Biden is Building Back a Better Super Highway to Serfdom

“What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.” — J. C. F. Hölderlin, German poet philosopher.


It is now clear that the intent of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is to take America down a super highway to serfdom.

In 1944 F. A. Hayek in his seminal work The Road to Serfdom wrote,

Only under the influence of the strong democratic currents preceding the revolution of 1848 did socialism begin to ally itself with the forces of freedom. But it took the new “democratic socialism” a long time to live down the suspicions aroused by its antecedents. Nobody saw more clearly than de Tocqueville that democracy as an essentially individualist institution stood in an irreconcilable conflict with socialism:

Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom [he said in 1848], socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.’

Biden’s Super Highway to Serfdom

Biden ran as a moderate in 2020 but his long record in the U.S. Congress and his policies since his inauguration have been anything but moderate. Biden and the Democrat Party seek equality in restraint and servitude. They’re diversity, inclusion and equity mantra is neither diverse, inclusive or equal. His policies are designed to give absolute power to a centralized government at the cost of the loss of individual liberty and freedom.

Today America now has only two parties: U.S. Patriots vs Them—the ‘them’ being subhuman ‘abort them all’ Democrats!

 recently wrote,

Today’s Woke Left are the new Puritans. They do not seek to liberate our minds from habit, or challenge us to innovation, but to enslave us in new doctrines far more rigid than anything earlier generations of Americans could conceive, from redefining biological sex to re-engineering freedom itself.

They have already held dress rehearsals of their Salem Witch Trials: the Mueller hoax, two impeachment fantasies, and the phantasmagoric January 6 inquisition. Now they want to put all of us on trial.

Democrats have set themselves up as the defenders of “Democracy” in a nation that was founded and remains a Constitutional Republic. They continue on their quest to fundamentally transform America from a free society into a society based upon dependency.

James Woods put this movement toward restraint and servitude succinctly in this tweet:

The Us v Them mentality of the Dems, the “them” being subhuman “abort them all”!

According to the president of the United States:

“The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security. They’re a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace, embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.”

So-called ‘presidential historian’ Michael Beschloss went even further: “We’re on the edge of a brutal authoritarian system.”

If Republicans win on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, Beschloss said, “our children will be sentenced to death and put in prison.”

 warns,

It’s too easy to say that Biden and the others have lost their minds. They believe every word of it. Even a red tsunami on Tuesday will not cure them of their conviction that they alone stand up for truth, and that their opponents are the embodiment of evil.

Because they are convinced they have definitively won the battle for the soul of America, the Woke Left is now treating their political enemies as a vanquished population — to be slowly starved, silenced, and banned from social intercourse.

They are telling this to their supporters every day: they are evil, they are corrupt, they want to destroy America, destroy democracy. 

The Woke Left sees us as players in the Hunger Games. 

Today they, the Democrat Party, sound eerily like INGSOC the political party in Orwell’s’ 1984. The INGSOC slogans are:

  • Big Brother is Watching You, e.g. FBI using social media, including Facebook, to track Biden’s political opponents.
  • War is Peace, e.g. Ukraine, tensions between China and Taiwan, Iran and their internal cultural revolution and the abandoning of Afghanistan leaving behind billions in U.S. military equipment now being used by the Taliban.
  • Freedom is Slavery, e.g. Making American Great requires individual freedom and liberty, which is evil.
  • Ignorance is Strength, e.g. the dumbing down academically of our public schools, colleges and universities to implement the Democrat agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past, e.g. Critical Race Theory, the renaming of anything and everything connected to our Founding Fathers and the Civil War in order to reshape history.

The Bottom Line

The choices in 2024 are now crystal clear:

  • No inflation, or rampant inflation under Democrats.
  • Secure borders, or open borders under Democrats.
  • Growth and prosperity, or dependence and poverty under Democrats.
  • A nation in Ascent, or a nation in Decline under Democrats.
  • Energy independence, or energy poor under Democrats.
  • Peace, or constant war under Democrats.
  • Law and order, or rampant crime under Democrats.
  • Low taxes, or more taxes under Democrats.
  • Less federal spending, or more federal spending under Democrats.
  • Pro-parent, or parents as domestic terrorists under Democrats.
  • Less federal debt, or unending federal debt under Democrats.
  • Fewer regulations, or more regulations under Democrats.
  • America first, or America last under Democrats.
  • Defend the police, or defund the police under Democrats.
  • American families first, or American families last under Democrats.
  • Alpha males and females, or beta males and females under Democrats.
  • Honesty and openness, versus corruption under Democrats.
  • Protecting innocent girls and boys, or rampant human trafficking by Democrats.
  • Drug free American, or drug addicted America under Democrats.
  • Peace in the Middle East, the Abraham Accords, or violence and war in the Middle East.
  • Freedom, or slavery under Democrats.
  • Pro-life, or pro-death of the unborn under Democrats.
  • Economic security, or economic dependency on other under Democrats.
  • Military strength, or military weakness under Democrats.
  • Marriage between one man and one women, or marriage defined as anything and everything under Democrats.
  • Happiness, or human pain and suffering under Democrats.
  • Conservationism, or radical environmentalism under Democrats.
  • Faith, family and liberty, or godlessness, destruction of the traditional family and tyranny under the Democrats
  • A Constitutional Republic, or Communism under Democrats.
  • Free and fair elections, or cheating and stealing under Democrats
  • God loving, or God and Godliness under attack by the Democrats.

MAGA and Donald J. Trump will go down in history as being the party of U.S. Patriots.

It is important to remember what Donald J. Trump said at his inaugural address,

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes, starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment — it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today, and everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

[ … ]

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories, scattered like tombstones across the across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge, and the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

This says it all. Power to the people.

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The Unvaccinated: We Won’t Forget. They celebrated our deaths and danced on our graves

Unvaxxed and proud.

How Pfizer and Moderna used Weber Shandwick to Push Vaccines on the CDC, Corporate America, Social Media, and Medical Boards

Billion Dollar Unit of Interpublic Group Network Committed Syndicated Fraud for Big Pharma

By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

Weber Shandwick is a billion-dollar public relations and marketing firm and a subsidiary of IPG, a massive corporate conglomerate.  Pfizer has used Weber Shandwick as a longstanding PR vendor for a variety of pharmaceutical and vaccine products. In 2020, Weber Shandwick began PR and marketing activities for Moderna.  This was around the time the marketing firm was awarded a federal contract from the CDC.  Recently Weber Shandwick was caught secretly operating an embedded marketing unit within the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and this was called out by a letter from Senator Rand Paul on October 24, 2022.

Courageous Discourse™ with Dr. Peter A. McCullough.

The Dilemma of the Unvaccinated

We Won’t Forget. They celebrated our deaths and danced on our graves

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Kevin McCarthy says he’ll remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs committee because of her antisemitism

We’ll see if McCarthy follows through. Don’t be surprised if they strike some deal and he backs down.

Kevin McCarthy to pull Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs committee over antisemitism

by Ari Hoffman, The Post Millennial, November 19, 2022:

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Saturday that when he becomes the speaker of the House of Representatives in January he plans to remove “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-MN), from the House Foreign Affairs Committee due to her “antisemitic” comments.

When the Republicans take the majority in the House next year, McCarthy will likely become the next speaker, pending a vote for the position on Jan. 3.

Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2022 leadership meeting in Las Vegas McCarthy pledged to the audience “We watch antisemitism grow, not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow In the halls of Congress. I promised you last year that as speaker she will no longer be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise.”

The room erupted in cheers in response.

Since she was elected to Congress in 2018, Omar has had a history of making many comments against Jews and Israel and using antisemitic tropes. After being elected to Congress, she submitted a resolution to the House comparing boycotting the Jewish state of Israel to boycotting the Nazis.

In February 2021, 1,500 rabbis called on Congress to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-MN), to the position of vice chair of the House foreign affairs subcommittee based on her past anti-Semitic statements and behavior.

Omar has an extensive history of using anti-Semitic statements and tropes as well as promoting conspiracy theories about Jews. In a now-deleted tweet Omar wrote “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza#Palestine#Israel”

In another now-deleted tweet, Omar said Jews were buying political support tweeting, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

According to The Daily Wire, in an interview, Omar suggested: “Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state, Israel is not a democracy, and compared Israel to Iran — which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Omar also embraced the anti-Semitic heads of the Woman’s March which included Linda Sarsour….

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‘Teach Them To Hate’—The Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff

The U.S. Senate Runoff in Georgia is December 6th, 2022.


“Reverend” Raphael Warnock has launched a character assassination attack against Herschel Walker Walker that totally distorts the battle the former college and NFL superstar once had with a mental health illness known as dissociative identity disorder. Warnock, who professes to be a man of God, is in truth a Marxist revolutionary hiding behind the ecclesiastical robes of his professed Christian faith. His allegiance to the hammer and sickle was exposed in 2020 when he refused to condemn communism during a debate with then-GOP senator Kelly Loeffler. The tactic Warnock is using—trying to destroy Walker’s character rather than debate issues—is nothing new. For the last half century, the post-JFK Democratic Party has indoctrinated its followers to not just disagree with Republicans, but to loathe them as well. A classic example of how successful that strategy has been can be seen by watching the 30-second video linked to in the first paragraph of the article below.

Please Herschel’s response to the hateful attack on him:

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Teach Them To Hate

For more than a half century, the post-1960s Democratic Party has employed a strategy of using Critical Theory and Identity Politics to foment an intense loathing of Republicans. The success of that strategy was illustrated by an angry liberal voter in the lead-up to the 2020 elections. With white hot hatred oozing from every fiber of her being, the crazed woman in the video below bellowed into her cell phone, “Wake up, Republicans! They warned us about people like you!” Watch:

CRITICAL THEORY

Developed in Germany during the first half of the last century by Marxist professors at the Frankfurt School, “critical theory” is a stratagem through which communist warriors subvert Western democracies by relentlessly challenging the traditional principles, values and institutions that enable those societies to function.

In its most basic form, critical theory calls for tearing away at the social fabric of free nations by constantly stigmatizing political opponents as selfish beneficiaries of an unjust and oppressive status quo. Under critical theory, opponents are targeted with never-ending criticism of virtually everything they do, and are assigned exclusive blame for every real or imagined societal wrong.

The goal of critical theory is to create a constant state political chaos, to make society so deeply divided, so roiled with bitter controversy that frightened, demoralized citizens will agree to support calls for an entirely new system that is “fair for all.”

