2016 Presidential Election

Posted: March 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

By now I’ve already cast my vote. And the popular results are in… And the electoral college has cast theirs. And it’s after the inauguration.

As always I think of this blog as notes to the Future. Maybe my niece will read it one day, ha, she’ll probably laugh out loud at a few posts already. One thing I do know is that the world won’t end. Many of the issues that people of one candidate are screaming at other people of another candidate are things that need to be addressed in more civilized forms. Perhaps listening to other side’s to hear what their concerns are. Leadership has to have the grace to listen and guide. The world is watching this election, and many countries are worried about the results. Foreign policy and world leadership is a factor that gets over looked as a new president is elected, but is immediately thrust upon the sworn in president. We’ve been selecting from the least problem person for a long time. The two most popular political parties have been going back and forth on issues for generations, so much so that they are not like their originals. The so called conservative party is way off on the extreme side being more fundamental and legalistic. The so called liberal party is closer to the middle than they let on while there is another party that is actually liberal. They have been calling each names for so long no one remembers what they actually stand for. No one is listening to each other or the citizens, corporations have the money to get things done their way. If only there was a way for citizens to be represented… Today with email and social media it is possible to communicate with elected officials, so there is always hope.

The marginalized, women, the LGBTQ, African Americans, Muslims, refugees, immigrants, and more are wondering what the outcome will be. What everyone is scared of is that others will revert back to a time of misogyny and racism. We have laws and Supreme Court rulings to ensure equality. What is disturbing is the we have a society that hasn’t embraced equality for everyone. There are still many strides in respect for people as people that need to be made.

There are States trying to ostracize trans people and their bathroom preferences, while no one is offering solutions like having individual bathrooms instead of cheaply built rooms with a flimsy barrier between toilets. Hey, the Romans built public toilets, you just walked in and sat next to someone at the next available hole. If you could afford it you could tip the attendant who would offer a community sponge to wipe yourself with. Worked for them right, but we’ve learned better ways than even the Victorian era bathroom habits. Bullying is what kids in school are afraid of, so who is ever going to teach them to leave others alone in respect when disposing of body waste. Parents are showing their prejudice by being scared their kids are going to be near a trans kid, never mind they are in the same class and lunch lines and sport games and building. Just quit being cheap on bathrooms and have some individual stalls with doors that close for privacy.We all want kids to be safe from violence and overcrowded/underfunded schools, that also means being safe from your kids who are doing the bullying. Parents need to teach their own children to have respect and not bully others.

The gay marriage ruling isn’t going to be over turned. This is a good thing as some still want to discriminate and try to pass more laws. If a religious group doesn’t want to marry anyone gay, they shouldn’t interfere with it being allowed outside of that group. There are so many different religious groups, remember, this is why the bill of rights included a constitutional amendment so that Congress couldn’t make laws respecting one over another. It keeps one popular group from passing laws ruling over others who don’t want to be part of them. Religions can make their own rules for members, those outside of that are not subject to those rules. We all know some of what is acceptable to society changes over the years. Utah passed a couple of laws to protect the LGBTQ and the religious by inviting both sides to communicate. Fairness laws will be happening as other states like California start exploring their own bills.

The fundamentalist/conservative movement has been becoming more and more legalistic, and it’s not attractive to people to be a part of it. The numbers are increasing for people to be accepting of gay marriage whether or not the conservatives admit it. By the election results, thats more likely in urban areas. My own church has a sizable LGBTQ group because no one is perfect, and everyone is welcome. Hopefully the leadership will be open to more roles in the church even if other churches are not so accepting.The rest of the world is watching…

Let’s hope NATO doesn’t have to stay nervous for long during this period of uncertainty. Maybe we just had to one up the Brexit move the British did. Individual Muslims are wondering what will happen. China has been aggressive in areas, as well as Russia. We need to watch that show of power as planes have been coming close to the Western states and military ships are maneuvering around. The Russians have been building many ice cutting ships, of course global warming has opened up the Artic sea so shipping lanes are open from Europe straight to China. Artic oil fields are easier to access and are being leased out, thus the need for those Russian ice cutters to keep the shipping lanes open.

I know some are hoping that Roe vs Wade will some day be over turned. Over ruling is very difficult. So, you have a pro-life pro-choice split. Remember, a religious group can make it’s own rules for it’s members. That doesn’t mean applying those rules to others who are not part your group. Here is the thing, abortion didn’t start with the verdict of Roe vs Wade. It’s been going on for thousands of years. Most of the time if a child survived birth, it might be just left some where to die. Before abortions were legal it meant people were doing it illegally. That means in an unsafe way. Women were left to options that could and did kill them, coat hangers, chemicals, etc. Of course with it being legal, regulations and procedures could be done in a safer environment. People on both sides have been fighting over the details about procedures and when during a pregnancy it can happen. Abortions happen in all walks of life and religious groups. A woman makes her own decision of what happens to her body. We’re not in China where until just recently there was a very strict limit of only one child you can have, after the limit she no longer has a choice. While the USA abortion numbers have been on a decline, there is still much to do for sex education and the social stigmas. Abstinence works for some who make their own decision to do that, meanwhile there are others who will never make that decision. There are so many personal variables for decisions to have an abortion, blanket statements and limiting regulations are not going to help. Even if a woman does have an abortion, she doesn’t need to be treated unfairly or less than an equal. Nevermind that when a woman needs help after having a baby that there are more and more stresses to get help. Yes there are those who abuse the help, but there are so many more who just need help. Wait, why aren’t there ample funds from those who are anti-abortion to take care of pregnant women and then all those babies? You would think that pro-life would actually mean supporting the mothers, and any other life such as immigrants and refugees. Basically it doesn’t matter which political party you follow, the statistical fact is that abortions decline more under democratic presidents. Let’s make sure we support women in what ever choice they make, no judgements what so ever.

