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Thursday, October 27, 2016

He chooses to lose the Latino vote

Donald will lose the election because he has never courted the Latino voters. Hispanics have been part of the fabric of America for many years. We all loved Desi Arnaz in the old show I Love Lucy and now we all love Sophia Vergara from the show Modern Family. We love George Lopez and Jennifer Lopez. Even our Supreme Court Justice Sonia we love. Why can’t the Donald say anything nice about Latin people? Surely he needs the votes to win.  Whether he likes it or not, the Latino influence has become a thread in all of American life. The Donald screams at his events that Latino’s are taking our jobs, our money and our manufacturing. They are taking everything and the criminals are crossing our borders. Are there any good Latinos?
The issues about the undocumented Mexicans has become one of the most important ones this election. Mexicans have been misunderstood throughout  American history. Before the American-Mexican War from 1848-1853 Mexico traveled up through half of what is now half of California. In that case they did not cross the border, the border crossed them. As America grew many did cross the border only then there was no Donald Trump and they were invited.  At the turn of the century Mexicans were recruited  to the mining industry and agricultural jobs.  By World War I and II America is welcoming Mexicans to our mainland to do jobs that are now vacant because literally every healthy man has gone to war.
Today we still have about 57 million Mexicans working in America. There are people doing research at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. on the Latino workers. During the past 59 years the Hispanic population in America has more than quadrupled they found from just 4%   in 1965 to 18% today with California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois with the most Latinos settled in. About 2/3rds of the Hispanic population live in just those few states. So this epidemic that the Donald is so afraid of doesn’t even effect the majority of Americans. Why is he so upset and even willing to lose an election over a type of people?
Yes the growth of the Latino population has so far hit the southern states now including Georgia but America is a large country. It takes generations for people to disperse throughout a country. The fact is that there are 27 Million Hispanics voting for a new president too. It couldn’t be any worse between Donald Trump and Hispanic voters.  Over 70% of Hispanic voters feel that Trump is a racist. The same thing happened in the last 4 elections. Florida remains the possible tipping state. 25% of the population there is Hispanic. Hillary has a massive lead over Trump with Hispanic voters. There is an active voter registration group out there called My Family Votes trying to get more Hispanics to even want to vote.

In 2012 Obama got 60% of the Hispanic vote. They are hoping that Trump’s nasty remarks will entice more Hispanics to vote and not to vote for him.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Choices for health care depends on where you live

Best health insurance services and facilities in your city (Health)
How do you know which one to choose? In the northeast of America there are a number of health Insurance companies to choose from. Here they are from worst to best. Blue Cross  & Blue Shield of Rhode Island,
AultCare Insurance Company
 Anthem Health Plans, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield-Connecticut
 Anthem Health  Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. d/b/a Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
 Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine
 UPMC Health Plan, Inc.
 UPMC Health Coverage, Inc.
 UPMC Benefit Management Services, Inc.
 Tufts Benefit Administrators Inc.
 Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization, Inc.
Martin’s Point US Family Health Plan (ME)
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. Northern California
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.
Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan
Capital Health Plan, Inc.
Capital District Physician’s Healthcare Network, Inc. (CDPHN)
Capital District Physician’s Health Plan Inc. (CDPHP)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue Inc.
What determines a good health care plan from a not so good one is your individual health needs and if any company can provide you with your wishes. Perhaps you want a plan that starts at 0$ premiums. Some policies are under $50 per month. Everyone’s needs vary so much that there is no best plan for everyone. How much choice you have in picking one of these providers can vary just because you do or don’t live in a geographical area.
Generally, if you live in a big city there will be many providers competing for your business. If you live in a rural area there might be just one health care provider to get any insurance.  If you wish to spend the time in comparing all sorts of plans, J.D. Power and Associates offer a 2015 New Member Health Plan Study. Thy rank several providers by United States region. Blue Cross and Blue Shield ranked at the top of the ratings. Another good source to compare plans by your region and needs is to look at Consumer Reports.  The publication obtains Data from the National Committee for   Quality Assurance. You can search for plans in your area by selecting plan type such as HMO, PPO, Medicare or Medicaid and your state.
HMO is a Health Management Organization that has a network of doctors and specialists that are all part of the organization. It is a good provider but if   you wish to go to your own doctor or specialist that is not part of the HMO, you will probably have to pay all costs out of your pocket and that can be very expensive. Cost management is the main goal with going with an HMO.  
PPO is a Preferred Provider Organization that gives you more choices if you decide to pick a doctor or specialist out of your PPO. At least half of your costs for your hand  picked  professional will be paid for.

Monday, October 24, 2016

How is the five year old?

IBM and Google are investing billions into their five year old child.  It is their robot that is learning fast. As it is given data and given outcomes, it learns and as it interacts with humans, it gets even smarter and most of all it never forgets. It already has all the elements that humans have some of but wish we had more even at our peaks in life. We are all already sharing in the capabilities because elements of the genius are already in your cell phone and car and helping patients and doctors in ways at top speed that was never even imagined before. The field is called AI Artificial Intelligence.  We are definitely on the path of creating the monster. Robots that are smarter than humans and that are immortal.
What was once only found in the world of science fiction has become now day to day reality. It is no longer just a large computer able to store lots of information. Now it can take the information and make judgement calls as to what to do with the information. Yes it can think like a human. Sometimes thinking creatively with better judgement that the best intentioned human. The technology is so promising that IBM is betting it all on their 5 year old child Watson. Remember the computer that played with the smart guys on Jeopardy? Watson lives and has gotten better. Watson now has the capability to read a million books per second. It is a child with little intelligence but as it is given data, it learns. That makes it dramatically different from any other computer in business. As Watson interacts with humans, It  gets smarter and never forgets.
In 2011 Watson was featured in a game on Jeopardy called the IBM Challenge where humans went to task against the machine with facts. It took 5 years for Watson to learn English and facts from all sources to prepare for the challenge. Watson  won a clear victory and won 1 million dollars. The other 2 contestants won 2 and 3 hundred thousand dollars. A big difference. It was just the beginning of Watson’s expectations.  Fast forward to 2016 and now Watson is deep in Cancer research and data. 20 medical institutions are injecting Watson with dilemma’s and research. Watson’s job after going through medical school is to go through patient’s records and to come up with another solution for a patient that has already gone through the standard treatments and have failed. Yes, Watson is another doctor’s suggestion for treatment.
To keep track of all the trials for Cancer treatment being conducted all over the world is a daunting task. 8,000 new research papers are being published every day in the quest for the cure for Cancer. Now Watson recommendations are being taken very seriously in the medical world. However, in 99% of the cases, Watson agreed with the doctors and the treatments given. It gives us confidence in our human doctors but we still need that magical cure all.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Who you vote for can determine the fate of Guantanamo Bay

