conclusion in this analysis, that our elections, like our public schools, and our government structure itself, are so fraught with fraud and perversion that we are beyond the point of being able to fix them with this resolution, that law, my commentary, or any other suggestion on the part of well-intentioned American people, but, alas, I have come to exactly that conclusion.
Now, I wonder what would happen if they held an election and nobody came to vote.
That might be our only solution, short of a miracle or a revolution.
ELECTION FRAUD – Part IV – Revamping the Electoral College
By Janice L. Daniels, June 4, 2019
We might still have time to revamp the Electoral College before the 2020 presidential election … I do not take this task lightly, and I would not advocate doing so to perpetrate continued election fraud, but to prevent it.
No, I don’t want to do away with the Electoral College, as some with “sinister bias” might wish to do (all quoted italicized words used in this commentary come directly from Federalist No. 68, written in 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, the great American statesman, author, banker and founding father).
The sinister bias quote can be found in a paragraph in Federalist No. 68 where Alexander Hamilton referenced Article II, Section 1 of the U. S. Constitution, when he said: “No senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States, can be of the numbers of the electors.”
This seems like a reasonable exclusion that could or should eliminate even a hint of a “sinister bias” towards, say, a deep-state operative or a deep-pocket lobbyist who might be known to members of the current day political class. Hamilton further explains the situation this way: “They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes.”
I like Hamilton’s way of thinking and his precise use of specific words that have specific meaning … such as prostitute. There can be little disagreement that to prostitute means to give something precious in exchange for legal tender (all innocence aside, please excuse any images conjured up in the theatre of the mind).
And No, I don’t want to replace The Electoral College with the National Popular Vote (which would – in my humble opinion – completely destroy any hope of free and fair elections ever to be held again), and No, I won’t be surprised if I don’t get my way, in my time, but let me explain my case, nonetheless, and then hope that future generations will one day see the value of this thinking, as we currently can see the value of the thinking of our founding fathers, if we take the time to study their writings.
In an effort to do just that, we can read that Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 68 that if the Electoral College procedure were “not perfect,” it was “at least excellent.”
“At least excellent” is quite a lofty attainment for a process that was to be used to determine which one man had the requisite “ability and virtue” needed to lead America’s new government. Being as Alexander Hamilton was not known for hyperbole, what were some of the excellent features of the Electoral College that convinced Alexander Hamilton that it was superior to all other methods that the founding fathers might have considered?
Well, he said that it had a “transient existence” which meant that it passed quickly into and out of existence. In other words, there never has been, and there never will be, such a thing as a career elector, who might be poisoned by the perks and the pleasures of perpetual power.
Hamilton further opined: “And as the electors, chosen in each State, are to assemble and vote in the State in which they are chosen, this detached and divided situation will expose them much less to heats and ferments, which might be communicated from them to the people, than if they were all to be convened at one time, in one place.”
In other words, with every new election, a new set of people who were closest to the region in which the votes were to be cast were to be chosen by The People who were most interested in good governance (as we all have discovered, although imperfect, anyone, anywhere, anytime can volunteer to assist in party politics or can run to become a Precinct Delegate, thereby affording them an opportunity to be involved in the selection of Electors).
In earlier centuries, it would seem more likely that the people choosing electors generally personally knew the persons that they chose to be electors; giving those known “fellow-citizens” a rare honor and an important opportunity to make a solemn, sacred determination that would affect the lives of every one in the Union, and then these fellow-citizens would go home to either delight in or suffer from their choices. Even today, with the exponential increase in human populations in each and every state in the Union, it is still a great honor to be chosen to be an elector.
But therein lies the itch and the rub. Using Michigan as an example, the Secretary of State’s office published a chart showing that in 2014, Michigan had a voting age population of approximately 7 million 6 hundred and 60 thousand persons.
No one really knows exactly how many illegal aliens can be added to that number (or are a part of that number), but it is estimated by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR) that there are 146,000 voting age illegal aliens in Michigan alone. That’s enough to sway an election.
As we all know, President Donald Trump won all 16 electors in Michigan in the 2016 presidential election by receiving only 10,704 more votes than Hillary Clinton.
That fact could easily be as serious a source of frustration for Democrats as is the fact that in 2018, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat John James lost the election to sitting Senator Debbie Stabenow, even though he won 71 out of 83 counties across Michigan. Seventy-one is a clear majority of counties (85.5422 percent to be exact). And yet, this red-wave state still has two blue Senators sitting in two of the singularly most prestigious and important legislative seats in our government hierarchy. That’s enough to expose many of us to heats and ferments on both sides of the aisle.
So, here is my solution. Expand the Electoral College to the County level. Assign the number of electors chosen in each county as mirrored by the constitutional method used for choosing electors to each State (in other words, each county shall be given electors equal to the number of senators and representatives entitled to that county).
Of course, there are probably hundreds of hours of work required by men and women of good faith and fidelity to the United States and its Constitution to establish the rules by which this more localized system would be organized. The operative word in that sentence is localized … we need to find a way to balance an increase in population with the need to actually know who it is we choose as Electors, and to make sure that no one’s voting franchise is diminished by any other voter’s franchise in this era of “cabal, intrigue and corruption.” These objectives would be much easier to maintain with an approximate number of 920,000 voting age persons (for example, in Oakland County, Michigan) than in the entire State of Michigan, or in any other county in any state in our Union.
I encourage learned men and women to study this concept, add to the discussion, react without malice, and help the people of America continue our great model of self government well into the 21st century and beyond.
Senator Kamala Harris – Just another Beautiful Loser
By Janice Daniels, May 7, 2019
We can all agree to disagree on whether Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is really beautiful or not (beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder), but there really can be no disagreement on the fact that she can be totally bitchy, and we all know that bitchy “ain’t” pretty.
As I watched the still-freshman Senator Kamala Harris (one of the gaggle of Democrats running in the 2020 presidential campaign) asking questions in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 1, 2019, she certainly showed the bitchy side of beauty, when she used multiple prosecutorial grandstanding techniques to try to trap Attorney General William Barr into giving the fake news media a morsel of dirt to try to sweep away the Trump Administration (anyone, anywhere, in any capacity, would do for the fake news media – as long as it is a member of the Trump Team that would be destroyed, diminished or at the very least dented or dirtied in the process). I couldn’t help but think just how ugly this presidential campaign season is going to be.
After viewing her performance at this committee hearing, there can be little disagreement that Senator Harris is well-schooled in the art of reading gotcha questions off a stack of papers setting on the fine Senatorial-hearing-polished-mahogany podium table in front of her, and she could probably win an Emmy award for her expert use of snide remarks, mockery, feigned incredulity and fake concern for “the people” in an attempt to build the latest and greatest frenzy item for international distribution. She is almost as polished as her high perch at the podium, to be sure.
Conversely, when some of us, who don’t have the far reaching access to “the people,” dissect the drama and pull nuggets of truth out of the barrel of tricks, our opposition to the prosecution falls on a few deaf ears, and so the deceptive drama of the deep state continues virtually unabated.
I am referring to one such deceptive tactic as Senator Harris’ use of the technique of posing an illegitimate question, then while the person in the defensive hot-seat sort of searches for a legitimate answer that would satisfy all aspects of the “gotcha” question, they are interrupted by the senator-of- the-moment so many times that they are not given an opportunity to adequately search through their memory banks to pull together something of a quick response that won’t indict them on one or another future false charge, and the beat goes on. “Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain” – The Beat Goes On, Sonny and Cher, 1967. La dee dah dee dee.
Then Ms. Harris got really bitchy when she asked a totally stupid question about whether AG Barr looked at the “underlying evidence” of a 448 page report that came to him as the culmination of a two-year investigation that is estimated to have cost the American taxpayers over $40 million (according to President Trump) at the high end, and at least $25 million (according to various fake news media sources) at the low end. That is the report that was written by one of the deepest state Deep State statists named Robert Swan Mueller III, appropriately referred to as The Mueller Report (which Diana West posits is nothing more than an extension of The Steele Dossier, which is the fake news document that started this entire fiasco in the first place). “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,” Marmion, Sir Walter Scott, 1808.
Of course, the deep state democrats demanded that The Mueller Report be immediately released to them, their committees and the world at large, so AG Barr (who is no stranger to the Deep State either) was supposed to not only read the 448 page report itself, he was supposed to go back and read two years worth of evidentiary documentation underlying the 448 page report, in rapid response to the continued drumbeat, “show us the report, show us the report.”
But, wouldn’t this then suggest that AG Barr must have reason not to trust Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III to even be involved in the grueling, worthless process that was based upon fake evidence in the first place? And if Senator Harris disrespectfully couldn’t trust AG Barr to respectfully trust Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III to compile the report in the first place, why was all of this done anyway? Well, that is a good question, even if Senator Harris were to trust AG Barr to trust Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III and his findings.
Why was this done in the first place? Wait, we know … to destroy President Donald J. Trump and his America First agenda. How disrespectful.
Surprisingly though, this isn’t the first time that Ms. Kamala Harris has shown what might be considered to be disrespect to our “law enforcement community.” There is a lengthy, interesting, insightful article published in the L. A. Times on October 24, 2004, entitled In Search of Elusive Justice that details nicely the life and times of the lovely lady of Jamaican and India heritage, who was pegged to be the female Barack Obama (that prediction was made before Barack Obama, who has always had more experience agitating than legislating, had even been elected as the 44th President of the United States).
The L. A. Times article points to then District Attorney Kamala Harris’ announcement that she would not seek the death penalty as punishment for the murder of award winning Police Officer Isaac Espinoza, who at the age of 29 was gunned down by 23 year old gang member David Hill on the mean streets of San Francisco. It is suggested, in the L. A. Times article, that even leftist bazzillionaire Senator Diane Feinstein said that she probably would not have endorsed Ms. Harris had she know that Harris was opposed to capital punishment.
And yes, that is the same Barack Obama who in 2013 felt compelled to publicly apologize for saying that Kamala Harris was “the best-looking Attorney General in the country.” Tsk, tsk, so Un PC.
And yes, that is the same Kamala Harris who was the keynote speaker on May 05, 2019, at the NAACP fundraising dinner in Detroit, Michigan, who is quoted in a Detroit News article to have said “black infants are twice as likely to die than other babies.” And, while she was making this comment, there were fifty to a hundred people of all ages and all colors standing outside the NAACP event, who were holding signs declaring abortion to be murder, who received exactly zero coverage in the fake news media.
I wonder if Senator Harris has ever heard of Reverend Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., Founder of Black Genocide.Org?
Rev. Childress says that “the most dangerous place for the African-American is the womb.”
His 2012 website also states that “on average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.”
Are those deaths-by-abortion the deaths that she was referring to? No, Senator Harris was referring to the black children who are living in poverty in America (and so, I guess, they are dying in the streets, unbeknownst to most of us). She said this in spite of a national economy that, according to that same Detroit News article, is experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in half a century.
With these trends of mean-spiritedness, disrespect for our law enforcement agencies and outright disingenuousness about our country and the people who live in it, Senator Kamala Harris should be seen for exactly what she is … just another beautiful loser. “Beautiful loser, where you gonna fall, when you realize you just can’t have it all” – Beautiful Loser, Bob Seger, 1975.
Election Fraud – Part III – Tampering with Technology
By Janice Daniels, April 11, 2019
Voting integrity in the State of Michigan has been virtually ambushed with a new set of rules for the 2020 election cycle, including a very unwise voter-agreed-upon amendment changing Article II, Section 4 of the Michigan Constitution that allows for same day registration and voting. How could this bizarre new arrangement be anything but a playground for even more election fraud? We must have been high on a mind-altering drug (before it was legal to do so) to have voted such an amendment into our state constitution.
The potential for trouble is compounded by the fact that we have even fewer options for challenging election results, with a leftist Governor, a leftist Attorney General, a leftist Secretary of State and a Republican majority state legislature seemingly incapable of leading the republic towards republican principles. This means that we have to be even more diligent in examining potentialities for fraud and discussing options to prevent it. So, let’s get right to it.
One of the provisions of the new Article II, Section 4 amendment allows for “the right, once registered, to vote an absent voter ballot without giving a reason, during the forty (40) days before an election, and the right to choose whether the absent voter ballot is applied for, received and submitted in person or by mail.” The provision goes on to say that “during that time, election officials authorized to issue absent voter ballots shall be available in at least one (1) location to issue and receive absent voter ballots during the election officials’ regularly scheduled business hours and for at least eight (8) hours during the Saturday and/or Sunday immediately prior to the election. Those election officials shall have the authority to make absent voter ballots available for voting in person at additional times and places beyond what is required herein.”
Can I dare to ask what “absent voter ballots available for voting in person” means?
And dare I also ask, “What is the rationale for allowing people to vote absentee without giving a reason?” I thought absentee ballots were provided in the case of legitimate medical or occupational situations that made it impossible for a person to go to a polling location on the one day specifically set aside to cast your vote. Is it really necessary to allow people to vote 40 days prior to the election date, without even having a reason to do so? Or, is this just another instance of good intentions having been used to pave the roads leading to hell? Whatever it is, it looks like we have “done it to ourselves” again. So what do we do, now that the need for tracking absentee ballots has apparently become so much more important? I guess we need to first understand the process that has been put in place for us, and then just try to fix the damn roads leading to hell.
If you happen to vote absentee, do you check to make sure your ballot has been recorded as received, or do you just walk away and hope for the best? My understanding is that as of 2012, absentee voters are supposed to be able to track their own ballots on the Secretary of State website. www.michigan.gov/vote
The way this system is supposed to work is that you take your absentee ballot to the clerk’s office (or now it seems you might be able to take your absentee ballot to the “one  location to issue and receive absent voter ballots during the election officials’ regularly scheduled business hours and for at least eight (8) hours during the Saturday and/or Sunday immediately prior to the election).” Whatever that means.
The Clerk’s office is supposed to register your ballot onto what is called the Qualified Voter File (QVF). For the brave souls who want to try to understand how this QVF system works, here is a link to the Secretary of State’s website where you can go try to figure it out yourself. I can’t figure it out.
Think Cloward and Piven, as in: Overwhelm the system; make sure nobody can even begin to figure out the fundamentals of the process; then exploit the system to achieve your goals. If you think this is not happening, I have some swamp land in Washington DC that I would like to sell to you.
Counting the vote:
On November 30, 2016, after garnering around 1 percent of the total votes cast in the entire universe, Green Party candidate Jill Stein demands and gets a recount of the November 6, 2016, presidential election votes cast in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Two weeks later, it was revealed in a Detroit News article posted on December 12, 2016, that 37 percent of the precincts in the City of Detroit had so-called “voter irregularities” where the voting machines tallied more votes than ballots cast. That was one-third of the entire number of precincts in all of Detroit. According to that same article, “in Washtenaw County, 23 of the 150 precincts (about 15 percent) could not be recounted. Other counties with high percentages of unrecountable precincts include Branch (27 percent), Cass (24 percent), Wayne (24 percent) and Ionia (24 percent).”
