Monday, September 10, 2018

It's Liberals and Conservatives vs. the Left

Dennis Prager provided an excellent explanation of the very important differences between the Left and Liberals here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlIjMJBSnRE

People typically think the current polarization is a result of Liberals vs. Conservatives. This isn't the truth at all. Both Liberals and Conservatives want many of the same things, though they may disagree on the way they are achieved.

Liberals and Conservatives both support free enterprise and the capitalist system.

Liberals and Conservatives are both patriotic and want to protect America and its borders.

Liberals and Conservatives both strongly support free speech.

Liberals and Conservatives both celebrate the wonderful historical contributions of Western Civilization.

The Left does none of those things, in fact it is concerned with the business of destroying those particular institutions via lies and subversive societal manipulation.

Liberal values do not push the individual toward atheism and Marxism. That is the Left. The Left uses lies and propaganda to achieve their nefarious goals. That's why, despite all the economic improvements to the country, including more jobs for minorities, the Leftist American media's non-stop barrage on our senses is just one long character assassination of our president.

 This passage does the best job of describing the Left:

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."  John 8:44


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mother! by Aronofsky: a twisted re-telling of the Bible

I noticed that Mother! was available on Amazon Prime and decided my curiosity was greater than my experience. By that, I mean I still watched it despite being very disappointed regarding Aronofsky's previous movie "Noah." Noah was wrecked by Aronofsky's strange decision to throw a bunch of odd non-Biblical details in the story, which made the movie pointless to watch (and so I didn't). Religion is one of those subjects that, if you decide to artistically interpret it, you'd best stay faithful to the genuine gist or you will repel the audience you sought to attract.

With Mother!, I can't criticize Aronofsky for wanting to metaphorically reproduce the story of creation as outlined in the Bible. It's interesting how most reviewers spun art house interpretations of the movie, completely missing the mark in what it was really about. I suppose this is not all that surprising, considering the lack of actual knowledge about the Bible in 21st century America.

All the players were there: God, Mother Earth (which is NOT a part of the Bible, by the way - that's Aronofsky pushing his misanthropic agenda), Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, creation of the Bible, the Garden of Eden, the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve... and all the fallen denizens of the earth in their evil ignominy.

This could have been a brilliant, abridged interpretation of Genesis to Revelation, but instead, it became a platform for Aronofsky to shame modern civilization regarding its alleged destruction of our planet. What a waste.

It also takes the Christian gospel and twists it into a bizarre suggestion that God is a dullard who is oblivious to obviation and whimsically facilitates the sins of Man to run rampant, as though God's sole concern is that everybody gives Him high-fives while the world burns around them. The inspiring, true-life love story between God and Mankind is completely absent, as the mythical Gaia is the bride in this film, and Man is nothing more than an incorrigibly destructive party crasher. Christ never reaches anyone's mind, heart or soul in this movie, but is instead a helpless infant prop that provides a disgusting and disturbing version of the heartbreaking and humbling reality of what Jesus actually did for us on the cross.

Collectively, we human beings know only the tiniest fraction of the truth about God, but those who venture to commune with Him understand that the little we do know is of infinitely more value than a subversive vision of darkness, despair and sophistry.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Washington Post Throws In With Heinous NYT Leftist Propaganda

On the same day the anonymous and allegedly high-placed White House official had his or her treasonous slander published by none other than the New York Times, the Washington Post published their own take on the event, entitled "‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed". The Post's article was not centrist and free from political agenda, it was demonstrably Left.

I will not exhaustively deconstruct every paragraph, as I did with the anonymous op-ed. Instead, I will list the specifically worded sentences that attempt to lend even more legitimacy to the NYT propaganda. The power of words should not ever be underestimated.

As usual, I will first post the original sentence in italics, and explain its motivations in regular text.

