Thursday, 31 August 2017

From the Peak,the Mighty will Fall

Around two years ago, I started to hear the term 'Snowflake' used a good bit.  Politically....this refers to what they now call the Snowflake Generation....young people who've appeared over the past eight years or so.....as being more prone to be offended by any comment and absolutely less-resilient than the average guy you would bump into.

In some ways....they are emotionally less an adult....and more of a juvenile (the age twelve strikes me as their thought-process age).

Amusingly, if you use Snowflake in the presence of these juveniles.....they consider it an insult.

There's a book written in the late 1990s....which concerned boxing ('Fight Club').  As the historians tell the story....Snowflake came out of the book.

I've sat and pondered over the term Snowflake....the attitude generated....pondered over how this generation came to be 'morphed' into this type of mentality.

These are kids who were born in the 1995 to 2000 era.  They grew up with Teletubbies, Barney, Lost, and fake Dracula-teens.  To some degree.....I think as they hit high school around 2010 to 2015....a new teacher generation had arrived and was part of the whole process.  Between the internet, social media, fake politics geared toward teens, behavior transformation, and the desire to be the 'anti' teen....they have been led down this particular path.

They want to believe in something, but are drawn by some fake intellectual talk.  In a sense, it's like the Jim Bakker/Lonnie Frisbee/Tony Alamo type fake minister characters found some naive juveniles....hyped them up that they could be special....and dropped them off at various college campuses around the country.

In the same way that Mussolini's 'Black Shirts' were a special class of character in the early 1920s in Italy, and the 'Brown Shirts' of Germany were Hitler-enthusiasts.....these Teletubbie-kids (the Snowflakes) are on some type of crusade for the good of mankind.  They oppose the Klan, the evil Republicans, the Nazis, and just about anyone who isn't Snowflake-minded.  Saving the world....has a pretty good feeling for kids like this.

The issue I see now, is that they've climbed a fairly high peak and there's more or less one single path left for these young ladies and gentlemen.  It'll be an interesting fall....where lessons in life will be a bit painful.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Vet Story

I picked up an article by Campus Reform today.  Interesting topic....banning veterans from college campuses.

Someone out at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs wrote up a poster-flyer...saying "in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.”

The suggestion from the flyer is that you really can't allow any potential right-wing individuals to attend campus lectures and they have to be under some type of suppression.

Why?  The general comment is that a campus is supposed to be a place of education....understanding safe territory, etc.

The flyer says: “Many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society.”

At some point in the flyer, there is even a statement that veterans can't see individuals of color.

Then the best part of the flyer comes out....suggesting that vets present “overwhelming” presence.

So you'd sit and eventually ask....well...where can veterans go to be educated, and the suggestion is....trade schools and junior two-year colleges.  Only kids should attend real four-year universities.

I sat and read through it.  Several things come to mind.

1.  The child-like mentality present in the writer....like that of a 13-year-old kid....is evident.  Overwhelmed?  What exactly do they think they will get as they wrap up the degree....go out to the real world, and find these veterans are now their bosses and directors?  If you couldn't handle the vets in college....you certainly want be able to handle them in the real world.

2.  Safe zones?  A Marine vet will tell you that once you think you in a very unsafe position....you pull out a trenching tool....dig a three-foot foxhole....and prepare to return fire.  Anything other than the foxhole....is not a safe zone.

3.  Vets can't see individuals of color?  Well....once you get through boot-camp, there is no real color barrier.  Everyone is screwed and by the team approach will the bulk of the team survive.  It's absolutely true....a vet just doesn't have much on color vision.

4.  The problem I see here is that once Professor Jones starts some lecture on the great benefits of socialism in life....the veteran will ask which country will this be found, and the lecture will dissolve in a matter of ten minutes because the veteran won't accept some 3rd-grade marginal classroom talk by some idiot pretending to be a professor.

5.  The suggestion here of the vets being isolated to trade schools and junior colleges?  Simply a joke.  They are acting like that they are the privileged class, and that vet is the under-privileged class.

Where this flyer idea will go?  It'll be chatted about for weeks, and the veterans in various classes will prepare themselves for punk-kids to intimidate them.  But in this case....it's the wrong group to pick upon.  The fake intellectual crowd will be asked stupid questions and eventually have people ask how they got to such a level of stupidity.

My guess is that some professor actually wrote the flyer and hopes to generate some heated discussion. It'll go nowhere.

The Retraction Story

Several months ago....the pretender-comedian....Kathy Griffin....got into some kind of Trump tirade.  At the time.....she came to realize that the comments (meant to be 'funny')....went over some line, and then said some type of apology.

For about ten days....the news media hyped up the whole thing....with various Facebook idiots saying this and that.

Yesterday.....Kathy Griffin....roughly six months later and after reflection.....has said that she is NO longer sorry, and retracts the previous apology.

I sat and read the three line quote.  It's not worth discussing much.

I expect in a week....after more Twitter and social media chatter....she'll come back and retract the retraction.

Then three months will go by and she'll stand up again....retracting the retraction to the retraction.

Then six months will pass, and she'll stand up again....retracting the retraction to the retraction to the retraction.

Then three months will pass, and she'll stand up again.....retracting the retraction to the retraction of the retraction to the retraction.

By 2024....as President Trump finally leaves office....at least sixteen retractions will have passed and each will get a million social media thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

I've generally lost most all respect for celebrity folks over the past decade.  It's not worth discussing or getting hyped-up about.  Most of them aren't capable of rational thought, logic, or common sense. In this case, you can have a brief laugh over the retraction to the retraction business.  After about the fifth retraction to the retraction....there's just not much you can say.

Air Force Story

I noticed today that the news folks were all hyped up that a enlisted NCO in the Air Force....was made a legit pilot.

The basic story?  Around fifteen years ago....the Air Force bought into the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft deal.  This meant that some ground-pilot was sitting in a leather-chair....somewhere in the Vegas region....and running through a 12-hour mission, via satellite control of the vehicle.

From day one....the attitude was that this can only be done by pilots....real Air Force pilots.  They sat there and forced a huge number into the program.  Months of training involved and hostile pilots angry over the ground job which wasn't what they signed up for.  It took basically a year or two....for the Air Force to realize that they had a long-term problem.  To add some incentive to it....they rigged up fighters to be arranged at Nellis, and the pilots got to keep their certification by occasionally flying (just enough to meet the rules).

About six years ago, the problem became burn-out because of the long hours and new missions involving attack unmanned reconnaissance vehicles.  At some point, they discussed the idea of contractor-pilots being brought in....but the ethics people said that was a bad idea.

So some idiot finally stood up and suggested enlisted guys.  A number of people tried to voice negativity over this, but the arguments usually fell apart.

I got into a discussion back a dozen years ago with a couple of Air Force folks in my old office....that my 14-year old son (the gamer) could be a qualified pilot in thirty days, and he'd do it just for the case of Mountain Dew required for each mission, and a hundred bucks a mission.  Most everyone there agreed that it made perfect sense to open up the door to enlisted people.

So, it finally happened.  TSgt Courtney (came into the AF in 2005) is now a certified unmanned recon vehicle pilot.

My gut feeling is that over the next decade....at least four-hundred enlisted guys and gals will come to be certified as unmanned vehicle pilots.

The general rule to this effort?  It appears that you need to show more than a few years of work on your 'resume' and at least a CCAF degree (a two-year degree).  The idea of a junior airman just showing up after boot-camp and getting into the program?  Zero chance.

Will there be a ratio ceiling on this?  No more than 10-percent or 30-percent being enlisted?  Maybe behind all of the secret rules, there's likely to be some standard in place for the next five years.  But if you asked me to look a decade ahead....I think that 90-percent of the unmanned vehicle pilots will eventually be enlisted.

But I have this one single question on my mind.  When TSgt Courtney reaches the 20-year point (nine years away), and walks away.....what exactly is there for some future employment chance for an enlisted unmanned vehicle pilot?  Or are we viewing the future of commerce where hundreds of unmanned vehicles exist in the US, and this group simply shifts over to the next day easily?

Length of the tour?  This is one odd aspect.  Most will say that there was a rule in place for four years of unmanned vehicle pilot service.  Then you moved on.  Will that be extended?  Unknown.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Typical Idiot Who Falls for the Anti-Capitalist or Pro-Socialist Slant

I've sat and watched a number of videos over the past month where young men and ladies (presumably from university protest action) were asked to detail and explain their pro-socialism view on the world and how capitalism is destroying civilization.  Generally, you notice three things about their talk and view:

(1) They have virtually no understanding of business or commerce.  If you asked them how the tennis shoes on their feet came to exist....a blank stare would likely occur.  Why almost no tennis shoes are manufactured in the US today....wouldn't be something that they could explain, or why virtually no TVs are manufactured in the US.  It's like they attended two or three years of college without taking a single class in business.

(2) They've never traveled beyond the border of the US.  They reference France or Germany an awful lot....but oddly, they simply haven't been to either.  They reference Cuba a good bit.....but haven't been there.  They reference the Soviet Union or Russia a good bit.....but haven't been there.

