Monday, November 7, 2016

It Won't Be Over Anytime Soon

Tomorrow is election day in the US. Those who have not already voted will go to the polls. Some who have already voted will go to the polls again. Some who aren't citizens will go to the polls. Some who aren't citizens will go to the polls several times.

US elections are no different than anywhere else in the world. They are rife with fraud and in many cases the results are already determined long before the polls open. Jerrymandering precludes one party or the other from success. Bribery and corruption tilt the results in some places. Voter ignorance and apathy compound the problem.

We get the same result every time. The same politicians are elected. The same ideologues are promoted. The same parties hold power.

Someone once said doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. In a country like the US, this is so very true. We elect Democrats and are unhappy with the results so we elect Republicans and are unhappy with the results so we elect Democrats and are unhappy with the results so we elect Republicans and are unhappy with the results so we elect.... You get the idea. We never seem to learn that there really is no difference between the two. They are alike in all the ways that make a difference: economy, foreign policy, national security. They differ only in the social issues they use to manipulate us, issues that affect a small number of people but are blown out of proportion so that everyone feels part of the problem.

Worst of all, they have us convinced that there is no escape from this cycle. If we try to vote outside the box, they berate and deride us as unpatriotic or unfeeling, racist or bigoted, ignorant and selfish. Sanity is looked on as bizarre and perverse.

Tomorrow's elections, when Hillary wins, won't change anything. If Donald wins (and that would be a huge surprise), it won't change anything. Life will go on as it always has. The presidents don't change things. People do. What the presidents and politicians do is manipulate and steer public opinion through the media to get what they want done. That way they can avoid culpability for failure without fear of retribution or claim credit for success.

This is the last entry for this blog. I find that trying to comment on the political and social scene in America has left such a bad taste in my mouth that I cannot stomach it any longer.

Good luck, America. You're gonna need it.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Taking the Fall

It's perfectly obvious to me, and probably to anyone with a thinking brain, that FBI Director Comey is taking the fall for a decision made by US Attorney Lynch. He's not trying to hide anything. He's admitted the truth. And he's catching all the flak. But I don't blame him.

Three days after the "coincidental" meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, the FBI decides that, in spite of the fact there was misconduct and reckless handling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her State Department, there would be no charges filed against her. 

How stupid to they think we are?

Politicians aren't even trying to hide their corruption any more. The masks are off. Both Republicans and Democrats have given up covering over their corruption. Trump spouts idiocy and hate. Clinton lies and get away with it. Everybody knows this. And still, they're on the campaign trail....

...for leader of the FREE WORLD? What the hell does that even mean, "free world"? Nothing any more. 

Maybe it never has and we're just now realizing it.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Idiocy on Parade

They're being called heroes by the media. They're using a tactic previously never seen in the House. A sit-in by Democrat representatives in protest of a non-passage of a gun control bill.

This is so incredibly embarrassing as an American I have no words to express it.

The Democrats are literally having a temper tantrum. The bill they want passed was going to allow anyone who was simply under suspicion of being dangerous from buying a gun. There would be no due process, no way to rebut the situation. If you were merely accused of being a possible collaborator with a faction unpopular with the US government, you would not be allowed to purchase a weapon. No proof was required. The mere fact you might be a problem was sufficient to have you placed on the list.

This is exactly the kind of guilty before innocent verdict the Constitution was drafted to prevent. How can anyone championing such a bill be considered a hero?

Worse yet, the Republicans in the House were willing to go along with this -- with the proviso that there be a channel for rebuttal and defense. And that's when the Democrats pitched their fit. They called the Republican action "obstruction" and accused the Republicans of not wanting to pass the bill.

When did debate and compromise stop being part of the political process? We have too many radicals on both sides of the aisle anymore. Congress has become a circus that the clowns have taken charge.

Idiots and fools running the country. Morons and criminals running for highest office. Makes you wonder who is really behind all this. Surely it's not the American people.

Are we really that stupid?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Are You Understanding Yet?

Trump speaks out against free speech. He bans the Washington Post from his own speeches because they exercised free speech. He wants to ban foreigners from entering the country because they might exercise free speech while they're here. Meanwhile, Obama bitches about Trump exercising free speech. Hillary complains about Trump exercising free speech. The media whines about Trump exercising free speech.

Confused?

