"Philosophy is common sense with big words." President James Madison
In this age, there have risen up in America, men who speak perverse things. There are many that trouble us with their philosophies and novel interpretations, by which they deny the doctrines they profess to teach and undermine the faith and purpose they are pledged to maintain.
It is well that some of us, who know what we believe and have no secret meanings for our words, should just put our foot down and maintain our standing, holding forth the word of life, and plainly declare the foundational truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (Philippians 2:16-18).
Let me give you a parable given by Charles Spurgeon.
In the days of Nero, there was great shortness of food in the city of Rome, although there was an abundance of corn to be purchased at Alexandria. A certain man who owned a vessel went down to the seacoast, and there he noticed many hungry people straining their eyes toward the sea, watching for the vessels that were to come from Egypt with corn. When these vessels came to the shore, one by one, the poor people wrung their hands in bitter disappointment, for on board the galleys there was nothing but sand which the tyrant emperor had compelled them to bring for use in the arena. It was infamous cruelty when men were dying of hunger to command trading vessels to go to and fro, and bring nothing else but sand for gladiatorial shows, when wheat was so greatly needed. Then the merchant whose vessel was moored by the quay said to his shipmaster, "Take thou good heed that thou bring nothing back with thee from Alexandria but corn; and whereas, aforetime thou hast brought in the vessel a measure or two of sand, bring thou not so much as would lie upon a penny this time. Bring thou nothing else, I say, but wheat: for these people are dying, and now we must keep our vessels for this one business of bringing food for them." Alas! I have seen certain mighty galleys of late loaded with nothing but mere sand of philosophy and speculation, and I have said within myself, "Nay, but I will bear nothing in my ship but the revealed truth of God, the bread of life so greatly needed by the people."
Bringing it to the present, I have noticed in recent years that we have some men on the scene who claim to give the answers to America’s godless issues without making reference to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that brings about the resolve to the issues (Deuteronomy 4). That is like asking the fallen sinner (without Grace) to instruct and educate the people in righteousness. How that works I don't know. Yet, as long as the American people have teachers to tickle their itching ears, I guess that the resolve to the lawless issues matters not to many in our country (2 Timothy 4:3-4). How foolish. Let me describe a few...
In America today we have a very popular Jewish man who loves to debate and play the answer man to college students across the country. He is a man championed by the conservatives (yesterday’s liberals) of the day with a mouth that spills out vulgarities (James 1:26; Ephesians 4:29). I ask, what is the lesson that he wants listeners to learn? This guy does a great job of tearing down misconceptions and propaganda in one part while propping up immorality in another (Galatians 5:9).
This guy wears a Kippah (skull cap) while "educating" Americans on conservatism, and all the while denying the deity of Christ. This is like the scientist discovering God's Creation, and then denying the Creator and taking praise unto one’s self as a teacher that need educate the creation.
CONSERVATIVE, adjective, Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.
Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men" (Matthew 5:13).
Salt is a preservative to stop putrification.
The meaning of Christ's words is that the salt represents those of great worth and reliability in the honoring of God's Word without compromise.
It seems almost inevitable, as a law of nature, that a man who is not sound in his life cannot be sound in his judgment. Yet, the people in America put this "conservative" speaker as so. Wisdom will not long hold a seat in the head of that man who has yielded up his heart to folly. A pure theology and a loose morality will never blend.
Then, we have another man who wears sunglasses and dressed up like he is from the 1990s. During his question and answer session to college students, he acts out as if he is some sort of pop culture star when, in fact, he is a full-fledged sodomite (even defending pedophilia) with a whore’s forehead claiming to speak on the behalf of those who call themselves conservatives. He advocates that which God condemns and yet, people act out as if it is wisdom on our part to follow the blind and rebellious. I say that if the ditch is the place where you want to end up, then keep listening, keep following the blind.
The list goes on…
We have a couple more that claim to be preachers who use innuendo and filth every step of the way. It's not a good position to put themselves in (Exodus 20:7) What Bible are these reprobates reading?
Today's Tea Party favorites across the country claim to be some sort of standard among Americans and behind closed doors I have seen are godless, adultery committing drinking hypocrites (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Or how about them favorites on the radio or television that have sold their souls to the golden calves of the day (sponsor's) who are just UNWILLING to say and do what needs to be said and done. Matthew 23:3. This is why Americans are losing ground year after year, and why it is their backs are up against the wall. Shameful.
These are also the same people giving you the same talking points given to them by the CIA controlled media. Dividing Americans one against another, the left vs the right, the Democrats vs the Republicans, socialists vs the conservatives etc.. Mark 3:25
Remember, Jesus said "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
When know that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 So as Americans we need get back to the Book (the Bible) that will point the way to victory that God promises, yet on His term, not on ours. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Many of these men are, without a doubt, very intellectual and at the same time very carnal. Let me remind you that God speaks to the heart and not the head. Furthermore, it is simplicity that is in Christ. A child is the model of Heaven (Matthew 18:2-4), not some intellectual philosopher, which by the way in many instances is nothing more than a man giving forth big words with common sense meaning.
How many times these sort of men are found to be without understanding. How could they when it goes no further than their heads and through their mouths? Titus 1:16 Why? Because they cannot quite explain what they do not understand from the heart.
Without the Spirit of God and the Sword of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:12), they are ministering from their own wicked hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), like fighting with a wooden blunt sword. If they preach not the Word of God in the power of the Holy Ghost, I am here to tell you that they are fools for their pains in the effort (2 Corinthians 3:6).
Don’t forget, friends, that you will never go beyond those who you allow to teach you. Know who you follow, know who you listen to and pay attention to those you allow to influence you. Ask yourself, what do those you follow stand for, and mark this, you will not go beyond those you allow to teach you. Christ is the Bread of Life (John 6:35), which feeds men’s souls, as well as sets men free. That is, of course, if you follow Him and Him alone (John 8:36; John 14:6).
“If you want to change the future you are going to have to trouble the present.”-William Booth
Before I begin, I need to make clear that the best leaders are the best followers, and that of the Christ (John 14:6). With that said, isn't it funny how things work in this world, it seems like when you do the wrong thing before God and man, somehow people seem to give it a pass. Yet, when you begin to do the right things and obey God and love man according to the Word of God, all of a sudden, the world acts like you're doing something wrong.
