Subliminal Techniques Media Uses to Manipulate Your Thoughts

In the late 1970s, during university journalism classes, I first studied how movies, television, news and politics purposefully used manipulation techniques to control our thoughts.

It was then that I realized I was one of millions of moviegoers who unknowingly sensed the power of sublimation.

When director William Friedkin’s The Exorcist opened in 1973, it quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful horror films of all time.

Local newscasts reported viewers fainting, vomiting, and fleeing the theater, shaken by the film’s explicit depiction of a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) possessed by demons and exhibiting blasphemous behavior.

But what we didn’t know was just how unsettled we became because of Friedkin’s insertion into the film surreptitiously—a frightening, subliminal image that was funneled straight into the audience’s subconscious.

Unbeknownst to us, there was a white-faced demon briefly flashed onscreen at 45 minutes and one second into the film.

At one hour, 43 minutes, and 13 seconds in, there is another 1/8 of a second flashes cuts in:

The micro shots were part of Friedkin’s strategy to unnerve moviegoers using both visuals and sounds that he felt stood the best chance of creating an uneasy atmosphere. The face was intended to represent one of the demons inhabiting Regan. Here is another:

The subliminal techniques worked. As of September 2022, the movie has garnered $441,306,145 in worldwide earnings.

The idea for manipulating the masses came from print media. In this day of internet advertising, propaganda and politics, “social influencers” are called in to impact purchases, choices and cultural norms. Let’s look at celebrity influencers of yesteryear:


Advertisers and bloggers know that most people will not spend much time looking at print advertisements or reading long articles. That’s where pictures and images come in.

WHISKEY A LA MODE

Here is a classic example of how hidden (subliminal) ideas, imagery, and words can be placed in print advertisements without immediate detection.


On average, people look at a print ad for no more than two seconds.  In the following case the advertiser had two seconds in which to convey a message.


With this in mind, look closely at this advertisement and see if you notice anything interesting:

This is not a photograph of a glass of whiskey, this is a piece of artwork.



Take a look at this area of the print advertisement.  Do you see the image of a dead wasp?

Here is a comparison of the image of the dead wasp with a darkened image of the dead wasp:

Below is a comparison of the image of the dead wasp with a picture of a wasp:

Notice that the colors black and yellow are prominent in this advertisement, the same colors of a wasp.


There are three subliminal images of birds in this advertisement.


BIRD #1:
Above the image of the dead wasp is another image.  Do you see the image of a vulture above the dead wasp?

This image is a cartoon rendition of a vulture.  The vulture is hovering over the image of the dead wasp:

Here is a comparison of the image of the vulture with both another cartoon rendition and a photograph of a vulture:

BIRD #2:
Take a look at this section of the print advertisement.  Do you see the image of a dead white bird?

Here is a comparison of the image of the dead white bird next to a picture of a white bird:

BIRD #3:
Take a look at this section of the print advertisement.  Do you see the image of a Red-tailed Hawk?

Here is a comparison of the image of the Red-tailed Hawk’s head with a picture of a Red-tailed Hawk’s head.

The image of the Red-tailed Hawk looks like it is about to take flight due to the positioning of the wings:

COLOR PSYCHOLOGY
There are three predominant colors in this advertisement:  yellow, black, and gold.
As mentioned previously, the colors yellow and black relate to the colors of a wasp.


Gold is another color of this advertisement which is the color of the whiskey in the glass.


To an addicted heavy consumer of alcohol, whiskey is as good as gold.


SUBJECTIVE ANALYSIS
Subliminal images of a wasp and birds in this Calvert whiskey ad have been revealed.


Through subliminal imagery and symbolic meanings, it appears that this ad is portraying an addicted heavy drinker’s life coming to an end.


🔹It is important to understand that the subconscious mind operates with symbols, pictures and images.

🔹They convey far more information than words. They reach us on an intuitive level. We understand images by making associations with them.


