Category Archives: Politics

How to Fix Social Media

A review of Parler on Renard’s website got me thinking about the mess that is social media

Image via SocialMediaExplorer.com

The bias, cliques and general toxic nature of it all has made me walk away from it entirely years ago. I’m still not sure a blog counts as social media, but this is it for me. 🙂

The reality though is that all social media platforms are EASY to fix. Easy in the sense that the solution is straight forward, but it does require work. What’s the answer? Simple:

Ages ago, back when the closest thing to social media was .vbb (virtual bulletin board – similar in form to reddit, although a little more primitive) discussion sites, I helped moderate one of the biggest ones out there. The code of conduct there was pretty straight forward. The biggest rule that we used to define Trolling and abusive behavior was:

You can debate the idea, but DO NOT attack the person making the post.

Examples (of somewhat obvious concepts):

Debate the Idea: “Tax cuts for the rich doesn’t result in them creating more jobs via reinvestment, they just horde wealth.” Controversial enough to be an example here.

Attack the Post Maker: “What kind of idiot believes that tax cuts actually help the economy?”

Do I even have to point out how one keeps the debate more focused and civil, while the other degenerates it into ad hominid personal attacks and childish name calling?

Why isn’t it done? Simple. None of the owners of these sites want to pay for moderators, and bots aren’t sophisticated enough to differentiate yet. They also avoid dealing with tantrums claiming bias if a human moderator shuts down a troll and their followers.

Yes, there’s political and (mostly) economic bias guiding these decisions also. They don’t want to take what will inevitably be a very large hit to their user bases via this rule. Personal experience has taught me that this is fairly short term though. People LOVE having the spotlight. Take it away from them, and they’ll rant and pout, but then come back and play within the rules MOST of the time because they want their stage and audience back.

The habitual rule breakers and one who will try to skirt the rules constantly… They’ll always be there, and will act even worse without that kind of rule in place.

Of course, there’s the other issue that has to be dealt with, and that takes a cultural shift: Back then, the common sense belief was that free speech and the ability to freely debate ideas was paramount.

Nowadays everybody wants to live in an echo chamber:

The biggest step to straightening out the internet and social media specifically is that the other side has a right to speak.

I’ll be blunt, if you have to resort to silencing dissenting voices via name calling, applying labels, trolling, attempting to get people banned or blocked, etc… In short, if your ideas can’t stand the light of open honest discussion, chances are you don’t understand them yourself.

Change that and implement the above rule along with a few other common sense ones (ie no advocating violence), and social media would change fairly quickly.

Debunking a Conspiracy… Maybe Two

Famous SNL skit turned into meme fodder on the internet

I’m back after sorting out several things that may or may not get blog posts of their own. Right now however, I want to revisit the idea of conspiracy theories. I lost at least one (apparently unhinged) reader when I refused to embrace the idea that the Nashville Christmas bombing was actually a government missile attack… or a government space based particle beam weapon if you’re REALLY REALLY out there.

Christmas morning picture of the bombing aftermath in Nashville

I had some FUN with that attack in the post linked to above, but it was only fun. These people seriously believe that the government used a cruise missile to damage an AT&T facility because said facility was supposedly investigating the voting machines and election fraud. This based on an out of focus picture from a different angle than the original pictures and video. Said picture supposedly shows a fragment of a vapor trail “from a missile”:

Yes, it apparently started out as it was “an NSA spy hub” that was hardened, but still somehow damaged by a missile that couldn’t even completely destroy the cars on the right hand side of the street (first pic). Yes, this is the start of applying Occam’s Razor to this idiocy.

So let’s go back to the blatantly obvious based on the two pictures above:

A) That blurry line could be almost anything. If it’s a vapor trail from a missile, where is the rest of the trail? Why did nobody report seeing a missile?

B) Even the most basic amateur forensics would show that’s NOT a missile hit. There’s no crater. The blast radius wasn’t even sufficient to completely destroy the cars on the left hand side of the street. The debris pattern doesn’t even indicate a center of the street hit like many whackadoos are insisting.

On top of all that, there’s just the reality of how the government works. Trump also for that matter. ANY investigation into electronic tampering with the voting machines would have been done publicly for the sake of transparency. Trump also would have been screaming from the rooftops that the proof was coming.

