Remember Benghazi – Beware of Twitter

“The very media, founded on communications and automata, especially television, can communicate illusion as well as reality, and that is all right as long as we know the difference.” –Dr. William O. Baker, patriot genius and former leader of Bell Labs, from his speech at Northwestern University, July 12, 1976.

It’s very hard to reach anyone at Twitter unless you tweet them, which I refuse to do. I wanted to voice a complaint directly to their management, but since I don’t tweet, I’ll voice my opinion here instead. My issue is with Twitter, Inc. itself. Too few people control platforms such as Twitter/Facebook and thus are able to “nudge” the masses in a direction that matches the values and world views of Twitter/Facebook’s leaders and their company cultures. Generically speaking this was not necessarily wrong when done transparently, but in this day and age of algorithms, supercomputers and social media, it is not at all transparent. Many people are being influenced and manipulated by online platforms without their knowledge. It is pretty scary. Why should I care what issues or stories Twitter/Facebook has chosen to label as “trending” conversations? I choose to leave myself out of that artificially created herd to hopefully think, explore and learn for myself.

Twitter, Inc. leans progressive-left. I know that means they don’t like conservatives and Republicans – people who favor more “traditional” values. That’s OK, because I don’t like their politics and social views. For instance, what is Twitter’s obsession with sexual orientation, especially the LGBT kinds? Why should I care if my auto mechanic or plumber or whoever is straight or gay? Judging from the content on Twitter’s website one might begin to think that being straight in this modern era is an oddity. But I digress…

My main point is that I know that Twitter suppresses tweets and conversations that go against their political views and promotes (trends) conversations that support their political and social views. They cannot suppress all of the things they don’t like because that would be too obvious and they don’t want to appear obvious in their bias. The latest evidence that Twitter does this: Kris Paronto’s tweet excoriating former President Obama for the Benghazi fiasco. Paronto offended Twitter with his comment. They shut him down.

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Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered during a terrorist attack on the diplomatic outpost at Benghazi in 2012.

Paronto, a former U.S. Army Ranger and CIA security contractor, was actually in Benghazi when Americans came under attack there in 2012 on the anniversary of 9/11. The murders of four Americans there could probably have been prevented by the Obama administration. Ambassador Chris Stevens had requested more security; none was sent. Instead he was murdered and his body paraded around the streets. Two other Americans, security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by jihadi mortar fire. U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Specialist Sean Smith was also killed. There was a coverup. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton li*d about it. Ambassador Susan Rice l*ed about it. President Obama li*d about it. Kris Paronto was at Benghazi. He was an eye-witness. His observations and opinions carry weight. He is not a politician. He tweeted about it. Twitter’s censors deleted his tweet. Thus, Twitter provides cover for the Obama/Clinton derelicts responsible for the death of four Americans at Benghazi and their ongoing li*s to coverup the truth of that mess.

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Susan Rice was the public face of the Obama administration’s campaign to deceive the American people from the truth behind the Benghazi attacks.

Benghazi was a fiasco that could have been avoided, except the Clintons didn’t like Ambassador Chris Stevens. There is gossip that he had crossed them. It may well be true. So Secretary Clinton assigned him to the most dangerous outpost in the world with minimal security. Professionals in the State Department knew it was a good possibility that Americans in Benghazi would come under attack. Hillary knew it too.

Read the National Review article about Benghazi here.

The coverup of what really happened in Washington and at Benghazi was criminal and was done simply to hide the truth, which was necessary for Obama to get re-elected in 2012. The coverup was also about protecting Hillary and her future ambitions. It was one of the ugliest examples of political blood sport in modern American history. Yet Twitter must censor Kris Paronto. The coverup continues.

Yes Twitter, yes Jack Dorsey, you are falling shy of living up to your stated values:
“We believe in free expression and think every voice has the power to impact the world.” – Twitter, Inc.

Blah, blah blah… more false advertising.

I have no doubt that Twitter/Facebook are part of the crowd that is in competition to take Trump down or at least prevent him from a second term. The people who control social media’s online platforms are not merely unbiased facilitators of communication. Instead they are using their dark genius as much as lies within their power to shape political and social conversations, which, in turn, will shape the future of our world. It’s very 1984.

