“Dogs’ lives are too short. It’s their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull (author, The Wedding Bargain)

Matt London of Fox News reported, “On ‘Fox Nation,’ well-known dog lover Dana Perino revealed the comforting conversation that she had with the late columnist and beloved Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer after her dog died in 2012.”

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‘“When my dog Henry passed away, your dad happened to be up here in New York,’ Perino said to Daniel Krauthammer, son of Charles Krauthammer, on her ‘Fox Nation’ show ‘Dana Perino’s Book Club.’”

‘“I saw him and I told him or he had heard about it and he said,’ “We ask ourselves, why do we do this to ourselves?  Because, you know, they’re not going to live as long.” ‘And he said,’ “Because dogs make us better people.” ‘Yeah, I’ll never forget that,’ she said.”

“Daniel Krauthammer appeared on ‘Dana Perino’s Book Club’ to discuss the paperback edition of his father’s book ‘The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors,’ which is a collection of columns, speeches, and essays.”

‘“I remember one column, I think this was from the first book, “Things that Matter,” didn’t you convince him to get a dog?’ asked Perino.”

‘“Yes,’ laughed Krauthammer. ‘He was never a dog person growing up because his parents were immigrants. And, you know, they had to escape Nazis. So you don’t want to have to drag a dog around, too,’ he continued.”

“Krauthammer said that he and his mother finally ‘convinced him and converted him to be a dog lover.’”

“Eventually, the Krauthammer family added a border collie and then a black lab to the household.”

From one of my books, “Visitant,” published in 2017, “Other than people, dogs are very special to God.  Dogs embody complete, unconditional love, faithfulness, and service.”

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“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

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“People that mistreat God’s dogs on earth, or any animals for that matter, are very, very disappointing in God’s eyes.” – G.R. Erickson, also from “Visitant,” published in 2017.

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“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan (Author, Marley & Me)

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“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein (author, Starship Troopers)

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” – Milan Kundera (Author, The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

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“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren (psychologist and author, The Intelligence of Dogs)

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” – Dean Koontz (author, Whispers)

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner (comedian)

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Our two rescued dogs, Ellie and Scooby. These pictures are from on the way home from the shelter.  They look happy to me!

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In loving memory of Rocky and Marley.

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Congratulations mainstream media!  You’re not only liberal propaganda…, you’re a bunch of bullies!

In the age of “bully awareness,” the mainstream media has unabashedly claimed the title of “bully.”

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Every company and every organization has an anti-bullying policy these days.

The problem is with these liberals…, they think it only applies to them.

If you think differently than they do you’re fair game.

And when it comes to President Trump and his family, all bets are off.

In fact, liberals applaud other liberals for bullying “non-liberals.”

There’s a name for this…, it’s fascism.

Yes folks…, it’s one thing to mercilessly attack, constantly denounce, and shamelessly promote negative propaganda about The President…, but it’s completely another thing to heartlessly shun and verbally bully our First Lady.

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The mainstream media has left no doubt as to their shallowness, their extreme bias, their pettiness, and their ruthlessness.

The mainstream media should be ashamed of themselves…, but they won’t be.

I’m afraid we’ll all have to be ashamed enough for them.

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What has caused me to focus my ire on the media you might ask?

Just the latest in a LONG line of snubs and bullying behavior towards our lovely and gracious First Lady, Melania Trump.

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According to Gerren Keith Gaynor of Fox News, “Melania Trump’s Christmas tree exhibit compared to horror film by online critics.”

And not only by “online critics,” but by many media outlets.

“First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas tree display, which she debuted on Sunday, is on the receiving end of online mockery.”

“Some critics said the first lady’s ‘Spirit of America’ video was reminiscent of a horror film, comparing some of its contents to the scary movie classic ‘The Shining.’”

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Here is the link to the video…, you be the judge.

https://youtu.be/pgAAdNaL4oM

That was just terrible, wasn’t it?

What are these bullies and idiots talking about?!

It is just so obvious that these people just have a liberal propaganda ax to grind.

“This comes after the two previous exhibits — last year’s ‘blood red trees’ and 2017’s hallway of ‘sticks’ — were also compared to horror flicks such as ‘The Blair Witch Project.’”

‘“The Spirit of America is shining in the @WhiteHouse!’ the first lady tweeted Sunday night. ‘I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season!’”

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If the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” isn’t criticizing her actions, they’re criticizing her clothing, or they’re just ignoring her altogether.

Case in point…, former first lady Michelle Obama “graced” the cover of over 35 magazines, many of them on multiple occasions, during President Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House.

35 magazines!

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It’s hard to even come up with names of 35 different magazines!

And how many magazine covers has Melania Trump been on?

Zero.

Say what?!

ZERO!

That can’t be possible you might say.

Oh it’s possible alright.

Zero.

35+ to 0.

And did you catch the title on the “Vogue” cover?  “Michelle Obama, The First Lady the World’s been waiting for?

Excuse me…, but I think I just threw up a little in my mouth!

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The American people can surely recognize a bully when they see one, and the mainstream media is not treating Melania Trump fairly by any stretch of the imagination.

Bullies.

They’re all bullies…, and nobody likes a bully…, except other bullies.

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What’s the most populous democratic country in the world?  If you answered The United States you’d be wrong…, it’s The Republic of India!

That’s right…, India.

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Taking this revelation into consideration, I thought it would be a good idea for our American friends to learn a bit more about India.

India is on the complete opposite side of our world, in relations to The United States.

The United States is about three times bigger than India geographically, but India has roughly four times the population of The United States.

Our cultures are very similar in some aspects, but also very different in others.

Both countries have social issues they are dealing with, but I feel, in general, our hearts and desires are in the right place and well-intended.

Both countries are also dealing with a constant erosion of their democracy.  The proponents of socialism, communism and totalitarianism never rest.

The predominant religion in The United States is Christianity, which over 73% of its citizens call their religion.  In India, Hinduism is followed by 80% of its people.

We can’t really talk about India without a discussion about Hinduism.

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Where Christianity is a “religion” or a belief, or a faith…, Hinduism is more complex.  Hinduism is all of that plus a general way of life, or “dharma.”

