It’s “Rant Day!” Part Two: Justice for All or Just Some?

No doubt inequities in the U.S. Justice System have been exposed during the last year. The revelations of those (and others yet to be exposed) begs the question: Is American Justice really for all or just a select few? Let’s look closer.

FBI Issues with “Justice for All”

Parkland, Florida Several days ago I gave some examples of tremendous FBI gaffs in recent years, none of which rise to the level of injustice we saw played out in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day. Let’s be honest: the fact that two very specific threats made by Nikolas Cruz to shoot up schools were shared with the FBI and they did not follow-up played an obviously dramatic role in the deaths of those 17 Floridians. On a national level we have been told by law enforcement agencies to report what we see and hear regarding threats like his to initiate law enforcement investigations into their validity. The FBI failed miserably….and 17 innocents died because of their neglect.

The Boston Marathon Parkland is not the only place the FBI failed to stop killings when given real warnings. Remember the Boston Marathon pressure-cooker bombers? Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to the attention of the FBI on at least two occasions prior to a Russian government warning in March 2011 that said he appeared to be radicalizing — that according to former FBI Director Robert Mueller in Congressional testimony to Congress. “His name had come up in two other cases,” Mueller said in response to questions from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The FBI ignored those warnings that did not come from anonymous sources in America, but from the government of Russia! Certainly such warnings from Russian intelligence warranted follow-up by the FBI. Nope: they sat on their hands.

Local Issues with “Justice for All”

Parkland, Florida The Parkland shootings are the most recent to highlight local law enforcement failures. 39 times local authorities physically “visited” Cruz’s home regarding threatened violence and erratic behavior exhibited by the mentally ill Cruz. After all 39 visits, Broward County Sheriffs deputies simply left and did nothing. Further, high school classmates and friends reported numerous cases of threats and promises made to them by Cruz regarding his desire to shoot up schools, showing off this guns as he discussed their use in killings, and even posted pictures on social media of his hoard of guns along with mentions of becoming “a school shooter.” No justice for those 17 that day. “If” local authorities had acted — even just to implement mental incapacity protocol to have him examined by psychiatric specialists — those 17 would still be with their families and friends.

Imagine a scenario in which a large high school had a Sheriffs Deputy as its Resource Officer on campus everyday who was armed and there for the sole purpose of protecting students and faculty members against violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had such a Resource Officer who was at the school on Valentines Day. Instead of that deputy recognizing the slaughter as it unfolded and rushing into the freshman building and immediately confronting Cruz, Deputy Scot Peterson stood outside the building for 5 minutes while Cruz took out 17 victims in a rain of bullets. Justice For All? Nope. Broward County Sheriffs Deputy Scot Peterson stole the justice for those 17 while on his job, supposedly doing what he was hired to do: protect those students and faculty members. 

U.S. Justice Department Issues with “Justice for All”

Hillary Clinton There is little need to detail every inequity in equal justice for Ms. Clinton, but there are a few notable. Chief among those is there being no apparent justice for her mishandling of top secret and classified information by spreading it in the form of emails on an unsecured private server. There are numerous examples of others who paid significant penalties for doing far less than Clinton in this regard, including their incarceration. It is true that the Attorney General may have such an investigation underway that is secret. Not doing so would be a disservice to the American people. Time will tell.

The Clinton Foundation The apparent “Pay to Play” program that many are certain existed while Clinton was Secretary of State warrants thorough investigation by the Justice Department. Surely one is underway. An agreement with President Obama and Hillary was made in which she committed the Foundation would accept no donations from foreign countires in writing while she served. Evidence of her breaking that commitment is piling up in New York and Washington D.C. Former President Clinton received massive payments for speeches given to foreign entities that totaled millions of dollars. Interestingly enough those speeches and subsequent dollars dried up when Hillary lost her bid for President. Certainly that is a bit odd if there was no “Pay to Play” program in place for contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favor from the future President/former Secretary of State.

Former FBI Director James Comey lied under oath to Congress — apparently several times. These warrant DOJ investigation. He also mishandled confidential and classified information by submitting official notes to a friend at Columbia University for that friend to leak to the press. It is suspected Comey participated in numerous other activities that violated federal law. Is the DOJ investigating Comey? Crickets….

Uranium One The company that arranged the sale of U.S. uranium resources that ultimately are now owned by Russia certainly warrants investigation. The principals of that company donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Quid Pro
Quo?

The Clinton Campaign It has been proven the Campaign paid for Russians to provide fake information to discredit Donald Trump in the 2016 election cycle — definitely investigation material not to mention the apparent collusion by the Clintons with the Russians.

Debbie Wasserman Shultz The Congresswoman and former DNC Head hired a Middle Eastern firm to manage the computer system for the Congressional Democratic Caucus members as well as that of the DNC. Subsequently contents of data from all those computers over a period of several years were allegedly passed along to foreign entities. Wasserman Shultz paid the firm several million dollars for that work. Providing and/or enabling such access and transfers is a felony and should be investigated immediately.

Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s confidant/assistant received thousands of Clinton emails that contained classified information that were sent from the unsecured server to Abedin’s laptop at home. Also, some were forwarded to Abedin’s husband’s laptop — Anthony Weiner, who plead guilty to sex crimes. That process was also a felony if verified. And that should happen in a DOJ investigation.

James Clapper Some lawmakers would like the Justice Department to prosecute former spy chief James Clapper for inaccurate testimony to Congress about domestic surveillance before it’s too late. Critics say looming five-year statutes of limitation for perjury and making false statements — establishing a March 12 deadline for charges — make an urgent case for action, and that non-prosecution would set a dangerous precedent that impedes oversight and executive-branch accountability.

Loretta Lynch Many think Obama’s former Attorney General was involved in preventing the Clinton email investigation from becoming a serious national security issue by first telling then FBI Director James Comey to term that investigation a “matter” rather than an investigation. The mysterious meeting on the airport tarmac in Phoenix with Bill Clinton prompted a loud cry of “foul,” seeing that Hillary was involved in the FBI investigation and the Clinton Foundation was under government scrutiny at the time. Some feel Lynch played a role in what was a certainty — Hillary’s charges for mishandling classified information — that was suddenly stopped in the famous Comey press conference in which he detailed dozens of acts of wrongdoing by Hillary in using that unsecure email server only to abruptly announce there would be no charges brought against Clinton. Although it is unpopular and therefore uncommon for U.S. Attorneys General to investigate their predecessors, it is widely held that AG Jeff Sessions should investigate Lynch for wrongdoing.

John Brennan Many are convinced the former CIA Director is guilty of many (or even most) of the intelligence leaks to the media and others over the last year. Former CIA analyst Tony Shaffer suspects Brennan as one of the leakers. He said on Fox Business Network that the leaks which forced Michael Flynn out can be laid “squarely at the feet of” Brennan, among other embittered Obama aides. What we know is that intelligence agencies taped Flynn’s call with the Russian ambassador, and we know that the contents of the call were leaked to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who is a de facto stenographer for political liberals at the CIA. It is realistic to believe this would not have happened without Brennan’s approval.

Susan Rice Obama’s White House National Security Advisor made her mark by making the Sunday AM news shows explaining the Benghazi terrorist attack which resulted in the brutal slaughter of 4 Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya, was the result of the release of an anti-Muslim video by an American. This of course was not true. Later, Rice was accused of the unmasking of Americans surveilled for possible illegal activities with foreigners through FISA warrants, and doing so for political purposes. Unmasking private Americans is a felony IF done so for political use. Rice publicly denied at first for unmasking at all, then later corrected her answer to “I never did so for political purposes.” She would NOT state what the purpose for doing so was. Her doing so most definitely compromised the very lives of many of those Americans who she unmasked. If a serious investigation of Rice is carried out, conventional wisdom is that the implication of the former President’s involvement in the anti-Trump intelligence scandal would be likely. Is the DOJ investigating Rice or holding off because of potential Obama involvement? We may never know.

