Monday, October 31, 2016

The Continental Divide

Tommy Nelson's Oct. 23rd (last week's) sermon. Denton Bible Church. Denton, Texas.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


My hat triggered a lady in Walmart today. I had forgotten I was wearing it and was absorbed by the frozen chicken when I heard someone say in an overly loud voice, "He probably likes Hitler too." I looked up and saw a middle-aged woman, neatly dressed, every hair in place, a bit overweight, walking beside her husband (who was a big guy but looked a little embarrassed.). She was looking at me and suddenly it all registered and I realized I was the target of her comment. I smiled at her and felt sorry for the big guy. The triggering was all my pleasure and I am now shopping around for another stars and bars ball cap. Something I can wear to more formal events. Like church.

Special Report & Update (as well as a warning)

Holy canoli, Batman! I know that woman! As it turns out, the woman in Walmart who chastised me is the lady I used as an accountant for the past three years. We only see one another once a year and her hair is different every time. I look different too because I cut my long hair! So, we didn't recognize one another. At least, at first. I wonder if she has realized who I am. If not, she will when it comes tax time again because she will no longer do my taxes. Her husband (the big guy in the story above) is/was a Montague County LEO. Same with her son who got shot a couple of years ago (he survived, the shooter didn't).

Anyway, as I stated in a post last year, she is a true believer when it comes to progressive policies and the Democratic Party. I think she might be a little crazy too. It is truly scary when you consider who is walking around out here among us and what sort of power they have -- in her case, a LEO husband. My fair guess is he is also a believer. Over the years, I've met a number of ATF officers and FBI people (especially females) who toe the federal line and would like nothing better than to arrest and/or harass people over what they wear or what political party they support.

I Will Disappear

The Sunday Edition (.026)

This election cycle has turned me to drink.
Another fascinating Sunday Edition of the North Texas Drifter full of all the news fit to print and some that's probably not.

So ya think Hillary's going to win, huh? Maybe so. If she does, I predict civil war. If it goes the other way and Trump wins, I predict rioting perhaps leading to, yep, you guessed it, civil war.

• In local Montague County news, two LEOs were indicted and removed from duty this past week. Lee Phariss, 47, of Sunset and employed as a Montague County Sheriff's Deputy, was charged with official suppression by choking and causing bodily injury to a handcuffed prisoner. What do you say old Floyd Lee gets away with it? Did you know that official suppression is only a Class A Misdemeanor? Sheesh.

The other cop in trouble is Brian Keating of the Bowie Police Department. Brian, 37, is charged with injury to a child under the age of 14. The report says his victim was his stepson, which puts a wholly different spin on the whole thing and I, for one, after having survived step-children wars myself, am more sympathetic to this guy than Phariss. His charge, however, is a felony and his bond was $10,000 compared to Phariss' $1500. I question the fairness of that.

Edit: Can somebody tell me if this Keating guy is related to former, disgraced and indicted Sheriff, Bill Keating?

2nd Edit: Brian Keating is ex-Sheriff Bill Keating's son.

In any case, police bullying and overuse of physical force is just another day among the government agents of North Texas. These guys need to get a handle on their temper.

Cute couple.
• The FBI has decided to look at Hillary Clinton's emails again after some revelation emerged in an investigation around her closest aide's (Huma Abedin) husband and former congressman, Anthony Weiner. Personally, I think nothing will come of this and that the FBI has been totally politicized and corrupted. Just ask the victims of the Branch-Davidian massacre in Waco where 76 men, woman, and children were shot and/or burned to death without a trial. Oh wait. You can't ask because they're all dead at the hands of the federal government. That was back in 1993, but Hillary had her hand in that too.

• What should we do with corrupt politicians? Execute them? Fine them? Brand them?

• The Bundy brothers remained in jail Friday following an acquittal a day earlier in a courtroom that erupted into chaos after their attorney was attacked, tased, and then arrested in court by six US Marshalol's apparently unhappy with the decision!

A jury acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon. Nothing has been said about the murder of one of the occupiers by federal police. Murder. Unjustified. On video.

After the verdicts were read, attorney Marcus Mumford asked his client be immediately released. US Marshals tackled Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy's ranch two years ago.

• Justice in the US? Well, it's probably much harder to obtain than you would imagine. As I've stated before, the authorities across the US are simply out of control, drunk with their own federal power.

Kathleen "Kandy" Kane
• Ex-attorney general sentenced to jail, then cuffed in court. Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane's ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said Kane assumed an "off with your heads" mentality as she ran the state's top law enforcement agency. The judge called Kane a political "neophyte" who failed to make the transition from campaigner to public servant after she took office.

"This case is about ego - the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," Demchick-Alloy said. "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press."

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state's top prosecutor, was handcuffed in court and led out a side door. She will remain in custody until she posts $75,000 cash bail, higher than she had previously posted.

After she posts bond, she will remain free while she appeals her conviction.

She had been a stay-at-home mother, and former assistant county prosecutor, before using her husband's trucking fortune to run for statewide office in 2012. She quickly became a rising star in the state Democratic Party before her office devolved into turmoil as career prosecutors came and went.

Kane and her husband are now estranged and share custody of their teenage boys.

• Once, the CEO of a local hospital complex told me he could do anything he wanted because he was the boss. That's the way it works, I guess. The rest of us have to suck eggs.

• Obama admin blocking congressional probe into cash payments to Iran. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.

In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch’s behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

The response from the attorney general’s office is “unacceptable” and provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch, according to a copy obtained by the Free Beacon.

The inquiry launched by the lawmakers is just one of several concurrent ongoing congressional probes aimed at unearthing a full accounting of the administration’s secret negotiations with Iran.