And what happens when a precinct’s votes cannot be recounted? Well, according to that same Detroit News article, “The law states that original results stand in precincts that can’t be recounted.” Did I read that right? Did it really say that when it is discovered that a precinct’s votes cannot be “recounted” because of “irregularities” then the original vote count stands? Are you kidding me? And the legal, law-abiding adults of voting age across this country who stand in lines, long or short, come rain or shine, hot or cold, early or late, on the designated day to vote, put up with this cluster-fluster? It looks like they do.
To add abject insult to irreconcilable injury, about six weeks later, on January 27, 2017, an article gets posted on the Internet entitled “State Officials: No Fraud in Michigan Elections” wherein our brain child (then)-Attorney General Bill Schuette says that “there’s no evidence of any widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.” He goes on to say that “It was an election in Michigan that was conducted fair and square” and that the “partial recount of votes confirmed that.”
“Where the hell was Bill” when on December 12, 2016, the Detroit News revealed all the voter irregularities across this state that should have disenfranchised each and every city or county where voter fraud was evidenced? Oh, but wait, this is not to be mistaken for the time when President Trump himself asked a similar question, “Where the hell is Bill” on April 28, 2018, at the Trump Rally in Washington, MI, when Bill was already well on his way to losing the gubernatorial race that now has us stuck with Gretchen Whitmer for a few more tedious years.
And our squeaky clean, smiley faced (then)-Secretary of State Ruth Johnson opined that, “If you want elections to have integrity, you have to clean up the qualified voter file, which we have done.” But the QVF is an interactive, ongoing usable file, so how does cleaning it up under one administration give it “integrity” in the next administration? Don’t ask. There is no answer.
Potentialities for fraud:
Speaking of the Qualified Voter File, I think that the purpose of this QVF is that local poll workers use it to check to see if you have voted absentee or if you are registered to vote at all. And, of course “the state election departments” give “the local poll workers” the laptops on which the OVF is loaded. Can you say fraud potentiality anyone?
Well, what would happen if the City Clerk is a Democrat and he or she colludes with democrat friends, relatives and co-workers, or conversely, what would happen if the City Clerk is a Republican and he or she colludes with republican friends, relatives and co-workers, and they all decide to vote absentee, but the Clerk doesn’t intend to register the ballot on the QVF? Could that group of people freely vote again at their favorite polling location (or locations), since their absentee ballot is not registered? Oh, say it isn’t true. People wouldn’t do that. Or would they? I’m just asking.
Another hypothetical misuse of an absentee ballot might be that the City Clerk, who is a democrat (or republican) intentionally, does not load the republican (or democrat) absentee ballot into the system at all. Who is to know? Then your vote never counts. It could happen.
The fact remains that the system is fraught with opportunity to commit voter fraud. These are just a few examples of the potentialities, before we even get to the issue of wireless electronic ballot boxes with automatic updates that could happen at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all, that might hard wire the election in favor of your favorite globalist communist, posing as a socialist, who is posing as a progressive, who used to be called a democrat and/or a couple of turncoat republicans who used to stand for individual Liberty, but who no longer stand for much of anything anymore – except their next election, which might be fraudulent.
If we are serious about the integrity of our elections, we need to tighten up voting rules; not loosen them up to a point where there could be complete mayhem in 2020 and beyond.
Possible solutions (dream big):
There should be only one day for voting. We should all adjust our schedules accordingly, well in advance. The next presidential election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. There is no excuse for the average voter not to be able to make it to the polling place on that one day.
Absentee ballots should be offered only in cases of medical or occupational situations that make it impossible to get to your designated local polling location on that one election date.
We should have to show proof of identity; if we cannot prove who we are, we cannot vote. End of conversation.
We should use only paper ballots. If it takes two or three weeks to count the ballots, then so be it. I would rather wait two weeks to find out which loser won an election, than to constantly be the losers, when the electronic voting machines and/or their tech masters don’t play fair, and we don’t know about it.
The National Guard should be brought in to handle all of the paper ballots, absentee and election-day ballots alike. No more “ballots found in the truck of somebody’s car” that change the election results after the fact.
Good luck getting these reforms in place any time soon. It is such a shame that we have squandered our sacred voting responsibility so badly now, that we have to wonder if we can ever be sure of free and fair elections in America again.
Maybe the only thing we can do in 2020 is to sign up to be poll watchers, and demand a recount; schedule the time off now, while there’s still time.
If you are not serious about election integrity, then continue doing nothing at all, and then think again about what it is that you are leaving your children (According to Ben, it is a republic, if you can keep it).
Notes on President Trump’s Visit to Grand Rapids
MY NOTES: By Janice L. Daniels
OUR ROCK STAR PRESIDENT WAS IN GRAND RAPIDS ON THURSDAY NIGHT, MARCH 28, 2019.
I WASN’T THERE BUT I WATCHED THE ENTIRE RALLY ON C-SPAN
PRESIDENT TRUMP LOOKS SO HEALTHY, AND SO GOOD
HE SEEMS TO LOVE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I LOVE – HE MOVES ME ON A VERY PERSONAL LEVEL
HIS FINAL SIGNATURE WORDS AT THIS RALLY: WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – WE WILL MAKE AMERICA WEALTHY AGAIN, WE WILL MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN, WE WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN AND WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN – THANKS MICHIGAN!!!
NO … THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP
C-SPAN NEVER PANNED THE AUDIENCE BUT THE SHOTS THAT WERE SEEN SHOWED SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE – THAT IS SO ENCOURAGING. THEY ARE BRIGHT AND ENERGETIC, HOPEFUL AND HAPPY
135,000 PEOPLE REGISTERED – 11,OOO IN THE ARENA – 25,000 OUTSIDE
CHANTED U S A
CHANTED LOCK THEM UP
CHANTED BUILD THE WALL
PRESIDENT TRUMPS BARBS/THE OPPOSITION
LITTLE PENCIL NECK ADAM SCHIFF – SMALLEST THINNEST NECK I HAVE EVER SEEN
SICK SICK SICK THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK
THE PERPETRATORS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
WE CANNOT CRIMINALIZE POLITICAL DIFFERENCES
DON’T LET DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR TAKE CREDIT FOR BUILDING THE BEAUTIFUL NEW SOO LOCKS OR THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION (THAT HE TALKED ABOUT IN THIS SPEECH)
THE DEMOCRATS ARE CYNICAL, RADICAL, RESISTANT, VENGEFUL, EXTREME
RESIST – WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?
PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE 100 PERCENT TAKEOVER GREEN NEW DEAL BECAUSE HE WANTS THEM TO MAKE IT A BIG PART OF THEIR 2020 CAMPAIGN (NO PLANES, NO COWS, ONE CAR PER FAMILY – WE WANT LOTS OF CARS PER FAMILIES)
RADICAL, EXTREMIST DEMOCRATS WANT OPEN BORDERS AND CRIME – THIS IS AN INVASION – IT IS THEIR COUNTRY TOO – WHAT DO THEY THINK?
DEMOCRATS WANT TO PRETEND THERE’S NO BORDER CRISIS FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON – THEY HAVE CAUSED THE BORDER CRISIS
IT’S A BIG FAT CON JOB
THEY HAVE BETRAYED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS NEVER BEEN FURTHER OUTSIDE THE MAIN STREAM – NOT ONLY DO THEY SUPPORT ABORTION, LATE-TERM ABORTION AND NOW THEY GO A STEP FURTHER – THEY WANT TO ALLOW A NEW BORN BABY TO BE EXECUTED
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS SO FAR LEFT – THEY SUPPORT HIGH TAXES, OPEN BORDERS, LATE TERM ABORTION, CRIME, HOAXES AND DELUSIONS
SOCIALISM IS NOT A GOOD THING
CAR COMPANIES COMING BACK
- FIAT CHRYSLER JUST ANNOUNCED A 13.5 BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE US AND AN ADDITIONAL $4.5 BILLION DOLLAR NEW AUTO PLANT IN DETROIT
- FORD – $1 BILLION INVESTMENT JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO AND AN ADDITIONAL $900 MILLION IN MICHIGAN
- GENERAL MOTORS – $300 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE ORION ASSEMBLY PLANT IN ORION TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN
COLLUSION DELUSION IS OVER
OUR MOVEMENT AND OUR COUNTRY ARE THRIVING
WE ARE BUILDING OUR WALL BETTER, FASTER, LESS EXPENSIVE AND MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL
UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC REVIVAL – LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN DECADES – EVERYBODY IS BENEFITING
ELIMINATED ESTATE TAXES
ELIMINATED INDIVIDUAL MANDATE
VA CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
NOW INSTEAD OF SAYING THAT I AM GOING TO DO IT, I CAN SAY THAT I DID IT
THERE ARE 4,000 AMERICAN TROOPS ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER – ICE, BORDER PATROL – ALL DOING A GREAT JOB
SIGNED LEGISLATION PROTECTING FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
SUPPORTS ISRAEL/MOVED EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM/SUPPORTS ISRAELS CONTROL OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
STANDS WITH THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA, CUBA AND NICARAGUA
TRUMPS CONCERNS AND GOALS
WE CANNOT HAVE TWO DIFFERENT JUSTICE SYSTEMS IN OUR COUNTRY WHERE THE LEFT CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING
THE RUSSIAN HOAX SHOWS THAT WE REALLY HAVE TO DO EXACTLY WHAT WE CAME HERE TO DO: DRAIN THE SWAMP
HE CALLED WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON RIDICULOUS BULLSHIT/PARTISAN INVESTIGATIONS
WE NEED TO FIX BROKEN TRADE DEALS, OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR HEALTH CARE AND BUILD OUR WALL
OUR ECONOMY IS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT PEOPLE WANT TO COME IN – BUT THEY MUST COME IN LEGALLY AND BASED ON MERIT
SUPPORTS FUNDING THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION $300 MILLION
VERY CLOSE TO FUNDING A BEAUTIFUL NEW SOO LOCKS
END CATCH AND RELEASE, VISA LOTTERY – MEXICO COULD EASILY STOP ILLEGAL MIGRATION INTO OUR COUNTRY – IN FACT, IF THEY DON’T, WE WILL CLOSE DOWN THE BORDER ENTIRELY
MEXICO BUILDS 30 PERCENT OF THE CARS SOLD IN AMERICA. IF WE SHUT THE BORDER DOWN, WE WON’T TAKE THOSE CARS
UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THERE ARE TWO SIMPLE GOALS: BUY AMERICAN AND HIRE AMERICAN
IN A FEW WEEKS PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL SHOW US THE BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL WALL
WE DEFEND BORDERS 6,000 MILES AWAY FOR COUNTRIES YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF AND WE WON’T PROTECT OUR OWN BORDERS??
WE WANT AMERICA TO BE A SANCTUARY FOR LAW ABIDING AMERICANS
THE PEOPLE ARE HARD WORKING, SMART, TOUGH, LOYAL, SHARP
THEY CALL THEMSELVES ELITES – WE ARE THE ELITES
THE GREAT REPUBLICANS GAVE US THE RIGHT TO BUILD THE WALL (PROBABLY SAID BECAUSE THEY PREVENTED THE OVERRIDE OF THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST VETO)
COMPLIMENTED HIMSELF SAYING THAT HE HAS DONE MORE THAN HE EVER PROMISED HE WOULD DO – IT’S TRUE!!
WE DID THIS TOGETHER
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS FOR ALL AMERICANS. THEY SUPPORT WHO WE WANT TO BE, WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE, THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISES MADE/PROMISES KEPT (NOT SO SURE I BELIEVE THIS, BUT IT IS TRUE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ON THEIR WORST DAY ARE NOT NEARLY AS LOATHSOME AS THE DEMOCRATS ON ANY GIVEN DAY)
WE ARE UNITED FOR THE SAME TIMELESS VALUES:
- THE CONSTITUTION
- THE RULE OF LAW
- THE DIGNITY OF WORK
- THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
- FAITH AND FAMILY – NOT GOVERNMENT AND BUREAUCRACY
- FREE SPEECH
- KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
- CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO LOVE OUR COUNTRY, HONOR OUR HISTORY AND RESPECT OUR GREAT AMERICAN FLAG
- BELIEVE IN THE WORDS IN OUR NATIONAL MOTTO: IN GOD WE TRUST
PRESIDENT TRUMP THANKS GRAND RAPIDS FOR THE FINAL MIDNIGHT RALLY OF NOVEMBER 2016 – FOR STANDING UP FOR HIM –
WE WERE LOYAL TO OUR NATION AND WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS LOYAL TO US
HE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR US, OUR JOBS AND OUR COUNTRY – FOR JUSTICE, SAFETY, SOVEREIGNTY AND THE SACRED RIGHTS GIVEN TO US BY THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD
SINISTER EFFORT TO UNDERMINE OUR ELECTION – SABOTAGED THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
MEDIA HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CORRUPT THAN IT IS TODAY
GROUP OF MAJOR LOSERS TRIED TO DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY – POISON OUR DEBATE
THE MEDIA NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED THIS COUNTRY “OUR DEMOCRACY” – THAT ALWAYS WORRIES ME WHEN ANYONE REFERS TO OUR REPUBLIC AS A DEMOCRACY (AND SO IT WORRIED ME GREATLY WHEN I HEARD PRESIDENT TRUMP SAY THAT).
PRESIDENT TRUMP GAVE THE MEDIA CREDIT FOR NOT PUBLISHING THE RUSSIAN HOAX UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION (IMHO, THE ONLY REASON THEY DIDN’T PUBLISH IT BEFORE THE ELECTION WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE THOROUGHLY CONVINCED THAT CLINTON WOULD WIN AND THAT THEN THE ENTIRE HOAX WOULD BE BURIED SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOW ABOUT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE – SO BASICALLY, THEY WERE COVERING THEIR ASSES BY NOT MENTIONING IT AND THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE MENTIONED IT, EXCEPT THAT THEY GOT CAUGHT)
NOT SURE WHAT “GREAT LAKES RESTORATION” IS OR WHERE WE ARE GETTING THE $300 MILLION PRESIDENT TRUMP COMITTTED TO THIS “RESTORATION” PROJECT
SO MUCH OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ACCOMPLISHED HAS BEEN DONE SO BY EXECUTIVE ORDER WHICH CAN JUST AS EASILY BE UNDONE – THIS IS LIKE PUTTING A TEMPORARY BANDAGE ON A PERMANENT WOUND (A LINE I GOT FROM THE SERIES ON NETFLIX CALLED MAD MEN).
HOW DO WE “ALWAYS PROTECT PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS” (WHICH IS SOMETHING PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID)
WITH ALL THE POWERFUL, POSITIVE, UPLIFTING INFORMATION GIVEN AT THIS RALLY, WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE DOMINANT CORRUPT MEDIA TO START SHARING SOME OF THIS GOOD NEWS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
OUR JOB IN THE ALTERNATE SMALLER MEDIA IS HUGE – GET THIS INFORMATION INTO THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIVE, BREATHE, EAT AND SLEEP POLITICS LIKE WE DO.
