The Obama Era:  Democracy Died in almost every Dark Shadow of the Obama White House.  The outrage?  Like Obama, hiding behind the protective skirts of female scapegoats and political correctness.

By Mary Strayhorne, LL.M.

Let’s face it, an attack on Obama is an attack on the African-American legacy and women–at least, that is how it appears.  And the American people have had enough, as the majority of the electorate and electoral college pronounced.

To all those who voted for Hillary–well, as she still has not learned in her golden years:  Life entitles us to nothing.

Lies, corruption, and sticking it the American people is a favorite pastime for Obama and the contemporary political institutions in general.  In this little post, I gather some news tidbits just in the Obama administration, for now.  Don’t fret, I’ll be calling out the others in time.

Thanks to an overwhelming fear by pretty much everyone to criticisize or offend the legacy of the first African-American President, here lie the remnants of the Obama administration, so quickly dismissed and forgotten in the wake of NFL kneeling.  

At first I thought the fear was to avoid appearing “racist”–now, I’m beginning to think it’s out of fear of being bullied and blacklisted by fascist thugs with masks and security clearances.  Time will tell.
The coup d’etat is underway and our generation has a front row seat until the realization provokes us to prosecute the offenders…let’s begin.

Obama Lies, Generally.  Outrage?  Meh…

Obama’s biggest whoppers | The Washington Post.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/19/obamas-biggest-whoppers/?utm_term=.07de62fc467c

Obama’s second term: A timeline | TheHill. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/246801-obamas-second-term-a-timeline

Top 10 Obama Administration Scandals (VIDEOS) | The Federalist Papers. http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/top-10-obama-administration-scandals-videos

Issa says Obama administration is ‘one of most corrupt’ | The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/02/AR2011010201493.html

Obama Scapegoats Lois Lerner, laughs all the way through his second term; Lerner, though admittedly guilty for her involvement NOT prosecuted.  Outrage?  None.

IRS Targeting Scandal: Citizens United, Lois Lerner And The $20M Tax Saga That Won’t Go Away | Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/06/24/irs-targeting-scandal-citizens-united-lois-lerner-and-the-20m-tax-saga-that-wont-go-away/?s=trending#579ced8bcd1f

IRS Officials Misled Congress, Public | FactCheck.org. http://www.factcheck.org/2013/05/irs-officials-misled-congress-public/

Obama Foreign Policy Kills Hundreds.  Outrage?  Nope, finger pointing, tries to fully-scapegoat Hillary.  She laughs it off, runs for President!  Outrage?  Anyone?  Nope!

Obama’s Embrace of Drone Strikes Will Be a Lasting Legacy | NYTimes.com. https://mobile.nytimes.com/redirect?to-mobile=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2Froomfordebate%2F2016%2F01%2F12%2Freflecting-on-obamas-presidency%2Fobamas-embrace-of-drone-strikes-will-be-a-lasting-legacy%3Freferer%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Benghazi Blackout: How the Big Three Networks Have Censored or Spun Obama’s Deadly Foreign Policy Failure | Fox Nation. http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/09/10/benghazi-blackout-how-big-three-networks-have-censored-or-spun-obamas-deadly-foreign

Obama hides behind yet another woman’s skirt, Susan Rice–and she still has a security clearance!  Under Trump?  But, how could that be???

The Real Reason McMaster Let Susan Rice Keep Her Security Clearance | The Weekly Standard. http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-real-reason-mcmaster-let-susan-rice-keep-her-security-clearance/article/2009158

Samantha Power And Susan Rice: The Apparent Gruesome Twosome In The Unmasking Of Americans | Town Hall – Matt Vespa. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/09/21/samantha-power-and-susan-rice-the-apparent-gruesome-twosome-in-the-unmasking-of-n2384409

And, for good measure:

Clinton Scandals through the years

Clinton scandals through the years | CNN Politics. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/politics/gallery/clinton-scandals-through-the-years/index.html

Don’t believe everything you read, question everything you hear, cite your sources…the rest, is history and only time will tell.

Photo of Newsweek cover – courtesy of ethoslogopath.com

© Mary Strayhorne ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Managing Expectations: How to lead when everyone thinks they are the messiah–the chosen hero of their own stories.

By Mary E. Strayhorne, LL.M.
August 25, 2017 1:09 p.m. EST

With a generation of people who have all been given a trophy, nobody is a leader anymore. There are only supporters and detractors. Trust no one; just weigh the cost versus the benefit of acknowledging talent. Trust is not about expecting good outcomes, there are no value judgments; trust is about confidence in your expectations.  

Trust is knowing a person enough to predict their actions and reactions–including how they will stab you in the back when it comes time. A real leader plays in the ring with everyone and has the intellectual and emotional capacity to accept dedication and betrayals, take stock in all available resources versus resources needed, and prepare for as many outcomes as are likely to manifest.  

A natural born and effective leader is a realist who recognizes potentiality all available resources, acknowledges it, remembers it, cultivates it and then capitalizes on it when opportunities arise.

