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Welcome to my website. This is my 17th year on the net and this site covers a vast number of subjects that I find interesting mainly relating to applied science-engineering, history, religion, and education. I also advocate "individual liberty and individual freedom" and reject all forms of collectivism. My goal is to invoke thought and I reject any form of correctness - political, theological, etc.

I'm former US Army and here is A picture of my duty station in West Berlin and was a military occupational specialty was 33S intercept systems technician and I held a top-secret SI clearance.

I grew up in Norton, Virginia and graduated high school from John I. Burton High School in 1977. For more on Norton Virginia area see Remote Area Medical 2008. I left King College in Bristol due to financial reasons and graduated with honors from Northeast State Technical Community College in Computer Information Technology and university parallel.

I've been married for over 30 years and my wife is severely disabled and I'm on income restrictions due to her having to be on Medicaid. So we had to learn to live on a limited income and the secret is simply being responsible and getting a job and sticking with it. We both grew up in poverty and I have little sympathy for those today with their cell phones, cars, and air conditioners demanding free stuff.

Yes I'm on Facebook and Skype.

For the record I'm a liberal, the Left or what is mistakenly called liberals are Progressives or Leftists, a form of democratic fascism.

California Number 1 Poverty State

by Lewis Loflin

The Washington Post wasn't fake news for once when on November 13, 2015 stated,

"Actually, Mr. Trump, Iowa is one of the smartest states in the union."

Trump won Iowa 51% to 41% over Hillary. They got something right for once, partially. While Iowa was 8th the other 7 were split with Trump wining Wisconsin and Kansas, nearly winning New Hampshire and Minnesota, lost Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. All are overwhelming white states.

On the bottom 5 Trump won Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi, while the bottom 2 Nevada and Hawaii went Hillary. All five are plagued with huge immigrant, Hispanic, or black populations. California the home of Silicon Valley oligarchs where Hillary massively ran up her "popular" vote totals by millions, ranked 34th, below Hillbilly Tennessee, at 33rd which Trump won.

We also hear the false claim all of the poorest states vote Republican. Really? The Census Bureau "at the urging of the National Academy of Sciences and others, the Census Bureau in 2010 began calculating a Supplemental Poverty Measure as a way to create a more nuanced picture of poverty in America...the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) - that uses a wider range of factors than the official federal measure to determine poverty status." 28.2% of Hispanics and 25.4% of Blacks live in poverty. (PEW, USA Today)

What is more interesting is the states with the HIGHEST real poverty rates also have the highest racial income gaps, lowest minority achievement rates, and greatest social, racial, class segregation and many are not red. The top poverty states above 18% are:

California 23.8%

Washington DC 22.7%

Nevada 19.8%

Florida 19.5%

Arizona 18.8%

Georgia 18.2%

New York 18.1%

When the coastal liberal elite refer to racism, poverty, etc. they are projecting themselves onto the rest of us. For comparison: all white West Virginia 12.9% also has among the lowest crime rates in the nation!

Also see Illegal Immigration Success in Arizona and Trump can make this success national!

New Jersey the wealthiest state per capita in the nation has a Supplemental poverty rate of 15.9%. But it gets worse. Most of the wealth over the last 30 years has come from business, finance, etc. and drained from working people via mass immigration (costing workers $500 billion annually) and globalization that benefits the "coastal elite" at the expense of working people.

Most of New Jersey's wealth flows from New York City, but little from New Jersey and it's crime ridden failing cities. Trenton, New Jersey has a 59% dropout rate while Camden has a 61.4% dropout rate. Want to guess the race? Other "Blue" but non-wealthy strongholds dominated entirely by minorities include Baltimore dropout rate 65.4%, Cleveland 65.9%, and Detroit at 75.1%. These captive "Blue" communities help guarantee a socialist-Progressive voter base that receives nothing in return.

Rich Progressives also engage in practices that benefit themselves and their social-cultural system at the expense of the poor. Restrictive zoning, excessive environmental regulations, etc. achieve racial and social segregation outright racism couldn't legally do. Let's not forget mass immigration with California as the worst example with the highest real poverty rates - and growing. Mass immigration leads to poverty.

The state has been swamped with mostly unskilled welfare prone Latino migrants legal and illegal. This drives up inflation on everything - yet only 8% of Hispanics have a 4-year degree, but make up over 37% of the population. Besides all of the racial and minority violence in Oakland and Richmond, let's look at the Los Angeles school meltdown.

Also note except for Washington DC and somewhat Georgia all of the high real poverty rate states have been swamped by Hispanics and illegal aliens and along with Blacks creates massive educational failure in even well-funded school systems. Trenton, New Jersey whose schools are 80% Black/Hispanic spends $20,663 per student yet has a graduation rate of 41%!

