The Opinant

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." – William Shakespeare

After the Pandemic Ends.

Posted on March 20, 2020

 

Eventually this pandemic will pass. That is a certainty. And it should be obvious, there will be blame, finger pointing, revisionist history, and mourning. We can only hope that the mourning is kept to a minimum. Yet, we will have learned things, more than you might suspect right now. Here are a few I think that will top the list.

The Obvious ones.

1.) Bureaucracy is a major hindrance when fast action is needed. The Deep State, The Swamp, whatever you want to call it, bureaucracy is what it is. Bureaucrats may be Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or even Socialist. Yet their loyalty is to the bureaucracy, not their Political Party , or even an Administration. When Covid-19 raised it’s ugly head, the current administration sidestepped the bureaucracy once again. How this plays out, may be a litmus test for our bureaucracy. But, don’t hold your breath for a slimmer government.

2.) We are going to find out how efficient our Healthcare system actually is. And if this pandemic takes a turn for the worst, how well they can handle it. If they do well, then calls for the ACA, or Universal Healthcare will just turn into murmurs. The private sector will get a much needed boost of confidence, and hopeful we will get our healthcare system in order. If it collapses? We will have Universal Healthcare, and quick.

3.) If, and yes this is a big if, the pandemic passes in a short time, the economy will come roaring back. Not only will businesses that survived do better, new opportunities for those that failed will crop up. We might see a fundamental shift in our economy, and way of life. If this pandemic drags on, till August, or later? The word Recession will be replaced with Depression. And no amount of stimulus will save it.

4.) With Covid-19, the Chinese Virus, or Wuhan Virus, or whatever you want to call it, the geopolitical fallout is going to hurt. Actually, it’s a little scary what is coming out of China. China is making claims that the virus originated in the United States, and not only that, they are hinting, if not insinuating, that this virus was some sort of biological weapon. As absurd as those charges are, it is doubtful China will find solace in future trade with the United States. Look for more companies coming back to the USA, and our dependency on Chinese trade to evaporate. While this may be prudent for us, the Chinese will not take this well, and this will spell trouble for years to come.

The Not So Obvious Ones.

5.) Global Warming! Oh come on! Don’t be surprised! For years we’ve been hearing about the coming catastrophe of Climate Change. During this pandemic, factories have been reducing CO2 output if not stopping it altogether. A map of China before and after the pandemic hit are very telling. Yet, what will this pandemic mean for overall CO2 levels? There might be a slight drop, or at least a status quo from last year. Yet if the numbers go up? That will raise questions. If they drop dramatically due to the pandemic? Raise even more questions. Either way? Watch the numbers for CO2 emissions.

6.) Remember in number 3 I said a fundamental shift in our economy? That could happen. With the pandemic, more companies have been forced to have their employees work from home. Many people may like the idea, companies even more. If the company can save money by having their employees work offsite, they may take more advantage of this. Then there are drive thru outlets. This was becoming a thing prior to the pandemic, but many chains, and even small businesses might find this to their advantage. Delivery services may surge. Not to mention those industries, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, may start being produced in the United States, spawning new companies. 3-D printers have been trying their hat at making ventilators, a much needed device for this pandemic, but usually not in high demand. Companies who can do quick turn arounds? They might find themselves in demand.

7.) We will need to invest in a better internet. With millions home, children who are bored and the weather not cooperating, many people have turned to streaming services for entertainment. Questions of how much the internet can take have been cropping up, and even after the pandemic, we all know that demand will always be increasing. The time to reorganize and restructure our internet services will be upon us.

8.) We won’t learn our lesson. Despite this pandemic, Ebola, Swine Flu, and countless others that have come before this one, we won’t be prepared for the next one. This really isn’t a failure of an one particular Administration or Government. Part of it is human nature, our hubris. And part is because we have no idea what the next pandemic will be. We may have better protocols in place, better response times, but still…we just don’t know. If Covid-19 had the same lethality of Ebola, the world would be in a lot of hurt by now. If you think back to the HIV epidemic, a disease that took a long time to kill people, and couple that with Covid-19 ability to pass along undetected, infecting hundreds, before it shows up? Such a pandemic would devastate humanity. We would be faced with a disease that could lay dormant in us for years before it exhibited lethal symptoms. In the world of virology, being vigilant is not just practical, it is a necessity.

