Mass Shooting and Idiocracy

This past week has been punctuated with stories of the mass walkout of 10’s of thousands of students protesting the gun violence and the mass shootings that have plagued this country in the past few years.  Yet in all these protests, in all the news coverage, with all the fury at the NRA the real solution to the problem of mass shootings is never ever covered.  There is a simple fact that no one wants to either present or face up to.

Everyone of these mass killings has been perpetrated by someone who has lost his connection to humanity, whose heart no longer values their own life and values the life of others even less.   Whether Dillon Roof, Nikolas Cruz or Seung-Hui Cho, each of these mass murderers had become separated from a sense of belonging in society.  It is that separation and alienation that resulted ultimate rampage.  They are responsible for their actions but is all cases their willingness to commit slaughter could have been prevented.

In each case there was ample information to have intervened prior to the shooting.  The people that interacted with these individuals noticed their spiral into the dark, yet those individuals did little to reach out and befriend or support these soon to be killers.  The only way to stop this from happening in the future is to change the culture of non-involvement we have adopted.  If we as individuals are indifferent as our neighbors descend into anger, depression and hate then it is not surprising that mass killings result.

First and foremost we need to recognize that the people responsible for these rampages are the individuals that are wielding the gun.  Guns do not hop off the shelves and float over to the nearest college and kill a bunch of people on their own.  People kill people.  Troubled people kill more people.  No gun law or gun ban will stop determined killers from obtaining a weapon.  Chicago, Baltimore and France have proved gun laws only prevent honest people from getting guns.

The solution is so simple and so hard in a society that teaches indifference, non-involvement and victim hood.  When we see individuals who express alienation, hate, anger and depression we need to reach out to those people and befriend them if we can.  Even if we can’t befriend them we need to make others aware of their thought processes and seek to get them involved in life in a way the reduces their alienation.

At some point the police may help, or school resource officers, or even the FBI, but by the time they are getting tips, the situation has already escalated well beyond acceptable levels.  The Florida shooting made it clear that law enforcement as a last line of defense is a flawed approach at best.  Hardening the schools is also a last line of defense approach to this issue.  Even metal detectors, which announce the presence of a gun do nothing to stop the perpetrator from walking into the school, or coming in an unprotected window.

If a fraction of the energy these students spent on gun protests was spent getting to know the people they interacted with.  If teachers, parents, school resource officers and law enforcement took the time to interact and intervene identifying those that are alienated and reaching out to them, then this issue would all but disappear.    As our society has become more disjointed and impersonal with the rise of the internet and entertainment that focuses on solo activities more and more people become disconnected from their fellow man.  That alienation breeds attitudes and thought processes that make mass killing acceptable in those on the margin.

The problem is not guns, not the lack of hardening.  It’s the lack of involvement and compassion that keeps people from reaching out to those in society that have lost their way and their connection to the community.

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Proof The Mueller Probe Is Political

Facts mean something.  The recent indictment of 12 Russian GRU agents for hacking the DNC is nothing but a farce.   Mueller has no intent on prosecuting these agents, even if he could get them extradited from Russia.   Sadly,  this can be proven with simple logic and public knowledge.   Perhaps the media can be fooled by this deception as it fits their preconceived view but any IT person worth his salt would see right through this game.

My IT experience runs back almost twenty years including some forensic work with expertise in software, malware and databases.   So before you write this off as something political, it is not.  It is simply an analysis of these indictments.

Let’s start with what is known about the hacking of the DNC.   Supposedly John Podesta clicked on a phishing link that enabled malware to be put on his computer such that the hackers could upload his files.   When the FBI asked to investigate and see his computer the DNC or Podesta refused to have that computer analyzed.    According to Comey’s testimony the FBI got analytics from the computer from a third party, ClowdStrike and the FBI and CIA were never given access.   That simple act, handing the computer suspected of being used in a crime to a third party breaks the chain of evidence.  