My reproduction of this copyrighted material falls under Fair Use, as my interpretation is as fair and reasonable as the original text, does not in any way impair the inherent value of the text to those for whom it was written, and generates no profits for me as my blog is free and the Washington Post article is already freely available on the Washington Post web site:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-sleeper-cells-have-awoken-trump-and-aides-shaken-by-resistance-op-ed/2018/09/05/ecdf423c-b14b-11e8-a20b-5f4f84429666_story.html

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Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed

This subtext of the article's title already shows signs of how the Post has decided to cast the situation, by the use of the word "shaken."



President Trump and his aides reacted with indignation...

Of course they did. This would the expected response from anyone who is falsely maligned.



...launched a frantic hunt...

The use of the word "frantic" is a characterizing adjective which deliberately plays into the claims of unrestrained histrionics asserted by the original anonymous op-ed, claims which are unsubstantiated by people who actually work with President Trump. The phrase would have been more responsibly written as "...launched a hunt...".



...feeding the president’s paranoia...

This is an arbitrary characterization of Trump that deliberately calls to mind former President Nixon, who was commonly referred to as paranoid after his resignation in the shadow of impending impeachment. It also insultingly attributes a quality to Trump that has not been substantiated in any quarter, business nor political; only in the malicious imaginations of the progressive Left.



Trump reacted to the column with “volcanic” anger and was “absolutely livid”...

Notice how the quotations are used, as though these were official descriptions of Trump's reaction when they are unidentified third party characterizations instead, and furthermore both quoted descriptions again bolster the Left's ploy to make the President appear out of control to the general public.



The official writes...

The proper, responsible way to begin this sentence should be "The alleged official writes..." The Post's subtle difference leads the reader a little bit more in the direction that the writer was indeed who the NYT claimed he or she was, that being allegedly a high-ranking official of Trump's White House, as opposed to a clever propagandist.



...sent tremors through the West Wing and launched a frantic guessing game.

According to the people who actually work for the White House, there were no "tremors," just irritation and indignation at the smearing of the President's reputation and mental acuity. In the same sentence, the Post paints concerned ruminations about who would be so treasonous as a "frantic guessing game," which would deliberately lead the reader to conclude that not only were Trump's people freaking out, but they were also not to be taken seriously, as a "guessing game" sounds more like a grade school activity than the actual serious process such an internal investigation would be. Ferreting out traitors is vital to preventing instability in any government. That's why treason is a serious offense punishable by imprisonment or death.



Startled aides canceled meetings and huddled behind closed doors...

The words "startled" and "huddled" are deliberately used to paint Trump's people as being feeble and genuinely afraid of the op-ed, which couldn't be further from the truth, judging by the official responses freely available on all standard media. At most, Trump's people are angry and very interested in either exposing the Leftist propagandist who fabricated the op-ed, or finding the mole in their organization and bringing him or her to a proper sentence for the crime of defamation that was clearly committed.



The phrase “The sleeper cells have awoken” circulated on text messages among aides and outside allies.

This is more support to the idea that even those who work for and with President Trump are prone to gossip freely that his primacy is in actual danger, as opposed to the fabricated danger imagined by the Left. No one's name is cited, therefore the reference is valuable only as a tool of propaganda, not a factual reference.



“It’s like the horror movies when everyone realizes the call is coming from inside the house,” said one former White House official in close contact with former co-workers.

Notice the source here is cleverly characterized as someone in the know, when one may more astutely observe that the source's "former" status demonstrates the value of the statement as being at best questionable.



...stark and anonymous warning...

Yes, the op-ed was stark in its audacity, but to cast it as a "warning" is an attempt to further legitimize its claims. The truth is there is nothing to warn the American people about, in terms of how the President conducts himself or executes his duties in his position. If there were, the results of a nearly three year concerted investigation would unearth something other than alleged campaign fund mismanagement.



...books like Woodward’s that rely on candid accounts of anonymous admin­istration officials.

"Candid accounts of anonymous administration officials" is merely another way of saying "claims by conveniently unnamed persons that are assumed to be important people for the sake of publishing slander behind a wall of legal protection."



...Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters. He added, “That’s why I think all of us encourage the good people around the president to stay.”

Offering us a quote from someone who is politically unsympathetic to Trump is of no value, other than to again attempt to legitimize the original op-ed's assertions.