"Oh, Danny Boy..."
• YouTube on Wednesday suspended the account of Danney Williams, the 30-year-old man who has claimed since the 1990s to be the black son of former President Bill Clinton.

YouTube, citing “repeated or severe violations of our Terms of Use and/or Community Guidelines,” declared the account “cannot be restored.”

The YouTube decision blocked the nine-minute feature “BANISHED – The Untold Story of Danney Williams,” which had received 1.2 million views since Williams posted it last week. Produced by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, it drew nearly 100,000 views per day and more than 1,000 viewer comments, with the overwhelming majority expressing support for Williams and outrage at the Clintons for not being willing to allow a DNA test to determine paternity.

• Did you happen to catch Megyn Kelly's interview with Newt Gingrich? It really was not an interview; rather, it was a pillorying session by a biased government agent. If Megyn Kelly is a journalist, then I am Ghandi. America is no longer America. We have apparently become some sort of banana republic with reckless female pundits in place of reporters. Megyn Kelly is making some powerful enemies.

• A new poll released by Gallup has found that a record amount of Americans are opposed to gun control measures.

The survey found that 76 percent of respondents, over three quarters, believe that a ban on civilian ownership of handguns should not be made law.

The findings represent a four-point increase on the same survey from last year, in addition to an all-time high for the past three decades.

The poll also found that almost two thirds, 61 percent, are “against” a ban on semi-automatic rifles, or “assault weapons”as the corporate media refers to them.

That figure represents a full ten-point increase on previous findings, and is an all time record high since polling began on the issue 20 years ago.

Just 27 percent, less than a third, say they support a ban on handgun ownership, while only 36 percent, support a semi-automatic ban. an eight-point decline on previous findings.

Obviously, this is a crazy Christian.
• In a related story, Catherine M. Wallace, who is a faculty member at Northwestern’s School of Medicine and a Christian herself, argues that fundamentalist access to United States armaments is the number one threat to the nation’s security.

Wallace argues that because radical Christians are in positions of power and control the nuclear codes, they pose a greater danger to American society than do Islamic terrorists.

“If [anything Islamic] wanted to attack an American city, they had to hijack an airliner. If they want to blow up a concert, they need to put bombs on their own children and send young men in to kill themselves… that kind of radicalism [Christian fundamentalism] in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat,” Wallace claimed.

According to The Chicago Maroon, the student newspaper of the University of Chicago, Wallace believes that a literal reading of the Bible is responsible for the threats posed by Christian fundamentalists.

In Wallace’s view, this radicalism stems from a literal reading of the Bible. “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” Wallace said. The idea of a literal reading is a thoroughly modern phenomenon, according to Wallace—church fathers of the past would discourage anyone from taking the Bible literally.

Therefore, according to Wallace, the fundamentalists have it all wrong. “Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity,” Wallace said. In her opinion, their literalist reading creates misconceptions of what the Bible means, fostering a climate of hate and leading to increased and unnecessary conflict between Christians and the rest of the world. …

When asked a final question on how she thought Jesus would respond to the modern political climate, Wallace answered on a positive note. “Jesus was first a Jewish prophet reciting the Jewish rant in its standard edition, which is social justice, socio-economic justice. Care for widows and orphans, which is to say the unemployable. People who can’t earn their own living. And the just sharing of the world’s resources.”

Wallace concluded the conversation on the dangers of Christian fundamentalism by arguing that a modern Jesus Christ would be a socialist and advocate for “the just sharing of the world’s resources.”

• For those living in the country in North Texas, be careful. Snakes are on the move and a great big old rattler bit a Bowie man this week causing serious injury. You should have seen the size of that thing.

One last snark -- is the election fixed? Ha ha. Are Texas cops corrupt? In all fairness, what is not totally corrupt these days? Think long and hard before you suggest your church or your preacher are as clean as the driven snow. In my estimation, they may be the worst of the lot.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vacuum Energy

There are references elsewhere on the North Texas Drifter to vacuum energy, or negative energy or zero point energy, as it is sometimes called; however, the discussion here gives even more detail on this naturally-occurring phenomena. At the end of this article, you should be asking yourself how subatomic particles can suddenly pop into existence without coming from any action or reaction that can be observed. It's something from nothing and it happens constantly, everywhere. Material reality is being renewed at every moment...

Vacuum energy is an underlying background energy that exists in space throughout the entire Universe. One contribution to the vacuum energy may be from virtual particles which are thought to be particle pairs that blink into existence and then annihilate in a time span too short to observe. They are expected to do this everywhere, throughout the Universe. Their behavior is codified in Heisenberg's energy–time uncertainty principle. Still, the exact effect of such fleeting bits of energy is difficult to quantify.

The effects of vacuum energy can be experimentally observed in various phenomena such as spontaneous emission, the Casimir effect and the Lamb shift, and are thought to influence the behavior of the Universe on cosmological scales. Using the upper limit of the cosmological constant, the vacuum energy in a cubic meter of free space has been estimated to be 10−9 Joules. However, in both Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) and Stochastic Electrodynamics (SED), consistency with the principle of Lorentz covariance and with the magnitude of the Planck constant requires it to have a much larger value of 10113 Joules per cubic meter. See vacuum catastrophe.

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Quantum field theory states that all fundamental fields, such as the electromagnetic field, must be quantized at each and every point in space. A field in physics may be envisioned as if space were filled with interconnected vibrating balls and springs, and the strength of the field were like the displacement of a ball from its rest position. The theory requires "vibrations" in, or more accurately changes in the strength of, such a field to propagate as per the appropriate wave equation for the particular field in question. The second quantization of quantum field theory requires that each such ball-spring combination be quantized, that is, that the strength of the field be quantized at each point in space. Canonically, if the field at each point in space is a simple harmonic oscillator, its quantization places a quantum harmonic oscillator at each point. Excitations of the field correspond to the elementary particles of particle physics. Thus, according to the theory, even the vacuum has a vastly complex structure and all calculations of quantum field theory must be made in relation to this model of the vacuum.