 

I hope we beat the curve, flatten it like a skunk on some dusty backroad. And I hope the Malaria related drugs work. And that we develop a vaccine for this virus. That we learn more, and are able to take better steps to prevent a resurgence. In the mean time, we’ll stay at home, run out to the store and hope bread is on the shelves, and suck up the streaming services to the max. I wish everyone well, and hope to see you on the other side of this mess. While you hear the bad, there are more stories of good out there. And in the end, we realize that humans, messed up and neurotic as we are, really care for each other.

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog belong to the author alone. Tarot cards, crystal balls, and other magical attributes were not used in the writing of this blog. The author is not a medical professional, and doesn’t even play one on tv. Although I have been examined by my four children over the years with their childhood medical expertise and it has been determined that I suffered from a bad case of the cooties. Wash your hands, keep 6 feet away, and be kind. ]

What the Coronavirus has taught me about the Zombie Apocalypse.

Posted on March 16, 2020

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We’re basically screwed folks. I don’t think the Coronavirus will end humanity. Most likely it won’t even put a dent in humanity overall. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take it seriously, we should. But with 7 billion and counting, the End of the World is not nigh. Yet if you are worried about a virus taking out humanity, might want to look a little closer to home, a mirror would do fine.

You have to wonder what is it about this virus that is causing the run on toilet paper. Theories abound, articles have been written, politicians have opined, comedians are having fun, but it’s more telling than they know.

Yesterday I needed to run to the store. During this pandemic, we have been limiting our exposure, so I get to be the guinea pig. I go for the essentials, and then come back home to wash my hands and then put stuff away. Yet my wife was curious, what do the stores look like? Who is buying what and what are they out of?

Well, toilet paper of course. Paper towels, napkins, water…water bottles are scarce. Gatorade, and other drinks with electrolytes in them? Gone. BREAD, was wiped out! Who hordes bread? Milk was gone, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and most foods that are premade and you just heated them up in the microwave or oven. Then of course there is a run on ibuprofen, but not facial tissues, odd.

Then, the strangest of them all, people had been asking for cash back so much that the store had to halt doing that. Makes you scratch your head in wonder.

My conclusion from my shopping? People are not worried about the coronavirus. Concerned? Yes. Worried? No. What they are worried about is the governments reaction to the virus. People are more afraid of being quarantined for a month than catching the virus. They feel they will be locked away in their houses, unable to get simple things, like toilet paper. People are worried that stores will no longer take cards, or worse, they won’t honor them. So, we’ll have to go back to cash.

Many have been buying perishables that they feel they won’t have access to, because the government will halt transportation. Fresh vegetables, bread, and even milk would be scarce if that happened, and people feel it will. Bottled water? A fear that tap water will not always flow.

These hoarders? They’re not so crazy. Okay, definitely overdoing the toilet paper. But as of today, in my state of Illinois, the governor is shutting down the state. Restaurants, Bars, State Parks, any place were people may congregate are being shuttered for the time being. The closings? Probably going to get worse before it gets better. The point of all this is to isolate the population, to prevent the spread. Yet the hoarders tell us they feel the government is the real virus here, and that they fear them, more than Covid-19. (Wuhan flu for you conservatives).

What does this pandemic tell me? That we are screwed if the Zombie Apocalypse happens. No, don’t worry, the dead are not coming back to life…yet. But the Zombie Apocalypse is more than that. Unlike the Coronavirus which will come and go, the Zombie Apocalypse is a sustained pandemic. One that would last months or even years. It is one of those off the charts scenarios that we use to gauge our response abilities. Even our Military have used a Zombie outbreak as a training exercise. Mostly tongue-in-cheek, yet also for the complete chaos aspect.

And it is that chaos, the complete breakdown of order, that people fear most. They fear the governments overreaction to a crisis, and their overreach. We don’t fear the crisis as much as we fear human stupidity.

While our government, and governments around the world are getting a handle on the Coronavirus outbreak, they are showing that we are not prepared for a pandemic on a Plague like scale. We just don’t have the resources, the preparedness, that it would take to ward off hoards of Zombies. We tend to knee jerk in our reactions, and not implement protocols to minimize damage on time, or have them in ready to implement in the first place.

And then their is the political aspects of pandemics. Crisis’s often bring out the worst in politicians. On occasion, the best, but usually the worst. As they vie to top each other with the mantra “I am doing more than the other guy”. They use times like this to grab power in the guise of handling the situation. Becoming overreacting parents, when you break your curfew, by just 30 seconds.