(3) They seem to be absolutely on the idea that a company could exist where the employees run everything and there are no bosses or corporate umbrella.  Beyond some local flower shop or two-man barber-shop.....they typically can't identify a single business that exists like they describe.  They keep on identifying some company in France that runs this way, or how all businesses run in Finland.

In essence, it's a naive 'club'.  They've paid some dues to get in the front door....hype up the agenda with other members....and keep talking about the perfect world that exists in Finland, Cuba, or some fantasy utopia.

I often get the idea that they also enjoy a 402-situation (pro-marijuana).

You'd generally say that this group of individuals lack skepticism, common sense, and a pondering nature.  Whatever lecture they got lured into....they tend to believe in the fantasy world described and never question anything.  The odd thing here is that thirty to forty years ago....you would have in various college lectures and the impact of independent thinking, analysis, and skeptic nature would have drilled into you.  For some reason, these skills....which you generally need in life to survive....aren't lectured upon.

What happens in the end?  Somewhere down the line....someone is going make some impact upon these naive minds and bring them to some Socrates-like moment where they have to reflect and ponder upon the situation.  It won't be a pleasant experience.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Crisis Actors

I don't what triggered me to get onto this topic.  I probably spent ninety minutes today looking at various TV news segments on YouTube.....which readily featured crisis actors (fake victims at such-and-such scene).  It appears that most news networks use the crisis actors and it's fairly acceptable.  CNN seems to have a significant amount of usage.

The slant on this is that the networks want some simple message....some theme....some words that will fit their motive-for-the-story or view of the incident.  Just having regular people comment....might not give you the right impression to fit the network's take on the situation.

All of this made me go back for a brief ten-minute reading of the synopsis of 1984 by George Orwell.  This is about the 4th time in 2017 that I've gone back to read the synopsis of the story, and relate it to obvious events in the world.

After a fair amount of pondering, I came to four essential questions:

1.  If it's so easy to have an actor as an eyewitness individual.....couldn't you do the same thing for the news reporter himself?  Is Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show.....a journalist, a moderator, or an actor?  Was Connie Chong with CBS News just an actress?  Was Katie Couric with CBS News just an actress?

2.  Just how much of these protest actions, political stories,and sports shows are faked?  When CBS did Hillary Clinton primary coverage in 2016.....did they use actors to convey their loyalty to Hillary?  Did MSNBC use actors to convey an anti-Trump slant in August and September of 2016?  Did ABC use actors throughout the whole eight years of President Obama?  There in Iraq and Afghanistan....did CNN hire crisis Iraqi guys to do fake interviews?

3.  How much can you make as a crisis actor?  Is this per-hour, or just for each appearance?  Is it cash or they actually keep you on some contract deal?  Could some guy do this locally, at the state-level and nationally?

4.  Where exactly does this end?  This question bothered me the most.  You could sit and watch some school shooting episode unfold and come to get twenty-two eyewitness individuals comment about the shooting....then find out a year later than sixteen of the individuals were crisis actors....some worked for even two news networks.  Does your perception start to go south?  Can you trust anything at this point?

Texas Story

I had a former co-worker who pointed out this story on Yahoo.....celebrities who said they were praying for Texas residents after the Hurricane.

To be honest, I sat looking at the sun-glasses gal for a while and her lack of a bra.

Then I came back to the prayer business.  Most celebrities are fairly fake and if they said they were praying for you....that might mean they tossed back three cocktails and then asked the bartender where Texas was located and if he could make a really good Texas-related cocktail.

Over the last decade, I've lost a fair amount of respect for celebrities.  It doesn't matter if they do comedy, pretend to be cowboys, or sing freaky songs.  I think a few number of Americans are mostly amused by the pretender-status of these folks.

As for the bra-less gal?  Yahoo always makes these into such tiny photos....that's there's not much to imagine upon.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Diogenes Story

Once upon a time....about 2,400 years ago....lived a Greek guy by the name of Diogenes.

It'd be best to say there Diogenes was a guy who spent a fair amount of time pondering, offering wit and criticism on occasion, and fairly well known for being cynical.  On one occasion....he was noted carrying around a lamp in the daytime....saying that he was looking for an honest man.

On various occasions, he'd get himself into trouble for a witty comment, and at some point....he was actually kicked out town (Sinope).  In today's world, he'd be classified as a hobo, and likely interviewed nightly for some observation that he made over the news of the day.

At some point....some folks felt that Diogenes had passed the point of no return....that he was now a philosopher, and some suggested that he'd invented the concept of cynicism.  This idea led some folks to forge ahead and in time....this all led to a school which was focused on one single thing....Stoicism.  Shocker, eh?

The thing you notice though is that there is not a single letter or note today....that goes back to Diogenes.  One might even go and suggest that Diogenes never wrote anything down anyway.

What does survive are simply anecdotes of folks who bumped into him, and he made some cynical comment that enriched their prospective on things, and those writings are what we are left.

I bring all of this up because there's another statue episode building up.  Naturally....years ago.....some folks got around to putting up a statue to Diogenes....in Sinop (his old town).

But Sinop today....is in Turkey.

So this alt-Islamic Turk group has stood up and said that the government of Turkey needs to take down the Diogenes statue.  It's kinda like the Confederacy episode...in that Turkey has had this anti-Greek trend for a while and the statue-talk in the US has spread out.

Naturally, the alt-crowd are wanting to let folks know that they aren't against arts and philosophy....just Greeks.

What will happen?  Unknown.  The one odd factor is that Diogenes is one of the few folks around who always favored dogs,and this is a rare statue in having a trusted dog by his side.

What would Diogenes say if he were around today and watching this unfold?  Generally, he was a guy who always looked for a free lunch when possible, and I think he'd be standing there in some stoic fashion....with a chicken-leg....sipping a ice tea, and cynically saying that you could have better spent the statue money on park benches.

Capitalism Isn't Working Proven Wrong

I sat and watched this video last night.  It's originally from 2012....May Day, and in New York apparently.

The young guy was hyped up on the statement that capitalism wasn't working, and we naturally needed to move onto socialism.

I stopped the video a couple of times....mostly to sit and observe upon the guy....his attire....and the landscape.  I admit....I am a bit drawn to NY City, and Union Square always interests me.

So you start to notice off the guy....his attire.  The hat?  Typically, this is made in some place like Mexico or China....in NY City, it'll sell for $25 (but it'll be manufactured for less than $3 in material and maybe $6 in labor-time, with $2 in shipping and distribution). Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the designer-glasses.  Stylish type.  Upscale. You had to go and get an exam for $75.  The glasses and the prescription....probably run near $250.  Figure $325 total.  Twenty-five years ago, it would have been near $400 for the same deal.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the backpack....upscale type.  Probably Patagonia type. With tax, they run near $90 for the low-end type....maybe up to $140 for the nicer ones (to include taxation). Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the camera.  Figure $650 minimum.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The shirt and pants?  Figure maybe toward $120 total.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The watch?  Looks like fairly nice one.....figure at least $350.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

His haircut? It's not the $9.99 type.  He probably spend $22 at some local barber.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

There early on in the video....did you notice the pink-hair gal?  The hair deal?  She might have done it at home but I'll bet she paid at least $80 at some beauty shop for the pink-color.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The tattoos that the pink-hair lady has?  You have to stop the video at the :06 point and note that she has a minimum of two (one big one on the back).  She might have two or three others but in discreet areas which we really don't need to see.  Value?  The one on the back probably ran $400.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The education for intellectual-Joe and pink-hair 'Mandy'?  I would take a bold guess and say that between the two of them....roughly $240,000 was spent on their college era situation.  Where did the money come from? Either loans or dad.  In effect....capitalism worked fine.

The Starbucks coffee shop across the street?  Eventually....one might suspect that intellectual-Joe and pink-hair 'Mandy' will make their way across the street....spending near $16 (NY taxes are hefty) on two grande cups of coffee.  They might even be hungry and spend $12 on a cupcake each.  Capitalism worked fine.

How did they get to Union Station?  Well....typically, you'd run the subway.  Capitalism worked fine in getting them there.

It's a 59-second video that you might run three or four times.  In the end.....the guy proves himself to be incredibly naive.  Everything around him.....the whole city of New York....the clothing....the education....all brought by capitalism.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Young and Stupid

I probably should go and find better things to do in life.  I spent around ninety minutes today reviewing video interviews on YouTube of young men and women....detailing how they are all FIRED-UP to over-throw the government, bring wealth-redistribution around to save the nation, and double-triple-drain-the-swamp (better even than Trump's just plain-drain-the-swamp).

After a while, you come to notice five distinctive things about the mentality and intellectual capability about these individuals:

1.  While they claim they are in college and studying something....I get the distinctive impression that they know enough about wealth redistribution, socialism, and revolution....to put down on a 3x5 card.  They seem to have drilled down into something within the class, and gotten some kind of deep thoughts by some professor.....but in terms of useful information to take and form a knowledge base?  No...it'd be like them having a flat tire and knowing that there's a jack involved but no idea where in the car you'd find the jack or even if their car had a spare-tire in the back.

Does this mean that universities are just 'buttering the toast' and really not providing analysis-type thinking?  I would probably worry about the university and their lecture crowd.

2.  Most all of these people who commented on wealth-redistribution really had NO idea where the fair-line would be drawn.  In essence, they'd just make up a number in the end.  That worries me.

