Category Archives: Perspectives…

A holdover title from the previous variation of the Federal Observer. This is where you will find a range of Editorial postings and comments by a select group of writers, many of who have had long term relations with Kettle Moraine Publications.

Thousands of Doctors: “Yes, Hydroxychloroquine Works Against Wuhan Coronavirus!”

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Over the past three weeks, there’s been debate over whether hydroxychloroquine, a drug used for decades to treat malaria, can help ease the symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus. During White House press briefings, reporters have done their best to shoot down the possibility.

But doctors around the country and the world are using it and seeing positive results… (Continue… )

Ugly Choices‘ Will Have To Be Made… Very Soon

I had a lot of time away from screens this weekend which is probably a good thing. Always good to get to step away and get a different perspective away from the constant bombardment of news, opinions, and, dare I say, conspiracy theories.

People never lose their collective shit more than during times of crisis and uncertainty.

But I’m not here to talk about conspiracy theories, rather I just wanted to offer some perspectives. And feel free to disagree with them. We’re all working with an evolving set of data points (health, macro, interventions, etc.) and lots of global emotions ranging from ignorance to hysteria during a time of great uncertainty.

But here’s a few thoughts to consider as we collectively navigate through this mess. Continue reading

Yeah, this is long, but the bars are closed…

… no concerts going on, and no sports to watch on TV. So you have no excuse to not read something you might learn something from.

I Don’t Know What To Call This Damned Thing (Just Read it Please!!!) ~ Neal

It is sad, (and I was just as guilty of this for a long period of my life), that people exhibit such a lack of interest in the history of their country. This is sad for two reasons; the first being that there is so much to learn from that history, and the second being how relatively easy it is to find that history now that everyone has a portable library in the hand all the time; i.e. their cell phones.

The internet is a vast place, filled with all kinds of things, and without a guide to point you in the right direction it is like walking into a huge library without a librarian, or a card catalogue telling you the location of the book you’re looking for. On top of that, anyone can post anything they want on the internet, (except for death threats or plans to build nuclear weapons), and that gets tossed into the mix; so it’s hard to tell if the information you are getting is accurate or not.

The best way to get at the truth regarding the history of our country, the nature of our Constitution and the men who wrote it, is to go to the horse’s mouth, so to speak; to seek out source documents from the period you are studying. Continue reading

FEAR

Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared.” ~ Walter P. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

It is all I can do sometimes to not burst out into insane fits of laughter when I hear people say that what happened in Soviet era Russia, or Nazi Germany could never happen here; we are the land of the free and the home of the brave for God’s sake. Well, for God’s sake, open your eyes and look around you; how free are you when a simple virus is all that it takes for you to acquiesce to all manner of infringements upon your freedom. Continue reading

Holy Sheetz Batman: The O’Brian Update

I just got back in from celebrating martial law by going out to the Yough river walking trail and trekking 3 miles. It parallels the CSX railroad on the opposite side. In another time, it was the Western Maryland Railroad, near it’s western terminus: Bowest.

Well, recall how we were supposed to have a shortage of staples? Well, the trains are rolling just fine and have been. I have a 24/7 webcam feed up from Belen, New Mexico, a major freight yard for the BNSF and they have been marshaling out trains without disruption all along.

The local pharmacy was a hoot as well the local 24/7 convenience store, Sheetz – No, I’m kidding, That’s its name… Continue reading

Democrats and Coronavirus: Alinsky on Steroids

Many believed from the start that this virus was either a biowarfare weapon, a strategy to crash the American system, or both. It is starting to get serious and alarms are now sounding in earnest. Many will suffer. Can food riots and critical supply shortages be on the horizon? The leftists will crank up their trusty disinformation machine and do all they can to create chaos.

During the course of research for my book “Rules for Defeating Radicals” (Available at Amazon), a fundamental principle of the leftist Alinsky ideology became glaringly apparent. Leftists never truly care about any cause they claim to champion. It is always and only about exploiting the plight of others to gain political leverage and power. Continue reading

Skewing the Story

We are not being told the entire story by the main stream media, just agitation for panic and hysteria.

Lots of stories are being reported about Italy’s death total. Well, that’s not exactly true. Italy has high death tolls related to this flu, just like they do every year. They average 70,000 flue deaths a year.

