Thursday, November 21, 2019

LGBTQ sword, part 2

As an addendum to the post I made just previous to this one, take a look at the following two web pages:

The Overhauling of Straight America

That article was published in 1987, and has served as an effective playbook for the various gay lobby organizations that have been very active in politics and media for the past 32 years. If you look at it closely, you will find strategies that are manipulative and repugnant, and they indicate more than once that the vilification of dissenters is required to lift up their own group. The authors actually admit in the article that the methods outlined are dishonest and fraudulent, but they apparently think that 'by any means necessary' is acceptable in their case.

Next, take a look at this article, which was published in the summer of 2016, three years before the recent Chick-fil-A capitulation due to pressure from GLAAD and other branches of the gay lobby:

We Have Been Warned

When that was written, many people likely dismissed it as alarmist, and trusted that the benevolent champions of the LGBTQ cause would take the high road. Why wouldn't they take the high road, when they speak so strongly for fair and kind treatment for LGBTQ people?

On a side note, in an effort to help a trans student, why is it necessary to force others to be uncomfortable?

High School Forces Girls to Share Locker Room with Biological Man

Trans people don't like to be told they have a mental illness, so how is it appropriate to tell girls in a high school that they are bigoted for feeling uncomfortable about undressing in front of a male? Doesn't sound very tolerant or empathetic to me. And by the way, if I say I identify as a paramecium, are people seriously going to honor that claim? Physical reality is not erased by one's imagination. The boy who is trans may believe he's a girl, but his twig and berries, and DNA beg to differ.

It's possible that originally, all the gay rights lobby wanted was to be treated with respect. That reality has been established for quite some time; all of the 21st century at least. However, that is no longer the goal, the bar has been moved yet again. Now the goal has moved beyond acceptance to celebration, including public school indoctrination of young children to concepts they are too young to properly process, according to many concerned pediatricians. Here is one of them.

The troubling thing about the process by which LGBTQ activist goals have been achieved is that dissenting opinions are now punished, not changed. Somewhere along the line, the people in charge of the gay rights activism forgot that you catch more bees with honey than vinegar. They were not content with just the previous propaganda techniques of making dissenters look like bigoted monsters. Now they use political pressure to drive businesses to bankruptcy if they don't jump on board the gay bandwagon.

Where will all this go? Depends on what you think is important.

After all, if a person doesn't believe God exists, then why would he or she care about someone's freedom of religion? If the public thinks religious people are all a bunch of bigoted neanderthals, who will care if their livelihoods are taken away?

According to Jesus, those who give mercy will get mercy in return. Perhaps the LGBTQ organizations should consider the consequences of treating others so poorly.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chick-fil-A has fallen to the LGBTQ sword


On November 18th, 2019, Chick-fil-A officially ended donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) charities.

Chick-Fil-A Caves to the Rage Mob

Why did they do this?

Chick-fil-A has been successfully blocked from expansion to San Antonio and Buffalo, and might potentially be blocked from Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. How were they blocked? Politicians, pressured by LGBTQ activists, have decided that donating to Christian charities is "anti-LGBTQ behavior."

Allegedly, both the Salvation Army and the FCA hate gays.

And how do they hate them?

The Salvation Army encourages any homosexuals they assist to practice celibacy, and the FCA asks their leaders to sign a purity agreement, committing themselves to avoid homosexuality and sex outside of marriage.

Both of the above actions are based on the Christian (religious) beliefs of the charitable organizations, which include traditional views of human sexuality. The Salvation Army does not refuse anyone assistance if they are a member of any LGBTQ group. The FCA has no directive whatsoever in any part of its organization to discriminate against or harm any member of an LGBTQ group.

Never mind that the Salvation Army provides relief and assistance to 23 million people a year, including LGBTQ persons, and may actually be the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ community. Never mind that the FCA provides help for sports camps and school programs for inner city youth.

This is about a lot more than a deliberately mistaken perception of the charities that Chick-fil-A no longer donates to.

It's not about seeking tolerance, acceptance, nor equality.

It's about vilifying Christianity and attempting to make the world think that Christians are despicable hypocrites who hate gay people and are ruining society with their uptight, fascist beliefs.

So why would the LGBTQ activists (and their supportive constituents) want to accomplish that goal?

Because they're trying to get rid of the Judaeo-Christian God in the public square. See, that particular God is a bit of a pest for them, because despite many misguided attempts to rewrite or cast the Bible as hateful ignorant propaganda, they just can't seem to stamp out the light that shines in every man, woman and child who respects the Lord.

And make no mistake. The loving, all-inclusive, all-tolerant LGBTQ lobby hates that light. Light destroys darkness. Human beings, both gay and straight, love to live in the dark. Sin respects no gender, color, bank account, sexual preference or belief system. Sin lies in wait for you, not the other way around. And sin, foolishly considered by many to be outmoded, is relentless. No one escapes it.

Yes, there are people who call themselves Christians and hold up signs that say "God hates fags." But be wise instead of vindictive: in all groups there are hypocrites and self-righteous individuals, and Christians, being human like everyone else, are just as subject to those sins as any other section of the population. But same as criminals, the sign holders are the significantly tiny minority of the entire group.

Don't ask me how God feels about homosexuals. I can't pretend to know the mind of God. All I'm qualified to comment, based on the Bible and my reading of it, is that God loves all human beings, and homosexuality is no different than sex before marriage in terms of sin status. That would mean heterosexuals who have sex before marriage are the same as homosexuals in regard to sin. We all sin.

Here. Let me repeat that, lest you feel the urge to fire up the rage mob.

I said we all sin. There are so many sins, so many ways to disappoint God. Just why some people are hyper-focused on homosexuality I'm not sure. It's not as common as looking at pornography, for example. It's not as hidden as people who steal things large and small and don't get caught. It's not considered anywhere near as heinous a sin as murder, or molesting children. It doesn't have the same obvious fallout of an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction. It may or may not be as seemingly innocuous as eating pork.

You want to get mad at someone because they think that something you do or enjoy is a sin? Grow up. People have been calling alcohol, recreational drugs, sex before marriage, adultery and gambling sins for as long as those activities have existed. Those activities hold various degrees of enjoyment for many people, and if consenting adults want to do something alone or together and not force anyone else to partake, that's their business. It would become logistically bothersome for someone who liked to buy lottery tickets to concern himself or herself with every single person who thought gambling was a sin.

I mean really. What difference does it make to a non-believer if Christians think sex before marriage is a sin? Their belief only affects their decisions in their own lives. Someone who doesn't share Christian beliefs is free to have sex with a thousand people if he or she wants to. So why hate the Christian who thinks it's wrong? It's not like someone's thoughts ever stopped others from having all the sex they ever wanted. Even in the prehistoric days of the early 20th century, when being gay was still kept private, gay people were still having gay sex. They just didn't have a state sanctioned cheering section. Most rational adults support underage drinking laws, but does that stop minors from using alcohol? No, it doesn't.

Are thoughts truly daggers that stab the enjoyment out of life of others, or are they the precious possessions of every human being, regardless of where they reside on any spectrum? Oh wait! You want to talk about someone refusing to bake you a cake? Sure, that's rude, and could be considered insulting. But using our legal system to force them to bake you a cake? Get serious. Go somewhere else for the damn cake. Why would anyone want to purchase anything from the baker after being refused anyway? If someone told me their religion prevented them from making cakes for people who like to play video games, I'd be surprised and taken aback, but I'd simply leave with the thought that I'll give my money to someone else for the work, happy in the knowledge I'm not saddled with that particular belief.

The problem we're facing in Western Civilization in 2019 isn't that we're becoming more fascist. The problem isn't Christianity or any other religion. The problem isn't actual hate groups like Neo-Nazis or Nation of Islam, that never accomplish much more than making fools of themselves. The problem we're facing isn't the growing divide between the one percent and everyone else. The problem we're facing has nothing to do with toxic masculinity, gender pronouns, systemic or individual racism, gun ownership, returning abortion laws to individual states, manspreading, mansplaining, capitalism, the republican party, conservatism, etc.

The real problem we're facing?

It's a force growing in our culture that wants to use fear and intimidation to stamp out anything disagreeing with it. Doesn't sound very scary or dangerous?

Not yet, but give it time. As a society we've been compelled to abandon judgment for tolerance, trade tolerance for acceptance, and now trade acceptance for the new paradigm.

The new paradigm is compulsory adoption, and nothing less will be tolerated by those who are currently successful in their efforts to shut down both your ability to disagree and your first amendment right to openly worship the God of your choice.

There are two angels knocking at your door, you'd better answer it.



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Evil is now good, good is now evil

I'm sure at this point most adults have heard of "Antifa."

For an unadulterated look at the people who claim to be anti-fascist and championing our country, view this:

Does Antifa know what Fascism is? | Interviewing Proud Boys Protesters at Trump Tower

I wouldn't expect anyone to watch the entire twenty-seven minutes of this sh** show. But it would be wise to take a good look, regardless of your political leanings, and absorb what is happening right before our very eyes.

Yes, we are living in 2019. The most advanced civilization in the history of the planet. A population that is experiencing the greatest wealth, abundance, freedom and opportunity in history.

And this is what some of us choose to do with our lives?

From a dispassionate standpoint, as long as Antifa's worst antics continue at a relatively low frequency, they will remain little more than a circus attraction and a cautionary tale of how not to behave in a civil society.

But, if they keep taking to the streets and acting aggressive and obnoxious instead of peacefully protesting, there will surely come a day when the wrong person is in the crowd, believes he or she has nothing to lose, and has sufficiently fed himself or herself with an infuriating, long term video stream of these kinds of twisted confrontations. Forget reactionary groups like the Proud Boys; the mortal carnage by a solitary, mentally unstable malcontent will make Proud Boys fisticuffs seem like Sesame Street.

The title of this essay is referring to the phenomena we've all come to recognize from the Left: attributing the conservative sectors they hate with the very traits the Leftists themselves possess, and accusing conservatives of committing the very infractions against freedom the Left are committing by censoring speech, intimidation via social media, using legal pressure to cow everyone into accepting things that some individuals do not find acceptable, and of course, the now well known examples of Antifa physically harming people who disagree with them.

The two fellows who asked for Elad's personal information, along with the cameraman's, are obviously attempting to frighten them. Whether or not they successfully dox, and potentially harass,  these members of the press is almost beside the point. The craven nature of hiding behind a mask and/or computer is evident. They see themselves as revolutionaries, but their actions are those of domestic terrorists in a free country.

See for yourself here

A "point of privilege":

These miscreants apparently have never experienced any genuine danger. If they keep this aggressive, disrespectful behavior up, they're going to start eating pavement, steel and lead. Then, and only then, will the remaining ones admit the error of trying to intimidate reasonable people by threats, doxing and violence. At the end of it all, for all the sadness of their needless passing, the knowledge that they created their own fate will be clear to anyone who watched all this nonsense transpire thanks to the reporters they tried to silence.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

YouTube censorship continues

YouTube recently took down a video, citing "hate speech" as the reason:

Dr. Michelle Cretella on Transgenderism: A Mental Illness is Not a Civil Right

At first glance, a reasonable person should consider whether or not the charge is accurate. Due to the language YouTube used on the removed video page, one might be inclined to believe that the video was full of hate speech. You know, things like saying X are scum, or Y should die, etc. But was this really what the video contained?

