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Monday, January 23, 2017

Done Deal

Done Deal
Tidbits on What I Saw.



As I watched the Inauguration of the 45th President Donald J. Trump I picked up on some things I didn’t know or thought curious.

The J. stands for John as in Donald John Trump. Never paid attention or thought I needed to know that.

The First Lady is Stunningly Beautiful. Jackie O. and Michelle eat your heart out.


Who let Chuck Schumer give a campaign speech? The media called it uniting. Trump gave a real uniting speech giving America back to the people and it was called by the media “Divisive”.

Divisive – Really?



Yeah like I said Divisive as hell. Man what can we do to change the media? Hope Donald’s new guy Ajit Pai for Chairman of The FCC works to deregulate and get rid of net-neutrality. That’s a start. http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-net-neutrality-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-2017-1 We should now have 3 on the board of 5. Time to clean that swamp up too.

Fox coverage by Shepard Smith talked of peaceful protests and how they are an American tradition while the camera men were filming rock throwing masked kids? – No make that thugs. Looked like ISIS thugs in Iraq. Not our nation’s capital. What’s up with Shep?

The only thing from the picture below that is missing is the ISIS flag.

As Shep continued to say how he lived in NY City and these protests were common place. I realized that he too is part of the status quo that Trump is upsetting. Part of that big city condescension. 


Then later as he praised the economic recovery under Obama I wondered when Shep drank the kool-aid. Better question was when did I drink it because I thought Smith was at least “fair and balanced”? I was half expecting him to talk next about a tingle running up his leg over the equanimity and calmness of the Obama’s in defeat, or the perkiness of Hillary – he didn’t.

I did get a new appreciation for Ed Rollins however for calling out the protestors for what they were. He said they were creating “Anarchy in the Streets”. Shep actually said that was a stretch. Isn’t it ironic that it was on CBS not Fox that I first heard anything about policemen being hurt by the rocks and bricks being thrown at them?

After the police cleared one part of a corner there were bricks and stones all over on the street, it was obvious to the viewing public. Just not to the commentators.

From viewing the live feeds it was obvious to me that in places there were as many or more photo-journalists than protesters. Later I saw something to that effect on Drudge.

The Morman Tabernacle Choir as they sang America the Beautiful caught hold of my mind as I tried to follow the unfamiliar words of the 2nd and 3rd verses. The part of the 3rd which said

“O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And Mercy more than life!"

That was especially poignant to me on a couple levels. First the tribute to those who died to keep America Beautiful and especially the words, “In liberating strife.” That hit a nerve as I’m always talking about how progress is made through conflict and what we gain through struggle we value more than what is given to us.

I agreed when I heard Rush after Trump’s speech call it in one word “Uncompromising”.

After years of watching Republicans and politicians back down and not do what they promised the American people they would do; it was indeed refreshing to hear Trump’s “Uncompromising” speech.

Blew the media away.

I guess I should be glad for the Schumer speech and the leftist commentaries trying to belittle Trump. After all it was that same old same old Politically Correct miasma of literary nothingness which insulted then galvanized ordinary working people around Trump who was the only candidate fighting back.

To win a battle against an entrenched enemy one has to mount a more violent offensive which may be against our better angels but is needed. 

Think of Abraham Lincoln after talking about “our better angels” in his first inaugural speech trying to placate the Confederate States. Shortly after the speech the Civil War started. After losing battle after battle you could see his relief in finding Generals like US Grant. Finally someone who would do anything necessary to win. He perhaps didn’t like Grant or his methods but Lincoln understood the necessity of him. 

It was only after victory that Lincoln again was free to talk about “our better angels” and other more conciliatory words. Again the necessity was, Lincoln needed to get a country up and running again or watch it descend into anarchy.



Regards, Bob Carr
Live Dangerously, Tell the Truth
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Closeted Conservatives



Closeted Conservatives. What can a couple poor Deplorables Do? 


I have been trying to come up with an idea of how to develop a way for the Party to fight back against the constant barrage of the Liberalness predominant in the media and academia. I’ve had little success, but nevertheless I’ve had some – enough here and there - to keep working at it.  Part of the research is to find out what others are doing.




Tues. 1/17/18 I went to a “round table” of 2nd District Republicans of Michigan. This is an official Republican group comprising the Counties of the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan. Mike Hewitt is the Chair for that and his idea was to have the 2nd District meetings held in different places around the District so those not able to travel so far could make it. He hoped new faces might turn up. Good idea.