The theory considers vacuum to implicitly have the same properties as a particle, such as spin or polarization in the case of light, energy, and so on. According to the theory, most of these properties cancel out on average leaving the vacuum empty in the literal sense of the word. One important exception, however, is the vacuum energy or the vacuum expectation value of the energy. The quantization of a simple harmonic oscillator requires the lowest possible energy, or zero-point energy of such an oscillator to be:
Summing over all possible oscillators at all points in space gives an infinite quantity. To remove this infinity, one may argue that only differences in energy are physically measurable, much as the concept of potential energy has been treated in classical mechanics for centuries. This argument is the underpinning of the theory of renormalization. In all practical calculations, this is how the infinity is handled.

Vacuum energy can also be thought of in terms of virtual particles (also known as vacuum fluctuations) which are created and destroyed out of the vacuum. These particles are always created out of the vacuum in particle-antiparticle pairs, which in most cases shortly annihilate each other and disappear. However, these particles and antiparticles may interact with others before disappearing, a process which can be mapped using Feynman diagrams. Note that this method of computing vacuum energy is mathematically equivalent to having a quantum harmonic oscillator at each point and, therefore, suffers the same renormalization problems.

Additional contributions to the vacuum energy come from spontaneous symmetry breaking in quantum field theory.

Vacuum energy has a number of consequences. In 1948, Dutch physicists Hendrik B. G. Casimir and Dirk Polder predicted the existence of a tiny attractive force between closely placed metal plates due to resonances in the vacuum energy in the space between them. This is now known as the Casimir effect and has since been extensively experimentally verified. It is therefore believed that the vacuum energy is "real" in the same sense that more familiar conceptual objects such as electrons, magnetic fields, etc., are real. However, alternate explanations for the Casimir have since been proposed.

Other predictions are harder to verify. Vacuum fluctuations are always created as particle–antiparticle pairs. The creation of these virtual particles near the event horizon of a black hole has been hypothesized by physicist Stephen Hawking to be a mechanism for the eventual "evaporation" of black holes. The net energy of the Universe remains zero so long as the particle pairs annihilate each other within Planck time. If one of the pair is pulled into the black hole before this, then the other particle becomes "real" and energy/mass is essentially radiated into space from the black hole. This loss is cumulative and could result in the black hole's disappearance over time. The time required is dependent on the mass of the black hole but could be on the order of 10100 years for large solar-mass black holes.

The vacuum energy also has important consequences for physical cosmology. Special relativity predicts that energy is equivalent to mass, and therefore, if the vacuum energy is "really there", it should exert a gravitational force. Essentially, a non-zero vacuum energy is expected to contribute to the cosmological constant, which affects the expansion of the universe. In the special case of vacuum energy, general relativity stipulates that the gravitational field is proportional to ρ-3p (where ρ is the mass-energy density, and p is the pressure). Quantum theory of the vacuum further stipulates that the pressure of the zero-state vacuum energy is always negative and equal to ρ. Thus, the total of ρ-3p becomes -2ρ: A negative value. This calculation implies a repulsive gravitational field, giving rise to expansion, if indeed the vacuum ground state has non-zero energy. However, the vacuum energy is mathematically infinite without renormalization, which is based on the assumption that we can only measure energy in a relative sense, which is not true if we can observe it indirectly via the cosmological constant.

The existence of vacuum energy is also sometimes used as theoretical justification for the possibility of free-energy machines. It has been argued that due to the broken symmetry (in QED), free energy does not violate conservation of energy, since the laws of thermodynamics only apply to equilibrium systems. However, consensus amongst physicists is that this is incorrect and that vacuum energy cannot be harnessed to generate free energy. In particular, the second law of thermodynamics is unaffected by the existence of vacuum energy.

In Stochastic Electrodynamics, the energy density is taken to be a classical random noise wave field which consists of real electromagnetic noise waves propagating isotropically in all directions. The energy in such a wave field would seem to be accessible, e.g., with nothing more complicated than a directional coupler. The most obvious difficulty appears to be the spectral distribution of the energy, which compatibility with Lorentz invariance requires to take the form Kf3, where K is a constant and f denotes frequency. It follows that the energy and momentum flux in this wave field only becomes significant at extremely short wavelengths where directional coupler technology is currently lacking. History

In 1934, Georges Lemaître used an unusual perfect-fluid equation of state to interpret the cosmological constant as due to vacuum energy. In 1948, the Casimir effect provided the first experimental verification of the existence of vacuum energy. In 1957, Lee and Yang proved the concepts of broken symmetry and parity violation, for which they won the Nobel prize. In 1973, Edward Tryon proposed that the Universe may be a large-scale quantum-mechanical vacuum fluctuation where positive mass-energy is balanced by negative gravitational potential energy. During the 1980s, there were many attempts to relate the fields that generate the vacuum energy to specific fields that were predicted by attempts at a Grand unification theory and to use observations of the Universe to confirm one or another version. However, the exact nature of the particles (or fields) that generate vacuum energy, with a density such as that required by inflation theory, remains a mystery.