The president went on to brag about his popularity,...

A responsible, non-biased way to construct that sentence would have been: "The president went on to cite his popularity..." Using the word "brag" again plays to the hatred for Trump from the progressive Left, and their characterization of him as an arrogant dictator.



...although nearly all public polls show that more Americans disapprove of his job performance than approve of it.

Anyone who deals with statistics knows that you can interpret them any way you wish. There isn't a single poll in existence that shows results for every voting age person in the U.S. other than the U.S. census. There are many political polls, performed by many organizations, and of course some will be pro-Trump, and some will be anti-Trump. The Post has decided to lean toward anti-Trump sources for their poll citations, as demonstrated by their statement that leads the reader to believe that most of the country that voted Trump into office now thinks their decision was a mistake. If this were true, few people would show up at Trump's rallies; and that is clearly false.



The president later tweeted a single word alleging a possible crime: “TREASON?”

Interesting how only now does the word "alleged" find its way into the article, and for the particular purpose of minimizing Trump's statement that the original op-ed was possibly an act of treason.


...private talks with advisers and friends...

If they were private talks with advisers and friends, how did the Post conveniently acquire them? See next entry.



...according to people familiar with the president’s thinking.

Again, of course conveniently, no names cited. It's as though the Post has somehow forgotten that hearsay is worthless for anyone with journalistic integrity. We're supposed to consume these scraps of gossip as though they have any relevance to the facts of the events in question.



...reignited Trump’s frustration with last week’s remembrances of McCain...

This clearly paints Trump as someone who has very little regard for the dignity of the deceased. Other than the presumption by the progressive Left, there's no genuine evidence that Trump disrespects those who have passed away as a matter of course.



The president was already feeling especially vulnerable — and a deep “sense of paranoia,” in the words of one confidant...

Not only is Trump being ascribed an emotional state ("vulnerable") that no one who knows him has ever even come close to suggesting, but once again, the word "paranoia" is used to continue comparing him to Richard Nixon. "...in the words of one confidant..." is yet another unnamed citation that therefore amounts to no more than unsubstantiated hearsay and gossip. The Post is supposed to be a respected institution of journalistic integrity, or at least that's how they present themselves despite these transparent attempts to pass gossip as responsibly reported fact.



...and he had begun peppering staffers with questions...

"Peppering" is another characterization designed to make Trump appear Draconian and despotic. A more responsible way to write the sentence would be "...and he had begun asking staffers..."



Trump already felt that he had a dwindling circle of people whom he could trust, a senior administration official said.

Who is the "senior administration official"? Why does the Post think it's okay to publish these allegations with no names attached? Why would any rational reader simply accept these statements as true without an identifiable source?



According to one Trump friend, he fretted after Wednesday’s op-ed that he could trust only his children.

Again, where is the name to turn this gossip into enlightening fact?



...her boss’s rage...

A more responsible, less manipulative statement would be: "...her boss's anger..." The word "rage" is used, again, to further legitimize the casting of Trump as out of control.



...aides and confidants scrambled to identify the anonymous official, windmilling in all directions;...

"Scrambled" and "windmilling" again further paint Trump and his cabinet as a bunch of hysterical ding-a-lings who frenzy over every bump in the road. A balanced and less biased way of writing the sentence would be "...aides and confidants worked to identify the anonymous official, considering many options;...". The words the Post is publishing are obviously serving the politics of the Left, which dictate a demonstrably false narrative of a bumbling, out of control and incompetent leader.



One aide, for example, suggested a staffer seeking glory and secretly hoping to get caught, while another mused that the official was likely a low-level staffer in a peripheral agency. Others wondered aloud...

Additional examples of worthless hearsay, again sans cited source names. This is not serious nor responsible journalism; this is clearly propaganda.



A spokeswoman for the Times said she was unable to provide any additional clarity on how the newspaper defines a senior administration official.

Another disclaimer from the NYT, to add alongside the one they provided at the top of the original op-ed. The CYA backpedaling has already begun.