The government doesn’t need an AT&T switching center in Nashville to do such investigations either. The internet was started as a US Government construct named ARPANET. The government still has it’s hands all over the internet with back door access to backbone routing systems at the heart of the internet. Any person who has spent any real length of time in the IT field knows this. Things like Operation Able Danger barely scratched the surface of what the government could do if it wanted to.

Even setting aside the cloak and dagger stuff, the FBI Cyber Division is one of the best cyber forensics teams around. They would have likely been leading any investigation into tampering with the voting machines from their headquarters. Trump had already cleaned out anybody who had opposed him at the FBI also, so one can’t simply claim bias as an excuse here.

So, NO, there was NO INVESTIGATION and NO CRUISE MISSILE ATTACK to stop it and ‘save’ Trump’s presidency.

Let’s take Occam’s Razor a bit further however…

Why would the government spend $850,000 dollars (the cost of a tomahawk cruise missile) to launch a blatant and highly messy attack when so many easier options are available IF there was something going on that needed to be covered up?

For starters, they could just “spike” the target area with a virus or malware of some sort that would take out any software based evidence and potentially damage hardware as well. Any PEOPLE that present a danger can have Clinton administration style accidents & suicides (ie Vince Foster shooting himself in the head and THEN throwing his own body in a dumpster), OR simply discredited as conspiracy nuts and Alex Jones fans.

If I wanted to put together a far more plausible conspiracy theory around the bombing, it’d be something to this effect:

The RV carried a black ops team that went in and neutralized the troublesome area. They went in unseen via a trap door in the bottom of the RV and went into the sewers before breaching the AT&T building. The gunshots heard at 4:30 and 5:30 were the team taking out security or witnesses. After the job was done, they detonated the RV to cover their tracks, escaped via the sewers to an unmarked delivery van, and drove off. Other people in the NSA immediately put out the story of this rogue AT&T contractor obsessed with 5G and coronavirus, and the public has a cover story. The broadcasted warnings from the RV about a bomb were more about drawing attention away from the black ops team’s escape than actually keeping innocents safe.

The difference between THAT and the missile strike theory? TONS of money and much more surgical level control over the operation and it’s outcome. It’s still about as likely as my Die Hard theory in the post linked above though, LOL.

5G and COVID

While we’re at it, let’s BRIEFLY tackle this one also. Let’s start with 2 seconds of background.

The whole conspiracy took flight when a holistic medicine doctor named Thomas Cowen (a few unverified sources say he was barred from practicing “real” medicine), posted a YouTube video about how 5G and the “electrification” of the Earth’s atmosphere was causing coronavirus. All it took after that was a couple of celebritards tweeting about it and BANG; the theory went wildfire level viral.

The trouble here is that none of the above people have any sort of background in radiology. For the record, I don’t either. While I *do* believe that all the radiowaves put into the air may be having some sort of negative effects, I also know something else:

Radiation (and all types of electromagnetic energy are broadly classified as radiation) exposure doesn’t cause or mimic the symptoms of contagious diseases. The effects are completely different. On one extreme, you have cancer as an effect. THAT takes strong radiation. Much further down the line, we have the vertigo and impaired thinking / brain fog and moodiness caused by directed microwave attacks on US personnel at the Cuban embassy.

So, while I’d be more accepting of the modest possibility that 5G is responsible for all the mentally addled people on the far left and right who only want to fight with others and see threats everywhere, it’s NOT responsible for COVID-19. If anything is, it’s the Wuhan Institute of Virology (which another reader has argued doesn’t exist, because their media told them so, never mind the website and ability to find it on Google Maps).

Conclusion:

My point with the last (Wuhan) remark and the Clinton one earlier is that there’s enough legitimately shady stuff going on in the world without having to invent wild, unsupportable shit to explain every little thing that goes bad. That’s actually my biggest gripe with conspiracy theorists and theories:

They draw attention away from legitimate wrong-doing and are used to discredit anyone who wants to hold government and big business responsible for those legitimate wrong acts.

