Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DSA: Divided States of America


"The first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. ... In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence."

is it time for a name change? have the United States of America become the Divided States of America? yes.

why? for starters:
   - domestic crime and civil unrest, e.g. Charlottesville, Chicago, Baltimore, etc.
   - international meddling
   - 2016 election, 2014, 2012, 2010, etc.
   - president: 45th, 44th, 43rd, etc.
   - congress: 115th, 114th, 113th, etc.
   - our two party system of government
   - media 
   - etc.

common denominators in our division are: 
   - our two party system of government 
   - the media

trump fights with democrats. trump even fights with other republicans, including members of his own staff. in congress republicans and democrats fight constantly. fighting republicans and democrats work their way all the way down to the state and local level. the 2016 election and our current civil unrest are a national disgrace. 

it's time for change.


who do you trust? 
   - someone who has values similar to yours? 
   - someone who doesn't?
   - or political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and 
     PACs

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for the United States of America.




as for the other common denominator, the media, the same principle applies. If we stop supporting extremist media, CNN, Fox News, and other sources of biased "news", including newspapers, other print media, radio, internet, etc., then biased "news" media and their "talking heads" will dry up and go away. along with getting rid of the republican and democratic parties, nothing will be better for the United States of America than ridding ourselves of extremist and divisive media.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charlottesville

my comments to an article in The Daily Progress:
Virginians and others deeply grieve the murder of Heather Heyer of Charlottesville. our deepest condolences to her family. ... one would expect the charges against James Fields of Maumee, Ohio to grow beyond the initial charges. one would also expect Virginia to conduct rigorous investigations of the involvement of others (e.g., Kessler, Spencer, etc.) leading up to the murder of Ms. Heyer. ... regardless of the sentences of those charged and found guilty, they will never equal the loss of Ms. Heyer, her family, Charlottesville and Virginia.
Officials identify Charlottesville woman, 32, as victim of Saturday attack at 4th St | Local | dailyprogress.com

a comment to another article in The Daily Progress:
Robert Swift
Kesler shows that, like most bullies, he's weak and ineffectual. By refusing to relocate his Klan Koncave to a larger, safer facility he is directly complicit in the death of Ms Heyer. He can try to deflect the blame but he will never relieve himself of the responsibility for her murder. It is unfortunate that folks did not heed the city's call to simply ignore Kesler's and Spencer's show, but the responsibility for the violence and the tragic deaths fall on the ones who stirred up the hate and vitriol and brought it to C-ville.
Kessler blames city officials as news conference dissolves into chaos | Local | dailyprogress.com

Jimmy Fallon video:
tonight show jimmy fallon - Facebook Search

an excerpt from an article in the National Review:
"...violent crime remains primarily a state responsibility. Field committed a heinous intentional homicide, a capital offense in Virginia. The attack resulted in vicious assaults on several others, also serious crimes. The Old Dominion, moreover, is among several states that added domestic-terrorism crimes to their penal codes following 9/11. Virginia’s terrorism provision is a potential death-penalty offense.

For prosecutors, the state crimes are the most straightforward to prove. They prescribe more than adequate punishments, and they do not require juries to wrestle with recondite federal jurisdictional elements — e.g., did the violence in question affect interstate commerce? Consequently, while the Justice Department should be offering Virginia all the assistance it can muster for a prosecution of Field (and any potential conspirators), it should content itself with this support role. Let the state prosecutors and police do the heavy lifting."

Charlottesville Terrorist Attack -- Virginia, Not the Feds, Should Prosecute It | National Review

step up, Virginia.






hate

why do people hate? it's a question like "where did the universe come from?". the short answer is that we don't know. 

Genesis 4 may provide some clues as to why people hate. Genesis 4 tells us that Cain and Abel were brothers. it says that "...in the course of time..." that Cain and Abel each brought "...an offering to the LORD..."