Also, see  The Vacuum Problem.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Too Big To Fail

You've worked hard all your life. You feel that you've paid your dues. You have a job you're locked into and it has earned you new vehicles, a mortgage on a fancy house in a nice neighborhood free from minorities (but you identify as a progressive), your kids are finally out of school and your wife has become fat. Well, that's okay because so have you. Compared to the other guys down at the dealership, you think you still look pretty good. That designer pink dress shirt and matching socks sure looks sharp with creased jeans and comfy shoes.

You want to keep all that stuff, right? You earned it by the sweat of your brow. You had to put up with ornery customers and competition to get to where you are. Sure, there were plenty of times you had to lie, cheat, and steal to get what was rightfully yours, but that's just life. Get in your way and get run down because like you always say, when you go to work, it's head down and ass up. Ain't got time to wonder why. There's money out there and it's every man for himself. He who dies with the most toys, wins. At least, that's what you learned from your alcoholic daddy.

Church was always a waste of time and besides, they're all hypocrites. Sunday morning is the only chance to sleep in. After a couple of six packs on Saturday night, it's nice to get the extra sleep. You need to be well rested by Monday morning because it's a constant barrage of people coming in and trying to get the best deal they can. It's your job to make sure that doesn't happen. Time is money and each customer is allotted only so much. Coax 'em in, shake 'em down, give 'em a donut and make 'em feel that you have the most important job in the world. You are a serious guy and someone with which not to fuck.

That pretty much sums up your life and how you feel about yourself. You're important. A big shot making bank. Naturally, you're too big to fail. Nope, that's not gonna happen because if anything is important to you over and above your kid's lives, your marriage, and your phony baloney reputation, it's how much you've got.

You play the game, baby, you work it. Those who know you, know you're an asshole, but you give to United Way and that Pink Breast Cancer thing every year. Why, they even gave you a plaque last year for the donations that came from the dealership. Once in a while, you really do help someone, especially young women who find themselves short on a down payment or unable to meet a maintenance bill. You're such a good guy, you tell them "we'll work it out" with a nod and a wink. Come into my office. Shut the door, please.

And life goes on, year in, year out. The wife may threaten to divorce you but it'll never happen because by this time she's locked in as well. Besides, a fat, middle-aged woman will have a tough time finding somebody else who makes as much money.

Yes, life is pretty good. You're in charge. Hell, you don't have to play by other people's rules. You make the rules. You don't really have friends anymore. You have old acquaintances and once every ten years or so, you dress up and attend a reunion or a banquet where you smugly compare yourself to everybody else, ranking them in order of importance by how much they've got.

That's your life, pal. Barbecues, Bud Light, sports on the wide-screen, and herpes from that last young lady you helped out. Life may not be perfect, but it's good enough. Don't worry about it. You're too big to fail.

Monday, October 24, 2016

40,000 Headmen Couldn't Make Me Change My Mind

"40,000 Headmen"
Forty thousand headmen couldn't make me change my mind
If I had to take the choice between the deafman and the blind
I know just where my feet should go and that's enough for me
I turned around and knocked them down and walked across the sea

Hadn't traveled very far when suddenly I saw
Three small ships a-sailing out towards a distant shore
So lighting up a cigarette I followed in pursuit
And found a secret cave where they obviously stashed their loot

Filling up my pockets, even stuffed it up my nose
I must have weighed a hundred tons between my head and toes
I ventured forth before the dawn had time to change its mind
And soaring high above the clouds I found a golden shrine

Laying down my treasure before the iron gate
Quickly rang the bell hoping I hadn't come too late
But someone came along and told me not to waste my time
And when I asked him who he was he said, 'Just look behind'

So I turned around and forty thousand headmen bit the dirt
Firing twenty shotguns each and man, it really hurt
But luckily for me they had to stop and then reload
And by the time they'd done that I was heading down the road

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Brain In A Jar

With a handful of exceptions, pretty much everyone I've ever met thinks they know what's best, that their view of things is the proper view. Like, I've got a firm grip on reality and you? You're just stupid not to see things my way. As I said, that's pretty much how everybody acts. I'm right, you're wrong, get a life.

But why would low IQ car dealers and insurance salesman, high school shop teachers and banking branch managers follow that reasoning? (If you are not in one of those groups, don't worry, it's just a sampling. Chances are you're among them anyway whatever your phony baloney job is.) Well, consider the brain in a jar thought experiment.

The “brain in a jar” thought experiment is a question discussed by thinkers and scientists who, like most people, believe that one’s understanding of reality depends solely on their subjective feelings.

So, what is the essence of this thought experiment? Imagine that you are just a brain in a jar that is run by aliens or mad scientists. How would you know? And can you truly deny the possibility that this is your reality?

I mean, if you simply believe what you're told without question like a good employee, you're really letting your masters define everything about you. You do their bidding because they give you a paycheck and it makes sense to lie, cheat, and steal for the company or the party because they're going to take care of you, they're going to assure you that their view of reality is the correct view and, gosh darn it! it's okay to screw the customer because making money is what it's all about. Right? Wrong.

This is a modern interpretation of Descartes’ evil demon problem. This thought experiment leads to the same conclusion: we cannot confirm the actual existence of anything except our consciousness. If this seems to sound reminiscent of “The Matrix“, it is. Unfortunately, in reality, we have no red pills. But we do have common sense which is bolstered by a good education and practical experience.

Are you just a brain in a jar?

The only logical choice. The man with the plan. Even the Beav understood term limits. After his sixth year as a child actor, Jerry Mathers quit acting to return to high school because it was what he wanted.

The Sunday Edition (.025)

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
-- Harry S. Truman

Welcome to the 25th NTD Sunday Edition. The closer we get to the election, the crazier things get. Rumors of suspended elections, riots, and civil disturbances are being floated. Poll numbers are skewed and you can't believe a thing the media says. Why should you anyway when they are so obviously in the tank for Hillary Clinton? The establishment is bold and bald-faced in its intent to rig the process. This is America -- home of the bought and land of the sold. Corruption is the order of the day wherever you go.

