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A Great Recommendation for Vance

David Frum doesn’t approve of him at all.

Frum favors the party of Bush 41, loves collective security as long as it isn’t allowed for the rest of the world, and is just not sure the Trump-Vance ticket is pro-Israel enough for him.  Vance sees no value in the neocon program to destroy Ukraine for Blackrock, and that’s a red line for David Frum too.   Thanks, David.  Good to know!

7:30 pm on July 17, 2024

Is Increased Consumer Spending Good for the Economy?

Just about every so-called business periodical touts an increase in consumer spending as “good for the economy”. But is this really so? Can we really spend our way out of a recession? Lord Keynes thought so, and his teachings have become the standard narrative just about everywhere in the world.

Probably the most influential economic treatise of all time is Keynes’ General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression. Keynes theorized that the Great Depression was caused by insufficient aggregate demand, otherwise known as spending. A complementary concept is the Paradox of Savings, which theorized that savings is harmful because it causes aggregate demand to fall. Keynes (and others) preached that, although increased savings by an individual may be beneficial, a general increase in savings by most market participants would cause the economy to fall into a deflationary spiral.

The fallacy of the paradox of savings has had many excellent rebuttals. The fundamental problem is that it treats “the economy” as something separate from what each individual experiences for himself. An “economy” is a mental construct; it doesn’t exist apart from its billions of individual components. For an excellent debunking of Keynes and his new economics, I suggest Where Keynes Went Wrong, by Hunter Lewis.

Nevertheless, the Keynesian concept of aggregate demand combined with the paradox of savings is fully imbedded in the minds of most economists, financial reporters, and especially government functionaries because it liberated them from their status as a necessary parasite on the economy whose functions were protecting our life, liberty, and property. These necessary functions had to be funded in the most economical way. Now these functionaries’ status has been flip-flopped to that of necessary driver of the economy through spending. This was a Godsend to government which has allowed it to confiscate the wealth of the nation, all in the supposed “greater good”.

The favorite metric of the acolytes of the Keynesian concept of aggregate demand is Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to Keynesian theory anything that increases GDP is good. It is represented by the formula C+I+G=GDP, whose components are Consumer spending, plus business Investment, plus Government spending. My first essay accepted by the Mises Institute as suitable as a Daily Article was C+I+G=Baloney. I viewed GDP as baloney in 2010 and I view it as baloney today! Therefore, please be skeptical of any report that tries to convince you that all is well in the economy because, Ta-Da!, GDP has gone up. It is a fallacious metric that equates spending with economic progress.

3:03 pm on July 17, 2024

VP Pick Vance: ‘Punch Iran Hard!’

12:43 pm on July 17, 2024

Editor at ‘Major News Outlet’ Tells Media to Bury Iconic Photo of Trump after Assassination Attempt

Editor at ‘major news outlet’ tells media to bury iconic photo of Trump after assassination attempt: report

The unnamed editor said the photo is ‘free PR’ for the Trump campaign, By Yael Halon Fox News

An unnamed photo editor at a major news outlet believes it is “dangerous” for the media to highlight the historic photo of former President Trump standing tall after the assassination attempt Saturday, calling it “free PR” for the Trump campaign, according to a report.

An Axios media trend assessment on Tuesday argued that the “overuse” of the iconic image can “pose risks,” citing unnamed photographers who reportedly told the outlet that promoting the viral photos could be a form of “photoganda” because the Trump campaign will use them to “further their agenda, despite the photographers’ intent of capturing a news event.”

The image captured Trump’s defiant reaction seconds after a bullet grazed his right ear, and he was pummeled

to the ground at a rally on Saturday. The former president is seen raising a fist to the crowd of supporters as he was rushed off the stage with blood smeared across his face, Secret Service flanking him, an American flag flying above his head. Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci captured the image that immediately went viral and landed on newspaper front pages while dominating digital news sites and social media platforms across the world.


Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally

Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci snapped the historic photo of former President Trump in the aftermath of a failed assassination attempt. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Axios cited a photo editor and photographer “from a major news outlet” who suggested the media refrain from using the photo “despite how good it is” to avoid casting the former president in a positive light.

“The amount that publications have been using Evan’s photo is kind of free PR for Trump in a way, and it’s dangerous for media organizations to keep sharing that photo despite how good it is,” the editor told the outlet.

The photo has been praised as both iconic and instantly historic, and it will be on the next print cover of Time magazine. Some observers have said it could change some people’s perceptions forever of Trump, one of the most controversial, beloved and loathed political figures in American history.

The Washington Post’s art critic, Phillip Kennicott, called it “a photograph that could change America forever.”

Psychotherapist Jonathan Alter feels the image “encapsulates the essence” of what Americans want from its leaders.