Summary

There are quite a few others who should be “looked at” by the DOJ — far too many to list here. But there is an obvious and very upsetting trend that has been exposed in all this: the ease at which political heavyweights in D.C. have at their access to escape prosecution for wrongdoing. Case in point: Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Virginia was sentenced to a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear attack submarine while it was in port in Connecticut. David Petraeus, a retired general considered one of the greatest military minds of his generation, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials that had threatened to send him to prison. Petraeus, who admitted he provided the materials to his former mistress and biographer. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler also imposed a $100,000 fine — more than double the amount recommended by prosecutors — to reflect the “seriousness of the offense.” Both of these committed acts for less serious than those of Hillary Clinton. Yet to this day she faces no threat of prosecution.

That double-standard is scaring the American public to death. The United States is supposed to be a nation of laws with “liberty and justice for all,” not just the politically corrected. Yet it appears to those in Middle America that if you are plugged into the politically correct position-of-the-day you can skate through ALL of your illegal acts. And in D.C., it’s not who you are, it’s who you know.

All this being said, under the direction of this President, it appears that the plug HAS been pulled in the Swamp, and that the draining has begun.

Mr. President: Americans who live and work outside the Beltway are begging you to stay the course that you promised to traverse if elected President. It may take some time. It certainly will be difficult. And the creatures who have lived in the Swamp for many years will fight with all their might to thwart your efforts, but that Swamp MUST be drained. If not, America as we have known it in our generation will not exist for our grandchildren. You have made many promises, many of which have already been implemented. But ridding the nation of those evil creatures from Swamp of Political Correctness/Elitism have got to go, or when you leave D.C., they will simply crawl back in.

Please fight to “Make America Great Again.”

“Liberty and Justice for All”

 

 

It’s “Rant Day!” Part One

There are too many unbelievable current happenings on “our” stage to talk about just one. I am taking the podium to rant about several. Please join me! Let’s do “Bullet Point Rants.” The “Rant” subjects are so plentiful, we’ll do Part One today.

“Rant Day” Part One: Gun Control

Oh boy. Bet you cannot believe I’m tackling this one. But I must.

There is NOT going to be actual “gun control” in the United States — at least not stopping American personal gun ownership. Short of a Constitutional Amendment — which IF could be written and agreed to by the requisite number of members of Congress and states — would take a decade or more to finalize. The 2nd Amendment has confirmed the right to bear arms in numerous test cases at the Supreme Court — PERIOD.

We don’t need gun control — we need PEOPLE control. Why don’t we simply compare travesties Americans deal with daily when contemplating a “fix” for mass gun shootings? When there is a hit-and-run incident in which someone is killed, we do NOT arrest the car: we arrest the driver of the car. Similarly, when a driver is stopped for erratic driving and tests to be intoxicated, we do NOT arrest the empty beer cans on his floorboard: we arrest the drunk driver. Drinking alcohol is legal in the U.S. as is owning guns. We tried to make alcohol illegal during Prohibition. But doing so did not work. Trying to make guns illegal will never work in America just as it does not work in other countries that have tried. All it does is embolden those whose possession and use of guns is already illegal. How? They know no one but the criminal has a gun which makes the criminal able to take the criminal actions without facing a victim with a loaded gun.

People who should not have guns need to be prevented from having guns. Unfortunately doing so is a really slippery slope in the U.S. — as it should be. Individual rights are the most important things to protect in America. Our founding fathers fought and died to achieve those rights and several times to preserve them. Without them, the U.S. would be no different than the country from which American settlers escaped in the 1600’s. The first 10 amendments of the Constitution were written and passed to do just that and are called “The Bill of Rights.” Individual freedoms are the difference between the U.S. and the rest of the World.

We must, however, find carefully devised ways to make certain — while protecting those individual rights — to protect against those who take advantage of our Constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms. Not every American is qualified to possess a firearm or drive a car, or drive a tractor-trailer, or teach school, or run an assembly line — you understand what I mean. In most other cases we simply create those protections with laws and regulations. Gun Control is the “dog whistle” that calls out gun rights purists en masse who all fight to protect against any government takeaway of guns by force or legislation. Gun Rights advocates’ concerns are this simple: “From my cold, dead hands,” said Charlton Heston speaking at a NRA convention commenting on the U.S. government ever passing a law to restrict gun ownership. But what about the mentally ill?

Most would be OK with a carefully crafted, discussed and debated, and “conservative” plan added to existing federal gun ownership applications to prevent mentally incapacitated individuals from purchasing guns. For the sake of time we will not argue here the specifics of such a plan. Notice I said “discussed and debated, and “conservative” plan…. Specifics would have to be just that: specific and medically verified, so as to keep anyone from losing their 2nd Amendment rights simply because someone else branded them as mentally ill to simply keep them from gun ownership.

But this means the existing federal gun ownership application program would have to be effective. And it is not effective. The existing plan — before any changes are made — MUST be adopted by every federal, state, and county law enforcement agency in the U.S., the actual application must be revised to include more personal information about the applicant, and must include some type of “mentally fit to obtain” medical release. (Details to be adjusted as necessary before implementation)

Regarding where we are in this issue today: please read my story from February 16, 2018, titled “Slaughter at School” for a suggested plan specific to school safety necessary to stop school shootings that have helped elsewhere.

Who/What is Responsible for Mass Shootings?

Regardless of what Leftists in government or the DTN (“Dump Trump Network” formerly known as CNN) say, AR-15 rifles are NOT responsible. People are. Sadly, not just the shooters. Read on.

The Parkland, Florida shooting is the perfect illustration of a mass shooting debacle. Let’s look at the extensive problems for the shootings and their causes:

  • Nikolas Cruz was not stopped from playing out what he told dozens of students personally, posted as a comment on a YouTube video that was reported to the FBI, numerous social media posts, and — believe it or not — resulted in 39 personal visits by Broward County Sheriff Department visits. Imagine how unbelievable it is to know that this many definitive contacts were made by law enforcement officers because of direct threats of this 19-year-old young man to perpetrate a school mass killing? And nothing was done.
  • Broward County Sheriffs were call to the scene. We learned just today that one deputy arrived at the school, entered the school, but purposely did NOT confront the shooter. Why? We do not know yet. But the reason is not important. What matters is that a law enforcement officer had an opportunity to stop all or part of the shooting deaths of 17 people and failed.
  • It was revealed also today that there is a live video monitoring system with numerous observation cameras throughout the school. However, for some yet unknown reason, the camera system had an approximate 20-minute delay which prevented officials from an opportunity to intervene in the short 8 minute killing spree.

What could have prevented these 17 deaths?

  • There would have been no deaths if Nikolas Cruz had no access to the gun he used: an AR-15, semi-automatic rifle. But he bought it legally. How could he have been prevented from making that legal purchase?
  • AR-15 rifles could be outlawed in the U.S. But their ownership has been deemed to be Constitutional.
  • The ownership of semi-automatic guns could be made illegal in the U.S. There are still non-automatic guns in abundance.
  • The ownership of ALL guns could be made illegal in the U.S. Gun ownership has been deemed Constitutional. (See Paragraph One at the beginning of this story)
  • We could continue to do politically what has happened historically after each mass gun shooting in recent American history: for a brief few days or weeks listen to gun control advocates scream for gun control, demanding the government take all the guns. They cry that doing so would certainly stop these shootings. The problem with that though (besides being illegal) is that very seldom do honest and law abiding citizens conduct mass shootings. And few criminals who commit gun crimes own their guns legally.

Let’s STOP the political posturing using the lives of our school children as bait! This is NOT a political problem. And making it one proves that anyone doing so shows their lack of care for repairing this system for political gain at the cost of human lives.

Summary

On February 16, 2018, “Slaughter at School” contains complete details of how we need to stop mass shootings of all kinds. Please if you have not already go back and read that. The plans detailed there are in place already and are working very effectively in Israeli schools. School shootings at Israeli schools are non-existent.

Do not think this is a cop out by this writer or in some way an excuse to not take immediate actions to stop these killings. What this IS is a spotlight I am shining on not just the issue — school shootings — but on what will resolve the issue.