This was the old Moscow mentality where a PhD guy would determine that some mass farming operation had to produce X amount of pears per acre, and it was simple a guess on pears per tree, and no idea if this were a young tree or old tree, or the weather affect on pear production.

In the minds of these folks....everything is stable, and everyone deserves a slice of success off the more aggressive guy.  In this type environment....you eventually have people who pack up...leave....and never look back.  After a while, you start to notice that all the 'winners' have moved on, and what you have left are mostly the 'slackers'.  The big chunk of the pie that they all used to share from?  It's down to half the size and folks are grumbling that they aren't getting the yearly amount as they used to.  You try to explain the loss of the 'winners' but this crowd doesn't care.

3.  Eager to bring their system into your life without much testing or tweaking.  This part of the enthusiasm bothered more than anything else.  It was like they'd found some magic formula that no one knew about or ever tried....and if you just stood to the side and allowed them to jump-start this revolution process, we'd get there real fast.

The fact that virtually every single hard-core socialist government that has existed....has more or less failed?  Well....don't bring up Cuba or North Korea because these punks seem to think there's success written all over both.  Naturally, they haven't been there, and that might be a shock to their systems.

4.  'White-Paper' Mentality.  I worked years ago with an junior Air Force officer who was in the midst of problems over management.  In his world, white-papers were written overnight....quickly reviewed....than became some point of reality   Sadly, we would reach some point early on or at the mid-point....where the white-paper-plan simply couldn't work. In his mind....the paper made sense.  In the real world....there are various stumble points which usually are never clearly understood by the white-paper enthusiasts.

I see this white-paper thinking with the young crowd....things ought to work with their plans but they can't cite any place where it's been tried and successfully implemented....saying usually some vague thing that they do this in Europe....never saying where or how it works.

5.  The continual phrase that USSR-socialism doesn't work but real socialism will work.  It's often repeated....like some test-phrase that the lecture guy gave and you were supposed to remember this key element.  Course, it would mean you need to list today where pure-socialism has worked (the only two countries left are North Korea and Cuba (it's dissolving because of capitalism use by citizens there).

You would get this impression that there must be forty different types or levels of socialism, and some are sparkling success stories.

Their attempts to explain this?  It's like handing a pamphlet out to three guys on muffler-repair and they try to lead some discussion with twenty lines of information.  It bothers me that this identifies the three guys as experts....when they aren't.

The thing about being young and in college....you can be stupid.  Then one day.....you need to improve your logical thinking and move up in the world.  If you are still this stupid when they hand you the degree....well....you pretty much wasted the tuition money and blew all that class-time on something without value.  It's kinda like being given a compass in life.....but there no arrow to point you in the direction north.

Loser Path

You marginally sit in some high school environment....mostly gaming six hours a day....lacking any real game-plan beyond high school....focused on no real future.  Graduation comes.  You end up moving your stuff into the big room of the basement which has a private toilet, and settle down for the long-haul.

Weeks pass, and the best that you can assure mom or dad is that you will attend some local community college class but it's whittled down to one class per semester.  Your gaming skills are sharpened by the fact you game roughly sixty hours a week now.  You work eight hours on Sundays at some local pizza delivery service and your dad gives you $60 a week as pocket money to cover your smokes and beer cost.

Somewhere along the third year of this great life experience....you enroll for one full year at some university....to make mom happy.  You fall into a group of folks who are revolutionary in nature....talk anti-capitalism....smoke marijuana whenever possible....and get hired out to protests as protest-actors....making $16-an-hour.

You still live in the basement room in dad's house at age twenty-four.  Your big thrills are the once or twice a month protest rallies that you get hired out to with your former college buddies.  In a normal month now....you make almost $300 as a protest-actor.

Your dad tries to have a logical discussion on your 25th birthday....that you need to move on in life.  To be honest, you can't remember a single day over the past five years where you haven't smoked at least one joint and sipped at least a six-pack of beer.  Your dad still gives you pocket money and occasionally helps to fix the 22-year-old car that you drive around.  Your last real date was two years ago, with some protest-gal who was hyped up on big-oil and saving whales.

By your 26th birthday, you've gotten yourself arrested three times for protest-brawls, and dad said on the third occasion that he won't bail you out anymore. He's also insisted you return to college and attempt to finish up a degree.  You wrap up a massive protest-schedule one summer with over $5,000 collected on twenty-odd protests.  You live practically out of a bus for six weeks straight as they haul you from city to city across the nation.  Once in a while....you do ask who is paying for your roll as a brawl-actor, but no one knows much except it's all cash, and it's a guaranteed to be without taxation.

You return to college....mostly attending a program which is some social science field....mostly taking classes with professors who are anti-capitalists and revolution-talkers.  You hook up with some gal who is left-wing, right-wing, neo-Nazi, anti-capitalist, and revolutionary-thug.  She excites you with all the hyped up talk.  The fact that she's probably crazy and unable to conduct a rational conversation....never occurs.

Months pass and by your 28th birthday....you actually graduate from college.  You spend six weeks on some bus touring the US at various protests and making $1000 a week.  You've earned some title as "Marvel-thug" and recognized for your attire, bizarre theatrics, and aggressive behavior.

After the big return from this summer tour....dad kinda lays out a schedule.  You need to get a real job and move out of the basement in six months.

Oddly, as you prepare your resume and try hooking up with various companies....no one calls you for an interview.  A friend rewrites your resume, and makes it look like you are five years younger.  You get several interviews and get accepted to a job.  After one month at the new job....you complain at HR about the old white-dude in your office who is a suspected racist.  HR decides probation is ended and let you go.  A month later, you hook up with another company, and repeat the same old white-dude routine....to be let go.

Your dad is asking questions now.  What's the issue?  He kinda hints that the $80,000 on college costs is his investment money to get you out.

By your 30th birthday....dad kicks you out of the house.  You end up moving in with the old idiot college girlfriend.  You marry her four months later.  Then you realize that she's mostly nuts and really is a neo-Nazi....that this wasn't a fake act like you thought. Luckily, she works now for some secretive foundation and has bundles of $40,000 delivered every month to cover protest actions and the hiring of fake-brawlers.  You work for her....mostly training people how to fake-brawl.

Somewhere around age thirty-two....your wife gets arrested for money-laundering and tax-evasion, and you end up leaving the apartment....escaping back to your dad's basement 'lounge' that you enjoyed for all those years.  You slumber off for two years waiting on the whole trial for your wife to end.  She gets four years in prison.  Six months into this....she lets you know that she's become a lesbian and wants a divorce.  Your dad says it's best thing to do.....put your future ahead....get a job, and move out.

By age thirty-five, you've come to this point where you've gain forty pounds, and most of your income is solely off protests.  As a trainer and organizer....you make near $30,000 a year now.  You explain this to your dad, and he says it's just not a real job, and then asks if you are paying taxes.  Sadly, you admit that it's all cash-and-carry with these protest organizations....no taxes.  He suggests that you move out.

Shortly before your thirty-seventh birthday....your dad comes down to the basement and announces that he's sold the house and will be turning over the property in thirty days.  He's buying an RV and heading to Orange Beach.  You contemplate your future.  Worthless degree.  No real job in twenty years.  Failed marriage.  In the Social Security database....you've officially worked part-time for five years at best and your pay-out per month at 66 will be $95.

You pack up a sleeping bag and tent, and end up staying mostly under a bridge on the south end of town, and working weekends at the local pizza shop.  A friend from high school lets you use their garage shower unit on occasion.

The problem with this epic tale is that there are thousands of guys like this...lounging their way to retirement, and will be standing there to make $200 to $300 a month as their reward for their lifestyle.



Man of the Year Discussion

For the past day, I've sat pondering over how the Time-Man-of-the-Year function would work.

The list of candidates?

1.  The Antifa Man (always masked in black)

2.  Trump

3.  Robert E. Lee Statues

4.  The mystery Russian election meddler

5.  Senator McConnell, who seemed to accomplish nothing over all of 2017, while having a GOP Senate, GOP House, and GOP President.

6. Al Gore, who produced another environmental block-buster movie, which no one really attended this time around

7.  Barrack Obama, who did mostly nothing but it was a good nothing

8.  Macron of France, who happens to spend near $30,000 a month on make-up to look good

9. Neo-Nazis, who barely have fifteen-odd thousand members in the US but have brought the news media to a standstill

10. A Pakistanti IT guy arrested in DC for something but Democrats say it's nothing

It's an odd list.  Personally, I think the Robert E. Lee statue business ought to get the vote.  A guy dead for 150 years....captures the imagination and political mood of a society almost 152 years later.  Oddly, he didn't ask for a single statue or for a memorial.  My second choice is the mystery Russian election meddler guy....if there ever was such a guy.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Is America Turning into a Soviet-Style One-Party State?

It's a question asked by Newsweek in a piece that hypes up the protests and fake politics that exists in America today.

Rather than answer the Newsweek question....I would start off and ask if the Soviet Union in 1918 was ever destined for any legendary greatness?