The fact is that the third party, paid for by either Hillary’s campaign or the DNC was no longer independent and could have altered the logs or even changed the malware that was installed.  In addition to Podesta’s computer there was an email server whose activity could have been analyzed as well as router logs.  In the two years since this occurred the changes to those devices could have been massive.  It would even be possible to create a trail to any supposed hacker.

Mueller surely knows this.  Since none of the indicted conspirators are likely to face trial the lack of any valid evidence did not stop Mueller him from filing.  The forensic analysis could have been done by the FBI but was not.  This makes proving the chain of custody impossible.  So, while creating a political firestorm releasing the indictments on the eve of Trump’s meeting with Putin, Mueller knows that the whole set of indictments are nothing but smoke and mirrors.  There is no charge that could stand in court.

Many questions remain unanswered.  Why did the DNC/Podesta hide the contents of their servers/pcs and router logs from the FBI?  What was on them that was not stolen? Where are those devices currently?  What has happened to those devices in the meantime?  Are those devices still in use?  Has the FBI since been given access, and if so what was changed on them since the incident?  Was a trail of evidence constructed on those computers for some advantage?

I know enough about computer forensics to understand that there is no valid chain of custody here.  That makes this whole set of indictments nothing but political fodder.   As a tax payer I wonder why we are paying for this type of manipulation within the legal system.

 

What is Independence?

When I was 13 I yearned to be away from my parents.  I thought I was smarter, wiser, and that I knew more than they did about the world.    As a result I wanted to get as far away from their limiting point of view.  I yearned for the freedom to do what I wanted,  where I wanted, and when I wanted.  Thus started the battle that has lasted to this day. The quest for true freedom.

It was 20 years before I started to understand that their wisdom and guidance, had I bothered to pay attention would have been extremely helpful.   Instead of my being smarter, wiser and more knowledgeable, I had been foolish, dumber, and ignorant. The thing I did not understand, the thing that remains even a significant mystery to me today is that once you interact with others, all the stuff that works in theory may have to be thrown away.  Human nature and the way people interact will always determine the final outcome of any endeavor.

The quest for freedom is elusive.  It is the quest for the unobstructed availability to chose your own destiny.    I have the ability to say anything that I want on social media.  Yet if I make a threat or try to be too dramatic bad things happen.  Things that might wind me up in jail or worse.  If I want to take a year long’s safari, my freedom is obstructed by my capability to fund the venture.   If Ann Coulter is asked to give a speech or contribute to a discussion on free speech, she is shouted down.  Her freedom of speech is obstructed.  Limits to freedom in the US, one of the countries most known for its freedoms are everywhere.

Those limits, the ones that I as a child never understood include government controls, financial constraints, social constraints, family constraints and ethical constraints.  The challenge each of us faces how to exercise our freedoms in order to achieve our goals.  If that goal is spreading the word of Christ, there are a multitude of constraints that will seek to prevent others from hearing the truth.  Even in America the right to tell others of his good news is often curtailed.

As an adult, I now understand the limits to freedom that plagued my choices as a younger man.  Yet, even as then,  it is incumbent to push against those limits when it is right to do so.  Whatever your goal, there will be obstacles.  Those limit your ability to achieve the destiny you have planned for yourself.  Sometimes that means challenging those that would shout you down, stand in your way, or condemn you for your beliefs.

I would urge each person to recognized the limits put on them and to push past those limits toward their goals.

 

 

 

Journalist Defend Their Own Bias

The Washington Post just had an article explaining how their coverage of Donald Trump was appropriate.  HOGWASH!!!    The real story, and the one that none of the media will pursue is the deliberate effort by Democrats and Anti-Trumper’s to first thwart the President’s agenda and then if possible to bring his Presidency to an end.  They have failed both in pursuing the truth and in stopping the President.   Now they are left with anger at their own impotence and a loss of credibility from which they will never recover.

Just so you know here are the facts behind the real story.