As for bringing back jobs from those companies that moved them elsewhere, how about we rethink that. It does sound good for a few, but realistically we’ve got a lot of jobs that need a different skill set. The service industry has replaced many of manufacturing jobs any way. People don’t teach kids to cook unless it’s from a TV or YouTube episode, same goes for repairing or rehabbing a house. Someone actually has to do the work of remodeling or building a house, not just manage said endeavors. The manufacturing jobs that would return would just mean more robotics than people, automation, or something different altogether. For example, a European company that delivers groceries has invested heavily in the robotics and development of new equipment means no people are picking products. Communities need to work together to attract companies and even start companies that fit the needs of it’s area and what the people want. The irony is that parents want a better life for their kids so they don’t have to work these jobs, but now are at rallies to get those jobs back. Also states and federal could make it easier for another company or local leaders to buy under used or unused facilities so jobs can continue in a new capacity for growth. Local leaders can be instrumental in attracting new businesses to diversify the options and career paths of it’s community. Hopefully everyone learns from past mistakes of depending too much on one industry, we’ve all seen what happened to the car industry towns, NASA towns, or military base towns when it shuts down.

Speaking of NASA, the USA leads the world in space travel development. Competition has lead us to do things better. Remember that money that goes into space development actually goes back into the US economy, with lots of sciencific and technological innovations that have practical everyday use.

We all know that coal is bad for the environment. I remember the years of acid rain with damaged trees in areas far from the smoke stacks. The president wants to help return jobs to coal areas while the industrial trend has already moved to natural gas. Yes there will be a need for some coal, but cleaning the smoke waste is expensive while natural gas isn’t leaving acids and toxic chemicals behind. Coal has been used to make coke for higher temps, but the production and use of coke still leaves behind a lot of toxic waste. The president is referring to help save and return 76000 jobs, never mind that one retail company on the verge of bankruptcy has 114000 employees that will be looking for jobs. This just seems about campaign promises that never should have been made. Never mind that coal production has been implementing more robotics and self driving vehicles to reduce man power numbers, robots don’t complain about 24/7 work and don’t get black lungs. Even China is working on reducing coal burning, the people are seeing the damage it’s doing to their health. Reducing the burning of coal has helped the environment and people’s health. There was so much clean open land and air that attracted people to America before the big industry polution and natural resource abuses. We need to keep fighting for a better environment thanks to those who want to destroy it just for a profit.

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Underwater sites in our oceans are already being explored for rare earth metals and minerals that are used in electronics and renewables. Japan, China, and other countries have been mining areas already, and that means tension in some regions over rights. There have been tests to see what problems underwater mining will cause as fine material is disturbed. So, why isn’t the USA leading and collaborating in researching this potential resource? Coal seems like a backwards step when exploiting underwater sites for rare earth metals would mean being able to have the resources for our space programs, renewables, electronics, etc. I know it has the potential to damage the ocean, but eventually it will become economically feasible and it will be exploited whether or not there is concern for the damages. Of course, this will mean lots of supporting jobs to make it happen.

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We need to stop the example of the North Carolina political power struggle from happening in the Federal government. The NC government is using it’s power and law creation abilities to benefit one political party before another party can take office. Authoritarian dictatorships and totalitarian regimes do the exact same thing, like Fidel passed on power to his brother and countless other countries over the centuries. This is the very example of the two party system that George Washington warned us about to avoid. If we work together as a nation we can move forward to form a more perfect union. Divided means there will struggles. Instead of a peaceful transfer of power, it just decays. We’ve already had a civil war which started because for decades the divided parties were trying to out do each other with laws to gain a political edge. After the civil war, civil rights were eroded away by gas lighting the culture.

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Check out what is happening in the Southern Baptist Convention: Marginalizing Russell Moore is grave mistake for Southern Baptists It seems the SBC is arguing amongst themselves because they were stuck voting for Trump and are upset some actually voted for him while not having the power to do anything about any of it. Trump tweeted negatively about Moore back in May sparking backlash among the SBC against Moore for being against Trump and now won’t have access to the President. One party won but no one has any power, and are just now figuring out that the people have the power, sort of. It’s the Franciscan and Jesuit power struggle all over again. See the movie Silence.

Charlie Rose interviews Jon Stewart: The Daily Show Lots of great quotes.

A look at how politics has evolved: Retired House members discuss the challenges of partisanship. It’s interesting to see that lines are drawn and elected representatives can just fall under party lines instead of listening to the variety of people that are in districts, they eliminate the variety by creating a majority. My next question is, who is defining the party?

Are we at war with Mexico again?

The media is gearing up to have a field day with Trump. So many questions are still left unanswered as answers are given. Not even a week into this and we have “alternative facts” added to the vernacular.

We don’t know why a wall needs to be built better between Mexico and the US. Wasn’t fences originally built to keep out diseased livestock? It then became a prejudice issue to build something better. People seeking a better life will find a way in. Yeah, we want to keep out heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs. Planes, boats, tunnels, T-shirt cannons, drones, and what ever you can think of will be used to supply the demand for illegal drugs. Here is a wild idea, how about changing the problems that leads to drug use and abuse to decrease a demand to escape. Insisting that Mexico pay for it already has their president and diplomats canceling meetings. Of course even during the campaign the Mexican President already gave a hell no response. Keeping this up, yeah, they will just use a t-shirt cannon or catapult to shoot pesos over the wall at random locations until that bill is paid off. If our president has problems diplomatically with our neighbor, what will this mean for major negotiations with Britian, Russia, China, or even North Korea?

Will Megan Barry Defy the President? Oh, so conservative Republicans have been saying for decades that we need less government involvement and not give in to depending on federal dollars. This will flip their playbooks when they realize a Democratic mayor actually will do just that over the issue of having local law enforcement to target immigration status.

