Thursday, February 25, 2016

Collective Insanity Rules Our Nation

It is beginning to look like the nation's collective sense has flown the coop. Suddenly, people, many of which have repeatedly refused to vote, have decided in their infinite wisdom that they will now vote.

Unfortunately they will vote for a narcissistic buffoon that has absolutely no conservative credentials. Not even moderate ones. For Rubio to lose Florida, it would be not only a disaster for him, but for the country as well.

Many of these people care only about hearing an echo of their anger. Winning in November doesn't seem to matter. I worry for our country.Neither Trump nor Clinton will give us good government.

We are collectively committing national suicide through the ignorance of the newly discovered electorate. I am more fortunate than most younger people. I won't have to live under the rapid decline of this nation for very long. I'm thinking of having my dead body shipped to Canada in protest.

With Rubio projected to lose his home state of Florida tells me one thing. The Cuban voters are registered democrats. He should be able to walk away with Florida with it's huge population of former Cubans, and their citizen children.

I can see this loose cannon starting a world war. With his temper and proclivity for name calling, his foreign policy will not exist. Trump is resisting disclosure of his tax returns, saying they are complicated. Sure, he probably isn't paying any taxes at all.

With Hillary Clinton, in a race to get nominated before she is indicted, is not a viable choice.  I hope this country's voters will wake up to the realities, but I don't hold much hope for that.

***Post Thursday debate:

After watching the debate for about 30 minutes, I finally had to turn it off. It was a shouting match akin to a bar fight. Trump never let a speaker complete his presentation without interrupting, usually by talking over the other candidates in a louder voice. The debate was controlled and dominated by Donald Trump.

CNN, who (ahem) moderated this fiasco, totally lost control. They should have shut off Trump's mic after he blatantly took over. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Let me dispel some rumours. I did not skip the party because I was angry, or any other negative emotion. I simply woke up Saturday morning too lazy to get going.

Whether I am depressed or just have the mid-winter blues, I don't know. I just couldn't get motivated enough to get going. Essentially, my get up and go got up and left.

I missed seeing many of you that I have visited with over the years. Hopefully, this is a temporary condition and I will snap out of it soon. Greetings to all of you that noticed I wasn't present.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Rabbit Found

A tame domestic rabbit was found out on Hudson Bay Road. Here is the message I received:

Can you get a word out on this Rabbit found on Hudson Bay road last night
We have it at home and if no one claims it we need to find it a good home.
Wes and Teresa 683-7202

Some, however, believe it is the Easter Bunny doing a reconnaissance for Easter, March 27.

Friday, February 12, 2016


Today's paper announced an agreement by the world powers for a cease fire in the disputed lands. Except ...

Yes this agreement is full of holes. Russia can still bomb the insurgents battling Syria's government troops, calling them terrorists.

Turkey, a NATO member is bombing the Peshmerga, they most powerful opponent of ISIS.  The U.S. is bombing those that are left over.

This inevitability started at the close of WW 1, when the Ottoman Empire was divided up among the neighboring countries. Unfortunately, Kurdistan was dissolved and given to Iraq, Syria and Iran. This has caused a continuing war for independence  by this group that are Muslims, but not of the type approved by other sects.

Until this century old injustice is resolved,  and new borders set, there will be war in the middle est perpetually. I see Iran annexing southern Iraq, the Kurds the north and Sunni Muslims he center.

Syria is such a mess that My imagination cannot conjure u[ a solution. The world is on fire with very little leadership, other than power plays, is being featured by the world powers. God help us all.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Saturday Debate

Governor Christie took on a Trump like attitude when he attacked Senator Rubio for staying on message, by stating it was repetitious and suggested he had no other views. He was wrong. There is great precedent for repetitious speeches

Back in 1964, an actor without any political experience started his political career running for a first term as California Governor. He gave the same speech over and over. We used to refer to it as, "The speech." He won that election and then another, bringing California back from the brink of bankruptcy. His constant referral to Lord Action's famous words, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely."

He applied conservative principles, but still was able to work with Jesse Unrah (sp) and a democratic legislature. His name was Ronald Reagan. I knew him before he took office in 1966 and mc'ed a speech he gave in Santa Ana, California. He too, gave the same speech over and over. Two reasons that worked, one he touched the collective souls of the majority of voters, many of whom were democrats.

He wasn't foolish enough to think he could govern with just the far right. The John Birch Society was very active in Orange County back then, but he never caved in to their extremism.

Another example, a Democrat, John F. Kennedy, was a freshman senator who gained the voters needed because he had an outgoing personality and warmth. Senator Rubio doesn't need to change his speech and has in common Kennedy as an example of an inexperienced candidate winning and for the most part, considering his short tenure, did OK.

Rubio exudes warmth and personality that none of the other candidates have in abundance. He can win in November where the others cannot. Running him off is a guarantee of another Democratic presidency. In this time in our history, it is critical to oust the Dems, who in their eight years with Obama and Hillary as Secretary of State, has the world on fire, because the most powerful nation on earch, dithers with a program of converting this country into something less than a capitalist place where succes is up to the individual, not a federal bureaucracy.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

New Hampshire

As we move from Iowa to New Hampshire, the dynamics have changed. Now we have Cruz, Trump and even Bush, taking shots at Rubio. That tells me rather transparently, that they are afraid of the momentum that Rubio is generating.

In my 78 years, which includes the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960, I find this the best parallel to Rubio. Kennedy was an inexperienced Senator that elevated his campaign through the wonder of television. The boyish face, the bouffant hair and the force of his personality got him elected over the stoic Richard Nixon. Later, the rigid right wing libertarianism  cost Goldwater all but two states.

There are some parallels with Marco Rubio, who has two things that stand out. First, as in the Kennedy campaign, it wasn't about issues, it was about slogans and personality. Many, if not most voters identify with those traits. how many of you remember the electric quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." That ranks right up with the Gettysburg address.

We'll never know whether Kennedy would have made a great president or not. His life cut short,  death made him more famous than his accomplishments. But many airports and other monuments were named after him.

My point here is this. some of us Republicans  tend to value philosophical purity over winning. Given that all office seekers, from both parties spout nothing but platitudes while campaigning, the reality is that personality wins.

Of the remaining Republican candidates, Trump, Rubio, Cruz and possibly Kasich and Bush, if they survive New Hampshire, the personality of Rubio shines above all of the rest. This is important because of those that are looking beyond the primaries and conventions, want a candidate that can like Kennedy, relate to the people with warmth and a positive attitude and win in November, which in the early frays sometimes escapes voters minds. 

Monday, February 01, 2016


Tonight, we find out whether common sense prevails, or insanity does. Choosing a Narcissistic billionaire Buffoon, a nasty name caller, or one of several other intelligent leaders as Iowa's choice for Republican nominee for president.

As I watch the polls, I have lost hope that our citizenry has retained it's collective sanity. How a non-conservative no nothing Blowhard could lead these polls defies logic. Hopefully the citizens of Iowa are pulling our legs.

If we end up with Trump and Sanders as the choices, the suicide rate in this country will soar.