Food for thought: Why does “progressive” San Francisco have such a homeless problem? Could it be that there is a correlation between progressive policies and a certain level human dysfunction? Which states tend to be generally in better fiscal health, ones controlled by Republicans or ones controlled by Democrats? Throw out the exceptions (if there are any) and you will see the correlation.
–An American

P.S. Predictably, some will dismiss my views about the Benghazi scandal as being some sort of wacky conspiracy theory. I say to them: read the Congressional Benghazi report. Look at the known facts of the case. If you are a Democrat or a liberal, be a grownup and make an honest assessment of that history. Regarding Twitter/Facebook’s shenanigans -there are so many examples of funny stuff going on behind the scenes at these online platforms it is impossible to conclude they are merely non-partisan facilitators of free speech. Only an ostrich would believe that.

 

 

Open Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Dear Governor Cuomo:
Trump was not remotely believable when he walked back his Russian election meddling comment at Helsinki by saying, “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.'” So too is your administration’s explanation not believable as it tries to walk back your comment that America “was never that great.” Of course, America has been and is considered by many people to be great – how else do you explain (you who condone illegal immigration into the United States) why so many emigrants risk their lives to come to the United States? Which is it Governor Cuomo? How do you reconcile those two things? You cannot.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Will he be running for President in 2020? Of course! He already is.

I know what you were up to when you said that America “was never that great.” You were pandering to potential voters who see themselves as victims and who have been brainwashed by party, media and academia to think America is built on a racist, sexist, homophobic foundation. I understand your ambition, but please don’t trash the country that gave you and your family so many great opportunities. That behavior is very low.

On our original founders:

The Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22nd 1620

The Pilgrims in 1620 – our founding Mothers and Fathers.

“So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years; but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city ( Heb. xi. 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready; and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love. The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loth to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with most fervent prayers unto the Lord and his blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.”

“Let the reader with me make a pause, and seriously consider this poor people’s present condition, the more to be raised up to admiration of God’s goodness towards them in their preservation: for being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectation, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour: and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts, and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes ( save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weather-beaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew; if they looked behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar or gulph to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.”

Our original founding document – the Mayflower Compact (1620):

“IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, &c.& c., Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian Faith, and the honour of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; Do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid: and by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience,” etc.”

“A democracy, more perfect than antiquity had dared to dream of, started in full size and panoply from the midst of an ancient feudal society.” — Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America,” 1835

Gov Cuomo: If America isn’t and wasn’t ever great then why did your ancestors leave Italy to come here? More importantly, you imply that there are other countries greater than the United States. So I ask – why are you even still here?

One other thing, Governor Cuomo, your official website is like one big campaign ad – I cannot believe the people of New York put up with it. It really is an abuse of your office.

Sincerely,

Hortentius Canutus

Disclaimer: By receiving this correspondence Andrew Cuomo agrees to receive a lifetime of well-deserved criticism from the patriotic defenders of Lady Liberty.*

*The following disclaimer appears on Governor Cuomo’s official website:

“Disclaimer: By submitting this form you are agreeing to receive email updates from the State of New York.”

In other words if you want to voice your opinion to the governor’s office or ask for help you will be subject to a constant barrage of propaganda, like it or not. Just another friendly and delicate touch brought to you by the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, governor.

P.S. Governor Cuomo may think my words too harsh, but I think when politicians say stupid things and promote damaging policies and ideas they need to be called out for it. I am sure Governor Cuomo is a big supporter of free speech, which is a right guaranteed to all Americans by our Bill of Rights.

Bernie Sanders: Defending Sarah Sanders’ (and our) “Rights.”

Bernie Sanders, July 27, 2018, MSNBC:

“Look, as I’ve said before, yeah, I think people have the right to go into a restaurant and have dinner,” he said.

I would like to ask Bernie and his true-believing followers: from where does the right to dine in a restaurant come? Is it a God-given right? If so, all humans prior to the invention of the development of the modern-day restaurant were denied that right. Cro-magnon man was deprived of his right. Hunter-gatherers were denied their right. Neanderthals were deprived of their right. Paleo-indians were discriminated against.

Vote-seeking politicians seem very ill-educated when it comes to rights. They toss the “right to” this and the “right to” to that out all the time. It sounds good to the unthinking person, and may garner attention, good feelings and hopefully votes at election time, but such ideas Bernie Sandershave no basis in reality.

