Act as if it Would Happen Again

The odds of being struck by a tornado in the Great State of Kansas are 1 in 4.5 million.

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https://www.kansas.com/news/weather/tornado/article213923139.html

As I’ve said before… when you live where the Twisters live, you MUST be prepared! It’s a matter of LIFE or DEATH.

When I was a younger man, I had a friend with a pickup truck. When the sirens would sound, we’d try and chase down the path of the tornadoes as they rolled through Olathe. We never got “lucky” enough to see one, but we saw more than our share of extreme weather events. Massive hail, rotating straight-line winds, fallen trees… mild, compared to what we wanted to see.

Some years we would chase down one or two storms. Some years, it was one storm every 3 or 4 DAYS. We even crossed paths with the “professionals”. A little pat on the back for ourselves, knowing we were close.

Understanding how these systems work is key when doing something so dangerous. Being able to read the radar and satellite returns accurately, then taking that information and applying it to events unfolding on the ground in real time, is crucial. Miss one piece of data, and you end up right in front of the storm.

As random and chaotic as they are, to a certain degree these storms are predictable; and living in this State means we are ALL required to have a degree in meteorology! Well… at least, an intimate knowledge of how the weather works.

The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011, changed all that for me. That one was a beast of another kind. The speed at which it traveled. The speed of the winds within the system. The trail of destruction it left behind and the suddenness with which it appeared… they only had moments to react.


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https://hollybaumannphotography.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/two-months-later-joplin-tornado-recovery-efforts/

 

These systems were starting to Change. 

 

Understanding this, I had to consider not only my safety, but the safety of my children. It was obvious a simple ‘hide in the basement’ strategy would no longer be sufficient. Had that storm dropped over my home… there would have been nothing left. 

I had to act as if it would happen again. So we constructed a storm shelter in our basement, based on FEMA designs, that could withstand an EF5 tornado.

THIS TIME it was Joplin. Next time, we might not be so fortunate. 

 

 

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-tornado-that-saved-washington-33901211/

 

“On the night of August 24, 1814, British troops led by Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn marched on Washington, D.C. and set fire to most of the city. Dolley Madison famously saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington and a copy of the Declaration of Independence before she fled to nearby Georgetown.

The British didn’t stay long, though; their occupation lasted just 26 hours. What happened?”

 

 

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https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-tornado-that-stopped-the-burning-of-washington/

 

“George Robert Gleig, a British soldier on the scene, detailed what happened next in his memoirs as the severe thunderstorm rolled into the city in the afternoon.

‘Of the prodigious force of the wind it is impossible for you to form any conception. Roofs of houses were torn off by it, and whisked into the air like sheets of paper, while the rain which accompanied it resembled the rushing of a mighty cataract rather than the dropping of a shower,’ Gleig wrote.”

 

 

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This isn’t about Donald Trump or Joe Biden. This isn’t about Republican vs. Democrat. This is about the FUTURE of our Nation, and what it is we want that future to BE.

RIGHT NOW, before all the nuance and intricacy. The endless debates over the delicate balance between our individual Liberty and the necessity of the government to defend itself from ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic. Before the political posturing and deliberative delays, we have a chance to declare exactly where we STAND.

Do we now support those who would incite violent actions for political gain? That is a slippery slope, and we all know where it will lead us in the END.

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We have come SO FAR! And the only way we keep moving FORWARD is by taking a STAND. After having been within that majestic building, I can’t imagine how anyone would allow these actions to stand as precedent for a future President.

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Had those people stopped and looked around them, they would have seen the scars from the LAST TIME our Capitol was taken by force. In such a hallowed hall, in the People’s House, it’s not about who resides within that building…

It’s about the ideals for which those hallowed halls continue to STAND.

… and may they STAND for another 207 YEARS without this happening again.

-JC

Where Should We Draw the Line.

Is there an ‘acceptable level’?

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https://thehill.com/homenews/531242-pennsylvania-trump-supporter-charged-with-voter-fraud 


Because we ALL know, if we look real hard…

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https://www.kcrg.com/2020/12/13/internal-audit-of-2020-iowa-caucuses-points-blame-at-national-democratic-party/


… we can definitely find it!

