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What you do or don’t do today will affect what you are able do tomorrow. There’s always a “domino effect.”

Whether you are thinking about the game of Dominoes or the pizza company Domino’s ®,  there are similar lessons to be exposed.

When Domino’s Pizza entered the market, they distinguished themselves by offering home delivery and guaranteeing hot, fresh products. Nice. Dining at home took on a new flavor and we became accustomed to getting our meal within 30 minutes or there was no charge. Good deal.

Next, other food companies adopted Domino’s successful model and the home delivery of all kinds of meals became commonplace. Uber Eats and Door Dash compounded the convenience. Even Cooler. And, we were getting spoiled.

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Grocery stores did something similar toward the end of the Baby Boom era (1946-64), they became Super Markets and expanded into the distribution of just about every life essential related to food or household well being. This was so popular that they popped up everywhere. Home buyers even specified that they wanted a home convenient to a supermarket and retail food outlets. No longer was a nearby public school the first amenity they searched for.  Movie theaters with multiple screens soon repeated the trend.

People stopped raising crops for their own food. They stopped stocking up supplies for the winter and canning foods for potential shortages.

More importantly they stopped knowing how to do these things. (Pause to reflect on that.) 

This was not just a few people, this is the majority of the US population. During World War II families everywhere, even in urban apartments, raised “Victory Gardens” to provide for their own food and to lessen the demand on our nation’s resources. Everything we did was to support and not hinder the war effort. We were committed to winning the war for freedom no matter how difficult it became. Today home gardens are an amusing luxury for people with lots of free time. Almost none of us could survive for long without the stores and restaurants we rely on.

Then Came Covid

We learned through the Covid19 passage that movies at home on a huge flat screen TV could be almost as good as the theater experience, and a lot cheaper. We learned that many of the meetings that used to require travel and assembly could be done just as well via Zoom or Skype. Great, we saved time, money and remained productive. We developed hygiene habits that should have been practiced long ago. And we learned how to combat a major disease through drastic changes in public behavior. Also good.

However

Schools, where kids socialized, exercised and learned together became sad sit-in-your-room Zoom experiences that held almost no social value. Yes, they were learning but only the lessons, not the life skills. Friendships atrophied and no new ones were forming. Compound this isolation with the “cabin fever” effect of spending too much time indoors and you get a very different graduate at the end of the school process. Masks made it worse, we were afraid of ALL other people, even the harmless looking ones. The mask reminded us how threatening any life form might be to us and it obscured the facial expressions that centuries of humans have used to “read people” as a friend or foe.

One day in early 2020 I was on a remote hiking trail in California and encountered another hiker going the opposite direction with his dog. He was wearing a mask. Far from civilization and alone on a mountain trail, he was masked. As we passed he yelled at me for not wearing a mask too. He was irate and screamed at me for being so reckless in my behavior! Imagine if we had been in a congested urban setting like a store or shopping center. I told him to find someone else to scold. Everyone was afraid and nobody knew what to do about it. Most of us just masked up and stayed six feet apart (a regimen from 1918, not a scientific solution.)

Free-Falling into Debt

Will America soon be bankrupt? The Biden administration seems committed to it. The spending rampage is unbound by rational thinking or intentions to perpetuate our society. It’s as if the parents are away and the young teenagers have control of the bank account, liquor cabinet and car keys. Trillions of dollars in debt at some point soon will be too great to ever be repaid. Then somebody else will soon “own” us.

What is the Domino Effect of all this?

The net effect of these factors has been an increased weakness in our society. We are not self-reliant, nor self-sufficient anymore. Basic skills like those taught in Home Economics and Industrial Arts (Shop) classes in public schools have been replaced by gender studies, racial sensitivity, and valuing diversity. We are no longer able to take care of ourselves without our familiar and convenient resources.

When I was in the first years of my Army enlistment, I was trained as a Combat Medic and Corpsman. The medical corps’ slogan was “To Preserve The Fighting Strength.” We were all clear on our role: to keep the fighting soldiers healthy enough to continue the fight. Today, it is doubtful that many of us could even put up a fight compared to what our parents and grandparents could do.

Who cares? Why do we need to change?

Because we are no longer as safe as we think we are. The more we lose basic abilities, the more vulnerable we become to even mild threats.

If you need to bring down an overwhelming opponent, the best strategy is to weaken it first. In our case we have taken care of that ourselves. It’s almost like we are inviting opponents to take us down.

We have been teaching our adversaries how to defeat us!

