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They’re Gaining On Me. I Must Keep Running

I keep running, but the dogs are gaining. I’ve been running for two days now and I’m hungry, tired and exhausted. I hear the hounds behind me but I must find the strength to stay ahead, always ahead. If they catch me, I might as well be dead.

It all started one Sunday when I was working one of my fields with a tractor, preparing the field for the next round of hay for the season. The exhaust pipe of the tractor was belching black smoke, as it usually did. The old diesel engine kept on chugging in a low staccato, as it always did, old reliable as it was.

I looked up and saw three official-looking black SUV’s in the distance down in the draw, coming up the gravel road that led into my isolated ranch. I knew by their speed and the dust streaming behind the trucks, that something was a foot. What I didn’t know at the time, was that I, working my land with my tractor, was that “something“. Continue reading

In the Footsteps of Rome: Is Renewal Possible?

Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew.

Is renewal/recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I’ve been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years.

Both Western and Eastern Roman Empires faced existential crises that very nearly dissolved the empires hundreds of years before their terminal declines. The Western Roman Empire, beset by the overlapping crises of invasion, civil war, plague and economic upheaval, nearly collapsed in the third century C.E. (Christian Era, what was previously A.D.) — 235 to 284 C.E., fully two hundred years before its final dissolution in the fifth century (circa 476 C.E.). Continue reading

Millennial Offers the True Reason Her Generation is So Fragile

The caricature of the emotionally fragile millennial is a powerful and pervasive one in our culture today.

Theories abound offering explanations as to why many members of this younger generation seems less equipped to deal with conflict and are so easily “offended.” There is the coddling parents hypothesis. The social isolation hypothesis. The Machiavellian hypothesis. And the triumph of feelings hypothesis, to name a few.

In a recent op-ed for Detroit News, millennial Kaylee McGhee offered an insightful explanation of her own: Continue reading

US officials are starting to treat opioid companies like Big Tobacco — and suing them

You can expect more lawsuits against opioid companies in 2017.

It is impossible to talk about the causes of the opioid epidemic without pointing to the manufacturers and distributors that marketed and proliferated these dangerous pills. Yet over the past several years, these multibillion-dollar companies have avoided much in the way of serious accountability.

Until — maybe — now.

This year, multiple lawsuits have been launched against opioid manufacturers and distributors. With the opioid crisis now having resulted in more than 300,000 deadly opioid overdoses since 1999 (greater than the population of Cincinnati), there’s a push to hold accountable the people and companies behind the products that spawned the epidemic. Continue reading

The Summer of ’68

How many of these points can you share? So much of this sounds so familiar…..

When I was 8 during the summer back in the summer of 1968, we’d swim in the bayou, fish all day, live in the woods near my home playing guns (liberals of today would have kittens), football (no helmets or pads), basketball and baseball. We caught crawfish and our dads would boil them in a huge picnic with the corn and potatoes. We’d wave to the shrimp boats and the party boats headed to the Gulf and they’d blow their horns to us on the bank.

I never really watched a lot of TV and never had a reason to do so. I did chores, such as clipping the beautiful hedges that surrounded our parcel like a living fence and mowing the grass under our giant live oak tree with an old push mower. I started mowing the grass when I was 8 and I got an allowance.

My parents had a big, screened in porch that overlooked the bayou and we’d have sleep outs on it. We’d sneak outside and look at the massive amount stars overhead. Continue reading

Government Has Americans Conned Six Ways From Sunday

The environmental obsession to wean the planet off of fossil fuels has blown up into an insanity all its own. Next to man-caused global warming (climate change) the deadly game that governments have played to convince people to disconnect themselves from the wonders of efficient crude oil using the force of government, is the biggest ruse every perpetrated on the masses since the dawn of civilization.

