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Monday, August 15, 2022

Why People Don't Trust The FBI

 By Warren.

As most of you know, I live in Indiana. Several years ago, in Indiana, if you had a license to carry a concealed weapon, you could walk into a gun store and buy a pistol or long gun only having to fill out the required Federal form -- ATF Form 4473 -- and you could walk out with the firearm.

This was normal, and you had already gone through the local police, been fingerprinted, gone through a background check, submitted 3 personal recommendations attesting to character, a State police check, and an FBI background check. At that time, an FBI check meant that they would have to search written records -- if you had a file/record. The process would take -- at the very least --  a month. In my case it took longer.

The reason for that delay?  I had an FBI record, so someone would have to physically find the record and see what was in it. The reason I had a record?  I had a secret security clearance, and my entire life had been researched by the FBI before the clearance was granted. 

Several years later, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was instituted, and I bought a .22 caliber rifle at a gun show. Even though I had a license to carry a concealed weapon, the sale was put on hold for 3 days before I could acquire the rifle. The rule was the FBI had to respond within 3 days or the purchase could go through.

Things in Indiana are different now. I no longer even need a license to carry concealed -- although I have one. Getting a license was the reason I started to become curious about the FBI.

Later on, there were Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidians, the ruination of Richard Jewell, Clivan Bundy, Dr Steven J Hatill and several other incidents that pointed out the shabbiness and extralegal operations of the FBI.  All that shabbiness and the various extralegal operations of the FBI are why I don't trust the FBI -- or, for that matter, any other agency of the Government.

I came across a series of articles from The Capital Research Center, an investigative think tank that was "established in 1984 to examine how foundations, charities, and other nonprofits spend money and get involved in politics and advocacy, often in ways that donors never intended and would find abhorrent." 

See a culmination of several articles with links to other articles related to the FBI.

Read it or remain ignorant.  

Your choice.

Warren

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

Hard to believe that this film debuted over 47 years ago (June 20, 1975), and I still don't like to swim in the ocean:


The genius of film composer John Williams

As one commenter opined at YouTube:
Miss Agent E 
1 year ago
John Williams took just two notes and made generations of people terrified of the ocean.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/12/22

 

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Comments from trolls and rants against administrators will still be deleted.

 By Warren   

Coming: A post on the historical and recent problems in the FBI.






Monday, August 8, 2022

School Hiring Today?

Is this what we've come to?  Is it any wonder that our schools are failing in their primary task, that of teaching an academic program of studies?  
Social engineering rules the day!

Personal anecdote....

Back in the Stone Age (1973 A.D.), when I was fresh out of college and certified to teach Spanish at the secondary-school level, I interviewed for my first teaching position, a job in the local public-schools system; at that time, the director of personnel interviewed all applicants who had made the first cut. 

I very nearly didn't get the job because I had graduated summa cum laude from the university and had a background as a private-school student. I was told of those two failings in no uncertain terms. I responded, "So, you want to hire teachers who have an inferior knowledge of the subject matter?"

The interview promptly ended.  No job for me.

I went home in angry tears, my mind racing: 

Why had I bothered to work so hard during my four years at the university? 

During my time as a student teacher, why had I bothered to show that I could generate lesson plans which spoke to both the excellent and the below-average? 

How would I ever get a job in my chosen field? 

At that time, no private school in Northern Virginia would hire any new teachers without at least one full year of previous teaching experience, and that experience had to come from having taught in a public-schools system.

I was devastated.

But all's well that ends well.

My mother happened to know the county superintendent of public schools, who had previously been the director at a very prominent private school in Northern Virginia. As such, he had always stood for excellence in education and he continued to do so as the county superintendent of public schools.

Mom made the call. 

He was stunned and infuriated that the director of personnel had taken hiring new teachers to the lowest common denominator! The big push at that time on the part of the county superintendent of public schools was a program called "Commitment to Education," an overall goal promoting both excellence of character and academic achievement.  All in all, it was a good program.

Needless to say, the county superintendent of public schools intervened on my behalf, and I got the job.  I went on to teach for the county for five years.  Why I gave up that position is another story for another time.

All of the above said, I am not in the least bit surprised that today's hiring of teachers has sunk to the lowest common denominator of our day: the hiring of outspoken, proselytizing sexual deviants.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 8/5/22

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 By Warren  





 
 
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Red-Blue Reality Spectrum


Silverfiddle Rant!



One event, two views.  It all depends on the ideological glasses you filter the event through.