IDENTITY POLITICS 

To overthrow a capitalist society, The Communist Manifesto calls for inciting a titanic class struggle by pitting a victim class against an oppressor class. In the bloody Russian Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks rose to power by pitting the proletariat against the bourgeois. Over the last half-century, the post-1960s Democratic Party has refined the concept of Marxist/Leninist class struggle into a potent political weapon known as “identity politics.”

The term refers to politically subdividing the electorate into multiple factions (voting blocs), the members of which are indoctrinated to believe they’ve been singled out for oppression due to societal prejudice against the identity group to which they belong.

To wit: People of color are oppressed by “systemic racism,” women by sexists and misogamists, refugees and illegal immigrants by xenophobes, Muslims by Islamophobes; gays and lesbians by religious bigots, and so on. The self-serving narrative of identity politics is that tolerant, inclusive and morally virtuous Democrats will righteously defend the members (voters) of each identity group from constant outrages intentionally inflicted on them by intolerant and morally bereft Republicans.

Through the use of identity politics vilification campaigns, the Democratic Party has religiously adhered to Alinsky’s teach-them-to-hate strategy by indoctrinating its followers to not just disagree with Republicans, but to loathe them as well.

TEACH THEM TO HATE: HOW DEMOCRATS WIN ELECTIONS

In a free society, advocates of communism can avoid having to sell their failed utopian ideas to a skeptical electorate, provided they can convince enough voters that their opponents are morally abhorrent people. Voters convinced of that will summarily reject 100% of what they hear from the other side. Lenin referred to such easily influenced voters as “useful idiots.” When asked how the Bolsheviks planned to keep the Russian people from listening to counterrevolutionaries, the Father of Soviet Communism said in so many words, “We must speak in a language that teaches our followers to direct hate and revulsion toward those who oppose us.”

Half-a-century later, a Marxist community organizer in Chicago named Saul Alinsky incorporated Lenin’s teach-them-to-hate strategy in his revolutionary book, “Rules for Radicals.” When “Rules” was published in 1971, the post-1960s Democratic Party adopted the book as its political bible. Believing that communism is so morally and intellectually superior that its advocates must prevail at all costs, Alinsky taught Democrats that the most effective way to defeat Republicans is to relentlessly accuse them of being racists.

Sensing that Alinsky’s tactics could be the means to fulfill her insatiable thirst for political power, a young Goldwater Republican became so infatuated with Alinsky that she switched her party affiliation. As the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee five decades later, Hillary Clinton would put Alinsky’s teach-them-to-hate strategy to practice by demonizing Trump supporters as morally reprehensible people: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call a basket of deplorables. They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

Like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama is one of Alinsky’s most loyal disciples. Having taught classes about the Marxist community organizer at the University of Chicago, Obama used Alinsky’s “ends justify the means” tactics in ascending to the most powerful job in the world.

HOW FREE NATIONS ARE FELLED FROM WITHIN

Generating political hatred is how totalitarians can take over a free country without firing a shot. That’s what happened in 1930s Germany, where a cheerleading press helped Hitler convince the German people that Jews were the cause of the country’s problems. By the time decent Germans realized the horror of what the Nazis were doing, it was too late.

Political hatred is un-American in the most poisonous meaning of the term. When a political party self-righteously wraps itself in a delusional cloak of moral superiority, there’s not much it won’t do to annihilate its opposition; when it teaches is followers to direct seething hatred toward the opposition, things are unlikely to end well.

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Oh say, will that star-spangled banner yet wave?

It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.


With all the division and vitriol in American politics and culture nowadays, some people are asking whether the United States might literally come apart. And since “some people” includes my editor, I draw upon my professional training as a historian to say, yes, it absolutely could, and a very likely date for this event is the beginning of 1860.

Oh dear, you cry. Then ask me if such an event is liable to be bloody. And again gazing into my crystal ball, I say that I fear so. Americans are, like most of the English-speaking world, exceptionally good at violence if they put their minds to it. It is not generally appreciated that the English Civil War between 1642 and 1651 killed more of that nation’s populace, per capita, than World War I.

As for the American Civil War, or at any rate the first one, it saw more dead than all America’s other wars combined, from a population of just 31 million, including one in five Southern white men of military age. Its carnage should have warned the civilized world of the possible consequences of a future major war in Europe had not the comic-opera Franco-Prussian war deceived them into thinking the future would be like the past. Which is an awkward thing for a historian to say, especially while making predictions. But the truth is that it’s easier to forecast things after the fact.

We do not use history as a guide to the future because it’s as accurate as, say, climate computer models. If it were, we’d chuck it in the bin. We use it because it’s better than anything else. For instance, a Ouija board. Or the speculations of projectors like the “experts say” in newspapers. And looking back we can certainly discern trends making some outcomes more probable than others, without eliminating the improbable or, one hopes, the sense of wonder that, for instance, the Allies somehow won either World War.

So, the short answer is that if you look at a political map of anything over any significant length of time you see that borders move about. Entities unite, not always willingly, and split apart, not always willingly. Even looking backward rather than forward I can see very different configurations of North America politically.

For instance, the two French river-based colonial ventures, on the St Lawrence with Quebec City and on the Mississippi with New Orleans, might have joined up, containing and smothering their English rivals and creating a mighty New France. Alternatively, all the British colonies might have joined the 13 rebel ones after 1776 and swallowed Quebec whole.

It’s also conceivable that the revolt might have failed. Though if it had, I imagine a gradual development of more independent polities that ultimately combined without a significant Canada. As for the Louisiana Purchase and the conquest of the southwest from Mexico, I think the relative dynamism of the English versus French and Spanish empires made any other result unlikely. Which also rather puts paid to visions of a mighty flourishing continental New France.

Enough of history, some may now cry. We want to hear about the modern world.

And many of us still think, consciously nor not, that history has ended, so it is not relevant to look at the shifting borders of the Roman, Byzantine, Russian or Chinese empires to try to determine whether the United States will remain exactly as it is today or collapse dramatically. Nor is it possible that the breakup of a country could result in violence as happened back in 2022 with Ukraine and Russia.

Oh dear, again. If you study history what you don’t find is countries that exist exactly as is for long periods. Human societies are dynamic, a word here meaning “full of energy and movement” not “necessarily always going onward and upward”. It used to fascinate people that great nations rose and fell and in fact the American Founding Fathers were preoccupied, including in their institution-building, with the collapse of the Roman Republic which rather disquietingly coincided with Rome’s rise from major regional power to universal empire.

Back then many influential and thoughtful people were also concerned that a key to the decline of once-mighty nations, coinciding with their borders shrinking, bits falling off or the whole thing shattering, was decadence. A virtuous people built a powerful and wealthy empire, power and wealth corrupted rulers and citizens alike, and a rot set in that proved impossible to halt or reverse even once identified.

What have such speculations to do with the USA? Because by any measure anyone ever used until about 17 years ago, America, like the West generally, is becoming increasingly and more obviously decadent.

Whether the US is also becoming more polarized is hard to measure since it has certainly been sharply divided at many points in the past including the 1960s, though never yet as badly as in the 1860s. But that comic map showing the United States of Canada versus Jesusland, and some ruder versions, certainly capture a sociological division also visible in the county-by-county electoral maps, between a geographically small but heavily populated liberal coastal elite and a vast conservative/populist heartland that are barely on speaking terms.

It’s ominous. And an additional point that concerns me greatly here is that last time America fractured on not entirely dissimilar lines, both North and South felt themselves to be the true America, the real heirs of the Revolution. And both had strong arguments for their position grounded, in different ways, in liberty. In the end the Northern vision prevailed and, for all the long-term harm done by the crushing of the South’s more authentically small-government vision, the defeat of the loathsome institution of racial slavery made that outcome a great victory for all mankind.

The situation is different today partly because Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” resonated strongly in what is called “Red America” and there alone. Blue America wrinkled its nose at the very concept of America ever having been great, let alone making it so again. (Parenthetically, I believe commentators reversed the usual colours so as not to call the Democrats Reds.)

I think the British monarchy still retains vast prestige and is a huge tourist draw because many people inside and outside the UK understand that Britain has a glorious history, warts and all. In America today the divisions run so deep, including over whether it does, as to inspire grave concern.

Back in 2004, in the run-up to the election that prompted that Jesusland map, I had the opportunity to go on a State-Department-sponsored journalists’ tour of swing states where we met with all kinds of liberals across America. And I remember discussing the danger of a national breakup with a very left-wing woman in Portland, Oregon, who floated the idea that it might have been better for all concerned if the United States had fragmented decades earlier. But when I said that the world would have been a far less free, prosperous, and happy place without American might combatting tyranny through the 20th century, she thanked me with considerable emotion and lamented how few foreigners saw her country that way.

Does such a sentiment still exist today in what one might cruelly call Antifaland as opposed to Amurrica? Frankly I have trouble imagining modern progressives mounting a convincing military effort, as opposed to the Yankee farm boys and merchants the rebels of 1860 disastrously underestimated. But I also have trouble imagining Blue America wanting to, or responding to, the “mystic chords of memory” that Lincoln so hauntingly evoked in his first inaugural, “stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land”. Or his “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.”

I also, to be rude, have trouble imagining any politician today capable even of reciting, let alone creating, such soaring phrases as his, four years later, that “Fondly do we hope – fervently do we pray – that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’”

Let me evoke one more haunting image before I close. It is the last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI Paleologos, supposedly tearing off the imperial robes to rush to the final defence of the city walls, never to be seen again. Great nations do crumble, shatter, or collapse. And while history cannot predict the future with anything like mathematical certainty, it has not stopped. And it has a nasty habit of repeating itself with a snarl, especially if we forget it.

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‘Groomed And Preyed Upon’: Young Woman Was Pressured Into Mastectomy, Testosterone As A Child — Now She Regrets It

  • Luka, a 20-year-old woman who began identifying as transgender in adolescence, now regrets taking cross-sex hormones and having a double mastectomy at 16; she says doctors pressured her into medically transitioning. 
  • Her story is a microcosm of what’s happening across the U.S.: thousands of teen girls are undergoing irreversible biomedical interventions to resolve gender identity issues they would likely outgrow on their own, experts say, and doctors are encouraging the medicalization of these minors despite health risks the treatments present. 
  • “My parents were told the same thing so many other parents in these situations are told, ‘Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living son?’ despite the fact that, no matter all my mental health struggles, I had never been suicidal,” Luka told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Luka was 15 when she was first encouraged by her therapist to come out as transgender while she was hospitalized for mental health issues. A surgeon removed her breasts when she was 16 in a “gender-affirming” double mastectomy, and she went on cross-sex hormones soon after, which permanently changed her face, body and voice.

