Saturday, May 30, 2015

President Obama's Legacy

Have you noticed that most of the news media is ignoring Black criminals and disparaging the police officers who keep us safe? This may be the biggest legacy item our current President has in store for us – lawlessness. The President’s disdain for police officers has been evident for many years.

The first time I remember him showing his disdain for police was in 2009 when Henry Louis Gates did not have a key and was trying to break into his own home. The Boston police arrived and Gates was very uncooperative with them. With no evidence and no facts the President stated, “The police acted stupidly.” In this instance I agree someone acted stupidly, but it may not have been the police. This rush to judgement by President Obama has occurred several times. As usual the news media follows this President’s lead.

The next occurrence I remember was in the Treyvon Martin case. Martin was a Black youth that died in a struggle for a gun owned by a Hispanic neighborhood watch person named George Zimmerman. Attorney General Eric Holder held his own investigation of the case. President Barack Obama said, “If I had a son, he would look like Treyvon.” The local district attorney would not bring charges against Zimmerman, but because of pressure from Holder, Obama and a complicit news media, the state prosecutor filed charges against Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted, but the racial fires were burning.

Next came Michael Brown being shot by a white police officer in Ferguson Missouri. Because the news media ran with the lies from Brown’s friend about what occurred, race relations were set back many years in this country. Then Eric Holder sent Justice Department investigators to do their own investigation and they determined the same thing that the original local investigation concluded. The shooting was justified. The facts did not deter the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative by protesters and Black members of Congress. After the Justice Department investigation, Holder sent community organizers to retrain Ferguson policemen.

You get the idea. Our current government is anti-police and they have made it very clear. Unfortunately our news media is complicit, again – what happened to investigative reporters? The President may give lip service about police support, but as usual his actions do not match his words. Now all over the country police officers are being murdered. There are never any protests about murdered police officers, just a lot of blue uniforms at their funerals.

Add to this that under this President the Department Of Homeland Security is forbidden from deporting known criminal illegal aliens. Anyone that might vote Democrat is allowed to stay here. Do not forget my prediction that President Obama will give amnesty to thousands of criminals on his last day in office.

Add one more thing. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is making speeches about the lack of understanding between the police offers and the communities they protect. What do you suppose her solution will be? I will make a prediction – it will not be about retraining the criminals and asking them to stop being criminals. The only interest among the Democrats is fixing the police.

I think President Obama’s legacy is going to be an increase in murders, rapes, robberies and mayhem. I hope his family is proud. At least, they should be safe, with their Secret Service protection.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Defense of Rand Paul

Rand Paul like his father Ron Paul is a Libertarian and their beliefs on foreign policy are much misunderstood by the American people. I can certainly understand why the Democrats do not understand him. It is basically because they do not care what any Republican thinks or says. The news media continually misrepresents and lies about Republican policy positions. Rand Paul is no exception.

Note: I use the term essay loosely, because I never adhere to strict protocol for my diatribes. I prefer to write like I think, without consideration of the rigorous training I had in proffering the English Language.  

This essay is in response to Republican and Conservative journalists and politicians criticism of Rand Paul. I am not saying I approve of Rand Paul’s positions or policy statements, but sometimes I do. I am more concerned that people dismiss him out of hand without even trying to understand his point of view. This is not a good trait for Republicans, because it mimics Democrat strategy to minimalize Republican voices. Shame on each of us if we dismiss part of the dialog without trying to understand its meaning.

Rand Paul’s foreign policy position is simple. He understands the President’s job is to uphold our Constitution and protect the people of the United States – note that I did not say American people. Our President does not have a Constitutional responsibility for Canada, Mexico, Central America or South America. He is responsible for the United States of America.

Rand Paul, like his father, proposes that our military should be used to protect the United States and stay out of everyone else’s business. It appears that our military history since WWII has been protection of the petroleum industry. As an aside, I might note that President Obama has been anti-oil business in the United States since he became President.

Back to Rand Paul’s positions. Rand Paul believes that Osama Bin Laden created al Qaeda in response to the United States establishing an air base in the Eskan Village near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Why would he believe that? Simple. Bin Laden said so, He objected to the United States military being close to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This makes it pretty clear that the creation of al-Qaeda was a response to our military activity.

We used that air base to mount attacks on Iraq after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait because he believed Kuwait was slant drilling under Iraq to get Iraqi oil. I do not know if this is true or not and it really does not matter. What matters in this essay is our reaction to the event. Our reaction was The Gulf War. Desert Storm and Desert Shield followed in years after.

We executed Saddam Hussein and were instrumental in removing Mohammad Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, Hosni Mubarak, the President of Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya. There can be no doubt that we helped create the chaos in the Middle East. And what we are choosing to argue about in this country is which President is responsible.