Let me point out something to you that you may not have noticed: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bush 41, Bill Clinton, Bush 43 nor Barack Obama ever offered any bill or law or conducted any roundtables, “listening” meetings at the White House, or shined any network camera lenses on any specific actions to detail THEIR plans to stop gun violence — specifically mass shootings. The only President in my adult life who has done this is Donald Trump. And you can bet he is not finished yet. Unlike Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and Obama, Trump is a manager who is accustomed to managing problems. You watch: he’ll devise a plan for this and pitch it to Congress. Let’s see just how Congress will handle this one!

Note:

Make sure you check back here tomorrow. “Rant Day” Part Two will look into this subject: “Justice in America — For All or Just Some?”

Hmmm….I think you’ll like it!

 

 

Slaughter at School

Probably the most terrifying news for a parent is of a shooting at their child’s school. Is there any way to prevent the ever-increasing shootings at U.S. schools?

Barriers

It would be wonderful if someone could wave the magic wand and make all such shooting incidents stop, or wave into existence a safety wall around every school to keep armed intruders out. That wand doesn’t exist.

There are many options out there for attacking this dilemma. Politically, however, as much ranting and raving about gun control as we see immediately following every school tragedy, NOTHING can be done regarding guns. The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution protects the rights of Americans to own guns. The U.S. Supreme Court in numerous cases brought by individuals, states, and non-profits through the years has on multiple occasions confirmed the right of U.S. citizens to own and bear arms. The ONLY way gun ownership could ever be made illegal would be with a Constitutional Amendment to do away with that provision of the 2nd Amendment. Such an amendment will NEVER be approved by the American public.

Anyway, guns are NOT the problem: the people that use them to shoot others and their ability to do so with very few — if any — barriers against their access to the easy “soft” school targets are the problem. Sadly, successfully attacking the people issues in this matter is not an easy task. But that task is well worth the effort and expense to ultimately achieve a successful security environment for students, teachers, and administrators at every school — private or public — within U.S. borders.

Even though since 1999 deaths on school campuses in America total “only” 98, losing 98 children — even just ONE child — teachers, and administrators in senseless gun violence is unacceptable. Political posturing by D.C. lawmakers has never accomplished anything in the way of solving school shootings problems. But they still turn into showmen as did Connecticut Senator Murphy (D-Ct) on the Senate floor yesterday when he said, “Turn on your television right now. You’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives,” said Murphy, who dealt with the Newtown massacre firsthand. “What looks to be the 19th school shooting in this country and we have not even hit March. Let me just note once again for my colleagues: This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter. This scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”

What are the barriers to fixing this problem?
  1. Overcoming political hurdles. America must accept the fact that guns are here and will stay. Politicians need to stop the political posturing and begin developing and implementing plans for fixing this problem. Congressional narratives like that of Senator Murphy yesterday do nothing but illustrate the continual failure of not just Congress, but ALL elected leaders in the U.S., including those at state and local levels. How do we overcome those political hurdles? Demand and accept nothing less from elected officials than positive results.
  2. Find real and possible solutions, debate those, develop plans using the best of those, and implement those plans. Gee: that’s a novel idea! Rather than follow a centuries-old proven method of fixing a problem, we just sit around complaining about the problem. Good old American ingenuity needs to kick-in and takeover this process. Why hasn’t that already happened? Because not enough of the correct and capable Americans who could do so care enough TO do so.
  3. What are possible fixes that could be used in our schools to stop these senseless killings? Copying is the highest form of flattery. The United States is not the only free country on Earth, and certainly not the only country to ever face problems with gun killings. And there are free countries whose citizenry have done exactly what Americans are today crying for to stop anymore of these.

Let’s assume we together agree to fight through these barriers and together find, debate, refine and revise a process to successfully stop school shootings.

Why don’t we just look around and find a plan somewhere that already works and make it work here? Duh……

Israel

Here’s the perfect example of how to control school gun violence. The Israeli’s — not as politicians or police or individuals — as a nation of people who unify for the cause of protecting school children, have virtually eliminated instances of school gun violence. Why not take a close look at their methods, send U.S. experts to Israel to spend time investigating their methods, analyzing the cause and effect of their processes, identify the parts of their process that would work in the U.S., bring them home and implement them in U.S. schools?

Israeli School Process for Elimination of Gun Violence

  • There is a military service requirement for all Israeli young people — men and women. Those with physical impairments and those with religious objections to military service are exempt. All others serve a stint in the military. They therefore have intense firearm training that follows them after leaving the military. This does NOT mean they own or handle guns. It means they KNOW how to use guns in the proper circumstances. They to own a gun must receive government approval to do so and only with a reasonable reason for having that gun.
  • School buildings are extremely secure. They all are fenced — some with fences extremely tall to prohibit bombs from being tossed over into a school facility. (Remember: Israel is bordered on all sides by the ocean and countries with terrorist elements whose constituents do not like Israel and occasionally conduct terrorist acts against Israel)
  • Almost all schools do not provide school buses as in the U.S. Students use public transportation — primarily commercial buses — which contain armed guards who are hired and are trained in self defense and defense against a shooter or shooters.
  • Schools each have a guarded entry gate. All those who enter are stopped and questioned by a professional armed guard. Those entering must have valid identification, a verifiable reason or appointment to enter school grounds, and must be accompanied at all times when on school property.
  • Emergency incident response for all types of emergencies are devised, implemented, and practiced at periodic scheduled intervals. They include all personnel and students who are regularly on school property. Every type of catastrophe is planned for.
  • Some teachers and administrators are armed. Their being armed is visible so that all know who is armed. All teachers participate in a gun shooting and self defense class, but teachers are not forced to carry a weapon. Doing so is voluntary.
  • Guards are not all armed. But those who are answer to either local police authorities or military authorities who specifically handle Israeli school security.

How successful is Israel’s School Security at stopping School Shootings?

In 1974, Israel endured the Ma’alot Massacre in which “Palestinian” terrorists took 115 people hostage at Netiv Meir Elementary School. Twenty-two children and three others were killed and 68 injured. After that tragedy, Israel implemented the school protection plan detailed above. Since 1974, there have been two incidents. Both were initiated by terrorists. Only 4 deaths occurred — of students. More than 20 terrorists were killed during those incidents — all but two of those came at the hands of armed school guards, administrators, and even a couple of students. Such a plan works in Israel.

Could this or a Similar Plan Work in the U.S.?

There is only ONE way any plan for school security here will work: ANY plan must be highly investigated, structured at the “10,000 foot level” by federal authorities so as to assure sufficient laws and/or regulations are put in place to support and manage such a process, and implemented on the local level with cooperation from federal, state, and local authorities. And the general public will obviously have to sign off on its implementation.

That being said, just as in Israel, variations will be necessary based on nuances of individual school’s unique challenges. Considerations like exact location, facility structure, access, layout, and proximity to interstate highways, waterways, law enforcement headquarters and medical facilities all must be taken into consideration when planning and implementing this program locally.

The U.S. Justice Department would necessarily take the lead in such a program, but it would be imperative for law enforcement at the local level to assume and maintain every part of the program in conjunction with the Feds.

Cost

No doubt such a program on a national level would be costly. But how much money spent is too much to stop such incidents? Honestly, when considering the cost of trying to implement and maintain some type of gun control in the U.S. — even if legal and possible — would cost tens of billions of dollars and would never be successful. (Google Australia’s program for this and you’ll see it doesn’t work at all)

Summary

Washington: It is time to stop the pontificating in front of the House and Senate, in press conferences and on television talk shows. It is time for action. Some member of Congress needs to offer up a specific plan structured similar to that in Israel to allow America to take control of the security environment of its schools. Stop making gun control a liberal cause that is correct, simply because it sounds important and good. Stop making efforts to stop school gun violence an anti-gun political policy. Politicians from all parties need to come together for a change and put a plan for all of America in place to eliminate these tragic killing at U.S. schools.

Washington: Do you REALLY care about gun violence in America? Do you REALLY care about kids getting shot at school? If you REALLY care, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING.