History is an interesting piece over this era.  After the revolution in 1917....the Czar fell from power fairly quick.  A committee of 'idiots' came to be formed up with Bolsheviks running things up through 1922.  Lenin?  He was merely an ideas guy....the type to walk in and stir up trouble with great speeches.  When the smoke finally cleared in 1917....there was no real plan and no real assembly of four-star leadership.

After Lenin's death in 1924....Stalin stepped in and become the sole boss.  At that point, the committee idea existed in theory, but Stalin was the one allowing each to have a small piece of the pie.

In truth, there was no political party....you were a citizen or resident of the USSR, and the government was one single big cog with only one single direction.  You conformed, or you found some way of exiting the country.  If you desired some alternate lifestyle....you were going to end up in Siberia.  Folks might say some party existed....just for meeting purposes and attending a free-food situation, but it probably didn't really qualify as a real party.

It's a false sense of reality to suggest that politics ever was offered in the Soviet Union.  People may sit around today....huff on some glue, and drink some great rum-and-Coke cocktails....discussing this like some intellectual situation.  But the Soviet Union was just a car running on fumes and a empty tank for seventy years.

So, you move onto the US and some fake intellectual discussion of a one-party state.  

Maybe up until the 1980s....there was still a GOP situation and a Democratic situation.  I think since the mid-1990s....with radio talk-shows, the internet, cable news, the demise of the print-media (in particular Time, Newsweek, WaPo, and NY Times)....you have a charged up agenda driven political system.

McCain may have an "R" behind his name.....but most people who say they are Republicans don't really value what McCain has to say and they question his behavior and ethnics.

The same is true with several Democrats.

Agenda groups, lobbyists, and special-interest foundations are mostly running the one-party state that you see today.  No one respects the news media that much.  The protests around universities now?  They are questioned to some degree....fake protesters are bused and in and pretend to be part of this group or that group....depending on the day of  the week and the pay-scale.

In the 1970s, you could have asked most folks to name their governor, their two state senators, and their district Representative....with the bulk of people (well over 70-percent) only able to provide one single name.  Today, everyone is hyped up to the degree that they can name all four characters, the VP, most cabinet officers, and the bulk of the Supreme Court.

We are in a different age and a morphed culture.  It's not even a real political system....just a collection of pretenders, actors, and special-interest groups shuffling around and trying make people think in some relative way that it's all a democracy.  In essence?  It's a great illusion act worthy of a big-contract deal in Vegas.

The Likely Future Trend

Over the next two years, I tend to expect that company HR personnel will find themselves in a situation of protecting the company, and it's brand-name....by asking a few questions of individuals who apply for degree-type jobs and the individuals are recent graduates.  The questions will center around....are you a team player and capable of working with diverse people?

The young applicants...just out of college and ready to earn cash to pay back their college debt....will say yes.

The interview process will go fine and at the end....they will be in the hiring process, and a single sheet of paperwork will be signed to talk about the probation period.

Two months...maybe four months into this period....this new employee is going to come up and complain about so-and-so old white engineer boss and the suggestion to HR that the old guy is a racist or fascist.

The HR guy will smile and pull out the form they filed neatly away, and let you know that your probation period ended, and you will not be kept with the company.  Shock will of course occur.  Then HR will explain that they don't have time to baby-sit whiners like you, and whatever you learned in college....didn't prepare you for the real business world.

So the kid walks out....reapplies, and finds in six months the same situation....probation ending in termination.

At some point, the WaPo and NY Times crowd will invent some new term for these young men and women.....complete with a degree but just not capable of working in a diverse environment.  The question will eventually return to the university campus, and if they did something wrong in the education phase.

The sad thing is that billions will have been wasted on young men and women....teaching them virtually nothing over four years and making them mostly useless for the rest of their life.

The Five Hillary-States That Could Be Flipped

2016 is over and we should just move on.  But if you gaze back at the Hillary-states (that she won)....there's actually a couple that a margin of votes shifting....would have made them Trump-states:

1.  Colorado.  There's basically 130,000 votes difference between Hillary and Trump.  48-percent to 43-percent.  If you subtracted the Libertarian vote and those for McMuffin....it's over 172,000 votes.

2.  Maine.  Hillary won with 357,000 votes while Trump placed second at 335,000.  A difference of 22,000 votes.  McMuffin and the Libertarian vote?  Almost 40,000.

3.  Minnesota:  Hillary won with 46-percent of the vote.  Trump came up with 45-percent.  If he had another 44,500 votes....the situation would be different.  165,000 votes went to the Libertarians and McMuffin.

4.  New Hampshire.  Hillary won with 47-percent of the vote.  If Trump had come up with another 3,000 votes....he would have won.  The Libertarian and McMuffin vote?  31,000 between the two.

5.  Virginia.  Hillary won with 1.98-million.  Trump came short with 1.76-million.  The McMuffin-Libertarian factor?  Near 170,000 votes.

In these five cases.....if you challenged McMuffin, the Libertarians, and cleared off the voting lists to be pure and clean....all five would have gone to Trump.

For 2020, if I were Trump....I'd identify fifteen states which I won't waste a minute of time or effort....nor run a single advertisement.  In the case of both Colorado and Maine.....I'd find one single guy in each state that will go and be the proxy in that state....to challenge McMuffin-type and Libertarian-type voters.

In NAFTA-affected states, like Michigan and Ohio.....I'd make sure the jobs delivered over the four-year period were discussed almost nightly on regional news networks.  Michigan sits at 3.7-percent unemployment....probably the lowest it's been in fifteen years.  Ohio?  Its sitting at 5.2-percent.

Neither Libertarian candidates or McMuffin....can hype accomplishments on bringing jobs.  It's within reason that all five Hillary-states could be flipped.

The Kiwi Story

Ok, so lets lay out this story from minute one.

The cops get called around 7:30 AM on Tuesday morning.  An argument brewing at an apartment complex.  They show up.

As they enter the apartment, on a domestic dispute....the 'woman' is swinging around a butcher-knife.  Somewhere in the brief minute or so that passed....the individual with whom the 'woman' was arguing with....gets a knife wound.  No one says if this was a butcher-knife or pocket-knife....but you have to assume it's a weapon.

Then the cop tries to halt the mess....threatens to shoot, and the 'woman' simply doesn't get the jest of this.....so the cops shoots.  Down goes the 'woman'.....dead.

Had this been a 'woman'....it would have been filed and a judge signing off on the whole report in six to eight weeks.

But, here.....we have a black transgender woman....Kenneth 'Kiwi' Herring....in Saint Louis.

The fact that the cop reacted in self-defense?  Doesn't really matter.

So all of this leads to Wednesday night.....roughly thirty-six hours later.  A crowd of folks have gathered to block traffic and protest over the cops shooting Kiwi.  Into the midst of this crowd drives a Mercedes driver.....which appears that he's gotten into this mess and just wants to drive out quickly.

Three folks injured and the Mercedes dude arrested.  Charges?  Unknown.  I suspect the cops just wanted to get the guy out before problems occurred.  Was the driver guy a Nazi or KKK member? Doubtful....he was driving a Mercedes.  Losers can't usually afford that kind of car.

The sad thing here is that this could have been avoided if the domestic argument hadn't reached the stage where you needed to swing a knife around and threaten people.  Course, if the cops had not reacted and just allowed Kiwi to knife the associate....things would have been fine.  Now?  I'm guessing by Friday night....some big crowd will have another protest and more folks will get run over by cars.

Oh, and what the argument was between Kiwi and the associate?  Unknown.  Amongst all this chatter and hype.....no one talks about the argument that started up.

The Boris Image

Generally, whenever I hear the term "Russian meddling in the US election"....I have this image in my mind from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons with Boris Badenov.

Boris Badenov was a fictional character of course.

Boris was invented in the late 1950s and was supposed to be the somewhat evil character...that was somewhere between being a German or a Soviet bad-guy.

After you've watched a couple hours of Rocky and Bullwinkle....you'd come to the conclusion that Boris was just a unlucky guy at situations.  He'd walk into a great situation, and minutes later find that he'd been outsmarted or just run into bad luck.

When I sit and watch CNN....I'm really trying hard not to visualize Boris....but typically, it only takes a minute of some dimwit with CNN talking and I've got Russian-meddling and Boris in my mind.

As much as Boris struggled and failed.....time after time....you got use to the Boris scheme and could figure out that American-branded Bullwinkle and Rocky would always walk away safe.

I've come to view the Russian meddling thing in the election as basically the same thing.  Whatever scheme was floated on the original version...it didn't really matter.  We....as Bullwinkle and Rocky....will walk away in a safe fashion.  It's virtually guaranteed.

As for future meddling?  Boris version II will appear in 2020 and 2024.  His sidekick....the slutty Natasha Fatale will probably accompany him.  CNN will interview both.  The arrival of the Russians will be hyped up and widely reported.  Some people will note that they were briefly swayed....mostly by the booze.....to trust CNN and Boris.  Eventually, we'll all have a good laugh.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Trump, 2020, and the Five Trump-Cards

This is my script on how the next three years will play out.

1.  Trump will give the government of Mexico and Canada an invitation to discuss NAFTA, version 2.  Neither will agree to meet.  So Trump sets up the schedule to terminate NAFTA by summer of 2018.  This naturally gets the Democratic Senators and at least 15 GOP Senators in a very negative attitude.

