EP. 34 – Don Pesci & Barbara Vicevich, masks and SCOTUS

Conservative columnist Don Pesci talks with Jim and Jane about mask controversy in Connecticut, plus Marxist creep and control in America.

Former AUSA and law professor Barbara Vicevich talks with Jim and Jane about recent Supreme Court decisions on the Electoral College and Little Sisters of the Poor; both rulings favor conservatives.

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EP. 33 – Ed Morrissey from Hot Air & Barbara Vicevich

Ed Morrissey, co-editor-in-chief of Hot Air speaks with Jim and Jane about the political leanings of black lives matter, based on an article in The Federalist.

The Sound Off Sister former federal prosecutor talks with Jim and Jane about Supreme Court rulings affecting abortion. Plus what’s coming upon Trump’s tax returns and the electoral college.

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EP. 32 – From Breitbart News, John Hayward

This week, our special guest is my old friend John Hayward (Doc_0) from Breitbart News. We discuss the polls showing President Trump trailing Joe Biden.

You can find a list of John’s recent posts online right here.

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The Pandemic Clock Strikes Five: Pandemic to Pandemonium

With the pace quickening, in a blink our clock has literally skipped four and has struck pandemonium. As May turned to June with red states reopening apace and blue states slow-walking the process, we were suddenly jolted from diminishing concerns regarding the Pandemic to staring kinetic Marxism straight in the face. Seemingly within hours, dozens of U.S. cities were contending with varying degrees of violence and rioting on their streets. The alarming extent of urban destruction has probably not been seen in our country since southern cities witnessed during the Civil War. After three months of Pandemic leading into this, Americans were rightly saying – what is going on here? And for certain, something is going on.

Protests don’t blossom in hundreds of cities, and within days, with riots closely behind in almost a hundred cities in such a compressed time frame without planning and coordination. The question is who is doing the planning, who is executing on those plans, and to what end? Not so curiously, no mass media outlet is asking these basic questions. Many of those sincerely concerned with race relations were furious with the violence being done to their neighborhoods and the people within them, and said so on camera. The violence was initiated by a spectrum of groups that were using the protests as effective cover, many with the most superficial, tenuous, or absolutely no connections to the movement to improve race relations.

The vanguard in the streets is Black Lives Matter (BLM), a group known for chanting for the killing of police in its marches, and practicing property destruction and violence along the edges of its marches. With thousands marching peacefully as cover, its claims of nonviolent intent are belied by the violence left in the wake of many of its very marches. With a website espousing, “we disrupt the western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” and a founder, Patrisse Cullors proclaiming “we are trained Marxists…super-versed on the ideological theories of Marxism,” it is obvious BLM is not pursuing the best interests of the American people. America’s inner cities are submitted as evidence. Working hand in glove are Antifa’s local chapters, Refuse Fascism, Anti-Racist Action, Anarchist Black Cross, The Sunrise Movement, Unicorn Riot and many others. They try to keep a lower public profile, but their planning, training and activities have been recorded and reported upon by independent media.

These less visible and more aggressive groups perpetrating the violence are largely leaderless by design, and cleverly aligned in an informal nationwide coalition communicating on social media. For subversive coordination they’ve abandoned facebook and twitter. They instead use platforms such as Discord and Signal, and have been caught giving the word to switch platforms just as the violent operations were about to commence. It is this confederation of groups and their financiers that prepositioned pallets of bricks and Molotov cocktails in strategic inner city locations just in advance of the marches. Their goals have nothing to do with addressing racial issues, but instead pursue anarchy and societal breakdown. As the entire picture comes into focus we see the familiar pattern established by early twentieth century Marxists, which played out many times, most notably in the Bolshevik, Nazi, and Maoist revolutions.

