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FREEDOM TO WRITE

The debate concerning the Freedom to Write is all around us, but rarely do we as authors hear anything about books or magazines, but censorship hurts everyone, including authors!

Throughout history the Far Left and the Far Right have striven to suppress the right to hear or read opposing views. Basically, these two opposing viewpoints agree on one thing: the written and spoken word is powerful, dangerous, and must be controlled.

Furthermore, both sides have attempted to control the printed word. All of us know how the Catholic Church opposed the Bible being printed and put in the hands of common people. They didn’t just oppose it, they used every means possible to stamp it out. This included the hunting down of the printers, destroying the presses, arresting and burning at the stake those brave enough to oppose them. But they are not the only ones. We have seen dictatorships use it and we’ve seen it used right here in the United States.

This opposition to the printing of information contrary to the ruling powers desire, is neither Left nor Right. Both sides use it and when they do, the rest of us are harmed.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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Today, we have a news media, both print and digital, in the hands of the Left with strong efforts taking place in the Social Media area. Their goal is to squelch the voice of the Right. It doesn’t matter how well written, or how well established their argument is, if they are on the Right, they must be stopped. What government could not do, the high-tech giants seem unstoppable.

Are books next?

I don’t mean just non-fiction. I mean all books. We’ve had book burnings in the past by both sides, but the type of suppression we now have has the courts stymied. Why?

I’ve heard it is because they fear what Congress will do if they act. And that is a strong argument. But it is also possible that judges are simply petrified because high-tech is hiding behind the Constitution, especially the 1st Amendment.

This is a threat to all who value freedom. And it is a real threat to those who write.

We’ve all read or at least heard of books about to be published that were suddenly pulled back. Someone was against the book and used money, prestige, and maybe a little blackmail, thus forcing the publisher to back off publishing the book. When that someone has political power, financial power, or both, we the people suffer.

Why?

Because it keeps us from having the right to hear or read opposing views.

Everybody should be able to read or hear news or opinions that differ from the ones in power. In the current mixture of the Cancel culture and the Left, we are faced with increasing pressure to bar opposing views whether audio, video, or written. And this includes news, opinions, and even tell-all books.

I think there have been attempts to censure novels.

None of this is new. It has been going on for a very long time, but now is getting worse. And we’ve seen it from both the Left and the Right, although it does seem that the Left has it mastered.

The Freedom of the Press is a slogan that the Left uses to protect their drivel, but if a person on the right criticizes them, they do all they can to shut that person up. The Freedom of the Press doesn’t just mean newspapers and TV News. It easily extends to books and blogs.

I might remind you that it was the pamphlets (revolutionary blogs?) that stirred up the people to resist tyranny and rebel against England. These pamphleteers were the bloggers of the day.

And I must add that it was novelists who revealed the exotic world of royal shenanigans. They not only entertained, but they revealed the inner evils of the world. Censorship is never a good thing. Some have tried it with the purpose of protecting us from evil, but it only makes the censored item more desirable.

The latest example of censorship is the coverup concerning the voting rights bill being voted on in congress. There are some serious issues with this bill, but if you listen to the Left, they aren’t worthy of our concern. If the average American wants the truth, they have to plug their collective ears to the drumbeat of the Left and focus on discovering the truth.

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Republicans Fight for Democracy

A New York Times reporter claimed the Republican Party is turning against Democracy. Among several problems with that statement there is at least one that we will examine.

First of all, it was a lie. Worse than that it is impossible. Let me explain.

Democracy is defined as, ‘a government by the people, especially: rule of the majority.’

When our country was founded, and our forefathers wrote the Constitution they purposely decided that Democracy as defined above was not the right way to go. Instead, they chose a radically new idea: Representative Democracy.

Now to be fair, the average liberal or Democrat probably thinks that Democracy and Representative Democracy are the same. They are not. In true or pure Democracy, the majority of the people rule. There are no representatives chosen to speak on their behalf. The people rule.

True Democracy is best found in a mob. There you have a large group of people and usually one or just a few people who control it. The mob decides issues by what appeals to them. Reason and debate generally are absent. One reason is mob rule usually means one thought or direction; dissent is not allowed.

Representative Democracy, which our founders wrote into the Constitution, is totally different. In the United States Constitution, we have a Legislative Branch consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. We also have the Executive Branch (President) and the Judicial Branch (Courts). These three branches form a Constitutional Representative Democracy sometimes called a Republic.

But for many years, actually decades, our schools, news media, and the Democratic Party have blurred the distinction. In some cases, this was simply ignorance (never having been taught otherwise), but more and more it has been willful.

Now that we live in a society under the control of the News Media, Social Media, and Liberal political forces, the blending has been largely successful. So, it is possible that the reader of this article believes that Democracy is what we have.