At 20 years old, Luka now regrets listening to doctors and medical professionals, whom she says misled and manipulated her into undergoing irreversible medical procedures.

“There was no stopping to question if this was the right way to deal with the discomfort I was feeling around my body,” Luka told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

At no point did doctors inform Luka that there were ways to resolve her mental health problems besides transitioning, which she now believes would have been enough to prevent her from going through with the procedures, she told the DCNF. Her doctors appear to have adopted the “gender affirmation approach” promoted by transgender activists: they encourage gender transitions rather than helping patients come to terms with their biological sex.

“The only acceptable answer to any medical professional was to ‘affirm’ what I said instead of offering any alternative ways of dealing with the issues I was suffering from. Those constant affirmations really did push me down the path of further medicalization,” said Luka, whose last name has been withheld to protect her privacy.

Luka is one of a handful of “detransitioners” speaking out against what they see as a medical establishment run amok, committed more to transgender ideology than patient well-being; their fears are backed up by a growing body of experts who believe the medical community is pushing minors onto the gender medicalization path to alleviate normal adolescent woes they would likely outgrow. Luka is sharing her story now in the hope that girls who find themselves thrust into the transgender medical world will slow down and reconsider before socially or medically transitioning.

“According to all the studies ever carried out on gender-distressed children, 80% of these kids grow out of it,” said Stella O’Malley, psychotherapist and founder of Genspect, an organization that is skeptical of the efficacy of the “gender affirmation” approach to gender dysphoria.

Numerous studies have shown similar figures.

“It’s very authoritarian of clinicians to pretend to know which child will persist in their trans identity and which will desist,” O’Malley said. “The rising numbers of detransitioners who transitioned when they were children shows that these clinicians are no less fallible than every other human.”

“We have no way of knowing what sort of adult the child will become and we shouldn’t allow clinicians with an inflated sense of their abilities to have this authority,” she told the DCNF.

The DCNF confirmed the details of Luka’s transition through a review of medical documents and photographs. The names of the clinics and medical professionals involved in her transition have been withheld at her request due to her fear of possible retaliation.

A therapist first encouraged Luka to come out as transgender while she was partially hospitalized for unrelated mental health issues at age 15, as a freshman in high school, she said; this meant she was sleeping at home but spending most days at the hospital. She had expressed general discomfort with her body and said she might be questioning her gender identity, and her therapist told her to come out as transgender to her parents, claiming it was the best way the get the help she needed, Luka told the DCNF.

Luka had only met with that therapist once or twice on a one-on-one basis prior to that meeting, she said. During that therapy session, Luka said she was overwhelmed, shaking with anxiety and nearly blacked out. Afterwards, her parents were told that she was at high risk for suicide if she didn’t transition — a common talking point among transgender activists, politicians and some health care professionals.

“I cannot stress enough how I was not in a good place mentally at that point in time,” she said. “I’d say that first visit to the partial hospital definitely solidified that identity of transgender in me and started that process of social (and later medical) transition, since up until that point I was questioning but hadn’t put any label on myself yet.”

“It was only rather recently after I really was able to take a large step back from having direct interactions with those medical professionals that I was able to process everything and really work through the actual causes of my dysphoria and general discomfort,” she told the DCNF.

Soon after adopting a transgender identity, Luka moved from her all-girls school to a public school, where she began wearing chest binders and going by a new name. Transgender activists refer to this process as “social transition.”

While activists claim the practice is easily reversed, critics say that social transition further confuses children and cements transgender identification.

“Social transition has a critical effect on [transgender identification’s] persistence,” wrote Dr. Stephen B. Levine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, in his expert witness statement in a court case over transgender participation in school sports. “It is evident from the scientific literature that engaging in therapy that encourages social transition before or during puberty … is a psychotherapeutic intervention that dramatically changes outcomes.”

“Studies conducted before the widespread use of social transition for young children reported desistance rates in the range of 80-98%, [while] a more recent study reported that fewer than 20% of boys who engaged in a partial or complete social transition before puberty had desisted when surveyed at age 15 or older,” he wrote.

After Luka’s social transition came the more invasive, irreversible treatments.

A therapist she was seeing at her gender clinic recommended she visit a plastic surgery center, she said. Luka did, and underwent a double mastectomy at 16 years old, about a year and a half after “coming out” as transgender. No one at the clinic seemed to have any hesitations about Luka’s age, she said, and the purpose of her appointments prior to surgery were simply to get familiar with the clinic, not to determine if surgery was actually right for her.

“The doctors themselves seemed to have no hesitation about the surgery,” Luka said, noting that the surgery was delayed a few months due to concerns about her mental health and recovery timing. “The initial consultation at the gender identity clinic was around two hours just asking how I felt about things related to gender.”

Double mastectomies, often referred to by doctors and transgender activists as “top surgery,” are frequently recommended to underage girls with gender identity issues; numerous hospitals in the U.S. openly perform them on minors, and some surgeons advertise the procedure on youth-dominated social media platforms like TikTok.

Mastectomies can result in loss of nipple sensation, and some patients choose to have the nipples removed entirely, according to Miami-based plastic surgeon Sidhbh Gallagher, who promoted double mastectomies on TikTok.

There’s no comprehensive data on how many minors have received mastectomies in pursuit of gender transitions in the U.S., but Boston Children’s Hospital performed 65 top surgeries on minors from 2017 to 2020, according to data published by the Journal of Clinical Medicine. The average top surgery patient was 18, and the youngest was 15, according to the review.

At least 1,130 chest surgeries were performed on adolescents (98.6% of whom were female) in the U.S. from 2016 to 2019, according to one study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University, but this data only includes hospital settings; it doesn’t account for the patients who had surgeries at private practices or the likely higher number of minors who underwent the procedure from 2020 to 2022.

Doctors often recommend patients take testosterone, referred to as “hormone therapy,” before undergoing mastectomies to promote chest muscle growth, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, Luka said she wasn’t prescribed testosterone until after her surgery.

“After getting surgery at 16, getting on hormones later that fall went very quickly,” she said. “I met with my doctor at the gender clinic, had blood work done and got a prescription for testosterone.”

She continued to take testosterone until earlier this year, at the age of 20, when she realized it hadn’t resolved her underlying problems. It had, however, resulted in a long list of health issues, Luka told the DCNF: she stopped getting her period, her voice grew deeper, she began growing facial hair, her jaw became more square, her figure changed from hourglass to rectangular and she developed a deeper voice.

She also said she was unable to cry while taking testosterone, adding that it affected her thought processes in a way that she struggled to describe.

Gender transitions are an off-label use of testosterone that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the side effects still aren’t fully known, according to Kaiser Permanente. The drug can result in permanent infertility and carries the risks of high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, cancer, liver damage, weight gain and diabetes.

Medical professionals convinced Luka’s parents to allow her to have the procedures, she said, by telling them their daughter might commit suicide if she didn’t medically transition. She doesn’t blame her parents for what happened, and says they were just trusting a medical system that was supposed to help her.

“My mom was very concerned and opposed to the idea of me getting surgery, but was bullied by my dad and pressured by the doctors and therapists into being ok with it,” she said. “My parents were told the same thing so many other parents in these situations are told, ‘Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living son?’ despite the fact that, no matter all my mental health struggles, I had never been suicidal.”

Other detransitioners have come forward with similar stories; one young woman, Chloe Cole, is suing Kaiser Permanente for fraud after the hospital allegedly told her parents that her gender issues would never go away and that she was at high risk for suicide if she didn’t medically transition. After undergoing puberty blockers, hormones and a double mastectomy beginning at age 13, her gender dysphoria did go away; she is no longer transgender and, like Luka, she regrets the procedures.

“Chloe’s doctors coerced her into a life-altering and highly invasive medical treatment by concealing from her less invasive treatment options and by lying to her about her condition,” Harmeet Dhillon, one of Cole’s attorneys, told the DCNF. “This predatory and barbaric behavior from medical professionals needs to stop. ”

Dr. Joseph Burgo, a clinical psychologist, said some medical professionals ignore the various mental health issues young patients may have and instead focus solely on gender dysphoria, viewing their other problems as mere extensions of gender identity issues and the result of discrimination and mistreatment they may face.

“The current term used to describe this very real phenomenon is ‘diagnostic overshadowing,’ where a diagnosis of transgender identity takes precedence over all other mental health issues and becomes the sole focus of treatment,” Burgo told the DCNF. “Some practitioners hold that those other mental issues are caused by so-called ‘minority stress’ (non-acceptance of trans identities by society) and will actually be resolved through medical transition.”

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics support cross-sex medical procedures for minors, which are legal in most states and widely defended by Democratic politicians. However, a growing number of health care professionals are coming out against the procedures, citing health risks and a lack of evidence of their safety and efficacy.

More than 1,700 medical professionals and concerned parents recently signed a declaration condemning WPATH’s guidelines over concerns about ethics, child safeguarding and the group’s alleged mischaracterization of scientific data. WPATH had removed age minimums for many cross-sex procedures, invalidated the experiences of detrantitioners and ignored scientific skepticism of cross-sex procedures to adhere to ideological positions, the declaration argued.

By ceasing her transition and speaking out, Luka joins a growing cohort of young people who adopted transgender identities, underwent cross-sex medical procedures in adolescence and eventually regretted it. These so-called detransitioners are largely female, and they often attribute their gender identity issues to social contagion or to pressure from transgender activists on social media.

“I would definitely say social media played a role in keeping the process of everything going, as well as some issues with being groomed and preyed upon by people online,” she said. “That probably played a much bigger role than any social contagion aspect.”

Transgender activists claim transition regret is rare, but the systematic review they often cite only counted patients who had undergone surgeries and omitted patients who had only taken puberty blockers and/or hormones. Likewise, the study’s data stretched back to 1989, long before medical transitions became common and readily available. It will likely take years to get more complete data on how many young women who transitioned recently will come to regret their decision.

Luka no longer identifies as transgender, and she avoids interacting with the transgender community. When she began questioning components of gender ideology, including childhood medical transitions, she said members of the transgender community shunned and shamed her.

