WE NEED INFORMATION TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS

April 5, 2017

One of the biggest mistakes most people make is drawing information from only one source or sources of only one dimension. In order to arrive at a conclusion (a reasoned decision based on facts and evidence), a person has to avail themselves to all facts and information possible. The conclusion must be drawn without regard for personal preferences or desired outcome.

The reason, as I see it, for the extreme divisiveness between our political viewpoints at present is that most people are predetermined to accept a particular result. They (we), refuse to consider evidence contrary to the desired conclusion. Neutral thinking is no longer taught, learned or accepted.

We, of the general public, must rely on the sincerity of the source(s) from which we derive our conclusions. Unfortunately, very few of those origins are unbiased. The information our government affords the public always has a slant or bias. Politicians believe they are responsible for determining how we must feel and think. To remain in office, it is necessary for them to influence how we think.

We all have dispositions toward particular radio and TV stations. We tend to read books, newspapers and magazines that generally agree with our viewpoints. We gravitate to information that reinforces and builds upon what we inherently know or believe.

Introducing nonconforming data into preferential thought frustrates the mind, thus it is disregarded. When such happens, when we discard facts or evidence because it conflicts with a foregone conclusion, we diminish our capacity for reason. We subject ourselves to invalid consequence due to illegitimate presumptions.

Our political system, meant to be adversarial, has become viciously antagonistic. Democrats refuse to work with Republicans because they are not Democrats. Republicans likewise block proposals offered by Democrats. Compromise to modern politicians is ‘you agree with me or else’! Correspondingly, the public takes similar positions. President Trump is not protested for what he has done politically. He is disavowed and derided because he is not a Democrat.

The lack of civil political discourse by those in office as well as the citizens who elect them is exactly why we had to endure the past eight years. It is the reason for the polar change to a character and style of complete opposite.

There is no middle ground in politics today because we refuse to listen and accept that which is different from what we ‘inherently’ know or want to be true. There is no compromise or concession. We have enacted rule by edict and opposition by anger over the past decade. The future does not look pretty.

The average life expectancy of a democracy is 200 years. We have exceeded that mark. We need to look at what we’re doing to our country and our individual lives. We must look at, see and consider both sides within the political arena before moving forward. As a society, we’re not making good decisions.

The governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and China only serve those in charge. Are your decisions derived from full information?

TODAY’S LESSON: HOW TO OFFEND A LIBERAL

April 3, 2017

Liberals can, and will, find a way to offend themselves no matter what!  For a liberal to become upset, he or she (Ze, Hu, Mx, Ne or whatever pronoun they have chosen) simply needs to see or hear something other than what they want to see or hear…anything.  If they don’t retreat to a safe space, the fragile pastels immediately grab their ‘at the ready’ colored markers and cardboard.  They make signs, tweet their angst and take up arms in opposition to sanity.

Take for example the following billboard:

Fake news? Perhaps. But the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, Huffington Post, Time.com and many other MSM and Internet sites carried some form of the story accompanied by pictures of protesters offended by the words of the billboard. Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites spread the word of the advertiser’s hatred for girls and women. “It’s never OK to throw rocks at girls” they said. Instead of accepting the message of the advertisement by Spicer Greene Jewelers, they took to the streets in condemnation of the company that toyed with a well-known saying.

In this case, the hell-bent-for-divisiveness coalition took a few words on display out of context and allowed the syllables to fuel their anger. The true message is pretty obvious to anyone of common intellect. It’s even within the picture. We’re not talking large granite projectiles or even dirt clods hurled at innocent children. They’re gemstones, you useless idiots. Women and girls generally like elegant and colorful adornments.

However, liberals can find anger where there is no reason for it. How can they do this? It is inherent within the doctrine they accept. <link>

They, the snowflake lemmings of the left, condemn normal minded individuals for wanting biological females to use one public restroom, locker room or shower facility and expecting that men use others. They use hate words like homophobe and bigot to describe people who choose to have gender specific privacy areas. They become hostile as they try to denounce relative normalcy in the name of civility. (It’s the inclusive and compassionate liberal way.)

