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Who are the Thought Police in Your Community? Do you know?

“As members of a community, even as citizens of a nation, we are frequently exposed to and have to cope with what is known as groupthink, a phenomenon that may seriously compromise our image of ourselves, our relationships with family, friends, neighbors, community leaders, and may also compromise our moral rights of personal dignity and autonomy. And yet, groupthink is precisely what underlies much of our “training” in how to be good citizens and in the so-called education programs and our social organizations, and is pandemic in most of the institutions in which we work. Groupthink,  shamefully, has been a part of our religious institutions since time immemorial. Agendizing, brainwashing, programming.”

Anonymous Contributor.

We, as citizens, as members of our community, parents and educators, as human beings we are told that we have an inherent and guaranteed right to speak freely and openly about most subjects without the stigma that might apply to a person living and working in a different country. We would like to think that people, especially our elected leaders and our educators, tend to listen to us and give some weight and importance to what we have to say; consequently, we can and should play an important and proactive role in deciding how we live, work and are governed, and in order to do this, we must make our leaders aware that we are aware of the groupthink phenomenon, its dangers and risks, and implement ways of avoiding this insidious, infectious, and fatal phenomenon in our communities and in our lives. Once people are made aware of the groupthink phenomenon and ways to identify it and prevent it, we are on the path to reclaiming the efficacy and authenticity we once enjoyed but lost in the wake of the development of corporate control of our institutions and the chilling of interpersonal relations by online social media.

Groupthink.[1] It’s everywhere and it’s toxic! It’s dehumanizing. It perpetuates lies and factoids. Yet you love it! It makes things so much easier when you don’t have to use your own brain and you allow yourself to be programmed to think, speak, act, perform according to the in-group’s agenda.

Irving Janus mainstreamed the term in 1982. [2] According to Janis, groupthink

“[h]appens when in-group pressures lead to deterioration in mental efficiency, poor testing of reality, and lax moral judgment. It tends to occur in highly cohesive groups in which the group members’ desire for consensus becomes more important than evaluating problems and solutions realistically. An example would be the top executive cabinet (the president and vice presidents) of a firm, who have worked together for many years. They know each other well and think as a cohesive unit rather than as a collection of individuals.” [my italics]

We can find groupthink in our workplaces, churches, schools, social media, government, and Yes! even in our homes.

Janis identified eight symptoms of groupthink, which are noteworthy and which I will briefly describe below.[3] Persons affected by groupthink may exhibit any of these symptoms:

  1. An experience of the illusion of invulnerability. This illusion produces an unreal sense of optimism and the sense of empowerment to take risks, sometimes extreme, which the individual would not otherwise take.
  2. Acceptance of a collective rationalization. The individual ignores the red flags and warnings and refuse to reassess their biases, prejudices and assumptions regarding reality.
  3. Belief in the inherent morality of the group. The individual and members of the group are convinced of the righteousness of their beliefs and become indifferent to the ethical or moral effects and consequences of the group’s decisions and actions.
  4. Establishment and adoption of stereotypes of out-groups. Stereotypes are a facile way of dealing with the “others” and do not require thinking or decision-making. De rigueur negative presumptions and characterizations of the “enemy” render rational and effective responses to conflict unnecessary. Cookie-cutter responses are the result.
  5. The imposition of direct pressure on dissenters. Any deviation from the presumptions and dictates of the group results in sanctions. Individuals, group members are discouraged from expressing alternative views, or representing positions conflicting any of the group’s views.
  6. Requirement of self-censorship. The individual and members of the group are required to ensure that any questions, doubts and deviations from the group’s “consensus,” program, or agenda are not expressed. The individual must “watch his/her mouth” or be sanctioned.
  7. The illusion of unanimity. The views and judgments, decisions and actions of the “group” or of the group’s statutory and declared leader(s) and majority are assumed to be unanimous, justified and reliable.
  8. The presence of self-appointed ‘mindguards’. Certain members isolate and “protect” the group and its leader(s) from information that is problematic or contradictory to the group’s cohesiveness, view, and/or decisions. These are the “thought police” who ensure that any information that can potentially threaten the group or its leaders is filtered out and neutralized.

In other words, the phenomenon of groupthink seems to have grown out of and fits perfectly into the framework of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “Nineteen-Eighty-Four,” with its implications of superpower invulnerability, collective processing of carefully cooked data and information, a sense of moral superiority of the group’s decisions and actions, the facile handling of non-members by the application of stereotypes, direct suppression and sanctioning of any opposing thought or expression — the individual “watches his mouth” to avoid attracting attention to himself and possible sanctioning —, all communications and indicators seem to indicate that “everyone is on the same page” and “stands united.”  Finally, the self-appointed “mindguards,” the Orwellian “thought police,” ensure that everyone toes the mark, knows his place, and follows the “party line.” Sounds awfully much like PC, political correctness, doesn’t it?

The Thought Police or Mindguards ensure that you don’t think out of the box.

As I mentioned above, groupthink is easily observed in our schools, churches, public servants, social groups, the workplace, etc.

Here’s an example that comes from my college days when I worked as an encyclopedia salesperson. We were trained to ask potential purchasers questions that they could not disagree with, such as, for example: “You do care about your children’s education, don’t you?” or “You want your children to have the best available information for school, don’t you?” Once they answered in the affirmative, they were cooked. It was sort of like asking a veteran the question, “You do love your country, don’t you?” Or a clergyperson asking a dissenter, “You do believe in God, don’t you?” Ask those sorts of questions and you get a commitment to groupthink; the rest follows once the individual is on the slippery slope to group membership, willingly or not.

It’s certainly easy enough to self-test yourself by asking yourself if any of the above symptoms could possibly apply to you…but be aware of the sneaky symptom of “self-censorship” because you might actually be unaware that you are self-censoring; you may actually believe that what you say you believe is in fact what you believe. (Please go back and reread that last part. It’s important and you really didn’t understand it, did you?!)

Everyone connected to the same “brain”, the core-group’s!

Here’s a real example: I was at my fitness center and struck up a conversation with a guy who was working on a neighboring piece of equipment. The conversation started out on muscle groups and doping, use of anabolic steroids, doping scandals, and how natural fitness was desirable over and against taking performance enhancers. The conversation drifted to the inquiry, “What do you do?” The guy was intelligent, apparently well-read in the subject of performance enhancers in athletes, and was no dummy. He responded by telling me he was a “personal income tax auditor” for the state of New York. What followed was a textbook example of groupthink. He commenced by telling me how interesting his job was because he was making sure everyone stayed honest. Everyone should pay taxes. Not everyone was honest, some people were honest but ignorant. The tax department and auditors were there to protect the public. He was happy doing what he was doing, and he liked his work. He was protecting honest citizens from the crooks and the parasites. New York state took care of its people unlike those states with no personal income tax, states that provided sanctuary to people who want to keep their fortunes but not share by paying personal income taxes. Basically, you can’t argue with this guy because what he is saying is superficially true, ethical and moral. But, and there’s the clincher, his thinking from one subject to the other was schizoid! He was very individualized, independent, even liberal when discussing the social and personal impact of performance enhancers on non-professional vs. professional athletes, and the use of performance enhancers in the guy-next-door who works out to stay healthy or attractive. His lock-step “tax department” jargon and speech, almost soapbox preaching, was groupspeak, the product of groupthink. Can you identify the symptoms?

Here are two more examples I found on a professional networking site, LinkedIn, which is slowly morphing into a Facebook-type social media space. Whereas LinkedIn was originally intended to be a forum facilitating networking among professionals, the parasites slowly infiltrated and started their social justice preaching and religious proselytizing.