During the campaign the Obama administration authorized spying and illegal unmasking of the conversations held by Trump’s staff and associates.  This was subsequently used to target Jeff Sessions, General Flynn and Jared Kushner. Yet, no evidence of wrong doing as pertains to Russia was discovered.

The Russians have been trying to hack us for years so what was different this time other than it was someone’s idea to tie the President to the hacks.   Whose idea was it?  Why is that not investigated?

There is no evidence presented in the last 9 months as to collusion or Trump’s people being involved in any attempt to manipulate the election,  yet Jim Comey would not publicly say Trump was not under investigation.

Jim Comey let Loretta Lynch tell him what to call the investigation into Hillary’s emails, (A matter, not an investigation)  Trump’s hoping the investigation into Flynn would stop, not an order or even a strong suggestion, results in an obstruction of justice possibility.  He admits being compromised with Loretta Lynch.  In fact, by relabeling what he called that investigation he did obstruct justice.  He laid the groundwork for her exoneration.

Hundreds of stories have run based on leaks and anonymous sources making a range of accusations.  None proven, most with zero evidence.  Few with substantiation of any kind.  Yet these are reported as fact.

Look who calls for investigations.  Look who in both the media and the government continually keep this story alive and there is a pattern.  The media gains in ratings and in promoting an agenda. The politicians are protecting their monied base.   The pattern is obvious.

Trump is a threat to the status quo.  The regulations that protect big money are being torn down.  The lobbyist are in a panic.  Why is this not reported on?

The Obama administration used the IRS to target enemies, Hillary clearly violated the secrecy act,  the Democratic National Committee clearly sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ campaign,  illegal spying on American citizens was carried out and then used to create a Russian story that would cripple Donald Trump.  The corruption has infested every level of government and the media is a willing participant in its maintenance.

A majority of the American people see this.  The backlash was in the 2016 election, but it will be even more pronounced against the media itself as long as they no longer report in the public interest.  Their advertisers will drop away as more an more people blame the media for promoting the destruction of the President.   Ultimately the advertisers will be blamed for supporting that corruption.

The real story is the attempt to bring down the President with hype, hate, innuendo, and stories that lack any basis in fact.    Everyone can be accused of something and made to look bad.  Unfortunately, the media has made baseless accusation appear to be news.  IT IS NOT!!!

 

 

 

Destroying a President

The Republican’s control the house and the senate and their main activity seems to be finding ways to discredit and depose their President.  It is a behavior that is despicable. All these investigations have amounted to little more than conjecture.  Yet more are announced every day as our elected representatives fail to complete the replacement of Obamacare, fail to lower taxes, fail to fund the wall, and fail to do what they were elected to do.

Instead of standing up to the media and each new speculation they launch investigations instead of doing real work.  They consistently enable the media’s assault on the President.   If not actively helping the media they are silent while protecting their own cowardly hides.

Real crimes with clear evidence were committed by the democrats including IRS targeting of conservatives, the unmasking of names in surveillance of US citizen’s, Hillary’s email which by the statues did not require intent, the sale of favors through the Clinton foundation and the sabotage of the Sanders campaign.  Why are these not pursued?  Instead those we elected are either silent or actively trying to bring down our President.

If you are a Trump supporter, call or write your congressman and tell them to support the President and to pursue justice against the real crimes that have been committed.  If you are a believer in Democracy, call or write your congressman since the effort currently underway is nothing less than the formal attempted overthrow of the legitimately elected President.

If we as citizens do not stand up now, there will be nothing to stand up for.  Our democracy will fall if the media is powerful enough to destroy a Presidency.   They will not stop at that.   They will attempt to control the government.  If you watch Congress, this is already happening.

Let your congressmen know what you expect and that you are willing to vote that expectation.  Please do so now as the very foundation of our country is at risk.  Tell others to do the same.

