Electoral College and Alabama – Molesters and Sexual Harassment in Public Office

People of Alabama and Electoral College, what is occurring today is what you have wrought by disregarding common sense, dignity, respect and common courtesy.

Alabama, if the majority of people vote for this “Judge” Roy Moore, be prepared for the onslaught and backlash against the entire state of Alabama. Are you prepared for the results of what you do if Moore wins?

  • People across the country will start shunning your state (that is quite possible)
  • The Alabama state pile of revenue will slowly start to decrease as people recognize the backward thought processes of voting for a child molester “allegedly” and putting that person into one of the highest offices in America
  • Americans will start deciding that Alabama is not on their vacation list
  • Companies will likely start doing some deep thinking about their own brand and reputation and start deciding to sever ties with Alabama
  • Etc., etc., etc. Hoping you get the picture by this point

Why in the good name of reality are Alabamians willing to vote for someone who has already proven that his thinking is not for the good of “all” people, but only for some? What is wrong with thinking of and respecting other people who are gay, different races, foreign or female (women are not inferior to men and should not be treated as chattel as if we are back in the 16th or 17th century)? There is nothing wrong with people from those categories, the problem is with the people who think ill or less of them.

The problem is with the people who believe they are better than people in those categories without even:

  • Talking to and with those folks as equals and
  • Granting respect and common courtesy to others

Why would anyone want to grant the authority and power to someone else who is categorically (“allegedly”) a child molester?  Is it all because the political race is between a Conservative Republican and a ‘demonic’ Liberal Democrat? Sorry, I got carried away there doing my own research listening to some of the conservative talk show hosts, the really radical ones.  This paragraph is a bald-faced hint that you, the reader should be doing your own research about ‘facts’ and then do your own thinking to come up with your own conclusions as to reality. Don’t just listen to haranguers who constantly badger and slight others “without doing their own research!”

 

But wait. I almost forgot. The Electoral College, despite all available knowledge and the undeniable number of American voters voting for the “other” party – the Electoral College voted in a premier sexual harasser for the Presidency of America… Electing the current President of America opened the floodgates for uncivilized interactions. Yes, I am talking about civility because that makes many more situations work. Civility helps in diplomatic situations instead of throwing Twitter spitballs at everyone else who disagrees with you – this is called puerile behavior (for our current President that means ‘childish’ behavior).

The current American president makes many of us ashamed and embarrassed when we face other nations around the globe. Prior to living in the White House, our current president constantly bashed President Obama for taking the vacation trips that he did because they were wasting tax payers’ hard-earned money.

Well America, guess what?  Us American citizens are spending a whole heck of a boat load of money because of the current disrespectful, blow-hard, semi-literate (sorry but that got away from me too) American president is wasting GOBS of money on vacation trips AT LOCALES that financially benefit him (Trump) because he did not divest his portfolio or create a blind trust for “everything.”

We, America, are wasting GOBS of money in going around in circles on stupid situations EVERY SINGLE TIME he opens his rather large mouth. We have to have other people apologize, if you can seriously call it apologizing when they spew circuitous language.

We, America, are going to waste even more money when we (Americans) finally remove this individual from the White House and his boatload of swamp mates (because Trump forgot, even with “his great memory”, to drain the swamp and put in place unqualified individuals that ‘he likes’). We will have to restore:

  • Many lifesaving regulations, such as clean air and clean water (no more dumping – again)
  • Financial regulations back to a decent level where Elizabeth Warren started having success – the CFPB (for Trump, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Federal Lands to preserve lands and parks AND American Natives legacies
  • Labor regulations for fair or better pay and not sweatshop conditions

All of this because the current president and many of his cronies hated/despised/disliked (whatever Trump thinks) the last President, Barack Obama. Instead of being jealous of the last president’s successes, use them and build on them – how hard can that be? Is the current president the role model you really want to look up to, to emulate and even worse, have your children follow…? Where cheating and lying is the norm in his everyday life. Remember, he lied about his family being from Scandinavia when actually, they are from Germany (again, do your own research so you can believe your own results)…

 

Come on people, WAKE UP! This is about progressive change for the future. This is not about selfish thinking in the immediate moment – it is not just about you. It is about all of us. If we continue to have divisive attitudes about others, we will slowly (or rapidly) delve into another era of robber barons, an era we worked so hard in trying to get out of. Do you really want to go backwards in time where suppression and repression were the key weapons of those who want to remain in power while you scrape by with crumbs? We are supposed to be progressing and moving forward, together. But, no one can just hand you progress, you – yes, you – you will have to show a concerted effort in wanting to do your part in growing. This is growth in yourself and growth with others, together.

We cannot move forward if so many people are willing to squabble over such backward thinking. Look at Roy Moore, he apparently believes the last and best time in America’s history when we were great was when Blacks were slaves. For those who are not up to the challenge of doing your own research, here are a few links to reputable news sources (these are not Fake News sites):

http://time.com/5056590/roy-moore-america-great-slavery/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-alabama-senate-runoff-20170921-story.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-12-08/roy-moore-chastises-america-praises-putin-in-newly-resurfaced-interview

Here is what Roy Moore responded with to a question at the September 17th Florence rally:

At Moore’s [17 September 2017] Florence rally, the former judge outlined all the wrongs he sees in Washington and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” He warned of “the awful calamity of abortion and sodomy and perverse behavior and murders and shootings and road rage” as “a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience — who asked when Moore thought America was last “great” — Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”

At the same event, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows[.”]