No. Thank goodness Bitchute, the repository that does NOT censor individual opinion, has the same video on their site. You are free to watch the video there and make up your own mind:

Dr. Cretella president of the American College of Pediatricians on Transgenderism: A Mental Illness

You can also read the transcript here:

Transcript of the full interview

What does the video actually contain?

Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, discusses important issues regarding children and the transgender movement, from the point of view of a pediatrician, not a political provocateur.

I'd love to go off on an angry tangent here, but I won't. All one has to do is listen to her interview to understand the gravity of what's actually going on. It's no longer something that will go away if ignored, because the Texas legal battle over seven year old James Younger proves that the abuse of children is not off limits to those with a particular agenda:

Why it's wrong to chemically castrate children

Back to YouTube censorship. Before I discovered the video also on Bitchute, I found this video on YouTube:

The terrible fraud of 'transgender medicine'

You might say, "Wait. YouTube allows this video, so they can't really be censoring people who don't adhere to their preferred political platforms."

The problem with that conclusion becomes apparent when one considers the public visibility of any particular spokesperson. There's a very good chance that the people with agendas who troll YouTube looking for videos to flag just haven't gotten around to Van Meter's video yet. Dr. Cretella has been seen speaking about the matter on national news networks so her profile is easier to target, Van Meter has a lower public profile at this point. Here's Dr. Cretella on a recent OAN broadcast:

Doctor Lays Out Dangers Of Using Puberty Blockers On Children

Here's an article that talks about YouTube's censorship and cites several experts on the issue of transgenderism:

YouTube Removes Video On Gender Transitions, Claims Doctor's Comments Are 'Hate Speech'

So... should you be upset about censorship of non-partisan, scientific content that sheds light on an issue that is fraught with bias and emotion, or about the content of the video itself, that shares professional medical information directly contradicting the politically correct perception of gender dysphoria?

Take your pick, but whatever you do, don't imagine the subject matter is a harmless fad, at least where children are involved. They can't protect themselves, we're supposed to be doing that. Let's not abandon their well being for misguided virtue signalling.



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Catch-22 alive and well

Either civilization was a product of evolution or it was a product of a top-down influence like God. You can't have both.

If evolution is the truth, and we evolved from primitive, survival-of-the-fittest origins, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't our historical course be incrementally exemplified by more kindness, more cooperation and less selfishness, if the evolutionary biologists and psychologists are correct that our instincts of cooperation and altruism were merely more successful survival strategies?

So then the next question should be:

If evolution is not true, and we received our moral perspective from God, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't the fact that God gave us our moral tenets motivate us to continually progress to a more unified existence?

There is no contradiction in that regard. The Hebrew and Greek scriptures explain quite clearly why the human condition does not continually improve in those areas.

But that's the Catch-22. If you're a staunch defender of Darwin's core theory, you are duty bound to insist that those same scriptures are just the mythological fancy of a bunch of Bronze Age sheepherders and first century fishermen.

Either the secular humanists and evolutionary biologists are correct about the dawn of civilization, or they are not.

Let's stop pretending we can have it all.



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lost without your love

With all due respect to the forgotten genius of David Gates, these words were not penned for a female companion, but for Someone much more important.

Lost and all alone
I always thought that I could make it on my own
Since You left I hardly make it through the day
My tears get in the way
And I need You back to stay

I wander through the Night
And search the world to find the Words to make it right
All I want is just the way it used to be
With You here close to me
And I've got to make You see

That I'm lost without Your love
Life without You isn't worth the trouble of
I'm as helpless as a ship without a wheel
A touch without a feel
I can't believe it's real

But someday soon I'll wake
And find my heart won't have to break

If we had love before
We can have it back once more



Monday, September 30, 2019

The Precipice

As I write this, I'm standing on the edge and looking down in.

Here we are in 2019. That's two thousand and nineteen years since the birth of Jesus. More anger, jealousy, hatred, resentment and suspicion than we've seen for a long time. People doing horrible things to each other, and more frequently. Apparently getting rid of God in the public square didn't have the effect that the secular humanists thought it would. People are capable of good, but they are not good by nature. That's what we've learned from the secular approach.

People still argue about the existence of God. Atheists love to insist he doesn't exist, believers love to insist he does. But none of that matters. God exists; everyone chooses how to deal with that inexorable fact. Neither side argues logically. They both are merely defending the world they want to live in.

What are those two worlds? Let's postpone that for a moment.

For all my life (that I can remember), I knew God existed. I was drawn toward God, without any influence from my parents (they were non-practicing Catholics that never spoke about the subject). So we didn't attend church, didn't have religious friends, and just did our own non-religious thing.

In grade school I wanted my own Bible, so I asked my mom if I could get one from Goodwill. In junior high I gave my life to Christ, and of course, in the years that followed, because I had no real foundation to stand upon, I pursued worldly interests and fell by the wayside, like the sower's seeds that fell among thorns.

As a young man on my own, there were times I really wanted to get back to a good place with God. But life and my own selfishness would soon overtake those desires and replace them with worldly concerns, such as getting a girlfriend, trying to become a rock star, getting people to accept and like me, etc.

I had an important experience at the age of 25 that completely altered my understanding of my place with God. Being near death can certainly be an attitude adjuster. I came out of that experience with an important piece of information: God will do as God will do, and we are all but arrogant potsherds to the mysterious and merciful Potter.

Nevertheless, time went on, I grew older, eventually got married and had a child.

I tried my best to toe the line, but in retrospect I was really quite pathetic in my failed attempts to stay with God. I still hoped that my efforts would make a difference with my life and the lives of those I interacted with. Sunshine and rainbows, that was the message. God is in charge, God will take care of everything, God is truth.

All that is true, most certainly. But there was one tiny problem. I was fooling myself regarding my eternal destiny. About who I really am.

I have met people I know are going to be with God someday. I can't properly explain how I know, but I know. I can tell you they are few and far between, just like the Bible says. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

What are they like? Well, I can tell you what they're not like: they're not rough, not aggressive, not violent, not selfish, not cruel, not judgmental, not proud, not vain... and definitely not decadent. You disagree? That's fine. Just remember we're all geniuses at self delusion. Many people are mistaking their road to Hell for a subjective moral high ground.

Yes, this is anecdotal, yes I have no tangible proof. Some people think they can identify who goes to Hell, but I think that's nonsense. No one really knows who goes to Hell, because that destination is not ours to decide for others.

I have confidence I can tell who goes to be with the Lord (Heaven), because I realized recently that I was exercising cognitive dissonance on the subject. More simply put: I would guess most people think they're right with God, because they "know down deep inside" that they're "good people with good intentions."

However, when looking at myself with critical eyes, based on things I know about myself, I realize that despite anything kind or good I may have done, my eternal destiny is not Heaven, no matter how much I might wish it to be so.

The next question is: so if that's true and you know it for sure, what do you do with that?

My answer is simple: live my life, respect God and others to the best of my ability, and just accept the fate that awaits. Am I happy about it? Obviously not. Am I angry at God? No. God is God. The person that I am is the person I am, regardless of my wishful thinking, or attempts to change. And those people who will be with the Lord someday? I wish them all the happiness they deserve.

We are not the Creator, we are the created. Our responsibilities to each other are only square one. Most people think they don't deserve to end up in Hell. But a significant portion of them are wrong.

Honesty about one's self is probably the hardest thing for everyone to address.

Oh, and the "two worlds" thing mentioned earlier? Despite the fact that I don't think I'm going to Heaven, I still prefer the world with God. Why?

Because that's the world that gets righted eventually, and that's more important than my comfort.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Resentment disguised as justice

A customer came up to me last night asking about a product we did not carry, but one he said was available at Walmart. I apologized for his inconvenience, and he took the exchange in a strange direction.

He said he had no interest in making the "richest family in America" any richer.

I thought, okay, everyone's entitled to an opinion.

Then he continued with what I thought was a finished conversation, and related an anecdote regarding cashiers at Walmart asking if customers wanted to donate their change to a charitable organization for children.

I said, "Cool."

Then he said, "Why don't those rich people donate their own money instead?"

So I asked him a question:

"Do you think the rich people should donate money to charity instead of the rest of us?"

He answered, "Yes."

I responded by saying, "Interesting," and backed away.

There have been many times I've disagreed with those in power about various issues. The disparity in quality of life between the one percent and "the rest of us" is obvious.

However, referencing the success of the rich as an excuse to release oneself from the responsibility of looking after others is a grim example of self-righteous hypocrisy. I fail to see the moral high ground in that philosophy.



Climate Change, aka "How dare you!"

If Earth is so fragile, why do I have to fight weeds every year, all summer long, and even cancer-causing herbicides can't stop them? This is no joke. I literally cannot stop them from invading my terrace and lawn every single year, no matter what I hit them with, no matter how many I pull up, no matter what I do to block, discourage and destroy them.

As Candace Owens has observed regarding media-induced paranoia about racism, am I the only person who judges reality by what I actually experience?

Weeds have nothing to do with turtles snorting straws, sea temperatures rising or coastal cities submerging? Okay, fair enough.

It seems that Global Warming has been a concern since the early 1980's, when world aggregate average temperatures were breaking 100+ year records. Much has been ado about melting polar ice caps. Over twenty years ago, a well-known movie called "Waterworld" was released (1995), demonstrating what a future with melted polar ice caps would look like: everyone lives in boats because dry land has been submerged.

Even if Waterworld turned out to be wildly overstated, the polar ice cap melting actually has been happening non-stop and at allegedly dangerous levels since the early 80's, so why haven't the coastlines already been encroached by noticeably rising water levels? I mean any at all?

As we approach our third decade since Global Warming was first being presented as a grave danger to the world, why is it the only level we've seen rise is the level of hysteria regarding our impending doom?

Somehow, despite 30 years of no coastal submerging, apparently the remaining 10 to 12 will add enough water to force panic-ridden migration, and destroy Greta Thunberg's future with "mass extinction."

Does anyone else think this may be a bit overstated?



Friday, September 20, 2019

Divide and Conquer as predicted by The Unabomber

Anyone interested in facts instead of vindictive emotion can surmise our society is being subjected to a divide and conquer strategy. How else could respected institutions be promoting such ludicrous ideas as toxic masculinity, the world ending in 11 years (yes we're going to keep track), systemic racism in a country that majority voted for a black president, and "anti-hate" propaganda in a country that is disproportionately obsessed with pansexuality in movies, television, books, music and art?

How else could otherwise intelligent, rational people of different worldviews argue so vehemently and venomously about things that don't resonate with most of the population? And why are both sides of the political fence so filled with fear and dread?

The astute response to this is: what would be the motivation for the elite wanting the public to fight over nonsense?

The answer is unexpected: as technological progress allows the elite to incrementally replace the human workforce, the slow nature of that development demands that it be allowed to flourish and continue uninterrupted by public concern. We don't have time to watch the people in charge while we're fighting with each other.