He wants it open and she will close it. Your vote may depend on the fate of where we house our most dangerous criminals our  captive terrorists.  Guantanamo Bay is in Cuba on a United States Naval  Base. Since 911 hundreds have been detained at the Prison. The Naval Base is only 45 miles of land and one can only get there by boat. Once inside it looks like any government base. Recently Governors Island in the middle of New York and New Jersey was a Coast Guard Base that housed families , Mc Donalds and places of worship. A community where the solders live with their families. Guantanamo has that too even a high school but plus a highly protected Prison.
Obama has been working hard to close the place. Recently he approved 19 prisoners to be transported to other countries. As usual, Obama will not have time to really fix this situation either. He seems to never finish what he starts.  The accused mastermind of the 911 attacks still lives there. Some have been there more than 14 years without a trial. They are mostly Muslim and use Army mats for prayer. They are respected and not bothered during prayer time. The guards wear face masks to protect themselves from urine, feces and blood or spit or throw up that will be thrown at them regularly. They call it splashing. There is evidence of the splashing on the ceilings. The video   monitor’s once watched hundreds now look after just 60 detainees.    The State Department says that American taxpayers pay more than $7Million dollars per detainee per year. Remember the Donald doesn’t pay taxes and wants us to keep the place open.
No 911 responder has received $7 Million dollars per year for the past 15 years but the terrorist get 3 meals per day, cable TV, a library, heat, hot water, prescription drugs and medical health. The prisoners are aging. They have a tract for exercise and treadmills for them in bad weather. Hillary wants to continue Obama’s plan to close it down because of what it represents around the world. The place has a history of torture. In fact when ISIS takes videos of them chopping people’s heads off, they make them wear the same orange clothes given to our prisoners at the prison. Obama signed a bill 8 years ago and declared that within one year it will be closed. It is still open.
What should we do with the 41 detainees left? They are the worst of the worst criminals we have left. Ambassador Lee Wolosky is the United States Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure is waiting for Congress to find a suitable place in the United States to house them. No citizen wants these guys in their back yards. We need a secure place to keep our war prisoner’s and not on U.S. soil. America has been paying Castro $4,000 a year  rent since the 1950.s and he has been storing the un cashed checks in a drawer in Cuba since then. He doesn’t want America’s money. Outrage is flowing across America. Hillary will put the show bomber, the underwear bomber on U.S. soil. So far Congress has blocked the last 41 to be placed on American soil.
711 detainees have now been transferred to 59 countries all over the world. We ask the other countries to monitor them and restrict their travel. Ask? There has been a report that  detainees have gone back to terrorism. 113 returned to terror under President Bush and now 109 returned to terror under Obama. The past 2 weeks all we learned was Trumps sexual style of getting women We have much larger problems that never got discussed at the debates and now they are over too.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Do you have something to sell?

It is nice t know that there are still big guys out there willing to help the little guy get ahead in business. I am not talking about the stature of men but the small business owner who needs a larger venue to sell their products. Yes there is that popular show called Shark Tank where 5 super rich people are willing to take large percentages of your company in an instant in exchange for an endcap in Walmart. Then there is another place called Etsy where start -up companies with their home grown remedies and crafting ideas can get a boost into the large retail stores. Of course a beauty pageant of sorts is required where you present your stuff at a venue and hope to be chosen for the help.
Etsy is in bed with Macy’s and Whole Foods. Most participants are taking their garage created creations cross country to New York to show off their home grown successful creations. Dana Mauriello is the Senior Director of Etsy who has the job of choosing the best new product to be mass produced and marketed. They narrow down the applicants to 100 people and then narrow it down to only 36 people come in person and describe and preset their stuff. Etsy is the home to 1.7 Million active sellers with over 35 million items for sale.  Etsy Wholesale’s mantra is “Where retailers connect with wholesale-ready independent designers. There are success stories that simply list their products with Etsy. A woman sold 6,000 doormats there. Someone else sold 19,000 of his art prints at $395 each. Not such a bad hobby anymore. This is business.
A contract with one of the mega stores can take your business even further. Everything is being sold from cheese boards to children’s costumes.  Amy Mescal is the lifestyle buyer for Whole Food Stores Market in the Northeast region and she sees stuff every day for consideration to be sold in their stores. They love to meet with the creators of the new product. A one on one with the buyer and putting a face on a name is extremely valuable in a new partnership.  So, don’t be shy with your stuff. One person who thinks she is the new Hallmarks includes note paper with the card with the same designs in case you want to write more in the card. Nice idea all for $7 dollars. Prices for any product usually starts at about 7 or 8 dollars.
Claudia Pearson draws designs at her home studio in Brooklyn and is an Etsy success story that has moved on to selling in Whole Foods. It is now her full time job to illustrate buildings for herself. Some hopefuls are as young as 16 years old. At least you know that the people at Etsy will not say you are dead to them or that you have to agree to large percentages of your company taken away from you. Ake something and sell it. You never know.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hollywood really in reality?

There is a new show on ABC this season called Designated Survivor. It is all about the secret preparations this country goes through in case of a disaster. We had a real life designated survivor during the 911 crisis. Each year one person is chosen yes chosen not voted on to assume the Presidency in case for some reason he or now she may not be able to be President. The whole concept would be used in the doomsday scenario. If all our top officials would die in a catastrophic event one person is chosen to lead our country. This would only occur if the President, Vice-President ,Congress and anyone in the upper levels of government were to die due to a bomb or attack on American soil, one would be chosen and protected to lead.  Sounds like a fictional TV show but it is also real.  
Kiefer Sullivan plays a meek low level cabinet member who suddenly becomes President. He is thrust fully unprepared into the Presidency.  Although the ABC show is fictional our government does have a similar plan called the Continuity of Government classified plan. Richard Clarke a former Counter-terrorism official in our government for ten years ran the program. He is the only official who deployed the system in a crisis during 911. While President Bush was in the air Vice-President Cheney was rushed to an underground bunker.  At that time they asked the Speaker of the House to leave Washington. They weren’t sure that the Capitol would be the next target by suicide planes. Our reality was like something out of a spy novel.
Using secret bunkers suddenly for shelter is a popular idea during a crisis. How about we stop all stupid wars where we don’t have to hide. And where does the ordinary citizen get to hide? Nowhere. We are expendable. There is a nuclear bunker under the posh Greenbrier Hotel in the mountains of West Virginia. It is a remnant from the Cold War but yet each year a cabinet member is asked to skip the State of the Union Address speech where all our top officials assemble. They are then put in a secure location before the speech and are then brought back a day after the State of the Union.  
Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was asked to be the Designated Survivor during Bush’s 2007 speech to a joint session of Congress.  He talks about his experience in his new book called True Faith and Allegiance. He got a ride in Air Force 7 and pretended to be President with a staff of people carrying black binders of information he may have to know.  Mostly, he sat back and watched the speech on TV like the rest of us did. Is this enough drama to create a new TV show? Do we need to exploit our secret policies? They are no secret anymore just protected. We have enough of Hollywood showing our disasters.

The White House disaster was shown by Hollywood in the movie called Olympus has Fallen,  double agents in the movie called Air Force One, we has alien invaders in the movie Independence Day. This time the TV show is a terror attack. Is life really that boring that we need these disaster movies and real life drama? Ugh!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Finally the last debate tonight!