 

The reason for specifically not using the term United States is because we simply have too many people who are too divisive in America and are too bitterly against harmony and accepting people for who they are. These divisive individuals would rather force everyone to be like them instead of accepting differences.

Instead of helping each other, even with something as minor as respect for one another and the willingness to listen to one another – we are in a more overt battle with our fellow citizens.

All because of the Electoral College putting in place someone who never should have seen the inside of the White House for any reason. But now, he has access to the Nuclear football…

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Bogus reviews on Amazon – Be Aware, Be Very Aware of what you want to buy…

Just a reminder to all to beware of the bogus 5 star reviews, especially from individuals who are not “Verified Purchasers”.

I did not purchase the item I was looking at – 2 sellers on Amazon, it was a cassette to mp3 player, by WeaKoo and a “Protable USB Tape-to-MP3 Converter” via WiKoonot my typo – but it did get my curiosity up to dig a little more.

Lately, I’ve become very leery about multiple items on amazon, the WeaKoo had 415 reviews and 97% positive at 5 stars. WiKoo had 86 reviews at 5 stars. — It is possible some products do receive all 5 stars – but…

This is not something you see everyday.
So, I looked at some of the reviewer’s profiles. None of whom were verified purchasers but they all averaged around 5 – 15 reviews.  A large majority of them had no reviews made available to the community.  Whereas, if you go look at other items from other vendors, different categories and take a look at the “Verified Purchasers”, you can see that their reviews are almost all available. You will want to read the reviews from “Verified Purchasers.”

On the reviewers for WeaKoo and WiKoo, I found a few of them purchased, excuse me, ‘reviewed’ identical items, in nearly the exact same time frames. I mean, what are the odds that multiple guys in a couple of weeks time span (& one of them twice in three days) give 5 stars for VereBeauty Long Dual Magnetic False Eyelashes or HTC 10 Glass Screen Protectors. (No, there is nothing wrong with guys buying false eyelashes.)
My point here, be careful on some of these reviews, they may be fake (think fake news…), misleading ‘us’ to want to buy the product, such as the cassette to MP3 Converter.

My hope is that Amazon staff reviewers occasionally check out some of these ‘stellar’ 5-star reviews for bogus reviewers… Does Amazon even have a team that checks out some of these ‘reviews’ to pull them out and stop wasting our time in looking at what is supposedly a ‘hot’ item.

But, what I did do is, I stopped searching on the cassette to mp3 converters on Amazon, mostly all Chinese vendors (i.e. look up PiDiEN or Antoble or some of the others in a search engine) selling the same models with different skins/vendor names.

I wound up buying one through the Hammacher Schlemmer site… and hoping they did not buy a cheap chinese version (at least Hammacher Schlemmer also has a guarantee)

Lunacy – Politics, Dictators (& Trump) and Race

It is now 2017 and we, as a global people, are facing more and more lunacy in the world.

In Turkey, we have Erdogan who constantly expands his political powers to where it is reaching dictatorial levels. When you:

  • Modify the political system;
  • Suppress journalists, military, educators, other political parties and
  • Control the media

— you are a dictator.

In Venezuela, we have Maduro with his recent critically gained presidency. Currently he is an authoritarian (some of us prefer the term ‘dictator’). He appears to be on a track to continue absorbing more power – by rewriting their country’s constitution, even while it is reported that 98% of the country’s people rejected that idea. Approximately, 3.6 million people voted according to an independent analysis. Here are a few of the actions he, Maduro, has implemented or rather, allowed to take place:

  • delayed elections,
  • jailing of opposition leaders,
  • increasing influence of the army, and
  • efforts by the government-appointed courts to curtail the powers of the opposition-held national assembly.

Note, he has the backing of Russian and Cuban leadership…

In Iran, Hassan Rouhani, won the recent presidential election to continue holding office. One item he ran on was to include women in the cabinet. That, as it turns out, did not occur – it is an all-male cabinet…  That is not progress. He ran on the platform of being a reformist.

In Russia, well, actually, do we need to add anything more on him than what we already know of him (and Medvedev)…? When you:

  • Control the political system (arrest opposition on false charges of embezzlement in order to label the person as a criminal, which under Russian laws, the person cannot run for certain offices);
  • Control the country’s media (to spread whatever propaganda is desired); put in a VPN prohibition (so citizens cannot have secure & private communication with the outside world);
  • Use your police force, your military & intelligence services to force how ‘protest rallies should be held (i.e. maximum of 250 people and constrained to protest only within a few block area)’; and
  • Control state conglomerates in order to line the leadership’s pockets with BILLIONS of dollars (& Swiss Francs, Euros, British Pounds and even Bitcoins)

— if that is not dictatorial, not sure what else it could possibly be.