Brinkley, the historian, said the most analogous example of disloyalty and advisers disregarding the president’s wishes was in Richard Nixon’s final year as president. He explained that Nixon would “bark crazy orders” to aides that they intentionally disregarded.

And now the non-existent connection from Trump to Nixon is not merely hinted at with words like "paranoia," it is simply stated by a specifically selected historian who supports the Left's narrative perfectly by stating that "...Nixon would "bark crazy orders" to aides that they intentionally disregarded."



“You’d have to go back to Hans Christian Andersen, ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes,’ to see this syndrome where the president’s reality happens to be so different from his own senior advisers,” Brinkley said.

And Brinkley's opinion is valuable to the facts in what way? The only reason Brinkley's opinions are included in the Post's article is because they feed the progressive Left spin that the Post deliberately published.

New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed Nothing More Than Transparent Propaganda

Some editorial journalists have already observed that the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times regarding President Trump, published on January 5th, 2018, is possibly, if not likely, a fabricated piece of propaganda.
 
My wife brought the article to my attention, and as I read it, almost every paragraph stood out to me as a clever, but still obvious, attempt to destroy confidence in the President, while not affecting any changes, such as an impeachment that would indicate actual wrongdoing. Wrongdoing I might add, that has not been discovered despite three years of concerted effort by progressive provocateurs and failed investigations by our own respected law enforcement agencies.

The transparent methodologies present in the writing may not be as obvious to everyone, so I will explain, paragraph by paragraph, exactly what the writer is attempting to accomplish. With each paragraph, the original op-ed's text is in italics, and my explanation follows in plain text.

My reproduction of this copyrighted material falls under Fair Use, as my interpretation is as fair and reasonable as the original text, does not in any way impair the inherent value of the text to those for whom it was written, and generates no profits for me as my blog is free and the New York Times article is already freely available on the New York Times web site:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html

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I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

This bold statement would be much more impressive if a name were attached to it. As the entire article is anonymous, it could have been written by anyone with access to YouTube and other social media. To assume the source is genuine without proof is the reader's first mistake.



The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

In this paragraph, we are treated to a convenient disclaimer that the New York Times believes will exonerate them when the truth is eventually revealed. Notice the characterization "important perspective" is used to further sell the alleged gravity of the contents. "Important perspective" is not typically assigned to any op-ed, as the reader normally decides whether or not the subject matter is important or relevant.



President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

This is indeed correct, thanks to the unceasing pernicious attacks on his character and mental faculties via the mainstream press that are consumed obsessively by the progressive Left.



It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

Notice how the three enumerated concerns are widely recognized complaints and negative prognostications of the Left. As the writer is allegedly an important figure in Trump's hand-picked administration, the likelihood that such an individual, specifically chosen for his or her conservative posture, would spotlight these is improbable at best.



The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.


First, a non-existent problem is fabricated by stating "The dilemma." Then the statement immediately following implies the very incompetence that the Left has been chanting about from day one of Trump's bid to run for president; another unlikely characterization of Trump by one of his own cabinet. The insidious nature of the entire article is in the last statement, which openly asserts there is a contingency of Trump's own cabinet that are working to subvert his allegedly questionable decision-making propensities. This paragraph sets the manufactured tone that the rest of the article draws from.



I would know. I am one of them.

Again, this would carry much more gravity with a name attached. For those cheering for the witch hunt, no identification is necessary.



To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

This paragraph attempts to ensure the reader that the writer's (and alleged co-conspirators') intentions are pure and chock-full of integrity, thus setting the reader up to more likely accept the negative assessments that follow. To properly sell the article, the reader must be convinced that the writer is a trusted cabinet member, and no one with a progressive agenda would be tolerated by Trump.



But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

This paragraph supports the previous, and further supports the earlier passing attempt to paint President Trump as (unintentionally) incompetent. It should be mentioned here that in fact, at this point in his presidency, Trump has made many positive changes in our country, and has not actually done anything more detrimental to it than offending some Twitter subscribers.