Still on the subject of Clinton bashing. Let’s talk about the Clinton Foundation. It was known as a top rated global foundation that helped millions of people around the world receive HIV treatments among other services[cs1] [cs2] [cs3] . There is no problem in taking charitable donations for good causes but there can be a problem taking donations while being Secretary of State. The question was if our foreign policy decisions were swayed by a large donation to her charity? One highlighted donation   came from Russia while she approved one of the largest   Uranium mines to Russia.  There were 4 separate donations totaling 3.4 Million dollars and the donations were not publically disclosed. Hillary was not involved in that decision even though it looks like it was some kind of swap. Eight other federal agencies had to approve the decision including the Nuclear Regularity Division of our government. Could she be THAT powerful?
After 7 weeks of looking through e-mails and foundation activity, they found nothing to directly prosecute her for. If she can irate   you like a persistent pimple, Trump is like a giant tumor that suddenly grew on your face blinding your sight and also preventing you to even eat.  Either way we need a President we can be proud of. If you are troubled by Hillary’s past, Trump’s past is still far worse. A company called Politifact has been keeping track of the candidates and have found that 13% of Hillary’s statements to be false. For Trump, his false statements was a whopping 53% of lies. He supplements his lies with descriptions of his sexual style. He even said that if his daughter wasn’t so young that he would be dating her. We know he likes pussy grabbing and lounge thrusts in women he barely knows as a beginning to possible sex.  Now we can’t even let our children watch the debates because they might turn x rated thanks to the Donald.
Thank God tonight is the last waste of time debate. We know practically nothing about what we need to know about Trump. He is the only presidential candidate since 1980 to NOT release his tax returns to the public. His reason of being audited has nothing to do with a release. He can release the papers and be audited at the same time. There are unanswered questions about his business dealings. His investments, debts and business ties are global. There could be many conflict of interests here. It is suggested that he put all his assets and liabilities into a Blind Trust where an independent trustee has authorization over you’re your investments. This is nothing new. It is usually used for rich people who suddenly have strokes or anything happens where they can’t do business anymore for a period of time.
Donald’s response is no response and shockingly ignorant of what even a “blind trust” is. He wants to put his children in charge of his assets. So what if they run the company. He is still the president and still in control of   his assets. If her foundation worries you his foundation is a complete nightmare. It is supposed to be HIS charitable place. Records show that he has NOT donated to his own charity since 2008. Recently it has been revealed that he spent more than a quarter of a Million dollars of donated money to settle his own lawsuits he lost. He spent $10,000 of foundation money on a portrait of himself that is on a wall at one of his golf courses and is the second time he has done this. Do you think he will help the poor of America? Never!
The portrait stuff would be considered legal as long as it was put toward some charitable purpose. Not legal here! It is not hanging in some orphanage. He also spent $12,000 of charity money on a signed Tim Teboe helmet. He used foundation money to contribute to other political people who were going to investigate his fraudulent University. The list of questionable practices of Trumps is endless. He never took care of anything because he never ran for political office or even worked for anyone else in his life therefore no scrutiny. Just change the name of his foundation to be The National Association for the Advancement of Donald Trump. This is just scratching the surface of his questionable activities that have never been under Congressional scrutiny.  His bogus University, his treatment of undocumented workers on his construction projects,  his illegal big game hunting trips, and an illegal 3 Million loan from his father in the form of a gift of casino chips. Yes the debates have been documented by scandals on both sides but they are not in equal numbers on both sides and have not been dissected equally. You should be outraged by his business dealings, ethics , and disgusting treatment of all mankind. Watch the debate tonight with a tall glass of Alka Seltzer!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Who has scandal in their candicacy?

We all know that the Donald is the schoolyard bully and doesn’t pay taxes and tells us nothing about how he makes his millions of dollars. His parents couldn’t take his bombastic attitude and quickly put him in overnight military school as a youth. Yet he has faithful followers. Followers that got really burned by Obama and his suggestions for a great country. The good once hard working middle class white people of Ohio and Pennsylvania love the Donald no matter what because they have suffered so much. Much are unemployed or living a very poor life. Many are the coal miners who now have no jobs since Obama wanted clean energy and closed the mountains off. He never followed up with those clean energy solar and wind jobs for those people. They are so hurt they will blindly vote for anything as far away as Obama as they can get.
Retired workers in Florida will vote for the Donald because their retirement money and pensions have been slashed by 2/ thirds of their pay going to finance Obamacare. They never voted for that. In just 20 days will we find out anything important about the Donald specifically how he will help his voters? I doubt it. People say they mistrust Hillary yet she has been examined by the Justice Department and the FBI and we know more about her than anyone. Today the FBI released her e-mails that they investigated to the public for their own view. They found nothing worth prosecuting in them. This election is ot about the candidates policies but more about their ethics.
The word scandal has been used about both of them then any word useful to the poor American public. Therefore the people have neither need for any candidate. If you stack up the scandals, Hillary has less than the Donald but that is a real low bar to have to pass. I think she will just die if she doesn’t win the White House this time. Most of Hillary’s scandals have been heavily litigated. For example, Whitewater, There were more than 6 years litigated by three different prosecutors and multiple Congressional committees failed to find sufficient evidence to prosecute her for anything. Then there was Benghazi where there were 8 Congressional investigations that concluded that the State Department could have done more to secure the place but did not find any wrongdoing by Hillary.

Nearly half of all American adults are concerned about her private e-mails and how they lived off their family charitable foundation. The Republican National Convention had speech after speech discussing her e-mails in that she should have had 2 phones and 2 e-mail addresses. There was no law saying that she had to have anything separated. All of the e-mail noise would have been avoided if she has an address that included a state . gov. e-mail address for all her e-mails then her personal e-mails would have been on government servers therefore making them more assessable to be allowed for public records. Ironically, Chris Christy, Jeb Bush, Sara  Palin, Colin Powel, John Carey, Rick Perry, Scot Walker, Bobby Gindall also used one phone. They aren’t getting any soundbites for their devices. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

She wll be the youngest female President of America

She will be the youngest female President of the United States. Soon Hillary will have her birthday and will be 69 years old.  The election is less than a month away and we have to still hope that Americans will vote for the best candidate for this country. Now there are children who don’t want to be President anymore because we have a candidate who says and does things that no one should. Trump has insulted every ethnic group, declared recently that his dating tips is to grab a woman by her pussy and then thrust his tongue down her throat. We can’t have kids quote the things that come out of this guy’s mouth. Yet he is still somehow a candidate. The cleanest thing he has ever said is his slogan “Make America great Again”. He has even insulted America. This country IS great!
I will quote a great American woman who simply says be kind to one another and manages to make us laugh and gives money away every day to needy real people without having to go through the red tape of donation centers or foundations. Ellen said, “I don’t think we have to make America great again and let me tell you why. In 1492 when George Washington sailed the ocean blue he wanted to create a nation that guaranteed life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.  It is an idea that has become an American tradition like baseball, apple pie, peanut butter and jelly. America is the land of the free. Free samples, free refills and free internet if you know your neighbor’s passwords. We boldly go where no one has gone before. Not only did we put a man on the moon we put sleeves on a blanket and called it a Snuggie. America has also invented the car, the plane, the I phone and other things. In America you can be who you want and you can love whoever you want. Now you can marry who you want” America is already great.
 Unlike just keeping up with the crazy, lewd antics of Donald Trump, the election should be about how American’s can do even better for ourselves and the world around us. At least I was able to learn from interviews of the candidates vice presidential choices that those people would add to helping our country and it was not from their waste of time debate either. I id lean that Hillary’s man has a wife who is a lawyer and a judge who had done much good in moving forward the foster care system in America and if they get to go to Washington she plans to continue the fight for better care for our children. I am not interested in what speech Trump’s wife has stolen or what designer dress she is wearing next that they did not pay any taxes on.

Instead if insulting the various people that make up America as he insults immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, POW’s and our Military and Muslims and now even attractive women, we need to be proud of our diversity. Hillary said, “we lift each other up we don’t push each other down we show respect for each other. Let’s show some kindness and respect for each other in the 3 weeks we have till this election at least. Get rid of the meanness and divisiveness bigotry and bullies!”

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ceelebrate the Kings on Columbus Day