So, the day after the inauguration, there was the Women’s March. Not even twenty four hours in, the March happened. It was inclusive and peaceful. It brought out a lot of signs that mentioned many different issues.

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Let’s mention that it came up in Congress that ISP’s can now sell your internet history. Marsha Blackburn who introduced the bill argued that this will help your privacy and security. We’ve been wanting websites to end that practice since it violates our privacy. Now you internet provider can sell your history to who ever. Thanks for looking out for the big companies and not the people. If we learned anything from this, politicians will listen to those who pay the most rather than actually the voters who put them in office. This benefits the corporation as the trends are changing in how people are using the internet over cable/satellite services. They can now sell your viewing and browsing history to who ever, as in your privacy is eroded.

How about a new history book, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. Just read the description for excerpts of the history. Hopefully the book has more details, but there is couple of paragraphs that might help explain some factors that shaped part of the election.

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Ghitis: Trump has finally gone too far No longer can be called the “leader of the Free world”. Every president has to earn that title, it’s not handed down to the next successor. Leadership is earned. None of want to just do something because everyone else is doing, leadership also means being active in fixing problems and working with others for solutions. One nation’s polution will affect another nation, water moves and air blows regardless of borders. Also, just because you don’t want pollution in your area doesn’t mean you should move operations to another country to pollute their land and affect their health. Everyone should be looking at solutions to clean up the planet and not abuse it. China’s Blue app is leading the way for citizens to report problems that need to be fixed, meanwhile we have states that have laws against collecting data on violators such as fracking sites.

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I know the late night comics are mainly satire with Trump supplying lots of material, but they have been awkwardly true too. We have been needing the comic relief to grasp what has been in the news. Especially with the Russian influence.

The Russians have been using misinformation for a while. Fake news blogs that skewed information and collect huge sums of money from ads have been produced in former Soviet block nations. We know those have been around for a while, what we don’t know yet is how much of that has been encouraged by Russian leaders. Now there are resources are being used to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. His own son had a meeting with a Kremlin connected Russian lawyer about gaining campaign information. The Attorney General had already recused himself from the investigation. Of course Trump would fire the head of the FBI while it’s investigating any colluding with Russia, the same who said there wouldn’t be any criminal charges against Clinton for lost emails. What ever he didn’t like about Comey, it was bad timing concerning the Russian probe.

It’s been daily that we get a new tweet or a change in staff or impromptu remark that has no real direction. There has been no real policies on how to deal with foreign threats, such as the response to North Korea. Making heated public remarks only adds to what they want. Bully regimes will make threats to make another respond out of emotion. A real political policy will help keep things calm even in the middle of a legitimate threat against Guam.

Words carry weight in this situation, so battling against North Korea via Twitter and public remarks are not helping anyone. Open dialogue and negotiations have to happen. We’ll want the rest of the world supporting us when North Korea launches missiles. A military response will bring about some type of war, and we should be avoiding war at all costs. The same goes for mentioning a military option for Venezuela, they assume that means a threat and already said they won’t put up with it. Our military can support UN humanitarian aid.

On Friday evening, August 11, white nationalist/alt-right groups held a rally with tiki torches similar to Nazi marches prior to WWII. They were responding to the removal plans of a Confederate General statue. On Saturday a counter protest was also happening, while the original alt-right protest was deemed illegal. One of those plowed his car into a crowd killing one lady and injuring others as well in an act of terrorism. Trump did respond, but addressed blame on both sides. 48 hours later he did read a statement calling racism evil. Then 24 hours after that he basically went back to his original statement by pointing blame on both sides. The leaders of the alt-right groups were thankful for his statements. Republicans, business leaders, and committee members were not happy about his remarks. Meanwhile, there are situations with North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Russia, Syria, China, and more.

Germany’s Angela Merkel was quick to condemn the Charlottesville racist protest that lead to the death of one person who was in the counter protest. Germany does not have tolerance for the nazi and neo-nazi, they will even fine tourists who give the nazi salute. We won that war. These are some of the groups behind racism: alt-right, the white nationalists, white supremacists, kkk, Nazi, neo-nazi, anti-semitism, anti-immigration, sexists, anti-homosexual, fascists, hate groups, bigotry, and who ever else that supports hate and violent rhetoric. We’ve fought too many foreign and domestic wars and lost so many people. It was unacceptable then and it shouldn’t still be an issue now. These groups have ideas that have no place in our country. We have the right to peaceful assembly, we don’t have the right to violence or even to incite violence. Domestic terrorism happens and isn’t labeled as such as often as it needs to be. Hopefully during budget meetings there isn’t cuts to law enforcement that needs funds for more training.

Three hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria have significantly caused damage. Harvey hit Texas, Irma hit Florida, and Maria hit Puerto Rico. The island of Barbuda was heavily damaged by Irma, the British had been slow to support. Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. Trump wanted to got to Texas and then Florida, but so far we’ve heard nothing about going to Puerto Rico. Their infrastructure has been wiped out, remember that it is an island that doesn’t have easy access like the states. It’s going to be a while to get the logistics flowing.

Meanwhile, to distract from the healthcare fiasco in Congress, there are tweets swapping insults with North Korea and with football players protesting police brutality and racism. We had a few years that we thought we were post-racism, but that has not been the case. Thanks to the Ken Burns documentary about the Vietnam War, we’re reminded how bad racism was after the Civil Rights movement. People who swore to defend the Constitution, were returning from war to still face racism. It’s as if no one learned anything from history and are doomed to repeat it. According to the President’s statements I don’t think he ever learned from history that he lived through. Ironically, the football players and team owners responded with their own protests. The great thing about the First Amendment is that one side can quietly sit or take a knee to protest racism and those against that can take to social media to get angry and suggest all sorts of things like firing them and not watching football. One side is brave for their cause, the other is an angry lynch mob looking to get rid of the sports players. What about ending racism? Sit in’s at lunch counters happened, people responded to that. Athletes raised a fist to bring awareness of racism and police brutality, people responded to that.

