Batteries Not-Included Part 2

© 2021 Jim Spence -   Let’s consider electric cars and the so-called push for a “green revolution.” There are very serious scientific facts being shielded from the general public when it comes to understanding what is involved in making electric car batteries. The same is true regarding what goes into making windmills and solar panels. These three technologies are continuously being touted as “green” without any disclosure of the extensive and environmentally-destructive processes involved in manufacturing them.

Here are more inescapable and extremely relevant facts. A single electric car battery weighs one thousand pounds. It is about the size of a travel trunk. Electric car batteries contain twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside an electric car battery are 6,831 individual lithium-ion cells. All of these are TOXIC components of a battery that come from mining. To manufacture each electric car battery 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium must be processed. Also 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper must be processed. When accurately itemized and added up, 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust must be dug up to obtain to materials for just one electric car battery.

What about disease and child labor? Sixty-eight percent of the world’s cobalt, which makes up a significant portion of an electric car battery, comes from the Republic of the Congo. There, the mines have no pollution controls, and the mines employ children who often die from handling the toxic material. Most certainly, though almost never discussed, the dead and diseased children of the Congo mining cobalt are often part of the “cost” of driving an electric car anywhere else in the world. 

California is building the largest battery in the world near San Francisco and state officials intend to power it with both solar panels and windmills. The claim being made is this project is the ultimate in being “green.” Sadly, the irrefutable scientific facts say otherwise.

The main problem with solar arrays is the chemicals needed to process silicate into the silicon used in the panels. Making pure silicon requires processing it with hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrogen fluoride, trichloroethane, and acetone. In addition, solar arrays also require gallium, arsenide, copper, indium, gallium, diselenide, and cadmium-telluride, which are all highly toxic. Silicon dust is a serious hazard to the workers, and solar panels cannot be recycled.

Windmills are the ultimate in terms of environmentally-destructive energy generators. Each windmill weighs 1,688 tons, which is the equivalent of 23 houses. Each contains 1,300 tons of concrete, 295 tons of steel, 48 tons of iron, 24 tons of fiberglass, and very hard to extract rare earth materials like neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium. Each windmill blade weighs 81,000 pounds and will only last 15 to 20 years. We cannot recycle used windmill blades. Sadly, both solar arrays and windmills kill millions of species of birds, bats, sea life, and migratory insects every year.

There are many other basic logistical problems with an all-electric car fleet that present serious dangers. Imagine Southeast Florida is facing a deadly hurricane’s arrival with the forecast point of landfall changing constantly. With a rolling evacuation order in place, millions of cars head north. Even if all are fully charged when they leave, they will all need to be charged after a few hundred miles. How do the logistics of recharging millions of electric cars work with power outages?

What about long traffic jams due to the inevitable accidents?

How would first responders come to help during inevitable traffic jams after most car’s batteries die?. How will roads become unblocked when no one can move because their batteries are dead? How do we charge the thousands of cars that must be cleared in a dead car battery traffic jam? 

Returns from beaches typically involve miles of traffic jams even without accidents that add to long delays. There could be virtually no air conditioning used in an electric vehicle during these situations as A/C use would drain the batteries much too quickly.

Also, where will the additional electricity come from to power an all-electric fleet? Today's power grid barely accommodates user’s needs and blackouts are becoming all too common. Politicians and bureaucrats are preventing us from accessing nuclear power and all fossil fuels are also frowned on by the green movement.

Additionally, what will be done with billions of dead batteries, we can’t bury them in the soil, they can’t go to landfills. Currently...In France, thousands of all electric taxis have been stored at great expense. They are inoperable because their batteries are dead and the cost to replace them exceeds the value of the vehicle itself because of all the raw materials mined to make batteries.


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Batteries Not-Included – Part 1

© 2021 Jim Spence -  Nikola Tesla described them best when he called batteries, “Energy Storage Systems.” Understanding this distinction is very important. Batteries do not “make” electricity – they store electricity. The electricity stored in all batteries is produced primarily by power plants using either, coal, uranium, natural gas, or diesel-fuel. There are very significant emissions associated with charging all batteries. And batteries have limitations. There were many reasons why Thomas Edison’s battery-based DC power design scheme was not adopted as a standard.

A quick review of Einstein’s formula, E=MC2, sheds badly needed scientific light on this topic, which has morphed from being a scientific discussion to a tedious political one. It takes the same amount of energy to propel a five thousand pound gasoline-driven automobile one mile as it does an electric powered one the same distance.

What sources are used to produce the power to make and move things we use? Right now, forty percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. comes from coal-fired plants. The math is simple, forty percent of the electric vehicles on the road are coal-powered. Again, it bears repeating in the battery facts-deficient world we live in, that the source of the power is NOT the battery. The battery is only the storage device. Batteries simply serve the same function as a gas tank in a car.