In China, we have a country that wants to be capitalistic but is still hugely communistic. This is a country that:

  • Is also banning private citizen use of VPNs – sorry, correction, citizens can ‘apply’ for use of a VPN (but that means that citizen would have to provide a back door {or front door} into that VPN’s communication path…
  • Has a Communist party with significant control over the country’s media – with an iron fist.
  • HAS BUILT a man-made island in the South China Seas (Spratly Islands) in order to, ahhh what was it they stated (one reason) – to protect their sovereign rights and regional territories. Remember, that area is a hotly contested area for “centuries” by countries in the area (Taiwan, China, Vietnam, with Malaysia and the Philippines).
  • Wants foreign investors (tech) to give up source code to ensure there is nothing hinky or spying related in order for those foreign firms to do business in China.
  • Still has huge human rights issues (think Falun Gong and {two spellings} Uyghur & Uighur people of western China)
  • Wants to completely take over Hong Kong despite what China promised in 1999 (freedom to continue progressing)
  • Suppresses all (or as much as they can find) negative commentary regarding the country and the political leaders

In America, we have someone who may not be dictatorial but is clearly not of the right mettle (and state of mind) to run a country and grow.When we have:

  • An EPA that is relaxing/eliminating rules/regulations left and right to allow toxins into the air and water, it is a very bad sign.
  • A Dept of Education that believed that HBCUs were a wonderful alternative and is attempting to have more charter schools across the country AND not listening to the educators in her own Department – that is a bad sign for our children and future leaders.
  • An Attorney General that should not have been appointed to being with (there are all kinds of reasons to choose from if you wish to do a little research and analysis of your own) – that is a bad sign for the country’s law enforcement system.
  • A Commerce secretary who wants to relax rules and regulations (just recall the sweat shops and lack of workplace violations of yesterday) – we have a problem in that more business will start doing what they want to do without protecting their employees.
  • A secretary of State who does not talk to his own senior leadership nor allow press conferences – that is a bad omen of things happening behind closed doors.

So, that list could have easily continued but many of you know the shortfalls of our current administration. We now come to our president – a choice that the electoral college should never have made when the popular national vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the other candidate. We have a president who:

  • Listens to select individuals, who may not be qualified to provide those kinds of opinions
  • Says whatever he wishes without ANY deep thoughts or consideration, from what we observe – he likes to gain information and content from Alex Jones
  • Gives oversight and strategic control of the military to the generals – that is a bad idea (extrapolate down the road and into the future – you’ve got a big brain to do so)
  • Is a completely bad and wrong role model for youth growing up, who aspire to be someone important – do we want that kind of leader sprouting up everywhere in 10-20 years…? He is definitely not a role model for many of us.
  • Allegedly cooked the books for his Grand Hyatt hotel partnership in New York in the mid-80s (here is one link but please do your due diligence: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/trump-files-how-donald-screwed-over-new-york-city-his-tax-bill/) – Trump had ordered the Grant Hyatt to change its accounting methods to lower its reported profits. Check out what the city’s auditor general at the time (Karen Burstein) reported. And he, Trump, is well known for stiffing everyone he can, from lawyers to chefs in order to get out of paying for it.
  • Barely raises an eyebrow at the Charlottesville, VA white supremacist rally where James Alex Fields Jr, allegedly killed, via a hit & run, a female pedestrian and injured 19 others (ala, an ISIS style vehicle attack). And if I’m not mistaken, he was on the stage behind  and on Trump’s right at some Trump rally late last year or earlier this year. Some media outlet should do a facial scan for this person in the archives – to see what kind of rally he and his friends were attending.  And also, no, Obama did not raise the white racist, supremacist, Nazi spectre when the idiot, Dylann Roof, shot the people in the church. But that was a different scenario – this time (Charlottesville) it was a massive gathering the day after a Tikki firelight march by, hmmmm, individuals of a certain color. The tension and hatred was already at a known and anticipated high level (witness the police and state trooper presence). The Charlottesville situation was not a surprise but our president only gave a rather tepid response for this mass gathering and protest that many people have likened to Hitler and his brown shirts…

The U.S. has a president that is causing this country to waste more money and time on stupidity and inane actions, not just domestically but globally, than we should have to. NOTHING is really getting done and please do not tell the rest of us that he is bringing back manufacturing jobs, those numbers are not significant, especially not for the long run.

 

So, with that list above – definitely not an all-encompassing list of lunatic actions around the globe but it seems to be a glide path for disaster if we do not somehow come together to make change happen. Selfish racial beliefs are not beneficial for a society as a whole – it should be societal belief of everyone helping everyone (no, I’m not intimating that we should be become a socialist society, sorry). We should be working, together, around the globe to make life better for everyone. We, the U.S. cannot even:

  • Make health care affordable to everyone, from poor to middle class in this country when there are other countries who are making it work by using one form or another of Universal Health Care or a One Payer system.
  • Improve our infrastructure system.
  • Innovate and improve our educational system so that it is equitable for all, not just pockets of people scattered around the country.
  • And for sure, we are still leap years behind where we should be where it comes to diversity and dropping discrimination of all forms (race, gender, age) to historic lows.

Instead, we, Americans, have a president that seems oblivious to who he has selected to help run the country – oblivious to what he is saying to the world (where he is a laughing stock, check it out) and oblivious to the image he projects to others outside of his base (which appears to be shrinking, finally).