Trump flag with in PA
Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally on Saturday, July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“The image and the preceding event perfectly capture the raw vulnerability of a powerful former leader at his most vulnerable moment likely ever in his life, only to be followed by that of perseverance, strength, and defiance in the face of evil,” Alter told Fox News Digital.

“This image very well encapsulates the essence of what most Americans have come to admire in our heroes –both in fiction and in real life — and in those we look towards to lead: emerging from chaos with resilience and authority, and unwavering toughness,” he continued. “Frankly, one that might change the narrative on ‘toxic masculinity.’”


Vucci, a Pulitzer winner who has covered thousands of similar events for the AP since 2003, told Fox News Digital that he understood he was experiencing a historic moment in time as shots rang out in the direction of the former president.

“I was literally just thinking about doing the best possible job I could, because I knew that this was a moment in American history that I had to be at the top of my game for,” Vucci told Fox News Digital on Monday from Milwaukee, where he was preparing to photograph the Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump is moved from the stage at a campaign rally
Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is moved from the stage at a campaign rally on Saturday, July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“I knew immediately that it was going to be one of the most important things I’ll ever photograph,” he added, “and that I needed to do the best job possible.”

Trump himself addressed the now world-famous photo during an interview with the New York Post on Monday, quipping “A lot of people say it’s the most iconic photo they’ve ever seen. They’re right and I didn’t die. Usually you have to die to have an iconic picture.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood and David Rutz contributed to this report.

Yael Halon is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected].

11:00 am on July 17, 2024

Defiant Strength and Resolution vs Blubbering Cowering Cowardice

12:03 am on July 17, 2024


The Flat Roof Society

The affirmative action queen who heads the Secret Service announced today that there were no snipers on the roof of the building where the shooter shot from because the roof was sloped.  Secret Service snipers require perfectly flat roofs, she said.  Assassins do not, obviously.

3:56 pm on July 16, 2024

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Trump Secret Service Vs JFK Secret Service


America’s Untold Stories
With Eric Hunley and Mark Groubert

(4:30 PM EST)

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Trump Secret Service Vs JFK Secret Service

Special Guest Vince Palamara joins Mark Groubert and Eric Hunley of America’s Untold Stories to explore the breakdowns of the Secret Service that led to the assassination of John F Kennedy and nearly cost the life of former President Donald J Trump! You don’t want to miss this analysis!

Check out Vince Palamara on YouTube at ‪@VincePalamarasecretservicejfk‬

2:29 pm on July 16, 2024

JD Vance And The Future Of The Republican Party

12:39 pm on July 16, 2024

Greg Gutfeld on the Trump Shooting and America’s Sick Mainstream Media (7.15.24)

Not a fan of Gutfeld, but some very good points made. NB: some bad language.

3:13 am on July 16, 2024

“The Shooter Had Help”

“[F]rom . . . an agency, an organization, or the government,” says military veteran sniper Douglas Alexander who was a Canadian military sniper for fourteen years and once protected the Canadian prime minister.

5:25 pm on July 15, 2024

Hitler, Jr.

That’s how the increasingly hysterical lying media scum (LMS) will now portray Ohio Senator J.D. Vance who President Trump has chosen as his vice presidential running mate.  Either that or Young Frankenstein.

5:09 pm on July 15, 2024

Riding Out The Breaking Storms

4:02 pm on July 15, 2024

Once Again Trying to Make Sense of “The Unspeakable”

With the horrific and wrenching assassination attempt upon former President Donald J Trump, we as a nation are trying to cognitively and emotionally “make sense” of this unfathomable event that has changed the dynamic of world history and the lives of each and every one of us.

In this uniquely discordant and perplexing time, rejoicing at Trump’s triumphant survival and defiant courage in the face of what has occurred, there is also the near universal bitter anger and bewilderment that such a heinous act did in fact happen.

It is time for each of us to intensively and passionately review, and seriously reflect upon the similar existential event from sixty-one years ago that has left the dynamic course of the world in its wake.

Here are the details of that tragic event, and of the decades long attempts to cover-up and obfuscate its world-shattering consequences:

Remembering The November 22, 1963 Deep State Coup d’état

8:45 am on July 15, 2024

Trump Assassination Attempt! RNC in Milwaukee! Baldwin Charges DISMISSED & MORE! Viva & Barnes

Trump Assassination Attempt! RNC in Milwaukee! Baldwin Charges DISMISSED & MORE! Viva & Barnes Live! (

Fantastic discussion with noted attorneys Robert Barnes and David Freiheit at with a renowned former military sniper/security expert from Six Layer Concepts & Consulting on the technical logistics of the Trump assassination attempt.

They indict the murderous enabling and complicity of the vicious street thug Joe Biden, the Usurper-In-Chief, and his illegitimate regime in this criminal action by their deliberate withholding of Secret Service protection from presidential candidates Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. whom they wanted targeted and eliminated.