As for her future, she wants a normal life and is waiting to see how she can recover from her transition.

“I want to get through university, find a job and hopefully in the future find someone, get married and have a family, some of which is definitely dependent on finding out if the damage done from transitioning can be undone,” she said.

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LAUREL DUGGAN

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 If You Only Have Time to Read a Few Select Articles:

*** Democratic meddling in GOP primaries paid off in a big way on Election Day

*** The “myth of left and right”

*** Democracy Wasn’t On the Ballot, Extremism Was

*** Elections for dummies

*** COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: 21 Scientific Facts That Challenge the Assumptions

*** The Global Disinformation Campaign Against Ivermectin – The “Blitz”

*** COVID-19 Pandemic Policy And Mistakes

*** The Masked Ball of Cowardice

*** Short videos: Electric Cars: Inconvenient Facts, Part 1 & Part 2

*** US dangerous diesel shortage caused by anti-fossil-fuel politicians

*** The EPA vs. the grid

*** America Has Lost Its Moral Compass

*** The Parents’ Revolt against US Public Education

*** Doubt-Free, America’s Schools Warm to Climate Activism

*** The Politics Of Science: Voters Have An Important Voice

*** To America’s Permissive Addiction ‘Fix,’ Critics Just Say No

COVID-19 — Repeated Important Information:

My webpage (C19Science.info) with dozens of Science-based COVID-19 reports

*** World Council of Health: Early COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

*** FLCCC Long COVID Treatment Protocol

*** COVID-19: What You Need To Know (Physicians for Informed Consent)

*** If you have received a COVID-19 injection, here’s how to Detox

*** Place Your US Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 — Therapies:

*** The Global Disinformation Campaign Against Ivermectin – The “Blitz”

FTX Slush Fund Bankrolled Fake Studies to Hide Covid Therapeutics

COVID-19 — Injections:

*** Report: Fundamental Flaws in Pfizer’s COVID-19 Biologics License Application

*** Report: Experts say FDA oversight of clinical trials is “grossly inadequate”

COVID-19 — Injection Mandates:

*** COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: 21 Scientific Facts That Challenge the Assumptions

Physicians for Informed Consent Challenges the Basis for COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The Solidarity Argument for Forced Mass Vaccination Turned Out to Be False

G20 leaders have just signed a declaration which states that vaccine passports will be adopted to “facilitate” all international travel

COVID-19 — Masks:

*** Fed Judge Strikes Down Vax & Mask Mandates For Preschoolers & Workers, Calls It “Tyranny”

AFL Uncovers Documents Revealing that Biden Admin’s ‘Guidance’ on Masking Children in School Was Driven by the Kaiser Foundation’s Political Polling

Flu Season Sees Calls For Return To Face Mask Mania

COVID-19 — Misc:

*** COVID-19 Pandemic Policy And Mistakes

*** The Masked Ball of Cowardice

Alcohol deaths ‘exploded’ during pandemic

Greed Energy Economics:

*** The Disastrous Economics of a Grid with 100% Intermittent Renewables

*** The Cost of Renewables: Just a Blip in the Narrative

***Wind power giant says it was a mistake to say renewables would get cheaper

Unrealistic net zero policies cost families dearly

Renewables (General):

*** Renewable Energy: Intermittency Has Major Consequences

*** The Green-Energy Revolution Will Make the World More Dangerous

Why green energy is not green at all

Green Energy Revolution Hits Energy Reality Wall

Voters Veto Big Wind In Ohio and Michigan: Rejections Now Total 375 Since 2015

Wind Energy:

*** Ontario’s Perfect Demonstration of Wind’s Intermittent and Unreliable Nature

Savior Al Gore wields windmills to stop the storms and end the Culture of Death

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind plus Storage

Shell and Partners Cancel Floating Wind Project Offshore France

Solar Energy:

*** The U.S.’s Struggle to Wean Itself From Chinese Solar Power

Solar Energy Firm Collapses Owing British Taxpayers £655 Million

Solar installations hasten loss of Virginia farmland

Nuclear Energy:

*** Rolls-Royce aims to build 30 mini-nuclear reactors to kick-start nuclear revolution

*** Report: Confidence in Nuclear Energy

The Nuclear Energy Ice Age Appears to Be Over

Ukraine and US announce cooperation on Clean Fuels from SMR pilot project

Methane:

*** Methane: Much Ado About Nothing

Methane Obsession: New York’s Dark and Dangerous Phobia

Fossil Fuel Energy:

*** US dangerous diesel shortage caused by anti-fossil-fuel politicians

*** The EPA vs. the grid

Biden Caves To Saudis Rather Than Pump More Oil

Washington State Ban on Natural Gas Heating Is All Cost, No Benefit

Europe scrambles for Africa’s fossil fuels

STEM Is the Future in Oklahoma as Gas Industry Brings It!

Electric Vehicles (EVs):

*** Short videos: Electric Cars: Inconvenient Facts, Part 1 & Part 2

*** Electric Vehicle (EV) Precautions

Misc Energy:

*** Study: Emissions of Hydrogen Could Undermine Its Climate Benefits, etc.

*** How Blackrock Investment Fund Triggered the Global Energy Crisis

German Government Worried About Bank Runs, “Aggressive Discontent” Ahead of Energy Shortage

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:

*** The Briefing Begins (Lawsuit Challenging the Endangerment Finding)

*** New Poll of Scientists Dispels Myth of Climate Change Consensus

*** The Flawed EPA Theory That Won’t Go Away

Rich people deprive poor people cheap energy in the name of climate change

Celebrating War as Climate Win Makes Red True Color of “Greens”

Corporate greenwashing: will court cases and new rules close the gap between promises and reality?

Manmade Global Warming — COP27:

*** COP27: A meaningless ritual for China and India

*** African nations tell COP27 fossil fuels will tackle poverty

*** After 32 years of UN climate rituals, global CO2 emissions hit new record

UN Demands $2 Trillion A Year From Rich Countries For ‘Climate Justice’

The Obvious Climate Strategy Nobody Will Talk About

An analysis of what gets prioritized and ignored at UN climate negotiations

COP27 — “Loss and Damage” vaguely makes it to the table

COP27 — Will “loss and damage” extremism kill national alarmism?

Manmade Global Warming — Misc:

*** 41% of climate scientists don’t believe in catastrophic ‘climate change,’ major new poll finds

*** New MIT Study: Earth can regulate its own temperature over millennia

Nitrous Oxide and Climate

Archive: In Defense of CO2… Common Sense Revisited

Study: ’Highly religious’ Americans say Earth merits protection, but fewer fear climate change

White House Admits It: We Might Need to Block the Sun to Stop Climate Change

US Election:

Election-Integrity.info (10 major election reports by our team of experts, plus much more!)

*** Democratic meddling in GOP primaries paid off in a big way on Election Day

*** Democracy Wasn’t On the Ballot, Extremism Was

*** Elections for dummies

*** Google Is Shifting Votes On A Massive Scale, But A Solution Is At Hand

*** We Need To Talk About What Didn’t Happen On Election Day

*** Republicans Have Won 6 Million More Votes than Democrats in House Races, But Gained Relatively Few Seats

*** Suffering is the Beginning of Wisdom: Part I, It’s All Trump’s Fault!

*** Suffering is the Beginning of Wisdom: Part II, Did America Really Vote For This?

Despite ceaseless warnings on the left, Election Day came and went without right-wing violence

Elections Need More Transparency. Why Do Some on Left Want Less?

Here Are the Well-Funded Forces Arrayed Left and Right to Challenge Elections

Is This Morning in America or Twilight Before the Dark?

Meet the mega-donors pumping millions into the 2022 midterms

US Election — Arizona Issues:

*** The Maricopa County Voting Machines Disaster is Even Worse Than We Thought

*** Arizona’s Election Must Be Redone: Here Are At Least Three Provable Constitutional Violations That Render the Results Uncertifiable

4 Keys to Understanding Why Maricopa County Still Has Election Problems

How Election Integrity Has Been Destroyed In Arizona (And Elsewhere)

Short video: 2022 Ballot box stuffing in Maricopa

US Election — Other State Issues:

*** Key website re 2022 Election data: WhosCountingUS

*** Would you like to help with the Georgia Runoff Election?

*** Nevada’s Vote By Mail System Is A Total Disaster

Here We Go Again… Suspicious Ballots Arrive Way After Legal Deadline in Detroit

PA voters reelect Dem state lawmaker who died in October

Texas AG Inves­ti­gates Poten­tial Vio­la­tions of State Law by Zucker­berg-Backed Cen­ter for Tech and Civic Life

Conservatives Legally Uses Ballot Harvesting to Win

US Politics and Socialism:

*** Understanding Communism and Revolutionary Warfare

*** The “myth of left and right”

The Manchurian President

Misinformation Is Now the Excuse for Government Propaganda

Other US Politics and Related:

*** A tale of two Americas

*** Some appropriate new songs, like “I will Not Be Leaving Quietly

*** Mark Levin on Mitch McConnell, etc.

*** The Woke Grift

Biden and Activist Allies Push Taxpayer-Funded Voter Registration at Colleges

Measuring the effect of radical protests on the public and the national agenda

‘Complete & Total Vindication’: Giuliani celebrates as feds drop case after early morning raid

Religion Related:

*** America’s Marxist revolutionaries have removed God from public life, we have to bring Him back

*** The New Puritans: The Woke Left wants to put all of us on trial

*** America Has Lost Its Moral Compass

37 countries sign pledge to uphold pro-life, pro-family policies

The green mob won’t rest until Christmas joy is utterly destroyed

Pope Francis’s Tacit Support for Gay Marriage Subverts Scripture to Please the World

Education Related:

*** The Parents’ Revolt against US Public Education

*** Collegiate Alumni Donations: What Are We Giving To?

*** Doubt-Free, America’s Schools Warm to Climate Activism

What’s So Great About Diversity, Anyway?

DeSantis-backed school board candidates sail to victory as governor works to root out ‘woke’ ideology

Science and Misc Matters:

*** The Politics Of Science: Voters Have An Important Voice

*** To America’s Permissive Addiction ‘Fix,’ Critics Just Say No

Why 401(k)s Are Not OK (and Not Just Because of the Lousy Economy)

Ukraine:

*** Latest Developments in Ukraine: Nov 20th

*** Pray for the safety of the Ukrainian people

*** A well-rated source to make a Ukraine donation


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Sensible Second Amendment Logic 101

A reader, h/t TJS, sent us the following ten steps to achieve Second Amendment logic. Please ponder these simple common sense statements. Enjoy.