One characteristic of social justice and religion is that both are fertile ground for a bumper crop of groupthinkers. Example 1: Social Justice. This example is remarkable because it is so homogeneous in the majority responses and because of the sheer number of responses: 5,013 Likes, 321 comments! Synopsis: A young woman with Down’s syndrome appears in what is obviously a staged video, in which she receives a call from a fast-food chain, Chik-Fil-A, in which she is offered a job paying $11.50/h. It is her first real job and she is elated at the offer and accepts.

The groupthink: Actual comments: “Awesome!” “Wonderful!””Isn’t Chik-Fil-A a great company!””The story brought tears to my eyes!” “It made my day! We need more stories like this!” But many of the comments were condescending: They mentioned “learning disability” and how remarkable it was that this young woman had “won,” how employment “is a right,” and other misguided slogans associated with what we know as PC but was described by Janis as groupthink. The censorship/sanction/thought police action: A commenter posted some reasonable, dissenting, conflicting thoughts about the reality of the situation in terms of stereotyping highly functional Down’s syndrome  persons as having “learning disabilities,” a bucket term that stereotyped them unfairly. That she was hired on her merits and if she didn’t have what Chick-Fil-A needed and wanted, she would not have gotten the call. That Down’s syndrome persons are highly desirable in service jobs with customer contact because of their personality characteristics, as was pioneered by McDonald’s some time ago, and that these corporations are exploiting vulnerable persons with Down’s syndrome because they are perfect for these low-paying jobs, and it creates a very positive social image for the corporation, so-called “organizational health.” (See the McKinsey report below.)

Needless to say, the “mindguards” were quick to respond, and butchered the commentor for being “a Grinch,” for not “caring” and for his “dripping sarcasm.” Not a single comment out of more than 300 comments and replies accepted the truth of what the commenter wrote; almost all condemned him for not sharing the majority’s groupthink. (Click here to read the actual comments made by the commenter and some of the replies.)[4]

The value of hiring persons with Down syndrome is not lost on the corporations![5]

The economic benefits of hiring persons with intellectual challenges is not lost on the corporations, as is demonstrated by the McKinsey report[6], but we’re not supposed to talk about the dark side of Julia’s hiring because the group think won’t allow anyone to pop their bubble of denial or distract them from their happy, be nice, love fest by suggesting reality. That’s groupthink.

Here’s another from the same site, LinkedIn. This time it was a religious fanatic known popularly as a “Jesus-freak,” someone who posts an inflammatory statement about how Jesus is the truth and everything else is a lie. First of all, such posts are more Facebook quality and have nothing to do with professional networking, so it shouldn’t have been on LinkedIn in the first place. So the original post by one David Wood, who describes himself as the “Executive Producer Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Resurrection of Jesus Christ LLC, School Of Hard Knocks,” and his project as:

“The Resurrection Project unites the Body of Christ, to launch a global love movement, a feature length movie, and a video game, and tell the story of Jesus’ Christ resurrection and the 40 days that followed. “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” is the greatest love story ever told.” www.theresurrectionofjesuschrist.com [Author’s note: My italics; I have not undertaken any editing of Mr. Wood’s English.]

His post was simply:

That was it. My first reaction was that Islam never claimed that Muhammad was God. Nor does Buddhism teach that Buddha was a god. The name applied to God in Arabic, and hence in Islam is Allah, which is merely an equivalent of the English, God, so that point is really moot. And the fact that Wood claims that his Jesus is the “only one God” reveals a bit of tunnel vision, even religious and theological ignorance. This is groupthink at one of its worst moments!

My point is this: Approach that post as I did, with the above reasoning, and you will obtain a clear lesson in groupthink.  The post received 51 Likes and 15 Comments but was seen be hundreds, perhaps thousands who didn’t want to “offend” by responding. (Or perhaps because religion is not as popular as Down’s syndrome? Or because the message was so bizarre? Who can say for sure?)

Those three examples should suffice to convince even the hardcore groupthinkers of their affliction.

The kinds of groups that are particularly at risk for the groupthink phenomenon are, of course, groups that we could characterize as cliques, whether consisting of 3 or 3000 persons. Cliques don’t need to be small and a whole company or department may become a clique. The group or clique should be cohesive for groupthink to develop; cohesive factors may include ethnicity, similar interest, and physical appearance. Members of a clique often isolate themselves as a group and tend to view the clique as superior to anyone outside the clique.

Cliques can form in any age group but they are most associated with groups whose members have gotten stuck in an adolescent or late childhood developmental stage, the stage when individuals normally form and become members of such groups. Accordingly, groupthink is characteristic of individuals who may have gotten stuck in a pre-adult developmental stage.

Facebook is a well known huge groupthink-collective in which groupthink can be diagnosed at various levels in the interactions from the very top, where the Facebook Standards and the thought police are active censoring deviant thinkers, that is, anyone who may not agree with Facebook or its policies, to the smaller yet equally repulsive “groups,” which may be “open,” “closed” or “secret”. The problem and real danger associated with Facebook and other social media that functions by exploiting the groupthink phenomenon is the sheer numbers of people who can be and actually are affected by the clique(s).

The proven disorder of Facebook Addiction or Internet Addiction Disorder make the problem even worse because once subscribers are addicted, they are captivated by the groupthink phenomenon and cannot escape.(See our article on Facebook Addiction Disorder on this blog.)

It’s the beginning of the end of open communication, autonomy, and due process.

Another problem is what I would call the “Room 101” factor[7]:  the fact that in terms of groupthink, when Facebook decides to deactivate an account for one reason or another, whether for a period of time certain (days, weeks, etc.) or permanently, this “punishment” practice has a psychospiritual effect on the affected individual, similar to being shunned or banned froma group or a clique. It is a powerful motivator to keep people under their thumb, a control strategy, that works extremely well once Facebook has hooked a person, and the person is sufficiently invested in Facebook in terms of time spent online and digital friends collected, such that the now addicted subscriber will feel the psychosocial pain of being “deactivated.,” in a sense placed in isolation by Facebook without the benefit of due process. Yes, it’s the beginning of the end of open communication, autonomy, and due process. Similar, in fact, to “vaporizing” a dissenter in Orwell’s “1984” where the dissenter is simply made to disappear, as if he never existed. [8]

The recent reports of Facebook’s cooperation with the US and Israeli governments to deactivate certain Facebook pages because their messages are “inconvenient” is a very disturbing step taken in the direction of thought control, Thought Police and Mindguards. That’s why we’ve been trying to get through to our readers to campaign against social media like Facebook! (See our articles on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg‘s ambitious agenda to become God. Once he’s got a fifth of the world’s population addicted to Facebook and can control what they read, hear, see, and say, he’s well on his way to become the next Dictator in Heaven.)


The same “vaporizing” occurs when someone “unfriends” or “blocks” another subscriber who may have violated the group-leader’s or the group’s groupthink policies. Have you been Facebook vaporized recently? You wouldn’t know if you had been because Facebook strategically keeps it a secret; only the vaporizer and Facebook know it. Same applies when someone has a grudge against you on Facebook: they simply report you for such-and-such, and you find yourself deactivated. Groupthink à la Facebook!

The groupthink phenomenon can be avoided but only if the clique or the group is willing to acknowledge the phenomenon, to recognize it in their group, and sees the benefits of avoiding the phenomenon.

