You Cannot Be Racist Against White People (And Other Inanities) Reply

Sometimes you just have to sit down and address the craziness of the world around you. First, we are blessed to have all the entertainment and culture we can handle on a daily basis, much of which can be found on the Internet. Second, we are often perplexed by those very things that are supposed to be culturally elevated when we see how dumb they can be.

One of the better websites for a collection of a links is the Instapundit blog, written by University of Tennessee Law Professor, Glenn Reynolds. Today, Reynolds linked to a Huffington Post article by Barbara Holm, a comedian. This particular essay is titled, Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Holm has a story to tell about being an MC to an all male audience where she was hit on pretty hard. Some of the men in the audience thought hitting on a young comedian was cool. If they scored, it would be even better. She cried. That’s understandable but from there she poses the idea that it is impossible to be sexist to a male.

Sexism (definition): 

1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.

2. The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.

Although sexism is a term usually reserved for women to use against men, it is also defined as applying to men. Women can obviously be sexist with relation to men, although the opposite is supposed to be the norm.

My point is that her statement is wrong by definition. She goes on with the fallacy that “one cannot be racist against white people”. There is certainly a cognitive disconnect here.
This is about as inane as one can get. If this is Holm’s entry for a critical thinking essay, she has a problem. Let’s look at the definition of the term.
Racist (definition):
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Notice that there are no directional arrows in the definition. Discrimination works in all directions, between all races. If you are white and make a trip to Mexico, you will find that you are discriminated against in many ways. I understand that the Japanese are among the most racist people in the world. Ditto for the Chinese. Racism knows no season or bounds.

It is also a recognized fact that many black people don’t like white people. Black people can be racist toward white people. Institutions in the United States discriminate against white people in favor of blacks. College admission practices have been argued in the Supreme Court (U of Texas and U of Michigan) because black and Hispanic kids are given preference over other races. These cases are well known and documented. There certainly is such a thing as reverse discrimination, especially when people like Holm define discrimination as white against black. This is not rocket science.
I am not discussing the issue of affirmative action. I am simply addressing the fact that white people are subjected to racism, too, although not as severe as what black people suffer.
Barabara Holm is wrong in her assertions. Sometimes all it takes is a little experience and a dictionary to get it right.

They Was Robbed! Reply

Donald Trump was robbed!

Donald Trump was robbed!

This kind of stuff can only happen in the movies, or with Donald Trump. Reality TV shows be damned, the real thing is much more entertaining.

There were some irregularities going on at the Iowa Republican caucuses. Well, the Democrat caucuses was a little irregular, too. The whole exercise is a commentary on American politics and how we elect our leaders.

Sometime during the evening of the Iowa caucuses a CNN reporter tweeted that Ben Carson would be headed home to Florida to get a fresh set of clothes before going on to New Hampshire. I remember this coming over cable news that evening. Apparently, the Ted Cruz campaign read the same tweet and took advantage of an easy misinterpretation of the context.

The Cruz people began telling Iowans that Ben Carson was withdrawing from the campaign and going back to Florida that night. This had the effect of many evangelic Carson supporters throwing their support to Cruz, another evangelical favorite. The number of votes that resulted in Cruz’s column is not known, but the total result of votes were enough put  Cruz in first place in the Republican caucuses.

Enter Ben Carson. Ben is extremely angry at what happened, and is convinced (along with the rest of us) that Cruz’s staff twisted the truth, knowing full-well what they were doing. I have never seen Dr Carson as animated as he was last night on TV. If he could get his hackles up that much, he would be polling better, and would not have the legend of being from Sleepy Hollow.

Donald Trump, not known for missing an opportunity to dominate the news cycle, has glommed onto this incident to demand a re-run of the whole Iowa Republican caucus. His insistence is that without Cruz’s shenanigans, Trump would have won the Iowa Republican caucuses outright, just as the polls predicted.

I believe Trump is right. He was robbed!

Bernie Sanders got robbed.

Bernie Sanders got robbed.

Bernie Sanders got robbed, too. This part of the story is classic Clinton. If there is anything famous about the Clinton’s it is their ability to lie, cheat, steal, smear their opponents, or possibly erase them. Hillary has always been a vindictive person, a well known character trait of the former Secretary of State and First Lady.