Rand Paul’s message is clear. If we mind our own business, the world is better off. Looking at the situation we have gotten ourselves into, I think we owe him the right to speak and be understood.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Divided We Fall

When you juxtapose leadership with community organizing we find one gives you togetherness and the other gives you the opposite. Isn’t it ironic? When Barack Obama was running for President, he was going to be the savior that brought all people together. A high, noble idea. But, like all Progressive rhetoric you get the opposite of the promise. Now we have Black vs blue, Islamic militants vs everyone, women vs men, anti-abortionists vs baby-killers, haves vs have-nots, traditionalists vs same-sex marriage proponents, Gays and essentially everyone else vs Christians and open border proponents vs law and order advocates. I am not sure how much more government help I can take, but please stop bringing us together.

To win elections, President Obama declared a “war on women” for Republicans. Remember it was the Progressives who introduced the idea, not the Republicans. Obama wanted his second election for President so much that he claimed the Islamist militants were on the run. The administration even allowed an American ambassador to die trying to make it appear the Islamists were no problem.

For foreign policy, Obama made an apology tour that made the United States sound like the bad guy in every world conflict. The result of his togetherness effort is that our allies no longer trust us and the people that used to envy our success now despise us. Obama stopped the wars so the Islamic people would stop hating us and all Americans would love him.  The result is more Islamic militants outside and inside this country are trying to kill us. Now most of the Middle East is in turmoil and more countries are being drawn into the fray. The effort to get a legacy item by a treaty with Iran has given Iran lease to fight against our interests everywhere without impunity. Now it appears everyone in the Middle East will pursue atomic weapons.

Obama and his administration take every opportunity to accuse police of misconduct when a Black person is killed by the police, whether justified or not. They seem to be willing to ignore Black criminals and paint them as victims of racism. Now many have declared open season on police officers. As officers pull back, crime increases and people are in greater danger. The very people Obama is trying to help are now in a more precarious position.

The year leading up to this Memorial Day had featured more flag desecration, fewer students saying the pledge of allegiance and more people banning flags from their presence than ever before. Honoring the military has become a side-show at sporting events, not a patriotic tribute.

We need schools that make everyone better, not brainwashing students to be socialists. Our history is important and the truth should be taught, instead of ideology. We owe our children a better education than they are getting.

We need a President who will actually bring us all together. Communities that have a problem with police departments should be guided toward a solution to that problem. We need someone who will point out to Progressives the fact that Republican men also have mothers, wives and daughters. We need leadership to encourage a workable immigration law. We need leadership to guide the Congress to modify laws that allow small businesses to thrive, so people can go back to work. We need someone that understands the solutions to problems caused by a freezing, warming or changing climate is the same – prosperity. Solutions are hard to come by when there is no money. To keep all options open we need a President that will bring us all together working for common goals. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Anchors

Are you stuck? What holds you back? What is your anchor?

I had a boss named Bill Kennedy who told me his theory on why good people obey the rules. His theory is that it is because good people hate authority. They do not want anyone telling them what to do, so they take the steps necessary to make sure no one has to tell them anything. From the outside it looks like obedience, but the truth is, it is defiance. This implies that independent people that do their job well are doing it so other people will leave them alone. This also implies that the best workers are in fact the most rebellious. It is an interesting concept and I suspect there is some truth in these beliefs.

If you push good people too far, don’t they turn out to be the most formidable enemies? Smart hard-working people, you want working with you and not against you. This means the best bosses are surrounded by good workers that take their instructions and get to work, expecting the boss to get out of the way. This is a concept management will never understand. The big money they waste on consultants leads management to believe they have to transform workers – balderdash.

I think everyone would like to be thought of as a good worker. By analogy you can apply these ideas to husbands, wives and children. Almost everyone that breathes wants to be independent. Anchors keep people from being the best they can be. Remember my belief that all limitations are self-imposed. If you think you cannot do something, what makes you think that? Some of the things that anchor people where they are: laziness, obsession, drugs, lack of knowledge, bad habits, being the wrong color, being the wrong ethnicity and many other excuses. Yes, all of these things can be used as excuses for a person’s failure – their anchor.

How do you weigh your anchor? First you have to recognize that you are not a group, you are an individual that can control their own destiny. You decide what you want to accomplish and you set goals to achieve the ends you have in mind. Then you go to work. You go to work removing the anchors holding you back. You get out of bed every day and budget your time to work on your goals. You have to recognize that obsession is an illness to overcome. You develop a plan to move past a drug dependence. You fight for the knowledge necessary to achieve your goals. You recognize habits that are holding you back and rid yourself of them. If you think your skin color or ethnicity is holding you back, you have already lost. Remember step one is to recognize that you are an individual and can control your own destiny.