From climate change, to ethanol made out of corn, to wind and solar energy and now to electric cars, these con games have escalated into a full-blown racketeering enterprise where the rich and politicians get richer and the people get poorer …. from a bald-faced lie. Americans especially have been played for suckers because most of these “games” that government and the environmentalists are playing have a second purpose ….. wealth re-distribution to the rest of the world. That was and is what the Paris Climate Accord was all about. Why do you suppose Europe was all for it and moaned and groaned when Trump pulled the plug on the Accord? Europe and the other 192 UN countries want American dollars ….. for free. Trump’s action is probably one of the most sane things an American president has done in decades. Continue reading

Fasciunism II: Chapter Seven ~ Morals & Responsibility

This is an area where the Fasciunists have really taken over. They, along with their lapdog media, have turned to newspeak and perpetuated more big lies. Some call this cultural communism and that may well be how it began. Remember, Fasciunism is a combination of communism and fascism. One large portion of this lie is that you cannot legislate morality. That statement is a lot of hogwash. Murder, rape, assault, battery, theft, robbery; these are all moral issues and there are laws against all of them. Would it not stand to reason that if you could not legislate morality, these things would all be legal? Another lie is that we are told being amoral is fine but being immoral is not. That statement is actually a contradiction and is used just to placate people that do not truly understand the English language. Either that or the people that choose to do what they want and do not want to be told that it is wrong. The reason that it is something of a contradiction is that being amoral you have no parameters so each person gets to judge their own behavior. That means that whatever they do is neither moral nor immoral, it is whatever they choose to call it. Should this go on long enough and reach far enough it could turn the country into total anarchy. I truly believe that this is what the Fasciunists want, then they can take over completely. Continue reading

University of Georgia professor creates ‘stress reduction policy‘…

… so students can change their grades, opt out of group work and only hear positive reinforcement when doing in-class presentations

      Professor ‘Satisfier’

A University of Georgia professor has enacted a ‘stress reduction policy’ aimed at allowing students to choose their own grades in hopes of soothing those who ‘feel unduly stressed’ by their earned ones.

Professor Dr. Richard Watson is teaching two fall business courses and has introduced the policy because ’emotional reactions to stressful situation scan have profound consequences for all involved.’

In an emailed response, Dr. Watson who said that his syllabus haven’t been solidified so the policy isn’t currently listed. ‘There is no such policy on the current web site,’ he said in the email. Continue reading

The iPad is a Far Bigger Threat to Our Children Than Anyone Realizes

Ten years ago, psychologist Sue Palmer predicted the toxic effects of social media. Now she sees a worrying new danger…

When the little girl pointed at the sweets at the checkout, her mother said: ‘No, they’re bad for your teeth.’ So her daughter, who was no more than two, did what small children often do at such times. She threw a tantrum.

What happened next horrified me. The embarrassed mother found her iPad in her bag and thrust it into her daughter’s hands. Peace was restored immediately.

This incident, which happened three years ago, was the first time I saw a tablet computer used as a pacifier. It certainly wasn’t the last. Since then, I’ve seen many tiny children barely able to toddle yet expertly swiping an iPad – not to mention countless teenagers, smartphone in hand, lost to the real world as they tap out texts. Continue reading

More Lonely, Fewer ‘Friends’, Less Sex – Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis…

One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. “We go to the mall,” she said. “Do your parents drop you off?,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where we’re going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.” Continue reading

ROSS: An Argument in Defense of the Right To Carry Arms

Just a few moments ago I hung up the phone from some guy who calls about once a year asking me to donate to some fund to support law enforcement officers across the country. Usually I simply tell them that I cannot afford to contribute at this time, and that ends it. This time, however, I decided to be an asshole about it.

When he began his spiel I interrupted him and said, “I will begin supporting law enforcement when they begin protecting my rights.” There was a moment of silence on the phone, and then he said “What do you mean?” I then said, “If I were to walk outside my home with a pistol strapped to my side, I would be accosted by the first law enforcement officer who saw me. If I did not have a permit I would be arrested; am I not correct in this?” He then said, “Of course, it’s the law.”
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Princeton University allows students to select from SIX gender identities

The online student services interface, which is called TigerHub, lets students choose from one or more of the following genders: ‘Cisgender,’ ‘Genderqueer/gender non-conform[ing],’ ‘Trans/transgender,’ ‘Man,’ ‘Woman,’ and ‘Other’.

‘Students use TigerHub to provide the University with personal information on a confidential basis,’ a university spokesman told Fox News.

