A response to Kelly Scoles "Second Opinion"

Hi again Kelly,
Your column this week is a response to a letter from Patti Walker which came in last week. It's great to hear from more readers, and I will keep my comments shorter than usual.

I would not refer to those jailed on account of the Jan. 6 Capital riot as "marauding criminals" before they have been convicted of crimes. "Only around one-tenth of those arrested—71 individuals—have received criminal sentences... while the rest are waiting for their trials..." According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

"So far, the median prison sentence for the Jan. 6 rioters is 45 days. An additional 18 rioters have been sentenced to periods of home detention, while most sentences have included fines, community service and probation for low-level offenses like illegally parading or demonstrating in the Capitol, which is a misdemeanor." (Time)
One man "was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison—the longest sentence given to anyone charged in the Jan. 6 riot. His plea agreement originally called for a 46 to 57 month sentence, but it was increased to 63 months after he wrote on his fundraising website that he had acted in self-defense, contradicting his earlier comments in court..."

You should care that they are being held in solitary confinement for more than a year pending trial (or even charges). What about the Sixth Amendment: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district ..." "FBI Director Christopher Wray has called [this]"domestic terrorism," [which] touched off a sprawling federal investigation." "...the investigation has been national in scope, involving agents and prosecutors from nearly all 56 FBI field offices and 94 U.S. attorney's offices around the country." I have to ask where in the hell were these guys during the 5 months of BLM and Antifa true insurrection. Not one arsonist or murderer arrested!

Kelly, you describe those alleged "domestic terrorists" as "typically white, male Christians who are deeply distrustful of the federal government..." Would you describe the BLM and Antifa arsonists and murderers as "domestic terrorists" as well? After all, they did burn down homes and businesses (and police stations, and churches) to the tune of $2-billion. Are there any non-white domestic terrorists in America? Or might it be genetically white? I begin to smell some racism here.

Having to rebut your continual denial of the truth of certified, proven facts wears me down, making my assertions pointless, and causes me to wonder just what unimpeachable standard you would acknowledge. For example, would you now agree that no firearms were found in the Jan.6 Capitol break-in? Would you agree that the FBI found no conspiracy to attack the Capitol, if I assert: "Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump? (Reuters)." And "The FBI has reportedly found no evidence that far-right allies of Donald Trump conspired to overturn the presidential election during the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, according to law enforcement officers briefed on the investigation." (Reuters). Can we agree on these facts? If so then there is hope for this dialogue.

By the way, it is undisputed that the Founders, to a man (and woman) were "deeply distrustful of the federal government." That's why they added those glorious Amendments. They had in mind people like James Comey, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Robert Mueller, John Podesta, Sally Yates, (little) Adam Schiff, Christopher Steele, Rod Rosenstein, Hillary Clinton, Loretta E. Lynch, Lloyd Austin, Christopher Wray, Pete Buttigieg, Jennifer Granholm, Alejandro Mayorkas, James Mattis, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson, Merrick Garland, Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Hunter Biden - and extended family. Sorry, I've run out of space.

The Founders knew all of these types of treacherous citizens, many perjurers, hypocrites for hire, were all self-seeking egos. Some, like Hunter Biden, are so extraordinarily vile its difficult for normal citizens to understand the magnitude of the menace.

During his entire presidency, Trump was sabotaged from every side by these political shipworms. If he runs again, he will quickly recognize this same threatening Dantesque treachery from the Ninth Circle of our Capitol.

 


 

In last week's Realities I erred by narrowing a basic principle of my own, i.e.: to invite maximum freedom of expression within the bounds of Christian decency and the law of libel. I stand corrected, and any issues of style have been resolved.

Now, let's let 'er rip!

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Response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion":
I have only time to do a "bullets" correction to some alleged facts in the Jan. 6, Capital incident.

Despite inflammatory footage of rioting, this has to have been one of the quietest-shortest riots in American history, though still seriously unlawful conduct at our nation's Capital.

Of the 100,000 citizens gathered to hear President Trump's address, only a few hundred entered the Capital building. Police found no firearms, firebombs, Molotov cocktails, torches, overturned statuary, unlike the true insurrection carried on by BLM and Antifa, for 5 months, with many fatalities and $2 billion in damages.

At the Capital, one death of unarmed female Air Force veteran due to unexplained Capital police officer's negligence. I repeat - no firearms were found with rioters.

"Asked how many firearms were confiscated in the Capitol or on its grounds on Jan. 6, Sanborn said, “To my knowledge we have not recovered any on that day from any of the arrests at the scene at this point. But I don’t want to speak on behalf of Metro and Capitol police, but to my knowledge none." Rick Rouan, USA TODAY

Yet, PBS stated this riot was "the most sustained attack on the seat of American democracy since the War of 1812." This pathetic lie was more humorous than serious, but still a blatant lie. Just to put things in rational perspective: the War of 1812 lasted 32 months following the U.S. declaration of war on Britain in June 1812 "- more than 2 and a half years. (Remember, the British burned the White House - and burned down our CAPITAL BUILDING?) Also remember the Jan.6 riot lasted exactly six (6) HOURS. The Brits got away with it. The Jan. 6 Trumpers remain in solitary confinement.

The so-called House Select Committee - what a joke. Composed entirely of Never-Trumpers (Seven Democrats and two Republicans — all selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ) "Pelosi rejects GOP picks Jordan, Banks on Jan. 6 committee; McCarthy threatens to pull out." USA TODAY. Only Never-Trumpers remain.

A farce! I would warmly welcome a fair and truthful Committee. If this Committee moves slowly it's because the facts are already known. Just like the facts in that hoary old 4-year investigation of the "Russian Collusion" and fraudulent dossier - and more recently, the Hunter Biden laptops (3) and testimony of Tony Bobulinski (ex-Hunter Biden CEO-associate) speaking factually about Joe, Hunter, and the whole thieving, traitorous Biden family. The naked facts are known. Think the FBI, CIA, or NIA, or anyone else will investigate? Answer: Of course not; all now completely corrupt.

Curious about those 14,000 hours of hidden Capital riot videos? By JOSH GERSTEIN:
08/18/2021 08:34 AM EDT "Prosecutors made nine videos available to the court Monday [out of 14,000 hours], but continued to oppose release of the five that come from closed-circuit Capitol surveillance cameras." (emphasis mine)
"A new lawsuit is demanding that Congress release a vast trove of Capitol riot surveillance video currently the subject of legal tussles involving judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the press."

Mar 29, 2021 — 6 surveillance camera footage with two key congressional committees ... And it has shared a "very limited number" of video clips from Jan. 6.

Capitol Riot Surveillance Footage Released - BuzzFeed News
Sep 21, 2021 — WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday released a new collection of [unpublished] Capitol surveillance videos from Jan. 6 after a judge ordered them ..."

Capitol Police provided more than 14,000 hours of ... - Politico
https://www.politico.com › news › 2021/03/29 › capitol...
Yes - all provided to the House, but you cannot see them! Because they show just how untypically-riotous the riot was overall. You've seen a few carefully edited minutes of it; why not demand all 14,000 hours be released?

The riot occurred because half the nation witnessed the greatest fraudulent election steal in American history. Disprove those scores of mathematical proofs provided by MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, PhDs. That's a challenge to which I patiently await acceptance. The challenge: "Prove us wrong, in the science," not phony recounts of fraudulent ballots.

(Caution: The following statement has not been approved for publication by Mark Zuckerberg . Readers assume the risk of provoking retaliation.) Kelly, you're correct in observing that "an attempt to obstruct democracy" did in fact occur on that fateful November day, with sufficiently serious consequences to end our nation as we flounder about in our new weakness.

Now, should we move on?

 


 

A response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion."

Hi Kelly,
I would like to make a suggestion regarding our weekly column duels. While I always look forward to the exchange of opinion, I believe readers would find it more interesting if we reduced the level of sarcasm and focused on fewer issues. Too much chili in the sauce can make it less appetizing. I'm really most interested in identifying and analyzing facts, though it's fun to characterize the players too.

For example, in my opinion, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). while I acknowledge his solid conservative character, did speak foolishly (or in his words, "sloppily") referring to the Jan 6. riot at the Capitol as a "terrorist attack." In no meaningful way was it a "terrorist" attack, and he is embarrassed by his misstatement. The issues involving this 6-hour riot are historically significant, not only because they remain criminal, but because slowly developing evidence points to federal complicity.

More than 14,000 hours of riot video has never been released to the public. Trump requested 20,000 in military support weeks before riot in anticipation of trouble - rejected by Speaker Pelosi. Had rioters been true insurrectionists the Capital building would have been destroyed! Utter unpreparedness by authorities. No responsibility taken. One death by negligence of Capitol police officer, (very late to identify) never explained, never punished, and I am a strong supporter of law enforcement.

The list of riot anomalies is long, FBI negligence is inexplicable (lack of preparation, slow response, and communications). Again, "Rioters on the west side break into the building around 2:11 p.m." By "8:00 p.m.: Capitol Police declare the building to be secure.9 "At 8 p.m. Congress reconvenes to resume counting Electoral College votes" and to "resume the certification of Biden's Electoral College victory." It is the sacrosanct character of the place (our Capitol) more than the violence of the rioters themselves that shocks citizens of goodwill. Despite months of escalating anger and mistrust between parties, our Capitol was not adequately protected.

The riot began at 2:11 p.m. It ended completely at 8:00 p.m., same day, and dubbed "an insurrection" by Democrats and their Big Media partners.

In contrast: "...political riots of 2020. Death Toll Rises To An Estimated 30 Victims Since ‘Mostly Peaceful Protests’ Began.”

By: Jordan Boyd. August 19, 2020

(FOX NEWS) -- More than 2,000 law enforcement officers were injured in the first weeks of protests over the summer (2020) following the police killing of George Floyd, according to a report released in October." "In 2020, 46 officers were killed..., FBI data showed."