Even here in this friendly environment I found things got complicated too quickly. That is the way of the world. That is also what Conservatives are fighting against when you hear them talk about smaller government and more local control. The meeting was a classic example how fast things get complicated even by those trying to un-complicate them.  

The contradiction is formed from the idealism of no government and a government that can get something done. We talked at the meeting about that very thing. 

It's a direct function of size.  Most everyone there was an elected official of one stripe or another. Most understood the “compromises” that are necessary to get something done in the political world. We all understand that. Things need to get done on the Macro and the Micro level.  

We also understand Dictatorships are much easier.

While nothing was accomplished on the formal side, some meetings of the minds and networking was accomplished. I too felt buoyed up some that others were struggling with the same problems I was.  The purpose of the meeting after all was to explain the process and purpose of the 2nd District, and that was accomplished.

My main take away was a reinforcement that for things to get done at the local level, the local people have to take the lead and that from the 2nd District on up the chain, there has to be a willingness to help those efforts out - or at least get out of the way.  But above all people have to help themselves - they should be encouraged.

The local efforts, where the “Politics really is Personal” idea proves one on one efforts are what swings elections and are what needs the most help. It is also the most labor intensive.  The state Party has had the right idea but perhaps should shift more of its focus on actually helping, teaching and learning from those who are already doing it and how to help them.

We need to stay away from the one size fits all approach and let the local who are trying tell the Party how it can help. 

How do we translate "Plolitics is Personal"?
Bottom Up Politics.  You are the foundation upon which all else rests.  When the foundation moves all else shakes.


Like I meant to say my main take away was that if I wanted something done I needed to do it or at least organize it myself and not expect any help from the state/national party.  If I got some then great, but not to spend my time bitching about not getting any help.

That is wasting my time and effort.

I would like to aim at a type of “strike force”. I think we need something to keep those fired up doing things. I harken back to the idea of the Tea Party and being on line organizing something all the time to help the cause and keep people interested. A protest rally here a support rally there. Picking a candidate then getting 2 people who would get 2 more and then 2 more to march in a parade for a favorite candidate. Easy stuff, yet effective stuff.

Out doing the competition. Not letting them have their way that is what I want.

At the 2nd District Round Table Tuesday, Joan and Richard Runnels of modest means, passed out a printed page of things they had done themselves to help Republicans in their (Lake) County during the last election. Lake County is one of the poorest counties in the State. No one gave her handout much credit including myself. Mostly everyone sat around making excuses why things couldn’t get done at the State level. The biggest excuse was that it cost a lot of money.

As I was trying to get ideas for my next blog, I remembered the handout the Runnels had handed out. I dug it out, unfolded it and read it. I was sorry I hadn’t read it fully at the meeting. But upon reading it I did have some questions.

I called up Joan the next day and asked her if she had gotten any help from the State Party money wise. She said they had promised to help them, but the Runnels never saw anything from them. They spent their own money doing all of the things listed below.

It was because of the work of people like the Runnels that we won Michigan. Sure the State Party did it’s best with the high tech stuff, but it was the Runnels in their own neighborhood where votes changed from Democrat to Republican.

Here is the list. I only made some grammatical corrections as I saw fit.

{1. Door to door campaign starting July to election.
2. Buying several ads in newspaper.
3. Purchased campaign signs for several candidates.
4. Robo calls were made for candidates.
5. Put on meet and greets for 3 candidates.
6. Used my home for a pick up location for yard signs and advertised in newspaper where to pick up signs.



Summary of results.
Hard work turned our democratic county around and we elected a Republican Sheriff, kept our Republican prosecutor, elected a New Republican clerk, 5 Republican commissioners and Republican Road Comissioner.
First time in over 25 years a Republican majority in Lake County.
This is grass roots politics.
Joan Runnels, Lake County.}

Some background, the Runnels were voted out of the Republican County Party. Thus forcing them to go the way they did. While they were not the only factor in turning Lake County Red they have had a large impact. It seemed they were the only Republicans in Lake for a long time before the “Uprising”.  

Apart from inter-party rivalry, I agree this is the work that needs to be emulated and copied.  This is where the State Party needs lend it's hand.

This is the type of thing that the State Party needs to facilitate. A little money here and there and maybe we can start keeping people interested in helping out. The talk at the Round Table was that to hire office help for each district would be too much.  Here is a clue, people can and want to help themselves.  They could use a hand as needed.

