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We have slid so far down one particular ‘Slippery Slope,’ I am not sure how far back I need to go, to tell this American tale of half-truths, and sneaky deceptions. The bottom line is that thee n e m y within knows something about most Americans that Americans most likely do not realize. Do you want the red pill; or do you want the blue pill? If I am reading the mood of America accurately, she wants the red pill, even if we scream like little girls all the way home.

Sadly, right now, the e n e m y within knows that if you scare Americans with a well-defined half-truth, you can get them to hide in their homes for a few months. While hiding in their homes, it never occurs to them that they are in prison – listening to their Mainstream Media F a k e news. A few of our 350 million citizens understood; but no one was listening to what 3 million of us were saying.

My tale starts where this phenomenon begins, with my cigarette smoking. I am not going to tell you that you should pick up the habit, but I am also going to call a ‘Spade a Spade.’ Many years ago, I was on a 3-man team to computerize a hospital. As the Personnel Director, I attended weekly staff meetings. For me, doctors came way down from their lofty pedestals. The statement “practicing medicine” made more sense. In the early years of searching the internet, an associate helped me find what I was looking for – the lung cancer stats for cities all over the U.S. I am not saying he hacked his way to the information, because I was not tech savvy enough to know that. The information revealed that lung cancer was found equally in those who did and did not smoke. I further found that the significant largest numbers of lung cancer patients were near industrial pollution – across the nation.

Fancy that! This revelation was huge. I shared it with friends over lunches and happy hours after work. All agreed that we should have guessed. My friends who stopped smoking to please other people bummed so many cigarettes off me that following year, I saw the hypocrisy first-hand. I started carrying an extra pack of cigarettes for my family and friends that quit. Happy hour drinks, and cigarettes go together; just ask anyone who frequented clubs after work for official “business networking.” Time passed, life happened, and I lost track of my hand-written notes, as well as the web sites I had obtained the information from. Years later I have tried to find the information again, but every trace has been scrubbed. Hello big, cheating government.

Fast forward a few decades. I had no signs that the cigarette smoking was affecting my health; perhaps this is because I have always stuck with a pack a day (even now), while my parents and others who were still smoking had progressed on to 3 and 4 packs a day. Never-the-less, doctors would bring it up at every opportunity. If my toes hurt, if I had tummy troubles, if my back pain changed in any way, if I gained weight, if I lost weight, if my muscles were sore, if my joints hurt, if I had a breast lump, if I walked funny – all caused by cigarette smoking.

I was not going to take it anymore. I was much more computer savvy than prior decades. I thought, and thought, and thought (also caused by cigarette smoking) about the information to explain why I could not quit without becoming extremely ill, and where I could find it. Then it came to me. “SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.” I searched the internet for ‘the government report on Cigarette Smoking’ – the one we have heard about for decades. Much to my surprise, I found it! It took me a week to find what I was looking for because reading it put me to sleep within 30 minutes!

I found the section dealing with older women and addiction. Long story short:
– because I am a female;
– because I am over 60 years old;
– because I have incorporated smoking into my pain management / coping skills;
– because I am addicted;
the report said I do not have a chance of quitting.

I also deduced from what the report did not say, that there is no actual proof that second hand smoke can cause lung cancer in another human.
If the other human has asthma, or bronchitis it can aggravate it.

Cigarette smoking is the Slippery Slope that opened the door to our Federal Government dictating, with incrementally more and more power over how Americans can run their businesses. For me, this was the pivotal first step that has led to our out of control government. I see Trump as trying to give our freedom back to us, and those who oppose him wanting to keep us on our path to Communism via Socialism.

Copyright © 2020 by Juanita Holloway-Walters

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Today’s quote is from Lisa Bender, Minnesota City Council President.

“Over last two weeks we’ve seen thousands of people in Minnesota take to the streets and raise their voices for change, telling us that incremental reform has not worked to keep our communities safe. We are also seeing major institutions like the University of Minnesota, our parks and schools, major business, and art institutions ending their relationship with our police department. So, it is clear that we need to make major shifts both in the short term and [abruptly ended that thought]. Our community is ready to reimagine public safety from the ground up to then holistically – to make sure every single member of our community is safe.” 

WOW This statement is filled with so many Rhetorical Devices, where do I begin?  . . .

“Over last two weeks we’ve seen thousands of people in Minnesota take to the streets and raise their voices for change, telling us that incremental reform has not worked to keep our communities safe.”

This statement suffers from “Proof Surrogate Fallacy” Rhetoric; an expression in place of actual authority. The actual authority lies with the entire community of citizens, not just the ones protesting. Protesters cannot speak for those citizens not present – the actual majority. Should any City Council make major changes without the support of the citizen majority, they will find themselves soon out of a job – and rightly so.

Let us look at what does “incremental reform” mean? I borrowed this example from another industry and changed it to reflect Policing Systems Reform:

Incremental Reforms of the Local Policing System should be offered only within the context of steps toward larger reform goals, so that the local citizen can evaluate the final destination as well as the individual steps.

Preferably, these specific reforms should be discussed as part of a sorely needed local televised debate (beginning early afternoon) about the basic features of the Local Policing Systems (the current system, and any future models proposed to replace current system), which the local city should deliver in stages. Indeed, public understanding of the merits of rival proposals is hardly possible without such an open debate on the fundamentals. Whatever structural reforms we achieve should not be the haphazard result of disconnected incremental actions, nor should they be the undisclosed objectives of step-by-step reforms.