Yet here in low-wage Bristol Virginia with a median income of about $32,000 we spend about $11,000 per student and have a 80% plus graduation rate. We also have nowhere near the income gap or crime of big Blue urban America even with massive gun ownership. We are not swamped with Hispanics and have a Black population of about 10% and even they don't engage in Blue urban crime waves or Obama riots.

We also have a 70% plus home ownership rate with over 50% paid off. Many people fleeing the Blue urban hell holes are moving here - now we have to make sure they don't recreate their old culture they left behind.

We don't want the failed education system of Los Angeles. The LA Times noted a 70.2% graduation rate in 2014, but the number is a fraud. The LA Unified School system is only 9.2% white and 73.7% Hispanic. The LA Times (August 24, 2016) reports that only 29% of students can do math and 39% can read/write and celebrate this as an "improvement". It's obvious many of those graduating are functional illiterates.

To quote, "The vast majority of our students are going out into the world without the literacy skills they need." This will set the stage for more poverty, unrest, and Democrat votes - such as the overwhelming voter margin for Hillary. This is even after they have been tampering with and teaching the test. Let's take a real test from say Utah and see if they can pass it. That's what happened in Florida and some scores fell to a 80% failure rate.

Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News and Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise August 24, 2016 noted statewide 52% of California students failed English and 63% failed math. I don't even want to see how bad they did on science. I'll take our "poor" schools over those rich Blue State urban schools any day.

But how can this be? Forbes in Solved: Why Poor States Are Red and Rich States Are Blue (January 4, 2015) has the answer:

If we measure by consumption patterns then it's the blue states that are poor, the red states that are rich:

Blue states, like California, New York and Illinois, whose economies turn on finance, trade and knowledge, are generally richer than red states. But red states, like Texas, Georgia and Utah, have done a better job over all of offering a higher standard of living relative to housing costs. That basic economic fact not only helps explain why the nation's electoral map got so much redder in the November midterm elections, but also why America's prosperity is in jeopardy.

Red state economies based on energy extraction, agriculture and suburban sprawl may have lower wages, higher poverty rates and lower levels of education on average than those of blue states — but their residents also benefit from much lower costs of living. For a middle-class person , the American dream of a big house with a backyard and a couple of cars is much more achievable in low-tax Arizona than in deep-blue Massachusetts. As Jed Kolko, chief economist of Trulia, recently noted, housing costs almost twice as much in deep-blue markets ($227 per square foot) than in red markets ($119).

...And thus is our conundrum solved. The red states aren't in fact poorer than the blue states. They're richer: that's why they vote more conservative and more right wing.

I'll also add we have more freedom and will fight to preserve it. Massive government meddling and control only leads to poverty.

Ref. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/opinion/sunday/is-life-better-in-americas-red-states.html

Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St. Nov. 1, 2014 notes:

In no state was the gap between the official poverty rate and the supplemental poverty rate wider than in California. Between 2011 and 2013, an average of 16% of residents earned incomes below the poverty line, one of the higher rates in the nation. Once taxes, cost of living, and non-cash income were taken into account, the poverty rate rose to 23.4%, the highest supplemental poverty rate nationwide.

California's high cost of living is the largest force pushing state residents into poverty. The cost of rent relative to the rest of the nation was higher than in every state except for Hawaii in 2012. Every day items are also more expensive in California than in the vast majority of states. And despite a wide-ranging need for government assistance, just 9.4% of households received food stamps last year, one of the lowest rates.

And that's why we vote Trump because we don't want to be Blue State poor and have riots in our streets.

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Trump supporters attacked in San Jose

On the Hillary vote:

My summary: three-fourths of Hillary Clinton's "popular vote" margin was in just New York City. Like San Jose and Chicago due to organized political violence Trump couldn't even campaign in many areas Clinton won by wide margins. The Electoral College worked just as designed preventing Progressive statist' tyrants dominant in New York City and California from imposing their will on the rest of us. To quote the AP:

Dec. 6, 2016 NEW YORK (AP) ... The Associated Press finds that Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President-elect Donald Trump...An AP count finds that Clinton beat Trump by roughly 1.5 million votes in New York City. Nationwide, Clinton holds a popular vote lead of more than 2 million.
Keith Ellison racist.

Diversity Racism Attack on Reason

Leftwing "diversity" and "multiculturalism" are racist' creeds derived from Nazi philosophers such Martin Heidegger and Paul de Man. See Nazi Roots of Multiculturalism.