Give Americans a plan and implement that plan to stop these killings. Do something — or resign your office to allow someone who WILL do something to take your place.

Do Something NOW. Doing nothing or waiting is Unacceptable!

A Funeral

I was privileged to speak at GaGa’s funeral in Baton Rouge — no, not “Lady GaGa,” but the first GaGa: Marjorie Mims. She was a 94 year old aunt who quietly slipped away in her sleep. She was an amazing woman who was hopelessly devoted to her husband and three children. Uncle Jimmy died young and GaGa never remarried.

She was remarkable: all-in in everything she did and in every relationship she had. She was gracious, kind, thoughtful, and was “there” at every moment she needed to be for all those in her life. That came naturally for her. She left a trail of friends and family members who were as hopelessly committed to GaGa as GaGa was to them. That was no surprise to anyone.

At the funeral, I could not help but use as a Scripture text Genesis 8:22. Feel free to read it, but I’ll summarize it: after the great flood, God promised Noah that as long as Earth existed, He would never destroy it by another flood. Further, there will always be night and day, Summer and Winter, hot and cold, and seedtime and harvest.

The first three seemed to me to be sort of “Mother Nature” things: light, seasons, hot and cold. But the fourth really made me think. Of course we know that every living thing comes from another of its kind: plants, animals, bugs, and babies! But thinking through that seedtime and harvest reference, something dawned on me: there’s more to its meaning than just planting crops.

Planting

It seems “Ho-Hum” to talk much about the planting and harvesting process. You plant a seed and something grows from it. That’s how we eat; that’s how golf greens grass grows; that’s how animals eat; that’s how plants breathe in the CO2 that we breathe out. It call comes from planting. But it goes beyond that.

I feel that God absolutely referenced the Mother Nature sow and reap process — but not that alone. He made it clear to Noah that men and women sow and reap everyday, even if we do not do so into the ground. We “speak”  and “do” seeds. We plant “seeds” in everything we do regarding others and everything we say to others. And the soil into which we sow is seldom actual dirt — it is peoples’ lives. Those seeds become exactly what their parent seeds were. And we always reap what we sow.

Harvesting

Understanding the sowing process is pretty fundamental. Understanding the reaping/harvesting process is too. But far too often we either do not want to think about that part, talk about that part, or accept that part. But it ALWAYS happens as part of that natural process God put in place and promised would never go away. We reap what we sow.

Too often people simply ignore the definitive result of this natural process. We selectively use it thinking it only applies to others. We may term it “what goes around comes around,” or “get back what you put in.” Oh, we know that when we plant a seed something is going to grow. But we most often ignore the fact that when we plant orange seeds, oranges always grow. We assume sometimes when we plant oranges, apples are going to grow.  But we get oranges — EVERYTIME we plant orange seeds. We never get apples…unless we plant apples.

Results

Here’s the rub: too often we concentrate totally on the sowing process. We plant what at that very moment we want to plant without thinking of what is going to grow from it. Think this through with me.

When we argue with our spouses, we plant seed there. When we put our spouse down we seldom (if ever) think about what that seed is going to return as. It always comes back as what was sown: demeaning and condescending actions and words. God forbid that any would ever tell children they are stupid, ugly, unworthy, unable, etc. But when we slip and those seeds are sown, they always come back exactly what they were when we sowed them. It may take some time, but they always grow. And orange seeds ALWAYS grow into oranges.

If we cheat, we will be cheated. If we lie, we will be lied to. If we steal, we will be stolen from. If we are unfaithful to our spouses, they will be unfaithful to us. 

I have a friend who was unfaithful to his wife. H was involved for years with someone else. I once confronted him with the fact that his doing so was going to cost him. He actually told me he knew there would be a price to pay, but he thought it would be having a bad year financially, having serious car problems or an illness, never thinking about the reap and sow principle.

Sure enough, his wife eventually left him for another. His children totally rejected him and remain separated from him even now as adults.

Summary

GaGa understood this principle and embraced it as part of who she was. She was quietly confident that everything she did would always return to her. Her funeral service bore that out.

I had a life mentor who surprised me once by asking this question: “Dan, who is coming to your funeral?” The question took me by surprise. I thought it through for a bit and responded, “My friends and my family members.” He then said this, “You need to spend the rest of your life pouring yourself into their lives.”

That has guided me ever since that day. It really works. And of course when I first recognized it I was surprised. But every time we get what we give.

GaGa was always there with kindness, gentleness, genuine care and concern for all — especially for her children and grandchildren.

Two Sundays ago GaGa went to sleep with her youngest daughter rubbing her feet. GaGa spent her life sowing seeds of kindness, care, and concern into others. At the end, that’s exactly what she got back.

Not Just No Honor — “Dishonor”

What we are seeing play out in D.C. among liberals on the Left is pure outright disrespect and lack of honor for the United States of America. The list of Leftist lawmakers is growing who are showing their true colors this week: colors of Dishonor of what our Nation stands for.

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson added her name to a growing list of Democratic lawmakers who say they are fed up with President Trump and will boycott his State of the Union address at the end of the month. Wilson, who was elected in 2010 and made headlines last year for fighting with Trump over his telephone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, cited the president’s “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations” for reasons why she wouldn’t be attending the Jan. 30 speech. “For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson said in a statement late Sunday. “I have no doubts that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies.” Wilson joins Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., in boycotting the event.

These lawmakers and many others on the Left are illustrating in the most remarkable and obvious manner the explanation of what the Democrat Party is using as their message to Americans: NO SUBSTANCE — ONLY SYMBOLISM. Their target is solely Donald Trump. And as their daily chants against the President and the Trump agenda for which 60+ million Americans chose him as President rise to the sky, those chants echo the hollow claims that we’ve heard ad nauseum for years: “Democrats know what is best for Americans and are the only party that can give Americans those things.”

Racism

The cries of racism have filled the halls of every American institution for decades — and rightfully so. Unfortunately in any society where exists a plethora of ethnicities, each complete with a diverse set of cultural and social morays, racism is inevitable. Human nature unfortunately dictates there will always be in such a society those who feel (and therefore implement a culture based on those feelings) one culture is superior, better, more worthy, more righteous, etc., than others. And for that reason, throughout human history nations and cultures of all kinds struggle to find ways for diversity to be achieved. Unfortunately such success is seldom actualized. And strife and anger that too often result in civil unrest and sometimes physical unrest are almost always the products of that struggle.

Let’s face facts: America has for centuries been no different than other countries throughout history. America has racism. And because of its racism, its people live in a perpetual state where those who are victims of racism spend far too much of their lives fighting to get through racial barriers to achieve all in their lives possible in spite of the racism they face. Doing so is an unfortunate barrier to every member of any minority. It’s a fact. And it is unrealistic for anyone to believe there is any utopia on Earth in which there are majority and minority residents who do not face racism of some kind.

A dream of eradication of racism is just that: a dream. However, all is NOT lost. There is hope. And while there is hope, we must find ways to exist dealing with problems — ours and others. There is a greater good. We must find ways to concentrate on that greater good: making America the best we possibly can. That means working together, putting aside personal agendas, biases, and preferences to find and implement those things best for the greater good.

In America, that greater good always has been — and hopefully always will be — “Liberty and Justice for all.”

Half Empty or Half Full

Which is your perspective? Far too many Americans carry around a half-empty glass. And they act accordingly. Why aren’t our glasses all half-full instead?

Thankfully through the first two centuries of American existence our ancestors possessed half-full glasses. That perspective gave them the energy that fueled their desires to build a better country with a better People. Their expectation was those together would create that greater good American settlers fled Western Europe seeking. And it worked.

Who knows what started the slide toward pessimism in the nation. But it started — and it not only still exists, its power is strengthening. That pessimism is slowly destroying the American spirit that fueled the nation’s growth and prosperity of the 20th Century and into the first two decades of this century. It is OUR responsibility to stop it. And stop it soon we must.

