Will Zuckerberg Decide the Final Outcome of the Election?

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Right or wrong, people depend on what they read on social media to determine how they’re going to vote. As such, candidates use social media as one of their main outlets for posting ads. TV ads may or may not be seen since so many people choose to use streaming sites.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has decided that it’s his place to play interference with the elections. The CEO wants to play favorites with the candidates. Rather than allowing social media to be what it is supposed to be, he wants to start playing some very dangerous games.

Facebook has made the decision to block new political ads in the final week leading up to the US presidential election. Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is already responsible for running the largest voting information campaign, with a goal to help 4 million people register and vote. In three days, they saw 24 million clicks toward voter registration websites. He also acknowledged that he, personally, donated $300 million to nonpartisan organizations to support the voting infrastructure.

The US elections are just two months away, and with Covid-19 affecting communities across the country, I’m concerned…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, September 3, 2020

In his effort to explain why he is doing what he is doing, he tweeted out that he is trying to fight misinformation and connect people with “authoritative information.” This includes placing authoritative information from their voting information Center at the top of both Facebook and Instagram daily until the general election.

While what he is saying is a valiant effort to help, there are some questions as to where his authoritative information is actually coming from. He has also stated that, “we are going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign.” The reason for this is because he believes that there might not “be enough time to contest new claims.”

The question really becomes whether he is going to make sure that Facebook does what he says he is going to do. Blocking new political and issue ads would need to happen for both Republican and Democratic candidates. In the past, Facebook has had a reputation for pulling GOP ads while leaving Democratic ads in place. He has continuously said that he takes a nonpartisan approach only to side with the Democrats in the end.

Now, what he does say is that advertisers have the ability to continue running ads started prior to the final week. There is also the ability to adjust the target audience for those ads. It ensures that those ads remain within the Ads Library, published transparently. It ensures that journalists, fact-checkers, and others have the ability to scrutinize what’s being said.

While Zuckerberg makes this comment, he states everything in such a matter-of-fact way that it appears that he’s giving all of the information when he’s not. Where will the information be coming from that will be posted at the top of Facebook and Instagram?

Further, he goes on to explain that there will be new rules regarding threats related to COVID-19 to discourage voting. Although with one bullet point, he states that there are “many ways to vote safely” he also states that “since the pandemic means that many of us will be voting by mail, and since some states may still be counting valid ballots after election day, many experts are predicting that we may not have a final result on election night.”

Pushing the ballots by mail is a very Democratic approach – and not having a final result on election night is dangerous. It’s why the Republicans have been fighting such a thing. It’s not so much that people can’t vote by mail but that it would result in ballots not being counted in time.

Zuckerberg is right when he says that the results of the election is going to result in a significant amount of heat. The problem is that he wants to interfere with all of it instead of allowing people to take a truly democratic approach. He wants to control what people see and did not see instead of allowing people to deduce the truth on their own. It’s dangerous, and while he claims to be neutral, he is far from it – means that he will be force-feeding his opinion on millions of people around the United States.

Colin Kaepernick included in ‘Madden 21’ video game as ‘starting-caliber quarterback’

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Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played quarterback in the NFL since 2016, and there’s no indication that he will return this season. Still the popular EA Sports “Madden” video game franchise will include Kaepernick as a player in the 2021 version of the game, the company announced Tuesday.

Not only will Kaepernick be playable in the game, but he will have a higher skill rating than several current high-profile starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback,” read a statement on the Madden NFL 21 Twitter page. “The team at EA SPORTS, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game. We’ve had a long relationship with Colin through Madden NFL and worked through our past soundtrack mistakes.

“Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” the statement continued. “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”

Fox News reported that Kaepernick will be rated higher in the game than New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

During Kaepernick’s last season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, he started 11 games, leading the team to a 1-10 record in those games. He threw 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He opted out of his contract after the season, hoping to sign a better deal in San Francisco or elsewhere, but was not signed by any team.

Kaepernick, the originator of the national anthem kneeling social justice protests, has claimed he was blackballed from the league for his activism. He settled a grievance with the NFL on that matter, filed with one other player, for less than $10 million total.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick in November so he could audition for teams who might be interested in signing him, but the workout was derailed when Kaepernick moved it at the last minute from the set location to a high school field 60 miles from the scheduled location, apparently due to a disagreements over the terms of the workout and matters of legal liability.

