Know When To Walk Away

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President Donald Trump

Kenny Rogers gave some good advice in his hit song, “The Gambler”. President Donald Trump risked reputation and political slams from Democrats by meeting with Kim Jong Un, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. If he got a good deal, he would be a hero.  It would be Nobel Prize time for the New York real estate developer. It didn’t happen that way.

Trump went to the negotiating table and wound up walking away. You would think that he would have tried to retreat into the background and wait for this to blow-over, but that’s not his style. The President faced the world in a live press conference almost immediately after the failed negotiations, and answered questions for most of an hour without hesitation, and assisted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Donald Trump is an unusual president in that in solving problems he likes to engage with the primary parties. That’s how he made his fortunes, and that’s how he is governing. To him, personal trust is part of the foundation of making a good deal. Knowing and understanding the person on the other side of a situation is all important. That’s Trump, and he places great value on relationships.

We need to place these negotiations into a different perspective. This is not a normal diplomatic situation. For decades those efforts failed miserably.  Kim wanted to be on the world stage, and he rattled his nuclear missiles for years to make that dream come true .  Now, it is Trump’s job to make the little tyrant give up his nukes, or suffer deathly consequences.

Are we on the brink of a nuclear war? Not necessarily, but we need to make Kim think we are. To do that Trump has to talk tough, and get really mean on economic sanctions. Trump is no cream-puff like Obama.

The Bladensburg Cross Attracts Haters

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Bladensburg, MD Cross

The progressive haters are at it again. We see them on the attack within our childrens’ schools, our colleges and universities, and even our churches. There is a never ending attack on American culture, and specifically on Christianity. Left wing progressives attack the United States at the root of our beliefs, and scoff at the memorials of our revered heros and founders.

Hate is the real reason that the forty-foot tall cross memorial to WWI fallen is in danger of being brought down by a ruling of our Supreme Court. The case will be discussed, today, February 27, 2019.

Outside the little town of Bladensburg, Maryland is the forty-foot tall World War I memorial in the shape of a cross, called the Peace Cross. The cross was erected on July 13, 1925 on public property by the American Legion to memorialize the forty-nine men of Prince George’s County who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Enter the American Humanist Association and their Supreme Court suit to bring the cross down. On the front page of their website we read one reason for opposing the Peace Cross. “Most punditry surrounding the Bladensburg cross is a testament to how militarism has overtaken the American mindset.

The humanists are not only using the separation clause of the Constitution, but they are saying that our nation is so militarily oriented that we not only allow, but encourage religious symbols in military memorials. This is of course, garbage.

The First Amendment separation clause reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…“.  A reading of this clause reveals that the government cannot establish a state religion as seen in England and many European countries. Erecting a memorial is not establishing a religion.

Their reason for opposing the monument is, pure and simple, they hate Christianity. They don’t hate Islam, Mormons, Hindus, or Bhudists. They hate Christians and everything they stand for.

As stated in their feature article, “Yet many are ready to throw constitutional principles aside merely because the Bladensburg case calls into question actions that were taken to honor the military.” That’s quite a dodge. Humanists hate the military, and they hate everything Christian or American. I don’t even think humanists like humans!

It will be interesting to see how our new Supreme Court handles this case. Even though the arguments will be heard tomorrow, it will probably take a while for a ruling to be announced.

What do you think will happen?

Update: I got this news bit from the web, today. Observers feel that the cross will be left alone. It is not clear to me when the official ruling will come out.

https://kvoa.com/news/2019/02/27/supreme-court-seems-open-to-allowing-40-foot-cross-on-public-land/

 

 

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez And Climate Change

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Best Picture I Could Find For Ocasio-Cortez

We all know what an infantile mind AOC has, but we still have to process the babble that comes from her mouth. Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that there is a consensus of scientists that predict that the future climate will be tough on kids. This is wrong on several levels.

The Dems and liberals say that 97% of scientists support some sort of consensus about global warming. First, nobody has a list of these so-called scientists, and the studies that make that claim are pretty rotten in their methods, just self-serving publications for social scientists that cannot get a real paper published.  Second, nobody knows exactly what that consensus would say if there were one.

When you hear someone ask if you believe in climate change, just ask “what part?”. They are then left speechless with no response. Climate change effects can be in several categories, like more tornadoes. more hurricanes, more and serious droughts. more wild fires. There is no scientific data showing that any of these things are real now, or ever will be. Sure, some ice will melt in the next few centuries, but all forecasts are that it will take possibly thousands of years for all of the Greenland ice pack to melt, and a very long time for the Antarctic ice to melt. In Antarctica there are volcanos under the ice melting from that level, but CO2 has little or no effect on that continent’s warming. For the most part it’s not warming at all.

Why do Democrats rant and scream about so-called Climate Change? Simple. This is the latest crisis they can find with grain of truth that they can exploit to suck money out of the American people. Most of climate change dogma is dog crap.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez believes all this stuff. This woman has a BA in international affairs and economics from Boston University. Oh, the terrible embarrassment BU must be undergoing with this little jewel flashing her ignorance around the world.

She has a sterling resume, but that just reminds me of the prophetic film, Forest Gump. Stupid is as stupid does.

 

Identity Politics – Why?

White privilege. White supremacy. The angry white male has become the bane of society. Why all this hate for white people? Who is generating all this hate? Why?

It is a culture of victimization. It is totally political, and has its roots in the writings of Karl Marx as practiced by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and German Fuher Adolf Hitler. These tyrants divided their world into groups and blamed real or perceptual problems on select groups like Jews, Gypsies and intellectuals.