" ...the civil unrest between May 26 and June 08 [2020] will cost the insurance industry more than any prior civil unrest. The final number could be up to $2 billion and possibly more, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I)."

"For Five Months, [2020] BLM Protestors Trashed America’s Cities. After the Election, Things May Only Get Worse."
Nov 6th, 2020 The Heritage Foundation.

And Democrats and leftist media have the audacity to call the Jan. 6 Capital riot an "insurrection"?! I've just shown you what a true insurrection looks like. Black Lives Matter is a fraudulent cover for an admittedly Communist, anti-Judeo Christian, anti-nuclear family organization funded by the radical Left. It has no place in our culture, certainly not in our schools. Through true insurrection and subterfuge BLM is destroying our democratic Republic.

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Kelly, I have to confess frustration at this time due to overload combining this column and last night's Council meeting report. We have to change course. Let's state the officially recognized facts, with authentication, and go from there, avoiding playful characterizations where possible.

I hate to leave this place as it is, but I am flat out of time, and patience.

Let's simplify our debate for next week.

 


 

This has not been a good week. For the first time in years I accidentally deleted all 700 words of this week's column. I don't have the time to re-write it or explain it.

I had responded to 9 of Kelly's issues. This week's comments on "Second Opinion" were very broad.

Much of my column dealt with communications restrictions (i.e. First Amendment cancellations by Big Tech.) I cited the recent banning of world renowned virologist, Dr. Robert Malone. #Twitter #RobertMalone #UnitedStates. Twitter, and now Facebook, have decided they know better than this extraordinary specialist: ("I am an internationally recognized scientist/physician and the original inventor of mRNA vaccination as a technology, DNA vaccination, and multiple non-viral DNA and RNA/mRNA platform delivery technologies. I hold numerous fundamental domestic and foreign patents in the fields of gene delivery, delivery formulations, and vaccines: including for fundamental DNA and RNA/mRNA vaccine technologies.") (Dr. Robert Malone)

Unlike most people invested in the vaccine controversy, Dr. Malone holds no financial interest in this multi-$billion contest. Those who object to Dr. Malone's expert opinions should consult Doctor Jack Dorsey and Doctor Mark Zuckerberg for their's.

Let all American citizens beware: You must now have your personal and professional opinions approved for publication by Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. Get used to being too small to matter- the Big Five have spoken.

Here's hoping things go better next week.

 


 

Response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion"

Hi Kelly. Hope you had a great Christmas.

My "lament" over the "Afghanistan withdrawal" I thought was an appropriate reminder of the inclusive nature of Christmas, that the Good News is meant for everyone.

As most of us enjoyed Christmas because we are free to do so (not true in communist or Islamic countries) I could not help but remember 280 girls abandoned at the Kabul airport:

“We had seven buses filled with world-renowned orchestra performers — 280 girls all approved to go,” said Robert Stryk, a Washington fixer who has been coordinating private evacuation efforts in conjunction with former Navy SEAL and US Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Va.).

“Our hearts are broken,” he added. “These young girls spent 17 hours on a hot bus with no food or water and were 393 feet from freedom but were denied entry into the airport because the United States government gave [the Taliban] the power to override the US Army’s 82nd Airborne." My old outfit would have wiped-out every Taliban in the entire area to let these girls pass - but were forbidden to act by Biden officials. Those girls will never see another Christmas.

Sobering thoughts like this intruded into my otherwise joyful participation of Christmas. Apparently ghosts of now Christmas Past are too distressing for liberals to recall. But I can never forget these girls nor to pray for their return. Recent reports of the auction for sale of a 9-month-old Afghan girl for future marriage (a common Muslim practice) reignites my concern for those 280 girls. This was a part of my "lament". Among the Taliban, female human beings are a mere commodity. My Christmas joy was mixed with a palpable sense of anger and shame at Biden's loathsome treachery. (I had to soften my real feelings here)

Your reference to Biden's alleged attempt to "better the lot of ordinary non-billionaire Americans" caused my fallacy detectors to short circuit. All that is apparently left of the Democratic Party apparatus are the skeletal remains of multi-billionaires, all heads of the Big Five Tech Giants (ashamed of its past, "Facebook" changed its name to obscure "Meta"). Also, virtually all Big Banks, media and hedge companies like BlackRock, are the heart and guts of the Democratic Party. Think especially of: BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, with US$9.5 trillion in assets under management as of October, 2021. Think of that - $10Trillion under its control - all-in for your Progressives. Or contemplate Zuckerberg's $450-Million donation to select election precincts. So much for the "ordinary non-Billionaire".

Another jolt to my fallacy detectors was: "...withdrawal from Afghanistan created by Trump" Absolutely untrue. Biden rejected Trump's "conditional" withdrawal". Top generals told lawmakers under oath on Tuesday that they advised President Joe Biden early this year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan — directly contradicting the President’s comments (lies) in August that no one warned him not to withdraw troops from the country.

The greatly esteemed Stanford author-historian Victor Davis Hanson said Friday that “President Joe Biden, through his Afghanistan withdrawal strategy and process, has birthed the most powerful and well-equipped terror state in the whole free world." Also: "We are all worried about the new aircraft carrier Gerald Ford [at] $12 billion; the most expensive aircraft carrier in history. We could have had seven of them for the price of weapons that we have left in Afghanistan," he said. "The Delaware Democrat [Biden] and his staff and military brass have acted "nonchalant" about the fact they just gifted $90 billion in weapons to the Taliban." Beneficial here to read any of Hanson's scholarly works or hear him online.

Trump bears no fault here, and Biden, himself, recently agreed that he welcomes the "Let's Go Brandon" salutation.

Again, Kelly, for the fourth time, "every court, including SCOTUS...has confirmed the [presidential] vote". No court evaluated the mountainous evidence of voter fraud, they refused to even look at it, their rejections were procedural based. Please research recent Arizona audits.

As for "getting old...and for looking back to our own youthful experiences and beliefs as being "ideal" is fairly common." "Old rules are discarded, acknowledged "truths" are challenged." I'm not reminiscing about pet rocks or beanie babies here. These sweeping generalizations are typical of Progressivism. But, if facts are held to be "truths", challenges won't move them. In Christianity God is known to be Trinitarian (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), this is recognized as revealed truth, a fact. It has always been challenged, but to no effect. "Trumpian plans to subvert the election and stage an insurrection at the Capitol..." has also been proven to be false, as has the false report of Trump's staging photo op at church:

From nbcnews.com:
June 11, 2021 — New report says Lafayette Square Park was not cleared for Trump to hold ... the White House so that the president could stage a photo op. Looking at Google's website on this issue we find virtually all information to be false and misleading. Virtually all of it! The so-called "insurrection" at the Capital is now termed a "riot". It lasted exactly 4-hours before Congregational vote-counting resumed. One death by negligent Capital Police Officer shooting of woman attempting to climb through a broken window. No other firearms, Molotov cocktails, fires, etc. were involved. However, during that summer Antifa and BLM caused in excess of $1-billion-worth of true insurrection damage, for 5-months, including multiple deaths among citizens and police officers alike. This non-stop, murderous conflagration of businesses and homes has never been designated an "insurrection" - and no participants have been held responsible. Why?

You say, "Every generation creates its own ideals, and we cannot return to the past." I say we ignore history at our own peril. Are you cancelling the necessity of learning from experience? Should we "discard" "old rules" like the Ten Commandments? How about Constitutional rights?

"Thrashing about with untruths, venom, and despair is not the best that humanity can offer." I have no interest in untruths, venom, [or] despair. Untruths (as mentioned above) should be identified and corrected. "Venom" as you use the word, can be evil; I prefer the anti-venom of truth and accuracy, which I find deficient in your historical narrations.

You regret my prediction that "this will not be a Happy New Year." You find it a "miserable thing to share with others in this season of renewal." I have to ask, if I witnessed your Christmas tree on fire would you resent me for sounding the alarm? If you value truth does this mean you accept only cheerful information?

You disdain my "bleak, dismal, and joyless" remarks, and find that "all things will be judged and experienced through that prism." Don't forget a prism separates white light into a spectrum of colors; consider that white light to be clear expressions of rational probabilities, and other possibilities, as I do. As a famous man once said - "Just the facts, ma’am."

As you say, "I am not going to bet, at this point, against a Happy New Year...." Of course, you can bet however you choose, but there's no point in ignoring the facts - which are indeed bleak.

This column is now too long - and I'm too tired.

Good night.

 


 

I join Kelly Scoles, author of the Gazette's "Second Opinion," in wishing all of our readers a Merry Christmas - "to those who treasure the celebration of the "Good News" of the New Testament and the joys of the season..." Of course, the "Good News" is the proclamation of the Incarnation - that God had become Man as Savior - as promised after the fall of Adam and Eve, opening the gates of eternal salvation. So, Hallelujah!

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After wishing everyone a Merry Christmas I wish I could honestly expect a Happy New Year as well, but I doubt that will happen. Because of the unprecedented military weakness in which Joe Biden has placed us, I believe we will be unable or unwilling to react to expected attacks from China and Russia against our allies, Taiwan and Ukraine. Biden's surrender to the Taliban, after 20-years of war, is the new standard of cowardice our enemies now expect, and they will take full advantage of it. It is a "...betrayal of people who have sided with the United States against its enemies and who, in the aftermath of American withdrawal, face a future of oppression, brutality, and death." (Peter Wehner, The Atlantic).

It's not only his flair for stupid policies that worries me, it’s his embarrassingly incompetent Cabinet appointments. What enemy would be afraid of bumbling Blinkin, or war fighters like Lloyd J. Austin III, or Gen. Mark Milley? Abandoning Afghanistan was not, as some characterize "a botched withdrawal." It was a deliberate decision to betray our allies. No president can make such a string of deadly policy catastrophes as Biden has done and have reasonable people believe they are simply accidents due to feeble mindedness. While Trump left office with the affairs of state strong and in order, Biden has replaced that order with weakness, betrayal, and confusion.