I got a little older this week but no cake, no birthday wishes, not even a f*ck you. I celebrated with a plate of spaghetti and a Dr. Pepper.

• Massive voter fraud is coming with the 2016 presidential elections. Thanks, Progressives, for all you do (sarcasm). Good-bye, America.

• A leading American prelate has urged voters to “be wary” of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a “cafeteria Catholic” who picks and chooses from Church teaching according to its political expediency.

In a stinging column in his diocesan newspaper, The Leaven, Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann said it was painful to listen to Senator Kaine repeat “the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess his personal opposition to abortion while justifying his commitment to keep it legal” in the last vice-presidential debate.

While boasting of his Catholic credentials, Kaine fell back on “all the usual made-for-modern-media sound bites,” the Archbishop noted, such as it is “not proper to impose his religious beliefs upon all Americans” and he “trusts women to make good reproductive choices.”

The Archbishop appealed to voters to “be wary of candidates who assume to take upon themselves the role of defining what Catholics believe or should believe.”

“Unfortunately,” he continued, “the vice-presidential debate revealed that the Catholic running for the second highest office in our land is an orthodox member of his party, fulling embracing his party’s platform, but a cafeteria Catholic, picking and choosing the teachings of the Catholic Church that are politically convenient.”

Democrat Senator Tim Kaine
Underscoring Kaine’s “contorted reasoning,” Naumann observed that the Senator “appears to have no qualms” imposing his religious beliefs when it comes to opposing racism or encouraging a preferential option for the poor, or when our public policies mirror “the Ten Commandments with regard to stealing, perjury, or forms of murder, other than abortion.”

In the Declaration of Independence itself, Naumann notes, the founders stated that “the right to life is given to us by our Creator, not by the Supreme Court.”

“Why is Senator Kaine personally opposed to abortion, if he does not believe that it is the taking of an innocent human life?” Naumann asks. And if abortion is killing an innocent human being, why does Kaine publicly support it?

“This is where the reproductive choice euphemism breaks apart,” the Archbishop said. “Does anyone really have the choice to end another human being’s life?”

• Smartmatic, a U.K.-based voting technology company with deep ties to George Soros, has control over voting machines in 16 states including battleground zones like Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Other jurisdictions affected are California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

Its website includes a flow-chart that describes how the company has contributed to elections in the U.S. from 2006-2015 with “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted.”

In 2005, Smartmatic bought-out California-based Sequoia Voting Systems and entered the world of U.S. elections.

According to Smarmatic’s website, “In less than one year Smartmatic tripled Sequoia’s market share” and “has offered technology and support services to the Electoral Commissions of 307 counties in 16 States.”

• Until now, infertility - the failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sex - was considered a disability.

But now, in a dramatic move the World Health Organization will change the standard to suggest that a person who is unable to find a suitable sexual partner or is lacking a sexual relationship to have children - will now be equally classified as disabled.

WHO says the change will give every individual “the right to reproduce”. What I want to know is will I get a disability check from now on? Plus, I need to know how much I'm going to get so I can work it into my budget. Will it affect my tax status? Can I get a free subscription to

• In Great Britain, thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of abolished sexual offenses are to be posthumously pardoned.

Those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before laws were changed are to be formally pardoned.

Alan Turing
Calls for wider action emerged after Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 over a conviction in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man. Turing was chemically castrated and died two years later from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide - though there have been suggestions his death was an accident. Accidental cyanide poisoning? Well, okay.

Announcing the new plan, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said the Government would seek to implement the change through an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill.

Anyone living who has been convicted of the now abolished offenses can currently apply through the Home Office to have their names cleared through the disregard process. This removes any mention of an offense from criminal record checks. Gosh, I wish I could do that with my speeding tickets.

• Homeschooling Mother Convicted, Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail for Late Paperwork! May as well read about it here.

• Phillip Marshall, a former airplane pilot and author whose works included the 2003 novel “Lakefront Airport,” – “False Flag 911: How Bush, Cheney and the Saudis Created the Post-911 World” and “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror,” a 2012 publication in which Marshall theorized it wasn't al-Qaida but rather U.S. and Saudi government officials who orchestrated 9/11, was found dead along with his two children in their Murphrys-area home in California – 2013. Reports indicate all 3 died of gunshot wounds.

Friends of Marshall's kids, Alex 17 and Macaila 14, discovered the gruesome scene after showing up to check on them on Saturday after not having heard from them for numerous days.

The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported that both children as well as the family dog were shot once in the head with a handgun. Do you suppose it might have been accidental, maybe like cyanide poisoning?

Marshall's estranged wife and mother of the 2 kids was traveling abroad at the time of the shootings.

Security Agency Officer Wayne Madsen says the 9/11 investigative author Philip Marshall and his children were killed in a “black ops hit” by the CIA, dismissing the suicide hypothesis. Marshall was afraid of being silenced for his revelations about 9/11, Madsen said, noting that a side door the investigator never used was wide open when his dead body was found.

Marshall believed former US President George Bush had pulled off the 9/11 attack to foment a government coup. In his fourth book, he was supposed to disclose blockbuster information.

• The Waxahachie Daily Light is the Ellis County newspaper and became just the third newspaper in the country this week and the first in Texas to endorse Donald Trump.

You know it and I know it. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for Globalism, a vote against sovereignty, a vote against freedom and a vote for government tyranny. But don't worry, President Obama says, if you like your religion, you can keep your religion (for a little while longer). That is, until it rubs up against equality and civil rights. Then it's gotta go.

