POLITICS AS USUAL

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In a 10 hour block, Hispanics get six minutes of key note speakers. What would happen if every eligible Hispanic voter decided to vote for Bernie Sanders as a write in? You know what would happen, Bernie Sanders would finish in second place with Joe Biden pulling up third place and President Trump  would get re-elected to a second term. I think the Hispanic vote is being undervalued and maybe that is what Hispanics should do to get some appreciation for our efforts.

Another thought on this matter – if I had to choose a person to be President in these harsh economic and divisive times, it would be Bill Clinton. Former President Clinton was the only President, in recent times, that actually turned a deficit into a surplus all while maintaining the respect of the allies around the world and kept the economy booming. No small feat. Whatever his blueprint was to do that, it should be looked at in the times of the pandemic. President Obama would be a close second choice but he faced immense backlash by a Repub led Senate. If he would to be the President now, I don’t think they would fight him tooth and nail like they did before.

In all seriousness, what you need right now is someone that is going to bring the country together, someone that can unite the country.

And don’t listen to me because:

I’m feeling dry, I’m feeling dry

My brain is turning to ash and that’s no lie

This arid brain of mine can’t think right

As I lose my ability to care and be alright

IN THE END ONLY TEN TO FIFTEEN PERCENT OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE THE NEXT PRESIDENT

Suing the Federal Government

With all the hoopla about the next election, the outcome is still in the hands of a minority. Now, when I say minority, I don’t mean a Hispanic or African American , etc., I mean in the hands of the independent or non-affiliated. Some where between 42% – 45% of the nation is going to vote Repub and the same number are going to vote Demo. The remaining 10-16% percent are going to look at things differently. The people that have their minds made up would vote for their candidate even if their candidate set their house on fire and had the accelerant in their hands. They would hand their candidate more accelerant to make sure that they don’t run out. Well our house is on fire, currently, and one side is going to hand their candidate the accelerant. Luckily, the moderates, independents, non-affiliated, whatever you want to call them are pretty good fire safety specialists. They are going to vote for the candidate that they think will best suit the nation with it’s current dilemma. These people are what Malcolm Gladwell calls outliers. Non traditionalists that view things differently. The way I view things is by simply asking what is needed at the current time. My opinion is smart leadership that can get the country on the right fiscal track. The economy has tanked at my vote is going to go to the person who I think can make the tough decisions on the pandemic so they can then turn the country back on the economic rails. The person I vote for would have to have a sound plan, and a proven strategy. I look at both candidates and wonder if it isn’t too late to vote for another one, lol, it is. The way I see it is, President Trump would be the pick for the fastest recovery but the one with the most risk, as bubbles would appear because his method is high risk high reward less regulation. Candidate Biden is more the safer bet, moderate risk with moderate returns more regulation but probably a lengthier recovery time but also no bubble affect. In the end it’s what you think these times call for, high risk more reward more bubbles and patch them up later and hope those bubbles don’t burst creating and even worse problem or low risk, slower recovery no bubbles but more regulation (not necessarily bad) and longer wait but no worries of having to patch up something and no worries of the whole thing coming down. My opinion is…. my own. You make yours.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY!

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Being retired I spend most of my days watching TV, the most I have ever done in my life and what I discovered is that entertainment plays a crucial role in society. I am a big fan of this industry. They show us what compassion looks like, bravery, good morals and what it is to do the right thing. Their art shows the contemporary realities of today in a way that you just can’t help admire. Now I know that these are fictional characters but the message being sent to the youth is important. The good guys show why it’s still cool to be a good guy. While real world realities might sometimes be different, the entertainment business gives us a lifted spirit sense of ourselves, (my mind just went blank as I was writing this). My favorites are anything that Chuck Lorre does, almost anything on CBS… Bull, NCIS, FBI… etc to blockbuster movies. I really admire these shows and movies for their excellent content of guiding and inspiring people to be better. For some reason though, I go to sleep admiring them, wake up not liking them and ten I watch them again and I admire them all over again. It seems that sometime between watching them and admiring their content and waking up, there is somekind of transformation. Best guess is I go to sleep and the hypno movie ferry comes in and gives them bad reviews and then I watch them again and I admire them all over again… until the next morning. It’s crazy. So, long story longer and weirder, I don’t know what happens to me during the night but I’m not a fan in the morning but I am in the evening and then brainwash, rinse and repeat. Some people just like creating chaos and animosity, it suits their purpose.