The least understood aspect of batteries is not that they must be charged but instead, what is exactly is involved in making them. There are two basic types of batteries, rechargeable, and single-use. The most common single-use batteries are A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volts. These are known as dry-cell batteries. They use zinc, manganese, lithium, silver oxide, or zinc and carbon to store electricity chemically. Please note these battery types ALL contain toxic, heavy metals. Rechargeable batteries only differ from single use batteries in terms of their internal materials. Re-chargeable batteries usually use lithium-ion, nickel-metal oxide, and nickel-cadmium. In the United States alone, consumers use three billion of these two battery types every year, and most are not recycled. Instead, they end up in landfills.

All batteries are self-discharging. This means even when not in use, they leak tiny amounts of energy. You have likely ruined a flashlight or two from an old ruptured battery. When a battery runs down and can no longer power a toy or light, you think of it as dead. But it is not dead. It continues to leak small amounts of electricity. As the chemicals inside it run out of power, pressure builds inside the battery’s metal casing, and eventually, it cracks. The soft metals left inside then ooze out. The ooze in your ruined flashlight is toxic, and so is the ooze that will inevitably leak from every battery in every landfill. All batteries eventually rupture; it just takes rechargeable batteries longer to end up in landfills.

In addition to dry cell batteries, there are also wet cell ones used in automobiles, boats, and motorcycles. The good thing about wet cell batteries is ninety percent of them are recycled. Unfortunately, we do not yet have technology to recycle single-use batteries, nor do we require disposition of single-use batteries properly.

Everything manufactured including batteries has two costs associated with them. There are embedded costs and operating costs. Think of the concept of embedded costs using a can of corn as an example. The local grocery store puts canned corn on sale, so you jump in your car and drive down to take advantage. Cans of corn are offered for 75 cents. The costs of a can of corn includes the diesel fuel the farmer used to plow the corn field as he tilled the ground, harvested the corn, and transported his crop to the food processor. Not only was his diesel fuel an embedded cost, so were a portion of the costs to build his tractor, combines, and truck. In addition, the farmer might have used a nitrogen fertilizer made from natural gas. Next in the cost tally comes the energy costs of processing the corn and heating the processing building. Add in the transportation costs of the production workers. The steel used to make the cans are also embedded costs. Making steel requires mining taconite, shipping the ore, extracting the iron, placing it in a coal-fired blast furnace, and adding carbon. Another truck is used to transport the cans of corn to the warehouse and then the grocery store. Add in the cost of the gasoline for the consumer’s transportation to the store to buy the canned corn. The highest embedded cost, but one that is rarely acknowledged, is the depreciation costs (wear and tear) of all the vehicles used to transport everything in the transaction, including transporting yourself to the store and back. While embedded costs of a can of corn, like all embedded costs are very real, these costs are nothing when compared to the almost never-discussed embedded costs in producing a single large electric car battery.

Car battery production is hundreds of times more complicated than growing and processing corn. Embedded costs in producing a battery not only come in the form of energy use, they come in the form of environmental destruction, pollution, disease, child labor, and the inability of them to be recycled. All of these line items weigh into the ultimate cost of an electric car battery but are rarely discussed. In Part 2 we will be discussing the realities of batteries that are NOT popular topics in “popular” culture.


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Happy Independence Day or Happy Oblivious Day?

© 2021 Jim Spence -  The inquiries into why there have been very few if any columns posted here in recent months continue to come in from time-to-time. Yesterday, while walking the dogs, a neighbor ended our quick chat by saying “Happy Independence Day.” Oddly, it was a thought provoking expression. For two hundred and forty-four years, Independence Day has been perhaps the most important holiday for our country. Without real freedom, there can be no other real holidays.

In recent decades, highly influential segments of society have been engaged in re-writing American history. Public education and other beneficiaries of government over-reach, have found it politically useful to completely dismiss the importance of the greatest constitutional republic in human existence. The brainwashed pretending goes on non-stop. Don’t look now, but like Lenin, Mao, Tojo, and Mussolini devotees, progressive American Democrats are getting their way. Going ignored are the fruits of American's sacrifices that used to be the basis for celebration on Independence Day.

Even with all America’s flaws, which merely reflect humanity and its flaws, the United States has been the most tolerant, free, and generous nation on the planet. That America is by no means anywhere close to perfect, now seems to be the only justification progressives require to ruthlessly trash America, and infer that it is a completely unfair place. Nobody ever seems to ask the questions, “America is unfair? Unfair compared to what?” The pigs of Orwell's Animal Farm are in charge now.

Millions of would-be United States immigrants completely contradict the bogus narrative pushed by progressives. Those who willingly sacrifice their lives and fortunes to wait in line to get into America, believe it really is THE PLACE where they would prefer to live. Certainly these people do not have a preference for gross unfairness.

The facts are irrefutable. Toleration by important segments of American society of massive voter fraud during the 2020 U.S. election marks a turning point in American history. Most elections are sure to be farcical from this point forward. Now that it has been clearly established that the nation can be flooded with all the tools essential to the commission of massive voter fraud, fraudsters will set up permanent operations in every key precinct in America.

