Mowing The White House Lawn

Unsurprisingly a few of my friends have recently raised the concern of the White Supremacy problem. Such is the power of the media. With one of my friends, after discussing the rates of fire of various weapons, I declared that the White Supremacist problem could be solved with a few minutes and a Gatling Gun.

Now I actually have no clue on how many people self declare themselves as white supremacists. I have read that there is one person down in Keene that fits the description. Personally I have never knowingly met one. Maybe they avoid me because I had black friends as a child. I don’t know, so I decided to ask Google. Google replied that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified 917 groups of white supremacists, and the 63 Million people that voted for Donald Trump are white supremacists. Still curious, I attempted to find out more about the 917 hate groups. On their website, the SPLC had almost no information about these hate groups. As far as I could tell they only existed because they claimed that they exist. Thank you for your diligence Google. Using your numbers it will take considerably longer than a few minutes with a Gatling Gun to wipe out all the White Supremacists.

I am saddened that Google search results seem to have the same credibility that the fake news at CNN has. For I believe CNN lies to be able to justify violence against those who do not agree with their agenda. MSNBC then celebrates and glorifies the lies and violence against those who do not agree with the CNN approved dogma. Finally NPR recruits those who approve of, and will do violence against those who fail to approve the celebrated dogma and approved agenda. Now Google will prove as fact the celebrated dogma of the approved agenda. There will be next respite.

That brings me to Facebook. Facebook is in trouble because they have not always followed the celebrated dogma and approved agenda. The have allegedly been compromised by the Russians and have passed fake news to the masses.

So I was surprised to see on Facebook a story about a child named Frank that volunteered to mow the White House lawn. Talk about a child after my own heart. There was even a video of Frank pushing a lawn mower right past the president, who actually came out of the White House and was trying to shake Frank’s hand. Frank, who was about ten had made gentle arcs with the mower, arcs that were a contrast to the razor sharp lines that are typical of a seasoned professional mower.

A couple days later I was watching CNN, it is worth keeping up with the lies at times. There in front of the White House was the announcer, his mouth was moving, but I did not hear the words. I was memorized by the White House lawn behind him. Frank had made an impression, there was the truth as plain as day, it’s all about the curve.

(after writing this I checked the CNN website, and they had the story)

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What Happened?

Steal This Book. Channeling the Hoffman ethos I will provide a insightful analysis with the honest disclosure that I have not read the latest blockbuster in political drama.

Her words paint a masterful high definition self portrait in brilliantly stark black and white. These are resolute words distinguishing black from white, without embarrassment to she who understands the meanings of shadowy words. Yes her words of black and white will cause her to be read all over.

Amazingly, I closely personify the subject matter of the authors obsession. Like most glorified obsessions I have been endowed with all sorts of  fanciful abilities and qualities. Unfortunately my perceived talents are far more simple than those ascribed to my self. So sorry to let the readers down.

I have no problem with grandma and apple pie, a visit to grandmother’s house can be so rewarding. Unfortunately all grandmothers are not created equally. So I have already said to much, and thereby proving my guilt I will leave it at that. The truth lies between the covers of the esteemed tome. Weaving between the sentences is justice blindfolded with a balance in her hand. You be the judge.

So this reviewer would like to point out an error in the book, it is a simple error that should be corrected. I only have a problem with a singular error found in the entire book. Clarity will be provided shortly. Mindful of all the fanciful qualities endowed on my self, a simple distaste was forgotten. A distaste for politicians. It is that simple. A distaste that is reinforced by the politicised endowment of all horrid qualities ascribed to self. Such a simple distaste trumps proven politics. That may be a revolutionary thought to some.

What was the mistake in the book? Call me a Nazi if you will, but there is a punctuation error, in the title. For I believe the author still does not understand. So I will fix her proclamation for her, with corrected punctuation. Here shall be the deepest insight into her inner muse unleashed. Thus this is the unconscious statement that was proclaimed to all the world.  What Happened?

Billy Beer

Billy_Beer_LogoThought I would say a few words on business and politics. It is a reasonable argument that comes up once and a while. The reality is most politicians are lawyers, and do not run businesses. So the idea of a businessman politician is a bit unusual. I will say that when a politician comes into office relatively poor, and exits the office wildly rich, something is wrong. However, if they leave office with a similar net worth, I see no problem with that. In am not sure how many of the founding fathers were businessmen, but I am sure some of them were.

Jimmy Carter, like some of the founding fathers was a farmer and a scientist. So I think of his peanut farm as a business. As far as I know, his business was unaffected by his time as a politician. I think most would agree with that.