Joan and Richard did their own office work. They set up the North West Conservative Alliance so volunteers would have a name and place to gather around. No membership dues. I also asked Joan if they raised any money from other concerned people in Lake County, she said no. The (NWCA) meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, around 6:30pm at Pompeii’s a pizza place in Baldwin?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pompeii's/@43.8913599,-85.8585039,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa5b8f1e52c732222!8m2!3d43.8945144!4d-85.8519379

Which takes me to larger issues.

The natural progression in the life of humans as they grow and mature is for them to start out idealistically and gradually over time and the maturing process become more conservative. Many books have been written about this and you can get lost in the weeds easily while losing sight of the reality of the situation. Or losing sight of the more realistic motivations people are ruled by.


To paraphrase Winston Churchill.  "If you are young and not a liberal you have no heart, if you are old and not a conservative you have no brains."

But to boil it down, simple self-interest is the key motivation. Whether it be the childish “I want this” to the concept of saving and doing without for your children; this is what I mean by self-interest - the good and the bad.

Because of this “latent conservatism” and relying on self-interest I see a possible great future for Republicans to be able to make inroads in previously thought to be Democrat strongholds – with what I’m calling “Closeted Conservatives”. That is of course if the Republican Party can see it as in their best interest to do so.

For some in-depth study of politics and further research check out the article below.

Great article about the history of the Democrat and Republican parties and the way they have changed over the last 80 or so years by Seitz-Wald and Patula titled “Democrats left in the Lurch”, January 18th, 2017. This is written with an eye towards what the Democrats need to do to rebuild their party. 


http://www.nbcnews.com/specials/democrats-left-in-the-lurch

This however is chocked full of what Republicans should do now and in the future. Just use your imagination a little.  It also is full of overlooking the main problem for the Democrats and that is their condescension and unwillingness to face reality.  

People didn't vote for Hillary in Michigan because she didn't make enough campaign stops.  It was her "Better than You" attitude brought out so succinctly with her witty remark that people not voting for her were a basket of deplorables.
Nice cartoon of what the Dems and Hillary think of "Fly over Country People.


I will be researching this article for info in the future. It is nice to read something in depth for a change.

Hillary tried and Joe Biden lamented about the loss of “white working class America” of which I’ve previously blogged. Hillary was always talking about helping the middle class and Joe when looking at a Trump rally lamented. “We lost because of awful lot of hard-working Americans who live in areas where we did not pay much attention to,” he said (a little disjointedly) at a reception. “Barack Obama won these people. They are not racist. They did not vote for the Democrats this time.”

What did they expect, they made White Middle Class working people especially men so Politically Incorrect and beneath them, why would they expect them to vote for a Democrat who called them deplorable. 

I’m half expecting some of the non-governmental unions to start backing at least some of what Trump is trying to accomplish. If you are a union guy, what's not to like about bringing jobs back to America?  Especially with his ideas of renegotiating NAFTA and getting out of TPP.  He has already before being sworn in put pressure on Companies to come back and to create American jobs. 

I know a lot of the rank and file voted for Trump. From my experience Biden was right. I saw it wherever I knocked on doors.

But above that even, we had a real candidate who people felt they knew and were ok with what they were getting. Maybe he wasn’t the most polished and maybe he wasn’t this or that but people knew what they were getting.  He spoke to truth. 

With Hillary and the rest of the political class in general they knew from experience what they were getting and it was BS. They had enough and were ready to go off the reservation. Middle America had a choice this time and they got excited about it.

The Republican Party needs to keep them excited about it if they really want to change Washington. By their action they will be judged.



Regards, Bob Carr
Live Dangerously, Tell the Truth
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Newt and Laura's War?



Newt and Laura’s War?


Strange bedfellows?  Perhaps but think what each separately could do?


Gingrich calling Trump’s battle a “War”

http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/gingrich-trump-faces-war-establishment/?utm_content=buffer95922&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=laura_ingraham_buffer

I’ve blogged for years about the bureaucratic nightmare that is Washington. I remember in one of Newt’s books he finally answered the question of why he wasn’t able to accomplish more of the Contract with America than he did. He said when he was Speaker of the House he kept on some of the old dogs as heads of the Committees because he thought their wisdom would help. He said that was a mistake. 

He didn’t drain the swamp well enough and seems afraid Trump won’t either.


He realized too late that they were the problem and caused his plans for the type of change he envisioned and wants Trump to make to falter through delay, inaction, and just getting bogged down in amendments.

Newt knows from whence he speaks.

From the PoliZette article I pulled this quote. “Trump, Gingrich said, has a chance to upend an Establishment that has ruled for 84 years — dating back to the New Deal. He said the president-elect should not expect Democrats, the media, or the permanent bureaucracy to simply roll over.”

