I am not talking about the civil war, am I? Though they did have railroads back then, and railways were a big part of that war. The actual historical blockade was a naval activity though. From what I understand a blockade is an act of war, as is a siege.
Last month just outside the city where the smartest people in the world work there was an accident. Three people died and over fifty people were injured. Seems the operator(s) of the train that derailed were going eighty miles an hour in a thirty mile an hour some. That is fifty miles an hour over the speed limit. This are the facts established by the media.
The first reports claimed that the train was going eighteen miles an hour and hit something. My how the story changed. From what I understand, if you drive a car at more than twenty miles per hour over the speed limit it is considered reckless driving and is a criminal offence.
If I was so unwise to drive fifty miles per hour over the limit and recklessly caused an accident that killed three people and injured many more. I would be in jail and my mug shot would be all over the news. My name would be known and cursed.
The only thing we know about the train operator(s) is he/she may have been distracted. There was also information released that said that they were not distracted by a cell phone.
It is painfully apparent that there will never be any negative information released about union members. No matter how blatant the crime. I have to conclude that this blockade of information is designed to thwart the law, and is used to cover up criminal activities.
I am left to wonder how common this activity is. In most cases there would be no way of knowing if a lack of information covered up a crime. I am also unaware of any time a union offered up any evidence wrongdoing by a union member(s). It may have happened, I am just unaware.
I am convinced that there is a union blockade of information on criminal activities by union members. I just don’t know how prevalent it is. As I have said before, unions control not just our public transportation systems and energy industries, but also our educational systems, our media and news outlets, and finally our government. Blockades are an act of war.
Like most people, I am not perfect. I make mistakes. Like most people, I try to learn from my mistakes. To do so, I first must acknowledge my mistakes. So if I had written something that was wrong, I will try and acknowledge and correct my mistake.
I had previously predicted that there would be no tax deal. I had thought partisanship and stubborn independence fueled with unfathomable corruption would scuttle any deal. I was wrong. Hopefully the new deal will accelerate growth and eventually reduce the deficit.
It also appears that I was wrong about Little Kim Jong Un. He is still alive. I had thought he would have crossed some socially defined line of acceptable international behavior. In actuality he has not lit off one of his nukes in a while. Is it possible that he has become a conformist? Once upon a time Ronald Reagan smartened up Muammar Gaddafi, and taught him a certain amount of international responsibility. It was all well and good for Gaddafi, until the last administration changed the rules of social responsibility.
If Little Kim has achieved international acceptance, he better hope that we do not vote in a socially progressive administration. Of course it may all be part of a larger plan. Now that the Russians have been found out, President Trump will need a new international advocate. Such is how I perceive the progressive point of view.
Speaking of the progressive point of view, it is possibly my biggest failing. I do not understand it. I had thought that Blue State ethos was simply a manifestation of self serving unionism that had corrupted the political process to ensure its prosperity. In my view the blatantly out of control system survived with creative verbiage to misinform the masses.
For a while I was willing to gleefully hurl even more creative verbiage in a return assault. Gradually I became to understand that their motivation was more than just creative verbiage. It was something that I did not understand, and unwilling too match. Having been a New Yorker I thought I understood the Liberal mindset, I was wrong. I now believe that I am incapable of understanding logic of Liberalism. Maybe that is why I moved away?
Despite my mistakes, it has not been a bad year for us all. The positives have outweighed the negatives. Cheers.
Who will save us from this troublesome turpitude? Let ye who is without sin throw the first stone. There are metaphors in there, pause. Contemporarily the bar of acceptable turpitude had been set by the Clintons. Until most recently.
I was stunned to see Garrison Keller let go for a pat on the back. Yet it was nothing more than a tactical pivot. I’m seeing credible evidence that there was collusion between the DNC, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and possibly the FBI, and even the highest levels of the Justice Department. Collusion to pay the Russians for dirt on the Trump’s. Any dirt, even if the dirt was false. The Russians were most happy to oblige. Yes turpitude. See Ohr.
Build the wall! Yes it is catchy, Candidate Trump was surprised at how well it was received. Many people interpret the meaning to suit their own mores, for myself it represents the rule of law, and plausibly a split rail fence. Others may prefer to dwell on hatred. Or sexism and the newfound passion for turpitude.
Simply, it is for the voters to decide. As much as I would like a clear and rational definition of turpitude, it won’t happen. Turpitude is defined by basis and misinformation. Morality?
Morality? Most horrific events can be defined by a lack of morality. In fact my stock answer to a horrific event is it happened because of a lack of morals. So can morality be legislated? Or is it a religious teaching? Could morality be a innate human trait? Or has it to be learned? Could the same be said for turpitude?
Such a shame, when there is real news. Credible evidence that we are disentangling ourselves from the mideast. Credible evidence that the opioid crisis has reversed. Then finally to the original bar set by the Clintons. It’s the economy st*pid.