To quote:

The only way to eradicate racism on campus is to scrap racist programs and the philosophic ideas that feed racism. Racism will become an ugly memory only when universities teach a valid concept of human nature: one based on the tenets that the individual's mind is competent, that the human intellect is efficacious, that we possess free will, that individuals are to be judged as individuals — and that deriving one's identity from one's race is a corruption — a corruption appropriate to Nazi Germany, not to a nation based on freedom and independence.

So true. Read Diversity and Multiculturalism The New Racism

Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce on Tucker Carlson Dec. 13, 2016 gets exactly what the 2016 election was about and it wasn't Russia or racism:
"The Left in the last 8 years we have learned they are fascists...the election is a message of us rejecting political correctness and the culture of intimidation...Americans are saying enough is enough with the culture of intimidation. Enough of attacking individuals because of their faith especially coming from the gay community. As a gay women I find it outrageous that we are attacking people simply because of who they are...as a gay person, as an American, it's about individual liberty and personal freedom and that is what this election was about. I hope Americans are standing up against bullies...we have to stand up against the American Left."

Visit Tammy Bruce Show.

Posted August 5, 2016 Environmentalism Versus Scientific Method.


Added September 2016:

I've been a part-time adjunct professor at a local community college teaching electricity and electronics. My electronics website reflects what I've taught or been asked to look into by visitors. I have 40 years experience in electronics from vacuum tubes to modern solid state and industrial controls. In college I had a year each of physics, chemistry, and biology along with C, C++. Pascal, and assembly.

This is a Classical Deism Website

I have a lot of religious-historical material written from a classical deist perspective. I take a non-hostile view of other beliefs UNLESS they become primarily political and threaten our individual rights.

Electronic porject by Lewis Loflin

I've had been a part-time adjunct professor at a local community college teaching electricity and electronics. I have 40 years experience in electronics from vacuum tubes to modern solid state and industrial controls. In college I had a year each of physics, chemistry, and biology along with C, C++. Pascal, and assembly.

Hobby electronics today can seldom be separated from micro-controllers and computers. Unlike the vacuum tube and later transistor eras digital logic and computer programming have become dominant. It makes little sense to wire up 100 small parts by hand for say an audio amplifier when a single integrated circuit and a handful of passive components will do the job - at a fraction of the cost. Hardware is cheap.

In the above picture we have the Raspberry Pi a miniature computer similar to what is found in smart phones and tablets and can run Android or Linux - for $35. In this case I use Debian Linux as an operating system which is identical to the Debian used on a home PC except some hardware specific features. I've attached a number of modules to the Raspberry Pi and programmed them in C and Python. Or the Raspberry Pi can be used as a low-end PC, music box control system, etc. Yes it plays MP3s.

New June 1, 2016.

New May 1, 2016:

I'd say my job title would be applied technologist. See Electronics Projects for Students and Hobbyists

White Leadership is racist.

Mistreatment of working class has created Trump

by Lewis Loflin Saturday, April 30, 2016 Bristol Herald Courier

The New York Times published a list of the most powerful people and most of them are white, including leaders in industry, government, media, academia etc. There are very few faces of color.

The Democrats run a racial and racist pandering machine to defeat Bernie Sanders that's OK, but when fired and replaced, white IT workers at Disney and other companies object to "immigrants" they are tagged racist.

Why do the white elite so revile lower-income blue-collar and white workers? Why are we so expendable in this progressive economic and social engineering nightmare? When we dare question it, we're tagged as racists and xenophobes.

Mass immigration has destroyed American labor and is simply another form of crony capitalism, while liberals see it as a way to further engineer replacement voters based on race, so isn't that racist?

According to New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall, writing in a piece published Nov. 27, 2011:

"All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment - professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists - and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic."

That same working-class is reviled by hostile Republicans and their Reaganomics religion. 51 percent of American workers now earn under $30,000. We have a 40 percent real unemployment rate (considering the rate of people over the age of 16 with jobs, compared to the overall 16-and-over population) while reports state "Once Again Foreign-Born Jobs Are Up, U.S.-Born Jobs Down."

That has created Trump.


What could be more fundamental to science than the assumption that the explorability and thereby the cognizability of reality arises due to its bearing the handwriting of its author? God speaks the language of his creation, and our spirit, which is likewise his creation, is able to perceive it, to hear it, to comprehend it.

Christoph Cardinal Schonborn

Social Justice and the Borg

Letter to the Editor

Published Bristol Herald Courier January 2, 2015

RE: GOP dominates SWVa. The sheeple of SWVa. Tri-Cities vote for Republicans determined to cut their throats, pilfering millions of public dollars for corporate welfare at the same time bitterly opposing expanding Medicaid.

"We don't want socialized medicine." What's Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration?