FOR EXAMPLE, LOOK AT THE WORDING ON THE ABOVE LINK TO THE C-SPAN VIDEO “PRESIDENT-TRUMP-CRITICIZES-DEMOCRATS-MEDIA-MUELLER-PROBE-ENDS” RATHER THAN SOMETHING LIKE “PRESIDENT-TRUMP-BOUYANT-PROSPECTS-GREAT-FOR-AMERICA-EVERYONE-BENEFITS” – IT’S A SIMPLE WORD GAME
REPEAT: PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS FOR ALL AMERICANS. THEY SUPPORT WHO WE WANT TO BE, WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE, THE AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISES MADE/PROMISES KEPT – I AM NOT SO SURE I BELIEVE THIS, BUT IT IS TRUE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ON THEIR WORST DAY ARE NOT NEARLY AS LOATHSOME AS THE DEMOCRATS ON ANY GIVEN DAY.
By Janice Daniels, March 13, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that “capitalism is an ideology of capital that is responsible for income inequality … so to me capitalism is irredeemable.” Hmmm, okay.
Maybe it is time to have a conversation about the different uses of the word capital. For example, we have “human capital.” In fact we have departments in companies across the country called Human Resource Departments that manage human capital. So, what might be the meaning of the term human capital in the context in which Ocasio-Cortez describes the word capital?
She says that “capital is responsible for income inequality.” Okay, so let’s insert the word “human” into that statement. “Human capital is responsible for income inequality.” Yep, now you’re on to something. That is correct. Some humans just so happen to bring more “capital” to the table than others do. That is reality. And so, it seems only logical that those humans should get more benefit from their capital than the human who doesn’t bring so much capital to the table (that would be true … at least, in a Republic; maybe not so much in a Democracy, which leads to an entirely different discussion on what is called political capital).
What do you think the poll results would be if 100 percent of the adult human population of this country was asked the following question: “Do you think that the inventor of, say, the microwave might have provided more benefit to society than the user of the microwave”? We might conclude that the majority of humans would say yes. Of course we have to take into account the fact that there might be certain humans who answer the question based upon a personal agenda of deception (but that would lead us into a discussion on media capital, which we are not going to have, at this point in time).
So in other words, some human capital (the capital that the inventor used to create the microwave) is worth more than anothers’ human capital (the capital that is used to operate the microwave, which I guess would be the energy required to point a finger and push a button). If we are to be intellectually honest, I think that 100 percent of us humans would have to agree that is true.
Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that “the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit.” Okay, so let’s insert the word “human” into that statement and see where it takes us. The most important thing is the concentration of human capital and to seek and maximize profit.
You know, the United States of America might be a very good example of what can be accomplished when “human capital” is concentrated; that is to say when humans concentrate their intellectual and physical strengths (their capital) to seek and maximize their human existence in such a way that the maximum number of humans “profit” from their capital.
America was built on such innovation. America was built by the back-breaking work of arriving at the shores of a wilderness country that God filled with natural resources, then expending human capital to utilize those resources to create an empire worthy of what was once called a shining city on a hill, where every human being is acknowledged to be created equal in the eyes of the one true God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (renamed Israel) and Jesus Christ. That is capitalism in motion.
Alexandria, what you don’t seem to understand is that you are advocating for the destruction of the greatest system of economic stability, of life-saving technological advancement, and of the maximization of beneficial goods and services that have been and are being provided to vast numbers of humans around the world.
Capitalism is the economic system that excels in taking the best care of the sick, of the poor, and of the huddled masses. Capitalism has elevated the greatest number of the world’s humanity out of abject poverty, out of economic ignorance, and out of the dark ages of sweat and toil and exposure to a toxic ruling class of humans who might take away your and my rights to life and liberty, who might throw you and/or me into a dank dungeon with the rats and the filth and the torture that used to be a standard of living (and might still be in some regions of the world).
Quite frankly Ms. Cortez, the only thing that, to me is irredeemable right now is your unfitness for the United States congressional office that you currently hold. You need to wise up or shut up, and you can take that observation to the nearest repository of monetary capital. It’s called the bank.
Election Fraud – Part II
By Janice Daniels, March 12, 2019
Foreign invaders do not seek sanctuary; they seek destabilization, destruction and conquest. When lawless jurisdictions exist in our country at the behest of local legislators, these men and women, by offering sanctuary to foreign invaders, are violating their sacred oath of office to protect and defend our constitutional rule of law and are committing acts of treason against the United States of America. Can I make my opinions any clearer?
DID YOU KNOW that the number of sanctuary jurisdictions have nearly doubled since President Trump took office, even though he has worked tirelessly (it seems) to enforce our immigration laws? The term sanctuary “jurisdictions” is used herein because there are cities and townships, counties and states across this land that are in violation of the spirit of our constitution, if not in direct violation of the laws of our land. The word “law” is used loosely here, because it is difficult to ascertain what the law is when our ruling class churns out so-called new laws at virtual light speed on a daily basis. That is the status of where we find ourselves today: we don’t know what the law is, and we have lawmakers who make and then seemingly break the law as it seems to be.
The following data that details our history on sanctuary jurisdiction comes from a special report printed and distributed by Judicial Watch, that was researched and written by FAIR in 2018 (Federation for Immigration Reform). https://fairus.org/
As of the writing of that special report, there were 564 sanctuary jurisdictions in the United States. The first sanctuary state was Oregon (no surprise there) … established in 1987 (I sure wish that we had done something about it then, but I guess our congress was too busy aiding and abetting the sorry likes of Senator Ted Kennedy as he assassinated the character of President Reagan’s supreme court nominee Robert Bork, for them to be paying much attention to the lawless actions of one of our western states).
As is generally the case when creeping lawlessness takes a slow but steady foothold, there were only 11 sanctuary jurisdictions thirteen years later, in the year 2000.
The number of sanctuary jurisdictions grew to 40 in 2009, but then skyrocketed, with an increase of up to 650 percent, under the Obama Administration. That should come as no surprise to anyone who heard former President Barrack Hussein Obama infamously state on October 30, 2008, that we were five days away from fundamentally transforming America.
The trouble was that most Americans were apparently clueless to the fact that the obamamites wanted to fundamentally transform a country founded upon the dreams of bottom-up individual liberty into the top-down collectivist nightmare that we are witnessing today, with the government take-over of our banks, our health care, our schools, our media, our so-called entertainment industry, and now our very ability to express free thought, exercise true religious liberty and/or keep and bear arms to protect our own families.
So, the increase from 11 sanctuary jurisdictions in 2000 to 338 sanctuary jurisdictions by 2016 was brought to you by the American left (as led by Obama).
And now (as of 2018) we have 564 sanctuary jurisdictions under President Donald J. Trump (in my humble opinion, this is because the American left is operating in overdrive to destroy this president, who is trying to Make America Great Again, i.e., reversing the fundamental transformation of America).
So, why then, just last year was our judiciary, up to and including the Supreme court (who has the ultimate constitutional mandate to interpret the law), busy-bodying itself with whether or not the Fish and Wildlife Services can exclude an area designated as a critical habitat for dusky gopher frogs under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, instead of concerning itself with foreign invaders being given safe-haven (and the ability to vote in our elections) in lawless jurisdictions across this country?
See Weyerhaeuser Company v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service
For a comprehensive history of the United States immigration laws, please see:
Why am I so worried about sanctuary jurisdictions? Daniel Horowitz details the problem quite succinctly in his July 19, 2018, article entitled Sanctuary Cities Reward Crime Wave with Voting Rights for Illegals, wherein he makes the following observation: “Given that so many non-citizens are already registered to vote in federal elections because of motor voter laws and weak verification checks, there is no way localities will actively register non-citizens for local voting but somehow institute robust firewalls against voting in federal elections. Talk about foreign influence of our elections. Who needs the Russians?”
Let’s take a quick look at how sanctuary jurisdiction votes fared in Michigan’s 2018 mid-term elections, and well as in the previous 2016 presidential elections.
Washtenaw County is a sanctuary jurisdiction. According to an analysis posted on M-Live on November 9, 2016, overall, Hillary Clinton had 69 percent support (128,025 votes) across Washtenaw County, while Donald Trump had 27 percent (50,355 votes). How many illegal aliens voted in Washtenaw County in 2016? We aren’t sure.
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti turned out the vote for Hillary Clinton with more than 80 percent of voters in these two sanctuary cities supporting the Democrat. How many illegal aliens voted in these two cities? Not sure.
In Wayne County (another sanctuary county), the city of Detroit (another sanctuary city) voted 95 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton to 3 percent for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
And of course who can forget independent presidential candidate Jill Stein requesting a recount of the 2016 presidential election results in Michigan which had to be called off because it was revealed that there was voter “irregularities” (i.e., election fraud) in Detroit where 37 percent of the precincts could not be recounted because there were more ballots tabulated than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. What was the conclusion to this debacle, according to our Secretary of State’s office? Move along, look the other way, nothing here: Sanctuary Jurisdiction Election Fraud, anyone?
Ingham County – a sanctuary jurisdiction, voted almost 61 percent for Clinton – 33 percent for Trump.
Kalamazoo – a sanctuary jurisdiction went 53 percent Clinton – 40 percent Trump. The recount there found that seven precincts were uncountable because of voter “irregularities” (i.e., election fraud).
The situation got worse (from a Christian, conservative, constitutionalist’s opinion) in the 2018 mid-term elections where Wayne and Ingham Counties – two sanctuary jurisdictions, combined gave Democrat senatorial candidate Debbie Stabenow enough votes (533,188) over Republican senatorial candidate John James (229,754) to win the senate seat (Stabenow won the election by a total of 275,660 votes across the State of Michigan, whereas Wayne County gave her 264,292 votes more than were given to John James and Ingham County gave her 39,142 votes more than were given to John James). That was in spite of the fact that if you look at a color coded map of the 83 counties vote totals in Michigan (71 counties went to John James), there was a red wave senatorial election in 2018. And yet we have a non-descript, placeholder woman named Debbie Stabenow sitting in her high and mighty Senate seat, doing absolutely nothing to further constitutional governance and/or the protection of our God-given rights to life, liberty and property.
For that matter, three sanctuary jurisdictions alone (Wayne, Washtenaw and Ingham counties) gave the Governor’s seat to Democrat Gretchen Whitmer over Repubican Bill Schuette. Those three counties gave Whitmer 408,419 votes over Schuette, whereas Whitmer only won by 406,659 total votes across the State of Michigan (another unheeded red wave map of Michigan 2018 gubernatorial race).
In other words, my grim conclusion is that the State of Michigan is, in its’ entirety, being governed by the votes coming out of lawless sanctuary jurisdictions, which is a wholesale crime against the legal, law-abiding voters of Michigan and an affront to the United States constitutional rule of law.
So there are a few questions that remain:
- Why are people who live in sanctuary jurisdictions even allowed to vote? Quite frankly, if they are not actively complicit with harboring foreign invaders or if they are not a foreign invader themselves, they must be looking the other way as their leadership refuses to follow local, state and federal immigration laws. This is unacceptable.
- Why are we the people (The Guardians of the Constitution) not demanding the impeachment of judges who are not actively stopping these unconstitutional, unlawful sanctuary jurisdictions?
- Why are the elections of 2018 even considered to be legitimate? Shouldn’t the results be rescinded and further elections halted until “we can figure out what the hell is going on” (as President Trump so eloquently stated in 2016).
By the way, under Article I Section 8 of the United States constitution, one of the enumerated powers of Congress is …
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.
But wait, in 2019 Congress almost seems like a sanctuary jurisdiction itself. The madness continues.
Stop Harassing our President!
By Janice Daniels on March 3, 2019
I would like to know under what constitutional authority Elijah Cummings (D MD-7) and his congressional oversight committee conducted this recent show trial debacle of disgraced and convicted former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and under what constitutional authority they soon plan to arbitrarily launch their own so-called “wide-spread investigations” into the White House’s security clearance process.
Someone, please tell me, whatever has happened to Due Process under the law?
Who, what, where, when and why has Congress (and their complicit, compliant and corrosive media counterparts) become endless interrogators of our President? Or, could it be that they have become a Fake Congress alongside a Fake Media acting under Fake Law?
I looked to the source of Congress’s enumerated powers listed in Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution to try to find some answers.
But, rather than just reading over all of the powers granted to Congress yet again, I also went to an article entitled Enumerated Powers of Congress that was written six years ago by MCU’s friend Publius Huldah, our much appreciated and greatly admired constitutional scholar from Tennessee. Her article is posted on FreedomOutpost.com.
In this article, Publius Huldah says:
“In a nutshell, the powers WE delegated to Congress over the Country at Large fall into four categories:
- International relations, commerce and war;
- Control immigration by restricting who may come to these United States, and establish a uniform rule of naturalization of new citizens;
- Domestically, to establish a uniform commercial system: weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a monetary system based on gold & silver, bankruptcy law, a [limited] power over interstate commerce, and mail delivery.
- And in some of the Amendments, to protect certain civil and certain voting rights.
That’s it! All other powers are retained by the States or the People.”
After reading her article (and reviewing the 16 powers that We the People delegated to Congress in Article I, Section 8), I DO NOT SEE ANY AUTHORITY TO BE COLLUDING WITH THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO CONTINUALLY HARASS OUR PRESIDENT, LIKE CONGRESS IS DOING RIGHT NOW.
But yet what I do see is another famous reference to harassment … found in the Declaration of Independence, where in 1776, Congress itself declared that it was time to” dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
They go on in the Declaration of Independence to list their grievances, which includes the follow statement:
“He (King George the III, representing the Kingdom of Great Britain … parentheses mine) has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT CONGRESS ITSELF IS DOING TO US RIGHT NOW (Might I remind you that President Donald J. Trump is one of “the people”).
I also want to know why the Republican Party (the “Party of Principle”), even in its minority status in the House of Representatives, is not using their bully pulpit, their power, their influence, and their microphone to uphold their own constitutional duty to protect and defend the citizens of this great country (who, I might add, gave these people their high and mighty stations in the first place).
It is time that this harassment of our people and this misuse of our taxpayer dollars (our substance) stop or, methinks, maybe it is time to dissolve the political bands once again.
Election Fraud – Part I – Shaping the Narrative
By Janice Daniels, February 14, 2019
Judicial Watch, a nationally known and highly regarded conservative watchdog organization, has as its’ motto the statement that “no one is above the law.” We the people would certainly like to believe that this is true; however I think that for many of us, our faith in that particular maxim has been sorely tested.
I recently received my copy of Judicial Watch’s compiled report that they called: Exposing the Deep State Threat to America 2016-2018, and have come to the conclusion that this is an explosive example of a form of election fraud that is rampant in our country these days … the fraudulent and dangerous shaping of the narrative to misguide the American voter.