The fact of the matter is the missile attack nuts and other fringe theories out there actually discredited any legitimate effort to look into voter fraud. And the voter fraud was definitely real. Trump didn’t gain a single vote after the polls closed and lost substantial leads in 8 states. I kept track of the numbers over that time, and what happened is a mathematical and statistical impossibility. It would mean every area left uncounted at midnight on election night voted 100% Democrat.

I don’t miss Trump one bit. He was a toxic, narcissistic bully. The areas remaining to be counted after election night all normally leaned Democrat also, so it’s possible Biden might have won regardless. I’m only concerned about making sure the process stays untainted.

OK, enough of that, I said I was done with politics. That above situation is a perfect example of how conspiracy nuts actually HURT the cause they’re trying to promote though. THAT is why I brought it up, and to point out that one can see something fishy without going to extremes to rationalize it.

Before anyone on the Left posts a comment about all the right wing idiots out there, keep in mind that the COVID thing is a universal idiocy not limited to the far right. Likewise there’s the conspiracies spun by leftists that all cops are out to murder black people and that the military is full of terrorists ready to repeat the storming of the capital and completely overthrow the government. Glass houses & stones and all that…

All y’all crazy people need to get your heads straight. And I’m done venting, LOL.

Disgusted with Politics and Political People

The one good thing about having the memory in my PC go bad is that it gave me a couple of days to mull life over as I waited for replacement parts. I watched the DC drama and it’s aftermath, with complete and utter disgust for BOTH sides.

The last four years in general have been horrid, with name calling and toxic BS passing for political discourse. We’ve gotten to the point where neither side is even capable of objectively defending it’s own positions. Instead they both spew hateful rhetoric, lies and half truths about how the other side is nothing but hateful rhetoric, lies and half truths.

Really F’ing Productive. Call each other fascist and libcuck instead of talking out differences rationally.

Like it or not, both sides are human beings with legitimate concerns, even if they each have irrational ways of interpreting what an event may mean.

Bottom line, the problem is that politics has become much like all the new age interpretations of religions: It’s not about what’s right or wrong. It’s not about what’s best for society as a whole. It’s ONLY about padding the believer’s ego.

They’re wrong, we’re right. Spew hate. Advocate violence, censorship and imprisonment (yes, both the Left and Right have done it), tear down the ability of society to even communicate in a civilized manner, etc, etc… ALL in the name of justifying feelings of inadequacy and feeding fragile egos. Nowadays, it’s called spiritual materialism; the ego-driven need to flaunt one’s imagined superiority and enlightenment. It used to be called everything from virtue signaling & moral exhibitionism to just plain hypocrasy.

Trump and Pelosi are NOT the problem. They’re just the biggest visible manifestations of a morally bankrupt, narcissistic and sick society who would rather get on twitter and spew hate instead of talk.

News Flash: You politicos are making the world a much worse place with your hate. It doesn’t matter how self-righteous it is, or how you justify it. Hate is hate is wrong, period.

What I’ve seen the last few days has just been the icing on the cake for me. Nobody in Washington on either side can take a step back and reflect on how they contributed to the events of the last few days either. All they’ve done is double down on the attacks.

I’m completely over any further talking about politics at this point. Neither side is going to be happy until there’s an all out war.

From here on out, I’m focusing on my own growth and self-improvement. The only way to TRULY change anything in the world is to change yourself; grow as a person, tame an out of control ego, let go of hate, etc…

Be the Change instead of getting on twitter and spreading hate and misery.

This Moderate’s View of the Election and Beyond

My last political post here. As promised last time, politics will be banished to another blog soon. This will be a long one too. I’m going out with a bang. I challenge everyone to read it all the way through.

The Election Results:

Yes, the leftists and the people who never questioned the constant attacks disguised as news are happy. I’m not. It’s not that I like Trump. He’s an insecure narcissist. His lack of communication skills have made even the best ideas sound horrible. We MAY very well be better off without him.

What greatly disturbs me however is the twisted election results. Trump had a nearly 20% lead (18.9% if I recall correctly) in Pennsylvania for days, and then it just suddenly evaporates? The same thing happened on smaller scales in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.