Colin Kaepernick included in ‘Madden 21’ video game as ‘starting-caliber quarterback’

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Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played quarterback in the NFL since 2016, and there’s no indication that he will return this season. Still the popular EA Sports “Madden” video game franchise will include Kaepernick as a player in the 2021 version of the game, the company announced Tuesday.

Not only will Kaepernick be playable in the game, but he will have a higher skill rating than several current high-profile starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback,” read a statement on the Madden NFL 21 Twitter page. “The team at EA SPORTS, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game. We’ve had a long relationship with Colin through Madden NFL and worked through our past soundtrack mistakes.

“Knowing that our EA SPORTS experiences are platforms for players to create, we want to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football,” the statement continued. “We’ve worked with Colin to make this possible, and we’re excited to bring it to all of you today.”

Fox News reported that Kaepernick will be rated higher in the game than New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

During Kaepernick’s last season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, he started 11 games, leading the team to a 1-10 record in those games. He threw 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He opted out of his contract after the season, hoping to sign a better deal in San Francisco or elsewhere, but was not signed by any team.

Kaepernick, the originator of the national anthem kneeling social justice protests, has claimed he was blackballed from the league for his activism. He settled a grievance with the NFL on that matter, filed with one other player, for less than $10 million total.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick in November so he could audition for teams who might be interested in signing him, but the workout was derailed when Kaepernick moved it at the last minute from the set location to a high school field 60 miles from the scheduled location, apparently due to a disagreements over the terms of the workout and matters of legal liability.

Nancy Pelosi tries to honor ‘working people’ in Labor Day tweet after throwing salon owner under the bus for lockdown service

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attempted to honor workers in a Labor Day tweet, but after her attempts to blame a salon owner for setting her up while she violated San Francisco lockdown rules to get her hair done, the tweet was not received kindly by everyone, Fox News reported.

What did Pelosi say?

“Over generations, working people across America built the middle class and secured progress for hard-working families,” Pelosi wrote. “House Democrats are unified in our commitment to America’s working families. Happy Labor Day!”

What’s the problem?

The message, on its own, is uncontroversial. However, Pelosi recently blamed a salon owner for serving her in violation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, accusing the owner of setting her up.

Security footage from Aug. 31 showed Pelosi in a San Francisco salon without a mask, apparently getting her hair washed and styled, even though local ordinances required salons to remain closed.

Pelosi, after being exposed for her disregard for the lockdown rules that have disrupted American life and devastated many businesses, did not apologize for her misbehavior. Instead, she blamed the salon owner.

“It was a setup, and I take responsibility for falling for a setup,” Pelosi said Wednesday, after footage went viral. “I think that this salon owes me an apology for setting me up.”

She didn’t stop there. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, shared a letter from the law firm Soleiman APC claiming that the salon owner, Erica Kious, had been illegally operating her salon all through the lockdown, and that she had political animosity toward Pelosi because of the lockdown.

The letter did not attempt to justify Pelosi going to a salon in violation of lockdown restrictions. Pelosi said she was taking the owner’s word that the salon could accommodate customers one at a time.

Salon owner comes out on top

A GoFundMe page set up for Kious after the incident has raised more than $300,000 to help her pay off debts and relocate her business.

“Today, on Labor Day, we should all focus on celebrating the efforts and achievements of hard-working people everywhere,” Kious told Fox News on Monday. “They deserve our respect and appreciation, and they definitely all deserve an opportunity to get back to work safely and responsibly.”

Sheriff leaving Democrats after watching ‘idiots’ on ‘left-wing’ stoke ‘civil unrest’ in American cities

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An Indiana sheriff announced he’s switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party — and it has everything to do with the “idiots” on the “left-wing” he’s observed stoking “civil unrest” this summer, WEVV-TV reported.

What are the details?

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding noted his political party switch at a press conference Thursday, the station said.

“It’s interesting that we see this glorious flag here,” he said, WEVV reported. “The Democrats want to burn that thing every day.”

Wedding continued, the station said: “That’s part of the reason why I said ‘I can’t tolerate that.’ Burning our flag, the symbol of our country and our freedom, the greatest country in the world.”

The sheriff added that “in the left-wing, you can’t say ‘God.’ They can’t say ‘God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance. … It’s ridiculous. And I sit and watch this, I think, ‘How can I even say or be a part of idiots like that,'” WEVV reported

imageImage source: WEVV-TV video screenshot

“I’m tired of seeing fires set in our streets,” Wedding also said, according to the station. “I’m tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government, and everything we stand for. You hard-working people, that have worked from the time you’re young to now, you’ve become successful individuals — and they want to get on you for being successful. I don’t believe in that.”