We should still be the leader of the free world, but that may be gone now in no small part due to our leader. And without having that kind of leader status, we may be a contributing (not root) cause to the rise of lunacy in the world – in race, politics and pop-up dictators.

 

Kaiser Permanente’s website inaccuracies (BAD!) – Agree To Our Terms – Take It Or Not Use It…

Your only remedy if you are dissatisfied with the Kaiser Permanente site is to stop using it.

How crazy bad is that…???   Yes, that is what is listed, as of Jun 17, 2017, on a Health Care organizations’ web site, Kaiser Permanente…. I wanted to post this on the Facebook page of Kaiser Permanente but they make it somewhat difficult to post on their own facebook page.

Recently I signed in to Kaiser and saw they had a new set of:

Agree to our Terms and Conditions

Summary of our Terms and Conditions

So, I scanned through that one and a half page of content to see what was up. Towards the end, I was completely shocked to see that very first line of the post above. Here is what popped out at me:

THE SITE IS OFFERED “AS IS.” THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES OF THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON THE SITE. Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for:

  • any damages you may incur
  • errors on this website
  • the content, security, or privacy of third-party websites that are accessed from this website

You use this site at your own risk and assume all responsibility for doing so. Your only remedy if you are dissatisfied with the site is to stop using it.

Right now, Kaiser is stating if there are inaccuracies –too bad.”  And if it results in loss of money, I’m sorry, I meant ‘damages’ – too bad.”

In order to see anything else of your medical content, you “have” to click on “I Agree” or else you will need to take your body down to the nearest Kaiser facility to get any info. And in doing so, you incur the time for:

  • travel to & from,
  • waiting on service and then 
  • waiting on record retrieval, pharmacy prescriptions, etc

Kaiser believes they have us all over a barrel because of this agreement – that is incorrect!!!

I’m not sure about other folks but soon as I change jobs, I will be choosing a different health care organization that “DOES” care about the website content and any inaccuracies that may appear, for the members using the site.

I am not aware of what other health care sites state but I’m gonna have to take my chances by denying any further monies leaving my bank account and going to Kaiser.

Yes, the organization wants to take care of its members, but the organization should also be very concerned about inaccuracies and security in members using their web site… It is a simple matter of due diligence.

I am highly surprised the Permanente lawyers and medical ethicists allowed this to go forward as is…

 

 

Part 2 – Donald Trump: Taking America Backwards & Laughing Stock…. Very Sad

Continued from Part 1 @ https://patrick642nu.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/part-1-donald-trump-taking-america-backwards-laughing-stock-very-sad/

 

Medical Care – Universal Health Care[1]

For decades, there have been individuals who wanted to put something like Universal Health Care (UHC) into play, people such as; Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt (1901-1909), FDR (1935 & 1939), Harry S. Truman in 1949 as part of the Fair Deal to our last president (Obama). You can also check Wikipedia[2] if you wish but do your own reading and thoughtful introspection.

So, what’s the big deal about UHC, our future – that is what is at stake? At stake is a future of healthier individuals, across the country. It is a future where costs will actually be lower because early care will preclude major medical disasters later and there will be no monstrous medical bills to be picked up by the families involved and tax payers due to an escalation of emergency room visits…

My thoughts on what these past presidents and current UHC (or Affordable Care) leaders thinking is that we need to cover everyone to bring down emergency room visits; to bring down the costs of catastrophic medical situations so that down the road, we Americans, will not have such significant numbers of people across the country without coverage. We would have in the future, a greatly reduced number of Americans without serious medical problems because the medical problems would have been caught very early in life and prevented. And the problems would have been prevented at a significantly fraction of the cost, instead of letting it go festering on for decades, with each year seeing more of that families (and tax payers – think emergency rooms) money going down the drain when it could have been prevented due to long-term thinkers who have been trying to get UHC instilled into the American psyche.

Just imagine more people:

  • With healthy looking teeth so they can go and gain better jobs instead of being automatically assigned as a person of low income and low intellect and passed over for someone else who simply looks better
  • Walking around on healthy legs or prostheses instead of a stump and a crutch(es) or obsolete decrepit wheel chair
  • With the ability to see rather than being blinded due to malnutrition or bad school lunch plans and more

Do you not believe UHC would better everyone? Okay, think about an event occurring where you lose your high paying job and you were the primary bread winner with a great insurance plan. Well, your plan is gone and you suddenly find yourself in a medical catastrophic situation and it is going to be hugely expensive. What are you going to do? Bemoan the fact that you have UHC at that point.

Grow up people, stop thinking about yourselves because you have a better life – think about others out there who are not as fortunate as you.

Wouldn’t you want to see:

  • Every American in this country reaping the benefits of great health care 10 years from now? {That 10 year number is only an educated guess as to we could start seeing better health care efficacy…}
  • A dramatic reduction of emergency room visits 10 years from now, while at the same time – a significant reduction of tax payers paying for so many unnecessary ER visits?
  • No more prohibitively expensive and labor sapping hospital visits 10 years from now because preventive UHC took care of problems before they exploded into the problems they are today?

