The Opinant

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

Let’s forget the citizen question and count them all.

Posted on April 10, 2019

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Maybe we should let it ride another 10 years. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

 

Tomorrow I plan to move my family some 2000 miles away from our home. My children know no other home than this one, and it will be a huge change for us. We are going to California, walking there, with only the clothes on our back, what we can carry in suitcases, and with little money in our pockets.

It will be a hard journey, but it will be worth it. I don’t speak the California language. Their dialect and nuances of the English language is just too foreign for me. What exactly does ‘Gnarly’ mean? But in California? I can find a home, get medical care, send my kids to their schools to be educated by people who speak my Midwestern language. All of this, through the gracious donations of the California Taxpayers.

I could go to Wisconsin I guess. Not that far away, they have great beer and an amazing selection of cheeses. But Wisconsin won’t take care of me like California will. Wisconsin only lets a few people move into their State. Very choosy that Wisconsin.

Of course, traveling to California will be worth it, they will take care of me. I may have some issues traveling there. Wandering across the country without much food and water, little money, and finding places to sleep and relieve ourselves, just might draw the attention of the authorities. They don’t take kindly to parents making their children sleep outside at roadside stops. I might get arrested for Child Neglect and the kids might end up in foster care. But California? They will take me in. The want me to come there, and once there? No one is going to make me leave. Don’t you want to go to California with us?

 

Because California is in America, and THAT place wants you to stay. 

 

And that is the crux of the immigration issue. The reason people make a perilous trek of some 2580 miles isn’t because of proximity. Nor is it because the culture is similar, so the impact on relocation will be minimal. They don’t put their children in peril, something that would land us in jail and our kids in foster care if we tried it, just because the scenic route is fun. They do it for economic reasons. And most importantly, because we let them.

And why is it, that people who care about them so much, people who are trying to stop any staunching of this flood of humanity, are for it? Why would anyone think this is a great idea? Wouldn’t it be better to give monies to adjacent countries to house these imperiled people? You would think a healthy chunk of the foreign aid budget could be funneled for this very purpose. Heck, even the $5.7 Billion for the Medieval Wall could be sent to those countries for them to take care of this humanitarian crisis.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case does it? Kind of the opposite. Instead of working to keep those people in their own nations, or to resettle them in neighboring nations, we want them to spend the next two months walking to the United States border.

 

I wonder if it has something to do with the 2020 Census?

 

Every 10 years we count ourselves. Typically this involves a form in the mail, on occasion a worker knocking on your door. But we count…everyone. Now what we do with those number is the fun part. Other than finding out how many kids people have. Because normally people do not have 2.5 children, we like whole numbers in our kids. We also take those numbers and divvy up Representatives Seats. You get your Congressional Legislators from the census.

So it shouldn’t surprise anyone why the push to allow illegal immigrants into the United States is now a Democratic Party Cause. Many immigrants who come to America settle in large cities. Cities that are run by Democrats, cities that have enacted Sanctuary policies. If you have more people in your area when the census takes place, you get more Representatives in Congress.

This is why the Democratic Party, Liberal outlets, and pro-Sanctuary advocates are against a simple question on the 2020 census.

Are you a Citizen of the United States?

 

This addition, or in reality, reinsertion into the Census is drawing the ire of many Democrats. They have fought it tooth and nail against it, and now? The question is before the Supreme Court. The SCOTUS decision will decide who controls the House of Representatives for generations to come. Undoubtedly, swaying the House to a Democratic Majority. One thing? Those here already? Or before the ruling comes down? Will get a pass. Some way, some how, it will happen. They will be counted.

 

So, let’s skip the question and count them all. Hit the snooze button for 10 years.

 

What if, instead of concentrating on a border fence, the President redirected his Homeland Security and Border Patrol to take in illegal immigrants and send them to designated housing areas. These areas would be in Republican majority spots in the Nation. Middle of Iowa, or Central California, maybe even Southern Illinois. They would stay there, be taken care of till the question of their legal status is determined. You know, after the 2020 Census.

I am not suggesting encampments, or gulags. Apartments, public housing, FEMA trailers will do just fine. But all of these designated places, within Republican dominated areas.

Could you guess how long it would take the Democratic Party to reverse its stance on illegal immigration? Before the ink dries on the Executive order.

 

 

 

[The opinions expressed here are from the Author’s vivid imagination. At no time did he consider walking to California with his family in tow. Driving to California would be annoying, can you imagine a month and a half of “Are we there yet?” if we walked? Wisconsin is a lovely State and would gladly welcome you in. Immigrants are people, who care and love their families. They are looking for a better life, and you can’t blame them. Yet walking some 2780 miles or more with your kids? Bad form old boy, bad form.]

