Monday, 23 April 2018

Nuts

I sat reading family descriptions of this Nashville shooter.  They all kinda indicate that he was a regular guy....up until the summer of 2014, and then became a delusional guy on a fairly regular basis.  Drugs?  Probably so.  No one seems to really know his personal drug habit, which I find strange.  The nude act in Nashville?  It'd be bath salts typically.  But if he'd been taking bath salts regularly since 2014.....he ought to be dead by now.

In recent months, I've sat and pondered upon the safety level that exists in the US today, with nutcases and extreme drug-users.  Up until the 1960s....most states operated mental facilities, and a judge could detain an individual for temporary or permanent placement.   Then we got all upset about the way that the facilities were run....shutting them down.  What really replaced was a three-step effort.....either drugging folks enough....putting them into friendly-stype mental institutes.....or prisons.  I watched a prison show back in 2013 where guards talked about the type of inmates, and as one guard commented....one out of every four folks in his prison were mentally-unfit (either by their actions, or by drug-induced behavior). 

Whether we like to admit it or not.....prisons became the natural substitute after we shut down the mental facilities in each state.   That's where this Nashville shooter will end up.....when found and put through the legal system. 

If you sat and added up the extreme-bipolar folks, the plain nutcases, the extreme paranoid schizophrenics, the drugged-up nuts.....you'd likely come to a minimum of 1.5-million (my humble guess) of people who can't be allowed in public.  The question is.....are you willing to put them away permanently, and if so....where? 

The Late Crowd

I viewed the news this afternoon....seeing this 3:30 AM attack at the Waffle House in Nashville.  Drugged up guy....four dead....couple wounded.  The thing here is that it's 3:30 AM and it's one of those things my dad noted years ago to me.....some kinda quote of 'nothing good happens after 10 PM at night'.  It was his words of wisdom that you might ought to finish up your business and be safely home by that point.

There's a list of things that you just might ought to go and avoid after 10 PM:

1.  Concluding any deal or car-sale.

2.  Stopping off at an ATM machine.

3.  Buying gas.

4.  Hanging out at a country fair.

5.  Hunting or fishing in a snakey-area.

6.  Stopping anywhere within the city limits of Birmingham.

7.  Waiting at some bus station for your next connection.

8. Drinking with strangers.

9.  Attending any revival.

10.  Attending some extra-inning baseball game.

It's odd that you look back.  Historically.....all the way through the 1960s, other than a few bars....most folks and business operations all shut down by 10 PM.  You go to some cop who pulls night duty, and ask about today's environment.....then the cop starts laughing.  Between midnight and 4 AM in Nashville on a Saturday night?  There's probably over 20,000 people roaming around.  At a quarter of them are lit up on some type of drug....the rest have some alcohol in their system.  A cop could pull over a hundred cars in a four-hour period, and find the vast majority would fail a drug or alcohol test.

So why go out?

The '83' People

Years ago, the Pentagon made this decision after many studies, that they would not accept anyone into the military with an IQ less than 83.  It's not a page one type story, and it's been generally known in the public for at least two decades.

The rationale behind the 83-number?  What is generally said is that if you have an IQ less than 83....it means you are untrainable.  You won't retain educational material....be able to grasp basic concepts.....or perform a repeatable and successful procedure. 

Numbers are thrown around, but in general....the studies conducted will suggest that approximately 15-percent of the general population fall into this category. 

I've sat and pondered over this 83-number, and the numbers of the population suggested to be in the low IQ range.  There's a problem that I see with these studies.....they don't really go and conduct these studies in groups of heavy drug-use or alcohol-use individuals.  When you have some guy whacking up his brain cells, and you present a simple 60-second mathematical problem that people would all accomplish when they were sixteen years old....you find the 40-year-old junkie dude....no longer has the capacity to comprehend the basic problem in sixty seconds.  Maybe with full concentration and fifteen minutes of time.....he'll come to some conclusion. 

So with the US population (300 million)....taking the low IQ average group....you have 45-million untrainable people.  Throw in the alcohol affected folks and the druggies.....you might have near 120-million Americans who are of very little value to the business world, or to society itself. They might have a high school education but in today's environment....that means very little.  In simple terms....roughly one out of every three Americans are virtually worthless.