This is called identity politics, and close to fifty million people died as the result. These deaths included people of all races, religions, sexual orientation, education, and occupation as defined in groups.

The Democrat Party is heavily into identity politics. Everybody can be a victim, and victims can be persuaded to vote for Democrats as long as there is somebody to blame for real or imagined problems.

Typical Democrat identity groups are listed below.

  • Black people are victimized by whites
  • White privilege is the only reason whites can be successful
  • Hispanics are victimized by whites
  • Women are victimized by men
  • Homosexual people are victimized by straight people
  • The rich are victimizing the poor

The common thread throughout the identity groups is that all are supposed to suffer from maladies caused by white people, especially white men. Imagine that. Maybe if we get rid of white people we can solve the nation’s problems. Isn’t that racist?

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Another example of privileged individuals are black college applicants who are given an advantage over other applicants. This is true at Harvard University where blacks get preference over Asian (and other) kids who have high SAT scores. Black college applicants have been receiving these privileges for decades. Could this be called a black privilege?

This is identity politics and accusing all white people of having benefited from white privilege could be true, but not necessarily. In any event it is a clearly racist view. Seeing the world through a racial lens is a definition of racism.

We know where Democrats get their ideas about race and why they practice identity politics. They try to appeal to groups by fomenting hate. Unfortunately, the world has already seen the results of identity politics.

 

Freedom Is Just Another Word…

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I got song-bombed! This is the month of Janis Joplin’s birthdate and I got suckered into listening to her sing “Me And Bobby McGee”. Wow. What song and what a singer. Her performance is close to being immortal if you can imagine such a thing. At least her fame continues even if her life doesn’t.

Now, all I can hear in my mind is Bobby McGee’s words, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, and I am going crazy. I am going so crazy I started to research what freedom really means. Oh, my soul, did I get into it!

When I think of freedom it is not in the context of having nothing to lose. People may feel that way after a big loss as in losing a loved one, or a job, or having a love affair gone bad. Something has to be taken away from you or something lost for this freedom to exist.  Maybe I can agree that there is a certain feeling of “I don’t owe anybody”, or “what do I have to lose” being called freedom, but I don’t see those situations necessarily as being free. 

In the grand scheme of things are we free to exercise free will? Is free will thwarted by law or custom when we wish to do certain things? Do we really have the freedom to exercise free will? As so poetically written in the song Bobby McGee, nothing is free.

It may be better to get down to appreciating the music and forget about the words and philosophical meaning of songs written by brilliant Rhodes Scholars like Kris Kristofferson. Sometimes being song-bombed is easy compared to questioning everything.

What do you think?

 

Echo Chambers – Good Or Bad?

One of the most common criticisms of those who discuss and argue politics is that the other person just hangs around their own particular echo chamber, eschewing information from other sources. Therefore, their arguments are wrong.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of an political echo chamber.

In news media, echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system. By visiting an “echo chamber”, people are able to seek out information which reinforces their existing views.
 
Most people consider echo chambers to be a bad thing. After wallowing in my echo chamber for years and years, I believe that echo chambers are good things, and that everybody has their own version whether they admit it or not.
 
The assumption is that people will tune into a limited set of news sources, and their thoughts and actions will be influenced by what they hear. This idea appeals to Marxists, and uses the “stupid people” hypothesis. People are smart enough to know who they are and what they think before choosing a news environment.
 
People start hanging around echo chambers because they find places where they hear things they like. The chamber does not frame people’s opinion, but the people frame the chamber’s content. Individuals define and influence group dynamics.
 
In defense of a diversity of news and opinion I and others monitor different news and opinion sources just to see what’s going on. I don’t believe many opinions have been changed by the daily screed broadcast on CNN or any of the NBC blocks. I don’t see a lot of news on those networks, but just a constant meme of unsubstantiated speculation.
 
Fox News is part of my echo chamber, but I detest the style of contentious guests and passive moderators on the network. All I want is the current news without adornment of meaningless and awkward comments of anchors like Shepard Smith, or the continuous prattle of Shawn Hannity. 
 
I can do without the opinion programs altogether. I am better equipped to analyze the news than the average news anchor. A lot of people feel that way and have more to offer their echo chambers than they get.
 
How about you?
 

Only Fools Believe In Science

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Scientist

Science does not exist as an object in the physical world. In other words you cannot pick up a piece of science and play with it. You can’t go to a store and buy a pound of science. You can’t eat that stuff, either.

Science is a group of IDEAS! Ideas are not physical, even though they can be contained in a book. Science is a metaphysical tool we use to describe the physical world. These ideas are used to fashion experiments, and collect the resulting data with a validated or invalidated hypothesis being noted. A creature called science was never born. We wind up with just an idea and hopefully some new information on how the world works.

Based on the non-physical description of science, it goes further that since the origination of the scientific method (system of ideas), the knowledge resulting from scientific experimentation CHANGES on a regular basis. That which we thought was true will many times abruptly change.

We don’t bleed people anymore in barber shops. We know that ulcers are usually caused by bacteria, not diet. Who knows how good or bad coffee is for ones health (so many studies). The list of scientific failures is very long, and gets longer everyday.

We now know that many if not most of scientific studies in medicine are either false, or not meaningful.  Check this : Dr John Ioannidis.

So, why do people rely so much on “science” when the results are likely to change? My opinion is that scientists have become so proficient in promulgating their stories to get grant money that they are automatically believed. Follow the money.

Many people say they believe in science, and not God. Are you glad you worship something that is likely to change?