The deep state has relentlessly tried this elimination through Lawfare and other covert means. Now they have switched to the JFK, RFK, MLK option.

Finally, they discuss the consequences and implications of the dismissal of charges in the Alec Baldwin shooting.

10:33 pm on July 14, 2024

“It’s Time to Put Trump in the Bullseye”

Said Brandon last Monday to a group of “donors.”  Was this the “go ahead” to the deep state?

I wonder if the shooter was a New Republic reader.  Or if he saw Brandon’s blood-read background speech where he called all Republican voters “a clear and present danger” to the very existence of the country.  (“Clear and present danger” is a legal term coined by the U.S. Supreme Court to define what circumstances “legitimize” the abolition of free speech).  Or maybe he was influenced by the following post online by the chief financier of the Demo-Bolshevik party.

4:45 pm on July 14, 2024

“Demoralize the Enemy From Within by Surprise, Terror, Sabotage, Assassination. This is the War of the Future.” Adolf Hitler

Now that the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump has occurred, the destructive Ukraine/Russia Conflict is still raging and unrelenting, and the chaotic destabilizing state of the American presidency under the decrepit delusional Joe Biden is ongoing, it is time to step back and seriously review the Nazi/Fascist origins of the EU and CIA aid to Ukrainian Nazis which has fueled this dangerous existential moment in world geopolitical history.

British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard provided a key piece of the puzzle with this important expose’ article tracing the covert planning, manipulation, and financing of post-WWII European federalism to top tiers of the American intelligence establishment (which interlocked with key Wall Street investment banks and financial institutions, the major foundations which acted as covert funding mechanisms for these projects, the elite mainstream media which provided disinformation and cover for the endeavor, and entities of the foreign policy establishment such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council.

OSS, CIA and European Unity: The American Committee on United Europe, 1948-60 By Richard J. Aldrich

Other respected British Euro-Skeptic researchers have also presented their evidence which traces this collectivist impetus to its National Socialist and Fascist origins. Political economist Rodney Atkinson has composed three major volumes on this subject of the European Union, Treason at Maastricht (with Norris McWhirter); And Into The Fire; Europe’s Full Circle: Corporate Elites and the New Fascism; and classical liberal John Laughland in his The Tainted Source:  The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea.  

At the center of the European Union is the story of the economic rise and domination of post-War Europe by Germany.

After the World War II, veteran CBS reporter Paul Manning undertook an investigation of Hitler’s Deputy, Martin Bormann, and the postwar capital network he ran, in considerable measure, at the encouragement of Edward R. Murrow. Partially underwritten by CBS, the story of the Bormann organization proved too sensitive for the network to report.

Manning notes in his powerful book, Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile,  (.pdf copy)

“A decisively powerful network of corporate entities run by hardened SS veterans, the Bormann group constitutes what one veteran banker termed “the greatest concentration of money power under a single control in history.” The foundation of the organization’s clout is money—lots and lots of money. Controlling German big business and, through investments, much of the rest of the world’s economy, the organization was the repository for the stolen wealth of Europe, estimated by British intelligence to have totaled more than $180 billion by the end of 1943 (not including the money taken from Greece and the former Soviet Union, nor that taken after 1943).

“In addition to the enormous power deriving from its consummate economic clout, the Bormann group has wielded tremendous global influence through its intelligence and enforcement network. Administered by SS general Heinrich Mueller, the wartime head of the Gestapo, the Bormann group’s intelligence and security network was composed of some of the toughest, most capable veterans of the SS. In addition, the Bormann organization and Mueller’s security outfit have commanded the loyalty of the political, intelligence and military elements requisitioned by the Allies after the war. In that regard, the Bormann/Mueller operation could draw on the loyalties of the Reinhard Gehlen spy outfit that handled the CIA’s intelligence on the former Soviet Union and which ultimately became the intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, Bormann and Mueller were the political masters of the numerous scientists recruited by the U.S. and other nations for their expertise during the Cold War, as well as the numerous Nazis brought into the U.S. under the auspices of the Crusade For Freedom. Those latter ultimately coalesced into a major element of the Republican Party.

“With its economic, political and espionage capabilities, the Bormann group embodies the triumph of the forces of National Socialism in the postwar period. Whereas the United States was the dominant element within the international cartel system prior to, and during, World War II, the Bormann group is the primary entity in the postwar global corporate economy.