Obstruction, Obstruction…what’s your function?

Posted on April 8, 2019

 

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Robert S. Mueller III Special Counsel for The United States Department of Justice. / Image courtesy of F.B.I. and Wikipedia.

 

I have to say I am very impressed with Robert Mueller. For one, he was a Democratic Party darling, now he is a Republican Party darling. The man knows how to make people happy and sad in less than 24 hours. That is impressive.

But it was the genius of stacking his investigators deck with ardent Liberal Democrats that was amazing. Taking people on who absolutely hated President Trump, those who would look into every nook and cranny hoping to find a sliver of Collusion or in reality, Conspiracy.

 

Yet it didn’t turn out that way. 

 

Robert Mueller put himself in the cat-bird seat by this action. If he would have chosen a more non-partisan group, or say non-political group, well there would be wiggle room to say he was bias in favor of the President. As you might have noticed, the Talking Blue Bird at President Trumps disposal said the opposite for the last two years. President Trump called the investigation, and Mueller, everything in the book, and then tweeted about it. When the report finally dropped on a Washington D.C. Friday night, tears were shed, teeth were gnashed, and everyone was trying to figure this whole thing out to their advantage.

 

How could this be? No Collusion? What??? Oh, wait! What’s this about Obstruction? 

 

Then the rallying cry started. The President, well he may have Obstructed Justice. Mueller was ambiguous, left the decision to that rabid Republican William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States. Because Barr, you know, will bury that charge under a Cherry Tree. Or at the least, toss it into the Potomac River. CNN went on endlessly about it, MSNBC, The New York Times, Vox and a host of others droned on. Collusion was the real crime.

 

Then Silence.

 

Right now, the big discussion is the Full Report. Everyone is itching to see it, and darn it! Why did they release the Kenneth Starr White Water Report in full! And why are they taking so long now? What are they trying to hide? Is Barr trying to be sneaky?

Of course it might be because the report deals with a Foreign Government, you know, Russia. And the report contains intelligence gathering methods include (or not). So that picking and choosing what to show might be a good reason not to blast the Full Report on Twitter. Then of course, there are those nasty legalities about releasing classified documents and methods. Barr may have that on his mind too. Silly man!

But talk about Obstruction has faded into the background. Now it is just concerns about a black sharpie used to cover what everyone wants to see. Concerns over what we will eventually see, and what Barr is, of course, going to bury under mounds of Legalities to prevent Congress from seeing the Whole Picture. You know, this Attorney General is actually going to follow the law, isn’t that refreshing?

The question on Obstruction has faded for a couple of reasons. And although better minds than mine have discussed their reasonings, I think it boils down to these two.

 

It’s hard to Obstruct Justice when there isn’t a crime.

 

Consider the first finding on Collusion. (You know, Conspiracy) that was deemed untrue. Okay, so no evidence was found. And no evidence will be found until Congressmen Adam Schiff releases his hidden cache of documents. Until Adam fesses up, this is a hamburger without a patty. Probably missing the pickles too. So…

No Collusion, and if there isn’t any collusion, trying to stop an investigation into a non-crime would be a…?

Not a crime. It’s kind of like me helping my neighbor hid from his wife. Sure, he can just stand in my garage, drink a beer, and snicker as his wife calls out his name. And yes, I will be in deep doodoo with my neighbor’s wife. But I did not commit a crime. I did not obstruct justice. Just helped out a neighbor, tried to help out a friend.

If now, the police were looking for my neighbor because he robbed a liquor store to get said beer, that he is now drinking in my garage. And I know he is there, and tell the police he is not, and tell my neighbor to hide in the rafters? You know what? I have just obstructed justice. Along with aiding and abetting. I am in deep doodoo, and not just with my neighbor’s wife.

This was President’s Trump crime. Or lack of crime. I seriously doubt he thought it was a crime, and maybe one of his lawyers would have told him not to say such things because they will use it against him and all. And maybe one did, maybe one didn’t. Then again, with lawyers like Cohen? He probably never asked. Or they never told him. Or…well lets face it. Either way you cut, dice, dissect it? You really can’t obstruct justice if there is no crime to obstruct.

 

Whack-a-phone.

 

Then there is the little problem of precedent. Not exactly legal precedent but more of a precedent of perception. During the 2016 Election there were questions regarding the investigation of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server. And the reported lost 30,000 emails. Give or take a few hundred emails. Where did they go?