After I got saved, as they say (John 3:3), I remember my mother calling me up and saying, “The family wants to know what is wrong with you.”
"What’s wrong with me?" I laughingly replied. I said, "Mom, when I was in the rock n roll world doing the things that I was doing, nobody said anything, and no one had a problem with what I was doing, that is until I started to emulate (obey) Jesus Christ" (1 John 2:6).
This reminds me of when I gave a prayer at the state capital in Minnesota. After the prayer was over, I had a minister come up to me and tell me that I could not be dropping the “J” (Jesus) word in the capital. I said that the reason I dropped the “J” word was because you haven’t in 40 years (Romans 1:16).
What of public high schools across the country that we have been going into in order to educate the youth as to who we are, and not what the revisionists and propagandists would have them believe that we are. We have shown the young people that abortion is murder and that 58 million babies have been murdered since 1973 under the guise of woman’s choice (Proverbs 6:17).
We got kicked out of a public school for reinforcing America’s value’s by teaching the US Constitution.
We have taught that homosexuality is an abomination, and how it is a felony in every state in our union (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Jude 1:7).
How true Scripture is when it declares:
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
No wonder why the reprobates and hypocrites thought that the Christians who were following the living Christ were turning the world upside down in the book of Acts. They were, in fact, turning the world right side up (Acts 17:6).
Identifying the genuine from the counterfeit
Last week, I had a woman come up to me at my last meeting in Amery, Wisconsin. She said that she did her research on me and said that the media really attacked me. I responded with, "Of course they did, and of course they still do." They are being exposed for who they are and they do not like it. (John 15:22).
I told her that there are too many counterfeits, self-proclaimed leaders, out there who care more about saving face, than they do the souls of men (Luke 19:10), as well as saving their country. Apparently they have a reputation to keep up. Philippians 2:7-9
These are those that sit behind the status of some sort of church or political leader of the pack. Yet, you do not see any warfare or opposition around them and why? because they have simply forsaken the cross. There is no absolutes with these people. They are people pleasers and nothing more. After all you can always tell what a man stands for by the enemies that he has.
They hide behind a microphone day after day. Yet, they fail to confront the issues that needed to be confronted. The reason they don't is because they are guilty of what they fail to confront!
They are paper tigers. They can write all big and bad but when it comes to what someone else should do. However, when it is time for them to put boots on the ground, they are simply missing in action (MIA). These are willing to live in the freest country in the world as long as it is not them that have to sacrifice to maintain it.
There is also a group of people out there that have to be friends with everyone (and have to apologize to any that they may have told the truth lest they should convict them unto godly repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10) as they congregate week after week deceiving themselves into believing that they are demanding a lawful change just as long as it does not offend anyone (Matthew 5:10).
As a matter of fact, these counterfeits will be the first ones to get angry with and denounce and attack the ones that are sent by the Spirit of God (Galatians 4:29).
Maybe this group of people should ask their enemies for instructions as to how change is brought about, and in a righteous sense reverse the lawlessness-taking place in this country (Matthew 24:12).
These groups of people are simply enemies of the cross of Christ and know not the power of God unto salvation (Philippians 3:18).
Furthermore, I said to this woman that this is how you can tell who the genuine Christians are that are in the fight and those who are counterfeits.
When the church and the world can jog comfortably along together, you can be sure something is wrong. The world has not compromised—its spirit is exactly the same as it ever was. If Christians were equally as faithful to the Lord, separated from the world (2 Corinthians 6:17), and living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness, the world would hate them as much as it ever did. (John 7:7) It is the church that has compromised, not the world. – Catherine Booth
The way to gauge those who are actually taking ground for the kingdom is to see who is in the midst of a continuous warfare (always in trouble, slandered, lied about, defamed etc) fighting the good fight of faith because they trust in the living God (Matthew 11:12; 1 Timothy 6:12).
John Calvin said, “Whomsoever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.” And of course to the counterfeit's this is foreign.
“No man is above the Law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. –President Theodore Roosevelt
If there is one thing that bothers me is when a politician, who is guilty of committing a crime, is caught up and exposed in some sort of scandal, that the American people throw out justice because of their lack of understanding of what the law states in our US Constitution. They then fall in line with the propaganda the CIA-controlled media puts out that corrupt politicians are somehow above the very laws that they have sworn to uphold. This is why they believe, as a demigod would, that they are above the law (Isaiah 14:12-15).
The preamble to the United States Constitution states,
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice…"
And yet, when a criminal politician is found out Americans are taught to say that he or she should just simply resign. That is like a career criminal being found out by the police and instead of prosecuting him they simply ask him to resign. Friends, this only adds insult to injury to the laws in which they are to uphold. Because it gives permission to them to live above the law, making the Law their servant rather than their master. This is completely unjust and backward (Isaiah 59:14).
Americans have also taken on that if a politician violates the law, even the smallest of infractions, that there is nothing that they can do until his tenure is up. That is like the police waiting for the criminal to finish the job before incarcerating him. This is completely and utterly false (Hosea 4:6).
Like President Roosevelt stated, “No man is above the Law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it."
The US Constitution states in Article 2, Section 4:
Disqualification. The President, Vice President and ALL civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
When a new Representative is elected to office, he or she takes an oath that lists many responsibilities. Abuse of power or failure to uphold these responsibilities cannot be tolerated.
The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the God-given right to impeach the offender.
Impeachment means that a charge of misconduct (1 John 3:4) is filed against the offender. A majority of the members of the House must vote for these charges in order to impeach the offender.
After the charges of misconduct are filed, the Senate has the power to try impeachment cases like a court. Two-thirds of the senators must vote for conviction. The offender may be removed from office and never allowed to hold a government position again if he is found guilty.
Process of Impeachment
Being formally accused of unlawful activity, committing a crime
Not necessarily being kicked out of office
Who can be Impeached? Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution
“President, Vice-President, and all civil officers of the United States”
Civil Officers include people appointed by the President (cabinet members and judges)
Members of Congress are NOT civil officers
Process of Impeachment
Justice Department or an independent council investigates charges & presents them to the House Judiciary Committee
House Judiciary Committee (HJC) reviews evidence
HJC drafts Articles of Impeachment
HJC debates Articles of Impeachment (Nixon)
Entire House of Representatives debates Articles of Impeachment & votes on them (Simple Majority)
If this happens, President is considered impeached.