Partisan judges ignored their sacred responsibilities to all of us. In 2020, Democrats drove the final nails into the free and fair election coffins. Voter identification and authentication processes were allowed, like everything else, to be smeared with the "racist" label.

Massive criminal activities associated with election fraud will now become the norm. The bloodless Democratic Party coup in 2020 successfully wiped out the sacrifices of millions of freedom fighters throughout American history. A preference for freedom has been replaced by a preference for the crime of voter fraud.

In America’s future, deeper forms of corruption are sure to go increasingly unaddressed. History teaches us that citizens in Italy, Japan, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, China, and Germany, had to learn about the essential nature of the right of self-determination the hard way. Surrendering of the right to SELF-DETERMINATION will eventually come at an astronomical cost.

As we move away from the 4th of July in 2021, the term “freedom” is quickly becoming more vague to the point of being meaningless.

One fundamental truth remains. Truth itself cannot be completely omitted from history. The political operatives in the court system who callously looked the other way while massive voter fraud took place last year, will one day reap what they sow as all fascist judges do when it becomes their turn.

For the foreseeable future Independence Day has been replaced by Oblivious Day. The act of pretending is now the national pastime.

Fireworks anyone?


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Why Doesn’t Jesus Sell in the 21st Century?

© 2021 Jim Spence -  In an era where one side is dominating the political power struggle in America, writing political opinions has become tiresome. It is instructive that the term “controversial” is used by the media today to describe anyone who disagrees with popular culture.

Forays into writing about the spiritual realm can be a daunting task. As an observer of the trends in human history, perhaps it is not such a great idea to begin penning columns on the tedious yet all important topic of faith, particularly given my penchant for being flippant. Naturally, I proceed.

The first question that must be asked is simple. What exactly did take place 2,000 years ago? At the risk of offending readers, let me toss my two cents into the collection plate.

It is important to keep in mind that human beings seem to almost always disappoint one another. History suggests mankind has an unmistakable pattern of blowing it, which is really good, because most of us detest feeling all alone.

In the aftermath of the resurrection of Christ, and for the following 1990 years, countless human beings have been contemplating the gospels. My personal experiences with churches are quite minimal. However, I have read the gospels a few times. It does seem that wherever people gather and are encouraged by others to pool their resources, political jockeying eventually becomes a large part of the picture. This was probably true of the hunter gatherers who lived in caves. And it is also true of the leadership at large capitalization technology companies today. Come to think of it, some of these CEO’s dwell in caves too.

When the term, the “Jesus brand,” is used here, it is meant to be a metaphor to describe the net effect on humanity of efforts by various human beings to spread the good news, particularly to those who are not easily convinced. With this in mind, a few comments on the actions of self-described Christians seems in order. It is quite odd that the gospels are remarkably consistent in the way they portray the disciples as being a bunch of cowards at the moment of truth. To put it succinctly, the gospels report to us that the disciples, including the first pope, Peter, denied he even knew Jesus when confronted by others. This occurred after Jesus was taken into custody and Peter scattered like a frightened quail when it became increasingly likely in his mind, that he would be also be arrested if he was associated with his beloved teacher. The other disciples also fled the scene when the Romans swooped in and grabbed Jesus. What is striking is that these are hardly flattering depictions of the disciples. These are self-portrayals included in the gospels by the disciples themselves. Confessing their actions suggests a very poorly thought out public relations strategy. Salespeople who are charged with hawking their wares and ideas (even something as wonderful as the good news), rarely disparage themselves as a preface to explaining their story about what a great product or idea they have. Clearly, the idea of confessing their lack of courage and faith on the week of the first Easter, was a large part of the disciples testimonies in the gospels. Not so noble actions by the actual authors in the New Testament, are laid bare naked for all to absorb. Again this is inconsistent with suggesting they formed a conspiracy to deceive others.

Ultimately the turning point in this story seems to be the resurrection. The disciples, including Thomas, seem to have behaved as if they realized that everything they had been told by their teacher, was actually true when Jesus repeated it all to them after the crucifixion. It was after this key event, that the disciples willingly subjected themselves to persecution, which again, is hardly something people defending a lie or loose conspiracy would ever do, especially considering there was no visible upside in propping up a lie about something as intangible as the after-life.

The second curious characteristic of the disciple's claims, given the institutionalized chauvinism of the era, is the disciples’ choice of witnesses. It is unfathomable that anyone crass enough to actually promote a preposterous scheme, would risk life and limb, while relying on the testimony of the female followers of Jesus as their onsite witnesses that He had risen. Females were simply not considered credible witnesses 2,000 years ago. In the end, from the post resurrection events forward, the disciples chose abuse, torture, and even death, over recanting their testimonies. Could it be they were possibly telling the truth? Hold that thought.