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Hinduism includes a diversity of ideas on spirituality and traditions, but has no ecclesiastical order relating to a church especially as an established institution, no unquestionable religious authorities, no governing body, no prophet(s) nor any binding holy book; Hindus can choose to be polytheistic (multiple gods), pantheistic (pantheism is the view that everything is part of an all-encompassing god), panentheistic (this is the belief that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond space and time), monotheistic (one god), agnostic (a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God), atheistic or humanist.  Ideas about all the major issues of faith and lifestyle including: vegetarianism, nonviolence, belief in rebirth, even caste, are subjects of debate, not an assertion by some religious authority.

Because of the wide range of traditions and ideas covered by the term Hinduism, arriving at a comprehensive definition is very difficult.  Hinduism has been defined as a religion, a religious tradition, a set of religious beliefs, and “a way of life.” From a Western standpoint, Hinduism like other faiths is appropriately referred to as a religion. In India the term “dharma” is preferred, which is broader than the Western term religion.

Hinduism is an interesting concept.  It’s a “one religion serves all” “religion.”

In America, most of us are familiar with the concept of “karma.” “Karma” is a part of, and comes from, Hindu beliefs.

I would encourage my readers and followers to learn more about Hinduism on your own, as I am unable to do more than scratch the surface of what Hinduism fully is here.

India, or The Republic of India, is a “constitutional republic” just like The United States is.

India has three branches of government, executive, legislature and judicial, just like The United States.

America has 50 states.  India has 28.

While American culture has only been around for a few hundred years, Indian culture has been around for over 5,000 years!

I sometimes wonder if American culture will be able to survive under its own weight, even another 100 years.  Perhaps America could learn some cultural lessons from our Indian friends.

I would hazard to say that most Americans have gotten their impressions of India over time from the writings of Rudyard Kipling and primarily from his story “The Jungle Book.”

Many Americans may have also learned something about India from the movies “The Jungle Book,” “Gandhi,” “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom,” and “Slumdog millionaire.”

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While some Americans may be familiar with the Taj Mahal (the name and its appearance), it is the only place or thing in India we’ve heard of.  We don’t know where in India it is or what the building’s purpose is, however.

It’s nothing to be proud of, but that’s just the way it is.

Famous Indians that we may be aware of are Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) and Indira Gandhi…, in that order.

If I had to bet, most of the people who would recognize the name “Mother Teresa” would not make a connection with her to India, however.

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Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), who inspired our own Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., should be recognized as one of the greatest men who ever lived…, but sadly, even his memory is fading as time goes by.

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Cricket is the most popular sport in India, and cricket could be considered somewhat similar to American baseball in many ways.

And lastly, The United Stated and India both gained our independence from The British Empire.

It is my belief that the relationship between America and India is one that should be nurtured, encouraged and expanded upon.

In recent Gallup polls, over 70% of Americans said they have a favorable view of India.  The remainder of Americans were mostly indifferent, with there being virtually no negative views towards India.

The United States and India have a long history (relatively speaking) of cooperation and support, dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt, President Truman, President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and all the way up to President Trump.

In 2016, India was declared a “Major Defense Partner” of The United States, and in 2018, India was granted “Strategic Trade Authorization,” which enables the exporting of high technology products related to space and defense systems.

Jeremy Diamond, Kate Sullivan and Swati Gupta, of CNN, reported that “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bills Trump as a ‘true friend’ in The White House at a Houston rally.”

“Trump joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Houston [Texas] attended by tens of thousands, many of whom were waving Indian flags as both leaders praised each other’s work.”

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“Breaking away from the staid formality of meetings at the White House, Trump took the stage with Modi at an event dubbed ‘Howdy, Modi!’ at NRG Stadium. Roughly 50,000 people — many from the city’s large Indian diaspora [the dispersion of any people from their original homeland] — were registered to attend.”

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“Trump credited the Indian-American community with ‘helping to strengthen our country and build our future,’ citing its contributions to medicine, business and technology.”

“The President praised Modi’s leadership and touted the ‘stronger than ever before’ relationship with India. He said India ‘has never had a better friend as President than President Donald Trump.’”

“Modi praised Trump, calling him ‘warm, friendly, accessible, energetic and full of wit.’”

“On stage, Modi introduced Trump as India’s ‘true friend’ in the White House, and he invoked Trump in his signature campaign slogan, ‘Ab ki baar, Modi sarkar,’ which translates to ‘This time, Modi government.’ On stage, Modi replaced his name with Trump’s.”

“He commended the Trump administration for celebrating Diwali at the White House, and he invited Trump and his family to come to India.”

“Modi said he is ‘certain that some positive developments’ will come out of upcoming talks at the UN. ‘President Trump calls me the top negotiator but he himself is great at the “Art of the deal” and I am learning a lot from him,’ he said.”

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I would like to hear from any of my Indian readers about your perceptions of The United States or anything else you feel your American friends may find interesting from your perspective.  Please also feel free to correct me on any of my statements here about your country, your people, the Hindu religion, etc.  MrEricksonRules is still in the process of learning as well!

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Lisa “one of ‘the treasonous lovers’” Page is outraged at President Trump?!

That’s really a good one!

SHE’S annoyed at the President…, and she thinks someone should care!

Here we have a perfect example of the privilege and status these deep state vermin feel entitled to.

Here we have Lisa “one of ‘the treasonous lovers’” Page announcing she is upset about President Trump’s comments about her…, just because she and her treasonous lover, Peter Strzok, both high level FBI “swamp scum,” were plotting how they were going to take down a duly elected president…, that’s all.

Is she serious?

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She’s lucky she’s not in jail, and she should take a lead from her treasonous lover, and just shut her dirty little mouth.

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Gregg Re of Fox News reports that, “Lisa Page breaks silence, saying Trump’s ‘fake orgasm’ forced her to speak out.”

‘“Honestly, his [President Trump’s] demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ said Page.”

“With those striking words in an interview published late Sunday, Lisa Page, the ex-FBI lawyer who carried on an extramarital affair with former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok as the two exchanged anti-Trump text messages, said she was breaking her silence.”

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Having heard all of The President’s rally speeches, I’m not sure where she’s getting this “fake orgasm” stuff from.

