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america is on the brink of a nervous breakdown

friday, november 9th, 2018

yet another shooting, last week. (And another, this week.)

Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred and violence.

Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more widespread mental health screening of the general population, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more gun control measures, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at so-called soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do more stop-and-frisk searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more government monitoring of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.

All of these measures play into the government’s hands.

All of these measures add up to more government power, less real security and far less freedom.

As we have learned the hard way, the phantom promise of safety in exchange for restricted or regulated liberty is a false, misguided doctrine that has no basis in the truth.

Things are falling apart.

When things start to fall apart or implode, ask yourself: who stands to benefit?

In most cases, it’s the government that stands to benefit by amassing greater powers at the citizenry’s expense.

No ones' Life, Liberty or Property is safe, while the legislature is in session.

Unfortunately, the government’s answer to civil unrest and societal violence, as always, will lead us further down the road we’ve travelled since 9/11 towards totalitarianism and away from freedom.

With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that not only terrorizes the public but also destabilizes the country’s fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.

Clearly, America is being pushed to the brink of a national nervous breakdown.

This breakdown—triggered by polarizing circus politics, media-fed mass hysteria, racism, classism, xenophobia, militarization and militainment (the selling of war and violence as entertainment), a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of growing government corruption and brutality, and a growing economic divide that has much of the population struggling to get by—is manifesting itself in madness, mayhem and an utter disregard for the very principles and liberties that have kept us out of the clutches of totalitarianism for so long.

Yet there is a method to this madness.

Remember, authoritarian regimes begin with incremental steps. Overcriminalization, surveillance of innocent citizens, imprisonment for nonviolent—victimless—crimes, etc. Bit by bit, the citizenry finds its freedoms being curtailed and undermined for the sake of national security. And slowly the populace begins to submit.

No one speaks up for those being targeted.

No one resists these minor acts of oppression.

No one recognizes the indoctrination into tyranny for what it is.

Historically this failure to speak truth to power has resulted in whole populations being conditioned to tolerate unspoken cruelty toward their fellow human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people remain silent and disengaged—mere onlookers—in the face of abject horrors and injustice.

Time has insulated us from the violence perpetrated by past regimes in their pursuit of power: the crucifixion and slaughter of innocents by the Romans, the torture of the Inquisition, the atrocities of the Nazis, the butchery of the Fascists, the bloodshed by the Communists, and the cold-blooded war machines run by the military industrial complex.

We can disassociate from such violence.

We can convince ourselves that we are somehow different from the victims of government abuse.

We can continue to spout empty campaign rhetoric about how great America is, despite the evidence to the contrary.

We can avoid responsibility for holding the government accountable.

We can zip our lips and bind our hands and shut our eyes.

In other words, we can continue to exist in a state of denial.

Whatever we do or don’t do, it won’t change the facts: the nation is imploding, and our republic is being pushed ever closer to martial law.

As Vann R. Newkirk II writes for the Atlantic:

Trumpism demands that violence be solved by local militarization: increased security at schools, the arming of teachers, and now, the adoption of guns in places intended quite literally to be sanctuaries from the scourges of the world. Taken altogether, what Trumpism seems to intend is the creation—or perhaps the expansion—of the machinery of a police state

In facing what appears to be a rising tide of violence—a tide that Trump himself elevates and encourages—the prescription of arms merely capitulates to the demands of that bloodshed. The purpose of political violence and terrorism is not necessarily to eliminate or even always to create body counts, but to disempower people, to spread the contagion of fear, to splinter communities into self-preserving bunkers, and to invalidate the very idea that a common destiny is even possible. Mandates to arm people accelerate this process. They inherently promote the idea that society cannot reduce the global level of harm, and promote the authoritarian impulses of people seeking order.

Where Newkirk misses the point is by placing the blame squarely on the Trump Administration.

This shift towards totalitarianism and martial law started long before Trump, set in motion by powers-that-be that see the government as a means to an end: power and profit.

As Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, recognized years ago, “Adolf Hitler is alive and well in the United States, and he is fast rising to power.”

Roberts was not comparing Trump to Hitler, as so many today are wont to do.