Senate holds the Trial "Will the official be kicked out of office"
House Judiciary Committee acts as the prosecution-- presents evidence against the accused
Accused chooses own lawyers to present defense
Chief Justice of Supreme Court acts as Judge and rules on admissibility of evidence
Senate acts as the Jury
A 2/3 majority of the Senate must vote against accused to remove the person from office.
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson occurred in 1868, when the United States House of Representatives resolved to impeach President Andrew Johnson, adopting eleven articles of impeachment detailing his "high crimes and misdemeanors," in accordance with Article Two of the United States Constitution. The House's primary charge against Johnson was violation of the Tenure of Office Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in March 1867, over the president's veto. Specifically, he had removed from office Edwin M. Stanton, the Secretary of War—whom the Act was largely designed to protect—and attempted to replace him with Brevet Major General Lorenzo Thomas (Earlier, while Congress was not in session, Johnson had suspended Stanton and appointed General Ulysses S. Grant as secretary of war ad interim).
President Richard Nixon resigned from office rather than face impeachment charges in the Watergate scandal in 1974 (Pedophile ring).
President Bill Clinton became the second president to be impeached by the House in 1998. Later, the Senate found him not guilty (China Gate).
That is NOT ALL
After the impeachment process is complete, then comes in prosecution, not a resignation only to encourage the next politician to commit the same crimes. (Proverbs 16:6) Prosecution for the laws that they have transgressed!
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law. -ARTICLE I, SECTION 3, CLAUSE 7
“War is delightful to those who had no experience of it.” – Desiderius Erasmus
First and foremost, I come from a military family. My grandpa was in World War I, my uncles were in World War II, my Father was in Korea, my cousin was killed in Vietnam and my brothers were in the US Army and Air Force. So, without a doubt, I honor the American military, but let’s be clear here, in righteousness, not in unrighteousness (Isaiah 51:4). I honor those that magnify the enumerated laws found within our US Constitution, not those who blindly follow behind corrupt politicians and fight for their unlawful ends.
Ever since I can remember (I am sure you do as well), corrupt politicians in this country have been at war with other countries. I have seen war after war after war, decade after decade -
I wonder if those who were doing the fighting would be fighting at all had they taken the time to know the US Constitution, which reveals what and who they are fighting for (Romans 3:20). For the most part, the wars above are unconstitutional and illegal.
America has been at war 93% of the time since its inception, that is 222 years out of the 242 years since 1776. The United States has been at peace for less than 20 years since its birth.
Notice as to whom is doing the fighting? Your Grandfathers, your Fathers, your brothers, your cousins, your neighbors or perhaps your mothers, sisters or even yourself, etc.
Guess who is not doing the fighting? The politicians who are working on the behalf of the special interest groups such as the bankers, Military Industrial Complex, etc.. In short, they are those who are responsible for creating the wars!
To be quite frank, I am sick and tired of the lies (Remember, truth is always the first casualty in war) thrown on the American people in order to fight their unconstitutional wars. Who do you think is funding these wars? The American taxpayers are! Then those who began the wars end up profiting from them.
Politicians, of course, with the help of the CIA-controlled media, are lying to you on a daily basis. They are the very ones that are accusing and casting into the minds of Americans, that the leaders of other countries are dictators, that they are evil and monstrous and must be dealt with or else. All the while, these same politicians are hoping that you forget that they are the ones who are consistently lying to you. They are also those who will not raise a hand to help in the war that they created and want you to believe is a just war.
Maybe the American government (We the People) should judge within before judging without! (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
First, stop Washington D.C.!
This government sends innocent boys over to fight their unconstitutional wars in a third world country, while they are given a pass, as they commit the same crimes against Americans here in the homeland. Hypocrites! (Matthew 23:3)
Hopefully, this will explain as to why so many foreign countries hate America. They hate America because of what Americans have let their representatives do to their perspective countries unlawfully.
I say that if politicians and special interest groups want war, then let’s throw them all in a cage and fight it out to the death.
If they claim that that is absurd and ridiculous, then you will know that it is not a war worth fighting.
This is why it is important, regardless if you are in the US military, the police force, civil government or in any other capacity of a representative government, to know what the US Constitution says. We should all follow the reference as to what is legal and what is illegal (Exodus 20) in the sight of God, first and foremost, and unto men (1 John 5:2).
Those that serve “We the People,” in any capacity, must remember what they swore in their oath to uphold:
“I, (Name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” -5 U.S. Code § 3331 - Oath of office/Deuteronomy 23:23
Notice that when swearing the oath to serve “We the People,” it states both “foreign and domestic;” domestic meaning here in America, such as unconstitutional and unlawful enforcements here that go against our Constitution. Unlawful enforcements such as illegal searches and seizures and door-to-door disarmament, etc. - are all illegal!
These orders are illegal and the individuals that gave such orders are to be lawfully dealt with (Article 2, Section 4, US Constitution).
So, it is important to know who and what you are fighting for rather than just blindly falling in line with that which may be illegal again, both here and abroad.
During the Vietnam War, it was widely circulated that the politicians were very eager to send America’s finest, whose names came up during the draft lottery, that is until their children's names were pulled up. Then, the war soon ended.
It is true that a politician is willing to lay down your life and the lives of others for his country. Yet, not when it comes to his own life or the lives of those close to him. If that be the case, which it has been so many times in the past, their unconstitutional orders MUST BE RESISTED! When the law is obeyed, they cannot have another unlawful and unconstitutional war.
If everyone catches onto the point being made here, not only will the illegal orders to go to war be RESISTED AND DENIED, but the American people will also lawfully deal with the corrupt politicians. (Article 2, Section 4, US Constitution)
“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.” — Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials
Again, I say then that if the politicians want war, let’s send them to war, for you know as well as I do that will be the very method in which war will cease.
How is it that anyone can fight on the behalf of those that kill, steal, and destroy for profit (John 10:10) and advocate for war when you know that they are lying to you?
Listen to what these men had to say of our American military (Our grandpas, our fathers, our uncles, our brothers, our neighbors, our mothers, our sisters etc). Former National Security Advisor and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said:"
“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”
General Smedley Butler said:
“Our boys were sent off to die with beautiful ideals painted in front of them. No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason they were marching off to kill and die.”