So, the Coronavirus? It will run it’s course, take its toll, and fade into the history books like so many before it. The Zombie Apocalypse? Well it’s coming, probably without the living dead part, but it’s around the corner. And will we have learned our lesson by then? The toilet paper hoarders think not.

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog come from the writers deranged imagination. No Toilet Paper was harmed in the making of this blog, although a couple of rolls were squeezed for good measure. WASH YOUR HANDS! And use common sense. We’ll get through this, it is just a bug folks, not a Zombie Apocalypse.]

Dear Twitterverse, that isn’t socialism.

Posted on February 12, 2020

 

 

I’ve noticed something about the new socialist on Twitter. They don’t know what socialism is. They think they do. But sadly, they don’t.

Socialism to them is this hip new idea that magically makes everyone equal. Don’t ask them what ‘Equal’ means because they don’t know what that means either.

But in the Socialist Utopia that is to come. The Wealthy 1% will pay for everyone’s dreams. Corporations will cease to exist in favor government run co-ops and Healthcare will fix everything from the Coronavirus to Shingles. You will have a house, you will have a starter job paying you $22 an hour. And oh, anything you want to learn? College for Free.

Honestly, it’s not a bad world. Sounds great. And of course, we already have socialist institutions in the United States, so there you go. The government hasn’t collapsed into anarchy because we have adopted these socialist programs. So, we can add more right? Expand upon our current socialist programs. Right?

Fine, but those programs? They aren’t socialist in nature. Sure they benefit people, but honestly? They benefit the Capitalist Merchants first and foremost. These programs were put in place to help everyone, they were put in place to protect, or add incentives, to open markets for Merchants. You know, Capitalist.

Police Departments, Fire Departments, Water Departments, Roads and Bridges, Railroads, airports and shipyards, all these exist because of Capitalism. They were created, in one way or the other, to enhance trade and commerce.

If you have a business? You don’t want riots in the streets that could damage your building. You don’t want it to burn down. You’ll need reliable water for the fire department and for your business. If you have a muddy road in front of your business, but your competitor had a brick road? You’ll lose business and probably move elsewhere. Rail access became important, faster to transport your goods. Same with Airports and shipyards. The Public Services? Weren’t built just because it was a ‘nice idea at the time’. They were built or came into being to serve Merchants. Towns and Cities saw the importance of these services for their merchants, and so they funded them.

If you want to say Social Security is a perfect example? Not really. A good example, yes. But FDR was as much as a socialist as Ronald Reagan was. Social Security gave retirement monies at a time when Ma & Pa were living at home and couldn’t provide for themselves. That money helped families and allowed families to buy more goods and services. Okay, yes, Social Security did pay people who didn’t work anymore. And the money came from taxation. Yet government giveaways to benefit the general public aren’t necessary socialism. If so, explain why Roman Emperor’s gave out bread and coins to the public. Not really the model of Socialism, those dastardly Romans.

When socialism does take hold of a government, it only brings about a short term prosperity. Like using one, 2 liter of pop, for a group of teenagers. Sure, they all get a good taste at first, but when it comes to round two, either some get more, others none. Or all get a little. Eventually, you run out of other peoples 2 liters.

Resources under socialism naturally grow tight. Free education is offered, but only on those subjects that the government approves of. What? Do you think Soviet College students were learning how to run a successful business? Or the value of entrepreneurship? Those classes weren’t offered. Or offered behind the college and against the bullet riddled wall.

Everyone had a job in the U.S.S.R., but that could mean 5 people working the same job, that was originally meant for 1 person to do. Either you would take turns, or one guy is working while the others goof off. Not sure where that rates on your idea of Equality, but I doubt it rates high.

The concept is that government programs, government housing and healthcare, will make life easier. Maybe. But when you ask others to take care of you? Well you have to accept what they offer. Your choices become limited, if non-existent. Remember the breadline stories of the old Soviet Union? The reason they exist is because only one manufacture was making the bread and only one place distributing the bread. If they were out of bread? You couldn’t go across the street to the other store. That store didn’t exist.

 

So, no Twitterverse. These programs and services are not the socialism you laud by saying ‘we have socialism already’, these programs were created by capitalists, to enable businesses to meet their needs. Nothing to do with socialism at all.