Free speech is a guaranteed right. No matter how stupid, offensive, atrocious, or infantile your speech, it is protected by the US Constitution. But, as has been pointed out, just because you have the right to free speech doesn't excuse you abusing that right.

Yes, you can insult people. Yes, you can even shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater. Common sense and civility says not to, but morons will anyway.


What a choice.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Speechless

I have been so stunned by the fact that Trump has received the need delegates to be selected as the GOP candidate for president that I have been unable to bring myself to comment until now, afraid I would vent my frustration and disbelief in words and charges against his supporters that would be construed (rightly) as derogatory.

I used to think of myself as a Republican because it claimed to be the party of the conservative, of intelligence and compassion, of helping people get educated and employed, of not just giving them a fish but teaching them to fish.


"I didn't leave the Democrat Party. The party left me." That comment was made by both Ronald Reagan and Sheldon G. Adelson. I find myself saying the same about the Republican Party now.

I am a man without a party. I find there are no major political parties who share my views on politics any longer. The Democrat Party is the party of government dependence and the Republican Party is the party of government oppression. Even the appearance of benevolent despotism is falling by the wayside.

The US government has become so self-involved that it doesn't care anything about its people any longer. It is totally focused on elections and re-elections. The checks and balances system of the US Constitution is a thing of the past. There aren't three branches of government any longer. Judges legislate from the bench, the President legislates by edict, and Congress is irrelevant. We are long past the point our forefathers would have revolted. We are in the area the German people found themselves in 1930. Massive debt. A weak, ineffective legal system. Rife corruption in every public office. Falling purchasing power. Increasing civil unrest. 

Is it any wonder a charismatic, unfeeling, blustering egomaniac should find himself so popular with the rank and file? Or that a populist outsider appealing to the naive but idealistic young should find himself shadowing the presumptive candidate all the way to the convention?

I sincerely fear for the future of this nation as never before.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Real Origins of WW III

Everybody is concerned about Iran getting a nuke. They talk incessantly about the Middle East and the Muslim immigrants flooding into Europe. Nobody seems to be looking at the real threat.

For the last several years, China has been extending its influence into the South China Sea, even going as far as to build an island with an airfield off the coast of the Philippines. It's called Woody Island and China has gone so far as to use an old map to say they have the right to claim the majority of the South China Sea as theirs.

Woody Island


Their main objective with this is to isolate Taiwan to force its reunification and to claim the oil under the area as theirs since their economic health is fading. They need to control the shipping and oil production offshore to beef it up. They've already threatened to take action against anyone violating their claimed zone of influence, including the US.


Wars happen more often because of economic pressure than ideological difference. The Middle East situation was old before WWI. It will continue for centuries and probably won't develop into anything worse than border skirmishes. China, on the other hand, has a long history of war for the sake of land and economy. They have expanded their political influence as far as they can without running up against some serious opposition from Russia or the US.

There a storm brewing in the Far East and nobody over here is watching. It will be a surprise when it finally blows. An ugly, lethal, nuclear surprise.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

If you think the chaos at the Democrat convention in Nevada was bad, just wait until the Republican convention in Cleveland. There might have been a lot of yelling and (maybe) one fight in Nevada. If Trump doesn't get the nomination, there's likely to be gunfire.

He's got some enemies in the (R)eactionary camp. And some friends in the (D)espot camp. There are those who would rather vote for him than Hillary, and some who would rather vote for Hillary than him.


This year's presidential race is an embarrassing farce for America, but the worst part about it is that most Americans don't know that.These are the kinds of people we have to chose from for president:





Corruption and lies in politics -- it used to be a joke. Now they don't even take the time to hide it anymore.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It's Come to the Triarii





What's left for America? The foxes are in charge of the henhouse. Congress can give itself raises, make laws that it can exempt itself from, and basically pander to the largest bidder. The legal system is rife with little godlings who believe they are not only above the law themselves, but they can change law from the bench. The executive branch believes it can ignore everything and just make things happen by edict.


It's time the adults got back in charge. The kids and teenagers have been in charge long enough. When you can run a country by giving them candy and treats, or when they can change things by simply pitching a tantrum, it's time for those who understand the seriousness of consequences to take over.

The Roman army consisted of three lines. Hastati, the youngest and least experienced, were in front. Principes, the veterans, were behind them. Those two usually swapped out in battle, giving each other a break. At the rear were the elite, the oldest and most experienced -- the triarii. When things got their worst, the triarii stepped in and saved the battle. Usually this never had to happen.