The Afghanistan debacle, open borders (millions pouring in), closure of energy sources (cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline), extreme inflation, foolish fixation on climate change, and the feminization of our fighting forces, spells near term disaster for the nation.

Had Donald Trump not had the 2020 election stolen from him (mathematical studies alone prove this, and all deniers are challenged to show otherwise; no takers), I would not be concerned for America's future because of his firm control and the respect our enemies had for him. It's beyond dispute that Big Tech billionaires funded Biden's win, and Arizona election audits are now providing more proof. Much more is expected. Furthermore, he and family members have been clearly exposed for enriching themselves through criminal dealings with China, et.al., while Joe was Vice President, and later. (see: Tony Bobulinski, former Navy lieutenant and business partner of Hunter Biden.) This story (a game-changer) was blocked by Facebook, Twitter, et. al. weeks before the election. It's worth re-reading.

Big Tech (Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon - the Big Five) with Democratic Party and radical Progressive Congressional members, conspired to give the American nation the weakest, most unqualified (mentally and experientially) presidential candidates in US history. The Big Fraud did the rest. Just imagine Kamala Harris as president!

Joe Biden's profound corruption, incompetence, and mental disability show that he is not only a harbinger of Afghanistan-esque failure, he is a truly evil man.

From our bleeding border, to coming attractions in the Far East, Biden's first year in office has inflicted upon America uninterrupted disasters, done deliberately, methodically, according to plan.

Merry Christmas! But this will not be a Happy New Year.

 


 

A response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion"

Hello again Kelly.
It's always a gravely depressing task to review cold-blooded killings, even more so when looking at a school shooting. It's also depressing to know that convincing liberals that it's never the fault of the firearm is impossible.

After debating liberals for several generations, I recognize that the intransigence of the liberal Left is due to their use of a novel logic, which dismisses facts. This illogical habit allows liberals to affirm many fallacious conclusions. For example, they demand that everyone acknowledge trans-genderism. They have convinced themselves that a man can think himself into being a woman. At the same time, they also demand that we all "follow the science". They live in a make-believe logical culture, which leads them into a swamp of wild contradiction.

Take the issue of firearms for example. Since the 1960s, at least, liberals have argued that a gun is downright evil because it kills people. Conservatives contend that a gun is an inert, inanimate object, incapable of thought or motion. Being a truth, this can never change. However, there is great potential power in every loaded gun, just as there is great potential power in a quake-prone cliff overhanging a roadway. Both things need an outside trigger to actualize their potential power. In short, before conservatives can agree with liberals on their beliefs (here about guns), liberals have to make credible logical arguments - otherwise liberals just speak foolishness. In this matter of guns, they speak only impassioned foolishness.

Whew! That's a lot of formal talk, but with liberals it's necessary to start at the raw beginning.

To convict Ethan Crumbley of murder, it's true that prosecution must find so-called "mens rea" ("guilty mind." in Latin). Every state has its own criminal laws, and we're talking about a 15-year-old minor here. I would like to skip the incriminating evidence and talk about that evil gun, the true culprit, as liberals see it. Let me also skip talk about alleged "congressional extremists" like Marjorie Taylor Green, Madison Cawthorn, and a various assortment of "truth-deniers" each of whom believe in my definition of a gun. As for the "malignant culture of violence" I'll have to wait for a different column to show how that is caused by the liberal, Progressive Left-Democratic Party, et. al.

The gun was given to the defendant by his parents. Huge body of evidence alleged on parental criminal negligence. But it's the guns, too many of them, that drives liberals crazy."...Lauren Boebert (R-CO) show them and their children grinning and holding guns). "How nuts are these people?" Personally, I think "grinning" here is a loaded word. "Smiling" would be more appropriate. I see four healthy, very happy boys in Colorado standing in front of a Christmas tree with their new (apparently) AR-15s. The gross tragedy of the killings in Wisconsin should not dissuade a truthful examination of the incident by the general public. The picture at Oxford High School today is the absolute opposite of the picture in Colorado with the Boebert kids, near perfect examples of America Present and America Past. America Present is a different place - unrecognizable to those, like me, who experienced the very best years of our nation, strong, healthy, and Judeo-Christian in its ethics and culture. There is simply no comparison in the quality of life.

I grew up on the ranch in Camarillo, in a family of nine - six boys. I know precisely the joy the four Boebert boys felt when this photo was taken. My younger brother and I received .22 rifles on that glorious Christmas day - his, a Winchester model 60, mine was a model 61, hammerless. Before that we used a Model 56 Winchester, a beautiful bolt action "youth rifle", all with walnut stocks. I loved that rifle. My father taught us firearms safety - and ethics (don't shoot ducks on the water, and don't shoot birds of prey, for starters). Many of my friends lived on adjacent ranches, all had .22 rifles, and we hunted (plinked) together in Calleguas Creek and on Old Boney Mountain. Life was very good - it was the 1950s, population of Camarillo 5000+. Crime was virtually unheard of (with Constable Ellis on alert for walnut poachers). To this day I can draw every feature of the ranch.

All of us enjoyed firearms, well into our 70s. One of us became a dentist, another successful farmer, two others retired sheriff's deputies. Each of us served honorably in military service. Guns remained inert, inanimate objects - however, many people using them have changed dramatically, as has our culture.

But Ethan Crumbley was not a Farrell boy or a Boebert boy, and he was born and bred into a nation that has become degenerate since the 1960s. We have lost that special grace of Judeo-Christian culture. It seems that everyone now has too much of everything - we are overgrown with high-tech wiregrass ethics and kudzu pride - as though we will live forever by our own power, despite the wolves of Communism, the jackals of Jihadist Islam, and seduction of pornographic entertainment. What filled the heart of Ethan Crumbley replaced the innocence of his early youth. What caused this hatred was not something sudden, it accumulated like plaque in the disease of coronary arteries, during times of un-Christian encounters, at home and in school. He is only 15, it didn't take long to clog those arteries. Too many people, young and old, in many ways, told him he didn't belong. He hated others because he hated himself as their reflection. Without sentimentality, had those times provided acceptance and understanding those arteries may well have remained healthy.

What Ethan Crumbley did was indeed monstrous, and I bleed psychologically for the families of those who were killed. But I also believe the monster (read Devil) in the others to come can be exorcized by recognizing that darkness early on and applying the only perfect medicine for such a diseased heart, the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ. We knew this in the 50s but have forgotten this since the 60s.

I can already hear the remonstrance of a hundred Liberal Leftists baying for my hide. "Stop talking religion!" they say. "Enough of this Jesus stuff!" as they have always said. But if we stop and think of how foolish it is to blame the gun for the crime (an inert object) instead of a diseased heart craving revenge for deeply perceived injuries, prevention can happen. Punishment is easy. Prevention can be laborious, especially in our new pagan nation.

Only good can happen with guns in the hands of good people. The opposite is also true.

 

Just a few short comments on other issues before responding to the "Second Opinion".

"https://www.mediaite.com/news/world-health-organization-skips-greek-letter-xi-in-naming-new-covid-variant/WHO Skips Greek Letter 'Xi' in naming New Covid Strain" in deference to Mr. Xi, (self-appointed) CCP Chinese President for Life, and would-be emperor of the world from enslaved Communist China. This is a miscarriage of history if facts mean anything. It was Mr. Xi who inflicted the Chinese viruses upon the world, causing millions to die. The disease will forever recognize Wuhan, China, and Mr. Xi as architects of the virus - killers of humanity.

"A previous Gateway Pundit article identified two "smoking guns" supporting the conclusion that COVID-19 was created in a laboratory." COVID-19 is part of the biowarfare program of China - News ...https://www.newsintervention.com ›
Dr Lawrence Sellin: I believe the COVID-19 virus was created in a laboratory and it was part of China's biowarfare program. "Evidence Indicates COVID-19 is a Designed Bioweapon with a Toxic Structure that MAY BE REPLICATED IN VACCINES" (By Joe Hoft, published 12-3-2021") See also: Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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My last comment concerns the “Fury as trans swimmer finishes race 38 seconds ahead of nearest rival...” in the 1,650 yard freestyle.

And I'm furious as well. I refuse to call a biological male a female. This vile radical-liberal-Left-Woke idea shows that American science has gone to rot. American sports, professional and collegiate, have sold out, to China for money, to LGBTQ, etc. for social recognition - pagan and communist doctrine replacing Christianity. This new trans philosophy has killed my interest in sports altogether. All trans records should include an asterisk “*assisted by testicles”.

“We need to return to #SexBasedSports! #SexNotGender to preserve fairness for female athletes.” One person said: “How many people were involved in this swim meet and not one of them stood up and said this is wrong?” That's another problem. Where are the so-called "Feminists?"

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Disappearing America

“There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion. No flags lowered, no presidents crying. No media hyperventilating. Normal day,” Mat Drudge said on his personal twitter account.

"The total fertility rate — the average number of children a woman is expected to have over her lifetime — now sits at 1.64 children per woman in the U.S. Not only is this the lowest rate recorded since the government began tracking these stats in the 1930s, but it’s well below the so-called ‘replacement-level fertility’ of about 2.1."

An estimated 62 million abortions have occurred since Roe v Wade...https://www.foxnews.com › politics › abortions-since-Roe v Wade.

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My apologies Kelly, for the digression.

Now a response to your "Second Opinion."

I sincerely apologize for any "misrepresentations" of your column. Though I think it's closer to a misunderstanding.

You did not mention race at all, but race was the essential context of the Kenosha incident. It was the false reporting of the shooting and arrest of African American Jacob Blake that caused the arson, mayhem, and killing in Kenosha. Otherwise, there was no story. This was important. However, you did say, "[Rittenhouse]... righteously headed from Antioch IN to Kenosha WI to insert himself as an armed vigilante in a violent protest after a police officer shot and paralyzed an unarmed young Black man the week before." Why was his race important here? A photo of Blake's "gutting knife" is posted online.