Rather, he was comparing the American Police State to the Nazi Third Reich, which is a far more apt comparison.

After all, U.S. government agencies—the FBI, CIA and the military—have fully embraced many of the Nazi’s well-honed policing tactics and have used them repeatedly against American citizens for years now.

Indeed, with every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment. Indoctrination. Indefinite detention.

These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme. Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where the only law that counts comes in the form of heavy-handed, unilateral dictates from a supreme ruler who uses a secret police to control the populace.

The empowerment of the Gestapo, Germany’s secret police, tracked with the rise of the Nazi regime in much the same way that the rise of the American police state corresponds to the decline of freedom in America.

How did the Gestapo become the terror of the Third Reich?

It did so by creating a sophisticated surveillance and law enforcement system that relied for its success on the cooperation of the military, the police, the intelligence community, neighborhood watchdogs, government workers for the post office and railroads, ordinary civil servants, and a nation of snitches inclined to report “rumors, deviant behavior, or even just loose talk.”

In other words, ordinary citizens working with government agents helped create the monster that became Nazi Germany. Writing for the New York Times, Barry Ewen paints a particularly chilling portrait of how an entire nation becomes complicit in its own downfall by looking the other way:

In what may be his most provocative statement, [author Eric A.] Johnson says that ‘‘most Germans may not even have realized until very late in the war, if ever, that they were living in a vile dictatorship.’’ This is not to say that they were unaware of the Holocaust; Johnson demonstrates that millions of Germans must have known at least some of the truth. But, he concludes, ‘‘a tacit Faustian bargain was struck between the regime and the citizenry.’’ The government looked the other way when petty crimes were being committed. Ordinary Germans looked the other way when Jews were being rounded up and murdered; they abetted one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century not through active collaboration but through passivity, denial and indifference.

Much like the German people, “we the people” have become passive, polarized, gullible, easily manipulated, and lacking in critical thinking skills.  Distracted by entertainment spectacles, politics and screen devices, we too are complicit, silent partners in creating a police state similar to the terror practiced by former regimes.

Can the Fourth Reich happen here?

It’s already happening right under our noses. Much like the German people, “we the people” are all too inclined to “look the other way.”

In our state of passivity, denial and indifference, here are some of the looming problems we’re ignoring:

Our government is massively in debt. Currently, the national debt is somewhere in the vicinity of $21 trillion. Approximately half of our debt is owned by foreign countries, namely China, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Our education system is abysmal. Despite the fact that we spend more than most of the world on education, we rank 36th in the world when it comes to math, reading and science, far below most of our Asian counterparts. Even so, we continue to insist on standardized programs such as Common Core, which teach students to be test-takers rather than thinkers.

Our homes provide little protection against government intrusions. Police agencies, already empowered to crash through your door if they suspect you’re up to no good, now have radar devices that allow them to “see” through the walls of our homes.

Our prisons, housing the largest number of inmates in the world and still growing, have become money-making enterprises for private corporations that rely on the inmates for cheap labor.

We are no longer a representative republic. The U.S. has become a corporate oligarchy. As a recent academic survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen.

We’ve got the most expensive, least effective health care system in the world compared to other western, industrialized nations.

The air pollution levels are dangerously high for almost half of the U.S. population, putting Americans at greater risk of premature death, aggravated asthma, difficulty breathing and future cardiovascular problems.

Despite outlandish amounts of money being spent on the nation’s “infrastructure,” there are more than 63,000 bridges—one out of every 10 bridges in the country—in urgent need of repair. Some of these bridges are used 250 million times a day by trucks, school buses, passenger cars and other vehicles.

Americans know little to nothing about their rights or how the government is supposed to operate. This includes educators and politicians. For example, 27 percent of elected officials cannot name even one right or freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment, while 54 percent do not know the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war.

Nearly one out of every three American children live in poverty, ranking us among the worst in the developed world.

Patrolled by police, our schools have become little more than quasi-prisons in which kids as young as age 4 are being handcuffed for “acting up,” subjected to body searches and lockdowns, and suspended for childish behavior.

We’re no longer innocent until proven guilty.  In our present surveillance state, that burden of proof has now been shifted so that we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing.