“The organization’s clout has successfully obscured its existence in the face of journalistic investigation. Compare the “official” fate of Bormann (supposedly killed at the end of the war) with demonstrable historical fact, as researched by Manning. Relating information from the FBI’s file on Bormann, Manning writes: “ . . .The file revealed that he had been banking under his own name from his office in Germany in Deutsche Bank of Buenos Aires since 1941; that he held one joint account with the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron, and on August 4, 5 and 14, 1967, had written checks on demand accounts in first National City Bank (Overseas Division) of New York, The Chase Manhattan Bank, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., all cleared through Deutsche Bank of Buenos Aires. . . .”

12:00 pm on July 14, 2024

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Today, July 14, is Bastille Day, the national holiday in France comparable to the Fourth of July in the United States commemorating the beginning of its Revolution. This extremely powerful and evocative cinematic presentation of Charles Dickins’ classic novel on the backstory of the French Revolution is not to be missed by those who seek the deeper truths of such world-shattering events. We still are in the savage wake of this geopolitical tsunami that swept over the world.

The actors Basil Rathbone (Marquis St. Evremonde) and Blanche Yurka (Madame Therese De Farge – Madame Defarge in the book), portray Oscar-worthy searing performances that truly are two of the most despicable and evil in the history of film.

2:03 am on July 14, 2024

The French Revolution: The Rising of the Vendee

“For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.”
― Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Leftism Revisited: from de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

The French Revolution: The Rising of the Vendee

With contemporary climatic events rising to a fever pitch in France, and the national holiday of Bastille Day set to occur two days later on July 14, it is imperative that people once again recall and take cognizance of the genocidal horrors of the French Revolution in the Vendee region of France, the first major tragic events of this magnitude in modern European history. Michael Davies speaks on the Catholic response in the Vendee to the persecution in France. The battles, the heroism, the leaders, and the genocide that the French State did to them and history is silent by the institutional court historical establishment. From his book For Altar & Throne.

Unearthed History: The War of The Vendée

Operation Parricide: Sade, Robespierre & the French Revolution, by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

A Reflection on the Vendée Uprising, The Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Center

The Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution, by Charles Burris

2:00 am on July 14, 2024

Trump Assassination Attempt: Complete Failure of Police and the Secret Service

What does the government do well? Nothing. It’s iffy at best in enforcing its laws and you’re a fool if you think that it will personally protect you, civilian or otherwise. Below is a video clip of a Trump supporter testifying that at about five minutes before Trump took the stage at today’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania he and others repeatedly warned police and Secret Service officers that they just saw a man with a rifle crawl up a nearby building. Cops and the Secret Service ignored the warnings.

11:50 pm on July 13, 2024

Exploding the Spanish Flu Myth – Part 2. The Rosenau Experiments

In November and December 1918 – spurred by the “Spanish Flu Epidemic” – Dr. Milton Joseph Rosenau, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene of the Harvard Medical School, was selected to head up extensive experiments to conduct exhaustive research into the causes, effects, and complications of influenza, together with their prevention and cure.

These experiments were conducted on Gallops Island in Boston Harbor using 100 “influenza free” volunteers from the US Navy.

Later, in June 1919, Rosenau delivered a paper on his findings before the Section on Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Section on Pathology and Physiology and the Section on Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Seventieth Annual Session of the American Medical Association in Atlantic City, NJ.

You can read the entirety of his presentation on this PDF, HERE.

As you read his presentation I would like to point out the following:

  1. Dr Rosenau did not know specifically what he was looking for. His quote, “We always kept in mind the fact that we have no criterion for influenza.”
  2. He openly admits he only assumed a Germ was causing this disease but none of “germs” he used made anyone sick. His quote, “We used some billions of these organisms, according to our estimated counts, on each of the volunteers; but none of them took sick.”
  3. When he found that no one was getting sick, he attempted many more experiments where, as Dr Rosenau stated, “We became bolder…”, even though each attempt to find a contagion failed.

So what horrible experiments did Dr Rosenau conduct on these poor sailors?

Below I’ve selected a few selections of his presentation (Emphasis Mine):

“…we proceeded rather cautiously at first by administering a pure culture of bacillus of influenza, Pfeiffer’s bacillus, in a rather moderate amount, into the nostrils of a few of these volunteers.”

As the preliminary trials proved negative, we became bolder, and selecting nineteen of our volunteers, gave each one of them a very large quantity of a mixture of thirteen different strains of the Pfeiffer bacillus, some of them obtained recently from the lungs at necropsy; others were subcultures of varying age, and each of the thirteen had, of course, a different history.

“Suspensions of these organisms were sprayed with an atomizer into the nose and into the eyes, and back into the throat, while the volunteers were breathing in.

“We used some billions of these organisms, according to our estimated counts, on each one of the volunteers; but none of them took sick.

“Then we proceeded to transfer the virus [MM COMMENT: Please note they’d never seen a virus, only assumed it was there and neither could they find ANY contagion agent. They only assumed a virus/contagion.] obtained from cases of the disease; that is, we collected the material and mucous secretions of the mouth and nose and throat and bronchi from cases of the disease and transferred this to our volunteers.