And finally, remember that My Life Matters. Send all donations to my Paypal account, or conversely, just drive by the house and throw money at me. Papa needs a new pair of shoes.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bold Dragoon

A Review of Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart

Bold Dragoon: The Life of J. E. B. Stuart by Emory M. Thomas, is a biography of J.E.B. Stuart, leader of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. That's right, you Yankee sympathizers, Stuart was a Rebel, a Confederate soldier dedicated to the noble cause of the South. He earned the admiration of his enemies during the first three years of the Civil War and was famous for his daring ride around Yankee General McClellan during the Peninsula Campaign, as well as his raid behind Union lines in Virginia and Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Bold Dragoon is richly researched and detailed. Author Emory Thomas speculates on what drove Stuart and attempts to plumb the depths of the Southern General's mind and heart -- not always successfully. Stuart was a man driven by ambition, but also a man with a talent for tactics and war.

The book gives a detailed account of Stuart's ride around the Union lines prior to Gettysburg and explains how Stuart got the nickname of "Beauty" while at West Point. (Graduated 15th in his class.) Bold Dragoon does not just list Stuart's subordinates but brings them to life and shows why they were important to Stuart and the Southern war effort.

The casual reader may find this book a bit intimidating. Additionally, sometimes I thought Prof. Thomas was going a little far in guessing what was in Stuart's mind, but in all, an excellent analysis.

Stuart was 31 years old when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern on May 12 in 1864. Stuart's widow wore black for the rest of her life in remembrance of her deceased husband.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

From the time it was discovered to the time it was stripped of its status as a planet, Pluto hadn't made a full trip around the Sun.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where Have You Gone, James?

Last year, James Holmes, the convicted gunman in the 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, was given a life sentence with no chance of parole.

The story goes that Holmes was attacked in prison by another inmate and so authorities thought it best to secretly move him last January to an undisclosed prison out of state.

You got that? With all the questions surrounding the alleged shooting and Holmes' bizarre behavior in the case, we find that Holmes is nowhere to be found. Plus, we have to take the government's word.

Well, this case stunk up the place all along. Just one more thing to doubt. If Holmes is such a bad actor, why would anyone care that another inmate punched him a couple of times? Do they secretly transfer everybody who gets roughed up to an undisclosed location?

Can the government fix a court case? You bet they can... and do.

One other thing to note. Five different pictures of the same guy and all look like different people. After a little plastic surgery, no one will guess who he is, or was. Only your government at work could pull off such a feat. Bogus crimes, bogus arrests, bogus trials.

Make no mistake about it, it's not just the election process that is rigged in America.

The Other Choice

Rarely does anyone say, "help me, I'm going to kill myself!" Naw, people who get depressed enough or backed into an existential corner are always going to contemplate suicide. It doesn't mean someone is necessarily sick or crazy; rather, it means they're all filled up with painful emotion and they are compelled to find a way out.

A new government report shows middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S .

Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 percent in 15 years, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicides have long been most common among white people - particularly older white males. But most striking in the new report is the growth in whites ages 45 to 64.

They were a third of suicide deaths in 2014, up from about a quarter in 1999.

The CDC data - released Friday - provides a detailed look at the latest year's suicide statistics, and a broader look at how much the situation has changed over 15 years.

There were nearly 43,000 U.S. suicides in 2014. More than 14,000 of them were middle-aged whites - twice the combined total for all blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.

In other terms - a group that represents 18 percent of the U.S. population accounted for 33 percent of the suicides.

The CDC also reported striking increases in suicide rates in adult American Indians and Alaska Natives, although the number of those suicide deaths is much smaller.

The report doesn't try to answer why certain trends are occurring. Other experts have speculated that middle age can be a particularly hard time for whites, who - compared to some other racial and ethnic groups - commonly don't have as many supportive relationships with friends, family, or religious communities,

Money was a factor, too, they say. The economy was in recession from the end of 2007 until mid-2009. Even well afterward, polls showed most Americans remained worried about weak hiring, a depressed housing market and other problems.

You might be surprised to learn another modern day factor appears to be a state of mind influenced by a constant media barrage that enjoys denigrating the achievements of white men while maintaining the fiction that all white people are prejudiced against people of color.

In related news, the life expectancy for white women - and for white people as a whole - declined slightly in 2014. Some experts have said a combination of factors may be the reason, including more drug overdoses and suicides. Not a few experts believe the increased rates are due to increased white guilt. Again, that white guilt is propagated by the media and, sadly, not based in fact.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

When the social contract is broken,
you no longer owe anything to the government.

The Sunday Edition (.024)

Here we are, another Sunday and another chance to reveal the truth. 23 days until the US presidential election. Who do you think will win? I think it's all fixed and it does not matter who wins. In the end, the American people will lose. Have you ever seen so much corruption in your life as Hillary Clinton and the Democrats? Or should I say Globalists?

• So, you don't believe in conspiracies. Well, did you know over a half billion dollars is shelled out annually by the Pentagon to propagandize and galvanize public support of its wars based nearly entirely on lies — because, after all, war crafted to prop up the military-industrial machine’s profiteering can indeed be a tough sell. In the latest report on Public Relations Spending from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States’ government PR apparatus has been revealed to spend over $1 billion annually — $626 million of which the Department of Defense allots to employ a massive propaganda army constituting roughly 40 percent of the more than 5,000-strong federal public relations workforce.