Fred Lunenburg (2012) proposes a number of possible ways to avoid groupthink in a group, including[9]:

  • Encouraging group members to state and air objections, doubts, and questions,
  • Promoting impartiality rather than stating preferences and expectations of the group at the outset,
  • The group leaders should periodically discuss the group’s policies and practices and report their transactions back to the group, inviting feedback,
  • Members should be invited to challenge the views of core members (and leaders),
  • At least one member should play the role of devil’s advocate, expressing objections or critiquing group policies and practices, and beliefs,
  • Where there is devil’s advocacy, members should spend time and effort evaluating the warning signals of developing groupthink inherent in adverse responses,
  • Alternative scenarios should be constructed by group leaders in evaluating any rivaling intentions,
  • In the case of a member who appears to consistently rival the group’s polices or practices (Red flag! Think groupthink!), the member should be asked to express as vividly as he can all his residual doubts,
  • Group leaders or core members should present the entire issue to the group to elicit feedback and insights before making any definitive choices or decisions.

Group coherence and decision making has clear benefits over individual decision making. This is especially true when a decision must be made under conditions of uncertainty.[10] Some of the benefits described by Bonito (2011) include[11]:

  • Improved decision quality
  • Higher level of creativity and creative thinking
  • Improved decision acceptance and organizational learning
  • Increased decision understanding
  • Enhanced effectiveness in establishing objectives, identifying alternatives
  • Greater decision accuracy and avoidance of errors and glitches

Admittedly, these benefits may be less related to the actual outcomes of decisions than they are to group morale and satisfaction; we can agree that groups should and probably do perform better when

  • Group members present a variety of relevant skills that differ sufficiently but do not create constraints or conflicts;
  • There is a division of labor or effort, input;
  • Individual inputs can be “averaged” in such a way as to arrive at a group “position.”

Are you controlled by the Thought Police, the Mindguards from the cradle to the grave?

By now you might be asking yourself the question: “That having been said, and while applicable to business decisions or to Facebook and other moderated social media, how does that apply to spiritual care or to our lives in our communities and the nation at large?” Well, in order to answer that question, I have to ask you to step out of your stall in the sheeple box, and think about the environment in which you live. Ask yourselves if you can identify groupthink in these situations:

  • In your church or faith community. (Hint: How do you talk about other faith or belief groups)?
  • In the Sports Association or Social Club. Do you have to toe the mark in what you talk about?
  • In your political or social club (Hint: When at a Republican Club or Democratic Club or American Legion occasion, are you careful what you say?)
  • In your children’s schools (Hint: Do you speak your mind at a Board of Education meeting or just sit simmering? At a PTA meeting what do you feel you can discuss? Do you even attend any of these?)
  • At town board or village board meetings (Hint: Do you speak your mind at a board meetings or just sit simmering? Do you even attend any of these?)
  • Have you ever avoided going somewhere or doing something because you were concerned what “they” would say?
  • Are there subjects or topics or language that you avoid specifically to avoid being stereotyped or labeled? Do you choose political correctness over truth and honesty? Do you do that out of fear of the Mindguards?

Are you being stalked by the community or social media Thought Police, the Mindguards?

At home do you have open discussions with family members or are some subjects simply avoided or off-topic? Are the Thought Police at work in your home? Or are you letting the Facebook and social media thought police do their work for you? Have you seen your kids today?

When is the last time you looked at what your schools are teaching to your children? Have you ever openly questioned what they are being taught? Or are you letting the Mindguards manage your kids’ minds?

At work do you challenge social injustice or do you simply turn your back hoping it won’t hit you next? Are you open in discussing what you feel needs to be considered for change? Do you suggest improvements? Or are you living in constant fear of being “vaporized,” “unfriended,” “blocked” by your employer or even your workmates and coworkers?

Have you been castrated by the Thought Police, the Mindguards?

Most of us will find ourselves interacting throughout our entire lives with employers, educators, community members, governing bodies, committees, or just with our families. We take these interactions for granted; that’s a big mistake..Each of these environments is at high risk of the groupthink phenomenon, and we need to start thinking about the nature and quality of those interactions. Can you identify the symptoms of groupthink in any of your relationships or interations?

We frequently say that “emotions are contagious,” but we don’t frequently admit that not only emotions but the environment created by the attitudes and thinking of leaders and core members in a group are just as contagious in the form of groupthink.

Organizations like schools, religious institutions, government, social organizations are hotbeds for the groupthink

Those of us who are aware of our lives will admit that each group or community has its own culture, and if we are to work effectively with the members and effetively serve the ourselves and our community, we have to be aware of the groupthink phenomenon as it most certainly exists in that group or community. Ask yourself if you feel your teachers, your administrators, your elected officials, local law enforcement are listening to you and your concerns and their attitude towards the “necessary evil” of your opinion must be tolerated rather than facilitated. That attitude extends to all the members of the community, including educators, elected officials, law enforcement, etc.,  and the symptoms of groupthink can be quickly and easily identified if you care to look. How do we deal with that situation armed with the awareness of the probable existence of groupthink?

Organizations like schools, religious institutions, government, social organizations are hotbeds for the groupthink phenomenon because they are founded on very clear principles of operation and program; they have their” agendas.” The objectives and goals of the group are clearly defined and the members are controlled by the assignment of specific tasks and imposing protocols. The agenda is clearly defined. You simply don’t dissent or rock the hospice boat. Groupthink.

Institutional Agendas Define the Group.

 

As “tradition” the groupthink may have developed as a response to the local culture, whether it be socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, etc. In this case, it is a response to the exigencies of doing living and functioning with that demographic mix, and is almost a requirement for survival. Is this “positive” groupthink? Perhaps, but it goes without saying that unless the establishment leaves the door open to open discussion, sharing of insights, correct interpretations of warning signs and red flags, it can quickly transmute into “negative” groupthink.

As the organization leaves the traditional, local, “family” orientation or organization and moves towards the group or the corporate systems, groupthink becomes more of a high risk than a positive stabilizing factor. This is where the culture of the group or corporation overshadows the individuals that move it as well as those who consume its products and services. Rather than being an evolving, “living” organism, it is a monolith. Again,I can’t help but cite Facebook or the federal government as outstanding examples of such a negative development.

A number of large multinational corporations like IBM, 3M, Anheuser-Busch have recognized the threat posed by groupthink and have implemented and developed processes to prevent or at least to mitigate its deleterious and prejudicial effects within the components of the organization and on the organization as a whole. Lunenburg (2012) discusses some of the ways they have approached prevention of groupthink by way of methods like devil’s advocacy and dialectical inquiry. McDougel and Baum (1997) discuss the application of devil’s advocacy to stimulate discussion and avoid groupthink in focus groups.[12] McAvoy et al. discuss how devil’s advocacy and the principles of sensemaking can be used in a method they call the “agitation workshop” as a method of challenging the false consensus created by the groupthink phenomenon.[13]

Do frequent meetings and evaluations work to avoid groupthink? More likely than not, they may actually promote groupthink when leadership reiterate at each meeting the same expectations at the outset, setting the stage for a more limited and controlled conversation that does not allow for alternative discussion. But such meetings and evaluations and be highly productive if, at the outset, the leaders or facilitators are aware of the symptoms of groupthink and some of the methods to directly avoid it, as well as the quasi-paedagogical methods of enhancing creative thinking, even improving performance by institutionalizing dissent!

We can and should play an important and proactive role in making the organizations and leaders with whom we work aware of the groupthink phenomenon, its dangers and risks, and ways of avoiding the phenomenon in our environments. Once people are made aware of the phenomenon and ways to identify it and prevent it, we are on the path to reclaiming the efficacy and authenticity we once enjoyed but lost in the wake of the development of corporate control of our institutions and the chilling of interpersonal relations by online social media.