Berkeley Law Professor Expertly Sautées Senator Josh Hawley In Terse Exchange On Trans People

Senator Josh Hawley thought he had a gotcha question for Berkeley law professor Khiara Bridges, but he ended up getting got, as her rhetorical savvy left him speechless and embarrassed.
People on the right claim she "melted down."

Please watch the two minute video and tell us, what say you?



Monday, August 1, 2022

Gaslighting

First, the video footage from the annual 2022 Congressional Baseball Game, played for charity:

Ms. Sanchez did the job of any batter at the plate: she got onto first base. Then, the team coach put in a pinch runner, at which point Ms. Sanchez trotted back to the Democrat Party dugout amid cheers.  Just another day in baseball.

As Ms. Sanchez trotted past the Republican Party dugout, however, she threw the rude gesture depicted in the video above and was roundly criticized in social media for her unsportsmanlike behavior and divisiveness.

After that, the reality gets muddy and more than once.

...Sanchez flipped off the Republican dugout during what was supposed to be a unifying baseball game, claiming a “nerve was struck” after she heard an “offensive and misogynistic comment from the Republican side” on her way back to the dugout.

She then changed her story to basically say, ‘Just kidding, it wasn’t from the actual dugout but from the stands, and it’s the same person every year but I won’t reveal what was said.’

And then, she shifted to bashing Republican women in attendance for not defending her … even though nobody, besides the Congresswomen [sic], has so far heard the alleged comments....
Sheesh.  What a laughable story!

The above insignificant baseball story reminds me of other recent but significant news stories with shifting narratives and shifting definitions.  Two examples: the very definition of the word recession and the lie that the border is secure (when the word secure clearly does not describe the border situation).

What's happening here?  A particular kind of lying known as gaslighting
psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator.
How successful the Democrat Party's recent multiple perpetrations of gaslighting will be when the 2022 midterm elections roll around remains to be seen.  

After all, gaslighting in politics is often quite successful.  Until the day comes when it isn't.

What other examples of gaslighting, recent or otherwise, can you provide?  Successful or not?

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Musical Interlude

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One of my favorite movie themes, albeit a lesser-known one, by film composer Michael Gore and from the poignant, award-winning 1983 film Terms of Endearment


Friday, July 29, 2022

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Politicized Justice In America

Tucker Carlson, regardless of what you think of him, makes very important points in the video below. Watch and consider: 


How can our republic be united and survive survive such a tainted justice system? "Equality under the law" is dead!

Beyond Orwellian.

Kafka-esque.

Depressing.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Charity & Empathy


Silverfiddle Rant!
Charity and empathy have been drained from national dialog, as have candor, goodwill, and attempting to understand an opponent's point of view in the most favorable light possible.  Anti-Trumpers, mostly on the left, made an attempt to understand Trump voters after his victory, but the project was soon abandoned when it was clear there was no hay (or money) to be made helping Americans understand one another.

Now comes Bret Stephens of the New York Times with a sincere apology to Trump voters.  He is still adamantly anti-Trump, but he apologizes for smearing and insulting those who voted for El Donaldo.
I belonged to a social class that my friend Peggy Noonan called “the protected.” My family lived in a safe and pleasant neighborhood. Our kids went to an excellent public school. I was well paid, fully insured, insulated against life’s harsh edges.

Trump’s appeal, according to Noonan, was largely to people she called “the unprotected.” Their neighborhoods weren’t so safe and pleasant. Their schools weren’t so excellent. Their livelihoods weren’t so secure. Their experience of America was often one of cultural and economic decline, sometimes felt in the most personal of ways.

It was an experience compounded by the insult of being treated as losers and racists —clinging, in Obama’s notorious 2008 phrase, to “guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” No wonder they were angry.
He also blames progressives for abandoning persuasion and instead high-handedly cramming their (however noble) culture wars down our throats:
It’s one thing for social mores to evolve over time, aided by respect for differences of opinion. It’s another for them to be abruptly imposed by one side on another, with little democratic input but a great deal of moral bullying.
Please go read the entire essay.  We can all learn from articles like this, if we allow ourselves some self-reflection, and perhaps try to take a more charitable view of those we disagree with.  

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Musical Interlude

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Music to fit my mood lately (the 2021 political and social scenarios — and a major flare up of my ongoing-since-2016 neuropathic pain, aka "the suicide disease"): 


[about Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt]

Friday, July 22, 2022

Get it Off Your Chest 7/22/22

 

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 By Warren  




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