• Only In The World Of American Media Is Syria A Civil War. To the vast majority of Americans, the Syrian crisis (as well as the state of affairs in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, etc.) is merely a distant blip on a cluttered radar screen. Competing with issues affecting an individual’s daily life like wages, taxes, and free trade, that small portion of the American population who hasn’t completely zoned out of the political and current events sphere is increasingly overtaken with the necessities of survival. Those who are able to devote enough time to the Syrian crisis are confronted with an unprecedented onslaught of propaganda demonizing the Syrian government and the Syrian president as “killing his own people,” “brutal,” and “genocidal.” The Syrian people are also victims of the propaganda war as being obsessed with religion, divided, and opposed to their government.

• There are government conspiracies all around us. If you don't believe it, you are deceiving yourself. The Associated Press is the propaganda arm of the US government. One of its continuing efforts is to obfuscate the Sandy Hook shooting. A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.

To make it clear for those of you riding the short bus, Sandy Hook is an ongoing hoax perpetrated by the State of Connecticut and the federal government. Nobody got hurt unless you count the feelings of those who support the second amendment.

• There are a dizzying two trillion galaxies in the universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported on Thursday. The surprising finding, based on 3D modeling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal.

• Minnesota's Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is "no longer affordable," a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law just a few years ago.

Gov. Mark Dayton made the comments while addressing questions about Minnesota's fragile health insurance market, where individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely in 2017.

They follow cost concerns and criticism nationwide, including President Bill Clinton saying last week that the law was "the craziest thing in the world" before he backtracked.

"The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people," Dayton said, calling on Congress to fix the law to address rising costs and market stability.

• Do you believe American citizens have certain unalienable rights given by nature (or God, if you prefer) and that the laws of men are simply interpretations of natural law? Or maybe you're a progressive and you think people could live comfortably in huts and chains?

• Up to half of the tens of thousands of U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) troops deployed to combat terrorism in southern Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province “do not exist,” notes a U.S. watchdog agency appointed by Congress, citing the province’s police chief.

Nevertheless, all Afghan security forces are getting paid with U.S. taxpayer funds, including the nonexistent ones.

In an August 5 letter addressed to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and published on Friday, which marked the 15th year of the Afghanistan war, the U.S. Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the watchdog, highlighted the problems of “ghost” service members within the ANDSF.

Overall, the letter suggested that of the 319,595 members of the ANDSF, which includes police and army units, nearly 200,000 do not exist.

Bob "Nobel Prize" Dylan
• US music legend Bob Dylan, whose poetic lyrics have influenced generations of fans, won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the first songwriter to win the award in a decision that stunned prize watchers.

The 75-year-old was honored "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition", the Swedish Academy said.

The choice was met by gasps and a long round of spontaneous applause from journalists attending the prize announcement. The folk rock singer had been mentioned in Nobel speculation over the years, but was never seen as a serious contender.

• U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger was the first member of the Republican delegation from North Texas to call for Donald Trump to end his presidential campaign.

Kay "Insurance Lady" Granger
Reacting to news bias against Trump, Granger said, “We have heard rumors about the insensitive and vulgar things Mr. Trump says about women, but watching that video is disgusting.” What is truly disgusting is that the Republicansw have done absolutely nothing to stop the march toward global communism and the loss of liberty here in the US. So, who really cares what kay Granger says about Donald Trump. She is merely parroting Republican party dictates in any case. Be a good little party hack, Kay. Now go away and be irrelevant again.

Granger joins a growing list of Republican leaders who are not supporting their party’s nominee. The establishment does not want Trump to be president. That includes mainstream news media. As you can see, it's not a fair fight but Trump said he will continue his campaign.

• A significant portion of online support for Hillary Clinton is manufactured by paid “astroturf” trolls: a large team of supporters who spends long hours responding to negative news on the internet about her. The Clinton SuperPAC Correct the Record, which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts.

Libby Watson of The Sunlight Foundation observed that the astroturf effort goes far beyond merely defending Clinton, to targeting and intimidating those who criticize her. She told The Daily Beast, “This seems to be going after essentially random individuals online.”

Brian Donahue, chief executive of the consulting firm Craft Media/Digital, explained the troll operation to The Los Angeles Times, “It is meant to appear to be coming organically from people and their social media networks in a groundswell of activism, when in fact it is highly paid and highly tactical.” He went on, “That is what the Clinton campaign has always been about. It runs the risk of being exactly what their opponents accuse them of being: a campaign that appears to be populist but is a smokescreen that is paid and brought to you by lifetime political operatives and high-level consultants.”

• A CNN panelist dismissed Bill Clinton’s documented history of sexual abuse against women as “conspiracy theory land” Monday during a discussion about Sunday night’s presidential debate.

Appearing on New Day, CNN’s Jackie Kucinich, who also works for The Daily Beast, said that any accusation of Bill Clinton committing sexual abuse, or of Hillary threatening his victims to keep quiet, come “straight out of conspiracy theory land.”

When co-host Chris Cuomo said it was ‘ironic’ that Trump was taking responsibility for his words, while neither Clinton has acknowledged the abuse accusations, Kucinich was triggered.

“No. Hillary Clinton — Bill Clinton is not on the ballot. Hillary Clinton is on the ballot. A lot of the things that Trump says about the ’90s, about Bill Clinton, comes straight out of conspiracy theory land, things that are in — at Klein’s book, things that Roger Stone says. So, no, I don’t think it matters.” Kucinich responded.

Once again, conspiracy theories are all around us. Why? Because the truth is, business and government conspires daily to manipulate reality, or at least what we consider to be the appearance of reality.

• In a related news item, initial findings showed the small plane crash that killed a Jordanian national and injured another man in Connecticut was “an intentional act,” The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a statement Wednesday, adding that the FBI would the lead in the investigation with the NTSB assisting. The unnamed man who survived the crash Tuesday afternoon also told investigators the wreck was not an accident, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc told The Associated Press. That man was in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital, but was able to speak to detectives, officials said.