WASP SYMBOLISM:
In this advertisement, the wasp is a symbol of whiskey because both the wasp and the whiskey are known for their ability to sting.

🔹This stinging of the alcohol can cause some rawness and discomfort in the short-term, and in the long-term it may have other consequences. 


🔹A wasp can sting multiple times without harm to itself.   Wasps do not die after stinging their victims.


🔹Since the wasp in this advertisement is dead, it has lost it’s power to sting.


🔹The whiskey (wasp) loses it’s power to sting after an addicted heavy consumer of alcohol dies.


VULTURE SYMBOLISM:
In the ad above, the image of a vulture–a universal symbol of death–is hovering over the dead wasp.

🔹Death is inevitably approaching any heavy drinker.


WHITE DEAD BIRD SYMBOLISM:
According to a Germanic superstition, the “omen most often associated with death was a white dove that would appear on the windowsill or in the room of the terminally ill and forewarn the family of the impending death.” 

🔹Although a white dove has been a symbol of peace and hope for thousands of years, in this advertisement the dead bird represents the situation where the addicted heavy drinker has lost peace and hope as the end of his life draws near.


HAWK SYMBOLISM:
In this advertisement, the hawk is at the top of the glass of whiskey and is poised to take flight.  The hawk’s back is towards the dead white bird, the vulture, and the dead wasp.


🔹Hawk symbolism is also associated with death, for the birds often act as the bearers of souls heavenward.

🔹The hawk’s swiftness of darting down and grasping its weakened prey also serves as a symbol of death, injustice, and violence.

Now here is what the advertisers knew about the demographics of their consumers at the time:


🔹The top 5% of drinkers of alcohol accounted for 42% of the United States total alcohol consumption. 


🔹About 17.6 million Americans abused or were dependent on alcohol. 


🔹In the United States, excessive alcohol use accounted for an estimated average of 80,000 deaths annually. 

On a global scale, the “harmful use of alcohol results in approximately 2.5 million deaths each year. 

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

Think about how much information and statistics advertisers, propagandists, and social engineers had back then.

Now considering the enormous amount of spying via internet, cellphones, financial records, purchasing habits and locations you frequent, just how much more accessible are your customs, patterns and obsessions? How can these be used to not only track your existence, but manipulate your life?

Thank you for reading Part 2 of our Social Enginnering Manipulation series.

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Exactly Why Does Joe Biden Spend So Much Time Away From the White House?

Spending much time away from Washington D.C. was common for Joe Biden long before he became the official resident.

As vice president under Obama, it was welcomed for Biden to take frequent trips to beach homes in Delaware, Maryland and other destinations. As long as he received “ten percent” he was satisfied and reliably out of Barack Obama’s hair. It was a running joke to encourage and send Biden away during important and confidential meetings.

Last week he and Jill Biden deviated from his schedule and flew on a quick trip on Air Force One to Delaware and back in one evening. Media reported it as he went there simply to cast a ballot in Delaware’s primary that had one contested statewide office. They were on the ground in Delaware for about one hour and 15 minutes.

So how does this work? Biden must travel out of state to vote but Congress members do not?

Just a week later, last Friday, Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to all members of Congress informing them that because of “COVID” they will be allowed to vote by proxy. In other words, they do not have to show up at the Capitol for Congressional business as required but can vote from various states.

One barely mentioned clue as to why Biden spends so much time away from the White House is due to his questionable history. His own son, Hunter has been known to refer to his father via email as “Pedo-Peter.”

“Biden’s a well-known pedophile,” Whistleblower Ryan D. White said in his testimony to Lin Wood’s staff in February 2021. “It’s disgusting. Mr. and Mrs., we’ve seen him and family members, him and other children.”

“Most people have seen now the image of him sniffing children on — in an official capacity. It’s an awards ceremony or promotion ceremony. And many times he can’t wait, is the problem. It’s not like he’s just over there doing that. Those children have been promised to him for his role in the securities positions for their family members, for their parents.”