Summary

Who can stop it? Who must stop it? Everyday Americans can want that to happen all we want. But the Representative Republic we call the United States of America empowers 535 people to bring ideas to their group for discussion, negotiation, and either implementation after agreement or moving on to another topic.

Men and women who walk the halls of Congress: your job in the Capitol is NOT about your wants and desires. Your oath of office was to serve your constituents. You were NOT elected to serve Party or personal ambition or agenda, but to serve those in your district you represent.

Disagreement is part of the process! Don’t think that because of disagreement agreement cannot and should not be ultimately achieved. It MUST be achieved. The only way that can happen is as it did beginning in Constitutional Hall in Philadelphia. Our founders disagreed vehemently on numerous issues. But they discussed, persuaded, negotiated, and reached conclusions. How? They laid aside personal agendas in respect of the promise of our nation: “Liberty and Justice for All.” That Liberty and Justice comes ONLY through one opinion — one vote. Those together have established a country of people and those people the laws which govern American lives. Like them or not, they are laws duly established by the Constitutional process chosen and established by those people — the first Americans.

Members of Congress: like the laws? Then let’s live by them. Dislike the laws? Change them. There are processes put in place for each.

America is not about self. America is about “the other guy.” “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” That’s pretty sound teaching. And you know what? It works!

Please, please, please: let’s do the one thing we all have the power to do together — let’s together act like Americans, talk like Americans, and be Americans. Though our roots may be in 190 other geographical locations around the globe, if we are Americans, we should act that way!

“Liberty and Justice for All”

 

“The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but The Truth”

Two of the Hollywood bastions of intellect and all things righteous — Robert DeNiro and Steven Spielberg — have told the world they and their elitist compadres have exclusive permission to determine everything…period:

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/10/robert-de-niro-attacks-trump-in-profane-rant-at-awards-gala.html

Ignore DeNiro’s self-righteous profanity at the occupier of the White House. Forget about the blatant double standard of the fundamental premise of his tirade. Forget the blatant hypocrisy of the “receiver” of the accolades for which this Big Apple event was held — Meryl Streep. And forget about the myriad of lies in all that was said. All that matters? “Hey, it’s Robert DeNiro and Steven Spielberg. When DeNiro and Spielberg speak, EVERYBODY listens AND believes!”

“The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but The Truth”

Spielberg with DeNiro

Besides the obvious purpose of DeNiro’s rant — to denigrate his fellow New Yorker with whom he disagrees about political matters — DeNiro exposed the rampant intellectual elitism of Hollywood. Oh, we’ve seen it for decades — not in their movies or television shows — in those they’re just “acting” — it’s been on display at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards and in guest appearances of evening talk shows. Now it is front-and-center and very much “in your face.” Why so?

The Media. Spielberg’s new movie — referenced in the link above and the purpose for the awards get together — in content and multiple inferences damns all things Richard Nixon because of Watergate and the subsequent coverups. The movie praises the D.C. journalists who aggressively, consistently, and thoroughly implemented their skills in their craft to research and “report” the evils of Watergate to the American people. Watergate was actually the first major political corruption scandal in modern political history. It was created, implemented, and hidden by a President who was corrupt with power and thought he could get away with hiding all his illegal actions. Fortunately he was called out by a press corp who used their amazing investigative resources to find the truth and (with disregard of the personal danger in doing so) published the truth that inevitably brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The difference between Watergate and “Russia-Gate” is ” The Whole Truth.” There is NO truth (or very little) by a large majority of this press corp in their reporting of ANYTHING to do with Donald Trump, his former campaign, his Administration, or actions of his family members. The Mainstream Media systemically create false narrative almost daily, publish it all as fact, and maintain with impunity again and again its factual basis. And almost all of their “news” has been later debunked as pure lies. I will not waste anyone’s time by itemizing the almost 2 years of “Fake News” reports about all things Trump — we’ve heard them all and had them all crammed down our throats again and again.

I WILL mention the latest: during last Friday’s 24-hour news cycle EVERY news outlet carried non-stop coverage of “proof” of President Trump’s mental incapacity. Their “prood?” In part a “group” of psychiatrists issued opinions of President Trump’s mental deficiencies. Never mind their doing so was in direct violation of an edict issued previously by the American Psychiatric Association that stated (paraphrased) that “if/when any psychiatrist issued an opinion of the mental veracity of any person without personally visiting with that person, that doctor in doing so violates the ethics of psychiatry.” You know when they were compelled to issue that statement? When the Mainstream Media toward the end of President Reagan’s second term decided he was mentally deranged. His “derangement” was exposed with similar allegations of some psychiatrists at the time.

Weaponizing psychiatric opinion of Reagan then — weaponizing psychiatric opinion of Trump now. What’s the similarity? Both Presidents are/were Republican and both instigated American conservative ideals and policies that the political elite could not counter with alternate ides sufficient to counter Reagan and Trump’s concepts. In place of reason and political debate to find agreement, the Left once again have resorted to verbal assault about the mental capacity of this President.

In closing, want some irony? Even the talking heads at CNN and MSNBC after the 1-hour televised meeting at the White House in which President Trump in a roundtable with 2 dozen members of the House and Senate allowed television cameras free access as the pending negotiations for DACA were discussed. In that meeting, President Trump dispelled all the talk of his mental incapacity by deftly, professionally, led conversations between Congressional leaders with each other, he fielded questions from several, made intelligent and cogent remarks and observations throughout the entire hour. He SHOWED his grasp on reality, his job requirements as President, and his ability to lead in a meeting with some of the most contentious people on Earth who seldom if ever have had a similar meeting in which civility prevailed throughout discussions about such a serious topic.

For nearly two hours immediately following that televised live meeting, anchors at CNN and MSNBC (it could have been the same at other news networks that I did not see) were amazingly complimentary of the President, his conduct in the meeting, and his ability to run that meeting. I was shocked at their compliments!

Suddenly, however, about 2 hours into the “Meeting Post-game Show” all of that positive attitude of those anchors went out the window. It was as if whoever the someone somewhere is that blows the Liberal dog whistle did so and rebuffed the anchors for getting off topic of the Leftist story-line they were supposed to stick to. Trump bashing picked up again, and did so with a vengeance.

Summary

What’s good about these two events happening when they did with the people involved, with the coverage of each and everything happening and being covered live gave Americans a true picture of just how nasty, narcissistic, self-absorbed, and elite Hollywood-ites and Media-ites really are. Americans can now see “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Maybe guys like Rush, FOX News hosts, conservative members of Congress and other conservative media folks can take a breath, knowing Americans saw a bunch of this for themselves.

Oh…I forgot: Who would believe that ANY American could read about or watch an actual event and make an intelligent decision about elements of that event without some talking head providing an interpretation?

How can we stupid Middle Class Americans even know how to buy a Powerball ticket or use a debit card without a Liberal to show us?

One last thing: I have always been a big DeNiro fan. He’s played some amazing roles in movies, UNTIL….. Have you seen any of his movies from the last 5 years? NO great role, NO great parts, movies with NO plots….producers are “hoping” tickets will sell because he “formerly” was a really good actor. All he does now is denigrate the office of the Presidency with amazing profanity.

There’s one remaining movie role that would be a sure Oscar winner for him: playing a really angry old White guy from Manhattan that cusses with the best of them. Oscar voters would certainly love him in that role. I can hear it now: “DeNiro takes the best actor Oscar for his role in the blockbuster directed by his pal Steven Spielberg “Angry Italian White Guy Storms the White House.” He won his 2 Oscars playing bad Italian White guys. Could be 1 more there for a repeat performance.

I’m certain he’d have Meryl’s vote.

 

 

“Words Have Meaning”

“Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn’t change.” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

At no time in recent memory is there more proof of the validity of the late Supreme Court Justice’s words. Chiefly due to 24/7 instant satellite television, video, radio, and telephone communications, there have never been more words uttered, more videos seen, or more conversations all over planet Earth. Plato was the first to utter words similar to those of Scalia. But they had much different meaning then than today. Words then were simply that: mostly spoken to others, sometimes written and read, but always to a limited audience — compared to today. Today electronic communications are instant, worldwide, and too often deadly.