Kim Jong-un and Trump tweeted about the size of their red buttons used to launch nuclear weapons. It was scary and juvenile. I can’t remember the day, but I did block him on twitter and reported it. The weird thing is that the next day it was announced that the account got shut down for a few minutes by a retiring employee about the same time I reported it.

North Korea and South Korea did have talks. The US wasn’t involved and the North Korean’s are sending athletes and officials to the Winter Olympics.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” A direct quote from Trump during a meeting discussing immigration. Congress members who are in families who immigrated from similar countries he called shitholes had to endure this racist comment. He went as far as suggest we need immigrants from countries like Norway or Asian countries that help us economically. Has he ever looked at history? Does he even know that people pay attention to his racist remarks? The world heard those words. We’re not having immigrants come here, they want to come here and make new life with the freedoms and opportunities the United States has. The Judeo/Christian bible makes it a point to help the foreigner, because they were foreigners in other countries that didn’t treat them too well. Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries

A hundred plus days Puerto Rico is still mostly on a blackout.

After the Parkland Valentine’s Day school shooting, leadership still hasn’t responded with ways to protect our students. We’re not addressing the mental issues, the guns being used, and why innocent people are being targets. Protecting our own citizens should be a priority so we don’t crumble from with in. A generation of students don’t want to be sitting targets. The president weakly addressed the issue. Trump has been a loyal supporter of the NRA. Just a year before, the president had signed a bill that turned back a law about gun checks for those with mental illness. That signing was done without and fanfare, and the media was only alerted with a note on an email. Hopefully the meeting with survivors of Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and others with actually result in practical changes. Students are scared to go to school and fed up with the lack of concern from law makers.

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Trump did announce plans that he wants to add tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, 25% and 10% respectively. Already Europe and Canada are scrambling to figure out the trade war that will happen. Meanwhile, Russian president Putin gave a speech that detailed nuclear missile capabilities. So a trade war and an arms race don’t mix well. A trade war means far more reaching consequences than just trying to help one industry that declined long ago. When the analysis is done we’ll get a better idea of what will happen economically. People here in the US don’t wake up one day and they want a career in making steel, maybe in the robotics and automation of making steel. Instead of investing in better equipment to reduce dangers to employees, it became better to buy foreign steel. Jobs are good, the trends have been changing for far too long to get out of some major manufacturing. We do make domestic steel, and it would be cool to study where and how much is made and used. Rolling back environmental laws won’t help matters much, that ends up affecting lots of people all in the pursuit of stuff. A tax on investment gains would be a high yield. Consumers pay the taxes and tarrifs anyway, remember, it’s the investors and shareholders who gain from the profits. Even the chief economic advisor resigned from the White House.

A former Russian spy was poisoned by an unknown substance. We’re not sure who ordered that. It’s been done before by Putin’s regime with a radioactive substance.

While the Russian probe is still going on, the adult entertainer that had an affair with Trump is suing to be able to tell her story since he didn’t actually sign the hush money agreement. So there’s that… This isn’t exactly a scandal, he’s been doing this sort of thing forever. His past behavior may be ok for his family, they are going to love him no matter what. He’s a husband, father, and grandfather to them. We don’t have to trust him. If he’s been making those kind of deals with his past affairs and handling pay offs through lawyers and dumby corporations, then what kind of decisions is he making for the country?

There is more about the Stormy Daniels affair that keeps surfacing. She has done an interview with Anderson Cooper. Trump’s lawyer’s office was raided by the FBI concerning records on him paying her off and for additional information. Comey released a book, and in it had information on what was happening behind the scenes of the Stormy Daniels affair, the Russian probe, and even the Golden shower incident.

While that has been happening, Syria’s leader, Assad, has used chemical weapons on his own people. That resulted in the president ordering a missile strike. A year later it happened again, with double the missiles hitting three sites. Russia’s Putin and Iran has held support for the Assad regime. The US State departments have been communicating with the Russians so that when the strikes did occur they can make sure the Russians are clear. This time it was a strike with the help of Great Britain and France. We’ll see what the fall out with the Russians will be.

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The North and South Korean leaders got together for a peace summit and emerged with a new agreement amd an end to their war. Mean while Trump has been on the campaign trail boasting about his involvement. He also pulled out of Iran nuclear agreement, and so Israel has been exchanging fire with Iranian troups in Syria. Also the Palestinians are upset that the US embassy is moving to Jerusalem, there are protests. Three prisoners from North Korea were released. Trump used the opportunity to suggest that the news had the highest rating for the release even though it was 3am. And North Korea may pull out of the summot meeting with Trump, they consider themselves a nuclear state and don’t want to give the weapons they have up.

Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team claims he can’t be indicted. There are more Russian connections uncovered. We already know there has been a lot of propaganda in posts and blogs out of Russia and other regional countries before and after the election. The next bit of information being uncovered over Trump’s lawyer paying off Stormy Daniels is a document showing that Trump paid him a sum that falls in the range of the $130k that was used to pay her.

What I wonder is if there will be a return truth and seeking out better ways to understand each other. People seem to be using their power or position to do what they want with out regard to the consequences.

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So, the North Korea nuclear summit went ok. We aren’t nuking each other. It seems the details have to be worked out. The promises made on both sides at least sets up for future summits.