Today we're asked to stop eating hamburgers, stop riding in planes and cars, and stop having children. Tomorrow we won't be asked, we will be told.

The elite are now, and will be in the future, in charge of all the automated systems, including AI systems, which will eventually replace our workforce. So when the elite, who control the means by which all labor is performed (by robotic workers, such as the Japanese factories of today) decide that the rest of the population is not worth sustaining anymore, how do you think that will play out?

All this political correctness controversy is just a diversion to keep our eyes off the inevitable. Read Theodore Kaczynski's parable called "Ship of Fools." In a world where humans are considered expendable bio-matter, there's no room for God or the uplifting of the human spirit. I'm not one for making predictions, but I'd say humanity's history is drawing to its close, and not because of plastic straws, cow farts or melting ice.

Also, do yourselves a favor and read paragraphs 171-179 in the essay called "Industrial Society and Its Future" (the paragraph numbers are displayed in the document). The media rebranded it as "The Unabomber Manifesto."

Yes, Theodore Kaczynski was the Unabomber. Yes, he's in prison for murder. However, most people aren't aware that quite a few publicly respected entities (such as Ray Kurzweil, Bill Joy, et al - some references below) agree with the logic of Kaczynski's cogent premise regarding technology in the aforementioned paper. Yes, it was wrong for him to bomb people, but his essay's arguments would be no more or less valid had he never harmed a single human being.


Reference:

The Unabomber was a tech-obsessed crazed killer – but 40 years on, technologists are starting to wonder if some of his theories might be true

Three Prophets Walk into a Bar...

Why the Future Doesn't Need Us

Who is Ted Kaczynski?

Flashback: Unabomber Publishes His ‘Manifesto'

Rise of the Machines: The Future has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Humans


And in a related issue, not pertaining to Kaczynski in particular:

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates Warn About Artificial Intelligence



Monday, September 16, 2019

"The Frame" by Jamin and Kiowa Winans

I just finished watching The Frame for the third time on Amazon Prime. For the last three days I've felt compelled to watch it each night before going to bed.

Brilliant. Just absolutely brilliant.

Through taking many chances on late nights with movies I've never heard of, and sometimes ignoring reviews due to subject matter, I've managed to discover a handful of independently produced diamonds that I will forever cherish. The Frame has already permanently engraved its place on that short list.

With The Frame, I was initially intrigued by two things: that it was the next successive full length movie by the Winans's, after their altogether original and touching film called "Ink," and the fact that it either garnered 1 star or 5 stars on Amazon, with not a lot in between.

The Winans's themselves are to be admired and supported. I watched an interview with both of them, and their situation as independent film makers with no substantial Hollywood 'backing' thus far is sobering. No, they're not starving, but I find it odd how a filmmaker such as Terrence Malick, whom I also respect and admire, makes beautiful but much less accessible movies, and yet has considerable Hollywood money and many big stars waiting in line to be in his projects.

To that end, as there is no DVD to purchase on Amazon, I'm going to visit the Winans web site this week and buy the deluxe package for the sole purpose of supporting their exceptional work. They've made three full length movies in fifteen years, and I'm sure they'd be more prolific if the proper recognition were administered.

Their film Ink, released in 2009, was deservedly given 100% from six critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The Frame, released in 2014, has no critics weighing in on it at all on the same review site. I find that strange and perplexing, as they seemed to love Ink. The audience gave Ink an overall score of 81%, and inexplicably gave 70% to The Frame. Yes, Ink seems to have been more popular, and it is a great movie.

But The Frame is no Ink. Not even in the same ballpark. It is a far, far greater accomplishment. The Frame does no less than create a brilliant allegory that effectively addresses the mystifying, frustrating, bewildering and glorious relationship of Man and God. Winans pulls this feat off so well, apparently many Ink fans just didn't know how to approach the subject matter.

As for The Frame, so many details I could comment on. Things that were so clever, so inspired, so well thought out and so emotionally upheaving, that "mind-bending science fiction thriller" becomes a worst case attempt at properly describing the profound nature of the film. The name of the city it all takes place in is merely square one. But if I were to go on about all these things, I would end up sounding starry-eyed, and honestly, I'd also end up spoiling some of the shining moments the viewer gets to discover.

The movie is well made entertainment. But it's also an experience that either speaks directly to you and makes you aware of yourself as a humble, naked creation of God, or it befuddles you as you try in vain to decipher what on the surface appears to be a confusing cinematic journey. Quite an accomplishment for a film that is not considered a 'Christian movie.'

Jesus spoke in parables on purpose so that only those who sought truth would understand, and I expect those who appreciate this movie would share that same understanding.


Friday, September 6, 2019

The disparity is there if you know where to look

Depending on the 'side' you choose in terms of political correctness in 2019, you are either aware of how conservative voices are being vilified and banned, or you think that concept is just false hype perpetrated by whiny Right wingers who can't take the truth.

Seeing the truth of the matter used to be as easy as looking at the like versus dislike ratios on YouTube videos. However, with YouTube's ever-increasing tendency to remove comments, videos and entire channels, it gets more difficult to find how the majority of viewers genuinely feel about something.

An excellent still-existing current example of the difference between the media and the public, are the ratings shown on Rotten Tomatoes for Dave Chappelle's Sticks and Stones show.

In the show, Chappelle's societal provocations, which happen to be funny due to their contemporary relevance, are received with polarity, as witnessed by the conspicuous disparity between the critic (media) and audience (public) ratings.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dave_chappelle_sticks_and_stones

As of September 6, 2019, all of ten media critics have weighed in with an overall rating of 30%. In contrast, 22,250 members of the audience have given Sticks and Stones an overall rating of 99%.

Think about the stark contrast and what it implies.

Fake News earned its tag by deliberately and consistently espousing a narrative that is the opposite of the ethos of the people.

The Left's voices may be the loudest in the public square, but they don't speak for the majority of the country.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wonders never cease where money is involved

A scant two days after I encouraged everyone to give Soph's vulgar red-pilling a try, I find to my dismay she had pulled all her own videos off of BitChute and signed a contract with Gavin McInnis to restrict them behind a paywall known as freespeech.tv.

I apologize to everyone for my premature promotion of her. She is only fourteen years old after all, and as she becomes an adult, she'll likely recognize the mistake she's made, and get herself unbound to the contract she surely entered. Are Gavin McInnis and Milo Yiannopoulos grooming her for some political puppet strings that they control? Who knows.

I did see potentially great things in her future. Perhaps they are still there, I couldn't say.

Her own actions in joining freespeech.tv have helped Google accomplish its original aim when it cancelled her YouTube account: Soph has been effectively censored, because she will not even come close to the audience she would have had by staying on BitChute.

Most people won't pay $120 a year for things they can get elsewhere for free, brilliant or not.

She could have at least used an alternative method to get payment for her work. Word is she was doing very well on Patreon before they cancelled her account, so there's no shortage of fans willing to assist her.

Regardless, an exceedingly disappointing turn of affairs. What a shame.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

One more notch on Google's evil bedpost

I went to see if "Soph" had any new videos on her YouTube channel, and what did I find?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7BLBDnD-wEXeqZSg24aJw

Of course! YouTube doesn't even attempt to appear nonpartisan in their "community guidelines" assessments anymore. They pretty much just swing their self-righteous sword and lop off dissenting heads.

I realize that everyone on the Left, and some left-leaning moderate liberals, might agree that they need to silence a 14 year old conservative girl who uses vulgarity and intimate details of the sometimes shocking lives of teenagers in 2019 to intellectually ridicule the Left's bizarre and corrosive agendas.

Observe this hit piece that effectively quotes Soph out of context with the express purpose of painting her as a Right-wing extremist. They even provided sound bites in a section below the article to make her seem like a racist, murderous radical, as opposed to a 14 year old gamer who happens to make frivolous statements that clearly would never be acted upon by anyone, including herself:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7029821/Potty-mouthed-14-year-old-anti-PC-YouTuber-comes-fire.html

However, despite dismissive hand-waving from some, the consistent censoring of conservative voices continues unabated on YouTube, which is of course ultimately the work of Google, who owns it.

But fear not! Google is slowly steering the steamroller that will one day push them aside for other digital services that do not lean so far in one political direction.

For example, Soph copied her content from YouTube to BitChute, the largest and fastest growing competitor to YouTube. On BitChute, you may find material that is offensive to both the Left and the Right, but what you won't find is censorship based on politics... you know, the way YouTube used to be before Google bought it and added jackboots and biased algorithms to it.

https://www.bitchute.com/channel/soph/

You'll notice there are only 38,000+ subscribers so far on Soph's BitChute channel, as compared to the significantly larger subscriber base she had on YouTube before they axed her. But this is not a real problem in the long run. As more people find out about and use BitChute (much the same as savvy people making the wise choice and using Duckduckgo for their search engine instead of Google), her numbers will rise again.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think hearing a 14 year old cuss and colorfully deride teenage anal sex is the best that the Internet has to offer. But what Soph's critics completely miss (or deliberately ignore out of fear) is that her intellect is formidable, and her views are a direct reflection of many others from her generation. A generation referred to as Generation Z, or "Zoomers," a deliberate rhyme of "Boomers."

Generation Z has been written up in Forbes and other magazines, most notably because Zoomer politics lean further to the Right than several previous generations. Some writers have commented that they could possibly be more conservative than the World War II generation. Perhaps not in every area of life, but in many of the areas that are currently overly influenced by Marxist social engineering from the Left's elite.

I think Generation Z is worth keeping an eye on. They are our future after all, and since they grew up with the Internet, they know that no rational human being who wants the truth about anything gets all information from one source.

Soph's commentaries are sometimes shocking (at least for us older folks), often amusing, and always keenly astute in terms of what the world is offering her generation. She has a bull**** meter that is impressive and very finely tuned. And for this to come from a 14 year old, I'd say the future looks brighter than the Left's fear-and-hate mongers would have you believe.

Give her videos a try. You'll laugh a little, choke a little, and learn a lot more about your children's points of view than you realized was relevant.



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The comedy of the contemptibly inadequate

I received three emails in my spam inbox sometime in the wee hours. What made them special?

Each allegedly originated from an entirely different email address, each with its own server (which I won't share, because in all likelihood they were harvested by scammers). The text of each email contained a different reply-to address that was different from the allegedly 'sent' address. All three reply-to addresses were the same sort of suggestive name: "passionatetigress88@gmail.com," "lionesslonely1988@gmail.com," and "beautekitty88@gmail.com."

The text from all three emails was identical in content, but each attempted variation by the way the paragraphs were structured. The contents of all three were:

Hello!

I'm a modest girl and do not know what to write, but for the sake of happiness, i need to overcome my fears. 

My name is Lola, i am 30 years old now.

We live in the modern world and many people love to look for a soul mate over the Internet.
I consider myself as a determined, honest, cheerful.

Most importantly is the fact that my heart is open for love!

In the next letter I will be able to tell you more about me and of course will send my photos.