This must be something (fake orgasms) that she just naturally equates to her extramarital lover, Peter Strzok.

“The 39-year-old Page was referring to Trump’s comments about her and Strzok at an October rally. During the event, Trump performed a passionate, dramatic reading of Strzok and Page’s August 2016 text messages, including Strzok’s conspicuous promise to Page that ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming president. At the time, Strzok was overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe into the Trump campaign.”

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“At one point, Trump screamed out, ‘I love you, Lisa! I love you so much! Lisa, she’s [Hillary] going to win one-hundred-million-to-nothing. But just in case she doesn’t win, we’ve got an insurance policy!’”

Personally, I think it is very big of President Trump to just be making a joke of it all.  Perhaps he is just biding his time and waiting for the Inspector General’s (IG’s) report to be released.

In either case, President Trump’s rendition of “the lovers’” conversation is hilarious!

https://youtu.be/qsWwNOGm9Bo

Too funny!!!

Too funny…, but nothing close to orgasmic!

I have no problem calling Strzok and Page treasonous conspirators and traitors to our country and our American democracy.

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“Page spoke exclusively to ‘The Daily Beast’ Sunday in a highly sympathetic profile authored by Molly Jong-Fast [a noted Trump-hater].”

How nice of you to be so sympathetic, Molly.  In over three years, has even one “highly sympathetic” article been published by you or your liberal friends concerning President Trump, his family, or anyone involved with him?

How about just a “sympathetic” article?

A mildly sympathetic article?

How about just an even handed article?

The answers are no, no, no…, and NO!

“In the interview, Page said Trump’s remarks had forced her to confront the president publicly.”

Really?

‘“I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,’ Page said. ‘It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.’”

Ohhh…, it was sooo hard!

You think it’s bad now, Lisa?

Just wait.

And what “power” do you perceive you ever had that you can take back now?

Picture me just shaking my head.

FBI Director Wray And Justice IG Horowitz Testify At Senate Hearing On FBI Report

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“A widely anticipated new report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz into possible FBI misconduct is expected to be released Dec. 9.  Horowitz has reportedly found that an unidentified lower-level FBI lawyer falsified a key document used to obtain a secret surveillance warrant against a former Trump adviser.  But, Page claimed that Trump’s ‘fake orgasm,’ and not the pending IG report, was the reason she decided to come forward.”

Of course not!

Don’t you know everything is Trump’s fault in liberal la la land?!

“Page continued: ‘It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again.”

Poor Lisa.  Imagine how The President felt when he saw the treasonous texts between you and your treasonous extramarital FBI lover.

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“The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world.  He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.’”

Oh, Lisa…, the only thing that’s “sickening” here is the behavior by you and your treasonous extramarital lover. Let’s just get that straight.

Your “career” is a disgrace, and your behavior on the job was disgraceful as well.

Perhaps we can ask Mrs. Strzok or Mr. Page about their perspectives on the matter?

“Separately, Page tweeted, ‘I’m done being quiet.’ In her interview, Page went on to call the president’s remarks ‘intimidating.’”

‘“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States,’ Page said. ‘And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me.’”

Your level of confusion and lunacy is impressive, Lisa.

For being an FBI lawyer, your understanding of the law seems pretty questionable.

And you should be “intimidated” and worried, being the treasonous piece of deep state scum you are.

“The president’s attacks, Page said, affected her day-to-day life.”

Oh really?

Again…, perhaps, Lisa, you and your “treasonous extramarital lover” should not have plotted to take down a duly elected president?

Perhaps then your day-to-day life would not have been affected as much?

Ya think?

‘“I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning,’ Page complained. ‘Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.’”

Wow.

So, you really feel like you’re some kind of victimized heroine who played no part in her own demise?

You actually appear more like a paranoid liberal idiot to me.

“Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, noted in an initial report last year that Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump texts were ‘not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.’”

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That, I would say, would qualify as some sort of illegality…, wouldn’t you say, Mrs. Page?

I mean you’re the lawyer!

“Page said that when internal DOJ investigators said she was under investigation for anti-Trump text messages, she had no idea what they were talking about — and maintained, as Strzok has, that she is capable of separating her personal life from work.”

“No idea what they were talking about?”

No idea whatsoever!

Actually, she means she had “no idea” that all of her treasonous and extramarital texts would be exposed and accessible.

‘“At the end of July in 2017, I am informed by the DOJ Inspector General’s office that I’m under investigation for political text messages and honestly, I have no idea what they’re talking about,’ Page said. ‘I have no recollection. And initially they’re very coy about it. They don’t tell me much about it. I don’t have the first clue what they’re talking about. What I do know is that my text messages will reveal that I had previously had an affair. I’m overwhelmed by dread and embarrassment at the prospect that OIG investigators, Andy [McCabe], and my colleagues, now know or could learn about this deeply personal secret.’”

“I have no recollection!”

This means she doesn’t want to have any “recollection.”

This means she shouldn’t have to have any “recollection.”

And she wouldn’t have to of had any “recollection” if Hillary had won.

Yes folks…, life in the swamp would have remained good for Page and her “lover,” Peter Strzok…, if only Hillary had won.

“Last month, the Department of Justice released documents outlining a slew of ‘security violations’ and flagrantly ‘unprofessional conduct’ by Peter Strzok — including his alleged practice of keeping sensitive FBI documents on his unsecured personal electronic devices, even as his wife gained access to his cellphone and discovered evidence that he was having an affair with Page.”

“Although Strzok claimed to have ‘double deleted’ sensitive FBI materials from his personal devices, his wife nonetheless apparently found evidence of his affair on his cellphone — including photographs and a hotel reservation ostensibly used for a ‘romantic encounter.’ Strzok didn’t consent to turning over the devices for review, according to the DOJ, even as he acknowledged using Apple’s iMessage service for some FBI work.”

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‘“[My wife] has my phone. Read an angry note I wrote but didn’t send you. That is her calling from my phone. She says she wants to talk to [you]. Said we were close friends nothing more,’ one of Strzok’s text to Page read, according to the filing.”