But if the right to dine in a restaurant is not a right that can be found to be granted by God or Nature, then perhaps it is a secondary right guaranteed to some people by the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps it a right guaranteed by an obscure Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Alas, I cannot find it. Perhaps Mr. Sanders can point to it. Let’s go back further – was the right to dine in a restaurant debated in the Continental Congress? Was it a grievance the founding fathers brought to the attention of King George III? Is it a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence? I’m coming up empty. I find it nowhere.

Can it be found in Magna Carta?

Perhaps there is a more recent law guaranteeing the right to dine in a restaurant. That would be wonderful for all when hunger sets in each and every day. Everyone, including those who could not afford to pay for dinner out, could invoke this elusive statute and protect their right to free dining. Having no money would not cancel this right. On the other hand I would feel a tad sorry for the restaurant owner struggling to make ends meet while working 80 hours a week. Will the servers still be tipped on the value of the meal and their hard work? Knowing human nature, even some people who can afford to dine out might feign a reduced state of financial affairs. But the “right” that Mr. Sanders espouses must be upheld. The restaurant owner must respect the rights of others even if it means feeding those who cannot afford to pay for their meal. It may sound redundant, but after all, a right declared by Mr. Sanders is a right. Period. It must be respected.

People have other rights as well according to Mr. Sanders. They include free healthcare, and free higher education. And so I presume the Bernie supporters who work at hospitals and universities will be the first in line to willingly forego their salaries under this new order of utopia. If higher education is truly free then the administrators, professors, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, and janitors must all work for free for there will be no money to pay them.

Such utopian thoughts are invigorating and encourage the imagination. Many other undiscovered rights are still yet to be discovered for the benefit of mankind.

My point is that rights are not to be spoken of lightly. The language of many politicians is intended to confuse. People need to cut through the crap and use their brains. People need to think clearly about these things. I would suggest start by reading a classic book on political or economic philosophy. Email me for suggestions.

Minor point here:  I’ll venture an educated guess – behind his apparent defense of Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders after the Red Hen incident in Lexington, Va. is Senator Sanders’ attempt to appear moderate in the face of an ever increasing radicalized (and violent) left-wing – a very real appendage of the Democrat party. It’s his calculated political move to appeal to independents and otherwise civil-minded Democrats who are being turned off by the radical tactics of the deranged Trump haters. This leads me to make an observation: Bernie Sanders is already running for President again.

Frotho

 

Trouble in Unionland

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Seven bullets were fired towards AGW skeptic Dr. John Christie’s office at the U. of Alabama, Huntsville last year. Radical members of the Democrat party are increasingly becoming violent towards their political adversaries.

AP is reporting that, “The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.”

This was the correct decision, for only tyrants believe that people should be forced to part with their own earnings in support of ideas they don’t believe in.

In a world where Democrats are becoming more radicalized and where some are calling for open hunting season on conservatives and Republicans*, I have a new warning.

If you are in a public sector employee and decide you don’t want to contribute union dues that support beliefs contrary to your own – be careful! If you stop paying your dues I predict the Union Thugs will target you. They are going to make your life miserable. I know this will happen because I know how the Union Bolsheviks operate.

Watch your back. You have been forewarned.

Frotho Canutus

*Read one nut job’s call to attack Trump and his supporters here: This is Just the Beginning.

Musings on the Double Standards of the MSM.

Of course sexual harassment is real. Powerful people who dangle the carrot of career advancement in trade for sexual favors are scum. It’s even more brutal when some are made to feel “You’ll go nowhere unless…”  There is also plenty of mid-level and lower-level sexual misconduct. So it is real, and happens every day all over the globe. The victims are mainly women. But there are also extortionists, opportunists, gold diggers and groupies. They are not victims. That said, it seems like everyone in the main stream media is jumping over one another to be the first report “sexual misconduct” allegations against any TV personality or otherwise famous person. Something is fishy. Perhaps it’s the stench of rotten hypocrisy, for this was the same left wing media that back in the day tried to suppress allegations against their man in the Whitehouse, Bill Clinton, aka. “Slick Willie.” OK, it may not be exactly the same media, but close enough. It’s less about individuals than it is about a pervasive ideology. The media groupthink is popping up again and manifesting itself in the latest mutation.