• Prosecutors said Tuesday they will charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt-of-court for defying a judge's orders to end his signature immigration patrols in Arizona, exposing the 84-year-old lawman to the possibility of jail time.

The announcement in federal court sets in motion criminal proceedings against the sheriff less than a month before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term as Maricopa County sheriff. The 2016 election cycle has also seen Arpaio take a prominent role on the national stage, appearing alongside Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on several occasions.

A judge previously recommended criminal contempt charges against Arpaio but left it up to federal prosecutors to actually bring the case. Prosecutor John Keller said in court that the government will bring charges, with the next step being a court filing possibly in the next day that's akin to a criminal complaint.

Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted of misdemeanor contempt.

• The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David Thouless from the University of Washington, Duncan Haldane from Princeton University, and to Michael Kosterlitz from Brown University for “opening the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states”.

Their work involved using the mathematical field of topology to look at unusual states of matter, such as superconductors and superfluids.

In topology, the goal is to describe shapes and structures by some fundamental characteristics, like the number of holes. So topologically speaking, a mug is the same as a bagel, as they both have one hole, but a pretzel is different because it has two.

It’s hoped that their work will give rise to new developments in material science and electronics, including in quantum computing.

On hearing the news, Haldane said that he “was very surprised and very gratified” to win the prize. Much of the work took place in the 1970s and 80s, but Haldane said that “it’s only now that lots of tremendous discoveries based on this work are now happening.”

In the 1980s, the consensus was that superconductivity – when the electrical resistance of a material is zero – could not occur in thin layers, but Thouless and Kosterlitz showed that was wrong and used topology to explain why.

They found that thin conductive layers could actually appear in materials by taking the form of discrete topological steps, where going up one step is like changing from a bagel to a pretzel.

Using the same ideas, Duncan Haldane was able to explain the magnetic properties of some materials. Initially, the work “seemed very abstract” said Haldane, but as time went by more and more properties could be explained by topology.

Strange stories coming out of Boston.
• Accused Boston Cop-Shooter Served as a Local Constable. Did you hear that the man accused of critically wounding two Boston police officers and injuring several others served as a constable in that city for nearly six months.

Boston Police towed a Ford Crown Victoria from the home of accused shooter Kirk Figueroa, 33, on Thursday morning. A photo of Figueroa wearing a military-style red beret was found on the website, according to the Boston Globe. The Crown Victoria bore the Elite Policing’s web address.

A search reveals a link to a “Founder Biography” that shows Figueroa’s claim of being an Army Reservist assigned to the 306th Military Police Battalion. He claimed to have served from 2008 until 2010.

City Council minutes note that Figueroa was confirmed as a constable by the council on April 13 after he completed a background investigation conducted by the Boston Police Department, the Globe reported. In Boston, constables are licensed to serve legal papers regarding lawsuits.

A 2006 article states that constables in Boston carry badges and have arrest authority. The article also notes that half of the then-186 constables had been arrested in the past. The city now has about 150 constables.

A motive for the shooting, if known, has yet to be released by investigating officials.

No blood, no pix, no crime. They're lying to us. Again.
Figueroa also claims to have been a licensed private investigator by the State of Florida. He also claims to have earned a diploma in private investigations from the University of North Texas. He further claims to have been a correctional officer with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. He reported to be a “Certified Homeland Protection Professional” with the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition. Finally, Figueroa claims to be a California bounty hunter and mixed martial arts practitioner.

After Figueroa shot the two Boston police officers, other officers rushed into the line of fire to pull them out of the house where they could begin first aid. These actions likely saved the lives of the two downed officers. One officer reportedly stuck his finger in a gunshot wound to stop or slow the bleeding.

One of the officers was shot in the upper body while the other was shot in the leg, the Boston Globe reported.

I wonder if the Boston news report is true. Something tells me it's not. Okay, all you pundits, good luck this week sifting through the lies and disinformation. Remember, freedom is what matters -- your own freedom, not some Somali war lord. have a great week and thanks for reading!

EDIT: Almost forgot! One more comment -- when I watched Hillary in the debate, I recognized she was not being herself and came to the conclusion rather quickly that her handlers had given her something to give her energy, make her mind snappy, like cocaine or amphetamines. Look, maybe you don't recognize the symptoms, but I do. Hillary was flying. Timothy Leary's dead; no, no, he's outside, looking in...

Friday, October 14, 2016

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I Am Not Ashamed

With all the revelations about Hillary Clinton's abuses of people, power, and resources under her control, as well as the allegations about Trump's sexual escapades thirty years ago, I feel the time is right for me to come forward and reveal what I know to the press.

I'd like to thank the editors here at the North Texas Drifter for giving me a platform so that the truth may finally come to light.

All righty then, here it is. I was sexually ignored by all of them. As a young man, I stalked Melania and Huma without mercy until the protective order was issued. My cards and letters were returned unopened. There was no response to my email for four years. Finally, I received a missive from the Department of Homeland Security telling me to cease and desist. I wanted to, but I could not stop. From that point on, I sent fruit baskets to Trump Tower and the White House every Christmas. Not once did I receive a thank-you note.

You have to admit, some of those women working for Hillary are pretty hot and Donald Trump's women are some of the most beautiful women in the universe except for that fat one in that beauty pageant thirty years ago.

Why don't they go for me? Because I have no money. I have considered declaring myself a PAC and throwing myself on the mercy of the welfare state but then I'd have to start answering the phone.

Well, if you've ever been ignored like I have been ignored, then you know how it feels. It's cold and lonely here as an independent voter.