TRUTH, FICTION AND CENSORSHIP

June 26, 2020

I choose to believe I’m a pragmatist; a reasoning individual with the ability to research, retrieve and analyze information to deduce the truth. I seek the far-fetched as well as that which seems apparent for often there are underlying facts common to both. This, in my opinion, is how free thinking people gain useful knowledge. I refuse to blindly accept what is put in front of me by the major and multiple daily sources just because it’s loudly and frequently expressed.

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Joseph Goebbels, Hitler propagandist

With the exceptions of extreme violence, inciting violence or highly derogatory language that is meant to be directly offensive and deliberately harmful, I believe all voices should and must be heard. However, that is not the case for many forums and venues. Cable news and print media (in general) and the social media milieu seem to be the platforms claiming tolerance, acceptance and diversity of thought. They, however, are the very ones who censor, delete, demonetize and omit any communication that does not fit the doctrine to which they subscribe.

Forming and holding opinions other than those promoted by the above does not make one a conspiracy theorist, bigot or partisan hack. Offering a second opinion to a discussion does not mean that a person is spreading misinformation or disinformation. Likewise, beliefs expressed, advanced and promoted by only one thought genre does not guarantee truthfulness. The excuse, “violation of community standards” serves only to identify that there is only one social or political ideology accepted.

Remember when we were told that “Seventeen intelligence agencies agreed that Russians ran an extensive information war against Hillary’s campaign to influence voters in the election”? That was carried by all of the above named platforms as if it were true. It wasn’t. The unfounded theory was simply presented by DNI James Clapper, the head of those seventeen intelligence agencies.

In fact, not only was the premise false but only three of the seventeen intelligence agencies agreed. And the heads of those agencies constituted what I consider a subversive cabal within the D.C. bureaucracy. Postings disputing the left-wing statements were summarily dispatched by the social media platforms as false or misleading information. We now know that the three confirming agencies were trying to disseminate falsehoods in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign. The platforms accepted the statements because they promoted their preferred convictions.

So, as you peruse various articles, essays and videos, remember that there is an implied credibility with repetition. That does not make a statement or presentation true, it simply means it’s repeatable. It’s a brainwashing technique that is often used in marketing and especially in politics.

Before you like or repeat something “trending on” Twitter or Facebook or forward an article in your favorite newspaper or online source, you might want to look a bit further. Blindly accepting a single line, no matter how many times it has been presented can make a fool of you.

If you refuse to see a second side of any proposition, ignorance is your choice.

I DON’T WANT TO BE RACIST ANYMORE

June 24, 2020

I don’t know when or how I became a racist; I don’t remember the transition. I do know that I’m now told that I’m racist even if I don’t recognize it in myself. I’m a Cisgender white male…thus, racist.

I do remember that as a kid growing up in San Diego, CA, I went to school with and played after school with a lot of kids. Some of my classmates and playmates were Mexican and black kids (back then they were most commonly referred to as Negroes). There was a Japanese boy and a couple of kids whose parents were from China. We all interacted as if we were kids. Nobody told us that we were supposed to treat each other differently, so we didn’t. Yes, some people in the neighborhood had darker or lighter skin than others, but marbles were marbles and everybody played hide and seek the same way.

I lived most of my life interacting with people from around the world ignorant of the fact that I was supposed to dislike them or treat them different because they were taller or shorter than I was or spoke with an accent different from mine.

About the only time in my life that I can recall treating others differently was the time I spent in South East Asia between 1967 and 1969. Even then it was only some people. They were the ones shooting at me and my team. The rest of the people in the cities and country were good, hard-working, friendly, very pleasant and likable people. Despite the fact that we spoke different languages we were generally able to communicate and enjoy one another.