That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

More support of earlier statements; another example to convince the reader that there is an inner circle of freedom fighters who will protect John and Mary American from an allegedly incompetent president, thus attempting to strip from Trump the credit for any and all positive changes he accomplishes from this moment forward.



The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

This is an ad hominem attack, and one with no substantiation other than that the writer typed the statement on the page. Most readers are intelligent enough to recognize high-school-level rumors when they encounter them. There are people lining up as I write this to vouch for the president's character, and the truth in the real world is you can't buy that amount of loyalty in terms of sheer numbers.



Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

No examples of this are provided, not even one. This statement thus falls into the same category of several previous statements, that being an unsubstantiated claim by an anonymous source. Furthermore, Trump has demonstrably done the opposite of what is claimed here: supported the First Amendment by not legally censoring his venomous critics, jump-started our country's economy in record time, and has never once acted against any existing policy that ensures our individual freedoms, nor instituted policies that would do as such. Check his actual record.



In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Notice how Trump's statement about the disingenuous nature of the U.S. press is reduced to a "notion," as opposed to the direct charge it actually was. Then, this emasculated version of Trump's statement is included along with progressive opinions regarding Trump's well-publicized intention of making trade better for the U.S. than previous administrations, and also a fabricated non-sequitur for good measure, regarding his political loyalties to our country.



Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

This obligatory paragraph again allows the reader to continue suspending disbelief, as no one is completely evil, and it would have been even less believable if no positive nods were included by an actual cabinet member. It also throws a bone to those who don't trust the press, as an ingratiating measure.



But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

Had this actually been a senior official, and not a constituent of the progressive Left, he or she would still be reduced to disgruntled employee, not elevated to champion of the allegedly downtrodden people. And once again, the clear statement is made that President Trump is not responsible for the positive changes enacted during his presidency. No, instead, these gallant heroes who will conveniently remain nameless are allegedly improving our country while Trump allegedly bungles everything with unrestrained histrionics.



From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

In the real world, not everyone will agree with everything their leader decides, be it the White House or a widget factory. This is merely more hearsay gossip that, true or not, has nothing to do with whether or not Trump is a good president. But again, this kind of high-school-level libel is nothing more than pandering to those who yearn for Trump's downfall.



Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

This is more gossip to make it appear that insiders are personally taken aback to the point they worry about our country's future. From an objective standpoint, it is opinion only and carries no weight in terms of what actually affects the American people. The characterization itself appears to illustrate a stereotypical dictator whose emotions supersede reason, and by that measure, is unstable and dangerous. No one in Trump's circle would assess him as such, unless they were fired and made accusations after the fact. Is Trump hard on his 'employees'? Yes. And he gets results. Steve Jobs is purported to have been horrible to employees at times. This was certainly offensive, but it had nothing to do with his effectiveness as a leader at Apple. People have made entire movies in admiration of Jobs. What does the leader of the free world get? Vilification from the Left.



“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

Yet more gossip. As I recall, there was a previous president celebrated by the Left, one of whose nicknames was "Flip Flop." Changing one's mind is probably the entire reason why a president has a cabinet and a congress to help him make changes, as opposed to a dictator, whose every whim automatically becomes law. Our system is such that Trump or any other president couldn't be "anti-democratic," even if he or she wanted to be.



The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

Again, the illusion is cast that the president is poised to ruin all sorts of aspects of our country, but because of a hidden group of honorable patriots, the day has been saved for all Americans, despite the allegedly oafish antics of our president.



It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

Yet another thinly veiled invective that is a transparently Leftist characterization. Now child status is added to the growing list of insults leveled at our president in this article of literally unknown origin. A senior official truly concerned about our country, without a progressive agenda, would never stoop to these kinds of snide remarks. The snide remark is cleverly followed by yet another assurance that our country is safe and sound, but allegedly no thanks to President Trump. This plays directly into the irrational fears openly expressed by the progressive Left, who are afraid their entitled status will shrink instead of grow as time passes under Trump's conservative administration.



The result is a two-track presidency.
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.