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged

How deep of a dive should we take?

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https://www.chron.com/politics/texas/article/Voting-machine-errors-changed-some-Texans-13339298.php


To what lengths should we go to find “fraud”?



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https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

And who’s to say, if that evidence doesn’t fit a particular narrative…

would it even be heard?

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When people decide they want to go around and start throwing stones…

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/02/ted-cruz-electoral-college-challenge-453430


… we should always consider the SOURCE of that violence.


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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/lawmakers-who-take-the-most-money-from-the-gun-rights-lobby-2017-10-03

Because at the end of the day, we ALL know what the problem IS

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html

Our elected officials work for the people who got them elected…

THE DONORS.

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https://www.npr.org/2019/09/27/764879242/nra-was-foreign-asset-to-russia-ahead-of-2016-new-senate-report-reveals

And those DONORS invest in these candidates, not to advance the agendas of the American People, but to further their own agendas…

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-a-mcconnell-backed-effort-to-lift-russian-sanctions-boosted-a-kentucky-project/2019/08/13/72b26e00-b97c-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html


… by gaining access to opportunity and KNOWLEDGE.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/richard-burr-stocks-sold-coronavirus.html

One side of this Constitutional debate is CORRUPT, while the other side is inept due to CORRUPTION…

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https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5541

… all while ignoring the opinion of the MAJORITY of this nation.

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/nov/01/republican-senators-oppose-clinton-supreme-court-nominee

Just as it was in 2016, the rules of this contest were written well in advance. To change them NOW, after the fact, dishonors the Will of every American who voted this November.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/03/trump-republicans-reject-biden-win-expose-flawed-democracy-column/4118231001/

Our future National Security lies in the hands of elected officials who are BEHOLDEN to CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, and they have shown they are willing to go to great lengths to satisfy those interests above all else.

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https://www.npr.org/2016/07/21/486874336/cruz-says-he-wont-be-a-servile-puppy-dog-to-trump-campaign


Who’s to say where they will STAND tomorrow.

-JC

“The Case Against the President, Part 6: The Tortoise and the Hare”

 
… he didn’t get there by himself.
STAND UP for the Rule of Law.

#EndTheElectoralCollege

 

 

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SUNLIGHT

 

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Sometimes you can gain more insight into what’s going on by looking at the SHADOWS… looking at the picture being painted and asking, “What’s NOT being presented?” Is something else being said, either intentionally or unintentionally, simply by the OMISSION of a specific topic?

 

Look at Donald Trump. He tweets and retweets hundreds of times a day about the HOAX being perpetrated against him. ‘There’s no evidence of a crime worthy of removal from office!’ He says he’ll be found innocent… what’s REALLY on his mind?

CONVICTION

 

… or in his case, a lack there OF.

What about the Senate Majority Leader? He’s talking about coordinating the Senate trial WITH the White House, even before the rules have been established for the trial to BEGIN. Under his leadership, Donald Trump is assured a trial that will vindicate him and assist in his re-election… BOTH of them. WHY.

These Constitutional norms have stood for more than 230 years, and now the Majority Leader of the United States Senate is PRE-JUDGING a trial… For WHAT? For TRUMP? For the GOP… for GREED?

 

 

I remember Paul Ryan GUSHING with schoolboy delight in 2016 when he found out his Conservative Crush from Indiana was going to be just a heartbeat away from the Presidency… HOORAY for the Republican Conservative Christian Movement.

Why are they ALL now in lock-step, supporting Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate? Why must Donald Trump remain in office, assuring him a strong position in 2020 to secure the Republican nomination with NO CONTEST…

 

Have they lost FAITH in Mike Pence?

 

Where is Mike Pence?! Where are the “IMPEACH TRUMP! ELECT PENCE 2020!” bumper stickers? Has something TAINTED the Vice President’s image… or is the Majority Leader simply protecting HIS interests? He knows SUNLIGHT would expose MORE than just wrongdoing carried out by the President and Vice President. It would also expose what was necessary for that wrongdoing to be carried out successfully… without Congressional interference.

