legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Another Nail in America’s Coffin

August 4, 2022

All levels of government will make money off the legalization of recreational marijuana. Enough of the younger voting public wants it legalized, so upward mobile politicians will support its legalization and secure more power from doing so. It is a perfect storm of greed and hedonism.

This dynamic appears to be operational in many nations around the world.

Please do a computer search on this topic. The predominance of support and listings of the benefits of legalizing marijuana greatly outnumber the articles about the problems with doing so.

I encourage you to read about the benefits there.

Here you will read about the many problems that I judge will underlay, and far outweigh, the supposed untested benefits.

All of this, and too much more in America: The land of the too free.

Do not confuse freedom with licentiousness and chaos. See Below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/4/22

America 2022: In Cartoons

July 21, 2022

Invitation to Guest Bloggers!

July 16, 2022

I am presently editing a manuscript that I hope will be published as a book. Therefore, my blog rate has declined somewhat. I will still continue to make postings, but finishing my manuscript will be time-consuming work.

Recently, I have kept my blog-site active by augmenting my own postings with a number of excellent and thought-provoking entries sent to my comments section. I am confident that that many of my own readers would also enjoy reading my guest blogger’s works.

I enjoy featuring guest bloggers on my web-site and invite you to send me any thoughtful writings on any topic, in my comments section, that I might consider posting on my blog’s main page.

Not all comments sent to my comments section can be republished. Also, any comments that are personal to me, and you don’t want republished, just note “do not republish“. Then, as always, only those who visit my comments section will see them.

Blessings to you and your loved ones, Tom Mawhinney, 7/16/22

America’s Decline and Weakened Religion

July 14, 2022

The following is an important comment sent to me following my last posting entitled: The Psychology of Mass-Shootings. I hope you will visit this post on July 11, 2022, and then please read Mr. Damaske’s comments…for “THE REST OF THE STORY!

Dr. Tom,
This phenomena which you portray in this brilliant article is trending towards the “uncivilization” of the human race, and is much more than merely a psychological “natural selection” of the human species. We can review all the phases that this country has gone through since it’s inception and how it reacts and causes it’s populations to change, but I really believe the root cause and source of today’s troubling world is the basic separation of from God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Simply said, our country has swept away the Ten Commandments and replaced it with secular progressive political correctness, CRT, and Woke theory. Our younger generations have evolved into an omniscient source of knowledge, but unfortunately, it has lacked in basic wisdom and common sense. Entitlement has replaced ambition and effort. Spirituality has faded in the sunset, because the world of today has darkened so many souls. Mankind has less and less time for God in their “busy” lives.
The fading of faith and spirituality has opened the door to evil ambitions and desires. Little or no accountability and a disconnect with integrity. Young people today especially suffer because they are being robbed by not being able to properly pursue that once dreamed of “American Dream”.
The “explosion of knowledge” and technology (spoken of in the Bible prophesies) unfortunately is part of the reason for much of the disconnect of today’s youth. No need to elaborate about the divide created with “social media” between parents and their maturing children…
Our parents and forefathers would be beside themselves in what our generation is allowing to happen to this (once great) nation. Whatever happened to that “Norman Rockwell” view of American living and its families?
I rest my case.
May God have Mercy and may our our land return to the Judea Christian nation’s principles it was founded on.

End of quote.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 7/14/ 22

Psychology of Mass Shootings

July 11, 2022

Psychology of Mass Shootings

Guns, knives, ropes, tire irons, cars, even bombs don’t kill people; people kill people! Let’s get that settled from the start. More specifically, it is human behavior that kills people and perpetrates, seemingly senseless, mass-shootings.

So let’s cut the political crap and get down to the real causes of these horrors.

The reality is that America is in a steep social and cultural decline, for a great many reasons; way too many complex reasons to list here. Please see my other blogs on this and related topics.

The psychological health of our children, youth and adults has worsened over the past 60 years and there is currently no end to America’s degradation in sight.

However, there are immediate useful principles that are revealed by the “copy-cat nature” of America’s mass-shootings. They tend to run in fairly close groupings and are clear examples of Bad Behavioral Contagion. This is a term I use, based upon much research in the fields of psychology, sociology and others. I define bad behavioral contagion as the spread of harmful behavior within a population via biological, social and psychological principles. And yes, there is Good Behavioral Contagion. For its definition simply change the word “harmful” to “healthy” in my definition.