“Your wife left me a vm [voicemail]. Am I supposed to respond? She thinks we’re having an affair. Should I call and correct her understanding? Leave this to you to address?’ Page responded. Strzok’s wife allegedly threatened to send Page’s husband some of the photographs from Strzok’s phone.”

“Strzok then wrote, ‘I don’t know. I said we were close friends and nothing more. She knows I sent you flowers, I said you were having a tough week.’”

Oh what a tangled web we weave!

What can you say?  Liars gonna lie and cheaters gonna cheat!

We are a long way from the end of hearing about “the treasonous lovers,” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Stay tuned!

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Ronald Reagan

It seems that a lot of issues in the news are defined generationally these days.  But I’m not sure we’re always really clear about the generations they’re referring to…, other than our own generation that is!

See if the descriptor for your generation seems to fit or not.

Here’s a look at America’s generations…, who we were and who we are.

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The Greatest Generation

Born 1901-1927

92 years old+

Approximately 2 million

Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book declared the generation that persevered through America’s Great Depression and fought in World War II America’s “Greatest Generation.”  These people believe in personal responsibility, humility, dignity and modesty. The society of their time held itself to a higher standard.  They had a hard work ethic and took great pride in their work as well. “The Greatest Generation” saved everything and are considered very frugal.

For reference sake, the generation before “The Greatest Generation” was named “The Lost Generation.”  They are truly lost.  No one is believed to still be alive who were born in 1900 or before.  The members of the Lost Generation saw the transition from the horse to the automobile.  The Wright Brothers took the first airplane flight. As this generation was coming of age, millions of immigrants poured into the United States, searching for a better life. World War I had a tremendous influence on this generation. It lasted many years, and by the time it had ended, millions of men had been affected by the horrors of battle, and then there was The Great Depression.  This generation developed a real skepticism where the government was concerned.

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The Silent Generation

Born 1928-1945

74 to 91 years old

Approximately 24 million

We don’t hear a lot about this generation, so I guess it’s aptly named. It’s known as the “silent generation” because children of this era were expected to be seen and not heard. Most of them are retired now, but they were hardworking. The silent generation brought the strong work ethic of their parents into the factories of industrialized society. They grew up during lean times, including the Great Depression and World War II. They consider work a privilege, and it shows.  They’re considered the wealthiest generation.  They believe you earn your own way through hard work and they think others should do the same.

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Baby Boomers

Born 1946-1964

55 to 73 years old

Approximately 74 million

“Boomers” also place a high value on their work ethic, and derive most of their self-worth from their work ethic. They live to work.  They are competitive and goal oriented. They want to “make a difference” in the world.

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Generation Xer’s

Born 1965-1981

38 to 54 years old

Approximately 66 million

As opposed to “Boomers,” “Xer’s” work to live.  They value their independence and are driven by results.  They tend to think more globally, adapt well to change, and are eager to learn. They place a high value on education and believe it is needed to succeed.

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Generation Y (Millennials)

Born 1982-1994

25 to 37 years old

Approximately 71 million

Millennials tend to be very transparent and share everything.  They also desire to make an impact somehow.  They are very conscious of fairness and right and wrong, and believe business should be handled ethically this way.  They value diversity and the love technology.  Millennials don’t perform at their best in a traditional work environment.  Technology is at the heart of their problem solving and solutions.

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Generation Z (Centennials)

Born 1995-now

1 to 24 years old

Approximately 90 million

The first generation to grow up entirely with modern technology.  It is all second hand to them.  They are accepting of others and socially transparent, yet individualistic and competitive.  They like to “make things,” and they are entrepreneurial and have an inventive spirit. They consider themselves realists.

In 10 years or so, Generation Z, or “The Centennials” will be controlling the direction of the country.

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Although, according to “The Centennials,” the world is supposed to end by this time due to climate change…, so we may have that going for us!

Either that, or we’ll be hearing more excuses and explanations from these “scientists” as to why we’re still here.

I’m willing to bet on the latter.

Ha!

The more things change the more they stay the same.

There are more current generational issues that may affect us, however.

Julia Limitone of FOXBusiness askes, “Boomer homes to flood US market, but who will buy them?”

Obviously Generation X, Y and Zer’s.

“The U.S. housing market is on the verge of being inundated with homes for sale on a scale that hasn’t been seen since the housing bubble in the mid-2000s.”

“The tsunami [of homes] is being driven by a grim reality: Baby Boomers dying [and downsizing].”

“Four out of 10 U.S. homes are owned by residents age 60 or older, and five out of 10 by residents 55 or older, according to Zillow. Over the next two decades, more than a quarter, or roughly 21 million homes, are likely to be vacated. During the last housing bubble there were only 450,000 new home sales per year, on average.”

So, we’re talking roughly twice as many home becoming available over a given period of time.

The last “housing bubble” included a different set of circumstances, however.  The last “housing bubble” was caused by speculative and risky real estate investment of properties other than peoples’ primary homes.  Here we won’t have people going bankrupt…, we’ll just have people making less of a profit than they were anticipating, and Generation X, Y and Zer’s getting some nice deals on these properties.

It will be far from a “housing market collapse,” or anything of that nature.

Plus people will start to anticipate the potential of these situations to affect their investments, and adjustments will be made gradually over the next 20 years.

The “journalistic know-it-alls” love to sound alarms, in this case about the economy and the real estate market, while most of them are still living and working out of their parent’s home, or sharing an apartment with two other “know-it-alls!”

 

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“Gobble, Gobble, Gobble?” What’s the true story of “Thanksgiving?”

The “Thanksgiving” that The Pilgrims celebrated back in 1621 (almost 400 years ago) may not have been exactly what many of us believe it was, but it was probably pretty close.  Let’s take a look.

The Pilgrims’ first year in this new land had been a very difficult one to say the least, and the ones who were still there were just truly thankful to be alive.  They were also very thankful to the Native American people who helped them to survive in this new land, and of course they were thankful to God as well.

Almost a year earlier the first landing party had arrived at the site of what later became the settlement of Plymouth.  During that first winter, the Mayflower colonists suffered greatly.  45 out of 102 immigrants died that winter.  The following March, the first formal contact occurred with the Indians (or Native Americans).