We can do that!!!! But we have to agree to do this now, as a country. We cannot just provide UHC for the elite and better paid Americans and continue arguing and kicking this can down the road, EVERY SINGLE BLOODY YEAR as we are doing now!!!! We can change that paradigm!

 

Laughing Stock?

Back to the U.S. becoming the laughing stock country. Is that true, what do you think? Remember, do your own research and analysis; do not rely solely on news folks (TV or radio), or talk shows, or conspiracy theorists and only your inner circle – expand your horizons.

Why can’t the U.S. spend more money, evenly, on all levels of education to ratchet up the education and knowledge of American students? Why can’t the U.S. be like Canada, Great Britain and Germany[3]? Education goes a long way in making for a better citizenry… And we, the U.S., we need to do better if we want to be ‘the’ world leader – we need better education to get there. Check out a Pew article[4] for some info on where we stand.

 

What about international diplomacy? You too must think this is a laughing stock situation, right? Look at the current secretary of state, Tillerson – a person who does not grant interviews and press conferences. He wants to do mostly behind the scene affairs. Do you believe that is an open and transparent way to handle diplomacy, not sharing information with the country he represents?

Oh wait-a-minute that does not really matter. Our president and OMB person (Mick Mulvaney) want to cut the budget for State Department and USAID because we do not require or need this kind of effort around the world. Surely you believe this is laughable too… Right?

 

What about cleaner air, well, no? Apparently we not require or need this either. Our latest president and EPA head seem to believe their own knowledge on climate change and disregard what scientists who have been studying this for years. We should let companies dump waste in rivers and pollute the air, sure why not…? That is quite laughable, the president and EPA head that is, oh and include Bannon in that lot.

 

What about all the extraordinarily significant amount of time the U.S. is spending on the current president, his family, inner circle of administration officials and business cronies staying at Mar-a-Lago and at Trump Tower? Do you not believe this is laughable enough? Why yes, it is. The U.S. is spending far too much time on illicit activities, ummm – excuse me, alleged illicit activities. And we are spending far too much money on all of this as a result.

And the end result is that, most of the other hard stuff is not getting accomplished. Here are some of the things not getting done like; infrastructure (roads, bridges, dams, levees, power grid, water, etc.) across the country, all of which need attention. Then there is the tax reform; there is equality in the work place which needs more attention.

Take a look at the rampant, vitriolic, unvarnished display of outright racism being displayed across this once great nation. This is worse than when the last president was in office. And remember, that last president did not spew nonsense and idiotic content such as “knock ‘em out,” or “grab ‘em by the p_ _ _ y” or even using 7th grade language for that matter – sometimes, just sometimes, using ‘plain spoken language’ can mean talking down to someone and insult that person’s intelligence….

What is going on? What is happening to this once great country? Why are so many people willing to condone this current president? Why condone someone who continues to willingly lie to the country, to the world – on multiple topics? And many people were (and are still) willing to continue listening to and believe in this individual even though what this current president promised will never happen again (think coal and massive manual manufacturing)…

More people in this country need to start thinking of each other, no matter their race, religion, age, gender, sexual preferences or what part of the country they live in. We are all here together, right now.  Look at each other, deeply look at each other and consider the travels and hardship they may have endured to get to where they are now (of course I’m talking about honest, hard work and legal efforts). And remember that no matter whom you see in front of you, or whether they live 2,500 miles away, that other person may be smarter than you and have better cognitive skills than you. These are people who are walking around right now – with or without:

  • a college degree (that other person who ‘looks’ unintelligent may hold several degrees including a doctorate for all that you are aware)
  • a family trust fund
  • the best looks
  • the best smile or
  • the best speech abilities / speaking mannerisms.

So take note, that other person just may be a better person than you – rich or poor though they may be…

 

[1] “A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the US,” 1999, www.pnhp.org/facts/a-brief-history-universal-health-care-efforts-in-the-us

[2] “History of health care reform in the U.S.,” retrieved June 3, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_health_care_reform_in_the_United_States

[3] “Best Countries for Education,” March 7, 2017, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-education

[4] “U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries,” February 15, 2017, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/

Part 1 – Donald Trump: Taking America Backwards & Laughing Stock…. Very Sad

Part 2 continues @ https://patrick642nu.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/part-2-donald-trump-taking-america-backwards-laughing-stock-very-sad/

 

To Be An American

Let’s be clear up front here. If you wish to live in America and/or become an American, you have to follow the laws, rules and regulations in place to ensure we are all adhering to a basic foundation of governance. (Meaning = you’re not doing anything illegal or trying to take advantage of the system.)

It does not matter if you are a green card immigrant living in New Jersey or Dearborn, MI. It does not matter if you are a Militia member in Montana or Utah. It does not matter if you are a Sovereign Citizen. Nor does it matter if you are a citizen in Houston.