President Trump has given us a hint on what his biggest regret is. That would be the lack of bipartisanship on the hill. It would have ment so much to him if even just a couple of Democrats had voted in favor of his agenda at some point. He is after all a New Yorker, and they are all liberals. I would imagine it is like coming out as gay and having your family refuse to talk to you. The only reason Trump is a Republican, is because they would have him. They are rather inclusive like that.
So I thought that ain’t might run as a Democrat, just so I could vote for a couple of budget bills or something. It would mean so much to President Donald J Trump. So here is my proposed platform.
1. Term limits.
2. Universal health care, paid for with an increase in capital gains tax.
3. A big beautiful gate in Trump’s wall, that includes immigration reform.
4. Legalized marijuana, with taxes to provide for the opioid crisis.
5. Clean air and water. Cash for reducing emissions, paid by healthcare cost reductions.
6. Lower property taxes, if you mow your lawn and paint your house.
That all sounds pretty liberal. What do you think? Actually never mind, they would probably hurt me. Then I would have to pass out.
I watched some of the reactions and outcome of what was a terrible tragedy on a San Francisco pier. What I saw was the complete normalization of fascism. That is the normalization of politically self serving manipulating of the facts. I saw a defense lawyer say that the death of an innocent was a defense of immigration and a challenge to a unlawful president. Yes, it was a tragedy.
Liberalism is fascism normalized. It permeates our society, and makes the rules. Rules biased on racism and hate. Where did we go wrong? Years ago Newt Gingrich proposed a “Contract With America” it was quite popular at the time. I almost exclusively listened to NPR. Unsurprisingly NPR was concerned when Newt suggested cutting federal funding to NPR. His logic was Radio Moscow was a government supported broadcast that was fundamentally bad.
My personal thought was BBC is good so why not model NPR like the BBC? I was quite surprised when NPR went on a long personal attack on Newt Gingrich himself. Absolutely nothing they said had anything to do with funding.
At the time I did not understand that NPR may have had a liberal bias that Newt Gingrich disagreed with. What I heard was a resort to basic thuggery when when they disagreed with an alternative premise for funding.
Liberalism is so concerned with protecting itself that it appears to lost all sense of rationality. Equality has been replaced with ethnic identity. Work has been replaced with entitlement. Discourse has been replaced with protest. Liberalism is hiding behind the thuggish walls of fascism.
There is hope. The media has gleefully held up four faces of the Trump administration that have been ensnared in what can only be called a great entrapment scheme. Thank you Peter Strzok. My thoughts are with the so many people that have lost their jobs for exposed bias in political reporting. If it is a war of attrition, the Trumpkins are winning.
Yes the liberal walls of fascism are still standing. Let the Trumpets sound.
Buried on the back pages of the internet I saw the best news in decades. Elon Musk is going to send his personal Tesla Roadster into space and into orbit around Mars. What an awesome story! Cutting edge technology in cars and rockets, combined with personal ambitions.
It is the back pages that have the real news, headlines, not so much these days.
It is the advance in technology that that brings personal gain to us all. Such an adventurer seems silly at the outset, however the educational aspects of the simply asked why could fill volumes. Think of all the advantages to society that have occurred because of the space race to the moon in the sixties. Our understanding of the universe, the advent of the microchip. International space cooperation to name but a very few.
I applaud Elon Musk, and raise my glass to his success in this bold undertaking.
The idea is brilliant, increase the standard deduction, and get rid of all the itemized deductions. I recall a conversation I had with a friend about how much I paid in taxes, I wasn’t smart enough to figure out all the deductions, so I was foolish to have paid more. If everyone had the same deduction, and I paid more in taxes, it would mean that I had more to spend. End of conversation.
Of course it will never happen. The hundreds of pages of tax code hide a Thousand sacred cows. Cows that will never be allowed to go to slaughter.
Following the money, the only thing that causes more discussion on taxes is opinions on benefits. Yes, every deduction is a special interest benefit. I do not believe that we will have comprehensive tax reform. The darkest of money in the deepest of pockets will assure failure. So I disagree with Wall Street expectation of a tax bill. Maybe I will be wrong?
A middle class tax cut is also smart. They will by more things, and create more jobs. The rich have already made a killing in the market, and are getting richer. They do not need a tax cut.
A business tax cut is also smart. If we were to make flat screen TV’s in this country we would have more jobs and fewer people in poverty. Quite possibly if we were to produce everything we need here, we would be less interested in military intervention elsewhere. The latter is just my theory. The party line is more jobs, less crime. Probably not that far from the truth.
The above is President Trump’s vision as I see it. The New York Times says it is a tax increase on the middle class to benefit the rich. That may be true after the professional politicians work their magic on the bill.
On final thing the president and others forget. As Warren Buffett says, increase the capital gains tax. Then work the tables and balance the budget. It can’t be that hard.