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The Sinister Domino Effect that is coming next

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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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Antisemitic college demonstrators should be expelled

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Jewish students are being assaulted on American and European campuses with a viciousness that is reminiscent of 1938 Nazi Germany. The demonstrators, many of whom are professional agitators in their 40s who have been trained to cause mayhem, scream “kill the Jews” as they physically prevent Jewish students from attending classes. Jewish students were told to “go back to Poland.” In New York City, Jewish students at Cooper Union sheltered in a library while pro-Palestinian demonstrators banged on its glass windows and doors. Protesters at Tulane University assaulted a Jewish student, breaking his nose.

“This truly has been the worst antisemitism crisis on campus that we have seen for a generation,” said Edward Isaacs, president of the Union of Jewish Students in the UK, “and its impacts run deep throughout the Jewish student population.”

With few notable exceptions, college administrators have coddled the demonstrators instead of expelling them for committing assault, destroying university property and creating an unsafe environment. Local police have been told to stand down instead of enforcing the law.

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When it comes to choosing sides between violent antisemitic demonstrators and Jewish students who simply want an education, I am clearly coming to the defense of the innocent students. Instead of hearing angry responses from people who object to the flagrant contempt by the demonstrators for law and order, we have witnessed members of Congress, led by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Cori Bush (D-Minn.), express their demands that police should protect the violent demonstrators.

Omar and Bush have compared police responses after pro-Hamas protests on campus to the so-called Kent State massacre of May 4, 1970, where four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard. The students in that case were protesting against American military involvement in Vietnam. “On the 54th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre, students across our country are being brutalized for standing up to endless war,” Bush tweeted on X. “Our country must learn to actually uphold the rights of free speech & assembly upon which it was founded. Solidarity with our students.”

Are we denying the free speech and assembly rights of the demonstrators? The real question is, should we protect speech when it becomes violent? The answer is straightforward. When violence occurs, it is no longer about protecting free speech—the rule of law must be upheld. “Violence, vandalism, and antisemitic harassment and intimidation are not free speech and those engaging in this behavior should be held accountable,” read a statement from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office.

When it comes to free speech, the pro-Hamas protestors are intolerant of opposing points-of-view. One student at Columbia University made that clear when she expressed sympathy with pro-Palestinian protesters and not with students of opposing views. “At the end of the day,” she said, “I don’t want a relationship with students who don’t support the cause.” Free speech for me but not for thee.

Many of the current crop of demonstrators who are physically assaulting Jewish students, shouting “death to the Jews,” believe they have the right to exercise violence in support of their views and think they should bear no consequences for their violent actions. They are upset at the prospect of being suspended or expelled. Most of them wear keffiyeh and Covid masks, presumably to protect their future Goldman Sachs job prospects.

“I think that the university needs to start with dismissing all their charges against the students if they want to rebuild trust,” said a deluded student at Columbia. Alex Morey, director of campus rights advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, disagreed. “That doesn’t mean that students are immune from the consequences of their actions,” Morey said. “You don’t want to see cops in riot gear descend on peaceful student protests. But if they’re breaking the rules and engaging in civil disobedience … sometimes that’s what has to happen,” she says.

Beating up Jewish students and destroying campus property do not come under the heading of civil disobedience. They constitute a flagrant contempt for law and order. Such activities must be stopped right at the outset. Jewish students across America are terrified, as they should be. They will not feel safe on their college campuses as long as hateful, antisemitic rhetoric, violence or intimidation go unaddressed.

Violent, antisemitic demonstrators deserve to be arrested, put in jail, and then expelled from the university. Campus administrators like Minouche Shafik at Columbia who attempt to negotiate with the neo-Nazis are doing a disservice to our republic. University leaders should take “personal responsibility” for protecting Jewish students on campus, said UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This is not 1938 and we must not give an inch to the haters.

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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Biden: Admit Hamas Terrorists

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Joe Biden’s policies reflect the contempt he and his handlers have for our country. The latest example is Joe’s announcement that he wants to bring thousands of Palestinian “refugees” into the US with a pathway to citizenship. This will certainly include members of the terrorist organization known as Hamas. In what conceivable way does this benefit America? “Whatever hurts America the most,” said author Sean Parnell, “is often where the Biden Administration lands on any given issue.”

According to CBS News, “The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the US as refugees, a move that would offer a permanent safe haven to some of those fleeing war-torn Gaza, according to internal federal government documents.” Which Palestinians? Those “who have immediate family members who are American citizens or permanent residents. Those who pass a series of eligibility, medical and security screenings would qualify to fly to the US with refugee status, which offers beneficiaries permanent residency, resettlement benefits like housing assistance and a path to American citizenship.”

Requiring a connection to “American citizens or permanent residents” is a subterfuge when you consider that activists in Dearborn, Michigan were heard chanting “death to America.” These people, who support Hamas and its terrorist activities, make it likely that we would be admitting Hamas terrorists. It is important to recognize, as pointed out by journalist Katie Pavlich, that the Palestinian Center for Policy Survey and Research found that 72 percent of Palestinian respondents believe that Hamas’ attack on October 7 was “correct.”

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As reported in Townhall, “A ‘path to American citizenship’ would also mean that these people would get to vote, likely one more tactic of how Biden is looking to gain support from the far-left, anti-Israel part of the Democratic Party. The Biden administration would thus not just be bringing over future potential Democratic voters, but be bringing over ones who are among a population that we know supports Hamas and their attack against our ally in the Middle East.”

A wave of commentators condemned Biden’s plans. “We are ruled by malicious traitors,” said Blaze commentator Auron MacIntyre. “Horrifying,” said NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck. “We are a nation committing suicide.”

“Anyone seeing the protests on college campuses right now should not need to be told why ideology matters when conferring the privilege of access to the United States to outsiders,” said Daily Wire reporter Megan Basham. “We do not need more people here whose worldview so clearly clashes with that of the American founding. We should not accept immigrants from among people known to harbor terrorists.”

More than two dozen Republican senators are calling Biden’s policy a national security risk. As reported in The Hill, “The GOP senators doubt that the Biden administration could prevent Hamas-members or other members of a terrorist group from entering the US. ‘We are not confident that your administration can adequately vet this high-risk population for terrorist ties and sympathies before admitting them into the United States,’ they wrote.”

“The open border isn’t enough,” Senate Republicans added. “Now Biden wants to import people who supported the murder and rape of Israelis. Unfortunately, the risk of terrorists entering our homeland is no hypothetical matter,” the senators wrote, citing that in 2023 border officials arrested 169 people on the FBI terror watchlist.

“President Biden consistently undermines our national security with reckless decisions like this,” said Sen. Tim Scott. “We have no clue who is coming into our country, whether on our southern border or from war-torn regions run by terrorists. Not a single Hamas sympathizer should be let into this country.”

The administration kept its intentions secret until this week. No one knew about it. Commentator Mark Levin is angry that Congress did not seem to know about it, or if they did, nothing was done to stop it.

Biden’s anti-American actions prove that he is an infiltrator. Does he do the bidding of Iran or China? The Squad also are infiltrators—they have infiltrated our Congress. They hate America. What sort of country allows this? If he gets another four years, Joe and his Obama/Soros puppet masters will complete the destruction of our country.

“Other insanities aside,” someone tweeted, “this is politically insane. Biden is forcing people to consider voting for Trump. I have every intention of leaving President blank in Nov, but not if Biden insists on opening the doors to a terrorist state.”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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