In an average day....you probably will bump into at least a dozen of these folks, and remind yourself that they are 'burger-flipper' mentality....can't be trusted with decision-making....can barely comprehend 6th-grade topics....and they have to make some kind of income to pay for their lifestyle, rent, and retirement one day.

As you wander out each day....learn to appreciate the fact that the nation was able to find some jobs for these poor people, and keep them happily occupied.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Impeachment Talk

I sat and watched about forty minutes of a general debate....slanted of course (four members to the left of the spectrum, and one to the right), and the topic of impeachment came up.  Naturally, the four liberals fell upon themselves saying that it has to be done.  The 'right-guy' asked them if they felt the Trump-voters would just accept that.  The response was.....'we don't care'.

I sat and pondered upon this for several hours today.  It is somewhat bothersome.

The Democrats anticipate winning thirty-plus seats in the House and having enough in January to open impeachment.  The Republicans?  It's very possible that they will have sixty GOP Senators come January. 

You just don't see any journalist picking up the topic of public reaction among Trump-voters.  It's like a 500-lb gorilla sitting in the room, and it's amazing that they hype impeachment without considering the blastic attitude that it will trigger.

The ten-odd GOP Senators who'd have to bend over to the impeachment idea?  I think they would be finished....with major pressure put upon McConnell to remove them from the party. 

But what happens in 2020, with this type of situation?  President Pence?  The entire House and Senate would have to fall all over themselves say he's the most wonderful president in the world and avoid any criticism for at least year.  I just don't see the Senate Democrats being that ''crazy".

As for the GOP Party?  Most everyone with any status would be finished in DC politics.  I could see people blocking off tens of thousands of votes as 'Trump-revenge' votes, just within a single state. 

Journalists?  No one would take them serious for at least a decade. 

Another Hillary Book

There's some new book coming out, which discusses this Hillary-hye over who was 'against' her.

I sat and read over the piece.  First, you don't know if this is 100-percent true.  Second, even if true....what's the angle to this?  Third and final.....does anyone care?

According to the story....Hillary felt there were three groups of people against her:

1.  Just plain regular Republicans.....who obviously weren't going to vote for her.

2.  People peeved and still angry over NAFTA (twenty years and counting).  These were also the people who looked upon the government as the problem....rather than the solution.

3.  "Deplorables".  Mostly 'bics' and 'ists'.....racists, sexists, homophobics, xenophobics, Islamophobics.

So the book then goes onto suggesting that everyone's great fear in the Hillary campaign group was that Jeb Bush would come out and win the primary, and Jeb would be serious trouble for Hillary's team to counter.

I sat and pondered over the text.

About half the people you might bump into in 2015....way before the primary season....were not exactly hyped up on Jeb Bush.  You already knew in August of 2015 that Jeb wasn't going to Iowa....mostly because no one there took him serious.  By September of 2015, you knew that Jeb was only going to show up in six to ten states, and was heavily dependent on a wild primary season, and winning the nomination via the convention and 'promises'.  It was a lousy strategy, but he just wasn't a candidate that people wanted to vote for.

I know the Jeb-enthusiasts won't accept that logic, but if you walked into a room of a hundred GOP folks (not Fox News journalists).....more than half would say 'never again a Bush'.  At least a quarter of the group would ask what exactly Jeb achieved in Florida as governor....which would likely only fit on a 3x5 card.

The sad thing here....Hillary and her staff never sat down to grasp this great weakness of Jeb.

This belief of the 'ists' and 'bics' being a substantial thing?  They've been around for fifty-odd years, and just now you seem to wake up and realize they have votes?

The NAFTA people?  All you had to say....back in July of 2016 at the convention....NAFTA screwed us out of a million jobs, and it's time to go back and revisit it.  Fake people out, and just drop the NAFTA talk after the election.  That's all you had to do.  Yet, she couldn't say the words because the Bill-legacy would have taken a massive hit.

Maybe people 'think' we need a continual reminder why Hillary Clinton lost the election.  But frankly, we are into spring of 2018, and this bridge has been burnt to the ground.  It's best to move on.