“So, he can’t control himself because he’s anticipating his payoff. So, that’s why you see these sniffing videos, things like that. Some of them are just him being a disgusting pervert.”

“The other ones, these are payments that he’s going to get soon, that night, because he had come through on his. Obama would make all kinds of deals, promote people to this or that, but he (Biden) always had to get — his percentage is 10 percent. He had to get something to keep him quiet.”

“There’s just unbelievable amounts of child porn online, and the DOJ has terabytes of it, but anything confiscated, anything used, was formatted for him for easy use by Shaun Bridges, and it would just — it would play.”

Most remember the Bill Clinton appointed Judge Emmet Sullivan as ramrodding the Michael Flynn trial when in 2018 he asked if Flynn’s conduct rose to the level of “treasonous activity.” He later had to publically apologize.

It was Sullivan who read the words of RINO Senate leader Mitch McConnell on the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 protest: “The United States Capitol, the seat of the first branch of our federal government, was stormed by criminals who brutalized police officers and used force to try to stop Congress from doing its job.”

Sullivan has been known to publicly chastise and berate citizens who were jailed for participating in the Jan. 6 demonstration while he follows the narrative of “insurrection.”

Whistleblower White also characterized Sullivan as a pedophile:

“Sullivan, the judge — when the granddaughter was younger, she was on Skype in her bedroom –· this is one of the videos I’ve seen — she was on Skype in her bedroom — and this was when Skype was fairly new — and she heard him coming and jumped in the bed. He didn’t know it was on. Like I said, it wasn’t common at the time. She was talking to one of her friends. So, he comes in and abuses her. He gets in her bed and she’s performing oral sex on him, and he’s, you know, mildly abusive, I guess. He says “Do like I told you, not like this.”· Ugh. So, but, what he wasn’t aware of is that other people were seeing this, because it scared the children on the other end of the Skype, so someone got their parents. There was nothing they could do. They didn’t discuss it. Some of them will discuss it — they actually witnessed it as it was happening — because they don’t like it. So, if somebody were to offer them something decent, they would come forward with what they saw.”


Since his inauguration in January 2021, Biden’s weekend jaunts and vacations have spanned 237 days as of this writing. Twenty-five trips for 79 days were spent at his home in Wilmington and seven trips for 24 days in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, out of 591 days in office.

Curiously, most of Biden’s days are out of view of the rotating White House press pool. Media are intentionally kept far away from this president when he’s not in DC. It is common for entire days to go without even a glimpse of Biden.

Not so much by the controlled mainstream media, but in alternative press and social sites, Biden is beginning to take on more heat for spending over 42% of his days in office “on vacation.” His time away from the White House is expanding and becoming more frequent. During his first year in office, he spent 28% of his time at his Delaware home. He spent two-thirds of August 2022 out of DC. By far, this exceeded both Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

So much of his time is out of the Oval Office that even a studio set, a smoke and mirrors type environment, has been built specially to facilitate carefully scripted and produced broadcasts from Biden.

It is very rare for any substantial or truthful accounts of his work encounters away from the White House to be known or reported on. In October 2021, Biden hosted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) at his Wilmington, Delaware home, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to revive his $2 trillion Build Back Better spending package. Ultimately passed in smaller form much later, Behind-the-scenes Biden didn’t actually do much of the negotiation, but the media was used to portray that he was instrumental.

Fake office.

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Compared to President Donald J. Trump, who published detailed accounts of his daily schedule and White House visitor logs, Biden’s original press secretary right off the bat indicated Biden would not be voluntarily posting visitor logs, especially from Delaware.

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The ‘Woman’ Raping His Children Had a Penis

The three pillars of disinformation and propaganda–media, academia, and movies–do not want you to know the truth about pedophilia amongst the transvestite world. When an instance occurs, it is either under reported, not reported or slantedly reported. The point is we have the right and freedom to speak out.

Now imagine the police coming after someone for pointing out that the “woman” raping his children has a penis.