How do you know where your opponent’s vulnerabilities lie? If you don’t know, then you allow your adversary to show you. Nature gets this. All predators, large and small, know that the least effective way to defeat an opponent is to confront them directly. The best plan is to make some small attacks with minimal risk to yourself and then observe how your opponent reacted. You stalk them, test them, observe them, taunt them and watch for openings. So, if you are Iran or China or Russia, or ISIS, what you would do is cause a crisis and then watch and document how the USA responds. Once you see how they communicate, organize, shift resources, react in defense, and reinforce their defenses, then you can find out where their weak spots are. That’s when you would attack all of the weakest points at once. Game over!

We did this in Iraq and Kuwait. The first Gulf War was over in a matter of days because we practiced what we called “Instant Thunder.” We hit every vital target of Saddam Hussein’s regime in one huge sweep. Overnight they were out of the war business. They couldn’t move, transport, communicate, resupply or even know what they were facing. Their only option was to give up and evacuate from Kuwait. But we did this with airstrikes and lots of traditional military moves.

Today’s wars are not always “military”…at first.

Recent weeks have held news of many attacks. Pipelines have been attacked and disabled large segments of our transportation network. Computer systems and power grids have been hacked and disabled large geographic areas. Government data bases have been hacked and vital information shared with countries who want to harm us. Our southern border is “hacked” daily by thousands of illegal invaders surrounded by innocent looking families and children seeking refuge. Our political system has been invaded by Islamists, Marxists, Communists and Socialists who have no intention of allowing Freedom and Democracy to endure. School boards and Universities have been infiltrated by racists and anarchists parading as normal citizens while eroding our education system from within. City councils have been infiltrated or even taken over by people who are hell-bent on weakening our police force, enabling BLM and Antifa thugs, erasing our societal sense of history, and selling us a new virus of Woke-ism that will make us afraid to speak to each other.

Every response we give to these threats also exposes our preferred defense strategies and therefore our weaknesses too. They ARE watching! Those who want to defeat America and replace us with a Marxist society are always watching. We need to show them our strength again. We need to become as self-sufficient and self-reliant, and well-connected with each other as we can. We need to become strong again. This must happen just like their taunting attacks have happened, on all levels, not just one.

If we fail to become stronger, more educated, more productive, more aware, more courageous, more caring about each other, more fiscally solvent, and more committed to our Constitution and our Democratic Republic, then we set up the Domino Effect for the bad guys. We cannot afford to line up our assets around wokeness, inclusion, convenience and luxury, lest everything falls from just one blow. We must become Good again, Strong again, Financially Sound again, Emotionally Mature again, Willing to Struggle again and Prepared again if we are to be safe.

As we can see from this Democrat administration, House and Senate, your votes really really count! One vote here and there that is cast, because you like what it symbolizes or “the message it sends”, erodes our ability to sustain our democracy! Don’t vote your feelings, vote your deepest American values. We have a lot of damage repair to do. Please: Vote for Conservative leaders at All levels for as many years as it takes to purge the weaknesses and poison of this Woke generation.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



 
 
 

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Leftist ‘Journalists’ and Media Outlets: Quite Far From Impartial and Objective

The Left grants free passes to Joe Biden for his legions of treasonous, immoral, and illegal transgressions.

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Hollywood loves to portray leftist media outlets, newspapers, and journalists as fair and impartial. Indeed, there is no other way that these institutions and such individuals have been portrayed, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. A recent example is the movie She Said, which is the latest in a long line of productions that extol the virtues of one of the nation’s oldest newspapers, the New York Times.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kavan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Ashley Judd, as herself, She Said is a story about the New York Times investigation of Harvey Weinstein. Some of the heartfelt testimony of the people the reporters interviewed are quite touching. Yet, the movie oversells the impact of the Times reporting. Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow had already published a major, professional, factual expose on Weinstein in the New Yorker.

Impartial, Caring, Concerned People?

She Said goes out of its way to present the New York Times editorial staff as carefully line-editing stories, and as impartial, caring, concerned people, interested only in truth and in getting articles right before publishing them. A major case in point is how veteran actor Andre Braugher portrays Dean Baquet, who served as the executive editor of Times from May 2014 to June 2022. Baquet is depicted as the voice of reason, proceeding with calm, cool clarity.

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In reality, Baquet is one of the major players on earth who kept the now thoroughly-debunked ‘Trump Collusion with Russia’ hoax alive and along with Adam Schiff did major damage to this country. For three years, and without evidence, pretty much daily the Times falsely claimed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

The hopelessly biased Baquet decided to switch gears after the Mueller Report imploded. At Baquet’s direction, the Times would shift its focus of its coverage from the ‘Trump-Russia affair’ to the president’s ‘alleged racism.’

Not a Journalist, in Any Way

“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said, rather proudly, apparently grossly unaware of the historically profound idiocy of his statement. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.” A truthful story?