The playbook always includes the Intelligentsia, the Politicos, and the violent street activists and thugs. The Intelligentsia in academia, the press, and the NGOs serve to create societal “victims”, and whip up and enumerate grievances, identifying classes of targets who they assert are responsible for the perceived wrongs. Propaganda organs in the press, academia and related social media channels conduct sustained repetition and reinforcement of the grievance messages. The propagandized population demand the wrongs be righted, and the Intelligentsia identify the political figures to be relentlessly pressured to take up and implement proposed legislation, regulation and executive actions. Meanwhile the street activists are readied, awaiting only an event fitting the grievance profile and story line to occur, and the ignition point is reached, unleashing horrifying street conflagrations which get the attention of the entire country. Formerly intransigent government officials are cowered to act on the demands, while sympathetic officials race one another to get to the head of the parade. Statues, symbols of the nation’s history and established order, are toppled, legislation enacted and regulations implemented. The agenda is advanced – on to the next round.

The role of the Intelligentsia is to provide an intellectual underpinning to the chaos created by the mob. They provide some pseudo-historical theory, group indignation, outrage and call to action for the young activists to charge into the streets. As the violence begins they provide justification or intellectual cover for it in mass media outlets. After it’s over they provide excuses – all to guilt the population, creating self-censorship and a generally muted response from the public. These tactics serve to condition the citizenry to accept periodic anarchy and prepare the battle space for the next, most assuredly more severe round of violence.

Some of today’s Intelligentsia can be found in plain sight at planning sessions in New York City each spring. The impetus for the current wave of street violence was kicked off in March of 2011 when Pace University hosted the annual meeting of The Left Forum. What was planned that spring was multi-city street protests called “Days of Rage.” The initial event fizzled, but what emerged was Occupy Wall Street later in the fall of that year, which subsequently morphed into today’s perpetrators.

In attendance and presenting was none other than subversive Frances Piven of “Cloward-Piven” renown, plus Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daryl Lamont Jenkins, Stephen Lerner, Ashley Cunningham, and Andy Stern among many others. Google the names and search You Tube for the Left Forum events and you will see them spell out their designs for America. You will find them casually justifying “bringing down the capitalist system, redistributing wealth and power, bankrupting banks and corporations, and creating conditions of ungovernability.” To accomplish these ends they recommend “creating uncertainty for capital by putting banks on the edge of insolvency via mortgage and student loan strikes.” And always accompanied with aggressive street antics.

With Barack Obama serving as pied piper, the way was clear for the Left to come out, gather strength and resources, and get into position during the past decade. This current crop of activists has been building over that period but they are being egged on and directed by the old red bulls who ran wild in the 1960s. They want to taste revolution before they die, and their reconstituted efforts to inculcate the gullible, and activate the truant starting over a decade ago have indeed brought America to the doorstep of “ungovernability.”

Though our current crisis may come as a surprise to many, two authors foretold it all in a landmark 1997 book, “The Fourth Turning.” Historian/demographers Bill Strauss and Neil Howe explored how successive generations drive a four-phase cyclical pattern of history every eighty to one hundred years – from a High to an Awakening to an Unraveling to a Crisis. They perceived the ‘90s as an Unraveling and predicted the U.S. would enter a Crisis phase in the first decade of the 21st century, which would last up to twenty years. The financial implosion of 2008 has marked the inflection point, the “fourth turning,” into the Crisis which will impact most all institutions and people in the country. Clearly the events of 2020 represent a quickening of the societal forces which will have to ultimately be reconciled in this decade, if we are to emerge from this phase as a still self-governing society.

This Crisis converges national dynamics – political, cultural, and financial – of sufficient potency as to pose an existential threat to the future of the republic. Scottish historian, Alexander Tytler has noted that the average age of history’s democracies has been about 200 years because voters inevitably discover that they can vote themselves generous benefits from the public treasury. In addition to the undeniable looming catastrophe of our $25+ trillion national debt hanging in the wings, we face a head-on cultural Marxist revolution and an utterly corrupt, and in many parts traitorous political leadership.

The Fourth Turning book traces back seven great historic cycles to the Medieval, fifteenth century period. This current Crisis concludes the seventh Millennial cycle. This writer has partnered in the writing of a book to be released early in 2021 titled “The Seventh Crisis: Why Millennials Must Reestablish Ordered Liberty.” The theme and events of the ticking Pandemic Clock have now merged with those of the accelerating Seventh Crisis already underway. Now the strokes of our clock are to chronicle events beyond the sphere of a mere Pandemic.