Why is that important?

It is important because believing in Democracy as the rule of law is believing in a Constitution as defined by Nancy Pelosi and friends. Not the written Constitution, such as I own a copy of, but a Constitution that is ever evolving according to the will of the people as led by them. Or, put succinctly, mob rule.

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

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We now live in a society where words and phrases we grew up knowing are being turned on their respective heads. We no longer have men and women as defined by birth, but now we have people born of one sex and later deciding they are of the other sex. The Bible calls this immoral and confusion. And we are seeing this played out right before our eyes.

But that is not all. We call abortion a right and we deny any rights to the unborn. We call Socialism, which can be termed the government taking away our hard-earned money and property, moral. But hard work, loyalty, and doing your best are considered outdated.

Unfortunately, the News Media and the big Social Media giants encourage this change. And they don’t like dissent. Which brings us to the true nature of Democracy. Namely, that it is a dictatorship. I said earlier that Democracy is like a mob. But there is always a leader of a mob and the mob follows the leader without thinking. So-called thinkers of the mob repeat ad nauseum whatever the leader says.

This kind of thinking is apparent in the Letters to the Editors where liberal contributors repeat as fact what NBC, CBS, ABC, along with CNN and other networks say. Especially if it came from the DNC. It doesn’t matter if what is being said is the truth or not, what matters is that the agenda is being promoted.

Perhaps you have heard the term ‘pack the court.’ This term is speaking of the Supreme Court and means that you increase the number of justices until you have enough that agree with you. It makes the Supreme Court irrelevant. I believe this scares our so-called conservative justices and explains their inaction in the last election.

The Republican Party is not perfect. It isn’t even close to perfect. But it believes in the sanctity of life, morality as defined by the Bible, a strong work ethic, the resilience of the American people, the Middle Class, and the Constitution of our forefathers.

What does the Democratic Party believe?

It believes it is fine for a person born a male to decide he is a female and then compete in female sports, thus destroying women’s sports. (By the way, the argument that women can compete against men equally is unsupported by biology or history.)

The Democratic Party also believes that stealing is fine as long as it is for a good cause. They talk about ‘fair share’ when in fact they want the rich to pay not just more, which they already do, but at exorbitantly higher tax rates.

In conclusion, it is the Democratic Party that is undermining Representative Democracy. They are in fact, using the tools and power of Representative Democracy to destroy itself and then turn the country into a dictatorship of mob rule whereby they run things.

This is their vision of the great new world.

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Statehood for District of Columbia?

The following is a copy of an article by Rob Natelson.

Why the District of Columbia Should Not Be a State?

Commentary

In June 1783, the Confederation Congress was meeting in what is now Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Continental soldiers surrounded the building demanding back pay. They were peaceful, but the intimidation was plain.

Congress asked Pennsylvania authorities to clear away the demonstrators. Pennsylvania authorities refused to do so. Congress accordingly left Philadelphia for Princeton, New Jersey, thereby making that town the national capital for a short time.

This incident confirmed the American Founders in their opinion that the national capital should not be at the mercy of any state. The Founders also knew that in European countries, national office holders could be held hostage by mobs that local authorities were unwilling, or unable, to control.

In July 1783, therefore, Congress began to lay plans for a capital district outside of any state, and under direct federal authority. An independent capital district became a top congressional priority.

When the Constitution’s framers met in convention in 1787, they accomplished this by adding the Enclave Clause to the document. The Enclave Clause reads in part as follows:

“The Congress shall have Power … To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States …”

Securing the national capital from capture was one reason for locating it outside the boundaries of any state. But there were other reasons as well. The founding generation believed that for republican government to survive, decision makers (including voters) should be free from the undue influence of others. They had to be able to make decisions freely, based on full consideration of the evidence. Decisions made by people heavily dependent on others would reflect merely the will of the masters. It was like giving the masters extra votes.

Many participants in the debate over the Constitution expressed concern that residents of the capital district, who would consist largely of government employees and their families, would reflect solely the interests of the government upon which they were dependent. They did not want dependents of the federal government unduly influencing state or national elections.

The Founders also recognized that denying the vote to residents of the capital district would not leave them without influence. On the contrary, prior history showed that those residents would have an outsize influence—partly by reason of their proximity to federal institutions and partly because many would be government officials or employees. Allowing them to participate in national elections would unfairly magnify their power further.

The Constitution reflected all these concerns by making no provision for the capital district having seats in Congress or participating in presidential elections.

In 1788, the Maryland legislature formally offered to cede to the federal government jurisdiction over land for a capital district. Virginia did so the following year. In 1791, Congress accepted Maryland’s and Virginia’s offers. The District of Columbia was established formally 10 years later. The federal government later returned Virginia’s portion to that state, so all of what is now the District of Columbia is former Maryland territory.