What has been in the head lines lately has been the immigration situation. Here is the main issue, people in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are not feeling safe in their own country and are seeking asylum and a better life in the USA. This has been going on for years. If a person can get here and live with family they had a good chance of getting into the system to begin the process to be here legally. The zero tolerance policy means there are more being retained at the borders and include those caught after crossing the border. People from Central America don’t have the facts on the process and still make the dangerous journey to get to the USA. The zero tolerance policy means people are being retained and possibly deported. Also kids are being separated from their parents. The Trump administration has been giving conflicting information and have been blaming another political party for the dilema, claiming he couldn’t do anything yet after much pressure was able to sign an executive order to keep families together. No one is asking how to help Central America so people would want to stay in their own country. The zero tolerance policy plus the laws to persecute people for entering illegally has been used as intimidation to keep people from wanting to get to the USA. We’re not asking how to help Central America, building a wall or imprisoning those who want to imigrate is not solving the issue. While our nation is focused in Middle East and Asian countries, our own neighbors are being neglected. A border wall or bad imigration laws and policies are not fixing the problems when we could be working with Central American. It’s like there is a prejudice against them, the border policies are being used as a deterrent not as a solution.

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Thanks to a court order, there is a dead line to reunite kids and parents. Sadly during the separation, they were put in two different systems that weren’t required to work together. Now there is problems reuniting families. What happened to avoiding crule and unusual punishment?

There is continued rhetoric from the campaign style speeches. The insults and language used is divisive. It may sound appealing to some but it is not acceptable of a president to make derogatory comments.

The trade war has started with China. Tariffs have been added by the USA, China has responded by added tariffs. We’ll have to wait and see how this affects the economy. Never mind that the unemployment rate rose as the trade war has been anticipated.

As part of a European tour, Trump met with the Queen of England. Of course there were big protests. Also some embarrassing moments with protocol.

After a closed meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Trump and Putin held a press conference to disclose the results of their conversation.

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There was no confrontation over Putin’s action. It’s as if Trump had no concerns over Crimea or any of the other military actions done. Plus he doubted our own intelligence agencies, taking Putin’s word that it wasn’t Russia. Evidence shows that people in Russia have been creating contemt just to make money off of ads. The American people shouldn’t be using this as a scape goat for falling for fake content creators, internally this has been going on for years not just on the internet. Long before the 2016 elections, people had been creating fake news sites and making money off the ads. They would create anything just to make money, fake news would spread faster than real news especially on social media. To be fair, Putin doesn’t have to say much to get fake news created to influence social media, making money is enough incentive for people any where. It’s the hackers that are the real threat. There have been indictments made against 12 Russian hackers. What really is important is that Putin has acted militarily in former Soviet Union nations without consequences.

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Trump continues to gas light by saying he is standing strong against Putin but in reality he has been doing the opposite.

The the trade war with China is going badly, farmers are one of groups that are being directly affected. They have been working decades to establish business connections abroad and this tariff trade war is not helping them. Farmers prefer Trump do trade deals than hand them cash Apparently the current solution is to pay farmers to make up the loss in money, with no details on how the hurt farmers can apply. Meanwhile farmers who sell domestically will face the challenges a surplus in the market and declining prices. Who thought any of this was a good idea? No one wants a temp hand out, especially not knowing if they will have those markets next year or they have to find new markets with the expectation of tariffs. Of course food being bought can be distributed to food banks and nutritional programs, which we should be doing anyway to feed people.

His daughter is shutting down her fashion company. Companies have been removing her product lines from their stores.

Hold the presses, there is a recording released that has Trump in a conversation about buying the story rights of a Playboy Model he had an affair with, this is so she will be quiet about the affair. He wanted to use cash and his lawyers said he needed to set up a company, maybe an LLC, to pay through. Trump says ‘too bad’ after Cohen audio recording released and also there’s this article, Trump recorded discussing paying for Playboy model’s story

What’s happening now? There has been hearings for the Supreme Court position that is open. Brett Kavanaugh is in the hot seat. And there is a flag on the play. Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her testimony of being raped, she didn’t have anything to gain from this. I’ll let you go find that testimony, she did great being brave. The next day, Kavanaugh gave his defense and was angry and emotional about it, he seems entitled. Both are worth watching so you can witness the differences. I would like to point out that she has nothing to loose or gain, while he is trying to land a prestigious job with many benefits for politics and direction of legal rulings for many years to come, and even face disbarment from further investigation. The Senators did vote to delay the vote for a week to allow time for a FBI investigation into the matter. What the FBI will do is gather information and make reports on the interviews they conduct. Here’s the thing, the FBI doesn’t take this sort of case, so the President has to order an investigation, they won’t interview more than they are allowed. There are so many questions. At one time leadership would have quietly withdrew or never made the nomination based on the information at hand, mainly to protect all parties from public scrutiny. Well we have a president that doesn’t think in those terms, and is one who has paid off or had lawyers take care of his actions. Ford and Kavanaugh have been thrown out into the public eye. Senators have been angry that this was brought up, even though Ford’s testimony was submitted months prior when the nominee was on the short list. For the sake of Justice, we have to listen to the facts and both sides.

The President went on to mock Ford’s testimony at one of his rallies. This kind of shaming behavior hasn’t been acceptable in lesser men. Due process of justice means that the facts need to examined, we know that or else we are subject to being judged the same way. His actions and words divide the people, especially when this could have been a chance to unite people together. This President is morally bankrupt. The gambling debt should have been enough to remove the nomination.

And then the Senate voted to accept Kavanaugh… 50 to 48… I don’t even have the words for this.

Sadly I’m not surprised, but I am sad that it did happen. There’s the bigger picture of the lack of morals and acceptable dignity. Everyone is already on edge, there are some who think they can do what ever they want and are entitled to power and prestige while others want to see changes that benefit everyone equally so they have a chance at a better life. The President is leading his political party to be divided from those who oppose and not listen to other sides of issues. Political parties don’t have the same meaning they once were, laws get passed that supress groups or limit growth. What is wanted are leaders to represent everyone in office, not one who listens to those with the money to buy their votes.

