Segregated Integration

by Al Benson Jr.

Over fifty years ago this country was subjected to something called a “civil rights movement” supposedly because schools, restaurants and drinking fountains in the South were segregated. We were all dutifully informed by a compliant media that this was evil and “racist.”  Blacks and whites were not able to go to the same schools or use the same showers or whatever. The “civil rights movement” in our day has progressed to the point where boys calling themselves girls are now permitted in ladies bathrooms around the country. You can see we’ve come a long way–but in which direction? But back in the 1950s and 60s segregation was supposed to be evil and “racist” and so it had to be turned around, resisted, and gotten rid of, so we were told.

Having read a little about the “civil rights movement” over the years,  I was concerned that many of those involved seemed to spring almost unbidden from the far left part of the political spectrum, including many of the most well-known among them. Now, before the steam starts coming out of your ears, I am not saying that everyone in the civil rights movement was a communist (although it had its share). There were a lot of good people that got involved in it because of what they perceived as an injustice and who probably had no clue as to the leftward tilt of some of the leaders of the movement. And these good folks were used as window dressing to cover the activities of the more leftist-oriented in their ranks.

If you want a good expose’ of the civil rights movement, and one of the earliest, I would recommend a book by Alan Stang called It’s Very Simple–The true story of civil rights. Mr. Stang, now deceased, was an investigative reporter par excellence,  and dug into a  lot of stories over the years that most “investigative” reporters felt it was better, for the sake of their careers, to just leave alone. Alan’s book gives you some excellent observations on the civil rights movement and its leading luminaries . I believe it might still be available on Amazon.

Another good source is a book by Kent Steffgen called The Bondage of the Free–An examination of the civil rights movement. It was originally published in 1966 and reprinted in 2009 by The Institute for Southern Historical Review in Dahlonega, Georgia. You might try to see if it’s still available on Amazon. Both of these books give you a perspective on this movement you will never get on your evening newscast.

With the aid of the journalistic and political left the civil rights movement was finally able to get the courts and politicians to do away with segregation and integration became the law of the land, with open displays of black students being escorted to public schools to be integrated there by police, and we were treated to pictures of James Meredith being escorted to the University of Mississippi by the police, and the call was ever and anon for complete integration. Blacks were not supposed to be kept out of anyplace and whites were taught to be inclusive–or else!

So time has passed and we have now had several decades of forced integration where everybody gets thrown in with everybody else by federal edict. And at this point, if you are going to ask me if I have objections about sitting next to a black family in a restaurant, I don’t. I have had black friends over the years and, as Christians, we have often sat together and broke bread. But that has been our choice, not the government’s.

However, now that integration has been achieved, I have noticed a rather disturbing trend among many blacks, especially at the college level. Now that they have been thoroughly integrated into society, they have decided they are not sure that’s what they really want, they don’t seem to feel “safe” there, and so we are starting to see articles in the managed media about various colleges where blacks are demanding “no whites allowed space.” I guess you could call this segregated space away from white students. They wouldn’t use that term; they call it “safe” space, but what it amounts to, really, is segregated space.

An article I read on http://www.thecollegefix.com for January 6, 2016, written by Alec Dent–UNC Chapel Hill (North Carolina) said: “Black college students across the country have demanded that they be segregated from white peers,  calling for ‘safe spaces’ on campuses meant only for so-called students of color.” Some might look at that and consider it anti-white discrimination, but then, whites are the one group you can openly discriminate against and get away with it anymore. In fact it’s open season on them!

Demands for this sort of thing have been proliferating on campuses all across the country, with “local” university groups drawing up demands (many of which sound eerily similar to one another) “Underscoring that, students tend t hang out with similar students automatically…” Heavens to Abigail, some of us could have told them that fifty years ago when they were so busy trying to “integrate” all of us. They’ve finally discovered that amazing truth–and it only took them half a century! Man, that’s real progress! Maybe there’s hope for the “intellectuals” after all (but not much).

The article noted that this is going on at Oberlin College, at Scripps and Pomona colleges, and there have been others. One article I dug up mentioned the same thing at the University of Michigan. Another mentioned the University of Colorado at Boulder, and yet another mentioned American University. An article from http://www.frontpagemag.com for May 17, 2017, by Daniel Greenfield, noted that: “No whites allowed in college cafe due to black student demands.” Mr. Greenfield observed, quite astutely, that “Anti-racism is the new racism. Safe spaces are the new segregation.” He’s right on the money.