In 1960, Congress proposed the 23rd Amendment, which the states ratified the following year. It permitted residents of the District of Columbia to choose three presidential electors. In 1973, Congress passed the Home Rule Act, permitting local self-government for the District.

As currently proposed, the new state would consist of all of D.C. except tiny strips of territory remaining under federal control. It would be called “Washington, Douglas Commonwealth”—presumably meaning the City of Washington in the Commonwealth of Douglas. Many of the arguments over this proposal center on such questions as whether the District is large or self-sustaining enough to be a state.

But those arguments are unnecessary. The history I’ve just recited and the modern implications should be enough to squash the idea.

As demonstrated by the 1783 incident in Philadelphia, D.C. statehood would put the federal government at the mercy of local state officials. “Douglas Commonwealth” officials could refuse to restrain rioters threatening federal institutions. They could threaten or intimidate federal officials to obtain political ends. One obvious tactic might be for Douglas police to harass members of Congress with traffic tickets until Congress passed a particular law or granted the Commonwealth more federal aid.

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The terms of Maryland’s 1788 offer of cession also present objections to D.C. statehood. The Constitution authorizes Congress to assume jurisdiction over a portion of a state only if the state cedes it. As another part of the Enclave Clause makes clear, cession represents the consent of the state to loss of some of its territory.

But Maryland’s consent to cession, as well as Congress’s acceptance, was clearly based on the land being used as a national capital. The 1788 Maryland law provides that cession is to be of a “district in this State not exceeding ten miles square, which Congress may fix upon and accept for the seat of Government of the United States.” Maryland did not consent to the creation of another state out of its territory. Doing so would have required action under an entirely different part of the Constitution (Article IV, Section 3).

In other words, Maryland’s consent was effective for creating a federal “enclave” to be used as a national capital, but not effective for creating a new state. Turning all or part of D.C. into a state would require either a new agreement with Maryland, or a constitutional amendment.

Another objection arises from the results of the 23rd Amendment. Those results have vindicated fully the Founders’ concerns about allowing District residents to vote in federal elections. As the record shows, in presidential contests D.C. voters do not seriously weigh the merits or demerits of presidential candidates. The District is a dependency of the federal government, and its electorate invariably votes for the party that offers more government—the Democrats. D.C. residents have cast ballots in 15 presidential elections. They have voted the same way each time, and by huge margins: In 2020, Joe Biden took 92 percent of their vote.

These results—disturbing to any but the most rabid Democrat partisan—suggest that rather than admitting the District as a state, we should be discussing repeal of the 23rd Amendment.

Nor has the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act been a success. In 2012, the Washington Post published a column by a long-time D.C. journalist. Its title tells you all you need to know about government there: “How D.C. became a District of Corruption.” America does not need more corruption in its national councils.

Robert G. Natelson, a former constitutional law professor, is senior fellow in constitutional jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver. He is the author of “The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant“ (3rd ed., 2014).

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author of the piece and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times from which it was copied. While I find the article informative, I had no prior knowledge of the subject nor was I involved in the research or the discovery of facts pertaining to it.

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Are Brick & Mortar Bookstores Dying?

The Riddle Report 04 2 2021

It has been evident for a long time that brick and mortar bookstores were declining and the culprit has been the Internet. However, despite media coverage suggesting that bookstores were dying, a resurgence started several years ago. Covid-19, also known as the Chinese Virus (it started in China), has had a crushing impact on almost all industries. But the bookstore industry seems to be coping and is ready to continue its comeback.

News Item #1 Overview

There is a long history of bookstores dating back hundreds of years. They were the primary, and sometimes only, venue for selling and buying books. When I started my writing career in 2003, bookstores were still the primary place to sell your books. And it was in bookstores that I conducted book signings.

At that time, it was getting more difficult primarily because the superstores dominated and could be picky about the books.

Sometime after that the brick & mortar stores began declining as the internet was growing and people found they could shop from home. Thus, began a deep decline that saw chains that once dominated going out of business. Borders, one of the largest superstore chains, eventually closed its doors. But others continued.

News Item #2 Decline

As mentioned above bookstores, and we are talking primarily of brick & mortar bookstores, went into decline. Here is Port Charlotte, Florida I understand that there were bookstores, including at least one Christian bookstore.

Shortly after arriving here in 2008 we discovered that the Christian store was gone, and the only general bookstore was Books-a-Million. That hasn’t changed much. A Christian bookstore did open up and operate for several years, but it too went out of business. Books-a-Million is still here.

Why?

Part of the reason is that the new Christian Bookstore only had a minimal presence on the internet. Basically, a single page providing directions and when open. I also suspect that the manager of the store underestimated the competition that the internet was bringing. I talked to him and he was quite confident, yet his confidence seemed to me to ignore or not be aware of the purchasing power, not to mention low overhead, of internet stores.