He also brought up the talking point of defunding the police that “left-wing liberals” have been propagating amid protests and rioting since George Floyd died while in police custody in May, WEVV said.

“By not supporting the rule of law, we see chaos like in Chicago, Portland, Seattle,” the sheriff continued, according to the station, “and instead of defunding the police, they should support funding the police during this time of civil unrest.”

Wedding added that the GOP has “a lot of work to do — including winning the presidential election, because if not, we’re in trouble,” WEVV said.

Anything else?

After his announcement, Wedding told WFIE-TV the Democratic Party has lost its way.

“The Democrats represented hard-working individuals,” he added to the station. “People who were just working-class America and they believed in values, family, and that you’ve got to work to achieve. I think we’ve lost that in the Democratic Party. I was one of the people who had nothing growing up, and I’ve worked to achieve. I’m proud of where I was and where I am today.”

What did local Democrats have to say?

The Democratic Party of Vanderburgh County released the following statement to WFIE regarding Wedding’s party switch:

While we are disappointed with Dave Wedding’s decision to leave the Democratic Party, we are more disappointed with the reasoning he provided the community for his choice. We are aware that there are many conversations regarding police reform on a national level. However, Sheriff Wedding knows that the Democratic majorities on the County Commissioners and City Council have been strongly and consistently supportive of local law enforcement. In contrast, he has always pointed out the Republican-controlled Vanderburgh County Council and Indiana State Legislature were responsible for the creation of budgetary restraints that made his job more difficult. His move to the Republican Party after benefiting from years of Democratic support make his political opportunism all the more distasteful. Nevertheless, we as a party look forward to building on last year’s success and welcoming a new wave of fresh leadership this fall and re-electing proven leadership including County Councilman Mike Goebel, State Representative Ryan Hatfield, County Coroner Steve Lockyear, and County Commissioner Ben Shoulders; among many others.

Massive bags of mail mysteriously dumped in Southern California — and one dump was caught on camera

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An investigation was launched last week after massive bags of unopened United States Postal Service mail and packages were discovered at two separate locations in Southern California.

What happened?

In the first incident last Thursday morning, police received a phone call alerting them that “possible stolen mail or whatever was dumped in an alleyway,” Glendale Police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann told the Los Angeles Times. Several hours later, police received a second phone call about more dumped mail.

Fortunately, the second incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

The footage, shared with KTLA-TV, shows a rental truck backing into the parking lot of a medical salon. A man then exits the truck and tosses large bags of mail and packages from inside the truck onto the ground.

“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental — big truck — that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages,” Lilia Serobian, one of the medical salon’s owners, told KTLA.

She said the truck left a “huge pile” of mail and that the truck was not connected to the USPS.

According to the Times, the second mail drop happened less than one mile from the first.

What did the USPS say?

USPS spokesperson Evelina Ramirez told the Times:

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the Postal Service. In order to preserve the integrity of their investigations and to prevent fundamental unfairness to the subjects of those investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service does not comment on any ongoing investigations.

What’s the background?

The mysterious mail drops come as the USPS has taken center stage in the national dialogue ahead of the November election.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have pushed for widespread mail-in voting. They have in turn made shoring up the security of the postal service a top priority, even going so far as to spread a conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump was actively dismantling the postal service to manipulate the election.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra actually joined a lawsuit last week to stop routine operational changes at the USPS, furthering the conspiracy.

“The U.S. Postal Service is an American institution. For many, it’s a lifeline — their Social Security or paychecks, their medicine, their connection to loved ones. And for a vast, growing number, it’s their franchise to democracy,” Becerra said in a statement. “President Trump’s sabotage of the USPS is un-American. It’s an attack on free and fair elections and our right to vote. No matter who you support, your right to vote is sacred.”

VIDEO: Hillary refuses to let go of Russia Russia Russia and Bill appears ‘thrilled’ over it

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Tuesday, Pat and Jeffy reviewed the video of Hillary Clinton blaming President Trump’s victory in 2016 on Russia. But the highlight of the video is Bill Clinton’s expression as he sat behind his wife and listened to her play the blame game. Watch the video for details.

