Failed thinking

December 15, 2014

When ever I read a George Nethercutt column in “The Inlander,” I am never sure whether to roll my eyes or bust a gut laughing. Because quite frankly, I think Mr. Nethercutt spends more time stringing words together, than actually saying anything. Here’s an example:

A recent poll showed Americans about equally divided over how Ferguson was handled, with 52 percent against President Obama’s handling of the issue and 52 percent against the way police handled the protests there, with a narrow margin supporting the federal government bringing charges against the officer. Obama, as America’s first biracial president, must be careful not to show racial bias himself.

The above block quoted statement demonstrates in a nut shell, exactly what permutations racial prejudice will go through. No “biracial or other minority” should ever show “racial bias” whether in the arts, comedy routines, as members of the news media, as actors, politicians in general, or even the President of the United States. However, the putative white majority can exhibit racial bias at any time. Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, any Dixiecrat, etc.; have employed racial bias extensively and exploited it for political reasons. Racial bias was definitely on display to reduce the likelihood of minorities voting in the November 2014 elections. Just as there has been a heavy display of racial bias, when young African-American males, some with families of their own, fall victims to police over-reach or brutality. Find it on Facebook, these young African-Americans are scofflaw “thugs.” Perhaps if they just complied with the law… However there is a counterargument called, the cops have a protocol that needs to be followed. I fully understand any cop discharging his weapon and killing someone, who has a badassed weapon and definitely plans on using it. That is not the same thing as: “the suspect” having only a pill bottle, set of keys, wallet, a cell phone… And the cop claims after the fact that he felt “threatened.”

Now for a summary of what else Mr. Nethercutt argued, we could teach the current illegal immigrants all about capitalism, the free market, and working hard. Uh, I am very sure they know all about any of the above. Capitalism=illegal immigrants are exploitable day labor. The free market=no we do not want illegal immigrants to obtain a green card (through executive action), because they may as potentially legal citizens, expect better treatment as well as better paying jobs. Work hard? I have no doubt that they do. In fact for very little pay or none what so ever, any illegal immigrant probably works harder than most politicians. Especially when those politicians over a span of two years, took very long vacations, too many weekend breaks, and spent what little time in Washington, D.C. that they did to constantly bitch about the President. Any illegal alien that acted like this on the paid under the table workforce, would get booted off the job so fast, it would make his head spin. No, Mr. Nethercutt; it isn’t the illegal immigrants who could use these lessons. It is instead, people like yourself.

For anyone who has some grasp of what Boys and Girls of America stands for, or for that matter, Big Brothers and Big Sisters; it is where you partner up with a child who is literally struggling, and try to act as an inspiration. If it works out as planned, this is a child who might make it into high school, college, or even a university. If it works out with this kind of partnership or sponsorship, this is a child who would always have someone to talk to and share fun times with. The intent is, to keep that child from falling through the cracks and helping that child to eventually lead a more productive life. It is not something that Mr. Nethercutt should be trying to “after the fact” exploit. Because programs like these do cost money, some of that money may come from the federal level. The operating word here is “MAY.” We already know where the GOP priorities are in their next legislative session. Your kids or any other peoples’ kids are not exactly on the radar. Your health or the health of your neighbor, isn’t exactly on the radar either. Whether the veterans will see any kind of benefits, is also a big question. The claim I have seen on Facebook, the GOP watch the checkbook. Even before their legislative session ended in December however, seems the GOP sponsored a TRILLION dollar rider that funnels taxpayers money into Wall Street and etc. This to prevent a “government” shut down. Wall Street and etc. doesn’t require such a massive socialist outpouring of public moolah, but the GOP are determined to make sure Wall Street and etc. are the recipients of a federal sugar daddy. That is not an argument for one political party to “watch the check book.” Nor is it an argument for capitalism and the free market.

Seriously? President Obama should take particular care that he should never show a “racial bias?” United States of America, if Nethercutt wants to assume a local voice (Spokane, Washington) for the GOP; I think you have far greater problems than whether a biracial President shows a racial bias.

Thank you Chuck Malloy

December 10, 2014

This morning, 10 December 2014, The Coeur d’Alene Press published this article from Mr. Chuck Malloy, in its guest editorial column, “Idaho primary elections: Go on, get rid of ‘em.” I fully read his column through and quite frankly, I applauded the man for what he said. A select quote, “General elections at the top of the ticket have all the suspense of old Communist Russian ballots, where only one name counts—the one with the ‘R’ label.” I am glad he said it that way. Because there is something else I am equally aware of, step up to the plate and criticize the too much power and the corruption it brings to the permanent party in power? People take triple flips as they go off the deep end shrieking about how they’ve been attacked. There must be something wrong with you, for daring to say anything! That communism as it is defined today, comes right down to the local level, as it describes and defines how people react and behave in general.

Mr. Malloy refers to them as the “TEA Party Crowd.” People who publicly declare what makes them “traditional Republicans.” Quite frankly, I wouldn’t know what they mean by that. Because there has never been one definition of a “traditional Republican,” throughout the entire history of the party. Abraham Lincoln happened to be the founder of the Republican party that was all about big government liberalism. Slavery was a black blot on the nation and needs to be scourged, once and for all. It took a civil war to do it, but slavery was effectively scourged. 1. Emancipation proclamation. 2. The ratification into law of the 13th and 14th amendments. This nation reference race relationships has known its bumps in the road since then. But back in the 1960s, “traditional Republicans,” still owning the mantra of the party of Lincoln, were quick to sign onto the Civil Rights Laws. Just as by the time of Richard Nixon and the highly impeachable Watergate scandal, Republicans still understood principles and accountability well enough, to tell Nixon that he stunk up the oval office with his criminal offenses. Literally being a signer and therefore an aider and abettor to criminal offenses. The party of Lincoln could still wear that mantle when its then Representatives told Nixon, he wouldn’t survive an impeachment and removal from office.