By using your brain you can avoid the dangers of groupthink!
The Editor


Notes

[1] Irving Janis originally coined the term groupthink in 1972. (Janis, Irving L.  (1972).  Victims of Groupthink.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.)

[2] Janis, I. L. (1982). Groupthink: Psychological studies of policy decisions and fiascos (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

[3] For a more comprehensive discussion of the eight symptoms please refer to Janis’ Groupthink, Psychological Studies, above. A brief and very helpful overview of groupthink is provided in What is Groupthink? (http://www.psysr.org/about/pubs_resources/groupthink%20overview.htm, last accessed on January 8, 2018, 2018).

[4] The “Julia got a job!” obviously scripted video is synopsized on YouTube in the following words: “A heartwarming video shows the moment a teenage girl with Down syndrome receives her first job offer. A girl named Julia gets a phone call from a Chick-fil-A employee in Rancho Murieta, California. ‘I was just calling to offer you a position here,’ the woman says on speaker phone. ‘Your pay rate would be 11.50 per hour, would you like to accept?’ ‘I do,’ Julia says, her face overcome with emotion. As the woman tells her that she will start in December, Julia breaks down in tears of happiness. ‘Oh my gosh,’ she can be heard saying as she thanks the woman profusely. Julia’s family then encircles her and gives her a massive hug while chanting ‘Chick-Fil-A’. “ (AutoNews- Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5101331/Teen-girl-syndrome-cries-s-given-job.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490)

[5] According to McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that serves private, public and social sector institutions, in a report entitled, “The value that employees with Down syndrome can add to organizations,” we read “[H]owever, some companies have chosen to tackle the far more complex challenge of hiring people with intellectual disabilities. Those that have done so have found that these people can add value to organizational health (an organization’s ability to align, execute, and renew itself faster than competitors so that it can sustain exceptional performance over time). Employees with Down syndrome are a particularly interesting topic of research, as they have a number of characteristics that both increase the challenges associated with inclusion and bring added benefits.” [my italics] (McKinsey & Company (2014) “The value that employees with Down Syndrome can add to organizations” (Vicente Assis, Marcus Frank, Guilherme Bcheche, and Bruno Kuboiama), last accessed on January 9, 2018.)

[6] Ibid.

[7] I’m referring to the notorious Room 101 described in Orwell’s novel “Nineteen-Eighty-Four,” the room in the Ministry of Truth (MiniTru in Newspeak), where dissenters were taken for “processing,” most never to be heard from again. “You asked me once,” said O’Brien, “what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.”  (“1984” Part 3, Ch. 5)  In “1984” the Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking known as “thoughtcrimes” and is enforced by the “Thought Police.” The Ministry of Love (Miniluv), the ministry in charge of torturing dissidents.  The protagonist Smith is subjected to many forms of torture and is forced into the horror chamber known only as Room 101.

[8] Mind Control – George Orwell BBC 101 Documentary last accessed on January 9, 2018.

[9] Lunenburg, F. (2012).” Devil’s Advocacy and Dialectical Inquiry: Antidote to Groupthink”. International Journal of

Scholarly and Academic Intellectual Diversity, Vol 14, No. 1, pp 1-9.

[10] Nikolaidis (2012) defines uncertainty as “the condition under which an individual [or group] does not have the necessary information to assign probabilities to the outcomes of alternative solutions. (Nikolaidis, E. (2012).  Design decisions under uncertainty with limited information. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.)

[11] Bonito, J. (2011). Interaction and influence in small group decision making. New York, NY: Routledge.

[12] McDougal, C., F. Baum, (1997) “The Devil’s Advocate: A Strategy to Avoid Groupthink and Stimulate Discussion in Focus Groups,” Qualitative Health Research, Volume 7, Number 4, pp 532-541.

[13] John McAvoy, Tadhg Nagle and David Sammon, (2013) “A novel approach to challenging consensus in evaluations: The Agitation Workshop,” The Electronic Journal Information Systems Evaluation, Volume 16 Issue 1,  pp 45-55.

 
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Blacks and Wimins Can’t Drive; Black Wimins Can’t Park (Won’t Park Legally)

animated_update_smallon our exposé of corrupt local dentists (in Greene county, NY): We are informed that our efforts and support of a reader who was a victim of Coxsackie Dental Arts, “Dr” Kurt Froehlich, have paid off. The reader’s credit card company has found in favor of the patient and has denied CDA and Frohlich payment, crediting the amount back to the patient. CDA and Froehlich can appeal the credit card company’s decision within 45 days, but Froehlich still got to deal with possible court action and possible investigation by the insurance company and the Greene County DA and NYS Attorney General for possible fraud for double-billing, billing the insurance company for services never rendered, and trying to collect from the patient!


Back to our main story:

Yeah! It’s an awful statement of a stereotype because it’s not true everywhere and always; in other words, it can’t be generalized to the entire population. But if people don’t like stereotypes or don’t like being forced into a stereotype, why do they insist on acting out the stereotype and giving it new life?

It’s An Election Year, A Big One! Shouldn’t Our Politicians Be Answering These Questions?

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Here’s an example from one of our readers:

Why does (it shouldn’t) color allow you to be inconsiderate, unsafe, uncivil, violate the law?

“Dear editor,
“I thought you’d enjoy this.
I shop at the Glenmont Pricechopper and sometimes use the BankAmerica ATM next door. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen vehicles parked in front of the BankAmerica facing the wrong direction and forcing buses and other vehicles to go around them, risking a mishap in the oncoming lane.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the pleasure of noting that almost all of those lazy, inconsiderate scofflaws were “persons of color“, actually blacks.
“Today, I got a taste of “stereotype” behavior all of the PC correct whities are so careful to avoid noticing.
“I stopped and parked properly in the parking lot across from the ATM and noted a minivan type vehicle parked directly in front of the ATM on the wrong side of the street, facing oncoming traffic. A bus and a couple of cars had to maneuver around it to continue their trips. When I crossed the street I must have shot it a displeased look (no one was inside), but when I entered the ATM lobby, a black woman with alien locks was looking at me and says, “I saw that judgmental look at my car.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I responded, “It’s parked illegally and forcing people to go around it. Can’t you park properly?” She then launched into a tirade only a black could do to a white person, yelling that she saw my “judgmental look” at her car, and who did I think I was. I told I was the one obeying the law and parking properly and that she should save her paranoia for someone else. So she tells me to go “fuck” myself to which I responded, “Bitch! Get your money and leave so I don’t have to share this space with you.” She again told me to “fuck” myself.
Imagine if I, a whitie, started off on her like that and spoke to her like that. Or if I parked like that? Wonder if the Bethlehem Police would have ignored the white boy doing that?
Just thought you’d enjoy this after seeing “Black lives matter” until I want to puke!”
Thanks! You can print this if you want. It’s all true.
[Name withheld at author’s request.]

Before you get all self-righteous and politically correct, let us just agree on one point before you read on: This post is not about hate or racism or anything like either. This is a post that very clearly and honestly looks at a situation and how it came to be what it is. Very few of our readers will be able to deny having a similar experience. So let’s get on with it.

Another reader writes about his/her experience when attempting to get a price on a simple sewing job:

This is the place! Just look at those prices! Why is he charging those prices? Because he can!

“I read your blog about the dentists and I thought you’d be interested in this recent experience. [Editor’s Note: The reader is referring to our recent article, “Local Dentists. Are you being abused, taken for a ride in the chair?“, in which we discuss local dentists, especially Coxsackie Dental Arts (Kurt Frohlich) and Marvin Gertzberg (formerly of New Baltimore Family Dentistry), and their scams.]