"The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry and dejected. Then the LORD said to Cain: 'Why are you angry? Why are you dejected? If you act rightly, you will be accepted; but if not, sin lies in wait at the door: its urge is for you, yet you can rule over it.'"  Genesis 4: 4-7

The remainder of Genesis 4 tells the rest of the story of Cain killing Abel and the punishment that he received.

"Cain was very angry and dejected. Then the LORD said to Cain: 'Why are you angry? Why are you dejected? If you act rightly, you will be accepted; but if not, sin lies in wait at the door: its urge is for you, yet you can rule over it.'" is this the clue as to why people hate? 


people hate because they choose to hate.


footnote: regardless of one's religious beliefs, the bible is undeniably a significant book in human history in both antiquity and distribution. much like aesop's fables, wisdom can be found in the bible even if it's only viewed as a collection of stories.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

cut the crap

sometimes there's something to be said for straight talk when you're dealing with:
   - a maniacal, genocidal madman like kim jong un who threatens the US 
     and the free world by making nuclear weapons and intercontinental 
     missiles to transport them
   - "the swamp", aka the washington establishment
   - democrat extremists who know no other way than their way
   - republican extremists who know no other way than their way
   - hostile media


after all, straight talk won the election. 

here's some more straight talk:
look at the candidates in the 2016 election.
face it--our two party system of government is broken.
we need better candidates for public office.

who do you trust? 
   - someone who has values similar to yours? 
   - someone who doesn't?
   - or political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and 
     PACs

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country. 




Thursday, August 10, 2017

history, diplomacy, korea, kim jong un, trump, deja vu

history matters.

why did Japan attack the US at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941?

answer: because diplomacy failed.

"Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions they planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States."

"Some scholars consider the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to have been the beginning of World War II. ... The war was the result of a decades-long Japanese imperialist policy to expand its influence politically and militarily in order to secure access to raw material reserves, food, and labor."

"The U.S. ceased oil exports to Japan in July 1941, following Japanese expansion into French Indochina after the Fall of France, in part because of new American restrictions on domestic oil consumption. ... On August 17, (1941) (US president Franklin) Roosevelt warned Japan that the U.S. was prepared to take steps against Japan if it attacked "neighboring countries".

"Japan and the U.S. engaged in negotiations during the course of 1941 in an effort to improve relations. During these negotiations, Japan offered to withdraw from most of China and Indochina when peace was made with the Nationalist government, adopt an independent interpretation of the Tripartite Pact, and not to discriminate in trade provided all other countries reciprocated. Washington rejected these proposals. Japanese Prime Minister Konoye then offered to meet with Roosevelt, but Roosevelt insisted on coming to an agreement before any meeting. The U.S. ambassador to Japan repeatedly urged Roosevelt to accept the meeting, warning that it was the only way to preserve the conciliatory Konoye government and peace in the Pacific. His recommendation was not acted upon. The Konoye government collapsed the following month when the Japanese military refused to agree to the withdrawal of all troops from China.
Japan's final proposal, on November 20, offered to withdraw their forces from southern Indochina and not to launch any attacks in Southeast Asia provided that the U.S., the UK, and the Netherlands ceased aiding China and lifted their sanctions against Japan. The American counter-proposal of November 26 (November 27 in Japan) (the Hull note) required Japan to evacuate all of China without conditions and conclude non-aggression pacts with Pacific powers. However the day before the Hull Note was delivered, on November 26 in Japan, the main Japanese attack fleet left port for Pearl Harbor."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor#Diplomatic_background

history's lesson is this:
sometimes diplomacy fails.
will madman kim jong un attack the USA with nuclear weapons?
maybe.
if he does, then it will be just another example in history when diplomacy failed.