News Item #3 Comeback

We currently have two bookstores in Punta Gorda, Florida, which is right across the Peace River. Both are Independent and have an online presence that compliments the physical store. In addition, I know Copperfish makes use of emails, virtual events, and Zoom to list just a few innovations. And I believe all Indie Bookstores have similar methods of outreach.

The comeback of bookstores in general and Indie’s in particular began in 2016 or shortly after. That was the year that Family Christian went bankrupt and disappeared. But the vaunted age of eBooks didn’t happen quite the way anticipated. Yes, eBooks sell well, but they did not replace print books which still sell well.

And the bookstores, particularly Indie bookstores that included Church bookstores, learned to survive and thrive!

News Item #4 In The Year 2021

The year is still young, but bookstores are doing well. Indie bookstores have invested time, money, and energy in coping with the restrictions from the Chinese Virus. As a result, they are ready to continue the comeback. Locally, I have seen at least one bookstore expand its virtual offerings while moving to a new brick & mortar storefront.

Scanning the internet for information on bookstores I found optimism. And that speaks well of the industry.

News Item #4s What About the Internet

The internet is well and doing fine. Just as there are millions of people wanting to hold a book in their hand before buying, there are also millions of people willing to buy a book from the comfort of their homes. The internet and brick & mortar bookstores can coexist and, in some cases, have a foot in both segments.

Here at T&R Independent Bookstore and Services, we are looking forward to opening are own bookstore, TR Bookstore. It will be exclusively on the internet and, at least in the beginning, sell only our books. This will allow our books to be sold both at Amazon and at our bookstore, where they will be discounted.

So, in conclusion, I believe it is way too early to mourn the bookstores whether brick & mortar or internet. And neither should we mourn the eBook or the Print book. Both are doing fine!

So, if you are looking for a fine book to read go to your local bookstore or your internet bookstore (which when you think about it are also local).

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An Alarming Report

The Riddle Report 03 26 2021

Alarming News on Inflation

As I have predicted concerning the Biden/Harris Administration, their actions are going to lead to inflation.

I follow Dick Morris and in a recent report he pointed out that the pressures are overwhelming, and that inflation is coming. He pointed out that unlike Americans, Europeans, and others look not on daily prices but on the value of the dollar. And the pressures caused by stimulation money plus new taxes that are about to come down plus environment regulations and labor regulations, inflation is coming.

The formula of the stimulus package plus higher taxes plus environmental and labor regulations leads to inflationary pressures. These in turn will lead to corporations providing less goods and services while higher capital gains taxes leaves less money to invest in new plant and equipment, higher income taxes means less job creation, and environmental and labor regulations leads to constraining the supply of goods when supply demand is about to explode.

News Item #1 Stimulus.

While the stimulus payments to people are needed and will help people, I see the stimulus package as doing more harm than good.

Why?

Because of the pork!                        

Helping out states that have been impacted by the Chinese Virus is one thing but bailing out states that have mismanaged their state’s tax flows and expenses is quite another. It is pork.

Another interesting aspect of this is that nearly all of the states affected are Blue (Democrat) states. And the Red (Republican) states affected appear to lean left.

Apparently, fact checkers don’t dig very deep. They accept the Biden/Harris explanation of where the money is going and don’t really check them.

In the case of the states receiving money, when you dig deeper you find that the states can spend part of their 350 billion dollars on such items as abortion. Whatever your position on abortion is, that is not pandemic relief!

News Item #2 More Pork

Here is a partial list of recipients:

  • Provider Relief Fund – $8.5 billion
  • Public Health Workers $7.66 billion
  • Community health centers – $7.6 billion

This is again available for abortion services!

This is government running wild. It is beginning to look like the House had its agenda, the Senate has its agenda, and the President has another agenda.

News Item #3 Foreign Affairs

In what world does foreign affairs have a part in a stimulus package?

There may be just reasons for giving them money. That is not what this blog is discussing. But that money is supposed to be stimulus money and should stay home!

How much are we talking about?

$10 billion.

News Item #4 We have a Crisis!

Most arguments tend to center upon how much money is going for this or that. And I have demonstrated that tons of money is going for non-pandemic issues. But the amount of money is missing the whole point.

There should not be going $1 (that is one dollar) to non-pandemic issues. Helping low-income people is related and a priority; staving off evictions is a priority; helping restaurants and other businesses forced to close because of pandemic, a must.

But using a crisis as an opening to get pet issues taken care of is immoral. Perhaps some of those pets are really needed. Then work on pet relief!

We expect those in power to exercise responsibility, especially fiscal responsibility! But the Biden/Harris and Pelosi/Schumer teams are more concerned with political expediency than in handling a crisis.

