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friday, february 9th, 2024

According to the FBI, you may be an anti-government extremist if you’ve:

a) purchased a Bible or other religious materials,

b) used terms like “MAGA” and “Trump,”

c) shopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, or Bass Pro Shops,

d) purchased tickets to travel by bus, cars, or plane,

e) all of the above.

[FULL TITLE: "Watchlisted: You’re Probably Already on a Government Extremism List."}

In fact, if you selected any of those options in recent years, you’re probably already on a government watchlist.

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught.

That’s how broadly the government’s net is being cast in its pursuit of domestic extremists.

We’re all fair game now, easy targets for inclusion on some FBI watch list or another.

When the FBI is asking banks and other financial institutions to carry out dragnet searches of customer transactions—warrantlessly and without probable cause—for “extremism” indicators broadly based on where you shop, what you read, and how you travel, we’re all in trouble.

Clearly, you don’t have to do anything illegal.

You don’t even have to challenge the government’s authority.

Frankly, you don’t even have to care about politics or know anything about your rights.

All you really need to do in order to be tagged as a suspicious character, flagged for surveillance, and eventually placed on a government watch list is live in the United States.

This is how easy it is to run afoul of the government’s many red flags.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who watches the watchers?)

In fact, all you need to do these days to end up on a government watch list or be subjected to heightened scrutiny is use certain trigger words (like cloud, pork and pirates), surf the internet, communicate using a cell phone, limp or stutter, drive a car, stay at a hotel, attend a political rally, express yourself on social media, appear mentally ill, serve in the military, disagree with a law enforcement official, call in sick to work, purchase materials at a hardware store, take flying or boating lessons, appear suspicious, appear confused or nervous, fidget or whistle or smell bad, be seen in public waving a toy gun or anything remotely resembling a gun (such as a water nozzle or a remote control or a walking cane), stare at a police officer, question government authority, or appear to be pro-gun or pro-freedom.

We’re all presumed guilty until proven innocent now.

It’s just a matter of time before you find yourself wrongly accused, investigated and confronted by police based on a data-driven algorithm or risk assessment culled together by a computer program run by artificial intelligence.

If you don't watch the TV news, you're uninformed; if you do watch the TV news, you mis-informed.

For instance, a so-called typo in a geofence search warrant, which allows police to capture location data for a particular geographic area, resulted in government officials being given access to information about who went where and with whom within a two-mile long stretch of San Francisco that included churches, businesses, private homes, hotels, and restaurants.

Thanks to the 24/7 surveillance being carried out by the government’s sprawling spy network of fusion centers, we are all just sitting ducks, waiting to be tagged, flagged, targeted, monitored, manipulated, investigated, interrogated, heckled and generally harassed by agents of the American police state.

Without having ever knowingly committed a crime or been convicted of one, you and your fellow citizens have likely been assessed for behaviors the government might consider devious, dangerous or concerning; assigned a threat score based on your associations, activities and viewpoints; and catalogued in a government database according to how you should be approached by police and other government agencies based on your particular threat level.

Before long, every household in America will be flagged as a threat and assigned a threat score.

Nationwide, there are upwards of 123 real-time crime centers (a.k.a. fusion centers), which allow local police agencies to upload and share massive amounts of surveillance data and intelligence with state and federal agencies culled from surveillance cameras, facial recognition technology, gunshot sensors, social media monitoring, drones and body cameras, and artificial intelligence-driven predictive policing algorithms.

These data fusion centers, which effectively create an electronic prison—a digital police state—from which there is no escape.

Yet this crime prevention campaign is not so much about making America safer as it is about ensuring that the government has the wherewithal to muzzle anti-government discontent, penalize anyone expressing anti-government sentiments, and preemptively nip in the bud any attempts by the populace to challenge the government’s authority or question its propaganda.

As J.D. Tuccille writes for Reason, “[A]t a time when government officials rage against ‘misinformation’ and ‘disinformation’ that is often just disagreement with whatever opinions are currently popular among the political class, fusion centers frequently scrutinize peaceful dissenting speech.”

These fusion centers are the unacknowledged powerhouses behind the government’s campaign to censors and retaliate against those who vocalize their disagreement and discontent with government policies.