  1. I’ve no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms. But, while we’re at it, let’s do the same when it comes to immigration, voter I.D.s, and candidates running for office.
  2. Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving. Maybe it’s time to raise the age of Smart Phone ownership to 21.
  3. The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement.
  4. Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and an estimated trillion rounds of ammunition. Seriously, folks, if gun owners were the problem, you’d know about it real quick.
  5. When President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were murdered, nobody blamed the rifles and gun used.
  6. The National Rifle Association (NRA) members have murdered zero people and this non-profit receives nothing in government funding.
  7. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood (PP) murders 350,000 babies annually and receives $500,000,000 in American tax dollars annually.
  8. Folks keep screaming about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and probably has a trillion rounds at the ready. The other side has crying closets, is hopelessly confused about which bathroom they should use or the clothes they should wear. So, what’s your thoughts about how that Civil War would work out?
  9. A man named Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. left 300,000 guns, and ammunition, for the radical, vicious, terrorist Taliban in Afghanistan and then he has the gall to be lecturing law abiding gun owners about gun control.
  10. If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry, USA.

Common sense wouldn’t you say?

Please read America’s Rifle: The Case for the AR-15

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni, ‘The solution is to free Africa from certain Europeans who exploit it!’

Italy’s first female Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is taking on the issue of bringing migrants from Africa to Europe head on.

She appeared on the news with a startling revelation about the CFA franc.

According to the International Monetary Fund,

What is the CFA franc zone?

The CFA franc zone consists of 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, each affiliated with one of two monetary unions. Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo comprise the West African Economic and Monetary Union, or WAEMU, founded in 1994 to build on the foundation of the West African Monetary Union, founded in 1973. The remaining six countries — Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon — comprise the Central African Economic and Monetary Union, or CAEMC.

Watch.

In our September 26th, 2022 column Why They Already Hate Giorgia Meloni The New Prime Minister of Italy we wrote,

Here’s why these woke, anti-liberty, anti-family, anti-faith media outlets hate Giorgia Meloni.

Watch:

They hate Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni because she is pro-woman, pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-life, pro-Italy. Her message is “Make Italy Great Again” (MIGA) and very much like the American MAGA movement she is hated for her love of faith, family and country.

Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni is a woman of principle.

Now Giorgia is taking on the IMF and the French elites who use the Africans as slaves to enhance their wealth.

Giorgia is everything that the real fascists hate. She’s a mother, Catholic, wife and a strong independent woman who speaks truth to power.

She loves her country and its traditions.

In other words she is a normal and healthy woman!

Copyright Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

Why Islam is Not a Religion

Rebecca Bynum—”Why Islam is Not a Religion” speech delivered October 18th, 2011 to ACT! for America Chapter in Memphis Tennessee.

Good Evening. I’m here to talk to you about a subject no one wants to discuss – religion. Many people in our post-Christian society (especially journalists) are afraid of it, misinformed about it, and ignorant of the most basic theological concepts. And our theologians are often too specialized in their work to be able to discuss religion in its broadest outlines or our Churchmen are often so concerned with finding common ground that they gloss over and ignore the theology of Islam.

Our greatest Islam critics confine their attack to the non-religious aspects of Islam, either its political side or its judicial side.

But when we discuss political Islam or Sharia law alone, we imply that there is a religious Islam that is perfectly fine, that we don’t have to worry about. And we leave the major problems of Islamization – Muslim immigration, mosque building, the proselytizing in our prisons and military, and the infiltration of our governmental institutions completely untouched and indeed untouchable.

So I think we need to take a few steps back to examine Islam as a whole, and to broadly define the outlines of Islam – what it is and what it isn’t.

One thing we can definitely say about Islam is that it is not solely confined to a belief system. If it is a religion it is not a religion only. Islam is a total system of life and contains within itself a particular social system, judicial system, and political system which includes geo-political aspirations – the conquest and administration of territory.

I often liken Islam to a duck-billed platypus which superficially resembles an otter. Upon closer examination, one finds this animal has a duck-like bill, lays eggs, and has many other characteristics which are not otter-like. So it cannot therefore remain in the biological category containing otters. It is simply too different and has to have its own category. The same thing is true of Islam. It is much too different from the other religions to remain in the religion category; it should be uniquely classified in its own category.

Secondly, I think it is obvious to Christians that Islam is its polar opposite, and nihilism lies between Christianity and Islam, and that the morality of Islam is inverted.

Let me explain: religion supplies our basic world-view concerning the nature of reality. If we were to plot belief systems on a graph, one side would have religions which view God as good and the universe as a benevolent place. In the middle we have the view that there is no God and the universe is a pitiless and indifferent place, the view of material determinism which is the direction toward which our society is currently tending. On the other side, the view of God would be of a malevolent diety, and the universe of a vicious and unpredictable place, of a God that enjoys our suffering. This is where Islam lies.

The reason we can assert that the morality of Islam is inverted is that Islam consistently elevates material over spiritual considerations. That is, it elevates the material obedience to the dictates of the Islamic doctrine above all consideration of truth or goodness. Morality, conformity and even legality are all one and the same in Islam. Let me give you an example: The following are the words of the father of a failed female suicide bomber:

“If I had known what [my daughter] was planning I would have told the Jews. I would have stopped her.”

“In our religion it is forbidden for a girl’s body to be uncovered even at home. How could a girl allow her body to be smashed to pieces and then collected up by Jews? This is absolutely forbidden.”

Though this is an extreme circumstance, we see this pattern play out over and over again. Women are treated as if they were property because that is how they are defined by Islam.

For example, if a young girl runs away from home to marry her true love, she has in effect stolen the property that is herself from her family and the family will often try to kill her to negate the theft and to assuage the shame and humiliation suffered by the family for not to being in full control of their daughter’s body as is required by Islam. In this way, Islam is utterly materialistic – control of the body is everything. And the Muslim mind is focused fully on the material world.

I further contend that Islam has become a substitute God for Muslims. Worship is defined as obedience to Islam, and Islam represents the entire will of God for all men through all time. God’s will is also every single thing that happens. So even if one disobeys Islam, it is still God’s will that he did so.

If there is no difference between man’s will and God’s will, then there is no God to seek. In Islam God is unknowable – he is completely transcendent, and his will is all things. Theologically this is the equivalent to saying there is no God.

Furthermore, when a religion becomes completely reduced to a doctrine and only a doctrine, it is no longer a living faith. It is dead. Islam may be complex, and it maybe logical, but it is logic in the absence of living truth.

Religion in its broadest sense must be about the pursuit of higher values – of truth, beauty, and goodness. As we learned in philosophy class, the thinking used to be that these values stand apart from the world and evaluate the world. Truth is the measure of man, man is not the measure of truth. That is the essence of religious thought. And the interesting thing is that when we pursue value, as all true religions encourage, we incorporate those values into ourselves – as we pursue goodness, we become good, and as we pursue truth we reflect truth in ourselves, and we appreciate the beauty of God’s creation more and more – this is commonly called spiritual growth. All religions, as we have known them facilitate this process – its goal is to lead men to God, and lead them to experience God’s love.

Islam, on the other hand, subordinates everything to itself. Islam is the highest value, and the spiritual values we just mentioned are thought to be entirely contained within Islam, even to be entirely contained within the Koran. Which is why that after a rumor about Korans being flushed down the toilet at Guantanamo was started by Newsweek in May 2005, scores were killed, and hundreds injured in rioting all over the Muslim world. Lives were sacrificed over paper and ink. We saw the same pattern play out with the Muhammad cartoons over a supposed religious principle which concerns itself with only the material world.

There is no higher truth than Islam, no higher good than Islam and nothing more beautiful than Islam. Islam has replaced God, you see, and its ultimate goal is not to lead men to seek those higher values. Islam exists simply to perpetuate itself.

Let’s take three simple religious concepts and look at how they are subordinated under Islam.

The first one is Faith. When we use the word faith, we mean a growing trust in a loving, fatherly God – a God who can be known, a God who can be approached. In Islam, God cannot be known, there is no bridge to him. What Muslims mean by faith is faith in the truth and rightness of Islam itself. Intellectual assent to a doctrine has replaced living faith – man’s relationship with a higher reality.

The second is prayer. When we pray we open our inner life to God – it is an intimate and personal communication and is often a petition for God to strengthen us in virtue so we will be better prepared to meet the problems of our lives.

There is nothing personal, or intimate about Muslim prayer. It is communal and a rote formula. Everyone prays the same prayers at the same time facing the same direction, while performing the same muscular movements. Just like military drills, these so called prayers have the effect of cementing communal solidarity, but not of increasing intimate contact with God. Personal petitions must be addressed correctly to one of the 99 names of God, otherwise the prayer is lost as though God were some kind of giant post office. There is no intimacy between man and God in Islamic prayer because there cannot be.

The third is worship by which we mean love, adoration, awe, and gratitude, all being expressed to God. Often this is done in the form of song. In Islam, worship is defined as obedience to Islam, and since God is transcendent and we cannot know him, loving him is beside the point, and is certainly not essential. Obedience is everything.

This concept is also a major stumbling block to democracy because to obey man’s law in Islamic thought is equivalent to the worship of man. Now, while I would agree that the worship of man is broadly a characteristic of the modern world, especially if we look at the rise of science, and its promise of omniscience and even omnipotence – that all things can be known and done through the agency of science. I vehemently disagree that the Islamic total belief system and total regulation of life is the answer to anything. It is certainly not a way to grow closer to God. It leads men away from God and focuses the mind on the material world alone from morning till night, day in and day out..

Islam is not the answer – Islam is the problem.

Now for those who still insist that Islam remain in the religion category, they will eventually have to concede that Islam is either a false religion or an evil religion because it leads men to evil actions, even toward their own families. Of course there is no rule stating all religions must be good or lead to good actions.

Islam is false because it is built on the fundamental lie that Muhammad was a real prophet, rather than a man simply pretending to be a prophet in order to gain power over people. Of course one can make the same claim about Joseph Smith, or L Ron Hubbard, or any number of other founders of man-made religions which have been created from time to time throughout history. A religion which venerates an evil man and raises him to the level of the perfect model for human conduct, cannot help but lead men to evil action – even jihad.