However, let a one of them discover an obvious sexual pervert or known molester, (allowed by the social engineering laws they promote) within what was once their personal space. That’s the time they want the individual arrested for following their liberal directives.

Liberals are easy to offend and anger. Just be reasonable; use logic.  It will get to them every time.

ARE LIBERALS ANGRY BECAUSE THEY’RE LIBERAL?

March 27, 2017

It’s hard to tell which came first, the anger or the self immersion in a flawed doctrine. In either case, we find that people with liberal tendencies are easily angered to the point of violence. No, this is not an exclusive or definitive statement. And yes, I’m sure any liberal minded person can find anecdotal evidence showing that some conservatives also get mad. In general, however, it is the liberals who find themselves unable to verbally justify their feelings and anger themselves with the lack of such ability. They also lean toward physical expression, aka violence, when they don’t get their way. Note the demonstrations riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Charlotte and many other bastions of liberalism. Be aware of the anti-Trump rallies vs. Tea Party gatherings.

Another corollary is the less education and/or lower intellect an individual has the greater the tendency toward liberalism. Also, less education breeds a propensity toward violence to resolve conflicts. (redundancy noted) The latter subset tends to gather in cliques (sometimes called clubs) to defend themselves against the world at large. For the outsiders, the nomenclature is gangs.

Removed from the formula are people with IQs of less than 65 for whom learning ability is limited. These people tend to be the happiest because they are not involved, unaware and generally under regular, if not constant, care. This societal division needs only to have basic life necessities and some minor wants met. When thus satisfied, there is a state of euphoria. However, tantrums and rampage are also their alternatives when wants are not satisfied.

Democrats want to limit education choice to indoctrination centers public institutions where learning is directed from history to “new history” and reading assignments are restricted to works that promote liberal, Marxist and socialist ideologies. It is difficult if not impossible to instill education into the minds of despondent care-for-naughts. Thus, our public schools teach to the level of the less capable rather than asking them to work and apply innate abilities or potential to the maximum. Doing this enables those without will or drive to be “equal” to those who do want to learn. To be liked and wanted, they bend towards the warmth of the collective. The concept holds back the best of our youth while catering to or sanctioning behavior of all else.

Here is where the anger begins. Complacency in the classroom translates directly to low work ethic and to boredom. The acceptance of mediocrity begets low will and drive. Desire for betterment is a human nature and cannot be subdued. Desire without drive while expecting equality or supremacy without effort breeds anger. That anger translates into crowd or gang mentality and associated violence ensues.

The government under-educated but indoctrinated youth of today expect “a living wage” without the skills, knowledge or work ethic that is required for survival. Their upbringing by government sponsored authority figures (teachers) supposes upward mobility simply for being.

Flipping burgers, product production and assembly lines are rote performance and people are easily and economically replaced by robotics. Today’s technology leaves the lesser educated unqualified and at a significant and growing disadvantage. Having slacked their way through the education system from kindergarten to high school graduation, the ill prepared now want a free ride through the college system. They expect it, they believe they merit it FREE because of all that has been given them to that point.

Studies show that fully 1/3 of the current junior college freshmen students require remedial classes in the basics they should not have passed in high school. To carry this a step further, teachers in the New York public education system may not be required to pass a 12th grade reading test. The literacy test raised alarms because just 46 percent of Hispanic test takers and 41 percent of black test takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates. While a federal judge ruled in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, faculty members say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.

When only 64% of those charged with increasing the knowledge of students, be they white European, Hispanic, Asian or Arabic can pass a test designed for high school seniors, it seems to me that we need better educated teachers.