It’s a setup ripe for abuse.

For instance, an investigative report by the Brennan Center found that “Over the last two decades, leaked materials have shown fusion centers tracking protestors and casting peaceful activities as potential threats. Their targets have included racial justice and environmental advocates, right-wing activists, and third-party political candidates.”

One fusion center in Maine was found to have been “illegally collecting and sharing information about Maine residents who weren’t suspected of criminal activity. They included gun purchasers, people protesting the construction of a new power transmission line, the employees of a peacebuilding summer camp for teenagers, and even people who travelled to New York City frequently.”

This is how the burden of proof has been reversed.

Although the Constitution requires the government to provide solid proof of criminal activity before it can deprive a citizen of life or liberty, the government has turned that fundamental assurance of due process on its head.

Each and every one of us is now seen as a potential suspect, terrorist and lawbreaker in the eyes of the government.

Consider some of the many ways in which “we the people” are now treated as criminals, found guilty of violating the police state’s abundance of laws, and preemptively stripped of basic due process rights.

Red flag gun confiscation laws: Gun control legislation, especially in the form of red flag gun laws, allow the police to remove guns from people “suspected” of being threats. These laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, will put a target on the back of every American whether or not they own a weapon.

Disinformation eradication campaigns. In recent years, the government has used the phrase “domestic terrorist” interchangeably with “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” to describe anyone who might fall somewhere on a very broad spectrum of viewpoints that could be considered “dangerous.” The ramifications are so far-reaching as to render almost every American an extremist in word, deed, thought or by association.

Government watch lists. The FBI, CIA, NSA and other government agencies have increasingly invested in corporate surveillance technologies that can mine constitutionally protected speech on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to identify potential extremists and predict who might engage in future acts of anti-government behavior. Where many Americans go wrong is in naively assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or harmful in order to be flagged and targeted for some form of intervention or detention.

Thought crimes programs. For years now, the government has used all of the weapons in its vast arsenal—surveillance, threat assessments, fusion centers, pre-crime programs, hate crime laws, militarized police, lockdowns, martial law, etc.—to target potential enemies of the state based on their ideologies, behaviors, affiliations and other characteristics that might be deemed suspicious or dangerous. It’s not just what you say or do that is being monitored, but how you think that is being tracked and targeted. There’s a whole spectrum of behaviors ranging from thought crimes and hate speech to whistleblowing that qualifies for persecution (and prosecution) by the Deep State. It’s a slippery slope from censoring so-called illegitimate ideas to silencing truth.

Security checkpoints. By treating an entire populace as suspect, the government has justified wide-ranging security checkpoints that subject travelers to scans, searches, pat downs and other indignities by the TSA and VIPR raids on so-called “soft” targets like shopping malls and bus depots.

Surveillance and precrime programs. Facial recognition software aims to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. Coupled with surveillance cameras that blanket the country, facial recognition technology allows the government and its corporate partners to warrantlessly identify and track someone’s movements in real-time, whether or not they have committed a crime.

Mail surveillance. Just about every branch of the government—from the Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in between—now has its own surveillance sector, authorized to spy on the American people. For instance, the U.S. Postal Service, which has been photographing the exterior of every piece of paper mail for the past 20 years, is also spying on Americans’ texts, emails and social media posts.

Constitution-free zones. Merely living within 100 miles inland of the border around the United States is now enough to make you a suspect, paving the way for Border Patrol agents to search people’s homes, intimately probe their bodies, and rifle through their belongings, all without a warrant. Nearly 66% of Americans (2/3 of the U.S. population, 197.4 million people) now live within that 100-mile-deep, Constitution-free zone.

Vehicle kill switches. Sold to the public as a safety measure aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the roads, “vehicle kill switches” could quickly become a convenient tool in the hands of government agents to put the government in the driver’s seat while rendering null and void the Constitution’s requirements of privacy and its prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. As such, it presumes every driver potentially guilty of breaking some law that would require the government to intervene and take over operation of the vehicle or shut it off altogether.

Biometric databases. “Guilt by association” has taken on new connotations in the technological age. The government’s presumptions about our so-called guilt or innocence have extended down to our very cellular level with a diabolical campaign to create a nation of suspects predicated on a massive national DNA database.

