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Stand With The Innocent - Fear Only God

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I will not be bullied into silence. The smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh is an outrage and a disgrace. Twitter suspended me as I was in the process of fact-checking. I am the second person (after Thomas Wictor) to be suspended for criticizing Alyssa Milano, who shamelessly ignores child sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse by Hollywood. It is outrageous that she positions herself as a woman’s advocate by trashing an innocent man—a sincere, dedicated, jurist who has served our Nation faithfully for decades.

Unraveling The Smear Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh: Considering the Claims of Julie Swetnick

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"A federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out....the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone—not in high school, not in college, not ever." - Judge Brett Kavanaugh, September 26, 2018 Exploiting Survivors  Judge Kavanaugh is up for confirmation to the Supreme Court. As we enter the last few days before the vote takes place, political operatives are trying to destroy his reputation by bringing a series of false sexual assault accusations before a national audience.

As those who are watching this spectacle increasingly understand, the aim of Kavanaugh's opponents is not to ensure a better Supreme Court justice is confirmed, but rather to bring the Trump presidency to a grinding halt--sow…

An Open Letter To Chairman Grassley Regarding the Confirmation to the Supreme Court of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (Updated With Correction)

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September 25, 2018
The Honorable Chuck Grassley Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Confirmation to the Supreme Court of Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Dear Senator Grassley:
I write to you in your capacity as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as a private citizen with relevant expertise in matters pertaining to Congressional correspondence. I support Judge Kavanaugh and believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is being less than forthcoming with respect to her allegations against him.
Specifically, I believe Dr. Ford's letter may have been written by a third party, and should be evaluated with this in mind, for the reasons below. (Please forgive any typos as it is late in the evening and I understand this matter is time-sensitive.):
My background: For the past 2.5 years I have served as Chief, Executive Correspondence in a civil service capacity. (All opinions are my own.) I have been a professional writer for 30 years, have taught at the graduat…

Fact-Checking The President

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I share these thoughts in the spirit of helping fellow Federal employees to be engaged and productive regardless of which Administration happens to be in charge. My comments are non-partisan in nature, and I speak only for myself. 
- Dannielle Blumenthal

In a recent article for GovExec (published September 20, 2018), NAGC President Chris O’Neil calls on government communicators to speak truth to power. (It is not clear whether O’Neil is speaking for the National Association of Government Communicators or not, but he is clearly speaking in a personal capacity.) The context is his concern about the current state of Administration communication: “Almost daily, President Trump uses Twitter to fuel a bombastic narrative, mixed with concepts of “alternative facts” or claims of “fake news,” to drive his agenda. Add to that a nearly complete absence of fact checking on the part of the White House, and it is no wonder that when the White House press secretary recently corrected misinformation s…

The One Bias That Can Cost You Everything

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“You should meditate, it’s really good for you.”

Experts say that slowing down and tuning out carries real professional benefits — like improved focus, creativity, and better relationships with your peers.

It’s funny. The minute I hear that word, “meditate,” I get a negative reaction inside. It’s like a forced time-out, I find it authoritarian, and in the end the whole exercise is more stressful than it’s worth.

But you have to learn to slow down. For instance, today is Friday. Rather than trying to get ahead of the game by cramming more and more work into the weekend, consider that you will burn out and turn more and more useless if you don’t learn how to take a break.

Similarly, in reacting to negative stimuli — like interpersonal conflict or fear-provoking situations — consider the benefit of thinking before you react. Consider that you actually can control your reactions, rather than saying or doing something rash and potentially costly. (At the bare minimum, you can teach yourse…

WWII, 9/11, ISIS, & “Russiagate” — Milestones in a Project Plan?

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The movie The Sum of All Fears centers on a planned “false flag” attack aimed at getting the United States and Russia to attack each other with nuclear weapons.

By artificially creating a war, a movie villain seeks to establish control over Europe. Was the 2016 election part of a similar plan?
The anonymous individual known has #QAnon has repeatedly alluded to the movie The Sum of All Fears. This individual seems to indicate that the election of 2016 interrupted a plan to instigate World War III by pitting the U.S. and Russia against one another, and in the process creating a false narrative about North Korea and Iran.

I wondered about this again the other day as I recalled that last year, on June 15, 2017, an anonymous Twitter user going by the handle @usnjack posted a series of Tweets with a similar premise. I originally posted them online verbatim as a PowerPoint using @usnjack’s terminology, “Stopping the Fourth Reich” (text only version here).

What makes this idea especially concern…