“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” offered a Pace University professor of education. When 36% of the college educated white teachers do not have the literacy skills expected of a high school senior, but they show best of class, it is racial discrimination. So here we have a professor of education who advocates for lower standards of education for the very authorities to whom we entrust our children. The justification? Race. Race is the wild card for anything a liberal cannot defend with reason.

One has to wonder about the academic score for this “professor of education”.

So, next time you encounter an person of undue anger and hostility, please remember he or she is probably a product of limited education and or mental capacity – no matter what degree that person flaunts.

As the late Paul Harvey might say, “NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY”.

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND TAXPAYER FUNDING

March 15, 2017

Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion mill, claims that no taxpayer funding is used to fund abortions. She says private donations fund abortions and that government grants pay for other services. This is another classic and laughable misdirection by a greedy and unconcerned socialist attempting to preserve her baby-killing and bonus producing revenue.

As a responsible personal and family budgeter for the past 55+ years and the former CFO for a non-profit corporation that dealt with funding from numerous federal, state, county and city government entities, I can say with all certainty that the above statement is deceptively false. It’s as simple as moving checkers on a board.

Keeping it as simple, relatable and understandable as possible, let’s look at a personal or family budget. Whether formal or informal, written or unwritten, one must accept that there are categories of income and expense. No matter where the money comes from, it is classified as income. It might come from regular earnings or bank interest or investments. Anything that increases your wealth on a regular basis is income and it can be allocated to expenses, entertainment, savings or foolishness.

Money that must be paid out is considered expense. Expenses require income or savings to make payment valid. If you have no savings and use the last of your monthly money for a concert when the light bill is due, you should expect a dark household in a few nights.

Concept to remember: limited funds require more reasoned choices. The lack of heat or lighting is not the fault of the local power company. It is your fault and your responsibility for making a, or some, unreasonable choice(s). Foregoing that concert may have meant unspoiled food in the refrigerator.

Let’s say you have income of $2,300 per month. Along with that are your monthly expenses of $2,200 per month (rent $1400, gas and electricity $100, food and household needs $250, car payment $300, credit card(s) $150, etc.). Your income just covers your monthly hard costs with little to spare for entertainment. Make sense?

Now let us suppose that you just won the lottery and have additional $2,000 each and every month for the rest of your life. This additional revenue almost doubles your income. Now you can devote a lot more for entertainment or a nicer car, savings or whatever. It matters not whether you use the money you work hard for to spend on entertainment and use the lottery money to pay the bills because it all looks the same; it all becomes part of the income category.

This is how Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer money and claims that not a penny goes to abortion. They simply report expenditures of the $500+ million taxpayer dollars to services other than abortion, sell the body parts of the aborted fetuses and log that income as “other income”. Depending on the specific terms of the government grants or contracts, they cannot use the income from body parts as matching funds. Planned Parenthood must use other donations to justify the the grant. Just the same, they now have plenty of money to perform the abortions which a majority of taxpayers find abhorrent.

Take away the taxpayer money and all of a sudden Cecile Richards has to begin making reasoned choices. Continue abortions and forego the bonus? That might be one choice. Discontinue abortions or a majority of them and keep the bonus might be a second choice.

It should not matter whether you are pro-choice (pro-abortion) or pro-life. A individual’s sexual misdeeds are not the responsibility of the general public. They are as personal as can be had. It’s an individual responsibility.

Should the citizens of a community be held responsible for the automotive repairs, property damage and medical expenses resulting from an accident caused by a driver who is more interested in texting than paying attention to the road and traffic conditions? Most thinking people will answer that question with a resounding NO. It should it be his or her responsibility to buy sufficient insurance or otherwise personally bear the burden of all costs incurred due to his or her negligence.

Some people are laughing at this comparison right now. They are the very people who want everyone else to pay for their mistakes and their well being in general. They’re called LIBERALS.