In the southeast England county of Sussex, police have apologized after the Home Secretary accused them of “playing identity politics and denying biology” around sexual offenses committed by a transgender woman years before transitioning.

The police department insisted on social media they would not “tolerate any hateful comments” about gender identity “regardless of crimes committed. ” They went so far as to condemn a Twitter user who said she was exercising her gender critical views to familiarize herself with what is regarded as hate on its website.

Some hours later they came back with a comment on its official Twitter account indicating they had been “inconsistent with our usual style of engagement”, and that it had since been deleted.

The police acknowledged the “rights of the public to express themselves freely within the boundaries of the law.”

Responding to the initial tweet, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said the force should “focus on catching criminals not policing pronouns” after Sally Ann Dixon, of Swanmore Avenue, Havant, Hants, was jailed for 20 years having been convicted of 30 indecent assaults.

Police said the crimes, against five girls and two boys, took place between 1989 to 1996, when Dixon was known as John Stephen Dixon.

The 58-year-old, sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on September 8, later transitioned to female in 2004, Sussex Police said.

Some people on Twitter objected to the force referring to Dixon in the headline of its press release as a “Woman convicted of historic offences against children in Sussex”.

Responding to the remarks, Sussex Police initially tweeted that it does not “tolerate any hateful comments towards their gender identity regardless of crimes committed”.

“This is irrelevant to the crime that has been committed and investigated,” they added.

In response, Ms Braverman tweeted: “@Sussex_police have done well to put a dangerous criminal behind bars.

“But they’ve got it wrong by playing identity politics and denying biology. Focus on catching criminals not policing pronouns.”

Karen Ingala Smith, who founded Femicide Census, an organization which provides information on women who have been killed by men in the UK, argued that “the sex of the perpetrator certainly is not irrelevant in crimes of sexual violence against children, for example rates of perpetration differ hugely by sex”.

She added: “Moreover, if crimes committed by males are recorded as crimes by females then policy based on crime data will be hopeless.”

Frances Crook, former chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, now co-convenor of the Commission on Political Power, said 15,000 men are in prison convicted of sex crimes, compared to around 100 women.

She said allocating even a small number of male crimes to women would “skew the figures”.

Sussex Police has since confirmed the offenses by Dixon were recorded as having been committed by a man.

Responding to one Twitter user who said she was exercising her gender critical views, Sussex Police said she could familiarize herself with what is regarded as hate on its website, adding: “If you have gender critical views you wish to express this can be done on other platforms or your own page, not targeted at an individual.”

A tweet response to the Sussex Police from Joanna Cherry said,” “I think you could do with familiarising yourselves with the right to #FreeSpeech under #ECHR & the #HumanRightsAct & the protection for gender critical beliefs afforded under the Equality Act.”

“You have no locus to compel women’s speech.”

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Sussex Police said: “We reported factually on the findings of the court which heard that, at the time of the offences, Dixon was living as a man, John Stephen Dixon.The relevant offences were recorded as being committed by a male.”

“An earlier reply to a comment on Twitter was inconsistent with our usual style of engagement; we apologise for this and have removed the comment.”

“We recognise the rights of the public to express themselves freely within the boundaries of the law.”

Ms Braverman thanked the force for “their swift apology & retraction” and added, “The best police officers focus on solving crimes and supporting victims. Not political correctness.”

Detective Constable Amy Pooley of the Sussex Police complex abuse unit, said Dixon had come to know his victims through family connections “and used that trusted access to systematically abuse each of them for sexual gratification, in some cases for several months at a time”.

A victim came forward to police in 2019 and the officer said the case shows “we will always follow up such reports, no matter how long ago the events are said to have happened, to support victims and to see if we can achieve justice for them wherever the evidence justifies that”.

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Texas Hill Country is Becoming a Mecca for Movie Making

With the help of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP), the Lone Star State initiative  is designed to build the state and local economies through the moving image industry and create jobs in Texas communities.