This brings us back to the crux of our problem. Should an evil religion, which functions in exactly the opposite way from religion as we have known it, receive the same benefits and consideration as religion which is beneficial to society?

Essentially our secular society has a contract with religion. It says that the state will not interfere with religious practice so long as it is within the law, and the state will extend benefits in the form of tax breaks and other considerations so that religious institutions can flourish freely within our boundaries. In exchange, religion has strengthened the family, produced honest hard working citizens with a high degree of personal self-control so that people behave ethically and charitably toward each other and can function with a minimum of external social control.

Religion as we have known it has been good for society. It has nurtured morality, strengthened the family, fostered public service and encouraged social harmony. Islam, on the other hand, is self-segregating and fosters ideas of Muslim supremacy and thereby sows seeds of social discord. Even its tradition of charitable giving is solely for the benefit of fellow Muslims, and it utterly destroys the nuclear family through its adoption of polygamy. A polygamous marriage is not a marriage. It reduces women to the status  of     property. Even Mormon polygamy eventually does this.

With the Arab spring we can clearly see that when the governing police state is suddenly removed, Muslim societies across the board descend into violence and chaos – religious sects fight other sects, tribes fight other tribes, looting is rampant and men are reduced to defending their families against their neighbors. Needless to say, this is not what we expect from religion. We expect religion to uphold morality and civilizational standards. It is clear Islam doesn’t do that.

Now despite all the evidence that Islam is an immoral religion, there is a current of modern thought seeking to elevate a laudable personal virtue, that of tolerance, over the greater social principle of justice.

But is it just to tolerate polygamy in the name of religious freedom? The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 1878 that it is not. Is it just to tolerate the unequal right to inheritance for women? Is it just to tolerate forced marriage? Is it just to tolerate antisemitism? Is it just to tolerate the preaching of hatred toward non-Muslims? Is it just to tolerate the teaching that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims, or that men are superior to women? Is it just to tolerate a parallel legal system based on inequality?

There are things that our society cannot tolerate, and expect to survive. Justice must take its rightful place above tolerance.

So to reiterate – Islam is not a religion because:

  1. It is an amalgam of social, political and judicial systems as well as a belief system. It is neither one thing nor the other – Islam is unique.
  2. Philosophically it is as far from other religions as it is possible to be. It lies beyond nihilism and its morality is inverted.
  3. In society Islam functions in the opposite manner from all other religions. Rather than producing peace and social harmony, it sows violence and social disruption.

Therefore, I believe it would be wise to reconsider Islam’s inclusion as a religion, at least as far as the First Amendment is concerned. I understand the difficulties with this approach, and I know many have and will reject it, but I also think it is necessary to raise the question about what Islam really is and what it isn’t.

When you consider the effort that went into arguing whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not, or how a newly discovered insect should be classified, or what constitutes organic produce, I really don’t think the ability to classify belief systems is beyond us. At the very least we must call into question this Islam-is-a-religion trump card that its defenders have been playing so successfully. And I think it could help remove the confusion in our own ranks and allow Islam to be criticized in its entirety, not just as a political or judicial system.

We cannot fight a lie of this magnitude with half the truth.

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Elon Musk Reinstates Trump’s Twitter Account

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Saturday that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated on Twitter, following the results of a Twitter poll where a majority of voters favored his return.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” tweeted Musk, quoting a Latin phrase that means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” He tweeted the announcement immediately after the conclusion of a poll asking the question “Reinstate former President Trump.”

Over 15 million users voted in the poll, which was active for 24 hours and ended on Saturday night, with a slim majority, 51.8%, voting in favor of Trump’s reinstatement. The decision comes nearly two years after Trump’s account, @realDonaldTrump, was permanently suspended by Twitter on Jan. 8, 2021, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, by Trump’s supporters in protest against the results of the 2020 election.

Trump’s account @realDonaldTrump became visible on Twitter again shortly after Musk’s announcement.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” wrote Twitter on Jan. 8, 2021, following tweets by Trump that he would not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 of that year. The decision to remove Trump from the platform was widely criticized by conservatives as well as some progressives and foreign leaders, including then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as an illicit exercise of corporate power.

Trump has repeatedly said that he will not return to Twitter following the ban and continues to post social media messages on Truth Social, a network he set up under the Trump Media and Technology Group. His contract with TMTG allegedly stipulates that he must post content on Truth Social before posting on any other social media website, according to TechCrunch.

Musk, also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX as well as the richest man in the world, recently acquired Twitter for $44 billion. He has claimed that his acquisition was motivated by concerns regarding free speech on the platform, with conservatives having long petitioned him for Trump’s reinstatement.

During Trump’s term, his Twitter account was the focus of international attention as he used it to make official pronouncements, fire officials and criticize political opponents as well as the media. His tweets often were the basis of political controversies.

Trump’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Taking Stock of Election Integrity Efforts

Believe what you like about the 2020 presidential election, but there’s no denying the widespread belief – even among Democrats – the election was stolen motivated a lot of people to work to tighten up future elections.  The way I hear the story, donors poured $30 million dollars into election integrity efforts on the professional Right.  You can add to that hundreds of citizen’s groups and thousands of individuals in the grassroots all working to secure elections like never before.  So what do they have to show for all that treasure and effort?

A lot, actually.  There were fewer reports of late night ballot drops and Republican poll watchers being blocked this time around.  A Republican lawsuit forced Nevada and Arizona to offer poll-worker data to ensure both parties are equally represented at voting sites.  Another Republican challenge struck down a New York law that would have added 900,000 noncitizens to the voter rolls.  There was yet another court ruling upholding voter ID, something most Americans support.  High voter turnout in Georgia put the nail in the coffin of the Democrat’s phony narrative new election integrity laws passed by Republicans in several states are voter suppression.  Jim Crow 2.0?  Hardly.  It was all Democrat hogwash.  Oh, and what happened to all that Republican violence and all those disruptive Republican election workers we were supposed to see on Election Day?  It didn’t happen.  It was just hogwash.  You can put it right next to all the other Democrat hogwash.  Now, left-wing organizations have to explain to their base why it didn’t happen and they’re saying it was because elections officials were ready for trouble.  Sure, and I’m the tooth fairy.

So there were some wins, but we still have miles to go before we can express confidence in our elections again.  A number of suspicious things happened in the midterms.  Ballots arrived after the legal deadline with no adequate explanation at the Detroit bureau of elections, reminiscent of the 2020 election.  A Democrat candidate got 1,100 votes in a town in New Hampshire that only has 700 people – how does that happen?

Turning to another subject, there is now something of a split among conservatives as to how to deal with the changes Democrats have brought to the election process in the last couple of years – what should we do going forward?

One school of thought holds the Democrats are winning elections because they have succeeded in gaming the system.  People on this side of the debate point to Democrat victories in states that sent out over a million absentee ballots or states with permanent absentee ballot lists – ask for an absentee ballot once and you keep getting them in future elections.  Having this many ballots floating around facilitates fraud and produced Democrat wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona.  Republicans did better in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia where absentee voting rules are stricter.  Swing states with same-day registration like Michigan and Wisconsin went blue in this election.  Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia don’t have same-day registration and went red.  This school of thought believes all went according to Democrat plan and that Republicans should work to reverse things like mail-in voting and drop boxes.

But a new school of thought holds Republicans should accept all these things are here to stay and should learn to adapt to the new environment.  Republicans should become aggressive in ballot curing, ballot harvesting where legal, and encouraging mail-in voting to avoid Election Day glitches.  Adherents to this school of thought attribute the Republicans flipping the U.S. House to aggressive Republican ballot curing and harvesting in California. Republican candidates in Arizona urged voters to make sure their ballots were counted and to cure them if they were not.

Call me old school, but I’m not convinced.  I get suspicious whenever anyone tells me I should do what the Democrats want me to do.  Look at Michigan – voters just approved a ballot initiative from the Democrat side that will loosen voter ID, institutionalize early voting, mandate the use of drop boxes, create a permanent absentee ballot list, narrow the ability of citizens to challenge elections, and allow private money to be used for election administration.  As for the latter, it’s pretty clear the true purpose of private money is to allow Democrat election officials to engage in voter registration drives to sign up more Democrats to vote.  The consequence of all these changes the Democrats wanted will be less secure elections in Michigan in the future.

That’s the Democrat plan and I, for one, am not going to go along with it.  I will continue my work with other activists in my state to fight all the changes the Democrats have made to our elections process.  The Democrats will not quit.  They will continue to try to subvert our elections.  We must continue to oppose them and keep working to right the ship.

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There is an ongoing effort by the legacy and social media to portray President Donald J. Trump as evil even demonic. There are ongoing efforts by Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to criminalize President Donald J. Trump.

Watch as Jim Jordan states that an FBI Agent whistleblower said ‘The Highest Levels of FBI’ are ‘Rotten to the Core:

But what goes around comes around. Watch as the Republican led House Oversight Committee Announces New Probes Into Joe, Hunter Biden:

Whenever you, our readers, see these biased and negative stories understand it is an effort to keep President Trump off of the ballot at all costs.

QUESTION: Why?

ANSWER: Because the globalists know he is the greatest threat to their power grab.

Remember when President Trump stood up against the globalists?

These same media outlets are also trying to drive a wedge between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Trump. The Top Gov is have none of it. A reporter tries to drive a wedge and gets a wedgey.

Watch as Governor DeSantis says ‘chill out’ after a reporter asks if there’s ‘civil war’ in GOP over him and President Trump.

Govern DeSantis as assured the people of Florida that his sole focus is on the Sunshine State, not on the White House in 2024!

We have written that Governor DeSantis will remain the leader of Florida and insure that the sunshine state votes overwhelmingly for President Donald J. Trump in 2024.

We have also predicted that Governor Ron DeSantis will be the President of the United States in 2028 and that he will be reelected in 2032.

President Donald J. Trump is focused on reversing everything that Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and the Democrats have done to destroy America since January 2021.

Watch what Donald J. Trump posted on Twitter on January 7th, 2021 just before his account was deleted:

As Nick Adams pointed out this is déjà vu all over again. MAGA is the second America Revolution to restore our republic.

It will take four years for President Trump to drain the swamp.

This will then lead to Governor Ron DeSantis leaving Florida and moving into the White House after winning the presidency in 2028.

Get it? Got it? Good!