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Georgia secretary of state says 1,000 people double-voted in Georgia primary, suggesting that mail-in voting is in fact fraught with risk

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed Tuesday that 1,000 people voted twice in the state’s primary election in June, a felony criminal act that he hopes will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The alleged double voters returned absentee ballots and then also showed up to vote in person on Election Day, Raffensperger announced, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” the secretary of state said during a press conference. “Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law, and as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.”

The Journal-Constitution noted that approximately 150,000 people who had requested absentee ballots ended up voting in person on Election Day.

The large majority reportedly never received their absentee ballots in the mail or simply decided to vote in person instead. But 1,000 both returned their absentee ballots by mail and successfully had their in-person votes tallied by poll workers.

Why does it matter?

The news comes as debate rages on in the country over mail-in voting and the potential for fraud ahead of the general election in November.

Democrats have insisted upon implementing large-scale mail-in voting due to health concerns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But several Republicans, including President Trump and Attorney General William Barr, have suggested that doing so would unnecessarily open up the election to potential widespread voter fraud.

President Trump even encouraged North Carolinians last week to test the integrity of the system by voting via mail-in ballot and then voting in person, as well, which is precisely what happened in Georgia.

Despite critics’ attempt to portray the president’s comments as election coercion, it appeared his intent in suggesting the action was simply to prove that the system was fraught with risk. If the system were working the way Democrats suggested it was, then would-be double voters would be denied at the polls.

That is not what happened in Georgia, however, appearing to lend credence to Republicans’ claims.

Anything else?

Raffensperger made clear in his comments that the double voting did not change any race outcomes in the primary election.

Nevertheless, he said that the Georgia attorney general’s office along with local prosecutors will look to punish the offenders for their offense. Double voting in Georgia is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

In response to the announcement, Democratic Party of Georgia executive director Scott Hogan insisted that fraud is rare in Georgia elections and accused Raffensperger of pushing “conspiracy theories.”

“It is clear that rather than do his job of promoting the safety and security of our voting process, the secretary of state is instead pushing the GOP’s voting conspiracy theories and disinformation,” he said.

Man allegedly follows mourners after memorial for fatally shot Trump supporter, harasses them at bar, hits one with his truck

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After a Saturday memorial in downtown Vancouver, Washington, for Aaron “Jay” Danielson — the police and Patriot Prayer supporter who was fatally shot by an avowed Antifa militant after a recent rally backing President Donald Trump — authorities said a man allegedly followed mourners who had been attending the memorial, the Columbian reported.

The mourners ended up at Charlie’s Bar & Grill — and the man who allegedly followed them was in the bar, too, and began recording them with his phone, police told the paper.

imageImage source: YouTube screenshot

What happened next?

Rex Fergus — a member of the group that went to the bar following Danielson’s memorial — told KPTV-TV that the man was causing problems.

“He came into the bar and immediately was aggressive with everyone that was in the bar,” Fergus noted to the station. “He was aggressive with the bouncer, he was aggressive with everyone that he came into contact with. He came into the bar, immediately pulled his phone out, and started coming over to our tables and putting his phone in our faces.”

imageRex FergusImage source: YouTube screenshot

The man left the bar after “contact with security staff,” KPTV said, citing police. The mourners also went outside, the station said.

And at about 7 p.m., police said the man who’d been causing trouble got into his vehicle, drove toward and hit a member of the group, then fled from the parking lot, detectives told the Columbian.

The victim’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening, officers told KPTV, adding that he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Who is the suspect?

Charles R. Holliday-Smith, 30, turned himself into police and was booked into jail, police told the station Monday night. He faces charges including assault in the first degree and felony hit-and-run, KPTV added.

While police told the Columbian the suspect allegedly followed the mourners after the memorial service, police added to the paper that investigators couldn’t confirm reports circulating that the suspect and victim were part of activist groups confronting each other.

Anything more on the victim?

Police did not identify the man struck by the vehicle, the Columbian said — but a GoFundMe page identified the victim as Shane Moon and noted that he was at a bar after leaving a celebration of life of a friend and was struck by a truck in the parking lot. Fergus in his interview with KPTV also identified the victim as “Shane.”

Fergus also told the station that the victim was among several people from the group who were taking pictures of the suspect in the parking lot “in case anything happened.”

More from the paper:

The GoFundMe page made no mention of the confrontation or whether Moon was affiliated with any activist group, though several donors left comments describing him as a “patriot” and criticizing Antifa. Posts on social media said that Moon had been at the Saturday evening memorial in downtown Vancouver for Danielson.