Let’s make some tough general statements about the actions of humans leading the church, particularly as the process of spreading the good news unfolded over 1990 years. In the early days, when the disciples were being harassed and persecuted, they tended to work well together. However, even in the earliest days of the church, there were a few theological squabbles between Paul, Peter, and James. However, hardball power politics did not really begin to become the norm in the church until 300 hundred years after the crucifixion, when Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion. Competing church factions formed not long after the power and influence of the church with the state became obvious. Since that bell weather event, the battles for the increasingly abundant political power associated with high profile keepers of the faith, have been almost endless.

The first major split in the Christian church involved the break between the church leaders in Constantinople and those in Rome. It happened a thousand years after the crucifixion, when the Eastern Orthodox Church leaders walked away from the Roman Catholic leadership hierarchy over disputes best characterized as pure politics. The divide is called the “schism” by scholars. Almost five hundred years after the schism, Martin Luther blew the Christian power structure even more wide open.

This quick survey of 2,000 years of Christian church history, especially the more noteworthy actions by those who were supposedly managing the “Jesus brand,” suggest human nature regarding politics is powerful. An even broader survey of the history of human behavior within the church is sometimes even uglier. In fact, the trail of atrocities done in the name of Jesus Christ, is simply mind-bogglingly sad. And when this factual information regarding Christian misbehaviors gets into the hands of the several generations of academics for scholarly “interpretation,” it is easy to see how the fundamental message Jesus offered the world simply gets lost. The good news has been overwhelmed by agnostic interpreters using a lengthy laundry list of bad actors and their actions as justification for profound skepticism.

Still, in 2021, we have the amazing teachings by Jesus that are recognized around the world as forces for good. Millions of people who are NOT Christians, almost universally concede that He was a great force for good. He was in their words, a wonderful teacher. To the non-believer, these statements are consistent with high praise. Yet, these lofty statements are inconsistent with His own words.

The problem with any frank discussion about Jesus, is that He actually did not leave any room for simply being cast as an extraordinarily “good guy.” Instead, Jesus made numerous extraordinary claims about who He was. So bold and shocking were His claims regarding Himself, that He left no room for middle ground. In effect, He was either who He said He was, or alternatively, some sort of a ranting lunatic with a messiah complex. This stark truth is worth pondering, since it is an “either/or” proposition.

Finally, Jesus said repeatedly as is reported in the gospels, that His kingdom was not of this world. His visit with John the Baptist in a Roman dungeon is characterized as an effort to, “…free John within his cell.” We should pause and devote sufficient energy to reconcile this statement. Only after we come to terms with its implications, can we realize that a “choice” is required. We are all in cells.

That Jesus does not really “sell” well in most circles in the 21st Century is obvious. In America and Europe, it is fashionable to actually ridicule followers of Christ. In other jurisdictions, it is fashionable to kill Christians or jail them. In Western popular culture, those who follow Jesus tend to refuse to be indoctrinated by emerging power structures of the vast and growing state. In other regions, Jesus is also considered a threat to the existing power structures of the state. Again, like John the Baptist, we are all in cells.

Paradoxically, pop culture, particularly in the wealthy west, seems captivated by the idea of how fair it is for everyone to continuously receive "free stuff," without any consideration of the real sacrifices required by others that are actually necessary to produce free stuff. And yet, with human nature finding it so easy to judge the motives of others, Christ provided us with the easiest model to follow, regarding the process of judging and free stuff. Ironically, though “grace” is offered for free, it does not fit the trends associated with modern narratives. This presents the great paradox of our time. The Jesus brand does not sell well, despite the benefits being “free.” And the concept of short term sacrifice for long term gain is so yesterday.


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Some Thoughts on Easter and Easter Films

© 2021 Jim Spence - My two favorite movies shown around Easter time are Ben-Hur and the Ten Commandments. Both stories reflect an aspect of human history that is inescapable. I am speaking of slavery. In Ben-Hur, the good guy, Juda Ben-Hur owns slaves. In the Ten Commandments, the Egyptian pharaoh owned slaves. 

Many generations ago Africans were captured by other Africans in Western Africa and sold into slavery. They were sold to Arabs in the Middle East, and also to Europeans. Many of these victims were transported to the U.S.

Mercifully, slavery ended in America in 1865 after the death of nearly 600,00 Union soldiers. Fast forward seventy-six years and there were calls on Franklin Roosevelt to desegregate the U.S. military. FDR never made that happen. However, after incarcerating all Japanese Americans, he did lead an effort to mobilize a generation of Americans. American sacrifice and commitment to freedom saved the world from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. But it was Harry Truman who desegregated the military.

There are takeaways from all of this. Change comes slowly. More important, 21st Century Americans bear no responsibility for 19th Century slavery or 20th Century segregation, any more than 21st Century Germans and Japanese should be held responsible for the actions of Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo.

Oddly, the shift towards growing anti-Americanism around the world has been pronounced in recent years. The trend began about the same time the Marshall Plan funds were done being expended.