Limitations on our right to move about freely. At every turn, we’re tracked in by surveillance cameras that monitor our movements. For instance, license plate readers are mass surveillance tools that can photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database, then share the data with law enforcement, fusion centers and private companies to track the movements of persons in their cars. With tens of thousands of these license plate readers now in operation throughout the country, police can track vehicles in real time.

The war on cash. Digital currency provides the government and its corporate partners with a mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. This push for a digital currency dovetails with the government’s war on cash, which it has been subtly waging for some time now. In recent years, just the mere possession of significant amounts of cash could implicate you in suspicious activity and label you a criminal. Americans are having their bank accounts, homes, cars electronics and cash seized by police under the assumption that they have been associated with some criminal scheme.

These programs push us that much closer towards a suspect society where everyone is potentially guilty of some crime or another and must be preemptively rendered harmless.

In this way, the groundwork is being laid for a new kind of government where it won’t matter if you’re innocent or guilty, whether you’re a threat to the nation, or even if you’re a citizen.

What will matter is what the government—or whoever happens to be calling the shots at the time—thinks. And if the powers-that-be think you’re a threat to the nation and should be locked up, then you’ll be locked up with no access to the protections our Constitution provides.

In effect, you will disappear.

© 1.23.2024 by John & Nisha Whitehead, "The Rutherford Institute".

A Day In The Life.

Up at 7a on Friday, I went thru my finger stick to check my BSL (Blood Sugar Level) and recorded it on my Diabetes 2 chart, made coffee, took two 50mg Tramadol for various pains, fired-up the Win-7 Pentium HP desktop to let 32 million lines of code load, had a couple smokes in the semi-cool garage and checked the leftover errands list.

Every day is an IQ test, and not all people are competing.

It was a damp, cool 40°, overcast morning and my rain gauge showed that we'd gotten another 1/8" overnight, as a big storm front had moved thru to the coast. I fired-up the furnace and garage heater, to take the slight chill off, and scanned the news and weather sites. I tuned into my Daily Talk Radio fix: "Chris Stigall Show LIVE" (CS Show) from 6-9a, and then the "Chris Plante Show LIVE" (CP Show) 9-12noon, and Rob Carson Show LIVE (RC Show) 12-3p. No need to go to the New Eastern Farmers' Market this morning, as I had plenty of food in the 'fridge. So I could lounge around this morning. Sherry would be here around 1:30p.

Hey, it's time again for the idiotic "Black History Minute" month and, so much more importantly, it's "Groundhog Day". And according to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring'll be here in less than 6 weeks. (Didn't see his shadow, because it was cloudy.) Or something like that. But California is passing 14 Reparations Bills, for "historical slavery", which would include giving out property and financial compensation for "alleged descendants of slaves". Sure thing; that makes perfect sense. NOT. People who were never slaves were get money from people who never had slaves in a state that never had slavery.

Well, the blacks are off to another good start: The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has launched a segregated pool activity called “Black Folx Swim", which expressly excludes participation by non-black swimmers. AND: A senior BBC employee described white people as a “barbaric bloodthirsty rapacious murderous genocide thieving parasitical deviant breed,” while also calling the UK a “bigoted” country. AND: Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) said Wednesday on MSNBC’s BULLSHIT CRAP Show, “The ReidOut”, that Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) criticisms of her were “racist and sexist tropes". AND... On and on and on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum<. There are so many examples of black racism and idiocy "out there", I don't even have root around for it; it's legion and in copious lists. Blacks demand to be living in the their past fantasy of racism and slavery -- African arabs and blacks were, and still are, the slavers -- therefore they'll never have a decent present and never ever have any future.

If you stay logical long enough, eventually everyone will hate you.

I had paperwork, with CDs and life insurance to do, before Sherry arrived at 1:30, and we drove to the nearby, cavernous York Galleria, then over to nearby Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market for some goodies, and then back to my place to relax for a short time. She left shortly after 4p, I closed-up the condo as temps dropped into the upper 30s, and had some leftover tacos for dinner. I watched the news, then switched to Discovery's "Gold Rush" until 11, and unplugged for the night.