I know little about the Arbery case, so did not comment on it. But the Kenosha-related shooting of Blake was central to the story. Blake's shooting and arrest were entirely lawful and the officer was reinstated shortly thereafter. The Kenosha riots sowed a row of false "facts" (fake news) and these incendiary falsehoods I attempted to correct. "But the issue of race hung over the case because the shooting happened during civil disorder over [falsely] perceived police brutality."

However, your facts did stray into the dreaded area of inaccuracy. Let me restate some in short.

You mention Biden withdrew "White supremacist remark." But he soon reinstated it. He later released a statement saying: "While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken." Some apology! Lesser charges were dismissed because they were baseless, and prosecution didn't object. The judge and jury saw that they had done a slovenly job with "evidence." You opine that the trial was "designed to protect the defendant." I would add, yes, by rule of Constitutional law.

You say Kyle "had no training." He was a lifeguard, member of Police Explorer Program, knew CPR, and, "He testified that he is studying nursing at Arizona State University."

You asked me to provide proof by a legitimate source of "debunking" the June 1, 2020 events at Lafayette Park which alleged a staged event by the president. Here are some, commonly available:

"Police did not clear D.C.'s Lafayette Square of protesters so Trump could hold a photo op, new report says." (NBCNews).

"Police did not clear Lafayette Park area so former Pres. Trump could hold "Bible" photo op, according to new watchdog report." (Interior Dept. Inspector General Greenblatt says. http://abcn.ws/2SltIop

Why are you "confounded" by my "devotion" to the fact of Rittenhouse’s innocence? Evidence shows he did not go "looking for trouble with an AK-15 (AR-15)”. The jury found this to be false. The only law that Rittenhouse "took into his own hands" was the law of self-defense, and the jury determined Rittenhouse was in fact not a "vigilante". But who was he up against? "All of the men who Rittenhouse shot had criminal records." "I also didn’t realize that Rosenbaum was a 5-time convicted child rapist and that Huber was a two-time convicted woman beater. I didn’t know that Grosskreutz was a convicted burglar with an assault on his record also."

Yes, like millions of others, I have read Don Quixote, but not in the fifteenth century version. As a matter of fact, my Spanish was so bad that my instructor, for her own peace of mind, let me escape class, which provided more time to tilt a few flagons. (A very long time ago, (in English) circa 19th Century).

Rittenhouse certainly did not make himself "ridiculous". You say "Trumpians hailed the kid as a heroic symbol of gun rights and "justifiable," deadly self-defense." By those who honor and enjoy the protections of our Constitution, Rittenhouse is a hero for providing more relevance of the right to self-defense - often necessarily involving quick, deadly decisions.

OPINION USA TODAY
"From Kenosha riots to Kyle Rittenhouse trial, biased media coverage makes everyone angrier."

"In our age of rage, Rittenhouse had to be convicted to fulfill the narrative. Acquittal has to be evidence of a racist justice system."

Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley is an American attorney, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism.[1] A professor at George Washington University Law School.

 

Response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion":
A while back, in one of my responses, I mentioned how important facts are to me. This week, after reading your Opinion twice, the absence of facts makes it difficult for me to respond.

We can't have a meaningful debate if facts are missing. You refer to some law. Carl Sandburg was not a lawyer, but as a poet he was a keen observer of human nature, with a sense of humor. He once advised: “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” ― Carl Sandburg. I think most liberals prefer the last option.

First, let's use a common definition of a fact. "A fact is something that is true. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability." Here is where problems begin with your Opinion. Here is a quick rundown of the culprits - pseudo facts, those disgusting verbal creatures which lie to us about Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on all charges (2 shooting deaths, one wounding) related to the looting, arson, and general rioting which occurred following the police shooting of a 29-year-old black man named Jacob Blake.

Blake was falsely reported as having been killed. False - a lie. Rittenhouse accused of being a "vigilante," false, another lie according to the jury verdict. He was an outsider to Kenosha, wrong, another lie. His father lived in Kenosha and he and his mother lived just across the border in Antioch. "Rittenhouse was staying with his friend Dominick Black, who was dating the defendant's sister and testified for the prosecution." Thanks to more media lies, the public was allowed to believe Rittenhouse killed two black men and wounded another - thus false allegations of racism. All persons were white. Rittenhouse brought an illegal gun across the border. Wrong. The rifle was of legal length, and the defendant legally possessed it.

You state that “Rittenhouse wished to provide medical assistance, services for which he had no training." But, "He had worked as a lifeguard in Kenosha, was part of a police explorer program and knew CPR and basic life support, according to his testimony."

"Rittenhouse testified he acted in self-defense when he shot four times at Rosenbaum, who he said had threatened him earlier, chased him, thrown a bag at him and lunged for his gun." All true."Every person who was shot was attacking Kyle. One with a skateboard, one with his hands, and one with his feet [a flying kick to the head], one with a gun," [defense attorney] Richards said.

Kelly, listing each non-fact in your attack on Kyle Rittenhouse is monotonous. The sleazy (unelected) president defamed Rittenhouse, labeling him a ‘White Supremacist’(not "nationalist"). By the way, the man from La Mancha was a good guy - just a little confused. I do agree that Rittenhouse was egregiously over-charged because the videos of the incident clearly show he was acting in self-defense while being unlawfully threatened with death or grievous bodily harm. Besides being a traditional part of the criminal codes of every American state, the idea of self-defense is straight from Natural Law. Civilization would disappear without it - and perpetual governmental genocide would be encouraged.

"Racist, racist," the radical Left would be tongue-tied without this word. Race had nothing whatever to do with this case. As all the tapes clearly showed, this was a clear case of self-defense. The prosecution in this case was outrageously unethical and acted unlawfully. Every member of the DA's prosecution team should be disbarred. This will end up in a law school criminal law case book as an example of unconstitutional conduct and flagrant abuse of process.

Your description of the June 1, 2020, Lafayette Park incident (as you describe) has been thoroughly debunked - another media lie. The President, Bill Barr, Mark Milley (in "field-fatigues") et. al., were completely legitimate, as found by all investigating authority.

Your philippics against then 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse have been found wanting in facts. And, without those facts nothing is left but unsubstantiated allegations and emotional political bias. Twelve courageous jurors scrutinized the plentiful evidence and brought a unanimous verdict of NOT GUILTY!

I say Huzzah! Long live our Judeo-Christian Constitution (1787) - and the rule of self-defense. See also: Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) and Magna Carta (1215). I know it's just history, but Blackstone's work remains monumental; for example: "...no human law has any moral validity or force against a natural law, and that no human law can affect the content of a natural right as such." i.e., the right to self-defense.

Though hardly Woke, it all seems to fit nicely together, and I'm happy for that.

 

I would like to join Kelly Scoles in wishing all of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. We'll give the "Second Opinion" vs. REALITIES debate a well-deserved rest for now.

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The suspect in the Waukesha Christmas parade slaughter (five killed and 48 seriously injured - including 18 children) has a long criminal rap sheet.

"He wrote an anti-Donald Trump rap and declared "f*** the pigs", according to songs posted online." "Aspiring rapper Darrell Brooks, 39, who performs under the name MathBoi Fly, also shared songs about killing on his YouTube channel and SoundCloud pages." (The US Sun.)

Records show 15 arrests since 1999 in Wisconsin alone. He is listed as a sex offender in Nevada, records showing he was charged with having sex with a minor.

"In one case, filed November 5, he was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless homicide, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery." "...records show $1,000 bond was posted on Friday.” (The US Sun.) Sunday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office stated: "The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail." Hindsight is often perfect, but the present demands a faithful, common-sense application of the law.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (Democratic Party) should be flushed-out of office, together with all members of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office (with Democratic Party affiliations). Their theory of Criminal Law perpetuates (suspected) killers like rapper Darrell Brooks. Think of the trail of havoc and death this piece of dog excrement has caused! Then think of the trail of governors, mayors, and district attorneys (virtually all Democrats) who have allowed the crime wave to fester, through no-bail-pro-criminal, Progressive policies. "Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier [George Soros] is providing the cash to make it happen."

In short, from Joe Biden's White House to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in Wisconsin, the Democratic Party is making crime pay - all over the country.

It's quintessential irony that a white, altruistic young 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse says he supports Black Lives Matter, while child assassin and career criminal Darrell Brooks says the same. Rittenhouse, only 18, most probably has not read BLM's infamous manifesto admissions, saluting Communism and hating the nuclear family, by "disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure." BLM was founded on the lie concerning the death of Trayvon Martin. The defendant was acquitted after a massive investigation of the incident. Based, as it is, upon a lie, BLM was funded by massive donations from radical Progressive institutions, including those of George Soros. This seditious organization is responsible for billions of dollars-worth of riot damage to personal property, hundreds of deaths (including police officers) and thousands of injured persons. I'm sure that Kyle Rittenhouse will soon learn the truth about BLM and change his mind.

O.K., justice was done by a courageous Rittenhouse jury. We should all be grateful for that. Now, how to crush the subversive BLM, and identify a full list of its supporters?

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The recent communist Chinese hyper missiles should alert us to just how negligent our military intelligence has been during the past 20-years. The pomposity and dereliction of duty among our highest military officers is historically outrageous, yet the guilty are kept in the ranks. General Mark Milley (as chairman, Milley is the highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces and the principal military advisor to the president of the United States) testified alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command, who said he also advised Biden not to withdraw troops and continue the U.S. war in Afghanistan. "I was present when that discussion occurred, and I am confident that the president heard all the recommendations and listened to them very thoughtfully," McKenzie said.

This should not be old news because of the catastrophic consequences round the world. If they had testicularity worthy of a U.S. General, they would have stood up and publically resigned in protest. Now, they should be court martialed, convicted, and dishonorably discharged from the service. President Biden, as commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, should be court-martialed for "betraying the United States of America and the United States' armed forces," said the former Commander of British military forces in Afghanistan. Col. Richard Kemp, CBE, *(Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Queen's Commendation for Bravery).