You can only be a silly idealist of a young adult only once in your life. As you get older, you come to realize that what Nixon did earned him a forced resignation. Moving on, Mr. Malloy’s entire commentary was about Secretary of State-elect Lawrence Denney’s proposal to eliminate Idaho’s primary elections. With those closed primary elections that draws too few voters, caucuses held in locations that become inaccessible to Idaho residents who don’t travel, even open primaries that fails to produce a heavy turn out at the polls. Then it is literally a waste of tax money. I can applaud Mr. Malloy being prepared to say that. Just as I can applaud his saying that our future elections should not be run on a party/partisan basis. Labels and platforms run on a label, have outlived their usefulness.

Case in point, when a low voter turnout returns to office men such as Governor Otter who’s own administration oversaw a whole lot of corruption. Yet, the voters who did bother going to the polls apparently preferred that corruption and mismanagement of taxpayers money, to anyone prepared to actually clean this mess up. Then that says just how much of a problem Idaho as a state really has. The definition of “traditional Republican” is one that no longer accepts principles, accountability, or a moral basis for its existence. And by arguing an “against Obama” limited government, —Incidentally, you did know that your constituents still need health care, stable employment, and good education, right? — it is a sorry-assed attitude that helps no one, inclusive of the children. Running campaigns against a Democratic leadership at the federal level, does not tell the voters at the state level, what you plan to offer that would improve what opportunities might and could exist for the citizens here. The Democratic efforts at trying to improve on those education and job opportunities, were never given a hearing by the low voter turn out at the polls. Is that “conservatism?” I don’t think so. Rational people would never vote in a way, that would screw themselves and their kids too.

My view of the far leftist “TEA Party Crowd,” is that they are primarily anarchists. They took it into their heads what Ronald Reagan said on the hustings about government being the problem, at least until he got into office, and ran with it. Guaranteeing when they did get into office, how much government would become a problem—at odds with itself and the American people. Quite frankly, having that office matters more than recognizing the responsibilities that go with it.

In turn, these far left anarchists turn on the people slightly better at understanding what government is; and what you are supposed to do when you hold elective office: ie govern, fellow Republicans and called them RINOs—Republicans in name only. The anarchist “TEA Party Crowd” act like spoiled crybabies who don’t mind soiling their own nest. Apparently, if the real argument is that, “If I have to share something and I don’t really want to, then I’ll just destroy it during a hissy fit, that way no one can ever have it after me.” Well, that affects more than divisions within a single party. It does effect everyone, voters and non voters alike. Over all, I liked what Mr. Malloy wrote here. His column is well worth reading. Check it out at cdapress.com.

Millennials: A fellow traveler

December 7, 2014

I wouldn’t exactly say, that at the age of 60, I am a Millennial myself. Actually, a baby boomer technically speaking, of an era and a generation, where it was thought you really could have it all. Well, when I was born in 1954, and grew up in Coeur d’Alene my home town; I was one of those people who did not have it all. It was hard to get a job. If you did not already have a resume by the age of 18, then how likely were you to get work? If there was someone you didn’t know, required for reference purposes, then you were less likely to get a job. If the argument was, that you could always seek out teachers to supply references; then you were definitely going to struggle to find work, if those teachers either hated or ignored you. Long before the Millennial generation, I was one of those young people having to live with my parents, and hating it. Then the Army, and finally I found civilian work after I had been in the Army for awhile. But in what had become a “right to work state,” the pay wasn’t sufficient for me to move away and live on my own. Even before the Millenials mentioned in the Daniel Walters’ column in “The Inlander: The Selfie Generation;” I became one of those people, trying to make an independent living with my own start up, a farmers’ market associated business: Morpheus Creative photography, with pictorial website. It was a start up that might have seemed to go nowhere fast, in actually becoming a successful business. One in which I could have accomplished my goal of living independently and on my own. But, I did not give up on it; marketing fiber crafts, photos, plants, and garden products. I had been at that business now for better than 20 years.

Dad died at 81 while all three of us still lived at our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho address on 15th address. By then, I had published a sci fi short story about “The Vracny” in Modern Short Stories. But they turned me down cold on the next story I tried to submit, so that was that. I tried paying for long range tuition on how to write stories and books. Only those people decided to criticize the intentions behind the story instead of providing input on how to better write it. The story involved a much picked on little boy, you see; who helps rescue a captive unicorn… It can’t be a “little girl” who does it instead? Was the whiny reply at the time. With that not so helpful response, I insisted on a full refund. At the same time, it influenced why I would never seek out a publisher or editor ever again, to brainstorm the idea of a book or short story. I don’t and never have done what was called “traditional thinking.” So until Amazon produced Kindle and went looking for writers to fill the e-book shelves, writing novels for me was not on the radar.

I was in my 50s before we had the internet, and in particular, the siblings when they helped mom and I move to our new home in Dalton Gardens, made sure we were set up for the internet. Like Mr. Walters, I learned about AOL instant chat and chat rooms. I found message boards for the kinds of quick responses to the news and issues of the day, that was so much faster and quite frankly, far more satisfying, than maybe getting a letter to the editor published. Plus for me, it was educational as well. Facebook was created, I set up an account. Twitter was created, I set up an account there and sometimes would chat with people at 140 characters. But that was off and on. Mom died of lung cancer at Life Care, October 2011. There was all kinds of burdensome questions about where I would go from here, because the siblings wanted to sell her home. Ultimately, my new home was back in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and in a mobile home park. But at the age of 58 going on 59, I was also a pure medical wreck. That was just from the stress of mom’s death and all that had happened. I no longer held a job. I doubted that I could, ever again. A year later, 59 going on 60, I had published my first fantasy novel to Kindle on Amazon, a very long fantasy novel: “Are You a Space Alien? And other adventures: A four part science fiction novel.” So, that must make me by now, a 60 year old millennial who hopes that my first ever book catches fire.