The voting in the Iowa Democrat caucuses was VERY close, forcing the determination of the winner into the next afternoon. The differences in the totals were oscillating in values much less than one percent, and the final total was that Clinton won by a scant 0.3%. If this were a government mandated election, there would be a recount. Instead, the rules were enforced by a Clinton weighted group of administrators.

The Democrats discovered that there were nine precincts that had not reported, and the chase was on to get to the precinct captains to get the totals in. People were rousted out of bed, and numbers were produced, whether or not they were correct. The fun comes in when we learn that there were six precincts where the precinct captains reported ties.

Now, it may not have been unusual for six precincts out of several hundred to have ended in tie absolute ties. The truth of the matter is that those precincts did not send in their results before people started leaving their caucuses, thereby making it impossible to get accurate counts. This is like being caught relieving yourself on Main Street. It is embarrassing and you will find any way out of your predicament.

The Democrat resolution was to flip coins to determine the winner. FLIPPING COINS! Why go to the trouble of having elections if in the end you are going to determine the outcome by flipping a coin? This is insanity.

Is it surprising to learn that Hillary Clinton was the winner in six out of six coin flips? How does that happen? Only a Clinton would see nothing wrong with this process. Statistically, it is possible for this to happen, although the probabilities get remote.

What’s the result? Bernie got robbed! The fool actually agreed with the outcome.

Here’s the situation. Politics in the United States of America is alive and well. They was robbed!

 

Join, Or Die 2

Picture of Join or die logo

One of the problems Republicans now have is who do they elect as their candidate for the 2016 elections. So far, eleven people are still running. The New Hampshire primary may winnow the field somewhat, but some candidates are convinced they can make it through the February primaries including Navada and South Caroline, to Super Tuesday when most of the southern states have their primaries.

It’s a pipe dream of many in the field, and it is possible that Donald Trump will only be a memory by that time. This is not likely, but anything can still happen.

The problem to which I am alluding is caused by this wealth of really good Republican candidates. It is time to get the field down to a precious few. Two is a good number with which to exit Super Tuesday, which means that any candidate that is polling less than 20 percent should hang-up their spurs and get out of the rodeo.

The reason is that we need to stop the bleeding that is part of a tough primary season, and start concentrating on the real competition, the presumptive Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton. The Republican Party needs to come together by thinning the intra-party competition. This means that several candidates have to go.

The Republican Party needs to come together like hippies in the Age of Aquarius, hair and all. Remember the old “united we stand” motto? Well, thanks to the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin there is another appropriate phrase that even has its own logo.

Join or Die!

If the Republicans cannot join together the disparate parts of their Party, well, the Party could die. This may be the best opportunity to gain the White House in a generation, and we cannot afford to waste it.

Ted Wins -Hillary Ties 5

Ted Cruz handily won the Iowa Republican primary tonight, with Donald Trump scoring as number two. Marco Rubio came in a strong third place, almost tying Trump’s second place. If there was a loser it was Trump.

Hillary and Bernie ended up in a tie in the Democrat Iowa primary. This is a just finish because, philosophically, you cannot tell the difference in the candidates. This finish answers the question, “What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” There is no difference.

The really disappointing thing about this primary is that socialism, the often debunked and failed nineteenth century social system, has reared its ugly head in our college aged youth. This reveals a dangerous failure of the American education system. This is the direct result of liberalism in our college class rooms.

Now that the Iowa spectacle is over, it would seem that we could get back to life as normal. Don’t bet on that. With the New Hampshire primary coming up next week, things will start to get really noisy and busy in the political world. Cable news will get more frantic, and internet postings will get absolutely frenetic.

So, what’s a calm and thoughtful person like me going to do to keep my cool and not get an ulcer in the next ten months? I will work on NOT turning on the TV, and try reading more books. I might even get a library card.

God help us all. If the nominees wind up being Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz, I think we can look forward to the nastiest election in history. After all, Hillary is the nastiest person in history, and Ted loves to fight.

What do you think will happen?