God Save the Queen. God also save us from Joe Biden.

 

A response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion".

Hello Kelly.
I regret that you take offense at my last response. I try always to use two things to express my opinions and understand others: logic and common sense. These are not merely personal standards; they should be universal. You are welcome to hammer me if I fail in this regard.

I have never intended our weekly debate to be gender charged. You are intelligent and articulate and always a challenge for me. This is certainly not "a man instructing a woman" as you charge. It's two different minds expressing opinions as a sacred right, in a tiny newspaper, in the freest country in the world. Let's rejoice and be glad! Besides, I have always hated all of this gender talk.

Now, I'll ditch my miter, pick up my shield, and defend against your verbal onslaught.

Let's just agree to disagree on your claim to be both pro-life and pro-choice before our last reader leaves us in the dust.

I am a fervent admirer of women and have always fought for their rights--recently, against male inclusion into women's sports, by so-called "trans." I am also very angry and concerned about women and girls deliberately abandoned in Afghanistan.

“We had seven buses filled with world-renowned orchestra performers — 280 girls all approved to go,” said Robert Stryk, a Washington fixer who has been coordinating private evacuation efforts in conjunction with former Navy SEAL and US Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Va.). “Our hearts are broken,” he added. “These young girls spent 17 hours on a hot bus with no food or water and were 393 feet from freedom but were denied entry into the airport because the United States government gave [the Taliban] the power to override the US Army’s 82nd Airborne." Today, news headline: "Girls As Young As 20-Days-Old Sold for Future Marriage In Afghanistan...(CNSNews.com). Thank Joe Biden for supplying that Taliban market.

I wish I could go there to free them all. I hope you haven't "missed" this affirmation of my respect for women, it constantly occupies my mind. I don't understand your reference to those many holocausts. I hate them as well.

I regret your mocking of the "Deity" and must respond to that disparagement here; Jesus (the "Deity") is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and my Savior. I pray you discover your true deity as well. Perfect justice will only appear on the last day - but we, Judeo-Christian believers (I respectfully exclude you) pray for (and fight) continually for justice in our day. Facing this world is a looming precipice of war, a cataclysm for which we are foolishly unprepared. With no leadership, a weakened military, seditious Deep State, a perfidious media, and utterly corrupt White House, America herself could succumb; possibly before 2024? Unless maybe Kamala can alert us in time with her Woke-up cackle!

I know, I know, these personal religious expressions drive many folks crazy, but I speak the truth, and I don't believe that "You can't handle the truth." However, if you can't, just write me a sharply disparaging letter and I'll publish it, without response. I invite all (non defaming) dissenting opinions. As a charter member of the Nano Media, and after inflicting my thoughts for over 30-years, my leathery hide is so festooned with verbal chastisements I can no longer care. But I digress.

Oddly named, "partial birth abortions" are not, as you say, "...performed under rare and drastic conditions" any longer. I won't go into the statistics or particulars, but they are not "rare", and they are shockingly gruesome.
Pro-life advocates do not ignore the quality of that child's life "once birth occurs". But the child must be rescued from the horror of abortion first. Pro-life services to assist the mother and child, pre-born and after, are abundant. Your characterization of Pro-life workers as leaving those newborn children "on their own" is almost slanderous. As their name proclaims, Pro-life is for life! Abortion is always for grisly death.

 

Response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion"

Hi again, Kelly.
I never want to misquote anyone at any time. If this should happen accidentally, I always publish a correction ASAP. You say, "I clearly did not say that I am both "pro-life" and "pro abortion. I explicitly said that I am "pro-life" and "pro-choice" as not mutually exclusive, or a contradiction". However, I have not mischaracterized your stance on abortion. You stated: "I am pro-life. But as between the living woman who holds the fertilized egg in her body and the government, the decision must be hers." (Translated:) In other words, although you, personally would not do this, you assent to this practice for others, i.e. the "choice" for others. Therefore, you cannot be pro-life, as that term is commonly understood. A proposition is contradictory when it asserts and denies the same thing, which you have done.

The central issue here: Is the fertilized egg "human life" at every stage of its gestation? Throughout 2000-years of Christian history the answer is emphatically yes. Science and logic prove this.

You correctly identify the subject here: "...this particular issue asks at what point the human soul is infused into the body." You "unequivocally acknowledged that "life" begins at conception," yet you maintain that the moment the fertilized egg becomes a "human being" (conception) is not known. I provided the science last week. The Judeo-Christian tradition tells us that there is no humanity without a soul, which is unique to human life. The reality of a soul, or eternity itself, is disputed, but not persuasively. One side says the soul does not exist: Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Kim, Pol Pot, et al. You say, "I distinctly said that I know no one who is "pro-abortion". Let me introduce you to a real-life pro-abortion monster: "... if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” [Ralph] Northam, a pediatric neurosurgeon, told Washington radio station WTOP. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” [About whether to kill that "infant".]

Notice "The infant would be resuscitated" if desired. Keep in mind this is a born-alive child he's talking about being "resuscitated." In other words, he's keeping the child anesthetized before deciding if it should be killed - often by severing the spinal cord, or isolation in a dark cupboard. But this is not a completely heartless procedure; I found in one facility that "Mementos of the pregnancy include ultrasound pictures or footprints [can be had]. And, "...if you would like to see and hold your [dead] baby after the procedure" talk to staff.

In those extremely rare, tragic cases where the baby had to be removed to save the life of the mother this is understandable and merciful. But in conventional abortion cases, done for convenience, it would be macabre curiosity. In all cases the mother should always have access to the best possible medical care.

You are absolutely correct in saying abortion is now legal. I'm not arguing that. I'm just trying to persuade people that the practice is terribly wrong, against natural law, and should be stopped. In our American Republic we make the laws which govern our conduct, and I abide by the law. But I also challenge the law here to protect innocent human life. That's my right as an American citizen, and I condemn the practice on the strongest traditional religious grounds. You of course may do the same, on any grounds you choose, and let the law referee. Your entire argument is based upon the false premise that we are dealing with only the mother's rights. I contend that we deal with two lives, (two souls) mother and child.

Let's run this scenario backwards to see if it improves the outcome.: Starting with a newborn infant. To kill or not to kill, that is the question. No sane person can honestly argue the newborn is not a human baby. So, is it ethical to (as they do) sever its spinal cord, or place it in a dark closet alone (human contact critical for a newborn baby's survival)? Or perhaps just gas it - worked efficiently for previous innocent millions - and by all means crying must be prevented.

What about the eighth month of life, or the 7th, or 4th? Remember, absolutely nothing has changed physically since fertilization and the life-giving spark of a new soul; nothing added, nothing taken away, he or she is just growing up. Beautiful in-utero film shows the tiny person's activity, kicking, sucking its thumb, showing feeling - and attempts to escape probing steel instruments. Will this beautiful new person make it? In the year 2020, surgical abortion killed more than 40-million preborn children. That accounts for 43% of all deaths worldwide, notes the American Center for Law and Justice. (All stats from WHO). But the most important stats are found here: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered." Matt 10:29-31.

I know my side of the argument upsets you, Kelly. But let's see the justice in your authority for rejecting the humanity of aborted newborn human life -- when the very hairs of their heads are all numbered, and they are all now in the care of a sublimely attentive -- and avenging -- God.

Be well.

 

Welcome Simone Alex, Fillmore City Council's new member. Ms. Alex was chosen by the Council to replace Councilwoman Ari Larson who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 17. Alex will be sworn-in Nov. 9.

My best wishes go out to Simone for great success on the Council. I have one concern for any new (or seasoned) councilperson, and it is this: Please confine your Council energies exclusively to city problems and opportunities, and avoid national political issues, such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), sexual orientation, or notions of white supremacy, which distract from concentration on city policies and issues. Recent city elections saw (for the first time in my experience) funds from county and state political parties intrude into Fillmore to influence the outcomes. Much of the city was caught off guard. This sort of outside interference should not be welcomed because it discourages normal local cooperation and causes unnecessary conflict.

But again, Simone, I wish you a warm welcome and successful stay on our Council.

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Just a quick thank you and congratulations to all Fillmore Unified School District personnel who witnessed the completion of our new Career Technical Education Facilities, located on First Street. $6 million in matching funds gave us this truly state-of-art complex.

FUSD Superintendent, Christine Schieferle, introduced the large group of leaders and contributors during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. That was followed by a truly enthusiastic and grateful stream of Fillmore officials and residents who remarked about the beauty and functionality of the design.

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Before answering Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion" I would like to explain a personal thing.

This past weekend I participated in three funeral-related gatherings, a Rosary and memorial for Ari Larson who passed away recently, and a memorial luncheon for Bob Crum, a friend who passed in January. I'm afraid I was monotonous company.

My memory is betraying me recently, mostly in recalling names, sometimes even of those I have known for many years. While it's very annoying, I'm not surprised since I've passed my "four score". So, if I should happen to greet you without stating your first name these days please don't be put off. Ironically, my memory is razor sharp recalling people, places, and events long ago. It's just names that cause some embarrassment now. They eventually surface, but slowly.

With that, God grant you all long, prosperous lives, and vigorous memories!

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Now, what the heck was I going to write about? Oh - Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion".

Hi, Kelly.
Well, my memory focuses sharply on the year 1973, with the shocking Supreme Court opinion of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). My wife and I immediately joined pro-life forces, raising funds and helping to organize opposition to Roe. Christians in particular were stunned by the pro-abortion case. "Prior to its amendment by The Therapeutic Abortion Act, section 274 of the California Penal Code made it a felony to perform an abortion on a woman for any reason "unless the same is necessary to preserve her life. Essentially the same provisions [existed] in 40 other states."