I don’t post this latest topic to blog in order to take something away from the next generation. In some ways, “The baby boomer generation” was in denial about the rest of us in the ranks. That there were people like myself, who didn’t have nor could we hope to have, a ship coming into port. That unlike Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc.; there were those of us who couldn’t become a financial success of the kind, to even live a comfortable independence. That’s what being poor actually meant and what it felt like too. In other words, I understand the Millennials frustration. But unlike Mr. Walters, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Reddit, Instagram; is a resource tool that can truly help the next generation get somewhere. If the internet had existed when I was teenager, how quickly could I have e-mailed a prospective employer in another state, someone willing to put a young woman to work and even train that young woman to become an effective employee? If that had been the case, say in the early 1970s, I would no longer have been a resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. As it is, I am a Kindle novelist who can handle the realities of upload, download, uplink, downlink, the world wide web, urls, YouTube, and everything else. Because it exists, I am a blog writer. Because it exists, I don’t have to deal with “traditionalism” in the publishing world, that absolutely balks at the ideas that come from my “not so mainstream” head. I hope that my Kindle book does catch fire. I hope that “Aesgard Awakening! After Ragnorak, the Gods are alive!”; once I have completed it and edited, for the purposes of Kindle publication, will also catch fire. As it is, I’d like to thank the “Selfie Generation” for opening the door to a 60 year old baby boomer, to finally market myself. To finally show what I too can do.

Thank you Ray L. Fink

December 5, 2014

Before I actually transcribe this letter to the blog, the reason for its headline, I wondered if I might have something to blog about yet this week…

Letter: Pushing back vs. liberals

The letter from Luanne alluding to discrimination against Joan Harman is hypocritical hogwash.

I saw no mention of sexual orientation mentioned, and it seems just another “Honk, Sniff” poor Joan the victim, of the same harsh words and judgment she has used on others for years. She has used vile and childish rhetoric to those who disagree with her liberal agenda for years with little pushback.

She then falls back on the “I deserve respect because I’m a veteran.” She was a reservist who guarded Dalton Gardens while others in her unit deployed to war zones. Since she either wouldn’t or couldn’t deploy, she was ultimately let go with the low performers.

In touting her “veteran status” and superior views, she didn’t hesitate to criticize other veterans who disagreed with her. Case in point was her judgment that an E8 retiree with war zone service “was unfit to wear to wear a uniform.” To say that Joan deserves more respect is hypocritical because she has neglected to extend it to others.

Hopefully Luanne’s claim to veteran status is superior to the mediocre resume of Joan.

RAY L. FINK
Santa

First, Mr.Fink has never met me. At no time on a personal basis, has the man ever had the occasion to ask questions of myself in order to learn something about me. What he knows, and all that he knows, are what I have written in letters to the editors.

What I do know about Mr. Fink however, is that since he had written letters over many years, he has spent most of his time engaging in a very harsh judgment of this country, “We don’t do a thing for Vietnam Veterans.” It’s citizens, “They cursed and spat on returning Vietnam veterans.” Our government, if it is run by Democrats. Other veterans, (including myself) if they disagree with himself. Obviously, the above letter is but one example.

So, for what he does not know about me, then this is what I will explain to my readers:

  • I am a native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Born on 14 April 1954. I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and had not moved anywhere, until I joined the active Army around March of 1979. Ultimately, I deployed to Cold War Germany where active terrorism targeted its citizens, NATO, and the American military. My Reserve status was from 1983 to May of 1991. When I was let go, after the first Gulf War ended (No I was not deployed, wrong MOS so I was told at the time.), first, it was with an honorable discharge and second, I still resided in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  • I did not move to Dalton Gardens until three or so years after my dad died. By then, I had already been out of the service—Army Reserves—for more than ten years. That was by 2003 or 2004.
  • What is also factual, is that Michael Patrick has no interest in publishing corrections to the sort of “attack letters” that are based on false assumptions and completely ignorant premises. So, people like Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Fink, Ms. Cook among others; can fabricate any fantasy they wish without pushback.
  • I wouldn’t exactly know what Mr. Fink can identify as a “liberal agenda” or why he thinks [victimology speaking], that my views must be “superior.” Does that mean then, that his views are inferior? Then why are his letters published? Quite frankly, his views of an actual “liberal agenda” are those of people who totally agree with him and never argue. Literally, that grants him some kind of totalitarian authority to have the first, last, and only word on the subject. Well then, I’m afraid I am not a “liberal.” In a Democracy, even Mr. Fink needs to face the competition of ideas.
  • Further, if you put on a uniform and swear an oath, it doesn’t matter in what capacity, whether you served in a war zone or not; you put on that uniform to defend the U.S. Constitution and the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of your fellow citizens. To then turn on people as Mr.Fink has done down through the years, as Mr. Sheridan has also done down through the years. Why did you put on the uniform, if you can’t stand and absolutely hate the neighbors and fellow citizens, you ultimately defended?

When I put on a uniform, I knew that I not only defended the U.S. Constitution, but also the democracy that this founding document created. If this is something that Mr. Fink can not appreciate, I suggest a slow boat to still remaining totalitarian countries, where he may feel more comfortable.