And so, the “civil rights movement”  has now “evolved” from integration with whites to reverse racism that excludes whites.

Knowing how these agendas from the left work, one can only wonder how long it will be before some brilliant leftist black professor in some college out on the Left Coast will “discover” that blacks and whites are not associating with one another as he would like and he will claim it’s all the fault of “white privilege” and so it will be time for a whole new “civil rights” crusade to begin.

Do you begin to get the feeling that we have all partaken of the scam before and in the next decade or so, we will be treated to a repeat performance?

False Prophets in the White House?

by Al Benson Jr.

Way back in ancient times kings had prophets who were supposed to be able to predict the future for them, especially during wars, so that the king should know what he should or should not do. Lots (not all) of these prophets were plain out and out fakes who told the king what they thought he would like to hear. Some of them predicted future events in such a way that you could take their predictions two or three different ways, so that if the king didn’t get what he wanted the prophet could say “when I said such and such I meant it this way, not the way you took it.” Depending on the king, and the mood he was in that day, such an explanation might save your head. At other times–well–nobody lives forever anyway.

However, in the new Trump administration it would almost seem that we have a breed of prophet that doesn’t tell the president what he needs to hear. Rather he, or they, decide what they want the president to hear and that’s what he gets in the briefings these “prophets” give him. I would suggest that, if the president wants to get the real story about what is going on that he sit up by himself, late at night, and check out InfoWars.com, the Drudge Report and some of these other alt.right websites and blogs. You can bet the farm he’s not getting this kind of information from his “advisors”–today’s “prophets.”

And along these lines, I really wonder who has been “advising” Mr. Trump on who he should pick for cabinet positions and other important posts. It seems that many of the people he has picked for important positions are not about to help him “drain the swamp”–instead they are working to drown him in it.

Some of the information I am going to deal with below I have gotten from several different sites, among which are: http://www.thenewamerican.com     http://www.AmericanFreePress.net  http://www.cfr.org    http://www.rumormillnews.com     http://www.Bodybuilding.comForums  None of this is original with me. All I am doing is passing along what I have collected (part of it anyway) and I would encourage people to check these and other sites out on their own. Don’t just take my word for it.

One article I checked out, listed above, had a headline: Trump’s Globalist Swamp. a partial list and then it went on to name several names. All those mentioned in this article are not on this one list but are taken from all the articles I researched. So here are some of the globalist and One World Government stars and personalities. All these people are or have been in the Trump administration, no doubt due to some of Trump’s “advisors.”

Nadia Schadlow–deputy assistant to the president for national security strategy–Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Dina Powell Habib–President Trump’s senior counselor for economic initiatives/deputy national security advisor for strategy–Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Jon Huntsman–(Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to Russia)–Trilateral Commission Member (listed on page 10 of 2017 membership list).

Peter Thiel–Trump’s transition team–Bilderberg Group Steering Committee Member

James Mattis–Bilderberg Attendee 2015–“General Mattis is an odd pick for President Trump’s new secretary of defense…Mattis has a long history of promoting globalism and perpetual war. Could Mattis be the globalists’ Trojan Horse, who will ensure the internationalists’ gravy train doesn’t end?”

Elaine Chao–Transportation Secretary–Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Lt. General H. R. McMaster–National Security Advisor–Member Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Stephen Allen Schwarzman–Chairman of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum–Member of the Order of Skull and Bones.

Rex Tillerson–Secretary of State–CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation (2006-2016), which is a corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Neil M. Gorsuch–Supreme Court Justice–Five year “term member” of the Council on Foreign Relations, 2004-2008.

Stephen T. Mnuchin–Treasury Secretary–Member of the Order of Skull and Bones

Robert E. LIghthizer–U.S. Trade Representative–Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

I don’t pretend to know who advised Mr. Trump to pick all these people for these important positions, but whoever did just about insured that Mr. Trump would never drain the swamp, rather the swamp would inundate him and his America-First agenda, and I suspect that was the real reason these people were chosen–to ensure that “business as usual” would continue in the swamp no matter what Donald Trump said or did.