The report itself is an analysis of the workings of Judicial Watch to uncover and detail the alleged corruption and the true collusion that appears to have taken place between members of the FBI leadership, the Obama Administration and the Clinton Cartel in a treacherous and treasonous plot to undermine the 2016 presidential campaign, and now the administration of President Donald J. Trump. After reading this report, and watching much of the news that is swirling around these days, I don’t understand why the American people are not marching in the streets demanding a halt to this obvious interference of our ability to legitimately govern our own country with free and fair elections, unencumbered by partisan political plots and ploys.
Frankly, I find the height, breadth and depth of corruption in the highest places in America almost beyond belief and comprehension, and I suppose that the power brokers like it this way – keeping the American electorate stunned and confused so that push back seems futile, but I don’t like it this way at all. That is why I support organizations like Judicial Watch www.judicialwatch.org and Michigan Conservative Union (www.mcu.today) who make it their priority to educate the American people in constitutionally limited, rule-of-law based government, so we might stand a fighting chance of achieving moral governance … some day, some way, somehow … if ever again.
My best take away from this particular report on the Deep State was that Mr. Chris Farrell (Director of Research and Investigation, Board Member – Judicial Watch) has called for the establishment of an investigative division of the U.S. Marshal Service that would be staffed by thoroughly vetted agents who would work to undercover and basically collapse the FBI upon itself. After reading that, I thought maybe after this reconfiguration, the FBI might actually work to protect the American people, instead of potentially helping to undermine our elections and our elected representatives.
I expanded the thought of using the U.S. Marshal Service to investigate other aspects of potential election fraud in the State of Michigan, so I went to the website https://www.usmarshals.gov/ where it says that the U.S. Marshal Service was formed by George Washington as the first federal law enforcement agency created in 1789. I like that.
Of course, since this is a bureaucratic agency, within the Department of Justice, the original intent seems to have been warped by the current day bureaucratic state. The website has a myriad of links to millions of pages of information, and so (to my way of thinking) it is almost useless, except as another dog and pony show to again distract the American people from researching much of anything of legislative import. But, we have reached a point in time where more and more of us need to forge ahead, pick our way through the distractions, and find a way to help restore our republic. To me, we are at that critical of a space and time, so I continued my search for answers, undaunted by the bureaucracy.
One of the fact sheets that I found on their website details the duties of the U. S. Marshal Service. It says on that page that “Criminal investigators, intelligence research specialists and protective intelligence investigators assess, investigate and respond to threats to the federal judiciary … threats to the federal judiciary? From my perch, I think that we have much more to worry about threats from the federal judiciary than to the federal judiciary.
Am I being too cynical to think that this is the proverbial hen guarding the fox house? In other words, the threat that I see facing our constitutional republic is from within the federal justice department (think Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the AP phone records scandal and a fake dossier to name a few), but yet the U.S. Marshal Service seems to have morphed into this bureaucratic comfort-zone oversight department assigned to protect the federal bureaucratic so-called “justice” department (maybe from us)? My head is spinning.
At what level, or when, will we see en masse the men and women of the bureaucratic oversight system come out of their comfort zone to actually bring justice to the justice department? That’s my question, and it isn’t rhetorical.
Once my head stopped spinning, I did some more research only to find that the Director of each U.S. Marshal Service office is appointed by none other than the President of the United States! Go, President Trump … appoint away!! In fact, there is a website dedicated to the U.S. Marshal Directors that have been nominated and/or appointed by President Trump.
What about Michigan? Who is the Director of the U. S. Marshal Service for Michigan? Well, as it happens to be, the State of Michigan is split into two divisions – the eastern and western divisions – and both leadership positions are vacant, but these vacancies are not on the list of U.S. Marshals currently nominated or appointed by President Trump. I wonder why, or rather why not?
There is not a lot of information to be easily found about these positions or the men who were last appointed to these positions, although I did find a Detroit News article discussing the retirement of Robert Grubbs, the Director of the U.S. Marshal Service for the Eastern Division chosen by President George W. Bush. Mr. Grubbs served for a total of 16 years and retired in August of 2018, having served through the Obama years and 18 months into the Trump administration.
The Western Division might be led by a man named Peter Munoz who is an interim appointment by previously acting Director U.S. Marshal Bruce Nordin. I found an article posted in a local Lansing newspaper called The Lansing City Pulse in 2009, where it stated that Mr. Nordin filled in after former Kent County Sheriff James Duggan retired in 2008.
According to a website called The Gaea Times, Peter Munoz was nominated by President Obama back in 2010, but it seems he was never formally appointed. Uh oh, my head is starting to spin again.
Nearly all of the information about these men and this “service” is sketchy and difficult to decipher, but then came the rub … I read in that aforementioned Lansing City Pulse article that the people nominated by the President are first recommended by the United States senators from the state in which the appointment is to be made. There go our chances of getting the kind of people we would prefer nominated to these positions when our state is represented by our leftist democrat senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.
In an effort to find which sentence, of which clause, of which amendment, to which regulation, in what rule stated that the recommendation of a senator is the mandatory first step in this appointment process, I followed the incredibly complex legal “codes” of the United States to try to find my answer.
The U.S. Marshal Service is listed in the U.S. Code under Title 28, Part II, Chapter 37, sections 561 through 569. Unfortunately, I don’t have those two days and two lawyers that former Michigan Congressman John Conyers infamously said would be needed in order to find out what it means once you read the bill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32ckkdlcao). Of course, he was originally referring to the Obama Care bill, but, wouldn’t you think that the same sentiment would apply across the board? At any rate, the code begins by saying that the President appoints the Director with the consent of the Senate. It does not say at the recommendation of a senator from the state. So, my hope is reignited.
I then wondered if there would be a possibility that we could encourage President Donald J. Trump to nominate Constitutional Sheriffs to the U. S. Marshal leadership positions that are currently vacant in both the Eastern and the Western Divisions of Michigan and, by doing so, would there then be a further opportunity for us to highlight and possibly stop potential, suspected and real election fraud prior to the 2020 elections?
In a last ditch effort-for-the-day to try to get to the bottom of this discovery process, I called Judicial Watch directly and spoke to Jill Farrell, Director of Public Affairs, who recommended that I call the Civil Rights Division of Michigan State Bureau of Elections. She, of course, didn’t know that I had already contacted them back in December of 2018, where I was pushed through another set of bureaucratic revolving doors that led to nowhere.
We have less than 630 days before the November of 2020 elections, and we probably have more than 630 sets of bureaucratic revolving doors that we will be pushed through during that time, and maybe 630 other ways that the bureaucratic state is working against the American people who love Liberty, but we must find a path to restore the unbiased narrative, restore our free and fair elections, and restore our constitutionally limited republic, because our country truly is worth saving, at any cost.
What price are you willing to pay?
He Called It Trumponomics
By Janice Daniels 1/23/19
I had the pleasure of attending a dinner event at Hillsdale College on January 21, 2019, featuring the witty and wise economist Dr. Arthur Laffer, who gave an entertaining and enlightening presentation that he called Trumponomics.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Dr. Laffer, he is the creator of what is commonly called The Laffer Curve, which is a conceptualization of the economic fact that if tax rates are too high, government revenues will decline (knock, knock government; are you listening)?
CNBC has a very extensive online critique of Dr. Laffer’s background and accomplishments that includes links to a number of quips and quotes from Dr. Laffer.
One such quote was from a 2012 interview on CNBC when Dr. Laffer said, “The U.S. economy is near a double-dip recession,” and he said, “We’re close – the single worst recovery of all time.” Dr. Laffer rightly predicted that the Republicans would take over the Senate in 2014 because of what he has referred to as “the Obama economic death spiral of the last 16 years, where we are 22 percent behind where we should be right now.”
For those of us who love President Donald J. Trump (and for those of you who should), I am happy to report that as of January 21, 2019, Dr. Laffer has significantly changed his tune!
I must confess that even though Dr. Laffer clearly spoke impeccable English, much of what he said in his Trumponomics presentation made at Hillsdale College was Greek to me. So, I offer the following layperson observations of his presentation, along with a number of links, in an effort to not only inform you, but to educate me.
First he said that things are changing (for the better, at least economically speaking)!
He then talked about what he called the Five Pillars of Prosperity.
The First Pillar of Prosperity is Taxation. He basically said that all taxes are bad, but some are worse than others. The goal of government should be to collect just enough to run the government with the least amount of damage. The best scenario is a low tax rate (so there is the least amount of incentive for committing fraud [to avoid high tax rates]). It should be a broad based tax structure (with the least loopholes) and we should have a flat tax. He gave a great example of the dangers of wealth redistribution by using only a two-person economy: Farmer A and Farmer B. If Farmer B gets a tax break, who pays for it? Farmer A. Enough said.
Dr. Laffer went on to say that President Trump’s tax policy represents “the best first term presidential tax policy that he had ever seen” (not to be confused with President Reagan’s “second” term tax policy, which was the greatest second term tax policy ever)!
President Trump’s tax policy of 2017 cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, which took the United States from being one of the highest OECD tax rate countries to being around the middle of the pack. Dr. Laffer called this an “amazing feat.” For those of you, like me, who don’t know much about the OECD, I have learned that it is the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, whose mission is to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.” A lofty goal, indeed.
President Trump’s 2017 tax policy also allows for “100 percent expensing of capital purchases in the first year.” Dr. Laffer called this “an incredible thing.”
It also “got rid of the territorial system that put the United States in an enormous disadvantage compared to other countries.”
Dr. Laffer said that “this is serious stuff.” He also complimented President Trump for ridding us of the Obamacare individual mandate. He then juxtapositioned Michigan tax policy with Tennessee’s tax policy, where there is no income tax, no death tax, and where Tennessee is the lowest taxed state in the nation. At a later point, during a question and answer session, Dr. Laffer responded to a question about “our jobs going to China” by saying that Michigan didn’t lose jobs to China, we lost jobs to Tennessee, and it was our own fault for our disastrous tax policies, that we should demand be fixed.
The Second Pillar of Prosperity is spending restraint. Dr. Laffer correctly pointed out that government spending is taxation. Government doesn’t create anything; it redistributes our wealth, and there just doesn’t seem to be any reining in of government spending (alas, sad but true).
The Third Pillar of Prosperity is Sound Money. Dr. Laffer said that there is nothing that can bring an economy to its knees like bad monetary policy. He said that he thinks that we are on the road to recovery. Later in the evening, when I privately asked him for his opinion about the Federal Reserve Board and their propensity for printing fiat money, he said not to expect to get everything all at once, and that Fed Chair Jerome Powell was working to curb that practice. We can only hope and pray, as we sort through our Monopoly money.
The Fourth Pillar to Prosperity is Limited Regulatory Policies. Dr. Laffer said President Trump is “the best” and Trump has done an “amazing” amount of deregulation (he kind of sounded like President Trump speaking)!
The Fifth Pillar to Prosperity is Free Trade. Dr. Laffer expressed the fact that he is “terrified” by some of President Trump’s trade policies, but he acknowledges Trumps expert background in trade as a mega-successful private entrepreneur, and he expects that Trump knows what he is doing with regards to (I guess) the Art of the Deal. We expect so too!
Dr. Laffer then proceeded to list this administrations’ accomplishments, such as the GDP growth rate, employment rate improvements, companies are not using tax shelters as much, companies really are coming back to the United States, there is huge competition in the marketplace, union dominance has declined (he specifically thanked Michigan for passing recent Right to Work legislation). Again, much of this is Greek to me, but I did make a note that Dr. Laffer said that “he couldn’t be happier.” He said that supply side economics is winning the long war, and he concluded by saying that “the best is yet to come.”
In this time of culture crisis, and all the mayhem that goes along with that, this was a very refreshing speech and a much-needed boost in the arm.
Thank you Dr. Laffer. Thank you Hillsdale College, and thank you President Trump.
Where Do We Go From Here?
by Janice L. Daniels, December 6, 2018
I want to take a moment to thank every single person in this country who meets the following criteria:
- Loves the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus Christ.
- Loves Natural Law.
- Loves the Holy Bible.
- Loves America, the constitutional Republic as founded, based upon the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.
- Loves Liberty in its truest form – this means that your liberty ends at my nose, and I have every right in the world to protect my life, my property and my family against your invasion of my liberty.
- Loves Limited Government – this means that We the People hold all of the power; “government” is not our master, it is our servant – not the other way around.
I am convinced that this nation’s Judeo-Christian principles and values are the foundations of good government and are necessary for a healthy civil society worthy of being passed on to our children. Remember, we left Great Britain only a couple of hundred years ago, and severed our ties with them forever, because we did not want to be ruled by a tyrannical King, and we needed to be safe to exercise our religious freedom. So why are we looking the other way when tyranny and bondage, chaos and confusion are literally knocking at our door in 2018?
I really don’t think that our flight and our fight for freedom back in the day meant that we wanted to someday, somehow, see our nation, our laws, our customs, our freedoms and our religious liberty be bastardized by every sect, or secularized demand of every other country or religion or political system in existence that might simply decide that they can usurp our way of life, just because they want to impose their way of life upon us.
I don’t see too many Americans going to Saudi Arabia, or Iran, or France or even Australia to try to take over their declared institutions of government, or education or media, do you? And I am tired of seeing godless, lawless, anti-American forces within this country actively working to destroy our declared institutions of government, education and media aren’t you?
So the question is, “Where do we go from here?” In my humble opinion, we need to go back to the basics, back to the proper hierarchy of self-government, back to the day of citizen Grand Juries who held power over the government, of properly written laws – if any more laws really even need to be written, they must be laws that are easy to read, understandable, constitutional and purposeful. We want to see respectful programming on national television, with an end to the fantasy violence and gratuitous lusts that permeate our media culture, as if that is the way average Americans live or think – it is not, I assure you.
We must find a way to unite under our God, we must raise up our voices, we have to protect our Liberty, our values, our declared customs, and our right to be a free people. This is an individual effort, to be sure, but there is power in numbers. The Tea Party movement of 2009 was a glorious uprising that proved that fact. We moved mountains so to speak. We changed the outcome of the elections of 2010, 2014 and 2016. We can’t stop now, even though we have suffered some recent losses.
I know that we have been studying and educating ourselves behind the scenes, since the days when our rallies fell by the wayside. We need to coalesce all that we have learned about our virtuous history, our great founding documents and the proper purpose of the law, under one banner, if we are to use that education for the benefit of the world (quite frankly – because if America goes down, the world loses it last best hope for freedom, as Ronald Reagan and Trevor Loudon have been known to say).
I know it might sound a bit corny, but truly, that is why I joined Michigan Conservative Union.
This organization has helped me clarify my goals, has helped me hone my skills, has given me an opportunity to meet with and work with people of like mind from all across the country. It gives me great information and direction, purpose and cause. Michigan Conservative Union has a proud record of having influenced legislation for decades, such as the passage of the Headlee Amendment, and the Freedom to Work initiative, to name a few. Michigan Conservative Union recently helped stall the Convention of States and National Popular Vote initiatives, and Michigan Conservative Union has an active voice in Lansing, even today. I have seen it at work, but we can do more. We actually can do much better than ever before, if we continue to grow as an organization of legitimate power of the people. This is the way to Make America Great Again. Please bring your passion, your skills, your knowledge and your voice to Michigan Conservative Union. We need your help. We have a country to save. Join today at https://mcu.today.