BOERNE

Just 30-minutes northwest of San Antonio International Airport is the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Boerne, Texas, where I raised my family.

It has been discovered by Hollywood for years as the city offers a picturesque vintage backdrop featuring turn-of-the-century architecture nestled in its thriving business district filled with modern boutiques, breweries, and restaurants that are ready to serve.

Their bustling downtown, the Hill Country Mile, is a colorful canvas of quaint shops flanked by winding pedestrian paths and parks situated along the gorgeous Cibolo Creek. At its heart, Boerne is anchored by a 170-year-old traditional Main Plaza, complete with a historic gazebo and surrounded by heritage Oaks.

Boerne is one of now over 150 communities across the state in the Film Friendly Texas program, including the neighboring cities of Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Blanco, Bandera, and San Antonio.  

The Film Friendly Texas program provides ongoing training and guidance on media industry standards and best practices to help communities accommodate media production for film and TV. Film Friendly Certified Communities are trained to match local businesses with production-related needs and services while creating jobs for Texas-based crew members and residents.

Some notable productions filmed in Boerne over the years, including 1973’s The Sugarland Express starring Goldie Hawn; 1997’s The Newton Boys, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke; and 1999’s All the Pretty Horses, starring Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz.

Just minutes west of Boerne on Highway 46 is Enchanted Springs Ranch.

Enchanted Springs Ranch began as a Hollywood movie set in 2001 and has been a preferred filming location for over 20 years. The ranch features a large-scale Old West town that is perfect for filming movies, commercials, TV shows and music videos. The ranch is listed as an approved filming venue with the San Antonio Film Commission and works closely with the Austin Film Commission.

Texas-based TV travel programs like The Daytripper and YOLO TX have also filmed in and around Boerne.

SAN MARCOS

In the summer of 2022, San Marcos–home to Texas State University–announced the construction of a $267 million, 820,000-square-foot TV, film and virtual production studio.

City officials billed it as a studio set to bring in more than 1,400 industry jobs to the community.

“The multiuse project, located at the entrance of the La Cima master-planned community, will also feature modern lifestyle and collaborative workplace amenities, headlined by post-production facilities, a 50-seat screening theater and a full-service restaurant and coffee shop,” Hill Country Group said. “Twenty-five acres will be reserved for vendor and commercial space built to serve both the studio and surrounding community.”

MOVIES FILMED IN HILL COUNTRY

Some movies made in the Texas Hill Country region include (note movies I have appeared in are designated with “*” symbol):

Lonesome Dove

The Alamo

The Getaway

7 Days in Utopia

Boyhood

Time Trap

Miss Congeniality

Selena

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

STRINGS*

Piranha*

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Attack on Terror: FBI vs. Klu Klux Klan*

Race With the Devil

Viva Max!

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Record Breaking Eviction Rates Result from High Rent, Mortgages and Cost of Living

If food prices haven’t been high enough, now, thanks to Bidinflation, the price to eat is almost 12% over the last year, and the largest annual increase since May 1979.

Specifically, restaurant menu prices increased 8.2%, and grocery prices surged 13.8%.

Inflation, which reached a four-decade high earlier in 2022, increased far more than economists and corporate media told us it would be as summer came to an end. Consumer prices continue to rise according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Although the Biden Administration pat themselves on the back for gas prices, since they have been in office these costs have for the most part, increased and are a chief contributor to inflation for most of the year.

According to data from Zillow, the typical U.S. monthly rent in August 2022 was right at $2,090, a 12.3% increase from a year earlier. By comparison, average U.S. rent was $1,660 before Biden entered the White House.

With rent hikes adversely affecting millions of Americans, 8.5 million people were behind on their rent at the end of August, about 4 million renters say they’re somewhat or very likely to be evicted before the 2022 Holiday season, according to data from the Census Bureau.

The Labor Department said real average weekly earnings decreased 3.4% over the last 12 months.