Up at 7:30a on Saturday, it was a bright, 33° sunny start to the weekend. I fired-up the condo furnace, garage and office auxiliary heaters to take the chill off. After starting coffee, I had a couple smokes in the garage, fired-up the HP desktop, and tuned into the recent "CS Show Podcasts", on iHeart Radio (get yourself a free account). I scanned the major news sites' headlines, and not much had changed from last evening.

"Borders, Language, Culture!"

Want a week's/month's fill of Tucker Carlson? Here, at a place called 'Rumble'. No, I'm not a member, just a visitor, but Google auto-signed me in as a member, so I guess I am now, darnit. I don't plan on posting there; my usual hangout is on FR. Every American Patriot should watch this video; it'll make your blood boil, as to how "we're paying for" our own invasion by millions of subhuman, criminal, turd-world, illegal alien invaders.

I had some superb BBQ for a late lunch, did a little work on the 2023 Taxes, checked WF Bank for any new 1099 Docs -- I'm waiting for the Profit/Loss Spreadsheet (84 pgs) for one of my brokerage acc'ts -- so I can include that, but have a lot of sorting, totalling etc to do in the meantime. I already have some of the numerous 1099s for my brokerage acc'ts, but am still waiting on several. After a short snooze on the LR couch, I opened a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay, enjoyed it as I watched Discovery's "Homestead Rescue" into the evening. I fell asleep in the director's chair, in front of the Samsung 82" QLED 4 HD TV, woke-up around 1a, and unplugged for the night.

Sleeping-in until almost 9a on Sunday, a sunny, 32° morning. I did the usual routines -- heat, coffee, smokes, desktop computer, headlines etc -- took 2 50mg Tramadol for back pain, listened to some "CS Show" Podcasts, had breakfast, and headed back upstairs for a shave and shower. I started a load of laundry, had a Chicken Salad on Toast Sandwich, for lunch. I called Sherry to make plans for the coming week, and she later stopped by for a short visit, as she was in the area doing some errands. After some hugs and kisses, we made plans, she left and I watched Discovery's "Homestead Rescue", had that last of the tacos, and watched that series until 11:30. Lights out.

If you don't watch the TV news, you're uninformed; if you do watch the TV news, you mis-informed.

The garbage truck woke me at 6:30a on Monday, a nippy 27° at 0-Dark-Thirty, I did the usual routines to get the place warmed-yup, coffee made and desktop computer humming on the "CS Show". It's getting lighter earlier, and staying lighter, later. Spring is 'nigh. Maybe. I tuned into the "CS Show", enjoyed coffee and smokes (in the garage), and wrote a check and got the newly-repaired, Dyson® "Outside™" Vacuum for my cleaning lady, tomorrow morning.

Yes, America is being INVADED, as I've said for years. Here it is: "House speaker says Senate border bill 'dead on arrival' if it reaches chamber: 'Even worse than we expected'" Another f•cked-up mess that the Congressional Scumbag Traitors have drawn-up, for us to REFUSE ALL OF IT! KILL THAT DAMNED BILL! Borders, Language, Culture! (Michael Savage, a long time ago, in 2003). We're going to lose this nation, if that isn't gotten under 100% control, which is what the criminal Deep State wants. It's a nation-killing circlefest in a well-lubricated sleeping bag. KILL IT!

Here's a long, 19-page 'official' summary of the crap bill. In case you want to read all 370 pages of this shitty, treasonous, crap-assed bill, here it is. Otherwise, I've succinctly summarized that anti-America garbage/trash/shit/junk bill, below:

• $60.06 billion to support Ukraine as it fights back against Putin's bloody invasion and protects its people and sovereignty.

• $14.1 billion in security assistance for Israel.

• $2.44 billion to support operations in the U.S. Central Command and address combat expenditures related to conflict in the Red Sea.

• $10 billion in humanitarian assistance to provide food, water, shelter, medical care, and other essential services to civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, Ukraine, and other populations caught in conflict zones across the globe.

• $4.83 billion to support key regional partners in the Indo-Pacific and deter aggression by the Chinese government.

• $2.33 billion to continue support for Ukrainians displaced by Putin's war of aggression and other refugees fleeing persecution.