IMO: WTF: NO MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE SUBURBS

The latest political move to garner votes is that the President is rescinding an order from the Obama administration to place affordable housing in suburban neighborhoods. I think that people have a misconception of what is going on here. First it is my opinion that this is not a Black issue, because when you say that it is, you are saying that Black people are the only poor people, and that simply is not true and it’s somewhat demeaning. The other thing you are saying is that Black, Hispanic or Asian people that live in the suburbs wouldn’t mind having our homes devalued, that also is simply not true. Why won’t they put affordable housing in neighborhoods with million dollar mansions? Everyone is missing the point here. The reason people try to make it to the suburbs or Jeff Bezo’s type neighborhoods is because we love our children and want them to have a better education. If the schools in the urban neighborhoods were equal to the schools in the ritzy neighborhoods, then people wouldn’t move anywhere. Hell, why would I pay that crazy amount of taxes when I can pay lower taxes and get the same kind of education for myself or my kids. The fact is education should be equal but it isn’t. That’s what keeps crime going and what drives poverty. I don’t care about moving into your neighborhood, I care about giving my child the best shot at realizing his potential. If the politicians would stop arguing about who maintains control of the government and pay attention to the real problems, they would agree and do something about substandard education.

In all seriousness, I don’t know why affordable housing would devalue homes. I don’t understand the economics of it. The schools are still good, and that’s the main reason why people move into neighborhoods.

POLITICAL DONATIONS

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Part of the problem with politics is special interest money, which in my opinion are not very special. There is nothing in the constitution that allows or forbids lobbying but there is something definitely wrong with the whole situation. If the Supreme court would rule that it is illegal to contribute to just one party, therefore making special interest illegal, and instead deemed that all political contributions go to all legitimate political parties, parties that can garner more that 10 million signatures country wide, by placing all political contributions in a pot and then spreading them equally, then the whole process would run a whole lot better. This would eliminate special interest and the only interest would be the people’s. But, let’s be real, you can’t stop the money train, which is the biggest problem with the system. The Repubs and the Demos already have that many registered voters, I don’t think any other party comes close to that many supporters.

COLLEGE SCANDAL?

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Whatever happened to the college scandal? People using their wealth to assure their kids a good college, while not bad as in evil, still not right, because maybe someone of lesser means might have missed out on a free ride, maybe, but that was never proven. The U.S. Attorney’s Office chose to punish these individuals by giving them short stints in the pokey, what a waste of a good opportunity. I’m not saying that the masterminds, the ones looking to profit off of this don’t deserve jail time, they do, but the people that were taken for their money, do they really deserve prison for loving their kids. My solution would have been different. They are obviously wealthy and I would have offered them an alternative to jail. With so many underprivileged kids, who have the smarts but not the money to afford that kind of an education, I would have focused on them. I would gave these wealthy people an opportunity to make up for their crimes by paying for ten students colleges tuition’s at prestigious universities. Full rides to include room and board and a stipend for books and transportation. Of those ten, they would have had to pay for five, the ones with the best grades, to get their Master’s, of those five, they would have to pay for 2 to get their PhD’s. That’s ten kids for each individual in lieu of going to the hoosegow. That would have equaled something like a hundred kids. I’m sure they would have gladly taken it. What a waste of an opportunity.

GOD BLESSED US WITH YOUR PRESENCE

john lewis

There are few people that you admire in this world so much because of what they stand for that if you share a picture with them, you feel almost blessed to be in the same frame as them. MLK, Mother Teresa, Ghandi. John Lewis was one of these people. That’s saying something given that the person he is sharing the picture with  is the first African American President of these United States. Rest in Peace and may God bless your soul.