Throughout my working years I worked with people from many countries. As I moved into management, I hired people for their talents, skills and abilities. It didn’t matter to me if the right person was female or male or of Hispanic, Oriental, African, Pacific Island, Scandinavian, European or whatever descent. Some of my co-workers or employees were gay. We all got along fine. If they were right for the job, they got the job. Everybody was paid commensurate to their position, their merit and contribution to the company.

I have voted for Democrats and Republicans of various ethnic backgrounds. I once worked on Mason Weaver’s bid for a California Assembly seat. Obviously, that was long before I became racist.

Somehow though, in the past few years, all that changed. Fifty or sixty years of being a level-headed and unbiased human and in just the past few years, maybe a decade, I have become a racist. I don’t understand how it happened. I don’t feel any different. I don’t look at the world any different. I don’t treat individuals any different. Yet here I am now, a racist.

The only thing I can think is that I haven’t changed, the population around me is now ignorantly indoctrinated. They’ve been taught to shout “RACIST” when we don’t agree and they can’t provide any logic or fact to back their argument.

I believe the people calling me racist are trying to create a divide. They want me to dislike or even hate others because of real or perceived differences rather than accept and appreciate my fellow humans for our similarities and respective uniqueness. They do not know me and don’t want to know me because I think for myself and question “Why?” when I’m told I should think a certain way. Too many people do not.

Hmm, perhaps those calling me racist are truly the racists.

PRIVILEGE

June 22, 2020

It’s amazing to me how some people can find racism hiding behind every word written or spoken unless it is from their own pen, keyboard or mouth.

Mayor Ben Rozier of Bloomingdale, GA was asked to resign over a Facebook post that was perceived as racist. Here’s what Rozier wrote:

What is privilege?….

Privilege” is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.

Privilege” is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.

Privilege” is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for.

Privilege” is living in subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.

Privilege” is the ability to go march against, and protest anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.

“Privilege” is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and [to] be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.

“Privilege” is sending your kids to school early for the before-school programs and breakfast, and then keeping them there for the after-school program…paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! …you know, us so-called ‘PRIVILEGED’ the ones who pay while you TAKE TAKE TAKE!

This, of course, is a call-out by people without color who want to deepen the chasm between people like themselves and people of color in the name of diversity. To imply that there is anything inherently racist in the wording above is, in itself, racist.

As a rational individual, I see no reference to any ethnicity or heritage. A person has to interject their own bias into the wording in order for there to be an inkling of racism. It’s nothing like Joe Biden saying, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” There’s no mistaking the thoughts behind that statement.

As one not seeking to divide the people of this or any other nation to specifically cause a confrontation, I read this posting somewhat differently. I see this as a frustration coming from one who is tired of paying exorbitant taxes only to hear people complain that their government entitlements are insufficient.

*I might also add to Rozier’s rant that anyone who has thousands of dollars in tattoos and piercings or has drugs in their system while drawing a monthly government stipend is also advantaged by privilege.

IDIOT! YOU VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERED YOUR PRIVACY

June 14, 2020

I remember thinking some fourteen or fifteen years ago that some people were asking for trouble with their Facebook postings. In particular was the case where a friend said he was going to the store, so he would be gone for about an hour. I thought “What a fool, now everybody knows his apartment is empty and ripe for burglary”. That was the first thought off the top of my head.

It wasn’t long after that that I read a news article about an upscale home that was burglarized while both parents were at work late and the kids were with friends. Police suspected that the thieves knew the home would be vacant because of a posting made by the wife just prior to leaving for work that morning.

Since then it has happened many times. People wanting to share their lives on social media volunteer too much information about themselves. Discussing the subject with friends and relatives I have many times over, encountered replies like, “I don’t really care” and “I have nothing to hide”. Yeah, those responses work only so long as some Social Justice Warrior doesn’t notice something you thought little of.

A couple of days ago I read an article about a virtual learning situation wherein police were called to a home due to an object on the wall behind the student.  The article got me thinking once again.