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President Clinton, Paula Jones, ca. 1998.

Those who have been following the double standards of the left have seen this dishonesty going on for decades. It’s why many of us don’t trust the main stream media. If something impedes their left-wing agenda (think any rascally Republican person or policy) it is portrayed as bad or inexcusable. If something helps advance their liberal goals (think president Clinton in 1998) it is portrayed as good, defendable. Right, wrong do not really matter when one distills it down. Bill Clinton IS the poster child for this double standard.

If they do decide to finally throw the Bill Clinton under the bus for “sexual misconduct” it will not truly be done on the basis of a moral failing or a lack of virtue, for those concepts do not exist in the liberal atheist’s mind.* Besides, it’s too late for that. It will be done because Hillary lost and it has been decided that she should be “retired.” Senator Al Frankenstein may yet still survive. After all, one should not hold a former SNL comic to very high standards. Once a buffoon always a buffoon. Their fate depends on what is decided behind locked doors in the newsrooms. Who is expendable and who is not. But there are Young Turks (of the female persuasion) in those newsrooms now. They will increasingly have influence.

Though pretty soon, there will be few remaining to accuse. It’s a bit much, I think. However, anything that causes this kind of twisting and squirming among the liberal ranks and reveals their hypocrisy is amusing to watch.

As a result of this media tempest, perhaps inappropriate romantic flings will become a relic of the past, perhaps not. In the future perhaps permission to “make a pass” will have to be done in the presence of witnesses. Wordy contracts will have to be signed prior to the commencement of any affair. So much for spontaneity.  New academic departments will be established at public Universities to explore what constitutes a “proper advance” towards the opposite sex. Perhaps sexual edicts will be added to the Code of Federal Regulations by the next Democrat-controlled Congress. Senator John Conyers – should be the chairman of the committee, Al Frankenstein his co-chair. 

*I never once believed Bill Clinton should have been impeached for sexual misconduct. There were simply too many other reasons why he could have been convicted for real high crimes, like accepting Chinese money for his presidential campaign, and then allowing the transfer of missile technology to, guess who… the Chinese.

 

Frotho

A Little Thanksgiving History

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Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) painted by James Reid Lambdin.

While a national civil war was raging, on September 28, 1863 Sarah J. Hale, one of the most influential American women of her time, wrote President Lincoln asking that Thanksgiving be “made a National and Fixed Union Festival.” Hale had been pushing her idea for fifteen years on presidents and governors and readers of her influential magazine, Lady’s Book. Less than a week later President Abraham  Lincoln issued the following Proclamation:

Washington, D.C.

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,

Secretary of State

 

Sarah J. Hale was quite an interesting figure – read more about her by clicking here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hortentius

What Happened? Hillary was a Victim.

Poor Hillary. She should have won the election hands down, but didn’t. Now the former presidential candidate is touring around promoting her new book “What Happened.” But news celebrity Piers Morgan, who claims to have read the book, has made the observation that Hillary refuses to accept any blame for her loss to Donald Trump. Morgan says she blames others: James Comey, Vlad Putin, Julian Assange, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein among them. Then there is the electoral college, sexism and the New York Times, which helped deny Hillary the most powerful position on Earth. In short, Mrs. Clinton wants everyone to believe she is a victim. Some will, if not for the right reasons.

I agree with Hillary that she is a victim. But on the finer points we differ. The former first Lady is a victim of her own arrogance. She is the victim of her own insincerity, and of her moral and ethical shortcomings. We all know co-workers or others who do things they shouldn’t or don’t do what they should – their choice, and then when things go badly they point the finger at someone else. We avoid these people when possible. Who needs them. Why wait your turn to be thrown under the bus when it suits them. This is one reason millions of Americans don’t like you Mrs. Clinton. You are not a nice person. You have no grace. And yes, you are crooked.

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Hillary Clinton

Since I wouldn’t waste my time reading her silly book, I am relying on Piers Morgan to reveal – did Hillary also blame her CNN mole Donna Brazile for feeding her campaign panel questions in advance of the CNN debate and then getting caught?

HILLARY 2020!

F.C.