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The Fallacy of “Separation of Church and State

The Founding Fathers believed that government’s role in religion should be limited. We cannot discount that the First Amendment begins “Congress shall make no law” either establishing a state religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Rather than articulate an affirmative responsibility for government to protect religion, the Founding Fathers felt it was enough to keep the government out. If nothing else, the language of the First Amendment makes it clear the goal was to restrain government when it came to religion. There is no suggestion the Founders felt the establishment clause and the free exercise clause were in any way competing. Otherwise, why would the Founders include the two clauses together? The point was to keep government out of both realms. Both clauses were needed because it was not sufficient to restrain government from establishing a state religion; government also had to be restrained from any attempt to interfere with religious practices and beliefs. The negative language of the First Amendment does not prohibit Congress from passing a law that promotes religion, provided the judgement does not promote one religion over others. Continue reading

Chromosomes and Common Sense

NOTE: The following was posted on FaceBook and forwarded to me by a very old and trusted resource. Something to consider – for ALL of you. I’ll see you all in a few days. Loading my bait bucket now. ~ JB

The United States Military is not about indulgence, political agendas or pointless self-expression; it’s overriding mission is to mold a group of men (or women) into an effective fighting force designed to achieve a strategical objective with a minimal loss of life. These protocols are not an open invitation to debate, nor a stage for interpretation, for they are intended to instill respect, minimize distractions and foster an undying sense of unity. From the rigid specifications of uniforms to the perilous details of combat training, the single greatest modality of interest to our Armed Forces is that of conformity. Furthermore, any perceived physical weakness or sensory impairment, such as obesity or a lack of visual/auditory acuity, are routine grounds for denying applicants admission. While their unflattering methods and stringent regulations may seem harsh or even unnecessary, they are deeply rooted in scientific observation – psychological precursors and suppressed deviant behaviors – forged by centuries of military training and global conflict. Maintaining a modern army is far more of an applied science focused on cultivating a productive environment…definable roles, unwavering discipline, steadfast resolve and group morale…in lieu of entertaining a social experiment designed to stretch the whimsical boundaries of gender identification. Continue reading

Despite What the Press Says, “Maverick” Mccain Has a Long And Distinguished Record of Horribleness

What sort of person takes a break from taxpayer-funded cancer treatment and flies 2,000 miles to cast a vote that could result in 22 million people losing their health insurance and tens of thousands of them also losing their lives, then makes a big speech about how messed up the whole process is?

Perhaps the same sort of person who relentlessly agitated for an invasion and occupation of Iraq that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and led to millions of others being displaced from their homes?

Or maybe the same sort of person who put personal and party interests ahead of the national interest when he picked the know-nothing, far-right demagogue Sarah Palin, the ur-Trump, as his running mate in 2008?

Meet John Sidney McCain III: veteran Republican senator from Arizona and former GOP presidential candidate, who endured horrific torture and abuse at the hands of the Viet Cong between 1967 and 1973, and who was tragically diagnosed with brain cancer last week — and who has also been a loathsome human being for most of his eight decades on this planet. Continue reading

Americans Oblivious To The Approaching Storm

A while back we attended an evening meeting of over 30 rural landowners, in which a couple of auditors of a land use department were there to collect stories of government abuse, for the purposes of an audit. They got an un-expected ear full. As the two auditors were leaving the meeting, one of them was overheard to say, “I had no idea it was this bad.” One might ask how they could be so blind when the rural landowners of this county had been yelling from the rooftops for years, about the egregious injustices that are being foisted on them by an over-bloated, CITY-RUN, county council. Continue reading

Ross: All It Takes Is 1 Out Of 12

“The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!” ~ Frederic Bastiat, (1850)

I recall when I was taking writing courses, for my high school diploma and then later for college credits, that my instructors would tell me that all formal or official type writing begins with an opening statement. This opening statement is similar in nature to the opening arguments provided by both prosecution and defense attorneys in a criminal trial where the lawyers give an overview of what they hope to prove by the evidence they will provide for the jurors to consider. These opening statements declare the intent of the words that will follow them.

