Thursday, September 15, 2016

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

I have had a plaque on display in my office for decades now which states - “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”
 
This seems to be the creed of Dangerous Donald Trump.  He has certainly not demonstrated any brilliance, or for that fact much intelligence, and just about everything he says is pure bullshit. 
 
While he has baffled enough with his bullshit to become the Republican nominee for President, let us pray that most voters in November see him for the dangerous narcissist he is.
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I enjoyed watching “Money Monster” on On Demand last week.  It is also now out on DVD. 
 
George Clooney as an over-the-top “Cramer-esque” (I used to write for Jim Cramer’s MainStreet.com online financial portal) tv investment show host taken hostage while on the air by a frustrated and disgruntled investor, Julia Roberts as his director, and directed by Jodie Foster.
 
A truly entertaining film, with Clooney great as the initially scared shitless tv personality who eventually rises to the occasion, led on via earpiece by Roberts in a certainly non-glamorous role.
 
If I have any comment, and it is a comment and not a criticism, it is that there seemed to me to be too many gratuitous “f-bombs”.
 
I recommend this movie – two thumbs up!
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The 2nd Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the right of an individual citizen to own a gun.  It was written to appease those among our Founding Fathers who opposed a national Army.
 
This amendment does not simply say “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  It says "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  The important wording in the Amendment is “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. The Founding Fathers preferred state militias to a national army.
 
Our Founding Fathers were afraid of standing armies.  They wanted to maintain the authority of the individual state militias that had made up Washington’s Revolutionary Army.  The members of Congress during that first gun debate believed that “standing armies in a time of peace are dangerous to liberty”. Those were the exact words used in the state of New York’s amendment to the gun debate.
 
James Madison, political theorist, American statesman, and the 4th President hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his role in drafting and promoting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, believed, “Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”
 
Had the early framers of the Constitution supported a standing army during times of peace there would be no need for a “well-regulated militia”, and thus no need for the 2nd Amendment.
 
Instead, they openly opposed a standing army during times of peace. Want proof? In the entire Constitution, there are no time limits on the power of Congress to raise money and pay for anything – except an Army. We can have a Navy forever. We can have roads or bridges or post offices or pretty much anything else that supports the ‘general welfare’ without limit and in perpetuity. But an Army? That had to be re-evaluated every two years, when all spending for the past two years of army was zeroed out. It's right there in Article 1, Section 8, line twelve reads that Congress has the power: "To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years."
 
The Founding Fathers were well aware, based on the history of Europe, that military coups by a standing army were a great threat to any nation. So they required a re-evaluation of the need for a national army every two years.
 
This is what I believe -
 
A mentally stable, law-abiding citizen should be able to purchase and own a traditional “one shot at a time” pistol or rifle for the purpose of hunting, target shooting, or, in limited situations, protection.  But it should be illegal for an individual or organization to purchase and own an AK-47, an assault rifle, or any such weapon.  By the very nature of its name, the obvious purpose of such a weapon is “assault” and not hunting, target shooting, or protection.
 
In order to purchase and own a gun an individual should first obtain a license, issued by one’s state of residence – similar to the current driver’s license system.  A thorough background check must be required as part of the licensing process.  And, similar to a driver’s license, in order to obtain a license an individual must pass a written test and a “demonstration” test, like a driving test, to show that the individual knows how to operate and maintain a gun.  As with motor vehicle licenses there would be age restrictions.
 
And if a person is considered potentially dangerous enough not to be able to fly he or she should not be able to obtain a gun license.  No fly – no gun!
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I have been revisiting reruns of one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000’s – “Numbers” – now on Fridays on ION Television (the station formerly known as Pax).
 
It was a unique take on the police, in this case FBI, procedural, using math instead of forensics to solve crimes.  The show combined crime drama with the family dynamic of the Eppes men (father and sons).
 
The show, produced by the movie director Scott brothers (Ridley and Tony), had an excellent and talented ensemble cast of familiar and then new faces playing unique characters.
 
If you did not watch this show the first time around now is a good time to be introduced to it.
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I have always enjoyed British television police and courtroom crime dramas and mysteries, finding them to be, to a degree, superior to American tv series.
 
Over the past several years I have also discovered many Australian tv series of this genre, which are equally engaging and entertaining.
 
My first find, in the late 2000s, was “City Homicide”.  That was followed by “The Strip”.  I discovered both via free online venues.
 
Upon subscribing to Netflix-like Acorn.tv I came across “Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries”, a period mystery with a flapper heiress as the detective, and “Mr & Mrs Murder” about a couple who operate a crime-scene clean-up company.
 
Most recently I have found “The Brokenwood Mysteries” (actually from New Zealand) and “Janet King”, about a lesbian crown prosecutor, on Acorn.tv and “The Doctor Blake Mysteries”, another period piece, on YouTube.
 
If you get a chance, please check out any of these Australian series you can find and let me know what you think.
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What is wrong with the "great unwashed masses"?
 
Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the intelligent and rational alternative to Dangerous Donald for real Republicans and conservatives, doesn't know the name of a city or region in Syria and he is called unfit to be President.
 
Donald Trump shows his ignorance and the fact that he is unfit to be President every single time he opens his mouth, and according to the polls the race is still close.
 
Do you really think Trump knew what Alelppo was before the issue with Johnson became public?
 
Johnson showed that he is an honest and intelligent man with his response to the FU –
 
This morning, I began my day be setting aside any doubt that I’m human.  Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict – I talk about them every day.  But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict.  I blanked.  It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.
 
Can I name every city in Syria?  No.  Should I have identified Aleppo?  Yes.  Do I understand its significance?  Yes.
 
As Governor, there were many things I didn't know off the top of my head.  But I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues, and making principled decisions.  It worked.  That is what a President must do."
 
Even Hillary admits and takes responsibility for her mistakes.  It is only Trump who never admits he was wrong, and even lies about what he has said in the past, because of his delusion that he has Pope-like infallibility.
 
What will it take for the Republican Party and American voters to tell dangerous narcissist Trump, "You're fired!"?
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