Well anyone with a TV will see that the Media isn’t or has plans to roll over any time soon.

Big job, some would say an impossible job. What do you think, is it doable, do you think he could use some help? Well people said the same about Trump beating 17 other Republicans and winning the nomination and the the election? – well forget about it right? He got a lot of help doing that from who? You? He won.

He proved himself to the voting public. They voted – Trump won.

He did it. To be precise, we helped him. How can we help him now? I don’t have the answers but I might have one. Put your own thinking cap on. Use the imagination God gave you, the freedom the Constitution gave you and get out of the house and deal with the reality nature gave you and find a solution.

Trump needs our help. If you think turning Washington on its head is a good thing, leave your biases and agenda at home and figure out for yourself, “What can I do today” to help make this happen.

On the national stage. On the state stage. On the local stage.

Outside of the cities, locally Republicans/Trumpians are doing ok. We have control of more state governments than in any time in our past. That can and will change if we don’t make ourselves heard. My counterparts on the left are working their hardest to make that change. 

Some bigger things are cyclical and against us if things remain unchanged.  I'm talking Demographics and minorities increasing etc.  But we have a superior message and if we can connect we can earn trust.  But that is a personal one on one thing.

You can be the "One" - you are needed to help out.  You simply need to start asking questions - figure out where to start. Find a candidate you like and simply ask, what can I do to help? I have barely enough money to eat but I can find things to help them out with. Knocking on doors, or walking in parades or just showing up at events they have. Some feel more comfortable in a Party setting, find yours.  Grab a phone book or google on line.  Ask questions. 

Believe me anything you can do is very much appreciated. Remember also that the main axiom in politics is that “Politics is Personal”. It works both ways.

Same for state politicians. They are still pretty accessible at this level.

On the National Stage, this last Trump election showed just how effective local people making local efforts were upon the election. When Obama first ran I saw firsthand the effect local effort had on that 2008 election on Obama’s side. I simply tried to duplicate it for Trump.

What to do now?

Think about the election coming in 2018. Think US Senate. I could not think of a better gift to give our new President than a larger more Trump centric US Senate majority. With only 8 Republicans vs 25 Democrats up for re-election this looks doable.

Here in Michigan where Debbie Stabenow seems unbeatable I think it necessary to find a decent candidate and mount a good grass roots fight to force the Dems to at least put more effort into defending her, thus giving us better chances in other Senate races to pick up a few seats. Heck it is not un-doable to think we may be able to have a veto-proof Senate for Trump in 2018. But I’d be happy to pick up 2-4 seats and I think 6 is possible. We would need 8 for a veto-proof Senate.

Remember too that the Dems are in a defensive frame of mind and because they lost Michigan in the Presidential race Stabenow who is rising in the ranks of Senate minority power (#3) will be able to demand more money from big donors and the DNC than she would otherwise.

Along those lines, what if Senator Joe Lieberman who is an Independent but caucuses with the Dems changes and starts to caucus with the Republicans? Just thinking.  Remember he introduced glowingly Trump's nominee for Education Secretary Michigan's own Betsy DeVos.

Just thinking positive, try it you’ll like it.

Here is what the Hill thinks about the 2018 Senate races.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/306210-10-senate-seats-that-could-flip-in-2018

Here’s a thought.

Laura Ingraham



Laura Ingraham is thinking about running for US Senate. Her opponent would be none other than Tim Kaine the former Governor and sitting Senator of Virginia. Also he was the Democrat National Chair. Remember he was the Kaine in “Hillary/Kaine”.

Wow that guy is almost as unbeatable as ----- Hillary. LOL.

Here is the article in the Washington Examiner by Paul Beddard, 1/15/2017.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/talk-radios-laura-ingraham-eyes-senate-bid/article/2611913

To unseat a sitting Senator with national creds and a $1.6 million war chest already in a state most think isn’t up for grabs would be a daunting task.

But.

Laura Ingraham was always one of my favs since I started blogging, she was also a blogger she is a fighter above all she is not a politician with her own national creds. From the first time I saw her and read her blogs in that geeky unrelated to reality way, I felt we had something in common. I followed her whatever she was into. In 2015 she set up Lifezette.

https://www.lifezette.com/

Laura is Editor and owner of the site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LifeZette

It seemed to be modeled along the Breitbart website. As Breitbart News was broken down into Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Hollywood etc. Ingraham’s site LifeZette is broken down into PoliZette, MomZette, HealthZette, FaithZette, and PopZette.