Jimmy’s brother Billy Carter took full advantage of his brother’s political position. I remember that was a bit controversial at the time. Billy put his name on beer. A couple of billion of cans of beer were sold. Unfortunately the beer turned out to be a flop, and the nine millions of cans that remained unsold eventually were melted for scrap. Billy Beer was a thing for a year. 1977 if you’re interested. However you can still buy it on EBay.

I guess the moral is, even if you have an advantage. You have to have a quality product. So that pretty much sums up what would be my opinion of the Trump brand. Of course I have never sampled the Trump brand, my boss hasn’t either. Maybe just maybe some of his more prosperous customers have played on one of the Trump golf courses. Trump is way above my pay grade. My budget is more like Billy Beer. What I will say is Trump employs people to mow his golf courses and build his buildings. To be a success, they have to offer a quality product. They probably drink some beer too.

Now if his family was to open a golf course in Yosemite national park, I would be offended. That would be an unfair advantage.

Although I never sampled Billy Beer, at a different time I might of. Maybe, If things were a bit different Billy Beer would still be a thing. Was it simply a bad product? Or poor marketing, or political backlash. We’re the major beer players miffed and created a negative campaign? Who knows?

So be your glass full of Billy Beer or empty with nothing it is worth raising. Or if your glass half empty or half full of something better, raise it. I propose a toast to our common qualities and the success of all. Cheers.

The Fascist Bludgeoning of the Resistance

Like medieval trebuchets hurling twirling tired trope, the powerful siege engines called media outlets bludgeon us over and over with repetitions intent of cracking the foundations of liberty. War sells so well, and is profitable for those that profit from this conflict. Yes Virginia, profit from conflict enriches the Media, and by association the Left.

At times this repetitive bludgeoning is alluring, so I too have been seduced, only to awaken vowing never again. This is how trebuchets work, constant geometrically precise repetitive bludgeoning. It is capable of cracking the most solid of foundations. Repetitive misinformation, the effective tool of fascists everywhere. Beware.

Imaginary glory from past times causes tens of thousands to march against reimagined horrors of the past. The reality today is a loss of place and time in exchange for profit in conflict. We have it so very well, especially compared to the horror that some seek to relive. Today the imagery enemy is so miniscule, a crumbling echo of the horror past that once was.

Unlike those who confuse history with current reality, it is good to remember history for what it was. To loose the lessons of history is to repeat the mistakes of the past. It is better to remember, and learn from the lessons the past has taught us. By doing so it becomes apparent that some of our modern day institutions at times emulate the the crumbling institutions of the past.

A segment of our society today has inexplicably embraced one of the more malevolent times of the not so distant past. Terminology of the era is re-employed to bring the horrors of the past back to life. Labels are haphazardly sown to reignite political strife. While warning of a lost empire the same masses seek to reestablish the same failing systems.

Why else would we put up with the reincarnation of the sturmabteilung, a system of control that is completely at odds with our proclaimed society. Most astounding is the immunity this group of self described black clad anarchists and the like receive form the press. What is truly horrific is the support of this group from the police in certain precincts. Then the horrors of their tactics is not to be called out, and in fact ignored by local and national politicians of a failing political party. We are seeing a new political terrorism. This terrorism is the last gasp of failure in an attempt to regain relevancy in this era. This secretive organization has most assuredly a political point of view.

So why I, amongst others dare call them out? Because this horrific party of horrors past is a disembodied relic of a evil that has already been soundly defeated. With no central nervous system the parts of the whole are truly exposed to those that have not been enraptured to the lost cause that has endured defeat.

The fascist bludgeoning we endure from the self-proclaimed resistance is simply the genetic twitching of a failed, and rather evil system. Let us rejoice, and erect new grander statues to a future where such evil labels no longer exist.

Honesty, it can get you into trouble.

The other day President Trump said the most honest thing a politician has said in, well a very long time. He said that there were good and bad people on both the Left and the Right. That made people and the Media really really mad. I was a bit surprised that honesty was condemned. I guess people just can’t stand an honest politician.

Let that sink in a bit. There are good and bad on both sides, who would disagree? Well almost everyone.  The Left said that all white supremacists are, worse than bad. Then they pretty much expanded that to all Alt-Right are worse than bad. Then everything on the Right is worse than bad by association. The Right was mad because he made the Left mad and call them names.

The president, and the very few that agree with him say that there are some good people on the left. And more importantly some bad people on the right.

From what I hear from the left, there are no bad people on the left whatever, and all people on the Right are bad. So you wonder why the polls don’t work. The people on the right will never say a word, until they vote.

Then of course you get some stupid people like me. They think they are trying to explain things, but really we just don’t know when to shut up. So I sit here waiting for the final solution.

