don on July 24th, 2021

I feel like I’m home again.

I grew up in Tucson, AZ, and went to school for my engineering degree in Phoenix, AZ. After graduation, I was recruited by Hughes Aircraft Co. in El Segundo, CA. I worked for them from 1987 until the end of 2008 when I took early retirement. I had planned to take off 4-6 months but that was right when the 2009 recession kicked in so I was actually off for closer to 10 months.

In September I went to work for ThinKom Solutions Inc. in Torrance, CA and worked at their facility until last month. Well, I’m still working for them but I had a chance to move back to Arizona so I took it.

In May, Betty and I came to the AZ area and started looking for a house to buy. We went out with our realtor on Sunday, May 23rd, and saw a house we fell in love with. We put in a bid thinking it was unlikely we would win as it was a beautiful house that was selling with all the furnishings and a lot more and there were a lot of people looking at it. My favorite feature was the huge granite island in the kitchen. I’ve always wanted a big island like that.

The next day we went to Los Algodones, MX so Betty could get some implants in her mouth and at 5 pm my realtor called and asked if we wanted a house with a beautiful kitchen. We had won the bid, against 33 other people. I think it was a case of a jerk from California swooping in and stealing another one. Well, I hope I’m not too much of a jerk but being as I had bought a house in CA in 2000 and how much appreciation they have gone through in the last few years I was able to make an offer that most in Arizona probably wouldn’t make.

We moved here on July 1st and it took about a week before I felt it was actually mine. I still haven’t made it OURS yet but we will over the next few months. I used one of the PODS from and it arrived on the 19th. Daryl came and helped the next day and Heather’s BFF sent her kids over to help too so now all I have to do is unpack all the boxes in the 2 extra bedrooms. I’ve had a few offers to help from family but we’ll see if that pans out. I suspect it will.

We’ve been here for a little over 3 weeks and Betty is loving it. She keeps saying how pretty it is and how people are so much nicer. That’s a fact. You don’t really realize how unfriendly people are in CA until you walk into a bunch of stores and all the clerks and other people are so nice. We are finding Drs. for her various issues and have hope one of them will finally solve her Vertigo problem.

I’m working remotely (just like I did during the Pandemic). I’m still hoping the company sells sometime in the next couple of years and I’ll be able to completely quit.

don on May 10th, 2021

I found this article to be a good explanation of what’s been happening in this country.

don on April 21st, 2021

Stages of a communist takeover: (borrowed from a comment I read)

1. Demoralization – This process occurs over many years. The media and institutes of education manipulate and undermine the moral fiber and integrity of the country. Perception replaces facts. Ridicule of “old ways” is a weapon in the propaganda arsenal. As the younger generations embrace the illusory promises of secularism and Marxism the influence of the older generations slowly declines.

2. Destabilization – The process of replacing individual liberty and responsibility with new arrangements of centralized power accelerates. Massive government programs and regulations now intrude in the lives of everyone, permeating society, including churches and synagogues. Those who protest the encroachments on individual liberty, responsibility, and traditional morality pay a heavy price.

3. Crisis – The nation now demoralized and destabilized, a crisis is short-lived and involves a revolutionary change of power. A catastrophic event overpowers and splits the country. The Constitution would be circumvented by force—using violence as necessary.

4. Normalization – The final stage comes when the populace gives up and begins to assimilate the revolution. A combination of stifling bureaucracies and the threat of terror (economic or political) brings the populace to its knees. The appearance of peace and security disguises the bitterness of tyranny. We are between the destabilization phase and the crisis phase.

Now we wait for the “trigger” event.

don on April 3rd, 2021

I’ve been scratching my brain trying to figure out why the left hates Georgia’s new election law.

I’m sure some will claim looney things like “it outlaws drinking water while waiting to vote” which is nonsense. Others will argue that poor and minorities won’t be able to figure out how to get an ID but isn’t that more racist than asking people to use one to vote?

The bottom line is the left wants to control power in this country from now until the cows come home and they don’t care what lies they have to tell to do it. Hard to believe there are people that actually believe these lies. I feel sorry for them

don on February 8th, 2021

This is from a study done by a Physicist named John Droz. He and a group of scientists and engineers looked at all the court cases about whether there was fraud in the 2020 election. Here’s the link and here’s the text of his summary.

