Category: politics

Zika Virus

Zika By State
Zika By State

So, how do you fight the Zika virus? Stay away from Brazilians.

The first recorded case of the Zika virus in Georgia was not from mosquitoes sneaking across the Georgia – Florida state line on I-95, it was from a woman who had sex with a man from Brazil.

The effort against the Zika virus has erupted into another partisan political fight. Obama insists that he needs $1.9 Billion to fight the virus, and the Congressional Republicans are taking their good time in approving the request.

Why?

First, the Congress is just doing its job. If the Congress does not investigate budget requests, then they are derelict in doing their job. That’s why we send our Congressional Reps to Washington.

Second, the Federal Government has unspent money allocated previously for the Ebola virus scare. Congress suggested that Obama use that pool of cash of $600 Million while his $1.9 Billion request was investigated. This is nothing more than due-diligence on the part of the Republicans.

The Zika virus seems to be another crisis to be milked. The long established pattern is to take a seemingly urgent situation, scream that it is an absolute emergency, and then force the Congress into allocating money not only to “fight” the emergency, but to fund other programs that would never get funded in the light of an ordinary budget bill.

Remember climate change, carbon taxes, and the EPA forcing power companies and mining companies out of business? This is the same sort of made-up emergency. There may be a grain of truth at the bottom, but the history of Stalin and Hitler tell us that the most powerful propaganda has only a grain of truth. All else is manufactured.

The available $600 Million from the Ebola-scare program is more than enough to take care of whatever near-term things we can do. Besides, the real fight against Zika is on the local government level. Cities, counties, and states have to spray, and eliminate local habitats of the insect. What will the Feds do, buy a billion cans of bug spray? Ridiculous!

The proposed research programs for the CDC are not near term projects. They are all long term, and will take months to get going. So, why is the whole $1.9 Billion needed immediately?

It’s  not!

The Ebola-scare money is more than enough for a great start against the Zika-scare emergency. The money is there, and now is the time to put it to good use. Waiting a couple of weeks for the Congress to do its job is not a big deal.

 

 

Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump , Republican Candidate for President of The United States
Donald Trump , Republican Candidate for President of The United States

Oh, my goodness! Donald Trump has enough delegates to claim the Republican nomination for President of The United States. How many pundits have you seen on the television, today, talk about how impossible this seemed one year ago. I was in agreement, then, but now I think I have figured why Donald Trump is so popular.

Donald Trump is a WINNER!

Yeah, I know. Winning has become such a bad thing in modern American life, primary because of those who are hesitant to compete. In life no matter what economic system you are under, you have to compete for your status and eventual level of lifestyle.

Sometimes, I think Trump is so inarticulate that his message is not getting across. It gets across. People understand winning, and they are tired of losing. Trump has virtually patented that approach to the Presidency, and it is about time.

As Americans, we are tired of losing. We are tired of those who say we cannot stand up to Russia, China, or Islam. It’s all loser talk. We don’t need anymore losers in the White House.

Trump has always been weak on policy, but that is correctable. Policies come and go. Believe it or not, I happen to think that Obama’s approach to Viet Nam is a good one because any relationship we have with Viet Nam is a thorn in the side of the Chinese.

Policies may be complex, difficult to implement, and result in things we cannot foresee. That’s OK. Donald Trump is a bright guy, and I would rather trust the future of our country to a winner than a prevaricating politician and scofflaw like Hillary Clinton.

Milquetoasts and cowards like Barack Obama can ruin our country for generations. Winners can bring us back on line fast. It takes energy and dedication, none of which have been present in former GOP Presidential candidates, to turn this country around. Donald Trump is the only man in eight years that can do this.

No matter what people think about intellect, policy, and politics, winning is still the most important. If you can’t win then find something else to do with your time other than politics.

Trump is a winner. Pass the word around.

 

Hillary Stunned In West Virginia

Donald Trump might say Hillary got schlonged by Sanders. One thing is for sure, Hillary is persona non grata in West Virginia. This is the direct result of her support for the ignorant Obama administration’s green policies, one of which is closing coal mines. West Virginia’s primary product is coal.

How dumb can you get? Hillary’s position was roughly this: “Don’t worry about your jobs disappearing. We will implement government programs to retrain you to hold lower paying jobs.”  Democrats don’t give working people credit to know when they are getting screwed. These people know, and they also know what to do about the situation. Bye-bye Hillary.