I remember the old Middle East when regions were ruled by Kings and there was pride in their country and ancient artifacts were displayed to the world to tell us about their advancements at such an early age in history. Their talent for art to melt gold on their clothing and sculptures instead of simply burying bars of gold deep in the earth hidden from all. The Middle East used to be magical and wonderful. We all need to pray to whatever God or religion you believe in to save one of the last glimmers of hope in the Middle East. Pray for Jordan and their good King trying to protect his country and trying to save lives. It seems that lately no country is safe from terrorists trying to destroy anything in their path including themselves.
Terrorists have successfully raged through Syria and Iraq but so far at Jorden’s border the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is successfully fighting back and so far keeping ISIS out. The King is Abdullah II of Jordan is holding terror out and is sheltering millions of refugees.  Somehow he is able to do this despite his poor economy and no oil wealth and precious little water. Can an Arab state remain peaceful and tolerant of all people? How does he do it? He has Jordanian military always working out and ready to protect. They are a proud and courageous army. Some of their weapons are antique. Attack helicopters that were used in Vietnam are being held together and used there for protection. They buy surplus armored cars that they find on line. Their skills are keeping them alive since they cannot afford to buy any modern arsenals One would think it was another war movie if it wasn’t real and true today.
In America today we celebrate Columbus Day. A day when America was discovered. We need to celebrate countries   trying to preserve their right to live the way they want to. This King also practices with the Army how to defend themselves. No King of Jordan has ever known peace. Sad! This King became King after the death of his father who ruled Jordan for 47 years. This King is 54 years old. He feels that the world is in it’s third World War. We are not looking at ISIS attacks from a global prospective. America attacks and then leaves but who are we leaving the regions to? There is no strong leadership so ISIS is quick to take over regions. ISIS could care less about international borders.
Jordan has flown more than 1,000 missions against ISIS in Syria. The terrorists captured a Jordanian pilot and posted a video of them   burning  him alive. The King has caught everyone involved in that murder and killed them.  His rule is that if you kill us we will hunt you down till justice is served. Jordan is mostly desert the size of Indiana surrounded by Israel to the west and their conflict with Palestine.   Jordan  borders north to Syria in a civil war, it is east of  ISIS in Iraq, and to the south there is problems with Saudi Arabia. It is a collision of tribes and religions. His country is surrounded by hate and war.
Be grateful America today on this holiday. Be grateful for kind gentle Obama and Bill and Hillary who kept us safe. It was George Bush that put America in danger in every way. In 1990 the King’s father warned George Bush to keep out of Iraq. In 2003 the son of the king told the son of the president the same advice. Neither George listened to either King. The Bushes had no right to think they knew that region better than the Kings that ruled their countries. We are as frustrated with the outcome of the past 15  years after 911 as they are that we are even considering putting a complete buffoon in charge of our country now. Trump is a card in even a worse card game.
Meanwhile, Jordan in 2014 allowed a million Syrian refuges into the country while they already have too many Palestinian refugees already living there. Syria was literally shooting at innocent people running across the border to Jordan. Many are children. 160,000 extra kids are in Jordan’s schools. Many people are unemployed. There are more than 9 million people living in Jordan and half are under the age of 24 years old. It is hard to give this younger generation the gift of life when resources are so scarce. The King drives his own car and has given up his highest military offices to become a technical school. That is like America closing the Pentagon and becoming a school. Be grateful and strong America.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

They are the happiest government workers

They are the most reliable mode of transportation in 50 below temperatures. Siberian Huskies are the dog of choice in Alaska for a sled dog. They are paid government workers at the Denali National Park. It also happens to be the 100th Anniversary of the Park Service. Years ago they would use teams of sled dogs to roam the back country to look for poachers. As the park grew they found the need for more teams. They are the happies government employees you will ever meet. They provide a good job service for the park rangers. There is only one dog station in Alaska but they always house between 30-35 dogs per year.
The Canine Rangers still have a very important job. The more challenging winter conditions that happen the dogs are still the most reliable form of transportation. Their engines do not freeze up. In the most frigid months the dogs run over a thousand miles. Their job is to shuttle supplies and to create trails. They seem to have a built in GPS. They learn the trails quickly and could practically steer themselves from location to location. In 1980, 200 acres of the region was declared Nationally Protected wilderness. That means that no engines or gas driven mechanized transport allowed. During the summer months they show off their skills to the public and have races.
Volunteer walkers take them out to play.  After 9 years of service they retire the dogs. Some dogs ran over 7,000 miles and still enjoy running in retirement. The park has a puppy cam where visitors can see the progress of each puppy to retirement They are stars with loyal cyber followers. Soon the puppies will be carrying on a tradition that is more than a century old.

Bruce will give you 4 hours

If you want your money’s worth at a rock concert, see Bruce Springsteen and he will entertain you for 4 hours straight .Who does that? No one else. I guess because he has been around for 40 years and has a lifetime worth of original songs to choose from or that his gift to America is his passion for music. He just ended an international tour at age 67. I guess time disappears once he gets into his moves and the music takes over his entire being. He owns a farm in New Jersey and built a recording studio there so he really doesn’t have to go anywhere if he doesn’t want to.
The fuel that starts his fire is remembering that he was told once that he wasn’t worth dirt. He has obviously changed that around and is worth millions. The fire started to change opinion of him in Freehold, New Jersey. His growing up life was on the block where Saint Rose of Lima Church stands. There was his house and two other homes that belonged to his Aunts on the same block. Now we know why New Jersey is family to him because it was family. He writes about his old home town in his book called Born to Run.  He describes in the book a good childhood. His mom was a legal secretary.   His father worked for Ford. He writes that his father couldn’t stand him. Bruce never got good grades in school.
He made his experience playing guitar in the bars of Asbury Park and managed to sign his first record deal at age 22. His first two albums did not sell well. Then he wrote the song called, Born to Run and his career instantly changed to success. The song featured his friend Clarence Clemons  on saxophone doing solo riffs that make the song complete. It joined black playing blues with white rockers all in one song. What follows are dozens of hit songs featuring Bruce singing and playing with his side kick on sax. They led very different lifestyles but always connected on stage with the music.
In 2011 Clemons died from a stroke and within days was dead. Springsteen writes that “loosing Clarence was like losing the rain.” It was devastating, quick and suddenly. His songs sounded empty without sax. Then his nephew Jake Clemons stepped up and adds his style to the songs. Bruce had to deal with great bouts of depression.  Do rock stars get depressed? It seems like they get to lead great lives. He has had bouts with severe depression all his adult life. When he plays guitar he is never depressed. Maybe that is why he gives 4 hour concerts. He has a song called My Depression. He gets through it with therapy and medication.  

Bruce  and his East Street Band plays the longest shows in the United States.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Help them

You know that you have been in jail too long when one of the first things you want to do when you finally get out is to go walking barefoot on the grass. There isn’t any grass in prison. That is what one man did after spending 25 years of his life in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He still has to try to get a job, see if there is any family left to help him out and figure out those damn cell phones and the woman in the box who can give you directions to anywhere, GPS Navigation. These are all things we take for granted. There is new DNA tests that are freeing people all over the country for crimes that prove that they did not commit.
Some freed people were sentenced to life in prison and are now getting their conviction overturned. It is the right thing to do but now all these cases need to be reopened and reinvesticated to find the real killer. These people need to find skills and new careers in order to find employment. The only thing you learn in prison is how to commit crimes in new ways from new criminals. How can we end the cycle of crime? There is an organization called The Innocent Project that focuses on the lives of people who served their time in prison or who were wrongly jailed in the first place. I am also starting a non-profit charitable foundation to help the families of parents who must be in jail. You can go to You Caring.org and put in my name Ralph Serpico or the topic Families of Incarcerated Individuals to donate.
We need to help the individual who has been exonerated after 25 years of incarceration as well as current families who need assistance when the caregiver of the family goes to jail. They are the innocent victims who had nothing to do with the crime. The families need to go on without the parent in jail and lead a successful clean life. They need help.  Nationally nearly 2/3 of people let out of jail due to DNA evidence are Black and from the south. Years ago they were probably targeted. The hardest adjustment in a new life is choice. Suddenly being offered choices or being denied choices in life.

Right now buying cell phones, clothes and training courses for let out of jail men and women are being provided only by the Innocence Project. They helped some people find employment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who is your Vice?

]Well the vice presidential debate is over and now we are even more confused. One guy unlike his boss is completely calm the other unlike his boss Hillary is interrupting always but both seem very presidential in their facts necessary to run this nation. This debate was more sober and serious than the gossipy nonsense that was focused on with the candidates. Democrat Senator Tim Kaine acted like an attack dog. Republican Governor Mike  Pence seemed calmer and more reasonable. On the reason why we haven’t seen any of Trump’s tax returns, Pence simply says they must be fine unless the Donald wouldn’t still be a successful businessman. I wish I could make up excuses like that when it comes to details about my finances.