December 6, 2018
How to Deploy 5G Technology Now
by Janice L. Daniels, as published on iPatriot
Being as most of the clarion calls from “the people” to the men and women who have taken an Oath to protect and defend our constitution result in delayed hearings or additional hearings, more expert testimony, hand-wringing and secret back room meetings, but generally the final outcome is that the deep-pocket special interest groups get their way, and the people’s concerns are diminished, brushed away, or placated by more useless legislation using reams of paper and ink to basically say nothing, I have come up with a grand compromise regarding the serious health-concern issues of 5G that might actually result in an equitable outcome.
An overview of the type of legislative mumbo-jumbo that passes for oversight on the very serious 5G deployment issue can be found in my six-part analysis of one State of Michigan House of Representatives Energy Policy Committee hearing conducted on May 29, 2018 called I’ll Show You My Notes, If You’ll Show Me Yours (scroll down at https://mcu.today/janice-daniels-corner/), wherein I examine the testimonies of the technology wizards of the special interest class, and then the inane questioning and posturing of our legislative class, who never fail to amaze me with their lack of due diligence and need for maintaining a circus-like atmosphere with lame jokes and laughter among themselves.
More and more research is being made available to the hapless citizenry of the United States regarding the serious health concerns associated with increasing our wireless technology from 4G to 5G at a website called We Are The Evidence (https://wearetheevidence.org/) and another website called Americans for Responsible Technology (https://www.americansforresponsibletech.org/), to name a few places where even the least technologically-savvy citizen can clearly see that we need to halt the advancement of increased exposure to the radiation that emits from our wireless infrastructure and clearly address the known and unknown hazards that we are prepared to pass along to our children.
My recommendation is that each and every legislator volunteers to place the new fangled 5G towers in front of their homes; only in front of their homes. Give the rest of the American citizenry a five year moratorium to discover more of the information needed to make a sensible determination on the best way to move forward into technology salvation, so that, at some point, we can all download 20 movies in the time it takes to download one movie now (that is one of the benefits of 5G according to one of the sponsors in the Michigan legislature). That way, only their children will be affected by our headlong rush into a future we are not ready to embrace.
You legislators in?
Man Vs. God a La Kavanaugh
by Janice L. Daniels, as published on iPatriot
Listening in the peripheral to the brouhaha surrounding the Senate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme court, whilst at the same time listening intently to an audio version of Whittaker Chambers’ hauntingly captivating book Witness, I have been struck with the thought that the former proves the conceptual validity of the latter.
It really does boil down to the two great faiths of our existence, which Chambers basically expressed as being between the belief that God is the Supreme ruler of the universe, or the belief that man’s mind is the arbiter of all that is good or evil. This, according to Chambers, defines the great battle between freedom and communism.
Oh, go ahead, call it what you like: democratism, leftism, liberalism, progressivism, atheism, socialism, fascism, hedonism, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Islamism, communism. We know that variants of these ideologies apply, whenever any one group of people holds another group of people hostage to their belief system under penalty of personal character destruction, financial ruin, or worse yet, death. We are dealing with the same philosophy that holds that unless they can mold you into the perfect image of what they think a man should be, say, or do, then you might not be worthy of life itself.
Allow me the literary latitude of calling them all communists, because that is what I believe them to be.
In contrast, in John 8:7, Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” when speaking to the scribes and Pharisees who had brought an adulterous woman to him, asking that she be stoned according to the law of Moses. After the crowd dispersed, because none among them was without sin (as are none of us), Jesus told the woman to go and sin no more.
So, here we are, in 2018, and like it or not, our Constitution gives our President (who is not without sin) the duty of nominating a person (who is not without sin) to sit on the Supreme court and interpret what that Constitution says is the Law. That is a weighty role, to be sure. And so with their small-r republican mindset, our forefathers (who were not without sin) gave our Senators (who are not without sin) the obligation to confirm or deny this nomination. This is a rather brilliant aspect of a truly remarkable check and balance republican form of government, like it or not.
And so, we the people (who are not without sin) rely upon our sinful representatives’ open deliberation, debate, study and discussion to determine whether that sinful man has displayed something of a measure suitable to interpret the Law, given his writings, his testimonies and his life’s work in total. As the old saying goes, nothing is guaranteed in life except death and taxes, so even after this grueling grilling, we can only be certain that he is flesh and blood, and that he will disappoint someone or another of us.
“But he sinned, but he sinned,” the sinners in the media cry out to the sinful masses, and all the sinners pick up stones and make this man’s life a hell on Earth for a short while, until they determine that he has suffered enough, so that in the future he will not be too hot or too cold when deciding anything. Then they will know that they have molded him into the perfect image of what they think he should be, say or do, and they will let him live.
So, how do we define sin, a La man versus God? Well, we have God’s Old Testament Ten Commandments that most Christians would probably cite as a gauge of what God considers sinful, or we could build a list of man’s 2018 definition of sin, that might include: You can’t like or dislike anyone, you can’t choose your tenant, customer or neighbor based upon who you like or dislike, you can’t hire who you like, or fire who you dislike, you can’t say the wrong thing to the wrong person (and you might be wrong if you try to decide what that wrong thing is or who that wrong person might be), and now, you can’t rise above your alleged potential misbehaviors as a teenager, even if you didn’t commit a crime against either God or man.
Our children (who are not without sin) must know that this obsessive road that we are on leads only to the pure evil of communism and away from the freedom that is to be found in the love of God. To start them down the road to recovery, I suggest that Whittaker Chambers’ book Witness be included as required reading in high schools and colleges across this country, even though Mr. Chambers was also not without sin.
Good Law, Bad Law – Congress Shall Make NO LAW
by Janice L. Daniels, as published on iPatriot
American forefathers identified Good Law in the first paragraph of The Declaration of Independence, when addressing the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” These laws are intractable inasmuch as a tree is a tree, a man is a man and a woman is a woman – that’s nature’s law based upon God’s eternal laws of the universe. It is figuratively written in stone that a tree cannot become a man, a man cannot become a woman, and a woman cannot become a tree. No matter how contorted the human mind becomes in their effort to disrupt the laws of nature and of nature’s God, “these Truths are self-evident” (to borrow another phrase from the Declaration of Independence).
Since that declaration of Good Law, the written word has been used by man continuously and consistently to make Bad Law, and the only reason this continues unabated is that for years, decades and now centuries, We the People have allowed it to happen.
To that I say, “Shame on us; let’s fix it before it’s too late (if it isn’t already too late); and remember, whenever something needs fixing, the best place to start is at the beginning.”
Enshrined in the Bill of Rights, attached to the other famous American founding document, the Constitution, is one of the people’s most important freedoms, the Freedom of Religion. Our forefathers used sixteen words to declare religious liberty for all posterity. Those words read as follows: “Congress shall make NO LAW respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That’s really quite straightforward; understandable at an elementary level; concrete, clear and concise.
And what have we allowed our historical judicial tyrants to do with it? Slowly, serendipitously, stealthily obfuscate our rights so thoroughly that we now live in a country where “the courts” decide which bathroom we can use, or whether a private citizen of faith, in his privately held small business, can decide whether to bake a cake that includes a message that is fundamentally opposed to his religious convictions. And why has this happened? I believe it is because we have allowed the sworn enemies of Liberty to distort the very meaning of our God-given, constitutionally protected Rights.
For example, if in fact there is to be separation of church and state, the Bill of Rights puts this concept in the context of a “one-way street.” Congress shall make NO LAW. Nowhere in the constitution does it say anything to the effect that religious people shall not influence Congress, and furthermore, if there is to be a healthy “separation” of church and state, a good understanding of the mutually respectful separation can be read in a commentary written in 1888 that includes the following paragraph: “Destroy our churches, close our Sunday-schools, abolish the Lord’s Day, and our republic would become an empty shell, and our people would tend to heathenism and barbarism. Christianity is the most powerful factor in our society and the pillar of our institutions. It regulates the family; it enjoins private and public virtue; it builds up moral character; it teaches us to love God supremely, and our neighbor as ourselves; it makes good men and useful citizens; it denounces every vice; it encourages every virtue; it promotes and serves the public welfare; it upholds peace and order. Christianity is the only possible religion for the American people, and with Christianity are bound up all our hopes for the future.”
See: “The American Idea of Religious Freedom”, by Philip Schaff.
It’s no wonder the statists want to deny our children a proper understanding of American history.
For example, an early challenge to religious liberty was brought to the United States Supreme Court in 1878 in Reynolds v United States involving the right of a Mormon to have more than one wife.
Now, to be clear, I believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman, and I agree with Mr. Philip Schaff when he states that “Christianity is the only possible religion for the American people” (see italicized paragraph above).
That said, in my humble opinion, this case should never have been allowed (by We the People) to have been adjudicated at the federal level. This was a State issue and should have been finalized in Utah, where “the people” have “the right” to determine “the structure” of “their society” in “their State.” That’s federalism; that would have been in accordance with our constitution.
However, maybe because Americans were too busy building railroads in 1878, they failed to demand judicial adherence to their constitution, and the Supreme court was allowed to insert their opinion that the First Amendment forbade Congress from legislating against opinion, but allowed it to legislate against action.
I don’t remember seeing caveats to NO LAW that differentiated between opinion and action; do you? My opinion is that the Supreme court of 1878 should have cited the First and Tenth amendments to the constitution, declined to hear the case and remanded it back to the State of Utah where it should have been adjudicated in accordance with the will of the people. Instead, the Supreme Court’s handling of this decision seems to have been the proverbial camel’s nose under the proverbial tent.
Our religious liberty has, since then, continuously and consistently been eroded at the federal level to the point where, in the 1960’s, the Supreme court required governments to “refrain from limiting religious freedom, unless they have a compelling societal reason for doing so.” See Section I, Paragraph 3:
And, of course the socialist Representative from New York Charles Schumer and the infamous deceased Senator from Massachusetts Edward Kennedy were only too happy to enshrine the governments “compelling interest” restriction on our First Amendment Rights in 1993 under the deceitful guise of the Restoration of Freedom of Religion Act.
I ask you: Do you really believe that Rep. Chuck Schumer or Sen. Ted Kennedy ever intended to protect your religious freedom? I rest my case.
Say NO to Convention of States
My article published September 6, 2018 on iPatriot.com
Mark Meckler, representing Convention of States Action (COSA), the group dedicated to amending our constitution, unwittingly gave us the most compelling reasons not to open up the constitution under an Article V convention in his testimony before the Michigan Senate Committee on Government Operations on September 5, 2018. Thank you, Mark.
In his testimony he stated that “most of you in your legislature, I hear it all the time across the country, lament the fact that the American public does not pay enough attention to the constitution. They are not necessarily educated well in Civics; they are not necessarily educated well in the constitution itself.”
I would contend that this is exactly why we should not open the constitution to the amendment process.
Mark Meckler began his testimony by stating that a majority of Americans are frustrated by the fact that far too much decision making and power is vested in the federal government. I believe this observation true, but do we amend a constitution that we don’t understand, or do we rather educate ourselves about the constitution to remedy the situation?
He continued by saying that this is a simple debate about a simple question about where decisions should be made in the United States. I would actually contend that this is a complex debate about a complex question concerning why we as American’s don’t “necessarily” understand our simple founding documents.
There are speculative answers to this complex question. Some of us feel we have higher priorities (what time does the game start?). Some of us think that the constitution is a “living, breathing” document that can be changed at will to the point that we have far surpassed James Madison’s warning in Federalist 62 about the “internal effects of a mutable (or changeable) policy” (parenthetical definition mine).
In Federalist 62, Madison points to the fact that changeable policy “poisons the blessings of liberty itself.” He goes on to say that “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
To see what Madison was alluding to, I would encourage you to study any Senate journal of any day of any year in any State. Take for example yesterday’s Senate Journal in the State of Michigan:
This one-day journal is 71 pages long. After a tribute to a public servant who had passed into eternity, our Senators passed a resolution recognizing July 2018 as Craft Beer Month. Then they referred a resolution to the Congress of the United States asking them to remember to enact legislation that requires disposable wipes be clearly labeled as “non-flushable.”
They then received a message from the Governor informing them that he had approved and signed the following Senate Bills:
SB 871 which amended the 1927 PA 175 related to criminal procedures; SB 872 which amended the 1961 PA 236 regarding the organization and jurisdiction of the courts; SB 731 amending 1956 PA 55 authorizing jeopardy assessment of personal property taxes; SB 732 amending 1929 PA 236 providing for the recording of waivers of priority of mortgages; SB 733 amending 1970 PA 132 providing for the filings of surveys relative to land divisions, etc.
Oh my God, I can’t go on … the Governor signed and approved a total of 66 Bills listed on a total of 16 pages of this one-day Senate Journal.
I would challenge any one of our State Senators to “testify” whether they have read 1986 RS 65, or 1929 PA 236, or any one of these so-called “laws” that they are busy amending, and if they could cite the exact Section and Clause of the United States Constitution that gives them the authority to do any of these things to the people of the United States.
The Journal goes on to “read” Executive Order (No. 2018-7) Transferring Refugee Services Functions from “the Office of Refugee Services within the Department of Health and Human Services to the Michigan Office for New Americans within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs” (I would ask why), and Executive Order (2018-8) naming the Brian J. Whiston Memorial Fountain (I would ask who).
The Governor then submitted to the Senate appointments to 57 various Boards, Directorships, Commissions, Councils, Advisory Panels, Administrations, and Task Forces a myriad of faceless bureaucrats, whereby our Governor “has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” That italicized sentence, my fellow citizens, is the exact wording of one of the 26 grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence that caused us to absolve our allegiance to the British Crown in the first place.
All of the above was accomplished in the first 18 minutes of this particular Senate “day.”
They then took a 54 minute recess from 10:18 am to 11:12 am.
The reconvened Senate then blathered about this and blustered about that, and then at 11:32 am they took their second recess that lasted until 1:31 pm – almost a two hour break.
Upon return, they introduced 56 more bills and took their third recess, after which they discussed, voted on and cataloged more unreadable stuff and adjourned at 4:02 pm.
Read it yourself. See what I mean. Then we need to ask ourselves, “Why would Mark Meckler (or any of us) want these people to open up our constitution, other than to actually read it? Then ask your legislator to show us the constitutional authority that gives them the right to do any of what they are doing, when their actual duty is to protect and defend the constitution that they seemingly don’t follow and we seemingly don’t understand.
The Perfect Man – Until Death Do We Part
My article published September 2, 2018 on iPatriot.com about The Perfect Man billboard.