“We always obtained this material in the same way: The patient with fever, in bed, has a large, shallow, tray-like arrangement before him or her, and we washed out one nostril with some sterile salt solution, using perhaps 5 c.c., which is allowed to run into this tray and that nostril is blown vigorously into the tray.

“This is repeated with the other nostril. The patient then gargles with some of the solution.

“Next we obtain some bronchial mucus through coughing, and then we swab the mucous surface of each nares and also the mucous membrane of the throat.

“We place these swabs with the material in a bottle with glass beads and add all the material obtained in the tray.

“This is the stuff we transfer to our volunteers. In this particular experiment, in which we used ten volunteers, each of them received a comparatively small quantity of this, about 1 c.c. sprayed into each nostril and into the throat, while inspiring, and on the eye.

“None of these took sick.

“Some of the same material was filtered and instilled into other volunteers but produced no results.”

At his concluding remarks, Dr. Rosenau says:

“As a matter of fact, we entered the outbreak with a notion that we knew the cause of the disease, and were quite sure we knew how it was transmitted from person to person.

“Perhaps, if we have learned any thing, it is that we are not quite sure what we know about the disease.”

MM Final Comment:

It is remarkable that even today people refer to the “Spanish Flu of 1918” as a shorthand proof that viruses exist, contagions are real and that you can catch a disease.

It’s important to UNLEARN what you ASSUME is true, especially when it’s repeatedly been shown to be false.

Being human we want to, of course, know…Well, what DID cause these people to become sick and die?

In order to start your understanding of that very important question, please watch Exploding the Spanish Flu Myth – Part 1, HERE.

Thank you.

3:30 pm on July 13, 2024

Do Viruses Even Exist? This Doctor Says He Can Prove That They Don’t.

Kim Iverson hosts Dr. Tom Cowan as he clearly explains how in the late 1800s the belief that “Unseen Unproven Mystery Entities” were making people sick …

… and how this gave birth to name them viruses.

This is a fascinating conversation between an open, but skeptical, person and a terrific teacher on this important topic.

Even a few minutes of this interview is well worth your time.

Watch the interview HERE.

2:10 pm on July 13, 2024

If Your Doctor Prescribes Medication Without First Asking You…

Before your next doctor visit please read this book.

Highly Recommended.

7:53 am on July 13, 2024

The Century of Forgotten Vaccine Hot Lot Disasters

A Midwestern Doctor writes, “How the mantra of ‘safe and effective’ has shielded countless compromised products from scrutiny and led to the same disasters continuously repeating.”

  • “Producing a vaccine has many opportunities for error or contamination. Because of this, disasters continually occur from ‘hot vaccine lots’ being unleashed onto the public. Remarkably, as the years have gone by, there has been less and less accountability for this (e.g., previously public investigations were held and people went to jail whereas now government tends to keep the hot lots on the market and deny there is a problem).
  • “In 1967, an eminent bacteriologist wrote a book detailing many forgotten vaccine disasters under the belief (he shared with many of his anonymous colleagues) that unless his profession was honest about the dangers of vaccination, the mistakes which led to those disasters would keep on repeating.
  • “Many of the disasters he detailed related to an excessively dangerous vaccine lot being released onto the market. Remarkably, many of the disasters he detailed mirrored what occurred in the decades that followed (e.g., this article discusses the documented DPT and anthrax hot lots which caused a tsunami of injuries in infants and veterans).
  • “One of the largest problems with the COVID-19 vaccines were the deadly hot lots that were released onto the market. In this article, I will cover everything we know about those lots and show their remarkable parallels to the century of hot lot disasters which preceded them.”

Why does this continue? The author adds:

  • “…many (myself included) believe the vaccine industry concluded it wasn’t possible to completely clean up their production process while maintaining the economic viability of the vaccines, so they instead focused on getting the Federal government to exempt them from liability for their hot lots under the argument that ‘vaccines were essential for our national security’ so a certain number of people being injured by defective vaccines was an acceptable trade-off to maintain this ‘vital’ national resource.”
  • “…Presently, we believe the best option is to allow for independent third-party testing of vaccines and for those results to be published—as if that data is available, manufacturers will be forced to produce cleaner products if they want to stay in business. In turn, my sincere hope is that the COVID vaccine disaster will begin to create the political will to bring about that change…”


Click to read the article.