Future of GOP could be dire

November 26, 2014

I won’t exactly fault John T. Reuter for much in his latest editorial circa “The Inlander.” Just this one issue, it is called having an idealistic faith in a party that has abruptly abandoned its core principles. I’ll agree, Mr. Reuter does admit that the Republican party set out to engage in voter suppression where ever possible. That the party did everything possible to reduce voter turn out, so that they could gain electoral majorities. But this isn’t a “flash in the pan” type of situation. Ever since the Reagan “revolution,” the GOP have been working hard at trying to create this majority power. However, that is a majority power by hook and by crook; not because the GOP actually could offer something that would honestly appeal to the American voters. If you come to your majorities through fear, hatred, anger; with the help of blatant corruption; then you have already as a party shown your inability to govern. Reuter’s idealism about our party, is in the belief that despite what the GOP did to gain their majorities, they can show the American electorate something positive in the next two years.

  • Facebook news feed: The state of Texas approves of a new historical textbook in which Moses is classified as a “founding father.” Democracy as such wasn’t exactly introduced until the coming of the Roman Empire. There is nothing in either Old or New Testament, that would even suggest those biblical texts could ever have inspired America’s democratic society. But I would say this about the GOP, their own actions prior to the 2014 mid-term elections, wasn’t exactly an inspiration for a democratic society either. Regardless of what George Nethercutt might say about it, after the fact.
  • The Senator Barbara Boxer video that was extensively shared on Facebook, in response to the executive action President Obama took on immigration. The GOP response was of course predictable—childish, really. Senator Boxer? 510 days she said in this video, in which the GOP did nothing to create legislation, not even to vote on the legislation to address a broken immigration system. Apparently, the T.V. ads exploiting “emigration as a terrible menace,” was a lot cheaper. The people voting for the GOP in response to such ads, never once asked what the GOP were prepared to do about it. Well, the GOP majority Congress hasn’t been installed yet. But they are sure worthlessly flapping jaws, because President Obama had the guts to do something about the immigration situation, that the GOP would rather just run ads to exploit.
  • After Idaho’s own mid term elections had ended; I saw the Coeur d’Alene Press run an editorial that basically skirted around the reasons why Otter could be re-elected as Governor. I submitted an open letter to the Coeur d’Alene Press, which was published on the next Sunday, about why Governor Otter would not have deserved my vote. Being a “family values” man doesn’t cut it if your administration is rife with corruption. The party you are the head of in the state, chooses to hire convicted criminals—former Senator Larry Craig. Or if the people holding an elected position within your administration, willfully mismanage taxpayers’$$$. Regardless of the majority of the Idaho electorate absolutely rejecting the Luna “educational reform” laws that puts taxpayers’ money into private pockets, the Idaho GOP still love private and deep pocketed special interests. It isn’t doing the teachers or the students much good in this state however.
  • The local extremists reacted strongly, which also says a lot about their factual lack of morality. If you so bizarrely hate what you have decided the Democrats stand for; so as to put back into office people who never did have your best interests at heart, you are already a lost cause. Scapegoating President Obama changes nothing about how the majority party governs or fails to govern locally.

For what else Mr. Reuter had to say, I will agree with him, the narrowed GOP demographic is also a disappearing one. Given what the GOP decided they just had to do to gain a majority this time around, they have already alienated people away from voting for them by 2016. Precisely, minorities, the youth, the elderly. Why? On the presumption that this diverse demographic might vote for the Democrats. Well, if the GOP actually had something to offer as Mr. Reuter suggested, the same demographics mentioned above who’s vote the GOP also suppressed, won’t have been able to vote for that party either. Which meant, the GOP successfully shot themselves in more than just the foot.

This is the day before Thanksgiving, and the Coeur d’Alene Press put out a wad of Thanksgiving letters. Very appropriate, rather than all the attack letters they have typically run in past years. Such letters I will not plan to comment on. Instead, this final statement before I elect to blog on a topic next week: Benghazi. The GOP who suddenly decided that Benghazi would no longer serve a political purpose. That’s right, Benghazi would help them to get a majority control of Congress. The lives of four dead Americans, inclusive of one Ambassador, was useful for political exploitation and nothing more. Nice “slap in the face” for the surviving family members, who wanted some answers!

Symbolism

November 15, 2014

Symbol, symbolic, symbolism: with reference to an image, however usually lacking in substance. I started this blog post in just this way, with reference to the latest George Nethercutt editorial, found in “The Inlander.” Make that, after the midterm elections, it was a lot of hot air and fluff, particularly lacking in substance. So instead, here are a few issues that it seems, Mr. Nethercutt can’t seem to wrap his head around. Nor is he prepared to have the “future leaders of our country,” found exclusively at Gonzaga U., natch; be prepared to wrap their heads around those factual issues either. So, we will briefly take a tour on why world powers can suddenly collapse and finally go the way of history. Precisely, it is called “rot at the inner core.” That rot existed prior to the Russian empire, comprising much of Eastern Europe, finally collapsing with the rise of the Bolshevik revolution. That rot pre-existed the fatal collapse of the Roman empire. It also caused Great Britain to cease to be a great naval power. That rot is not what Mr. Nethercutt is prepared to address for this nation, here and now. Especially a group of Gonzaga students.

Oh and by the way, ISIS isn’t a “group,” it is a terrorist Jihad movement that is going around slaughtering everything in sight. But then I figured old Nethercutt, would suddenly be among the GOP who’d totally downplay the importance that a Jihadist group like ISIS, would have post 4 November 2014. It is no longer a terrorist Jihadist organization, it is now a “group” that we must somehow deal with. Over that, I had to roll my eyes. Just as I had to roll my eyes at Nethercutt’s assumption that we might eventually have to act unilaterally. That is where the rot within America’s inner core, becomes a little too glaring.