This is different than Hillary’s loss four years ago also. At least she kept gaining votes as the counting continued. Trump pretty much stopped gaining any votes after the polls closed. Anybody care to tell me how it’s possible that Biden got over 90% of the remaining ballots when he was projected to lose all those states?

Yes, I know… It’s all a conspiracy theory. Tell that to the people of Maricopa County who say their votes were blocked:

President Donald Trump supporters rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Does THAT look like the county that flipped Arizona for Biden? We’re supposed to believe it was.

Votes not being counted DOES happen too. My other half and I had a poll worker in Sacramento refuse to take our absentee ballots in the 2016 election (you have the option to drop the envelope at a polling station instead of mailing it). Not only that, the dropped off ballots were being tossed into open cardboard boxes instead of locked, sealed ballot bags.

Bottom line here; the allegations of fraud SHOULD concern everyone. It was investigated thoroughly in 2016 with the only evidence after years of looking being that Russia trolled everybody via fake accounts on social media. If there’s nothing to hide, the Left should welcome a thorough and transparent investigation like they demanded in 2016.

Fair and honest elections should be everyone’s priority.

Biden’s Claim of a “Mandate”

Yes, he’s already made multiple statements in between saying he wants to bring everybody together, that he has a “Mandate” to proceed with all the Far Left plans that he and Harris campaigned on. Here’s the reality of Biden’s “historic” win:

Election map from Fox News on November 4th.

That’s a county by county map of who voted Biden and who voted Trump. Biden’s “Blue Wall” looks an awful lot like a sea of red to me. Even California has several counties that went Red.

Most of the country realizes his proposed policies will turn the country into a shithole like California with high taxes, no jobs, skyrocketing crime, people having no voice, and higher prices on everything.

To consider his win a mandate is the kind of hubris Trump is accused of (but is really present in all politicians).

Biden’s Past:

This bothers me also. Not just the forcing his completely unqualified drug addict son Hunter onto the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company while he was Vice President AND in charge of US foreign policy and aid to Ukraine. Not just his withholding foreign aid to Ukraine to get the prosecutor looking into that company fired…

There’s also his crazy gaffs like how Obama “has a big stick, and knows how to use it, believe me, I know!”

How about the fact that Biden was also behind the 1993 crime bill that clogged our prisons, and he called black men “predators”? At least he didn’t call them “super predators” like Hillary. I’m very pro law and order, but this law was overkill.

How about the fact that Biden was behind and pushed HARD for the failed 2005 attempt to reform bankruptcy laws? That would have made it all but impossible for Americans to declare a chapter 7 bankruptcy, and made a chapter 13 a financial prison sentence? He was SOLIDLY in the pocket of mega-banks and credit card companies, but this is the guy we’re supposed to believe will look out for the little guy?

The man couldn’t even keep his word to his dying son to NOT run for President.

Maybe he will be the uniter he’s claiming he wants to be. Time will tell. I had the same hopes for Obama though, and all I got was eight years of “White folks’ greed runs a world in need”.

Media Bias:

Another major concern. A free society depends on a vigilant and honest media. We don’t have one. I’ve cataloged case after case here. Trump’s saying that he realizes “the vast majority of Latinos are honest, hard working people who just want opportunity, but that a few bad hombres do come across the border with them” being turned into him calling all Latinos criminals being a prime example. I heard the speech live, I know firsthand how the media took the remark out of context and changed it.

I’ve repeatedly challenged people to show me ONE SINGLE INSTANCE where the mainstream or leftist media showed ANYTHING Trump did in a positive light. MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc… Even so much as a picture of Trump with a story that did NOT make him look like an ogre.

Biden has a campaign rally, it’s a great thing. Trump has a campaign rally, he’s spreading hate and coronavirus. Again, I’m not the guy’s biggest fan by any means. BUT I was a victim of alot of bullying in my day, and I HATE what I’ve seen over the last 5 years from the media; a unified effort of misrepresentation and bullying. Joseph Goebbels was right; a lie repeated often enough has become truth. People HATE Trump because he’s arrogant and the media have told them to.