 

[The opinions expressed here are the authors and authors alone. Links were not provided because it really wouldn’t help. Socialist just think the internet is just another case of Capitalist Oppression. Also, it would do you some good to do your own research.]

Dear Chicken Little, you are wrong my friend.

Posted on November 13, 2019

A little note to the Climate Alarmist Movement. And why we didn’t shoot all the horses when the Model T rolled out.

 

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Due to Climate Change, Gingerbread men will mutate into Ginger Cthulhu’s. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

My Twitter discussion started with an NBC article. The article purported that Hurricane’s are more damaging now than they were 100 years ago. You know, back when satellites where powered by horses, and getting them into orbit involved ginormous sling shots.

I had to reply. My reply had to be snarky. Because the idiocy of the article demanded it. An apples to avocados comparison.

One major problem with the Climate Change Alarmist Culture is depending upon historical data and turning it into scientific data. It’s a wonderful idea, but it just doesn’t quite work out the way you like. Like Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe baking a soufflé, it’s a lovely thought, but the results just aren’t going to cut it. Scientist are notorious for doing this. That’s why scientific views change over time. Usually, for the better.

My snark didn’t sit well with one Tweeter. And we engaged in a robust back and forth. I thoroughly enjoyed it, because I am weird and like other points of view. Now, the Tweeter did not call themselves an Alarmist, yet they have empathy for them.

I do not. I think they make Climate Change look stupid, and fuel people into thinking it is a pseudoscience.

Here’s the deal. Anthropological Global Warming is real. Used to be called Global Warming, which is a misnomer. Now called Climate Change, which is a bigger misnomer.

The biggest mistake Climate Change Alarmist make is assuming that all the evils in the world revolve around Carbon Dioxide and the fossil fuels that create it. They have used historical data to show the errant rise of CO2 levels, correlated this with the rise of industry, and voilà! Demand we give up fossil fuels to save the planet.

 

Note to Alarmist. Earth was hit by a big f’ing space rock some 65,000,000 years ago and is still here. So is life. Chill.

 

The problem with their logic, and those scientific facts that are pushing their logic, is that it isn’t logical. Nor historically accurate. Humans have been altering the Earth for tens of thousands of years. Mostly, for our betterment.

Humans, like many species that exist (and used to exist) on this planet, manipulate their environment to better suit themselves. We just happen to be very good at it. And during this time, we have altered our planets atmospheric make up. Can’t say that is a good thing, but honestly? We really don’t know how bad it is either.

Yet you are told the temperatures are rising, the ice is melting, the sea levels will wash away cities, and well, we are going extinct, like in 12 years, maybe 50, tops. AOC and Greta concur, we are toast.

No we aren’t. Well…maybe, but certainly not by Climate Change. Anti-vaxxers have a better chance, than Climate Change, in wiping out humanity.

However, we might just go extinct due to stupidity, because ditching fossil fuels? That is just stupid. When the Model T rolled off of production lines, no one thought they should shoot all the horses. Sure, the horse was going to be replaced, but let’s not go crazy here.

Fossil fuels will not be the end of us. They will probably save us. For one, to build electric cars, put up solar panels, move wind turbines, you are going to have to use fossil fuels.

If we need to relocate people away from the coastlines, or build barriers to prevent coastal flooding, it will be much more easier with fossil fuels, rather than waiting for the sun to come up to drive our solar powered earthmovers.

 

Fossil fuels will also create the great Dome Cities we will live in when the air is toxic, and fossil fuels will also power the lasers to blast anyone over 30 years of age into smithereens. Okay, so maybe not, but that would be a great 70’s movie wouldn’t it? 

 

In truth, the biggest problem with Alarmist is they have Chicken Little Syndrome. They scream Fossil Fuel Bad and propose solutions that are scientifically and financially unattainable, all the while feeling good about telling you what a rotten person you are for flying in an airplane. Then they cheer a 16 girl who sails around the world in a boat that to build it? Probably produced enough CO2 in its manufacturing that it could feed a mini rainforest.

They believe we can use solar and wind to solve all of our energy ills, while shirking Nuclear power that real could solve all our energy ills.

Yet the biggest fault in all their logic? Fossil Fuels themselves. While touting the greedy oil companies for knowing years ago that fossil fuels would increase CO2 levels, they missed the point that back when the reports came out? Most in the industry were warning of the end of fossil fuels. That resources were drying up, and soon? The world would be without oil.