With nothing indicating a change of mind, we are heading for a disaster. We now have thousands of immigrants coming into the United States and staying (despite Biden/Harris claim otherwise) plus trillions of dollars of debt hanging over us and more on the way. It is a recipe for disaster.

Oh, don’t worry, they say. We’ll tax the rich.

Well, after you’ve taken all that they have and forced them to leave the country, then what?

There is no real answer except for: “Gulp!”

News Item #4 Conclusion

Polls are now reflecting a loss of confidence in Biden/Harris and that Americans are finally waking up to the fact that open borders is not good business.

Gas prices are going up because of the inflation and eventually more will happen. You can’t do much about it until 2022.

So, to those of you who voted for Biden/Harris, Sorry. But you had your chance to vote against them! Instead, you voted for them, perhaps multiple times. So, strap your seat belts. It might get rough.

Oh, and if you are waiting for Biden to step aside and let Harris rule openly then I suggest you beware what you wish for. She is much further left than Biden ever dreamed of being!

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Liar, Liar

The Riddle Report 03 12 2021

Yesterday, 03 11 2021, President Joe Biden took to the airwaves for his first speech since taking office on January 20th. In his speech, he took full credit for the ongoing manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines. This is a lie.

But the speech was sort of a 50-day celebration I suppose. Prior to the speech he signed the latest Stimulus Package, which means money should be going out to deserving people this weekend. Although the package was passed without Republican support, the stimulus checks were supported by both parties.

So, he was celebrating the passage of a 1.9 Billion package that was loaded with pork.

News Item #1 “The Big Lie”

“A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked.

“Denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”

That was his opening line and it was the big lie.

Instead of silence look at the following timeline:

  • January 3, 2020 – the United States offered to help China investigate the virus. Although later repeated, the offer was never really accepted.
  • January 6, 2020 – the CDC issued a Level I travel notice for Wuhan, China.
  • January 17, 2020 – CDC began screening 3 international airports.
  • January 20, 2020 – Dr. Fauci announced the NIH was already working on developing a vaccine.
  • January 31, 2020 – by the end of the month the administration had:
    • Issued a Level III travel ban (widely criticized by Biden and other liberals as being paranoia)
    • Organized White House Coronavirus Task Force
    • Declared a public health emergency
    • Announced Chinese travel restrictions
    • Suspended entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals at risk of transmitting the virus.

Does that sound like silence to you? Denials? The only denials came from Biden and company. Trump did deny statements and accusations by liberals, but he and his administration were already engaged.

News Item #2 “The Implied Lie”

“You lost your job. You closed your business. Facing eviction, homelessness, hunger, a loss of control, and maybe worst of all, a loss of hope.

“Watching a generation of children who may be set back up to a year or more – because they’ve not been in school – because of their loss of learning.”

Was any of that untrue? No!

But the implied lie that it was Trump’s fault is demonstrably false.

Most of the above statements happened in states that were near or were in total lockdown. Most of those states were run by Democrats who ordered the shutdowns. But most Republican run states did only partial shutdowns and began reopening as soon as possible.

A case in point is Florida where the Governor began reopening the state despite liberal protests and media condemnation. New York, which totally shutdown, led the nation in deaths, and just about every other category.

As for the schools, this happened in virtually all states, but again the Republican led states began working to reopen the schools as quickly as possible. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it has been largely successful except for one problem.

The Teachers union.

Despite assurances from CDC and the Dr. Fauci, teachers have been opposed to reopening the schools. The result has been a shortage of teachers and children being robbed of their education. And now, parents are actively pushing for the reopening.

News Item #3 “The Vaccine”

“When I took office 50 days ago, only 8 percent of Americans after months…”

Another implied lie: that nothing had been done toward vaccinating people by the Trump Administration. Let’s look at some more facts:

  • December 11, 2020 – Johnson and Johnson vaccine approved for use
  • December 18, 2020 – Moderna’s vaccine approved
  • January 20, 2021 – Trump’s last day in office; 1.5 million vaccinated
  • March 11, 2021 – 1st 50 days of Biden Administration; 1.4 million vaccinated.

Do the math: Trump administration vaccinated 1.5 million people between 12/11/2020 and 01/20/2021 for approximately 27 days; Biden administration vaccinated 1.4 million people between 01/20/2021 and 03/11/2021. Or put another way, the Trump administration vaccinated 100,000 more people in 23 less days.

Lest I forget, the Trump administration partnered with Johnson and Johnson to increase capacity to manufacture more vaccine and in record time. Translate the word ‘capacity’ to build a factory and you get the kind of commitment made.

News Item #4 “What it Could Have Been”

It would have been a great time for President Biden to show his commitment to unity. All he had to do was acknowledge what the Trump administration had done and congratulate or thank them. Then he could have bragged about how he was continuing the work. Instead, he tried to take all the credit.

