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Monday, April 5, 2021

So Weary Of The Narratives (Lies)

As regular readers of this blog know, I took month-long break from blogging because of Mr. AOW's death.   So much to do!

 As a result, I often have the television on for background noise while I am sorting through papers or on hold with one entity or another.  I have been inundated with narratives from the Left!

 I am especially weary of the narrative (lie) debunked below:

And then there's this...  

Myth vs. Fact: The Georgia Election Law, the full text of which is below:
The Left and their media allies have used the new Georgia election law (SB 202) signed into law last week as a pretext for their election takeover with HR. 1, leaning heavily on misconceptions, half-truths, and flat-out lies about the bill to make their case for a massive federal takeover of state election systems. Here are the facts: 

Myth 1: The Georgia election law discourages voting/suppresses votes 

FACT: The bill actually preserves or expands ballot access in several important ways: It requires that large precincts with lines more than an hour long take steps like adding voting machines and election personnel for the next election to reduce wait times. It does not change the number of total early voting days, and actually increases the mandatory days of early weekend voting. Compared to 2020, 134 of 159 counties will offer more early voting hours in future elections under the new law. It codifies election drop boxes, which did not exist prior to 2020. Voters can continue to vote absentee with no excuse(unlike states like Delaware, New York, and Connecticut, which require an excuse to vote absentee). 

Myth 2: The Georgia law eliminates voting on Sunday to suppress African-American votes 

FACT: Georgia law was silent on Sunday early voting days prior to SB 202, and in 2020 only 16 of 159 counties offered early voting on Sundays. The new law explicitly provides the option of holding early voting on two Sundays for all localities. It actually increases the mandatory days of early weekend voting across the state. 

Myth 3: The Georgia election law suppresses the vote with onerous voter ID requirements 

FACT: The law requires a driver’s license or free state ID number, which 97% of registered voters already have. Anyone without a valid ID can easily obtain one for free. The voter ID requirement replaces the state’s controversial signature match program that led to the disqualification of thousands of votes in 2020. The law’s voter ID requirement for absentee ballots is overwhelmingly popular in Georgia across the board. According to an AJC poll in January, 74% of Georgia voters support it, including 63% of black voters, and 89% of those making under $25K/year. 

Myth 4: The bill eliminates drop boxes for absentee voting 

FACT: The drop boxes used in the last election did not exist a year ago. They were first utilized in 2020 as a pandemic precaution. This bill makes them an official part of Georgia elections, and they will be available in all 159 counties in Georgia and under supervision to protect against tampering. 

Myth 5: The bill lets Republicans throw out any county votes they don’t agree with 

FACT: The bipartisan State Election Board can do performance reviews of local election supervisors who fail their area’s voters with things like long lines and unfulfilled absentee ballot requests. The board will not overturn election results; the law simply provides a process to review and ensure officials are technically competent and complying with state laws and regulations . This process requires a high burden of proof over multiple elections, and the State Elections Board may only suspend up to four election supervisors at any given time, which guards against using this process to try to influence election outcomes. 

Myth 6: The bill bans drinking water for voters while waiting in line 

FACT: Like the countless other states that have very specific laws against electioneering near polling places, Georgia has codified rules preventing political groups from handing out food or water to voters in line as an incentive to vote, but specifically allows poll workers to make water available to anyone who wants it. The law will also directly cut down wait times, meaning refreshment for people waiting in line will be less necessary.

Can we effectively combat the multi-faceted subversion of the American Republic?  "Wokeness" is attaching from all sides, including political, academic, media, corporate, ecclesiastical.


  1. Our nation has entered a post-fact era totally driven by emotions. Its all Pathos now.

    1. SF,
      Our nation has entered a post-fact era totally driven by emotions.

      Largely courtesy of our "education" system.

    2. As the great Tom Sowell once said "it's not that Johnny can't read. It's not even that Johnny can't think. It's that Johnny doesn't even know what thinking is."

      Sadly, for many "facts" are soundbites that bolster their felt opinions.

    3. Imagine in another 10 years and 10 more and..

  2. The CDC specifically stated that all persons who tested positive for Covid-19 at time of death were to be listed with Covid-19 as the cause of death. Run over by a truck, positive Covid-19 test, cause of death Covid-19. That's not some news maven, that's the CDC.