The private server that was housed in the Clinton’s private home was the point of contention with Republican lawmakers during, and prior, to the 2016 election. This server had all of its data erased.

Oh, and not just erased. Using a software program called Bleachbit that literally destroyed all chances of ever recovering those lost emails, or anything else on the server. Cleaned, with a digital dust cloth.

Then there is the strange case of Hillary Clinton’s staffs BlackBerrys. They were destroyed by using hammers. Which is a little extreme to say the least. Making those devices useless for recovering data that may have been pertinent to the investigation.

Add to this the emails found on Clinton’s top Aide, Huma Abedin, laptop that she shared with her then husband, Former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Questions arose about the nature of those emails, and whether they were sensitive in nature or not. Ultimately considered ‘not sensitive’ by then FBI Director James Comey and his staff.

All these odd little things, from destroyed data, to 5th amendment invocations, just add to the mystery surrounding the Clinton Email investigation. Illegal? Eh. Improper? Well yes. Obstruction? Okay, so we may have a problem there. Because it has become a huge “He said, She said” over things of when the Clinton team was told to keep all materials related to the investigation, and whether emails on the private server were actually government secrets or not…and well it’s a mess deserving of a Special Counsel itself. But let’s not go there, please.

Unfortunately for those who wanted to push the Obstruction of Justice questions toward President Trump, having so many questions about obstruction on the Clinton Email Server investigation leads to a bad taste in one’s mouth.

If they push for a case of obstruction on Trump, well then, can’t the same be said about Hillary Clinton? Of course it can. Trump just talked and tweeted. As far as he know he never took a hammer to his tweets. Saying silly things and tweeting about them are one thing. Destroying property and wiping out data? Quite another. Bad form old girl, bad form.

 

Give that man a Cigar!

 

Robert Mueller did our country a huge favor, hopefully his legacy will reflect that. By stacking the investigation deck with ardent Liberals, thus deflecting any bias in favor of President Trump, and by punting on Obstruction of Justice, he has hopefully ended what was to be the beginning of an endless cycle of investigations into collusion theories. Moot point be damned.

Overall, Robert Mueller proved the point. The system works, even as ugly as the system may be at time, it still works.

 

Just because you think the world is flat, doesn’t make it so. Same with your gender.

Posted on April 5, 2019

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I am a little lost as to where the water would go. / Image from Wikipedia.

This is like my 5th draft of this post. No, seriously, I have written this four times before and didn’t like it. Kept coming off mean, and disingenuous. Because something is wrong, and I can’t quite put a finger on it. Every time I try? sounds like I am being a whiny. And it all revolves around Gender Identity. And while I seriously do not care what gender you identify as? It’s this nagging thing in my brain that is troubling me.

H.R.5 Equality Act of 2019 and Hillary Clinton.

It started with a post by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A nice post, wishing well to the Transgender community on Visibility day. What really caught my eye was the flag. Because it was cool, and I like flags. Silly me. If I could make a living designing flags? I would be stitching like mad.

I started to read the comments on Hillary Clinton’s thread, and then I came across Equality Act, and I did research, and found out a bill was moving through congress that would allow the same legal protections to the LGBT community that was codified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

Awesome!

 

Because honestly? I don’t care. It doesn’t affect me personally, and I really do not care one snit about your sexual orientation or if prefer to go around life as a man or woman. I have this weird idea that if you are nice to me? I will be nice to you. If you are an ass to me? Yeah.

I read the bill of course, looked at it, wondered about it. Something was nagging at me. It was this 31 Flavors sort of feeling. You know? Like the Ice Cream place I should probably not name for fear of being sued. That place.

Because one of the groups the bill includes is Gender Identity. And a few years back Facebook got a lot of snickers over offering 71 flavors of Identity. People scoffed, snickered, and mostly said “What in the hell is that? I’ve never heard of that!” And come on! There are only two genders, right? Nope.

 

The Genius of Gender.

Genus: (noun) kind, birth, race, class, gender, type, sort, genre, style, variety… you get the picture. Gender comes from the Latin word Genus. Which is not specifically referring to biological sex. Grammar wise we have 3 ish. Masculine, Feminine, Neuter (Common is the fourth). But when it comes to biological sex? We only have two (okay three) to choose from.

Quick recap. Biological Sex? Two. Gender? Plethora of choices.

Yet why do I care what Gender you identify as? How in the world could your choice impact me?

 

Individual vs Society.

 

Just before same-sex marriage became the law of the land in 2015, there was a lot of hubbub about silly things like wedding cakes and pizza deliveries from places that don’t cater gay weddings, much less cater weddings (or other events) at all. There were court challenges, screaming all over social media, even so far as to taking the issue to the Supreme Court. All of this centered around one point. Whose Rights were more important?

