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My new column that should be of particular interest to Kentucky voters went up this morning here:
This turned out to be my 7th column for the large web site Townhall.com. I am really excited to be able to maintain this relationship with them.
From this weeks Marshall County Daily
This is a new series I am starting over at Marshall County Daily.com. The link won’t work on your phone via email. You will have to tap on the blue title of this blog post in your email. That in turn will take you to my actual blog site. Then you can click on the link. Sounds like a hassle but it is really only two clicks.
Authors Note: Looking at some of the comments on Patriot Update, a few readers apparently think I am positing that the Administration actually doesn’t have the information they say they have…that its all a ruse. That is not what this column says at all. That is not my theory. They absolutely have the information. Read this column with that in mind.
What If It’s Not A Leak?
Written on Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Chris Skates
What if he didn’t leak anything? What if Edward Snowden hasn’t been found because nobody is really looking for him? What if everything…what was announced, when it was announced, the Hong Kong press interview… was all staged. I might say all part of an elaborate plan, but that sounds a bit Hollywood, and how elaborate is it these days to fly a couple of guys to Hong Kong and do what every 12 year old in America knows how to do for YouTube with a cheap camera?
Maybe Snowden isn’t a patriot or a traitor. Maybe he’s just following orders, drawing a paycheck, and getting put up in some exotic locales for a while, to give it all just that extra dose of realism. Work with me here. Who would go to such trouble? Who would want to disclose this top secret NSA program, followed rapidly by the disclosure of the even more intrusive Prism program? Who would be willing to risk our national security in such a cavalier manner, and to what end?
My theory is this: Obama knows. And he wants you and the rest of the world to know that he knows. So you’re a courageous young tea party Congressman. You came to Washington to be a statesman. You intend to fight the tyranny of the Obama administration. You want to overturn Obamacare. And you’re good. You’re smart, talented politically, and a man or woman of great character and integrity. Well then you’re just the kind of congressman this so called “leak” was designed for. Obama knows. And he wants you to know that he knows.
Remember that college buddy you connected with on Facebook, and how the two of you reminisced about that party you threw freshman year? Remember the pictures you shared? Oh gosh! If those ever got out…Obama has them. They’re in a database and backed up on a hard drive. They can go around the world in seconds and…if the circumstances are right…or you become a big enough threat…they will. Your aging parents will see them. Your child will get a copy sent to their phone.
How about this? You know how to get things done. You have innovative solutions that could help the nation be great again. You’ve never aspired to get into politics but you love your country and you are frightened by the state it is in. You’ve talked it over with family and you’re going to do it. You are really going to run as a Republican for a significant office. You are certain you can make a difference. You are excited and nervous all at the same time but you are really going to dive into this thing and run. Just as you are forming your campaign team you see Edward Snowden on television, and you feel tightness in your chest. You suddenly remember those emails you exchanged with your receptionist a few years ago. Nothing ever happened, but you were a married man and she a married woman. You knew you shouldn’t have been talking like that, knew it wasn’t appropriate but it was a slip, a moment in time, and after all, they were just emails. Who is ever going to know?… Obama knows. And using an algorithm the system can bring them up on a screen and your Democratic opponent can have a hard copy in his hand in ten minutes. So are you sure you really want to run for office? It would be a shame if your wife got a copy of them too.
Hey, Mr. Republican Senator, before you vote against Harry Reid, think back. Is there anyone, anyone at all, that you have talked to on the phone in the past few years that you wouldn’t want the world to know about? Unless you’re sure, you really might want to reconsider your vote.
Everything I’ve written here is just conjecture. I admit I am grasping at straws. But think of the chilling effect this must be having in Washington. Congress asked Eric Holder if he was eavesdropping on their calls too and he refused to answer. He could have lied and said no, he is no stranger to lying. But he CHOSE not to answer. He wanted the Congressmen to wonder, “what if they have… THAT”. What if Snowden has only done, is only doing, exactly what the White House told him to do. What if everything is working exactly according to plan. What if from the vantage point of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 2014, 2016, and beyond, look just rosy?