The most immediate principles involved in this spreading of bad behaviors in America are those of modeling and imitation. This starts when individuals behave in certain ways and are heavily rewarded for their actions. When other individuals see this behavior heavily rewarded they tend to imitate that behavior, or something very similar to it. Humans, both the psychosocially healthy and psychologically disturbed, tend to imitate the behavior of others that are consistent with their value systems.

Humans are master imitators of the behaviors of others and this is plain to see by simply observing the actions of infants, children, teens and adults in your family, or others who you know very well. When simple observations and decades of strong research findings are in accord, there may be super- important Laws and principles involved. For example, when a population of over 300 million humans see others (the models) behave in certain ways and get big rewards for their actions, this commonly increases the probability that some observers will imitate that behavior. The more attractive, desirable, popular, similar, or powerful a model is to the observers, the more likely it is the behavior will be imitated. This is psychology 101!

Now consider the shooters in America’s mass-shooter bad behavior contagion. Note the shooter’s psychological profile. They are mentally disturbed, strange, sometimes bizarre looking and/or behaving; young, socially rejected, dejected, bullied, isolated, virtually unemployable, angry, hateful, rage-filled teens or young men.

What, specifically, could possibly motivate such barbaric behavior?!

We could speak of the thrill of adrenalin-drenched symbolic revenge for all of the hurts, rejections and disappointments of their lives, and more about the internal thoughts and motives of such madness. And, of course, displaced aggression. All of this can be true, but this is not my focus. Let us look at the immediate reinforcers ( the twisted “rewards”) for such actions.

What do you think would happen to the probability that the rate of imitation, in our large and growing psychologically disturbed population in America, if they witnessed someone similar to themselves, kill lots of people: Precious sweet innocent children, teachers, grandparents, mothers and fathers, faithful worshipers, police officers or other public servants; and then the killer’s horrific deeds were replayed over and over, and over to hundreds of millions of others, by our pervasive and invasive social media.

Included in this “festival” of tragedy is the killer’s history of suffered damaging neglect and abuse, broadcasted pictures of them plastered all-over the national and international news, and the details of their careful preparations for murder are meticulously reported. Also show-cased is the pain and suffering of their innocent victims, the interviews of the stunned observers and tearful family members, the monuments of flowers and pictures of victims at the tragic sites of attack, the funerals, and heart-rending eulogies for the dead. The analyses of how security efforts had failed, the allegations of blame against the killer’s parents, friends, accomplices, security, police, fire, and others. The killer’s social media writings and rantings, sick and bizarre “manifestos” are detailed; exactly how they did what they did, how they escaped, how they were captured, the many compiling charges against them, the numerous media briefings by officials and the media’s frenzied questioning of them, the suspense of unanswered questions. The future trial, the unfolding details of the trial, and sometimes mention of possible Capital Punishment, that if applied will probably not occur for decades. There will possibly be a series of appeals and future news-worthy trials.

The killers incandescent international “fame” would be virtually everyone else’s horrific infamy! But to a small minority of citizens, the killer, against all of their troubled and painful odds, has achieved the “mega-rewards” of immortal “super-stardom”. From that small minority of citizens will come a smaller minority who begin to dream about these “eternal glories” for them selves. Among these, a very “select-few” will seek to imitate their world-famous model(s).

And, it is right there that we will again be confronted with what we have fostered and are are addicted to in America: If it bleeds, it leads, in “The home of the brave” and the Land of The Too-Free!

Our Founding Fathers gave us our Constitutional First and Second Amendments and I am firmly in support of them both. The Fathers would clearly support law abiding citizens to be armed for self-protection, if they chose to do so, and they would certainly support our free press.

However, I cannot believe they would have ever allowed the sale of guns to known criminals or mentally ill citizens who threatened, or are likely to kill innocent people.