    George Floyd had tested positive for Covid-19. Cause of death; murder by white cop.

    1. Jayhawk,
      Nothing like our government's inflating the COVID-related death figures, huh?


  3. I'm very glad to see you're back, AOW. God bless you, my friend.

    Now cheer up. With the national guard still protecting federal buildings inside the nation’s capital, the number of false narratives emanating from the political left should eventually dwindle to an avalanche. Um ... unrelated question. Instead of paying national guardsmen to preserve and protect the nation’s capital, wouldn’t it be cheaper to simply build a wall around the DC-Metro area? Biden could do this. All he needs to do is divert money from the HHS budget.

    1. Mustang,
      I'm going to try to post at least once or twice a week -- although all the sorting and boxing up for my upcoming move may interfere.

  4. Glad to see you posting again, AoW. Your presence was missed.

  5. Thank you, thank you for the law's text. I knew the big picture - protecting the integrity of the vote. But not all this. It's too loose in my view.

    Happy to see your post, AOW, but I know you have so, so much ahead. Prayers, hugs and energy your way.


  6. I have changed my mind about the George Floyd case, after watching several hours of Derek Chauvin's trial, and especially after watching the previously unreleased police body-camera footage of the incident.

    I do not believe that Chauvin committed second-degree murder. I think he committed manslaughter. I would need several pages to fully explain the reasons for my view. Here are a few points that capture the main reasons:

    Floyd could have avoided being pinned on the ground in the first place if he had simply obeyed the police officers' repeated request to get into the back of the police car.

    * The officers did not pin Floyd on the ground until after he strongly resisted being put into the police car and after he then pushed his way out of the car and came out the other side of the car. Only at that point did the officers pin him on the ground.

    * Floyd's claim that he was afraid to get into confined spaces and therefore afraid to get into the back of the police car seems extremely doubtful, given the fact that Floyd had just spent several minutes in the front of a small car with the windows rolled up. The body camera footage shows that the front of the car that Floyd was taken from was virtually identical in size to the back of the police car.

    * The officers may have doubted Floyd's claim that he could not breathe because he started making this claim long before he was pinned on the ground and at a time when he clearly could breathe, as the officers pointed out to him.

    * Floyd's autopsy report proves that he was heavily under the influence of drugs during the incident. This could explain his irrational behavior.

    * Floyd deserves most of the blame for the incident. Chauvin should not have put his knee on Floyd's neck. He should have eased up on Floyd's neck after Floyd stopped moving, and he should have checked Floyd's vital signs after he stopped moving. But, again, Floyd never would have been pinned on the ground in the first place if he had simply gotten into the back of the police car as he was repeatedly instructed to do.

    And, just for the record, George Floyd was neither a "gentle person" nor "a good father"; he was a violent thug with a long rap sheet:
    If anyone watches the ENTIRE - UNEDITED body cam videos that are available on YouTube, and you are objective, you will change your mind

    So yes, Chauvin was a bully, and yes he acted muc h to violently, . There was no reason to continue to pin him down well after he stopped fighting. So I think negligent homicide is the charge because Floyd contributed MORE to his death than Chauvin.
    Bottom Line, this case was more of a Manslaughter case than Murder!

    1. If anyone watches the ENTIRE - UNEDITED body cam videos that are available on YouTube, and you are objective, you will change your mind

      Link(s), please.

    2. "The Voice of Reason" and other prolix strangers are some kind of cut-and-paste bot. I would have simply deleted this way off-topic boring boilerplate.

      So many well wishes from so many friends in this thread, and then there is crap like this.

      Apologies, but someone has to fill the void left by FreeThinke's passing. ;-)

  7. As for our good friends, the "Narrators"....

    Nietzsche, "On Strauss"
    A corpse is a pleasant thought for a worm, and a worm is a dreadful thought for every living creature. Worms fancy their kingdom of heaven in a fat body; professors of philosophy seek theirs in rummaging among Schopenhauer's entrails, and as long as rodents exist, there will exist a heaven for rodents. In this, we have the answer to our first question: How does the believer in the new faith picture his heaven? The Straussian Philistine harbours in the works of our great poets and musicians like a parasitic worm whose life is destruction, whose admiration is devouring, and whose worship is digesting.