EP. 31 – Interviews with Don Pesci and Barbara Vicevich

This week, Jim and Jane speak with conservative columnist Don Pesci and Barbara Vicevich. Topics include the so-called “conservative” US Supreme Court and their recent ruling concerning the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the constitutionality of the governor shutting down business during the pandemic.

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EP. 30 – Interview with Dr. Walter E. Williams

Jim and Jane discuss the Black Lives Matter protests with Walter E Williams, Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Visit his website.

His most recent column: The true plight of Black Americans.

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EP. 29 – John Hinderaker from Powerline Blog

Joining us the founder of the conservative Powerline Blog website, John Hinderaker.

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EP. 28 – Connecticut TEA Party leader Bob MacGuffie

The TEA Party has been revived. Bob MacGuffie who helped found the Connecticut TEA Party and wrote the handbook for conservatives everywhere. Teaching them how to be heard at town meetings. Teaching conservatives in a very blue state how to speak up and not be afraid. Not disrupt. So successful were his methods, they were adopted by the TEAM Party nationally. In the process he energized TEA Parties across the nation.

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The pandemic clock chimes three: “We’re not in Kansas anymore”

To quote an historical figure who will be nameless here: “There are decades when nothing happens; and then there are weeks when decades happen.” As many of us can sense, we may well be in such times. Two months ago we were governed with our consent (mostly). We had life, liberty and were pursuing happiness each in our own special way. We then entered an unprecedented national societal lockdown and told, for own safety, not to venture out. We complied – because literally there was no place to go. As time wore on, a trip to the supermarket became the highlight of the week.

We were told, “just a month longer.” We grew mighty restless. We materialized at our state capitals to petition our petulant rulers with our justified grievances. We were scoffed at, ridiculed, lectured, humored…anything to disperse us for the moment. As we returned to voluntary confinement, our “non-essential” businesses atrophied by the day. And then there were murmurs of a coming lifting of the insufferable pall. Yes, there will be a reopening, but our rulers warned – “not so fast…there will be rules…there will be a new normal.” Again, that term we have come to despise. It’s code for changes decreed under cover of a crisis. We’ll take plain normal, thank you.

And they weren’t kidding. Home Depot can open, but if you open your hair salon you’re going to jail. You can push your child in her stroller on the sidewalk, but if you push her on a swing in a park you’re taking a ride in a squad car. You must be masked in public, and if you don’t wear it properly in the New York subway you’ll be body slammed on the platform by six transit police. You’re now welcome at your local restaurant but only if you eat outside. You can have a drink, but only with a meal. If you’d like one at the bar, you may not – but you may get one to go. And if you’re dining in Washington state, Governor Inslee will have your name and cell number recorded just in case there’s virus lurking and you must be tracked down. What could be a more naturally social distancing setting than a beach (and Coronavirus hates sun and heat). But if you head to one of Long Island’s endless beaches and decide to stop and pitch a blanket, Governor Cuomo will have you summoned. And don’t even think of going in the water. If you do, NYC mayor de Blasio will have you removed, and you may ruin it for everyone, as he has threatened to fence off the water at Coney Island – just because he can.

Yes they’re jailing us for cutting hair, but they’re releasing criminals from prison “for their own safety” onto the public streets. You can go to church but only online – cause they’re handing out $500 fines for attending services in your car in the church parking lot. You can run a NASCAR race – but only if there’s no one watching in the stands. Illegals in California are now invited to apply for pandemic relief checks. Both legal immigrants and illegals can enter the U.S. with no bio-testing, but it’s said our rulers are rumbling about requiring immunity tests for citizens to come out in public. Of course this entire piece could be filled with such examples causing us mental backflips. But as Ayn Rand was fond of saying, “there are no contradictions – check your premises.” So, if most all of these measures seem insidiously confounding on their face, is there an organizing theme?