Kaine came forward with a quote from Trump in 2014 when he said that if he runs for President he would absolutely show his returns. So the Donald lied again. Sigh! They interrupted each other more than 100 times in just 90 minutes. According to the ratings, the first candidate debate was the highest rated debate in American history. Did everyone tune in trying to find a Jerry Springer hair pulling contest between the Donald and Hillary? Maybe next time.  This debate was more like a dart game fight in some sleazy bar. How about talking the nonsense of that if Trump is elected, he will be the oldest President ever! Then we can attribute much of what he says to being just a dirty old man or the effects of alzheimer’s disease on his old brain.  

What is important is that either of these men could get the top job if necessary. Kaine came into the debate with the reputation of being Mr. Nice Guy. Instead he was a rapid fire attack on Trump with plenty of fuel just from Trump’s wacky quotes. Trump even tweeted during the debate that Kaine looked like a evil villain from a Batman movie. Is that anything worthy of our Presidential spot? One of the biggest clashes came over immigration. Will there be a house to house search for Muslims and Mexicans and ship them out on the borders? The next Presidential debate will take place in   just five days,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What is Trump's appeal?

How can anyone so wrong be so popular a candidate for President? Does America really want to take a chance on the “bad Boy” for a change? Americans put their trust in the Bush dynasty and our taxes went up and 911 somehow entered our air space and killed thousands of innocent workers.  We just trusted Obama for 8 year and everything he tried to pass to help Americans Congress defeated.  Bill  Clinton had a short  but good record with the deficit and had a balanced budget but do we want him and his antics back in the White House even as a house husband this time? They turned us all into gambling fools with casinos popping up everywhere in America. We know how to gamble. Should we take a chance on this Trump character? How much worse can our bank accounts get?

America still feels sorry for Hillary in that her personal life has been made public all her life with cheating Bill. She needs the boost that she could do just a good job for the country as he did but without the embarrassing sexual affairs. She deserves payback for her embarrassment. She is also the most experienced candidate for President male or female EVER in American history. Why are the poll numbers so close? Is this how Hitler got elected in Germany?  Every week Trumps obvious terribleness gets worse but yet he is still a close contender for the job. Why?How can anyone so wrong be so popular a candidate for President? Does America really want to take a chance on the “bad Boy” for a change?

Just this week he went on twitter calling Miss Fatty Universe a slut in the middle of the night. At their debate he interrupted Hillary about 50 times. He complained that the microphone didn’t work. He was sniffing a lot at the debate. Maybe he is allergic to facts. All we learned is that he hates fat women. Who are the Trump voters? They must be as deplorable as he is to agree with his views. Should the next President of the United States be on line at 3 in the morning  telling people to go see a sex video of the poor woman in Venezuela? So very weird. He is now raising money on line and is getting lots of money from small donors. What does he have in common with the ordinary poor person?

For some reason poor people from Ohio and Pennsylvania still believe that we are not doing better in this economy. The Census Bureau reported that in 2015 middle class incomes had their fastest increases ever recorded, the median family got a 3 grand raise, the highest income growth was among the poorest by 10% per cent. Poverty has had its steepest decline since 1968, in 2015 both the poor and the middle class  made greater gains percentage wise than the rich. Why are Trump’s folks so unhappy? Yes there are still 40 million people living in poverty but even they deserve better than Trump. He has been sued 80 times by small business owners that he has taken advantage from. Yet the poor love his ignorant demeanor.

Not one company of the top Fortune 500 companies will endorse him. Trump has proven to be unpredictable in the past. He is a terrible businessman with 6 bankruptcies to show for his efforts in business. The 1995 tax return proved he lost nearly a Billion dollars that year alone  and hasn’t paid taxes since. He even stole from his own charity.  What will it take for his supporters to bail on the guy?

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Govenor murdered that girl!

Chris Christy should be in jail for the murder of the girl on the platform on the day that hundreds of injuries were caused after a senseless train crash in New Jersey.  If he only gave the green light to install the new safety measures on New Jersey’s train rails that have already been implemented in New York and other surrounding cities  then that train would have slowed down despite the actions of the conductor. He spends all his time now being Trumps right hand man feeding him lies.
Rush hour commuter trains should not be crashing into their stations at high speeds. Hundreds of people had little warning and nowhere to hide. It crashed into the Hoboken Rail Terminal as train cars were elevated off the tracks propelled into the glass ceiling of the train station causing more destruction and debris. In this day of terrorism everywhere people thought the cause was a bomb not the negligence of Chris Christy. It is a train station that more than 43,000 commuters use every day. Hoboken responded beautifully to the disaster. Three dozen ambulances soon were lined up to care for the stunned and injured passenger’s needs.
The station suffered serious structural damage.  A mother 34 year old Fabiola Bittar De Kroon dropped her child off to day care so she could go to work died and will not be back to pick up her child later that day because Chris Christy is not taking care of New Jersey. She wasn’t on the train but waiting on the platform. Waiting to die. Why doesn’t God let us see one moment into our future? Yet we remember things from our childhood. Her child will now have to rely only on memories to see their Mom again. Passengers who had medical training immediately went into saving lives mode. Their A , B, C’s  are to look for Airway, Breathing and Circulation problems of the injured.
This train, New Jersey Transit number 1614 began its route from Spring Valley, N.Y. at 7:30 in the morning. Three cars and one engine car in the front. By 8:05 people were noticing that the train was not slowing down as it approached Hoboken.  The train carrying about 250 people rammed into the station at 8:45.  The Governor needs to be held accountable for not installing the automatic braking devices that could have been placed on the tracks. The train engineer 48 year old Thomas Gallagher was treated for some bleeding injuries and was released.  He should have manually slowed the train to 10 miles per hour as he approached the station. Reports said he must have been traveling at 30mph and never slowed.

Was there a mechanical problem with the train? Or was the engineer distracted? Did he have a medical issue? It is sure that Chris Christie has medical issues and sure is distracted with his own career opportunities trying to be voted in as a sure candidate for President and then flip flopping to Trump’s side. The man doesn’t even know what is important any more in life. How about saving lives!  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The morning after is never good!

Did the first Presidential Debate last night change anything in our thoughts? No! Do we want the most experienced person ever to lead our country? Yes Hillary.  Do we want a no nonsense tough guy to finish off ISIS and terrorism in the Middle East finally? Yes Donald. Can we have them both? No everyone. They are both old and could lean on each other for support. He can rail everyone up and then she could clean up like in most bad marriages that are train wrecks but seem to last forever.  The most interesting scene of the evening was when Donald’s hot wife shook hands with Bill Clinton. Imagine the scandal that would bring. Every American would pay attention to the blah blah then!

When you have a nation dominated by stupid hit shows like The Bachelor that is renewed every year America wants a dirty old man like the Donald. When all off business America is dominated by companies that pay off their Congressmen as business usual you want Hillary who knows all about their shenanigan they could agree on was the state of the people they want to govern. Americans are tired. We are sick of jobs that never pay enough, we are sick of no good investments while our roads and bridges are crumbling. We are sick of young men with guns everywhere most of their black fathers are in jail anyway. We are sick of college grads with no jobs and big debt. Our homes have been taken away from us and now we can't afford the down payment for the next home. Yet we all took the time to watch the latest train wreck in American politics last night. It was the most viewed debate ever in American history. 

Why? Were we looking for an installment of the Jerry Springer show? Fans of that kind of “entertainment” fuel Donald’s temper and increase his votes. Anyone with even half a mind left is in shock that these two very different people are even so close in the polls. Perhaps if Hillary was a man she would be getting the free ride do not pass go, go directly to the White House AGAIN she deserves.  So here we are this morning left exhausted and even more confused as ever. All those poor kids at Hofstra University reminds us of the army of young educated Americans  Bernie assembled through his efforts on Facebook wandering now on campuses like living members of the Walking Dead zombie show.  They had hope for something different with Grandpa Bernie.  They don't want rasit Donald  and they don't want the same old America Hillary either. It was a very sad night for America.
Now there are “fact Checkers “  listening to every word from each candidate. Does Americans need an interpreter to find out what is really the trublack
Now there are “fact Checkers “  listening to every word from each candidate. Does Americans need an interpreter to find out what is really the truth? They both lie with such an ease and the words just flow from their mouths like a bad case of barfing food poisoning that we don’t want to see it, smell it or even be around for the clean up. Maybe we all want to sit down during the singing of a National Song with the well paid black men football playing role models for our youngest of kids who didn’t find daddy’s guns yet to shoot at anyone. So who is left? A few veterans who still have a mind and hopefully still haves legs to stand on and have the bravery yet to shake all this disgusting stuff off and move on and hold our people still proud to be an American.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Let Rare Diseased People Live!