    ...then, thru narration, regurgitating.

  8. We envy no one the edifying moments he may have, either in the stillness of his little private room or in a new heaven specially fitted out for him; but of all possible pleasures of this order, that of Strauss's is surely one of the most wonderful, for he is even edified by a little holocaust. He calmly throws the sublimest works of the German nation into the flames, in order to cense his idols with their smoke. Suppose, for a moment, that by some accident, the Eroica, the Pastoral, and the Ninth Symphony had fallen into the hands of our priest of the Graces, and that it had been in his power to suppress such problematic productions, in order to keep the image of the Master pure, who doubts but what he would have burned them? And it is precisely in this way that the Strausses of our time demean themselves: they only wish to know so much of an artist as is compatible with the service of their rooms; they know only the extremes—censing or burning. To all this they are heartily welcome; the one surprising feature of the whole case is that public opinion, in matters artistic, should be so feeble, vacillating, and corruptible as contentedly to allow these exhibitions of indigent Philistinism to go by without raising an objection; yea, that it does not even possess sufficient sense of humour to feel tickled at the sight of an unaesthetic little master's sitting in judgment upon Beethoven. As to Mozart, what Aristotle says of Plato ought really to be applied here: "Insignificant people ought not to be permitted even to praise him." In this respect, however, all shame has vanished—from the public as well as from the Master's mind: he is allowed, not merely to cross himself before the greatest and purest creations of German genius, as though he had perceived something godless and immoral in them, but people actually rejoice over his candid confessions and admission of sins—more particularly as he makes no mention of his own, but only of those which great men are said to have committed.

    1. There were, naturally, a few gifted narrators who, with a nice touch, drew vivid pictures of the happiness, the prosaic simplicity, the bucolic robustness, and all the well-being which floods the quarters of children, scholars, and peasants. With picture-books of this class in their hands, these smug ones now once and for all sought to escape from the yoke of these dubious classics and the command which they contained—to seek further and to find. They only started the notion of an epigone-age in order to secure peace for themselves, and to be able to reject all the efforts of disturbing innovators summarily as the work of epigones. With the view of ensuring their own tranquillity, these smug ones even appropriated history, and sought to transform all sciences that threatened to disturb their wretched ease into branches of history—more particularly philosophy and classical philology. Through historical consciousness, they saved themselves from enthusiasm; for, in opposition to Goethe, it was maintained that history would no longer kindle enthusiasm. No, in their desire to acquire an historical grasp of everything, stultification became the sole aim of these philosophical admirers of "nil admirari." While professing to hate every form of fanaticism and intolerance, what they really hated, at bottom, was the dominating genius and the tyranny of the real claims of culture.

  9. Personally I completely ignore all left narratives. Nothing to be gained by responding imo.

  10. PS - I'm glad you're back AOW. Missed you and have thought about you.

  11. Let's see ... Stacey Abrams organizes the vote in Georgia and hands the Repubs their head even costing them the Senate and the first thing the Repub Georgia legislature does is pass a law to make urban voting easier.
    Yeah, that makes sense.

    Bore me later.

    1. Glad to see you are--as the British say--back in rude health.

    2. SF,
      LOL! If I were a person easily offended, Duck's comment would have pissed me off. As it is, I look upon that comment as pathetic.

  12. AOW, so good to see you back, praying for you!

    What's REALLY pathetic is how you can look at the new Georgia voting laws and see how they don't do what the Left says, but the Left is sticking to its guns! This is when we know they understand and orchestrate the power of their media and don't really care about truth.
    Same as in the DeSantis lies from Sixty Minutes....they hear Publix saying they're wrong, they hear two Democrat politicians in FLA say Sixty Min got it totally wrong, and they're 'STICKING TO THEIR STORY". You can't make this up.
    Don't even get me started on Abrams in Ga......hilarious!

    1. Z,
      Thank you for your prayers.

      I don't have time to blog "full time," but I'm around now -- some of the time, anyway.

      they understand and orchestrate the power of their media and don't really care about truth

      Important point!

  13. I've been pondering this recently. Political messaging from all directions tends to be pointedly (deliberately?) unconvincing. It requires an abundance of charity to overlook the flaws in any of them.


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