There is a clever meme called The Perfect Man that shows a once-lovely group of old lady skeletons, one in a wheelchair, sitting around a table with a wine bottle and candles on it with the words Women Waiting for The Perfect Man written below the picture. Funny stuff, but this is no joke. Maybe those ladies would have been better off waiting for a few good men.
Actually, there are two world ideologies that claim that their prophet is The Perfect Man.
One of those world ideologies just so happens to be our own: Christianity. We hold dear the fact that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was without sin, was crucified willingly for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day to reign at the right hand of God until the day of His second coming, when He will return to recover His people and ultimately bring peace and harmony on earth is it is in Heaven. That is a beautiful image to behold.
That is not to say that our Perfect Man wasn’t capable of “turning over tables” when confronted with greed and misguided allegiance, and there is no short supply of God warning us against following foreign gods, who would become snares to us if we allowed them in our midst.
Read the Bible; it’s not me saying that, it is God saying that. Well, what about turning the other cheek, you ask? Certainly Jesus would want us to forgive other Christians when we are offended by something that they say or do. After all, the blood of Christ is thicker than water, as the saying goes. But does God really want us the turn the other cheek when we are slapped in the face with evil itself? I don’t think so.
Now, the other Perfect Man world ideology is alluded to on an actual billboard that lists the historically verifiable actions of that man. Never once does the message on this billboard state that man’s name. Never once does this billboard state the name of that other world ideology, and yet the defenders of that ideology reliably rose up in dismay and outrage, doing what they could to try to get the original billboard taken down, and to try to stop the placement of this billboard elsewhere.
The defenders of that other faith claimed that they would raise money to place another billboard nearby that would stress the peace and love of their world ideology. That doesn’t seem to have happened. Don’t wait too long for that billboard either, ladies.
Soon thereafter, the media belted out their typical online smear campaign reliably designed to destroy the character of the messenger, rather than to refute the message, using many of the market-tested words that are sure to rile up the radical faith followers, such as anti-Muslim, inflammatory, degrading, Islamophobia. You get the point.
But, how did the “believers” of this ideology and their complicit and compliant media know the identity of that particular Perfect Man, who was never once named?
All that the billboard says is that this “Perfect Man” was a rapist, he married a six year old, he had 11 wives (nine at one time), he was a slave owner and dealer, he beheaded 600 Jews in one day, and he tortured and killed unbelievers. That’s enough to make even old lady skeletons shiver in their bony boots.
Maybe it was because The Koran states that Muhammad is the Perfect Man for Muslims to imitate if they want to meet their foreign god Allah (Chapter 33:21), or maybe it is because The Koran (and other significant Islamic writings) support the truth of the billboard statements.
These few good billboard men are serious about educating America. In fact, this year’s billboard campaign includes a website called The Perfect Man Truth that offers clickable links to support the points made on the billboard.
So, what are Christians and Jews (unbelievers) waiting for, before we stop this foreign ideology from further infiltrating America? Are we waiting for our Perfect Man to save us? Is that what you think our God wants from us? Or, would He want us to start turning over tables and defending ourselves?
Maybe we should start by supporting the efforts of these few good men to further the truth by getting more of these billboards placed throughout the country, before death indeed do we part.
A Speech Revisited: “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice”
Posted in iPatriot News on August 16, 2018
The situation our nation faces in 2018 suggests that history truly does need examination using a different lens.
In my humble opinion (IMHO), it is a tragedy that everybody tends to quote the atheist (aka communist, IMHO) from Spain Jorge Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana y Borras (aka George Santayana) born in 1863, when he supposedly said, “Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it,” rather than quoting Edmund Burke (Anglo-Irish statesman; staunch supporter of the American Revolution) born in 1729 when he said, “People will not look forward to prosperity who never look backward to their ancestors,” in his book The Reflections on the French Revolution, written in 1790.
Another tragedy is the short shrift that is given to Barry Goldwater (the great libertarian leaning Republican candidate for President in 1964) versus the democrat, socialist, communist (IMHO) former President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Go back in history to the Republican national convention in San Francisco where Barry Goldwater gave a speech that was filled with inspiration and wonderful small r republican principles … the very principles that are burning right now, in the ongoing march forward of the destructive socialist policies of Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Maybe by reviewing some of Barry Goldwater’s motivating clarity of purpose we can re-ignite some of the pride he had for the Republican Party and for the United States of America, re-ignite the flame to restore American principles and enforce constitutional limitations upon our bloated government bureaucracy, and thereby douse the flames of anarchy that have been signed, sealed and delivered by men like Johnson with his Great (socialist) Society (IMHO).
Early in Goldwater’s speech, he said, and I quote: “The good Lord raised this mighty Republic to be a home for the brave and to flourish as a land of the free – not to stagnate in the swampland of collectivism, not to cringe before the bullying of communism.” End quote.
Yet today, we stand on the very edge of the fine line between Liberty and the bullying of communism. Make no mistake about it, the stakes are huge, our opponents never sleep, and we must be braver than brave if we are to ever again truly stand free. We cannot let our American Republic burn when so many men have spent blood, sweat and tears to protect and defend her.
Candidate Goldwater went on to say, “Now certainly simple honesty is not too much to demand of men in government.”
I envision Mr. Goldwater rolling over in his grave in the year 2018 where it is now almost as if honesty is a thread-bare old coat left to catch fire in a dusty broken down attic somewhere in the recesses of our mind, possibly never to be worn again.
Haven’t we reached a time where the pendulum has to stop in its tracks, where we must grab hold of it, pull it back to center, then get behind it and push it to the side where pride and honesty, love of God and safe streets are cherished again, not mocked?
Barry Goldwater had something to say about safe streets in this almost forgotten but truly memorable speech. He said, “History shows us – it demonstrates that nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets safe from bullies and marauders.”
Imagine that, elected officials focusing on the most important constitutional duty of government at all levels – protecting the citizenry from outside aggression and inside insurrection. Our politicians need to be reminded that the protection of our streets is their primary responsibility, and the citizenry needs to know that if our elected officials choose to continue to ignore their primary responsibility, we must find men and women who understand this constitutional mandate, so that they put a stop to the burning of our cities.
Barry Goldwater went on to list what he considered to be the essence of republicanism. He said, “The cause of republicanism was to resist concentration of power and to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people.” He said that, “the cause of republicanism is to restore a clear understanding of the tyranny of man over man in the world at large, to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony if we just don’t rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression – and this,” he said, “is hogwash.”
Are you listening President Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, House Speaker Ryan … Attorney General Sessions? The list goes on. Are you listening? You should be.
And then, near the end of this must-read speech, Mr. Goldwater went on to say, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”
Before the mobs of 2018 find faux support in these words of wisdom, the extremism we see on our streets today is not defending liberty but destroying liberty (IMHO).
I have read that Barry Goldwater was known for his alleged “blunt comments,” and the partisan media of his day used every tool in their box to destroy his character and thereby destroy his chances to become the 36th President of the United States. In the lens of history, I only wish that he had been elected President so that we would not still today be burdened with the unrealistic, unsustainable, in fact destructive policies of President Lyndon Johnson.
The modern day Republican Party would do well to go back, study their own history, and reclaim the glory that must have been alive during the founding of our blessed nation; that great men like Edmund Burke were able to see from across the ocean, and great men like Barry Goldwater were able to identify.
This is our day; we are living what will become history to generations yet born. We must find a way to rewrite the American Dream and put out the flames of anarchy.
The Day After the Primary Election
Posted August 9, 2018 from iPatriot
“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.” These words, said to have been penned by William Shakespeare, could have been written to the many disappointed supporters of State Senator Patrick Colbeck, I being one of them. We are all suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, when on the eve of August 7, 2018 we found that Senator Colbeck has come in third in a four-way race to become the Republican candidate for the November general election race to become the next Governor of the glorious State of Michigan.
Alas, and it is true, so many of Senator Colbeck’s volunteers worked so hard to get the word out that he indeed was the most qualified man of the people, with bright original ideas on how to address the many problems facing our state and, in fact, our nation. Wise, gifted, Godly, thoughtful, articulate, handsome, who could have asked for more – to be or not to be – that is a question?
Ah, but in the stead the winner is, Bill Schuette, a man who himself could easily be a convincing character from a Shakespearean play. Maybe like Julius Caesar, who if he were to become King would possibly mean the end of Rome’s republican form of government or Macbeth, the tyrannical ruler of Scotland who sought political power for power’s sake. “Too cruel, anywhere. Dear Duff, I prithee, contradict myself, and say it isn’t so,” as said by Banquo in Act 2, Scene 3 of MacBeth, when confronted with the fact that their royal master was gone.
Ok, that was fun for a moment, but let’s end the similarity right here, because at this point, our choices are limited to two, and we have “to be” for one of them. Bill Schuette is not Julius Caesar, nor is he MacBeth. Much to my chagrin, he was President’s Trump chosen heir apparent to the throne of Michigan, and as much as we have protesteth, the end of this play must be success not failure.
We must now turn our attention to Mr. Schuette and his opponent, the Democrat candidate, Grethen Whitmer (we can all breath a sign of relief that it will not be Albulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed – a backhanded victory, to be sure).
Many of my libertarian-leaning friends are crying out that the establishment and the special interest crowds have won again, and no matter which of these two general election candidates wins in November, we are once again confronted with the mantra that voting for the lesser of two evils, still gives us evil. There certainly is some truth to that sentiment. Both of these general election gubernatorial candidates are, without a doubt, career politicians, which to many of us is a strong indicator, if not of absolute evil, certainly of a love of big government over liberty.
Nonetheless, it also cannot be disputed that when you vote for the lesser of two evils, you do indeed leave “less evil” for our children to contend with in this earthly journey that they have inherited from us. So how do we determine just who is the lesser evil (if in fact you are of that mindset)?
If you examine both of these establishment candidates issues page on their websites, you will see that they are advertising that they are “the one” who can fix the roads (Ms. Whitmer insists on being a potty mouth when she talks about “the roads” – I wonder how that corresponds to her pledge to “Improving Education and Skills Training” – I thought using swear words was an indicator of a lower IQ or a lesser education). I guess we have to ask Grethen that question somewhere along the campaign trail.
Both candidates claim that they will “fix the roads,” “combat or end the opiod crisis,” focus on “jobs for Michigan,” “hold government accountable,” “protect women’s rights,” “roll back or repeal a previous administrations tax plan” … blah, blah, blah. Guess what, we have heard it all before.
These issues, or variations thereof, are repeated year after year, election after election, and things only seem to get worse, with more regulation, higher taxes, bigger government, to the point that it appears that these problems are similar to the cards stuffed up the card shark’s sleeve, left hidden until they get pulled out again, when they can be used to trick the honest card player into folding their hand, but now is not the time to fold in our hands.
We are, once again, at a crossroad, needing to pick up the pieces, unite with elements of the same basic philosophy, work hard to explain our terms, and get out the vote in our general favor. The only question that remains is, “Will the people aligned with the republican form of government (whom I would identify as the establishment Republican, the conservative, the libertarian, the constitutionalist, and the Christian) be able to win over the progressive, the socialist, the communist, the Democrat?” In the final analysis, that is the true nature of the political battle we face – it always has been, and it always will be. I don’t think that is a line from Shakespeare, but it probably should be one.
FISA vs. the Fourth
A Stolen Freedom Odyssey
Has anyone read the 49,000 word original FISA legislation introduced on May 18, 1977, by the late Senator Ted Kennedy and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978?
I didn’t think so.
The first thing that jumped out at me, as my eyes were glossing over the “Definitions” outlined on page 1 of this “Act” (that includes 804 Sections), was that “Foreign power” means “a faction of a foreign nation or nations, not substantially composed of United States persons.”
Not substantially composed of (So, in other words, there can be a couple of U. S. “persons,” that “compose” a foreign power)?
United States persons? According to the definition found on page 1,443 of 22 USC 6010, a United States person means: “any United States citizen or alien admitted for permanent residence in the United States, and any corporation, partnership, or other organization organized under the laws of the United States.”
I wonder if the definition of persons includes the estimated 12 million illegal aliens that have “unlawfully” admitted themselves for permanent residence in the United States (using 2014 Homeland Security data, which, by the way, excludes refugees, asylum seekers and nonimmigrants)?
I also find it interesting that the mammoth United States Code can be found on a U. S. Government Publishing website with the byline: Keeping America Informed. Indeed.
The task of attempting to understand the myriad legalese and loopholes that comprise our modern day so-called laws is monumental and, quite frankly, impossible to accomplish (me thinks that might be the usurpers’ goal).
We should examine some of the additional myriad words, acronyms, clamps, bells and whistles relative to the groundbreaking (or earth shattering) legislation known as FISA written by the so-called “lion” of the Senate (or was that “lying,” as in what I thought about his cowardly, self-serving defense of the untimely, tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne at the bottom of Poucha Pond on July 18, 1969).
The American people should periodically read about, and never forget, that sad piece of history, but I digress.
What are some of the many ways that our public servants have usurped our Fourth Amendment cast-in-stone protection against unwarranted searches and seizures? Well, there is the Terrorist Surveillance Act, which was the NSA surveillance program developed during the G.W. Bush administration (2001-2009). This administrative-state beauty of countless words was a part of The President’s Surveillance Program which included the warrantless surveillance program with the code name Stellar Wind.
Apparently, at the time, the GWB administration joined the late Senator Kennedy in ignoring the Supreme court majority decision in Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967).
And they all ignored the Supreme court (8-0) unanimous decision in United States v. United States District Court, No. 70-153 (known as Keith) (1972).
Both of these cases concurred that wiretapping was indeed included in our Fourth Amendment protection against warrantless searches and seizures.
Then there’s the Privacy Act of 1974 (8,253 words), the Protect America Act 0f 2007 (2,557 words), the USA Patriot Act (61,154 words), and the USA Freedom Act (20,950 words), to name but a few. All numbers shown in this commentary are approximate, but, I would bet taxpayers’ money that nobody has read any of them in their entirety!
I am also beginning to wonder if anyone has read the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights to the United States constitution. If you haven’t looked at your constitution lately, here are those 54 specific words that comprise the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
What’s that old advertising campaign slogan? You’ve come a long way, baby? Indeed we have, and if I remember correctly, that ad campaign was about women smoking. Oh, great. You know that the devil is always in the details, sort of like Alexander Hamilton’s unheeded warning in Federalist 84 about adding a Bill of Rights at all to our constitution for fear of the usurpers regulating that which is written but never granted to the federal government in the first place.
Alas, it seems that buggy has left the station, probably never to be seen again, and in fact with the current cache of usurpers posing as power-brokers in this country, if we were to try to eliminate the Bill of Rights in 2018, it would no doubt be couched in some big government takeover of even more of our liberties. I wouldn’t doubt that for one legislative minute.
So, as the story goes, the people continue to naively look the other way, while our usurper government takes our very specific 54 word limitation upon their power to lord over us, and strips the very essence of our warrantless-search-and-seizure rug right out from under our feet.