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall-street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
And this all coming from the General that said, “I wouldn’t go to war again (After knowing what was going on within) as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.”
There are only two things we should fight for, one is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
Maybe this explains why America has 700 military bases in over 146 countries.
Where, I ask, in the US Constitution is it the job of the American Government to police the world? Where is it the duty of those that serve in any capacity to throw off the US Constitution and to obey tyrannical orders and fight their wars? I cannot find it!
Often, wars are fought without congressional approval, and why? Because they know that if the people knew the truth of the matter, they would not approve of such measures and fight.
Don’t forget that those that do their bidding in un-Constitutional wars are just as guilty as them that are giving the unlawful orders.
When the American people realize who needs to be lawfully dealt with, they are going to find that the problem is in Washington D.C. rather than some created cave-dweller with a turban on his head in a third world country.
Furthermore, when our forefathers, who established this country, thought war was inevitable, they were the first ones to go as an example to the rest of the people.
It was said of George Washington that he was, “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Today, the opposite is true of those who represent the people.
Again, since when are the police, military, and representative government suppose to follow unconstitutional orders? They are not! And if the unconstitutional orders are not followed through with, the innocent will not be violated, but protected. This is the rule of law that reigns supreme (Deuteronomy 5:7-21).
This is the reason why the American people should take the time and read the enumerated laws found within the US Constitution.
When John the Baptist was demanded upon by the soldiers, they asked him, “And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do no violence to any man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14).
What do the warmongers in America advocate for? Just the opposite of what the word of God teaches. They advocate violence and lies to gain profits.
Either man will end war or else war will end man! Which one do you desire? The answer? If you want to end war then just send the politicians that want it to that war! (Psalm 94:20)
“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”--Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Watchman, Anti-Nazi, Dissident
Recently, I saw a picture of a group of men in a concentration camp from back in the 1930s. When I looked at the picture, the first thing that went through my mind was “I wonder if this was a group of political prisoners that said that they did not want to get involved with politics when their country was being overthrown by a tyrant named Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich?”
I’m sure these political prisoners saw the transgressions, crimes (1 John 3:4) and usurpations, and at length, the overthrow of the German “Constitution,” by their government day by day, week by week and year by year, but made excuses as to why they did nothing.
In parallel, let’s go back to September 11, 2001, when Americans were told that they were attacked by a foreign country and compare the events of today, to that of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany during the 1930s.
First, let’s take a look at an article published at the Guardian titled, “How Bush's Grandfather Helped Hitler's Rise to Power.”
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush was indicted in 1942 Under Trading with the Enemy Act. Prescott was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.
The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's actions should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
Keep in mind during that war, 405, 399 American men fought, bled and died fighting against the Germans that the Bushes were aiding and abetting (Luke 22:48).
On September 11, 2001, Gary Hart said that there was a chance that George W. Bush will use the disaster to carry out a New World Order that his father had called for.
Hitler’s first move was that of the Reichstag fire, which was when the German parliament building went up in flames. Hitler harnessed the story to simply seize power over the German government.
History teaches us that the Nazis were the responsible party for setting the fire in order to accuse their political opposition to start war.
“This is a God-given signal,” Hitler told von Papen when they arrived on the scene. “If this fire, as I believe, is the work of the Communists, then we must crush out this murderous pest with an iron fist.”
A few hours later, on February 28, Hindenburg invoked Article 48 and the cabinet drew up the “Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State.”
The act abolished freedom of speech, assembly, privacy and the press; legalized phone tapping and interception of correspondence; and suspended the autonomy of federated states, like Bavaria. Does this sound familiar Americans? Can we say National Security Agency.
That night around 4,000 of Hitler’s political opponents were arrested, imprisoned and tortured by the SA (Hitler’s assault division). Many were detained indefinitely after the fire. Their empty seats left the Nazis largely free to do as they wished.
It took Adolf Hitler just 6 years to overthrow the German Constitution and aggrandize all power unto himself.
From the self-inflicted Reichstag fire came the Enabling Act. On March 23, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, the partner piece of legislation to the February 28 Decree for the Protection of People and State. The Enabling Act assigned all legislative power to Hitler and his ministers, thus securing their ability to control the political apparatus.
After September 11, 2001, George W. Bush and his administration installed The Patriot Act, which by the way, was not read by one of the 535 members of Congress, and they passed it at 3:30 am.
Then, President Bush sought out a war with Iraq, attacking a country, which had nothing to do with the two towers being leveled in New York City.
Oh yes, and don’t forget that Vice President Dick Cheney, who was the CEO of the company Halliburton, profited $39.5 billion off of the Iraq War.
After the Reichstag fire, Germany installed Fatherland Security. After September 11, 2001, George W. Bush installed Homeland Security.
Friends, look at the bureaucracies that have been created since September 11, 2001.
Nobody has attacked the American people and their God-given rights more than this government has. A foreign government could not have dreamed of doing the things that this American government has done to Americans since September 11, 2001.
Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was in full force deceiving the people, with comments like “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play,” all the while knowing that it was designed to control the German people to submit to the Third Reich.
What did theses political prisoners do while knowing they were being lied to? Absolutely nothing! Sound familiar?
“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” –William Colby, former CIA Director
“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” –William Casey, CIA Director
“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state.” –James Angelton, Head of the CIA Counter Intelligence
Maybe that is why President Harry Truman said, “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.”
What of the promises given by the tyrant Adolf Hitler only to find out that they were nothing but fabrications and lies, and yet, these political prisoners did nothing. They said, “Things will just take care of themselves.”
I’m sure these political prisoners saw the Nazis targeting and purging certain ethnic groups and attempting to divide them against one another (Mark 3:25), and did nothing.
When the tyrant was leading them to war against the political opposition that he created, the political prisoners said that they were just too busy to get involved with politics.
The apathetic non-political participants then saw, I’m sure, the disarmament of the gun owners, namely the dissidents that were not compliant with Hitler’s tyrannical and murderous Reich. The political prisoners, of course, were still just too busy to get involved with politics and didn’t want to risk the opposition or repercussions they might face if they stood up and spoke out.
SS Officer and war criminal Herman Going said,
Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Sound familiar, America?