If you are interested, please write to my personal e-mail - [email address here]

Lola.
 


What struck me the most about this is that the culprits who are utilizing this deception for nefarious purposes aren't in the least bit clever.

Think about it. Why go through all the trouble to create a false identity, imbue it with allegedly enticing elements for some lonely 30-something (or more insidiously, a much older age range of those who may think they could actually encourage the 'poor girl'), spoof Sent addresses with illegally harvested email addresses, create new email addresses on Gmail to use for the actual scam correspondence... and then send three of them out in succession, so that any person with two functioning neurons could surmise they were being conned?

Better yet, as these emails all came in at different times during the early morning hours, how likely is it that there is a central producer of this humbug who makes it available, and then a bunch of low IQ, wannabe America-fleecers living outside the United States who grab it and use it like a Borg collective that literally can't entertain an original thought?

If these are the dangerous 'hackers' so many live in fear of, I'd say go ahead and get a good night's sleep. Real hackers don't waste their time on this sort of nonsense, they're actually solving legitimate problems and puzzles with their skills. Email and phone scams are the purview of the pathetic.

For an amusing demonstration of how truly bereft of a clue these digital grifters are, here is some discourse between a phone scammer and someone who routinely hacks them and mocks them on YouTube (warning: some foul language):

I put a SYSKEY on a scammers pc and he RAGED! [SYSKEY'D]



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Simple message about hatred

No matter how you spin it, the deep, intense hatred of Donald J. Trump is real, and millions of otherwise intelligent people practice it.

In a rational and ethical world, it is delusional and dangerous to believe hating someone is a virtuous act.

A few stubborn critics might want to pull out the Hitler reference, insisting that it is virtuous to hate evil.

Most reasonable people would agree.

However, Hitler was a merciless murderer of millions of innocent people. Trump is merely an arrogant tycoon.

Let's try some honesty for a change, and stop pretending that the man the mob just lynched must have been guilty if he's now hanging from a rope.

"For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.

"Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him."

-- 1 John 3:11-15  NIV



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Lemmings in the breeze


Many conservatives in the U.S., who are normal, hard-working, family-centered people (very similar to the non-crazy counterparts in the liberal camp), are anxiously steeped in various levels of concern regarding the Left's ubiquitous carnage of traditional values.

The Left's corrosive agenda, over the course of many decades, is nearing the boiling point in terms of conservative society's ability to maintain cognitive dissonance regarding tolerance of thought police while still holding fast to the tenets that brought this country from a collection of adventurous vagabonds to history's greatest superpower.

I had a liberating thought about the whole mess tonight.

The reason there is so much repression of individual thought in 2019 is because the wisdom of the crowd has been manipulated astutely by social engineers whose goals do not include the continuance of America as a democratic republic. While that statement may be soundly debated by polarized pundits in the public square, the reality remains that a cursory survey of the issues deemed most important by society reveals moral ethos has changed radically in the last half-century.

The principal reason things have reached such a level of ire and tension is because the argument shifted from opinion to character, and the crowd will always press upon the iconoclast.

In 2019, the iconoclast has no interest in the endorphin rush of social media, nor the electronic gadgetry associated with it, and is not moved by the crowd's attempts to cajole one into purchasing it.

In 2019, the iconoclast tends to avoid watching the news, because the agitation it produces is not preferable to the alleged ignorance of being 'uninformed.'

In 2019, the iconoclast still may enjoy movies or television, but tends to stop watching when political agendas are woven into the story. As this is more often the case than not, more time is spent reading books, playing video games, and enjoying the company of other human beings.

In 2019, the iconoclast believes in recycling and being conscientious about the environment, but doesn't live in fear that plastic bags, carbon dioxide and bovine flatulence will exterminate us all in 12 years.

In 2019, the iconoclast doesn't give two cents about skin color, regardless of pressure to view some colors as more deserving of positive recognition than others.

In 2019, the iconoclast doesn't think either gender is better than the other, but does recognize that the two genders are very different and both deserve to be celebrated for their respective differences, as two halves of a cohesive whole.

In 2019, the iconoclast believes one should respect all other human beings, but does not believe that people should be legally forced to use pronouns that contradict the reproductive equipment possessed at birth, if they prefer not to use them.

In 2019, the iconoclast knows that encouraging prepubescent children to identify with the opposite gender, when historically 80% of children suffering from gender dysphoria simply grew out of it, is irresponsible, foolish, and potentially permanently damaging to child and teen psyches via misguided counseling and prescription hormones.

In 2019, the iconoclast believes that buying eggs from chickens that don't roam free, or eating a McDouble, or preferring to live without a four-legged companion, does not equal hatred of animals.

In 2019, the iconoclast understands that guns are merely tools that the person holding them decides how to use, and that taking them away does not erase an individual's desire to act on murderous impulses.

In 2019, the iconoclast thinks all should be allowed to pursue life, liberty and their own happiness, regardless of sexual or religious orientation, but does not believe that public campaigns to vilify those who object to some behaviors are appropriate in a free society.

In 2019, the iconoclast understands that the fringe will never run the show, and special interest groups will never be able to permanently legislate morality, no matter how hard they try, and no matter how many people they bully and publicly shame.

And now, in 2019, the iconoclast is being multiplied by common sense. This is the nature of human beings. Most people just want to get along and live their lives, but at the same time, those same people have a limit to how many times the mob can put their fingers to their lips and ominously threaten, "Shh!"

The good news and point of this essay:

The lemmings that make up "the crowd" must be given direction; this is the direct opposite of an iconoclast, who refuses to let peer pressure make up his or her mind.

When the boiling point mentioned above occurs, the lemmings will merely shift direction with the breeze, and the breeze will flow conservative again.

This isn't wishful thinking, it's just history endlessly repeating itself.




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Showdown (Special Edition)

Not everyone appreciates the entertainment value of B movies, but I think I figured out today what can make them subjectively compelling.

Genre.

I like movies with fights in them. Cheap Chinese Kung-fu flicks, high-budget action films, hand to hand combat scenes in any movie. I like revenge themes because the good guy gets to kick the bad guy's butt at some point, which often never happens in real life.

Today, via Amazon Prime, I watched what many would consider an unwatchable movie called "Showdown," starring Billy Blanks and actors I don't recall seeing before.

It had sub-par writing, bench-warmer acting, uninspired direction, Lifetime Movie musical soundtrack, obligatory training montages, amateur fight choreography, a nondescript hero, a monochromatic bully, his clueless girlfriend (except for one lucid moment about 51 minutes in), an amusingly sadistic female henchman, and her boss: a ridiculous villain whose overacting was magnitudes worse than William Shatner's (but lacking the self-parody necessary to remain relevant).

Yet for all that, I could not stop watching it, and was entertained despite its impressive collection of artistic failures.

So the question I asked myself was, "Why am I enjoying this low-budget after school special?"

Other than genre, I think this movie kept my attention because it utilized one of my favorite plot devices: picked-on hero gets trained by master to defeat cruel enemy.

Like Plato's Forms producing recognition despite variance, there is a perfect universe where justice always prevails, and any reminder of its existence is okay by me.



Where it all starts...

"Fleccas Talks" is a YouTube channel that features a friendly young man named Fleccas, who goes to public gatherings where a conservative entity is publicly speaking, in order to interview persons from all perspectives regarding the event.

I've watched many of Fleccas's uploads, and they are mostly amusing. Of course the videos are edited to a pro-conservative agenda, that's beside the point. Persons who claim that his work is merely deceptive propaganda haven't actually watched his videos. Yes, he's conservative, but that doesn't make him wrong, it merely makes him a target.

Something happens in this video that got me to thinking, and I've cued it to the part I'm referring to:

Leftist Protesters Assault Pro Trump DACA Student At Michael Knowles' Build The Wall Speech

So yes, hitting someone's hat off of his or her head isn't all that physically threatening. I suppose it could be considered assault by the letter of the law, but it would be hard to take seriously in a municipal court. In most people's book it's just plain disrespectful. When I saw the young woman do it in the video, all I could do was shake my head. When I saw the other woman daring the young man to "do something," all I could do was shake my head again.

However, what occurred to me while I watched this happen was a bit darker.

Knocking MAGA hats off of heads isn't a new thing anymore, and isn't all that uncommon. I'm somewhat confident to suggest that it only happens to people who don't look threatening enough to retaliate, indicating the general cowardice of those who do it.

But as with all predictions based on statistics, it's a numbers game. To put it more bluntly:

Eventually, on one sad and unfortunate day, someone who feels empowered by the crowd, or their friends, or some tweet, or CNN's hate-mongering, is going to knock the hat off of the wrong person's head. The wrong person who is either mentally ill, having an exceptionally bad time of it, or one step from the edge.

The gun will come out, the last expression on the face of the person who knocked the hat off will be surprise, and the Leftist news media will have a field day reporting on the "angry, evil, gun-toting" conservative who was bound to commit such an act eventually due to his or her preference for the "racist, hate-mongering" Trump.

I don't think the people who pick on others wearing MAGA hats have fully thought through the ramifications of their actions. But why do we have to wait until something turns permanently ugly?

Just stop. Respect others, whether or not they disagree with you. You gain nothing by showing disrespect to strangers, and on one anomalous day, you could lose everything by doing so.



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fear-mongering Vox joins the Fake News crew

Vox calls Nextdoor "fear-based." For the sake of argument, Vox might as well call Facebook "loneliness-based" or Twitter "narcissism-based."

This morning, an article from Vox was presented to me in my new tab news feeds in Firefox:

The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors

The title was provocative, so I clicked on it.

"Nextdoor" is an invaluable tool for communities to reestablish their status as communities, in this digital day and age. Block parties and other face-to-face activities have gone by the wayside, so apps like Nextdoor give people a sense of that lost community. In any community, there will not be one hundred percent agreement about anything, much less how people view other human beings.

With this article (written by Rani Molla, reporter for Recode and formerly Bloomberg Gadfly) Vox is attempting to turn the reader against a positive force for the community by, once again, playing that tried-and-true, unassailable, and punishable-by-shame-if-resisted racism card.

The article, besides referring to Nextdoor as a "fear-based social media app," which immediately paints a very one-dimensional picture of it's users, also states that Nextdoor's Crime and Safety section is a "hotbed for racial stereotyping."

The Wired article being referenced for the hotbed reference is here:

For Nextdoor, Eliminating Racism Is No Quick Fix

If you read the Wired piece, you will find in the fourth paragraph the following information:

"Caught off guard, Tolia asked his neighborhood operations team, which handles customer service, to review Nextdoor postings. They discovered several dozen messages posted over the course of the previous year that identified suspicious characters only by race. By some measures, it was a tiny issue. The site distributes four million messages daily."

In the world of perception, journalists know all too well the power of words to manipulate. To refer to "several dozen" messages over the course of an entire year as a "hotbed," when the total messages for that same year amounted to one billion and four hundred and sixty million (50 messages as compared to 1,460,000,000 messages), is nothing short of exaggeration in the highest order.