Parents, no longer viewed as having an inherent right to raise their children as they see fit, are increasingly being arrested for letting their kids walk to the playground alone, or play outside alone. Similarly, parents who challenge a doctor’s finding or request a second opinion regarding their children’s health care needs are being charged with medical child abuse and, in a growing number of cases, losing custody of their children to the government.

Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family. Likewise, if government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property.

Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Accounts are on the rise of individuals—men and women alike—being subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.

Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. The courts were established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet the courts increasingly march in lockstep with the police state, while concerning themselves primarily with advancing the government’s agenda, no matter how unjust or unconstitutional.

Americans have no protection against police abuse. It is no longer unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later. What is increasingly common, however, is the news that the officers involved in these incidents get off with little more than a slap on the hands.

If there is any absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. This is true, whether you’re talking about taxpayers being forced to fund high-priced weaponry that will be used against us, endless wars that do little for our safety or our freedoms, or bloated government agencies such as the National Security Agency with its secret budgets, covert agendas and clandestine activities. Rubbing salt in the wound, even monetary awards in lawsuits against government officials who are found guilty of wrongdoing are paid with taxpayer funds.

Americans are powerless in the face of militarized police. In early America, government agents were not permitted to enter one’s home without permission or in a deceitful manner. And citizens could resist arrest when a police officer tried to restrain them without proper justification or a warrant. Daring to dispute a warrant with a police official today who is armed with high-tech military weapons would be nothing short of suicidal. Moreover, as police forces across the country continue to be transformed into extensions of the military, Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield.

Now these are not problems that you can just throw money at, as most politicians are inclined to do.

These are problems that will continue to plague our nation—and be conveniently ignored by politicians—unless and until Americans wake up to the fact that we’re the only ones who can change things.

We’re caught in a vicious cycle right now between terror and fear and distraction and hate and partisan politics and an inescapable longing for a time when life was simpler and people were kinder and the government was less of a monster.

Our prolonged exposure to the American police state is not helping.

As always, the solution to most problems must start locally, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our communities.

We’ve got to refrain from the toxic us vs. them rhetoric that is consuming the nation.

We’ve got to work harder to build bridges, instead of burning them to the ground.

We’ve got to learn to stop bottling up dissent and disagreeable ideas and learn how to work through our disagreements without violence.

We’ve got to de-militarize our police and lower the levels of violence here and abroad, whether it’s violence we export to other countries, violence we glorify in entertainment, or violence we revel in when it’s leveled at our so-called enemies, politically or otherwise.

For starters, we’ll need to actually pay attention to what’s going on around us, and I don’t mean by turning on the TV news. That will get you nowhere. It’s a mere distraction from what is really going on. In other words, if you’re watching, that means you’re not doing. It’s time to get active.

Pay attention to what your local city councils are enacting.

Pay attention to what your school officials are teaching and not teaching.

Pay attention to whom your elected officials are giving access and currying favor.

Most of all, stop acting like it really matters whether you vote for a Republican or Democrat, because in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t.

While you’re at it, start acting like citizens who expect the government to work for them, rather than the other way around. While that bloated beast called the federal government may not listen to you without a great deal of activism and effort brought to bear, you can have a great—and more immediate—impact on your local governing bodies.

This will mean gathering together with your friends and neighbors and, for example, forcing your local city council to start opposing state and federal programs that are ripping you off. And if need be, your local city council can refuse to abide by the dictates that continue to flow from Washington, DC. In other words, nullify everything the government does that is illegitimate, egregious or blatantly unconstitutional.

Finally, remember that when you strip away all of the things that serve to divide us, we're no different underneath: we all bleed red, and we all suffer when violence becomes the government’s calling card.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the oppression and injustice—be it in the form of shootings, surveillance, fines, asset forfeiture, prison terms, roadside searches, and so on—will come to all of us eventually unless we do something to stop it now.

Unless we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters and fellow citizens, we will perish as tools and prisoners of the American police state.

© October 29, 2018 By John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute.

A Day In The Life.