(Note: All the way back to 1492, and the days of Christopher Columbus, the Native Americans here were referred to as “Indians” because Columbus believed he had landed in India, which was his real target destination at the time.)

Both sides managed to establish a formal treaty of peace. This treaty ensured that each people would not bring harm to the other, and that they would come to each other’s aid in a time of war.

By November 1621, only 53 pilgrims were alive to celebrate the harvest feast which modern Americans now know as “The First Thanksgiving.” Of the original 18 adult women, 13 died the first winter while another died in May. Only four adult women were left alive for the first Thanksgiving.

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This first “Thanksgiving” was really a celebration of survival, a show of goodwill and a way for the settlers to show their appreciation to their Native American neighbors, by sharing a feast with them after their harvest, and before the onset of another winter.

When we think about “Thanksgiving,” it’s all about the food!  Turkey, gravy, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, and pumpkin pie are what most of us would feel is required of a real “Thanksgiving” dinner.  Different families may have certain additional items that have been added to the tradition as well.  But what did the Pilgrims and their guests have to eat at that first “Thanksgiving?”

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Well, the Pilgrims and their guests didn’t have corn, apples, potatoes or even cranberries. No one knows for sure if they even had turkey, although they did eat turkey from time to time.  Ducks or geese would have been more plentiful this time of year.  The only food we know they had for sure was deer (venison).

The feast between The Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag people probably also contained fish, lobster, eels, clams, turnips, berries, pumpkin, and squash.

You didn’t hear any moms or dads yelling at the kids to use their fork either.  Forks weren’t even invented yet!

So where did we get the idea that you have to have turkey and cranberry sauce and such on Thanksgiving?  It was because the people of the Victorian Era prepared Thanksgiving that way.

The Victorian era of history was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign over Britain from 1837 until she died in January of 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, and refined social behavior.  Thanksgiving became a national holiday, beginning in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln issued his presidential Thanksgiving proclamations.  There were actually two of them, one to celebrate Thanksgiving in August, and a second one in November.  Before Lincoln, Americans outside New England did not usually celebrate the holiday.

So there you have it, and remember to say “please” before you ask someone to “pass the eels” this Thanksgiving!

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Note: Thank you to Rick Shenkman, of the History News Network, for contributing to this article.

 

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Sometimes I get the impression that Attorney General William Barr is really competent, but then he opens his mouth and ruins it all!

According to Brooke Singman of Fox News, “AG Barr says Jeffrey Epstein death was result of ‘perfect storm of screw ups.’”

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“Barr, during an interview with the Associated Press late Thursday, said that his concerns about Epstein’s death were prompted by numerous irregularities at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan where he was being held.”

You don’t say?

Yes, Mr. Barr, it was a “perfect storm of screw ups.”  The only difference between us is I believe it was an orchestrated storm, and you apparently believe that, “Aw shucks, isn’t it just amazing how all of these things just happened at the wrong time?”

I get the feeling you want us to assume you can be that gullible, but in reality we know you’re just another screwed-up cog in the machine protecting the elite, the wealthy and the powerful.

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“In August, following Epstein’s death, Barr vowed a comprehensive probe by the FBI and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, amid disturbing revelations from lawyers and others who said failings at the prison had been ignored for years. Now, months into an investigation, Barr says federal investigators have realized there were a ‘series’ of mistakes made that gave Epstein the chance to take his own life.”

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“Barr vowed a comprehensive probe!”

Not just a probe, but a “comprehensive” probe.

Shouldn’t all probes be “comprehensive?”

Just sayin’.

How many of these probes and investigations have been launched?

All they end up being are exhaustive wastes of time that just wither and die out over time, without anyone being held accountable.

So, they accomplish exactly what they are intended to accomplish.

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‘“I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,’ Barr said.”

Of course you “can understand,” Mr. Barr, because the truth here IS the worst case scenario, depending on where you stand, and you know it!

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“Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City in August. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by staff.”

Meaning they made damn sure he was dead this time!

“He was then transported to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, officials said at the time.”

The actual declaration of death is important, as this is what triggers the compensation for a job well done!

“Immediately following his death, the New York City medical examiner ruled that the convicted sex offender took his own life, but questions were raised as to how the wealthy financier could have killed himself while in a high-security facility just two weeks after being placed on suicide watch.”

Oh, yes…, I’m sure the New York City medical examiner couldn’t get that ruling out of his mouth fast enough in order to complete his end of the bargain.

And, yes…, how could Epstein “have killed himself while in a high-security facility just two weeks after being placed on suicide watch?”

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Just let me say…, with complete confidence…, if Jeffrey Epstein were willing to testify he heard President Trump trying to bribe the president of Ukraine, he would still be alive today, and the only way he would possibly die in custody would be if a nuclear bomb was dropped on the correctional center.

“Meanwhile, this week, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the director of the Bureau of Prisons, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who described Epstein’s death as a ‘black eye on the entire Bureau of Prisons,’ testified that FBI investigators probing Epstein’s death are looking into whether a ‘criminal enterprise’ may have played a role.”

Isn’t that nice?  Another layer of denial can never hurt.

And a “black eye” is better that “lights out!”

“Meanwhile, Barr, on Thursday, also sought to tamp down the conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death, with many people questioning whether Epstein really took his own life.”

By all means Mr. Barr, with everything going on in this country right now, make sure you “tamp down the conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s, a disgusting pedophile’s, death!”

What?

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What?

“Barr told the Associated Press that the evidence proves that his death was, in fact, by suicide, adding that he personally reviewed security footage that confirmed that no one entered the area where Epstein was housed the night he died.”

I thought they said the camera(s) on Epstein’s cell were off or turned away from the cell?

If nobody witnessed his “suicide” and there is no video of his cell showing him committing suicide, then there is no evidence that proves “in fact” that he killed himself.

It really gets annoying realizing how stupid these people think we all are.

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“Epstein was placed on suicide watch on July 23 after he was found on his cell floor with bruises on his neck, but was taken off the heightened watch about a week before his death on August 10, meaning he was less closely monitored, but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.”

Ya…, that makes sense…, to take someone off of the heightened suicide watch right after they had just attempted “suicide.”

This too was most probably a botched “involuntary suicide” attempt.