Why didn’t that happen? Because human ingenuity found other ways to extract oil. Exploration techniques became better, and we learned to conserve our usage by being more efficient in our use of fossil fuels.

We solved the shortage problem not by abandoning what had worked, but by improving upon ways that did work. Ending fossil fuels now? That is a sure path to extinction.

 

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog come from the mind of Cthulhu, who is channeling his dark thoughts into my mind right this very minute. Cthulhu has stock in Oil Companies, and wants to see fossil fuels used in abundance so that life on Earth will be choked out. This will finally give Cthulhu time to watch his favorite Netflix programs in peace. Without all that Climate Change yapping. – Or this could all be in my head. – jsk]

 

 

 

Boomer: The slur that isn’t.

Posted on October 30, 2019

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Not all mushrooms need to be grown in the dark, and fed poop. / photo by The Opinant

 

I was called a Boomer today. A comment I thought was a little strange. For one, I am a Baby Boomer. And two…it was used as an insult.

 

I wasn’t insulted.

 

Yet the person I was trying to have a discussion with on Twitter, about Socialism, called me a Boomer as an insult. I think they need to work on their repertoire of insults.

Insults are generally that last ditch effort to inject into a conversation a stinging blow, to silence the conversation, and thus, by it’s very nature, win the argument by ending it. That rarely works.

Others in the conversation admonished me (and my generation) for screwing up the world. We’ve caused more harm than Genghis Khan it seems. Baby Boomer have done nothing to help the planet but have grown rich and fat off of unfair capitalist practices.

We Boomers just don’t understand how unjust we are. How we have ravaged the earth for resources, enslaved millions for profit, and well, we just suck in general.

 

I blame education for this. And parents (and grandparents) not wanting to discuss their checkered past.

 

So, quick education for my socialist Millennials.

 

Baby Boomers are the generation following World War II. That is a war in which we fought to defeat Fascist Governments, that were Socialistic in nature. We are a long bunch. From 1946 to 1963 (and I am talking only my family, some boomers were born after 1963)

We were the clean cut kids of the 1950’s, that were not always clean cut. We were the Hippies of the 1960’s and 1970’s. And yes, the Yuppies of the 1980’s.

We fought in Vietnam, Grenada, and the Gulf War. Others conflicts in-between. Some of those conflicts were not as clear cut as the war our fathers fought in, and to say it didn’t jade us? That would be a lie. It did.

But through all this, we took what we learned from the previous generation and built upon it. We lived in fear, the USSR was a threat. Communism was a threat, Socialism was a threat. And those threats? They were real. You could feel it.

Despite this threat, or maybe because of this threat. We relished the American way of life. After Vietnam, we allowed many South Vietnamese to immigrate to America. We did the same years later when Yugoslavia fell. And in all that time? Soviets, Poles, Czechoslovakians, East Germans, and anyone under the Iron Curtain was welcomed. We welcomed them because like us? They yearned to be free.

We didn’t shun capitalism, because we knew what the alternative was. We saw it on TV, and read about it in the papers. And, if you were like me, heard stories of what went on behind the Iron Curtain from people who had lived there. Socialism drained the soul out of those under its tyranny. A drab world where the government told you where to live, where to work, and how much you were going to eat that day.

Boomers created a better world. The hippies? Well they became environmentalist. Doubt many of you remember the commercial of a Native American crying over garbage. America in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was a dirty place. I know, growing up in Southern California and having to stay inside for recess, the air quality being too bad to go outside. While the Greatest Generation didn’t worry about it too much, my generation did. And in doing so, helped clean up hundreds of rivers and lakes.

Boomers are the generation that wanted to make life easier on their children, give them better opportunities, better education. To ask questions and not be told ‘Because I said so’. We valued education because it meant something. You didn’t need a four year degree to become a plumber, and plumbers made good money. Still do.

Almost all the technological marvels that Millennials take for granted? Boomers either created or had a hand in perfecting. Many major companies of today were small start ups, whose Boomer entrepreneurs risked all, because they had a dream. And those who succeeded? They got rich in the process. But most Boomers don’t mind that, they worked hard for it, they paid the price, and why shouldn’t they reap the benefits?

And hey, so they are rich. So what? Me? well I always have a calculator on me, much to the chagrin of my 3rd Grade teacher who told me otherwise.

 

Every generation laments the ease of the generation that follows. I am guilty of that. I have two Millennial daughters, and often tell them they have more opportunities than I did.