THE ACA LANDMINE: THE TRIPWIRES AND TRIGGERS BUILT INTO IT

March 10, 2017

Many inside and outside of government accuse the former president, Obama, of laying landmines for future administrations in order to fulfill his quest for a more perfect global society; Utopia. The undercurrent of this speculative theory surfaced as a tidal wave with the November, 2016 election when it was realized that Democrats would no longer be able to act unconstitutionally from the power position of the Oval Office. Almost immediately, Obama began executing executive orders and sending regulation requests to create havoc and disorganization as they are implemented.  Some of the directives are considered mini-timebombs to temporarily interrupt governing at irregular intervals and others are far more devastating.

Excavation for the planting of explosives actually began with the highly partisan progressive Democrat controlled House and Senate. The 111th congress was absolutely giddy with the power accessed by deceiving voters and conferred by the presiding Despot-in-Ministry. They began shoveling deep into the Marxist movement of America from their first seating. It was as if they had been given free reign by the ignorant and unsuspecting masses. Regulations rattled from every office of the White House and every agency and department of the federal government.

Republicans, even those who wanted to, had no way of stopping them. If there was a balk to a bill or dissent on any legislation, the questioning individuals were labeled racist, a tag that is virtually impossible to remove. The Marxists simply labeled them, shelved them and continued their journey down the path of national destruction.

One of the largest and most highly explosive land mines is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) aka Obamacare. Over the past seven years, it has proven to offer little Patient Protection, is not Affordable for those who most need it and actually offers less Care than was available prior to its implementation. It Acts as a wealth distribution program.

Designed not to keep the American population well, it was meant to move money from the wealthy and the workers through the government to the poor. In doing so, the workers join the poor and socialism wins. To assure its continued capitalist society disintegration, health care was immediately deemed a “human right”. Because it is impossible to dismantle a government program once identified as a human right, the pressure plate was depressed with the passage of the PPACA. This is what we had to find out after the giant gavel wielding Pelosi and her happy band of Marxists passed the bill that President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Since that time, there have been unconstitutional changes made allowing this new economic and health wound to grow and fester as the masses acclimate to the costly but only semi-effective antibiotics. Now dependent on the drugs of the social engineering program, it is impossible to effect a quick rehab. The “racist” opposing party was covered in dust. They are still swiping at shoulders and sleeves unable to recognize in the cloud that they can now act as the legislators for whom we voted.

The only way to fix Obamacare is to release the pressure plate. Let it blow. There are simply too many sensitive triggers strategically placed to try dismantle it and find all the primers. Toying with it will only allow the deeply hidden destructive capabilities placed within to explode, individually, creating casualty after casualty.

Yes, some people will be hurt. Most of them are now suffering with tattered bandages on pus filled wounds. They are the people who cannot afford to replace the dressing.  A new and different program with a vision and goal of actual health and health maintenance might provide for cleaning the infection and allow a scab to form as healing begins.

Before any dismantling and rewriting begins, it must be recognized that health care, like economic welfare, is not a “human right”. It is a societal courtesy. It is an earned merit. But, it is not a right! People who feel entitled are simply wrong.  Doctors and other health care professionals are only obligated to care for the injured or infirm by oath; a personal pledge…not government mandate.

A few intelligent heads can remedy the health care system. A small committee comprised of doctors, hospital administrators and insurance professionals  can do a far better job than elected officials without the required knowledge.  They must be mindful that cries from every corner of the nation cannot be appeased.  Trying to do so will injure us all.

* Note to congress.  Clear the ground and take shelter. Blow it!  Stay out of the toxic wind and give us a heads up so we can too. Pick up any pieces that fit together flawlessly and remold anything that has been lost. No malignancies. It must have a completely different look and most of all it must be without detonation capability in 2, 4 or 20 years from now.  Question:  Why does health care, if that’s what we’re really talking about, fall under the jurisdiction of the IRS instead of HHS?

Now, let’s talk about health care for veterans.  They deserve a functioning health care system.  They were guaranteed it on enlistment or commission and they most certainly earned it.