What matters to all of us is – we all must follow the rules. No one can live in this country and dictate their own set of rules such as:

  • Well, we have been letting our cattle graze public lands without paying access fees, why should we start or continue to do so, it is public land.” Or,
  • We are not going to pay taxes to the government – we have our own currency and we have our own laws.” Or,
  • We have a right to bear arms, as they did in the early days of this country when there was no adequate military or police force to protect us.” Or,
  • We come to America to live, to live in a country of freedom and democracy but oh, by the way, we are going to continue following our own religious laws (i.e. ‘Sharia’ and ‘Honor Killings’) and we will not work too hard on assimilating into the American culture. By the way, we want you to respect our religious tenets and cultural laws.” Or,
  • Our town, yes, we are a Sundown town and we only want our kind, our race here, so, if you’re not our race and here after dark, you might want to think twice about staying the night.

This cannot be the way of America. WE have to become the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and in doing so, we must come together. We are supposed to be a progressive country, not devolving into olden days, days of cowboys and Indians when people of any color as well as women were treated as second class citizens. Think about Native Americans, Chinese who were forced into doing manual labor on the railroads and elsewhere and yes, even malicious treatment of Jews and Poles and other immigrants who came to America.

Think about the course of history surrounding women denied equality (and we are still not there yet on this point).

When anyone moves to America to become a citizen and pledges allegiance to America, you are bound to accept and follow the American way of life and its culture. This is not to supplant the culture, customs and traditions you bring with you but in addition. One cannot move to a new country and impose your homeland’s laws, views and aspects onto those citizens of your newly adopted country. If one does not wish to accept the new country’s laws, views, culture, traditions and all the rest, well, maybe you should return to your own country.

 

Reverse mode – U.S.A.?

What is going on? Are we, the American people, really going to permit this evolution of “going backwards” to continue to pick up steam?

First, remember, this current U.S. administration was not elected by the American people.  The Electoral College, via whatever machination they employed, selected this current president, even though the overall number of votes was not for him.

Second, this paper is not aimed at any party in particular. It does not matter if you are liberal, conservative, independent, green party or libertarian, we are all in the same boat, floundering because of who was put in the White House.

Thirdly, this president has made the claim that he does not want foreign leaders and countries laughing at the U.S. Well, it is a tad late for that. We have become, well, on the straight and narrow in becoming the laughing stock of the world. Our fortunes are falling, from world leader to falling in line with Syria and Nicaragua (climate change).

 

What are you Watching & Listening to…?

Another significant thing to keep in mind, something I always ensure that everyone understands;

  • “No, you do not have to believe me.”

The reason I say that particular phrase is because I want you, and everyone else, to do some of your own research. Reach out to different news outlets – “do not stay in your own comfort zone, listening to the same individuals or groups of individuals.” This is because it is a dooming cycle to remain in; you only hear the same content from the same people and you start becoming brain washed by listening to the same regurgitated content from the same types of sources. Do not take the following in a spate of anger but it is like being raised from birth in the church (any religion, pick one – from Catholicism to Wahhabism). All you hear is religion until you start acquiring more areas of knowledge and start doing your own concentrated thinking and determine your own line of reasoning as to what is what – B.C./A.D. or B.C.E/C.E.  

Watch and listen to other men and women on different news channels, network and cable; listen to different radio stations on FM, AM and satellite; watch or listen to news in local, national and foreign (to see how the American news comes across) news outlets; read different newspaper sources. The point is, listen to and watch different sources, do not get trapped in listening to only the folks around you or only your favorite news person – you simply must, absolutely must expand your horizon.

Then, do your own reasoning and thinking to make your own conclusions. You cannot just listen to someone, no matter how rich or famous (or how loud) they are, the onus is on you to make your own generalizations. You have to look down the road into the future to see what the possible consequences of your present decisions will engender. This is where the scenarios of; “if I make this choice, then this will happen” come into play. For non-computer folks, this is a primary programming aspect, the “if – then” statement.

You must remember, even if you believe you are the center of the universe, you have to consider what your decisions mean for jeopardizing the future of others. You must instill a better substitute to staring at your belly button; it is solely your fault in focusing in only on one source of news, such as Tweets that come out at 4am.

 

Leadership – Knowledge or Ulterior Motives…?

Here, let’s take a look at some of the individuals the current U.S. president wanted in office. Individuals that supposedly want to help the current president ‘make america great again.

Scott Pruitt, here is a man that sued, or at least attempted to, the EPA multiple times as a businessman. Since taking over as the EPA Administrator, he has had the EPA web site scrubbed of all real scientific evidence relating to climate change or global warming. Does that sound like something a reasonably sound person of any decent level of intellect would do?

Betsy DeVos, a woman who wishes to bring charter schools to all states. This is a woman who made the unintelligent statement on HBCUs[1]. “DeVos said HBCUs “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality”. “HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice,” the statement said.”

HBCUs were somewhat the only choices Blacks had to go to…

DeVos wants to help break down the national common core. This is a point that many people continue to contest, they believe it is too difficult and unachievable and that each state should have their own standard of education. Here is the problem. If the states maintained their own standards, we are going to go in reverse, again. Some states will have better standards of education while others will have very poor standards. Humor me, just imagine, if you are a parent and you were relocating for better opportunities – would you:

  1. Go to a state that has poor standards and are near the bottom of the nation – i.e. these could be states in the mid-west and south or
  2. States like California or New York with better standards where your children will have a much more guaranteed chance for success

Mull that over and see if you still want a willy-nilly set of mish-mash standards across the country,  or a common, tougher, standard…. If you move from a state with poor standards to a state with excellent standards, your children will suffer the educational cost of catching up, meaning they may be placed in remedial classes… Education is not necessarily meant to be easy, such as all 2nd graders getting a trophy for 1st place.