When I was in grade school in the early 1960’s JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France when Charles De Gaulle decided to pull France out of NATO. The consummate politician sensing inexplicable anti-American sentiment within the French population, De Gaulle told Rusk he wanted all U.S. military out of France as soon as possible. The Democrat Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" Reportedly, De Gaulle was speechless.

Rusk would be an anachronism today. Democrats simply don’t say those sort of things anymore. Instead they feel more comfortable joining the globalists in engaging in endless searches to find sins that 21st Century Americans can be required to apologize for. We Americans, particularly white men, are all somehow to be held responsible for the actions of our great, great, great, great, grandparents.

At a professional conference in France early in 2005, there were a number of international engineers, including French and American participants. During a break, one of the French engineers drew attention to himself and asked, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?" 

An American engineer offered the sobering explanation. "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people. They are nuclear powered so they can supply emergency electrical power to heavily damaged shore facilities. They have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day so first responders and others can assist victims. They can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day. They carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and the injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships. How many does France have?" There was no response or further explanation required.

Defending America is unfashionable, but the aspirations of would-be immigrants to come to our nation belies the characterization that America is unfair to people of color. Still, it is more fashionable to search for American sins than acknowledge any of the positives.

A  U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included admirals from the U.S., British, Canadian, Australian, and French navies. During a cocktail reception, a group of officers that included personnel from most of the countries was engaged in conversation in English. When a lull in the discussion materialized, a visibly irritated French admiral complained that, whereas continental Europeans all learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" 

Without hesitating, an American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because hundreds of thousands if not millions of Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans died arranging it…..so you wouldn't have to speak German." The group conversation resumed in English.

I’m a huge tennis fan. I haven’t watched a French Open in nearly twenty years. This story comes to mind. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83 at the time, arrived in Paris by plane several years ago. At French Customs, it took him a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag. 

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the annoyed customs officer asked the old man.

 Mr. Whiting nodded acknowledging that he had been to France once before.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready," the bureaucrat said admonishingly.

Whiting scratched his head and said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." 

"Impossible,” the Frenchman retorted while shaking his head vehemently. “Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!" 

The old American smiled as he gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained the circumstances, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in June of 1944, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to." The conversation ended and Mr. Whiting was allowed to enter the country. 

There are several points here. Twenty year old American boys who landed at Normandy in 1944 would be 97 years old today. No American should dare claim credit the sacrifices they made. Twenty year old union soldiers who died in the Civil War would be 160 years old today. No American should dare claim credit for the sacrifices they made. CONVERSELY, and this is critical, NO American should be required to take the blame for what those long since dead did or didn’t do. We are all just human beings who are responsible for what WE DO in the present.

One of the greatest Americans ever, Thomas Sowell, a man who has lived the American dream asked the following question last summer: “Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?”

It was a rhetorical question. The answer is YES.

Happy Easter!


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Good Friday - Exercising Judgment in Today's World

 © 2021 Jim Spence - Over the years I have “judged” many issues on this site. Judging is nothing more than gathering relevant data and forming an “opinion.” However, judging has somehow taken on a negative connotation. Ironically, it is now the “opinion” of millions of people, even college-educated people, that judging (forming informed opinions), is wrong……unless of course, your judgment agrees with theirs. Fortunately, unlike in places like China, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea, it is still our constitutional right to use our judgment to voice opinions….for now.

One of the dangers of voicing one’s views on public policies, particularly the political machinations of the participants, and relating them to spiritual matters, is it is a slippery slope. Since I plan on doing precisely that on my first column in many months, let me begin by saying that when it comes to judging myself on spiritual matters, sadly I know I come up woefully short. So far short do I fall, I have sought spiritual counseling to improve and perhaps prevent hundreds of new mistakes, particularly in my interpersonal relationships.

The trouble with one’s spiritual life, is it also happens to be one’s real life. And how one chooses to either ignore or embrace this reality can deeply affect one’s interpersonal relationships with others. With this in mind, what follows are my opinions expressed with this caveat; I am working on improving my own spiritual life. Any opinions expressed below will in no way improve my own shortcomings as an aspiring Christian man. That is another matter for another column.

In recent weeks I have received several inquiries about my plans for ever writing opinion pieces on this site again. Was I done? A few explanations seem appropriate to explain my prolonged silence.

It is pretty safe to say I am dumbfounded. As free people, we Americans have a duty to exercise sound JUDGMENT, particularly as we attempt to collectively choose how we wish to be governed. Let us be mildly blunt here. There is no collectively informed judgment at work in America anymore. The outcome of the election of 2020 was not determined by people who pay attention but are not all-in on politics. Seventy-four million people who went to the trouble to vote were cheated. Anyone who believes that 16 million MORE Americans cast votes for a dementia-plagued Joe Biden than were cast for an intelligent and articulate incumbent president like Barack Obama in 2012, is entirely too gullible to converse with. If you think more than 81 million Americans actually voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 election, please stop reading this column right now and seek help. Not spiritual help. We all need spiritual help. I am talking about basic cognitive testing for brain damage.