So that is where we seem to be at this point unless something changes. Not exactly what the American people voted for is it?

And even with all this globalist “insurance” these people are still trying to remove Trump from office. Their latest ploy is that Trump probably has alzheimers disease and therefore is not fit to govern. Watch to see if stories about this start to appear in the prostitute press in days to come.

For a little follow-up information on the current White House situation read the latest article on http://thecopperhead.blogspot.com  entitled Who is John DeStefano?

“Chuckie” Schumer Should Just Butt Out!

by Al Benson Jr.

Is anyone else getting sick of Chuck Schumer butting into everything the Trump administration assays to do or is it just me?  It almost seems as if the president can’t blow his nose without Chuck Schumer standing in back of him telling him (and the prostitute press) that he didn’t do it right, that he shouldn’t have done it at all and that if he does it again Schumer will issue a call for a congressional investigation because Trump used a blue handkerchief  on Tuesday instead of a deep pink one.

You’d almost get the impression that Schumer is vice-president of the world and that the Trump administration is only there by his permission, which he is about to withdraw because they haven’t done everything he wanted.

To call this guy arrogant would be an understatement. He still seems to think Obama is in power and that he can do whatever he wants. Maybe someone should clue him, Hillary, Holder and all the rest of these wanna-be dictators in, that they LOST the election. The public looked at their agenda, turned green, and headed for the commode! Schumer’s greatest “gift” to the world will be when he, in 2037, finally gives up trying to pin the results of this last election on Putin!

This guy is about as far removed from mainstream America as Venus is from Jupiter. He’s so far to the left he even puts the cultural Marxists to shame and yet he prattles on in such a way that you would think he is in supreme command in Washington.

And then there is Comrade Eric Holder. He used to be what passed for an attorney general (get the barf bag)! He’s out there telling Jeff Sessions that he’s “dumb on crime.” What would Holder know about crime? He ignored so much of it. As attorney general he didn’t even measure up to being a farce. All he ever was, was a mouthpiece for whatever radical socialist program Obama wanted to enforce.

These people, Obama included, strut around as if they were still in control. Do they know something we don’t? Obama, when he’s not on vacation in the South Seas, practically lives in the White House’s back yard. Does he figure it will be easier to move back in if he’s that close? The question of whether he’d like to or not doesn’t even deserve an answer. But, in the final analysis, he will do what he’s told to do.

So I can only think of two possibilities. If Schumer and the rest of the fringe Left know something we don’t, then we are in real trouble and the country is gone, but no one has told us yet. On the other hand, if they are just running a bluff, then that means they are like the little man in Alice in Wonderland who hides behind the curtain so no one will know how small and puny he really is. He makes a big noise but it’s all political gas. If that is the real case, pardon me for being so blunt, but someone should tell Chuckie Schumer and his Leftist buddies to go stuff it!!!

“Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho” Cultural Marxist Doublespeak

by Al Benson Jr.

According to http://www.nola.com for May 4th, the Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in New Orleans had the phrase Tear it Down sprayed in black paint on its base. The nature of the spray paint job has been thought by some to relate to the ongoing cultural Marxist purge of all things Confederate currently in progress there. Of course there is always the possibility that those who are attacking Confederate heritage don’t even realize that Joan of Arc lived in France in the 15th century and had nothing at all to do with the War of Northern Aggression.

The web article noted here stated: “But the statue of Joan of Arc, a 15th century military leader, martyr and Catholic saint, hasn’t been mentioned in the controversy to this point.” The key words in this sentence are “to this point.” Remember that!