#leadership #trust

© Mary Strayhorne ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Inconvenient Truth of Charlottesville & the Civil Disobedience Plaguing America’s Identity

By Mary Strayhorne 

August 17, 2017

The Distinction Between President Trump’s response and citizen Barack Obama’s Response to Charlottesville

Obama’s duty to represent ALL Americans was concluded with Trump’s Inauguration. He is a civilian and can condemn freely who he chooses, American or not. Trump as president has a duty to uphold the law. To condemn ANY American individual could be considered unconstitutional if it leads to a deprivation of rights protected under the Constitution. In some ways, it could have the same affect as a Bill of Attainder, prohibited under the Constitution under Article I.  

Trump is being tested and baited by his detractors. They want to find him unfit to serve or have him impeached.  

Trump upheld the Constitution, per his oath, with his initial response to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12.  The detractors are wasting everyone’s time. And if you doubt the whole Charlottesville fracas was staged, read the court filings leading up to the event. The hate groups were intentionally diverted to confront counter-protestors. Until you read the facts, you spout propaganda.  

See for yourself; read the supporting court filings linked on the bottom:

 http://www.nbc29.com/story/36115819/judge-grants-injunction-jason-kessler-can-have-unite-the-right-rally-at-emancipation-park

Misunderstanding and ‘intellectual cowardice’ are to blame for this Trump-Charlottesville debacle. The problem with free speech now a days is that some key messages (the entire story, all facts) are being muffled by a crowd of too many voices, as astutely stated by a guest on NPR a few years back regarding the current state of the free speech movement.

Apolitical people attended the protest for reasons in no way related to race-related politics. Historic preservation of the struggles of this nation, good and bad, is essential so we as Americans of all races can take stock of how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go to achieve national unity. Censorship comes in many forms; silence can be achieved in many ways.

Fight #FascistCoupTactics #Charlottesville #MAGA

© Mary Strayhorne ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Post-Trump Victory & Uncertainty: A Note to the Fearful Masses

To anyone who fears a Trump-fueled racist fallout, read this and allow it to guide your wisdom and strength in these uncertain times.
Being American is not about race, it is about nationality and how one identifies themselves.

We are all Americans.

We welcome you and your views. We also welcome the right of people to use the democratic process to choose a leader.

Though Trumps words were poorly chosen, we still have an opportunity to communicate to this leader that we will not stand for the mistreatment of any citizen or visitor to our country. Period. Read More

Censoring the Internet

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works – By Simon Denyer, Washington Post, May 23, 2016

BEHIND THE FIREWALL: How China tamed the Internet | This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

In China, the government can censor the pics and memes you send to your friends via IM– Posted on Jul 19, 2017 by Caleb Chen

“Chinese censorship has hit new dystopian levels. Internet censors in China are now able to delete an image sent from Party A to Party B, before the image makes it to Party B. While China has long had the power to scrub text and remove public posts, the ability to censor images in one-on-one WeChat is new and demonstrates exactly how far the government’s tendrils extend into Chinese tech companies.”

Also, take a look at the E|S|P previous post on censorship and surveillance:

Our Inevitable Descent into Censorship: A story that begins with surveillance – by Mary Strayhorne, Mar 26, 2016
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Featured image source:  Cartoon by Brian Gable, The Globe and Mail, Toronto (published by CartoonArts International / The New York Times Syndicate, Feb 6, 2006, available at  https://www.nytsyn.com/cartoons/cartoons?start_date=1901-01-01&search_id=5782576&media_type=cartoons#271380) (last accessed Sep 12, 2017).

Our Inevitable Descent into Censorship: A story that begins with surveillance

“The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. But this study adds a new layer by explicitly examining how government surveillance affects self-censorship.”

Elizabeth Stoycheff, assistant professor at Wayne State University and the lead researcher of a recent study that “shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online” was “disturbed by the findings.”  The study–published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and reported by the Washington Post–scruitinized “the effects of subtle reminders of mass surveillance on its subjects” where “the majority of participants reacted by suppressing opinions that they perceived to be in the minority.”  Stoycheff said that “participants who shared the “nothing to hide” belief, those who tended to support mass surveillance as necessary for national security, were the most likely to silence their minority opinions.”  Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study (Karen Turner, Washington Post)

She further remarked that “the fact that the ‘nothing to hide’ individuals experience a significant chilling effect speaks to how online privacy is much bigger than the mere lawfulness of one’s actions. It’s about a fundamental human right to have control over one’s self-presentation and image, in private, and now, in search histories and metadata.”

With an almost lethargic sense of irony, I was pretty dispassionate about this tiresome conclusion.  Fear of being judged is hardly a novel revelation.  Think back to high school, someone was always watching or being meticulously judged for dressing funny, acting strange, or generally being out right weird.  Guilty.

I was never very good at censoring myself and still (clearly) have a penchant for being borderline criminally outspoken.  So, censorship.  What does it look like as it evolves in a modern digital age?  How does surveillance play a role in the devolution of the unhindered flow of ideas?  Wait, why was I not in a rage about this?   My critical thinking brain triggered and thus began my barfly research and blogging tendency. Read More