 

Tonght’s The Night Reply

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

This is what we have been waiting for. This is the night that all those wannabe tv stars in Iowa go to their chosen precinct meeting houses and talk about all the Presidential candidates. The Republicans have a straight forward method such there is a spokesperson for each candidate to do the selling to the others in the room. The Democrats have a different system in that they will glumly stand around waiting for something to happen. If one standing group is smaller than fifteen percent of the total, the smallest group is broken up and forced to take their dunce hats to another group.

The Democrats have a system known in certain circles as the * “Least Dis-Satisficing” election. If your candidate does not make the fifteen percent cut, they are out. In other words the Democrats do not use a positive system at all, it is like one of those reality shows where people are voted OFF the island.

I can see it now in a Democrat caucus. There will be a bunch of people milling around playing musical chairs, all the while not seeing any difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both avowed socialists. Bernie just wants to give away more stuff. When the music stops, the supporters of Governor Edward O’Malley, the political genius responsible for much of the corruption in Baltimore, will find their chairs missing. Sayonara, Ed.Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American Progress

The Republicans have in my opinion a more rational system. In the Repubilcan Iowa caucus, the members listen to the various spokespersons make their cases for their respective candidates. They will then vote for the candidate they like. This approach, attitude wise, is light years different from the negative Democrat approach. The Republicans just choose up sides based on positives, where the Democrats demote based on a negative approach.

My prediction for the Republicans is this:

1st Trump

2nd Curz Cruz

3rd Rubio

4th Christie

5th Fiorina

My prediction for the Democrat Iowa caucuses is: Who Cares? OK, It looks like Bernie may be in the lead, and we will just have to see if Hillary is going to do another crash and burn. Maybe Hillary should confess her national secrets crimes, and serve her jail time. That would be a great excuse for her losing. She will need one.

 

What are your predictions?

 

 

*Note : The term “least dis-satisficing” is one used in business schools when describing how many corporate meetings function. Many times, the alternative passed for action is the one that is the least satisfying alternative, but one that will suffice for the whole group. In life we often vote for the least onerous alternative.

GOP Field Still Crowded 7

GOP candidates on debate stageYou would think that the field of GOP presidential candidates would start narrowing, but it is still pretty big. So far, only Governor Pataki, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin have dropped out. In any normal election year that would leave only one or two main candidates, but this year we have a bumper crop of really smart and experienced GOP candidates.

Forget Donald Trump for a minute. Lots of people would like to forget Donald Trump, but try to do so for a minute. Of the rest of the candidates, we have Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christi, and several other strong candidates would make excellent Presidents. The problem is that there are so many good choices, it is hard to come up with one overall best choice. That’s where Donald Trump comes in.

Since we cannot forget Trump, we have to be realistic and think of him as the presumptive candidate. That’s when I get all nervous and sweaty. I really don’t think Trump can beat Hillary. She will lie, and he will lie. Their lies will cancel each other, and the woman vote will put Hillary over the top. Or, maybe the woman, Hispanic, Black, Labor, “I feel sorry for myself.”, and Poor White Trash block votes will give the Presidency to Hillary. It will be a sad day in America if we let this happen.

How are the primaries going to play out? Trump will not win Iowa or New Hampshire. That will give Cruz, or Rubio, or Christie some traction going into the Old South, where Trump has been campaigning since almost the beginning of the race. My estimate is that Trump will pull it out in the South will solid majorities in the states that count. Maybe Florida will be split by Rubio and Bush, but Bush might not last until then.

I have not counted delegates, but there seems to be a way for somebody to beat Trump, or at least carry the challenge to the convention in  Cleveland. It’s going to be a rough spring and summer for the GOP candidates. Somebody has to win, and I certainly hope it isn’t Trump.

 

Fiorina Is The Smartest Person In The Race 4

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina

Yep! Carly Fiorina is without a doubt the smartest person in the race for President of The United States. Just take a look at her background.

Carly Fiorina got her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, the West Coast Ivory Tower of choice. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Friends, it just doesn’t get any better or smarter than this. Note that she is also a mother, and an employee during most of this time. She actually worked as a Kelly girl, i.e., a secretary. So, her claim that she went from secretary to CEO is absolutely the truth.