The writer of the article said: “There is no connection between the “Tear it Down” tag and the Take Em Down NOLA organization, one of its leaders said…Malcolm Suber said TED members had nothing to do with the graffiti.”  “Joan of Arc is not on our radar,” Suber said. Well, not yet anyway. But didn’t these same people want the Andrew Jackson statue removed also? Or was that a supposedly “separate” group of cultural Marxists? The groups seem to proliferate so fast it gets hard after awhile to keep track of who wants what torn down. Andy Jackson didn’t have anything to do with the War of Northern Aggression either. He died 15 years before it started. But the folks that wanted (and still want) Jackson’s statue removed claimed taking his statue down would be a major stroke against “white supremacy.” So why wouldn’t the identical critique apply to Joan of Arc? After all, she was white and Christian and, in all honesty, folks, nowadays that’s the only criteria need to be branded as a white supremacist. If you read what some of these rather odd college professors today are spouting, you realize that, in their convoluted thinking, anyone born white is automatically a flaming racist and white supremacist–except them naturally. Somehow they seem to have escaped that malignancy that the entire rest of the white race is afflicted with. Either that or in their traitorous sellout of their race they feel they are exercising the  proper repentance for having been born white.

So you will have to pardon me if I can’t quite buy the collegiate swill they sprinkle over our kids while we pay big bucks to let them do it. Sure they hate Confederate flags, symbols, monuments, etc. But these people hate anything white and/or Christian.

When they holler “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Western Civ. has got to go” what they are really saying is that white, Christian civilization needs to be gotten rid of. That is their ultimate target. The fact that many of them from overseas would still be living in grass huts somewhere, were it not for Christian civilization,  seems to escape them. Without western Christian civilization they would not be here and would not have the opportunity to get foundation money to carry on their anti-white war games.

As far as “racism” goes, the old saying applies–“it takes one to know one.”

They all want to celebrate their cultures while destroying ours, and those white folks that feel guilty about being white and are willing to go along with this ethnic cleansing of their own race are not even up to the level of being reprehensible.

The whole cultural Marxist agenda is about the destruction of western, Christian civilization. Give those people the chance and that is what they will do to you. What do you tell your children then–when they ask you why didn’t you stand up and do something? You need to begin to realize where these people are coming from. Sure they want to demolish Confederate and Southern culture. That’s the first step. And you folks who won’t stand up and help us defend our Confederate heritage will one day find that, when the cultural Marxists have gotten rid of us, they will come after you–and there won’t be anyone left to help you. What will you do then???

American Taliban’s False Religion Displayed in New Orleans

by Al Benson Jr.

Just came across an article on http://www.wwl.com that noted the cultural Marxist excuse for a mayor in New Orleans is asking the public for support in his quest to practice his cultural genocide agenda by removing Confederate monuments in his fair city.

The article noted: “New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is trying to recruit supporters to show they are behind the effort to remove Confederate statues in New Orleans. Through his political action committee Landrieu sent out emails asking for support…The mayor calls on readers to sign on to show they are with him in this effort.” This article was posted on April 27th–five days ago.

Had you been naive enough to believe what was reported in the prostitute press, you would have concluded that Landrieu had almost total unqualified support for his purge of Confederate monuments.  That was the impression given. Now, according to this article, written by Jeff Cohen, we begin to discern that maybe the facade of support for Landrieu’s agenda regarding all things Confederate was just that–a facade. And maybe all the implied support for his purge ain’t really there. So now he’s out trying to fire up the troops so it won’t look like he’s out there all by his lonesome on the anti-Confederate front line.

He’s still spouting his rehearsed line about “diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.” However it would seem that his version of “diversity” does not extend to white folks who want to celebrate their culture and heritage like others want to celebrate theirs. After all, Confederate heritage doesn’t deserve to be there. It’s not “equal” with all those other “diversities”–like sodomy, transgenderism and socialism. Do you think if there were a statue of Harvey Milk in New Orleans Landrieu would be trying to take it down? Not on your life, baby. He’d be laying a wreath at the base of the statue to commemorate “diversity.”

For the cultural Marxist (of which the American Taliban is one small part) “diversity” is part of his religious faith–but it must always be his diversity and never anyone else’s.

I have a good friend in Illinois who follows the theological trends of various anti-Christian groups, the cultural Marxists among them, and he offered this comment just today, which I thought was particularly relevant and accurate. He said: “These people (cultural Marxists and their ilk) believe that reality is relative. Therefore, they believe that destroying the cultural symbols that are here, they can replace them with their version of reality and thereby take control. This is why they refuse to believe in God. God means that reality is absolute. So by refusing to recognize His existence, they think they can eliminate His absolute reality and replace it with their own relative reality, thus establishing their ‘reality’ as the new ‘absolute’.  The only problem with that is that God’s reality remains in place, immovable, and their reality against His crashes and burns. In other words they believe in and are trying to impose an illusion.” That is a pretty fair country definition of where anti-Christ religion is really at–smoke and mirrors.