Most incremental reforms under discussion would move the Local Policing System in one of three broad discussion topics:

The first topic of reform would expand on the current system, with varying degrees of changes and, with detailed presentation of alternate proposed future systems.

In the second comparative topic of reform, local government would determine the cost of the current proposed changes to existing system, as well as the cost of alternate proposed systems.

The third topic of reform would involve local policing service to businesses, schools, parks, malls, etc. – full disclosure of current and proposed services including cost analysis.

I like the Incremental Reform Plan which incorporates every citizen involvement as are interested in being involved. I would love to see someone like me organize it – just not me, someone much healthier.

“We are also seeing major institutions like the University of Minnesota, our parks and schools, major business, and art institutions ending their relationship with our police department.”

Common Practice Fallacy argument – just because some historically liberally run organizations are doing something, does not mean the majority are doing it.

“So it is clear that we need to make major shifts both in the short term and [abruptly ended that thought].”

Hyperbole Fallacy, better known as B S.

Clear to who? This small subset of all citizens should never make such a leap without somewhere to leap to AND with the consensus of all citizens. Public debate, then voting should happen.

“Our community is ready to reimagine public safety from the ground up to then holistically – to make sure every single member of our community is safe.”

We have a Line Drawing Fallacy at play; a dash of Subjectivism Fallacy, as well as Argument From Outrage Fallacy; working on a possible Straw Man Fallacy; a Wishful Thinking, and Group Think Fallacies;
not to mention that this whole thing is a huge SLIPPERY SLOPE FALLACY!

If you let a handful of people disband your law and order AND REPLACE IT WITH THEIR POLITICAL CRONIES ONLY – I cannot imagine anything they would deny themselves afterwards. Yes, this is a huge SLIPPERY SLOPE FALLACY!

This statement ends in a promise that she cannot possibly keep – Rationalizing Fallacy – appealing to that Group Think Fallacy.

Lisa Bender, Minnesota City Council President.

This is an out of control City Council President – YO! Citizens! You may want to put her on some kind of probation and shorten her authority leash from “Dictator” down to “Public Servant”.

Copyright © 2020 by Juanita Holloway-Walters

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Note – Late posting due to cable / internet problems for at least a week. I fixed it!! All by myself!!


Today we will explore a Rhetorical Device used to make an extravagant overstatement. Such an overstatement is called HYPERBOLE. Sadly, most assume that such a bold statement is a true statement and is more than likely not true. HYPERBOLE is used to affect the emotions of the reader in extremes.

Today’s article clip is from the New York Times article, “Child Vaccinations Plummet 63 Percent, a New Hurdle for N.Y.C. Schools,” By Eliza Shapiro. She is accurately reporting what New York’s Mayor DeBlasio said. It is Mr. DeBlasio who is using HYPERBOLE to instill fear into parents:      “The pieces unfortunately start to fit together in a way that should cause parents real concern,” Mr. DeBlasio said in his daily news briefing. Unvaccinated children, he said, could be “at greater threat of contracting a disease that could then put them at a greater threat of contracting Covid.”

To quote N Y Governor Cuomo, in a separate article, “Thankfully, this new syndrome is still quite rare and it is treatable, and most kids who develop it fully recover.” New York state has a population of almost 20 million; 1.7 million are children seventeen and under. The article stated there have only been about 102 cases. This article can be found https://nyti.ms/3cKC7GQ This article is very exhaustive in information regarding this new syndrome that doctors believe might be attributable to the Covid virus. In this article I found no reference of the regular school vaccinations helping children to not contract the Covid virus. Mayor DeBlasio stating otherwise is irresponsible; and one can only conclude he either does not know what he is talking about, or he was using it as HYPERBOLE to instill fear.

There are about 50 types of Rhetorical Devices that authors use much too often as persuasive deceit. Rhetoric persuades rather than prove logically, and factually. Some similar devices to Hyperbole, and in today’s example some are synonymous:
~Slippery Slope – Arguing that because x happens, then y and/or z will also happen.
~Proof Surrogate – Expression in place of actual evidence or authority.
~Scare Tactics – Frightening scenario instead of facts to persuade someone to see it your way.
~Loaded Question – Question that rests on one or more unwarranted or unjustified assumptions.
~Appeal to Ignorance – Lack of evidence against a claim doesn’t mean the claim gets any positive points.

It is very important to become familiar with these devices so you can recognize them when they are used to fool you in some way.

Copyright © 2020 by Juanita Holloway-Walters

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Every second of every day you make choices . . .
Every choice you make results in a consequence of your choices . . .
One cannot blame others for the choices they make . . .
Counterfeit life is more often than not a miserable life . . .
Those that choose to lie to others, must accept the rejection when lies come into the light . . .
The truth always emerges . . .
Those that choose to lie to themselves, will experience the result of those lies . . .
No one lives in a vacuum . . .
Those that learn from erroneous choices will grow in character . . .
Those that do not learn from erroneous choices become misguided and shrink in character . . hmmm
Those that remove all exterior ash cans from the public view, cannot complain when the butts of legal cigarettes dot the landscape . . .
We told you that the cigarette issue was the slippery slope of the abuse of government . . .
I love being right, and I wish I had not been right on this one, because we are all suffering . . .
Even those too stubborn or stupid to understand where this slippery slope is leading.

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