It’s beyond exasperating to keep hearing the cacophony of chicanery about the 2020
Presidential election-related lawsuits.
The Left’s message to the public is that there were no consequential 2020 Presidential
election malfeasance, irregularities or illegalities — supposedly because the courts
objectively and thoroughly investigated those claims, and ruled them to be unfounded.
Neither element of that assertion is even remotely true.
To counter the later part of that false narrative, a team of independent volunteer
(unpaid) scientists and engineers recently put together a List of Lawsuits involving the
2020 Presidential election. In it we identified the issues at stake, how each case was
treated by the courts, what evidence was objectively analyzed, who won and lost, etc.
We tried to walk a narrow line of not only having a comprehensive list, but also
information easy enough for the public to understand. (For example, since none of
us are attorneys, we consciously tried to avoid unnecessary legal jargon.)
To further assist in the understanding of this important list, we simplified 20+ pages
of filings and decisions on each case into a one or two sentence summary. (If we
didn’t do justice to any of these, please let me know and I’ll issue an update.)
Another idea we implemented was to color-code the decisions — to make it easy for
the reader to segregate the various outcomes.
Lastly, we passed this list by over a dozen lawyers involved with election-related
lawsuits. The typical response we received was “Excellent!”.
So what are the takeaways?
To begin with our list shows that there have been eighty-one (81) lawsuits filed that
are relevant to the 2020 Presidential election. (Note 1: we are counting an original filing,
plus additional appeals as one single case. Note 2: other lawsuits are possibly undiscovered.)
The results to date are:
a) Eleven cases have been withdrawn or consolidated. (These are not wins or losses
to either side.)
b) Twenty-three cases have been stopped from proceeding (dismissed) due to legal
technicalities (standing, timing, jurisdiction, etc.). These have nothing to do with the
merits of the case and should also not be considered wins or losses for either side.
That more than a third of the lawsuits were not allowed to proceed to an
evidentiary hearing is more of an indictment that many judges appear to be
afraid of opening this pandora’s box. Considering the importance of election
integrity to our country, it’s a shame for them to hide behind subjective legal
technicalities. How is that in the interest of the citizens in our country?
In any case, this leaves us with forty-seven (47) lawsuits relevant to the 2020
Presidential election where a judge has ruled (or hopefully will rule) on the merits. The
results so far are:
c) Twenty-two cases are completed (adjudicated). These are where the court heard
arguments, considered evidence (where applicable), and then formally ruled on
statutory issues (e.g. the legality of a state’s election process), etc. Of these:
i) Fifteen cases were WON by Trump, et al, and
ii) Seven cases were lost by Trump, et al.
d) Twenty-five cases are still active and have not yet been decided — so the
ultimate winner and loser of these cases has not been determined.
So, Trump (et al) have WON the majority of 2020 election cases fully heard, and
then decided on the merits! Is that what the mainstream media is reporting?
Note that despite all the noise about fraud, only three (3) of these lawsuits materially
dealt with voter illegalities (citizens voting twice, votes from deceased persons, etc.).
Interestingly, all three of these cases are still open.
Further, just three (3) lawsuits addressed voting machine inaccuracies (purposeful or
accidental). One of these was dismissed (due to jurisdiction), one was ruled against
(although no discovery was granted), and one is still open (discovery was granted).
The likely explanation for so few cases in these two areas is that legally proving
fraud or voting machine manipulations are very time-consuming processes, that
require substantial investigative work and documentation. There simply wasn’t
enough time to do this prior to key points in the process (like the Electoral
College). Additionally, it’s likely that any machine algorithms would be erased
by the time a forensic investigation takes place.
Our view is that the public needs to be much better educated regarding the election
integrity issue — and having a more accurate understanding of the lawsuit component
is a key part of that.
John Droz, jr. Physicist North Carolina 2-5-21 (rev a)
PS — Here are some other 2020 Presidential election analyses by the same team:
Pennsylvania Report, Michigan Report, and Voting Spikes Report.

don on January 8th, 2021

This post by a guy on Quora makes a lot of good points.

don on November 28th, 2020

This should make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmm..


To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist. Mark me down as a crank, then. I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling. I also think that the Trump campaign is still well within its rights to contest the tabulations. Something very strange happened in America’s democracy in the early hours of Wednesday November 4 and the days that followed. It’s reasonable for a lot of Americans to want to find out exactly what.

First, consider some facts. President Trump received more votes than any previous incumbent seeking reelection. He got 11 million more votes than in 2016, the third largest rise in support ever for an incumbent. By way of comparison, President Obama was comfortably reelected in 2012 with 3.5 million fewer votes than he received in 2008.

Trump’s vote increased so much because, according to exit polls, he performed far better with many key demographic groups. Ninety-five percent of Republicans voted for him. He did extraordinarily well with rural male working-class whites.