Americans above all others should understand the responsibility of words. Apparently though, many have not gotten that message. And with the rapid expansion of satellite communications, words are instantaneous and more powerful than ever because of their instant delivery. With that comes new dangers that increase in number and intensity every day. There are 200 billion tweets each year, 8.3 trillion texts each year, and in the U.S. alone there are 3 billion cell calls every day!  Words……

The Experts: “Wordsmiths”

Enter the media. Very conspicuously they have (from necessity) on the most part ceased research before reporting. News sources are no longer clerks in big companies, waitresses who overhear seedy conversations or junior level bankers seeking a leg-up at work and an extra dollar. No, reporters rely on “reprinting.” And the news they reprint or re-broadcast is more often than not simply revised versions of news from other reporters.

It seems that this “new” style of reporting brought with it permission for reporters to be editors, too. They have with impunity in every political story taken authority to “report” each painted with their opinion. Unfortunately for many — us and even them — their practice at perfecting this new craft has birthed a new monster in news.

The New Guy in Town

History when determining the factors in the Donald Trump 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton will certainly give the award to Twitter. The “Twitter in Chief” even before elected mastered the use of those 140 characters. Undoubtedly he is the REAL Wordsmith of the last few years. He quickly discovered when his campaign began that the Mainstream Media were anything but that. He had to find a way to get his message directly to the American people — unfiltered and unbiased. Bingo! The end result is that 18 months later every member of the MSM begin and end their days with the Twitter notification of the first and last tweets of the day. And they are pretty much always from @realDonaldTrump.

The Effects

I am not certain if the President knew the power of not only his messaging vehicle but also the power his actual style of messaging. And few in the MSM were prepared for either. But he learned quickly that everyday Americans were starved for real news, the truth from media, and a shot at absorbing facts and making decisions without the constant hammering of the Talking Heads. Donald Trump tweeting was a special and welcome surprise for them.

Besides getting the facts of his agenda directly to Americans without filters, he could send those messages anytime day or night without having to contact anyone for help. Some thought that in itself was dangerous. And the MSM pointed that out over and over in their reporting. His tweets and tweeting style have been critiqued by professional journalists and even psychiatric pros to ascertain the mental capacity of the current White House inhabitant. Depending on who you listen to, (especially today) the President is deranged, mentally unstable, incapacitated, and stupid. Or — according to some — he’s a genius. Probably the truth lies somewhere in between. My opinion is that his mental capacity on a scale of 1 to 12 with 12 being the highest is a solid 12.5. One can argue the number but not this: his mental stability is mountains higher than members of the Mainstream Media. They simply cannot figure him out. And he loves it.

The silliest thing about this entire Twitter thing is this: President Trump — who almost everyone on the Left has spent the last two days spewing the politically correct talking points about his mental incapacity — have been relegated by this “new guy in town” to turn to his Tweets each news day morning so they can determine what news is important. And they must end each day doing the same. President Donald Trump controls the American news cycle on a daily basis!

How powerful is @realDonaldTrump’s tweets? People of both political and business power tried to convince Twitter to deactivate Trump’s Twitter account. Think about that: there is NO reason to want to do that unless they are afraid that in his messaging the Political Elite will be exposed for who they really are! Twitter’s response: “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” Twitter said in a blog post. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

There has never been and is not now another human being who so dominates news content 24/7. And the MSM hate him worse for doing so. But they have no alternative other than to report on everything he says. And he gives them plenty to write and talk about. And they make millions of dollars from this. Yet still they complain.

Summary

Former President Obama said this to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, August 8, 2014. “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” With that statement, Obama clearly signaled to the World how important he felt he was along with everything he had done and would do as President. The former law professor made many speeches, made many statements, appeared on numerous newscasts, radio and television programs, and spoke at uncountable numbers of events. But few of his remarks, speeches, or appearances are being chronicled among those of his predecessors for being truly remarkable. Oh, many of his statements and remarks are remembered, but not many are considered historically valuable. Those that ARE remembered are primarily the ones in which he toots his own horn, accomplishments, how great a president he was, and his multitude of insults and intellectual put-downs of his rivals. There are those that still scream about the narcissism of Donald Trump. But Barack Obama makes the current President look as selfless as Mother Teresa. Remember his famous comedy bit on nighttime television in which he read a Trump tweet that paraphrased said Obama would go down as one of the worst Presidents in U.S. history? Then Barack responded, “Well @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down in history as a U.S. President.”

Words really DO have meaning. Words are powerful. Look how President Trump has used them. And look how 62 million Americans have responded to them. Think for a moment about the OTHER side: the Media. If you haven’t, tune over to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and listen for a half-hour. Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue or a bit of Rachel Maddow’s evening show on MSNBC. Watch a CNN newscast. Listen to the words each of these say and watch their expressions when saying them. Absolutely NONE of them understand the power of words. Or if they do, they simply think you and I are so intellectually inferior to them we cannot possibly grasp the truth of things in our World, and that we are too dumb to discern what in their blather is news and what is simply their political perspectives.

Yes CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, PBS, and Jimmy Kimmel, words DO matter. And when you begin to use words in a truthful, intelligent, non-partisan, thoughtful, considerate way, Americans will come back to watch, listen, and read what you have to say.

When you, Anderson Cooper, are thrilled that 600,000 people tune into watch your CNN evening show, remember at the same time 8 million are watching FOX News. Why is that?

Words DO have meaning. And to quote the former President, “Elections have consequences.”

Mr. Obama, two consequences came from the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton did NOT win…and Donald Trump IS President.

 

 

Christmas List 2017

Mom always starting asking this question around Thanksgiving every year: “What do you want for Christmas?” I miss hearing her ask that. But the question still rings in my ears. This Christmas is the 10th anniversary of Mom not being here to ask it, so I’m asking it of myself. Wanna share my Christmas list?