• The bipartisan border policy changes negotiated by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and James Lankford (R-OK).

• $20.23 billion to address existing operational needs and expand capabilities at our nation’s borders, resource the new border policies included in the package, and help stop the flow of fentanyl and other narcotics.

• The Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act.

• $400 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to help nonprofits and places of worship make security enhancements.

They're NOT just harmless, "oppressed migrants"... they're CRIMINAL, ILLEGAL, ALIEN INVADERS! Wake-up, America! They're here to destroy America's Language and Culture, and it's underway right now.

So, here's their "immigration security bill" plan:

In the Beginning, was the plan.

And then came the assumptions.

And the assumptions were without form.

And the plan was completely without substance.

And the darkness was upon the face of the workers.

And they spoke among themselves saying:

“It is a crock of shit, and it stinketh.”

And the workers went unto their supervisors, and sayeth:

“It is a pail of dung, and none can abide the odor thereof.”

And the supervisors went unto their managers and sayeth unto them,

“It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none can abide it.”

And the managers went unto the directors and sayeth,

“It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none can abide its strength.”

And the directors spoke amongst themselves, saying one to another:

“It contains that which aids plant growth, and is very strong.”

And the directors went unto the vice presidents and sayeth to them,

“It promotes growth, and is very powerful.”

And the vice presidents went unto the president, and sayeth unto him,

“This new plan will actively promote growth and efficiency of this company, and certain areas in particular.”

And the president looked upon the plan, and saw that it was good.

And the plan became policy.

And this is how shit happens.

Remember those 335,000 jobs the gov't and media reported? I don't. No one else does, either. Those jobs didn't happen. THEY WERE A LIE! Remember CP's adage: "The most insidious power the media has, is the power to ignore."

I had lunch, did more paperwork, continued the basement 'prep' areas, and caught the evening news. I watched History's "Greatest Mysteries" until 11p, and bagged it for the night.

The problem is: it's not OUR GUNS -- it's YOUR SONS.

Awake and up at 5:30a on Tuesday, I fired-up the heat, made coffee, checked the news and weather, and tuned into the "CS Show", at 0-Dark-Thirty. It's getting light -- not yet sunrise, but close -- at 6:40a, and by 8, I was already brewing the 2nd carafe of Hawaiian Kona Coffee. No back pain, so far, so I skipped the 2 Tramadol painkillers. I was running about 20-30mins behind "schedule", as JoAnne would be here at 8:30, so I sped the morning up, to catch-up to the day's time schedule. I went thru a barge-load of eMail, and sorted them out for answers. JoAnne arrived at 8:30, got to work, and I stayed out of her way in my office, until she was ready to clean it.

My Combivent Respimat 20mcg/100mcg Rx Emergency Inhaler was running low and I tried to get it refilled, but it was 7 days too early. Without it, I die. As an alternative, I thought I could get a similar, non-Rx Primatene Mist Inhaler, but every drugstore in York was out of it. After driving around to 5 stores in East York and Red Lion, and getting nowhere, I finally got my Rite Aid store to fill half the Rx, with the balance filled, WITHin 20 days. Works for me.

Sherry arrived at 1:30p, and we spent almost 3hrs talking, but both of us felt tired and didn't have our usual-paced visit. She left at 4;30 to get some errands done and get home before dark. I had an early dinner, watched the news and History's "Curse of Oak Island" until 10:30. Lights out.

Up at 7:30a on Wednesday, to a cold 23°, clear blue sky, I did the usual routines -- heat, coffee, smokes, desktop -- and scanned the weather and news sites. Hmmmm, "Michigan gunman's mother found guilty of manslaughter..." Well, that's a novel, idiotic idea. Following that illogic, shouldn't Ted Kennedy's mother, Rose, have been imprisoned for Teddy The Murderous Drunk's killing of Mary Jo Kopechne, at Chappaquiddick? Simpler solution: KILL THE MURDEROUS KID! And, "The Panama Canal Is Running Dry: Climate extremes are wreaking havoc on global shipping." Poster #33 (me) has the answer. Last one, for now: "UN 'secretly working with banks' to destroy American food industry." My solution is to vaporize the UN (and WEF, WB etc) when in full session, and build condos on that piece of Manhattan, after it cools down. See, 3 problems solved.

Nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one to do it with.

I lounged around until noon, got ready for what was left of the day, and made a couple Plain Old-Fashioned Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, to have with some Garlic Shrimp Spiral Pasta Salad, which I'd gotten at the Farmers' Market, last week. After the "CP Show" from 9-12, I switched-over to the "RC Show", hit the LR couch for a couple hours snooze, and woke-up just as it was getting dusk. I had a light dinner, watched the evening news, and settled on History's "American Pickers" until 11p, and unplugged.

Up at 6a on Thursday, a dry, cold 28° morning, with record-setting temps forecast for tomorrow and Saturday. After firing-up the desktop to get the "CS SHow" on, I upped the heat, made coffee, had a couple smokes in the garage, and settled-in to get the day's coming activity into my head: Sherry picks me up at 10a, Eye Dr exam at 10:45a, back home with her to rest until my vision clears up. I used to drive myself both ways, for many years, but last year was dicey, driving in heavy traffic. I went into the app't at 11a, and was basically "blinded" for the day and evening. They said my vision would clear in 4-6hrs, but at 7:30p, I still couldn't see much of anything, even after a 2hr snooze.

Heh, another fat, ugly, smelly, ignorant, foul-mouthed, skank-assed lowlife, dirtbag, nigga bitch, acting badly, on a small IL village's $300k "salary", living the high life. Die, bitch filth! Just like the Lightfoot dyke nigga bitch of Chicago and the sambo Bowser bitch of DC. Too many niggas put into positions of power -- especially the sambo, incompetent women punks Eric Adams of NYC and the Brandon Johnson of Chicago, who can't do their jobs, at exorbitant salaries and power. Surprised?

At 8p, Joe Shit-For-Brains Bidet&Co called for a very nasty, impromptu PRESSER, to rebut the Special Counsel's findings, that Joey Lunch Bucket was a cretinous, moronic idiot, "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory". LOL LMAO! I shouldn't be laughing, as the "press conference" was a pitiful sight to see. His staff f•cked-up: they should have issued a terse, well-written rebuttal, and not gone any further. HUGE MISTAKE on the world's stage. With that fiasco, I called Sherry, and with my continued blurry vision, I quit for the day.

What's next? The 25th Amendment, and "President Harris"? God help us...

Tomorrow starts a new week here in the "Journal", and there's another Dr's app't, but mostly clear. And all kinds of Lab Work orders coming up, for blood work, from several Drs. Sherry's got a very busy week, so we'll try to get together, if we can.

How To Ensure a Big, Ugly War with Iran.

Iranian-backed militias have attacked American installations and forces in Syria, Iraq, and Jordan some 170 times.

Ostensibly, these terrorist groups claim they are hitting US forces to coerce America into dropping its support of Israel and demanding a cease-fire in the Gaza war.

In reality, these satellite terrorists are being directed in a larger effort by Iran to pry the US. out of the Middle East, in the manner of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing.

When serially attacked, loudly responding that we will only proportionally strike back and wish no wider war will only ensure a big, ugly one.

That way, Iran will be free to fulfill its old dream of becoming a nuclear shield for a new Shiite/Persian terrorist axis from Tehran to Damascus to Beirut to the West Bank and Gaza—surrounding Israel and intimidating the Gulf regimes and more moderate states like Jordan and Egypt into concessions.

These Iranian appendages have made a number of unfortunately correct assumptions about America in general and the Biden administration in particular.

One, after the recent serial humiliations of the flight from Afghanistan, the passivity of watching a Chinese spy balloon traverse with impunity the continental United States, the mixed American signals on the eve of the Ukraine war, the troubled Pentagon’s recruitment and leadership lapses, and the destruction of the US southern border, both Iran and its surrogates feel that the United States either cannot or will do much of anything in response to their aggression.

They see the U.S. military short thousands of recruits, its leadership politicized, its munition stocks depleted by arms shipments to Ukraine and Israel, and the massive abandonment of weapons in Kabul.