What I liked about her from the start was her tongue in cheek humor, her feistiness and that she was really smart. She was a Supreme Court Clerk for Clarence Thomas for starters, dummies and braggarts need not apply for that job.

There is hope I believe for her.

Hillary/Kaine won Virginia by 5.3%. Tim Kaine was the Governor of Virginia then ran and won the Senate seat in 2012 with nearly a 6% margin. Remember that was in an Obama election year, he was Governor and his opponent George Allen was relatively unknown outside the state. The big boy donors stayed away from Allen except the Koch brothers did put up $35 k. Like I said not much big money went into that race. The big question in my mind would center on Laura Ingraham’s ability to attract some of the big donors to be able to kick start her campaign. I think she is the only one with the ability to connect with the “Trump Deplorables” and at the same time bring along the highbrow Republicans.

Interesting question.

Why is Virginia a “deep South” state voting Democrat lately? Well it is becoming a suburb of Washington on the Potomac. Half the Bureaucracy lives in Virginia. Compare the election map with where Washington DC is.  The deepest Blue.




I do hope she thinks this through and decides to run. I’m thinking Donald Trump would be in favor of it. He did consider her at one point to be his press secretary. I’m hoping he holds rallies for candidates he likes. She would need his help.

Either way that would be a good race to put a great deal of effort into as the Dems are on the ropes and will be trying desperately to hold onto the seats they have. We need to make them pay dearly if they want to hold Virginia. If they don’t put all their effort into Virginia and Kaine stumbles or Laura with Trump pull a Trumpian type campaign they may find themselves facing another unsuspected Kaine election loss not unlike the Hillary/Kaine one they still can’t get over. 



Heck, I’d even help set up a crayon, playdoh fund for the poor losers.

One thing people are forgetting is how good Trump was with the whole campaign with the people thing. Think what he could do to help candidates in 2018 if he continues trying his damnedest to drain the swamp and the people see progress?

For this Senate upset to happen, Trump needs to prove to his voters that he is continually fighting in that war Newt talked about and doing all he can to win it. We proved what an informed and upset rural population can do when they rise up.

If Trump stays fighting in our corner we can do it again and better.

With good leadership at the top, and lots of help from the Bottom Up.

Find something to do and “Swoosh” just do it.



Regards, Bob Carr
Live Dangerously, Tell the Truth
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Monday, January 16, 2017

bullying

Bullying

I remember when bullying was something I would see occasionally on the playground growing up. It was usually done by bigger nastier (well you know bully types) to those who had no friends and were smaller weaker.


I know that if I saw one of my friends being picked on I would at least stand up for him. That usually worked. Back then the bullies were afraid of being found out for what they were, chickens. That was then of course, they/we didn’t have the luxury of the internet and anonymity.

The very worst thing the internet has given us is the false sense of security we get from seeing only what we want to see and being able with the tools of the internet to construct our own little reality. Any opinions contrary to that reality are mocked and made fun of (yes bullied) into submission. Facts in this scenario as with any bullying become irrelevant.

Might Makes Right. Back into the primordial ooze we go.

I think it fair to say that we are in the midst of a “Dark Age” of the internet where “Might again Makes Right”. This is also far away from the way our Founding Fathers pictured the interplay of rights and responsibilities they envisioned when forming the government of the United States of America.

They saw what effect the tyranny of the masses had upon the creativeness of the individual. They tried to protect that freedom from the beheadings they saw in France which had a more pure democratic system of the proletariat. 



Now the internet has given us total freedom with no accountability. Great right? Anarchists of all stripes both left and right have been fighting against those responsibilities entrusted to the people by the Constitution to insure their own rights. They have been fighting all the apparatuses set up that protects those responsibilities and makes our rights possible. No I didn’t write that backwards. By protecting and owning our responsibilities our rights become possible and are best protected.

Our civilization fought its way out of the primordial swamp in fits and starts. Two steps forward, two steps back. Every once and a while we would learn from our past and make 3 steps forward and only 2 back.

Struggle is key in this respect. Struggle allows us to focus on our #1 genetic coding sequence. Survival. Survival may seem base and crude to some but when asked, or when you ask yourself; why am I here? What is my purpose? Survival is about the best answer. In times of struggle we are at our best. Ironically, that is when we come up with some of our greatest leaps of faith. That is also when our worst side comes out too.

When we lack struggle those who reach the top impose their own struggle upon themselves. From Jesus’s fasting in the Desert, to you name it. The walk about all civilizations put on their kids to force them to grow up on their own. Training 24/7 by top sport figures when they have already achieved the highest awards. Personally, my beating myself up on line to force myself into action that I would normally say I have neither the time nor money to do.