He earned the highest share of all minority votes for a Republican since 1960. Trump grew his support among black voters by 50 percent over 2016. Nationally, Joe Biden’s black support fell well below 90 percent, the level below which Democratic presidential candidates usually lose.

Trump increased his share of the national Hispanic vote to 35 percent. With 60 percent or less of the national Hispanic vote, it is arithmetically impossible for a Democratic presidential candidate to win Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Bellwether states swung further in Trump’s direction than in 2016. Florida, Ohio and Iowa each defied America’s media polls with huge wins for Trump. Since 1852, only Richard Nixon has lost the electoral college after winning this trio, and that 1960 defeat to John F. Kennedy is still the subject of great suspicion.

Midwestern states Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin always swing in the same direction as Ohio and Iowa, their regional peers. Ohio likewise swings with Florida. Current tallies show that, outside of a few cities, the Rust Belt swung in Trump’s direction. Yet, Biden leads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin because of an apparent avalanche of black votes in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Biden’s ‘winning’ margin was derived almost entirely from such voters in these cities, as coincidentally his black vote spiked only in exactly the locations necessary to secure victory. He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states, which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.

We are told that Biden won more votes nationally than any presidential candidate in history. But he won a record low of 17 percent of counties; he only won 524 counties, as opposed to the 873 counties Obama won in 2008. Yet, Biden somehow outdid Obama in total votes.

Victorious presidential candidates, especially challengers, usually have down-ballot coattails; Biden did not. The Republicans held the Senate and enjoyed a ‘red wave’ in the House, where they gained a large number of seats while winning all 27 toss-up contests. Trump’s party did not lose a single state legislature and actually made gains at the state level.

Another anomaly is found in the comparison between the polls and non-polling metrics. The latter include: party registrations trends; the candidates’ respective primary votes; candidate enthusiasm; social media followings; broadcast and digital media ratings; online searches; the number of (especially small) donors; and the number of individuals betting on each candidate.

Despite poor recent performances, media and academic polls have an impressive 80 percent record predicting the winner during the modern era. But, when the polls err, non-polling metrics do not; the latter have a 100 percent record. Every non-polling metric forecast Trump’s reelection. For Trump to lose this election, the mainstream polls needed to be correct, which they were not. Furthermore, for Trump to lose, not only did one or more of these metrics have to be wrong for the first time ever, but every single one had to be wrong, and at the very same time; not an impossible outcome, but extremely unlikely nonetheless.

Atypical voting patterns married with misses by polling and non-polling metrics should give observers pause for thought. Adding to the mystery is a cascade of information about the bizarre manner in which so many ballots were accumulated and counted.

The following peculiarities also lack compelling explanations:

1. Late on election night, with Trump comfortably ahead, many swing states stopped counting ballots. In most cases, observers were removed from the counting facilities. Counting generally continued without the observers

2. Statistically abnormal vote counts were the new normal when counting resumed. They were unusually large in size (hundreds of thousands) and had an unusually high (90 percent and above) Biden-to-Trump ratio

3. Late arriving ballots were counted. In Pennsylvania, 23,000 absentee ballots have impossible postal return dates and another 86,000 have such extraordinary return dates they raise serious questions

4. The failure to match signatures on mail-in ballots. The destruction of mail in ballot envelopes, which must contain signatures

5. Historically low absentee ballot rejection rates despite the massive expansion of mail voting. Such is Biden’s narrow margin that, as political analyst Robert Barnes observes, ‘If the states simply imposed the same absentee ballot rejection rate as recent cycles, then Trump wins the election’

6. Missing votes. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 50,000 votes held on 47 USB cards are missing

7. Non-resident voters. Matt Braynard’s Voter Integrity Project estimates that 20,312 people who no longer met residency requirements cast ballots in Georgia. Biden’s margin is 12,670 votes

8. Serious ‘chain of custody’ breakdowns. Invalid residential addresses. Record numbers of dead people voting. Ballots in pristine condition without creases, that is, they had not been mailed in envelopes as required by law

9. Statistical anomalies. In Georgia, Biden overtook Trump with 89 percent of the votes counted. For the next 53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch. It is particularly perplexing that all statistical anomalies and tabulation abnormalities were in Biden’s favor. Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity, or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened.

If you think that only weirdos have legitimate concerns about these findings and claims, maybe the weirdness lies in you.

don on November 10th, 2020

This is what scares me the most. If the house, senate, and president are all Democrats then there is NO limit on what they can do. And if you listen to any of the “squad” you know they want to drastically change America. I don’t think the majority of Americans want it drastically changed.