“I had a small sewing job I needed done and figured I’d try a smallish place that had put up some signs at the four-corners in Glenmont, feeling it’s better to support a local small business than go to one of the larger establishments. It was a disappointing experience but taught me a great lesson in where we are in this country.

“I walked in and stood there watching a middle-aged man of color fussing with some garments. He didn’t say a word, or even look up at first but after a minute or two he came over and said, “What can I do for you.”

“I explained what I wanted done–seemed really simple since all I felt needed to be done was slip the thing under the sewing machine needle and stitch the material, that’s all I was asking for.

“The man started a mini-course in sewing and how this needed to be done and that had to be done. I clarified that all I wanted was for him to stitch the material. He continued, telling me that he charged for every 15 inches; there was a charge for every 15 inches of stitching. He continued by telling me that this length would be $45 and this another about $30, etc. until I was completely mindboggled that this job was already more than $100. I told him that if it was more than $25 I just was not going to have do it. I jokingly said I could get a surgeon to stitch for less money, and that he should be a doctor.

“Well, the little man then got downright insulted and told me that I was “rude and being smart,” for making such a comment. He told me that every profession has its rates of charge and that I was “ignorant” for not knowing that. I was shocked at his attitude and left saying, “Have a nice day and good luck, you’ll need it.”

“For your information if you want to print it, I’m talking about
Delmar Custom Tailor & Cleaners
http://www.delmarcustomtailor.com/
365 Feura Bush Rd, Glenmont, NY 12077
(518) 475-0883.

“P.s. I’m white middle class, well educated, a decent person and well-liked, and I don’t feel I deserve this sort of treatment from anyone, white or of color.

“P.p.s. Several days after this experience, I was at Joanne’s in Northway Mall and they recommended a local seamstress, formerly a manager at David’s Bridal, who does wedding gowns and custom clothing. I called her and described what I needed done, she asked me to make and appointment to come to her shop to show her. We met. She did the work beautifully for $20.00!!! Less than 1/5th of what that nasty little man wanted to charge. I guess his customers from Elsmere and Delmar have more money than dignity or brains.”

We found it! Around the corner from Romo's Pizza!

After all, immigrants can come here and take advantage of the “market economy,” but oddly they’re not subject to our laws, or our customs, or our ethics. But they have rights.

We’re not singling out Delmar Custom Tailor & Cleaners but this guy is a good example of what we are talking about when we talk of retroracism and abuse of the white foundation of this country. Rather than be tolerant and tactful, this immigrant chose to be arrogant, abusive, and disrespectful. He seems to have forgotten that in his own native country he probably wouldn’t be earning in a month what he charges now to shorten a pair of trousers! But is the little troll grateful? No! He, like so many others, leaves the squalor and corruption of their native countries to take advantage of the let-me-kiss-your-colored-ass-please juicebags of this country. Why is it we’re such pushovers?

All of the great nations, empires of history, were very careful to secure their borders and to take care of their own.Why is it this country lets the homeland spiral into depravity and opens its borders to let every parasite imaginable cross over and infest this country? Forget about the crapola we’re being fed by the ass-kissing liberals that this country was founded on the contributions of immigrants; they were an immigrant of a vastly different kind, they had values, morals, and a work ethic. Anyone who has had great grandparents who come to the United States LEGALLY can attest to that fact. We now have immigrants who make a joke of our federal laws and cities and states that aid and abet their criminality.

“White lives count!”

Yes! They do!

We are all born into a native culture; some people have moral and civil values, others do not. Some people are born into a loving, caring and nurturing family others are born into a vicious cycle of abuse. Some people are poor but dignified others are trash. We have white trash, Black trash, Oriental trash, and just trash trash. You can decide for yourselves where you fit in. One thing is certain, though: each and every one of us has the freedom and the liberty to be better and not simply be lazy and go with the flow. It just happens that some people are born into ignorance and prefer to stay ignorant; same applies to trash.

So when we look at what’s going on in this country, it’s all about choices: What you choose to do and what you choose to be. Simple.

I have the freedom and the liberty to choose and I choose not to accept the behavior…

Here’s an example: Today, we made a rare trip to Walmart in Glenmont. There was quite a variety of types there ranging from trashy to middle-class, and you could see right then and there that you are born into a culture, you are raised in that culture and you’re likely to stay in that culture and raise your children in that culture. I thought about this when I passed a very loud group of 4 persons, including two small children. Yelling, banging, the boom box was blasting. One couldn’t help thinking “stereotypes.” There is a reason for stereotypes and the reason is that the stereotypes perpetuate the stereotype. Does that make us, the others, evil or unjust for admitting that they created the stereotype, and we are just acknowledging it. It wasn’t us that created the behavior that pegs them for what they are, and puts them in the box labeled “whatever.” So why get all in a huff when someone honestly admits that they’re what they are: stereotypical of their group. Why? Because they like it there; they have no desire to leave their place in the world. Does that make them bad people? Not at all. But I don’t need them setting the conditions for how I live, or for invading my space with their behavior. I have the freedom and the liberty to choose and I choose not to accept the behavior; I also choose to admit that it exists and not to live in denial.

We’re just plain sick and tired to the point of puking when we have to listen to all the talk of “racism” even by our racist president, Mr Obama, who is quick to play the race card when it comes to a white-on-black issue but is eerily silent when it comes to the execution-style shootings of our law enforcement people. We’d like to start a counter-movement, “White lives count!”

They use any excuse to destroy and to use racism as an excuse for criminality!

Anyone who watches the antics of the carjackers and the other urban criminals can form their own opinions. There was a video of a car-chase and then an on-foot pursuit of a [black] perp the other day just in the wake of the execution-style shooting of a law-enforcement officer, in the wake of the shooting of a state trooper, in the wake of the on-air execution of two talk-show hosts, in the wake of the shooting of two police officers, and the list goes on. Does anyone dare mention the color of the perps? The media doesn’t have the balls to say “black” but the majority–we say the majority because in a couple of the instances no arrest has been made and we haven’t seen the pix of the perps (the media tends to avoid mentioning color or, in some instances, even showing a picture of the perpetrator(s)–were, Guess what? blacks. Not Hispanic, not Chinese, not Asian, not Native American, not Irish; read our lips BLACK! And we don’t mean African black! We mean American Blacks; the product of American Black culture. The same ones that will use any excuse to destroy and to use racism as an excuse for criminality! How long do you think the self-deception, the denial, the blindness of mainstream America is going to go on before it reaches the flash point and a reaction occurs?

Racism? The American people are kept in the darkest of dark closets when it comes to the truth about racism, slavery. Anyone with any knowledge of American history cannot avoid the example of the indentured servant, or non-landed whites, or women in this country. Much of that discrimination didn’t change until the 20th century!

White people can’t save Black people from themselves!

At some point in time people have to choose to stop being victims and stop riding the same old hackneyed slogans to death. White people can’t save Black people from themselves. Black people have to take charge and clean up their own acts, clean up their own neighborhoods, create new, more positive stereotypes of themselves. It’s about time someone admitted that.

And has anyone done the history of the Italian, Irish, even Catholic Americans in this country. Did you know that plenty of Italians and Irish were LYNCHED because they were Italians or Irish! Look it up, you ignorant liberal asskissers. In the West, until the 20th Century, Chinese and Sikhs, for example, were discriminated against and their property confiscated violently. What about the Japanese and German concentration camps IN THIS COUNTRY? Anyone talk about racism in those contexts? Why not?