With that in mind, the Preamble to the Constitution is merely an opening statement; a declaration of the reasons why the Constitution itself was being written. It grants no powers in and of itself; a fact affirmed by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in his book, Commentaries on the Constitution, “The preamble never can be resorted to, to enlarge the powers confided to the general government, or any of its departments. It cannot confer any power per se; it can never amount, by implication, to an enlargement of any power expressly given. It can never be the legitimate source of any implied power, when otherwise withdrawn from the constitution. Its true office is to expound the nature, and extent, and application of the powers actually conferred by the constitution, and not substantively to create them.” Continue reading

Fasciunism II: Chapter Six ~ Racism and Immigration

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first use of the word racism in this country, was by an American Fascist, Lawrence Dennis in 1936. It seems that both the word racism and racist came from a German-Jewish medical scientist and author around 1933 or 1934. Does it not seem strange that a word coined in Germany in the thirties and first used here in America by a known Fascist, would become such a catchword for the left wing, politically correct progressives? My feeling is that these words are being used by Fasciunists to provide a starting for what might be called tribal warfare.

Since I first wrote that paragraph in the 1990s much has changed and the tribal warfare may have already started. When you look at groups like The New Black Panthers or Black Lives Matter, It is easy to see where the war has already begun. Continue reading

City Of Chicago Working Around Clock To Clear 18 Inches Of Bullet Casings From Streets

With cartridge accumulations reaching two feet or more in some areas, experts say Chicago is on track for the highest annual ammunition-depth total on record.

Promising that every effort would be made to limit the impact on residents’ day-to-day lives, Chicago officials announced Wednesday that a fleet of plows was working around the clock to clear more than 18 inches of fresh bullet casings that had blanketed the metropolitan area overnight.

Sources at the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation confirmed that over 250 ammunition-removal vehicles had been deployed to deal with the knee-deep layer of spent cartridges, which have been steadily accumulating on Chicago’s streets, alleys, and pedestrian walkways since the previous evening. Continue reading

Ross: Our Government Is Evil

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke

“…or that people ignore the fact that the evil exists.” ~ Neal Ross

There are a great many things which bother me with people today, but at the very top of that long list is the fact that very few people are willing to consider any facts which may shatter the illusion that the government we have is benevolent and has their best interests in mind. When people align themselves behind political parties, or more specifically, agendas, they become blind to the atrocities committed by their party and government as an entity.

Take for instance the endless push to find some proof that the election of Donald Trump was the result of Russian interference in the election process itself. Those on the left who oppose Trump push this as their mantra while the news media gives the story credence by their endless reporting on it.

It’s funny that at the end of the day on 9/11 we knew more about who committed those terrorist acts than we do now after 6 months of investigating the Trump/Russia connection. Yet a great many people still continue to believe that some connection exists, and that Hillary lost the election to Trump due to Russian interference in our election process. I don’t know if these people are simply sore losers or if they are truly upset that the possibility exists that our election process was tampered with by outsiders. Continue reading

Allsup: The Girl Who Didn’t Line Up

Reesa was lost in golden October. Shining maple trees bridged the concrete walk down the gentle hill. Brown-gold fallen leaves carpeted the hillside. Bright gold leaves floated toward this mottled carpet where, upon landing, they glittered like brilliant stars.

Alone in this golden splendor, Reesa seemed unaware that she should be with her classmates. Tall, slender, and light on her feet, she danced gleefully from falling leaf to falling leaf, catching a dazzling yellow bouquet of falling stars.

I was tempted to open the door and call out to Reesa. I knew I had only seconds before I must return to the classroom or risk disruption. But I didn’t call out. I wanted Reesa to learn to line up with the class. But I also wanted her to have this sacred moment. I made one of the one thousand judgment calls a teacher in a wonder-centered school makes each day. I just waited.
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Benson: Open Letter to President Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

You may well be already aware of what I am going to say here, but I felt the need to say it anyway. Lest it come across to you in the wrong manner, let me state that my wife and I both voted for you, and we pray for you, that what you are trying to do will be successful. There are people in your own administration that cannot honestly say that much.

Regarding this entire “Russian collusion” narrative you have asked several good questions which I need to comment briefly on. It should be obvious to you that Mr. Mueller, in some vain attempt to tie you to something illegal or treasonous, will investigate you, your family, your friends, including all the family pets (to see if you ever owned a Russian wolfhound) back for at least three generations, and no matter how tenuous whatever they manage to dig up is, it will be parroted by the mainstream media as a world crime of gigantic proportions. I think we both realize that. Continue reading