Finally, examples of the writer's accusations. But instead of correctly painting the president as someone who is keeping friendly terms with potentially dangerous world powers, the writer instead raises ambiguous complaints of "little genuine appreciation" for allies, with no effective examples. This is a classic trick of propaganda: generate a non-existent connection between facts and opinions.



Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

The writer attempts to attribute humanitarian directives to anyone other than Trump, as though the president plays golf all day and pays no attention to decisions made about other important entities in our world by his own officials.



On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

In this paragraph, the writer assumes a moral high ground, and from that perch casts Trump as someone who would rather not punish wrongdoers. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Trump's constituents already understand. That Trump is hard on crime is a well-known aspect of his platform and administration, and the attempt to paint him otherwise is a waste of time to anyone paying attention. To use Russia in two examples so far, is directly playing to the progressive cheerleaders for the FBI witch hunt instituted as a result of Clinton losing the election.



This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.


Opinion, unsubstantiated by open observable facts, and cryptic enough to confuse readers with less political acumen. Therefore it plays to the reader as an authentic statement from a genuine "senior official."



Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

This paragraph is damage control for skeptics. Surely, several high-placed people in the White House who are genuinely concerned for the welfare of the country would not hesitate to begin proceedings for impeachment if indeed there were truly a cause for alarm. The truth of the matter is there is no cause for alarm, and their pretext for this obvious contradiction of action is the writer's excuse that doing so would "precipitate a constitutional crisis." This is an empty rationalization because no constitutional crisis occurred during Nixon's impending impeachment before he resigned, and none would occur now. Once again, the writer paints the imaginary hidden group as noble, hopefully engendering the admiration and trust of the reader.



The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

This is extremely transparent propaganda, which again plays directly into the publicly expressed accusations of the progressive Left. It additionally paints all Americans as victims, thus feeding the classic fears of victimology, a recognized impairment of Leftist ideology. It also paints Trump as perpetrator, when a contradictory truth of his term so far is his fierce loyalty to those who have been harmed, and a strong-willed determination to prevent future harm to all Americans, home and abroad. Furthermore, the second sentence assigns responsibility to President Trump for the incivility of our society, who was sworn in long after decades of Leftist agendas converted a loud portion of our nation's population into a collection of yelling, cussing, narcissistic and judgmental jerks.



Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

This paragraph contains some obligatory terms for the Left, such as "tribalism" and "shared values." No genuine conservative would conflate national pride with tribalism; that is a pejorative term the Left uses to make conscientious Americans ashamed of being Americans. "Shared values" becomes meaningless in Left vs Right comparisons, because there are too many core values that diverge between those two majority factions. In terms of Trump's loyal constituents, there is no misunderstanding regarding his values, and the reason they voted for him is because they share those conservative values, not the family-corrosive values of the Left.



We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

Lodestar: another term, as others earlier in the text, designed to produce an effect of authenticity. Other journalists have already pointed out that the use of this word could be to intentionally point toward a specific individual who has used it publicly. Again, remember: this editorial could have been written by anyone with decent writing skills, a progressive agenda, and access to YouTube.



There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

This paragraph is the lynch pin of the entire article. The rule of seven is utilized, in a marketing sense, i.e. yet another reminder that despite a president who is allegedly incompetent, childish, out of control and capricious, there are undisclosed persons who are quietly saving the country from ruin. Then, predictably, the writer finishes by taking the president's own platform of uniting the country and turns it against him by implying that the very unification he has been determined to accomplish will only be achieved by individuals working together despite him.



The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

That we, as readers, are expected to just accept this assertion as fact without a name is ludicrous. As in any polarizing issue, minds are already made up, thus this well-timed op-ed merely bolsters the already vehement hatred of our conservative president. That hatred is grounded in nothing more than the foiling of the Left's desire to deconstruct our free and wealthy country and reshape it into their vaunted, egalitarian-outcome utopia that famously ignores the corrupt proclivities of human beings in their natural state, as witnessed time and again in recorded history.