I am not the only one who believes that this type of lawless infringement upon our Liberty must be stopped. You can check out for yourself the myriad (also unreadable) online opinion pieces that have been written through the years since the battle of FISA Vs the Fourth first began its fateful journey in 1978 (not to mention the grief our beloved President Donald J. Trump is experiencing today as a result of this lawlessness).
Yet, it seems that no one has delivered the much-needed knockout punch that might restore our constitutional limitations, placed upon an overzealous, out of control government, by our Founders who were much more keenly aware of the potential tyranny of the State than we seem to be … the key word here is yet … It’s FISA (141,914), the Fourth (54) … but, this fight is not over, yet. I’m still praying for the underdog Fourth.
I’ll Show You My Notes, If You’ll Show Me Yours
The Michigan House of Representatives Energy Policy Committee Meeting: 5G Wireless Technology Infrastructure Hearing
Part One of Six
As I sat on one of the hard wooden cushion less chairs provided to “the people,” in Room 519 of the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing, MI, waiting for the beginning of the Energy Policy committee hearing on the Senate Bills 0637 and 0894 (regarding the approval of infrastructure needed to implement the advancement of wireless technology from its current 4G to 5G), my very first NOTED observation was the upside down configuration of that very room.
It seemed illogical to me that the elevated hardwood podium and cushy leather-bound, stuffed and swiveled chairs were provided to the public servants of the people, instead of being provided to the bosses of those public servants. “We the people” should be sitting in those expensive, comfortable chairs and the hard wooden row cushion less chairs should have been provided to the public servants who are supposed to be working for us.
That observation basically sets the stage for my opinion of the government we have formed seemingly of, by and for the public servants.
The hearing began with the Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile representatives (I called them The Music Men of Technology), being interrupted by the Senator who championed these bills in the first place, Senator Joe Hune, R-District 22.
Senator Hune spoke of having moved to a small town named Gregory where the Internet connection was non-existent. He said that it’s funny that his three year old thinks that, “Internet is a basic human right,” and his three year old “hollers every time the Internet goes out.” NOTE: If Internet service is non-existent, how did it go out? These remarks didn’t exactly give me a feeling of great comfort that the good citizens of Hamburg had used the requisite discernment in electing the best and the brightest when they gave Mr. Joseph Hune that Senate seat. But, then, everybody makes a bad joke, once in a while. Just ask Rosanne Barr.
Senator Hune went on to mention “our (his/their) friends” at Frontier, who provided some Internet service to the area where he lives. NOTE: I thought Internet was “non-existent” where he lived? Forget it. Oh, and by the way, most people don’t have any “friends” at any Internet Service Provider. We just pay them money for service. But then, that’s us, and most of us are not Senators.
Senator Hune continued by indicating that “the bills before them would not address rural Internet service, but that it would break down the government barriers to investment in Internet service.” He then described what 5G is, by saying, “it is approximately 20 times faster than 4G,” and “you can download 20 movies in the time it takes to download one movie.”
NOTE: As if downloading 20 movies were the criteria for a good life in America. I wasn’t overly impressed. Nor was I impressed when Senator Hune admitted that, “it was ‘kinda funny’ that he would champion a piece of legislation based on technology, because he’d just as soon not even have a cell phone.”
NOTE: Another bad joke that was not at all funny (I wonder if Senator Hune “championed” these bills because of campaign contributions added to his coffers from the Music Men of Technology). I also didn’t find it funny when he said that 5G was almost indispensable to the “autonomous vehicle wave that is coming,” being as this was a statement that was later challenged and seemingly refuted.
The AT&T Music Man then spoke up saying that small cell technology is “new and crucially important technology needed to increase broadband capacity in areas where large amounts of people are using a vast array of wireless devices to search and download a lot of information.” It will “also serve as a cornerstone on the coming 5G networks.” And it will “help usher in innovations like The Internet of Things, Driverless Vehicles and Smart Cities.” NOTE: Say what?
Mr. Verizon Music Man spoke next. He really didn’t have much to say other than to identify the words “small cells” versus existing “macro towers” and the ability of small cells to be incorporated easily into the existing macro towers – NOTE: I might mention that Senator Joe Hune at one point gave the impression that “small cells” were about the size of a briefcase.
Mr. Verizon Music Man then passed the microphone to Mr. Sprint Music Man. He spoke of the process; as in the number of hours of work and compromise that went into these pieces of legislation.
Then a consultant spoke on behalf of T-Mobile, obviously in support of the bills. He complimented the Chair for “doing a great job.”
Then a lawyer for AT&T (I call him Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney) spoke about the “compromise” in the bills; as in the process for fees, rents and access; a uniform process for permitting timelines; tools for authorities to protect aesthetics of the right of way; placement spacing requirements to avoid “clustering,” and height restrictions – new poles are to be under 40 feet of above ground level and collocation on existing poles of no higher than 5 feet above existing structure. NOTE: Quite a bit of mumbo-jumbo, (and quite a bit of footage for a briefcase sized small cell, isn’t it)? But then, confusing even the simplest issue, so that no one understands much of anything said, is what attorneys seem to do best. Good job, Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney.
Then we listened to highly questionable questions posed by our public servants. It doesn’t get much better (or worse), than this. NOTE: I suppose that depended upon whether you were sitting in a cushy leather chair or a hard wooden chair. To Be Cont’d … See Part Two of Six
Part Two of Six
I suspect “hearings” conducted by the myriad Senate and House “committees” in states across this nation have similar questionable discourse revealed in my analysis of the conversations and questions posited by the people whom we have elected to represent us. This is troubling at best and tragic at worst. I would like to think that the People deserve better than this … or do we? NOTE: We elected them.
Once the aforementioned presentations were completed by The Music Men of Technology and Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney (see Part One of Six) that began the Michigan House Energy Policy committee hearing on Senate Bills 0637 and 0894 (regarding the approval of infrastructure needed to implement the advancement of wireless technology from its current 4G to 5G), our House representatives began their much anticipated questioning.
State Representative Tristin Cole R-District 105, began the questioning by asking The Music Men of Technology to outline the size of the small cell boxes and to let us know if there was any current infrastructure in the Right of Ways.
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney fielded the question. He looked at Page 7 of the 36 page SB 0637 and said, “Each antenna had to be within 6 cubic feet of the associated equipment, and on Page 8 with 25 cubic feet, down from 28 cubic feet – that’s the size of the structures we are talking about.” NOTE: This answer was to me about as clear as mud, especially when I still had this image of a briefcase-sized piece of equipment to which Senator Hune had alluded.
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney continued to say that each of the wireless companies would have “different deployments.” NOTE: “Deployments” – isn’t that a military word? I’m just asking.
House Energy Policy Committee Chairman Representative Gary Glenn R-District 98, posed the following question(s): “Will each company … will have different sets of poles? Each carrier has different network needs? The preference is to “deploy” on existing poles … but these poles are low powered antenna, they only propagate 300 to 800 feet or so, so there may be a need for new poles?
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney furtively answered, “It depends.” Chairman Glenn seemed satisfied with this vague answer, because he immediately then asked about the distance between poles.
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney said, “That answer also is: ‘It depends.’ What we are talking about is another layer to existing wireless that’s out there – You have macro towers that propagate a mile or so. There is an extraordinary increase in data usage over the last ten years. You have to build more capacity into the network. You can’t create new spectrum and so to do that, they are bringing these smaller facilities down closer to the user. The key component is capacity. The frequencies used allow very low latency. You can’t afford to have poor latency. You need zero latency which is an important part.” NOTE: Wouldn’t “zero” latency be less than “low” latency or even “poor” latency? Move along; nothing here. No one challenged him.
Then State Representative Donna Lasinski D-District 52 inquired about rural reach. Her “concern is that the citizens who sent letters of support actually had the impression that this new service was going to give them Internet access that presently does not exist.”
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney replied: “This is not a solution for unserved areas.”
Rep Lasinski’s second question was about “access equity” – enhancing service instead of expanding service. She asked, “How would this close the equity gap?” Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney answered by speaking of zoning challenges that might have impeded coverage where certain areas that don’t have 4G could receive small cell that would provide 4G and 5G in the future.
No follow-up question to that murky answer either, but Rep. Lasinski wasn’t finished. She then pontificated upon the digital divide being mostly along socio- economic means by pointing out that “the people who can’t afford any other devices but a cell phone are much more dependent upon their cell phones.” She continued by saying that she “believes this bill will close the digital divide,” but then she said that “the bill will possibly exacerbate the divide, just because we are seeing increased investment in our urban areas that will use the necessary capital dollars that will not be available to expand in rural areas.”
NOTE: Leave it to an Ann Arbor Democrat to make the case for and against the same issue in one fell class-warfare-observation swoop.
Rep. Lasinski’s next brilliant question: “When technology is moving very quickly. When 5G becomes 7G, 8Z, who knows … how does the bill provide for the removal and discarding of old equipment?” NOTE: As if the most pressing problem with “8Z” (if it comes to that exponential alphanumerical technology requirement) would be the discarding of old equipment, rather than the potential exponential destruction of our children’s health!
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney said that there is language in “here” that addresses removal. He offered to point the committee to where it is, if that would be helpful. He also said that there was language in the bill that requires written notification to the city when a site is no longer being used and that he thinks there was specific language in the bill that would allow the city to do “it” if the company didn’t. He wanted to point out the specific language.
Ms. Ann Arbor Democrat Donna Lapinski said “That’s okay, we’ll have it “poled up” right there. (NOTE: Not funny) … she “just wanted to make sure “that” was addressed, because it was another concern of her community.” NOTE: Finally she was finished, but I’m not … Oh, and, by the way, the community is not hers; she belongs to the community (see Part Three of Six).
Part Three of Six
I share Thomas Jefferson’s opinion that the best government is the least government, and it is the job of the People to examine the actions of people set in high places to make sure that they act in accordance with the constitutional constraints that have been placed upon them. Right now, the people are doing a terrible job of oversight, and the public servants are doing a great job of taking advantage of our negligence.
I continue my analysis of The Michigan House of Representatives Energy Policy Committee hearing on the issue of the 5G Wireless Technology Infrastructure.
The next inquisitor, State Representative Steve Johnson R-District 72 finally (sort of) addressed the issue of health concerns, which was why many of us took time out of our busy day to come to this hearing in the first place. His question was with regard to whether a homeowner can make a request for a certain small cell to be moved away from their house.
NOTE: Surely, Rep. Johnson jested. The concerned citizens of Michigan will not be happier if the alleged cancer-causing new technology is placed 10 feet away from our home, rather than only 5 feet away, I can assure you.
But, Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney assured us that “there is language in the bill, Page 15, lines 1 through 5, that allow … and this was something that was negotiated as part of the stakeholder group for this exact concern, umm, so that they can require the applicant to come forth with certification of compliance with the FCCs rules related to radio frequency emission from the proposed facility. Umm. So that the authority can bake right in to the actual application requirements that certification is required as part of your permit. Ah Umm, to deploy. Ah, does that answer your question Representative?”
The camera switched back to Rep. Johnson who had a classic deer-in-the-headlights blank stare, as he meekly nodded agreement that his question had been answered. NOTE: More campaign contributions, anyone?
Chairman Glenn asked, “The language would allow a city to do so, to require that, but would not require a city to do so, is that correct?
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney answered by saying: “Mr. Chairman, it gives the discretion to the authority to require this, if they so choose.” NOTE: Which authority; what discretion; whose requirement? Move along; nothing here. No one challenged him.
NOTE: I have everlasting respect for Representative Gary Glenn, whose work in the private sector is unmatched in clarity, bravery and sound doctrine, and he is probably one of the best legislators in Michigan; but the bar has been set very low, and it seems he has been somewhat affected by that same seductive allure of political power that softens and recasts even the best among us.
Then Rep. James A. Lower, R-District 70 inquired about maintenance – how would it work when a city wants to do some maintenance to a street light that has equipment on it? Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney answered “there was … that an agreement that could be put right in the language in the permit for the collocation.” NOTE: Say what? The softball question was completely missed. Ball one.
Then Representative LaTonya Garrett D-District 7 asked, “Out of curiosity, I’m trying to figure out what’s trending now from a 4G that is different that is now causing our data to run slower? What are people accessing, what are they searching the web for that is causing the data to run slower which is causing us now to need to have access to 5Gs and then maybe like the minority chair said that 6Gs and 7Gs? What’s trending? Can you explain that and then also could you just tell us some of the issues with regards to zoning? And then I’ll come back as ask some more questions.”
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney answered by saying that there has been a huge increase in mobile data minutes, so this is people streaming video on their mobile devices and people rely on their phones more than ever to do things now; it’s a replacement for typically what we used to do at our homes, and so this increase in mobile data usage has caused this capacity crunch, and you can’t create more spectrum; it’s a finite resource. You have mobile data minutes going up; you have more people on flat rate plans going up, and you have limited spectrum; and so you need something to do to deal with our customers and your constituents’ needs. He then turned to Rep. Garrett’s second concern about zoning by basically stating that this bill addresses permitted use in the public right of way and if you are outside of that right of way, you are going to go through the traditional zoning procedure that the local authority “may” have.
Rep. Garrett made a follow up request: “Provide me with some reasons authorities have indicated in preventing; why they would like to prevent small cells in their jurisdictions.”
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney said, “It is not so much that they are preventing; that people have come out with a notion that I don’t want small cells in my jurisdiction, but that from a state policy perspective is: What can the state do to encourage this investment in the state and having a uniform process and fee structure is extremely useful for encouraging that investment.”
NOTE: Rep. Garrett asked about authorities (the people); Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney talked about people (the authorities), and the discussion concluded by deferring to “the State.” So, even though the people are the true authorities; our public servants and the Music Men of Technology seem to give that distinction to the State. This, in a nutshell, is what needs to be fixed, and this type of careful oversight might be just what the doctor ordered (See Part Four of Six).
Part Four of Six
The Michigan House Energy Policy committee meeting, addressing The Wireless Technology Infrastructure bills, was split into two sessions.
This was done because our public servants had “something else to do” in the middle of the first day back from the 3-day Memorial Day weekend.
As if the citizens who traveled from all over the State of Michigan didn’t have “something else to do” that might have precluded their standing or sitting around in Lansing all day long waiting for an important meeting to reconvene. And then the second half of the meeting could only go until 5 pm, because our public servants had somewhere else to go that evening.
NOTE: This meeting should never have been split into two sessions in the first place. If our government was in proper alignment, the meeting would have started early and continued throughout the day, until the end, even if that meant that our public servants had to reschedule their other afternoon meeting and/or they were going to be late for their scheduled con fab on Mackinac Island that evening. Yeah, that’s where they had to go for the remainder of the week – Mackinac Island – one of the premier vacation spots In Michigan.
NOTE: There is definitely something wrong with this picture.
These observations are small potatoes compared to the meat of the subject; however, they do set the stage for my overall opinion of the government we have formed seemingly of, by and for the public service class.
