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The February 15, 2021 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

Friend, please don't just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don't post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won't win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.


Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Was NOT Bludgeoned With A Fire Extinguisher On January 6. What Does That Tell You?
The exposure of this false narrative element offers a great (and rare) opportunity, which must be seized with both hands.

FOR WEEKS, EVERYONE HAS HEARD DRAMATIC STATEMENTS about a Capitol police officer being bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by "Trump-inspired (if not explicitly directed) insurrectionists" (or "rioters", or "domestic terrorists", or whatever). The story is a complete fiction.
Officer Brian Sicknick was never struck by anything on January 6th, and though he did die the next day, it was reportedly as a result of a stroke and plainly not a result of anything that had happened during the events at the Capitol. (See a snarky, hyperventilated, but nonetheless fact-filled report here, and a pretty good treatment by Tucker Carlson here.)

In the face of the inconvenient facts reported above, the absurd notion has been floated that Sicknick's stroke was caused by "exposure to a chemical agent, possibly pepper spray or bear spray" (as stated on his Wikipedia page). This pretense is a effort to use Sicknick's reassurance to his brother the evening of the 6th-- in which Sicknick said that he was fine and had merely been subjected to a couple of pepper sprays during the tumult-- to preserve the false narrative that Sicknick died as a consequence of the 6 January events.

Personally, I'm willing to go out on a limb and assume with confidence that neither pepper spray nor bear spray has ever been found liable for prompting a stroke... and especially not a day after exposure.

The plain fact is, Brian Sicknick was in no way a fatal victim of the protest at the Capitol on January 6th. This "pepper spray" pretense simply underscores the importance of the contrary fiction to the false "deadly riots" narrative and those behind it.

And the fiction that Sicknick was killed by election-fraud protestors (whatever they are called by the fake narrative managers) is HUGELY important to those flogging it through the public square. It is only on the basis of Sicknick's pretended murder that the protestors can be accused of a "deadly" riot/insurrection/whatever and subjected to all the opprobrium which has been opportunistically directed against them and their views.

Four people actually died on January 6th at the Capitol. All victims were from among the protestors and you can't effectively smear anyone over harms caused only to themselves. It has been solely on the basis of Brian Sicknick's alleged death at the hands of the protestors that the violent/intolerable/must-be-rightly-suppressed agenda-item chorus has been made possible.

So, the first benefit of the truth coming out about Sicknick's death is that every single one of the narrative threads of the Democrats and their allies mining the "deadly" theme can be denounced, hooted-down and snipped. There is no shortage of work to do on that front-- despite the truth about Sicknick's death being now nearly two weeks exposed, the abuse of the lie that exposure revealed has continued unabated, even being prominently on display in the Senate "impeachment" trial last week. But it can be done.

NOW, ON TO THE SECOND THING...

Continued...

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The (New Normal) War on Domestic Terror
by C.J. Hopkins

If you enjoyed the Global War on Terror, you’re going to love the new War on Domestic Terror! It’s just like the original Global War on Terror, except that this time the “Terrorists” are all “Domestic Violent Extremists” (“DVEs”), “Homegrown Violent Extremists” (“HVEs”), “Violent Conspiracy-Theorist Extremists” (“VCTEs”), “Violent Reality Denialist Extremists” (VRDEs”), “Insurrectionary Micro-Aggressionist Extremists” (“IMAEs”), “People Who Make Liberals Feel Uncomfortable” (“PWMLFUs”), and anyone else the Department of Homeland Security wants to label an “extremist” and slap a ridiculous acronym on.

According to a “National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin” issued by the DHS on January 27, these DCEs, HVEs, VCTEs, VRDEs, IMAEs, and PWMLFUs are “ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority” and other “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.” They are believed to be “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, police use of force,” and other dangerous “false narratives” (e.g., the existence of the “deep state,” “herd immunity,” “biological sex,” “God,” and so on).

“Inspired by foreign terrorist groups” and “emboldened by the breach of the US Capitol Building,” this diabolical network of “domestic terrorists” is “plotting attacks against government facilities,” “threatening violence against critical infrastructure” and actively “citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about Covid-19.” For all we know, they might be huddled in the “Wolf’s Lair” at Mar-a-Lago right now, plotting a devastating terrorist attack with those WMDs we never found in Iraq, or generating population-adjusted death-rate charts going back 20 years, or posting pictures of “extremist frogs” on the Internet.

Continued... (and with an important afterword by yours truly)

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And, of course, as always:
Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!

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"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"
-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899


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