But now, the front line has collapsed. The second line is falling apart.

It's come to the triarii to take charge.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Past Time for a Third Party

Now that the difference between the R and the D have been demonstrated as negligible, perhaps America will wake up to the truth and start talking a third alternative that isn't just something mentioned in local newspapers and short-circulation newsletters. Few Americans know there are other parties fielding candidates for US President. There are over forty (40) people -- Libertarian, Constitutional, Veterans Party, Socialist, Transhumanist, Reform, Independent -- running for office. Do you hear anything about them from the vaunted US media? Even the so-called "new media"? They're just as bad. Find out more about them here and realize you really do have a choice, no matter what the media wants you to think.


The day of the third party is here. The stranglehold that the Reactionary party and Despot Party have had on the American public is slipping the more we know about them and their inner workings.

At last America is waking up -- all but the trolls and brainwashed.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

America's Horrible Choice


It's down to the wire and we've finally hit the bottom of the barrel. We have a choice between a megalomanical clown and a cold fish of an unprosecuted criminal. The choice has inspired a host of memes.






... and that's just a sample. What do these memes say about the American public? That not all of us have lost all our common sense. There are actually people who see through the smoke and mirrors, who aren't fooled by the media crap and are appalled by the place America is in right now.

Maybe there is some hope for America. Maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow, but someday... I hope it'll be in my lifetime.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Perjury Uncovered

Source: Western Journalism

It looks like we have a choice between a felon and a clown to be the next president, but the FBI is closing in on the felon. Of course, we all know that if she is convicted, Obama can pardon her. And if she's elected, she can't be prosecuted. That's probably why she's so panicked about Sanders winning so much and gets so upset when someone says so. Too bad she can't delete the FBI files as easily as she did her own emails.


At least there's no mystery about Trump and what he's done in the past. We all know he's a blowhard, a petulant whiner, and a misogynist. Everything he is, is disgusting --- but not illegal, more's the pity. Not that that makes him a better choice. It just points out how terrible the state of American politics has become.


What happened to this country to bring us to this point? Where did we go wrong? How can we fix it? Can it be fixed? Are we too far gone?

All good questions, questions we're afraid to ask because we're so afraid of the answers.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Too Little, Too Late

So Cruz and Kasich have finally decided to team up. So what? If they had decided to do this six months ago, or four months ago, even two months ago maybe it would have made a difference. There were more people in the race then, people who could have bonded together and used their delegates. Rubio. Carson.

But now Carson is on Trump's team. And Christie.

Too late, guys. You screwed around and let the Hairdo take it all.

And after Kasich's appallingly embarrassing lecture about Joseph to a bunch of Jewish students of the Talmud -- something exceedingly painful to watch -- I'm not sure it's in Cruz's best interests.

Yep. Trump has it wrapped up nice and tight. The Republican party is about to blow wide open. Cincinnati will be a bloodbath.

Glad I ain't going.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Brexit -- None of Our Business

The Ugly American strikes again. This time it's our prez, deciding he has to comment on whether Britain stays in or gets out of the European Union. I gotta agree with Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party, who told Obama bluntly to "butt out!"

Europe survived for thousands of years before America was established. They'll still be going long after the USA stops being the USA. Obama giving the Brits advice is like a ten-year-old kid trying to tell his grandmother how to suck eggs.

Stick to messing with the internal US social structure issuing illegal executive orders, O. That's what your best at. Leave the adults to handle their own problems.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Obamaphone" Fraud Exposed




Recently, one of the five FCC Commissioners, Ajit Pai, spoke out about a fraud investigation into Total Call Mobile, one of the Obamaphone carrer providers. "There's a lot of fraud that's basically under wraps and that needs to come out into the open. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I expect," he said.


Total Call Mobile defrauded the government of $9.7 million in subsidies from the Universal Service Fund since 2014. That's money from your and my pockets. This so-called "free" program is showing its true cost. Just like any other government welfare program, it is rife with fraud and corruption.

A program that was intended to provide needed emergency channels to the less fortunate has been violated by greedy idiots. The "Obamaphone" is actually the epithet for the official Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers. The program is actually managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a private contractor that should know what's going on with the Obamaphone. 
 
Guess not.

Worse thing about the whole situation is the FCC was under a gag order about discussing the Obamaphone fraud until just now. There may have been a federal investigation going on, but the reason given wasn't about that. Lifeline wanted it all hushed up until they could announce they were expanding the program.