We are told that "by some measures" it is a tiny issue. By what other measure is it not a tiny issue? I'm a bit puzzled by that statement. Later in the same paragraph, Tolia (founder of Nextdoor) expresses his dismay that even a tiny problem can cast his service as racist. Sure, in the minds of those who think the fringe are as relevant as the average user. Most adults are coherent enough to know this is not true.

Coming back to the Vox piece, there are other manipulative statements, some allegedly backed by handy graphs, such as "Public perception of crime rate at odds with data," "Apps can fuel a vicious cycle of fear and violence," "Citizen — whose previous form was called Vigilante and which appeared to encourage users to stop crimes in action," "These apps have become popular because of — and have aggravated — the false sense that danger is on the rise," "Examples abound of racism on these types of apps, usually in the form of who is identified as criminal," "Apps didn’t create bias or unfair policing, but they can exacerbate it," "These apps can also be psychologically detrimental to the people who use them," "Like all new technology, we’re struggling to use it correctly," "But why would we use something that plays on demonstrably false fears and has so many negative side effects?" "The rise of fear-based social media apps might also have to do with the decline of local news." [bold text not included in original sentences]

Notice all the "cans" and similar words used to suggest that the most negative possibility is likely correct. This is easily identified manipulation.

Of course Rani brings in an 'expert' to tell us that "These apps foment fear around crime, which feeds into existing biases and racism and largely reinforces stereotypes around skin color."

That same expert is further quoted that there's "very deep research" indicating we're all predisposed to mentally picture a black person when we hear about or read about a crime. Oh, I'm sure there is this sort of biased research, especially if it will contribute to the reader further believing this hit piece, and the overarching Leftian narrative that the entire country is teeming with white racists who hate "people of color."

Then another convenient expert is quoted, telling us that these apps don't actually help us as advertised, but instead simply reflect our own ugly biases, an accusation easily leveled at a nebulous crowd, but not so easily proven on an individual basis.

Other articles are cited, from Motherboard, Vice, and The Outline, all of which are not necessarily about racism but conveniently refer to possibilities that Rani found advantageous to her point.

At the end of all this, I have to ponder:

Why take an app that millions of people enjoy and rely upon, and falsely cast it as racist and fear-mongering, based on the questionable use of it by only a handful of people?

Are some of us losing our senses of proportion and accurate perception?

Or is the answer a bit more sinister, such as a desire to dismantle something that people use to protect each other without government or media control?



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"The Dark" movie is unique and complex

"The Dark" is a movie I found while searching for better-than-average horror movies for a friend of mine. I'm trying to keep batting 1.000, as my last recommendation to him (The Loved Ones) was another big hit in his estimation.

The Dark deals with the subject of monsters.

A few of the actors, including the kidnapped boy Alex, were a tad less than adequate in their craft, but it didn't ruin it for me. There was no Academy Award-winning writing, but it was original and I enjoyed it. There were several tense moments that weren't cheapened by cheesy jump scares. It was slow paced at times, but I was never bored.

The cinematography was well done. There was an ominous quality to the protagonist at times that could only have been  accomplished by the dim lighting and facial angles utilized.

The reason why The Dark is unique is because it is first and foremost a lurid fairy tale, as opposed to a simple ax-murder-fest. The protagonist is literally back from the grave, and the haunted woods her house stands in are the best unspoken explanation for the miraculous event. The pictures she draws and the sounds she hears suggest there is more to the story than mere retribution from the grave, but unfortunately we're not enlightened in that regard.

The Dark is complex because, despite Mina's face being convincingly hideous, the monster in this story isn't truly a monster. In addition, the subtle aspects of the kidnapped boy's aversion to rescue are a reminder that Stockholm Syndrome is a powerful factor when combined with believable threats to one's family.

Then there's the discussion afterwards: how many monsters did you count in the movie?

The story is a bit poignant and contains a positive ending, which many fans of horror are not disposed to enjoy from the genre. Yes, there is murder, even of what appear to be innocent people. Tragedy begets tragedy in real life, so the obscure moral of this dark fairy tale is that the cycle doesn't have to continue.

There were several interesting hints of Mina's transformation, including her attempts to burn her hand with the lighter. Can people rise from the dead in real life and become scary monsters?

Nah, but if they did, it would be nice if they all ended up like Mina. 



Friday, April 12, 2019

First Amendment violations gather as group think continues

This article was published on January 22 of this year, but I just happened on it now:

$6 Million Anti-Abortion Movie Seeks Major Label Music, But Finds No Takers

I'm in general agreement that in a free country, a business can reserve the right to refuse service in most situations. The music publishers denying Unplanned across the board could still be defended from that position. This is why the cake-baking controversy ended with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the baker in the Colorado case.

This is why I think it rude and wrong, but it was still legal for the Red Hen restaurant to refuse service to Sarah Sanders.

What isn't being adequately considered is the overall effect this sort of group think censorship has on those watching from the sidelines. There is certainly a difference between multiple bakeries to choose from, but only one official avenue by which published songs may be utilized in a movie.

The message is clear: you are either pro-abortion in the entertainment industry, or you are out. Attempting to confuse the issue by calling it "pro-choice" does not ennoble the end result.

Then there's the obvious conclusion one should draw from Unplanned's struggle with those who want to control what the public sees and hears:

Pro-choice supporters are afraid. There can be no other explanation for the deliberate blocking of such an inoffensive film.

So honestly, what are they afraid of? That people will be shown, without condemnation nor demonization, what it truly means to abort a child, and within the context of an authentic setting?

Consider the vegan tactic of showing footage of animals being slaughtered for food. If after viewing cows being slaughtered for example, the viewers continue to eat beef, at least now they're aware of what it took to get that hamburger to their plate.

But the media industry complex does not want you to possess analogous information regarding abortion.

Why not?

I mean seriously...why not?


The media blackout of "Unplanned" is disturbing and real

In the essay just previous to this one, I alluded to possible censorship of the movie "Unplanned," that I had heard about in a YouTube video. I wasn't comfortable with making any bold statements regarding the veracity of those claims, as at that point I considered them hearsay.

However, the creators of the movie have already appeared at a congressional hearing regarding the alleged censorship, and judging from the details included in the following video, it was far worse than I was first led to believe:

Writer/Directors Chuck Konzelman & Cary Soloman testify about #Unplanned censorship

After listening to the two principals speak (Sen. Cruz and Mr. Konzelman), and the brief (edited) attempt by a Twitter executive near the beginning of the video to explain away Twitter's violation of the 1st Amendment, I am disturbed and angry.

I'm disturbed because the mainstream media and mainstream social media were apparently all complicit with preventing the makers of Unplanned from being able to do something as uncontroversial as simply paying to advertise their movie. In the interest of fairness, it should be mentioned Konzelman testified that, unlike other social media, Facebook put up no roadblocks and Unplanned did very well in that digital venue.

The 'R' rating itself is outrageous. I saw this movie, and there was absolutely no nudity, violence, excessive language nor any of the other elements that require the rating. It makes Konzelman's discrimination claim much more credible than the conspiracy theory realm I'm sure some would prefer to banish it. This generates the irony of kids being old enough to get an abortion, but not old enough to go to the movie without a parent and see what it actually entails.

Whether or not one agrees with the position of the makers of the movie is irrelevant. There are myriad movies, television shows, songs and books that contain exceedingly more offensive material than Unplanned. But those are deemed acceptable by a media machine that is pulling further and further away from what the average person with a conscience truly wants for information and entertainment.

Orwell turns out to have been an accurate prognosticator of future totalitarianism. He just got the year wrong. And Big Brother, it seems, is not a white-shirt conservative...he's a Left-wing fear monger.





Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Unplanned" is not just another movie


"Unplanned" is, simply stated, a pro-life movie based on the true story of Abby Johnson's conversion from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate. It wasn't even on my radar until I clicked on a YouTube video that was talking about Twitter's exposed attempt to censor Unplanned by removing the ability to follow it from over a hundred thousand people who had already followed it. Several times. Among the thousands affected were actress Patricia Heaton, activist Lila Rose, and the Daily Wire.

Curious of such behavior, I looked up the trailer: Unplanned.

Now that I knew what it was about, I went to Rotten Tomatoes and Showtimes.com to see what was being said.

What I found at Showtimes.com was sadly familiar. I witnessed the same effect that Larry Taunton had endured, regarding the book about his friendship with the late Christopher Hitchens. See that here: A revealing dichotomy.

As of April 12, 2019, the 264 Showtimes.com reviews for Unplanned (added to this page one day after the original essay was uploaded) were divided up as follows:
5 stars: 87.20%
4 stars: 00.27%
3 stars: 00.00%
2 stars: 00.53%
1 star:   12.00%

See for yourself. I took a screenshot just in case the page gets lost at some point:
Showtimes.com Unplanned reviews.

Notice something interesting? As one would expect, there are no 3 star reviews on a subject this polarizing. The 4 and 2 star reviews are so minimal, they're insignificant. And so, of course, all that's left are the 5 and 1 star reviews, which effectively reflects the divisive nature of the subject.

I encourage you to look at the reviews yourself, but to save you time, I'll sum up the difference. The five star reviews are various levels of praise regarding the acting, the handling of the subject, the importance of the movie, the ugly truth it displays regarding genuine experience, gratitude that the movie was made, gratitude that the theater had decided to show it, the message of forgiveness and redemption... the list goes on.

The one star reviews, however, are chalk full of inadequate criticisms that smell strongly of political bias, and the word "propaganda" was used liberally. Some were long, but most of them were short and glib, negative comments with no thoughtful commentary to support them, which suggests they hadn't even watched the movie.

The movie itself?

I, a grown man who celebrates his masculinity, was brought to tears several times.

All the negative accusations you may have heard or assumed are incorrect. The Planned Parenthood characters were not demonized, nor were they simplified. The Christian protesters were not all gracious and kind. One of the first protesters you encounter is a man in sunglasses, holding a Bible, saying mean things to a patient, such as suggesting she should learn to keep her legs shut.

In this way, the movie already pushes aside viewer inclination to cling to whatever stereotypes he or she wishes to believe. Abby Johnson's journey is not one-dimensional, fanatical, nor judgmental. She is, as are most of the people who work at the clinic, just trying to do her best to do the right thing by the women who come through the doors. One of them, in one scene, even says she believes she's doing God's work by facilitating abortion.

Where the whole thing goes awry is the moment that the clinic director (after eight years working at the clinic in non-medical capacities) is asked to help with a 13-week abortion, and via ultrasound witnesses the baby desperately contorting to escape the suction tube before it gets sucked into the medical waste bin.

There are those who, on principal alone, will say the movie is garbage and propaganda. They will say it falsely represents what actually happens in the Planned Parenthood clinics. They will say it is unrealistic. They might even use the handy chestnut that no movies from Pure Flix are worth watching.

Harbor no illusion. This movie stands as a testimony to the painful truths surrounding the deliberate ending of life that grows inside. It doesn't use cheap shots at pro-choice people, it doesn't attempt to shame those who have had abortions, it doesn't even fling Bible or Jesus references at the viewer.