Would we all be better if we were all defiant?



Friday, May 15, 2015

Have You Heard ...?

Global warming enthusiasts are in a dither because a scientist actually wants to authenticate the global warming data. Can you imagine any person that calls himself or herself a scientist would worry about a quality control check of their data? After all, a scientist’s primary calling used to be the quest for truth. That all changed with Al Gore. Nowadays politicians in the guise of global warming scientists are pushing an agenda.

 I do not talk about this much, but the agenda of the progressives of the world is to take stuff away from successful countries and give it to countries that cannot seem to help themselves. Well, this has been tried before, but on a much smaller scale. It has been a failure with every instance. What progressives do not seem to understand is that you cannot give things away successfully. If you want to help other countries give them education, so they can learn to help themselves. The United Nations is “all in” on taking money from affluent societies and distributing it to less-affluent societies. A worldwide carbon tax is the entire intent of the United Nations Global Warming Panel. Barack Obama is trying the same thing unsuccessfully in the United States. He could be a lot of help if he stopped supporting the teachers unions and started helping the kids who are getting a poor education – even in affluent schools.

Professor Terrance Healy a former vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham has concerns about the global warming data, because satellite temperatures show vastly different temperatures than are being reported as actual. As I have reported earlier in my blog posts, politicians in the guise of global warming scientists are changing actual historic data to make the data fit their computer model. This is not science.

Dr. Benny Peiser is the head of The Global Warming Policy Foundation wants a wide-ranging review of the data used by global warmers. On the other side, Bob Ward, the policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on climate change admits the original data was altered, but thinks the changes are insignificant. Bobby should run for office as his credentials as a scientist are suspect.

I wrote about the US Government Global Historical Climate Network changing historic data in my February 9, 2015 blog called “Fudging the Numbers.” You can also refer my blog post on July 17, 2014 called “Global Warming.” I am not saying there is no global warming – I really do not care much. The solution to the future world problems, whether the climate is warming or not, is prosperity of the United States and the rest of the world. Scientists may not have the acumen to understand this fact. They should hire some economists, preferable economists who actually understand the definition of scientist.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Adages and Quotations

Most people have heard the adage, “Success is getting what you want, but happiness is wanting what you get.” The first time I heard that statement was on a comedy record by Brother Dave Gardener when I was in high school. I went for a lot of years thinking the adage was true and it maybe it is.

An old Henry Ford quotation I have heard for years: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”

Everyone has heard of Thomas Edison and his statement, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

I also remember hearing, “The Road to success is paved with hard work.” This is similar to what Edison was talking about.

I saw an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw the other day and he said, “The only difference between you and someone you envy is that you settled for less.” Wow, Doctor – that is good.

Dr. Phil also said, “You should spend 5% of your time recognizing you got a bad deal and 95% of your time deciding what you are going to do about it.”

Something I have always believed is that all limitations are self-imposed. I have thought for a long time, that I could achieve anything I wanted to do. I have argued this point with a lot of people. I am always right and the people that argue with me are always wrong on this issue. The main requisite for success is having a vision where you see yourself succeeding. The rest is hard work.

We have a lot of disgruntled people in this country and much of the animosity is being encouraged by government officials. If you think you are a victim, you are. If you do not think of yourself as a victim – you are not. There are millions of excuses to fail, but why bother. All you need is one. Being a failure is easy.

Being successful requires desire, planning, work and more work. We have prisons full of people that take no responsibility for their situation. We have rioters in the streets that take no responsibility for their situation. Most of my friends and I are able to pity them, because we know they have the solution to their own problems inside them. I hope there are clues in this blog post that help someone.

I have come to the conclusion that happiness is the work you do on the road to success.



Friday, May 8, 2015

Lowest Common Denominator

Have you heard of Adam Swift? He is a philosopher and a professor at the University of Warwick in England. He stated recently that parents reading to their children puts other children at an unfair advantage. I know most of my friends find this incredible, because when we were being educated our parents and teachers wanted to make us more well-informed, more knowledgeable and more aware of our place in the world so we could get good jobs and contribute to society.

Now it appears educators in England have joined with teachers and professors in the United States to make sure everyone is the same. That is why our educators continue to put less emphasis on facts of math, science and facts of life and more emphasis on conditioning children to be fairer in their dealings with the world. The idea is no longer for students to get a good education, but to be less educated while being conditioned to consider others before yourself. Our children are being taught that if they get smarter they are taking advantage of others. Yes our educators are doing their best to make our children as stupid as possible, because it is unfair for them to be smart.