60 Minutes, the same folks who rigged their investigation of the Ford Pinto with a lit rag in the gasoline fill pipe, and whose unbiased lead reporter “got a thrill up his leg” when Obama was elected, is the latest example. They ran a story tonight covering Pennsylvania’s vote count from election day on, to disprove Trump’s claims of voter fraud.

So how did they know that Pennsylvania would even be an issue? Trump was winning there handily until the 6th. Election night, he crowed about how he had a tremendous lead there. BUT 60 Minutes was there ON ELECTION NIGHT, covering his charges of voter fraud that didn’t happen until days later?

The only major counterpoint to all this is Fox News, which is just as blindly biased in the other direction. Net result; this country is SCREWED.

BTW: One last one from the not that distant past: Anybody remember that Mitt Romney during his presidential run said Russia was our greatest foreign threat, OR that Biden and Obama along with the media mocked him mercilessly for it? “The 80s called; they want their foreign policy back”. Funny how there was no apology to Romney during the 4 years we heard nothing but Russia Russia Russia.

The Real Nazis:

This is the part that concerns me more than anything the leadership or media has done. They can’t accomplish anything without a willfully ignorant public.

Ever since the start of the Obama administration, all I’ve heard out of the FAR Left is name calling, charges of racism, sexism, homophobia, hate, and on and on.

Conservatives and moderates who don’t tow the far left line are censored on social media, told we have no right to an opinion, mocked, harassed, and even physically assaulted. Antifa and the rest of the Far Left are using the exact same tactics the Nazis and their brown shirts used to silence opposition. Oh and Mussolini’s fascists when they were on the rise to power… Not to mention Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin and Lenin.

Great company some of you are keeping, and others of you are supporting with your silence simply because your hate of Trump, and what you THINK he stands for, is more important than how your fellow man is treated.

I’ve put up with being called a homicidal maniac, and a supporter of school shootings because I own a gun. News flash; 120 million Americans own guns; over 1/3 of the population. If we were all homicidal maniacs, everyone in the country would be dead.

I’ve been told I’m racist just because I’m White. Labeling somebody as something because of their race is the very definition of racism.

I could go on and on here until this blog post looked like some sort of manifesto. The reality is simply this; most of us moderates, and conservatives too, want everyone to have an even break. We’re tired of being vilified, threatened and even physically attacked though. So, NO we do NOT trust Biden to govern fairly given his past. We remember the Obama economy also.

Mostly, we just don’t trust the hypocrisy of preaching unity, enlightenment and inclusiveness when anyone who doesn’t tow the party line gets treated like a Jew in Nazi Germany.

I realize that most liberals are more moderate than what I’ve described above. HOWEVER, you’ve stood silently by while the extremes of your party have used those tactics, OR even applauded because you just hated Trump and anybody who stood even partially behind him by simple association.

You all want national unity and support for Biden? You’re going to have to put the brakes on the hate and get the loony elements of your party under control. Until I see that, and Biden acting like a real leader who needs to unify instead of declare mandates…

The bottom part says it all. Good for the goose, good for the gander. Just switch the picture to Biden

This Election is Insane

Where to even begin on this, other than many of my predictions are coming true. It’s safe to say even I didn’t see the level of games and corruption that would be a part of the actual election itself though.

A List:

California and Oregon were called for Biden as soon as polls opened. It’s a fore-drawn conclusion, BUT there were numbers posted with those calls; large numbers.

The count is taking WAY too long. If you say it’s mail-in ballot related, then how do you account for the large numbers with CA and OR when polls had just opened? Georgia has been struggling to get it’s last 4% of ballots counted for longer than it took to do the first 96%

ALL the states that were left undecided as of midnight on the 3rd had sizable Trump leads, double digit percentage leads in some cases, just evaporate out of nowhere. It’s almost statistically impossible to have the last minute ballots in ALL of those states vary that widely from the previous results.

During live coverage, I saw those same states were being performance analyzed county by county and Biden was polling almost 10% worse than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. These were the “Blue” counties that Biden would have to carry by a wide margin to win states like Michigan and Wisconsin.

I had mentioned prior to the election that there were stories of bags and boxes full of fraudulent Biden ballots found around the country.

Phoenix / Maricopa County, which supposedly flipped Arizona for Biden is diehard Republican territory. The chances of Biden pulling off almost 100,000 more votes in that county alone are astronomical.