All it does is reproduce the events that led to a clinic director of Planned Parenthood deciding that she not only couldn't be a part of it anymore, but that furthermore her life would be better served attempting to save others from making the decisions she made that haunt her, despite God's forgiveness. It's a tragic and devastating moral dilemma to look back and admit to yourself that you were instrumental to the taking of 22,000 innocent lives.

Will the movie change anyone's mind? I think if someone is on the fence, it will certainly sway her away from aborting her own babies. But sadly, the whole reason why there is a debate in the first place isn't because there are two ways to look at the subject.

The debate exists because often, but not always, convenience is more attractive than conscience.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

"Moments From A Sidewalk"

Just finished the movie (it's on Amazon Prime). It was written and directed by Silvia Kovatchev and starred Anna Rizzo.

Let's hit the checklist:

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Indie movie?  Check.

Ultra low budget?  Check.

Rare silent film acting by Rizzo?  Check.

Rizzo excellent at voiceless emotion? Double Check.

Rizzo effectively manages to convey a remarkably heart-breaking moment with, of all things, operatic vocals?  Triple Check!

Watchable, half-way decent acting by most of unknown cast?  Check.

A few moments of amusing, cringe-worthy acting by one actor?  Check.

A simple, unapologetic, moving story?  Check.

Slow, slow pacing?  Double Check.

Compelling to watch, regardless of said slow pacing?  Check.

End scene worth 83 minutes?  Check-a-Rama!

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I watched the end scene several times. 'Nuff said.




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

More Lies From Greed Hastings

If you recall, there was one fateful summer when (G)Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, pulled a couple of scams on his cash cow customers in 2011.

First, he raised prices for customers across the board an outrageous 66%.

Then, he foisted a new DVD-only service called Trickster (oops, I meant "Qwikster") onto his new and existing customer base, forcing them to have two separate accounts if they had both streaming and DVD services from Netflix.

Both of these avarice-laden ideas hit the fan and drove the Netflix trading prices way down, and ignited a firestorm of invective on the Internet as Netflix users reacted exactly the way Hastings should have expected.

He released commentary that he believed justified the drastic price hike, but no one was buying it. His company was already in the black financially, so it just seemed like a Greed-y move to all the people who were expected to pony up a lot more dough.

Common sense would dictate that a CEO who actually cared about his customer base would have made concessions, but no. The price hike remained until the next one in 2014. The ill-fated Qwikster was abandoned after a month, but Hastings got what he wanted in the first place: a segregated user experience.

Which is to say, you only needed one account to have both streaming and DVD, but lo and behold, you could no longer look at streaming video information if you only had the DVD service, and vice versa. This of course would nudge people toward doubling their monthly payments in the interest of being able to see the reviews for all movies in the Netflix universe, both streaming and DVD.

The truth of the matter in 2011 is that the price hike was due to Starz announcing their decision to take away all their content from Netflix starting in February 2012. It was a lot of content, leaving a gaping hole in Netflix offerings. Add to that Disney's decision to start their own streaming service, and Netflix was facing a leaner period as it negotiated new contracts with additional production companies.

In keeping with Greed Hastings's historical modus operandi, he's stuck it to his customers again, this time with the review feature.

Since anyone can remember, Netflix included the very handy ability for customers to write reviews on movies they've watched. While some viewers' bias would produce unhelpful one or five star reviews, most people were thoughtful with their ratings and comments, which meant the system was an extremely useful way to vet what you wanted on your movie queue list.

I'll go so far as to say that it was an essential tool for most Netflix users, because there are so many movies available, you have to have a way to avoid the dross in order to prevent time loss on a crappy movie.

This time around Greed began his sweeping change with small increments that he hoped would cover the real reason he removed the entire rating system.

He began by yanking out the star rating system, but leaving the ability to write reviews. This was of course unacceptable to almost all Netflix users, who used the rating system to sort their movie queues. This was step one.

After a lot of flack, Greed put the star system back. But just like "The New Coke," Hastings was merely paving the way toward his ultimate goal.

Step two was his introduction of the lame thumbs up/thumbs down system, which was supposed to replace reviews by "simplifying the process."

Then finally, step three was his original plan: completely rip the entire rating/comment system out of Netflix, which happened last year.

Now... here's the important part of this essay:

Greed's official explanation for removing the rating/review system was "declining use."

If you poll any group of long time Netflix users, you'll find that his explanation is a complete and utter lie.

This begs the question: then why did Greed Hastings risk angering his customer base by instituting such a drastic change in useful features?

That's an easy one, but you'll never hear Greed nor anyone in Netflix admit it:

Netflix does not generate revenue by member fees alone. They also have arrangements with production companies that agree to have their movies streamed on Netflix. I of course wouldn't be privy to specific details in any of those contracts, but I can guarantee you that just like the radio, the production companies' bottom lines are affected by how many times a movie of theirs is streamed.

As I recall, and forgive the anecdotal quality of this recollection, but about two years or so before Greed tore the review features to pieces, I noticed there were a lot more crap movies being released than previously. There was always crap, there will always be crap, but there was noticeably more crap than usual back then.

So do the math. Crap movies meant crap reviews, crap reviews meant less views, less views meant lower payments to the production companies. This of course pissed off the production companies, who told Greed if he didn't do something about it, they'd just take their movies and hand them to a service that did a better job promoting them.

Now it's all starting to make sense, no?

Back to the present.

Greed's attempt to cover for his blatant disregard for user experience was to institute the lame binary thumbs up/thumbs down system.

But get this: you can't actually see the amount of thumbs up or down for any movie, like you can on a YouTube video; instead, you're supposed to trust that Greed's algorithms are going to accurately pick out new movies for you to watch, allegedly based on your preferences.

Could it be that new movies suggested for you with this new system are slightly tainted by including some crap movies from complaining production companies?

Nah. Greed Hastings wouldn't do anything like that, right?



Thursday, February 7, 2019

Resistance? To What?

The President gave the State of the Union address two nights ago. There are those who deliberately refused to watch. They prefer to hate Trump rather than embrace the greatness that our president has been trying to restore to our country.

As with any State of the Union, milestones achieved and goals for the future were enumerated by the President. As usual, the party aligned with the President stood and clapped often. The party opposed were less enthusiastic, which is also to be expected.

Unfortunately, during a speech that greatly comforted and inspired those who love the United States, there was something about the event that made me sad.

Please observe this tiny video portion of the address: peaceful protest?

If one takes the time to view the entire address, he or she will find numerous additional examples of this sort of stubborn resistance. To be fair, when Trump proudly mentioned the fact that the current Congress has more women than at any time in history, the women in white who were previously sitting in protest stood up and not only clapped, they briefly chanted "USA, USA" in a rare moment of shared humor.

But for the most part, many of the Democrats were non-supportive. In a free society, why is that behavior worthy of note? Because the very people who claim that Trump is Hitler are ironically not interested in compromise or unity; their sour expressions and eye-rolling bear out this fact.

The hypocrisy regarding this phenomenon is obvious: if the inspiring words from President Trump during the address were instead emanating from the mouth of Barack Obama, the same people would be leaping to their feet and cheering.

What's the difference? There is no confusion over why they resist: they hate Trump and anything associated with him. But why do they hate him?

This bottomless hatred is particularly insidious due to Trump's amazing list of accomplishments during his first two years as president. All you fact checkers looking to discredit Trump are welcome to attempt debunking the list I put together at the bottom of this essay, but you'll be wasting your time. For those who publicly claim Trump hasn't done anything of worth, get ready to eat your words.

All the accomplishments on the list were realized while a non-stop barrage of slander and hatred has poured in from the "hate Trump" media and the more Left-ian members of the Democratic party.

What inspiration does the Resistance provide? Let's recap...

Smear campaigns directed at someone of impeccable reputation (Kavanaugh) for the sole purpose of preventing a conservative Supreme Court, casting Trump as a racist dictator in order to maintain open borders, a bizarre misplaced desire to dismantle the proven effectiveness of ICE in deporting dangerous criminals, support for late-term abortions and the sanctioned murder of post-delivery infant human beings, retaining ObamaCare with all its frustrating failings, a return to higher taxes for the middle class... and the Resistance's greatest contribution to the divisive stature of our country: endless investigations into the president, a theatrical exercise in futility that's meant to characterize Trump as evil, without any actual proof of wrongdoing.

If Trump's accomplishments were attributed to any other president, that president would have already gone down in history as one of our greatest leaders. But no; Trump is instead hated for rude tweets, arrogance, unapologetic wealth, unwillingness to stay silent when attacked, deliberately misunderstood jokes, calling out violent criminals as animals, and promises to pay the legal fees for anyone who bounces paid troublemakers out the door during his rallies.

I once had an aha moment years ago: my own ignorance generated surprise when I found out the president I didn't like (Clinton) had done the impossible and balanced the national budget. While my perception of his character is still not all that stellar, I can nevertheless be honest and admit he accomplished at least one great thing worthy of praise. I also knew better than to attempt attributing it to the previous administration's residual effects.

Voters are supposed to be adults; high school is a long time ago for most of us. This isn't the student body president we're talking about. In high school, smear campaigns can be a very effective method of installing a preferred candidate. One look at the past two and half years of media coverage is far too reminiscent of those less-than-commendable days of youth.

Putting aside animosity and giving someone credit where it is due is the correct thing to do. Lack of forgiveness does no one any good and provides no justice. I have spent hours at times, trying to wrap my mind around the reality that someone who is doing so much good for our country is so hated. I may never understand why they hate Trump so much, but perhaps it's best I don't. Ingratitude of that magnitude should be left in the dark.




LIST OF DONALD J. TRUMP'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN TWO YEARS:
(note: there are literally so many things Trump has accomplished in his first two years with a Republican Congress, I had to eventually stop compiling them because it was taking me way too many hours to find them and categorize them.)


LABOR:
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More people are working now than in the entire history of the country: 157 million.

Black, Hispanic and Asian American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels EVER recorded.

More women in the workforce than ever before.

More women serving in Congress than at any time in history.

Created 5.3 million new jobs. That's over five MILLION.

Added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs, despite opposing claims that it could never be done.

Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century.

337,000 construction jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008.

Fourteen states reached record low unemployment rates.

Job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded. This competition should drive wage growth.

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is running at the lowest level in 45 years.

13,000 jobs being created in WI - largest job announcement in WI history (Foxconn).

Some states are experiencing their lowest unemployment rates in their histories.

Trump Announces $200 Million in Apprenticeship Funding.

Jobless claims lowest level since 1969 (50 years).

Encouraged country to 'Buy American and hire American.'

Food stamp use lowest level in 8 years. Nearly five million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.

Stopped companies from moving out of America.

Convinced many manufacturers to return to the United States, thus generating more jobs and wealth at home instead of abroad.

Unemployment for all demographics lowest since May 2007.

Provided businesses with incentives to create American Jobs.

Maine unemployment at 32 year low. The State dept of unemployment forced to layoff people because of lack of claims.

He created more than a million jobs by undoing Obama’s regulations.

Trump Signs Order Calling for Work Requirements for Welfare Programs

Youth Unemployment Hits 52 Year Low.

RECORD Number of Employed - 63 Percent labor participation.