Which is kind of like saying, don't talk about the bank robbery until we've built another vault.

We wouldn't want the government to lose out on new money, now would we?

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Cuban Reaction





The reaction to Obama's visit to Cuba shouldn't be a surprise. The Castros have cast the US in the role of enemy for so long, it must be difficult to convince the population that the horrible imperialists that have oppressed them, starved them, and basically caused all their problems had changed so much.


The transition from pariah to paisano is going to be tough for Cuba. But it'll be tougher for the Cuban government. Their main bogeyman has lost its teeth. Who will they blame their problems on now?

This happened to Panama when the US pulled out of the Canal Zone back in 1999. For several decades before the Carter administration signed the papers to turn over the Canal to Panama, the Panamanian government had maintained that the US was siphoning off money that belonged to Panama because the Canal should have been Panamanian by all rights. Riots had actually broken out and people died in protest of US presence. To this day, there is still an Avenida de los Martires (Avenue of the Martyrs) named in their honor. When the Panamanian government lost its bogeyman, they found it more difficult to hide the reasons for their national problems. They discovered that, like every other nation in the world, their politicians were greedy and corrupt. Their eyes, shielded by the deception of a false enemy, were forced open by harsh reality.

Now Cuba is about to go through the same thing. With the trade embargo disappearing and more capitalism flooding into the island, its communist government is doomed. It will be interesting to see how long the military will maintain its throttlehold on the government.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bernie the 1%'er

source: www.bloomberg.com
Bernie Sanders is always talking about the 1% not paying their fair share. Putting aside the fact that when "fair share" is talked about, nobody seems to know what that really means, Sanders recently released his 2014 taxes which show that, in spite of the fact he and his wife made more than $200,000, they paid only 13% in federal tax. He complains he's one of the poorest people in Congress.

I don't know about you, but I didn't make half of that and I had to pay 28%.

It seems strange to me that the guy hollering so loudly that the rich are getting away with murder seems to be getting away with murder.

And what's all this about he couldn't release his 2014 taxes because "his wife usually does their taxes but had been busy with him on the campaign trail." I don't know about you, but I just did my 2015 taxes. You would think somebody like Sanders would have had his done by a CPA months ago, especially if he was going to be on the campaign trail.

Just goes to show you once again, you can't trust what a politician says, no matter who he is or what he pretends to be.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I Don't Agree So I'm Not Going

The passage of the so-called discriminatory bills by North Carolina and Mississippi has the left in a tizzy. The bill requires people to use the bathroom designated for the sex in which they were born. This, the left contends, discriminates against the LGBTQ community. They have decided that they are going to abandon their platform of forcing everyone to include anyone they don't agree with from doing business with them so that they may stop doing business with the people they don't agree with.

The left has decided they will join the right in discriminating against those they believe are wrong. Never mind being fair to everyone. Never mind not discriminating against someone for their beliefs. Never mind protesting against forcing people to place themselves in situations that make them uncomfortable or embarrassed. Forget the safe place.

This is just the latest in a long line of actions that demonstrate how the left and the right are one and the same. Human nature is human nature. People object to things they don't like and will do whatever they can to make others miserable until they get what they want.


Nobody ever truly matures past infancy in this country, it seems. To cater to the loudest crying child, we must change everyone's way of doing things. It's the rallying cry of the left, you know...

"It's for the children!"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Puerto Rico: To Bail or Not to Bail



Puerto Rico is $70 billion dollars in debt and desperately needs relief. They have appealed to the US Congress for help but have run into problems from the Republicans who claim that to give the help would set a dangerous precedent.

Um... 

So why were the banks bailed out? Why was relief given to New York City in 1975? Bank of America was given $45 billion dollars in 2009. So far, Citigroup has received another $45 billion and may receive as much as $200 billion more. What's a measly $70 billion? And for US citizens in dire need. They may not live on the liberal left or righteous right coasts, but they are US citizens. They pay US taxes. They serve in the US military.

Is it because they're latinos? Is this a case of an entire governmental body being racist? Bail out the old white guys in the big banks but let the little brown kids starve?

Stop being hypocritical. If you're worried about setting a precedent, that ship has sailed. Cough it up, Congress.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Yep, It's a Crime





Much has been discussed about Hillary's email debacle. Arguments about whether or not she committed a crime by using a private email server not on government property in an unsecured location rages today. However, the law is very clear.