Trump only got 5% of the vote in Washington DC. Again, almost statistically impossible. Only 5% of the nation’s capital is conservative? OR, maybe it’s just that the Qanon crowd is at least partially correct and the entrenched power elite want Trump the outsider gone at any cost.

Analysis:

Something here decidedly stinks. At the very least, voting tabulation should not take this long. They’re all designed to be machine counted, even the mail-in ones. The reversals of numbers has been too dramatic and involved too many delays.

I’ve said many times in the past that I don’t like Trump. He’s an incredibly poor speaker and he’s used to his businesses where his word as CEO is law. That’s made him a fairly toxic leader, BUT it’s his knowledge of business and economics that makes him a better manager for the country. It’s why the economy has thrived under him up till the Coronavirus outbreak, and is still doubtless doing better than it would have under a Democrat administration today.

Another prediction; the economy will not only go into the tank (impacting the Asian and Euro economies also), but Biden will blame it on Trump and his “mishandling” of the Coronavirus, just like Obama did with Bush, even after 8 years of bad economy. Watch the Stock Market the day Biden is officially declared winner; see what happens. That’s your indicator of where the economy is headed the next 4 years.

Conclusion:

It’s more than the economy though; it’s about the undermining of democracy and the non-stop attacks that Trump and conservatives in general have endured since he took office. Don’t think the U.S. or YOUR media is biased? Show me ONE, just ONE story that paints anything Trump has done in a positive light.

Even Trump’s visiting the troops on Thanksgiving was painted as grandstanding, a waste of taxpayer dollars, and an unnecessary security risk. Biden rallies drawing large numbers was great. Trump rallies were people spreading coronavirus.

Show me even ONE picture that MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS or NBC have used that doesn’t make Trump look like a complete goon.

Democracy is pretty much dead. It was killed by a lying, manipulative media and a public too stupid to care how it was being led around by the nose.

A Lesson in Hope and Truth:

This is something we came across a couple days ago while on a trip to the store. We had heard nothing about it ahead of time either.

It’s very hard to make out, since I was on the wrong side of the street on the way back home (I was NOT the one driving, relax), BUT what you see here is part of a group of I’d estimate 100 or so people all politely protesting.

What makes it noteworthy is that about 60% of them had Trump 2020 signs, and the other 40% had Black Lives Matter signs, and they were all intermingling peacefully, and getting along fine. I had a great view of this display while we were driving the other direction, but didn’t have time to get my phone out for pics.

The lesson(s) here: People can and are getting along fine with one another.

Trump supporters do NOT want to see all Black people killed or in chains.

Black people do NOT want to kill all conservatives or whatever.

The ONLY people telling you otherwise are the ones profiting off of the human misery and drama from that false narrative; the media and various “leaders”.

This is small town Southern America too. The media spun stereotype is that the BLM crowd should have all been lynched and dragged behind pickup trucks. Yet here they are all coexisting and getting equal amounts of honks and waves.

MAYBE *gasp* they were even Trump supporters carrying BLM signs!

I posted a story here before about how the local and Nashville media tried to spin the last big BLM protest as a violent event. I also posted pictures of protesters and cops side by side showing how that was a lie:

Everybody got along fine, but the media lied and reported violent confrontations between the police and protesters that day.

Take this as a sign of hope on this All Hallow’s Eve. The world is not nearly as far gone as the talking heads and dividers who pretend to be leaders say it is.

The “other side” isn’t your enemy either, and probably is doesn’t think too much different than you in most cases. It’s the hatemongers and their handful of unthinking extremist followers on all sides that are setting everyone against each other.

Open your eyes, look around you. You’ll see plenty of scenes like the ones above if you’re truly paying attention. Reject the narrative you’re being fed also. It’s poison.

Let’s Talk About the Electoral College

Image courtesy of NationalAffairs.com

As I predicted months ago in another blog, and a few days ago here; the Electoral College is coming under fire as part of the US election process again. The press isn’t even waiting until after the election.

THAT tells me they’re very scared about the results and know the polls are not reflecting real numbers. We’re not here to spin numbers however.