2.  Trump notes the 15 GOP Senators and prepares a list of negative support for those Senators, particularly in the November 2018 election period.

3.  The three top Democratic candidates are: Senator Kamala Harris of California, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia. In the primary season....McAuliffe ought to be able to win Iowa and New Hampshire easily....then stall.  The remainder of this primary season will be mostly a fifty-fifty split between Harris and Zuckerberg.  Zuckerberg's debate skills will be his weakest point, but he'll have political activist on every campus in hopes of recruit most youth votes his way.  I also anticipate some students will be caught as dual-voters and find that this brings a hefty fine.

4.  I expect McConnell, McCain and at least five major GOP Senators to push funding toward a competitor against President Trump. All seven will deemed as lost to the GOP party and it'll be a 'truth-test of some type if your state representatives or Senators stand against the seven.

5.  The attempt to fix or rebuild the tax base?  Total failure.  You can thank both McCain and McConnell for their efforts.

6.  The repair to the Obama health care system?  It will NOT happen in 2017, 2018, or 2019.  By spring of 2019....at least another two-million people will have quit the system, and most journalists will agree that the system is now completely unaffordable.  Yet fixing it under Trump will not be acceptable.

7.  The Democratic Primary will end with either Zuckerberg or Harris promising things to McAuliffe....probably allowing him to be the future Secretary of State....to his votes.

8.  An odd investigation will conclude by summer of 2018 that at least one million votes in the US will be suspect (dual-voting, dead-voters, illegal voters).  An attempt by President Trump to fix this will fail....thanks to McCain and McConnell.  At least twelve states will write laws that repairs some of the mess but is challenged in the court system.  The Supreme Court (because of the nomination of Ted Cruz to the court) will take up the discussion and allow the states to toughen their laws.

9.  The thirty states that Trump won in 2016?  They will be the same thirty that he'll win in 2020.

10.  CNN, the NY Times, WaPo, and the majority of the media?  Because of the hype over 2017, 2018 and 2019....most everyone will be sick and tired of the 24-hour a day hype and start to hit 'mute' more often.

As for the five Trump-cards?  (1) NAFTA dissolving. (2) Voter reform.  (3) Tax reform to allow companies to bring their capital back into the US without massive taxation. (4) Fewer job regulations. (5) Stronger black middle-class identifying to Trump's vision of the future.  All of these will solidify the Trump agenda.

Footnote: By 2020, it'll be public view that Russian meddling probably didn't occur.  Some comedian will keep a week by week track on Russian meddling results, and some Russian comedian will show up to pretend to meddle....but mostly play pranks on journalists.

Added Footnote: Hillary Clinton will attempt to be part of the campaign for McAuliffe and fail miserably.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Temperature Has Risen to 451 Degrees

Back in the mid-1950s (1953 it was published)....we had this book to arrive from Ray Bradbury.  It's safe to say that Bradbury always wanted you to think about things....ponder....and realize consequences.

The book?  Fahrenheit 451.

The book centered around an American society which had fallen off the wagon....gotten itself into a terrible state of crisis, and decided that various ways of thinking could not be accepted.

The consequence of this society?  Burn books.

Various thugs were detailed out to the job of handling book destruction.  It's safe to say that their central theme was that books gave you various view-points, and that was an unwise thing.

I read the book Fahrenheit 451 in the late 1970s (after high school). At the time, I thought it would have been a great mandatory book to have read around age fifteen/sixteen....coupled with a civics class, and have an entire hour of debate over the wisdom or illogical sense of one single view-pont or burning books.  On the negative side, to me....it was a fantasy type book.  I felt that from the two or three readings that I had of Bradbury material....they required reflection, heavy thought, and a lengthy discussion afterwards....something I hated about this type of reading.

In today's environment....various groups want one simplified direction on your beliefs, your politics, your economics, your health management, etc.  And that one belief or direction....has to be within their template.

What Bradbury suggests is that you can go down this street, and reach a point where you do irrational things and suffer consequences.  Then you are at some point where you need a fire of 451 degrees or more....to burn a book.  Oddly, in this digital age....the fahrenheit topic doesn't exist.  You just go to burning, erasing, yanking, or destroying what is necessary for the core belief.

In the end, we may be standing around....wondering what this whole tirade was about and how we got to this point.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The 'Glue' War

If you go and ask most folks about the Spanish-American War....their knowledge level consists of a 3x5 card.  Maybe six lines at the very most.

Few will remember that William McKinley was President during this war.  Few will be able to cite the fraudulent causes to the war.  Most will say the key battle was the charge up San Juan Hill.

Oddly, in the vision of uniting the nation....thirty-three years will have passed, and the Spanish-American War become the healing point for the south, and demonstrated some unity and recovery among the GOP and Democratic Parties.

Various characters from Confederacy are brought back into the game (Joe Wheeler for example), and there is this unification factor that now shows one single nation existing....something that hadn't been demonstrated since 1776.

The war?  Few will realize that it lasted a total of three months, three weeks, and two days.

Yes, if you go and look at how the Rough Rider episode occurred....they had barely enough time to get folks signed up....hustled off to a brief boot-camp deal....put on ships, and delivered into Cuba for a brief three-week engagement.  After landing on 22 June....it is noted in history that US troops were already pulling out by 7 August.  Oddly enough, it might be worth mentioning....the chief problem after defeating the Spanish...was Yellow Fever.  Every day that the Army stayed....meant more deaths due to the fever.

When you go and read over the various statues erected (now part of the protest chatter)....if you go and view the history of most of the statues....they come after the Spanish-American War.  Without the war?  I would question if the majority of the statues would have ever been erected.

Only something to think about.

The Remainder of the Charlottesville Year

Upon pondering, I will offer up the script (WWE-style) for the rest of 2017 on the Charlottesville year:

1.  School and university students are returning back to the classroom, and I would expect internal conflict, brawls, and teacher-led discussion episodes to create total chaos.

2.  By the end of September, the first major brawl with dozens of students will trigger one high school to shut down for two to three days.  Others will follow.

3.  University brawling will occur to the extent by the end of October for a couple of universities to either suspend dozens of students, or shut down the campus for a day or two to halt violence.  Several professors will be brought in, and read the riot-act by the Chancellor....being told that they are on thin-ice and might be let go.

4.  Police will say they are under-manned to handle this type of conflict, and will be of no real use for high schools or universities. On campus shootings will likely occur because of the limited public service of the police.

5.  Some major brawl will erupt at a southern NCAA school by the end of November....at the local football game.  Protesters will end up in a fight with dozens wounded bad enough for ambulance trips.  The game will be suspended and the school will threaten to terminate the season.  Some football supporters will say it's not safe to attend games, stadiums will appear half-full for the last few games of the season.

6.  Protest crowds at several southern capitals will cause the legislative crowd to demand real police action, and several protesters end up dead because of attacks on police.

7.  The Attorney General will have hundreds of his people out to investigate high school brawls, college brawls, and protest reactions in southern capitals.

8.  At some point by Thanksgiving....it'll be noted that some NFL stadiums are now affected by the confederacy campaign, the protests, and the brawls.  The brand-name NFL will be damaged by the fan and protest actions.  TV audiences will be pumped up by the violence.

9.  The illusionists with the GOP and Democrats will no longer be able to message anything to bring calm to the public.  Even the MSNBC journalist crowd will admit that this has gone way beyond sanity.

10.  Only frigid weather and snow-storms will help to lessen the violence.  Temporarily of course.

Advice Offered

I noticed this question and answer episode over at the San Jose Mercury News:

Q: I’m a 50-year-old guy who’s been divorced for about a year. I’m beginning to date again, but I’m uncertain who pays for what. A friend tells me that he always pays for the first date when he goes out to dinner with someone new. But after that, he splits the check 50/50, unless there’s a special reason not to, like it’s her birthday. This sounds reasonable to me. But what should I do if, on the second date, the woman doesn’t reach for her wallet as I reach for mine? My friend says he just tells his date, “It looks like your share’s about $X” and hands her the bill. I’m not sure I’m that brave.

I sat for a while over the question, and deemed it an Alabama-essential question to answer.

Solution: First, you need to take a deep breath, and take this date number one gal out to a Burger King or local bar-b-q joint.  Pool hall hamburger or bowl of chili would also be acceptable.  The key emphasis here is that you you don't want to spend more than $15 (with the Cherry Coke or Pabst-Blue-Ribbon included) on BOTH of you.  You pull out a crisp twenty-dollar bill (fresh, just ask the bank teller for new ones that came in) to pay entirely yourself.  You want to demonstrate character, charm, and hospitality.

If things go south on this first date....you can figure it was a wise investment of the $15 and get over it quickly.  Also, if she were to note that she was vegan or had some negativity about bar-b-q....it's good to get this out there quickly, and you can move on.

My brother would likely suggest that the catfish menu option would be a better choice, but then you'd be talking about $9.99 each, and $1.50 for the tea....going well over the $23 range.  This would be the wrong move to show that you go out on the first date and splurge like that.