Donald Trump really romped through the West Virginia primary. Fox News called the election for Trump with only a few percent of the precincts reporting. The Trump turnout was that massive.

From what the pundits are saying about the last round of Quinnipiac polls Trump is dead even when juxtaposed against Hillary in the general election in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. With his performance getting better as he goes along, this could mean problems for Clinton’s campaign.

There aren’t many states left to vote in the primary process for either party. It is obvious that Trump and Clinton will be their party’s candidates. What remains to be seen is how socialist Bernie Sanders will affect the Democrat convention and election process. His effect cannot be good.

Folks, it is getting to be popcorn time. Sit back, watch the cable news, and enjoy all the foibles and mistakes in the upcoming campaign. Just remember that Hillary Clinton is a lying witch, and Donald Trump will wear the Superman cape.

Here is an interview with Superman you will enjoy.

 

 

Get Biblical – Quote Hezekiah

My religous upbringing was in a Southern Baptist church. As a child, I did what Baptists do and memorized the books of the Bible. The Old Testament books were difficult to remember because of all those weird sounding Old Testament names.

Names like Ezekiel, Hosea, Obadiah, Zephaniah, and all those dudes start sounding alike. This leaves the door open for someone to be creative with the situation. You can make things up.

To practice our Biblical skills, we were put to the test with “sword drills”, an exercise whereby we were given a book with chapter and verse to find. The first student to find the verse would win that round of competition. It was actually fun.

Then there was the time that the Sunday school teacher challenged the sword drill kids to find a verse in the book of Hezekiah. Nobody won. There is no book called Hezekiah, although Hezekiah was a real person and  king. With that joke comes a lesson. Don’t assume that anybody knows what they are doing, expert or not.

A professor of Old Testament, Claude Mariottini has found a way to capitalize on the non-existent  book of Hezekiah. Whenever you want to win an argument, just throw out a Biblical quotation. If you don’t know were it comes from, use Hezekiah. It sounds legit, and you just might win the argument.

I can just hear Donald Trump defending his Wall. Quoting Hezekiah, “Build a wall and they shall not come.” Or, how about, “To keep the wolf out, you shut the gate”. Hezekiah 8: 3 – 6.  Now, that sounds Biblical.

Winding things up for The Donald. “The rich man conquers, and sends the witch to prison”. Hezekiah 10:11

Note: Work by Dr. Claude Mariottini, Professor of Old Testament, Northern Baptist Seminary is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Trump Poised To Become Republican Nonimee

Donald Trump , presumptive Republican Candidate for President of The United States
Donald Trump , presumptive Republican Candidate for President of The United States

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Donald Trump will probably become the Republican Party Presidential candidate.

Call him the miracle guy, or call him a blundering, misogynous, narcissistic billionaire. I have called him all these things, and have not been a Trump supporter. I voted for Marco Rubio, and looked upon Ted Cruz as the devil incarnate.

Donald Trump represents the candidate with the, well, I don’t know what he really has to offer. Some say that people like what he has to say, but I have not heard many specifics come from his mouth on policy. At the least, he will build the wall on our southern border.  At the most, everything will be “so much better”.  Like, how?

Trump has a lot of negatives to overcome. Remember that he accumulated lots of those negatives because of all the ads launched against him during the primaries.

While the Trump show is going on in the Republican primaries, the Democrats are showing just how ragged and out of touch they are. Hillary Clinton, the media’s favorite candidate, is putting up a miserable performance against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It is inconceivable that Bernie is running in the Democrat Primary. First of all, Bernie has never been a Democrat, having run as an Independent his entire political career. Secondly, Bernie is an enthusiastic socialist, and probable communist. He may get the free-stuff kid vote, but I think most people are too smart to vote for him.

Hillary’s negatives are just as high as Trump’s, but I think that Trump can, with time, overcome a lot of his problems. He has to get a lot smarter in courting women’s votes, and also figure out how to get a decent slice of the minority vote. This is not easy.

For whom will I vote? Donald Trump, that’s who.

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Trump’s Still Rolling

Once again, Donald Trump trounced everybody else in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday. His lead remains substantial compared to everyone else, and his followers don’t seem to be bothered by one faux pas after another as Trump manages to insult every living being on the face of the earth. Strong opinions in sensitive areas can lead to strong defeats in general elections.