The massive and brazen election fraud of 2020 is the BIGGEST SCANDAL in American history by a billion miles. This scandal involved thousands of elected officials and dozens of important members of the judicial branch of government. A third world-grade election theft took place. And sadly, third world-style government and much more brazen lawlessness is sure to follow. We will reap what we sow.

This is nothing if not sobering. Clearly there are forces at work throughout the world that are simply being dominated by sheer evil. Know this, the spread of the dominating influence of evil transcends America’s traditional battles between big government-oriented Democrats and free enterprise-oriented Republicans. Democrat vs. Republican squabbles are as American as apple pie. However, anyone who watched the 2016-2020 period unfold with any modicum of objectivity, should understand America has entered a whole new era of deception and corruption.

The facts are hard to swallow. America faced many challenges heading into 2020. Instead of our elected officials facing even a few of them, we were forced to endure a farce impeachment charade that was no different than the absurdly dramatic soap operas on daytime television it pre-empted for a few days. Astonishingly, there was even a vindictive ex-post facto attempt at impeachment again in 2021. Some elected officials must be thinking to themselves that it is too bad use of the guillotine to permanently terminate the political careers of rivals is still frowned upon. Totalitarians love purges.

The failed impeachment scam of 2020 should be framed in the history books as fitting an unmistakable pattern between 2016 and 2020. It won’t be framed that way but it should.

When the impeachment angle failed in February 2020, it was followed by Democrat’s trite, “accuse him of racism” reaction to the initial steps taken by Trump to contain Covid. Understand this. Democrats never cared much about the impact of Covid, except for how ginning up FEAR of the virus could be used to re-capture the awesome power of the federal government. When Democrat’s baseless Asian racism charges regarding efforts to contain the Wuhan virus fell on deaf ears, the subsequent “political” strategy for using Covid fears was quickly moved to the top spot of the next push. The get Trump at any cost efforts, which had repeatedly failed when they involved one false personal accusation scam after another, morphed into duplicitous angle that wasn’t aimed directly at Trump. It was aimed at paving the way for ballot box stuffing instead. Though evil to the core, it turned out to be a wildly “successful political strategy.”

Pause and consider the sequence. From the Democrat’s spring press conference forward, the FIX was in. The Democrat’s had just dismissed Covid as racist ploy a few weeks earlier. They then pivoted and decided to use the fear of Covid as a head fake. They had an excuse for printing up and distributing blank ballots with no controls in every jurisdiction. All they had to do was sell it. And it was a pretty easy sell because it could be accomplished with the perfect cover. “The greater good” of fighting the contagious and deadly Covid virus required America to be flooded with blank ballots.

The sensation-seeking media provided full protection. In fact, the media conducted a propaganda campaign associated with grossly overstating the death rates that will live in infamy. The objective was achieved. Nobody would be required to vote in person in November of 2020. Instead…..hundreds of millions of “paper ballots” were jettisoned out into the mail system with no controls. Is it any surprise what happened from there?

Now we are supposed to believe that a dementia-plagued Joe Biden secured 16 million more voters than rock star Barack Obama did in 2012. Sure thing.

As we all contemplate these startling developments in U.S. history, we should understand that there are incredibly evil forces at work here that are far beyond the control of those seeking facts, truths, and reasonable public policies. We get bashed regularly. Millions of us who try to do what is right by treating all others fairly, are continuously bombarded with false accusations. Popular culture is Democrat, and all non-Democrats are FORCED to defend themselves at every turn. First and foremost, non-Democrats must prove they are not racists. They are guilty until they prove themselves innocent of racism. The easiest way way to prove one is not a racist, is to embrace dementia-plagued gas bags and their discredited ideas on public policies. If one refuses to do this, it is considered sufficient proof to convict them of adoring the devil…….Donald Trump. It’s heresy and the inquisition will prevail. It is the old, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” con. And it is played every day with impunity.

The takeaways for readers are pretty simple. There will be no second civil war in America over basic freedoms. Unlike 1860, when the Democrats and a few states seceded because they sensed their preference for denying people their freedom would come to an end, in 2020 the bloodless Democrat coup was successful. They took Washington D.C. without firing a shot. It is critical to recognize that the end of personal freedom is here.

Per the first paragraph of this column, over the years I have avoided all discussions of spiritual matters here on this site. Like most others, I have always kept spiritual matters and political matters separate. As I contemplate returning to a process of actually writing down my thoughts on the state of America and posting them here, I find myself out of separation options. It is my view that when a world containing millions of people who love freedom, especially in America, will, for the foreseeable future, be dominated by those who are so deluded by illusions they will endorse tyranny, it is long past the time when people of faith should make sure their spiritual lives reflect life as we now know it.