Equity and Social Justice – Democrats Tool For Perpetual Power

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Our guilty conscience is working overtime these days. It seems, according to many politicians and pundits, that we and the rest of productive humanity, are somehow responsible for the inequities and social injustices being perpetrated on the poor, who are trapped in “poor-dom”, by those of us who are a little better well off. The pundits and politicians want to rectify this tragic injustice (and have) by doing what the socialist Karl Marx advanced, and that is to “take from those with the greatest capability (those of us who are a little better well off) and turn our sweat, blood, tears, effort and money over to those with the greatest need”, you know, those poor folks who are forever trapped in “poor-dom.” Who gets the job of turning our tax money over to those hapless victims, the government of course, the great champion of the poor, the aged and the downtrodden, or the Blacks, Latinos and the LGBT crowd ….. in exchange for votes. Continue reading

FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

Too bad these thieves and traitors didn’t take the hammers to their own heads.

This is stolen property – paid for by the taxpayers and no way should these thieves get any of it back. It should be used as evidence to prosecute them all and sentenced them to life plus 50 years – in isolation so they can’t even talk to each other and no visitors ever. One meal a day and a bath once a month. Oh – and make room for Hillary to be included in all this.

Oh, It is hard to find someone uglier than Chelsea but Wasserman wins the contest, IMHO~ Jackie Juntti

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Continue reading

Tesla battery, subsidy and sustainability fantasies

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Tesla sales have plummeted to near zero in Hong Kong and Denmark, as generous subsidies evaporated. Its $7,500-per-car federal rebate (taxpayer subsidy) is about to start its death spiral. So California is halfway toward enacting legislation that would provide $3 billion in state point-of-sale rebates: as much as $30,000 or even $40,000 per car. The legislature apparently wants to continue ensuring that all families help perpetuate programs that thus far have transferred 90% of all electric car subsidies to the wealthiest 20% of families.

Meanwhile, ardent renewable energy aficionados insist that the key to a wind and solar future is battery backup systems … which are just around the corner. Not so fast, says technology guru Mark Mills. Storing 12 hours worth of household and business electricity demand per day, plus charging up 1.4 billion currently gasoline-powered vehicles, would require 1,250 years of production from every existing lithium battery factory worldwide. It’s not going to happen, he says. And that’s just the beginning of the subsidy and sustainability fantasies we must deal with. ~ Paul Driessen
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Fasciunism II: Chapter Five ~ The Financial Aspect

The world of high finance is actually the power and brains behind the Fasciunism movement and it is a movement. Through the Trilateral Commission, the CFR and somewhat the Bilderberg and other lesser known national and international organizations, they attempt to control and most of the time do control what goes on in this country. These are the super-rich of the world and they feel it is their privilege to tell the United States and the rest of the world how it should run. They have been successful in Europe, creating the European Union. Just look at the terrorism there because of the no borders policy. More on this aspect of it later. Most of the very wealthy people in power are left wing ideologues. They know that Communism and Fascism do not work in the long run. However, they will profit from either ism, thus Fasciunism. These are billionaires like Warren Buffet and George Soros. Soros has his fingers in every anti-American organization on the planet. He funds such groups a Black Lives Matters, AMTIFA and others. He was a big funder of occupy Wall Street. He has no favorites; he funds communist groups, fascist groups, anarchist groups and any other group that is anti-American. My feeling is that he is behind at least ninety percent of the anti-Trump demonstrations and the pro-illegal immigrant demonstrations. Continue reading

Ross: What A Complete Waste of My Time!

Sometime in 2011 my friend, Jeffrey Bennett, suggested I compile four or five articles from each of the subjects I had been writing upon and submit them to him for publication in book form. The result of this project was my first book, Ross Unmasked: An Angry American Speaks Out. When I finally held a finished copy of the book in my hands I was proud of the fact that I had finally become a published author. Now, five years after publication, I look back and find the title a bit misleading as I was not truly angry at the time it was published. However, that was then and this is now; and let me tell you, anger doesn’t come close to describing how I often feel.

The subject matter I write about is not that difficult to understand; at least not if you graduated from high school with a certain degree of literacy. The hard part, at least for me anyway, was in accepting what I was reading when it conflicted with what I had been taught. After all, what good is knowledge if one does not put it to use? If one encounters facts which contradict with their existing beliefs they have but two choices; they can either change their existing beliefs to conform to the facts they have learned, or they can reject the facts they have learned and go on believing falsehoods. Continue reading