  • I wish children would respect all elders in their lives instead of ignoring adults and what they have to say. I shudder to think that I might have done that when I was young — “if” Mom had not been there to teach me the attitude of honor. Anytime I temporarily “forgot” to say “Yes Ma’am,” or “No Ma’am” when replying to one of my Mother’s friends, Mom would “admonish” me pretty demonstratively when that friend left our home.
  • Speaking of honor, I wish all Americans would honor the White House and its inhabitants, in the same way we honor all those in positions of leadership in our lives. When I was a kid there were many adults in my life I really didn’t care for. The first President I remember having any real opinion of was John F. Kennedy. He was Catholic. In our house at the time that was not a good thing. Our house supported Nixon against JFK. But after Kennedy’s election we all forgot about religious denomination and any other personal differences and fell in line with all other Americans who supported the President — ANY President — including JFK. I was in 5th grade when he was assassinated. I wept uncontrollably at school when I heard. School was cancelled and we watched his funeral in dismay for what happened.
  • I wish my kids would not give my grandchildren cell phones or video games until after high school. That generation has steadily lost the art of communication with others — outside of “LOL” and “OMG,” “SMH” and “LMAO.” (Do you know what those mean? I had to ask before writing this) Rotary dial telephones were bad enough. I remember Mom’s horror when she learned what email was. “Why can’t you just write a letter?” she asked. She understood the damage losing person-to-person communication would cost. Why? Because her generation communicated with each other and not with a keyboard. Accept it or not, something always gets lost in electronic communication.
  • I wish politicians — ALL politicians — would trust the intelligence of the American people enough to stop telling us “facts” that are always couched to be a narrative of political slant. Wouldn’t it be refreshing for elected public servants to simply serve their constituents with the truth? I think they do so sincerely believing Americans are too stupid to understand what they are doing. If they didn’t question American intelligence, why then would they be so stupid as to tell us the lies we hear daily expecting us to simply blow them off?
  • Speaking of politicians: I wish they would simply perform the tasks for which they campaign and are elected. There is no need to pontificate about legislative and other governing ideas before, during, and after some of those things are implemented — just shut up and do the job! Leave it to us to determine if doing so was a good thing on their part.
  • I wish political parties would be eliminated. I don’t claim to be as smart as George Washington. But President Washington warned the nation against the use of political parties specifically to prevent what our current political parties are doing to our nation. Think about this: no party official is elected by the people. But political parties hold more power than do most elected officials. That is not the way a representative republic — specifically ours — was designed to function. Our nation is the People’s nation and not vice versa.
  • I wish divorce would be abolished. Divorce is the scourge of humanity that is chief sponsor of the majority of social issues Americans deal with today. Why? Divorce creates an attitude of failure within every person who becomes its victim: men, women AND children. Divorce creates an entire class of humans that are somehow less valuable and less worthy than those who have not tasted divorce. Divorce creates a class of children that almost universally feel unworthy of love, not to mention the negative perspective of marriage and of “traditional family” created among those children. When they grow up they have a scant chance of a normal family life because of their flawed family experiences. I wish socially the 50’s were back.
  • I wish everyone would immediately become cognizant of their method of walking — walking through airport terminals, down sidewalks, through stadium concourses, in malls, even through crowded rooms of others. There is a good reason in the U.S. we drive down the right side of the road: to keep anyone from hitting another driver head-on. Why not do the same when we walk? How many times have you found yourself hustling between airport gates only to be blocked by six or seven people walking down the concourse side by side at half of your speed. They are ALWAYS unaware of others trying to get around to not miss a flight. The same holds true walking a mall, down city streets or at ballgames. Walking Rule #1: Walk as far to the right as you possibly can and let others pass you on the left!
  • I wish people would learn to say “I love you” again. No, saying that does not necessarily mean romantic, “I want to sweep you off your feet and marry you” love. I have non-romantic people in my life that saying that to expresses my profound love, adoration, respect, and sincere concern for their lives when said. I don’t care who you are, when someone who is simply a friend or acquaintance tells you that and you know it’s meant and from the heart, it will always change your day — for the better!
  • I wish people would begin to put others first in every area of life — like our parents and their parents did. We never had much in the way of fancy stuff (including fancy food) when I was growing up. And we didn’t have much food left over, either. But I remember many times Mom would not sit down to eat when we had people over, simply because she wanted to make certain our guests got plenty. I learned very young to always think about others in everything I do. I still do that and it is virtually automatic. That doesn’t come naturally. Kids must be taught that trait. Me-ism has devoured America. Too often we see and hear of young people “flying by the seat of their pants,” doing stupid stuff just because “they felt like it.”
  • I wish National Media reporters and writers would return to 20th Century journalism and simply report the news: radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and web news sites. There’s an editorial page in the newspaper. I wish they’d keep their editorial comments on that page or if in a broadcast, give a disclaimer before and after an editorial is given so that Americans know “what I am about to hear/see is NOT news, but their perspective OF the news.” That formerly was the way news was presented. Now, there is NO news anywhere — simply news reporters’ personal perspectives feeding their personal agendas.
  • I wish people in America and other countries would return to talking “with” each other instead of talking “at” each other. It takes at least 2 to communicate. But for communication to exist, all parties must share thoughts and ideas. Someone speaking alone is NOT communication. Too often personalities of people are destroyed by vitriolic verbal attacks from others who often do not even know how their speech damages those who are their verbal targets. Children are hearing less and less which is significantly reducing their abilities to interact with others. Let’s turn the televisions off, leave the iPhones upstairs and have dinner together and share thoughts of the day.
  • I wish America would turn back to God. No matter what anybody says, our nation was founded on Godly and Biblical principles that our forefathers knew would be the only lasting building blocks of this new nation. You know what? If the nation turns back to God, many of my wishes shared above will come to pass, simply because many of them are simply fruits that grow from allowing Godly principles to direct our lives. For those who hate what I’m saying, let me ask one simple question: “What would giving it a try hurt?” As we have seen again and again in our history, we can change processes of operation. What if turning to God would destroy racism, poverty, war, elitism, and hatred? Wouldn’t it make sense to give it a try, just in case it would work? We could always go back to where we are.

Summary

My final wish today is for you: I wish you health, mercy, justice, and wonderful relationships with all those who are part of your life in the upcoming year.

Merry Christmas! You are my family. And I LOVE YOU!

Dan

A Time to Kneel

I did not write this, but as we go into another NFL weekend, I thought it appropriate and that you would relate to it.

A Time to Kneel

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.

Then take a knee.

Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces …. the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe San to Saigon … anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat .. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress. Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken .. but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains .. every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans … just American men and women … delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us … blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.” You haven’t any inkling of what it took to get you where you are … but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things. But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this .. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

Composed by Ted Nugent

 

 

Armageddon Awaits

We stand at the edge, looking down into the deepest, darkest abyss in American history. What’s next?

Details

When the Paul Manaforte-Rick Gates indictments came down, the Mainstream Media launched into their “happy dance,” certain the Trump Russian collusion litigation was about to kick into high gear. When just days later news began to leak about several dozen sealed indictments being handed down by the same District Court in D.C. where Mueller’s grand jury is empaneled, the MSM gleefully reported “The End is Near!” The “End” has not revealed itself yet, and the sealed indictments continue to pile up. Their number is so lofty that the MSM have quietly returned to their caves, knowing that there are far too many sealed indictments pending to be of Trump campaigners. That indictment number? We are still counting but here’s the latest update: 66 Districts sealed indictment count is 4,280. (These numbers are publicly available) How does that compare? Since 2009, the average total sealed indictments produced in the entire U.S. is 1,007 per year. These have all been issued between 10/30 and 11/22 this year.

That number is staggering. Why? There obviously were not 4,280 management level people in the Trump campaign organization. And these sealed indictments have appeared in federal court districts in Central California, Colorado, Virginia, Louisiana, Washington D.C., and other locations. There is no way to verify any details of any sealed indictment. Even leaking such details would be illegal. But the sheer number and the multiple indictment source locations speaks loudly that these may not even be for Russian collusion matters, and probably not just Mueller investigation indictments. What could they be for?

Robert Mueller: Why Is He Special Counsel?

There are a couple of points that are crucial to point out here:

  1. Remember in the 2016 debate when then Candidate Trump promised Hillary that if/when he was elected President he would appoint a Special Counsel to investigate her and the Clinton Foundation? (Keep that in mind…..)
  2. Remember when Mueller “interviewed” with Trump supposedly for the FBI Director job? Was that really a job interview for FBI Director? Think about it: Mueller had term-limited out of eligibility for that job! He was FBI Director for 12 years — the maximum is 10. Obama made a presidential exception for him to stay two extra years.

So why the meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office if he could not serve again as head of the FBI? Do you think that maybe the President was laying the groundwork with the “pending” Special Counsel anticipating an appointment by Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate “all” things Russian related from the 2016 election? His written appointment spelled all this out:

“The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and

(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a).

If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.”

Possible Mueller Investigation Subjects

  • Obviously the named purpose for his appointment and subsequent investigation was regarding Russian collusion with Trump Campaigners that directly impacted the 2016 election. No matter that it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Russians in NO way impacted the results of the election, (multiple officials — including such heavy-weights as Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)  — have confirmed that multiple times); no matter there is no U.S. federal law regarding collusion of any kind being a criminal offense, that now proven fake Russian/Trump dossier gave never-Trumpers — both Republican and Democrat — all the ammunition they needed to demand a Special Counsel.
  • “HillaryGate” is a likely additional target for the Special Counsel. Even though the Uranium 1 uproar had nothing to do with the 2016 election, it was inundated with Russian government connections — including Vladimir Putin. Those implicated in the U.S. uranium transfer to the Canadian company that was sold to a Putin directed Russian company number a hundred or so. Caught up in this is obvious Pay-For-Play that resulted in at least $140 million in questionable contributions to the Clinton Foundation suspected by many to be quid pro quo for who was at that time certainly going to be President.
  • Also in line for “further” investigation is the Clinton email scandal. Former FBI Director Comey detailed in that famous press conference quite a few evidentiary items conclusively illustrating how Clinton herself broke numerous federal laws regarding the mishandling of classified information. Though Attorney General Sessions recused himself from personally investigating Clinton election and certain other Clinton issues, neither Mueller nor the FBI recused.

