US Election 2020 . . .

It is nearly 09000 hours (9am) on Friday morning as I post this. The US election was last Tuesday – 3 days ago. Still, we have no definitive results for the election.

The problem I have with this is monumental. My father is the voting precinct foreman for a polling precinct in Kansas. He’s held that post honorably for nearly 30 years. He’s told me that, in this election, his precinct completed their vote tally and reported it to the state capital within 30 minutes of the polls closing. The state reported their results to the national tally within a few hours.

So, my question is – Why is it that, 3 days after the last polls closed, do we still have 6 states that have been unable to report any results for the election?

It stinks to all of the heavens. Someone is either withholding their results, or they are using extremely outdated technology to count and report their local votes.

The states that have not reported should be investigated – at the highest national level. If there is voter fraud, it is likely that it is in those states.

Qualified Success . . . . ?

I’ve written several times before about how I’ve been frustrated by my attempts to get the US Veteran’s Administration Health System to help me by fixing a hernia that runs vertically down the center of my front abdomen.

Yesterday, I had my annual physical with the VA. The night before, my wife and I talked (again!) about my plans for the visit, and I told her that if my doctor still wouldn’t listen to me about why I need to get my hernia repaired, I wanted to ask for a new doctor. She suggested that, should it come to that, I should ask to speak with the Patient Advocate, which I agreed would be a sound strategy.

So, I arrived yesterday on time, got all of my blood work drawn up, and sat waiting for the visit with my doctor. Much to my pleasure, the doctor I’ve seen the last few times has retired. I had a new doctor – or to be more precise, a Physician’s Assistant.

We went through the usual song-and-dance about my “high cholesterol” and her concern about my negligible cigarette use (I smoke, less than 2 packs per week, and sometimes only 3-4 cigarettes per day). Then she asked if there was anything specific that she could help me with, and I told her that I was still interested (because I’d talked to her predecessor about it a few times) in getting the hernia repaired.

Up to that point, she’d been mostly focused on typing my responses into the computer. When I mentioned the hernia, her head snapped around, and she exclaimed, “You have a hernia? Where?” So I leaned back slightly and lifted my shirt to show her. Her eyes became the size of saucers, and her jaw hit the floor. After uttering a very uncharacteristic epithet, she again faced her computer and exclaimed that she could get a surgical consult for this right away – AND asked me if I had a local hospital I’d prefer to have the procedure done at.

So, it isn’t fixed yet. And there is no certainty about how the billing will wash out. But, there is progress, and I’m hopeful for the first time in years that the hernia will finally be repaired.

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Saturday Posts . . .

fyi – My wife found this post on Facebook, and forwarded it to me.  There is only one thing I might add to this – that Bernie’s 52% tax is ONLY the federal tax.  There is still the additional state, local, and sales taxes to be factored into the equation.  If Bernie has his way, anyone making less than $100k/yr will not only be taking a pay cut to fund his Universal Health Care initiative, but they will also qualify for welfare.  It is absolutely certain that anyone making minimum wage right now will be taking home less than they are now if Bernie gets his way.

Official Secrets . . .

The United States of America has a serious problem.  It is functionally psychotic.

I’m talking about how a country can claim to adhere to the ideals of truth, honesty, and integrity, while at the same time empowering anyone to keep secrets from the citizens who vote for the people who are empowered to lead the country.

Logically, there is a very fundamental flaw in such a system.

Every time you authorize a secret to be protected, you must by definition authorize someone to protect that secret from discovery.  The people charged with protecting those secrets do not answer to governments, or any agency within a government.  That is the exact anathema to a democratic republic, which is what the United States Of America is supposed to be.

Here is a logic problem on a global scale.  How can you have a government that is elected by the free will of the citizens who are governed by that government, but empowered to keep secretes from those who elect those who make the decisions of that government?

You can’t.

Whomever you empower to protect a secret is automatically empowered with authority superior to that of any elected official.  They become the gatekeepers to the secret. Their authority is superior to those who were elected, and thus  they are superior to the elected government.

I stumbled upon this line of reasoning because my wife and I recently watched a series of shows on Netflix Streaming called “America’s Book of Secrets”.  The whole series was about the secrets that were being kept from the citizens of the United States by the government that was supposed to be protecting them.

As a caveat, I must admit that nothing in that series actually divulged any national secret.  However, that is part and parcel of the problem.

How can any person, in a society that presumes itself to b e run by the consent of the governed, be capable of making a competent decision about anything if they are not given full access to the facts pertaining to the future of that government?  Every protected secret is a breach of the function of that government.

I can’t speak for the other governments of the world, but if the United States of America still values honesty, integrity, and transparency, then the citizens of the USA need to take action to abolish the notion that ANYTHING can be an official secret.

Free Online Training . . .

I recently got an email that some of you may be interested in.  It was from an organization called Front Sight.  I am, nominally, on the Board of Directors.

This particular email was about the response of Front Sight to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and how we might continue to work for the long-term goal of Front Sight.  For those who do not know, Front Sight is an organization that is devoted to the very highest quality of training in the use of firearms, for anyone who might have a legitimate reason to use them – from private citizens to law enforcement, or even professional military.  The founder and CEO of Front Sight is one of the very few people in the whole world to be officially certified as a Combat Master on four different weapons.  When he earned that rating, he was only the second persom EVER to earn that.  His name is Dr. Ignatius Piazza.

Anyhow, the email was announcing the release of an online course for Concealed Carry Firearms that, when completed will be recognized by 29 different states in the USA.  The course is FREE, and I was encouraged to share the link with anyone who might be interested and qualified.  So, here it is:

https://www.frontsight.com/onlineccw/