In short, they had to have seen with both eyes open as to what was coming. Yet, they refused to deal with the lawless and tyrannical acts of such a monster as Adolf Hitler and his SS officers, and these political prisoners stood back and did nothing when they had the time to do so.
Look how Adolf Hitler was perceived by the German people. Louise Solmitz, a Hamburg school teacher in 1932, said of Adolf Hitler:
“How many look up to him with touching faith as their helper, their savior, their deliverer from unbearable stress.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Behind closed doors, Adolf Hitler was responsible, with the use of his brown shirts, for creating the crimes and then playing the problem solver. Sound familiar, America?
Adolf Hitler said,
“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.”
Apparently, these political prisoners did not take the time to educate themselves. All they had to do was look up the word “terrorism” in the Oxford English Dictionary to know who was responsible for these acts of terror.
Terrorism was originally defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “Government by intimidation.”
I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous quote by Pastor Martin Neimoller who, after the Holocaust, blamed the evangelical church for allowing Adolf Hitler and his rise to power.
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Well, by the looks of it, in the end, their country being toppled, millions of their own being murdered through war without, and purging within, they still refused to deal with the tyrant. Other countries had to bring him and his countrymen to justice.
The fact of the matter is, regardless if they wanted to admit it or not, they did, in fact, live politics. When they ended up in the camps, they were known as “political prisoners.” At that point, there was nothing they could do except wait and die at the hands of those that they should have lawfully dealt with when they had the opportunity to do so.
How did that work out for them? It didn’t work out for them. It worked out for the enemies within by adding strength to tyranny and by the complete and total surrender of the people, through their lack of action, to the tyrannical Nazi reign, which left them helpless, hopeless, and at length, destroyed (Leviticus 26:14-46).
It has been rightly stated that there are none so deaf as those that will not hear (Matthew 13:15-17).
The summation goes as follows: The history of men that do not learn from history?
A few years back, I embarked on upgrade mission, to swap out the slow hard drive on my 2009 27-inch iMac and replace it with a nice and speedy SSD. With the cooperation of Larry O’Connor of Other World Computing, I got ahold of a 1TB drive and an upgrade kit, consisting of a few tools and suction caps. The latter was used to pry the display from the chassis.
Once the glass is extracted it’s supposed to be placed on a soft surface — I put it on a bed — the rest of the job largely involved carefully unhooking several thin wiring harnesses, easily damaged, and the drive. The manufacturer provides an adapter cable to make the new drive compatible with the iMac.
All told, it took about an hour to get through the process and reassemble the computer. O’Connor’s company offers installation videos on his site to simplify the process.
The reason I bring this up is the result of the first interview on this episode of The Tech Night Owl LIVE, where we were joined by tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Wirecutter and other publications. At the beginning of this segment, Rob explained that he took apart his vintage 27-inch iMac, from 2009, in order to replace the drive with an SSD from Other Word Computing. Gene shared his experiences in upgrading a similar computer several years ago. In later iMacs, it’s held together with an adhesive strip, making the disassembly and reassembly process far more complicated. There was also a discussion about Siri’s voice recognition problems, and a recent report that someone’s Amazon Echo Dot, featuring Alexa, recorded a personal conversation and sent the file to a contact in another city.
Can we trust these digital assistants to respect our privacy? Rob also talked about a meeting with security experts discussing changes and possible improvements in online security over the past 20 years.
The Amazon scandal is also discussed in the next article.
After the interview with Rob was recorded, I contacted two local authorized third-party Apple repair shops as to whether they’d be able to upgrade the drive on a more recent 27-inch iMac and how much it would cost. The process involves removing the adhesive that holds the display to the chassis. It’s not something I’d care to tackle.
Well, the first dealer gave a flat no, saying that even trying would damage the computer. That didn’t sound right to me, since Apple uses a similar process to upgrade memory on the iMac Pro. It can’t be upgraded as simply as the regular large iMac, which has a RAM cover at the bottom. Maybe that particular dealer didn’t want to bother or had a bad experience or two.
A second dealer gave me a detailed quote that included labor, two adapters from Other World Computing, plus backup and restore. It came to $457.93!
When I looked at the numbers, though, it sort of made sense, since they charge $200 for a full backup and restore, $19.99 for the replacement adhesive strip, and $79.99 for the needed OWC and Newer adaptors. The actual labor comes to $150. OWC sells SSDs with the proper adaptors and the customer can always restore the data themselves, so the price could be as “low” as $169.99.
In a special encore presentation, you heard a vintage segment featuring Ben Williams of Adblock Plus. Ad blocking has experienced a lot of activity over the past year, especially since Google entered the fray with its ad filter for Chrome. There are still battles between publishers and ad blockers, and payment systems to publishers from users are being talked about with more frequency. Gene and Ben also engaged in an extended discussion about the value of online advertising, and the long history of making it as offensive as possible. There was also a fun pop culture discussion, about ads that build branding images based on using a well-known personality, such as Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons, known for Farmers Insurance commercials and loads of movies and TV shows, including the recent comic book film, “Justice League,” where he played Commissioner Gordon. You also learned how ad blockers can be configured to allow ads that have been approved by Adblock Plus.
On this week’s episode of our other radio show, The Paracast: Gene and guest cohost Goggs Mackay present Dr. Jack Hunter, an anthropologist and author of “Engaging the Anomalous: Collected Essays on Anthropology, the Paranormal, Mediumship, and Extraordinary Experience.” In this book, Dr. Hunter poses serious questions about consciousness, experience, spirits, mediumship, psi, the nature of reality, and how best to investigate and understand them.
In this discussion, Dr. Hunter will present stories of personal experiences, encounters with mediums, and float a wide variety of suggestions as to how various paranormal phenomena might somehow be connected, and that includes the UFO mystery. Dr. Hunter is the founder and editor of a free online journal, Paranthropology.
SSSSHHHH: ALEXA IS LISTENING
Let me start with the Siri follies.
With growing concern that Apple’s Siri digital assistant isn’t capable of matching the competition from Amazon and Google, there are rumors that the next WWDC will feature news of a major refresh. Last year, Apple touted that Siri would receive a new voice and machine learning, but it’s not at all certain there has been much change beyond a smoother conversational tone.