Next up was Representative Beth Griffen R-District 66, who was curious about different companies having collocation on the same poles. Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney used a lot of words to answer this question, but the final answer was no, due to interference and incompatibility.
Her next question was for the Music Men of Technology to give examples of how signal boosters are already being used, so we might understand where it is going and how it might help.
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney gave an example of the University of Michigan football stadium, where how a DAS system works and that it is similar to how a small cell polygon would work in an urban setting.
Rep. Griffen then said that she would be remiss if she didn’t mention that there are farmers and businesses and families that work from home in her district … then she said … “this bill is not going to directly address underserved or unserved rural areas (a barrier to growth for them), and that they are losing house sales because of it. She just wanted to appeal to all of them in the room today … and she thinks technology is good, but at this point she encouraged them to keep going and keep reaching because it is to our advantage economically and quality of life to millennials to keep pushing out into those areas, so thank you very much.” NOTE: Ok, next.
Mr. Verizon Music Man interjected that “the federal government, last year, there was CAFF money and grant money put forth for a lot of the land line companies and … they are building out.” NOTE: Basically his point was that when the additional deficit spending of fiat money from the federal government was used to expand fiber optic coverage into rural areas, they would then be able to increase the potential cancer-causing wireless technology into those areas as well. Oh, great. In other words, let’s all get sick together. Thank you Mr. Verizon Music Man.
Then came the good Representative Beau Matthew LaFave, R-District 108 from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who gave something of a warm welcome to “his friends in the telecommunications business.” NOTE: Why is it that our public servants have “friends” in the telecom business? Could it have anything to do with campaign contributions?
Rep. LaFave then mentioned that the Upper Peninsula State Fair held over a 7 day period in Escanaba was Michigan’s “only State Fair.”
NOTE: Small point, but not really https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/faq.
Nevertheless, Rep. LaFave’s concern was that “being as he spends about 16 hours a day at the Escanaba State Fair, where just last year, while he was talking to people and explaining to them what goes on at the State Capitol, unfortunately he got a call from Michigan’s House of Representatives Speaker Tom Leonard, R-District 93. He tried to answer … wouldn’t work. He tried to text him back … he actually had to leave the facility to get to his Speaker.” He went on to lament that there was “no going on Facebook live, there was no posting videos of him or any of the kids or any of the really cool events; the Fair … the live auction for the youth couldn’t be live streamed, so small cells would enable, in my understanding of the bill, to offload some of that data, so you could actually get a text message at the UP State Fair,” and he thought, it would be beneficial from an economic development standpoint an investing in one of, I believe, the best facilities in the State of Michigan, which is our fairgrounds in downtown Escanaba, but making it so families when they come to that campground and when they come to the fairgrounds can actually be contacted by their colleagues, their bosses, or get in touch with their employees, so is it, umm, am I correct in assuming that a couple of small cells scattered through the facility would take down some of that demand and make it so that I would be able to get in contact with the good representatives of whether it be the 46th District or the 2nd?” NOTE: Due to the long-windedness of so many of these “good representatives,” with too often repetitive questions, this honest analysis is taking way too much time, as did the entire hearing (See Part Five of Six).
Part Five of Six
The question posed by Representative LaFave, R-District 108 in Part Four of Six, was answered by one of Rep. LaFave’s “friends” at the technology table, who said, “Mr. Speaker, Representative … you’re correct.”
NOTE: The camera did not show us who actually responded. I suspected it was Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney, and I thought I could hear a smirk in his voice when he offered this brief answer to the very long-winded “question” posed by the representative from Escanaba.
But epresentative LaFave was not finished. He continued, “and really quickly, I had a conversation with my county road association … umm, I’ve got three counties that I’m responsible for protecting and making sure that they have the tools that they need to do their job as well, and one of the concerns that they had was that they would be forced to put a pole at the end of a three way intersection.” He went on to explain what a three way intersection looks like and that his understanding was that they could move a pole 50 to 70 feet away from a dangerous situation, if they wanted to.
NOTE: I thought this question was already addressed (maybe Rep. LaFave wasn’t taking notes when Rep. Johnson basically asked the same question – See Part Three of Six).
Mr. Slick AT&T Attorney said yes, then he continued by stumbling through how he wanted to address Rep. LaFave … He said, “Mr. Chairman, Speaker, uh, er, Representative” which elicited laugher among the privileged class and a comment not to worry about it. Someone said, “It happens.” To which Rep. LaFave responded that he appreciated the support; more laughter.
NOTE: I failed to find the humor in what should have been a very concise, well thought out investigation about a very serious issue, not the dog-and-pony show that we were witnessing.
The next questioner was Representative John Reilly, R-District 46, who seemed, to me, to be the only member of this house body who wasn’t interested in making light of this serious issue, or making a campaign stump speech, or a class warfare argument that could be brought back to a district to say, “See what I did for you?”
Representative Reilly directed his questions to the sponsor of these bills, Senator Joe Hune. He asked how much effort was put forward to address the health concerns of many of the people in attendance.
Senator Hune responded that they “had, personally, a ton of dialogue with people who were concerned from the health aspect component of it, and (he) received an enormous amount of communications from them, folks that were concerns, and, um, also from the supporters of the legislation dispelling some of the concerns, so, um, as was mentioned earlier there is language in the bill, and I’m not sure exactly where at in the bill, to allow local authorities, local units, to require some health related concerns in the legislation before permit is ultimately granted.”
Representative Reilly then asked, “Was there any evaluation of the studies that was put forth from the other side as, I mean, being in there that long, I was trying to figure out, did you have experts evaluate the data that from the other side to see if that was credible or not?”
Senator Hune glanced over at the Music Men of Technology as he responded: “Um, let me tell you our full process. We had, ah, introduced the bill and it went to a work group of folks involved with the telecom industry, Chairman Noffs, folks involved in local governments and other, um, vested interests involved that we sat for literally for tens of hours, I don’t know, maybe 40, 50, 60 hours discussing the various components and aspects of the legislation. Ah, we had, I don’t know how many committee hearings on it. Folks in support of the bill, folks in opposition to the bills, um, and we received written testimony as well, folks in support and folks in opposition. We saw the research of folks that were concerned from the health aspect and we saw the research of folks that were, um, dispelling those health concerns. So, I don’t know it that completely answers your question but that’s my explanation. It was a very lengthy process and if you look at other issues that I have worked on in the legislature, um, I’m generally let’s march forward, if we got the votes, let’s march forward, um, and Chairman Noffs did a fabulous job of bringing folks to the table. Maybe, ah, not every person that has concerns in the legislation was brought to the table, but Chairman Noffs did a yeoman’s effort.”
NOTE: The lack of seriousness about the legitimate potential health concerns of wireless technology, as expressed in these pivot-and-weave answers is breathtaking. Senator Hune should have been prepared to answer these questions with his NOTES from the “ton of dialogue” or the “40, 50, 60 hours” of discussion. He should have known exactly how many committee hearings were conducted. He should have been prepared to cite the concerns expressed by “the folks that were concerned from the health aspect,” and he should have attempted to address those concerns based upon the “research of folks that were, um, dispelling those health concerns.” Senator Hune, once again, revealed his lack of discernment that was first revealed in Part One of Six when he announced that “his three year old thinks Internet is a basic human right.”
These disappointingly vague, insufficient answers to possibly the most important questions asked in this hearing, were only made worse by Senator Hune’s deflective butt-kissing acknowledgement of the “yeoman’s effort” done by Senate Committee Chairman Noffs, who holds the keys to power at that committee level.
NOTE: As if that matters to anyone, but Senator Hune (Continued in Part Six of Six – The Final Analysis, finally).
Part Six of Six – The Final Analysis, Finally
Where are the NOTES that our Senators and our Representatives should be taking, as they sit in their high places, lording over us with endless, confusing, confiscatory rules and regulations that they don’t even appear to understand?
The hearing that I am transcribing is only one example of the countless hours of pomp and circumstance wasted, on our dime. It is like show time, offered up by legislators who have probably already made their decisions, but based upon what? We never know, because they don’t show us their NOTES. They hardly show a modicum of deliberative analysis to our faces and they rarely address, point blank, the issues that the citizenry want covered, without turning their hearings into some sort of joke fest, as if we are there to be entertained by the clowns. All we seem to get is fake news and phony rituals from our governing class. I am convinced that it must stop.
The morning session of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee concluded with the following dialogue.
Representative John Reilly came back with a relatively good follow-up question. He asked, “Ok, from your perspective, you feel that there was a legitimate amount of time to evaluate the data that the opposition would have on this?”
NOTE: A better question would have been to ask for the conclusive evidence that gives Senator Hune the confidence that he should say, “Let’s march forward, if we got the votes, let’s march forward.”
Senator Hune responded, “Absolutely, and I am, I wouldn’t put forth something that I didn’t believe in.
NOTE: Please refer back to Part One of Six where Senator Hune said the following: “It was ‘kinda funny’ that (he) would champion a piece of legislation based on technology, because (he’d) just as soon not even have a cell phone.” Come on Joe, which is it? Do you “believe in” 5G, or would you “just as soon not even have a cell phone.”
Senator Hune wasn’t finished. He went on to say, “And I’ll tell ya, as I mentioned earlier, ah, and it’s been commented several times amongst the panel here, this is truly an economic development issue. Our 3 year old, again, at home, is outraged when we pull out of the driveway and he is not able to access Wi-Fi. NOTE: You should examine the video at 1:00:38 to see the faces of the two music men who appear to look down in shame at that stupid comment, as the audience groaned.
Senator Joe Hune seemed unaffected by his surroundings. He continues, “Um, it is unbelievable, unbelievable to me, um, um, how much of a utility this is perceived as from younger generations.
Representative Reilly simply said, “Ok, thank you.” NOTE: For what? Repeating a bad joke twice?
Representative Garrett had a follow-up question. She specifically asked the Verizon Music Man how much of a cost would be imposed on a Verizon customer. Mr. Verizon Music Man said, “There will be no cost on the Verizon customer as we build out our network.” To which, Rep. Garrett said “Oh, wonderful.”
Mr. Verizon Music Man then said, “I mean, the driver behind the cost would be the competitive nature of the industry, which is very competitive, and we don’t foresee any increase in cost as we build it out.”
Rep. Garrett: “So, every time there’s an increase going from 5Gs, like I said, to maybe 8Gs down the line, the customer does not take on any additional cost at all?”
Mr. Verizon Music Man: “I cannot say when we get to 8G, (he chuckled), but as of right now we don’t have any plans for any additional costs as we build out the 5G network.
Rep. Tom Barrett wanted to clarify the issue. He said, “What you are saying is that your investment is already part of your monthly bill for future prospective investment in other things. There’s certainly a cost to putting any type of tower infrastructure improvement, but it’s already anticipated through your normal monthly bill – you’re not going to have a 5G line item on the bill, but it will be part of your monthly subscription that you already have to go toward other infrastructure improvements.” NOTE: What needed clarification for me was why Rep. Barrett tried to defend Mr. Verizon Music Man’s skating around the issue of additional cost?
Not to be outdone, Representative LaFave felt a need to grab the microphone one last time to beg the Music Men of Technology to please put some more infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula because they could really use some help.
Then a new voice emerged. Representative Joseph N. Bellino, Jr., R-District 17 said that he was “really hopin’ that someday parts of his District … can get some Wi-Fi.” He went on to express dismay about this same issue that was not even going to be addressed by these bills – rural reach. NOTE: No one at that podium seemed to hear that Senator Hune had said at the very beginning that Wi-Fi outreach was not a part of the meeting agenda, or maybe they did hear, but were just doing their usual grandstanding routine.
Representative Bellino then turned, pointed at the audience (his bosses) and said, “And to the people in the back who groaned about the 3 year old, I’m havin’ a tough time with my 3 year old granddaughter. I give her my phone. She hits the You Tube icon and watches Mickey Mouse videos. So … thank you.”
NOTE: How shameful.
How long are we going to accept these vague, frivolous, diversionary, stupid questions and answers from the men and women who take an oath to protect and defend our constitution? Can we become the good overseers of our constitutional government if we show them our NOTES, and demand that they show us theirs? It’s worth a try (duly NOTED).
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Were We Right to Write a Bill of Rights?
I had a few questions for a new friend I met at MiCPAC-2018, and again at UPCPAC this year http://mcu.today/. My new friend is the constitutional scholar who goes by the name Publius Huldah (Really she does. Check it out for yourself, at her blog site:
I asked her if there were any specific references in the Federalist Papers that address or further define the first amendment “Freedom of the Press” in the Bill of Rights.
Going on, I asked, “Was it possible that “Freedom” was therein somehow defined as the protection of the destruction of culture, government, society and spirituality?”
My final question to Publius Huldah was, “Does the definition of “The Press” somewhere include liars, seditionists, traitors, and enemies of our Constitution?”
She responded by referencing Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist 84, which is named Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered.
I wanted to quote the source material from Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 84; however, I know that his writing style might confuse many and bore most of my readers, so I needed to extrapolate, consolidate and make some modern day sense of his writing (which is beyond brilliant, if you take the requisite time to actually read, study and decipher what he is saying)!
But wait, Publius Huldah did just that in her excellent answer to my original questions. She wrote back to me saying, “When a King claims total power over his subjects, as did King John I of England, a Bill of Rights is appropriate to carve out exceptions to that claim of total power. Thus, in 1215, the Barons forced King John I to sign the Magna Charta.
But our Constitution delegates only a small handful of powers to the federal government over the Country at large.
To add a bill of rights to such a Constitution creates a pretext to regulate to those inclined to usurp.”
“Pretext to regulate”
A concise definition of the word “pretext” can be found on an Internet search engine, as follows:
“A reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason” (italics mine).
Although my original query was with regard to the “right” to a “Free Press” and how to define it, I now extend the conservation to another important “right” supposedly “protected” by the Bill of Rights: The Second Amendment “Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” and I ask, “How many Federal regulations are the good men of this country going to allow to be written before they determine that their “right to bear arms” has been Infringed upon?”
Well, let’s see. In my search for an answer, I found a “list” of Federal laws regarding firearms. It is nine pages long (I would wonder if it’s all inclusive).
Here is the list: http://fedcoplaw.com/html/federal_firearms_laws.html.
So, I ask, “Would 10 pages of firearm regulations be too many, promulgated by our Federal government on the pretext that the government has a “right” to regulate our Rights that are not to be infringed upon?”
As Alexander Hamilton opined in Federalist 84 … (in America), “the people surrender nothing; and as they retain everything they have no need of particular reservations.”
Publius Huldah lists the small handful of powers delegated to the American federal government herein:
Nowhere in this list does it indicate that the federal government has any right to a pretext to regulate the rights of the people regarding religion, assembly, gun ownership or a free press, to name a few, except in the Bill of Rights.
And so, I ask again: Were we right to write a Bill of Rights? Publius (Alexander Hamilton) didn’t think so, Publius Huldah doesn’t think so, and, upon reflection, neither do I.