It is a crime.

18 U.S. Code para. 793(f) says:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

"Gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both." Tell me how having a private server on her personal property isn't grossly negligent, knowing that her email would be going through it. And, although the story about the server being stored in a bathroom has since been denounced as inaccurate, as the Secretary of State of the United States, how could she believe that every bit of communication would be secure if it wasn't on government property? 

The argument that other officials have used private servers does not legitimize her actions. It only points out a massive flaw in the system. Somewhere, sometime, this practice has to stop. Whether or not Hillary is prosecuted, this kind of lapse in security needs to be addressed.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Texting While Driving

I have done quite a bit of traveling in the past year or so and one thing I've come to realize is how stupid some people are behind the wheel.

I have seen people texting, reading books, looking at their phones doing something unspecified, talking on the phone, drinking beer, turned around arguing with someone in the back seat... you get the idea. Doing anything but paying attention to the road.

The problem isn't that everyone has a cellphone today. It isn't that cars are less safe than they have ever been. The problem is that no one believes they could have an accident. They believe it always happens to someone else. They are, after all, invincible and invulnerable, the Chosen of God to whom nothing will ever happen.

A recent article about a teenager who thought that way is a painful example of just that kind of thinking. She survived one texting accident only to die in another a year later. But it isn't just teenagers. In fact, teenagers are only a tiny minority of the problem in spite of how often their cases are highlighted.
source: NHTSA
Defensive driving was taught when I was in school (a thousand years ago). I doubt it is taught any more. They showed us grisly movies of the outcomes of wrecks - burned bodies, maimed victims - images that stay with me today and remind me to be respectful of the multi-ton heavy machinery I use whenever I crank up my car. Have no illusions, folks, that car you're driving is heavy machinery. Unless you're in a SmartCar (and why would you?) you are driving a blunt weapon used to kill millions every year on US streets.

For God's sake, pay attention when you're behind the wheel. If not for your own sake, for everyone else's.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Circling the Wagons

With Trump still leading in the GOP race and losing to Hillary in the polls for general election, the GOP conservative establishment is chewing its nails to the quick and circling the wagons against what will undoubtedly be a nasty, and possibly violent, brokered convention in Cincinnati. And with Sanders walloping Hillary in 6 of the last 7, the Democrats are scratching their heads and wondering if they need to head to the shelter.

With the rising power of the House Freedom Caucus and its far-right wing ideals, McConnell can feel the dragon's breath on the back of his neck. By not even making a token effort at damage control over Trump's outrageous comments, the GOP establishment is hoping he will implode before it is too late. But, it may be too late already.


POPULISM is the new black. Tell the people what they want to hear. Avoid straight answers to hard questions. Don't listen to common sense argument. Make promises and at least look like you believe in them when you promise them. Remember, it doesn't matter what you say or how you say it as long as it gets you votes. Once you're elected, you can always spin those statements any way you like with the properly lubricated media at your back.

Be a regular Joe. Just another bum the government is trying to destroy. Just another hard working American getting the short end of the stick. Roll up those sleeves. Take off the tie. If you're of the distaff persuasion, dress comfortably and be approachable -- to a certain point. After all, it's the men in government who are the real problem. 

But whatever you do, whatever you say, don't let them see you sweat. Don't let them see the fear in your eyes. The public animal can smell fear. They'll pounce and leave you bleeding at the polls. Bluster. Bamboozle. Lie. Deflect.

That's what got you where you are anyway, isn't it?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hillary! Really? Not a Democrat?

Hillary just said she's not sure Bernie's a real Democrat.


If that's the best she can come up with to try to push Sanders out of the race, she really needs help. I get she doesn't want to lower herself to the level of her Republican rivals, but really!

Sanders is more than a possible now. He's winning more delegates every election. The Clinton camp is cranking up its full panic mode for near future use. It's entirely possible Clinton will be out of the picture before Trump. Wouldn't that be something?


But then again, if she were to get elected then there would be the FBI to contend with. I wonder how she could deflect that? Maybe she could dig up something on his past...






...and spin it properly to where her own peccadilloes look downright childlike in comparison.

I think we'd all pay money to see that.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The New Brown Shirts

It's deja vu all over again.