You must have the finances available to effectively create a strong military. Which also means, you should not be indebted to a viable enemy who can call in the chips at any time. Say China, for example. Therefore, since it takes tax dollars to finance a strong military, to also take care of our veterans after any war, then that is a whole lot of money we are talking about here. Under our present circumstances (and that is despite the new employment figures), we don’t have a sufficient tax base to effectively supply a military in equipment or boots on the ground, in order to even act unilaterally. Mr. Nethercutt never expressed whether his particular assumptions about our ability to carry out such a unilateral mission, was ever challenged. Well, it should be. Rot in the inner core of this country can be found elsewhere. How do we treat in reality, the homeless? Facebook as social media, allows a lot of stuff to be put out there, of photos, memes, videos; regarding our real world social ills. “Cop block” photos or videos routinely show up. “No veteran should be without a job, etc.” can be found on the news feeds. 34 cities now criminalize the feeding and housing of homeless people. Nothing is suggested when it comes to the latter, whether the public officials of the cities in question, would prefer instead to offer jobs, and return the homeless population to a more productive life. Maybe the surer bet of eradicating a homeless population, would be to actually invest in fellow human beings. Or, as was also found in a following “Inlander” editorial, Rachel Dolezal discusses very poor race relationships in Spokane, Washington. One glaring example of why this country could totter on the brink of collapse, was when white students posted anonymous messages online, such as: Do black lives matter? No, they do not! I will also bet you, that the same anonymous white students, would say how much a fertilized egg is a human being at conception, and no it should not be slaughtered. I could have labeled this blog post “Ironic,” but I don’t think it would be quite as fitting.

If the midterm elections proved anything at all, it had absolutely nothing to do with our “freedoms,” “rights,” or “democracy.” Outside of two left wing political parties, GOP and Democrat: seeing who could scramble the most for money, who could lash out harder at the POTUS, who could make the most cynical use of hate and fear; but who couldn’t seem to get through their heads that if you want the power, there is a responsibility that comes with it. Meaning, now that the GOP have that majority they craved, they should no longer act like whiny and tantrum throwing two year old children; but they still do. Circa, Mitch McConnell, who is only “Senate Majority Leader” when the next Congress convenes, came out declaring how he could tell the President what to do, even how to think. I don’t believe that the U.S. Constitution gave a belligerent two year old the right to tell the President how he should tend to his business. Mitch McConnell actually has nothing to say to the President at all, unless it comes to “Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Considering that the GOP chose for six years to not work with President Obama, McConnell doesn’t have any business telling the man how he should act. Whether he can issue executive orders or not. Instead, it is the voters who should tell McConnell, what he needs to do for them. I have no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes how much in disarray our American politics really are. Undoubtedly, that is why he is getting in our faces with overt displays of military power.

SCOTUS loves corruption, the midterm elections were all about, the voters were persuaded that getting past a deep recession/near depression was not in their best interests. Having a better health care/health insurance option, should not work on the voters’ behalf either. So speaking of, a tape surfaced in which (I’ll take it that is was definitely out of context but…) a consulting guru on the Affordable Care Act, during its drafting and legislative phases, regarded the American populace as, “stupid.” Better than a year later, that same guru would only have been proven correct.

It’s not from God

November 9, 2014

Right after the 4 November 2014 mid term elections, “The Inlander” published in Spokane, Washington came out with an article on “Pastors” who endorse political candidates. Even to mentioning one such “Patriot Pastor” by name who literally taunted the IRS with a “sermon” that endorsed political candidates. A “bust me if you can” type of deal. Well, after the GOP brouhaha regarding Republican affiliated groups and PACs being “politically targeted,” it just may be that the IRS will decline to investigate the “Patriot Pastor” and his church. This is not to say however, that the Pastor will never get busted by Someone else. That Someone who’s bible never asked this Pastor to make these endorsements in the first place.

The definition of secular may have changed somewhat since I got my Random House College Dictionary. But I am sure that it hasn’t changed so much that “secular” still means of the material, of the laity. Further, secular applies to anything created by man. IE: politics, political parties, governments, PACs, money to further the elections of preferred political candidates, money to further the promotion of an initiative, or to oppose it. If what the bible discloses, is to guide the followers to a more spiritual realm “In my Father’s house there are many rooms…”, then any Pastor or Priest should be more concerned with that. Precisely, making it most possible for the congregants to enter heaven. Instead, by these churches pushing politics and endorsing candidates at the pulpit; says yet again, that the church is more interested in secular power.

I am not going to name names here, for anyone interested, they can visit the Inlander Facebook page, or even inlander.com. Instead, I am going to ask my readers this question, how quick are you to turn to a dictionary and research the meaning of humanist? My dictionary describes a “humanist” as basically a moral person who shows consideration for his fellow human beings. Incidentally, the Bible both Old Testament and New, carries these humanist qualities. Jesus, according to his biographers, was factually a humanist teacher. Any church in its own right that follows such teachings today, would be considered humanist. But here was this “Patriot Pastor” inveighing against “people showing moral consideration for their fellow human beings” entering our schools. Which I regard as interesting, so what bible is he teaching from? Okay, a laity (secular) instead of Pastors or Priests (presumably spiritual) that states specifically how people should show each other some kind of moral consideration. I personally don’t see what would be wrong with that, considering that the Pastors or Priests are far too busy insisting on (secular) government paying their religion special considerations. Or why devote your time as a Pastor or Priest, endorsing political candidates?

