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.

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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?

 

Our Potemkin President 3

Obama_pic_135hEverybody should be familiar with the Russian concept of a Potemkin Village. As the story goes, Grigory Potemkin, a favorite lover of the Russian Empress Catherine The Great, fabricated card-board villages to impress the Empress as she traveled to the Crimea along the Dnieper River. He wanted her to think he was doing a great job in administering the territory. Since then, the concept of Potemkin Villages is used to describe phenomenal hoaxes.

Right now, our President is posing for pictures at the death scene of at least eighty poor souls at Bataclan, a Paris theater where the worst of the terrorist attacks occurred. People lay on the floor for up to fifteen minutes as the terrorists blazed away. Not only is President Obama posing for pictures at these sites, he says nothing about the danger and sacrifice ordinary citizens face everyday.  The danger is being minimized by our President.

President Obama doesn’t see Iran as a threat. Instead, his recent agreement gives Iran the certainty of a removal of economic sanctions with the twin-certainties of a huge influx of cash and a date-certain for the creation of the Islam Bomb. Now, Iran has it all and President Obama has ignored that threat. We will pay, someday.

President Obama ignores the global threat Islamic terrorism. It is inconceivable that anyone can dismiss this world-wide threat. Is this another ploy to buy some ethnic minority votes? If so it says a lot about the character of our President as he lives in a make-believe world, ignoring the real problems.

President Obama is now pretending that climate change is a threat. There is no science or economics that support that idea. There are just a few debunked and poorly structured studies that try to show that ninety-seven percent of scientists agree on climate change.

We have a Potemkin President. Not only are his causes and policies a hoax, but they are a danger to the American people, and by extension, to the world at large.

Any bets on Vladimir Putin’s next move that flummoxes our President? Don’t worry, Obama won’t even know what hit him.

 

 

Seven Years Down The Drain 8

I will never forget the first time I saw John Belushi in the National Lampoon movie, Animal House. Millions of American men connected with characters in that movie. One of the most memorable quotes is when John Belushi’s character, Bluto disconsolately uttered those famous seven words, “Seven years of college down the drain“.

In the last seven years our economy, our foreign relations, our national security, and our national pride have been going down the drain.

The Obama White House has been performing like some college social club that concentrates on the partying and relative social positioning, rather than serious issues. It is as if Delta House has come alive, and Joe Biden has taken on the role of Bluto, and President Obama has taken the role of Otter, the smooth upper-classman who was screwing everything in site. They only thing the White House is serious about is political power, not economic or national security.

To make matters worse, the White House has bought into the genocidal goals of the climate change crazies. These guys are off the deep end. Such disreputable scientists as Paul Ehrlich and Dr John Holdren, the President’s personal science advisor, are paraded front and center. These are the crazies who jointly advocate population control. That plan includes genocide. Obama seems to like their ideas.

As a consequence of their ignorance, the world is starting to crumble as Islamic terrorists have their sway, bombing passenger airplanes from the air, and beheading Christians with impunity. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is asserting his influence in the middle-east while Obama is retreating. The Iranians have found a way to construct their much desired nuclear weapons because of a desperate agreement our President wanted for his legacy.

Seven years ago, the US Government started a review process to determine whether Canadian Keystone XL pipeline should be built across portions of the United States to help Canada export some of their oil. The US State Department was involved because the situation involved relations with a foreign country.

During the following seven years, the Environmental Protection Agency, and every other concerned government agency could find no fault or problem with the project. It was obvious from the outset that the whole project was political, especially when there was NO science that showed any harm or danger to the public, or to public lands.

So, what stand does our mighty and super-intelligent President take? Our playboy President announced today that the Keystone XL pipeline project would not be approved.

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

The tragedy of the Keystone XL pipeline saga is that politics have triumphed over science, economics. and common sense. There is no rational argument that one can launch justifying the cancellation of this project. Much needed jobs would have resulted, and the available of more oil would have contributed to a long term stabilization of the world oil markets.

In case you are thinking that the carbon emissions from this project would have contributed to some sort of world-wide catastrophe, you are wrong. There is no science that shows that carbon dioxide is anything more than a moderate greenhouse gas. Indeed, CO2 is necessary for life and the production of the very oxygen we breathe. CO2 is plant food, and  as every high-school biology student learns, is called photosynthesis. Carbon dioxide is life!