It is from our own struggle and the struggle of others that we have learned the need to control to some extent that very thing that creates such greatness and beauty in our world - individual freedom.

Our zenith of civilization so far can be glimpsed in science, technology, industry, the arts and individual freedoms. Great things have been accomplished through setting up minimal apparatus to ensure individuals their freedom to struggle to achieve greatness.


A great surge forward came with the age of reason. The concept that I individually could reason and figure out my own problems with my own mind was a pretty liberating concept. Ironically the Church helped put this in place or at least went along with it. Later governments were formed to that.

The forces against freedom are of as many forms as those fighting for it. One thing to keep in mind is that they will always give lip service to the idea that they are fighting the restraints of individual freedom. But like my mama used to say, the proof is in the pudding. Look to what they propose in its stead to see the real color of their plans. Usually it is more and more constraints on our freedom in order they say to protect it.

The main apparatus we have set up to insure individual freedom can be found in a government based upon the rule of law based upon the idea that all people are created equally not physically but in their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The age of reason here is apparent in our right to defend ourselves in front of our peers. How many cases now actually make it to a trial of our peers?

The rule of law is the bedrock upon which Free Enterprise and its counterpart money rests. It insures a level jousting field upon which our efforts will be judged by the buying public. Minimal restraint upon that freedom are needed to be sure our ideas/products aren’t stolen or “Bullied away” from us by those more powerful. Or worse yet confiscated for the dreaded “Common Good”.

As I’ve stated we live by struggle, our struggle is to always fight for what will insure our individual freedom from those who want to live off of our creativeness and individual energies. When I saw the bullying going on in the media during the election of the Trump supporters I was outraged and found an outlet and means of struggle by supporting Trump supporters wherever I found them. I/we fought hard and we won.

I thought it was a done deal. Now there is talk of impeachment and Trump isn’t even our President yet. The media is going absolutely nuts. Protesters across the country are gearing up for massive disruptions of our election process and the peaceful transition of power. They threaten the very concepts that our nation is based upon. What are my responsibilities in this?


Am I just to blog away and do nothing? What am I to do? Am I here just to make fun of those who back down? (that was a Segway lol).

Jennifer Holliday and opera star Andrea Bocelli were bullied out of performing at Trump’s inaugural ball. They were taunted with death threats and boycotts of their works. They backed down to the bullies. Please note that these threats were made anonymously. Yet the fear they caused was real, more real for they know not who to stand up too in person.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/music/jennifer-holliday-trump-inauguration-performance.html

About a week ago Jennifer in a NY Times article said this about her reasoning for not backing down. “Ms. Holliday said she had been startled and disheartened on Friday by the venom that greeted the news of her participation.” “It brought a lot of threats from people already saying I’ll never work again,” she said. “If that’s what America has come to, where we all hate and bully people, there’s no more freedom of speech.”

She added, “I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now — we don’t even want to work together.”

Less than 2 days later she backed out in total surrender to the LGTBT. For the full letter to the LGBT community see the first printing of it in the WRAP.

http://www.thewrap.com/jennifer-holliday-trump-inauguration-lgbt/

When the shoe is on the other foot they like to say freedom of speech. I remember in 2015 Bill Maher was protested in a speech he gave at UC Berkley. He was protested for saying something disparaging of the Muslim religion. He said it in humor about Muslim’s crying about freedom of speech when they cut off the heads of non-believers. Ironically shortly thereafter some Muslim’s did just that. At least Maher hasn’t backed down yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pntZQN-rLw

From both of these examples we see that they believe in freedom of speech and are willing to stand up for it at least a little. Too bad they never seem to follow through. Take the ones who said they’d leave the country if Trump won.

Still waiting on that one to happen. When ya all leaving? Ruth Bader, Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Whoopi and Al Sharpton to name a few?

But I digress. What am I to do? I saw in the Oceana Herald Journal something about some women from Oceana County to attend the protest of the Trump Inauguration. I didn’t see any names other than someone to contact. Anonymity anyone. Neither did I see any article about people from Oceana going to celebrate Trump’s Presidency. I think it time I write some letters to the editor about some people going pro Trump or some of the celebrations here happening in the Pro Trump vein. I know of a small gathering already in Hesperia. Time to do some digging.

If you know of anything along this vein please let me know and I’ll try to do something with it.



Thanks and Regards,
Bob Carr,
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Trump Names Shulkin to "fix the VA".



This is Trump’s 10 point plan to fix the VA. 