10:28 pm on July 12, 2024

Bravo Bobby! “Revenge is Sweet”

(Remember This Little Story When You Hear of “Outraged” Reporters Angry About Their Broadcast Voices Being Included in the New Robert F. Kennedy Campaign Ad After They Have Repeatedly Lied About and Vilified Him for Years. “Revenge is Sweet.” Just Tell the Inglorious Media Bastards/Bitches to Read Section 315 of the Federal Communications Act. – See Below)

The Shocking Campaign Ad That Put a Third-Party Candidate on the Political Map,
Time Magazine

In January 1979, America was in a bad state. The excitement of down-home Georgia governor Jimmy Carter’s election as president three years earlier—and the hope that it would move America past the fissures opened by Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, the end of the wretched Vietnam War, the fall of Saigon in 1975, and the busing crisis of the ’70s—had disappeared. Islamic revolutionaries’ overthrow of the Shah in Iran had caused an oil crisis, driving gas shortages and spiking prices in the U.S. that would soon result in another round of mile-long gas lines. In the aftermath of this turmoil, creeping unemployment and inflation would both reach double digits.

The coming months would also bring the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the American boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow, and the 444-day captivity of fifty-two hostages from the American embassy in Tehran by the followers of Iran’s new leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. That summer of 1979, Carter would deliver a speech to the nation in a cardigan sweater about the malaise he saw at the heart of America’s national soul, which only made him look weaker and more pathetic. It would pave the way to the White House for the sunny former actor and tough-talking Republican governor of California, Ronald Reagan, who called America “a shining city on a hill,” promised to bring the hostages home from Iran, and urged Americans to believe in themselves and their country again.

Before all that happened, though, on one snowy Saturday night in late January 1979, four friends and I decided over dinner to start a new national political party.

We began to assemble, more by instinct than by design, the basic building blocks of a party. We needed a candidate for president—someone whose stature would give our new party instant credibility, who shared our convictions, and who could make our case to the American people.

We had only two men in mind: Barry Commoner and Ralph Nader.

Commoner had the public stature we needed in our candidate. He was a household name, widely respected, and very popular. TIME had splashed him across its cover in 1970, calling him “the uncommon spokesman for the common man.” A Harvard PhD in biology and a professor of environmental science at Washington University in St. Louis, he spoke with the authority of a scientist. Barry declined and offered instead to help recruit Ralph Nader. This was no false modesty. He genuinely believed Nader would be our strongest choice.

A few weeks after Commoner turned us down, we took Ralph to dinner at a Thai restaurant near the White House and tried to persuade him to be our candidate. Even after all these years I can still hear Ralph’s voice careening down Pennsylvania Avenue into that spring evening, full of what he thought was self-knowledge and certitude, as he declared, “ I will never run for president!” He would, of course, go on to run for president five times over the next thirty years, most disastrously in 2000, when his quixotic campaign took just enough votes away from Democratic vice president Al Gore to hand the presidency to Republican governor George W. Bush of Texas. Ralph and I were friends, but I haven’t spoken to him since then. Sometimes, I don’t even wear a seat belt.

Hearing that Nader had turned us down, Commoner jumped in as a full partner and our natural leader as if he had been with us from the first. We had no illusions that we could win the election in 1980. Our goal was to get at least 5 percent of the vote, which would qualify us for several millions of dollars in federal funds for the 1984 election. We would use it to build an enduring party: the Citizens Party.

But we faced two suffocating realities in 1980 that doomed our hopes of Commoner winning 5 percent of the vote: the independent candidacy of John Anderson and the power of the media to frame the race. I understood the first, but the second still makes my head spin.

Barry Commoner’s candidacy hardly existed, because TV didn’t consider him a “story.”

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Commoner wanted to avoid the traditional campaign’s emphasis on images and symbols. He wanted to focus on substantive issues. He wanted to offer the voters intelligent choices about critical policies and to debate them with other candidates. He had been campaigning for months, but it wasn’t working, and he was increasingly irritated with his lack of media coverage. In particular, it plagued him that the stubborn practices of the media deprived the voters of a debate on the central issue of the time—renewable energy—because he knew more about it than any of the other three candidates did.

With five or so weeks to go before Election Day, the Citizens Party had no money to buy advertising and was generating no news, but Bill Zimmerman, who was running the campaign, had a plan. He called Commoner and me to my apartment and pitched us a radio spot he had dreamed up while driving down the Santa Monica Freeway the previous weekend. It begins with some restaurant noise, the tinkle of a glass, and then a man says, “Bullshit!”

“What?” a shocked woman says.
“Carter, Reagan, and Anderson: It’s all bullshit,” the man says.
 The restaurant noise fades away, and Barry Commoner comes on and says, “Too bad people have to use such strong language, but isn’t that how you feel too?” Then he goes on to make the case for the Citizens Party.

I loved it. Barry didn’t. It violated his whole idea of a campaign run on the issues. It offended his sense of dignity.