A recent published report featured expressions of sour grapes from former Siri employees who worked at Apple, plus a claim that it worked fine when reporters tested it before it went public. But after it was launched, beginning with the iPhone 4s in 2011, Siri’s bugs were legion. Maybe it just couldn’t cope with massed requests under load.
The Night Owl’s personal experiences are hit or miss. Despite the fact that I have 25 years experience as a broadcaster, and a decade of voice training, Siri is sometimes deaf to me. A simple example is the request for Maps to navigate me to the location of the nearest Walmart. There happen to be several, a few miles apart, but Siri will only produce a list, and rarely does that list display the location I seek. I find it easier to search in Google and manually pick the store to which I want to travel.
But that process hardly makes it hands free. I have to stop somewhere first to make my selection. So I tend to focus on setting alarms or reminders, where Siri is mostly correct.
One excuse given for Siri’s subpar performance is that Apple doesn’t want to infringe on your privacy, so it doesn’t actively collect information about you that is pushed and stored beyond the device itself. The theory goes that, if access to your device and requests were more open, since Siri resides online, you’d achieve more accurate results to more complicated requests.
That takes us to one of the “superior” digital assistants, Alexa, which is featured on the Amazon Echo smart speakers. Indeed, Alexa and the Google Assistant are supposed to represent the cutting edge of voice recognition and response technology.
Apple is often urged to maybe relent on online privacy and deliver a smarter and more dependable Siri. But maybe that’s not the right idea after all.
So there’s a published report of the results of an overeager Alexa, which confirmed the worst fears about such digital voice assistants. The act of recording someone’s private conversation and emailing it to someone, even from their contact lists, is the worst definition of eavesdropping. I suspect intelligence agencies might be salivating over the ease with which this stunt can be pulled off.
As you might expect, the family contacted Amazon “multiple times,” according to a published report, and conversed with one of the Alexa engineers, who looked into the matter to figure out what went wrong. In the end, the existence of a bug was confirmed.
According to Amazon’s statement, “Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future.”
Well, you can hardly expect them to say anything else.
Now I want to be fair to Amazon, and perhaps it was just a glitch as they claimed, one that they will or have already fixed. But how often has this happened, and had there not been publicity about this particular episode, would anything have been done other than perhaps make some excuses to the victims?
To be blunt: Amazon does a fine job delivering merchandise at affordable prices, but its customer service, largely outsourced, is not easy to deal with. Whether a chat or a phone call, you often have to explain and re-explain the problem several times for the basics to be understood.
That doesn’t mean Amazon is being careless about Alexa and how it works as the frontend to a smart speaker. Again, I am not suggesting this mishap was anything more than a rare system glitch of some sort.
One article I read on Alexa’s inadvertent attempt at spying tried to connect it to Apple and the HomePod, and whether it, too, might accidentally record someone’s personal conversation and email it to someone. But that’s not the province of Apple’s smart speaker; we benefit from the fact that it was not designed to record your random conversations in the course of isolating a request.
Maybe you’d rather not have HomePod laden with too many features after all, however useful it might seem to some users.
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” Thomas Sowell
If I see a recurring post on social media, almost without fail, it is a post from the people reminding the President of his promises told to them on the campaign trail concerning the rule of law that he promised to bring back in. After all, he has been given delegated authority from “We the people” to prosecute; yet he has not.
Remember Donald Trump said on December 29, 2017, “I can do whatever I want with the Justice Department?”
The question that I have for the President is, why haven’t you prosecuted the enemies within who mean to destroy you and this country? (I, of course, am playing to those that still have not opened their eyes to this never ending game of circus politics that they are caught up into.) (Jeremiah 5:21)
“A king (President Donald Trump as a Representative of the American people under God’s moral Law, Common Law) that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away evil with his eyes.” – Proverbs 20:8
Therefore, we see that judgment scatters evil away as does it guard our liberties. Yet, judgment has not been brought forth to establish peace and righteousness within our country by this administration. (Amos 5:15)
I ask, what of that “swamp” that remains to be judged according to the law, Mr. President? If you remember, that was to be drained by your administration.
Americans need to awake to the fact that this is all controlled opposition, the left warring against the right is nothing more than pro wrestling.
Furthermore, this president acts, and I said acts (this is what actors do), more like an impotent victim than the Commander-in-Chief. America, Donald Trump is the President, not the victim!
He is nothing more than a created underdog (CIA Controlled media attacking him, unless it agrees with the agenda) who is being beat up by those that he fails to prosecute. Why? It is to simply drive more support for his administration. This is a Communist tactic.
“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” -Vladimir Lenin
Furthermore this is merely the “Circus of Politics” from start to finish, designed to divert one’s attention away from the agenda that they are pushing forward. All of this, of course, is behind the contrived and fabricated “smoke and mirrors.”
Look at the headlines, just today, highlighting the crimes of corruption in government.
Well, Mr. President, when is that DOJ that you have control over to do what you will, going to bring forth judgment against those that allegedly want to overthrow your administration? This is illegal Mr. President. (10 U.S. code 7 894- Art. 94. Mutiny or Sedition. Or Article 3, Section 3 of the US Constitution.)
This is simply the conditioning of the American people by pulling away prosecution of the guilty with help coming from the likes of the appeasers Trey Gowdy, Jason Chafftetz, and Daryl Issa.
We are not seeing Justice Americans, we are seeing injustice. These criminals are not being prosecuted, and, at length, they are being promoted (Matthew 16:14-16).
“If you tell them what they want to hear, they don’t bother to try to see.” –Libba Bray
On May 25, 2018, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday received the Radcliffe Medal, which annually honors a recipient whose life and work have had a “transformative impact on society.” Sound familiar? “Fundamentally Transform America.” I thought Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton were rivals?
Where is that special prosecutor, Mr. Trump, that you promised to bring forth were you to win the Presidency?
“Politicians like to tell people what they want to hear-and what they want to hear is what won’t happen.” -Paul Samuelson
And another one to add to the never ending games (This just today)
“America deserves to know if Democrats (As if to suggest that there is a difference between the democrats and the republicans; Divide and conquer Mark 3:25) used taxpayer money to fund spy ring in Trump Campaign”
All circus politics, no justice: No rule of Law unto judgment to establish peace (Isaiah 51:4), just empty promises.