And so we have people up in arms about closing our borders to illegal penetrations. This country is sick, sick, sick and it is refusing treatment. If you talk about closing our borders and enforcing our laws, you’re un-American! If you talk about deporting illegals you’re un-American! If you say fix the problems in the United States, wash the shit off your own porch before you screw up other countries and cultures, you’re un-American.

The number of jurisdictions with sanctuary policies for illegal aliens have risen to an estimated 340 from 276 in July, according to an updated CIS study. The refusal of local authorities to give custody of deportable criminal aliens to ICE has resulted in the release of around 1,000 criminal aliens per month. (Excerpt from: Santuary Cities…Releasing Thousands of Criminals). Do your part to put an end to “Sanctuary Cities” that ignore the law. Sign the petition at “Senate Must Act on Sanctuary Cities“.

Tell them to go the hell home and save their countries rather than abandoning them!

We have a question we’d like you to think about: Say you go to Canada for the weekend. You get into Canada using your American passport, driving a vehicle legally registered in New York, you don’t speak with an accent. But when you want to get back into the United States from Canada, using your American passport, driving a vehicle legally registered in New York, and you haven’t picked up an accent in Canada, you a put thru a third degree? It’s almost like you’re being punished for going to Canada and then trying to get back into the United States? Makes you wonder how so many Mexicans get into the USA over the border, doesn’t it?

So doesn’t it come across like a little hypocritical, a lot really stupid when the United States is telling Hungary and other European nations to open up their borders and let the Syrian refugees flow in? Yeah! Misery likes company and if the US has it’s Mexicans why shouldn’t Europe have its Syrians? Our advice: Tell them to go the hell home and take responsibility for saving their countries rather than abandoning them, and playing the rest of the world for suckers!

The United States government is doing more spying on YOU than on ISIS!

We even hear people saying that they don’t travel anymore because of the hassle they get at the airports by goons in uniform. Is there a plan in the works here? If regular people are abused enough they will avoid moving around too much. If they’re abused by mindless monkeys, they feel violated and who wants to go through that? Do you see a plan here?

All of you blind bastards reading this diatribe had better open your eyes and recognize the fact that we don’t deport illegal aliens because they are VOTES for those in power. We don’t call a criminal black because they are VOTES for those in power. (We also don’t call them black because they behave like animals and everyone is scared shitless of what they might do. You asked for it America! You sure as hell got what you asked for!) And we don’t spend more time fixing the United States because the corporations see untapped wealth in the Middle East and elsewhere and the only way they can get to it is by using the United States Government = their paid lackeys to do it for them. Look, if the corporations are going to profit by the military actions the United States government gets bogged down in, and United States military personnel come back dead, maimed, or otherwise physically or mentally damaged, it’s the corporations that should pay for the damage, not the American people. Our military is not protecting our freedoms and liberties, people, WAKE UP! In fact, our own government is erasing our freedoms and liberties on a day-to-day basis and you don’t even realize it. The United States government is doing more spying on YOU than on ISIS!

Don’t you feel manipulated? Don’t you feel like it’s time to reclaim your brain, your mind, your soul?

We’d rather not get started on the media and prime time programming, but we have to say something about it just to be fairly complete. You are told what to think. You are told who to listen to. You are told what to eat and drink. You are told you are damaged goods and need this or that drug. You are told by your boss you can’t say “fuck” in the workplace but turn on the television or open a magazine like “Men’s Health” and you can hear and read the word or worse almost regularly. You’re a dog or a whore if you jump into bed with a different gal or guy every day but it seems afternoon soaps tell you it’s OK. Two men kissing and boinking are OK on the soaps, too. Don’t you feel manipulated? Don’t you feel like it’s time to reclaim your brain, your mind, your soul? The media are stealing your mind and your soul and you just let it happen! If someone did that with your wallet or your purse, what would you do to reclaim just a couple of bucks or credit cards? But you let media corporations steal something much more valuable and irreplaceable: your soul and your children’s souls, and you do nothing!

Shame on you, America! You’ve become homeless and have prostituted your values.

And YES! it would be a terrible stereotype if it weren’t TRUE and FACTUAL!

The Editor

The Editor

Stay tuned for our exposés of local politicians and their bids for election. We’ll be exposing Matt Miller (another corrupt crook for the Albany County Legislature?), Touchette, Youmans (hopefully with his arrest record), Dolan in Albany County, and of course Mr Flach opposed by Mr Crandall. And in Greene County Denis Jordan (Stupid, crooked, corrupt, and not a team-player but still seeking re-election to Highway Superintendent), Arthur Fullerton (He has already been exposed for lying and misinformation in his campaign! running for town of New Baltimore Supervisor. <GAG!>), Delisanti (No balls but what’s the alternative? He’s seeking re-election as town of New Baltimore Supervisor). We’re going to have some great fun with this bunch of monkeys!

 
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News in Briefs: What does this tell you?

This is a story where we’ll let the pictures do all the talking!

UPDATE: Since this article was posted, the Bruno group has attempted to paint over the “ASS H…” on the sign. I hasn’t worked. You can still read it. Sorry, Joe. Just like your ticket, usless!

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Do We really have to fill in the blank for you?

Do We really have to fill in the blank for you?

While we do not condone campaign sign vandalism, one Ravena resident was very clear in his/her opinion of the Bruno-Persico-Case ticket! (Can you fill in the missing letters?)

Bruno-Case-Persico campaign signs peppering (just lightly, though) Ravena tell voters to “Vote Row A“. Any ideas what the “A” stands for? (Hint: Please refer to the sign on the left.)

Here’s the clincher: both of these signs, including the “annotated” one, are on the corner of Russell Avenue and Main Street in Ravena, within a couple of hundred feet of the Coeymans police station in Coeymans town hall! What does that tell you about the efficiency and attention level of Coeymans’ finest? Answer: DUH!!!!

Seems Ravena Mayor John Bruno and his flying monkeys can monitor and videotape everying going on in and around the Ravena village offices but can’t keep factual comments off of their campaign signs. Same is true of Coeymans police chief Gregory “DoDo Cop” Darlington, who has cameras everywhere in and around Coeymans town hall but can’t prevent vandalism a couple of feet down the street! What a bunch of clowns!

CLOWNS SAY: VOTE ROW "A"/

ONLY CLOWNS SAY:
VOTE ROW “A”

Well, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Friday, February 28, 2014 The Editor

Friday News
February 28, 2014

The Editor

 
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New Baltimore. Now Intimidation of the Elderly: Take Down Those Signs!


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New Baltimore Democrats Have Stooped to An All-Time Low:

Desperate Democrats

Desperate Democrats

Intimidation of the Elderly: Take Down Those Signs!

O’Rorke/Jordan/Angelis/Schrauf/Brooks Go Too Far!

It gets pretty bad in the Town of New Baltimore when an elderly widow, wife of a staunch Republican, is intimidated into removing Republican campaign signs from her property. But that’s what’s happened in the Hamlet of New Baltimore, along Route 144. Mrs Helga Baldwin, widow of William “Bill” Baldwin, a staunch Republican with a tradition of community service on the Volunteer Fire Brigade, agreed to have the Dellisanti, Ruso, Russo, VanEtten, Vadney campaign signs on her property along Route 144. The neighbor who asked Mrs Baldwin if she’d mind displaying the signs received her enthusiastic approval and placed the signs along the roadside.

Election Sabotage and Espionage. The signs were highly visible without being a nuissance and stayed up for several days, over the weekend, until the neighbor was driving by on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, and noticed that all the signs had disappeared.