Commoner finally agreed to make the ad, provided he wouldn’t have to say the repellent word himself. Bill got an actor to say it instead. Our $700 bought one spot on CBS radio to run right before the national news came on 350 stations across the country. Bill waited for the check to clear before he sent the tape. As expected, he got a call right away, telling him, “We can’t run this. It uses a word CBS doesn’t allow on the air.”
“Let’s not argue,” Bill replied. “Ask your general counsel to read Section 315 of the Federal Communications Act and call me back.” He knew that in 1934 Democrats had prohibited networks from censoring political ads in an attempt to keep Republican-owned stations from using their muscle in campaigns.

The ad ran on October 14.

“The result was spectacular,” Commoner recalled later. “In two days, the Citizens Party received more news stories and broadcast time than it had received in its entire history.” Revered CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, the Today Show, and Good Morning America all did pieces. Nearly every major newspaper in the country carried stories.

But Commoner’s reaction was more bitter than sweet. The stories were, after all, not about issues. They were about the impudence of saying “bullshit” on the air.

To some, using that term was no big deal. In his op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Lawrence Weschler wrote about his own “unscientific random sample of public sensitivity” about the ad’s profanity. He called “at random twenty telephone numbers and asked whoever picked up to fill in the blank: ‘The presidential election campaign so far has been mainly . . .’ Three people hung up; five used words like ‘boring,’ ‘confusing,’ and ‘exasperating’; and twelve said ‘bullshit.’” But to others, including Commoner, it was a cheap stunt. He complained that the Detroit Free Press had not carried a word about his plan to revitalize the auto industry, but it had run a front-page story about the commercial. The irony hurt.

Zimmerman hustled to keep the story alive by holding press conferences that featured a rented bull. Of course, these pranks wore thin, like a joke told too many times, and ultimately had little effect. On Election Day, Barry Commoner got 234,294 votes. John Anderson won 5,720,060, almost 7 percent of the total—enough to qualify for federal funds, just as we had hoped to do.

Reagan, meanwhile, trounced Carter, carrying forty-four states and ushering in a new era of conservative leadership.

Adapted with permission from Being Dead Is Bad for Business by Stanley Weiss (Disruption Books), available Feb. 28, 2017.
47 U.S. Code § 315 – Candidates for public office

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9:42 pm on July 12, 2024

Great New Book on the State’s Psychological Warfare Against the American People to be Published in September

By Robert and Jill Malone.

1:35 pm on July 12, 2024

Jimmy Stewart Gave Us a Different Kind of War Movie Icon in This Classic

(One of my all-time favorite films of all time. Powerful performances, terrific cast, and superb storyline. This is the true, untold story behind the wrenching divisive conflict of the War for Coercive National Unification – popularly known as the “Civil War.”)

Jimmy Stewart Gave Us a Different Kind of War Movie Icon in This Classic


  • Shenandoah showcases Stewart’s versatile acting in a Civil War drama, combining Western elements with dark themes.
  • Shenandoah refrains from taking sides in the conflict.
  • Stewart’s character in Shenandoah remains committed to non-violence, standing out from traditional Western heroes.

If there’s one star from the Golden Age of Hollywood who is distinct enough to carry nearly any role while never straying too far from his particular brand, it’s Jimmy Stewart. Despite his works in classics like It’s A Wonderful Life and Rear Window, the movie star was most often known for his role in Westerns like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Broken Arrow. But sometimes Stewart shifted genres ever so slightly, so that, on the surface, you might think you were watching a Western when in reality you were enjoying a dark historical drama. No, we’re not talking about Strategic Air Command of the Cold War era, but rather his Civil War epic Shenandoah. If you haven’t seen this picture, brace yourself for one of Stewart’s best.

Jimmy Stewart Stands His Ground in ‘Shenandoah’

Shenandoah follows Charlie Anderson (Stewart) and his large family of mostly boys and one daughter (as well as a daughter-in-law) living in the Shenandoah Valley in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Set in 1864, near the end of the American Civil Warthe Andersons find themselves surrounded as the Union encroaches from the North and the Confederacy from the South. Despite the danger, Charlie and his boys refuse to join or aid either band of soldiers, which often means they find themselves in trouble with both sides. As this is happening, Charlie’s youngest son, Boy Anderson (Phillip Alford), is taken prisoner by the Union Army when they mistake him for a Confederate due to his grey garb and hat. This sets Charlie off, and he and his boys (and his daughter Jennie, played by Rosemary Forsyth) set out to find him.