Two, they view Joe Biden’s serial appeasement as a force multiplier of these perceptions of American weakness. After entering office, the Biden administration begged for a renewed Iran deal from a preening theocracy. It sought to ensure calm by delisting the Houthis from global terrorist designations and sending hundreds of millions of dollars to Hamas and radical Palestinians to buy good behavior.

Biden may have agreed that Iran was the spider in the center of the Middle East Islamic terrorist web, but only thereby to win over it with bribes such as lifting embargoes and sanctions to ensure an Iranian windfall of $90 or more billion in oil sales revenue.

Biden greenlighted a bribery payment of $6 billion to Iran to return American hostages, thereby ensuring more will be taken. It loudly distanced itself from the Netanyahu government. The gulf encouraged radicals to believe they could coerce Israel into accepting radical Islamic states on the West Bank and Gaza.

Three, after hitting American stations and bases 170 times and seeing little sustained, much less disproportionate, responses, Iran and its satellites now feel they are winning proxy wars with the US.

They have all but shut down the Red Sea as an international shipping route—damaging Europe, Egypt, and Israel, which all depend on Red Sea commerce for vital imports and exports.

Iran has forced Biden to publicly alienate the Netanyahu government and push a ceasefire down Israel’s throat. And it has helped to spark international pro-Hamas protests throughout Europe and the US that timid and compliant left-wing governments fear could lose them close elections.

But most damaging are administration spokesmen who mouth the same empty script after each serial attack: 1) The US will respond at the time and place of its own choosing. 2) The US finds no direct evidence of Iranian involvement, although it clearly has supplied the attackers; 3) The US does not wish a wider war and has no plans to attack Iran itself.

Translated to our enemies, it means an 80-year-old non-compos-mentis president is in no position to prevent, much less win, a theater-wide Middle East war that his own serial appeasement has now nearly birthed.

Biden and the Democratic Party know, as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan pointed out just prior to the October 7 attacks on Israel, that the administration inherited a deterred and quiet Middle East. And then it blew up on their appeasing watch.

Now they are terrified of a theater-wide conflict breaking out during an election year—a fact known to all of America’s Middle East enemies.

Biden and company have forgotten the ancient wisdom that preparing loudly only for peace guarantees war. To prevent war, it should return to oil sanctions on Iran, embargo its banking transactions, slap a travel ban on Iran and its allies, cut off all aid to Hamas and the West Bank, and restore a true terrorist designation for the Houthis.

US officials must stop aimlessly babbling. If the administration must speak, Washington should do so by conveying disproportionality and unpredictability. And if, and when, America were to strike, it should do so in silent and devastating fashion.

When serially attacked, loudly responding that we will only proportionally strike back and wish no wider war will only ensure a big, ugly one.

© 2.01.2024 by Victor Davis Hanson, "American Greatness".

Is America Already A Dead Country?

If you had made a list of all the actions a “president” could take to destroy the United States of America, it would include almost everything Joe Biden has done since moving into the White House. Biden’s “success” in wrecking this country is helped by a Republican party filled with too many RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and not enough America First Patriots.

The enemy is already here. And it is the Deep State.

Our republic’s Founding Fathers, all men of strong Christian faith who believed in Judeo-Christian values and limited government, would be aghast to see what has become of our country.

Many political observers think 2024 is our last opportunity to save the republic. Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder and a staunch Donald Trump supporter, said on Larry Kudlow’s Fox News Business program:

But the truth of the matter is that if we don’t change the government in this next ‘24 election, this country is dead. I’ve never said that before. I don’t see any way out.

Will Donald Trump stop the Democrat party from spreading its socialist tentacles, or is America already like Dr. Malcolm Crowe?

In the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis, is seriously injured after he and his wife (Olivia Williams) arrive home late in the evening. Several hours earlier, he had proudly received a prestigious award, but an ex-patient lurked in the darkness of their upscale Philadelphia house, waiting to viciously attack and shoot his former doctor. [Spoiler alert for the rare souls who haven’t seen the movie.]

Following the assault, Malcolm goes back to his practice. He begins working closely with Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a young boy with mental health issues. Cole’s mother, Lynn (Toni Collette), is beside herself trying to help her young son and believes Malcolm is the boy’s only hope. However, the treatment requires much time, which means his homelife suffers.