The Committee to Unleash Prosperity estimates that purchasing power of a median income household family was down about $4,000 over the past 14 months.

As the government artificially makes more cash available to compete over the same number of homes, prices will inevitably rise. These higher home and rental prices especially harm vulnerable populations and increases a dangerous recession.

Shelter costs had the biggest monthly rise since 1991, at 0.7% in August from the prior month– a giant jump by 6.2% compared to the same time in 2021, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BASIC SHELTER

Meanwhile, mortgage rates also surged above 6% for the first time since the housing crash of 2008. The 30-year fixed rate stood at 2.86% a year ago and at 2.65% in January 2021, when President Biden entered the White House.

Food Costs Year Over Year Changes 2021-2022 September

Eggs 39.8%

Butter 24.6%

Flour 23.3%

Roasted coffee 18.7%

Soup 18.5%

Hot dogs18.3%

2% milk 17.7%

Fresh bakery items 17.1%

Canned fruit 16.6%

Chicken 16.6%

Potatoes 15.2%

Pet food 13.1%

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Remembering the Alamo and Jill Biden’s Taco-Gate Insult to Hispanics

The closest any Biden has appeared near the U.S.-Mexican Border while residing in the White House (as of this writing) was in July 2022. It was 145 miles away from the border in San Antonio, Texas. It wasn’t Joe who appeared. Nor was it Hunter. The dubious honor went to Jill Biden.

In Texas, Republican Mayra Flores won a special election for the 34th Congressional District in June.

Mayra Flores

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That was a seat that Democrats had held for more than a century. The district, which stretches from San Antonio down to the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border, is mostly Hispanic. 

So in July, Jill Biden flew into the Alamo City to tell a crowd of progressive Hispanics that the diversity of their community is “as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.”

“Did she just say that we being as unique as a breakfast taco is our strength?” Linda Castillo asked her friend, Catrina Chapa.

“No wonder we are ditching the Democrats,” Chapa responded as the ladies near them high-fived each other. People in the crowd noticed and felt insulted.

“First the Bidens put us in danger with an invasion of illegal aliens coming through the border and now they insult us by calling us Tacos,” Castillo responded.

Others noticed, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists who called out Biden for her remarks in a statement, saying it “demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos in the region.”

“NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and her speech writing team to take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and communities. We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.” 

Soon others joined in on Jill’s very own TACO-GATE.

“First there was ‘FJB.’ Then there was ‘Let’s Go Brandon,'” Chapa noted. “She just started her own ‘TACO-GATE” and the Bidens are going to learn you don’t call us Tacos. Never! Let the festivities begin.”

Here is a sampling of the “festivities”:

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After Media’s Treatment of Melania Trump Let’s Consider the First Ladies They Cherished

Mainstream media continues to be shamefully biased, fake and unprofessional–especially when it comes to the beautiful Melania Trump.

🔹Why did Vogue not want Mrs. Trump on the cover of their magazine while she was our First Lady?

🔹It was a dirty game of disrespect and media politics. 

🔹Five months into Joe Biden’s White House residency, Jill Biden appeared on the cover.

🔹Former First Lady Michelle Obama was on the cover three times.

🔹Hilary Clinton was on the cover during her time as the first lady.

🔹Vice President Kamala Harris was on the cover before even being sworn in.

🔹Has the FBI ever raided any First Lady’s bedroom in their history? Not until their perverted search of her clothes at Mar-a-Lago.

Now let’s take at least as charitable a look at the First Ladies who media kissed up to. This article features Michelle Obama. Right off the bat, can you see the difference?

MICHELLE OBAMA

Coming up next: Comparing Melania Trump vs. Jill Biden

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Martha’s Vineyard Posts Are Alive With The Sounds of Hypocrisy

The levels of hypocrisy coming out of the mouths of corporate news media and Democrats continue to be enforced by their reaction to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to fly illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard.