"They are working for jobs." Really? Republican dominated Tri-Cities- SWVa. labor force is imploding, disability roles explode as thousands turn to that for a living, and the region continues to rank in the bottom of the nation in most social demographics. Check with Dr. Steb Hipple at ETSU. Check the Sullivan County Jail - we even got our own TV show! (Southern Justice)

Republicans refused to defund the Obama amnesty - they support more replacement workers to further depress wages for the working poor. Where were you Mr. Griffith?

Republicans have reduced public office to private fiefdoms. "Economic development" is catch-phrase for corporate welfare, lucrative jobs, and a bonanza for contractors, consultants, and their friends - and zero accountability.

$150 million plus looted for the Falls, Pinnacle, etc. BVU using ratepayer funds to underwrite millions (most of it hidden) for The Falls, a stupid music program, etc.

An $8 an hour call center crosses State Street, get millions in incentives, and we call them "new jobs."

Why is the Tobacco Commission even paying Dominion Energy $10 million? The $2 million being wasted to fund the so-called "Center of Excellence" I predict will produce nothing like the last $2 million. Other than bailing out a non-profit and the Abingdon Incubator the program suffers from vague goals, no measurable standards, and zero public oversight. The Phil Puckett scandal aside when will the public shut this scandal-ridden agency down?

Now back to Obama's birth certificate.

"We can not command religion, for no man can be
compelled to believe anything against his will."

These words from Theodoric the Great are my motto. My beliefs are stated as follows:

I reject the authority of religious leaders to dictate belief to anyone. Be aware of those with political or social agendas. Study the works of the heretics and put these great works in proper context. Many conclusions about the Bible, etc. are based on reason and the "literal" word - claims of special revelation is simply opinion of the claimant.

I believe in the separation of religion and state. There's no such term as "church" or such terms in the Constitution. The State is to remain neutral which is not the case today. Ongoing efforts to de-Christianize the culture and substituting other secular pseudo-religions (environmentalism is the most common) is not neutrality.

Anyone that thinks environmentalism isn't a religion needs to read Al Gore's Earth in the Balance for proof on that. I bought the book, read it, and can prove it.

To quote Frank Furedi Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, "...the authors of children's books and school officials also use environmentalism as a vehicle for socializing youngsters." This is not a function of schools that today produce millions of dysfunctional and illiterate graduates. If the Religious Right did this there would be screaming in the faculty lounge. What happened to separation of church and state?

Reason keeps us sane, but the spiritual makes us human. I understand people differ and have differing views of reality, but any time society attempts to enforce conformity history shows this leads to tyranny and eventually ruin. Just be aware and be moderate on these issues.

So make no mistake I reject Environmentalism when it involves any form of spiritualism or enters politics. The other belief system I have zero tolerance of is Leftism.

'Leftism' is a term coined by Dennis Prager. He writes,

You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that Leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians' and Jews' claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in Leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian ... dogma - a belief system that transcends reason...
Science versus religion

Science and Why I'm an Evolutionist

We are often given a choice of two extremes - either one must have blind faith in some book with dictated nonsense or in atheism. Both are false choices and I'm not buying it.

Science has been a life-long love and I'm very defensive of it. I reject the abuse of science to bolster various political claims and the invasion of money, religion, and politics into research. I define science as strictly the description of the physical operation of the universe as defined by my chemistry professor in college, a devout Christian.

Science is no more about "truth" than the computer gadgets I build on my other website. Those divices do give some indication of their builder-creator, but are hardly objects for worship in themselves.

I've had college level physics, chemistry, and biology, but claim no expertise in these fields. I've read every science text in the school library and have been an amateur geologist since I was a kid. I loved collecting fossils and rocks from the coal-mining sites near Norton, Virginia. Strip mines are great for collecting fossils.

I'm very strict on the scientific method and the proper use of it. To quote, "It is a process for making observations, recording data, and analyzing data that can be duplicated by other scientists...If a theory cannot be tested, it cannot be a scientific theory." That makes me a big skeptic of any claim that refuses to follow it. Without verifiable scientific proof I'm not going to buy into it for the same reason I reject literal Six-Day Creationism.

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system...Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion.

Ron Paul

To quote a visitor to this website:

I think it is safe to say, that with the election of Barack Obama as president, that there is no way that a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world. The conspiracy theories that say a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world are undeniably flat wrong. If there was such a powerful group they would have never let him become president. The Jewish conspiracy theory is completely busted.

D.C. RN, BSN

The Wall Street Journal reports (April 22, 2002) that some colleges are recruiting Jewish students to give them higher status in terms of SAT scores. The Journal also reports that highest three groups in SATs are Unitarians, Jews, and Quakers.