News Item #5 “the 25th “Getting the Truth”

If you want the truth, you have to get out there and find it. It isn’t really hard, but your local paper isn’t going to tell you, nor is your television. And you can’t trust the social media. Facebook, YouTube, and others only want you to talk about their agenda. Your traditional sources of information are no longer reliable.

But the good news is that there are newer resources such as Rumble, MeWe, DuckDuck, and others. Find out what works for you. But in the end, it is your responsibility to find the truth.

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Surprised Yet?

The Riddle Report 03 09 2021

Joe Biden has been President long enough for us to start evaluating his Presidency. I’ve titled this blog “Surprised Yet” because of actions he’s taken and because of Congressional efforts to remove War Powers from him. On the first day of taking office, Jan. 20th, President Biden issued numerous executive orders, proclamations, and more.

News Item #1 “Keystone XL Pipeline”

This is a devastating order! Taking into consideration the people building the pipeline along with those that would be involved in the construction of the pipeline, its maintenance, and the supply chain (providing food, lodging, transportation, and the like), the State Department estimated 26,100 employees altogether.

All of these were essentially lost. But don’t worry. The government says these workers can retrain for the Green Economy. Talk about a pipe dream!

If you are a worker in your 20s, then you might be able to be retrained. But if you are in your thirties and above, have married, and care for a family, then it becomes increasingly harder.

By the way, no mention is made as when to expect this windfall of jobs from a Green Economy that doesn’t exist as of yet.

News Item #2 “Reversed Travel Ban from Muslim Countries”

No one wants to profile other people, nor do we want to keep people out of America if they truly want to come and enjoy American freedoms. But the truth is that the terrorists out there who hate Americans are primarily Muslims.

Opening our doors to these terrorists is a major mistake that will probably cost American dollars and lives. So far, there are neither plans in place nor plans being considered to vet incoming Muslims.

A lot of real refugees will come to America prepared to dream and to work to bring that dream into reality. But along with them will come those with hatred in their hearts and a plan to destroy America. And without restrictions or a realistic vetting of immigrants, we have no way of stopping them!

News Item #3 “Pause New Oil and Gas Leasing”

Once again, we are causing people to lose their jobs. And the loss of these jobs will also impact far beyond just the men and women working on them. It will be widespread before it is over.

Think of it this way. You lose a few thousand workers and it is like a small drop of oil on your floor. But then there are other industries and their employees that are at least in part dependent on your job. Add some, not necessarily all, to the drop and it grows bigger.

As time goes on and the leak continues that drop grows into a small puddle, then a pool, and finally a pond or worse. Eventually it becomes a flood that cannot be contained or stopped. Additional jobs will be lost in other industries that are dependent industry. What started out as a manageable problem has become unmanageable and our country is dying from a return to double-digit unemployment and perhaps stagnation.

But don’t worry. The Green Economy is coming. You only have to wait 30 years!

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

While at the writing of this blog the legislation hasn’t been passed yet, the stimulus package will provide relief to the common folk. But there is also a great deal of pork in the package. This undoubtedly will cause acute economic problems down the road.

President Biden is looking at the problem through myopic glasses. He sees a future of green grasses and people wiping away tears of joy. What he doesn’t realize is that such a future is a long way away and those tears are not of joy but of heart ache and sadness. You see, they are standing on the graves of loved ones sacrificed to bring this utopia about.

Historically speaking, liberals come up with these grandiose dreams and then conservatives come along, tinker with them, and make them work. But with the new “cancel culture” and the clamping down on conservative opinion there may not be any conservatives left to make the system work.

Just saying.

News Item #5 “the 25th Amendment”

In case, you’ve forgotten the 25th Amendment was added for the purpose of a smooth transfer of power in case the President was ‘unfit’ for office due to a number of factors, including mental illness.

I keep hearing talk of the 25th Amendment being invoked to unseat President Biden. The poor man is doing everything in his power to keep such an eventuality at bay. His problem, aside from signs of senility, is his Vice President. While he is not Left enough to please the extreme liberals, she is right in step with them.

While he fights to keep his job, Kamala Harris sits back and waits. Time is on her side. Sooner or later, his propensity to forget and make mental mistakes will force the issue. And she will be ready!

The question is, Will America be ready? The answer is probably not. We will be so distracted by his behavior, that we almost give a sigh of relief when it happens. And then we’ll discover how bad a President she will be!

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Catching Up

The Riddle Report 03 02 2021

My writing career has been taking up much of my time (been working on two novels) and caused me to take a break from my blogging. But now I am back and it is time to catch up.

News Item #1 “False Claims”

You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on syndicated news without being told that former President Trump has once again repeated his “false claims” about a stolen election.