“Epstein was also required to have a cellmate, but was left with none after his cellmate was transferred out of the MCC on August 9—a day before his death.”

Transferred a day before his death?  You don’t say.

Well now…, that is a real coincidence, isn’t it?

‘“I think it was important to have a roommate in there with him and we’re looking into why that wasn’t done, and I think every indication is that was a screw-up,’ Barr said. ‘The systems to assure that was done were not followed.’”

Again…, just let me say…, with COMPLETE confidence…, if Jeffrey Epstein were willing to testify he heard President Trump trying to bribe the president of Ukraine, he would still be alive today, and the only way he would possibly die would be if a nuclear bomb was dropped on the correctional center.

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“Epstein’s death ended the possibility of a trial that would have involved prominent figures and sparked widespread anger that he wouldn’t have to answer for sexual abuse allegations of minors. But even after his death, federal prosecutors in New York are continuing to investigate the allegations against him.”

Only to insure that none of these allegations pose any further threat to any of those “prominent figures.”

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“In July, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s. Epstein pleaded not guilty in federal court. Epstein allegedly created and maintained a ‘vast network’ and operation from 2002 ‘up to and including’ at least 2005 that enabled him to ‘sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls’ in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.”

“Prosecutors also alleged that Epstein ‘worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates’ who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansions in New York City and Palm Beach, Fla.”

You forgot to mention those “prominent figures.”  I’m sure it was an honest mistake.

“Victims would be paid hundreds of dollars in cash by either Epstein or one of his associates or employees, according to prosecutors. The 66-year-old also allegedly ‘incentivized his victims’ to become recruiters by paying victim-recruiters hundreds of dollars for each girl brought to him.”

“Epstein was once friends with former President Bill Clinton, President Trump and Britain’s Prince Andrew (birds of a feather flock together), who, amid allegations, this week revealed that he asked Queen Elizabeth if he could ‘step back’ from his public duties.”

A wise move Prince.  It would behoove you to fly under the radar for a while.

“Slick Willie,” of course, doesn’t have those concerns, as the fake news media here is willing to look the other way and ignore his sins.

“Documents unsealed in the case against Epstein, the day before he died, revealed that Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a key witness, claimed that Epstein forced her to have sex with powerful men, including former Sen. George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson.”

“Both Mitchell and Richardson have denied the allegations.”

You don’t say?

“Barr said the Justice Department is still investigating the circumstances that led to his death.”

Oh, yes…, they’re just investigating so hard you wouldn’t believe it!

‘“They are definitely pushing things along,’ Barr said. ‘I’ll just say there is good progress being made, and I’m hopeful in a relatively short time there will be tangible results.’”

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I’m sorry Mr. Barr, but that there is just is a lie, sir. You’re not hoping for “tangible results…,” you’re hoping that most people will be willing to buy your eventual line of BS.

The “cleaning-up” of “the swamp,” “the establishment,” “the privileged,” may be too tall of an order to expect President Trump to accomplish.  In fact, I’m sure it is.  In truth, he really doesn’t have many allies in this endeavor, and he gets ambushed and sold out at every turn.

All we can really hope to expect is his best continued effort.

ANY clean-up efforts you can provide are more than we could expect from anyone else in your position.

Thank you, Mr. President.

 

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My first edition of MrEricksonRules’ “Swampy” Nursey Rhymes!

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An Ode to Peter Strzok, ala “Peter, Peter pumpkin eater”

 

Peter, Peter lyin’ cheater,

Had a wife but was a creeper;

He blew her off so very well

And put her through a living hell.

Peter, Peter lyin’ cheater,

Lisa Paige she was his sleeper;

Peter learned to text so well,

With his lover he did tell.

 

He told her of his insurance plan

And how their coup would beat the man.

 

They did this as they dreamed away,

Of how Hillary would win the day.

 

Now soon the deep state will pay the price,

For their treasonous behavior, they’re now in the vice.

 

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A tribute to Adam Schiff, said to “Pop goes the weasel!”

 

Claiming Trump is guilty again,

With evidence he does teasle.

That’s the way Adam Schiff goes,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

Every time we turn around,

The fake news it does teasle,

Each Schiff-ty lie they do decry,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

Now an impeachment dream we hear him scream,

With so-called evidence the “witnesses” teasle,

Lie and lie and cry and cry,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

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James Comey’s Theme Song, sung to “Bingo”

 

There was a Bureau led byyy a tool,

and Comey was his name-o.

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

And Comey was his name-o.

 

He spied on his boss and played a fool,

and Comey was his name-o.

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

And Comey was his name-o.

 

He acted tough and thought he was cool,

and Comey was his name-o.

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

And Comey was his name-o.

 

About the coup he led the school,

and Comey was his name-o.

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

And Comey was his name-o.

 

For treason he’ll be judged by rule,

and Comey was his name-o.

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

C-O-M-E-Y

And Comey was his name-o.

 

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The ballad of Chuck and Nancy, said to May had a little lamb

 

Chuckie knew a snarky witch,

Her teeth were white as snow,

And everywhere that Chuckie went

This witch was sure to go;

She followed him to a meeting one day—

And tried to lay down the rule,

It made the fake news laugh and say,

Nancy, don’t play the fool.

 

And so the Pres he turned them out,

But still she lingered near,

And waited patiently there about,

Till Chuckie did appear;

They spun their story like they always do

Lying straight to all our faces.

They act like they’re noble but they don’t know,

We think they’re both disgraces!

 

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A quick little blurb about Joe Biden to “Georgie Porgie”

 

Joey Biden, pudding and pie,

Groped the girls and made them cry,

When the girls cried “not today!”

Joey Biden ran away.

 

 

Hey…, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!

I  hope you enjoyed this first edition of MrEricksonRules’ “Swampy” Nursey Rhymes!

Stay tuned for my second edition in the near future.  I’m working on some good ones already!

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WINNING!

 

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What are the implications of “ballot harvesting?”

First of all, what is “ballot harvesting?”

Luis Gomez of the San Diego Union-Tribune say, ‘“Ballot harvesting’ is political jargon for a practice in which organized workers or volunteers collect absentee ballots from certain voters and drop them off at a polling place or election office.”