The propaganda and reactions from the left were so sanctimonious that some of the self-righteous socialists found themselves yanking their idiotic posts off of social media. Others changed their tampered reporting, but still continued deceptive narratives.

Here is one from NBC News they jerked off the internet within minutes:

Their duplicitous reactions were countered throughout the land—and online. The hills were alive with the sounds of hypocrisy.

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We Emptied Our Hunter Biden Trash Out and This Is What We Found

First, here is a message from Hunter and his father:

Warning. Because this trash is about White House Resident Joe’s son, Hunter Biden, readers should be warned some of this garbage can be quite graphic. Read with caution.

HUNTER’S ACTUAL EMAIL TO HIS EX:
And WHY would Hunter continuously put compromising photos of himself in his phone and laptop?

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Monkey Pox Simply Explained So That Some CNN Viewers May Understand It

Monkeypox is a rare, usually mild infection, typically caught from infected wild animals in parts of Africa. It was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name ‘monkeypox.’

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a period of intensified effort to eliminate smallpox. Since then, monkeypox has been reported in humans in other central and western African countries. More recently, the same purveyors of the COVID-19 pandemic (Big Pharma, Big Media, Big Government, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization…) are pursuing another run of propaganda for profit and control.

Symptoms

Monkeypox typically begins with a flu-like illness. It usually takes between five to 21 days for the first symptoms to appear, if someone gets infected with monkeypox. Symptoms of this disease usually include a fever, a headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen glands, shivering and exhaustion.

After the appearance of fever, within 1 to 3 days or sometimes even longer than that, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

2017 vs 2022?

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Texas Drug Store Cowboys Celebrating 50 Years as Dancehall & Venue Legends

50th Anniversary will be on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at John T. Floores Country Store & Dance Hall in Helotes, Texas. 3-7 p.m.

Admired by fiercely loyal fans, The Drugstore Cowboys have brought their electric energy to venues throughout the US and Europe.

The south side of San Antonio, in the neighborhoods surrounding McCollum and Harlandale high schools, are the childhood homes of many notable people in Country, Funk, Soul and Tejano Music.

Legendary Country Music DJ Hall of Famer and everybody’s “Cousin” Jerry King went to Harlandale in the 1960s. I can remember when King, along with other DJs and musicians, played with the likes of Willie Nelson and George Jones at a charity basketball matchup at the McCollum gym in the late 1960s.

During the 1972-73 school year Nashville recording artist Johnny Bush played on stage at the McCollum Auditorium. Country.

Down on Harding Blvd., a talented local newspaper country music and entertainment writer, John Goodspeed, served as an early inspiration for me.

The late Emilio Navaira, from the McCollum Class of 1980, was a Mexican-American musician who performed country and Tejano music nationally. His classmate from the year ahead of him, Yolanda Saldívar, is the convicted murderer of Latin music superstar Selena, and is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison.

Especially in the late 70s and early 80s many of us would go watch Horizon perform. Southsiders Charlie, John, and Geoff Boggess joined classmate Freddy Carrillo and others (T-Bo Gonzalez, Bill Dudley, Larry Scott and Sahara Greer come to mind) and actually opened for the Commodores. The story goes they were offered to go on the road with Cool and the Gang but turned them down.

Through the years, southsider singers and musicians continued to play venues and dances as far away as Europe, on television and especially throughout the Lone Star State.

Some of the more enduring included Rex Allen McNeil, Walter “Tooter” Ripps, Ray Morris, Randy Potts, Lonnie Castleman, John Marsh, Leonard Wong, and the rockers, The Toman Brothers, Randy and Russell—and who could forget R

1972

In the fall of 1972, 17-year-old McCollum senior Dub Robinson had organized a country trio and began playing around a little bit. He went to go see Willie Nelson at the John T. Floore Country Store northwest of San Antonio in the foothills of the Hill Country town of Helotes.

Johnny Bush, Paul English, Willie Nelson

Nelson was to perform as a trio with drummer Paul English and Bee Spears on bass. The steel player didn’t show.