Free Speech? Not in Boston

So a hundred or so people decide to have a free speech rally. The press called them right wingers. The group disavowed hate speech. I checked their website it was as bland as could be. My stuff is much worse. Now I do not know the history of these people. The news did not say. I just don’t care enough to find out. For better or worse the group looked like a nothingburger to me.

Because they were labeled right wingers by the press, tens of thousands marched against them. They had to end their little rally and go into protective custody. So the crowd in instead assaulted some people with Trump gear.

I had no idea what the people had to say, and really don’t care. They were labeled, and forced into silence. Seems to be a bit of a trend these days. The resistance is acting like a one party system, with no tolerance for any other system. If I remember correctly, historically the resistance fought a single party system.

I should look on the bright side though. There was far less violence than some of the past left wing protests. No cars were burned, or police shot.

Something Better

When it comes to healthcare, my stock answer is “I don’t know the answer”. In this post, I will ponder what I do not know.

A signature campaign pledge of President Trump was to replace our current healthcare system with an undefined “Something Better”. There were no specifics for the plan, just that it would be “Something Better”. Hmmm.

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? What will it be? Let’s just say Obamacare was a riff off of Romneycare. There is a very good argument for that. So the probability is President Trump will just use a modification of something existing. The first try at replacement was Republicancare, and that flopped by a single vote, or so they would have us believe. I think it was by design. So the president will have to go with something different. Hillary Clinton has spent lots of time working on healthcare. She is a popular self-proclaimed expert in the field. I wonder how her system would work. Politicians are not above snatching each other’s ideas.

To figure out what Hillarycare would be like, I turned to look at Haiti. During the campaign Hillary touted the wonderful job her foundation had done in Haiti, a claim that included Haitian healthcare. So I poked around to see what Hillary’s Haitian Healthcare plan was really like. Much to my surprise I found what was pretty much a free market solution. I will explain.

Healthcare workers are independent operators, they wander the land on regular routes. On their heads they carry a basket of pills, and a pair of scissors. I have seen pictures of the baskets. They have all sorts of pills, from antibiotics to Viagra. Customers request pills for their symptoms, the provider then cuts the required pills from the packaging with the scissors. The healthcare providers get their pills from a few wholesalers. The wholesalers have government connections get expired medication, which is typically still good because we have artificially low expiration dates. The wholesalers also have generic and knockoff medications from various sources. A simple and effective system.

Somehow I don’t think that a system that depends on expired medication would work in this country, who would we buy expired medication from?

Bernie Sanders promised a healthcare proposal after the summer break, this should be interesting. Many people believe that Bernie would be president, if Hillary was not so crooked. Myself, I have not seen conclusive polling evidence showing that to be the case, but I will say that Bernie has huge support, and is the most popular senator. So I would be very curious to see it.

By my guessing, we spend over two trillion a year on healthcare. If we took all the money from the Fortune 500 worlds wealthiest people, their money would run out within one presidential election cycle. Bernie was prepared for that, he wants a ten percent payroll tax also. Still not enough. Bernie also wants to equalize payroll taxes and capital gains taxes. As I go into retirement, more of my income would come from capital gains. However I do agree that there should be equal tax rates for capital gains and income. Give Bernie a point.

From what I understand there is massive unfunded union healthcare promises for many municipalities. I have had unionized friends in the hospital, I believed that they had many unnecessary procedures before they died. This runs up unionized costs. Unnecessary procedures probably happen to any people that have good insurance. I have no idea how many procedures are just revenue producing. I am also sure that many people have procedures that are not paid for. Probably how the hospitals balance their books.

Another cost is lawsuits, malpractice insurance is astronomical, that also gets added to the bill. Then of course the insurance companies get a rather large cut of the pie. Do not forget the pharmaceutical industry too. They make a lot of money too.

I listen to NPR tell stories about some poor hard luck person that gets Medicaid, it turns his life around. At the end he or she says that everyone should have Medicaid. That is tough to hear for some poor hardworking person that pays $10,000 a year for substandard health insurance. You wonder where people choose not to have insurance, or even not work.

I, like many others get their insurance through their employers. I would be absolutely panic stricken if I lost my job. There is a certain amount of logic to that. It keeps America working. We would be a bit lazier as a society if some of us did not have to work for our insurance.

Funny, how the government privatised the space program because it would be more efficient. Now they want to nationalize the healthcare industry? Hmmm.

Really, it would take something like a twenty percent national income or sales tax to have free healthcare. Since we have a representative system of government we can not just vote up or down on a proposal. Instead we have elected representatives to make the decision for us. There would be benefits and drawbacks to single payer. As I said before I do not know the answer.

President Trump has promised something better. That being said there are two things that I do believe. First is that he is brutally honest, and people do not like that. I however respect him for it. Second is he became president owing no one. Personally, I think he will make the deal with Bernie.