Right now, most of Italy has low new Coronovirus case outbreaks. However, Northern Italy does. A word about culture. This area has a very high percentage of very old people and extended families live with each other. The very old live side by side with the very young. It is custom to embrace and kiss. Heavy smoking is common and they have a hasty smog problem which makes them prone to upper respiratory infections. Continue reading

Dwyer: Late Xenophobia

Orders of “social distancing” and “staying in shelter” are expressions of late xenophobia. They often come from liberal officials (Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is an example of) who used to dismiss calls for strict border and immigration enforcement as irrational and driven by fear of strangers. Now, these champions of tolerance and inclusiveness, once staunchly opposed to common-sense restrictions on admission of aliens who posed political or economic risk, health hazard, or a security threat to the US, are discovering the benefits of keeping strangers away (or staying away from the strangers). Continue reading

Good night, John Boy…

As some of my readers might remember, there was a 1970’s TV show called The Walton’s. It was a weekly staple during my early teenage years. The show featured the life of a family living in a small Virginia community during the 1930’s Depression years. Although the family was poor, it was rich in love, respect and inner strength. It was a show about the importance of holding on to ones values and morals in a difficult and often negative world. Continue reading

No Fear of Death: May We All Survive In Fine Fashion

Life and Liberty are two of the most precious things in my life, next to my family, and I’ve always looked at these two things in a way that many in America seem to have lost the ability to understand. Each day as I rise, I give thanks to God for my life and another day above ground, along with thanking Him for guiding and protecting my two daughters and my six grandchildren and all the many blessings He has already placed in my life. Nothing in my life would have been possible without the loving God who created me and this magnificent world in which we live. Continue reading

In a Time of Crisis, Let’s Stand Together

For quite some time, aided and abetted by a rapacious media and take-no-prisoners howlers-at-the-moon on social media, “partisanship porn” has been America’s most enduring frame of reference. You’re either with me or you’re the enemy, the idiot, or simply beneath contempt. Thus one must be ridiculed, defriended, socially ostracized, and/or ignored. All of our differences are irreconcilable and civil war inevitable.

Except that it’s not… Continue reading

What We Ought to Learn From the Coronavirus

Stu Redman: What about the folks I came in with?

Dr. Dietz: From Arnette? All dead. Which is why we can’t afford—

Stu Redman: What did you do? What did you people do?

~ The Stand  (1994)

Amanda Dunfrey: You don’t have much faith in humanity, do you?

Dan Miller: None whatsoever.

Amanda: I can’t accept that! People are basically good, decent. My God, David, we’re a civilized society!

David Drayton: Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 9-1-1. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the s*** out of them? No more rules!

Ollie: You scare people badly enough, you can get ‘em to do anything. They’ll turn to whoever promises a solution.

~ The Mist  (2007)

I’ll start by saying that the media-inflamed hysteria over Covid-19 worries me a lot more than the virus does. Continue reading

The Coronavirus May Not Get You But Socialism Could

The enemy of reason is upon us! Fear! Panic! Frenzy! Terror! Dread! Horror! Hysteria! Confusion! Hording! Stress!

So many Americans are running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

No! We are not minimizing the threat and risks of the Coronavirus. But, it, like Ebola, Measles, Flu, Sars and Mers viruses (and who knows what else) are alive and well on the planet and they rise up every now and then to test our metal. (Remember the hype about the Measles outbreak last year? There were only 971 cases and yet we panicked over that too because of the news media!) Continue reading

We are ALL slaves now

After the Sale: Slaves Going South from Richmond ~ 1853, Eyre Crowe (1824-1910), Oil on canvas; 27 x 36 in.; Chicago History Museum

States in our constitution are definitely places with borders. Federal and state and local laws operate within and out of state borders which is defining them specifically as a place. We are licensed and identified by the state and border in which we reside. A good example for this is the War Between the States.

To me, a person who is desiring a cloak of protection by an entity prefers coddling in all aspects of their life including control of their own self expression. In other words, they enjoy being slaves. Lovers of repression. Continue reading

November 16, 2015: Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate

The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.

MERS coronavirus, FLICKR, NIAID

Update (March 11, 2020): On social media and news outlets, a theory has circulated that the coronavirus at the root of the COVID-19 outbreak originated in a research lab. Scientists say there is no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus escaped from a lab. Continue reading

Biden: The Malleable Candidate

Back in 2007 someone on the internet made an interesting comment about Joe Biden. He said “Biden is the ultimate outsider/insider, whatever you want.” In other words, Biden was for sale to the highest bidder no matter where he was coming from. His son’s dealings with Burisma in Ukraine have long since borne that out.