“I watched Willie play that gut string guitar and it didn’t lose anything,” Robinson remembers. Since age 12, Robinson had played professionally across South Texas, but on this night he was particularly inspired.

He called his drummer, Robert “Cotton” Payne, and his bassist, Tommy McKay the next day and proclaimed that if they could be a hundredth as good as Nelson was, they might have a chance.

They knew their taste in music was a blend of country, rock, and blues. McKay suggested the perfect name for their new band. It described the kind of “cowboy” who didn’t want to get his boots dirty.

I’ve followed Dub and other fellow McCollum Cowboys classmates over the years. He continues to be a favorite.

At a ten year class reunion in 1983 at the downtown El Tropicano Hotel Ballroom, Dub and his band honored his classmates as we danced in memories of “old times.” I was particularly honored. I knew the band was good, but when I was called over during a break, he asked me what Elvis song I was going to sing later that evening.

I suggested “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hearbreak Hotel,” and “Hound Dog.”

He grinned, and with guitar in hand, said, “Okay. Let me hear you sing them.”

1983 McCollum 10 Yr Reunion. Dub (guitar) was the ultra-professional. What an honor for me.

I only had to belt out a sentence or a few words of each. He immediately knew what key and chords to play.

Later, when some of our classmates were literally pulling my pants off while singing, I looked back at Dub. He was grinning big time. He and his band never missed a lick. I tried my best not to also. It remains a fun and wonderful memory in my heart.

In 2011, while interviewing George Strait and Ray Benson at a fundraiser for wounded veterans at Tapatio Springs outside of Boerne, Texas, Strait said something that reminded me of Dub.

“When everyone thinks of Asleep at the Wheel, they think of Ray.”

That’s exactly how I feel about the Drug Store Cowboys. When I think of them, I think of Dub Robinson.

The Drugstore Cowboys with Gary Stewart: Dub Robinson (left), Stewart, Randy Toman and Robert "Cotton" Payne.
Dub Robinson on the left.

Dub just announced the band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new CD. What are his thoughts?

In his own creative words, the songwriter, musician and singer posted:

Originally, McKay lasted about a year and a half and Randy Toman, (who now performs with his brother Russell), became the bassist for 13 years.

They became the touring band for country stars Gary Stewart and Stoney Edwards. The Drugstore Cowboys also backed Johnny Rodriguez, Freddy Fender, Johnny Bush and Gene Watson.

Other artists they shared the stage with or even backed up include Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Frenchy Burke, Greg Allman, David Allen Cole, Charlie Daniels, the Mavericks, Jerry Jeff Walker, and even Asleep At The Wheel.

“They joined Stewart, who was known for such hits as “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),” when his backing band could not make a gig at the old Kicker’s Palace,” Goodspeed once reported. “The owner told Stewart they knew all his songs and he gave them a try. Stewart hired them and they toured coast to coast. Robinson quit after four years.”

“I didn’t want to be somebody’s backup band the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m a songwriter first and wanted to do my own thing.”

In 50 years, at least that many musicians have played in The Drugstore Cowboys.

Some of the members went on to play for the Bellamy Brothers, Janie Fricke, Bill Anderson, and Judas Priest.

“I believe it’s all about the song. It’s a lot of work running a band, but I do it just to play my music the way I want to hear it,” Dub said.

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Politics, Entertainment & History: Can You Identify Them by Their Mugshots?

Can you identify these historic, political and entertainment figures by their arrested mugshots and photographs?

Answers at the bottom.

POLITICS & HISTORY

Politics, News and History: John Hinkley, Shepherd Smith, Bill Gates, John Edwards, Bernard Madoff, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rod Blagojevich, Rosa Parks, Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, James Earl Ray, Jack Ruby, Charles Manson

Entertainment: Harvey Weinstein, Jane Fonda, O.J. Simpson, Nick Nolte, Heather Locklear, Jussie Smollett, Paul Reubens

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