It takes a lot of strength, brains, and energy to do what she did. She worked at AT&T where the corporate culture was anything but dynamic and feminine. Women executives almost never existed. Not only did she reach executive heights in a stultified culture at AT&T, but she absolutely had to kick ass and be several levels of talent above her male competitors. The  woman is a dynamo, and a legitimate intellectual. She is a doer, capable of getting things done that others can only talk about.

She was hired as CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP) because of her record of accomplishments at ATT and Lucent. Her great sin was proposing and executing the purchase of the gargantuan computer company, Compaq. There was an ugly fight between Fiorina and the son of the founder of HP, David Packard, where Packard bitterly opposed the purchase of Compaq. Fiorina was eventually fired for the Compaq purchase.

Later, it was finally conceded that HP has survived to this day partially because of the purchase and revenue of various components of Compaq. HP spun out the test equipment divisions upon which the company was built, and bet their future on the computer business. Compaq not only brought a PC manufacturing business to HP, but also a software and hardware servicing business that had been acquired by Compaq from Wang. These revenues contribute handsomely to HP’s revenues  to this day. Fiorina saw the value in Compaq, and took advantage of the situation.

You may wonder just how Fiorina has ready answers to questions posed during the presidential debates. This is because of her background. She makes it her business to know what she is talking about. Contrast her answers to Donald Trump’s. Intellectually, Trump is way behind the curve compared to Carly. Curz and Rubio are also brilliant, but, Carly has explored the options more than any of the other candidates.

From what I am saying, you might think that I am a Carly Fiorina fan. You would be right. My dream ticket is Carly Fiorina as President because she would shred Hillary’s credibility in a micro-second, and Rubio as VP.  We need the power of Fiorina as President, and the conservatism and Hispanic connections of Marco Rubio as VP.  It’s going to be a tough race.

Being a realist, I would still vote for Trump if he is the Republican nominee. We really have to win.

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson 2

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

As this election season goes on and on, it is hard to get used to the idea that Donald Trump may very well be the Republican presidential candidate. With fourteen Republican candidates, you would think that the poll numbers would be closer that they are, but Trump is polling about forty-percent nationally right now. It is looking more and more like The Donald will be our man.

Trump has the ability to make almost every issue a personal issue. All issues are subordinate to his opinion, and no other idea or opinion has currency. Take for example the revelation in last night’s CNN debate that Trump had no clue what the triad, the nuclear strategy of the USA is. This is kind of a basic building block that is a legacy of the cold war, but still remains in effect. Triad means that we can launch nuclear weapons from airplanes, submarines, and from land-based missile silos, hence the triad.

In Trump’s parlance the triad strategy makes little difference because he didn’t know about it. He hand-waived the idea that this knowledge was important to anything or anybody. This is the way the man operates. If it isn’t about him he doesn’t want to talk about it.

So, what does this have to do with Andrew Jackson, the first Democrat President elected in history, and the founder of the Democrat Party? It is surprising how the two men compare.

There were about three things that Andrew Jackson hated, and I mean really hated in his life. First, there were the British. Some of Jackson’s family died in the Revolutionary War, primarily due to the hardships forced on the colonists by the British. The next group of people to earn Jackson’s enmity were the American Indians. Andrew Jackson was responsible for the Trail of Tears forced on the Cherokee, Creeks, and Choctaw. The third group were people that he either didn’t like, or insulted him or his family in some way.

Andrew Jackson Indian Hater and Democrat President

Andrew Jackson Indian Hater and Democrat President

Trump and Jackson compare with the fact that if the conversation isn’t about them, they are not interested. They are alike in that they both achieved wealth to a degree in their personal lives.They are also alike in that they both exhibit courage. You simply don’t mess around with this type of person because they will hurt you. Reference Trump’s defense against Jeb Bush where Trump made it personal and threw personal insults at Bush. Andrew Jackson didn’t like the Director of The National Bank, so he didn’t renew the bank’s charter. That’s the kind of guy we are talking about.

If Trump were elected what could we expect? I am afraid that what we see is what we get. I don’t think there are any deeper thoughts or governing strategies other than what we see on stage. After all, he is all about the stage and poll numbers.