I slept-in Friday until 5a, made coffee and had a smoke in the garage, as it was raining and a warmish 67°F outside. I checked the weather and news, and it looked to be a very wet day ahead. I was feeling fine after my ERCP Endoscopy Operation yesterday, at PSU-Hershey Hospital, with no pain, internal bleeding or any other symptoms. I had made-up a list of places to go to get errands done: Weis Market for food shopping, DeVono's Cleaners for laundered/pressed shirts, Michael's for 3 pics of Mom, Dad and our Family from the 50s, and Best Buy to check into a 3yr warranty for my upcoming 82" Samsung TV purchase/installation on Nov 19th. Rain and t-storms or not, I'm out the door at 8:30a.

If you try to please everyone, no one will like it.

Michael's framing job wasn't up to my standards, so I returned the 3 Shelley Family pics to get wire, instead of idiotic side hangers, installed on the backs. Same for the triangular frame for the US Flag from the 21-gun salute to Dad, on Sat, Oct 13th: it needed wire for hanging, not triangle loops. Time, the Master Refinisher & Carpenter was at my house working on the kitchen cabinets and basement butcherblock table. With Tim's work van in my driveway, I unloaded groceries, parked down the street in a visitor's spot, and had some lunch. Then, back out to get the dry cleaning, give a stranded old WWII Navy Vet a lift home, a few miles away, from Weis Market (my BSA Good Deed for the day), who'd been waiting 35mins for a cab to arrive. The monsoon rains arrived around 3. Tim finished at 4, Becky stopped by with lobster-stuffed Ravioli and Panera's Autumn Squash Bisque from Sam's Club, and I called it a day around 10p, as the torrential rain pounded the skylights and windows.

I slept well, until 6:30a on Saturday, and at least it wasn't pouring outside. It's staying dark until 7:30a now, and Winter's not too far away. I made a new coffee, Kenyan AA, but after the 2 weeks of Jamaican Blue Mountain, nothing's quite as good, or expensive. Oh shit, time to set our clocks back 1 hour, again since 1966, as DST ends. At almost 69, it's going to take my Circadian Rhythm 2-3 weeks to get used to the change, since I always get up before sunrise. I ran several errands in the morning. Dad's Victorian Desk from his former office, was delivered by Kevin, who's done a lot of moving for Becky and Dad, when he moved from the ol' Stone House on Frelen Rd, in York, to the condo next to Becky. I spent the evening watching CATV shows on "Velocity Channel", cooking-up some Lobster & Cheese Ravioli from these folks' products, w/ butter and Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, resetting all clocks (back), and calling it a day around 10p.

Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.

Up at 6:30a (really 7:30 since DST went into effect last night) on Sunday, I made coffee w/ Half & Half only, and it was a brisk 34°F outside. I grabbed my usual morning shower, looked at my "to do list", and went out into the bright, sunny day. I put my back seat down in the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with 60cuft of cargo space, and removed my BOB (Bug Out Bag) and crate of misc equipment, and put the 2 very large empty boxes in, to take to Becky's, for recycle pick-up. She has a 2-car garage and can store them until Wednesday, her garbage p/u day. My single-car garage is overloaded. Sure was nice when I had the Ol' Garden Center & Nursery, with its "burn pile" and I could easily dispose of crap and debris, that I didn't need or want. I also stopped at Wal-Mart to get an cup holder ashtray. The local NAPA store told me to try that store, since they didn't carry the item. It was a Wal-Mart Mega-Super Center of over 5ac, and I was tired by the time I got back to the self-check-out lane. I had to leave a trail of gumdrops just to find my way out of that friggin' store.

On The Velocity Channel

After some other errands, I went home, started loads of laundry, watched a NASCAR 500 mile race from Texas Motor Speedway's oval, and hung small and medium pictures. I have Kevin and Dave coming back to help me with the really heavy mirrors and large pictures, after Nov 14th when the 82" Samsung TV is installed on the Living Room wall. It was dark by 5:15p, so I stayed-in and will finish-up some projects, tomorrow. Besides, it's Sunday and not many places, which I need to go to, are even open. I'm up to 161-lbs, from 134, and need to get to 175. I called it a day at 11p, after watching some of History Channel's old episodes of "American Pickers", and the new season of "Iron Resurrection" on The Velocity Channel.