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UPDATE: Arizona GOP Gubernatorial Favorite Kari Lake REFUSES TO CONCEDE, Hires Lawyers to Contest Result

UPDATE: BREAKING: The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has officially demanded a response from Maricopa County “pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County.”


The Epoch Times is reporting:

Arizona Republican candidate Kari Lake said on Nov. 17 that she’s still fighting in the state governor’s race, in her first major update since Democrat Katie Hobbs declared victory.

“I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I am still in this fight with you,” Lake, a former television anchor, said in a video statement.

Lake said concerns raised by her campaign about Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, overseeing the election and electronic voting equipment turned out to be legitimate. As an example, she pointed to how tabulators across Maricopa County weren’t working properly on Election Day.

Lake said that she spoke with voters who had to wait in line for hours, including a man who went to three different polling sites before he was able to finally cast his ballot.

“Our election officials failed us miserably. What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable. Tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters were disenfranchised,” Lake said. As secretary of state, Hobbs is the state’s top election official.

“Now I’m busy here collecting evidence and data. Rest assured I have assembled the best and brightest legal team. And we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week. I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs. My resolve to fight for you is higher than ever.”

Hobbs declared victory on Nov. 14, after outlets including The Associated Press called the race for her.

The only statement Lake issued was a terse, one-liner on Twitter that said, “Arizonans know [expletive] when they see it.”

Since then, updated vote counts have seen Lake cut into the lead Hobbs still holds.

The current margin between the two candidates is 0.6 percent. If it ultimately ends up at 0.5 percent or less, an automatic recount will trigger. Thousands of votes still need to be counted, including more than 16,800 in Maricopa County.

Hobbs’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment regarding Lake’s new video.

“I am honored to stand before you as Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs,” she said at what her campaign called a victory rally on Nov. 15.

Lake and Hobbs are vying to succeed Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who has been in office for two terms. State law prohibited him from running for reelection.

Former Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, “These Arizona voter stories are brutal.”

This is the very definition of voter suppression.

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VIDEO: Highways in The Sky—Aviation On The Road Ahead

Highways in The Sky from Jorj Baker on Vimeo.

It can now be revealed how air transportation became so flawed – that two nominally qualified pilots were so spatially unaware, as to literally fly a serviceable, modern airliner into the ocean, despite installation of quote “Terrain Avoidance” Warning Systems (TAWS) unquote, which were functioning onboard, while under controlled flight, at the time of the accident.

In 1957, US Navy Commander George Hoover – a universal genius of far ranging intellect, vision and capacity – declassified his system of spatial awareness for Navy jet aircraft Aviators, known as the Command Flight Path Display (CFPD) and presented it to Capt. Dan Beard, Vice President of Flight for American Airlines (AAL), at a convening of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Aviation Committee, which Capt. Beard chaired.

The “Highway In The informally dubbed – Sky” – as CFPD was was so intuitive & immediate for spatial awareness that it would end unintentional “Controlled Flight Into Terrain” (CFIT) altogether, in air transportation, military and the larger aviation community.

Capt. Beard effected no action to install Cdr. Hoover’s system on American Airlines aircraft.

Over the years, mounting to decades, American Airlines and the industry, suffered ongoing fatal CFIT accidents, needlessly killing many thousands worldwide – including the devastating crash of an American Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft at Cali, Columbia on 20 December 1995, killing 160 – in spatial confusion circumstances not dissimilar to the present occasion in Micronesia, in September of 2018.

Three (3) years earlier, in 1992, First Officer P. E. Brooks, AAL, had briefed then AAL Vice President of Flight, Capt. Bill James, a former Naval Aviator, about Cdr. Hoover’s system, describing that even then – some nearly 40 years after first releasing his Navy system to American – Cdr. Hoover was ready to help install the system on American’s fleet.

Capt. James was untimely killed a few months later, in a skiing accident in Utah -ending for the nonce, official renewed initiative on the ‘Highway In The Sky’ at American, and sealing the fate of the 757 passengers & crew at Cali, Columbia, still some three years out from their appointed rendezvous with death. Ironically, unbeknownst to Capt. James – until just those few months prior to his own death -he had owed his life to a Geo. Hoover mandated ejection seat installation, while departing his troubled Navy F-8 Crusader.

James’ successor, Capt. was briefed in detail.

Cecil Ewell, AAL about the CFPD system, by FO Brooks in the very same office, in 1997, following receipt of the Cali, Columbia crash investigation report – in company of Capt. Rich LaVoy, AAL, President of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), Capt. Frank Nehlig, AAL (Ret.), and Mike Lewis, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Aviation Safety Program.

Capt. Ewell install Cdr. aircraft likewise effected Hoover’s system no action to on American Capt. Ewell did advocate installing the “Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System” (EGPWS) on AAL aircraft.

See, “Highways In The Sky: Aviation On The Road Ahead”, by FO Brooks, in the July/August 1997 issue of “Flightline”, a publication of the Allied Pilots Association (APA).

This very same EGPWS system was installed aboard & operating correctly, during the crash of the Boeing 737 of this present occasion in Micronesia.

Those onboard could not have known however, the eventuality of their crash had been predicted two decades earlier, despite the EGPWS installation, in FO Brooks’ 1997 article.

On a flight deck jump seat awaiting pushback at that time, at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), American Airlines’ AMR CEO Don Carty, was shown still images of the ‘Highway In The Sky’ system by FO Brooks, exclaiming,

“Wow, I didn’t even know we had this stuff!”

Then Mr. Carty readily accepted invitation for a complete briefing to follow.

Capt. Ewell later advised FO Brooks by telephone, CEO Carty would not be disposed to receive the CFPD briefing after all, nominally amid labor relations disputes, which had surfaced at American.

During this time, an AAL Boeing 727-223, crashed short of the runway, in controlled flight, low visibility, conditions – not dissimilar to the present instant – at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (KORD).

At nearly the same time, in August 1997, a Korean Airlines (KAL) Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet crashed on approach to Guam -in low visibility conditions similar to the present case – killing 229.

The morning following the KAL crash, during a ‘Flight Deck Technology’ conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Capt. John Hutchison, British Airways (BA, Ret.), a Boeing 747 and later Concorde

pilot, offered remarks to several hundred breakfasting industry attendees, saying the only way to solve the CFIT problem, was to deploy the ‘Highway In The Sky’ system FO Brooks was advocating in his conference white paper.

In November 1997, FO Brooks travelled to England to address the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) about the ‘Highway In The Sky’, receiving their endorsement.

RAeS reprinted an updated version of the “Flightline” article and circulated it to RAeS membership in 130 countries.

While in Europe, FO Brooks recruited participation of others, at centers of advanced ‘Synthetic Vision’ work in Delft, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Darmstadt, Frankfurt & Munich.

Special Effects Wizard Douglas Trumbull, of “2001: A Space Odyssey” movie renown, teamed with FO Brooks to produce the short film “HIGHWAYS IN THE SKY: AVIATION ON THE ROAD AHEAD” premiered at the first of two “Synthetic Vision” conferences at NASA’s Langley, Virginia, Aviation Safety Program, attended by industry hundreds from around the world.

FAA Administrator Jane Garvey was shown the “HIGHWAYS” film at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC in a briefing prepared for her, by attending board members of the Allied Pilots Association -including President Capt. LaVoy, and Treasurer First Officer Bob Morgan, AAL. FO Brooks detailed to Mrs. Garvey, the impeccable credentials of Captain Nick Tafuri, AAL & First Officer Donnie Williams, AAL – much like the Micronesia crew – the highly experienced, former US Air Force, professional airman of the ill-fated Cali crash.

Administrator Garvey issued a public statement, saying ‘Highway’ type Synthetic Vision systems represented a potentially significant enhancement to the safety & e f f i c i e n c y o f t h e N a t i o n a l A i r Transportation System (NAS).

Later the “HIGHWAYS” film was exhibited to NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, his staff and American Airlines’ AMR Vice Chairman, Bob Baker (deceased), at an Industry Conference hosted by NASA’s Cleveland Lewis Research Center at Cleveland International Airport (KCLE) in Ohio, in October of 1998.

A former TRW engineer involved in sensor-based spatial awareness, Administrator Goldin, in company with attending FAA Administrator Garvey on the dais, detailed to the five or six hundred other industry attendees, that one day soon, a business jet would depart from Cleveland, arrive at Teterboro, NJ and return safely, using

‘Synthetic Vision’ – never having seen anything through the cockpit windows.

It was beginning to appear The Sky’ would at last industry advancement.

the ‘Highway In lead to broad

That morning, at a private breakfast with FO Brooks, AMR Vice Chairman Baker had offered to set up a meeting in Seattle, Washington with Boeing CEO Phil Condit, to prime the pump for a ‘Highways’ paradigm shift among vendors and at American. To his credit, Baker later testified before Congressional committee, as to the desirability of commencing ‘Synthetic Vision’ cooperation between industry, the FAA & NASA – though internal AMR company communications would later omit this portion of his testimony from the AAL employee news publication.

Based on the ‘Highways’ Administrator Goldin, briefing, NASA earmarked an additional 50 Million USD for ‘Synthetic Vision’ programs in NASA’s Aviation Safety Program.

Later in December 1998, Goldin convened an executive level meeting with industry CEO’s, about larger cooperation with NASA on ‘Synthetic Vision’ and other necessary improvements to air transportation.  Mr. Goldin was at pains to demonstrate he regarded the industry as NASA’s customers. In fact, he vigorously asserted this doctrine to the NASA employees in attendance at the Cleveland conference – in front of everyone.

The knock in the industry was NASA folks enjoy ‘science projects’ with little practical effect in the marketplace.

To his credit – on his watch at least – this would not be so, for Administrator Goldin’s NASA.

Mr. Goldin specifically authorized the Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to acquire topographic data over 80% of the Earth’s land mass, creating the first ever near-global data set of land elevations. The ten day mission flew from 11-22 February 2000, producing the terrain data necessary to populate the ‘Highway In The Sky’ terrain database for aviation.

Never before had industry & government functioned so well together.  It was happening!

Meanwhile, FO Brooks & Professor Wolfgang Kubbet of the University of Technology – Darmstadt, Germany agreed to write a proposal to NASA to fund creating terrain database protocols necessary for ongoing monitoring of changing surface obstacle data, into the future. FO Brooks dubbed the effort the “International Terrain Database Integrity Group” (ITDIG).  Commercial aviation chart manufacturer Jeppeson, Inc. hungrily joined in & the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) stood up an industry committee to manage the work. The Allied Pilots Association detailed a Graphic Navigation Committee member pilot to serve as secretary for the group.

