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Saturday Posts . . .

WARNING:

No matter what you’re political ideas are,

unless you are actively engaged in dismantling the Status Quo

AND the Powers-That-Be,

You are already a part of the collective.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Pagoda Day . . .

I don’t have a Facebook account, but my wife does.  One of her friends, Karen, posted this on her FB page, and I liked the idea enough to share it  . . .

“I think we need a new holiday.

I propose that we start one that happens every 4th year, the Wednesday after the election. We should call it “Pagoda Day.” Political Ads Go Off Da Air Day.”

2-3 days . . .

Seriously, what is this country coming to?

A little while back, I was talking to my dad and he mentioned that he had an extra “Trump for President” yard sign, and asked if I wanted it.  Needing an excuse to get him here (I hadn’t yet delivered his birthday present, which was overdue at that point) and preferring Donald to Hillary anyhow, I accepted.

When he got to our house, the first thing he did was put it in our front yard.

I really didn’t pay that much attention, but I did notice that 2-3 days later it was gone.  Missing.  Vanished.

Seriously, is this country now so polarized that the only acceptable response to someone putting up a yard sign is to STEAL it?  Cue the violins, Nero has a solo coming up . . . .

Hillary Flip-flops . . .

I seem to recall that one of the favorite pass-times of political candidates over the last 40 years or so has been catching opponents in contradictory comments and skewering them for the conflicts.  Both parties have done this.  So, I think it only fair that we give Hillary Clinton equal treatment.

My apologies for the fact that these links are YouTube videos.  I’d prefer to link to the direct news source that provided them, but this is one of many ways that our world is actively trying to squeeze people like me out.

What does Hillary believe?    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dY77j6uBHI

Hillary on gay marriage rights:

https://youtu.be/t6_ULryoM3Q   https://youtu.be/maEvJQBJH4s

More inconsistencies:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McA560WtLI4

 

Saturday Posts . . .

vote for trumpI still say that the one thing the United States of America needs to change, from a legal standpoint, is the exemption politicians enjoy from being sued for libel or slander, or even having to worry about getting the facts straight.  This one change, by itself, would completely change the face of American politics.

Trump can’t shake the racist accusation — NoneOfTheAbove — Arlin Report

By Patrick Colliano In a tweet dated May 16, 2016, Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars shared this meme on Twitter. I wouldn’t describe Paul Joseph Watson as a ‘shoot first; ask questions later’ type. He is more of a ‘shoot first; don’t ask questions at all’ type. Even a simple Google search would have exposed […] […]

via Trump can’t shake the racist accusation — NoneOfTheAbove — Arlin Report

“DO NOT CALL” List problem…

My wife and I have had our phone listed on the National “Do Not Call” list ever since the first day that it was possible to sign up.  In many respects, it has been wonderful.

What I don’t like is that the legislators who wrote the law that authorized the list made one very huge exception.  An entire BLOCK of people is immune from any punishment for breaking this law.  Who are these . . . . jerks?

Politicians and political pollsters.

Oh, and the reason I am specifically bringing this up right now?  The last 6 days IN A ROW (yes, do the math – that includes a national holiday weekend!) I have answered the phone to a robo-call voice (the same one, no less) telling me that “The following is an important political survey that will take just a moment . . . .” The honest truth is, I have no idea what comes next, because I always hang up.  IMHO there is no such thing as an important political survey – and NOBODY has a right to know in advance who I plan to vote for in November – or even IF I will vote in November.

If there was any one thing that we seriously needed to have a national referendum on, it would be the question of forcing US politicians to play by the same rules they make for everyone else to live by.

Donald and Hillary are in a bar . . . (joke)

My friend Anita sent this to me, and my jaw dropped at the reminder of just how many scandals Hillary has weathered.  Any one of them would have been enough to end someone else’s career, but she has such a huge umbrella of protection that she’s survived them all – so far, at least.  Anyhow, here is the joke:

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says,

“The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.”

Hillary: “You mean my lying about Benghazi?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring cronies, and taking bribes from foreign countries? 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The IRS targeting conservatives?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Turning our backs on Israel?” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “The joke Iran Nuke deal? ” 
Trump: “No the other one:”

Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 Months Later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The NSA monitoring citizens’ ?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet” 
Trump: “No, the other one.”

Hillary: “You mean taking the $145,000,000.00 from Putin for the Uranium Bribe ? “
Trump : “ No the other one .”

Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and China when Bill left Office?” 
Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.

US Political Theater 2016 …

I’ve tried to stay quiet on the unfolding political drama in the US over this year’s presidential election.  However, there are some observations that I have made which I have not seen being discussed in the main-stream press, so sharing them here is the only way to be sure that others can think with them.  FYI: I get most of my news from the BBC.

First off – back when Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for the Republican Nomination, the party leadership required all such candidates to publicly take an oath to support whomever the eventual nominee would be.  Donald would have saved himself a lot of headache – and done the voters a massive favor – if he’d taken that pledge to a TV station and asked the party leadership if they would likewise swear to support him if HE was the eventual nominee.  It would have shown the leadership for what was really important to them – control, not loyalty.

Second – some party leadership are now publicly stating that they will support the DEMOCRATIC candidate rather than support Donald Trump.  To me, this indicates fear.  They fear Donald because he’s independently financed, true.  They also fear something that his front-runner status indicates – the power of the will of the voters.  After all, Donald Trump is only the front-runner because voters have supported him.  If he wins the party nomination outright before the convention, it will be voters who handed it to him.  Once again, this is ultimately about control – the party leadership want the power to tell voters what is best for them.  What the party leaders fear above all else is something reminding the voters that they have the power to FORCE change.

Third – this is a historic election, no matter how you toss it around.  First, you have Republican party leadership threatening to specifically back CLINTON if Trump becomes the party nominee.  Second, you have Democrats who are refusing to support Clinton because she isn’t a true liberal (on the grounds that she’s never taken a politically risky position in her career). Finally (on the historic election front) with the presumptive candidates now being Clinton, Sanders, or Trump, we’ve already achieved the point where the November ballot will be a showdown between two New Yorkers.

Fourth – the immigration issue is being used by Republican Leadership as one of the reasons NOT to support Donald Trump.  It is a smoke screen.  If they can keep you focused on this, they can keep you from realizing that immigration reform is all about one thing – giving YOUR jobs to people from another country.  We already have an employment problem in the US.  More than 20% of all people with no education above high school are unemployed – and that is more than 30% of such people who are black, more than 45% of such people who are Hispanic. Among people who did not complete high school, the average unemployment rate is over 50%, and black unemployment is over 90%.  Donald Trump has it right, before we can afford to be generous to people of other countries, we need to put our own people back to work.  We can’t import 1 Million new workers per year while the economy is only creating 200k new jobs.

Seriously people, if you are sick of the political theater being offered for public consumption from Washington, DC, there is only one thing I can advise you to do.  Take a long, hard look at who the leadership of your preferred party DOES NOT WANT TO WIN, and support them completely.  Change doesn’t happen in Washington, it happens at the ballot box.