I’m not sure which is more disheartening; the fact that the media is trying to destroy a cornerstone of equal democratic representation in this country OR that people are too damned ignorant and lazy to learn how it works.

This was BASIC junior high / middle school learning back when I went to school.

LONG story short, when the founders were drawing up the constitution, they were originally going to go with a straight election vote. None of the smaller original states would go along with that however, because it meant that New York and Massachusetts would have complete say over who gets elected President. The other smaller states would have NO say, and the President would have NO reason to listen to their concerns at all.

The Electoral College was created as a compromise that ensured the popular vote still held strong, almost total sway, BUT at the same time, the smaller population states had to be taken into account if one wanted to be elected.

Despite what the talking heads trying to destroy our Republic are saying also, the College has only tallied up different than the popular vote on FIVE occasions in the over 200 years of this country’s existence.

In modern times, even with the college, we still hear the entire central 3/4 of the country referred to as “fly over country”, as in “screw them, they don’t have enough votes to matter, I’m not campaigning there”.

WITHOUT the Electoral College, the election would be decided by California, New York, Florida and 3 or 4 other states. Look at the map in the top picture. The number of electors a state gets is based on population, and is the same number that they get for Representatives in the House of Representatives side of Congress. California alone can already override the votes of the entire western 1/3 of the country. Does San Francisco understand what Montana’s needs and goals are? Do they have any reason to even care?

Do NOT believe the lies and propaganda, people. The Electoral College serves a vital role in protecting the representation of the minority against the tyranny of the majority.

If you want a more detailed read on the subject, I recommend the NationalAffairs.com article that I borrowed the picture from.

My ONE Election Post

I’m going to break down and do one of my now rare political posts. Mainly because I’m so sick of the utter CRAP out there in the media. You can’t avoid the political crap even if you work at it, and believe me, I have.

I made some predictions a few months ago in Laura V’s blog, before I got blocked there for firing back at somebody who attacked one of my other comments. Much of what I foresaw is coming to pass also.

For starters, we already have the media selling the idea that the election is going to be a landslide for Biden… for almost a month now. Make NO mistake here; the ONLY purpose for that is so they can claim Trump stole the election IF he wins.

There are a million ways to bias the polls that the media is citing. The first and easiest way is just the time of day. Call people during business hours and conservatives are less likely to answer the phone because of work (statistically proven). You can throw out “screener” questions to gauge a person’s political ideology as well before proceeding with the real poll. Then there’s the old favorite of biased wording in questions. Does X *deserve* to be elected or re-elected? I’m using broader terms here because for the moment, I’m not talking about this election specifically. The term “deserve” in the above example implies that the person being asked about did something wrong, which in turn is more likely to garner a negative response from any undecided.

I’ve not only heard too many accounts of such games (by both sides to be fair), I’ve witnessed them first hand and been shut out of polls when they didn’t like my initial answer or two. Hung up on a few more when I got fed up with their leading questions. A majority of people are equally annoyed and refuse to participate in polls.

Cassandra speaks: Ignore me at thine peril Troy

My Prediction:

Trump is going to win, but it’ll be close enough (within 2%) for the Far Left to make up stories of stolen elections again. Hell, if he won by a landslide, (which I do NOT see happening), they’d only scream louder. My logic is simply that most Americans do NOT participate in political discourse anymore because we’re tired of being called nazis, fascists, extremists, white racists, uncle toms, race traitors, etc… by the extreme loony left and their sheep.

The bad part for the far left is that they’d get more votes with a conciliatory tone. Trump didn’t get elected the first time because people like his troll personality, aside from a few right wing extremists anyway. He was elected because the average citizen is sick and tired of being brow beaten, censored and told they’re the cause of all the worlds’ problems. He was a thumb in the eye of all the toxic rhetoric.

Also completely the wrong way to handle things IMO. Reagan did a much better job of handling his attackers with finesse and humor, AND getting his message directly to the public without toxic, in your face tweets. My point being that if the far left had the common sense to try to bring people together instead of browbeat them, Trump never would have gotten elected, and wouldn’t have a prayer at re-election.