Unemployment claims have fallen to a 45-year low.

WIC Welfare Participation Hits 17-Year Low.

Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month Under Trump.

Donald Trump Ends Obama Effort to Waive Work Requirements for Welfare.



ECONOMY:
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years.

Federal revenues are increasing as the economy grows. April 2018 had a record surplus of $214 billion.

Over 500 companies (507) have announced bonuses, wage increases, and new investments.

Businesses have invested $482 billion in new, American projects and employees.

More than 4.8 million workers received increased wages or bonuses (3.7% of all private workers).

Provided $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to individuals.

American families received $3.2 trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double.

A family of four making $73,000 will get a cut of over $2,000-cutting their taxes in half.

Nearly doubled the standard deduction.

Trump Decreases Debt to GDP Ratio - First Time in Over 50 Years!

$78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Intel, AMD, Exxon, Bayer, Apple, Ford, SoftBank and Toyota.

The Stock Market reached an all-time high several times.

Median household income at a 7 year high.

Mortgage applications for new homes rose to a 7 year high.

Consumer confidence at 18-year high.

Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.

Proposed a $1 Trillion infrastructure project.

OPEC broken can no longer set prices due to USA energy production unleashed.

Secured $50 billion investment from Japan.

Secured $20 billion investment from Exxon in Gulf coast.

Federal debt is $130,455,438,424.64 LOWER since Dec 30th 2016.

Federal surplus was $182 billion at end of April 2018.

Food Stamp spending is down almost $1 billion per month and $12 billion per year.

Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index rose to 57.8 last month from 54.9 in May. Anything above 50 signals that factory activity is increasing.

15 of 18 manufacturing industries posted growth in JUNE 2017.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics for fiscal year 2017 show that food stamp enrollment decreased nationwide by 2.9 percent over the past year.

Gutted 800 Obama era regulations (saving over $200 billion) thus freeing up companies to hire again and get the economy moving once again.

Senate Passes Sweeping Tax Reform - 20% Corporate rate - Largest in 31 Years.

U.S. Small Business Administration opens assistance center.

Highest Ever Manufacturer Optimism All-Time High - 94.6%.

Middle Class income rises to HIGHEST on record.

Black Business Ownership Under Trump JUMPS 400 PERCENT in ONE YEAR.

Business Investments up 39 Percent Due to Tax Cuts.

April 2018 Best Month in HISTORY for Budget according to Congressional Budget Office.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Is at 17-Year High.

Apple to Invest $350 BILLION in US citing Trump Tax Plan.

Utilities cutting rates, cite benefits of Trump tax reform.

Over 100 companies giving 'Trump Bonuses' after tax victory.

U.S. home sales hit 11-year high.

Mining up 28.6% - Leads the Nation in Growth.

Broadcom will move back to U.S. — and bring tax money with it.

U.S. Factories Expanding at 13 Year high.

Dow posting first eight-quarter winning streak in 20 years.

Home builder confidence at 12-year high.

Manufacturer confidence at a 20-year high.

Tech giants pledge millions to Trump initiative.

Federal Reserve: Household Wealth in America at record high of $1.7 trillion - Rising property values and Financial gain.

Surging stock market powers U.S. wealth to $96.2 trillion.

Pennsylvania coal company to open a SECOND coal mine.

In Trump era, American corporations are seeing their best earnings in 13 years.

CEO confidence highest since 2014.

US Manufacturing Index at a 33-year high.

Coal Miners are WINNING. Cut Regulations/Create Jobs/New Plants.

USA's small business confidence is spurring a hiring and spending spree.

US Economic Confidence Surges To Highest Level Ever Recorded By Gallup.



GOVERNMENT:
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Trump donates his entire presidential salary to various causes.

Trump’s first-quarter salary donated to help fund the restoration of two projects at Antietam National Battlefield.

Trump donated salary to Veterans issues.

5-year lobbying ban introduced to shift Washington focus from foreign investors to American interests.

As of April 2017, Trump had signed twice as many bills into action as Obama did in the same time period.

Reduced White House expenses by $22 million by reducing staffing levels form Obama levels.

$89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks.

$600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget.

Reversed Dodd-Frank with the Financial CHOICE Act.

Pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord to prevent redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.

$700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation.

Dept. of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history).

Repealed 14 Obama regulations with the Congressional Review Act, saving billions in costs to the economy Making agencies cut 2 regulations for each new one.

Signed executive order to promote energy.

Signed executive order to protect police officers.

Signed executive order to target drug cartels.

Signed executive order to protect religious freedom.

Signed executive order to return power regarding education to the states and the people.

Signed executive order to end unconstitutional Obamacare subsidies.

Submitted 2018 Budget that cuts spending and give a pathway to a balanced budget in 10 years.

Instituted permanent lobbying ban for foreign governments for all Executive branch appointees.

Did away with rules requiring the Federal government to report on the Y2K bug 17 years after 2000.

22 federal agency task force formed to help the rural America fight regulations and lack of prosperity.

Environmental Protection Agency has ended a nearly $1 million program that provided gym memberships for employees.

Trump signed the Religious Freedom executive order.

Denied FBI a new building.

Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people's lives than any President in the history of America.

President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.

Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time frame, dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve efficiency of their branch.

Regulatory freeze on all federal governmental agencies.

Trump Shrinks Government by 16000 Jobs since elected.

Trump proposes biggest civil service change in 40 years - 'Hire the best and fire the worst'.

Trump Admin is a Deregulation Machine: Eliminating 22:1.

President Trump Declassifies and Releases JFK Files.

Eliminated 1200 man hours of wasteful paperwork requirements including Y2K preparedness.

Fired all 46 attorney generals hired by Obama.

Department of Justice halts Obama's Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeted Firearm Dealers.

Government spending as percentage of GDP down.



NATIONAL SECURITY:
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Border wall construction underway.

Worked to reduce F-35 cost.

Fighting back against sanctuary cities.

The Supreme Court upheld part of Trump's temporary travel ban executive order.

Cut 1.6 billion costs from Air Force one and F-35 airplanes.

Trump signs $700 billion defense bill to upgrade our military armor, weaponry, air craft, ships, other vehicles, spare parts, etc., gives troops largest pay raise in 7 years.

Top 5 ISIS Leaders Captured.

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open.

US kills 150 ISIS terrorists in Syria airstrike during government shutdown.

Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit of the Department of Defense.

ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria's Raqqa.

US-backed fighters 'seize 80% of Raqqa from Islamic State'.

US shares technology with India. Enlisting them to fight in Afghanistan.

'Annihilation Tactics' Being Used Against ISIS.

US, Gulf countries form new group: Terrorist Financing Targeting Center to stem flow of terror financing.

NATO weighs new 'Counter Terrorism Post' following Trump's demands.

ISIS leader 'admits DEFEAT in Iraq and orders militants to flee.



FEDERAL AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT:
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ICE arrests are 75% criminal illegals as of May.

Ice Arrests for non criminal illegals up 150% as of May due to sanctuary cities polices making Ice go to the home instead of the court houses.

Authorized DHS to hire 10,000 ICE officers & 5,000 border patrol agents.

ICE crackdown scaring some families back to Mexico.

ICE raid hits 77 businesses in Northern California.

ICE has conducted a MASSIVE raid on sanctuary cities this week - 498 illegal immigrants arrested.

ICE raids targeting families net 650 arrests.

17 Texas sheriffs approved to partner w/ICE.

ICE chief wants smuggling charges on leaders of sanctuary cities.

Due to ICE, more than 300 women and girls have been rescued from human trafficking.

Due to ICE, more than 1500 sadistic traffickers have been deported or put behind bars.

The First Step Act, groundbreaking bipartisan criminal justice reform.

Trump signs bipartisan bill to combat synthetic opioids.

Signed sweeping new criminal justice legislation into law.

Created Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office.

Created task force to reduce crime.

Department of Justice targeting MS-13.

Nominated and confirmed two highly qualified Supreme Court Justices.

Confirmed dozens of federal judges.

Created a commission on child trafficking.

Created a commission on voter fraud.

Created a commission for opioids addiction.

Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims.

Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients.

Signed order to stop crime against law enforcement.

More than 1400 gang members have been arrested by ICE.

This year the U.S. has already deported 398 MS-13 gang members back to El Salvador – compared to only 534 for all of 2016.

6,000 MS-13 gang members arrested in first 5 months.

66,000 mostly criminal illegals arrested by ICE in first 5 months.

Authorities have arrested an unprecedented number of sexual predators involved in child sex trafficking rings in the United States and around the world.

DOJ issues new sentencing guideline to enforce tougher laws on drug dealers.

DOJ stops Obama’s slush funds.

Massive raids on gangs going on across the nation.

More arrests for voter fraud in 2017 then anytime in recent history.

DOJ and DHS ordered to take on transnational criminal gangs.

Signed order for No Tolerance For Violence against Law Enforcement Officers.

Fired FBI director.

Nominated Wray for FBI director.

Nominated 21 conservative judges to the federal court.

Operation Broken Heart lead by the DOJ arrested over 1,012 sexual child predators across the nation bringing 69,000 cases against them.

AG Sessions asked for an extra $26 million to hire 300 prosecutors devoted to gang violence and deportation cases.

DOJ drops case against the Washington Redskins - the era of Political Correctness is over.

More than 1,000 arrests in sex trafficking operation.

Justice Department announces take-down of AlphaBay, the largest dark web market.

Trump signs bills that helps Veterans and Police officers by giving them Priority and Training.

Raids to target teenaged suspected gang members.

Deportations in LA are up 60% alone.

80% jump in illegal targets.

No Sanctuary For Criminals Act - deny federal grants to sanctuary cities - Passed House and Senate.

Kate's Law - harsher penalties for previously deported criminals - Passed House and Senate.

Unshackling ICE - told that they can take action against ALL illegal immigrants - increasing presence in sanctuary cities.



FOREIGN POLICY:
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Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel.

The U.S. Embassy in Israel was relocated to Jerusalem, something many presidents promised but never achieved.

Restarted peace process between Israel and PLO.

The PLO has stopped the payments to terrorists families. Major change in PLO policy.

Working with China on North Korea.

Improved relations between North Korea and the United States.

Trump Negotiates Peace between North and South Korea.

North Korea is no longer firing rockets over Japanese airspace.

Trump secures release of American Prisoners from North Korea.

Trump has our soldiers remains returned home from Korean War.

59 missiles dropped in Syria in response to human rights violations (chemical weapons attack).

Changed rules of engagement against ISIS. Drafted plan to defeat ISIS.

ISIS is on the run, with 98% of their misappropriated lands returned to the indigenous people of previously ISIS controlled areas.

Mosul has fallen. ISIS no longer controls the city.

Dropped the MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs) on ISIS killing more than 90 ISIS fighters.

NATO allies boost spending by 4.3% lowering costs to US paying their fair share.

Secured a 34,000 Arab force to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Killed the ISIS commander in Afghanistan and reduced their strength by 2/3rd in Afghanistan.

Sent 3 carrier battle groups to North Korea to pressure them on nuclear program, installed THADD in South Korea and Japan.