Ultimately, all these issues humanity has to deal with are religious issues. Many have political or economic manifestations, but at root, they are religious–and we are not being taught to grasp this truth anymore, have not been taught to grasp it for generations. Our “educations”–so called, have conditioned us to not even think in these terms.

This mindset is straight out of the French Revolution, where the revolutionaries hated the biblical concept of original sin, and so they had to replace that truth with something that make them more comfortable. So they did–and we got the guillotine and other manifestations of their religious faith. During the Bolshevik Revolution we were treated to manifestations of Lenin’s religious faith.

So, at its base, the destruction of Confederate history, culture, and heritage is a not-too-well-concealed attempt to replace the mostly Christian culture of the Old South with a vapor, a spiritual illusion that the cultural Marxist feels more at home with. Racism, bigotry, intolerance, and all these other handy catch phrases they parrot are nothing more than a cover for their true agenda–the suppression of Christian truth and the replacing of that ultimate Truth (John 14:6) with the illusion of their “truth” along with their desire to destroy what they hate. It is the “hath God said” of the 21st century (Genesis 3:1).

Leave people with no cultural history or roots and no cultural future–and you get to decide what their future will be! That’s the real name of this theological shell game. And there is only one way you deal with it–exposure and resistance! 

Who Did We Elect–Donald Or Jared?

by Al Benson Jr.

From all the news items I have been reading of late I am beginning to wonder who we all voted for in November–Donald Trump, or Jared Kushner and his wife, because it seems that we are getting the Kushners’ agenda instead of the agenda Donald Trump told us he was running on.

Mr. Trump has done several good things, but of late he seems to be leaning more toward being what we all voted against. I realize that with your in-laws ragging you all the time about the advisability of their agenda, as over against the agenda the voters put you into office to enact, it gets sort of difficult. But in all honesty, Mr. Trump, we did not elect you so you could fulfill  Jared Kushner’s liberal agenda! We voted for you so you wouldn’t do that. You said in your inauguration speech that you were returning power to the people. I sincerely hope the people you were returning it to were not Jared Kushner and his wife.

An article on http://www.zerohedge.com  for April 19th noted: “The global warming activist democrats in Trump’s White House,  led by Ivanka and Jarod Kushner, are trying to convince the President to reneg on yet another campaign pledge, against the advice of Steve Bannon. According to Bloomberg, a pro-Paris bloc in his administration, which targets greenhouse emissions, is recruiting energy companies to lobby the President to remain in the controversial agreement that he specifically said was a waste of money during the campaign…Both Steve Bannon and EPA head, Scott Pruitt want out of the agreement. But since Trump’s fashion designer daughter wants to keep her liberal NYC friends, the President is said to be weighing his options.” You know this Paris environmental fiasco has to be bad when even the head of the EPA doesn’t want anything to do with it.

Supposedly the administration will decide what they are going to do before the latter part of next month when world leaders get together for their next “climate change” bash in Paris.

Should Mr. Trump decide to go along with this foolishness they will naturally then be compelled to enact a whole new set of environmental regulations in order to comply. One wonders if the new regulations they will have to enact will cancel out Mr. Trump’s recent action of getting rid of cumbersome regulations in this country that were supposed to allow coal miners in West Virginia, Kentucky, and other nearby states to get back to work. If so, do we then have a classic example of the political shell game–giving some folks something with one hand and then taking it back with the other.

If Mr. Trump goes along with this environmental bilge flowing from the Paris agreement, will this undermine national sovereignty and self-government, because the whole point of this will have been to put the United States into a position where an international agreement, treaty, or group will be the deciding factor in what we do with our energy resources nationally?

I’m sorry, but “the science is far from settled” when it comes to global warming, and the fact that, years ago, the global warming people were caught fudging on their figures only proves that they don’t really have the “evidence” they claim they have. At one point Mr. Trump seemed to grasp that. It seems now he is in the process of forgetting it.

