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I was born in 1970 in Wheeling, WV and have lived here all my life. I come from mostly Irish Catholic coal miners and railroad workers. My original academic interest was in teaching foreign languages studying both French and Spanish in High School. After high school I married and had two children.
My first jobs were waitressing and hotel housekeeper and Medicaid Billing Clerk. I received my Associates in 2003 studying social services and child development. I took several years off from college to focus on working and trying to raise a family. I returned to school in 2006 and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from West Liberty State College (Now West Liberty University) in 2008. I worked in the security field for 13 years.
My interests include politics, law, history, travel and language. I have been called a conspiracy theorist at times, but often remind my critics that often the only difference between a conspiracy theory and history is 40 years.
I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to hold its government accountable and to push for the government to serve the people not the other way around.
In November 2019 I started a podcast called Project 99 where I talk about politics, psychology, language, history and other topics from the viewpoint of the 99 percent. It is available on anchor, spotty and many other platforms. You can also follow the podcast on twitter at project99cast.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2020 Hillary's Worst Nightmare Just Came True: Lev Parnas Audio Shows Trump Fears Sanders, Laughs at Biden
The Lev Parnas audio contained a shocking conversation about the 2016 election. Trump, surrounded by his donors and supporters discusses the very real threat that Bernie was, how picking Bernie as her VP was Hillarys best chance AND their second biggest concern next to Bernie winning the nomination and how seriously they took the millenial vote. Biden's name, mentioned at the end drew only laughter.
(29 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2019 9/11 Truth is Going Mainstream. Now what?
This article examines the corporate media's continued ridicule of the "conspiracy theorist" while simultaneously ignoring the U.S. Government's long history lies and conspiracies used to cover up corrupt covert acts, illegal wars, and inhumane experiments on its citizens.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2020 A Story of Self Destruction - Top-Down Democrats
This story is a metaphor that describes the failures of the DNC and how its own arrogance and obstinance gave rise to the progressive movement. It is a simplistic but also poignant look at the attitudes and policies that have hastened their demise.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 War is Hell - For Some
This article examines the U.S. military's pursuit of warfare which is asymmetrical not only in its weaponry and hardware but also its use of new technology which allows U.S. soldiers to wage war remotely from the comfort and safety of their U.S. bases, while bringing massive destruction and untold casualties to anyone, any where who opposes its empire.
(23 comments) SHARE Monday, June 3, 2019 True Populism VS Trumpulism
This article examines the difference between a true populist movement that originates from a group sharing a cohesive mindset because of shared experience and who have a bond and empathy for the other members of the group and a false populist movement that utilizes strong emotion to lead and direct the group in the direction the leader wants them to go.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 14, 2019 False Flag Alert: Republicans Going Coup Coup
This article delves into the theory that right wing propaganda being pushed prior to 2020 may be a nefarious false flag plot to initiate a civil war in the United States.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 7, 2019 An Unwilling Prophet
I wrote this journal about experiences had in 2002 but the feelings from time to time remerge as history inevitably recycles itself. As yet another coup is being orchestrated in Venezuela and another country in the middle east finds itself in America's cross hairs, at least I know I am not alone in my belief that only the thinnest of veils separates paranoid fantasy and the mechanations of empire.
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2021 Trump's Mind Rape of America
Looking at the mechanisms employed by Trump as he waged an all out assault on the psyche of America. First in distorting and co-opting the GOP and his base into capitulation then adulation, combined with a constant cycle of trauma and desensitization of the rest of the country. Trump mind-raped America for four years, And the GOP, like a bunch of Brock Turner defenders, chose to minimize the crime and blame the victim.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Fighting Fascism - Time for New Tactics
This article examines the current rise in right wing ideology through the lens of psychology and evolutionary biology. By examining the underlying psychological traits of right vs left and the predator/prey characteristics represented, liberals and progressives can evolve past their traditionally passive and reactionary role to authoritarian regimes and proactively neutralize them.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 24, 2019 Hannity's Hyperbole
This article is a plea and a warning to progressives to avoid surrounding ourselves with only our own voices. The extremist element on the right is not going away, in fact, the movement is becoming more unhinged and the rhetoric is becoming more dangerous. We have to have an awareness of it no matter how unpalatable it is to listen to.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 4, 2019 In Your Face Lies
The Washington Post, known more as a liberal source ran an article by James Kirchick which was an open endorsement of U.S. policy of interventionism. Aside from its pro U.S. pro-military stance the article also contained out right lies. T
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 28, 2019 The War of Words - Global Tribe and the Fall of Propaganda
This article examines the effect of technology on propaganda specifically the impact of global communications and the forming of friendships and communities that cross borders on traditional nationalistic propaganda which relies heavily on dehumanizing the "enemy" and in media suppression of the experiences of war victims.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 5, 2019 Speaking of Bernie's Money
This article examines the meanibg if wealth, the importance of wealth inequality and the political issues that surround the voter perception of the rich.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Selling the Brands of War
This article takes a critical look at how the mainstream media use different flavors of propaganda to get the largest percentage of the public on the war bandwagon.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 7, 2021 The Hidden Horror of the Derek Chauvin Trial Exposed
This article combs through the arguments made by Derek Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson and reveals a terrifying conclusion. That no one can judge Chauvin, that he is above evidence, witnesses, fellow officers and experts. The idea that only the officer's perception matters and nothing else is a blank check for police to murder at will.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021 Secret Votes and Courage of Convictions
This article argues that the prospect of an anaymous vote in the Senate trial of Donald Trump is a dangerous and potentially disasterous idea.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Neighbor Against Neighbor - When Terror Comes Home
This article is in response to Rob's article "Call them Terrorists"
Rob raised many good points in his article and I agree that the Capitol hill mob are in fact a domestic terror organization and I want to add to this by examining those factors which give rise to these acts if I could.
There were also many valid points made during our weekly OEN zoom meeting which deserve response as
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Trump's Absolute Power
This article examines the recent claim of Donald Trump that he has absolute authority to reopen the economy over the objections of the governors of the states most ravaged by the virus. Issues of states rights vs federal authority and ways methods each may use in the tug of war are discussed.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2021 GOP Cancel Culture (update)
This article discusses the long history of cancel culture in the GOP, its roots in far right religious groups and contrasts its methods of actually using the law to BAN things as opposed to social pressure used in liberal "cancal culture".
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 A Tale of Two Coups
This article compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the Myanmar coup d'etat and the one attempted in the U.S. on January 6. The origins of the coups, the driving forces behind them, the parallels as well as the reasons one failed and the other succeeded.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Words matter: Lessons from High School Speech Class
This article examines the communication barriers arising out of the political tribalism in our speech patterns and the continued discourse dithered by the agenda of those who want us to remain divided.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Conspiracy Theories - For Entertainment Purposes Only! The Death of the Critical Thinker
I dedicate this dissertation to one of the most diligent researchers and critical thinkers of our time - my dearly departed friend Jerry Policoff.
This piece is an examination of how the cultural environment and the leaders that our youth are exposed to can foster critical thinking or destroy it and how government is always looking for new ways to discourage critical thinking.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Alpha Male - Hero or Villain?
This article examines the divide over society's divided perception of of the "alpha male" and its ramifications of that division into all aspects of society.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 6, 2020 An open Letter to Mark Zuckerburg
This article attempts to examine the destructive quality of Facebook on the mental state of the individuals and their close personal relationships. It also considers necrotic effect it has had on democracy through highly effective disinformation campaigns both foreign and domestic.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 6, 2019 Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
This article examines the way corporate media distorts and misrepresents polling data in an effort to bias voters towards a given candidate.