Should I decide to explore the many disturbing conclusions of the 2016-2020 period in greater detail, it will be through a spiritual lens, so that the comments might actually do some good for believers. The evil one wants me to be violently angry at those being duped. I refuse.

The political lens is opaque in America. There is no other way to say it. Darkness is everywhere. What is going on in America right now is beyond absurd. It is profoundly disturbing.

I’ll close with one more chilling thought. When you have gotten run off the road or had to slam on the brakes hard several times over the last few months, simply because other drivers are too busy texting on their phones to pay attention to the challenges of sharing the road, it is very bad. However, when you pull alongside these people who just forced you into desperately evasive action, and see that they did this to you while they were wearing a mask because of the overwhelming drumbeat to “stay safe,” you know the zombie apocalypse has arrived.


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Self-determination comes to an end in America

© 2021 Jim Spence - It is with great sadness and reluctance that we finally recognize an era has ended in our beloved United States of America. Specifically, the most FUNDAMENTAL value known to free men, a value that Americans fought and died for in bloody conflicts like the Civil War and World War II, have been summarily tossed out like last week's trash. Our right to self-determination, a value that was once taught in our public schools as not merely a "right," but as something we were obligated to protect as part of our "civic duty," has been reduced to nothing more than an obscene charade.

How could America collectively stand aside and surrender freedoms that are the envy of the world? The answers though chilling, are unsurprising. Our free press failed us. Our independent judicial system failed us. And most important of all, our increasingly corrupt public education system failed us. The utterly depraved attitudes of the masses, which has shamelessly discarded the essential value of self-determination, will now be our undoing. What was allowed to stand in November, will become a way of life. 

It was profoundly revealing that last week when our emboldened agenda-driven advocacy press, which is a product of our corrupt public education system, REDISCOVERED a disdain for violence and rioting. This came at precisely the wrong moment. Where was this collection of propaganda producing dregs all summer? The answer is self evident. They were busy producing propaganda.

Our good friend and former News New Mexico colleague Bob Endlich, gets the nod for what is likely to be the FINAL post here on News New Mexico. He documents what anyone who values the principle of self-determination saw in November. It is a well-researched article. And it is posted along with his chilling introduction. The LINK to his entire article including all of the graphics, is imbedded in the title. All you need to do is click on it to read it in its entirety.  Bob did a wonderful job in carefully putting this piece together.

Click the bold title below to survey the carnage that will define America's future for as far as the eye can see:

Blatant Examples: Massive Vote Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election

Robert W. Endlich

Introduction:
While I was watching the returns on Election Night, 3 November 2020, and into the early morning hours of 4 November, I saw extremely suspicious activity—vote counting was suspended in the swing states; the suspensions of vote counting were reported on live TV as they happened.

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A Tale of Two Stockings

© 2020 Jim Spence - It has been an odd holiday season. It brings to an end an odd year. 2020 has been a year in which almost nothing made any sense. This picture, which was snapped early today.....Christmas morning could actually serve as a metaphor for our predicament.

On the surface it is a very simple photo actually. It depicts the stockings of two little children hanging from the mantle above a fireplace. The white stocking to the right, with the red trim on top, belongs to a nineteen month-old little girl named Linnie. 


The green stocking to the left, belongs to a little boy named Les. Little Les lives in his mother's womb and will arrive in this world come mid-April, Lord willing.

Some might ask what is the difference in these two stockings? And why would this picture be posted here on this site?

One possible answer is, "Nothing that is really significant because both stockings simply belong to precious little children, One is white with red trim and one is green with red trim. One belongs to a little boy and the other to a little girl."

Others might find the idea of hanging a stocking for an unborn baby boy rather inappropriate for philosophical reasons associated with "choice." It is one of life's perplexing paradoxes worth considering as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ 2,020 years after he arrived.


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Americans, it is time to choose

 © 2020 Jim Spence -  Per the previous column, one could see this massive election fraud coming from a mile away.

There has been plenty of discussion about a second American Civil War on this site and others for the last four years.

Here is the bottom line. We already knew we had millions of citizens who were willing to vote for Democrat party candidates that would look the other way on infanticide. To be clear on this point, it is now time to think about people who will vote for politicians that promise to pass laws making it legal to cut the spinal cords of fully-formed babies on abortionist operating tables in the name of....."choice."

What does this mean and why the hell would I even bring it up?

Tolerance for infanticide is quite telling actually. Anyone willing to engage in this sort of evil, or even condone it, is not going to have much of a problem looking the other way as elections are completely perverted and the efforts by others to cast opposing votes are rendered useless.

Will America slip into Civil War? The odds say no. Why? It is simply because while the right to vote has been fought and died for all over the world by previous generations of Americans, including in Europe and in Asia, Americans have not had to fight for freedom here since the Union troops died by the hundreds of thousands to end slavery. Public education and the media has made sure that too few Americans now understand what is at stake.