Its a Midwest Thing, You Might Not Understand
Written on Sunday, June 9, 2013 by Chris Skates
Last weekend in my hometown of Paducah, Kentucky the weather got bad…again. It happens here from time to time. In 2009 we had a devastating ice storm, one of the worst in the nation’s history. Perhaps you never heard about it. The storm and its aftermath, though it affected hundreds of square miles, garnered little or no media attention. That’s because we Midwesterners don’t grab for the camera lens and scream for FEMA. We don’t even think about needing the federal government during events like the ice storm or last week’s flood, after all, we have each other. The water got high this past weekend, really high. Citizens were encouraged to stay home or to head for higher ground if they were in a flood zone. Most listened. The ones who didn’t went out to see who they could help. Their purpose was not to go and drive through high water, get their vehicle swamped and make further demands on already strained first responders; instead they were out to help those who needed assistance and thus to support responders. Certainly we have our fools and buffoons here just as exist in any other area of the country but they are not the norm. Nowhere have we seen the mindset of strong community and independence play out any more than in Oklahoma after the recent tornadoes. How much panic has there been? How many cries for the government to come and rescue? Based on the coverage I have seen so far, I would say zero. A funny moment from our Saturday storms, and one that isn’t particularly rare in these parts: Our recent weather event was a pretty severe flash flood. But then flash floods sometimes live up to their name and the water recedes as fast as it rises. That was the case Saturday and it didn’t take residents long to discover there was no reason not to go ahead and get out of the house. As I was driving by an exit ramp I noticed a tree trunk had floated up onto the ramp and apparently been left behind by receding water. I looked that direction just in time to see a soccer mom in a Chevy Yukon drive right over the tree. I can only imagine the conversation inside the vehicle. “Oh! There’s a tree in the way. Baby, go hook my winch cable around that sign post up there, Mama didn’t order that four thousand dollar off road package for nothing. We’re about to lock in the hubs and drive right over that thing. We’re surely not turning around and going home. It’s 40% off today at the mall.” Within half an hour of the water receding, restaurants and stores were as crowded as ever. As I watched business boom, I thought about towns like Moore Oklahoma, and Joplin Missouri, and Paducah Kentucky. Perhaps our generation is softer, more lazy, and spoiled, but if you look closely enough you can still see the American independent spirit here. We don’t want need or ask for FEMA. They would probably just get in our way. However we will travel to help you in your time of need. We’ve done it before. In Moore, the Southern Baptist Men volunteers were serving hot meals to those who had lost everything before FEMA ever rolled out of their headquarters. Our current government leadership cannot fathom such a mind-set. I think they genuinely fail to see the value of that independent spirit. Instead they look at folks like us merely as a source of seemingly never ending tax revenue so that they can perpetuate and grow more and bigger failed assistance programs. Lord help those who believe they must depend on them. Chris Skates is the author of the novel, Going Green: For Some It Has Nothing To Do With The Environment, which is available in the Patriot Bookstore and the soon to be released historical novel The Tower. He has been published in dozens of national magazines and has authored multiple technical articles in his field of Chemistry. You can follow his blog at www.chrisskates.com
Hope this link works for you. My article is on page 63. Click on the 2013 issue. It tends to work better if you give the Adobe file a good sixty seconds to load. Then you can hover your cursor over the bottom of the magazine cover and a toolbar will come up. Click in the box with the page number in it and type in 65. Then I think you hit enter. That will take you right to my article. The editor also does a VERY nice review of Going Green starting on page 65.
The Column I Never Wanted To Write
Written on Friday, May 24, 2013 by Chris Skates
By Chris Skates I haven’t wanted to write this one. I have been putting it off. There are more scandals in the White House now than we can keep up with. But that’s not the biggest scandal. It is hard to fathom that a President would sic the full force of the massive federal government on innocent and law-abiding Americans via the IRS, EPA, OSHA, and FBI. But that is not the most difficult thing to fathom. I have written about WWII veterans here before. I have had the great honor to know several of them and become friends with them. I make them aware of my deep interest in and research of that war so sometimes they talk to me. They seem to appreciate the effort on my part to know about the battles and to have as much appreciation as one can have from books and film of the sacrifices made. So on a couple of occasions they open up.
One of my WWII friends retired as a Colonel. During the war he was a Lieutenant under Patton. At some point he was placed in charge of an otherwise all black company and sent to liberate the concentration camps. The fighting was mostly over, but it was the memories of what he saw in the camps that haunted him more than the violent battles that preceded that duty post. He told me of walking into the head officer’s quarters at one of the camps. There were matching lamps on the desk. The lampshades were made of the skin of Jews. He told me of meticulous record books, like those that would have been kept by the finest of accounting firms at the time. The books contained the dollar value of each Jew that was sent to the ovens. They had placed a value on everything from ladies purses the victims had been forced to leave behind to gold fillings in people’s mouths.
My friend walked on wobbly legs out to some storage bins. The bins were of much finer construction than those of meager quarters of the prisoners. They cut off the chains and locks, my friend was horrified to see one bin stacked fifteen feet deep with women’s hair. There were piles of the long locks that the Nazi’s shaved off the women. The logbooks said they were going to make wigs out of them.
But it was the last storage bin that took my friend’s breath away. It was that bin that made his legs so rubbery that he collapsed. For that one was filled from floor to rafters…with baby shoes. Never again! Never again! That has been the cry ever since the world learned of the holocaust. But it did happen again. And this time the imprisonment and torture drug out over three decades.
How far have we advanced? How far has our liberal, largely godless education system advanced us? How much closer are we to that utopian vision where all men live in harmony and hold hands, while humming the agnostic John Lennon’s “Imagine”? We are no closer. We are farther away than ever. If you still don’t know of the Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic you owe it to your society to do some research on it. You owe it to your own children to know what evil personified looks like so that you can protect them from it.
Now instead of baby shoes we have tiny baby feet in a jar of formaldehyde. Now instead of having a military company crash the gates with a tank and save the innocent, we have Planned Parenthood receiving millions in government subsidies. (Planned Parenthood knew for years what was going on in the Gosnell clinic. They did nothing to stop it). Now instead of Churchill saying, “We will never surrender”, we have a President speaking to the Planned Parenthood Convention and ending his remarks with the words, “God Bless You”.
Back then it was thinly cloaked in the term “the final solution”. Now it is cloaked in the vapid term “reproductive rights”. It was a horror back then in WWII. It is a horror now, only the number of dead is much larger and it grows increasingly difficult to know who the bad guys are.
Chris Skates is the author of the novel, Going Green: For Some It Has Nothing To Do With The Environment, which is available in the Patriot Bookstore. He has been published in dozens of national magazines and has authored multiple technical articles in his field of Chemistry. You can follow his blog at www.chrisskates.com