In a recent report from Politico, the focus was on the private security force hired by the Trump campaign to enforce order during his events. This force is in addition to the secret service protection which has always been sufficient for every other candidate. Perhaps Trump's invective and vitriol is beginning to backfire because legal action and investigation is being considered. Although all the candidates allocate a small percentage of their funds for private security, the Trump campaign's allocation is double or triple the usual amount.


I am reluctant to agree with the comparisons that have been made between Trump and Hitler. Trump may be a bombastic blowhard with delusions of godhood but he hasn't been party to genocide. He may have some shady financial connections but he's not politically connected to murderous despots. Still, in the beginning, neither was a certain German party leader...

In 1933, Germany was in an economic slump. It was a beaten country whose leaders were weak. It felt alienated and attacked from all sides. It felt it had no friends. It had no real allies in its attempts to recover from ruinous war expenses. It was being torn apart from the inside out by contentious political factions.

Sound familiar? 

It's deja vu all over again.


Monday, April 4, 2016

The Diversity Equals Strength Myth






Progressive speakers like to say that diversity equals strength. They assert that without diversity there can be no success. This kind of thinking doesn't take into account the possibility that diversity can and often does result in balkanization, or the division of a single body into multiple, mutually hostile, parts.

If a diverse population does not have a common goal, it cannot be strong. This is known from the other POV as "divide and conquer." That is exactly how government maintains its control over the American populace. By pitting black against white, rich against poor, documented against undocumented, the government prevents its population from becoming aware of the real problems the nation is confronting: debt, slow to non-existent economic growth, and increasing unemployment.


By manufacturing crises, the government engenders discontent and factions among the people. This type of misdirection is a tried and true method to prevent civil outrage at governmental action or embarrassment to the current administration. Whenever you see a sudden upsurge in crisis coverage in the media, you can be sure there is something going on in the background the government doesn't want you to know.

So, with that in mind, think about this: what is Russia really doing in Eastern Europe while "pulling out of Syria"? What is North Korea up to really while threatening to attack the US? And why does China not want to talk about it? On the home front, the government likes to say the unemployment rate is about 5% but even the Bureau of Labor Statistics admits this is a fraud. The actual rate as of March 2016 is 9.8%, nearly double. 

So yes, diversity is strength - for the government. Think about that for a moment.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Mouth on The Guy





After everything Trump's been saying I find it ironic it was his comment about abortion that caused him the most trouble. He talked about shooting somebody, encouraged violence at his speeches, even inferred one of his opponents would give him oral sex if he demanded it. And it takes him making an odd comment about abortion to put him in damage control mode?


Hard to believe. It just goes to show you what really gets the attention of the American public nowadays. Never mind violence, never mind perversion -- it's abortion that trumps (if you'll excuse the pun) everything else. Trump has shown himself to be totally out of his depth with foreign policy, military and diplomatic relations, even government appropriations regulations. And it takes abortion for people to see how amateurish he is politically?

WTF?

Chris Matthews may be a far-left wing hack but he may in one interview have done more to sabotage Trump's campaign than all his opponents have been able to do so far. I suppose we should thank him at least for that. Now we just need to get him to interview Cruz and maybe the Republicans might have a chance to win the presidential election.

That is, if Sanders doesn't beat Clinton.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sanders and the DC Ballot

Panic ensued among Sanders supporters when it was reported that Bernie wouldn't be on the DC ballot because his name wasn't submitted in a timely manner.

Nope. It was. As reported by the Washington Post, all hoops were properly jumped through. But then the rusty wheels of bureaucracy kicked in.

 
The DNC is like any huge organization. It is full of minor functionaries who have no real concept of the big picture. They work on their tiny fraction without any awareness of whether or not their bit of work actually has an impact on anything important to the overall operation. This makes them apathetic as to the urgency of anything that crosses their desk. Although issues like Sanders' name for the ballot were supposed to be handled until 7:00 PM, everybody went home at 4:45 PM. The DNC is, after all, closely connected to the government. Is it any surprise it works like the government, doing the very least possible?
 

Don't get your panties in a wad, Sanders' supporters. He hasn't been neglected. He's just become the latest in a long line of victims of bureaucratic idiocy.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Deep Truth Too Often Unheard


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Anderson Cooper was Wrong

In a recent interview, Anderson Cooper pointed out that the "he started it" answer is the argument of a 5-year-old. I think he gave Trump too much credit.