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

can the 4th branch of government--the media--start WWIII?

did the founding fathers ever consider that the media could become the most powerful branch of government?

the nonstop media of the 21st century are pervasive; they have incredible power: 
   - in domestic issues
   - in international issues
   - in cultural issues
   - in politics
   - in public opinion
media "reports" are often long on opinion and short on facts, failing to distinguish the critical differences between the two. it doesn't matter to the media. they fan their self absorption with disturbing 24-7 images and speculation. 

the media create "scenarios", heroes, villains and victims. one media source's hero may be another's villain, and vice versa. the public react. the media love it. politicians react--they either love the attention or hate it, depending on if they're portrayed as hero or villain. the cycle continues.

the current media obsession with kim jong un and north korea has all the elements:
   - endless scenarios (never mind the facts)
   - villains (kim jong un, trump, china, russia, etc.)
   - victims (US, north korea, etc.)
   - heroes (trump, democrats, etc.). 
the principals in this nuclear chicken, or "mine is bigger than yours", drama struggle to be seen as a hero rather than a villain. the media react. the public react. the principals react. the drama, fanned by the media, continues to cycle and escalate.

where will it all end?



maybe the media should just give it a rest, particularly the disturbing images shown over and over again of kim jong un, trump, icbms, north korean military parades, US military hardware, etc.

but then, that would be the responsible thing to do.
don't hold your breath.




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

virtue, truthfulness, liars, politics, government & the media

"The Founders thought that a free society could only flourish if its leaders are virtuous... the Founders understood that freedom would depend on citizens remembering that government derives its authority from people who consent to give it that authority, and that it must work to serve the common good, treating every citizen equally. Freedom depends on citizens who care enough about preserving it to really evaluate people who run for office, and to elect those who demonstrate wisdom, restraint, and personal virtue. Most of all, freedom depends on citizens having wisdom, courage and sense of justice necessary to take action when they see government overstepping its bounds." 
(read more)
https://www.docsoffreedom.org/readings/equal-and-inalienable-rights

the lack of the virtue of truthfulness in government and in the media is on full display these days:
Boy Scouts disputes Trump's "greatest ever" claim about his speech - CBS News

Blumenthal’s Words Differ From His History - NYTimes.com

Kellyanne Conway offers alternative fact to explain why Trump isn't lying - CNNPolitics

our two party system of government is clearly broken.
it's time for change.

who do you trust? 
   - someone who has values similar to yours? 
   - someone who doesn't?
   - or political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and 
     PACs

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.





Monday, August 7, 2017

what's the point in passing laws if they're not enforced?

in school we learned that our government has three branches: 

our constitution clearly defines responsibilities:
   - the legislative branch passes laws
   - the executive branch enforces laws
   - the judicial branch adjudicates laws

but, the president and congress don't do their jobs if:
   - the president is more interested in picking fights with his many 
     opponents (other party, his party, his staff, media, etc.) than in 
     enforcing laws, 
     Chicago to Sue US Over Funding Threats Against 'Sanctuary Cities'
   - and congress fights among themselves, and with the president, 
     instead of repealing old laws and/or passing new ones.

our two party system of government is broken. 
it's time for change.

who do you trust? 
   - someone who you know respects our laws? 
     The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
   - someone who doesn't?
   - or political parties, financed by billionaire corporations and 
     PACs, that don't respect our laws

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.






Sunday, August 6, 2017

know-it-alls

they're everywhere. 
they know it all.
take this for instance:
Can Human Beings Survive The Impending Climate Crisis? | HuffPost
I may not be a climate change expert; but, this is about the dumbest question ever asked.

regardless of your opinions on the subject, the facts are:

#1 - by definition, climate change is a change in weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).
#2 - human beings, as well as plants and animals, have adapted to changes in their environment throughout the history of the earth.

facts should drive opinions--
not the other way around.