Regardless of what the Apostle Paul said about governments being created by God, and therefore you as a believer had to live with what you’ve got; way back in the day, Samuel had a different argument. The day the people approached him out of anger because of the corruption engaged in by his two sons. These people wanted a King (secular government). They insisted that Samuel get them such a king. Samuel being irate, then came before his God and wondered the whys of the people’s argument. Never mind that his sons were corrupt, but surely a Priesthood should still prove satisfactory for an entire Israeli nation. To which God answers, that it isn’t Samuel who is getting the push back, it is the people’s choice to replace God (spiritual) with a King (secular). Well now, anything instituted by men is going to have its faults and frailties. Among them, is the capacity for power being corrupting, and those in power to exercise such power in both a false and cruel manner. That should tell even the “Patriot Pastor” a few things about the meaning of this. By endorsing political candidates (anointing “kings” if you will), the “Patriot Pastor” abandons his God in favor of a secular body that is prone to many faults and frailties. If God is supposed to be all perfect, then why would “Patriot Pastor” put his trust in a secular body? Wouldn’t that make “Patriot Pastor” a secular humanist?

A few days ago, I blogged that now that the GOP had their majority lock, just how quickly “the issues that got them elected” would become history. Well, Facebook and one news page after that, President Obama is seeking X millions in dollars to do battle with the Ebola epidemic. Some doofus I ended up responding to, said of the people who posted this page, that they had spelled “golf” wrong. In other words, Ebola was only a “freak out factor” for the purposes of politics. With the incoming GOP who certainly took political advantage of it to become the majority elected officials, now it is on to other business. And their apologia choir can engage in the usual childish attacks. Ebola is now “yesterday’s” news. Not for the people who continue to contract the disease and those who become casualties because of it. Ebola in the U.S. that should have served as a wake up call, is apparently only a wake up call for people who are humanitarian (the factual meaning of humanist) to begin with. For everyone else, a cynical manipulation of the freak out factor, is what is needed to gain Congressional majority power. That should tell you something as well. Why would God endorse anyone who wants the power, but who does not wish to engage in effective government? Who is all about having that majority control since the Reagan “revolution” of the 1980s, however they can achieve that desired status. But who are also increasingly and blatantly corrupt? If you read the bible entirely through, that is not the message actually found in scripture. But that is the message that comes directly from the pulpit of “Patriot Pastor.” As long as his own interests are furthered, he isn’t going to be overly concerned about the corruption of the political candidates, who’s names he has endorsed. Well, he should be. Because the bottom line, this is between him and his God.

To the voters

November 5, 2014

I voted today. As a Republican I voted for as many Democrats as would appear on the north Idaho ballot here in Kootenai County. I walk into my precinct polling place, a DD214 in my wallet, a pink “U.S. Army” cap on my head, and I am granted the allusion that I might be “incompetent” and therefore “not qualified to vote” if I can not seem to sign my name in the ordinary way. That is, on the dotted line like was the case in years past. Next to a name and address in a voter book that should have been facing me, so that my name at least, would not be presented upside down. I did point that out to the individual in question. A young woman who was highly dismissive of such an oversight, even as she decided that I must sign my name within the confines of an oblong cut out. Which would have proven quite interesting; if my arthritis and also the carpal tunnel syndrome that I only happen to be afflicted with, made my handwriting, such as it is, a truly terrible scrawl. Oh and for the record, showing my driver’s license was no longer enough. I must state my name, which has not changed since the day of my birth, to the lady’s satisfaction. I must also publicly state my present address, which has also not changed since I first moved to Oak Crest. I was competent enough to serve on the behalf of the GOP, as a member of the U.S. Army. I was certainly competent enough to potentially give my all on the behalf of a person, “who thinks she needs to hold my hand, in directing me where and how to sign my name.” After I vote and am putting my ballot in the box, the same person seems to think she needs to watch me do so. This is the GOP for you, a party that treats its constituents with nothing but contempt, but still believe the same people should give them majority power in Congress.

I am actually not angered or disappointed if the Democrats actually lost many seats in Congress. I will plainly express why. It takes courage to be a liberal, and as a liberal, to take a factual stand on on what you claim to believe in. If you are a member of a party that acted on the behalf of the American voters, then it is a statement of fact that you should own, say that you are proud of this or other accomplishments, and stand your ground. Instead, the Democrats chose to allow the GOP to frame the message and that is the self-defeating message the Democrats wished to run on. Obviously, their particular losses were well deserved. If I lived in a state where the Democrats were intent on running from the President of the United States, a President whom I had helped to elect, I’d have no reason to vote for that truly spineless SOB. If there was another credible party whom I could have voted for instead, I would vote for the candidate representing that party, but neither Democrat nor Republican. Because, unlike other members of the American electorate that seem to be real gluttons for punishment, I do pay attention to the facts.

I understand that the Koch bros have a controlling interest in the Keystone Pipeline XL. Of course, Reibus Prienus (sic?) won’t publicly admit to it, but a majority GOP Congress in voting for this Canadian based pipeline, would be using the government and of course the taxpayers’ dime, to grant a boon to the billionaires who bought their offices. You see, the Koch bros are not actually anti-government, if that government does something on their behalf. Just as the GOP are also not anti-government, if they spend all their time: lying, scheming, exploiting activist government at the state level, exploiting PAC dark money, and whipping up mass hysteria about assorted bogeymen; in order to obtain elected federal offices. Incidentally, you won’t hear about Ebola, immigration reform, or ISIS for probably the next two years. That is because the GOP are only willing to run on fear, they have no plans in place for actually “doing anything” about it.