The pounding rain on my condo's 4 skylights and windows woke me at 6a, on Monday. 46°F and it was too cold and wet to go outside for a smoke, so I use the garage, and then open the door to air it out. I made a carafe of Kenyan AA Coffee, used fat-free Half & Half (tastes like 2% milk), have stopped drinking whole milk, and eating fatty foods (on my GI surgeon, Dr Moyer's advice). Sucks to be me. I checked the weather and news. Jeeeez, I'm getting 15-20 marketing center and robo political calls, per hour, daily now. I'm seriously thinking about disconnecting the Verizon landline, and just using my cellphone, to get away from that incessant crap. And no, on Monday evening, I still have no predictions on how the Mid-Term Election will turn-out.

So many faces in and out of my life. Some will last; some will just be now and then.

It's rained all day, and still coming down; the ground is so over-saturated that it's running back from lawns into the streets, and going down the storm sewers, into retention ponds in this area. I drove by the Codorus Creek – anywhere from 30-100ft wide – this afternoon, and it was nearly at flood stage. More rain and heavy t-storms are predicted for tomorrow, Tuesday, and if brooks, creeks, streams and the Susquehanna River breach their banks, many roads will be closed and flooding will be prevalent. In any case, I'll avoid those areas until the water recede. I watched "American Pickers" on History Channel, and some car-related shows on Velocity Channel on CATV, and closed down at 10:30p.

Awake and up at 6:30a on Tuesday, I made coffee and oatmeal, and got an email from the York County Voter Registration Office, downtown: I would NOT be able to vote, since I was a "Registered Conservative". Only Republicans and Democrats are allowed to vote in Mid-Term Elections, according to PA State Law. Last week, I'd applied to that office – both online and by mail – to change my registration to Republican, but it was too late, as they just received it yesterday; they need 20-30 days to process, issue a card and get me on the printed rolls at my local voting polling place. Damn, first General or Mid-Term Election I've missed, since I started voting in 1974. No use in crying about spilt milk; nothing I could have done to speed things up.

Dear John D.M. Shelley II,
Thank you for using the Pennsylvania Department of State Online Voter Registration webpage.
The York County Voter Registration Office received your voter application on Nov 05, 2018 7:17:35 AM however, it was received too late for the upcoming 2018 GENERAL ELECTION scheduled to occur on 11/06/2018. Your application will be processed after the election.
Your Name: JOHN D.M. SHELLEY II
Street Address: 109 CARRIAGE HILL LN YORK, PA 17406
County: YORK
Political Party: REPUBLICAN
The application number for this application is: 0000000
You may track your application status through the "Find Voter Application Status" webpage.
If you have questions concerning your voter application, please contact York County at (717) 771-9604.
Thank you.
****Please do not reply to this email.****

It was a raw 52°F, rained all-day, backed-up storm drains in the streets, flooded streets everywhere, overflowing retention ponds, creeks, brooks and streams, but neither the large Codorus Creek or massive Susquehanna River had breached their banks in any nearby towns, yet. I went to Weis Market, Franklin Stevens Jewelers to get links put back into my 1978 Rolex GMT Master 1675 Watches' Jubilee Band, since I'd gained weight and it was now too tight, and finally over to Home Depot to p/u a box of single-blade razors, and then home in a monsoon rain. I stayed in for the evening, heated-up some Gen Tsao's Chicken and pork-fried rice, watched CATV and listened to election results. Nothing will be settled until tomorrow. Maybe. I lasted until 11:30p, took my Rxs, including my usual "Ambien" 12.5mg CR pill, and went to sleep. I'll check the "final election results" in the morning.

Up at 6:30a on Wednesday, I made coffee, checked the weather and news. Disappointing election results for America. We'll be barraged by fanatical House demonkkkRATs by the next 2yrs, "investigating" and impeaching Trump and his whole cabinet, family and friends. Nothing will get done legislatively, to benefit America. Except for the US Senate. It's going to be an awful two years; mark my words, right here.