Friday, August 4, 2017

note to US military & GSA: check craigslist for rent in manhattan less than $130K a month

note to the US military and the general services administration (GSA): 
there's PLENTY of rental space in Manhattan for less than $130K a month.
check: new york office & commercial - craigslist

U.S. Military’s Space in Trump Tower Costs $130,000 a Month - WSJ


Here's an even better idea. Withdraw from the completely worthless United Nations, kick them out of NYC and give the space to the military and GSA. After 65 years of good for nothing, why not?





the more things change, the more they stay the same

in 1849 french author jean-baptiste alphonse karr wrote: "the more things change, the more they stay the same".

in 1983 president reagan referred to the soviet union as "the evil empire".
image by fsolmi

in 1991 the soviet union collapsed. mainstay communist russia, with its long history of repressive government, beginning with the russian revolution, communism, and interventions in cuba, in former USSR countries, right up to the ukraine today, syria, in africa, and other countries around the world, is the obvious successor to the USSR as the evil empire. 

in 2002 president george w. bush referred to iran, iraq and north korea as an "axis of evil"

it all seems pretty simple. countries with repressive regimes where their citizens lack basic individual rights, such as russia, north korea, iran, china, venezuela, syria, etc. are evil. 

barack obama, a smart guy, didn't get it. neither did his secretaries of state. trump, another supposedly smart guy, doesn't get it. why???

it's time for change.

there is a better way. 

who do you trust? 
- someone who you know who has similar values to yours? 
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
- someone who is delusional, combative, etc. (see above)?
- or political parties that are financed by billionaire corporations and billionaire PACs? 

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

trump is delusional

"The Boy Scouts are disputing President Trump's claim that he was told his speech last week at their national jamboree event was the "the greatest speech ever made to them."

"...the Boy Scouts told Time magazine and other outlets Tuesday that they aren't aware of a call being placed to the White House by national leadership, saying that a statement from the organization's chief scout executive last week speaks for itself.
"I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree," Michael Surbaugh said in the statement last Thursday. "That was never our intent. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937. It is in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies."
Boy Scouts disputes Trump's "greatest ever" claim about his speech - CBS News



there is a better way. 

who do you trust? 
- someone who you know who has similar values to yours? 
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
- someone who is delusional, combative, etc. (see above)?
- or political parties that are financed by billionaire corporations and billionaire PACs? 

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.







Tuesday, August 1, 2017

how much longer will US voters tolerate our two party system of government?

how low can it go? 
for decades congress has looked more like an UFC event than a governing body. 
in just six months trump has brought the white house to a new low. 
image by simplecon

when will US voters get fed up with republican and democratic party candidates?
approximately half of both trump and clinton voters in the 2016 election cast negative votes to block the other party's candidate from winning.
should negative voting be the way that we elect our president?
or should we vote for candidates who we can support?

who do you trust? 
- someone who you know who has similar values to yours? 
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
- or political parties that are financed by billionaire corporations and billionaire PACs? 

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.







Monday, July 31, 2017

sewer rat in the white house

"Just as leaks drove President Nixon to the brink, and he hired a team of spooks called the Plumbers to plug leaks during the Watergate crisis, Trump appears to have gone over the edge." 

...Scaramucci, in his profane rant to the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza this week, even raised the possibility of murder. 'What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers'..."
Reince Priebus Is Out: Meet the Mooch, Trump's 'Plumber' - Rolling Stone

my apologies to plumbers. 
scaramucci is a lowlife new york sewer rat.
Scaramucci’s fed-up wife filed for divorce while nine months pregnant | Page Six
image: Edal Anton Lefterov

plumbers deserve better than to be compared to scaramucci.

This is what it's come to with trump--sewer rats in the white house. 

there's got to be a better way. 

fortunately, there is:

who do you trust? 
- someone who you know who has similar values to yours? 
The good, the bad & the ugly: let's make America great again
- or political parties that are financed by billionaire corporations and billionaire PACs? 

Here's how government is controlled in the US: 

If you vote for a republican or a democrat, then it's not the person that you voted for who is in control--it's the party.

In the next election--national, state or local--vote for anyone except a democrat or a republican.
Soon the republican and democratic parties will die.
Nothing will be better for our country.