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If dead men tell no tales, that means someone has to live to tell the tales… Savvy…

Apparently I lived to tell the tale…

Many pirates died to bring you this information… And Nova, who had a spare ticket, thanks a bunch for that to watch it nearly two weeks before it’s release.

Warning, Henry Turner saw Carina Balbossa’s ankles… If he had shut his cakehole he may have seen more…

Where’s the rum? Why is the rum gone?

We’re introduced to a few new characters and pirates in the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, namely Salazar who is a ghost. And of course a few Star Wars references thrown in for good measure. Be on the look out for a “pirate scum”, Salazar killing pirates like Darth Vader, and a trench battle with a scoundrel ship swooping in to save the day. We’ve got a lot of old favorites returning, even the monkey. Sparrow wants to eat him, but hey the little guy made it through editing. One question, or several, as much as the British were hell bent on hanging Carina as a witch, what’s up with not wanting to kill the bad ass witch, Shansa, who actually is a witch? And why wasn’t she used more in the movie? That was a legit cool tattoo job the make up artists did, seriously give them a shout out or a shiver me timbers. Wait, could it be that it’s like based on the 1700’s era of patriarchy to focus on the guys or just that the writers forgot about her. Didn’t Elizabeth Swann break the glass ceiling by becoming the pirate King? Guess the other ladies didn’t get the memo.

Meanwhile, back to the movie…

Captn’ Jack was up to old antics, getting in and out of trouble. Down on his luck, he and his crew turn to bank robbery. That went as well as expected, perfectly planned and executed right up to the point of actually pulling it off. You know it’s about to get flavorful when the villagers open up their brand new bank vault and Jack is there sleeping off his rum. It just goes sideways from there. Oh, didn’t they drag a safe around in one of the Fast and Furious movies, nevermind about that. Pirates seem to loose their loads quickly when their quest for booty is on the clock. Jack does pocket one gold coin after all that, we’ll wait on the Blu Ray commentary if that might be a reference to the first movie. This started a series of events to bring everyone together to team up for this adventure.

Of course there has to be a ballsy, bad ass, diving into action first, and routinely saving the day lady in this one. Carina is an educated lady of science, so that means the villagers want to kill her as a witch and all she wants to do is avoid trouble. What kind of horrible life is that? Meanwhile the actual witch is free to do what ever and give out advice freely with blood being the price to pay. Couldn’t they have had a chat about how bad the guys treat women of their day. Both are imprisoned for their knowledge. I still wonder how she got accused of being a witch. Carina did address the crowd pointing out their ignorance while she was about to be hung and arguing with Jack Sparrow while he was in a ghillotine, yeah, that wasn’t going to win over public opinions. This would be exactly how Sheldon Cooper would meet his demise if he time travelled. Anyway, apparently being hung or beheaded means it’s a perfect time to get a few last jabs in. He’d kill to be stoned right about then.

Carina tried to explain who she is and what she knows to get the support of Sparrow and the pirate crew. Introducing new words to pirates goes as well as expected. Not only is she a scientist, she’s also a horologist. The pirates ran with that reference like only unsavory pirates could, savvy. Got to love the crusty lot any way, apparently they know whose mother also watches the clock. Yo ho it’s a pirate’s life. Lots of one liners through out the film, you won’t be disappointed in their antics. They packed a lot in this film for it to be the shortest of the series. There really were a lot of details to look for, but I wouldn’t over think it too much, it is pirates after all.

Ok, critic time boys and girls. As often as Captain Jack’s compass was in other people’s possession in the other films, now they tie it to Salazar being trapped in the devil’s triangle. Once he trades it away for rum, since he was so down on his luck, then Salazar is released. You would think it would have done something sooner, oh well, what do I know. I think Salazar had a worst killing spree than Darth Vader, but you didn’t hear that from me. Let’s not be bothered by such intracacies.

It’s a fun adventure, with a lot packed in to the film and lots of random pirate details. Oh, one thing that was deep, when all the curses are boken that reflects the introduction of the enlightenment period during the same time period when science and reasoning was replacing the old way of following magic and lore.

There is a moral to this story even amongst immoral pirates… Finding treasure in your life that means more than gold and riches. You may just find that people may be the treasure you are looking for. Way to go Captain Balbossa for discovering his most valuable treasure, Carina.

The movie finishes up the long love story of Swann and Turner reuniting, and a start a new love story with Carina and Henry. Blah, happy family reunion, enough of that sorry sight… Nevermind that the director’s commentary at the end of the third movie revealed that Will Turner was free from the Flying Dutchman after 10 years of service since Elizabeth Swann had remained faithful. But what do I know. Why wasn’t there more Elizabeth Swann? Carina makes up for that being highly intelligent and piraty at times, but still… Oh, Shansa, let’s not forget about her…

Let’s not forget the Black Pearl. That ship has grown on us as the fastest ship on the seas… It literally grows in the movie too, from it’s bottle to full glory ready to sail the seven seas. The Pearl means freedom. Of course it swoops in during the trench battle like the Millennium Falcon.

Oh, the big water trench thing, haven’t we seen that before in some majorly epic moves… the Ten Commandments with Moses, maybe Star Wars. Well, there were stars and a staff of sorts involved but never mind the references when you’re so close to saving the day.

In the end here is some sailing away into the sunset, but it seems I missed the after credits scene because I forgot Pirates did that sort of thing. Hopefully it wasn’t some creepy dripping wet pirate back from the deeps watching Elizabeth and Will sleeping, because that would be what I dug up so far.