Tom Price, here is another person with less than excellent standards. He wants to be a key player in getting rid of Planned Parenthood, an entity that is instrumental in many families around the country, an entity that is not solely aimed at abortions. Do we want our country to return to unplanned pregnancies and back alley abortions of the 70s?  This is a person who made dubious gains in money in the stock market from insider trading, sorry, making money on various investments due to congressional bills he sponsored and voted on.

Mick Mulvaney, I do not know what to say here. Is this a real person and is he really qualified to head up the OMB? Look at what he is proposing in making budget cuts for the Affordable Care Act, he wants to cut out big chunks and state that it really will not affect those who are covered.

Ben Carson, – okay, this is a real winner. He himself said that he was qualified to head up HUD because he lived in the projects at one time. Hmmm, not sure how to take that statement? Good? Bad? What?

Steve Bannon, do we want Bannon to stay in the administration now that nearly everyone in the country knows what Breitbart is about and Bannon’s mindset while he was running the company (and likely still running that “news” outlet)? This is a mindset that is not fit for the majority of Americans.

I could go on with many, many more of trumps’ selections he put in place for our administration but I just do not have the time or patience right now…

 

Divisive Country, Yes! United, No!

We started seeing an uptick in negative relationships across the board when our last president (good old Barack) was elected. This was most likely because he is not white, which was/is a huge problem for many people across the 50 states (and we may have this issue when {not if} a women is elected). I did not include ‘united’ because we are not a truly united states.

Evil content, divisive content started pouring out. Militias grew in numbers, even the KKK {a.k.a. 88} started growing again and who truly wants to deal with something like the KKK in this point in our history. Now, look at all the evil hearted content that used to be dying down (or so we thought) and/or covert. The current president seemed to have opened the flood gates for racial hatred, ignorance and flat out bigotry to flow. We have much more public evilness on display in all areas of our lives now. People (white) walking up to parked cars, if the driver appears to be Muslim, and creating a scene full of diatribes. People (white) in grocery stores telling (or yelling and cursing) Muslim appearing people to get out of the U.S. and go home because there is no Muslim in the White House anymore… Recall the recent bus scene where two men were stabbed to death and another wounded because they were trying to step in and stop a guy who was clearly (allegedly) out of his mind in verbally accosting two Muslim young women.

We are back to blatant racism and it is no longer covert, it much more overt. The expansion of public racism, we can safely presume, right, sprang from the election campaign of Donald Trump. Take that infamous rally where Trump stated, “knock him out” where a person (a white guy) sucker punched a black guy in the stands – and Trump stated later for all to hear that he would cover any legal charges (yeah, right).

Trump’s outrageous manner of speech, his “plain spoken” talk and ill-mannered  behavior (remember grabbing women by their ‘p _ _ _ _ _ s’ – never, NEVER forget that one) allowed many other ill-mannered, poorly behaved, ignorant individuals around the country to come forth to talk and act as if that style of behavior was acceptable. It is not! Racism continues to roar its ugly head as it ratchets up in the public, overt hemisphere around the country. This is partly to blame on the current president in the white house and a sizeable number of individuals surrounding him.

 

State of Affairs…?

Well, our government wants to relax fuel and emission standards for auto manufacturers instead of being stricter in what vehicles pump into the air (I used to run in L.A. and got sicker and sicker every winter due to smog – I bought a Nordic Track runner instead of running outside and within a year I was healthy again). And gaining better mileage is what everyone who drives a car or truck wants but no, our government believes this is too arduous of a manufacturing goal and hurts profits. Let me help you digest that a bit – profits over health, think about it.

Allowing the dumping of waste into rivers – in what universe is this okay? Who desires possibly toxic waste to seep into ground water tables and spread laterally? Do you want some factories waste content in your water system – remember, when storms cause waste water facilities to overflow, that contaminated water is likely going to end up in a neighborhood near you – if not directly in yours…

Relaxation of emission standards for factories, this is the direction our government to help businesses in also. Let them pump out less clean waste into the atmosphere. Is this lunacy to anyone besides me?

Climate change, possible move to more coal usage and pollution – recall that there is no clean coal solution yet. And no, you cannot continue to blame countries like China. China is shutting down coal plants and stopping production of more coal plants (China is in its 3rd year in a row of reduced coal consumption). Between 2015 when China was still going full bore on coal, the rise of pollution throughout the country has given the country pause to move away from coal to cleaner energy alternatives. Remember, do some research on your own.

 

We, America, by this point in time in history should have stamped out a massive chunk (yes, good word to use here) of racism and excised it from our ‘progressive’ path forward. But, we did not. Many people still believe that only one color matters and anyone else of a different tint or hue does not belong in America. Too bad these individuals have not gone out and had a DNA test done to see what their racial/genetic makeup is composed of. Take a look at a white cop[2] in Hastings, MI who did so and discovered he has Black blood in his genetic makeup (yes, he started being on the racist end of multiple comments and situations). Ancestry.com said he was 18% black. Hastings is 97 percent white… So, take a wild guess at how many KKK or Militia members have a genetic makeup much less than that Hitlerish (88) goal of being 100% pure, of any race. And you might be right… Unfortunately, it will be a long time before we discover that kind of info. But, we are too far on the path of evolution for that many people to be 100% pure blood.