An administrator for the page confirmed later via email that Moon had attended the memorial for Danielson. The email said Moon is from the Vancouver area.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser garnered just over $12,000 of its $25,000 goal.

The following WPTV report aired before the suspect turned himself in:

Police investigating hit-and-run after confrontation at Vancouver bar

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What’s the background?

Danielson — the focal point of the Vancouver memorial — was fatally shot Aug. 29 after a Portland pro-Trump rally that attracted a ton of pushback from leftists.

While the likes of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested that Danielson was killed because his fellow Trump supporters were “inciting responses,” the Multnomah County district attorney’s office released unsealed court documents last week that suggest the alleged shooter — Michael Forest Reinoehl — targeted Danielson before shots were fired.

In the below image, Reinoehl can be seen on the right:

Reinoehl — who had described himself as “100% Antifa” — was fatally shot by law enforcement agents who came to arrest him in Washington state Thursday after several days of investigations.

Oddly, Facebook answered all of this by reportedly taking down Patriot Prayer’s group page as well as the page of its founder, Joey Gibson.

High School Football Player Carried “Thin Blue Line’ Flag onto Field; Now It’s Banned

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At a time when our communities are seeing some of the most dangerous threats in American history, with riots, protests, and catastrophic violence in the streets, never before has our appreciation for those who defend our neighborhoods and businesses been more critical.

However, it would seem that some community leaders are more worried about offending someone and being politically correct than actually keeping their streets safe.

Take the northern Ohio community of Chardon, for example.

While the community certainly hasn’t seen the mayhem and uncontrollable rioting of places like Portland or Chicago, it isn’t exactly a stranger to violence and death.

If you recognize the town name at all, it’s likely because its local high school was the scene of a gruesome school shooting in 2012 that ended three student’s lives, according to WKYC.

With such tragedy in their past, the school and many students, faculty members, and parents have no small amount of appreciation for law enforcement officers that work hard to make sure another such incident doesn’t happen. In fact, one of the coaches on the high school football serves as a police officer.

That appreciation was put on full display on Friday during a high school football game. When the Chardon Hilltoppers ran out onto the field, one student carried with him a “thin blue line” American flag.

Over the past few months, the flag has become a symbol of support for law enforcement everywhere, acknowledging that without these few brave souls in uniform, our nation would find itself drowning in utter chaos, much as we see in places where police departments have been defunded.

However, apparently some in the community (AKA the Karens) were offended by the flag, because, you know, police are the real problem with our communities. And so community leaders, including Chardon’s school district superintendent Michael Hanlon, received complaints about the instance.

But rather than taking these complaints with a grain of salt, or not reading them at all, Hanlon went full cancel culture. He banned the flag from any and all school functions from here on out.

He wrote in a letter describing his decision to students and their parents, that the flag was likely a “show of support for one of our coaches who serves as a police officer, as well as for the first responders in our community who have developed a special relationship with our school and students in the wake of our school tragedy of February 27, 2012.”

However, to some, it could be seen as not only a “political activity,” but a “racially-motivated action and, therefore, not acceptable in a school community.”

Hanlon wrote, “School district policy does not permit engagement in political activity. Nevertheless, it is important to emphasize that we clearly understand how this action could be perceived as political in nature. As a result, this display will not be part of future pre-game activities at Chardon athletic contests.”

“In addition,” Hanlon noted, that the school’s Athletic Director was to, from here on out, be made aware of any “planned pre-game displays” and judge them to make sure “possible connections to any form of discrimination or particular political views” cannot be found.

Now, I completely understand that, as superintendent, Hanlon has a unique responsibility to enforce rules and make sure all students, as well as fellow community members, are treated equally and not discriminated against. I also get that he needs to keep his schools in good standing with the community for such purposes as funding, etc.

But this is going a bit too far, I’d say. His letter states explicitly that this incident was “perceived” to be racially charged and “perceived” to be political by particular people in the community, likely the same people that tattle on kids’ reading their Bible in study hall.

It wasn’t ‘found’ or ‘proved’ to be racial or political. In fact, if anything, it was proved to be a show of support for a beloved coach.

But, apparently, perception is everything. And unfortunately, these kids are paying the price. They may have won the football game, but they lost in the long run. Rather than being allowed to judge what they want to support or not, they are told what to think, feel, and say.

So much for American independence and ingenuity.