Abortion has been anathema to (Catholic) Church teaching for 2000 years. Being Catholic, my opposition to Roe has only hardened as the ubiquitous slaughter broadened into "partial-birth" and beyond (severed fetus parts marketing) and live birth homicide. So, you might say I have a bias here, in favor of protecting human life.

There are some religions and philosophies which place no more value on human life than they might in killing a rat. Pagans are among those people, as are Communists. Pagans go back to Genesis; Communists began in earnest in 1917 with Lenin implementing Karl Marx's bloodletting nightmare (hundreds of millions murdered). For these people abortion is simply business as usual. Strange how easily we forget that each of us was once that tiny soul secured in our mother's uterus.

Kelly, I will go into more detail about the history of abortion at a later date because I've run out of time and space, again. But just a few short responses.

Even the ancient Greeks recognized the sacredness of the as-yet unborn human. The famous Hippocratic oath includes "First, do no harm." More specifically: "...I will not give to a woman a pessary [abortifacient] to cause abortion." "This oath is the earliest expression of medical ethics in the Western world." 500-BC. It seems, regarding this issue, during the past 2500 years, we have just encouraged ignorance and forgotten ethics, for personal convenience alone.

Your history on fetal development is confused. You misunderstand Thomas Aquinas' (the Angelic Doctor) teaching on time of "ensoulment " when presence of soul creates a human being. Though one of the most brilliant persons in history, not much of human biology was understood in the 13th Century. Briefly, the idea of "ensoulment" creating human beings has not changed, i.e. when the soul enters the egg humanity is created. Though spiritual presence can't be documented, science today can indeed document the beginnings of human life.

At the risk of boring our readership I would like to spend next week's column entirely on this fascinating discussion. You say, "But what precise moment the unborn becomes a fully-actualized "human being," they [doctors] can't say for certain." However, they can say for certain that at one point "it" was not independently alive, and at another "it" was. "The genetic material of the sperm and egg then combine to form a single cell called a zygote and the germinal stage of development commences." "This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being." It contains all the necessary chromosomes for human life - only time and maternal nurture are now needed. Smart as he was, Aquinas couldn't have known this.

Until next week, Kelly; you cannot be both "pro-life" and "pro abortion"; that's what we call a contradiction.

Be well.

 

Hi again Kelly.
The answer to your first question is yes. The radical Marxist Left, Big Tech, Big Media, Deep State, and the Democratic Party Communist apparat (add "sovereign crime") could bring America down in collusion with our enemies, China, Russia, North Korea, and Syria. Time is of the essence, and I don't see where we can buy some. We appear to be in a checkmate - even if Biden goes away, Harris would be infinitely worse, from a practical standpoint.

He immediately attacked (and continues to destroy) our sovereign borders, flooding the nation with uncontrollably massive waves of illegal immigrants from round the world.

He has taken us from a position of energy independence (under Trump) to dependence upon Mid-Eastern oil, AGAIN.

He has betrayed our armed forces, and those of our allies who have fought, died and been wounded, FOR 20 YEARS in Afghanistan, by abruptly surrendering the country with $83 billion in war-fighting equipment - abandoned with thousands of Americans and trusted allies. Do you read about the atrocities going on over there now, the beheadings, sex slavery, and that sort of thing? What has happened to the 300-plus girls on those busses denied access to the airport? He has inflicted "sissy-training" (high-heel shoes - transgender) on our troops and continues to employ obsequious generals like Tilley and Austin. He is spending our economy into death by hyperinflation.

He is permitting our enemies to surpass us in military strength and fails to assure our Far Eastern allies, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Philippines, of dependable military support. He fears China due to possible exposure of his past criminal affiliations through son Hunter.

His surrender in Afghanistan has fractured the trust of our NATO allies in - they no longer trust us under Biden.

He has appointed the weakest and most inexperienced people as Cabinet members - like Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttagege, (now taking a 2-month "maternity" leave with his "husband" during the greatest transportation crisis in US history).

The border crisis could be stopped but cannot now be undone. Teachers’ unions, get ready for millions more mostly illiterate, unvaxed, non-English-speaking illegal aliens.

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After last night's selection of a new council member I have less time this a.m. for this column. But I'll take issue with you on the 2020 election fraud - in practical consequences, the greatest political crime in American history. I don't often recommend outside columns, but here is one explaining that fraud (from American Thinker) - purely mathematically factual. He tells how the systemic voter fraud took place, and what to expect in 2022-2024.

The Sovereign Crime of Industrial Scale Vote Fraud
By Jay Valentine
www.americanthinker.com › articles › 2021/03 ›. "Our team members were the lead builders of one of the world’s most sophisticated criminal profiling systems in use by law enforcement today. We broke the eBay auction fraud rings and deployed a never-before-used technology to end auction fraud as an emerging crime category. We identified numerous Medicaid fraud rings and were hired by most of the top 10 property and casualty insurance firms to solve auto crash rings that eluded the FBI and every fraud technology."
"Sovereign crime means your government was a participant, active or passive, enabling vote fraud. Governors and secretaries of state refusing to cleanse voter rolls, refusing to check signatures for mail-in ballots – even during recounts, changing the voting rules weeks before an election, qualifies as your government messing with your vote."
"The national government refusing to investigate the most egregious examples of voter fraud like hundreds of thousands of more ballots than voters in several states, that is a pretty good indicator that they are passive participants in industrial level vote fraud."
"The refusal of the FBI to fully investigate Jesse Morgan’s truck with the hundreds of thousands of ballots going from New York to Pennsylvania – yet dispatching agents to a NASCAR location to investigate a garage pull-down they hoped was a noose – well, that’s a good indicator, too."
"This is our government in action covering up election fraud. FBI Director Chris Wray is promising each of us the Roger Stone Experience if we doth protest too much. We are dealing with a new type of crime, at least new to most Americans: sovereign crime. This is it, folks! This is what it looks like."

 

Response to Kelly Scoles' "Second Opinion".

Hi Kelly.
You are alarmed at my statement "This nation will not endure a Biden [Harris] presidency. When this becomes widely obvious, we may hear the sound of 400-million American arms being unlocked." As I mentioned in my email to you earlier, you should take this "...as a hyperbolic metaphor for that half of the American citizenry profoundly concerned about the continued survival of our Republic under Biden." I'm a part of that half. I recognize the drastic decline in trustworthy government, agencies at every level of "Wokeness", especially the presidency and military. When normal Americans awaken to the acid bath of degenerate "Wokeness" dissolving the nation's fabric, they may fully express their displeasure. Maybe they will chose your preferred Antifa-BLM route, instead of the violent (4-hour) Jan. 6 "insurrection" mode, with modified, righteous Christian action, to protect the innocent.

I share a sense of outrage with "that half" seeing the alarming degeneration of America's national defense under the Biden administration. Biden is untrustworthy. He has no honor. Our border, energy supplies, economy, transportation, schools, and especially our military, have been brutally sabotaged by the Biden "presidency" during the last 18 months. We are now perceived as vulnerable in the eyes of our deadliest enemy, communist China, because the Biden family crime syndicate is completely compromised, as demonstrated by son Hunter, and cannot act against China.

By Thomas Lifson, from American Thinker, 10-17-2021 www.ft.com/content/ba0a3cde-719b-4040-93cb-a486e1f843fb
"The Financial Times has published a scoop that should frighten every American and which casts further doubt on the competence and capability of our military leadership. China has demonstrated an attack weapon well beyond our capabilities, defense against which would be difficult if not impossible. The Financial Times has suspended its normal pay wall for this article, so I urge you to read the whole thing." Thomas Lifson.

"In August, China launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space, circling the globe before cruising down towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise." [Several persons] said the test showed that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons and was far more advanced than US officials realized. "The test has raised new questions about why the US often underestimates China’s military modernization." "We have no idea how they did this, [one person said]." US research into hyper weapon technology was canceled during the Obama administration. We have no way to counter this first-strike capability.

Lifson continues his critique of senior United States military leadership, which he shows to be obsessed with:
*Critical race theory, dividing troops along racial lines and devastating morale.
*Transgenderism, squandering the defense budget on free (and very expensive) “gender reassignment” surgery for anyone who joins the military.
*Integrating “birthing people” into every military function, including flight suits for pregnant pilots. www.military.com/daily-news/2021/06/05/navy-quietly-rolls-out-first-mate...
*Vaccination mandates https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/new-navy-order-unvaccinat... , which could drive out large numbers of skilled service members, not to mention irreplaceable scientists https://net-breaking.com/2021/10/15/dozens-of-scientists-others-could-be... , critically weakening force effectiveness.

So, I believe we have reached an end point where a majority discovers just how vulnerable national defense has become. Let's look at our State Department - they facilitated the Afghanistan surrender; Department of Treasury, trading stocks on the sly; Department of Defense, leaders talk to the enemy, secretly, and failed in Afghanistan; Justice Department Attorney General sics the FBI on parents objecting to school board decisions; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, no experience, taking "paternity leave" with "husband" in midst of transportation crisis; Department of Energy shutting off fossil fuels; Department of Homeland Security, makes a deadly joke of itself with totally open borders, etc.

There is no reason for a reasonable man to trust any federal department at this time, especially the FBI, CIA, DIA, and all the other "IAs", each of which participated in undermining the Trump presidency - details dribbling out almost daily - a central factor in Deep State sabotage.

On the Second Amendment: The primary purpose of this amendment is to protect citizens from government tyranny - a justifiable fear of our Founders. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Clearer wording would be hard to print. "The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home." Pp. 2–53. (District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Like most liberals, I think you don't take American law and history seriously. I've gone over the religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers many times. "They retained a supernaturalist world view, a belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, and an adherence to the teachings of their denomination. These founders included Patrick Henry, John Jay, and Samuel Adams." In the Constitutional Convention of 1787, he [Franklin] reflected that "the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs the affairs of men". To a man (including Thomas Paine) the Founders believed the country couldn't survive without religion- though Deism strongly influenced their 18th century, the Founders were mostly conventional Christians. Biden epitomizes "demagoguery", total falsehood. I'm dealing with truth; question is, can you handle the truth? (a littleNicholsonian hyperbole).