You should also take note how your date dressed for the dinner.  If she shows up in fairly upscale clothing and $80 shoes....you might have tangled up with some high-maintenance gal.  If she shows up in some $9 Wal-Mart football jersey and $10 loafers....you might have tangled up with some trailer-trash gal.  Being observant on the first date is fairly important.

Finally, if by the end of the first date....you come to realize your gal carries around a Walther PPK 380 in her purse.....says she's got a better sauce recipe for ribs than the bar-b-q joint had....is open to going to wrestling matches....enjoys attending state fairs....and sips mostly micro-brewery beer for the taste-level, you'd best situate the 2nd, 3rd and 4th dates real quick.

The Illusionists and Their Bag of Tricks

Over the past twenty to thirty years, I've had this impression of politics in America being fake or fraudulent.  It doesn't matter if it's Republicans or Democrats. It doesn't matter if it's at the national-level, state-level or city-level.  It doesn't matter if it's hyped up or down by news journalists, bloggers, lobbyists, or intellectuals.

In recent weeks, I've come to a new view of reality in America....that we are in the midst of a great magic show, with illusionists at work.  Charmers and soothsayers are hard at work....twenty-four-seven....to ensure your interest and dedication stay at some level which benefits them.

All the talk for seven years of some master-plan or repair solution over health-care in America....by the Republicans?  An illusion. It was fake.  It was like you had some shaman at work....in some trance-like sequence....talking in foreign speech and impressing everyone with the coming solution.

The Democrats?  They run the same illusion.  You can't dare go and fix health-care....but then you sit in the darken corner and admit that it's fairly screwed up and people are leaving the deal every month.

Journalists?  They work like some diviner who claims he's got the magic water-stick and can find the best place to dig a well.  At prime-time, with your cable-option, you can get the services of a fine 'fortune-teller' who predicts this party will fail, and this individual will fail....then the peanut-butter commercial comes up, or some advertisement over septic tank replacement.

The event this past weekend in Charlottesville?  You can generally say that fake-actors were hired and brought in for the protests....and it's appearing that maybe both sides had hired fake-actors (maybe as far away as California).  Who paid for the fake-actors?  Foundations, who are part of the illusion.  Why use violence in some illusion?  Because with video, you might get more hyped up and think that you can be part of the pro-illusion or the anti-illusion.  The odds of the same foundation funding both fake-actor groups?  Some folks are beginning to look upon this idea.

Some people will even go and suggest that a few deaths in the middle of an illusion is necessary....to keep the audience engaged.

It is an insult to your intelligence and at any moment....you might just wake up and grasp the whole 'voodoo-fakeness' of the situation.  Frankly, I think some folks have reached a level where it's just pure entertainment....like the Amish Mafia reality show, or some pretender analyzing the Kardashian world.  Some of the illusionists are gifted to the level of Charlton Heston or David Hasselhoff.

At some point tomorrow....the McCain-enchanter will go through some hand motion....give some fake talk on his 16th flip-flop of the month....and hype up some political agenda to 'bring-the-curtain-down'.

Across town, some Pelosi-enchantress will go through the same hand motion....give her fake talk on the evils of the Republicans, and hype up another agenda to 'bring-the-curtain-down'.

An illusionist can exist only as long as the bag of tricks is not depleted.  When that moment comes and there's just nothing left to entertain you with the bag of tricks....then you will turn and finally go home....for a long time.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Monuments-Removed-By-Us

I have this idea for a business.

I'd take a new truck, and attach a fairly good crane onto it....to pick-up Civil War statues for cities and parks.  You'd call up....give an estimate on the weight and size....maybe a picture....we'd give you an estimate (always in the $5,000 to $10,000 range).

We'd do the service at night....mostly around midnight to 4AM.

We'd handle the disposal....probably driving to some rural valley of Alabama and just dumping it into a field.

MRBU.  I'd run the company with a max of three guys....mostly all former Army or Marines.

The thing about this is that eventually....twenty years down the line, some interest would come up on such-and-such statue, with some folks wondering about it's location.  I'd let people know that for a price (usually $5,000 to $10,000)....I'd sell it to them and deliver to their property.  So I'd get the business....going and coming.

The Numbers Question

What is the actual quantity of Klan members, Nazis, etc....in the United States?

This is one of those oddball questions that might shock most folks.

For Klan membership....most people who are into the topic will say that the Klan has drawn down to membership organizations in roughly 22 states (more or less).  Actual member numbers gets sketchy.....but 8,000 appears to be high number thrown around.  Yes, just 8,000.

Historically for the Klan....their big period was in the 1910 to 1930 period, with what was estimated at roughly four million members.

The Nazis?  Well, this gets to being a very drawn out affair because various other groups are often thrown into this listing....mostly under the listing of white-supremacy or Aryan Nation types.  In recent weeks, the news media has even tried to throw Alt-Right into the same mixture.  If you go strictly Nazis and Aryan Nation/supremacy groups....it's probably less than 10,000 members nation-wide, and maybe another 20,000 who might have some rare or occasional intersest.  This topic....I will admit....is debatable.  You could have people who think in this direction but aren't members and might only show up for one event or demonstration per year.

So this whole hyped up sense that we have today is about twenty-odd-thousand people out of 300-million residents?  Yeah....that's the size of this issue.

To be honest....on the bean-counting game....there are probably more meth-dealers in America, than the Klan-Nazi crowd.

The Alt-Right crowd?  This gets into various interpretations and the news media makes it more of a amusing topic than a serious topic.  There aren't real organizations or chapters....it's just a loose-fitting group of individuals that might show up on one Saturday for a march, and then just disappear for six months.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

When Using a 'Name-Brand'

With all this Nazi talk in recent days, I thought it might be useful to pull out the 1932 political platform for the Nationalist Socialist Party of Germany.  While some folks go full turbo on the Aryan Nation business....to be a true Nazi....you also need to be socialist.  So, this is the platform statement, in English, in modern-day language:

1.  Undertaking a government requirement to establish all citizens the right to adequate employment opportunities and an adequate living standard.  Hint, this means the $15 an hour wage, and the government supervising your employment opportunities in some fashion.

2. The needs of the overall community should outweigh the needs of the individual. Hint, your personal needs don't matter.

3.  The commercial running of the nation should be regulated in such a way, that profits of the rich or corporate nature.....should be shared and distributed to the citizens....not by the wealthy or elite. Hint, you can only make X-amount of money, and the rest will be redistributed.

4.  The welfare of the senior citizens should be attended to by the government, who will ensure a provision exists for their "protection".  Hint, part of the redistribution of wealth will go toward senior citizens....one way or another.

5.  The nation will ensure regulations exist to control state and federal property to the degree required, which will be determined by the highest authority of the government. If necessary, confiscation of excess property or wealth will be exercised, for the greater good of the community.  Hint, they will seize property and wealth, as required.

6.  Interest rates and mortgage situations will be regulated by the government to ensure the lowest possible financial requirement upon the citizens.  Hint, the banks won't set rates....the government will.

7.  A national farming bill/law will be pushed to help improve and comfort the rural farming environment and ensure national food requirements are met, with good cheap prices for everyone in the market. Hint, the government will set prices and farming profits.

8.  Rent control and regulation will be exercised as necessary, to prevent profits. Hint, rent will be a government run operation....you the owner, will not determine how much you can charge.

9.  Regulation will be created to prevent speculation of land and property.

10.  The federal government will work to ensure the culture of all ethnic groups of society is respected and honored.

11.   The science of citizenship will be developed and exercised as appropriately viewed by the community, state and federal government. This science will be developed into common teaching requirements and utilized for lesson plans as necessary.

12.  Children with skill and capability, no matter what class of their parents, shall be educated at the cost of the government, no matter where they live or what the eventual higher education will cost. In essence, free college for all.

13.  It will be the absolute priority of the nation to help raise the standards of national health by providing adequate hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, and care.

14.  It will be the national cause to help stop and hinder unnecessary juvenile labor.

15.  It will be a national priority to help increase physical fitness and dietary requirements of the public, to help make society at large better and healthier. Regulation will be utilized as much as necessary.

16.  The overall goal of the nation.....will be the common good....before the individual good. The nation will stand against materialistic spirits which create unfair wealth and class divisions.

So, if you were hyped up to use the brand-name Nazi....and you just weren't that much into socialism or the entanglements.....then you've picked the wrong core group.

Course, there are some other folks who'd like these political platforms, who might not be considered alt-right.

Just something to think about.  Note, all of these come from 1932 text of the political platform used for the party in that year's election in Germany.

The Real McCain

Nothing to get excited about....but in 2013....Senator John McCain who clearly says today that he hates racists and Nazis....openly met with Oleh Tyanhnybok, who is head of the political party in the Ukraine and absolutely a Nazi.

What did McCain do?  He spoke of kind words over Tyanhnybok and his party.

Yeah, McCain....either crazy at the flip of a switch or absolutely in full control of his destiny.  Your decision.

The Lost Damsel Story

For several days, I've been following this story out of central Alabama....near the Highway 82 area between Union Springs and Eufaula.  On the map, this is just east of Montgomery....by 30-odd minutes of driving.

The story goes....about a month ago, this young damsel (Lisa Theris) had accompanied two young gentlemen on a burglary adventure.  Their target was a hunting cabin out in the rural aspects of the region.