Every new generation likes to complain the former screw things up. They didn’t. They just worked with what they had. Building on previous generations to make life easier for themselves and their children.

 

Baby Boomers didn’t fail Millennials. Not in respects to ruining the world. You have a much safer, cleaner, ‘easier’ world than ours. It isn’t perfect, not even close. But we leave that to you to work on. We failed you in not telling you what we went through to achieve this way of life you now live in.

I’m lucky because I have two generations of kids. A set of Millennials, and a set of Gen Z. I get to watch the dynamics of their interactions. Having to listen to my eldest tell my youngest that she remembers when there wasn’t such a thing as WiFi. Something my son will never know, but his big sister remembers. Just as I remember phones being tied to a house or a pole outside a grocery store. And my father telling me of telegraphs.

 

So, calling me a Boomer? Sorry, not an insult. I relish the term.

Dear Democratic-Socialist, nothing is free, not even the air you breath.

Posted on October 25, 2019

This is a picture of a slug on a Hosta leaf. It has absolutely nothing to do with this article, but I thought it looked cool. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

I like free stuff, don’t you? If I am walking through a store and they are offering samples, I do sample. Especially cheese.

Seems that free stuff is the trend nowadays. Free Healthcare, free College, free housing, free…well about everything. It is the promise of the Democratic-Socialist and the Democratic candidates (barring a couple).

Of course they don’t really mean it is free, what they mean is they are going to take from others to make it free for you. You can go to college and get that degree in Holistic Underwater Basket Weaving and it will be paid for by those rich jerks. And as we all know, Holistic Underwater Basket Weavers are in high demand.

They want to make sure you are set in life. That you have no worries, that everything will be okay because they are going to take care of you. Screw the rich guys, they are evil and just want to use you. Corporations, those soulless entities that aren’t made up of people, just Boards of Directors…who must not be real people, or so I’ve heard.

Of course this free stuff comes with a small price to you. Choice. Because if we have free healthcare, you really aren’t going to be able to pick your own doctor, not even a PPO. You will be assigned a doctor, and a college, and housing. You may find out, down the road, that you will even be assigned an occupation, of the government’s choosing. Because the need for Holistic Underwater Basket Weavers is in demand, even if such an occupation doesn’t exist. No worries, they will create the job, Employment For All!, is their motto.

You see, that’s what socialist do. They assign people to things, to make it work. They don’t need the gears of capitalism to drive the economy or workforce, the government becomes the economy and your boss. You’ll have to play along, or you will find yourself on the outs. By outs I mean the American version of a Gulag.

Of course, they say socialism will work, take away the evils of a hard-hearten capitalistic society that held down women and minorities. A society that didn’t support your individualism. Because in a socialist society, individualism is key…as long as you fit into one of the government approved categories. And have the proper papers filled out in triplicate.

 

Free stuff sounds good. But nothing is free. Those samples of cheese I stuffed in my mouth? Well, I like it. So I bought a block for $5.99. Gift baskets, giveaways, keychains and all the little things you get for ‘free’ at Expos, County Fairs and hundreds of little events you may visit in you life? Marketing tools.

Those little bottles of shampoo you shove in your suitcase from the hotel? The cost of those are built in to your room bill. People offer you free things to get you to like their product, to hook you.

Kind of like the Democratic Candidates in this 2020 election. If you just elect them? You will get free stuff. The rich will pay for it. Well, till can’t pay anymore, because there aren’t any left. Remember they told us that Billionaires are bad. Those people who worked their proverbial butts off to achieve that level of success need to be scorned for their wealth. Because who deserves to be a Billionaire? Not sure, but I am sure it is not up to me to judge them, and definitely not up to me to take their hard earned money away.

 

Now about that air you breath, you know, that free stuff? It’s not. It is created by that tree in your backyard. Through the process of photosynthesis. Taking nutrients and that malicious CO2 with a dash of sunlight to create sugars, and expel O2. And yes, there is more to it than that, but it isn’t free.

 

Nor is the sunlight.

 

Some 93 million miles away is an average star that is eating itself alive. Converting hydrogen into helium. Eventually it is going to run out of hydrogen, and well, let’s hope we’ve moved on when that happens. But it isn’t free. Nothing is free.