Prior to 2016, turning in absentee ballots was restricted to just relatives of or those living in the same household as the voter.

Since 2016, any person is allowed to collect a mail-in ballot, or thousands of mail-in ballots, from voters and turn in the mail ballot to a polling place or the registrar’s office.

Can you begin to see the potential problems here?

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While critics of the new absentee ballot laws are complaining about the potential for voter fraud, the proponents of the new laws say it allows more eligible citizens to participate in elections.  Ya…, even those “eligible citizens” who had no intention of voting, or better yet…, “eligible citizens” who aren’t “eligible,” or those “eligible citizens” who aren’t even “citizens,” or those “eligible citizens” who aren’t even real, live, people!

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The Heritage Foundation calls it the “tool of choice for vote thieves.”

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In California, ballot harvesting was used to flip seven Republican seats to the Democratic column in 2018.

According to former congressman and Fox News contributor, Jason Chaffetz, “The indication that ballot harvesting made the difference in California can be found in the vote proportions. Studies of absentee voters have consistently shown they tend to reflect the population or lean slightly to the right. But when ballot harvesting was deployed in California, we saw late ballots break heavily for Democrats.”

“Take, for example, the race between former Republican Rep. David Valadao and Democrat T. J. Cox in California’s rural 21st district. When polls closed, Valadao led Cox by 6,000 votes — or 8 percent. That margin was wide enough for media outlets to call the race for Valadao.”

“However, late ballots delivered by third-party groups broke so heavily for Cox that he ultimately eked out an 843-vote victory. The results after ballot harvesting were very different from the polling before the race and since.”

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So the new election game plan is to see how many votes your candidate is losing by after all of the conventional votes have been cast, then go back and produce as many absentee ballot votes as you need to win.

Brilliant!

Too bad it’s also cheating and illegal.

What is the voting scenario going to be if both parties decide to partake of this practice?

First the traditional voting takes place…, then one party produces enough votes to jump ahead…, then the other party produces enough votes to jump back ahead…, then the other party, then the other party, and so on and so on.

When would the voting end?

With this scenario, we could have 500,000 votes cast in a district with only 200,000 eligible voters!

Something needs to be done about this whole absentee ballot situation.

I’d like to refer to a couple of my previous blogs to offer-up some answers.

The first blog is from November 5, 2018, and is titled, “It’s not “just” one vote.  It’s MY one vote!”

If the American people lose confidence in the integrity of our election system, we are one big step closer to our republic dissolving right before our eyes.

We hear about examples of voter fraud, and liberals (And please note: The issue of voter fraud is almost exclusively synonymous with liberals/democrats) are always quick to discount our voter fraud concerns as “not that prevalent,” “inconsequential,” “unfounded,” or “very rare.”  Then they will quickly turn the discussion to the “real” problem, in their minds, of voter suppression, which truly is virtually a non-existent problem.

Anyone who wants to vote in this country surely gets every opportunity to do so.

Can you imagine how quickly the “biased, liberal, fake news media” would jump on any credible case of voter suppression?

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I rest my case.

Okay.  Back to the concerns about voter fraud.

The big question is how many fraudulent votes are acceptable?

Who’s going to the first one to stand up and volunteer to have their vote cancelled out by a fraudulent vote?

Not me.

And I’m guessing not you either.

The right to vote in a free and fair election is our most basic civil right, and one on which many other rights of the American people depend.

Our government should be able to guarantee that every eligible individual who wants to vote can, and that no one’s vote is stolen or discounted.

Voter fraud is real and hundreds of convictions have been made and documented.

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According to The Heritage Foundation:

Contrary to the claims of many liberals, the problem of voter fraud is as old as the country itself.  As the U.S. Supreme Court noted when it upheld Indiana’s voter identification law in 2008, “flagrant examples” of voter fraud “have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.”

Attempts to commandeer election results have been documented dating back to the 1800’s.  In one New York election in 1844, 55,000 votes were recorded even though there were only 41,000 eligible voters. Decades later, these efforts have continued and determined fraudsters have become only more creative in their efforts to fix the outcome of elections.

So what are the different types of election fraud that liberals use in an attempt to undermine our election system?  Well, here they are:

Impersonation fraud at the polls: Voting in the name of other legitimate voters and voters who have died, moved away, lost their right to vote for some reason, but remain registered.

False registrations: Voting under fraudulent voter registrations that either use a phony name and a real or fake address or claim residence in a particular jurisdiction where the registered voter does not actually live and is not entitled to vote.

Duplicate voting: Registering in multiple locations and voting in the same election in more than one jurisdiction or state.

Fraudulent use of absentee ballots: Requesting absentee ballots and voting without the knowledge of the actual voter; or obtaining the absentee ballot from a voter and either filling it in directly and forging the voter’s signature or illegally telling the voter who to vote for.

Buying votes: Paying voters to cast either an in-person or absentee ballot for a particular candidate.

Illegal “assistance” at the polls: Forcing or intimidating voters, particularly the elderly, disabled, illiterate, and those for whom English is a second language, to vote for particular candidates while supposedly providing them with “assistance.”

Ineligible voting: Illegal registration and voting by individuals who are not U.S. citizens, or are otherwise not eligible to vote.

Manipulating someone’s vote automatically at the voting machine.

Altering the vote count: Changing the actual vote count either in a precinct or at the central location where votes are counted.

Altering the vote count: Changing the actual vote count either in a precinct or at the central location where votes are counted.

So, who is responsible for ensuring the integrity of our elections?

Each state is generally responsible for the administration of its own electoral systems, including elections for federal office.  This being the case, I feel we open ourselves up to many problems, mostly because the states don’t have access to national databases, which presents the possibility of citizens being registered in multiple states and voting in multiple states.

Of course MrEricksonRules has his own remedy for all of our voting integrity woes!

First, our government needs to establish a new national holiday called “Election Day,” of course.  This would offer everyone every opportunity and ample time to vote.  Especially those people who work for a living.

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There would be no “early” voting.  All voting would occur on Election Day.

All voting machines would be identical, and issued to the states by the federal government.

Polling stations would be manned by current federal and/or state employees.  This would give us a level of accountability we currently don’t have.

