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Joe Biden – the Aging Crime Boss

by: Brent Smith

For years I stood by my assertion that Joe Biden was nothing but a crook who used his political influence to run a very successful crime family.

He enriched himself and other family members, and used and frankly abused his black-sheep son for his own ends.

Then came 2020 and my assertion began to change. No, I didn’t change my mind about the whole criminal family. read more

Dry Mouth? An Accidental Cure may be on the Way

Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
ArenaCreative/Depositphotos

Although we may all get a dry mouth from time to time, for some people it can be an ongoing debilitating condition. There could be new hope for such folks, however, thanks to a recent accidental discovery.

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Ronald Reagan spoke of Us in 1964

by: Brent Smith

I was recently watching an old video titled, “A Time for Choosing,” by Ronaldus Magnus (h/t: Rush Limbaugh), or Ronald Reagan as non-ditto-heads would know him. Yes, I know and I agree that I’m a total geek.

But we can learn a lot by reading and viewing history, and some of Reagan’s old stuff, soon after his conservative eyes were open, are his most powerful.

Sure, he was an actor, but one could tell when he spoke, that he meant every word he said about conservatism and his love for America. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Going back to the Sextant?

 

The U.S. Navy’s New Unhackable GPS Alternative: The Stars

GPS is a world-changing technology. It’s also incredibly fragile, easily spoofable, and consistently hackable. That’s why the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are looking to the stars for a navigational Plan B.

senior chief petty officer mike rosati uses a sextant while conducting celestial navigation training while sailing on the atlantic ocean aboard the coast guard cutter eagle, aug 3, 2015 celestial navigation is taught to the coast guard academy cadets while they spend time underway on the eagle us coast guard photo by petty officer 2nd class matthew s masaschi
Matthew S. Masaschi

Twenty-five years ago, in 1995, the U.S. Air Force reached a milestone: Its satellite Global Positioning System became fully operational. Today, GPS directs our world, from supertankers to pizza deliveries. But before the creation of this modern navigational marvel, humans looked to the heavens to find their way. read more

Not Even Exercise is Safe from Wokeness

by: Brent Smith

I don’t do yoga – never have.

The closest I got was to take a group work-out-like class to help a friend. It was basically me and bunch of women. Talk about feeling like a fish out of water.

But I do know one thing. When I was taking part in the class, I sure wish we could have injected a political discussion or two as we were in our plank position. Thank would have been great.

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Portable Alpha Bonfire

When other fire pits are too large, the Alpha Bonfire packs small enough to carry by foot or small, human-powered vehicle
When other fire pits are too large, the Alpha Bonfire packs small enough to carry by foot or small, human-powered vehicle
The Brand Labo

Open-fire cooking you can carry anywhere, the new Alpha Bonfire from Japanese startup The Brand Labo collapses flat into a smartphone-sized package small enough to drop in a pocket. It carries easily by foot, luggage or light vehicle, building into a mini fire pit and grill you can use wherever the journey takes you. The compact kit even brings its own tiny utensils for preparing and eating the food.

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The Big 6 are limiting Free Speech

by: Brent Smith

Technology has proven to be a very worrisome double edged sword. On one hand, it has never been easier to disseminate your views and opinion.

You can self-publish an entire book for next to nothing, start your own news, opinion or entertainment website. You are able to “go live” on the internet whenever the spirit moves you.

But on the other hand, if your news, opinion or entertainment is somehow displeasing to the corporation providing you the platform, the corporation, not the government, is who you have to fear from them shutting you down.

It is a strange time we live in that we have to fear both the power of the government and so-called private industry. But which is to be feared most?

from the Federalist:

Is Big Business Now A Greater Threat To Free Speech Than Government?

As I wrote in a preceding essay, the First Amendment was written to limit the government’s power. In the 18th century, only the state was conceived as possibly wielding the power to keep free people from speaking their minds. Thus, if maintaining a free people requires free speech, it followed that the government must be kept from controlling speech. For a long time, no more was necessary, but that would change.

As the United States grew in population and prosperity, there was very little agitation against business. There did not need to be. Most businesses were small affairs, owned by one man or one family, employing a handful of workers. Relations between labor and management were dealt with between individuals.

In 1854, Abraham Lincoln summarized this small-scale economy, speaking of a system in which a man “may look forward and hope to be a hired laborer this year and the next, work for himself afterward, and finally to hire men to work for him! That is the true system.”

Yet as corporations grew in size and power, that “true system” changed. Instead of one apprentice negotiating with an owner, a company that employed thousands would tell workers what they would get: take it or leave it.

In response, workers began to join together in trade unions, leveling the playing field, although diminishing their own independence. The balance between workers and management was restored, but the growing power of corporations still overpowered that of individual consumers.

Antitrust and utility laws were the response, but none of this much affected the realm of free speech. There was no news monopoly — newspapers were more plentiful than today — and restrictions on the new technology of radio came from the government, not the station owners. The biggest threat to the practice of free speech remained the state.

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Does the Mars Helicopter need a Designator and Call Sign?

Artist's rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
Artist’s rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
NASA/Caltech

NASA’s Ingenuity is no longer just the world’s most expensive hobby helicopter. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given an official flight designator and call-sign codes for the robotic rotorcraft and the Wright Brothers Field in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet.

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WND Exclusive – Will natural COVID immunity be reflected on the ‘vaccine passport’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The COVID-19 vaccination is front and center on most American’s minds as they decide whether or not to get it.

But it’s not just the vaccine itself. It’s not even whether the various vaccines are safe – and they appear to be for the vast majority of the population.

Still, many would opt out and not get the vaccine, given the choice. read more

Video Podcast – Officer Nicholas Reardon is a Hero

by: Brent Smith

There have been so many half-truths and outright lies swirling around the justified shooting of 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant by officer Nicholas Reardon.

And virtually every claim of the incident by the left has been proved to either just be wrong, misinformed or malicious lies, purposely put forth to advance an agenda, with little to no regard for human life.

I discuss what happened, and thankfully for the would-be victim, how it was a textbook reaction by the police officer. read more