Through daily erroneous reporting, the ‘newspaper of record’ would now seek to expose ‘the racism’ of President Trump, which, to this day, it has not proven.

Baquet is not a journalist in any sense of the word; not even close. He is a shill of the Democrat party; what Vladimir Lenin termed a ‘useful idiot.’ Keep this in mind as you watch this otherwise engaging movie, and then ask yourself this: Where is the Times in relation to Joe Biden?

Baquet remained in his post for the first 17 months of the Biden administration. While the Times and the Left in general are perpetually eager to identify, dissect, catalog, and endlessly detail the faults of Donald Trump (real, imagined, or most concocted out of whole cloth), they deny or downplay a mountain of misdeeds by Joe Biden, as they also did with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.

Lifetime Free Passes

Many pundits now exclaim that to block Biden from running in 2024, the Times and the leftist media machine in general have now turned on him. The current classified documents scandal aside, the Left grants free passes to Joe Biden for the legions of transgressions in his life. They overlook or downplay that he cheated in college, cheated in previous political campaigns, is a serial liar, and worse. All of this well-documented. They ignore, contort, or censor news that he has made legions of racist statements for his whole political career; e.g., “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The Left belittles or ignores Tara Reade’s quite credible sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden, and that of seven other women, as well. They pretend that Creepy Uncle Joe does not have a fetish for sniffing little girls’ hair. They pretend that Biden does not constantly invade the personal space of females.

The Left ignores solid reporting and extensive documentation indicating the Biden family received millions of dollars via influence peddling to Communist China, as well as from Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, and, above all, Ukraine. They will never acknowledge that Biden is an enabler for both his brother James and his son Hunter, and that Biden is credibly accused of selling out the U.S. They excuse the multiple batches of classified documents found recently in Biden’s domains.

Above it All

The Left especially avoids referring to any signs that Biden is suffering from ever-worsening dementia, despite his numerous mental lapses on the world stage.

In short, prior to the ever-growing classified documents scandal, leftist journalists and media outlets, constantly demonstrated how far they are from being impartial and objective. They had, defacto, deemed Democrat Joe Biden to be above the law, and now are actively undermining his continuing political aspirations.

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Mini-Movie Reviews, 5

Be wary of the hopelessly biased “She Says”

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Mini-Movie Reviews, 5

In this last third of the month, here are three more reviews for your edification:

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris — starring Leslie Manville as a post WWII widow, is the ultimate chick flick for seniors, where luck abounds at every turn. Everything either goes well, or it goes awry and then turns out well. Watch this if you want to see something fairly entertaining and light-hearted.

Avatar: The Way of Water — is an overwrought, 3-hour ‘comic book,’ put on the big screen, primarily for 14 to 18 year old boys. I would be thoroughly amazed if anybody on my movie review list could sit through 3 hours of this, let alone half that time. There is nothing thematically inspiring here. The actors are good, but the plot is thin and predictable. While the production is likely to win numerous Oscars for technical achievements, that is all it could ever win.

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She Said – starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kavan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Ashley Judd as herself, is a story about the New York Times investigation of Harvey Weinstein. Some of the heartfelt testimony of the people the reporters interviewed are quite touching. Yet, the movie oversells the impact of the Times reporting. Ronan Farrow had already published a major, professional, factual exposé on Weinstein in the New Yorker.

Personal Note: The movie goes out of its way to present the Times editorial staff as carefully line-editing stories, and as impartial, caring, concerned people, interested only in truth and in getting articles right before publishing them. A major case in point: Andre Braugher portrays Dean Baquet, who served as the executive editor of the Times from May 2014 to June 2022. Baquet is depicted as the voice of reason, proceeding with calm, cool clarity.

In reality, Baquet is one of the major players on earth who kept the now thoroughly-debunked ‘Trump Collusion with Russia’ hoax alive and along with Adam Schiff did major damage to this country. For three years, and without evidence, the Times falsely claimed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

The hopelessly biased Baquet decided to switch gears after the Mueller Report imploded. At Baquet’s direction, the Times would shift its focus of its coverage from the ‘Trump-Russia affair’ to the president’s ‘alleged racism.’

“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said, apparently grossly unaware of the historically profound idiocy of his statement. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.” Through daily bogus reporting, the ‘newspaper of record’ would now seek to expose ‘the racism’ of Donald Trump, which, to this day, it has not proven.

Baquet is not a journalist in any sense of the word. He is a shill of the Democrat party so steeped in leftist propaganda, and promulgating it, that he can’t see straight. He is what Vladimir Lenin termed a ‘useful idiot.’ Keep this in mind as you watch this otherwise engaging movie.

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