For seven years this administration has had the Keystone XL pipeline decision before them. For seven years the administration has been trying to find a way to mitigate the political blowback from their mindless opposition. Now that national elections are looming, Obama had to move. He is counting on the idea that the electorate will forget his insanity of cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline in time to keep the Democrat Party from being erased from electoral politics for generations to come.

Seven years of no gain. Seven years of virtual recession. Seven years of kissing up to terrorists.

Seven years down the drain.

So, What’s So Great About Paul Ryan? 6

picture of Paul Ryan

Speaker of The House
Rep Paul Ryan (R, WI)

It depends on who is doing the talking, but some say that the GOP is in a condition of disarray, and some say there are no more problems than usual in any political party. They are both right.

Usually, I listen with great interest as to who thinks what about the condition of a political party, and I think that a lot of people do the same. It comes as no surprise to anyone that the Democrat and Republican operatives are usually at loggerheads with others in their own respective parties. The story on which party is in worse shape changes with whoever is doing the talking.

Yesterday, the House Republicans elected Paul Ryan, (R, WI) as the new Speaker of The House. This is supposedly the third most powerful position in American government, but in the last few years has been a feckless position in spite of Republican majorities. New leadership was required, and it looks like the Republicans have elected a good one.

Paul Ryan was interviewed by John Roberts, Fox News Sunday this morning, and I liked what he had to say. His answers to Roberts questions were responsive, but not getting caught up into giving answers that would pin him down on issues that have yet to be discussed or negotiated. Paul Ryan emphasized vision, and that’s what the party needs. For some reason John Boehner just didn’t get it.

In my business career I learned that you simply can’t achieve goals without vision, dedication, and being open minded. There’s a time to compromise, and there’s a time to hold one’s position. There is also a time to manoeuvre your opponent into a position to help you work toward your goals.

I believe Paul Ryan understands, and this is the man needed to help drag our nation out of the doldrums caused by Obama’s policies. We need leaders, and Paul Ryan is a leader.

The GOP is not as bad off as some would have you think.

 

 

Democrat Benghazi Strategy 16

Hillary has been in the hot seat for a couple of days, now, and nothing untoward has happened to her. At least, nothing that you would recognize from her demeanor. She sits in her seat and takes the accusations and recitations of her incompetence like a person who just doesn’t understand what’s happening to her.

Her Democrat colleagues on the panel have come to her assistance, over and over to some success. For example, Representative Trey Gowdy, Committee Chairman from South Carolina, was grilling her on the content of her emails from Blumenthal. Rep Ezra Cummins, D Maryland, interrupted to claim that all of Blumenthal’s testimony had to be released for “fairness” An argument ensued where Gowdy, Cummins, and some empty suit from California were trying to interrupt the line of questioning by claiming some sort of parliamentary maneuver.

Gowdy didn’t bite, but that incident is a good example of how the Democrats are trying to pull the subject away from Hillary’s incompetence, misbehavior, and illegal activities as Secretary of State.

It is obviously the strategy of the Democrats on the committee to confuse, misguide, and generally make noise whenever they can. They are good a making noise.

picture of socks the cat

Prominent Member of Clinton Clan – Socks Likes Email, Too

However, neither Hillary or the Democrats can take the American people’s’ attention away from a revealing email that Hillary sent to her FAMILY (Bill, Chelsea, Sox the cat) on the night of the Benghazi attack that the Libyan embassy was under attack by a unit similar to Al Qaeda. A similar communication was unearthed from Hillary to the President of Egypt at about the same time that the US knew that the so called video they later blamed for the burning and killing had nothing to do with the attack. These two communications would serve to cause an indictment of any other person, but the Obama Whitehouse is taking a hands off attitude.

Obama obviously wants a Democrat to succeed him in office.

Our nation has put up with these incompetent, malicious politicians for long enough. It is time for this crap to stop.

What can you do to change things and put that woman in jail where she belongs?

Trump’s Mouth A Weapon Of Self-Destruction 11

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Don’t you just love it? The Republican Presidential Primary debates have been entertaining and educational. We are learning more and more about these candidates and I think that is a good thing.

The RNC has scheduled twelve debates for the primary election season. Fox News and CNN will hold three debates each, with the rest distributed among ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, and Fox Business News. There will be one debate per month through February, 2016, and two will be held in March, 2016. There are lots of chances for all candidates to say great things, and lots of chances to achieve a foot-in-mouth posture.