How many Instagram selfies identify the immediate location where the sender is at a particular time? Is the person or people at home or does the church in the background indicate a location ten, twenty or a hundred miles from home. Can the selfie be used as an alibi if needed or perhaps inadvertently implicate the portrait taker? We’ve all recently heard about violators picked up by the police within days and even hours after a video was taken at the time of the theft or hit and run accident.

Other people recording activity of friends or relatives can also negligently affect their lives. Why did you call in sick on the day this picture was taken of you at the Dodgers game? Your fired! Why did you say you were working late when you were at Jake’s Bar?

If the police can become involved because of an innocent BB gun, not being brandished just hanging on the wall behind a student, what can happen if your three-year-old daughter runs naked through the background when you’re live streaming a job interview? Might someone alert authorities of possible child neglect, endangerment or maybe even child pornography? Just one SJW complaint and you are stigmatized for life.

It’s one thing for social media operatives to censor certain postings for political or other agenda purposes. If we’re aware that happens, we have the choice to use other methods to make passionate statements. Now, however, we live in an emotionally volatile world. We must live in a clean room environment (verbally and physically) to avoid having our lives disrupted by some snowflake that doesn’t agree with a thought expressed in an open forum.

In today’s society it is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid being politically incorrect. Someone, somewhere, with a different viewpoint will find a way to identify any one of us as a violator. They will even turn on their own for the slightest impropriety. It makes the progressive soldiers feel superior in their own limited world.

ABOLISH ICE – DEFUND POLICE

June 8, 2020

Police, under orders from either mayor, council or governor, are now standing down during riots and observing the destruction of buildings and humanity. In some cases, they are not even present when crimes are committed. In other cases, they simply watch it taking place and protect themselves from the bricks and bottles thrown at them. In either case they are not doing the job of protecting law abiding citizens and property from abuse and vandalism. This is happening in the very cities where the most destruction occurs.

The Minneapolis city council has decided to dismantle the police department and replace it with a “transformative new model of public safety”. Other Democrat run cities have proposed reduced funding to their police departments and relegating that savings to other community service agencies.

Understand now, the same people are proposing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be abolished. They want to restrain the Border Patrol and allow anybody into this country for any reason, unchecked. They are of the same mindset as the leaders of the FBI who unlawfully spied on and destroyed innocent U.S. citizens for partisan political purposes. And, while deconstructing our system of laws and enforcement, they want to severely limit the ability for upstanding citizens to protect themselves and their families from violence and mayhem.

These are the same people who continually send more and more money to the failing school systems only to have the students continue to perform poorly when tested. They have taken discipline out of the learning element so classroom disruption is commonplace.

They are the same people who believe paying postal carriers more per hour with increased retirement benefits to dump ballots in the trash will make the post office better. They are the ones who want bailouts for cities and states that have accumulated mounds of debt by mismanaging budgets for decades.

For those of like mindset, it is okay for a truck to unload a pallet of bricks or 4” river stones in the middle of the night in preparation for the following day’s “peaceful protests”, but it is not acceptable for a proprietor to defend his store and merchandise.

We are looking at the worst of times coming to your neighborhood soon. Anarchy is in the making with governors and mayors calling for churches to be locked and shuttered while liquor stores are allowed to continue business as usual. When we, the upstanding citizens, are issued $500 fines for sitting on dry sand at the beach on a sunny day while looting is forgiven there is soon to be push back. Emotional and physical restraint will only be possible for a while and that time frame is nearing the end.

Be prepared for aggression against the populace and vigilante justice countering those attacks. The recent riots, burning and looting will look calm when there are no police to respond. The unarmed public service emissaries sheathed in their pastel flower-patterned, puffy sleeve shirts will cower in their fourth floor offices to observe the confrontation between Antifa and the Proud Boys on the streets below.

There is little question, in my mind, that once the nihilists recognize their new found and uncurbed power, the socialists who caused it to happen will rue their instigative actions. The rebels will demand to reign.