Women’s Health — Planned Parenthood

The chance of getting breast cancer in the overall US population is 12.5% over the course of a woman’s lifetime.  Whether abortion increases the risk of breast cancer is something that is medically disputed. However the impact of abortion on cervical cancer is less so.  Each year 7.5 women per 100,000 will contract cervical cancer.  Cervical-Cancer

Among women who have had one abortion that risk is 2.3 times higher than the risk in the general population.   For those women 17.25 out of every 100,000 will get cervical cancer. Based on the fact that Planned Parenthood performed 300,000 abortions last year 45 women more per year will contract cervical cancer.  Roughly a quarter of those women will not survive.  Some studies suggest an 5 fold increase of cervical cancer among post abortive women which would mean an extra 90 cases per year.  Roughly 20 of those cases will be fatal.

Do you think this information is given to Planned Parenthood’s often young and vulnerable clients?    Beyond the immediate medical risks associated with abortion there are a host of long term life risks.  I would think that this information should be widely distributed and given to clients seeking abortion services.  Even if you believe it is a women’s right to chose, they need to know what they are choosing.  It may well not be what they think.

For many the immediate convenience of not having to try and raise a child outweighs the effort to carry to term and either attempt to raise the child or have it adopted.  The long term consequences to the physical and mental health of the client have long been ignored in this space.   For many those consequences are far worse than having a child that they ultimately love and who loves them.  For some the consequence is an early grave.  There is tremendous research to support this.

For me I would do everything in my power to make abortion unnecessary and undesirable. Learn more at Sav-a-Life Shelby.  Or sponsor me for the walk dedicated to changing women’s minds and helping them succeed in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planned Parenthoods Legacy

I was reminded the other day how some people believe that abortion is a woman’s right.

“We should apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that

grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that

objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

Margaret Sanger

The quote above by the matriarch of Planned Parenthood and the years of forced sterilization that occurred in the 20’s were a direct result of her views put into practice.  Over time that philosophy has become one that values a mother’s potential opportunity over the life of the fetus even a day before that baby is born.  The application of that statement, though no longer referred to as eugenics has a hugely disparate impact on poor and minority communities.  Across the country for example the abortion of minority babies is significantly higher  as percent than the abortion of non-minority babies.

This impact would have fit in with Ms. Sanger’s vision.    The placement of Planned Parenthood abortion centers in poor areas also fits that design.  The message that women are incapable of succeeding if they have a child is one that is marketed in order to further the business of abortion.  Furthering that business also impacts the view of those minorities of themselves and their view of life.

If women are told they can’t succeed, they will have a much harder time doing so.  With many neighborhoods having been inundated with that message through government programs that create generational dependency, the cheapening of life through the killing of babies, often late term,  projects a message that killing after birth is permissible.    The one thing every mass murderer in this country has had in common, they did not value the life of others.   Those such as the Nazi’s that formalized killing undesirables justified their actions based on the same eugenics theories Margaret Sanger promoted.

The fact is women, men, and couples all have the ability to succeed even with the added burden of raising an unplanned life.  Taking on the challenges involved in having that responsibility has spurred many women to raise both themselves and their children to much more affluent circumstances.

I have seen numerous women who once considered abortion an option become very successful despite humble beginnings and lacking, at first, a helpful support system. These women did not accept the doomsday, me first route, that unless they had an abortion they could not live a successful life.

There is no doubt in my mind that the deterioration of family support systems and the violence in  poor neighborhoods has been the result of the promotion of abortion as a viable alternative.   The more abortions that happen, the more life overall is seen as valueless. Although to me life begins at inception, there can be no argument that at 5 or 6 months a fetus is a viable living human life.

I have heard people argue that the world needs abortion for population control  The fact is population growth has slowed dramatically in most industrialized countries to the extent that abortion would never be needed for population control.  Education and the development of a modern economy is the best break on population growth.  Yet is is these same countries that exchange the value of life for the hope of future economic prosperity.

The result is an organization that Margaret Sanger would have been proud of, one that continues to this day to cheapen the value of life and diminish the potential of women.

The amazing thing is that Margaret Sanger is on the list of successful single moms.