All votes would have to be cast in person.  The practice of using absentee ballots would be discontinued.  Military personnel would vote at their duty stations and their votes would be routed to their corresponding state based on a military database.  Others unable to be in their “home” state to vote on Election Day would be able to cast a provisional ballot in the state they were physically in, then each state would then be responsible for sending these votes to their respective states.  These votes would only be counted if the total number of provisional votes could potentially change the outcome of the election.

Every adult individual would be required to obtain a Federal Voter Identification Card, if they want to vote.

An initial “national voter database” would be established by cross referencing the IRS database, national military databases, national benefit databases, Social Security databases, along with Medicare and Medicaid databases.

Initial Federal Voter Identification Cards would then be mailed out based on this database.  People not receiving cards by a given date would then be responsible for acquiring a card at designated state or federal locations.

Any person voting who could not be verified on the national voter database would be casting a provisional ballot.

Once you have voted, this would be entered into the national voting database, which would limit you from voting again, in the current election.

There you go.

Problem solved.

Any other problems or issues of national importance may be submitted at any time to Mr. Erickson at MrEricksonRules.com.

“The right to vote cannot come before the integrity of the vote.  They have to go hand in hand.” – Mr. Erickson

Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union (Russia) from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, said, “It doesn’t matter how many people vote, only who counts the votes.”

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“We do not have government by the majority.  We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” – President Teddy Roosevelt

The second blog is from August 7, 2018, and is titled, “Voting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say ‘one vote per citizen’ till it be morrow.” ― Will Shakespeare (not to be confused with William Shakespeare)

While there are many groups and organizations out there that deal with the right to vote, there are not many out there that promote our right to make sure our vote counts.

Which is more serious, obstructing someone’s right to vote or negating someone’s vote with an illegal ballot?

I would argue that both scenarios are just as serious in their own rights.

I feel the penalties for defrauding our voting systems should be increased significantly.  The penalties for tampering with votes should be quite severe in any case.

Just as violating someone’s civil rights to cast a vote is a serious crime, with stiff penalties, so too it should be a very serious crime to negate, or steal, the vote of others by casting illegal/fraudulent ballots.

If we as a country cannot be confident in the integrity of our elections, we are on a slippery slope towards anarchy.

Our voting laws and procedures should also strike a balance between the right to vote and the right to have your vote count.

All US citizens should be eligible to vote, of course, along with the following considerations:

There should be no early voting.  Voting should take place on one day.  This one day should be a national holiday, so everyone has time to vote.

There should be no absentee voting or mail-in ballots, except for people serving our military or government overseas, and this should be strictly controlled.

A photo ID should be required.  Either a driver’s license or a state ID card, with an address of residence.

Along with the photo ID, a social security card should also be presented, identifying the person as a US citizen.

A federal election should be covered by federal election laws, not differing state laws.

Just recently I read an article by Lukas Mikelionis of Fox News.  In his article, he points out that, “The names of non-US citizens are increasingly being found on our voter rolls, thanks to covert registration methods, with nothing actually stopping them from casting a ballot in an election.”

In a recent example, Mikelionis relates the story of Elizaveta Shuvalova, a Russian citizen who became a U.S. citizen only last year in 2017, but was oddly registered as an eligible voter in 2012 and added to the San Francisco voter rolls, according to The Washington Times.

“She was perplexed to find herself in the voter rolls, saying she wasn’t an American citizen and didn’t even register to vote.”

“‘I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life,’ Shuvalova told the paper. ‘This is news to me.’”

He went on to explain that, “The woman’s voter log shows that she signed up as a Democrat in July 2012.  In 2016, her registration was canceled after she informed election authorities that she wasn’t eligible to vote because she wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen.”

(Hmm, she was illegally signed up to vote as a democrat of all things!  How unusual…NOT!)

“‘This is definitely a shocker to me.  It is like an identity fraud because this is not coming from me,’ the woman, who identifies as a Democrat, said. ‘Like I told you, I haven’t even been a citizen during that time frame.  So what can we do about it?’”

“But the case of Shuvalova is part of a larger concern some groups have when it comes to the integrity of our elections.  They claim that stories like hers are a common occurrence in many parts of the country.”

“The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a nonprofit specializing in election integrity, found that non-Americans are being added to voter rolls in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia as well.”

“For instance, in 2017, the group found that nearly 5,600 people on the voter rolls in Virginia were deemed as non-citizens, with a third of them voting in previous elections.”

(That equates to 5,600 actual citizens being robbed of their vote by having their vote cancelled out in many cases!)

“‘All of this could have been prevented if states actually verified citizen eligibility upfront,’ said PILF research director Logan Churchwell.”

“John Arntz, director of the San Francisco Department of Elections, told the Times that a signed registration card was submitted to the office to qualify the woman as a signer of the petition.  He added that activists often distribute registration cards along with their petitions.”

“Normally, election authorities should check the registration application with other databases such as the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the secretary of state’s office to ensure the person is a citizen.”

(Yes, Mr. Arntz, checking these databases should be done, but apparently it isn’t being done, and you don’t seemed too overly concerned about it either.)

“The San Francisco election official said that Shuvalova could have easily gotten away with voting in elections before 2016 and she probably would have remained on the voter rolls as an eligible voter had she not informed officials.”

(Just another example of those damn Russians, oops, I mean those damn Democrats, meddling in our elections!)

“But Arntz told the Times that the woman’s story isn’t a reflection on whole the integrity of the election system.  (Of course it isn’t!)  ‘If it was a problem, this would be an issue that comes up every election or something we would have experienced more through time.  But it doesn’t,’ he said.”

(Oh, it happens alright.  You just haven’t been forced to acknowledge it until now.)

“‘I can’t remember forwarding an allegation that someone was a non-citizen who registered to vote or did vote,’ Arntz said.  He added that, ‘Nobody in San Francisco has yet been prosecuted for being a non-citizen on the voter rolls.”

(Yes, Mr. Arntz, and therein lies the problem.)

Tampering with the vote is an insidious crime that is like a cancer attacking the soul of our country.  This cancer must be dealt with, and it must be dealt with harshly and in no uncertain terms.

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