Socialist will have you believe they can fix your problems. That they can give you free stuff, and life will be good. It won’t, it never has been a successful system, and their promises are always hollow.  They rob Peter to pay Paul, till Peter is broke. Then they start robbing Paul.

Democratic-Socialist are another thing. They ask that you vote them in first. That way it looks better when take your choices away, because you elected them to do just that, right? You said it was okay, because they offered you free stuff.

And everyone likes free stuff.

I have a serious problem with the Ukrainian President.

Posted on September 26, 2019

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Ben Shapiro said it best in a Tweet yesterday. It really depends on your political point of view that determines how you see the transcript of the phone conversation between President Trump, and President Zelensky of the Ukraine. (Why yes, yes I did paraphrase Ben.)

Well, that is if you see the transcript as what was actually said. Because, it wasn’t Verbatim.

 

Verbatim: in exactly the same words as were used originally.

 

See, everyone jumped all over that. It was in a tagline that was put on the copy of the transcript released. If you read the tagline in context, you would know it was an ‘out’ for the memo takers. Those four eyed pencil pushing translators that jot down every sigh the two Presidents gave. Those poor buggers who try to hear every little gasp, laugh, and cough. Those guys whom, that tagline? Saves their butts.

Calls, unless recorded (and even then) can never be verbatim. Things get missed by faulty connections, or low voices, or…well everything the tagline said.

But it was worth a few hours of ‘Gotcha!’ tweets.

Then came the nitpicking. Favor became the next hot topic. Because we all know what that means. It means Trump was channeling Vito Corleone, and while there was no mention of any horses head, it was implied of course. That was (and I think, still is) the trending damning confession from the Current Occupant of the White House.

 

All of these points, the language used, whether the transcript was accurate to the conversation, and the plethora of spins both right and left, left out one thing.

 

Push. That is the word everyone should have been focusing on. President Zelensky said at a sit down with President Trump at the UN, that there wasn’t any pressure exerted on him to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the Ukraine. Or, Push, was the word he used.

 

Why say that? There can’t be any doubt that President Trump is embattled. The news media howls about him every day, all day. He tweets his random thoughts, and has stepped in so much political dog doo that he probably isn’t allow to wear shoes in the White House.

They want to impeach him. Hordes of Democrats and NeverTrumpers just chomping at the bit to find one ‘Ah Ha!’ in his Administration…or tax returns when they finally get them. After a disappoint Russian Collusion Report, calling him a racist, and xenophobic. And lets not forget, Trump wants to watch the world burn as he mocks little Swedish girls. Nothing has stuck to him. People hate him. Probably because nothing is sticking.

 

We are talking, he stole your ice cream cone hatred. 

 

So, you are the newly elected President of Ukraine. You need aid, and badly. Russia is using you for a Weapons Testing Fire Range. You seriously don’t know who to trust in your government. Things could go south and quick.

Then the President of the United States, asks you to check into his political rival. Asks for a FAVOR. And you have seen the Godfather, both I and II (But skipped III) so you get what he is talking about. You are not going to say no to him. You need his help, and really? Is it a big deal to take a peek? Maybe ‘pretend’ to look into it? And hopefully get some really cool missile system out of it all? Sure, why not!

 

Flash forward a couple of months and suddenly this private conversation is going public. Crap! What to do? Well what can you do? Just go with it! Right?

 

Okay, but why? What political gain do you get from backing up an embattle President? I mean, the guy is probably going to lose in 2020. You know, if you follow everyone but Fox News. And if you back him up, and he loses, or is impeached, then what happens to Ukraine? Wait! What happens to you? Putin coming over with chocolates and flowers?

But, if you say nothing, maybe not back his fabricated story, maybe get ahead of it and give the Democrats what they are drooling over. You…oh well! You would be the favorite of the next Democratic President. You just handed them Trump’s head on a silver bedsheet. You, are the Man!

 

But instead of this, President Zelensky said he wasn’t Pushed.

 

So, stick it Favor and Verbatim. Pushed is the word of the day, and the real story behind all this farce.

 

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog come from the warped imagination of the author. Who is not Ukrainian. Nor a Russian Bot…well, I don’t think so. And if I am? I don’t know that I am. But if the Matrix is true…]
[Also, no horse was harmed in the writing of this blog. Nor was any President. I did pick on a couple of words, and I am truly sorry for that. Please don’t go back 8 years and check out my Twitter account. Thanks.]
Definition of Verbatim provide by Oxford, via Google.