What we are told is that Lisa gets all nervous at the cabin area....worried about the 'law' or maybe the two guys (they were both arrested later), and she runs off into the woods.

For a month....yes, four weeks, she is out in the woods.

A couple of days ago....some driver is driving down Highway 82 and notices something that looks not right.  Normally, you'd see cows, fence posts, pines, and farms.  Here on the side of the road is a naked gal....Lisa.  They take her to the hospital.

So, Lisa's story.   She says she ran off into the woods....got lost, and then survived off creek water, her own urine, mushrooms, and berries.  She has lost roughly 50 pounds, or so the hospital does claim. She is insect-bit (heavily), and appears awful brown (as in suntanned).

Folks are amazed at her survival and admire the whole story.  It does sound pretty nifty.

I paused over this, and frankly....it's fairly fake.

First, if you gaze at a map of the region.....if you pick even the more rural of the territory, you'd only have to walk two miles in one single direction to reach a dirt or paved road.  It'd take roughly an hour, and you'd hit civilization.  Folks would like to think it's really all forested and rough territory, but the map shows otherwise.

Second, naked? Generally, folks that get naked these days....do it because they are on flakka (the drug).  Otherwise, you really don't have any reason to rip your clothing off.

Third, snakes.  Generally, if you told me you were out in some woods for four weeks....just rambling around....especially in Alabama....it means you would come across a snake about every thirty minutes.  The odds of surviving?  Zero chance.

My impression?  She was at the robbery site, and at some point had access to a fair amount of flakka.  Maybe it belonged to the two guys....maybe it was from the cabin itself....who knows.  But she spent most of the four weeks doing the drug situation and simply lucked out to have walked to Highway 82 and been found.

But here's the thing.....in Alabama, we need stories like this to be entertained by.  Folks will sit for weeks talking about the lost damsel, and how they would have handled this if they were lost.

2018

I'm thinking about writing a book.  So I've thrown around this plot:

Winston Jackson is a regular guy, who sips Pabst Blue Ribbon...drives a 12-year-old Chevy....just wrapped up his second divorce....pays a hefty amount on taxes, and leans toward moderate conservatism.  He lives in Oceania, Mississippi.

Winston uses Google, Twitter, Facebook and various social media platforms....and wakes up one day to realize that they are all in some mode of watching him and his activities.  They track his cookies and know his slant on life.

Winston has come to notice that there's all these new phrases thrown around....that don't seem to mean anything but it keeps getting hyped to him via Newsweek, the Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Fox News, CBS, and NBC....that these things are important.  Winston questions this.

Winston notices that even the folks in authority (sitting in Washington) tend to get hyped up over these things.  One day, Winston is told that there is evil fake news out there, and he needs to be vigilant....and stay mostly with only the authorized news folks because they know whats fake and what's not.

Winston starts to think that it's ALL fake.  Not just the fake news, but Washington, politics, taxation, racism, etc.  Winston chats about this on social media....which draws up the attention of the media-watchers, and they are aware of his behavioral change.

Winston feels oppressed and frustrated.  His political party is in decay.  His view of news is drawn to question everything.  He is a skeptic of virtually everything he is told.  He starts to have random thoughts of running off to Argentina, or buying a ranch in Utah, or voting for some McMuffin-guy just to send some message.

Winston starts to hate his political party, and the fake leadership.  One day....there is some loud-mouthed guy who actually talks at the level and perception like Winston.  In a way, this guy is like Winston.  The guy says he can drain-the-swamp....which no one believes possible.

Winston starts to chat and write over social media of his enthusiasm for this change....this new leader...and this is all viewed as 'radical'.

One day, Winston bumps into a gal at the Piggly Wiggly.  She's provocative, seductive, sensual, voluptuous, and hints that she might be like him.  The fact that he gets this way only after a seven-minute conversation by the beer aisle suggests that maybe Winston has some serious secondary problems....but lets not get into this detail.  Her name? Binky.  On social media, she goes by 'bodacious_babe_for_Trump'.

Weeks pass with passion pumping hard between Winston and Binky.  They talk hot politics....twenty-four-seven.  Even at the Quicky-Lube while waiting for his oil change....he's on the phone and talking of a change coming to politics.

A guy comes up on social media and wants to chat with Winston.  The guy infers that he's like Winston.  He wants change too.  The guy?  Marvin.

Marvin says that he's part of a secretive union that is bound to bring real change to the land.  Days later, Marvin says that it's really a secretive league (something related to baseball probably).  Then days pass, and Marvin says that it's really a secretive clique...making Winston think that it's something French-like in nature.  Then days pass, and Marvin says it's really a secretive confederacy (suggesting it might be southern and related to the Civil War).

At various points in these secretive chats....Winston should have realized that Marvin was either a schizophrenic, a nut-case, or someone trying to use people for some political agenda.

Marvin keeps hyping up Winston on correctness, facts, accuracy in news, etc.

Winston starts to filling overwhelmed by Binky and Marvin.  Everything is complex.  Politics doesn't make sense.  Even the act of some marginal NFL quarterback sitting during the national anthem.....doesn't seem to be that significant to be chatted about for weeks and weeks on social media.

One day, Marvin comes up and says that it's either all-in for the political message, or all-in for some trailer-park bimbo (meaning Binky).

Winston thinks about it, and adds up the facts.  Binky wears tube-tops....flip-flops....and gets him all aroused by sipping off the foam on his glass of Pabst-Blue-Ribbon.  Winston dumps Marvin as a 'friend' from his social media platforms.

Days later, Winston wakes up to realize that Binky does live in a trailer-park....uses opioids.....dates another guy named Otis....has spent six months in a Tallahassee jail for bad-check-writing....and is actually the daughter of Marvin.

This becomes too much for Winston, and he moves to Colorado where he runs a Marijuana shop called 'Dark Desires'.  He traded in his Red-Wing boots for Birkenstocks.  He wears Hawaii-style shirts 365 days out of the year now.  He dropped all news networks from his cable-plan.  He doesn't interest himself in any political chatter, NFL talk, or discussions on religion.

Winston is finally at peace with himself.

As for Binky?  She ended up marrying some geeky electrical engineer...doing four months of detox...and is today a registered Democrat.

Marvin?  He's heading up a new league or clique to get folks enticed back into politics.  He's onto this idea of statue-yanking.  He says it'll go big in 2020.

Statue-Yanking

A lot of political infighting is simply scripted out....like an episode of WWE-wrestling where they know the bad guy for this four-month period, and how some good-guy will arrive to displace the bad-guy.

If you go and review DC news....the park service had to go and review damage done to the Lincoln Memorial....red paint written piece...."F*** Law" written into the stone.  Review says it occurred around 4:30AM yesterday.

So I sat and pondered over this whole anti-statue theme.

My gut feeling on the statue-yanking?

By the end of this year...most civil war statues in the south will have been yanked (either in a civil fashion by the city government, or by protest groups just simply reacting on their own).  By some point in the spring of 2018...I expect some reaction to occur where a Union Army statue (from a northern state) will be yanked down by alt-right (paid protesters).

Weekly statue-yanking expeditions will occur on state, public, and even federal property.  Gettysburg park rangers will be pulling around the clock guard-duty to ensure various statues on their park grounds aren't yanked.

The news media will react and be shocked.....a couple of weeks will pass, and another Union Army statue will be yanked down.

Then several artistic statues....Revolutionary War statues....WW II statues....etc, will go through a yanking period (probably up to 2020 and the election).

All of this will be set to some type of insurrection script with paid provocateurs on both sides. At some point, the FBI will stumble across the pay-to-provoke scheme and try to make sense why both sides are getting money, and who would be this 'crazy'?

It'll be one of those mass media moments when all the journalists are now looking at each other, and wondering if they were led around in a media-provocateur episode as well.

Lack of trust?  This is the ultimate moment of this whole script....the bulk of the American public will give up on most all news media devices, and refuse to believe any of them.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Twenty Points of Kent State (1969)

Most people have zero memory or knowledge of Kent State and the shootings that occurred.  So, let me point out twenty points of this period, and the event.

1.  For weeks in the spring....around the downtown area of Kent, Ohio....groups of students had been in some protest mode.  It was no longer just a protest event on the campus....it was coming into the city itself.

2.  The campus had virtually no real police organization.  The city of Kent?  The city was in the 27,000 to 30,000 population range, and had a minimum police organization to meet what the locals regarded as 'economically wise'.  The city police department was not built to handle protests or actions involving more than a couple dozen people.

4. In the fall of 1968....nine months prior....the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and a relatively unknown black student organization (the 1960s version of BLM)....had a confrontation of a light stance against recruitment folks appearing on the campus for the police.  Some people suggest that at least 200 black students from the campus were involved with this one confrontation.

5.  Things started to fully unravel around 1 April of 1969....when the SDS crowd came back into the picture again....entering the Kent State Administrative Office with demands.  Cops were called in this case.  The campus reacted by that evening by revoking the charter of the SDS organization.