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/veterans-affairs-reform

Then Trump picks Dr. David J. Shulkin to accomplish that plan.

I’m continually impressed with Donald Trump’s method of attacking a problem. First he defines the problem then gathers professionals around him to come up with solutions, then he along with the experts come up with a plan. It is at this point and not before that he starts to interview people that will carry out his plan.

Most other President Elects will first interview people and ask them individually what their solutions to the problems are, then pick the one they like best. 

 Like I said; not Trump, first he gathers the “Best and the Brightest” around him, figures out the best plan then hires someone whom he figures is the best one available to carry out the plan.

The perfect example is filling the Secretary for Veteran Affairs post mentioned above. We all know about the failures at the VA hospitals and all the stories of scandal, corruption and Veterans dying while waiting for treatment. Horrible stuff. As so often happens in Washington a figure head is put in charge of “fixing it” and not given any power and no clear understanding of what needs to be done. No idea of what he/she’ll be rewarded for or punished for doing. 

It is the way politicians do things, their way to distance themselves from someone who fails and to cover their inability to know or care about real solutions. It is the start of corruption. Those in charge basically denying that they are responsible for what they do.

Bottom line is that the people they put “in charge” do as little as possible out of self-defense and not much gets done.  That is the Swamp that needs Draining.

Trump is a businessman. They have different ways of “fixing problems” based on whether the problems actually get fixed or not. President Elect Trump after gathering an impressive group of professional people in the military and medical field came up with a 10 point plan back in July of 2016. Only then did he start interviewing people to fill that job. 

One of those “advisors” who helped Trump formulate his 10 Point Plan was Jeff Miller chair of the House VA oversight committee. He is a harsh critic of the way the VA works or should I say doesn’t work and how they waste money.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/jeff-miller-va-secretary-trump

As you can see from the 10 point plan above, it is a poster child for what Trump calls “Draining the Swamp”. Trump’s term for getting rid of the “Culture of Corruption” that seems to be paralyzing America. 

It reminds me of the time in America when corruption was the “in thing”. I’m talking about prohibition. When it was the cool thing to break the law. “Hey babe let’s dress up and go out to the local “speak easy” get sloshed and do some dancing and what not. All the best people will be there”. Cops were being paid to let this happen, judges too and the rule of law was meaning less and less. The rule of law was changing into a new rule where success in life became more dependent upon who you knew than what you knew.

Sound familiar?

That was broken up at least in the F. B. I. by the formation of the “Untouchables”. A flying unit beholding to no one except the Director to renew the integrity of the F. B. I. and give back to people the confidence in law enforcement. Confidence back in the idea that no one is above the law and we all have a level playing field upon which we are judged by what we do not who we know.

As I look through the 10 point plan to resurrect the VA, by setting up a new infrastructure based solely on the idea of helping the Veteran. I see a 10 point plan for rewarding merit and getting rid of the slackers. I see a plan that puts Dr. David J. Shulkin directly in charge of making any changes he sees fit and being answerable only to the President based upon what is best for the Veteran.

It sets up a system to reward merit and punish the employees wasting money. Sets up a hotline with real people taking complaints from Vets.

I fail to see why any Veteran didn’t vote for Trump. If any vote against him in 2020 I’d be amazed.

Regards, Bob Carr
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PS only two more Cabinet picks left, Agriculture and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

For all the picks please see my side bar naming them all.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Synchronicity


Funny how life works. 

As I was driving into Hart (my nearest city, a 15 mile drive starting on dirt then to better roads, very little of which had been plowed of the 6”s of snow we got overnight) I heard on the news that a fella in Mi. got a ticket for violating a city ordinance. He had to pay a $158 ticket. His offence was that he went out and started his car and went back inside for 5 minutes letting his car warm up.

The Chief of police instead of apologizing for being over aggressive instead doubled down saying that they have 4 or 5 cars stolen each winter just because people left their cars running and unattended. Makes sense in an Orwellian way I guess but it got me thinking. By removing temptation do you remove crime? Is that true? Don’t the criminals get more creative?

In 2013 - 510,000 cars were stolen. I couldn’t find any stats on how many of them were left unattended with the motor running and unlocked. I do understand it is inviting for someone looking to steal a car if I’m smart I wouldn’t do it. But should we be punished for making a crime easier? For inviting a criminal to commit a crime? How far can we stretch that logic? What about “bait cars” used by police to lure criminals? Shouldn’t they be fined for promoting crime, for overloading our jails?