You got it backwards, Kelly. God is not "a Republican who embraces all their [Republican] political and religious beliefs." Most believe God makes a gift of faith which in turn makes believers in God. But I'm certainly no theologian and will beg-off here for that reason. My reference to a knife fight originates with Obama. Remember: "If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun." So violent!

I've gone way too long. Last opinion: The state of this nation is now historically precarious, militarily and politically -- and it is becoming tyrannical.

 

Response to Kelly Scoles' Second Opinion.

Kelly, I've got a Council meeting tonight and I'm already tired. So, I'm just going to give you a few broadsides this week.

Anyone "railing", as you say, against Biden's catastrophic surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan is doing God's work. Biden's action here is an early-planned part of America's collapse. I can't stop thinking about those girls left in busses at the airport. Where are they now?

"We had seven buses filled with world-renowned orchestra performers — 280 girls all approved to go," said Robert Stryk, a Washington fixer who has been coordinating private evacuation efforts in conjunction with former Navy SEAL and US Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Va.). "Our hearts are broken," he added. "These young girls spent 17 hours on a hot bus with no food or water and were 393 feet from freedom but were denied entry into the airport because the United States government gave [the Taliban] the power to override the US Army’s 82nd Airborne." [My old outfit, angry as hell I'm sure].

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Pence had a duty to safeguard the nuclear "football". What's going to happen when President Kamala is in charge of it?! Will she be afraid to push the right button under any circumstances?

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President Biden's "program to kickstart the economy" has kicked it into the ditch. The world's running out of oil and coal while Biden shuts down our oil fields and coal mines. As for climate panic - just a few weeks ago - Antarctica reached new record cold, building up those glaciers and saving the whales.

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The alleged 2020 election fraud?: I will believe that election was free of systemic fraud when those mathematical studies are proven wrong. After all, mathematics is all about proofs, isn't it? The challenge of those MIT PhDs remains: "Prove us wrong." Crickets. The damage here may be terminal.

Kelly, Deep State subterfuge, Big Tech money, Big Media propaganda, and the Democratic Party collusion, have deftly staged the Biden-Harris political obscenity we now face. It's a socialist soup, requiring a long spoon because the devil's in the details.

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You mention the "validity of the public debt" - "Section 4. [14 Amendment]: The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law... Section 4 allowed the federal and state governments to refuse to pay war debts of the Confederate army as well as any claims made by slave owners for their losses when slaves were freed.
But Democratic Party leaders fight to access the American economy, to fuel their spendthrift socialist programs and policies, by controlling the trillions of dollars which we do not have but must be borrowed from (greatest irony) communist China, our most dangerous enemy.

The Democrats have invested the money from normal taxpayers into promiscuous forms of magical pagan craziness, such as trans-genderism, subversive new (never American before) "academic concepts" like Critical Race Theory, and much other intellectually promiscuous foolishness. Conservatives are in the midst of a knife fight with a "Woke" enemy, to rescue traditional American Judeo-Christian moral mandates. We fight a well-funded pagan enemy who worships a bitcoin demigod.

What a joke to hear you bring up the "debt ceiling". Haven't you heard that Democratic Party Leaders are striving tototally eliminate all limits to spending? With overspending, utterly open borders, treasonous office holders, betrayal of our allies, a mentally challenged president and a flirty ignoramus for a vice president-president-in-waiting, this nation will not endure a Biden presidency. When this becomes widely obvious, we may hear the sound of 400-million American arms being unlocked. We should pray that our Christian Constitutional culture is maintained and respected.

 

Hello Kelly.

Many of our differences of opinion are based upon the recognition of facts.

I love facts. Facts are like gold, elements "found on earth that have existed in their current form since before earth was formed". In any argument facts are sacred steps in attempts to find the truth, when discovering the truth is the point of the discussion.

Your description of Republican attempts to present facts evidencing systemic election fraud, is untrue. Evidence of such proven systemic election fraud is massive. The fact here is not that there were "insufficient facts to support the allegations”. As has been shown many times, the courts at every level REFUSED TO HEAR THE EVIDENCE. This refusal buried the mountain of scientific (mostly mathematical) evidence. These audits were mostly pointless since they repeatedly counted fraudulent votes. I published a half-dozen papers by eminent mathematical PhDs showing beyond doubt massive fraudulent activity. These proofs were rejected by all courts on procedural grounds, i.e., cases brought too early or too late, a fact.

I'm also not aware of any judicial review of any mathematical proofs of fraud.

When the Supreme Court (the people's last resort) refused to look at the cases I concluded the country would be lost. As expected, quickly following Biden's inaugural, an appalling string of inexplicable, lethal "mistakes" resulted. Our borders were opened to receive a worldwide onslaught of unidentified people. The innocent pauper is welcomed with the fentanyl-dealer, child sex-slaver, murderers, etc. These people are transferred to various cities and towns across America, without prior warning. They must be fed, housed, schooled, and medically attended, for years - at that town's expense. At the current rate of 200,000 per month, we're talking about several millions. Yet we hear nothing from the "president" about this fact and this cannot now be undone. The basic demographic of our nation is being forcibly changed by the political power of Deep State, Big Tech, and the Democratic Party, as promised.

Another inexplicable, self-inflicted wound was Biden's quick curtailment of the oil industry.

He revoked a key cross-border presidential permit, (2,147 mi) Keystone XL pipeline extension in January. Trump made America energy independent (an exporter) - Biden destroyed that fact, giving Russia its new pipeline to Germany. It took $75 for me to (almost) fill my tank today. A year ago it cost me $60. How do you like the Biden inflation fact?

Facts remain facts whether proven or hidden. When they are lethal and permanent, they remain like sins on the nations' soul, unforgiven without a later spontaneous combustion. How does one find, identify, and deport millions of illegal aliens released into the country indiscriminately? Who are they and what will they be doing for the next 50-years? What will we do with the next wave of millions flooding into the country? Should we be alarmed? It's disturbing that the "president" will say nothing about this fact.

We have another grotesque "mistake" in the surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan, leaving thousands of Americans and dependant employees behind enemy lines -- and $80 billion in excellent, Made-In-America, aircraft, armaments and ammunition. How on earth can this be explained? It's a wholesale betrayal of our troops and those of our allies who also died in the war. The scars of such infamous cowardice (or sheer stupidity) are indelibly fixed in the minds of our faithful allies. They can no longer trust us.

Your explanation of Biden's Afghanistan surrender is a betrayal of those eternal facts. The Trump agreement to withdraw was entirely dependent upon the situation on the ground. That is the essential fact. Biden had the authority to do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He stubbornly rejected his military's advice. His generals were also cowards for not protesting by public resignation - telling everyone this move would certainly be disastrous. To sustain their cushy military lives, they said nothing. They disgraced the uniform. They should all be canned, but nothing will happen.

Mary, you should give more thought to who Joe Biden was when directing the Afghanistan surrender -- (God help us) he was our Commander in Chief! He had his own staff to advise him, and according to his general's sworn congressional testimony, he deliberately ignored that advise! He did not follow Trump's plan. The consequences of his invincible hubris are cataclysmic and will remain so. And that's a FACT.

America, as a country and culture, will be forever changed before the end of Joe Biden's administration. And, if Kamala Harris becomes president, it's all over. Worst case scenario -- a President Harris seeks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Vice President. The memory of Dolley Madison's heroics will seem quaint compared to the kitschy pretentiousness of a Harris Commander in Chief. This all precisely planned.

We should have stayed in Afghanistan with a small, strong nucleus of armed intelligence, like we have done in Japan since 1945, in Germany since 1945, in South Korea since 1953, where we stabilized the countries and defended against further war. Then the Taliban would not own Afghanistan, now a new home base for continuous Islamic terrorism.

Today, America is leaderless, hapless, and Godless. This last condition can soon leave us nation-less.

 

A response to Leslie G. Marshall's letter:
Thank you, Leslie, for your letter asking about Islam in the media.

After the September 11 attack by Islamic terrorists on the twin towers I've spent a number of years studying Islam. Your information is interesting, but not altogether accurate.

The number of Muslim peoples in the world today is about 1.4 billion. The number of Catholics alone, among Christians, approximately equal that amount. The numbers are difficult to pin down, but Islam probably is the fastest growing religion. Of course, they have a join-or-die policy to encourage new membership. What is known of Islam's beginnings, and of Mohammad himself, is historically problematic. (See: Raymond Ibrahim's Sword and Scimitar, The Al Qaeda Reader; The History of Jihad (From Muhammad to ISII; or Robert Spencer's Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran. Last but not least: Robert Spencer's Did Muhammad Exist? second edition).

Islam is certainly the world's most enduring menace (1,400 years, multi-millions of decapitations) - which can only be destroyed militarily - and must be inevitably.

Leslie, thank you for your contribution. I'm running very short on time this a.m.

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A response to Kelly Scoles' Second Opinion.
Hi Kelly,
I'll pick one issue to answer, "the plethora of democracy-threatening events happening right here in America, for those who watch only Fox News." Fox is the only TV station that can be trusted with the truth these days. Where else can you hear anything from Afghanistan, for example?

Among the few satisfactions I've enjoyed in this newspaper business during the past 34-years, is knowing that I am a truly independent voice, however small. No one, not even Big Tech, can edit my remarks. This freedom is an increasingly rare and precious thing, little defended. In a world mostly hidebound by Islamic, communistic, oligarchic, or kakistocratic (ruled by most evil people like Russia) democracy is vulnerable through a weakened national identity and loss of virtue. We are unsure of our own borders. We have no idea how special we are among the world's nations. And we are quickly losing that favored place.