Our children are being taught to run races where everyone crosses the finish line together. My generation of folks finds this abhorrent. The reason we think that is because our life experience has demonstrated that people who work harder and longer have advantages over people who are not willing to do the same. Our teachers are teaching socialism. Many of our college educators were influenced by teachers unions. Unions were created out of socialist ideas where everyone is treated the same, regardless of their willingness to work or not to work.

The Pilgrims tried socialism, where everyone worked and shared the benefits of their labor. The result of their experiment was that the longer the program went on fewer and fewer people were willing to work. Something for nothing is appealing to a large hoard of our population. Socialism leads to depravity.

I want a world where everyone loves their children and grandchildren. I want a world where children are read to every night and taught to read and cipher every day. I want a world where children are taught to be better than they were yesterday. Where children are not taught to be better than others, but to be better than themselves. We should be expecting other parents and educators to do the same. Instead of striving for the lowest common denominator, we should be raising the bar for higher achievers, wherever we find them. Education should be about teaching children to be their best, so they are capable of giving a hand up or a hand out to those that do not have the same capabilities or advantages. Educators and politicians should be working on ways to improves education of the poorer students to achieve parity, not holding back children of privilege.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo and it may surprise some to find out that it is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico. College kids in the United States celebrate Cinco de Mayo because they like to party. Most of us think Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but that is an error. Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, but it is considered a minor holiday. It would not surprise me if the Mexican youth started to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with mucho gusto, because it is so popular in the United States. Mexico actually celebrates their Independence Day on September 16th.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla de Los Angeles on May 5, 1862. When Benito Juarez became President of Mexico in 1861, Mexican finances were a shambles. Mexico owed a lot of money to Spain, France and England. Each of the three foreign countries sent their navy to Veracruz. Juarez and his government were forced to move out of the city. Mexico was able to reach an accommodation with Spain and England, but not with France. France was ruled by Napoleon III at the time.

France attacked the city of Puebla de Los Angeles with about 6,000 soldiers who were led by General Charles Latrille de Lorencez. Juarez got Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza to assemble a rag-tag militia to defend against the French.  France lost about 500 soldiers while the Mexicans lost less than 100 in a three hour battle and the French withdrew. Cinco de Mayo is still a big celebration in Puebla, which was renamed Puebla de Zaragoza.

This was not the end of the war, but the battle created an enthusiasm amongst the Mexican people that bolstered their resistance. Napoleon appointed the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian as emperor of Mexico. Six years after the battle of Puebla, Maximillian was captured by the Mexican resistance and France was forced to withdraw their forces from Mexico.

Friday, May 1, 2015

What We Do

Every super salesperson knows that people make decisions based on emotion and use logic to defend their decisions. This implies that if you are a human being, many of the actions you take are based on emotion. It really does not matter if you are a person that cares about others or a selfish individual that cares primarily about themselves, we all act on emotions that occasionally get us in trouble. I know some people that are never emotional, but that is because I only see them when there is no stress. After all is this not the preferred time to socialize? Even at work a stressful atmosphere is not a desirable environment.

Think about this for a minute. Okay, that is long enough. For a salesperson to sell you something they realize they can be more successful if they provide some stress for you. The gimmicks they use are limited time offers, one-of-a-kind deals, being convinced that the fabric matches your eyes and a lot of other jibber-jabber that amounts to the same tactics. My advice is when you are making purchases walk away as soon as you feel the stress.

Now suppose you are in a position of responsibility and occasionally stress is part of the job. Now you cannot walk away when you feel the stress. You have to face it. Can you face it unemotionally? If you answer yes, I will agree with you to a point. But, if the situation is prolonged, stress keeps escalating and emotions are guaranteed to rise, especially if there is physical exertion involved. How do people make decisions in stressful situations? Personally, I do not do stress well – my temper flares too quickly. Because I know who I am, I take a lot of effort to avoid stressful situations.

Some people thrive on pressure. I thrive on pressure. Pressure and stress are completely different thing. You can work under pressure for days at a time and be successful, but when something unusual happens pressure can turn stressful. How people react to pressure is usually by resolving one problem or one issue at a time. If you are a thinking person, you can be proactive and recognize at what point the situation can go out of control to produce stress. If you recognize the warning signs, you may be able to avoid sticky situations.

What if you cannot? How do people make decisions in stressful situations, when emotions are high, anger is high and something has to be done quickly? A person’s response depends on many thing, but I think a person’s character must set the limitations on what a person does. Character is who we are. Are you a person of integrity or a person that holds a grudge and wants to settle the score when things do not go your way? Every individual has a full range of options, but a person with integrity has self-imposed limits on actions they will take.

If you are a policeman chasing someone that you think is a lawbreaker or if you are the lawbreaker evading the policeman, you are both in a stressful situation. In the final analysis, every person must be judged by their actions. Because of what I said earlier, I try not to be in pursuit. I do hope that people that chase me are people of character.