As I pulled up to the La Fiesta Restaurant in Hart where we hold our weekly 8am Cozy Conservative Breakfast the topic came up and we discussed it. On the way up to the counter to pay, I stopped by another table and they asked me about it also. I said that it was a city ordinance and we had no such law in Hart yet. They seemed to think however that it made sense because it would stop car thieves, then I had an epiphany.

I asked the one lady if she carried any cash in public. She said she did and I then asked her if she felt guilty because was tempting untold numbers of people into robbing her. I thought that there should be a fine for carrying cash. That would stop more than 4 or 5 robberies I’m sure. Think of the suffering etc. we could stop. That got that table thinking.

She saw my logic. Then getting back to life and it being funny how it worked, I got home and saw this article in the Guardian about cities going cash-less. Synchronicity.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/09/rise-cashless-city-contactless-payments-exclusion-cashfree-society

This article by extrapolation points out that this is a rural vs urban type of thing. Its main point however pointed towards it being an economic class type of thing. In other words this is mainly taking place in cities and it pits those with a bank account against those who don’t. By forcing those with the least to pay the most to change.

But getting back to what I told my fellow breakfast diner, the article had this quote from someone interested in promoting a cashless society. “If you keep people trapped in a cash economy, you leave them to pay higher prices for everything, you leave them struggling to access credit, and more vulnerable to theft,”… Is this right? “Trapped, higher prices, more vulnerable to theft?

I thought that using a credit card added a charge to the cost of doing business. All the big banks with cards make money off of each transaction – that is why they do it. Wouldn’t that ultimately lead to a higher price for the consumer? Also as a side note if you follow Dave Ramsey at all you know that studies prove a person will spend 20% more using plastic than if they have to pay cash. But that is another blog about personal responsibility.

Trapped? The only time I feel trapped with cash is when I don’t have enough of it. With plastic I don’t feel that compunction as much about spending only what I have.

The other thing the quote claimed about using cash left us more vulnerable to theft?

That got me thinking. I’m of an age when we were taught to think critically. My first thought was what is the motive behind getting rid of the cash? We have been using cash for a long time and it works. Why Change? What’s the motive? I can think of several reasons and vulnerability to theft is the least of them. First, Banks make a small fee on every transaction when their card is used. Secondly Government will have an easier way of gathering all taxes owed. Together government and business can more easily keep track of spending habits, trends etc.

Other ideas of a more nefarious nature come to mind also. This will force out the freest of enterprises. This will sideline the street vendor or just the average guy who wants to make a trade with his neighbor and a little cash to make things even. The essence of “Free Trade” is trading after all, and money was invented to make up the difference in value in any trade. And as far as Jennifer and Tommy’s lemonade stand – forget about it.

The article alluded to people who would be hurt most being the street vendor, charities (Salvation Army Red Kettles come to mind). The article defined cash. “The beauty of cash is that it’s a direct and simple transaction between all kinds of different people, no matter how rich or poor,” explains financial writer Dominic Frisby. “If you begin to insist on cashlessness, it does put pressure on you to be banked and signed up to financial system, and many of the poorest are likely to remain outside of that system. So there is this real danger of exclusion.”

To this I simply say “cashlessness” equals “brainlessness”. Another step along the path to the creation of the “Perfect Consumer”.

Isn’t it about time that we simply realize that our prime purpose on earth as humans is to spend money, behave ourselves and die as soon as we get a disease and not prolong the misery as that will only strain the economy? After all aren’t we all after the Common Good? Don’t we want Social Justice?

If the government gets $158 for saving someone from getting their car stolen isn’t that justice because that helps deter crime? But what would happen if we simply outlawed driving we would save 1,250,000 deaths per year as recorded in 2013. But then what’s the motive for that other than saving peoples’ lives? Follow the money, nobody would make any. Auto insurance companies would be out of business, and most police departments would lose over 50% of their reason for being. Car companies would be closed workers would lose paychecks and the lack of consumption would hurt the Common Good.

Can’t you see the Justice in that?

I’m just saying. In the great scheme of things it seems like saving lives while much ballyhooed by politicians and people claiming to save lives doesn’t quite rate up there with making more money under the guise of saving just an occasional life.

Regards, Bob Carr
Live Dangerously, Tell the Truth
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PS.  I like movies, you could say I'm addicted.  From time to time I'll give a shout out to one or two.

A good movie about living and getting lost in Virtual Reality - Her.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her_(film)  A Joaquin Phoenix you can hardly recognize.  Bear with it.

Also something we talked about at the restaurant, IMO a great political movie with great acting etc.  Spinning Boris.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinning_Boris  This, though called a comedy is based upon a true story.

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