The infantile infighting on the Republican side is leaking over into the Democrat camp. It appears that the Democrats are upset they haven't received the media attention they want because the cage-fight that is the Trump/Cruz idiocy has taken up all the oxygen in the room, as the media loves to say.

What is wrong with the American public? Why does this kind of stupidity fascinate people so? These men are supposed to be vying for the most influential office in the world and they are acting like babies. I shudder to think this, but maybe Mike Judge was right. This country is far down the slope toward his Idiocracy and we didn't even see it coming. Maybe the president we really deserve is Joe Bauers. 

At least he still has a modicum of common sense, something lacking in every candidate we have on both sides of the aisle. 

Joe Bauers for President 2016!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Root of All Evil in America


We have often heard the old saying "Money is the root of all evil." This is actually a misquote of a verse from the Bible -- "For the love of money is the root of all evil..." (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV). The love of money is undeniably one of the roots of all evil in the world. Heinous crimes, war, and murder have been done for its sake. But that's not the real root of all evil in America. In the US, the root goes deeper. It stretches into the heartland and into the poorest home. It is insidious, unseen, invisible, yet ubiquitous. It is everywhere and ingrained in the fabric of the country yet denied by the population.

Apathy.

The rich in America constitute approximately 1/2% of the population. I'm talking about the really rich. The obscenely rich. The multi-billionaires. Their high profile makes them easy targets for the vitriol of the press and public opinion. They become the scapegoats for all the troubles. This is not to say they don't share blame for the ills of the nation. However, they are not the reason there is poverty and disease and crime.

The nation as a whole can solve all of its problems if it simply would get off its collective ass and do something significant about it.

Too many people, and I mean the majority of the people in the country, don't believe they can do anything about the problems facing us. They abdicate their authority to politicians who are more interested in getting re-elected than in changing the status quo. But in a country with a population of over 300,000,000, what a massive change might be wrought with a single goal shared by such a number!

Put 1,000,000 people together and you have a standing army larger than most of the armed forces in the world. Put those same people at dedicated work on a project to accomplish something like, say, eliminating hunger in the country and what kind of result might you expect?

I know you will say, but there are charitable organizations doing just that. Are there? Most "charitable organizations" that collect money funnel the majority of their funds into administration and advertisement. For example, the American Cancer Society spends only 59 cents of every dollar it collects on actual programs to research cures. And the ACS is one of the better organizations out there. Its major expenditure other than programs is fundraising. That means it has to convince people to actually reach into their wallets and donate to find a cure for the deadliest diseases known to man.


Why?

Because when you ask someone what they can do to better the world they say they're just one person. What can one person do to shift the scales? Admittedly, not a lot. But just as not voting is letting the bad guy win, not trying is being part of the problem. If you don't do something to improve the world, you are saying that the shape it's in now is fine with you.

Is that really what you want to tell your children?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Why Sanders is Winning





Bernie Sanders just trounced Hillary Clinton in three caucuses. I am amused at the surprise evidenced by some at this. 

What did they expect?


For the last several decades, the higher education institutions of this country have been indoctrinating our youth with the idea that socialism is the perfect government system. "Social justice" and other buzz words have been drilled into our youth so intensely that they no longer are able to think for themselves. The idea of personal responsibility is alien. In its place is slavish loyalty to the concept that government is mother and government is father -- the family that used to be made up of individuals is now a village.


This is what they teach. Individuals are no longer qualified to raise their own children. Only the state is capable of developing a child from birth to adulthood. Only the state is capable of determining right and wrong. Only the state is capable of judging whether a person is worthy of success. 

The universities and colleges in the US are typically left-leaning. They famously shy away from conservative speakers and on-campus organizations. They have produced three generations of people whose idea of this country is that it is inherently flawed and that its government must change to better reflect the values of Europe in spite of the fact those very systems have led to economic and social ruin evident to the most casual observer.

So why is it surprising to the Democrat Party, or anyone for that matter, that Sanders is winning? He is the poster child for everything that has been taught for the last 50 years in the American public universities and colleges.

We may have the chance to see if all that theorizing, all that preaching that socialism is the perfect government, is true.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Stop Feeding the Monster

After the tragedies of the bombings in Turkey, Belgium, and several other countries over the last few days, it would appear that radical Islam is taking over. Nothing could be further from the truth, but not if you listen to the media. In fact, the global media are the most powerful ally of radical Islam.