Nor could I believe the Fathers would think it proper to “reward” and “celebrate”, with protracted notoriety, the hateful and/or mentally ill (models) who used guns, cars, bombs, etc. to kill individuals or masses of innocent citizens. Who are then repeatedly “Rewarded” via obsessive-compulsive pandemic news coverage by our social media amplifying their most personal details,

I am a strong Constitutional Conservative. There must be a way to begin to use principles of psychology that improve the quality of our population’s behavior, within the Constitutional laws and traditions that made America Great. One premier law of psychology is The law of Effect. Again, it states that: Consequences Control Behavior. Within populations, normally rewarding consequences tend to increase the probability of the behaviors they follow. Within populations, generally punishing consequences decrease the probability of the behaviors they follow. And within populations, generally withholding rewards for particular behaviors tend to decrease the probability of those behaviors.

If citizens, law-makers, business, and media leaders will respect and support the psychological principles reported here, they will develop guidelines to limit the hyper-in-depth, detailed and extended personal coverage of psychopathic mass and other individual murderers to the very bare-essentials. Exactly how this can be done, and to what extent remains to be decided and experimented with within our states. But a rational America must begin to radically diminish the bad behavioral contagion-stimulating, sick-notoriety rewards for perpetrators of murder and mayhem.

Regarding the punishment of these murders, technically speaking, there is no such thing. Prison is full of rewarding activities and prison is notoriously unlikely to eliminate criminal behaviors. Capital Punishment does reduce the future probability of bad behavior, but it is only because the individual they can’t behave anymore.

Never the less, capital punishment terminates an evil and murderous gene pool from our population and that insures it will not be passed to others in the future. Understand that many prisons have “conjugal visits” for prisoners.

If America will see the advantages of making the legal changes necessary to apply swift and certain executions for mass-and other murderers. It will free-up a good deal of tax monies for preventive interventions, which in turn will save America great future suffering and moneys spent on unneeded law, crime, legal and maintenance for prison populations. I understand this may sound crass, but I ask you to understand that America’s war against crime is nothing less than a war. Such changes may provide us the time and money to begin to work on the only possible humane way to profoundly reduce this lethal scourge of America: Primary and Secondary Prevention!

Regarding the availability of firearms to the dangerously mentally ill and criminals, red flag laws are in place in many States, and should be the law of the land. It is important to note that the majority of those who suffer from psychological disorders are off no danger to others. It is essential that there be strong protections against unprincipled citizens using Red Flag Laws to punish those they may hate or wish to harm. Just as there is for citizens who report the abuse or neglect of children to our Child Protection Agencies. There must also be very strong protections against any governmental efforts to use Red Flag Laws as a mechanism to punish political opponents, or to increasingly disarm law abiding American Citizens. On this last matter, as our Founding Father’s would admonish: Trust is foolhardy!

Without these and many other political, social, and cultural changes, America’s historically unmatched Constitutional Republic will continue its sad decline.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 7/11/22.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and President Behavioral Psychological Family Services.

Marxist Propaganda: Lies, Deceptions, and Diversions: In Cartoons!

June 30, 2022

Today the Biden Administration insists that our border is closed! This, when confronted that a semi truck trailer, loaded with a load of 51 broiled-to-death adults and children. They were smuggled over the border by Mexican Cartel operatives. They were discovered sprinkled with some sort of spice to cover-up the stench of rotting bodies.

‘The border is closed!…Yelled a U.S. Government representative repeatedly. His opposition in the radio debater loudly retorted “The Biden Administration has blood on its hands!”! The Biden man, with a raised voice then said: “We need to allocate more money for personnel to patrol the border.

Dear reader, why should we need more money to patrol the border. I would like to submit to the Biden Administration the following: “Why? Because America’s border is wide open” you lying sacks of s—….. Ok. Sorry. Just make it: “you lying sacks of fentanyl!

See for yourself!

V. Thomas Mawhinney,

P.s., Open borders have destroyed societies and their cultures since before recorded time. And in recent history, so have Marxist revolutions; just like the Marxist revolution now ongoing in America.

Please see my last posting (6/24/22) directly related to the first “cartoon” in this series.

China and America’s Lost War on Drugs

June 24, 2022

While our federal government is conducting its own war on America, via its ongoing Marxist Revolutionary tactics against us, China is in lock step with our American Marxists.

The government reports that most of the Fentanyl that is killing our teens and adults, by the many thousands, is manufactured in China. Then tons of it sent to Mexico and then it is smuggled into America. Smuggled over our wide-open borders, thanks the corrupt democrats and RINO’s.