A Year After Prison, He Has a Job, a Fiancée—And a Week Left of Freedom By Eli Hager of the Marshall Project

This is an interesting story. It’s about a guy that committed a felony when he was 19 and obviously not mature enough or under the influence of some narcotic or maybe had used narcotics during that time. He and his buddy who was 17 at the time, robbed someone that they thought was a drug dealer and ended killing the guy. They were sentenced to 38 years in prison and the younger one was sentenced to 38 and half years, because he pulled the trigger. During his time in prison, he became a model prisoner and citizen, starting up  different programs for people and becoming literate in the law to help people and reunite them with their families. While in prison, the warden of the prison would come to him for help, sort of like a Shawshank Redempton thing without the corruption, on starting programs to alleviate problems inside the prison. He helped and stayed on the path of the straight and narrow and stayed a productive person. Due to a Supreme Court ruling, which stated that all minor offenders, his buddy was 17, should have their cases re-examined to see if they had matured and would be able to be set free from prison, his case was reheard. His buddy qualified and was set free. Under the original agreement, his buddy, who fired the fatal bullet, was supposed to have a longer sentence than him per the families wishes. This opened the door to allow him to go free, which the court agreed with and let him free. The Florida State Attorney generals office has just filed a motion to return him to prison, even though he has been free for a year, has gotten engaged, has been a model citizen and seems to be repentant of his actions as a young person that was not yet mature enough to understand his actions. Several questions arise, first, why would you want to put a person that has shown that he has reformed, a rare case, back in jail? I know that jail systems are profitable but the State would have to flip the bill. Secondly, the reason for the motion by the State is because he was 19, which they classify as an adult. If you are an adult at 19, why aren’t you allowed to buy alcohol until 21. The government has stated, in limiting who can and can’t buy alcohol, that maturity starts at 21, which is when you become an adult. I understand that 18 is the legal year of independence, but that doesn’t mean that you are an adult, in some states you can be emancipated at age 16, that still doesn’t mean you are an adult. If the law thought that everyone matured at 18, you should be able to buy alcohol at 18. What the law is stating is that most people mature at 18 while some need more time, hence the reason why people are not legally allowed to buy alcohol until they are 21. There are other things like legal age to buy cigarettes, people claiming their kids that are in college on their taxes and the most recent one implemented in Florida, legal age to buy Marijuana, or is that California?. Midkiff, pictured above, should be given the benefit of the doubt and the courts should change the law to represent what is  most beneficial for the defendants as per their own rules, regulation and guidance. This might not help Midkiff, but is an argument that I saw on Perry Mason or Law and Order or something like that. Thirdly, I feel that incarcerations are supposed to be for rehabilitation, to train a young mind to be a good person, our current prison system doesn’t really do that, or so I am told. So when you have a case that shows that it might work, why would you not flaunt it? Why try to make it disappear? I like Germany’s Prison system, they actually believe in trying to bring you back into society as a productive member. I think that 20 years should be the maximum sentencing except for sexual predators, they should just get the death penalty. It’s an interesting story and you should visit the Marshall Project to read the story, just click on the link.

SUPREME COURT SAYS CHURCH AND STATE NEED TO STAY SEPARATED

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Let me start by saying that I’m a big fan of the Supreme Court but we don’t always have to agree, but, just like having a wife, agree don’t agree, I’m still going to do what she says in the end because not doing it leads to way worse problems. The Supreme Court, in an earlier ruling, declared that government vouchers can be used for parochial schools, why not, they’re an accredited educational program, just like any other educational program, so if you’re going to give vouchers for education, I don’t think leaving parochial schools out would be fair, it would be discrimination. The Supreme Court just made another ruling, stating that the State or the government can not enforce discrimination based claims against parochial schools, this one I don’t understand, but I did not read the ruling or justification behind it, but the ruling was a 7-2 verdict.  I will have to read the justices’ rationale to see where they were coming from, the one thing that pops up to mind is if a parochial school can accept government funding, don’t they than have to then abide by the laws that come with that funding or otherwise wouldn’t that be a donation? Which would be against the separation of church and state mandate. Given the separation of church and state, any part of the parochial program that deals with religion is off limits but wouldn’t everything else be scrutinized? Again, I’m obviously wrong, like when I was wrong for telling my wife that all purses are the same, just get the cheap one.  Didn’t go over well.

AnecdotE!

pool table

I’m telling a buddy about the night before when I hung out with a friend and his wife. I told him that I had to yell at him to take his balls off the table. My buddy then paused and asked me if we were playing pool. I said yeah, how did you know. He laughed and said I got it. I told him it’s not funny, you just don’t put your testicles on a table no matter what we’re playing. My girlfriend was pissed, we just ate papa relleno and it made her throw up.