Coming together ‘only’ for holidays like Memorial Day, the 4th of July or in times of disaster should be shameful for everyone. The time to come together is all year long, every single day. We should have everyone’s back and to be there for them when a hurricane comes their way; or when a plumbing flood snafu occurs at home; or when a neighbors’ kid is bullied because that bullied kid is gay or autistic – these everyday events are when everyone must come together, not just on some event like Rolling Thunder crossing over Memorial Bridge.

Does the above not cause a glimmer or spark of outage in your brain cells in realizing (for those of you out there who are truly thinking this through) that we are becoming a laughing stock in the world? It is not due to the American citizenry, or rather, not the majority of Americans, but to the current leadership in place…

 

Enough for now, I will add more to this fall from grace saga where America is becoming a laughing stock due to our current president…

 

 

[1] Historically Black Colleges And Universities

[2] “White Michigan Cop Files Racism Lawsuit After Ancestry.Com Revealed He’s Part Black,” May 10, 2017, http://www.newsweek.com/white-cop-sues-michigan-city-racism-after-ancestrycom-revealed-hes-part-black-607004

Time to start Trump impeachment considerations…??

Well folks (Electoral College), it appears things just keep getting better. Choices that we make do come back to haunt us, don’t they…. You selected trump as the U.S. President and look at what he is bringing to this country and to the world.  The start of more chaos.

And if it is correct, from what I just heard over the past several hours that Trump:

  • Stated CNN is fake news with a Sheriff David Clarke out of Milwaukee believing it (do your own research {please use several sources, not just different Fox channels}, you’ll see that Clarke believes that news like Ferguson was based on fake news)
  • Pushed out the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of National Security meetings as regular attendees of the National Security Council’s (NSC) Principals Committee, the interagency forum that deals with policy issues affecting national security (do your own research, you’ll find that having these two individuals present at those NSC meetings is a critical need)

So Electoral College, do you still stand by the choice you made? If you ‘do’ still stand by your choice, consider the current chaos, banning individuals from the seven Muslim countries (but none from the countries that have Trump interests). Yes, national security is a critical concern but doing blanket bans without more consideration, and while excluding more experienced and knowledgeable leaders/representatives, how odd is that? Is this the way to conduct national/global political affairs – paraphrasing trump here “Oh, I said I was going to ban muslims when I get into office, we do not need to discuss this with experts, I know better, I’m smart.”….????? Can anyone in the public domain, who uses even half of their brain, condone this kind of process? Or, what about the banning of the EPA from the use of social media? What about the cleansing of the State Department web sites of LGBTQ discussions…?

Are the American people going to lie down and become known as a country of racists, following someone who is supposed to the leader of the free world? Are Americans going to permit someone who alienates people of other countries without discourse? Are Americans as a whole going to willingly follow someone, who is supposed to be the U.S. leader, who is completely unfit to be a role model for any American man, woman or child?

Folks, this really does seem to be the beginning of dark times – yes, this is how some of us feel. I know many of you are aware of Orwell’s book “1984” – are we going to allow some few individuals start spewing out “alternative facts” and make those “alternative facts” become ‘facts du jour‘? Are we, as a nation, going to allow true facts to become overridden by falsehoods? Are we, as a country, going to become like Russia (where state media is run by the government) in allowing people like Bannon (“the media should shut up“) and Conway give us their alternative facts and believe them?

Think long and hard on this republican congress and senate, before you get too deep into this, are you (houses of congress and senate) going to allow this individual to continue down this backward and regressive/suppressive winding road? Are you willing to allow this country to become the laughing stock of the world, as you follow behind this current president? You (congress and senate) might wish to start considering impeachment processes (and remove him) before we, the United States of America (which this writer still believes in), are further affected, for the worse, by this individual who unfittingly sits in the White House. Think long and hard about future lawsuits, national debt resumes climbing again, more divisiveness….

Think about the Voice of America and who is being put into the very top leadership of that organization, as the voices of this country. Is this the face we, the U.S., want to present to the world?

Over the next few months, to four years, will we truly be presenting a face of progressiveness to the world…?  For the next several years, will we be a country that is progressive, for all people, or are we going to return to the bad times of when this country was even more repressive for certain quarters of people (and no, I am not discounting the discrimination and repression still occurring in the U.S. today, such as Texas state legislature {or even N. Carolina} intentionally restricting voting rights of blacks and latinos)?

Think long and hard congress/senate about this individual in the white house (and the choices of who is being put into seats of power)  and the direction the country is moving. You’ve already seen the initial protest and marches (Women & Muslim ban) – and it has not even been what, two weeks yet… 

Do not only think of today or tomorrow with this individual in office, do some strategic thinking of what might occur one or two years from now. Extrapolate. This goes for everyone, not just republicans, democrats, independents, not just politicians, not just black or white everyone!