Side note: The hypocrisy and willfulness to justify the president (The professed Christians in this country may want to make sure that they are Christians before making sure the president is one (1 John 2:6). In an attempt to justify themselves (Luke 16: 14-16), it has become so apparent that pro-life organizations are thanking Donald Trump for a victory in a PROPOSED bill to defund the abortion industry. I said PROPOSED. Where did government receive delegated authority from “We the People” to enact such legislation, forcing taxpayers to pay for the murder of the innocent in the womb? (Proverbs 6:17)
Maybe these that are duped by political theatre would like to take a look at the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that Donald Trump just signed under “National Security” that funds the illegal abortion industry with a $51 million deposit into Abortion Industries bank accounts, paid for, of course, by these cheerleaders who refuse to judge this administration by its fruit (Matthew 7:16).
Americans do not see when it comes to these corrupt politicians that they are simply protecting their own, as well as themselves and the corporations and special interest groups for which they work. Time will prove this truth, as it always does.
How many administrations were called out for their crimes during their incumbencies? When questioned for their crimes, they would stand and deny it publicly and laugh it off, only to find later on that they finally admit it when they are no longer in office. Every, single one of them (John 8:44).
It has been said, “If you start throwing these corrupt politicians in jail that the swamp will dry up real quick.”
So, I ask again, where is that rule of Law, Mr. President?
Louisiana has been called the Culinary Mecca of America. Folks in this part of the country can take just about anything edible and make it not just good, but quite exceptional. And when we say anything, we mean everything. There is virtually no limit to what a Cajun will put in a gumbo. Well, because of federal restrictions, there is one thing-horsemeat.
For years, Congress has banned the sale of horsemeat for consumption in the U.S. But that could well change under the proposed budget by the Trump Administration.
Now I’ll admit that most of us do not regularly run down to our local supermarket to check on whether a fresh shipment of horsemeat has arrived. But I’m not all that enamored by eating nutria, a large rat, that is regularly publicized as a tasty dish by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. So, to each his own.
Is there a market for U.S. horsemeat? Yes, and it’s big time in a number of countries. “Carne di Cavallo,” can be bought in most butcher shops in Italy. In Sweden, horse meat is so popular that it outsells lamb and mutton combined. In every European country you will find horsemeat to be quite popular. In France, it’s the motherlode of food delicacies, they even have a horsemeat butcher’s organization called Federation de la Boucherie Hippophagique. It’s estimated that 700,000 tons of horsemeat are consumed annually worldwide. And for good reason.
As Gary Picariello writes in Yahoo News, “a typical filet of horsemeat is similar to that of beef. The meat is leaner, slightly sweeter in taste, with a flavor somewhat between that of beef and venison. Good horse meat is very tender, but it can also be slightly tougher than comparable cuts of beef. Horsemeat is higher in protein and lower in fat. The most popular cuts of horse meat come from the hindquarters: tenderloin, sirloin, filet steak, rump steak and rib. Less tender cuts are ground.”
Here’s what restaurateur Jonathan Birdsall told me about possible horse meat demand in the U.S. “I’ll bet I could name half a dozen American chefs chomping at the bit to do things to horse back fat or loins that’d show off a delicacy few of us probably never suspected Mr. Ed to be capable of. Braised on a nice bed of pasta, maybe, with a few roasted finger-length carrots.” Hmmm. Think it’s worth a try?
Like I said, we eat about anything down here in Bayou Country. I wrote a cookbook some years ago that includes such delicacies as my “world famous” squirrel stew, venison goulash, possum and chestnuts, rabbit in sour cream, and Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis’s favorite, fried coon file’.
I was traveling through Cajun country a few years ago, and stopped at a rural general store for a cup of coffee. An old fellow was on the porch cooking up a pot of something that smelled good. “Whatcha’ cookin’?” I asked. “Got me a gumbo,” he replied. I inquired what kind of gumbo, and he told me, “an owl gumbo.” When I asked him what an owl gumbo tasted like, he smiled and said, “Oh, about like a hawk gumbo.”
Seeing that our locals regularly eat alligator sauce piquante, and add to a stew or gumbo just about anything else that flies or crawls, it’s hard for many of us to get too worked up over a little horsemeat. I know that many have a special affection for the majestic horse. But all horses eventually have to be disposed of. And the same horses that would be slaughtered in the U.S. under strict guidelines are now being shipped to other countries and both treated and killed in far more cruel ways.
It’s hard to figure why Congress has such a beef with letting someone chose to eat horse meat. Isn’t it really a freedom of choice issue? Our congressmen apparently have no problem with eating Porky Pig, Donald Duck, and Bambi. So what’s the big deal about eating Trigger and Mr. Ed?
Since we have a French background here in Louisiana, could the politicians in Washington be dangerously close to inciting another revolution by telling us what we can or cannot eat? Instead of a big fuss being made over, “let us eat cake,” the new battle cry could well be, “let us eat horse.”
Peace and Justice
Billy Cannon died this week. He was a Louisiana sports legend. There are some things you just don’t forget. Where you were on 9/11, or when President John Kennedy was shot. Down here in the Bayou State, add to those special dates Halloween night 59 years ago when Billy Cannon made football history with his 87 yard run to beat Ole Miss and keep the Tigers undefeated. His story is the rise and fall, then the rise again by LSU’s all-time great sports hero.
Even those who are not Tiger fans have to admit it was one heck of a run. Cannon either sidestepped or pushed away tackler after tackler as he weaved his way towards the end zone. I wish I had a dollar for every time the magical run has been replayed on television. You can imagine the crowd’s reaction on most Saturday football nights in Tiger Stadium as once again the fans in the stadium, and the millions on national television, see Ole’ Billy tear through the Rebel opposition.
This feat by Cannon allowed the Tigers to beat Ole’ Miss 7 to 3, and made him a celebrity for life. Paul Revere had his famous ride and Billy Cannon had his remarkable run.
Cannon went on to play professional football with the Houston Oilers and the Oakland Raiders. Then he went to dental school and built a successful dental practice in Baton Rouge. Because of his popularity, Cannon’s practice flourished to an estimated $300,000 a year – quite a sum in the 1960s! But then his celebrity world came crashing down, and I played a small role in his demise.
It was 1983, and I was in my first term as Louisiana Secretary of State. I was at my office one afternoon when my secretary said there were two Treasury agents to see me, and they demanded immediate attention. They pulled out a hundred dollar bill saying it was a fake, and that it had shown up in the Secretary of State’s bank account.