Without the attention put on their actions, the movement would slowly die out. Radical Islam is not new. It has been around since the beginning of the religion. Just as radical Christianity hit its height during the Crusades, the current global jihad will eventually fade. Generations will suffer, of that there is no doubt, but in the long run humanity will survive this insanity and go on to find new forms of insanity with which to torture and kill.


The one reason this particular horror will continue long beyond its due is the attention it is given by a prurient and scandal-starved media. The original Crusades had no worldwide media coverage. News of its victories and defeats took months or years to travel from one place to another. Today, news of a bombing in Brussels is broadcast to every corner of the world within minutes, with video and audio highlighting the terror while the newscaster gives a mandatory and half-hearted warning about how disturbing the images might be.

The terrorists know this. It is not a hard lesson to learn. It won the Vietnam War for the North Vietnamese forces in the 1970s. The VC and NVA were beaten and they knew it. It would take an all-out, last-ditch effort to convince the US media that they were still strong and give the impression they were gaining ground to push the US forces into retreat. Never mind the NVA were down to their last men and their supplies were dwindling. Colonel Bui Tin, who served on the NVA General Staff, said in a 1995 interview with the Wall Street Journal, 

"Support for the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us... The conscience of America was part of its war-making capability, and we were turning that power in our favor. America lost because of its democracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win... We had the impression that American commanders had their hands tied by political factors. Your generals could never deploy a maximum force for greatest military effect."

Even though the US and the North Vietnamese came to an agreement that resulted in the removal of US forces two years before the fall of Saigon, that event is still considered to be a signal of US defeat in the war. Much is misunderstood about that conflict and about the waging of wars military and ideological since the beginning of the nuclear age. 

The conflict with radical Islam is one of constant struggle against an undefined and unidentifiable enemy. The days of uniformed combatants and banners and logos is passing. When you cannot tell who the enemy is, it is easy to consider everyone the enemy. Thus, all Muslims become enemy. Just as during the Crusades, everyone in the cities under siege -- Muslim, Christian, Jew, whatever -- were considered enemy.


What boggles my mind is that when the current radical Islamic murder is criticized, some people point to the Crusades and say the Christians did the same thing. It is as if they are saying the murders being carried out today are allowable because murder was done in the past. This kind of thinking is perverse in the extreme. Just because atrocities were executed in the past does not justify further murder.

Yes, millions died in the name of Christianity. No one denies that, but we don't try to justify that by pointing to the previous Muslim Crusade from the late 7th to 12th centuries that killed, maimed, and enslaved millions across northern Africa, eastern Europe, and into Spain. War is a horrible thing, but to kill in the name of one's God is more horrible still.


As long as the unintended glorification of radical Islam continues, it will grow. Just as the American media fed the fears and prejudices of middle America and made the monster we know as Donald Trump a possible presidential candidate, the global media will eventually create a religious war that could possibly tear East and West apart in a conflict that could mean the end of civilization as we know it. That may sound extreme, but consider how US political stances have become so radical in the last twenty years. Extend that into the global theater and put a religious cloak over it.

It is a chilling and terrifying possibility.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Unemployed? Get a Job Quick!


Recent studies have found that the longer you stay unemployed, the less likely you are to get hired. Want to know why? Because the people who hire have an unconscious prejudice against applicants who have been unemployed longer than six months.

The government likes to crow about the low unemployment rate. Typically, it considers a national average of 5% to be "full employment." However, what they don't tell you is how hard it is to really know how many people are out of work. And it's even harder to tell how many people can actually get a job if they try.


The media likes to push the idea that you need a college degree to get a good job. Problem is, college degrees today are so common they hardly mean much any more. The degrees people are getting often don't equate to employable skills. Worse yet, when they do get employed, it's usually at less than they were led to believe they qualified for because the better paying jobs have been filled for decades by people who are working longer for less.


In what is supposedly the wealthiest nation in the world, we have a growing class of poor -- highly educated, well-qualified poor. It's a sorry state of affairs and something the government cannot fix. Our economy is sick. It needs a shot in the arm. Jobs need to be brought back from overseas but most importantly Americans need to learn to live on less, expect less, and find out what it means to be frugal in their lives. 

We are a spendthrift society. We are consumers, not producers. We demand more money so we can instantly spend it on trifles. Cable TV, designer clothing, fancy cars, jewelry... We need to learn to concentrate on the basics: food, clothing (practical), and shelter. Personal responsibility comes from common sense.

Too bad there's no college degree in that.