It is virtually certain that the world’s infestation with this modern version of the historical “Black Plague”, Covid 19 (and its variants), came directly from a laboratory in China.

China’s main goal is to defeat America in Geopolitical competition and to gain military and economic dominance of the world.

So, why would it be so far-fetched to defensively assume (until proven otherwise), that China’s release of Covid 19 and its concurrent flooding of America with this murderous drug, is part of that world domination strategy?

I know a few psychologists and some psychiatrists who show indications of mild mental “un-wellness”.

You can now decide if I am one of those “mentally unwell” few!

That China, Russia and Iran will go to any length they can get-away-with, to weaken and bring destruction to America’s world power is not a theory in my mind. This is a reality, based upon the available evidence of their actions and stated geopolitical objectives.

That’s the way I see it. Now, you can judge for yourself.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

America: Storm Clouds on Horizon!

June 21, 2022

According to reliable reports, the unapprehended “Gotaways’ sneaking into America are now enough to populate 3 of our states. Recently 50 men on our government’s “Terror List” were apprehended at our Southern Border. The actual numbers of terrorists, gang members, drug and sex trafficker’s who are Gotaways into America are unknown. But we have good estimates.

The radical-leftist and Marxist democrats are purposefully weakening and destroying America. There can be no other explanation for their uniformly, “seemingly inept”, rapid, and dramatically America-destructive policy changes.

Muslim terrorists have been infiltrating America for decades, using its “soft underbelly” (our many, though now declining freedoms) to prepare for our slaughter . The horrors that will explode upon us are building and will come when they come. But they will come upon us as a result of our own negligence, corruption and rank stupidity.

What follows should not be new news. Though, it will be for most Americans.

The terrorists attacks are now just a matter of when, how, and where.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 6/21/22

Voter Fraud: More Evidence

June 18, 2022

New Peer-Reviewed Research Finds Evidence of 2020 Voter Fraud

I know some smart people who think that Trump did not loose the Presidential Election due to voter fraud.

I disagree with them on this matter. Trump was slandered and propagandized by Marxist Left politicians even before he descended his Trump Tower Stairway to announce his bid for his first run for the Presidency. And, all of that it only escalated and intensified during his four years in office. The electoral fraud began at the beginning of his bid for the Presidency.

I will vote for Trump if he is the nominee, but I prefer that he not run for President.

I think he would not win due to the number of citizens who do not like his personality. I did, and still would overlook his abrasive personality because he did a great job quickly turning our sad American decline around and courageously attacking the corrupt deep state that is destroying America.

My wife and I strongly favor Governor DeSantis and Scott, Given the powerful, courageous and successful conservative performance as Governor of Florida. We did not choose Senator Tim Scott exclusively because of he is a back citizen. Far from it! That is a radical leftist Lib-Marxist trick. Senator Scott has very strong conservative morals and ethics, he vigorously defends America’s Constitution and he has impeccable personal credentials. He would make a wonderful Vice President and, perhaps with that experience, he would also make an excellent President some day.

But none of this, or any other good thing, will ever happen for America if the electoral corruption is not uncovered and forcefully corrected. As the months have passed, more and more election irregularities have been documented. I expect there will be more to come.

John Lott is a respected research professor and I ask you to please consider his published peer-reviewed research project below.

I will post more evidence of voter fraud in America as sound evidence is reported.

Please consider the following and decide for yourself!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 6/18/22

By John R. Lott Jr.

March 28, 2022New Peer-Reviewed Research Finds Evidence of 2020 Voter Fraud

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By a margin of 52% to 40%, voters believe that “cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.” That’s per a Rasmussen Reports survey from this month. This stands in stark contrast to the countless news stories editorializing about “no evidence of voter fraud” and “the myth of voter fraud.”

It isn’t just Republicans who believe this cheating occurred. Even 34% of Democrats believe it, as do 38% of those who “somewhat” support President Biden. A broad range of Americans think this: men, women, all age groups, whites, those who are neither white nor black, Republicans, those who are neither Republicans nor Democrats, all job categories, all income groups except those making over $200,000 per year, and all education groups except those who attended graduate school. 


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And with good reason. New research of mine is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed economics journal Public Choice, and it finds evidence of around 255,000 excess votes (possibly as many as 368,000) for Joe Biden in six swing states where Donald Trump lodged accusations of fraud. Biden only carried these states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – by a total of 313,253 votes. Excluding Michigan, the gap was 159,065.