I had my staff go over all the various billing and deposit records, and we were able to determine that a local attorney used the hundred-dollar bill to pay for a corporate filing. We later learned that in was the first Cannon-made counterfeit bill to be discovered in the Baton Rouge area. Others quickly appeared, and a major money printing operation was broken open a few months later. The seventh-largest counterfeiting ring in American history was no more.
For years thereafter when I made speeches around the state, I relished in telling those in attendance how I knew the bill was counterfeit. “You know down at the bottom of the 100 dollar bill where it says ‘In God We Trust?’ Well on the Cannon 100 dollar bill, it said ‘Go to Hell Ole Miss.’”
Cannon quickly confessed and helped prosecutors crack the case wide-open. At the sentencing, Cannon told federal Judge Frank J. Polozola: “… what I did was wrong, terribly wrong. I have done everything within my power to correct my mistakes.”
To thousands of LSU fans, Cannon’s confession pierced the very heart of their allegiance and adulation of LSU’s greatest sports hero. Like the little boy who pleaded with Shoeless Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox on the courthouse steps in the famous “Black Sox” baseball scandal of 1919, all many LSU fans could think of was, “Say it ain’t so, Billy.”
As part of Cannon’s redemption, he took on the job of dentist up at Angola State Penitentiary, an hour’s drive north of Baton Rouge. The guards and inmates, alike, love him up there. Do fans still hold a grudging disappointment with Cannon? Well, when he was introduced a few years ago at Tiger Stadium just after being admitted to the College Football Hall of Fame, the cheering went on and on. Repeated efforts by the stadium announcer to quiet the fans down fell on deaf ears. Neither the President nor the Pope would have gotten such an avid ovation. Billy was back, and all had been forgiven.
Billy Cannon, like few others, has experienced the dramatic highs and lows of being a major sports hero in Louisiana. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that in life, there are no second acts. And Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again. Billy Cannon proved them both wrong. And now, he will go home to meet his maker.
“People associate me with football regardless of where I go…except when their tooth hurts. They don’t care whether I played football or not. They just want the toothache to stop.”
Peace and Justice
In yesterday’s column, I expressed my deep concerns about elements of Consumer Reports’ testing process. It was based on an article from AppleInsider. I eagerly awaited part two, hoping that there would be at least some commentary about the clear shortcomings in the way the magazine evaluates tech gear.
I also mentioned two apparent editorial glitches I noticed, in which product descriptions and recommendations contained incorrect information. These mistakes were obvious with just casual reading, not careful review. Clearly CR needs to beef up its editorial review process. A publication with its pretensions needs to demonstrate a higher level of accuracy.
Unfortunately, AppleInsider clearly didn’t catch the poor methodology used to evaluate speaker systems. As you recall, they use a small room, and crowd the tested units together without consideration of placement, or the impact of vibrations and reflections. The speakers should be separated, perhaps by a few feet, and the tests should be blind, so that the listeners aren’t prejudiced by the look or expectations for a particular model.
CR’s editors claim not to be influenced by appearance, but they are not immune to the effects of human psychology, and the factors that might cause them to give one product a better review than another. Consider, for example, the second part of a blind test, which is level matching. All things being equal, a system a tiny bit louder (a fraction of a dB) might seem to sound better.
I don’t need to explain why.
Also, I was shocked that CR’s speaker test panel usually consists of just two people with some sort of unspecified training so they “know” what loudspeakers should sound like. A third person is only brought in if there’s a tie. Indeed calling this a test panel, rather than a couple of testers or a test duo or trio, is downright misleading.
Besides, such a small sampling doesn’t consider the subjective nature of evaluating loudspeakers. People hear things differently, people have different expectations and preferences. All things being equal, even with blind tests and level matching, a sampling of two or three is still not large enough to get a consensus. A large enough listening panel, with enough participants to reveal a trend, might, but the lack of scientific controls from a magazine that touts accuracy and reliability is very troubling.
I realize AppleInsider’s reporters, though clearly concerned about the notebook tests, were probably untutored about the way the loudspeakers were evaluated, and the serious flaws that make the results essentially useless.
Sure, it’s very possible that the smart speakers from Google and Sonos are, in the end, superior to the HomePod. Maybe a proper test with a large enough listener panel and proper setup would reveal such a result. So far as I’m concerned, however, CR’s test process is essentially useless on any system other than those with extreme audio defects, such as excessive bass or treble
I also wonder just how large and well equipped the other testing departments are. Remember that magazine editorial departments are usually quite small. The consumer publications I wrote for had a handful of people on staff, and mostly relied on freelancers. Having a full-time staff is expensive. Remember that CR carries no ads. Income is mostly from magazine sales, plus the sale of extra publications and services, such as a car pricing service, and reader donations. In addition, CR requires a multimillion dollar budget to buy thousands of products at retail every year.
Sure, cars will be sold off after use, but even then there is a huge loss due to depreciation. Do they sell their used tech gear and appliances via eBay? Or donate to Goodwill?
Past the pathetic loudspeaker test process, we have their lame notebook battery tests. The excuse for why they turn off browser caching doesn’t wash. To provide an accurate picture of what sort of battery life consumers should expect under normal use, they should perform tests that don’t require activating obscure menus and/or features that only web developers might use.
After all, people who buy personal computers will very likely wonder why they aren’t getting the battery life CR achieved. They can’t! At the end of the day, Apple’s tests of MacBook and MacBook Pro battery life, as explained in the fine print at its site, are more representative of what you might achieve. No, not for everyone, but certainly if you follow the steps listed, which do represent reasonable, if not complete, use cases.
It’s unfortunate that CR has no competition. It’s the only consumer testing magazine in the U.S. that carries no ads, is run by a non-profit corporation, and buys all of the products it tests anonymously via regular retail channels. Its setup conveys the veneer of being incorruptible, and thus more accurate than the tests from other publications.
It does seem, from the AppleInsider story, that the magazine is sincere about its work, though perhaps somewhat full of itself. If it is truly honest about perfecting its testing processes, however, perhaps it should reach out to professionals in the industries that it covers and refine its methodology. How CR evaluates notebooks and speaker systems raises plenty of cause for concern.