And then, along came Marco Rubio. Marco managed to come in second place to Trump, out-distancing Ted Cruz by a mere 0.2% of the Republican primary vote. This is not a big lose for Cruz, but I think it underlines the possibility that people are starting to see Cruz for the sleaze bag he really is. First, he and his campaign lied about Ben Carson abandoning the campaign for President while Iowans were caucusing. Second, there have been some pretty shoddy tricks the Cruz campaign has tried in South Carolina. I think Ted Cruz senses he is on the downhill of his run for the Presidency, and he is trying to eliminate at least some of the competition.

We can talk about winning all we want, but there is only one true winner in South Carolina, and that’s the candidate that has walked away with all fifty of the state’s Republican delegates, Donald Trump. I don’t see any change in this movement if Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson remain in the race.

If Rubio or Cruz can get lucky with the other candidates backing out, then there is a chance for someone other than Trump to win the nomination. However, come March 1, somebody other than Trump needs to win all those delegate votes in the Super Tuesday block of state primaries. If an alternate candidate does not win any states, the game will start to look like it’s over.

Personally, I like Marco Rubio because he is intelligent, articulate, and has his goals set in the right direction. Ted Cruz has some positions that I don’t favor. Donald Trump needs to get out of his “deport them all” position on illegal aliens. We need immigrant labor, and it is a lead-pipe cinch that we will wind up with some sort of amnesty. The proper Republican position is to make sure the borders are secured.

This election season is going to be long and drawn out, and I have yet to comment on the Democrats in the race for their own nomination. True, they area a couple of old white people who have no clue except for outmoded, nineteenth century models of economic and social constructs. Even at that, one of those lack-luster aged politicos could win the election.

 

 

Clinton Takes A Whooping – Trump Keeps Rolling

Communist and wannabe Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders got some kids in New Hampshire excited and unleashed a whooping on Hillary Clinton for the ages. Bernie Sanders got 60.4% of the Democrat vote while Hillary stumbled across the finish line with only 38%. If you remember the Iowa caucuses from last week, Hillary was declared a winner based on a coin flip. Hillary is on a downward slide, and has no one to blame but herself. She is not a likeable person, and the world is getting to know her.

In the Republican primary Donald Trump trounced the entire field and collected 35.3% of the Republican vote, with John Kasich garnering 15.8 %. Kasich vaulted to the number two slot in New Hampshire after being ninth in Iowa just last week. Bush, Cruz, and Rubio were in a vitual tie for third place with about eleven percent, each. Christie, who successfully attacked Rubio in the last debate, has since suspended his run, as has Carly Fiorina.

Here’s the interesting thing. With Hillary Clinton in a downward slide is it possible that we can see a Trump/Sanders election? The match in itself would be classic in that it would pit a died-in-the-wool communist against one of the richest capitalists in the nation. Current national polls reveal that Sanders would probably beat Trump, but the election season is young.

So far, Donald Trump’s style on the election trail is not as I would like to see from a front runner. His campaign is similar to Barack Obama’s in that there’s lots of talk about how good things will be, but no substance is offered on how all that is going to happen. Donald will have to improve his delivery to beat the pseudo-intellect that is Bernie Sanders.

In the fray Jeb Bush has risen to double digits in votes. Does this mean that Bush’s campaign is no longer moribund, but has a chance at a competitive life? Some think so, but I think it would be very hard for Bush to knock off Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich before getting into the top levels of the race. I have always liked Jeb, and it looks like he is getting some much needed fire in his belly. It is too little, too late. Good luck, Jeb.

It is all coming down to the southern states, now.

South Carolina is huge for Hillary Clinton. Her campaign believes she will get most of the black vote in that state. In a state with a total population of around 4.6 million people, 1.3 million of them are black. The Democrats always make race a big part of their politics in South Carolina. Clinton is counting on winning South Carolina with the help of black people who reportedly love the Clintons.

Interestingly, the highest ranked black politician in the state is US Senator Tim Scott, staunch free-market Republican. The entire state of South Carolina, especially the black population, should be very proud of this very smart and articulate man representing them in the US Senate. The Republican Party has been able to attract intelligent, articulate, and competent racial minority candidates, much more so than the Democrats.

With another week there will be another primary. Stay tuned and see how all this plays out. With football having run its course, and baseball not starting up for several months, politics is the biggest entertainment on TV.

Politics is the game that is played for keeps.