I've said before that debating with liberals is often impossible because we cannot even agree on a major premise, like, "communism is evil." So, we can't get to the next part: "China is communist," therefore - the conclusion. American industry is now so dependent on China's money that it disregards the danger. It's a case of bathing in really filthy lucre. Let's check off some issues at random and see who's responsible for corrupting democracy. Just ask if Biden did the right thing.

Our entire southern border has been opened to indiscriminate worldwide immigration.

More than 1 million migrants have flooded into our country in six months.

"And so the migrants have come, thousands crossing the border illegally every day, overwhelming border control agents and local cities where they are held and shipped, before spreading out across America." Biden disburses them across the country by bus, plane, and train. What a surprise for their new unannounced hometowns to support them. Kind of like mandated diversity. How many would you like in your hometown?

Our intelligence in Afghanistan is now dark, leaving thousands of US citizens and others behind. "$83 billion worth of training and equipment to Afghan security forces.” (Source: GAO OpenTheBooks.com.)

Does anyone (Harris) in Biden administration care about women left in Afghanistan? Is Joe Biden competent as Commander in Chief?

"The likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely." (Joe Biden)

Should we have abandoned Afghanistan so quickly - so completely? Should we have left $85 billion in weapons to the Taliban?

Has this retreat from Afghanistan fractured NATO?

Will we have to fight the Taliban all over again in Afghanistan? How soon?

Are you worried about quickly arriving inflation? How much to fill your car's gas tank?

Has COVID-19 been handled well?

What benefit was gained by shutting down the oil fields, killing our newly gained energy independence, and thousands of great jobs?

Kelly, help me out here. Please name something good that Joe Biden has done for our democracy in less than a year as Commander in Chief. I'm stumped.

Then we have the truly massive Biden family financial corruption, all over the Far East in particular. Recently revealed correspondence from (Near-Eastern) Libya demonstrates Hunter Biden's insatiable appetite for quid pro quo theft on a national scale. The evidence is beyond any reasonable doubt - it is in-your-face obvious, that he's a criminal for all seasons. The Biden family is utterly corrupt, and Joe shamelessly pimps-out son Hunter as point man in the family operation. Will any of the family face justice?

Kelly - when talking about "the plethora of democracy-threatening events happening right here in America" let's not leave out Hunter and family. This is the most audacious, long-standing criminal event in Americana history. Historians will have difficulty describing it without appearing hyperbolic.

I regret my time has been cut short. Next week.

 

A partial response to Mary Scoles' Second Opinion.

Mary, for three reasons it's not possible for me to respond to this week's Second Opinion.

First, it's addressed to "Dave's Manifesto" which hasn't appeared for many weeks in the Gazette. Secondly, I, therefore, have no reference to attach to your complaints. Thirdly, a reasonable response to each of your objections would take at least 2,000 words, more than we have space for. Without seeing the substance of "Dave's Manifesto" (9-22-2021) nothing I would write would make any sense to readers; a little like giving a list of baseball scores without identifying the teams.

Maybe next week?

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I was struck by comments made by historian and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns recently. "The present day is one of the worst times in American history. It’s really serious. There are three great crises before this: the Civil War, the Depression, and World War II. This is equal to it.” He believes this is the direction the United States is headed. I completely agree, for different reasons.

We rarely hear such outspoken admissions of this current American reality from the Left because they are too busy creating the problems.

I just listened to an hour of The Kalb Report: One for the History Books - A Conversation with Ken Burns on 2020 streamed live on July 27, 2020. I suspected Burns (whom I very much respect) was a liberal simply because he's in the film business. But when he strongly recommended reading the New York Times and Washington Post "cover to cover" every day to be informed, I suffered a gag reflex and decided there was no hope for his recovery. We both recognize that America, which I have loved and defended for eight decades, is sailing towards oblivion. She has tossed her life preservers of God, family, and freedom overboard as we head straight into the hurricane of Godless communism and Islamic Jihad. (Note: All authentic Islam must include Jihad.) That's the way Islam has always said "Hi there!" to the rest of the world.

I appreciate Burns' empathy for social conditions, particularly race relations. But he misses the point. No nation on earth has moved faster and more effectively to abolish slavery and its effects considering where we were. With the Thirteenth Amendment, December 1865, chattel slavery was effectively ended any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. However, this didn't just happen out of the blue. The South demanded slavery to continue servicing its mostly agricultural industry. So, the North had to fight the South to free those slaves -- at a cost of 600,000 souls, more than all the deaths due to WWI, WWII, and Vietnam together - the bloodiest war in American history. Union soldiers, mostly white, gave their lives to free their black brothers from the atrocity of slavery. Burns, an expert on our Civil War, finds our efforts to heal the past have failed.

I was a freshman in high school when our Civil War had its centennial, one hundred years since the last shot was fired, and the last life was lost. In historical terms that's a mere blip in time. During that very short period enormous strides to improve race relations have borne fruit. Those who profit financially by aggravating those relations claim no improvement at all. But we Americans did elect a black president, twice, tens of thousands of black government officials in the highest positions across the nation, and facilitated many thousands of black millionaires.

In contrast, England simply passed The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 which provided for the immediate abolition of slavery in most parts of the British Empire, without a civil war.

So, while I greatly admire Ken Burns' documentaries (especially on the Civil War) I disagree with his depiction of America as a pervasively racist nation. There is no better nation on earth -- although keeping it has become a precarious activity, due to a treasonous Democratic Party faction.

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AFGHANISTAN -- the indelible stain on American honor.

I meant to write something about the debacle of the Afghanistan surrender to the Taliban, but got distracted. Next week I hope to say more on this mind-numbing issue.

We left thousands of loyal men, women, and children behind to face the butchery of Islamic Jihad at the hands of the Taliban. Two boys, 8 and 11, reported beheaded in front of their families recently.

The Biden administration has armed the Taliban with the best of American weapons, about $800 BILLION-worth, outfitting the world's most virulent terrorist army, with a newly provided country in which to expand. Forbes: "Not helping transparency, the Biden Administration is now hiding key audits on Afghan military equipment."

For those Americans who understand the magnitude of this catastrophic surrender, let's not forget the most innocent, defenseless victims, the two busloads of girls. One bus was loaded with girls from a music school, the other from a dance school. Our State Department refused to let them through the Kabul airport. I have to ask, where are they now? What is their fate? Were they killed or married-off?

This sort of moral and military depravity will soon doom our Republic. And Democratic Party activists, agents, and officials are punishment-proof.

 

A response to Kelly Scoles' Second Opinion.

Hello Kelly,
Thinking about the California gubernatorial recall election (just finished as I write this) appears like a ridiculous sideshow. It seems that Americans, maybe most, have already forgotten our disgraceful betrayal and surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Americans are easily distracted, even by issues of national survival. But I will make a few comments in rebuttal.

I voted for Elder though he had only a slim chance to win. Democrats outnumber Republicans in California two-to-one. They've had a super majority in Sacramento for as long as I can remember, sustaining the state's de facto unicameral government, almost unique in the country, rendering Republican activity useless. That's why California is withering under suffocating liberal dominance at every level.

Two women were interviewed on TV who said that when attempting to vote they were told, "You have already voted", which they had not. True or false, such words spark explosive rumors immediately. No point in going there; it appears Newsom has won.

Conclusive, scientific evidence of pervasive fraud in the last presidential election will probably never be examined because of connivance on the Democratic side and abject weakness with Republicans. Like the bleeding southern border, no one seems interested in staunching the flow. Fraud will prove to be the cancer we wouldn't cut out, which finally proves fatal to the Republic. The loudest efforts to sound the alarm are useless against a deaf populace. For years I have said that a national collapse is approaching but I would not live to see it. Now, I think, due to accelerating events, I was wrong. What's worse, I believe our demise is motivated within the remaining span of Joe Biden's stolen presidency, which will end more with a whimper than a bang.

Our communist enemies have acted more intelligently than we have. “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” ― Vladimir Ilich Lenin.

This is precisely what China is doing with American industry - once thought of as "Freedom's Forge": How American Business Produced Victory in World War II" by Arthur Herman. Read this book and weep over America's squandered supremacy. Think about Big Tech and Boeing, Caterpillar, General Motors, Starbucks, Nike, and Ford, etc., truly now Chinese companies. We have become a morally hollow nation; Like Esau, we've sold our birthright for a tranche of bloody communist cash. Evil gratifies greed in the beginning, but the piper is always paid in the end.

As for "Bush 43": "We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within." Is he comparing the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan to the January 6 hubbub at the capital? If so, his is sick. Remember, the capital riot (once called an "insurrection" - now called a riot) lasted for exactly 4 hours. No fires, no statuary damage (one person shot and killed by a criminally negligent Capital police officer, subsequently mysteriously exonerated) -- and Congressional business continued after those 4 hours of shouting, flag-waving, and fisticuffs. FOUR HOURS! Bush should compare this with those MONTHS of true insurrection, and with murder, arson, and billions in lost property, courtesy Antifa and BLM. "Exclusive: $1 billion-plus riot damage is most expensive in insurance history." Add scores of murders.

Now we learn - "In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley — then former President Donald Trump's top military adviser — took precautions to limit Trump's ability to launch a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post."

Most alarming: "Milley also reassured Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that the U.S. had no intention of launching a strike against China, according to the paper. It was one of two secret phone calls shared with Li on the issue."

Milley is the crazy one here, and treasonous! Is he a psychiatrist? He phones our deadliest enemy to tell him our president will not attack?!! Milley should be court-martialed, convicted of treason, and executed. These are the kinds of people the president had advising him? Knowing of all of this disloyalty now, the Ides of March surely hovered around Trump throughout his entire presidency. He was surrounded and betrayed by the spirit of Judas, not that of Horatius at the Bridge. Where was the honor in what Milley did? Why did he abandon his oath of office? He is a disgrace to the service and a danger to the Republic, together with his co-conspirators.

I believe the Biden administration is quickly leading the great American experiment to an ignominious conclusion.