Why do you like Donald Trump and why do so many people say they will vote for him?

 

 

Ban The Doctors! 11

Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American ProgressThis week we have been treated to the ridiculous picture of Hillary Clinton giving her best stump speech, railing against guns. Those mean guns are out there are killing lots of people, she says. There’s over 30,000 people killed by guns every year, and we cannot let that happen, the woman continues.

Of course, everybody knows that very few of those killed are in a mass murder situation, and then there are those poor Chicago black kids killed by their black neighbors. There are accidents and suicides, Dick Cheney notwithstanding. By the time you work your way through the numbers, Hillary is obviously out to lunch.

Just in case you are curious, here’s the Wikipedia write-up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, firearms (excluding BB and pellet guns) were used in 84,258 nonfatal injuries (26.65 per 100,000 U.S. citizens) [2] and 11,208 deaths by homicide (3.5 per 100,000),[3] 21,175 by suicide with a firearm,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental discharge of a firearm,[4] and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with “undetermined intent”[5] for a total of 33,169 deaths related to firearms (excluding firearm deaths due to legal intervention). 1.3% of all deaths in the country were related to firearms.[1][6]

Of course, we all know that a gun is not necessary for suicide. My son killed himself with a CAT5 cable. You don’t see me marching to ban Ethernet cables, do you? That would be stupid. He might have used a gun, but we knew he was suicidal and refused to have a gun in the house.

OK. That’s a lot of folks being injured and killed with guns. However, it helps to take a look at the real story of deaths in the United States. Take a seat, because more people are killed in automobile accidents every year than in gun related murders, suicides, and mass murders.

But, wait. There’s even more to the story than Hillary Clinton’s raspy intonations. The number three killer of citizens in the United States is not guns, traffic accidents, or Coca-Cola. The third highest killer in the United States is our medical industry.

Say what?

That’s right. Over 100,000 people in the United States of America are killed by their medical doctors every year. No, this is not people who otherwise would have been dead, and the doctor could not get to them in time. These are people with major and minor illnesses that trusted the medical industry in the United States and died for their trouble.

There’s a term for this phenomenon, and it is iatrogenesis. I have blogged on this before, and it looks like a good time to remind folks of what’s happening.

Of course, Hillary doesn’t talk about this huge problem. Instead she homes in on a relatively small problem, but one with big political support, mostly from liberals who simply cannot figure out when to come in out of the rain. The gun control solutions are irrational. No surprise, there.

You see, with millions of firearms in the hands of Americans at the present, it is beyond rational to take those guns away. We are guaranteed the right to bear arms, and with the rise in terrorist actions world-wide, it is obvious that we need those guns.

When seconds matter, you need a gun. Terrorists and home invaders will not wait for the police to show up. No, they are long gone, and you may be long dead by the time law enforcement gets there.

So, our unthinking former Secretary of State can rave all she wants, but we will never give up our guns.

Guns don’t kill people, doctors do!

Trump Is Right – Muslims Celebrated 4

Yeah, I know. The networks say there was no video or other reports on Muslim reactions to the 9/11 attacks. Donald Trump says thousands of Muslims celebrated, and I remember similar reports. Is there a smoking-gun video that Muslims were tailgating on roof-tops in Jersey City, celebrating the carnage while the World Trade Center crashes to the ground.

I remember reports in the press. What reports do you say? Nobody seems to remember specific reports, but they were there. Especially the citizens of New York City remember the reports. They may have come over the internet, talk radio, or just random reports that squeaked through the filters of the mainstream new media. The reports were there.

The reports mentioned places like Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey, cities with significant Muslim populations. There were also reports of Muslim students at university student centers celebrating the attacks as they were in progress.

Did we accept those reports as true? Of course we did, especially given the reaction in the Palestinian territory and the extreme celebrations seen there. There was no mistake in that video.

Breitbart News has found the smoking gun. Here is a September 16, 2001 CBS report about Muslims celebrating. It talks about swarms, SWARMS of Muslims celebrating in Jersey City.

Could it be that we have witnessed another cover-up by the mainstream media?