Trump is going to get more support than people expect from places like Portland as well. Over 4 months of rioting there. The average citizen is beyond fed up and just wants to be safe walking down the street at this point, even if they have nothing but sympathy for Black Lives Matter. Trump might even take Oregon outright as the rest of the state is fairly conservative.

IF TRUMP DOES WIN:

Not a guarantee by any means, BUT, if I’m correct and Trump wins, expect more attacks on the election results and him. Pelosi is already planning a 25th amendment removal attempt, which in and of itself is a sure indication the Democrats know this election is by no means a slam dunk for them. Actually, we can pretty much expect the last four years, with the volume cranked up to 11. I’m sure we’ll hear more talk of abolishing the electoral college also, and the safeguards it provides smaller states.

And of course, in response to it all, the Trump troll-o-meter will be dialed up to 11 also, with even more rants and whines with every delay or defeat, and more chest beating when he wins.

The only bright spot is that the economy stands a better chance of recovery with him.

IF BIDEN WINS:

First, expect a doubling down on the SJW rhetoric and civil unrest.

There will be attempts to oust Trump appointed judges on every level. Harris already said months back that this was a goal of hers. This despite the fact that she knows that judges are NOT some sort of cabinet appointment that serves at the President’s pleasure.

Along those lines, Biden will try to pack the Supreme Court with extra judges to tip it’s balance permanently Left. BTW, the fact that Biden outright said voters have no right to know his stance on this SHOULD be enough to tell you all how autocratic and dictatorial he is. I suspect that IF this attempt comes to pass, that the Supreme Court will shoot it down HARD, as it did when FDR tried the exact same thing after large portions of his “New Deal” were shot down by the Court.

Biden has already said he plans on taxing businesses to death to pay for multiple entitlement expansions. THAT will lead to small business failures, mega-corporations like Amazon and Walmart gaining even more market share, unemployment, and higher prices.

AND, at some point, I suspect that “Crazy Uncle Joe” will either be ousted by Harris (due to his deteriorating mind) or step down on his own for “health issues” and President Harris will double and triple down on the most extreme of Biden’s policies.

Either way, Weird Al has it right:

Silk’s Civics Class – Bills and Laws

I’m going to have a little fun with some basic learning over the course of a few posts.

I’m starting with BASIC civics. The stuff I learned in elementary school about checks and balances and how a law is made. Sadly most 30 somethings and younger seem utterly clueless here. Think I’m kidding about elementary school? Here yah go; courtesy of Saturday Morning Cartoons and Schoolhouse Rock:

I wish more people would learn this stuff too. It’s utterly scary how many people I’ve seen over the past 10 years screaming for the executive branch’s role to be ignored (with both Obama and Trump).

Even worse, I’ve seen state and local government in California completely violate the entire process, even overturning lawful public votes on referendums (same idea as a Bill but the public itself gets to vote on if it becomes legal – true direct democracy), simply because it wasn’t the result they wanted. Public ignorance and apathy are death to a civilization.

The only part that disappoints me with the above video is that it doesn’t explain the role of a presidential veto as part of the system of checks and balances or how / why it can be overridden with a 2/3 majority of both houses.


For those who actually care, the presidential veto is supposed to act as a check and balance against a corrupt majority vote in the Congress. The founding fathers realized that sometimes we might get a batch of bad apples in office or that congress might do what’s popular and expedient instead of what’s right. Gee, NEVER see that…

They also realized we could elect a bad or biased president also, so Congress was given the ability to override a veto with a 2/3 majority vote of both houses. They figured if it was an important enough law, the 2/3 majority would be there. Otherwise the bill can go back through the process again and modify it so it’s acceptable to both houses of Congress and the President.

Yes, the process was deliberately set up to make laws difficult to pass also. The founders had this silly idea (note sarcasm) that tyranny starts with excessive laws.

And the Supreme Court (Judicial Branch) was only supposed to get involved if a law was blatantly unconstitutional. Thanks to lawyers and lobbyists, that’s everything now. At any rate, they have the power to strike down a law if it is unconstitutional.

As part of the checks and balances however, the Constitution can be modified (a long and complicated process involving the states) so as to override the Supreme Court. …OR Congress and the President can go back and work on a new version that IS constitutional.