And then, there’s Donald J Trump. The guy seems to be able to say anything he wants and not be held responsible. Trump seemed immune to blowback from his trash-talk until the moment Carly Fiorina gave him a one sentence slap-down. It was a BIG DEAL! Trump tried to recover with an inane comment that Carly was a beautiful woman, a stupid thing to say. He seems incapable of saying that he made a mistake, and this particular quip at Carly may cost him key support.

There is a Biblical injunction about those that live by the sword, die by the sword. Donald Trump is using his speech like a sword. He will inevitably suffer in some way when his own words come around to bite his generous rear end. You know, the one he is always showing the other candidates?

The blowback is already starting. A supporter of Trump’s asked him a question at one of his town hall meetings about when we can get rid of Muslims in this country, and that Obama is a Muslim, not an American. Trump went along with the premise, and that was a huge mistake. Where was Trump’s head?

This was one of those political land-mine questions. It should be easy to anticipate that kind of question and Trump should have had a ready reply. At some point a candidate for a political office needs to demonstrate some sort of political ability to dodge, or minimize the effect of those kinds of live audience hand grenades. Trump has yet to learn that lesson.

Trump is not a stupid man. As a matter of fact, he is very intelligent and quick on his feet. The fact that he went along with the questioner tells me that that is exactly what Trump believes.

Then Trump commits the universal sin of calling a lady ugly. That’s unforgivable. Carly Fiorina is 61 years old, and looks great. Remember, I used the word, lady. Trump would be well advised to use that word when talking about Carly from now on.

So, will The Donald start falling in the polls because of his explosively bad trash-talk? Will he be the instrument of his own demise? Only time will tell. Maybe he has learned something in the process.

I wouldn’t bet on either proposition.

Do Science And Religion Mix? 12

Charmed-dia-wThere are lots of people on both sides of this issue that will tell you that science and religion do not mix. Evolution is the hot button for many, and there has sprung up a counter idea called Creationism. I am not sure what it is about Creationism that appeals to people, but since it supposedly challenges evolutionary theories, lots of people will string along.

Notice that I said that I really don’t know about Creationism. Well, I really am not deeply conversant with evolutionary theory, either. I will say that I am a Christian, and I am also a person with a scientific view of the world. This is not a contradiction

Let me quote someone from the religion side of things:

“I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the Scriptures. I think we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things that they weren’t meant to say, and I think we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science.” — Rev. Billy Graham

Some evolutionary enthusiasts may say that Billy Graham was dodging the issue. Certainly, the first chapter of Genesis explains in detail how God created the world. Isn’t the Genesis version of creation a fairy tale? How do you explain the second creation story in Genesis? Why are they in conflict as suggested by Carl Sagan in his book, “Contact”?

I have never considered the Genesis 1:1 account as a literal description, even when I first read it when I was elementary school age. Read it yourselves. It is a beautiful story, poetic, and satisfying for someone trying to tell the story. The second story reverses part of the time line, but it starts a different part of the story. Carl Sagan was simply misguided, and not knowledgeable about the Scriptures, or how a stone age culture would tell a story. The writers of Genesis simply did their best to explain how God did what He did.

Evolutionary theory partly says that humans are descended from apes. Now, my wife will take exception to that, but will somewhat agree that I may be a bit ape like. Ah, the vicissitudes of life and marriage. For millions of people, the fossil record upon which the evolutionists depended was not satisfactory at all. Indeed, the record jumps around all over the place, and it makes you wonder why scientific people were making the assumptions they were. But, that is not the whole story.

It is easy to visualize evolution as a viable way for creation to have happened. Even now, there is substantial debate as to whether evolution can be correct. Enter the science of genetics.

Genetics ruins it all for Creationists. The Creationists who insist on some alternative way people evolved, or worse yet, appeared on earth as functioning, modern adults, have to wake up and take stock. Genetics is not a assumption like the fossil record. Genetics is legitimate science.

Live with it, folks. It certainly looks like some form of evolution has been at work for a very long time. There a lot of questions to be answered, but the truth will be made clear, eventually.

As a Christian I have no problem with genetics, or the idea of an evolutionary process in human development. However, I do not believe in random.

Random is just another word for uncertainty. I cannot buy the idea of a magical, random march of quarks, protons, electrons, and other esoteric particles in the origin of life, and the progression of mankind. I believe in a causal world. For every action there is a cause, and we have not ascertained the cause of every action, much less understand the cause of life,

So, Christians let science do what science does. I don’t think there are any conflicts.

Scientists, let it go about criticizing religion. After all, we are seeing new religions spring up, one of them being that of Science itself. Be careful about what you worship.