​Blame the Manganese… Those sneaky assailants sabotaging the games. Wave your flags high, you won this victory…

Just in case anyone is wondering why the Olympic high dive pool is green… Typically it’s manganese that causes the problem color. Water treatment facilities normally use bacteria  systems to clean metals out of water. When excessive water use happens there isn’t time to let this happen so metals are not readily removed. When filling several large Olympic size pool, eventually the treatment plants are over taxed for metal removal and you end up with safe water that happens to turn green with chlorine. Eventually the fact finders will get this information and commentators will attempt to explain it.

Some extra reading:

Oxidation of manganese(II) during chlorination: role of bromide.

Water Worries: Manganese in water turning pools green as new water treatment equipment gets working to full capacity

Never mind the dangerously high levels of dihydrogen monoxide… We’re talking lethal doses if inhaled.

I don’t know how it became a thing to do on Thanksgiving. Social media and internet ads bring lists and information of what is available. The idea is about saving money on what exactly? Is the stuff even of quality? Where is it made and how did it get here? Is it something you want? As a gift, is it something someone will value? Why is it necessary? Is it shopping with friends? What is significant about the frenzy? Do you like causing stress on retail workers while the corporation received your money? Have you thought about what the frenzy does to others? Why are there better deals later on? Why are you so bored on Thanksgiving that you just have to go shopping? How about seeing a movie? Wasn’t it enough that Macy’s ushered in shopping with it’s Thanksgiving day parade? Did you know bars are busy, much more busy for Thanksgiving than any other time of the year? Why aren’t retailers focusing on that revenue source? What happened in your business plan to make you depend on the Christmas season instead of the rest of the year? Why aren’t business owners, leaders, office personnel, and stockholders there to help retail workers like small business owners do? Are you nice to retail workers? Are you helpful? When was the last time you offered to buy presents for a retail worker’s Christmas list? Or bought them stiff drinks to handle the stress of the crowds? Would you like someone to follow you around and periscope all your antics during the Black Friday frenzy? Are you destructive? Is turkey the source of all this? What is in grandma’s stuffing recipe to cause this? Is this just a first world problem? What do the Chinese factory workers who made all that stuff do? What do people in poverty do? If you are homeless and camping out in front of stores, will you get a pass like the others or be singled out? Who would know the difference? And why are you that cruel?

How the American middle class lost its taste for mindless consumerism

Back To The Future Now

Posted: October 21, 2015 in Movies, Personal Blog
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Great Scott, the moment is here… Marty, Doc Brown, and Jennifer have made their trip to now. Of course, when they went back, things changed so we don’t have flying cars, Holomax’s, and a few other random things like dustless paper for books. That time line no longer exists… This is heavy…

BTTF Cast on the Today Show

Good job everyone on making a better future than the one we saw… Sorta…

Any one notice the Cubs have been winning lately… As foretold… Even the sports almanac didn’t predict that.

OK, flying cars sound dangerous anyway. People don’t even use blinkers and use their phones too much while driving. Don’t text and fly… Cars do drive themselves, and park themselves.

Jaws 19 at the Holomax would be so fake. But then again, 3D IMAX is amazing. The Niece did recognize a picture of the scene as Jaws but also asked if it was Sharknado, so there’s that.

Instant news happens… Maybe not from drones flying around, um, wait… Does USA News even print anything any more? Does anyone print anything any more. USA Today Movie Paper Remake

I still have no use for a fax machine in my closet. No one should have to be in the closet anyway…

We don’t always watch TV, but when we do it’s just a season or two of a show over the weekend or a day off. It’s hard to sell blueray box sets of a season of a TV show, but sure enough we’ll watch a grainy pixelated version on Netflix. If only we could get our streaming device to show multiple programs at once, the bandwidth would be killer on fiber anyway. I always thought SD cards would make a suitable replacement for blurays. The other tech beyond blurays optics just didn’t make it to market anyway.

Marty’s daughter had a head set eye wear for phone calls and TV viewing. The modern version a few years ago really did make you a glass-hole just like her.

We should all be glad those lame future clothes didn’t catch on. Thankfully Yoga Pants won that fashion war.

Oh, babies don’t have to use hand controllers to play video games. Just jester or swipe depending on the system used.

TAB, does it even exist any more? Yuck… Water is pricey and varied. You can drink a regular soda ironically… Just saying…

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd discuss a few changes and faxing the one guy with a fax.
Toyota’s Back To The Future Diner commercial

Drones could walk your dog now, it’s possible. Some will hover around you taking photos of you, so why not walk your dog.

Thanks to car console displays, dashes do look better than the digital time display Doc had made.

Nike and Pepsi have some products ready to release.

Oh, did any one notice the generational gap between Marty and the Doc… If parents today were that technologically inept back then, no wonder they don’t have a clue what the kids are doing on their phones today.

Live On The Green 2015

Posted: September 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

The 2015 season of Live On The Green is here. Can you believe this has been the first time to LOTG.

Week 1: 8/20 I really didn’t have an idea who was performing before going. I hadn’t checked the line up and memorized it, but I did have a photo pass to get in the pit area in front of the stage. This worked out great to get in for a few songs to capture some photos. Being there early I grabbed a burger and fries while thinking the grilled cheese line was remarkable short at that moment. There were quite a few people scattered on the lawn of the public square. A few chill people taking it all in. I didn’t think to talk to a lot of people just yet. Then the music started and there was a crowd filling in the gaps. Next to the stage it was packed, by the time the 3rd band it was crammed with people. That photo pass was a life saver, even casually met a few people on the other side of the fence. Two VIP guys were amazing. There even was a few diehards at the front corner who stuck it out the whole time. Being nice to people has it’s perks. Just stick your camera up in the air, the crowd will pose. Did I mention the music, that was fun to discover some artists and find out about their fans. Well, three songs and was out out of the photo pit into the masses. That meant time to randomly run into friends you didn’t know were there. And time to make plans for photo shoots later. Even the weather was great. After one band got going, did strike up a guy and a lady who had artist passes. Yeah, got to get one of those. They did go get a water for me, but I didn’t get to leave my business card with them, oops. Oh, did see an old friend at that time too. The lawyer I just met would love to know the business dealings the old friend is into with Nashville.