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Book Story

It was a small piece in the news late last night.....a book company has hooked with David Hogg of the Florida school shooting fame (and his sister) to write a book.  Name for the book?  Never Again.  Publishing date?  Well....this is interesting, first week of June.  Yeah....basically six weeks away. 

I sat and thought about several factors over this. 

First, generally....books take several months, with a draft period, and sometimes lawyers need to pour over what's written.  To suggest it'll be done in four weeks, and be reviewed....then mass produced by early June?  It can only be done if the book is already half-written.

My bet is that some foundation is hooked up with the book company, and that Hogg (with his sister) are basically writing the introduction chapter, but the rest of the book is already done (written by someone hired by the foundation).  This is probably a draft copy that's been sitting around for six to twelve months....waiting for the right folks to 'front' the book.

Second, why such a hasty publishing deadline?  Well...if you are seeking to influence the November elections....you need this book out there as part of the trend.  July and August would see Hogg and his sister in various interviews, and hyping the book....which all plays into the November election.

Third, the next phase of Hogg?  Well, I will predict that CNN hires him in July timeframe to front some teen-show concept....an hour-long show on Sunday evenings....mostly political in nature and anti-gun.  He will skip starting to college this fall, and run this CNN teen anti-gun show instead.  All of this would start weeks prior to the November election.  After the election....toward the spring semester, he'll show up at some private New England university for a year of studies.....then likely return to CNN to continue the show for the 2020 election period.

Finally, I come to this odd part of the book deal.  You have to ask yourself.....what do 15-to-18 year old kids read?  Assemble a hundred kids, and shock yourself.  They generally don't read Hemingway or Steinbeck.  They hate biographical pieces.  They generally don't read lecture books.  Their general hype is science fiction or fantasy-type books. 

So would they even read this book written by Hogg?  Maybe one or two kids out of a hundred.  Will the book then be picked up by teachers and forced onto students to read?  Will anti-gun parents rush out and buy the book to force upon their kids to read? 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Evangelical Story

About six to eight months ago, I kinda noticed the creation of a religious 'fraud'....evangelical in nature....attaching itself to a foundation, and being hyped up as a political device.  Oddly enough....it anti-GOP.  That's something that you would not have noticed a decade ago.

So today, it came up about this BIG private meeting going on....a select group of fifty evangelical ministers (the top elite from across the nation), who'd been invited up to Wheaton College (Chicago).  This was supposed to be a two-day session and lay out some ideas and discussion, which everyone invited figured that it wouldn't be about the Presidency. 

At some point yesterday...all heck broke loose and a number of folks just got up in the middle of discussions and left.  The chatter that made them leave?  Hyped up anti-Trump talk.

To the degree covered....no one wants to talk about the private group who arranged this meeting, or their agenda business.  I noticed this with CNN, Washington Post, and NY Times. 

My humble guess?  These various politicized agenda groups have attached themselves to foundations, which talk of religious objectives, but tend to be very political in nature.  If you look at the November schedule for elections....it's come to a time to gather the evangelical 'herd' and lead them out of the 'Trump-Valley'.  Big shocker?

Basically, you'd have to build some religious argument that Democrats are on some moral high ground, and vote down against abortion and twenty other topics that evangelical topics.  Well....it's awful hard for the Democrats to stand up in some church environment and hype their moral standing on these topics.  So the foundation groups use what I'd call a proxy....this is a highly enthusiastic and charming minister who knows the inside to their agenda and is there to use the Jesus-talk and lead the 'herd' to the right position.

All of this is being done....with this mass meeting of the top fifty.....to lead onto a June meeting with a thousand-odd evangelical leaders from across the nation.  They would get the right anti-Trump message and then lead their members to vote wildly in Novembers election.

If this group fails?  That's a curious thing.

If people figure out the agenda...the 'fakes' involved....and the foundations hyping this anti-Trump theme, then the whole effort of the past decade will be laid out as a fraud.  It has basically nothing to do with evangelical positions.  It's just plain hype.

My guess?  If more than half of these folks in the fifty-group have left.....it leaves twenty-five sitting there and positioning themselves to be part of the fraud later in June.

In some ways, it's comical. 'Jesus' for Democrats, and anti-Trump....imagine sitting in some church group and hyping the message.