There is another potential target for all of these sealed indictments. And it is not a secret for many in D.C. and certainly not for any members of the Intelligence Community over the past 30 years or so. Very quietly since the Trump election certain media outlets have let slip stories about local and federal authorities arresting many involved in human trafficking including pedophilia activities. In fact there have been hundreds of arrests. In my sleepy little northwest Louisiana community about 100 have have been arrested by local, state, and federal authorities in several sex trafficking operations linked with multi-state prostitution  — including of children. Rumors have been abundant for decades about mass pedophilia whose participants include a huge number of state and federal politicians and numerous famous and wealthy individuals. The Potomac Region is reported to be riddled with these people and these operations.

But this is no new story. Turn your calendar back to 1988 during the George H.W. Bush Administration. Reports of a child prostitution ring centered in Omaha, Nebraska broke on a national level. The horror was that the victims of this atrocity were residents of one of the most well know and most reputable homes for many years for boys: Boys Town. It was dubbed the “Franklin Scandal” because the chief organizer of this was Lawrence King, who ran the Franklin Community Credit Union of Omaha.

The Franklin scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of even the federal government. Nebraska legislators nearly exposed the ring in 1990, but its unveiling had the potential to produce seismic political aftershocks. The legislators’ efforts resulted in a rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering corruption of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI, Secret Service, and Justice Department, effecting an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network. The story received some newspaper coverage but there was a TV News Media blackout on the subject. For this reason, most Americans have never heard of it.

Former Republican Senator John Decamp was involved in the production a documentary called “Conspiracy of Silence” that was to air May 3, 1994 on the Discovery Channel. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired. Almost immediately, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown persons who had ordered all copies destroyed. A copy of this videotape was furnished anonymously to former Nebraska state senator and attorney John De Camp who made it available to retired F.B.I. chief, Ted L. Gunderson. While the video quality is not top grade, this tape is a blockbuster in what is revealed by the participants involved. I have watched the video. Though the quality is sketchy (the video is not the final mixed version) the content is staggering. Former CIA Director William Colby weighed in on the “Franklin Scandal” confirming its legitimacy before being quieted by his superiors.

You didn’t read or hear about these? There was no FOX News around then, but you didn’t have to wait for FOX — those bastions of conservatism Washington Post and NY Times ran stories about it. Read “their” versions here:

Washington Post  OMAHA’S HURRICANE OF SCANDAL  https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1990/04/01/omahas-hurricane-of-scandal/f762dad7-c72c-415e-a17c-bd4ece10fa44/?utm_term=.f33597b66578

New York Times  A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/18/us/a-lurid-mysterious-scandal-begins-taking-shape-in-omaha.html?pagewanted=all

The “Real” Horror

If you wish details Google to get actual names of the perpetrators and victims. The Omaha FBI office who handled the federal investigation made it clear there would be NO real investigation into any alleged D.C. politicians or famous folks. It should come as no surprise to many that in doing so, by intimidating each of the children who stepped forward to publicly reveal these horrible acts and identify their perpetrators, they attacked a couple of the victims so aggressively one recanted her sworn testimony and others simply disappeared and never produced their testimony. The girl who recanted was charged and convicted of perjury and sentenced to serve the highest prison term for perjury on record in any jurisdiction in the U.S. The power of the Feds make such things possible. There were also numerous “unexplainable” deaths of those involved.

Summary

In bullet points, here are the only logical conclusions I can make about Robert Mueller, 3,152 sealed indictments with more to come, HillaryGate, and the pending unsealing and execution of a bunch of indictments:

  • General Michael Flynn and his son will certainly own two of those indictments for their failure to register as agents of a foreign government — the same thing Steve Bannon was indicted for. There may be others in the indictment pile for them. And there may be similar indictments for others involved in the Trump Campaign. But there will be NONE for the President;
  • Hillary Clinton: there is no doubt in my mind that a large number of those indictments are for those involved in the Clinton Campaign, the Clinton Foundation, those involved in the Uranium 1 deal, both in the United States, Canada, and Russia. Certainly any/all of those involved in the process of destroying emails, hard drives, actual cell phones, and hiding and avoiding providing evidence to the FBI during the email investigation will be included in those indictments. Also, it would not surprise me if the senior members of the Democrat National Committee who participated in thwarting the will of Democrat voters by manipulating the system to guarantee no Bernie Sanders nomination are possible indictment candidates. Some of them are also complicit in the Hillary email scandal. Then there’s Debbie Wasserman Shultz who refused to make DNC servers available to the FBI for forensic examination after reporting the hacking of their servers. And then there were her actions allowing those foreign IT operators virtual unfettered access the Congressional servers which also violated laws regarding protection of classified information;
  • “PediGate:” there is information released from several reliable sources that at least one-third of members of Congress are or have been involved in prostitution, including child prostitution. I failed to mention above that in that “Franklin Scandal,” boys AND girls from Omaha were often taken to Washington D.C. by Lawrence King to “entertain” politicians at special parties he hosted at his $5,000 per month mansion in Washington. This horror is not limited to D.C. or to politicians. It is rampant across America. I am certain the majority of those indictments issued and sealed by judges in these varied jurisdictions are for perpetrators of this child abuse;
  • It is possible that the “PediGate” investigations are being undertaken by the Justice Department under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and not part of the Mueller investigation.

We all know President Trump’s confrontational and bombastic method of dealing with those who have visible opposition to his political ideals. Think about this: knowing that and his propensity to use Twitter to attack any and all who stand against his presidential agenda, why would he NOT have attacked Robert Mueller and this investigation? ALL HE HAS SAID ABOUT IT IS THAT HE HOPES IT IS COMPLETED QUICKLY SO AS TO PUT THE QUESTIONS ABOUT COLLUSION BEHIND US SO WE CAN GET ON WITH MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! I am certain the reason he has not said a thing about Mueller is the former FBI Director is using his appointment document details to instigate a far-reaching, thorough investigation of Russian collusion AND (as stated in Rosenstein’s appointment) “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

There are many reasons why Washington D.C. is so slow to do anything. Many speculate on the process. I do not. There is no doubt in my mind the government institutions in Washington have sucked from voters during decades the power of government purposely retained in the Constitution for the American people. With that power they have artfully crafted a process whereby through their accumulated power they control pretty much everything. From election cycle to election cycle they throw a proverbial bone to members of the opposing political party to make voters feel warm and fuzzy about their care and concern for us. Meanwhile, they take as much as half of what we make and spend it mostly on all those things they deem important in total disregard of the wishes those whose money they spend. Principle in their process is to maintain the vehometh they have fed with our power — the Federal Government.

Americans are virtually powerless to make changes necessary to re-direct this course. After all, to stop this would require changing of laws. And who makes those laws? Not taxpayers, not business owners or school teachers or police officers or factory workers. Members of Congress make the laws. The first step for a major change to at least stop the growth of this monster would be mandatory term limits for those in Congress. But who can make that happen? Congress. I doubt they would agree to limit their access to the taxpayer feeding trough.

The only other option is a state called Constitutional Convention. That takes 34 states. Seventeen have already given Congress notice of their formal application for such a convention. Amending the Constitution is the only good way to make necessary changes.

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Please understand in the research for this I have spoken to quite a few people who are in the “information pipeline.” I am NOT a Conspiracy Theorist. Nothing above has been confirmed by fewer than four different sources, each reliable. It is scary for me to think such horrors are occurring in America today. Besides the lives of men, women, and especially children who have been traumatically and permanently altered by those who prey on others, criminal justice authorities have stood by and allowed these things to happen and the national media have turned their backs on it. Why? Primarily because of those who are responsible. I’ll scare you to death: several of the children from Omaha hauled to Washington for these parties were even given late night tours of the White House!

I know: my use of “Amageddon Awaits” may be a little extreme. But, I have said this before and I’ll say it today: buckle up — we’re about to go on a wild ride!