Accordingly, 2020 now becomes the pivotal moment is United States history. An unwillingness by the citizens, our courts, our law enforcement officials, and yes even our military, to flatly reject the idea that precinct captains and county officials in Democratic Party strongholds can simply do whatever is necessary in terms of ballot stuffing and harvesting to dictate presidential election outcomes, means it is meaningless going forward to consider any ideas for discussion. Essentially freedom has become optional. 

Every American citizen should consider this situation carefully as should the courts. If America collectively allows blatant election fraud to stand, why should any of us waste time discussing public policy regarding what is best for our country?

Totalitarianism is HERE at our doorstep my friends. Democrats in the news media are embracing totalitarianism and pretending things are legit. Ironically, before the press knows it, their own freedoms will disappear too.

So the time has come to choose. The American judicial system will either put a stop to this before it too is rendered irrelevant, or it will sit back and plan to live more like the Russians, Cubans, Venezuelans, North Koreans, and Chinese do.

There are some things that are much worse than civil war.


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Theft in Open View

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Have you ever been burglarized or had your car broken into? This is not like that. In those situations you come home or return to your vehicle, and things have been stolen. There is no trace of the thieves, and your chances of getting back more than a police report are non-existent.

Anyone paying attention could see this coming. Virtually every form of death took an unprecedented dive in the statistics starting in March of 2020. Physicians all over the nation have made videos explaining all the bizarre incentives in place for them to attribute deaths to the virus from China instead of heart disease, complications from diabetes, COPD, car crashes, etc. Miraculously all forms of death in the U.S. have gone way down.....except Covid-19.

With bogus virus mortality statistics in hand, the case was easily made by Democrats for election ballots to mailed in masse in every state. Most critically in battleground states the raw material for election fraud has been produced. Riots and violence was condoned, but printing and mailing hundreds of millions of ballots was all about "public safety."

Last night it became pretty clear where the ballot harvesting was going to be required. It was going to be in the same states that Democrats thought they had in the bag in 2016. Those damned mid-westerners!

Election fraud is not like burglary. It is not even like the films we have all seen that have been taken of looters rioting for "social justice." In these instances heavy objects are heaved through large windows. The jagged edges of broken windows are quickly chipped away so thieves can steal more safely. They enter buildings belonging to others, and take everything of value while they are videoed. Often they set fire to the places after the valuables have been pilfered and vandalism gets boring.

Election fraud is also a crime, but it is much more sophisticated. Early in the election day, particularly in places like Philadelphia, local Democrats run legally designated GOP election monitors out of the precinct buildings for a little while. This is done so they can get boxes containing fraudulent votes in place. Then, much later in the day, after the polls close, they pay attention to the counting of real votes statewide so they can get an idea of what has to be done to steal enough votes.....but not too many. It is finesse, not in your face burning and looting. The looting comes later via tax policies.

Still later at night in the battleground states, Democrat officials never actually announce that vote counting has been “stopped.” They just stop counting votes for a few hours. Why would vote counting stop while the entire nation is waiting to know the results of a supposedly free election including unsuspecting Democrats? The answer to this oddity is not all that complicated. If you are going to engage in election fraud using mail-in ballots you have already filled out, stashed, and brought to precincts, the most important thing you must know is how many votes you need to produce.

Cheating in an election is like fencing stolen items. The process must be done out of view, and in a coordinated way so the loot cannot be traced easily.

In which precincts are you are going to add the votes of dead people, street people, and others who have long since moved away and voted somewhere else. The early vote counting process must appear to be legitimate. You count and count until you get to what is statistically speaking, a good stopping point. Then you huddle up and figure out how many votes you need to add to Biden’s total, while holding on to thousands of extra bogus ballots just in case.

How can you get honest people to go along? It is easy, you avoid honest people. The fraudsters are for the most part, the same politicians who order police to stand aside during riots and allow burning, looting, and even violent assaults. None of this is "free." Make no mistake the precinct captains will be compensated for engaging in fraud. And there will be plenty of booty to go around once the mission is accomplished.

What you are seeing right now in America, is a continuation of what has been happening for the last four years. A concerted effort to undo what voters did in 2016 is nearing completion. However, this time the cheaters were not caught off guard. They realized after 2016 that the voters can no longer be "trusted." Democrats tried the Russian collusion con, the Ukraine misdirection, and the preposterous impeachment angle.

Originally, after the knee jerk reaction to the Chinese virus restrictions, which Democrats claimed were nothing more than anti-Asian racism, Democrats suddenly realized they had struck the golden opportunity for election fraud. They have been running with it ever since.

What happened in 2020 will go down in the annals of history. Democrats locked down the economy, blamed as many deaths as possible on the virus, and used the contagious realities of the pandemic as an excuse to mail ballots to everyone.

The rest my friends, has been pretty easy. What you are seeing right now is theft in slow motion. It is simply a continuation of the dishonesty we have come to know all to well. Big Brother is prevailing.

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