Friday, August 10, 2018

"Humanism and Its Aspirations" just another hijack

It came to my attention recently that there is a third "Humanist Manifesto" under the title "Humanism and Its Aspirations." I found it published here:

https://americanhumanist.org/what-is-humanism/manifesto3/

It was created by the American Humanist Association, an organization with the subtext "GOOD WITHOUT A GOD" displayed below its name, and it was drafted in 2003. The reproduction of its text in this essay is for critical debate only, and I make no claims whatsoever to its original composition.

I read the document, and it occurred to me that just as specific words in our lexicon have been re-purposed to champion particular political agendas, the Humanist Manifesto of 2003 demonstrates how the standard humanist values have been hijacked from Christian tenets.

To better demonstrate this observation, the following is a sentence-by-sentence comparison of Humanism to Christianity. The goal here is to make it evident that the American Humanist Association has indeed 'borrowed' concepts and values from holy documents whose origin are in direct conflict with their core belief.

An additional purpose in this comparison format is to demonstrate that many of the concepts being presented as particular to humanism are in fact merely intrinsic to any human being who wishes to contribute to the good of the world, regardless of belief system or lack of it.

What makes the presentation of a document of this nature insidious, is that it implies by its existence that it is in direct opposition to the aspirations of those who believe in God. Ironically, when it speaks of humane concepts as though they are exclusive to Humanists, it is actually referencing Christian principles as set forth two thousand years ago in documents gathered which eventually formed the New Testament.

Humanist Manifesto text is in script, Christian comparison in regular text. Any bold text was my alteration for the purpose of pointing out key disparities.


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Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

Christianity is a philosophy of life that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.


The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully.

The lifestance of Christianity—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully.


[Humanism] evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.

[Christianity] was given to us by God and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.


This document is part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe.

The sentence is a statement of intent exclusive to Humanism, therefore no comparison will be made.


It is in this sense that [Humanists] affirm the following:

[Christians] affirm the following:


Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.

Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.


Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies.

Christians find that science is the best method for determining scientific knowledge as well as for solving science-related problems and developing beneficial technologies.


[Humanists] also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.

[Christians] also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.


Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.

Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of Intelligent Design.


Humanists recognize nature as self-existing.

Christians recognize nature as self-existing.


[Humanists] accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be.

[Christians] accept our life as all and enough, while recognizing that there is more to the universe we experience than we perceive with the five senses, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be.


[Humanists] welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.

[Christians] welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.


Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.

Ethical values are derived from God and are tested by experience.


Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond.

Christians ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond.


[Humanists] are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.

[Christians] are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.


Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.

Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.


[Humanists] aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death.

[Christians] aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and transformation of death.


Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.

Christians rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the existence of God to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.


Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.


Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence.

Christians long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence.


The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages [Humanists] to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.

The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages [Christians] to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.


Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.

Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.


Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community.

God-inspired individuals have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community.


[Humanists] seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.

[Christians] seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.


Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.

Christians are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.


[Humanists] work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.

[Christians] work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open-minded society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.


Thus engaged in the flow of life, [Humanists] aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals.

Thus engaged in the flow of life, [Christians] aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals.


The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

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CONCLUSION:

As you may plainly see, attempting to make either world view appear morally superior is merely unsubstantiated propaganda.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gibson Brands Ceases the Development of Cakewalk Products

Much to the dismay of myself, and especially the two friends I record music with, Gibson has dismantled Cakewalk (as of November 17th of this year - five days ago), which produces the Sonar Producer line of music production software. Cakewalk was originally one of Roland Corporation's subsidiaries.

When founder Greg Hendershott resigned as CEO in 2012 after 25 years with the three-decades old company, Michael Hoover took over as president, stepping up from his former position as EVP of Products for Cakewalk.

Only one year after that, the parent company Roland Corporation decided to sell all their Cakewalk shares to Gibson Brands.

And now, only four years later, Gibson has decided to shut down Cakewalk operations, in order to "better align with the company’s acquisition strategy."

For the tens of thousands of Cakewalk users, this is particularly stressful. Cakewalk had risen to a status that was effectively equal with Pro Tools, the 'industry standard' music production software from Avid Technology. Even though Cakewalk remains a perfectly legitimate software for producing high-quality music, it of course will eventually not be able to compete with the still updated Pro Tools anymore.