 

They RANT and RAVE that the House’s case is “lacking”… that they HAD their chance to make a case and question witnesses. ‘If they can’t make a good enough case, then why should the Senate do the House’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

All while intentionally OMITTING the fact that Donald Trump has BLOCKED witnesses from testifying, WITHHELD critical information from Congress, and instructed his appointed officials to do the SAME.

And since the whistleblower came forward in July, MORE evidence has been brought to light. MORE witnesses have offered to testify or have been BLOCKED from testifying. MORE details, painting a clearer picture of what happened.

 

 

Multiple times now, I’ve heard the President say this is all just like the Kavanaugh Confirmation hearing… I find that very telling.

 

 

He’s right. During that time, MORE evidence came to light, MORE people came forward with MORE testimony, to paint a clearer picture… and NO further investigations took place. Witnesses with information were NOT questioned. The argument was, ‘We’ve already HAD investigations, why should the Senate do the FBI’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

PRE-JUDGED… before Dr. Ford or Justice Kavanaugh testified under OATH.

What’s NOT being said? What’s NOT being talked about THERE?
Always ask… “What’s the FLIP side?”

 

 

The Founders believed there should be a clear line separating Church and State. They drew from history inspiration for what they envisioned would make a JUST form of governance. They could see that any theocracy would eventually lead to tyranny, just as it has countless times throughout human history.

Those personal CONVICTIONS held by people of faith are UNWAIVERING, and any government established on such PASSIONATE rigidity, can easily be transformed from a rock of support to a mallet of oppression, in the hands of a disingenuous leader.

The Founders knew the nature of the political beast as well. The true nature of MAN, the tendency to gravitate toward those base instincts… the politics of “Us vs. Them” are much easier to sell to the people when they are presented as the WILL of the Almighty… making it easier to justify sending our children off to war.

 

We strive to keep the passions of our personal religious convictions OUT of government, to guard against the religious persecution of others BY our government. By doing so, we also seek to protect our religious institutions from the DIRT that naturally comes from running a State, especially one created by souls who are merely an IMAGE of the divine… unable to manifest the perfection OF divinity.

 

Escaping religious persecution is the reason we are ALL HERE. The intolerance of tyranny pushed our ancestors to uproot their families and sail THOUSANDS of miles over a violent ocean, seeking refuge on THESE distant shores.

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Because they made that journey, we give thanks every year for their BRAVERY. And in remembrance OF their journey, we’ve established this nation to ensure EVERYONE has that chance… it is for ALL MANKIND, to live in peace and seek the TRUTH, no matter where that truth lies.

 

-JC

… de minimis.

Why do you lock the car doors when it’s parked in YOUR driveway? Why do you lock the FRONT DOOR of your home? Safety and security can be seen as one-in-the-same-

You would not want an eight-year-old to have access to a brand new sports car… both for the sake of the car, AND the eight-year-old!

To be SAFE helps us to STAY SECURE.

The meaning of these values may have been watered down in the buzz-word, focus group, kid-tested, monetized world we live in. Lady Liberty sells me car insurance in 5 second spots, and Ben Franklin can apparently set me up with some sound retirement planning. SAFETY is JOB #1… because it sells a bunch of cars, but please wait. You are a valued customer, someone will be with you shortly.

CRYSTAL CLEAN, but still somehow FILTHY…

Like the impromptu questioning of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Waiting for an elevator, she was asked about her administration’s decision to cut funding for the Special Olympics, and stood in SILENCE… when questioned.

About HER actions.

… pleasantly!

When HER BOSS was then asked about the same, he TRIUMPHANTLY proclaimed… as any NOBLE KING MIGHT DO when he feels that his SUBJECTS are unhappy… “We’re taking care of it.” Huzzah…

god save the KING of the united states of america.

IT’S DIRTY… everyone can see it just the same! Does it BREAK LAWS… THAT question is NOT being fully addressed regarding MANY ASPECTS of our current elected government officials’ actions. But EACH ONE, every time they are questioned about cutting FUNDING for education, or redirecting FUNDING from military developments to build a wall, or stealing FUNDING from FEMA to imprison refugees, their legalese and dogged determination seems to be enough to let them SLIP… dodging any real accountability for CRIMES COMMITTED… documented.