An age-old tale of both rescue and revenge, Shenandoah refuses to pick sides in the conflict. While the Andersons inadvertently help the Confederates on more than one occasion (and it’s worth noting that Jennie eventually marries one), they just as strongly oppose slavery, and are happy when local boy Gabriel (Eugene Jackson, Jr.) is pronounced “free.” But that doesn’t mean that the Andersons are free from any loyalties at all. Charlie is ultimately loyal to his children and the memory of his deceased wife, whom he promised on her deathbed that he would raise their children as good Christians. Despite that, their tardiness to Sunday worship is a consistent struggle, as is the old adage, “Love thy neighbor.” But in Charlie’s eyes, part of raising his young adult children in the faith means forsaking all worldly conflict, which comes back to bite him pretty quickly.

To Charlie, there are actually three sides to the American Civil War. There’s the Union and the Confederacy, both of which offer him significant compensation for his services, and then there’s his family, whom he remains devoted to above all others. Since he lords over his children with gentle wisdom, honor, and respect, they obey their father implicitly, even when they have their questions. (Jennie is the exception here, as she rides with her father and brothers to rescue Boy.) His own armed unit, the Anderson family ride into battle only for the sake of their own, though their failure to pick a side in the war doesn’t sit well with those they encounter along the way. While most war movies, and especially those depicting the Civil War, offer some sympathy to one side or another, Shenandoah refuses to do so, hoping that the audience will be able to make up their minds for themselves who they ought to support.

Jimmy Stewart’s ‘Shenandoah’ Has a Brutal Ending

But we cannot fully escape the world around us, and Charlie Anderson learns that to varying degrees. Initially, he forbids his sons to take arms and join either the Union or Confederacy, though eventually allows them the option to go and fight if they so choose. He struggles to let his daughter marry a soldier, yet gives Sam (Doug McClure of The Virginian fame) his blessing anyhow, even going so far as to prepare their honeymoon suite once they’re reunited. Near the end of the film, he loses a son to a Confederate sentry, only to refuse to kill the sixteen-year-old soldier, hoping instead that the sentry might one day spare someone else’s son in return. Charlie Anderson is a man who wants more than anything to remain neutral in America’s bloodiest war, yet he cannot seem to make up his mind about what exactly that means.

The paradoxical actions of Charlie Anderson speak strangely to the time at which Shenandoah was made. In 1965, the Vietnam War was only halfway over, and wouldn’t end officially until the fall of Saigon a decade later. While the United States didn’t remain neutral during this conflict (the U.S. had supported South Vietnam while the communists in China and the Soviet Union aided the North) Charlie Anderson’s clear-cut isolationist stance concerning the North and the South fails miserably. Instead of losing just one son (who is returned to him by the end of the film), he loses two, as well as his daughter-in-law Ann (Katharine Ross), who leaves behind an infant daughter. But just because Charlie’s pseudo-isolationism fails, don’t let that fool you into thinking that Shenandoah is a pro-war picture. It certainly doesn’t glorify the conflict.

If anything, this drama speaks clearly about the horrors of war, and how refusing to fight might just as well come back to haunt you in the end. Like Charlie, Shenandoah refuses to take a clear stance on the international conflict at the time. Instead, it opts to highlight the fallout of war in general, perhaps in hopes that those in the audience might continue to resist the overseas conflict. Of course, this interpretation only goes so far when you consider that it’s Charlie’s refusal to engage in the conflict initially that gets so many members of his family killed. On the other hand, had he and his sons remained home, the scavengers who killed James (Patrick Wayne) and Ann wouldn’t have made it very far in the first place. It’s possible that, had Charlie stuck to his isolationist guns and disavowed the war entirely (even after losing his son to the Union), his family may never have been broken up in the first place.

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12:35 pm on July 12, 2024

Non-American Voters? What’s Going On With “Our Democracy”?

America’s Founders didn’t create a democracy; yet here we are with “our democracy.” John Adams explicitly said: “Remember, democracy never lasts long…There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” American citizens are finding out that anyone who crosses the border can vote. Proof of citizenship not required. Is America fulfilling the very point that John Adams was making?

12:15 pm on July 12, 2024

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11:22 am on July 12, 2024

Exploding the Spanish Flu Myth – Part 1

Probably the most unquestioned “Epidemic” is the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920.

But was it really a “Bug-Caused-Epidemic” that people caught from other people? What else could have caused it?

And…here’s the big one…what if the historical facts point to No Contagion at all – but rather a perfect storm of multiple contributing causes?

Recently, the Health Freedom Defense Fund (HFDF) published a thorough investigation of this historic disaster, adding to the case that there is no ‘it’ in the form of a claimed influenza virus.

Dr Sam Bailey presents an excellent video HERE which presents HFDF’s findings which destroys one of Germ Theory’s treasured myths.

I urge you to watch this and to share it with others (27min).

***And please look at Part 2 of this series, HERE ,where I present the inhumane experiments to prove a “Contagious Germ Caused It” – because they assumed “it” existed – but failed to find “it” or that “it” was contagious.

6:47 pm on July 11, 2024