There are people in the world that have diseases that the medical field has no intention of trying to find a cure. One is called Vanishing White Matter Disease that only 250 people have in the world. No it is nothing racial. It is a brain disorder that destroys white matter which is the substance that transmits neurological impulses and leads to the loss of motor control. In essence, eventually you can’t do a damn thing but think. The disease has no cure and can be fatal. Sure I would want to die an early death if my life was reduced to such little function. It is Sunday. A traditionally prayer day. Stop killing each other and be grateful that you are healthy enough to hate anything.There are people in the world that have diseases that the medical field has no intention of trying to find a cure. One is called Vanishing White Matter Disease that only 250 people have in the world. No it is nothing racial. It is a brain disorder that destroys white matter which is the substance that transmits neurological impulses and leads to the loss of motor control. In essence, eventually you can’t do a damn thing but think. The disease has no cure and can be fatal. Sure I would want to die an early death if my life was reduced to such little function. It is Sunday. A traditionally prayer day. Stop killing each other and be grateful that you are healthy enough to hate anything.There are people in the world that have diseases that the medical field has no intention of trying to find a cure. One is called Vanishing White Matter Disease that only 250 people have in the world. No it is nothing racial. It is a brain disorder that destroys white matter which is the substance that transmits neurological impulses and leads to the loss of motor control. In essence, eventually you can’t do a damn thing but think. The disease has no cure and can be fatal. Sure I would want to die an early death if my life was reduced to such little function. It is Sunday. A traditionally prayer day. Stop killing each other and be grateful that you are healthy enough to hate anything.
It is so difficult for parents of kids suffering from rare diseases. 96% of all rare diseases have no treatment at all.  With so few people suffering from them there is no incentive   for research and development for a cure. So bring in the sensitive, the caring the artistic people of the world to at least care. There is an Art Exhibit touring the country called Beyond the Diagnosis. It is a collection of portraits of children with rare diseases where the artist draws the figure with a syringe and dots the paint on the canvas. The artis is Lucas Kolasa.  Some of the diseases the children suffer from are San Phillippo Syndrom  or CDKL5 Disorder even Undiagnosed Metabolic Disorder.
There is a portrait   of the first person   ever diagnosed with Ngly1Dificiency in the  Gallery. That child has hundreds of seizures every day.   The objective through art is to humanize these diseases with real portraits of the real children suffering every day. There are diseases like Timothy Syndrome which is a fatal heart condition. I80-Syndrome is a rare chromosome disorder that slows the blood to their heart and lungs. Maybe someone will go beyond the diagnosis and try to find a cure. There are faces to all 7,000 rare diseases. Even if the parents find a lab willing to do the research for a cure they have a hard time being funded to continue the research. The children are then born with a death sentence.
There are experimental drugs out there to try to treat the symptoms but there still aren’t any cures. There are only about 100 children in clinical trials. Why is the path to drug approval not such an easy one since these people are willing to try anything to help themselves? Four months ag, a  FDA panel got together and held back drugs until the company proved that it actually worked.  That could take many years to prove meanwhile the drugs could at least be a comfort now.  Without approvals, for many access to the drugs at all can become impossible. It is like dangling a steak in front of a starving dog and saying you cant have it because you are not in a pack of dogs.
When did the entire drug industry become so rich and elites at the same time? Wealthy people and organizations are supposed to be generous and help the sick and the poor! What happened to the ethics in this country? Gone! At least visit the Art Gallery in Warwick, Rhode Island where artists are literally putting the faces to the diseases in portraits.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Surviving College

Finally a movie about the truth of fraternities. It is the beginning of a new semester at colleges across the country. It is also a time when young guys have to decide if they will try to join a fraternity. The rituals of acceptance re out of control and have been having deadly consequences on some young men. Finally a movie has been made starring Nick Jonas showing the graphic suffering that takes place. Fraternity hazing is a big problem and t some colleges fraternities have been banned from campuses like at Dartmouth. We all want to be accepted especially when we are suddenly thrown into a new place far from our home and controlling parents. At what price must it come to be accepted?
The movie is called Goat and is not even as graphic as some colleges’ antics. They call it hell week when all the suffering and endurance trials take place. This movies shows men in their 20’s that have no real consequences for their actions. There is a pact mentality that even leads to rape of women on campus. So far in movies the view of fraternities have been looked at as the ultimate in uncontrolled fun. Animal House was a movie where the main character maintained a 0.0 grade point level for q7 years. The movie Neighbors presents college as one continuous party. The movie called Goat is set at a fraternity and is not a comedy. Finally reality is being shown in the movies where shy, virgin males   are being killed, tortured and ruined for the rest of their lives. The reality of fraternity life on campus.
There are more than 6,000 fraternities around the country. The on line videos depict the cool kids just having a party and of course all the pretty girls that just want to hang around with you.  Meanwhile at least one person has died from hazing every year since 1969. That seems to be the real tradition.  In 2013 a young man from Baruch College was forced to run across a frozen field blindfolded carrying 30 pound backpacks all while being assaulted. He passed out and it took the fraternity more than 2 hours to call 911. He died.
It is not friending or acceptance. It is about manipulation and the abuse of power in a mob. Read Rosalind Wiseman’s book called Masterminds and Wingmen to find out more as to why the boys do this to each other. It is bonding in a superficial way to being a man. Drinking and partying as much as you can wins points  or likes not good behavior or good grades. The movie is graphic and yet many men say that in real life the hazing gets to be even worse. What is worse is that the pressure to be part of these groups is immense on college campuses. They got you believing that there is no social life without a fraternity.

I never thought I would have hoped that anyone would watch Nick Jonas do anything but this movie deserves to be watched and a discussion should be made with your sons and daughters and campus officials to stop the violence. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

I hate country music but if I need to play something quickly with little or no prep time, country is the way to go. The one, four and five chord in any key will get you going .Add a sad story and there you go. Even you can be a country western star. The music has been around for a long time. There is a new video out playing homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards. If you feel a need to go country, at least watch the video. It is an elaborate country western star studded sing along. There aren’t too many times to hear so familiar songs sung by so many famous people.
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See and hear Carry Underwood, Tim McGraw and Luke Brian to name just a few. The video is called Forever Country.   It is a medley mashup of three country music classics. We all remember John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Road. Willy Nelson’s On the Road Again. Why is country music always talking about roads? Then there is Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You that Whitney Houston gave the song a life of its own on the Popular Charts  for a long, long  time. Dolly is the Queen of Country Music and has been for about 50 years so it is almost fitting that she ends the video with her version of her song.  You can always see more of these guys at the Country Music Awards. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Image result for lying politiciansThe election debates are down to 2 candidates and many are still not sure they want to vote at all for a new President. The American people distrust both candidates and believe that they are liars or have lied in the past. I say what else is new? Most of our recent famous politicians have lied and been exposed about some change of event or policy from their own previous words. Lying is nothing new. We have been doing it since the beginning of time. Even in the Bible in the Garden of Eden the first woman Eve told Adam all the fruit was good to eat. Until he ate some forbidden fruit and nothing has been the same since.
No one trusts anyone that there even exists lie detector machines around. Then there is the quality of the lie to take into account. Was it a big lie or a series of little misunderstandings? Most recently Lochne embarrassed the American Olympics teams by lying to everyone about getting mugged in Rio.  But let’s talk about some serious lies found in American politics. Remember when Colin Powell announced that there were weapons of mass destruction? Lies. Remember when the first George Bush asked us all to read his lips about no new taxes? He raised our taxes anyway and lied. In baseball our hero Pete Rose swore he never gambled. He lied. Even Bill Clinton pointed his finger at us and declared that he did not have sexual relations with that woman. Lies. Somehow his sexual DNA got from his penis to her dress! There was President Nixon who said on camera on a podium in front of the world that he had no knowledge of the Watergate break in. LIES.
Watergate was the mother of all recent lies. It took 2 years and millions of dollars to figure out that he was lying.  The concern is that we are numb. There is no respect for the truth. Excuses are made to toss the excitement over the lie away. There is such a complete lack of respect for the truth. Even if you get caught there are no meaningful ramifications that people are literally lying to our faces. No one was arrested for 911, for the Wall Street Foreclosure mess or for the bail out of the auto industry.  Now we have Hillary saying she never e-mailed classified information to anyone yet 30,000 e-mails were deleted.
Trump is going around saying that President Obama is the founder of ISIS. Anyone can say anything at any time with no slap on the hand.