About Ebola, it has been around for long enough, that commercial interests such as big Pharma; could have come up with a vaccine for it. If better methods of sanitation could reduce the potential for a contagion; then when Ebola first became a newsworthy item, such measures ought to have been implemented. That is, any people of any country having some kind of a social conscious, ought to have done so. Apparently not. So now, Ebola makes a “politically” timely arrival in this country so that the GOP can make use of it as a bogeyman of choice. Never mind that the hysteria they whip up is entirely irrational and lacking any real basis in fact. After all, they are now talking to a people addicted to “Duck Dynasty” and other entertaining “reality” T.V. Around the time of Hallowe’en, people want their horror stories. And the very few (so far) Ebola cases in this country, counts as a primary horror story. Regardless of all the problems this nation might still face, the GOP yell “squirrel” and expect you to look in that direction. Just as they expect you to rant and rave about their scapegoat of choice after the GOP had already screwed you over.

So, I am going to ask you voters a few questions. You are aware that President Barack H. Obama is not Governor Obama in your particular state. At least, I hope you realize that, anyway. So, pollution standards, what does your bath water look like? Is it flammable? Do you think you could cook, clean, or bathe, in it? If not, then why did you vote GOP? How about crime rates, bearing in mind that the GOP currently control many governor mansions, legislatures, city councils, and county commissioner offices? Poverty levels? Educational standards? Levels of employment or lack thereof in your particular state? Just how much federal moolah your state gets for “being red?” Health care, how good or not is it? Are the interests of the elderly taken into consideration? How about you and your family? The RNC Chairman may say in a most misleading manner that the people have demonstrated “how tired they are of Obama.” But apparently, they aren’t tired of sloppy jokes for ads, that add a new level of entertainment to an already existing “boob tube.” Yeah, meaning you the voters. So, the RNC Chairman claims that the GOP kept their heads down and worked hard. At what? And exactly what does he mean about “turning the economy around” from a respectable job growth and a decently high stock market? You should be prepared to ask him that most excellent question.

Since the Reagan new left revolution, there is one thing I note about the GOP: they love the power, they love being the majority party, but they have yet to prove that they even know how to govern. They are blatant about corruption, blatant about which special interests ought to qualify for assistance, from a GOP style socialist government. But the argument made to you the voter is, that you are “tired of the President.” And with your vote, you will have forced him to “come to the table and work with the Republicans.” I don’t guess you’d remember that you already gave him your vote to do just that. Mr. Priebus isn’t prepared to remember, that his neo radical party wasn’t exactly interested in working with the President, or the opposition party. Well, then you voters get exactly what you deserve.

False Outrage

October 31, 2014

Oh yes, this is Hallowe’en. It is just days before the mid term elections. However, here is the new face of politics as presented by CBS Evening News and POLITICO.com on their website or Facebook page. Precisely, when some “anonymous White House staffer” or government official goes public with an embarrassing comment; this time, calling Benjamin Netanyahu a “chicken shit.” Oh my! I am not going to recall the “correspondent’s” name who got himself all purposefully riled up so that he could say, how President Obama wasn’t even going to bother trying to find the person who said this, and punish him. Any other time over the years, anonymous officials have come out and said something purposefully crazy. Either it was about their own administrations, members of Congress, or even at times, leaders of foreign countries. Exactly when did the news media decide to get “outraged” over the intended insult. Which indeed such comments usually were. Until now, never. Only until now, the news media decided to lap it all up, like the tabloid journalists they happen to be. I am going to guess that the sole reason for this “outrage” of the last few days, is that the mid term elections are gearing up and the news media is aching for a “real scandal.” Well excuse me, but I fail to find one.

Politico was pushing this “how terrible it is” that Netanyahu could be “insulted” like this. Time to do some reminding here, that in a Democracy, you can say anything at all: foolish, destructive, insane, argumentative, political talking points—GOP, counter political talking points—Democrat, third party positions, against a religion you do not like, for the religion you do, and so on, and so on, and so on. Oh yes, and in this Democracy, A president Bill Clinton can be called “slick” and effectively a coward. Bush the son can be called “chimp.” And President Obama can be called “Obolo, Obummer, King Bam, Obungler.” What is so interesting now, is that people are not being rounded up and punished for publicly insulting our elected officials. Especially our Presidents. If we don’t penalize people for acting like punks and two year old children, when it comes to their insulting American politicians, then there is no good reason for crying in feigned outrage, if a foreign official gets insulted. Watch “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” our comedians insult a lot of foreign officials. And no one is rounding up our comedians and punishing them for doing so. If that were to happen, this would no longer be a Democracy.

If you are going to be an elected official, developing a thick skin is very important. If you are going to be a politician in an American Democracy, shrugging off hysterical campaign attack ads on your way to becoming someone’s elected Representative or Senator, is extremely necessary. These days, such ads are an insult to the voter’s intelligence. Is the Affordable Care Act all that threatening? The GOP and those who hold their campaign purse strings would seem to think so. However, if you really want to reference it as an act of socialism. Then more than 200 years ago; Thomas Paine America’s first socialist, wanted government to take care of its citizens, much like the ACA is doing now. You don’t have to like how it looks as a law today. But in an era of big money politics, special interest pleadings, well-heeled agendas that push and pull politicians in a great many directions; the ACA as it stands now, is about as good as it will ever get. Don’t hold your breath hoping that “King Bam” has the magic wand, is able to make it all better. He does not, and he never will. Unless like an actual king, he were to abolish Congress, put in the tower of London all the well-heeled interest groups, and provide a single payer system for a country—no longer a democracy— to enjoy. Well then, on this Hallowe’en and just a few days before the polls officially open, voters put on your scary suits and vote for your own best interests. It is up to you and not the well-heeled interest groups, to make for yourself a better future.