However, since 2007 Joe Biden has lost whatever sharp edge he once had. All you have to do now is listen to the gaffes when he talks and you can tell his best days are behind him. He recently stated he was running for the senate, and that there had been 150 deaths due to guns in this country–a slight exaggeration to say the least.

He also said that, if elected, he would appoint Beto O’Rourke as his “gun control” czar, really bad news, because good ol’ Beto would outlaw everything except air rifles – and he’d want those to be single shot! Continue reading

If Just One Man Defies Tyranny, Freedom Still Lives

“If men within themselves would be governed by reason, and not generally give up their understanding to a double tyranny, of custom from without, and blind affections within; they would discern better what it is to favor and uphold the tyrant of a nation. But being slaves, no wonder that they strive so much to have the public state conformably governed to the inward vicious rule, by which they govern themselves. For indeed none can love freedom heartily, but good men: the rest love not freedom, but license: which never hath more scope, or more indulgence than under tyrants.” ~ John Milton, English poet and intellectual (1608 to 1674)

(AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Many times we have written that men without honor are incapable of defending, much less preserving, freedom. As John Milton says, “For indeed none can love freedom heartily, but good men.” Good men with honor.

Honor is “the adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct.” In simple terms, the “conventional standard’ of conduct for humans is “to treat others in the same way you wish to be treated and to be true to your word.” Without honor there can be no trust and society eventually breaks down into corruption, chaos, anarchy, or worse, fascism as we are seeing now in many parts of the country today. Continue reading

Scalia warned us 40 years ago about what’s happening in America right now

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia pauses during a “constitutional conversation” with fellow justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer at the National Archives on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

We know now what a loss Antonin Scalia’s untimely death has been for American thought, culture, and jurisprudence. The stalwart originalist had a deep respect for the Constitution-as-written, and he worked tirelessly to defend our founding document against the encroachments of the federal government.

But even before he rose to prominence, Scalia knew the struggles America would face. As an article published in the National Sentinel points out, Scalia predicted in 1979 exactly how Congress would try to ignore the will of the people. Continue reading

Don’t Blame Bernie. Blame The Stupid, Naive’ Bernie Voters

“The ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should be the greatest good of all, but no human group has ever reached this ideal because of ignorance and selfishness.” [and corruption] ~ W. E. B. Du Bois socialist, historian, civil rights activist, author, writer (1868 – 1963)

By now Super Tuesday is over, the results of which we did not know when we wrote this article. Our educated guess is, Bernie Sanders has received a good portion of the delegates, with Buttigieg, Warren, Klobuchar, Steyer and Gabbard well below the 15% threshold to be viable. Biden might still be alive after his win in South Carolina. Steyer is already … out of the race. Continue reading

One night, one storm …” ~ In the wake of a tragedy, GOD shall wipe away all tears

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of helplessness that can sometimes come over even the strongest of men in the face of the deadly forces of nature. And yet, too many of us rise each day feeling invincible and as if life will keep on going for us forever and a day, never contemplating the everyday dangers, simply because we can’t – not if we wish to carry on a reasonably sane everyday life. Rather than a delusion, it is a simple act of refusing to spend an inordinate amount of time considering our own mortality.

However, every so often, it would do each of us a bit of good to take stock and full measure of our lives and whatever legacy we may leave behind, and in the process, we should all give thanks to God Almighty for every single blessing we have received in our lives. Never a day passes that I don’t give thanks for my many blessings, great and small, each evening before bed and each new morning with the rising sun. Continue reading

‘Liberties Do Not Come From Government, But From Almighty God’ Amendment to Tennessee Constitution Fails in Senate

A proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would declare that liberties do not come from government, but from Almighty God failed in the State Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The measure did not pass for the lack of a second to the motion to pass the resolution.

The action – or rather, inaction – by the Senate Judiciary Committee, effectively denied the citizens of state the right to vote on whether the declaration would be included in the Tennessee Constitution. Continue reading

Br’er Rabbit: My Thoughts on History

Twenty years ago I would have laughed in your face if you had told me that I would spend the remainder of my life studying history. I hated history in school; the boring textbooks, the remembering of names and dates of certain events; it all seemed so useless to me at the time. The only history teacher I had who tried to make history fun was Jim Gross, my junior year U.S. History teacher; and I was too into drugs at the time to appreciate his efforts.

Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines history as: a chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes. Continue reading