But this begs a question. Does the fact that the news media calls something false make it false?

One has to surmise that because the various lawsuits were dismissed by the courts that this proves to the media that the evidence was non-existent. But it wasn’t. Unless you had your head buried in the sand there was plenty of documented evidence, including signed affidavits.

There are a variety of reasons why a case would be dismissed by a court. In these cases, it appears that the courts never actually examined the evidence. Perhaps because the courts didn’t want to get involved or because the lawyers presenting the cases didn’t prepare well, or perhaps other reasons. But the evidence was there and was available; and it was not examined. That does not prove the claim was false but indicates problems within the judiciary.

In fact, from where I sit, it seems like most of the cases were dismissed on technical issues rather than evidentiary.

What a sad day!

News Item #2 “Jan. 6, 2021 Riot”

By now everyone knows about the riot that occurred in Washington in Washington D.C. The question is what do we really know? Facts have come forth indicating that the riot was preplanned by people in the Far Right. That would certainly undermine the charge that President Trump’s speech had anything to do with it.

And most people seem aware of the fact that Trump’s words were taken out of context by the Press. His using the word ‘fight’ is hardly a new word. Politicians use the word a lot, both Democrats and Republicans. And they never mean an insurrection or physical confrontation. Generally, when politicians of either party or anyone with a political agenda use the ‘fight’ word it means to take a stand, be principled, to support your cause, and other peaceful actions.

News Item #3 “Jan. 6, 2021 Five People Died!

I’ve been hearing this lately, but it is patently false. The inference of the statement is that five people were killed during the riot. But only one person was actually killed and that was an unarmed woman who was killed by a cop. Whether it was warranted or not will be determined by the police. The other four people all appear to have died due to stress from the riot.

One cop was reported to have been killed by someone smashing his head in with a fire extinguisher. Again, this turned out to be false. Last I heard they were still investigating, but it is possible that natural causes were involved.

But such stories don’t make the news where a story that lays the blame at the feet of the rioters is newsworthy. They’ll print that on the front page and, if a retraction or correction is needed, print it on the back page in small print.

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

Typically, when a new President takes office, he gets a ‘Honeymoon’ (see below) but Biden’s $1.9 trillion Stimulus Package is having a hard time. It passed in the House of Representatives, but not by the margin anticipated. In the Senate it has a harder time.

Senate rules is one of the problems. In an effort to bypass the Republicans (perhaps copying President Obama’s health care strategy) the Democrats tried to package the $15 an hour minimum wage with the stimulus bill. But the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the minimum could not be part of the package. This seems to doom the rush to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Another problem is that not all Democrats support the stimulus package as it came from the House. Without getting into names or personalities this is a major roadblock for the Democrats. They will get most of what they want, but not everything.

News Item #5 “Honeymoon”

As mentioned above most new Presidents get what is called a honeymoon. But President Biden is experiencing some bumps along the road. Aside from the stimulus package he is also having some difficulties getting the people he wants to form his cabinet is proving slower and bumpier than expected. He may end up getting most of what he wants, but he won’t get all that he wants in the time he wanted.

Aside from the problem with Senate Rules, not all Democrats are happy with the Stimulus Package. This may only be one man or several senators, but that is enough to derail the package as it now stands.

What does that mean?

Most likely, the $15 an hour minimum wage is dead as far as the package is concerned. It also means that Biden is already struggling to get his nominees and may not get them all. I doubt that the stimulus bill will be stopped. There is a groundswell supporting helping those in need. I predict that it will pass and be reconciled with the House of Representatives, but it will still contain a great deal of pork.

Stay tuned.

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Harris Making a Move?

The Riddle Report 02 17 2021

News Item #1

Is Harris making a move?

Last year then candidate Joe Biden told ABC,”I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready.”

In the same interview, he added, “It’s a legitimate question to ask anybody, watch me.”

It is safe to say that Americans are watching. With the widely held belief that Biden is merely a stand-in for Kamala Harris it is noticeable that the Vice President appears to be assuming a more Presidential role. That role is the calling of the heads of states of other countries.

News Item #2

The Importance of Personally Calling Heads of States.

This is a very important role. It is through personal contact that these heads of states get to know the President. In some cases, they may have never met him before. Whichever, they use this opportunity to get a read and try to understand what makes the President tick.

There are two recent examples of how the President of the United States uses personal contact to influence international relations.

The first is President Obama wherein he made personal contact by phone and later through his Apology Tour. It is quite reasonable to say that foreign leaders quickly got a read of the man. In public they often praised him, but in private they either ignored his leadership or laughed about it.

History already records the fact that the United States stood by while Russia took land from the Ukraine. Treaties were made that cost the United States great sums of money with no real achievements accomplished.