How are we going to make America great again without liars? So the next time you call someone a liar. Ask them what the definition of is is. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time to move

They keep telling us how close the election is. Sometimes Hillary and Donald are very close in the polling numbers. One thing for sure we are just months away before we have to have a new president. I keep hearing more and more that if either one is elected, people will be moving to Canada. They don’t trust her and well he is just crazy. Do we need to pack up before he decides to build a complete wall around the country? Why Canada anywThey keep telling us how close the election is. Sometimes Hillary and Donald are very close in the polling numbers. One thing for sure we are just months away before we have to have a new president. I keep hearing more and more that if either one is elected, people will be moving to Canada. They don’t trust her and well he is just crazy. Do we need to pack up before he decides to build a complete wall around the country? Why Canada anyway?
What makes Americans think that Canada would want them anyway? It is kind of insulting to Canada to know that they are the refuge of last resort. If Hillary or Donald become President should we be shooting ourselves in the head with Canada? What could possibly be a fate worse than Canada? Ok Six months of winter sounds pretty bad. Some Canadians even spend their summers on ice. Ice skating is fun, exercise and is social and needs plenty of cold weather.  On the ice is probably the only place that Canadians are aggressive. Canadians are too apathetic to protest anything.
The last time Canada accepted a flood of immigrants from America   was during the Vietnam War. People were burning their draft cards and running to the border. 240,000 Americans fled the draft to Canada.  Over the last decade only about 9,000 Americans have moved to Canada each year. There they have a Prime Minister not a President. At least the Canadian   pleasure for Baseball is as fearless as Americans. They do not have Trader Joe there for natural foods or Target for whatever else.  Tim Hortons is the name of the popular chain store there.  The favorite to eat is Poutine which is French fries, cheese curd and gravy.
Your biggest adjustment will be having to carry the Queen in your pocket. Her picture is on the paper money. You have to pledge allegiances to her majesty the Queen Elizabeth the second. It will be odd to be living under the same monarchy that Americans defeated in 1776. While some Americans will be considering a move north this year there are about twice as many Canadians that are willing to take a chance with their lives and move to America. I don’t think there are many Americans that are willing to head north, no matter   who wins the election. Americans don’t flee their problems. We protest and attack them head on. We value free speech and don’t shut up.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

We all reflected and mourned all those 3,000 innocent workers who died in 911 for yet another year without total closure.  Maybe that is why an arrogant brash- nut job non politician is doing so well in the polls. Could Donald Trump be that tough guy to get rid of the terrorists once and for all? We have to go back to the President Clinton era to also try to get some closure. Jeb Bush wanted to be President but couldn’t even campaign using his Bush last name. The entire Bush Presidency years was an embarrassment. We need to now pay tribute to the 6,000 soldiers who signed up to defend this country willingly with no draft who lost their lives in the Middle East over the past 15 years.  Where is their 911 memorial building?
Image result for wall for 911 soldiersThousands of Americans have lost their sons and daughters since 911. There is no term or word for a parent who has lost a child. There is only one place in America that pays tribute to the parents of lost men and women who like Jesus gave up their lives for their country. It is a place where at least these survivors of families could bond in their endless grief. They get together only once a year in San Francisco simply to share. Yes people need to share happiness but we also need to share our grief. It is the bonding that helps one heal and an opportunity for you to boast about what real bravery is. The coward football players who will not stand for a song about the bravery of Americans who defended our freedoms should take their hate for this country a few steps further like out of this country and give their six figure salaries for throwing a ball around to someone who is proud to be here now in the present and who can be a good role model to our children.
In the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel it is an atmosphere that now honors all Veterans every February. When these people find out that their child died in a war not much matters anymore. Most parents live for their children. When they are young their health and wellbeing is our first priority and when they grow up to be taller than us we hope and pray for their happiness. What is left when they die young handsome and beautiful men and women who gave us their ultimate sacrifice, their lives so we can remain free? The  event is by invitation only and is not covered by the press. They talk to remaining brothers and sisters of the fallen hero’s too.

Part of the hotel has become a Memorial Wall where every lost loved one since 911 is listed. 6,850 names. 6,850 stories. All the parents experienced a visit to their homes from a Chaplin and 2 soldiers to tell them their child has died defending America. There will never be closure but it is nice to know there is something out there to recognize these people and to ease the pain of these parents.  They have their memories and their death story. They didn’t have this after Vietnam or any other war. The Chaplins’   who deny an invitation by the families to stay for dinner now regret their anxiousness today because now they realize is that the only thing the families wanted to o was to share how great their kid was over a slice of bread. They realize that their kids knew that every day was a dangerous day but they would stay there anyway. Lives are lost but love never ends. , 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We need to be like Australia

What if all guns were tranquilizing guns? Shoot all you want at each other till you fall asleep for a few hours. Hopefully by then you have cooled off and move on to a more productive life. None of this lethal stuff. Wild Game hunters could have the rush that they stopped a wild beast in their tracks but then after a few hours the beast can rise again just to be shot again by some other nutty human. Sounds crazy but to me a good solution to an out of control disrespect for lethal weapons. Lethal is forever dead. We need to respect life more. Instead of the right to bear arms we need the right to respect life more.
We need to follow what Australia has done with this problem. In 1996 there was a deadly shooting rampage in Australia. The Australian acted quickly and all important branches agreed to a solution not like all the divisions found with our Congress. They acted to ban certain guns.  When you lose your parents you lose your past. When you lose your child you lose your future. We don’t need to be left in the present frozen in time of grief as we see the loved ones of the tragedy of 911 and the mental state they are in year after year.  At the time it was called the worst shooting in modern times. It took place in Australia in Tasmania in a town called Port Arthur.  Twenty years ago 35 innocent people were randomly killed for no reason.
To be involved in a mass shooting is horrifying because with every shot fired you know that means that there is another life gone. You are left sitting there waiting for it to be your forever dead turn.  They were family and friends having a meal in a cafĂ©. For hours no one knew if their friends or relatives were dead or alive. This tragedy came just 6 weeks after a new Prime Minister had been elected.  He felt compelled to react seriously in order for him to be taken seriously as a leader. Prime Minister John Howard a conservative politician pushed through a real changing legislation just 12 days after the killing spree. The tough new law tightened up even the rights of his supporters. THE LAW BANNED THE SALE AND IMPORTATION OF ALL AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMIC HANDGUNS AND RIFILES.
Related imageIt forced people to preset a legitimate reason for gun ownership   and wait 28 days to buy a firearm.  He also called for a mandatory buy-back of all guns.  The Australian government confiscated or destroyed nearly 700,000 firearms reducing the number of gun owning households by half. People protested even then that when you took away their gun you violated their civil rights.  They also agreed that the greatest gift of all is to lead a safe life without fear of random murder.  In the 15 years before the law change there were 13 mass shootings. IN THE DECADES SINCE THE LAW CHANGE THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE MASS SHOOTING IN Australia.
Gun homicides decrease by 60% since the law change. There has also been a 74% reduction in gun `related suicides. If you are allowed to have a weapon you must lock the weapon separately from the also locked bullets. There are surprise inspections by police to make sure there are two safes. The Australians see gun ownership as a privilege not as a right. Life is so short and every one of us is someone’s child. Why must our hearts blead in America? We need to be more like Australia!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our most outdated department keeps tract of guns