Any illumination requires we see past the immediate paranoia and widespread concern generated by the chaotic development of the Pandemic. Though the national cues were taken from the Coronavirus Task Force, the actions which have impacted our lives and communities have largely emanated from the governors’ offices. And while their motivations and justifications surely vary, tactically they involve heightened control and surveillance of the citizenry. The initial lockdowns descended upon us swiftly in mid-March. With the expectation they would be short-lived we played along “just to be safe” and to keep the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. But we were quickly bait-and-switched with a barrage of case, hospitalization and fatality data, into another thirty to forty five days of lockdown, lest we open too soon and risk the Son of Coronavirus in the fall!

The financial catastrophe envisioned in the first tick of our pandemic clock was now becoming real for small business owners, but state control rendered them unable to take action. While we were effectively under house arrest, our TVs blared at us from all channels that “we’re all in this together.” No we aren’t – the people who are incessantly telling us this, all have jobs. We’re told to clang pots and pans daily at 7pm to thank the healthcare workers and we’re shown pictures of people doing exactly that on the evening news. They’re testing our patience and testing our limits. To many of us it all feels like a psy-op. And just when there seemed to be a new state-capital protest each day, our rulers finally released some steam from the national pressure cooker, as limited reopening activities commenced state by state. But many businesses are mandated to function under the most ludicrous and financially debilitating regulations.

One only has to look back over the past few decades to see that government power, extended during a crisis, is never, ever fully returned to the people. Our Constitutional rights are consistently ratcheted away from us, and this episode promises to be the worst case of our lifetimes. The Pandemic has now been politicized and we can see distinct differences in the approaches of red vs. blue states.

In the blue states, generally home to the big cities teaming with knowledge workers, the governors are taking a hard line and are slow to reopen. “Stay at home, don’t be selfish, consider the health and safety of others” rolls so easily off the tongue of someone comfortably working from home, but still expecting their supermarkets to remain open and stocked. These people may never have faced real life risks before. Why should those who don’t daily face real risk have so much control over the rest of us who do? The unconnected workers and small “non-essential” business owners who are out of work and have so much more at stake, feel like they’re being incinerated by capricious government decrees, and those who issue them. Red state people know safety cannot be assured – we flattened the curve, now let’s get on with it.

Blue state governors are generally in worse financial shape, and have traveled to the White House seeking federal bailouts under cover of the pandemic. They are slow to open, worsening their financial condition, perhaps to bolster their case for a federal bailout, or perhaps to further weaken the economy to impair Trump’s prospects. Here in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has laid off his responsibility to the Reopen CT Advisory Group, a bevy of some 48 members, meeting in private. They announced a three phase reopening orchestration which stretches into the last days of July, and concocted a grid of metrics by which they can easily move the goal posts should they see fit. We small business people formed the “Council of Non-Essential Businesses” and just filed a FOIA request with the governor’s office to obtain access to his Advisory Group’s deliberations. It may be denied and we’ll have to sue. That’s what it’ll take to regain our rights. Over in the UK, when asked last week what he’s learned during this ordeal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted, “I’ve learned it is much easier to take people’s rights away than to give them back.” Ain’t that the truth!

In selected U.S. cities they’ve put drones in the air to monitor social distancing, and some have the capability to measure the relative body temperatures of the people under observation. Others have speaker systems ready to bark orders from the sky should we stray from proscribed behavior. Then there’s the steady hectoring that there’s not enough testing and tracing – now coupled with murmuring about a soon to be released phone app to do exactly that. Soon we won’t be able to leave our homes without a test and a phone with the tracking app in our pockets – don’t doubt it.

Yes, as our pandemic clock strikes three the theme is control and its coercive cousin – surveillance. They are on the march and must be met. No, we’re not in Kansas anymore – don’t know where we are exactly – could be at the dawn of the seventh crisis.

EP. 27 – Conservative columnist Don Pesci and author Michael Walsh

Conservative columnist at Radio Vice Online Don Pesci, and best selling author Michael Walsh talk with Jim and Jane about the heavy-handed government shutdown of the economy, reminding Jane of communist Czechoslovakia.

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