The second example is President Trump who also used personal phone calls and a personal trip to influence leaders around the world. Under his leadership the United States forced the European Union to provide a bigger share of support for NATO, thus evening the playing field for the United States. The United States also withdrew from treaties that took advantage of us and brokered treaties that provided for greater peace in the MidEast.

In addition, his tough diplomacy stopped Russian President Putin from further expansion, and opened up a tiny although historic window with both China and North Korea.

Though most foreign leaders didn’t like President Trump they realized early on that he would be tough. To protect their own interests, they had to back down and accede to much of what President Trump wanted.

News Item #3

VP Harris made the calls

She has made multiple calls to heads of state. For example, her call to French President Emmanuel Macron, she discussed bilateral ties, the transatlantic alliance, Covid-19, climate change, and the Middle East.

By acting like the Head of State of America she was able to provide the leaders her credentials, her thinking, and her personality. There was no mention of President Joe Biden or his goals.

News Item #4

An Elevated Position

This has already created the view that it is a sign of her having an elevated position, particularly in matters of foreign affairs. Considering Biden’s tendency to forget things, which could be a sign of dementia, this would be a smart move on her part. It would also pave the way for a transition to her as President if, or more likely when, Biden steps aside.

News Item #5

President Biden Oldest President

At the age of 78, President Biden became the oldest person to enter the White House as President of the United States. Nothing against those of us also in our 70s, I’m 77 soon to be 78, but Biden has been showing growing signs of dementia especially during the campaign.

The strategy of the campaign was to keep him under wraps in his basement. The strategy in the White House seems to be to let VP Harris handle as much as possible.

News Item #6

Conclusion

I think we are beginning to see what I shall call the Basement White House. Just as he was kept under wraps and kept from saying much  during the campaign, I think We will see Kamala Harris become the strongest Vice President ever. Not because she is such a good vice president, but because they can’t afford to have a President who forgets who he is talking to or talking about.

She is merely making the necessary steps for taking the Presidency. When the day comes that the 25th Amendment will need to be used, the goal will be an easy, if not transparent, transfer of power to Harris. It will be similar to us going to bed at night with President Joe Biden on top and waking up in the morning with President Kamala Harris calling the shots.

So, it is already time to pay attention to what Vice President Kamala Harris says and does. It is possible the transition has just begun.

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Biden’s 100 Days Pause

02 08 2021

News Item #1

President Biden ‘paused’ deportation for 100 days, but a judge temporarily blocked the President’s decision. What follows is a summary with comments of an interview that Ana Quintana of the Heritage Foundation had with The Daily Signal.

According to Ana some 7000 men, women, and children began their march toward America before President Biden announced his decision to pause deportations for 100 days. This march came upon the heals of Vice President Kamala Harris on Univision and outlining his plan. According to Harris the plan called for suspending deportations for 100 days, granting green cards to illegal immigrants currently in the United States, and eventual citizenship to over 11,000,000 illegal immigrants.

Ana, a senior analyst with Heritage Foundation, went on to explain more.

News Item #2

The 2018 caravans were different than what we are seeing now. Then leftist organizers went among the people and basically told to motivate. One of the lies was that the United Nations would be at the border to assist them. Thousands of people responded, but many fell afoul of cartels who demanded payment to cross their land. These were poor people who could not pay such high fees and the result was that some men were murdered while their wives were raped! And who knows what happened to the children. This was a story that never was reported by our biased media.

News Item #3

But our leftist leaders learned. So, instead of American leftists going down and encouraging the people to make this dangerous trip, it was Honduran and other leftists who spread the word.

In addition, they learned that large groups could move through the lands easier than small groups. It is safer and easier.

News Item #4

The rest of the story:

The Biden plan involves more than a 100 day plan. It involves the granting of green cards to illegal immigrants who’ve been her for 8 years of more. Then it grants U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants with the green cards who are here longer than an additional 5 years.

All of this insures that the immigration problem will soon be an unbearable burden. I suspect that legal immigration will be downplayed and illegal immigration will be pushed. Why? Because the immigrants will believe that Democrats truly care for them although that is far from the truth. Their only value to the Democrats would be their ability to vote. With both the black and legal Latino voters moving more to the right, it becomes inherent that the Democrats control this group.

You may wonder why I say that. Let’s take a look at tends.

YEAR           Black                      Latino

2016             6%                           29%

2020             8%                           32%

There has been an upward trend in Republican votes beginning in 2012. The numbers are small, but it is significant that there is an upward trend. And many experts think it is because both blacks and Latinos are looking more at the policies and less at the person. Considering the catastrophe about to befall us, that upward trend is anticipated to grow. When you look at job approval versus personal liking of President Trump, you quickly realize that although the media was successful demonizing the man, his policies were seen as beneficial.

If you want to read the whole interview with Ana Quintana, go here.

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