I can think of a few insults that the news media has not chosen to do much crying over. Bush the elder vomiting in the lap of a Japanese government official, while they were at a state dinner the country of Japan was hosting. Bush the younger rubbing the neck of Angela Merkel. Only the head of state in the country of Germany. How about the “Faith Film” Count down to Armageddon? About its only saving grace is when a “damsel in distress” makes a public petition to God while all hell is apparently breaking loose around her. Otherwise, for being a fictional film, it is so poorly written and researched, that it is good only for the laughs. End time believers who are mainly terrorists. They blow up a Muslim temple built on what are purportedly the ruins of Solomon’s temple. That’s right, the temple already destroyed. Because of such an act, it is supposed to cause the people of Israel to back out of a peace accord with some kind of “New World Order.” Why would it? The more extreme of Israel’s people, would just love to see that Muslim temple destroyed! Like I said, a movie script very poorly researched. On top of that, the heroine is always being put into harms way, while looking for her “raptured” daughter. How about that. Oh, and the “New World Order?” That was first voiced by Bush the elder. If it is now a statement to be made by an “anti-Christ” in this “Faith film.” Then I will gather that Bush the elder is the premier anti-Christ, and his son, carried out for 8 years the mission of the anti-Christ. Definitely, it did not serve this country well for that to have literally happened. Quite frankly, I think there are better issues to be factually outraged about than for an anonymous government official to call Netanyahu a “chicken shit.” He’s a grown man, right? I’m sure he will get over it.

Happy Hallowe’en!

The “Hitching” fracas

October 22, 2014

According to the owner of the Hitching Post, if gay marriage became the law, he would have to close his business. That was before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 2006 gay marriage ban here in the state of Idaho. Now that gay marriage is legal in the state of Idaho, the owner of the Hitching Post has decided to sue the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for “discriminating” against “his” religious freedom. To that end, the Coeur d’Alene Press had an editorial solution that I think is worth reading. If the owner of the Hitching Post wants to declare his “for profit” business to be a religious non profit, then he can certainly proceed to do so. Otherwise, under the non-discrimination ordinance that the city of Coeur d’Alene has adopted, he can’t discriminate against gays and lesbians getting married. But of course, the “my way or the highway” approach to this discussion, is the topic of the hour. Just as it produced the desired effect of inundating city hall with a lot of hate mail. Seriously? I think that the people “thumping the bible” over gay marriage, need to step back and get a grip.

The only thing that the bible says about homosexual behavior is, thou shalt not lie with a man in the same manner as you would lie with a woman. It says nothing about gay marriage. It discusses “sodomy,” as a type of rape of men. But instead, as is found in Genesis and Judges, you can sodomize a woman with no problem. But again, rape isn’t marriage. Nor is male prostitution, as a type of homosexual behavior, the equivalent of marriage. What the bible does not discuss, it can not frown upon then can it? Which ultimately argues, that the bible thumpers need to read that good book, a bit more thoroughly. Especially that part of the book where Jesus commands, “The hatred that lies in your heart toward your neighbor, is the same as murder.” He didn’t say who among your neighbors you could safely hate, that would not be classified as “murder.”

I regard the “Hitching Post lawsuit,” as first and foremost a publicity stunt. The said owners want their fifteen minutes of fame at the expense of the taxpayers. I don’t guess that they would take in to consideration the fact that Coeur d’Alene is a religiously diverse city. Not everyone agreed with that constitutional amendment banning gay marriage back in 2006. And what about the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians, which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed? The two greatest commandments found in the midst of Jesus’ teachings: love God and love your neighbor; seem to be of greater importance in this day and age, than who enters into a committed relationship, or who does what in the privacy of their bedroom. The headline in this morning’s Coeur d’Alene Press, with reference to the Hitching Post lawsuit that sparks outrage. The “outraged” citizens are ignoring pertinent scripture, while acting like they want to “lynch” the elected officials of city hall, just because the state wide gay marriage ban was overturned. What’s that going to prove, besides informing everyone that the word of God should only be trotted out and used as a weapon?

Otherwise, it gets stored on the shelf and otherwise ignored, when it calls for your own personal moral obligations; both public and private.

If as a non-Christian, I am wrong about gay marriage or even about being a non-Christian, then I already have a good understanding about where I am slated to go. Now what about the people who use their bible solely for political reasons? I’d say that is a very good question immediately in need of an answer. The bible calls for the believers to be a decent human being even in the face of a sinner. If God can love someone who hates him by bringing forth both sunshine and rain; then the followers of Jesus, have an equal obligation to do the same. Precisely, to exercise the same pure love. Thumping the bible in order to declare, how “God” frowns on a secular state granting marriage certificates even to gays and lesbians; is not an expression of pure love. Acting like a virtual “lynch mob” with angry and hate-filled e-mails over a pending lawsuit, is also poles apart from Jesus’ teachings. well in that case, if I am wrong in my opinions, then I have plenty of company for my sojourn in Hell. Thus, I am reminded of a parable found in the New Testament. A man who being indebted to someone else, and is made a slave for that reason, is freed in a Jubilee year. You now know of the expression, “pay it forward,” this is where it comes from. The now “former” slave was expected to pay forward his good fortune to the next man indebted to himself. However, not only did the former slave decline to do so, he spoke and acted very harshly to that particularly poor man. Once his “former” master got wind of this particular act of ingratitude, he clapped his manservant back in chains. Letting it be known that as of now, the fellow would work off his still existing debt to his master. The point of this story? The owner of the Hitching Post has never confronted the possibility of his business being closed down. The only reason for the ordinance, is that gays and lesbians will not be discriminated against in housing, jobs, or where they may wish to do business. They don’t have to do business at the Hitching Post. They can get married before anyone with the authority to perform a marriage. That includes a judge. Any church could perform such a ceremony; it doesn’t have to be the Hitching Post. So, why is the owner wanting to sue the city? Probably while he was trotting out all of his “religious objections,” he was forgetting all about his religious requirements. Leave the judging to God. The scriptures pertaining to that can be found in Acts.


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