Today we celebrate George Washington’s birthday, though in some places it is known as Presidents Day despite the fact there are a few recent former presidents who don’t deserve celebrating. Washington grew up in a slave owning family and at a time and place where slave owning was the norm. In fact, to that point, slavery was practiced continuously in every place of the world with few exceptions. As a leader of a new nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” owning slaves was clearly in opposition to these high ideals. Washington wasn’t the only one of course. During the last 20 years of his life Washington struggled with the moral conflict. He was a decent slave owner, if such can be said about someone owning another human being. No one asked the slaves how they felt about it. He refused to sell slaves as he would not break up families. He confessed in a letter that he wanted to free his own slaves but most of the slaves at Mt. Vernon belonged to the estate of his wife’s first husband. He could not free them, not could she. To make the situation even more complicated his slaves were intermarried with hers and drawing the line of who he could free and who he could not was all but impossible. He resolved the issue by freeing his slaves in his will.
This isn’t to excuse him but as I said, slavery was the norm in his time as it had been throughout history. Great men often have aspects of their lives that reduce them in our esteem, so it is with Washington. But we should recall that twice he laid down near absolute power when he could have been a king or dictator by popular consent. Our nation of free people owes him its gratitude and it is fitting that we set aside this day to honor his righteous legacy.
On January 29, 1981 young Suzanne Rossetti locked herself out of her car in Phoenix on the way to meeting her parents. Two drifters offered to help her out. One was an escaped convict, the other had just been released from prison. Within minutes they had abducted Suzanne who they then subjected to a night of rape and terror before brutally murdering her in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. This is an account of murder, told from all sides, such as you’ve never read before.
Our dependence on lithium batteries is coming with a high and unappreciated cost. We use them everywhere and soon electric vehicles will be gobbling up the greatest part of them. This headlong charge into electric vehicles is fool hearty and stupid. First, there isn’t enough electricity to support them. You can’t charge them with windmills and solar panels. The electricity is going to come from fossil fuels unless the Greens want to go with nuclear power. Didn’t think so. Second, batteries are highly toxic and will be major polluters both where the metals for them are mined and where they are disposed of after use. Read more at Wired magazine does a nice job.
I’ve long felt that Covid 19 was being manipulated from the first for political ends. This was confirmed when the so-called medical experts were taking political stands that had nothing to do with a medical response. We have many viruses for which we have no vaccine, why should this one be the exception? But, no, we have several vaccines but they are going to have to be fine tuned as the virus mutates. I expect 2021 to simply be a repeat of what we’ve just gone through. This is the big takeover, with government everywhere assuming new powers over our lives. Glad to be living in a remote city in the Andes. Here’s more from NPR, that bastion of truth and integrity, or as we say, fellow travelers.
Here in Ecuador the national lockdowns which surge across the economy in destructive waves has destroyed the small family run stores that are the backbone of the working class. All the while the big national chains have been exempted from closing and prosper as never before. The same thing has happened in the U.S. Amazon is enjoying record profits as are the other Big Tech companies. They support the Dems to the tune of hundred of millions of dollars and through massive censorship. Is it any wonder the left wants to keep the lockdowns going? AIER visits the issue.
I don’t like posting two of my books back to back but the events of last week have persuaded me I should. Below is my book on the Arizona impeachment of Evan Mecham. It was a model for how a real impeachment should be. Read it and weep for the travesty Nancy Pelosi and the Dems have made of this constitutional process.
By way of the Freedom of Information Act, thousands of CIA documents on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) — or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), as the government calls them — are now accessible via download at the Black Vault website. Frankly, I doubt they will shed any real light on this ongoing phenomenon but you never know. Let me know.
In a major step towards the adoption of crypto currencies by Federal regulators, the Chairman of OCC has issued an Interpretive Letter authorizing the use of public blockchain networks and stablecoins, to perform banking-legal functions, such as payment activities. This is a major move toward the adoption of non-stablecoins by the traditional banking system.