Ours is a country of LAWS, written in plain terms, so ANYONE can understand them, and if they so choose, pledge allegiance to them. Whether you are a scholar of the Law or a carpenter framing a home, you know the Law! You’re SUBJECT TO IT everyday. And ignorance of the Law is no excuse! I’ve heard stories of judges explaining that to some of my friends. Many of those friends ALREADY KNEW that BEFORE they attempted to use the bogus excuse! And they paid the price. They were served with Justice. And most of them have been better people ever since. Because our Law is fair, rehabilitation is ALWAYS the goal. Encouragement and support is ALWAYS the surest way forward.

Our system of Law has become OPPRESSIVE of the PEOPLE because JUSTICE is now served based on WEALTH… NOT guilt or innocence.

Disproportionately effected by penalties and punishment, financially unable to secure counsel to ensure a fair outcome, and many times corralled into pleading guilty to an offense to simply avoid the appearance of guilt for another crime…

The public defenders here in KCK don’t usually go OUT OF THEIR WAY to get their clients’ case dismissed when they are facing charges of possession. In fact… there’s an old saying in the customer service biz- “Turn ’em and BURN ’em”, meaning get as many customers served as quickly as possible, put the hammer down, cliché cliché…

Justice, weighed against GOLD. The balance can never be fair. At any point in our lives, we can point to a time where we were not financially secure… hell, for me- DOWN RIGHT POOR. But that time did not dictate what I am today, nor who I will BECOME in the future. It may guide my decisions for the rest of my life, but that is just human nature… and sometimes I have to burn my hand on the stove TWICE before I learn!

If you BELIEVE in the Rule of Law, if you believe in Our Constitution… STAND UP. See through the rhetoric. See through the agendas. See through the LIES. We know our system of governance is a system that only works when men and women of HONOR put the GOOD OF THE NATION above ALL ELSE. And we know what issues DIVIDE US with ease.

Don’t let them do it! NOT this time around. Every time an elected official or a candidate for office ducks back into stoking FEAR, ANGER, and DIVISION by blaming “THEM”… question it!!

– HOW DO WE SOLVE THAT ISSUE?

– WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT from that issue NOT being RESOLVED?

– WHY IS THIS PERSON SAYING THIS?

– Is the elected official or candidate for office attempting to FUNDRAISE by appealing to WEALTHY DONORS when they spout the newest “Their side sucks!” chant?

– WHO would LIKE hearing this person SAY those things… and would that group/organization/institution DONATE to a political organization LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH?

The phrase I’ve learned since I began my campaign, that describes this mess PERFECTLY is ‘de minimis’. When dealing with a Presidential Campaign and the VAST OCEAN OF CASH, accounting errors are made. Numbers can be crunched incorrectly or funds can be collected mistakenly… or SPENT mistakenly. NOT with ill-intent, but subject to punishment just the same.

Some amounts are considered to be ‘de minimis’, or lacking in significance. Amounts SO SUPERFLUOUS that investigating criminal activity is seen, in the eyes of the Law, as unnecessary, irrelevant.

Mistakes of $10,000… of $15,000.

“OOPS!”

“… don’t worry about it! That amount of money is MINISCULE.”

 

A handful of mistakes over the course of a fairly successful campaign, and that amount of money, seen as ‘de minimis’ to the Law, could total MORE THAN THE VALUE OF MY HOUSE. That amount of money could change the life of ANY American Citizen I’ve ever known!

Imagine if we elected a President who saw the salary of the Office as ADVANCEMENT, understanding the TRUE VALUE of the wealth that amount of money holds. (aside: I’m sure if you asked any of them, they’d say it wasn’t enough. BUT, I bet ALL of them would say, they’d do it all over again… free of charge.)

An appreciation for an amount as de minimis as $15,000 is something I cannot forget. Nor do I ever hope to.

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a portrait of Ben Franklin in my pocket-  hashtag MAGA.

#EndTheElectoralCollege

JC