Related imageguns? We know that the FBI does background checks on buyers. If you use a gun illegally then it is the job of the ATF to investigate. It is the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco. They are supposed to regulate gun shops. The agents also investigate arson and explosives. Their main activity is the pursuit of gun traffickers. This agency finds themselves working with some of the most dangerous individuals in America. In Detroit they are rounding up gang members and looking through their inventory. Apparently a tough guy is no tough guy unless he has a rapid fire gun at his disposable. It is easy to hide behind one of them.
The bureau put behind bars more than 6,000 thugs last year for illegal weapons possession. So they should be rock stars here. Why aren’t they respected? After all the idea was started by the all too popular Alexander Hamilton in 1791. He wanted at the time to collect taxes on whiskey. So the whiskey rebellion broke out to protest the Act. The Agents who collected the tax money were tarred and feathered.  By the 1920’s it became the Bureau of Prohebition. But what about the guns? It was an era when the mobsters were glorified in the movies. Agent Eliot Ness became some kind of hero who took down Al Capone.
At this time the Thompson Machine Gun was popular also called the Tommy Gun.  It was easy to buy and was sold in hardware stores. Maybe we shouldn’t be selling guns in places like Wallmart.  It was such a popular machine gun that it led to the National Firearms Act of 1934.  So now this agency was in charge of the crackdown of booze and guns. They never cleaned up either area completely. So this Agency is not so popular on either side. The Agency is backward and needs a lot of help to at least be organized technologically. They still trace guns the old fashioned way. On the phone.
Why isn’t there a nationwide gun registry? The government keeps tract of everything else through computer lists. As usual the problem lies with Congress and the influence the NRA has on them. Congress has refused a national data list to be organized. We do not have a computerized searchable data base of gun manufacturers and sales.  Without a searchable data base it took 12 hours to find out who owned the guns used in the San Bernardino Massacre last December.  How can we say we have a hold on terrorism when our own government doesn’t want to keep tract of the guns in this country?
Taxpayers would benefit immediately and the thugs wouldn’t be able to get a gun so easily. The ATS Gun Tracing Center is stacked with file cabinets filled with paper record often falling apart and unreadable. We take care of our old cartoons in this country better than we take care of old gun records. There are gun shops listed that aren’t even in business anymore. It is very easy to loose tract of a firearm.  There are 139,000 gun dealers who are still in business.  The ATS has just 620 investigators to keep an eye on them.  How about we spend some of our Homeland Security tax dollars on hiring more investigators? Nope. Our elected officials are either on vacation or  out campaigning for more money for their re-elections.
Is there an effort to keep this Agency outdated and ill funded?  After the San Bernardino Massacre, President Obama proposed to hire 200 more workers to the Department.  A year has gone by and he leaves office within months. Expect nothing to be done.                                                                                   .                                

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The view of guns is different depending on where you live

Related imageShould guns be easily available or should they be only issued to law enforcement and the military? We would care less if there wasn’t so much tragedy lately due to random gun use. The nation seems to be divided on this issue. We all don’t want mean thugs having a gun but we all want our freedom to so what we want. Then there is the crazy person shooting up schools or other public places causing many people to die for no reason in an instant. The guns are serious weapons. There is no return no rewind once you pull that tiny trigger. There are children “playing” killing their sisters and brothers. It is obvious to get rid of the things and all our problems are solved. There are powerful forces out there that would never allow a gun to be gone and seen only in a museum.
In Wyoming there are more guns registered than there are people. The town of Cody was the home of Buffalo Bill and his town is one of the most law abiding no gun violence places in America. So the key word is to stop the violence. Stop the rapes, murders and robberies. Be law abiding and honest because even if everyone has a gun the police has no way of knowing who are the bad guys and who are the good guys in a gun fight. Having no gun areas with signs showing a circle with a picture of a gun and a slash on it is just an invitation for the thugs to prey on law abiding people who are not carrying their registered guns. They have just become sitting ducks for the violent criminal. Giving a gun to every teacher would create only more chaos and more gun fighting. Good guys with guns doesn’t necessarily save the day.
Being a good guy with a gun is not a political issue but a personal decision. Even if you use your gun to defend yourself, your life will never be the same again. Meanwhile when the Constitution was written, the second Amendment about the right to bear arms was not written for the ordinary citizen. It was not written for children to bear arms to kill wild game. It was written for the Militias who in each state required that every white male over the age of 16 to own a musket. They had laws then too. They prohibited that guns be fired within city limits. In 2008 they changed the law now permitting all citizens the right to have a gun. Now women are the fastest group of gun owners.
Big business is going into bullet proof vehicles that can stop hand guns up to grenades. They take the vehicle apart and line it with steel and other bullet resistant products and put together the vehicle again. These types of businesses are profiting right now. The bullet resistant vest was invented in 1893 and was proven to be effective in saving lives. Most heads of countries wore the vest. The Archduke of Austria forgot to wear his vest on the day he was shot and killed. His death prompted the beginning of World War I.   The wars have never stopped.
Already with over 300 homicides this year Chicago is the deadliest city in America in almost 2 decades and most of the victims are black people. Nationwide homicide is the leading cause of death 41,866 deaths of black men ages 15-24. 92% of those deaths are by gun.    Nationwide more than 100 children are killed accidentally each and every year. More than half of children do not know the difference between a real and a fake gun.   In Kansas most ranchers wear a gun.   In Wyoming most homes have a gun. Both states are below the numbers on gun violence.  They have one cop for every 600 miles. For these people gun control is for how steady you can hold your gun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Related imageIt was a beautiful day like today when it happened. The sky was a clear beautiful blue and the wind was gentle and refreshing. Then it happened. Chaos in America! In Manhattan! Two of New York’s most famous buildings just falling to the ground like finery building blocks! Impossible! America is well protected. New York is a financial mecca. We must be safe there but we weren’t and thousands of people died within an hour and now on September 11 America remembers and morns and is still angry. People are still dying from the burnt chemicals that settled in their bodies while they searched endlessly for days looking for survivors but if you didn’t get out before those buildings just crumbled, you were dead beyond recognition.
This year is a little bit different. Brokerage firms are giving jobs to the sons and daughters of 911 dead workers of their firms. Some financial institutions that had main offices in the World Trade Center lost 2/3 of their staff on that beautiful morning. We have 15 years of war in the Middle East to morn that our brave young men and women freely signed up to go there and give the terrorists our revenge American style. We did it proudly in our uniforms identifying ourselves and got our revenge killing a lot more than they killed here but at what price? Retaliation war never brings back those innocent workers who lost their lives. Now we have a population of sick wounded soldiers who lost limbs and have mental issues for their rest of their lives.
Congress is so political and driven at any cost to work on their own millions of dollars simply to be used to re-elect themselves that they too have forgotten the American soldier and their selfless commitment to our country. There was too much trust. We trusted George Bush to never let a disaster like 911 happen. Our kids trusted America that they would get one maybe 2 tours of duty. Most got 4 tours being taken away from those they love for so long that there was no one left to come back to. Many soldiers don’t even know how to be a civilian. Most came home to no jobs and no training for a new job being offered. Yes, 911 is a bunch of very sad numbers. 911 means a disaster now. Once it meant a phone number to get immediate help in an emergency. Now 911 means the worst disaster ever on American soil.