Later that day, when returning home, the neighbor stopped by Mrs Baldwin’s just a few doors down to ask if she knew where the signs had gone. She didn’t come to the door and so the neighbor telephoned her and in the course of the chat, asked her about the signs. She attempted to avoid anwering with a cryptic, “Oh! Really?” But on the direct question of whether she was asked to take them down, she answered, “Yes!” but would not say who asked her to take the signs down. Since she sounded like she was uncomfortable talking about it, the neighbor thought it best to drop the subject.

According to the neighbor, who has requested anonymity:

“We are very good friends and have been for years. Since Bill [her husband] died about 8 years ago, we have always been there for Helga. We frequently invite her over to the house or to lunch out when we know she’s down or lonely. She’s also comfortable enough with us to just come over to talk or have a bite. We involve her in family events. Her children, who live some distance away in Buffalo, or in New Jersey feel comfortable enough to call us to look in on her if she doesn’t answer the phone. So it was a real shocker to have her admit that someone had told her to take down the signs. I asked who it was but she sounded uncomfortable and didn’t want to say. So I dropped the subject.

“I think it’s absolutely scandalous, totally immoral for anyone involved with the O’Rorke/Jordan/Angelis/Schrauf/Brooks campaign to put pressure on an elderly resident to the extent of compelling her to remove their opponents’ campaign signs. Is that the way O’Rorke and her cronies are conducting their campaign. We’ve heard about them stealing, removing and running over signs but this intimidation of elderly residents takes the cake! It really goes over the top.

“If it weren’t for my concern for Mrs Baldwin, I would have found out who the dirty rotten scoundrel was who went so far as to have contacted Mrs Baldwin and then intimidated her to remove the signs. That’s just not right. It’s just not American. She escaped Nazi Germany to find nazis right here in New Baltimore!”

One thing is certain: It wasn’t anyone on the Dellisanti team who made Mrs Baldwin remove the campaign signs. So what do O’Rorke/Jordan/Angelis/Schrauf/Brooks expect to have achieved by this outrageous bit of stupidity and campaign suicide. Frightening one old lady into removing your opponents’ campaign signs certainly isn’t going to get you elected in this town.

So, New Baltimore, are you proud of your O’Rorke/Jordan/Angelis/Schrauf/Brooks candidates? Do you like the way they run their loser campaign? Does your mother or your grandmother have any campaign signs on their property? If they do you’d better get her some security because the New Baltimore Nazis are probably on their way over there to tell mom or grandma to “Take those signs down!

Well O’Rorke/Jordan/Angelis/Schrauf/Brooks this one certainly backfired, didn’t it?

Appearing Throughout Coeymans and New Baltimore! This is the only way to clean house, Voters! The Editor

Clean House, New Baltimore!
Boot the Nazis!!!
The Editor

Read our Other Articles Covering the Town of New Baltimore Political Campaigns:
(click the links below)

O’Rorke, Angelis, Jordan, Schrauf, Benway, Norris: Fascist Enemies of Local Democracy

New Baltimore Democrat Town Board Candidate Janet ANGELIS Caught Moving, Stealing Opponents’ Campaign Sign!


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O’Rorke, Angelis, Jordan, Schrauf, Benway, Norris: Fascist Enemies of Local Democracy

You Know the Tree by Its Fruits; You Know the Person by Actions

you cant fix stupid vote out 2

O'Rorke: 4 Votes?!?

O’Rorke:
4 Votes?!?

New Baltimore Town Hall Thinks We’re All Stupid!

Fool Us Once Shame On You! Fool Us Twice…NO WAY

For years the local democrat machine in New Baltimore grabbed the Independence Party endorsement; this year the Independence Party saw right through O’Rorke and her crowd and denied them their endorsement. Instead, the Independence Party handed its endorsement gratefully to Dellisanti, Ruso, VanEtten, Russo, and Vadney. Those candidates now have three lines! Republican, Conservative AND Independence. What’s more, if you drive through the town of New Baltimore, you’ll see Dellisanti, Ruso, VanEtten, Russo, and Vadney campaign signs (at least the ones that democrat Janet Angelis & Schrauf and their crowd have not removed, stolen, or run over) outnumbering their opponents’ signs about 3:1! That should tell you something about the overwhelming popular support of the Dellisanti, Ruso, VanEtten, Russo, and Vadney team.

Voters in the recent primaries voiced their preferences, too. O’Rorke got all of 4 (FOUR!) votes!!!! That’s got to tell you something about the confidence level this community has in the O’Rorke mob. Talk about a loser!!!

 Susan O'Rorke...Or is it Chris Norris? WTF? Gotta steal more signs?

Susan O’Rorke…
Or is it Chris Norris?

WTF?
Gotta steal more signs?

 The Dellisanti team, Ruso, VanEtten, Russo, and Vadney, are outspoken about the need for residents to participate in the democracy they are a part of. At a recent meet-the-candidate event they emphasized the need for residents to come out, to participate in town board meetings, to speak up, to tell their elected officials what needs to be done, what residents want done. That’s quite a change from what it’s been like for the past decade or so, and now where the O’Rorke Gestapo have occupied New Baltimore Town Hall.

Here’s an example of the O’Rorke democracy and her idea of community participation. Gaveling! In fact, at a recent town board meeting O’Rorke gaveled (silenced) several community members who attempted to speak by telling them: “You have no right to speak!” But certain others, the O’Rorke crowd, a very small crowd indeed, get to say what they like when they like. It’s real cozy.

The O’Rorke majority recently cancelled the standing rules for board meetings that let everyone know the rules of procedure for participation in board meetings (it’s still on the New Baltimore website at the time of this writing but it’s no longer valid). New Baltimore democrat party committee chairperson Diane Lewis (wife of former New Baltimore town supervisor, David Lewis), praised the O’Rorke clique on the town board for depriving the residents and voters of New Baltimore of their constitutional, First Amendment rights to political expression and free speech. Now O’Rorke controls what you say at New Baltimore town meetings. How’s that feel?

Not only that, O’Rorke has connived to make certain the public is not involved in the decision-making process. Normally, when three (3) committee members meet to decide on spending or any other decision, a public meeting has to be held. But if less than three (3) meet to make the decision, no public meeting is required. So, what does O’Rorke and her monkeys do? Simple: They make their committees only two persons, O’Rorke being one of them. Here’s an example: O’Rorke’s highway committee recently purchased a truck for more than $100,000 without public inputs. HOW? Well, Susan O’Rorke and her close friend and supporter, town board member, Chris Norris, are the Highway Committee in New Baltimore. So, Denis Jordan wants a new toy, O’Rorke and Norris are more than happy to buy him one…illegally (well, almost)! And that was one of the points the Comptrollers office picked up on in the recent audit! Did you want to see O’Rorke and Norris crap their pants when they got found out?

We have the minutes of the New Baltimore meetings and the paperwork showing the unlawful purchases. The Comptroller’s audit has not yet been published but we have copies of O’Rorke’s groveling response to the lashing she and her cronies got from the State! We’ll the letter and the other documents as soon as we have them scanned.

You’d like to see some honesty and integrity in your local government, at least, wouldn’t you? Well, chew on this for a while: Susan O’Rorke has not declared a party. She’s not a democrat, not a Republican, she’s an NOP, no political party. Excuse us, she’s for O’Rorke. That’s her party: the O’Rorke party. She actually stands for nothing but herself. No platform, no principles. O’Rorke. It’s also deceiving the public, the voters of this town of New Baltimore, because most people think she’s a democrat. She’s not. Look at the voter registration records. Ask her!  O’Rorke is for O’Rorke.