6.  Two weeks go by after this 1 April event, and there is a discipinary hearing underway on campus.  There is some kind of confrontation at the hearing....between the SDS crowd (with the revoked charter), an the anti-SDS crowd.  No one ever says who made up the anti-SDS crowd, and it's one of the small mysteries left over from this event.  The campus chief decides that things are out of control and kids won't listen to the campus leadership....so cops get called (state cops, not local cops).  This would be a signal to the kids that things were moving up real quick.  Fifty-eight students were arrested that afternoon.  When the smoke cleared months later, there are four SDS members who are taken into a regional court, and given a sentence of six months in a state prison.  The rest end up with just simple jail fines.  No one talks much of the parents of the fifty-eight students in this SDS challenge to the campus, but one might assume that they woke up to realize that their kids were doing some pretty stupid stuff, and heavy lawyer effort was required.

7.  Around noon on 1 May 1969....a rally was held on campus with 500 students attending.  It broke up an hour later....with kids going back to classes.  The trigger to the rally?  The Vietnam War.

8.  Twelve hours pass....downtown in Kent....some excitement occurs around midnight...in the drinking zone of the town.  What is noted at this point is that a couple of people (maybe students, maybe locals, no one ever knows who these people were).....walked out of a bar, and threw bottles at a police car or two.  Fairly stupid act, one can admit.  Then they threw bottles at a store....then a couple of stores.  Finally, they threw a bottle to break a bank window....setting off an alarm.  This was the final straw for the local cops.   The number of bottle-throwers?  It's argued...some think it was in the neighborhood of twenty.....some say forty.  As reinforcement cops arrive....cops now say there are 120 people in the middle of the action facing the cops.  Probably way more than the cops could really handle.  History notes at this point that the group of 120 people are made up of students, bikers (no one could explain how they got into the action), and local drunks.  Virtually every single cop within twenty miles....was called to the middle of Kent that night.  As far as the mayor was concerned....he needed real muscle to come in and establish authority....the National Guard.

9.  On 2 May 1969, as the sun rose....the mayor had gone to request Guard members, establish a city emergency, and ordered all bars to be shut down for an unspecified period of time. No one says it today, but the 120 folks from that night before....probably were mostly all drunk.

10.  Somewhere on the morning of 2 May, one of the major rumors was that the students now had arms (weapons).  It was never proven true, but the rumor set off things in a very negative way.  Shutting down the bars....also went in a negative way.

11.  The National Guard began arriving on 2 May.  By that evening, they'd started to arrest anyone who was violating a curfew that had been put into place.

12.  3 May arrived....Sunday morning.  The governor had no patience left with the students.  Some students had come downtown in the morning to help clean up the mess that had been left from Friday night.  Most of the business community didn't trust these students, and it's a big question if this was legit or just a fake effort.

13.  As sun-down occurred....a confrontation occurred with the Guard guys and students.  Tear gas was dispersed.  Arrests were made.

14.  4 May: There is supposed to be a student protest at noon.  The college says 'no', no protest will occur.  Two companies of Guard folks arrived and were dispersing the protest.  It's held on campus grounds....so the campus did have the right to forbid the protest.  If they'd done this off-campus....it would have been better for the community.

15.  Things get fuzzy with the confrontation.  There are at least fifty different variations told.  Some say shots were heard by the Guard folks and they reacted.  Some suggest the Guard folks were scared of unfolding events.

16. Twenty-nine Guard guys fired weapons.....at least 67 rounds fired....four dead students and nine wounded.

17.  In the hour after the shooting....a lot of students were preparing for a massive rush against the National Guard.  This was prevented only by a couple of the professors getting into the middle of this and telling the students to disperse and go home.  If they hadn't stopped the students?  One might assume that at least a hundred more dead students would have been laid out.

18.  While the news media carried the images widely, an odd thing happened with virtually every single campus across the US.  Protest actions were absolutely forbidden.  If you engaged in the activity, you were terminated as a student.

19.  As much as the news media did to shift blame....roughly sixty-percent of the American public put the blame solely upon the students....not the Guard members.

20.  The Scranton Commission was formed, and it's one single purpose was to study protests on campuses across the US and report what was going on. For some, they were shocked at the way that these were organized and the groups who were behind the efforts.

So you look at what is going on today, and you see an entire repeat about to occur.

Nationalists Socialist 'Bait'

I probably heard the term "Nazi" or "neo-Nazi" mentioned at least forty times yesterday (Sunday) by the news media folks.  I sat and pondered upon this often misused term.

If you go and pull up the listing of political platforms for the 1932 Nationalists Socialists Party (the Nazis).....it's an interesting text.  Roughly 32 items.

So you go down the list....using modern-day English to explain what the Nazis support.

Then you read them to a dozen of these noted neo-Nazi-type guys from Virginia.

Out of the 32-odd items....there might be four of the actual platform pieces that the Nazi guy agrees upon.  The other 90-percent?  No.  These are all socialist in nature, and these guys are NOT socialists.

So you turn, and you face the news media folks....reading them the 32-odd platform items.  Oddly, they will tell you that they are against five or six of these, but the bulk of these (probably in the 75-percent range)....they actually favor.

It's not that we have neo-Nazis....it's that we have pretender Nazis who want a name-brand to stand behind and they think Aryan power is the only piece of the cake.  So when you lay out the socialist nature of the Nazis...well....these guys just aren't that type of Nazi.

Rather than educate people and make them aware of the fake nature of this whole discussion....which has gone on for decades....we just simply allow it to continue.

The Charlottesville Soap Opera

I sat this morning and read through some pieces on the Charlottesville, VA episode from the weekend.....then I went and watched private video shot.  There is a differing situation....if you watch the video and try to compare against what the media wrote.  My three observations:

1.  Whatever cops were there...were just as some 'show-horse' routine.  Their orders were to stand down and you can watch the video to confirm that it's theater-piece more than public order.  The governor or the head 'dude' who ordered the 'show-horse' routine?  They aren't explaining their gimmick but if you drag this into a court of law....their leadership authority is marginalized.  The general public will ask what good is it.....to have cops or state police, if you don't use them?

2.  This young lady.....which I am sad over her passing....if you watch the video of the incident, she had to put herself into a position where the car would hit her.  I suspect that she felt that he wouldn't move and her body would effectively stop the movement.  It was an very unwise situation, and in a court of law....her action (even though she's dead)....might not be enough to convict this kid.  In a jury situation...most will ask how they would react, in a car, with a crowd thumping on the vehicle.

3.  The term 'neo-Nazi' gets thrown around a lot these days.  So.....pull out the thirty-odd political platform stances of the German Nationalist Socialist Party of 1932, and read them in modern language.  There's maybe four items which these wannabe-neo-Nazi guys would agree with, and the other 90-percent are NOT going to be agreeable.  None of these neo-Nazi guys are socialists....so this whole term and MISUSE (for over forty years) is bizarre and comical.  The news media and intellectual guys like using the term Nazi, but if you use the political platform sequence....they themselves are more Nazi....than the neo-Nazi guys they point fingers at.

The end?  No.....this is all just act one of a twelve-act soap opera.

The Harper Story

Over the weekend, I picked up this story from Harper's Bazaar.  The emphasis of their article is that if you are a logical woman (Democrat obviously), then you should separate and divorce from your husband (if he is a Trump GOP guy).  I should note.....I don't subscribe to Harpers......I simply read the storyline itself.

I sat and paused over this for a while.

Harper's Bizaar has been around for about 150 years.  It was the magazine that claimed to know fashion and put out the newest trends to the general public.  If you look at subscription levels today....three-quarters of a million are still sold.  What Harpers can say is that they do know fashion.  They don't claim to know much on diesel cars, Hawaii hotels, best cakes for a diet, or dog training.  They simply know fashion.

If you went looking for a magazine....it's a bit hard to find these days.  You'd have to go to a book-store or to an airport shop.  Asking women around who read it?  Well....go find the twenty-five women who you might meet up with or associate with.....and ask if they subscribe.  It's pretty high odds that working class women don't read it.

As for this idea?

Let's say your wife of fifteen years read the article and decided then and there....yep....divorce this Trump-guy.  Paperwork gets done....stamped.

About three months go by and she's now thinking....well....I need to date.

So she write up the situation....forty-year-old woman....can't date a Republican guy....must only be Democrat.  No losers, no married guys, no football freaks, no gay guys, and in short fashion....she's got a 40-filter list.  Five months go by now, and the gal needs help.

So a friend says she knows the right guy.  He shows up for the date.  He's got Birkenstocks sandals on....no socks....hair tied up in a pony-tail....hippy-like character....hints that he's 402-friendly (marijuana friendly)....makes homemade brownies with a funny taste.....a Bernie-type personality....and seems to know an awful limited amount of information on any general topic.

As desperate as you are....you accept this situation for three months.  Weekend after weekend.....you feel like this really is screwed up.

So one year after the divorce, you do something crazy.  You take all the Harper's Bizaar magazines in the house and burn them.  You go and call the divorced husband up....the Trump guy....and ask if he's free.  He has women lined up but he's willing to let you crawl back.  You accept the situation because on the list of good features....he met 80-percent of what you wanted in life for a guy.  Sure, he's a Trump guy....but you could do a lot worse.

Not to slam Harpers.....but they ought to stick with fashion.  The next thing you know.....they will advise you on nuclear energy or climate change.