In honor of the exceptional DAW that Sonar Producer had become, I will now translate the short memo that Gibson saw fit to publish on Cakewalk's web site here:

http://www.cakewalk.com/Gibson-Announcement

What follows is a sentence-by-sentence translation of Gibson's terse blurb to their loyal Cakewalk customers. Original Gibson text in italics, my translation in regular font. The translations given are the author's opinion only, and should not, for legal reasons, be construed as facts regarding unknown activity at Cakewalk, Roland, Avid Technology  or Gibson Brands.

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Gibson Brands announced today that it is ceasing active development and production of Cakewalk branded products.

Gibson is dumping its sole software subsidiary, known as Cakewalk.



The decision was made to better align with the company’s acquisition strategy that is heavily focused on growth in the global consumer electronics audio business under the Philips brand.

Gibson lacks the vision to maintain the loyal and growing user base for Sonar, and would rather take the failing "Woox Innovations" subsidiary they purchased from Philips in 2014 (for $135 million), and jump on the gadget bandwagon, because they imagine that they can actually compete with real manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and Apple.



Cakewalk has been an industry leader in music software for over 25 years by fusing cutting-edge technology with creative approaches to tools that create, edit, mix, and publish music for professional and amateur musicians.

Even though, for 25 years, the talented individuals who created Cakewalk managed to turn a minor upstart piece of software into a genuine alternative to the overpriced Pro Tools, their efforts are now being devalued because at least one high-placed person in Gibson Brands was given an undisclosed sum of money by someone in Avid Technology to kill their one worthy competitor.



Gibson Brands acquired Cakewalk in 2013.

Gibson grabbed Cakewalk for a bargain in 2013 because Cakewalk's CEO Michael Hoover somehow managed to bungle enough to destroy Roland's confidence in Cakewalk's ability to compete in the DAW industry.



Gibson Brands, a growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gibson Brands, a struggling guitar-making company that was actually founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson, has been purchased by several companies through the decades, because they just don't have enough business sense to stay afloat on their own, what with all these new-fangled musical doodads and all.



Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world- recognized brands.

Gibson Brands decided at some point to diversify their manufacturing arm way past merely overpriced guitars, and thinks the way to stay relevant in the early 21st century is to join the "Me Too!" gadget vendors, even though the impressive description of themselves they've published above falls quite far from the ledge of reality.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

The puzzling lack of evidence

New star formation is kind of important, as evolutionary theory (applied to cosmology) dictates that we should eventually be able to observe stars in all stages of formation. According to our astronomical observations, our universe contains older and younger stars, so current theory suggests that stars had to have formed at different times since the Big Bang.

Just like in biological evolution, the magical element in star formation is extremely long time periods. Density waves shrinking dust clouds into new stars isn't the most feasible theory, as most stars are thought to be too far from each other to produce that effect, and since the universe continues to expand, they are growing further apart. Cloud collapse via vast gas clouds in nebulae, a more promising theory, has not been observed to produce a new star anywhere in the universe yet.

We have found candidate interstellar clouds that look promising, such as the Orion Nebula, where we have observed Bok globules which theoretically form new stars.

http://www.space.com/8298-star-formation-details-images.html

What's interesting to me in all this is that just like transitional fossils in biological evolution, according to Darwin's theory, we should see myriad transitional fossils of organisms in various stages of metamorphosis, with partially developed appendages, etc. Instead, such fossils are of extremely rare occurrence. So all sorts of explanations are offered to us for why we don't find those fossils.

In the case of new star formation, there is too much dust debris and gas in the Bok globules for us to see anything that looks like a new star forming. What we actually observe everywhere we look in the universe is star decay instead. We can use long microwave wavelengths to "look through" the dust at "newborn" stars, but the fact remains that the closest we've come to seeing a brand new star are the "final stages of collapse, before they are reborn as full-fledged stars."

Curious indeed, how something that theoretically should be observed much more commonly is actually a rare cosmic event. So rare, in fact, that it still has not been observed.