How we feel in New Baltimore

How we feel or elected officials in New Baltimore have treated us.

And you’d think that once you register as a Republican or a democrat or something, you’d be loyal and support that party. Wouldn’t you? Well, let’s take a closer look at Chris Norris, a sitting O’Rorke supporter on the New Baltimore town board, and Diane Jordan, who is running for tax collector. Both are listed as registered Republicans (Jordan is a registered Republican but because she couldn’t get the Republican endorsement, is running with the democrats). We remind you, both are on the voter rolls as registered Republicans. So, Chris Norris and Diane Jordan, wouldn’t you like to explain WHY? you both contributed $100 to the New Baltimore democrat club? Why are you contributing money to the opposition if you are Republicans? Where we come from that’s called betrayal, disloyalty. But that shouldn’t be a surprise to New Baltimore residents, you’ve been betraying us all along!

So, dear readers, there you have this week’s exposé of the O’Rorke mob in New Baltimore Town Hall. Yes, it’s true that we didn’t mention the fairy tale of the town clerk and the Greene County Sheriff’s deputy but we’re waiting for details on that little fairy tale of bawdy romance (or the forbidden f$^&) in New Baltimore Town Hall. Could be a fairy tale, could be fact. But we aren’t going to say until we have confirmation from our sources.

Your New Baltimore Democrat Candidates at a Glance:

  • Angelis (and Schrauf) insiders who don’t play fair and like to remove their opponents’ campaign signs (criminal activity, violations of election law, and violations of civil rights);
  • Susan O’Rorke who has no party affiliation or political principles suppresses resident and voter participation in local government and suspends First Amendment free-speech rights (deception and civil rights violations), and spends your money without your input;
  • Diane Jordan, another insider, no qualifications, who is a pro-waffler, betrays her own party and is disloyal (just the kind of person you want collecting your tax checks!), and
  • the legend, maybe fairy tale of the New “Baltimore Town Clerk and the Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy“.  Is it fact or is it fiction? To be continued…
Appearing Throughout Coeymans and New Baltimore! This is the only way to clean house, Voters! The Editor

These Signs are Appearing
Throughout Coeymans and New Baltimore!

This is the only way to clean house, Voters!
The Editor

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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New Baltimore Democrat Town Board Candidate Janet ANGELIS Caught Moving, Stealing Opponents’ Campaign Sign!


“If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that s/he perishes, there shall be no bloodguilt for her/him, but if the sun has risen on her/him, there shall be bloodguilt for her/him. S/He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then s/he shall be sold for her/his theft.”  (Exodus 22:2-3)

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Like Coeymans, If New Baltimore Democrat Candidates Can’t Get Votes Honestly They Resort to Other Ways

Coeymans police lietenant Kerry Thompson’s son(s) and friends were caught on video vandalizing and stealing the political campaign signs of someone the Coeymans police or daddy Kerry Thompson don’t support. But that’s Coeymans business-as-usual. What do you think of New Baltimore town board candidate Angelis’ criminal conduct? (See What candidate Jeff Ruso (R) who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party endorsements has to say about it, comment below.)

every crime every timeNew Baltimore Candidate Janet Angelis (Dem) Steals, Removes Opponents’ Campaign Signs

But it gets much worse when you consider the campaigning in the Town of New Baltimore, Coeymans’ evil twin to the south, in neighboring Greene County. There candidate Janet I. ANGELIS, a democrat and New Baltimore Conservancy elite-club-member, who is running for New Baltimore town board along with another New Baltimore insider, SCHRAUF.

It seems Ms ANGELIS takes it upon herself to decide where her opponents’ campaign signs should or should not be. In fact, if she doesn’t like where her opponents place their signs, Angelis simply steals or removes them. But that’s not all. Angelis, despite her criminal activity. Yes! Stealing or removing an opponent’s political signs is THEFT. In addition, it’s interfering or preventing the freedom of political expression guaranteed by the First Amendment freedom of speech rights. Not only that, it’s interfering with voter’s rights to make a choice of candidate.

What’s even stupider is that Angelis, after perpetrating her theft, vandalism and illegal removal of her opponents’ campaign signs has the gall to appear early in the morning at the home of Mr Jeff RUSO, one of her opponents, blocking Ruso’s in his driveway as he’s leaving for  work, and dumps the signs, telling Mr Ruso he shouldn’t have put them where he allegedly posted them. Now isn’t that richt: Angelis breaks the law and then has the balls to decide where the signs should have been placed (in a previous article we called Angelisgender ambiguous;” it seems our diagnosis is correct. She has BIG balls!).

Put yourself in ANGELIS’ and SCHRAUF’s shoes for a minute: Imagine that your opponent has decided they are getting their asses kicked and your campaign sucks,  so you resort to desperate measures and  violate election law and regulations, intentionally or not,  and by breaking the law — yes, theft is still a crime, even in New Baltimore — Angelis and her gang are trying to get an unfair advantage in the race. Moreover, that this issue isn’t just about campaigning but also trust. Why should voters trust someone like Angelis and her gange to create laws and to govern when they can’t even follow some of the simplest rules during their campaign?

loser game

We can all agree that stealing the signs is a crime under the law. And we don’t have to argue the fact that campaign signs come under the protection of First Amendment freedom of political speech and tht if you interfere with that right you are violating the candidate’s civil rights. But even New York State election law prohibits such stupid and illegal conduct. But Angelis is also breaking New York State Election law, which reads:

§ 6201.1 Fair Campaign Code

In order that all political campaigns be conducted under a climate promoting discussion of the issues and presentation of the records and policies of the various candidates, stimulating just debate with respect to the views and qualifications of the candidates and without inhibiting or interfering with the right of every qualified person and political party to full and equal participation in the electoral process, the following is hereby adopted by the New York State Board of Elections pursuant to section 3–106 of the Election Law as the fair campaign code for the State of New York. No person, political party or committee during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or party position shall, directly or indirectly, whether by means of payment of money or any other consideration, or by means of campaign literature, media advertisements or broadcasts, public speeches, press releases, writings or otherwise, engage in or commit any of the following: (a) Practices of political espionage including, but not limited to, the theft of campaign materials or assets, placing one’s own employee or agent in the campaign organization of another candidate, bribery of members of another’s campaign staff, electronic or other methods of eavesdropping or wiretapping. Up to a $ 250 fine,

 And the NYS Election law states further:

 § 17–152. Conspiracy to promote or prevent election Any two or more persons who conspire to promote or prevent the election of any person to a public office by unlawful means and which conspiracy is acted upon by one or more of the parties thereto, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (L.1976, c. 233, § 1.)

Our advice to her opponents, whose campaign signs Angelis removed and stole, and whose civil rights she violated, and by doing so violated the New York State election laws, is: File a report and complaint with the Greene County Sheriff or with the New York State Police. Let Angelis fight it out with the Greene County District Attorney in court. Send a clear message that political campaigns are part of the democratic process, even in New Baltimore, and that WE THE PEOPLE will not tolerate misconduct and criminal activity by the liks of ANGELIS and her gang. If we can’t trust candidates like ANGELIS to behave while campaigning, what can we expect if, God forbid, they should actually be elected?!?

New Baltimore Candidate for Town Board Janet ANGELIS is Guilty of Political Espionage, Theft, Civil Rights Violations, and Violations of New York State Election Law. She and her supporters should be prosecuted under the laws of this state to the fullest extent of the law. She and her supporters are LOSERS all the way!

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 And Readers: What do you think of such behavior by a candidate?

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your coöperation and assistance!