Finally, the boy confides why he is so distressed. With that confession he starts to improve, and Malcolm knows he urgently must salvage his marriage.

But helping the child took a huge toll on Malcolm’s marriage. One night, he walks into his home to find his beloved wife asleep in the living room, where she had been watching their joyous wedding video. As the tape highlights the happy occasion, her hand slips open, and Malcolm’s wedding ring falls to the floor.

Puzzled, Malcolm looks at his hand. Why isn’t his wedding ring on his hand?

Suddenly, Dr. Malcolm Crowe realizes the answer...

He is already dead, but just didn’t know it!

That realization consistently led to a loud, collective gasp in theaters.

As it turned out, when Cole whispered to the doctor, “I see dead people,” he was also trying to help Malcolm even more than Malcolm was trying to help him.

Could the United States of America be Malcolm Crowe, murdered by a fraudulent 2020 election? Or will Donald Trump in November 2024 make it a “Normandy”-like election that saves our constitutional republic?

Pundits and historians share that the average lifespan of an empire is 250 years. America celebrated her 247th birthday in July.

In 1999, Alan Wolfe, currently a Boston University political scientist, authored “One Nation, After All”. After hundreds of interviews with Americans across the country, he concluded that the division at the turn of the last century was not strong enough to tear our nation apart.

However, today, Wolfe feels very differently. In July 2023, Wolfe said:

I really feel like we are becoming two different countries, if not that it has already happened. I don’t like it, but I don’t see what we have in common anymore. I really don’t.

The Democrat party’s open southern border has allowed millions of able-bodied, unvetted young men into the United States. Is a terrorist attack coming? The porous border was the number one issue for New Hampshire primary voters—and New Hampshire is quite a distance from the southern border. It was also top of mind for Iowa’s voters, another state far from Mexico.

Let’s assume 7 million unvetted illegal alien invaders have waltzed into our country since January 2021. If just one-quarter of 1 percent have malicious intent to do us harm, that would be 17,500 people, all of whom are scattered across the United States, with many receiving free housing, free medical, free education, free driver’s licenses, free iPhones and, in some cases, free ballots. It is estimated that the United States government has so far spent more than a whopping $450 billion on these illegal invaders.

Think what ONE person can do when they go on a murderous rampage at a school, shopping mall, or Las Vegas hotel, and then multiply that by the possibility of thousands of terrorists waiting to cause injury, death, and havoc from sea to shining sea.

Is everyone waiting for a terrorist attack? FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in Congress on November 15 that many on the terrorist watch list have not been tracked down:

The threats that come from the other side of the border are very much consuming all 56 of our field offices, not just in the border states.

Is the UniParty waiting for a terrorist attack?

Respected America First Patriot Dan Bongino keeps telling us with his frequent posts:

The enemy is already here.

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 11, 2023

Currently, we are two distinct nations under one flag, highlighted by what is happening in Texas. Donald Trump is the President of the United Red States of America. Joe “Dementia” Biden is President of the United Blue States of America. Trump believes in capitalism, the free market, and the Constitution, while Biden and his puppeteers promote socialism and everything that flows from it.

This can’t continue indefinitely.

In November 2024, the party of Abraham Lincoln must take a strong majority in both Houses of Congress and gain the White House with Donald Trump. (Nikki Haley is just a stooge for the Uniparty). Otherwise, the republic that was fought for and won in 1776, 1812, and 1861 will not survive. As Gary Bauer of American Values wrote on November 1:

If progressives ever get a working majority in Congress along with the White House, we will lose our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech and virtually every right we have.

In ten months, Donald Trump gives us a final chance to save the United States of America from tyranny…unless the country is already like Dr. Malcolm Crowe.

Robin M. Itzler is a regular contributor to American Thinker. She can be reached at PatriotNeighbors@yahoo.com.

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The Return of DISCMASTER.

The legendary site, DISCMASTER, a research tool that collaborates with the Internet Archive to provide access to thousands of shareware and compilation CD-ROMs on archive.org, is finally back online after a year of the site being down. With the help of many volunteers, the site is back running with all the data and functionality it had in its previous incarnation. Read more about the revival of the project below.

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