Sent Navy to south China Sea to secure sea lines.

Got the G7 countries to agree that a nation has a right to control migration and immigration.

Had G7 countries agree North Korea was a threat.

Had G7 nations agree that Trade should be FAIR as well as FREE and that nations can punish non fair trade.

Had G7 countries agree that refugees should stay as close as possible to home country and be returned when the threat is gone.

Had NATO agree to pay more and got more countries to pay their fair share of defense pact.

Have met with more than 100 of the world leaders many at the White House.

Trump Blocks Chinese Purchase of Qualcomm due to National Security.

Trump Blocks China from buying Semi-Conductor company, Lattice.

Trump orders probe of China's intellectual property practices.

Signed executive order to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership thus keeping jobs here.

Many hostages are now home where they belong.

Remains of soldiers from the 1950's have been returned to their families here in the United States.

Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt.

Trump State department secured the release of American citizen Otto Warmbeir from North Korea without paying $400 million ransom.

Trump admin secured the release of American citizen, Aya Hijazifor, from Egypt Jail without paying $400 million ransom.

President Trump secures release of Pastor Brunson from Turkey.

New trade restrictions on China for unfair trade practices.

A series of sanctions against Russia to keep them in check.

Pulled us out of the lopsided Paris Climate Accord thus saving us millions of dollars every year.

Sanctioned Iran over missile program.

Would not certify the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Successful diplomatic trip to Asia.

Signed trade deal with China.

Travel BAN upheld by SCOTUS by 9-0 ruling. Extreme vetting will now become law of the land.

Travel BAN in full effect across the world.

Opening of center to defeat radical Islam in cyberspace during Saudi Arabia visit.

Gave powerful speech in the heart of Islam about the need to reform Islam and drive out the radicals.

Got the Arab nations to cut ties to Qatar for funding terrorists.

Massive historic shift in diplomatic actions in the Muslim world.

Started the assault on Raqqa in Syria to defeat ISIS on June 6th 2017.

Got Romania to up it’s NATO funding to 2.1% of GDP.

Has the Special Forces helping relieve siege in Philippines.

Rolled back Obama’s Cuban policy.

Canada promised to increase defense spending by 70%.

A direct consequence of Trump’s trip to the middle east: Gulf Countries sent Qatar a list of demands to defund terrorism, reject the Muslim brother hood so Qatar can return to the fold,  Qatar has since rejected these demands setting a possible military conflict.

In 2017, NATO countries (excluding the US) increase defense spending by 4.3% from 2016.

Imposed Sanctions on major China Bank for it’s funding of North Korea and has declared the admin will work to cut North Korea off from access to the US financial market.

Approved a $1.42 billion arms deal with Taiwan.

Reached out by Twitter to offer help to save baby Charlie Gard.

The US ambassador to the UN threatens China and other countries who trade with North Korea with blockage from the USA market.

Pres Trump increases the threat to use of trade access to the US market to stop North Korea setting up a potential for a trade war with China.

Sanctioned Iran over its’ missile program.

US Cuts 300 Million In Aid To Pakistan.

Trump Cut Off 200 Million in Aid to Palestinians.

Trump ends 230 Million Dollar Rebuilding Payments to Syria.

Trump Shuts Down CIA funding of Syrian Rebels.

Iran Deal: DECERTIFIED.

Four Months into 2018, Refugee Admissions Plunge to Lowest Level in 15 Years.

US Suspends $2 BILLION in security assistance to Pakistan.

Global Magnitsky Act Signed: Targeting Global Corruption and Human Rights Abuse.

North Korea Designated as 'State Sponsor of Terrorism.'

US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO citing "anti-Israel bias."

Fewest Monthly Refugee Arrivals in August Since 2002.

Trump to stop travel from countries that refuse to help Homeland Security.

America has withdrawn almost $300 million in foreign aid to Egypt.

1000s of jobs being created through pact with Saudi Arabia.

Trump Signs Korean Trade Deal.

New memorandum to protect American IPs from China - Potentially save Billions of dollars and millions in jobs.

Coal exports up 60%.

China opens rice market for US exports for first time ever.



TRADE:
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Negotiated new trade deals with Canada and Mexico that benefit the United States (USMCA), and dumped the disastrous NAFTA.

Withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership thus keeping jobs here.

$350+ billion deal with Saudi Arabia ($110 billion in arms $250 billion in trade/investment) creating 100,000’s of jobs in both countries.

Pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord thus saving us millions of dollars every year.

China Trade deal opening up U.S. beef exports and Liquefied Natural Gas exports as well.

Renegotiated South Korean-U.S. trade deal.

Trump signs tariff order on aluminum and steel.

Trump Slaps 30% Tariffs on Solar Panels imported from China.

U.S. Trade Deficit falls to 11-month low.

Crude Oil Shipment to India Highlights Expanding Energy Partnership.

Crude oil shipment from Texas opens new vistas in India-U.S. ties.

Argentina agrees to allow first U.S. pork imports in 25 years.

U.S. makes final finding rebar exports from Taiwan.

United States and Mexico finalize sugar trade deal.

First U.S. Natural Gas Shipped to Poland.

Increased tariffs on Canadian lumber by 20% (worth $1 billion).

China buys more U.S. coal, sends North Korea.

More than $2 billion in fines on China and Canada for illegal trade practices.

Trump orders a study on abuses of U.S. trade agreements – WTO.

Increased tariffs on Canadian lumber by 20% (worth $1 billion).



IMMIGRATION:
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Illegal immigration is now down 70% (the lowest in 17 years).

Rescinded Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans executive order.

Rescinded Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order.

Secured funding for more immigration judges for deportation cases in 2017 budget.

Ended "catch and release” policy.

70%+ decrease in border crossings of illegal aliens in JAN,FEB,MAR,APR) 64% down in MAY 2017.

No Cuban refugees seen by Coast Guard in Apr first time in 7 years.

6ft chain linked fences being replaced by 20ft hardened steel fencing at border.

Texas has passed a law outlawing sanctuary cities.

Foods stamp requests by illegal aliens DOWN.

The Trump administration has moved to reopen the cases of hundreds of illegal immigrants who had been given a reprieve from deportation by Obama.

Travel ban executive order cut refugees to 50,000.

Refugees dropped by half entering the USA in first three months of Pres Trump’s admin over Obama’s admin.

Kate’s Law passed the House.

No Sanctuary Cities Law Passed the House.

Illegal immigrant arrests in San Diego, Ca have more than doubled from 2016 and 2015 figures per the San Diego Union Tribune.

In a reversal of Obama administration policy, federal prosecutors with Operation Streamline are filing criminal charges against migrants the first time they are caught crossing the border illegally.

Refugee Arrivals Plummet in Week After Supreme Court Ruling on Trump Executive Order.

Trump DOJ Sues California For Interference With Immigration Enforcement.

End of Year Report: Deportations up 40% - Historically Low Crossings.

Creating thousands of more jobs for immigration officers and border patrol.

Trump has updated his travel ban, includes these 8 countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Somalia - NO EXPIRATION DATE.

Crossing The Border Illegally Is Harder Than It’s Been In 50 Years.

$1.6 billion down payment to start building the wall.

Trump cuts off visas for countries that refuse deported immigrants.

Number of refugees taken in is down 50%.



ENVIRONMENT:
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Trump’s EPA To Repeal Obama’s ‘Waters Of The US’ Rule.

President Trump's executive order will undo Obama's Clean Power Plan rule.



ENERGY:
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We are now energy independent and the worlds largest producer of oil and natural gas.

Opening up Liquefied Natural Gas centers to ship Liquefied Natural Gas across the world.

Ended the war on coal. Rollback of A Regulation in order to boost clean coal production, WV economy boosted by at least 3%.

Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth.

Coal for Central Appalachian coal has increased 8.95% this year. Increasing the economy for SE OH, SW PA, VA, MD and WVA.

North Dakota experiencing a boom since Dakota access pipeline finished (500,000 Barrels now flowing through pipeline per day).

Coal mining rose 19% in USA for first 5 months per US energy Department.

USA is the world leader in natural gas production.

Energy Department eliminating the Office of International Climate and Technology.

Signed agreement to construct oil pipeline into Mexico.

Introduced 6 point plan to unleash American energy (off shore, Nuclear, coal, NG,Oil, renewable).



HEALTH CARE:
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Trump signs Right to Try drug bill, allowing terminal patients to try experimental treatments.

Individual Mandate of Obamacare REPEALED.

Trump Signs Healthcare Order, Expands Choice and Access through associations.

400 medical professionals charged in largest health care fraud take-down.

Trump Signs Healthcare Order, Expands Choice and Access through associations.



INFRASTRUCTURE:
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Sweeping new farm bill that provides much needed funding for farmers and ranchers, who were previously betrayed by government non-intervention while farms were being financially overburdened.

Keystone pipeline approved and signed creating thousands of new jobs expediting supply of crude to refineries or processing facilities.

Opened up oil and natural gas expansion, approving new pipelines.

Authorized construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. The Dakota pipeline is up and running without harming the environment.

Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning.

Saw the opening of the first NEW COAL MINE IN PA in YEARS creating 70 jobs at the mine and more than 400+ supporting jobs in the community.

Ended the war on coal and caused a new mine for coal mining to open that will mine clean coal. Also put the miners back to work.

Trump Administration Set to Roll Back $900 Million in Obama-Era Offshore Drilling Regulations.

Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure.

U.S. Oil Production Tops 10 Million Barrels A Day, First Time Since 1970.



TECHNOLOGY:
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President Trump Signs executive order Reviving The National Space Council.

Returned the mission of NASA to space exploration.

Climate Change REMOVED from 'Threat List'.

New Space Policy Directive Calls for Human Expansion Across Solar System.

Trump administration abandons the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming.

Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council.



EDUCATION:
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School Choice tops the list of Priorities U.S. Education Department Grants.

Signed executive order to reshape the education system of the USA to include vocation technical programs and apprenticeships.



VETERANS:
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Signed a bill to allow veterans to choose their own private doctors.

After four decades of rejection, passed Veteran's Administration accountability and whistle-blower protection to terminate bad employees yet expediting a variety of medical services to our vets.

VA announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences Act.

Trump Signs Bill to Streamline VA Disability Claims Appeals Process.

Trump signs ‘Forever GI Bill,’ boosting aid to student vets.

Trump Administration Streamlines Veteran Medical Records.

White House to launch veterans' complaint hotline.



HUMANITARIAN:
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Signed the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.

Historic Black College University initiative.

Returned power to make decisions on “transgender bathrooms” to states.

Trump Nominates First Woman for Head of CIA.

Trump: 'We are stopping cold the attacks on Judaeo-Christian values'.

The Department of Health and Human Services to Rescind Birth Control Mandate in Obamacare.

The Department of Health and Human Services defines life as beginning at conception.

Banned aid helping foreign countries provide abortions (Mexico City Policy).

US signs proclamation against Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting.

Trump has signed a $15 billion relief package for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Signed a resolution encouraging women in entrepreneurship and STEM.

Trump secures 2026 World Cup for the USA.