Lee stopped by to visit and see my "new condo", and I had to leave at 9:30a for a 10:00 mtg w/ my Wells-Fargo banker, who's also a target shooting partner. A stop at Michael's to p/u one of Dad's now matted and framed Purple Heart Certificates, to go with his many other WWII medals, decorations and campaign ribbons, from his condo, now hung on my dining room wall, with his, Mom's and our 1957 Family pic. Yes, I'll be taking LOTS of pics and post them here on the server, in a few weeks, after the 82" Samsung TV is installed, and I can finish hanging all/some of the other pics I had in the "old condo". Lunch was a turkey sandwich, squash soup, mashed potatoes and cheesecake. I spent the afternoon paying medical bills, that I didn't even know I had, from the My WellSpan website. The stock market was up after the Mid-Terms: DJIA +545 pts, Nasdaq +194 pts, S&P +58 pts. I mmade $56,600 today, with my investments. Woo-Hoo. Watching the Velocity Channel on my computer, I just found out that Motor Trend Magazine bought it, in a joint venture with Discovery Channel and TEN (The Enthusiast Network), and will be changing the name (big mistake) to Motor Trend Network, and charging $4.99/mo subscription (bigger mistake). I won't be coming back when that happens. The forecast is for snow and 32°F tomorrow! Yikes! By 10:30p, they'd changed the forecast to 53°F and sunny. Yes! I'd had enough podcasts, closed down and went to bed.

Toro® Power-Jet® F700 Blower

I slept-in until 7a on Thursday, made coffee and had my morning smoke, checked the news and weather. Looks like Friday is going to get dicey with possible snow/ice. Well shucks, it is almost Winter. Damn, another left-wing wacko did another shooting last night, killing 13 in a bar in Calidfornia. And people wonder why I carry a Kimber 1911 .45cal ACP w/ 230gr HPs, and 2 extra magazines. I've lost track of the number of shootings, by radical hate-filled left-wingers, in public places over just the past year.

I drove down to Rutter's® convenience store to get some Half & Hal;f, and then over to Home Depot® to get an electric Toro® Power-Jet® F700 Blower, to clear the mounds of Pin Oak leaves off my back patio, front driveway, front porch, front walk and driveway, and also did my neighbor's walk and drive. The unit blows 725 cfm (cubic feet /minute) at up to 140mph. Damned near too the paint off my Jeep! Afterward, I settled back in to listen to the Chris Plante Show on WMAL in DC, and wait until I needed to leave at 12:45p for my 1:25p dr's app't, at York's Apple Hill Medical Center.

On the way home from the dr's app't, I stopped at Sherry's, to say hi and drop-off some Pink Peeps, and then out to WellSpan's Stony Brook Labs to get some blood drawn for a Lipid Panel, around 3p. It was packed, so I decided to try tomorrow or Monday, around 10a. Home by 3:30, two neighbors knocked and asked if I'd blow the leaves off their porches, walks, driveways and lawns. I did and by then, the sun was waning, so I garaged my Jeep and went inside to enjoy some warmed-up Gen Tsao's Chicken and pork-fried rice, and cornbread. I listened to the morning's Chris Plante Show on podcast, watched some Velocity Channel on my computer, and called it a day at 10:30p.

Tomorrow starts a new week here in the "Journal", and I have several meetings, plus the 82" Sansung TV comes on Wednesday, with 3 guys from The Geek Squad, from Best Buy. The next day, Kevin & Co come in to help me finish hanging the heavy mirror and pics in the condo. May well be the highlight of my month.

Fake Liberal Media BS

The most insidious power of the corrupt, criminal liberal media, is the power to ignore the truth.

Here, have some fun. Something stinks within America's newsrooms. It's the stench of liberal bias permeating the so-called mainstream media. From lies and deceit to distortions and character assassinations, the liberal media dish out leftist BS to drive their radical agenda.

Chris Plante, host of The Chris Plante Show on WMAL (DC) from 9-12, weekdays, said, "The most insidious power the media has, if the power to ignore." Think about what that really means and you can readily see what an evil force the corrupt, criminal, liberal-demokkkRAT-controlled, butt-kissing, fawning circlefest media assholes, are.

Think you can detect it? Take some serious time and read/scan these articles and find out just how much BS the liberal media are dishing out. Wear your hip-waders; the bullshit is real deep!

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