I supported Mr. Trump in the last election, the first time I have voted Republican in a presidential election literally in decades. However, I supported him conditionally–on the condition that he would try to do what he said he would. So far he has managed to do some of it, but if he, for whatever reason, suddenly decides to change horses in mid-stream and begins to support the neo-con/socialist Deep State agenda, then my support and that of lots of others like me, will be gone.

Should he, for whatever reason, start acting like Hillary’s second cousin and doing what she would have done, he will lose millions of supporters and those folks will go somewhere. He let nationalism out of the bag with his rhetoric. He will find that it’ won’t be that easy to put it back.

April Is Confederate History Month–but the gutless will never proclaim it!

by Al Benson Jr.

February was black history month and if you are like me, you heard about it until it was coming out your ears. The “fake news” media never ceased to deliver unto us some little tidbit that had to do with some aspect of black history. And it didn’t all cease on the 28th of the month either.

April is Confederate History Month and I’d be willing to bet you haven’t heard the first word about it from the “fake news” media. This is one of those things that they, in their unending wisdom, have deemed you don’t need to know anything about and so the MSM will do as much as possible to make sure you remain totally unaware of this. It’s called “selective reporting 101.”

There was a time when some Southern governors would issue proclamations noting the observation of Confederate history month. However, in the past few years, most Southern governors seem to have developed a severe case of political intestinal discharge when it comes to acknowledging that anything Southern or Confederate is even fit to exst.

The governor of Mississippi seems to have been the one exception to this rule, for which I applaud him. If there are others that have issued proclamations that I am not aware of, I apologize to them for omitting mention of them.

Confederate and Southern history and heritage groups usually have various events during the month of April to mark Confederate history month. Their having such events and observations has become even more critical and important in a day when the cultural Marxists are busily trying to tear down any remembrance of Confederate history, from our flags to our monuments, even to school and street names. I have said it before (maybe some have grown tired of hearing me say it) but it still needs to be said. “Those people” (the cultural Marxists) want us all gone and forgotten and they are prepared to labor to make that happen. If you have observed the blatant cultural genocide being practiced upon us in the past couple years, you have to be aware of that.

I can’t speak too much for what goes on in other states, except possibly for Virginia, with the Virginia Flaggers. Those folks fight the good fight every month of the year and they must be doing something right because they get lots of flack. Here in Louisiana, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as well as others who believe in preserving their heritage from the Leftist onslaught, take part in several events in April that highlight their preservation efforts.

A couple weeks ago there was a big Confederate flag caravan that drove all the way from Shreveport, Louisiana to Vicksburg, Mississippi and back again. This was on a Saturday afternoon and lots of folks on Route 20 saw all those cars, motorcycles and Confederate flags–going and coming. I understand another group did the exact same thing on Route 10 in South Louisiana.

Another event that occurs on a yearly basis here in North Louisiana is one called Flags Across the Ouachita. Those who support Confederate heritage and history gather on the Lea Joyner Bridge over the Ouachita River, with all manner of Confederate flags at rush hour on a Friday afternoon You cross over this bridge to get to West Monroe, Louisiana from Monroe, Louisiana, and it’s pretty busy during rush hour on a Friday, so lots of commuters get to see all those folks with their Confederate flags. And lots of folks honk their horns and give us a “thumbs up” to show their appreciation–which shows that, in spite of all the cultural Marxist efforts in this area, a goodly number of folks just haven’t bought into that agenda. These, and other efforts, let the cultural Marxists know that “we ain’t goin’ away easy.”

This year, a lady reporter and a cameraman from a local TV station happened by and stopped to talk to several of us and interviewed a couple of us. I let her know that all of us standing there holding Confederate flags were not native Southerners. I told her I was originally from New England and the next man up from me was from Ohio. This seemed to surprise her somewhat, but as we talked to her, we tried to convey the truth that this was, at root, more than a North-South issue–this is a cultural issue, and good sincere folks from the North who understand that, almost inevitably end up supporting the Southern right to celebrate and promote their culture.

So, folks, keep your ear to the ground. You just may find out that more of such events go on than you are aware of–and we don’t do them just in April That would give the cultural Marxists the other eleven months of free time to work at destroying our culture. So these events will take place when and where needed. One final thought–don’t depend on the MSM to enlighten you about such things. They have a vested interest in keeping you in the dark.