Week 2: 8/27 Tried it again. This time without the photo pass, no pit for me. That meant finding a spot along the fence early and sticking to it as long as I could handle it. I did recognize a few people from the previous week, that’s always cool. The first band started and sure enough, it got crowded quick. I’m seeing a pattern here. Later the crowd surfing would be the only way in and out. Also, putting my camera up in the air meant those yards away would suddenly start posing. Cell phones everywhere and they spot the camera, just saying. I eventually left to see who all I could run into. Getting out was an adventure, I photo bombed a group who then had me join in on more photos. I just wanted out. Turns out, not much luck on that so I found a way back up to a parking tower for a group shot. When I came down, that’s when I ran into a few friends. We got barbeque. I then made a mission run to get back near the front, um, what was I thinking… It was packed even on the left side of the center divide. Then I did the unthinkable, I went back around to get near where I started the evening. I think I went through where a few friends were, but it was dark, the later photo posts were familiar territory. Well, I got close to my original spot, and it was even along the center fence. This allowed great people watching in the VIP area, the stage, the right side and the left side of the center divide. Oh, the girl on the left side, sorry/notsorry for ratting you out to your friends for covering yourself in glow stick goo. Did I mention the crowd surfing. People would pop up and get passed around. Eventually they would start circling back around and more would pop up. They would move along and suddenly there would be just two legs sticking up, occasionally they might recover and be back at it. The videos those surfing made should be great. The event staff guy in the center pit was pulling out people before they got dumbed into the pit. Did miss the one guy on the left side who got tossed into the VIP section, that happened. Did I mention there were a few bands playing too.

Week 3: 9/3 I’m beginning to wonder why I made it back, with a zillion people who were going to be downtown. For some reason I ended up with great parking on Gay street and just enough change to make it happen. Would there even be friends here this week. Well, a familiar faces of weeks past were there, the perks of being nice to people. There also was glow sticks being handed out, score. This time I stuck it out in one spot for the first band, not too bad. But I left, I mean what story would be thrilling if I just stayed. Sure enough had friends nearby anyway so I hung out for the second band. One just had to leave. We may have used my glow sticks and camera flash to signal his return… That happened. Eventually we all left to grab food truck cuisine. Surprisingly the grill cheese line wasn’t epically long. I sat in the middle of the street while they ate and we talked music industry stuff for marketing. Eventually I just had to leave and go hear the last band. I didn’t make it very far in this time, it was like there was peak people saturation. I just did the best I could from where I was for a long while. I did get to the point I had to get out of there and find more open spaces with a breeze. Did I mention it was muggy. I found some breathing room, plus some dancing girls who were making eye contact to get others to dance too. Eventually I got to make it to the fountain feature. There was an lovely couple playing in the water, yeah, forget everything else, just do that and you two will be amazing for each other. You can’t do better than make memories like that. Just laugh a play together. Did I mention there was music.

OK, got a sneak peek of Jurassic World on a whim… And it was entertaining.
Yeah, yeah, while Jurassic World won’t solve or provide answers to important social issues, it did reveal corporate moral issues. The sub plots and dialogue did have many current references to keep it relevant and entertaining. Of course there is character growth.

There were even dinosaurs… Lot’s of them and new ones. Even with some big name actors, the dinosaur characters had important roles, one ends up being the antagonist. Hmm, maybe eating a bunch of people wasn’t in the job description when their agent got them the role… But they seemed to hit their marks every time, while the humans struggled with props that just didn’t aim right or weren’t powerful enough. Blue the beta raptor had a coming of age story all his own in this story. Dude, talk to your agent and sign up for a sequel. You’re my boy Blue!

As for the hologram dinosaurs, your character portrayal was transparent… There, I said it. We saw right through you…

A special memoriam for all the people eaten: The production team and you’re acting skills brought empathy to the role you shortly brought to life. I’ve never been eaten alive, but you brought an element of urgency in your predicament. The one who did die but wasn’t eaten, at least you went out in a blaze of glory, pun intended. OK, maybe a few of you did deserve to die in worse ways… The one lady assistant who was trying so hard to keep up with the nephews, we thought you were almost going to make it being tossed around like that between dinosaurs, so close. Being swallowed isn’t going to help you on the resume, just saying. Sorry to all the visitors who got hurt and/or eaten, these thing happen. Side bar: Survivor, Jurassic World, will be airing with a new twist, no longer 39 days,  it’s 39 minutes, and let’s see who is left after a word from our sponsors. “The t-rex has roared.”

As for the actual survivors, like Chris and Bryce Dallas and the nephews, yeah, you won the contract lottery on that one. It was a good thing Chris Pratt was on vacay from guarding the galaxy to save the girl and be saved by the girl. You know, modern times, because girls rule.

Of course the Hamster balls were the breakout tech of the show… Well, right up until Jimmy Fallon explained the safety features. I’m sure the engineers thought being bulletproof would be an important feature. Being stabbed, gnawed on, and dribbled like a ball just didn’t make it past quality control tests with the park manager’s nephews inside. Oops, should have stuck with open top jeeps, no issues there. No one ever died while in one of those, just saying…

Now let’s talk about those heels worn by Claire, performed by Bryce Dallas… You didn’t make many of the cuts through out the film, but you were there all along and at a pivotal point when it mattered. Claire like the boss she is knew what would save the day no matter how dangerous it was, you were the heels to emphasize that she had grown as a person. Those heels held it together, like a boss…

JURASSIC WORLD IS ABOUT DESTRUCTION OF THE SYSTEM, NOT SEXISM