The point of this work isn’t to contest the 2020 election, but to point out that we have a real problem that needs to be dealt with. Americans must have confidence in future elections.

Some Trump allies, such as attorney Sidney Powell, who famously promised to “Release the Kraken” and then provided no evidence, have helped to discredit these concerns.

Courts have rejected challenges to the 2020 presidential vote, generally citing the lack of evidence that any alleged fraud would have altered the outcome in a particular state. The Republican plaintiffs argued that since their observers couldn’t watch the vote counts or were prevented from seeing other evidence, they couldn’t provide such proof without investigations backed by subpoena power. Still, while some judges have agreed that irregularities occurred in 2020, they weren’t willing to grant discovery in the absence of evidence that fraud could reverse the election results. Republicans thus faced a Catch-22 situation.

Recounts haven’t been useful in resolving fraud concerns, as they merely involve recounting the same potentially fraudulent ballots.

Signature verification is far from perfect, as election employees have as little as five seconds to check a signature. Amidst unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election, many states didn’t even try to verify signatures. If someone mailed in multiple ballots, there was virtually no way to catch them. And without tamper-resistant photo IDs, fraud is difficult to prove. Unless someone tries voting multiple times in the same precinct, there is no way to catch them.

My research provides three tests of vote fraud.

First, I compared precincts in a county with alleged fraud to adjacent, similar precincts in neighboring counties with no fraud allegations. Precincts tend to be small, homogeneous areas, and many consist of fewer than a thousand registered voters. When comparing President Trump’s absentee ballot vote shares among these adjacent precincts, I accounted for differences in Trump’s in-person vote share and in registered voters’ demographics in both precincts.

While precincts count in-person votes, central county offices are responsible for counting absentee or mail-in ballots. A county with systemic fraud may count absentee or mail-in ballots differently from a neighboring county. We can try to detect this fraud by comparing the results in bordering precincts that happen to fall on opposite sides of a county line. These precincts will tend to be virtually identical to each other – voters may simply be on the other side of the street from their precinct neighbors.

In 2016, there was no unexplained gap in absentee ballot counts. But 2020 was a different story. Just in Fulton County, Georgia, my test yielded an unexplained 17,000 votes – 32% more than Biden’s margin over Trump in the entire state.

With the focus on winning the state, there is no apparent reason why Democrats would get out the absentee ballot vote more in one precinct than in a neighboring precinct with similar political and demographic characteristics.

Next I applied the same method to provisional ballots in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Contrary to state law, voters were allegedly allowed to correct defects in absentee ballots by submitting provisional ballots on Election Day. My analysis found that such permissions in Allegheny County alone contributed to a statistically significant 6,700 additional votes for Biden – in a state decided by fewer than 81,000 votes.

Finally, artificially large voter turnouts can also be a sign of vote fraud. This fraud could come in the form of filling out absentee ballots for people who didn’t vote, voting by ineligible people, or bribing people for their votes.

Republican-leaning swing state counties had higher turnouts relative to the 2016 election. Democratic-leaning counties had lower turnouts, except for the Democratic counties with alleged vote fraud, which had very high turnouts.

My estimates likely understate the true amount of fraud with absentee ballots, as I didn’t attempt to ascertain possible in-person voting fraud. Allegations have arisen of many ineligible in-person voters in Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In Fulton County, Georgia, 2,423 voters were not listed as registered on the state’s records, and 2,560 felons voted even though they had not completed their sentences.

Vote fraud erodes trust in elections, and makes people less motivated to vote. Compared to Europe and other developed countries, America is unique in its lax approach to vote fraud. When all demographic and political groups in the U.S. support voter photo IDs and even 46% of Democrats believe that mail-in voting leads to cheating, ignoring Americans’ concerns won’t make the problem go away.

John R. Lott Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. Until January 2021, he was the senior adviser for research and statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy where he dealt with issues of vote fraud.

Good Luck Free World!

June 15, 2022

The following with Russia’s aggression, China’s quest to invade Taiwan, and America’s sorry State of The Union, is a sobering development for those who do not have their heads in the sand.

Wake-Up America,

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 6/16/22

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