NASA’s Aviation Safety Program issued a contract for the work.

NASA’s ’Synthetic Vision’ systems were flown on NASA 737 and 757 aircraft by technical pilots of American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and others – at KDFW, challenging Reno International Airport (KRNO) and elsewhere.

Sadly, labor relations descended further into long-simmering acrimony for Americans Airlines and its employee groups in the late 1990’s and abruptly, advances on shifting paradigm for true spatial awareness in air transportation aircraft, using the “Highway In The Sky”, were quietly subsumed by what can now be judged, as pecuniary, shortsighted considerations.

At length, Cdr. Hoover (USN, Ret.) died and was interred with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery in March of 1998, eulogized by former US Marine Corps Aviator, member of the ‘President’s Hundred’ at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, the Marine Corps High Power Rifle Team and the APA Graphic Navigation Committee (GNC), First Officer Jeffrey Cooper, AAL.     The US Navy refused a fly over.  American Airlines LAX Chief Pilot, Capt. Len Duncan, a former Navy S-3 Viking Aircraft Commander, refused First Officer Brooks’ attendance at the memorial despite request of Cdr. Hoover’s widow. Captain Duncan had, a decade earlier, handed an American Airlines pilot employment application to FO Brooks, a then US Coast Guard HU-25A Falcon Aircraft Commander.

Cdr. Hoover’s farsighted thumbprint on American Society is yet understood by but a handful of remaining admirers.

In fact, the flat panel display you are reading this recitation with now, extended as just one of the many innovations in his remarkable military, aeronautical & space programs.

Capt. Cecil Ewell, a Navy Combat veteran, (retired from AMR with full pension & perquisites intact) never realized his full charter for leadership in the air transportation sector, as Vice President of Flight for American Airlines, the largest air carrier in the world. His oft recited airman maxim,

“Enter no airspace your mind has not already occupied,” now echoes deficiencies hollow with tinny irony, as of the EGPWS system he advocated, are laid bare, in the operation.

Capt. Rich Lavoy, a former Navy P-3 Orion Aircraft Commander, later retired from American Airlines, having been shooed from office by impatient peers embroiled in labor strife with AMR, who felt compulsion to shift from his long-view, visionary leadership style, as President of the pilot’s association, to a ledger-oriented, dollars & cents approach. APA’s Graphic Navigation Committee – stood up to lead the industry to the necessary future beckoned by Cdr. Hoover’s insightful vision – was abdicated in near-sighted, even myopic focus, at the moment it was needed most for burgeoning air transportation. This was especially true in non-English speaking cultures, where international standard, English-placarded flight decks, are nevertheless a necessity to operability in global air traffic. Pilot Association board members never quite grasped that emoluments & remunerations they coveted to extract from an adversarial

Railway Labor Act (RLA) process, lay before them like a smorgasbord of professional credibility, in the industry leadership they eschewed to harvest, by shifting operational paradigms.

Design void, created by the American pilots association leaders’ folding their tent on ‘Synthetic Vision’, connects directly to the present Micronesian event. They had turned their backs on perhaps the greatest opportunity that would ever present itself, to reshape their entrenched industry -mired in decades of railroad style, ‘steam gauge’ thinking – to emerge as the new leaders of an improved, more humane, safer & more effective air transportation system.

CEO Don Carty of AMR stepped down, sometime after a teleconference call on the afternoon of September 11th, 2001, with his fellow US major airline CEO’s and the FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety & Security, General Michael Canavan, US

Army (Ret.), during which Mr. Carty and his peers strenuously & unanimously argued for getting US airliners immediately back up in the air, to prosecute airline business plans despite continuing, unmitigated, demonstrated threats to the American public

and to the nation’s strategic infrastructure by air terrorism – all of which registered on the chagrined, disbelieving ears of Administrator Canavan, who had just been seated in his FAA safety post, a short nine months earlier.

He would not last long.

Later it would be realized, as many as a dozen aircraft had been targeted for use in attacks from coast to coast.

AMR and American Airlines would pay a dear price for Mr. Carty’s stunning hubris, when a week into October of 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 wide body aircraft suffered another breach attack upon its cockpit, nearly causing loss of the aircraft and its over 170 passengers & crew, while on descent into heavily populated metropolitan Chicago, as a disturbed assailant burst through the cockpit door at a run, grabbing the captain’s control yoke, intent upon crashing the aircraft from altitude.

Air Transportation owed its very continuity to the courageous flight crew onboard that day, including Capt. Dean Weber, AAL and First Officer Vince Belzer, AAL who physically fought the intruder off and subdued him.

Capt. Weber managed to body jet in controlled flight cockpit melee keep the wide during the wild.

A former US Marine Corps Aviator and collegiate wrestler, FO Belzer exercised remarkable restraint in sparing the life of the assailant that day – literally while New York’s toppled Twin Towers were still smoldering, on the heels of September’s horrific 9/11 events just weeks earlier -realizing in the moment, a deadheading, uniformed American First Officer had raced forward, in company of other passengers, to appear at the cockpit door to assist FO Belzer with removing the attacker from the flight deck. It was a sticky instant as, all alone, Vince was compelled to quickly decipher what purpose brought them en masse to his door step, just then.

Had that aircraft gone down – so quickly on the heels of 9/11 tragedies – it is certain the entire air transportation industry would have been grounded once more, this time for an extended period, pending results of the accident investigation & deployment of substantive measures to secure the National Air Transportation System, something yet to be fully achieved…even now.

So much for business plans.

Several weeks earlier, an internal American Airlines memo, entitled “Airline Safety Action Plan” (ASAP), prepared by FO Brooks, had predicted such ‘copycat’ attacks upon the flight decks of transport aircraft.

In reflection, it was easy to see – now that it was understood how simple it was to enter the flight deck – there would follow more of the same.

The ‘ASAP’ memo was circulated among pilot officials, AAL Flight Managers and forwarded to Senior Vice President of Operations for American, Gerard Arpey, (later AMR CEO) describing concrete measures, in a ‘2 week, 2 month & 2 year’ response, to secure the nation’s air carrier operations.

The ‘ASAP’ plan would go largely unheeded – save perhaps for some well-meaning, but ineffectual Congressional interest – even to present.

Capt. Frank Nehlig, a former combat proven Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) like Geo. Hoover and former American Airlines Base Manager at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) – during Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) lift provided by American Airlines, supporting opposition to Communist incursion in Southeast Asia in the 1970’s – was laid to rest along the banks of the Delaware River, on a little rise, underneath the approach path to Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL).

He maintains quiescent vigil there, peradventure, a lonely sentinel, should his brethren stray below glideslope, of a future dark & stormy evening in Pennsylvania.

Captain Nehlig had accompanied FO Brooks on several enjoyable visits to Cdr. & Mrs. Hoover’s lovely Pacific Palisades home to discuss American Airlines deployment of George’s ‘Highway’ system.

As his fellows long observed – Fate is the Hunter.

First Officer Brooks was excoriated by airline functionaries, when he and other American pilots across the system, stood to voice candid objections, to continuing operations – absent substantive mitigation of security threats in the weeks & months following the demonstrated breaches of the 9/11 attacks.

He had refused to choke down the perverse Big Lie, controlling airline managers had foisted upon pilots & cabin crew, to parrot before the traveling public that – All is Well and Not to Worry.

Once again, his admonitions had proved prescient.

Out of these contested chapters, returned the long-denied capacity of US air transport pilots to keep & bear arms, for protection of their passengers, crew and the American public.

Ten years later, on 1 November 2011, before AMR would prospectively declare bankruptcy, as parent corporation of American Airlines, FO Brooks retired per force, some fourteen years early – to preserve receipt of what pension had till then accrued.

Among the some 270 10,000 pilots at American only senior airmen managed to correctly decipher the signals, departing with pensions intact, before that door would promptly swing shut forever. Ironically, the sudden departure of these senior pilots -many populating the wide body, international routes, where the greater increment of revenue is yielded – forced the hand of CEO Arpey and his merry band of rapacious Wall Street privateers, to prematurely trigger the corporate bomb they had constructed, distastefully imploding the airline early, during the lucrative holiday travel season, as international crew ranks thinned alarmingly and the prospect of further early retirements loomed in the AAL pilot corps, creating a great sucking sound, as revenue waned among unserviced routes & pension obligations quickly mounted by an order of magnitude greater than customary – a double whammy.

Such were the sub-geniuses afoot at the helm of the world’s largest airline.

Their tens of millions in personal guarantees and more, at length did however, demonstrate a certain clever venality, by the bye.

Messieurs Arpey, Horton, et al, at AMR, while busy accounting their pre-packaged fortunes, would perhaps never realize the coded signals passed among experienced American airmen – in the clear, for all with ears to hear – portending of the Damoclean Sword about to befall them.

Again, Enter no airspace your mind has not already occupied.

Nonetheless, for the larger part, the dawning realization by pilot leaders that they had inadvertently backed their way into the control they had long coveted at American Airlines, by finally withholding their further service & choosing whole, lump sum retirements, rather than bindings of tenuous lifetime annuities from the Airline – in an industry with virtually no margin over it’s previous century of blood, sweat, tears & travail, among the wind scoured bones of many a defunct carrier -came too late for pilots to wield with practical effect.

The power yet available to them in withholding their service entirely – RLA be damned – would soon be smartly curtailed forever.

On November 29th, 2011, AMR motioned for Chapter 11 Reorganization, in the US Southern District Court of Manhattan, advised by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, in a secret, prepared action – months in the planning – that would see some 40% of employee pensions and more, dissolved at a stroke, under summary gavel of a complicit, buccaneer bankruptcy court.

AMR had some $5 Billion in cash and tens of billions more – in American Airlines routes & assets – at time of its gratuitous filing.

The soaring American Airlines Eagle was now become a Predatory Capital Vulture.

In Matthew 6:24 we learn, You cannot serve God and mammon.

T’was ever thus.

Thus did it come to pass, that at Chuuk in Micronesia, a perfectly good passenger jet could be accidentally driven into the water, with many lives precariously in the balance, in scheduled air transportation, as late as the year of our Lord 2018, while systems to preclude such an ignominious fate had flagged untended for six (6) decades and more, at the highest levels of air transportation authority.

And so it goes.

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