Good questions were asked concerning Rights, with very few serious discussions, instead of discussions that asked a lot of soul-searching questions?  Most of the real issues on Rights fell flat because screaming matches are far more entertaining, and sell more advertising dollars.

Most of those questions are settled now. Same-sex  couples should not be denied the basic rights afforded to opposite-sex couples. You know, we stopped being assholes to other people. And the best part? The world did not end when this became the law of the land.

So, the world won’t end either if we pass H.R.5 Equality Act of 2019 either right? No, it won’t.

 

Then what the heck is nagging at me about this whole thing?

 

It wasn’t the equality part. I believe we are all equal under the law. Even if sadly, this isn’t the case, because injustice still abounds, we strive for this and fight for equal treatment under the law. And there is the rub. If you can choose your gender identity, and it has the full weight of the law behind it, aren’t you circumnavigate the laws?

I can not join a women’s only gym. But if the law is passed? Yes I can. And you can’t stop me because I have the law on my side.

If I wanted to compete in a women’s triathlon? Well I couldn’t do that! I’m in terrible shape! But others could, and once again the law would be on their side.

Then again, a woman can join a men’s clubs, maybe the Knights of Columbus, or Masons. Traditionally male clubs. Because the law would say you can choose your gender identity, and organizations must comply with the law. The distinction between male and female, such an archaic idea, would vanish with the stroke of a pen, and you can be whatever you want to be. Well, gender wise.

And while to many, especially the LGBT community, who find the basic idea that biological sex should not matter anymore? They miss the larger point. That with the passage of this law, the roles of male and female end. Gone forever, and the march toward an androgynous society would end other’s rights. Who cares about the feminist movement and everything they have accomplished! They are passé.

Do you want a good example? Here’s one for you. President Donald J. Trump signs the Equality Bill of 2019 later this year. Then, in a bold stroke, changes his gender identity to Female. Thus gaining popularity and being re-elected to a second term, as the first Woman President.

 

Gender Identity is the Flat Earth Society.

 

There actually is a Flat Earth Society. With actual members who believe the Earth is flat and the rest of us are deluded and have been conned by people like Magellan. Pictures from space have something to do with wide-angle lenses, and well, it’s a myth folks, cats be damned, the Earth is flat.

 

Actually it is spherical.

 

No matter what you assert your gender identity is, biologically? Humans have two choices (with a third popping up with that involves medical conditions). If you take away this basic distinction, you have created a society that is genderless, and take away any uniqueness of that individual. No more First Man on The Moon, or First Woman President, just a person. An equal to the masses, a comrade.

And isn’t what this is all about? I seriously doubt the LGBT community are pushing Gender Identity for Socialist reasons. I believe that they truly think this is a point on equality. I don’t fault most of the community. Just those who know exactly how this would turn out. That with the biological distinction gone? It is so much easier to unity under their banner. Because where else would they go?

If gender is decided by the individual choice, and not by a social norm (perceived as much as it is) with the law demanding you follow of those 71 flavors, then we have reached the point of a Flat Earth. Reality is subject to perception, and tossing everyone in a blender would destroy individualism.

Consider this. Identity Politics is the principle of taking groups, be they ethnic, sex, race, and religious, and making them out to be more important than the whole of the group.

Say for example, an ethnic freshman congresswoman opinion is valued more than standard opinions of longer serving congress members just because of her sex and ethnicity. She is a minority of her parties values, yet the loudest voice and more exposure than her seasoned peers. Thus we value her opinion more. The majority opinions are moot. It is a divide and conquer formula on steroids.

Once Gender Identity is fluid? And Polygenderism is the new norm? Those voices of the vocal minority will mean nothing. That would be a good thing, except those Identity Politic voices? The ones that created the vocal minorities?  They created the Polygenderism monster. And now they can’t control it.

And that is what happened. The Democratic party created the Identity Politics ideology, and has used this theme to further their goal of running the government. Sure, fine, it was a smart political move. And let’s face it, power is the ultimate goal here for both political parties.

If you think that Gender Identity is where it will end, you are mistaken. Because after Gender Identity is the law of the land? Racial and Ethnic identity will be next. It has already begun. Senator Elizabeth Warren? (which on her part, was probably an oops!) Has been accused of Cultural Appropriation of Native Americans. I think it was an honest mistake, but the clean-up on this was sloppy.

But the case of Rachel Dolezal? A white woman who identified as black? And ran a chapter of the NAACP? That is the future. Where nothing makes you a real individual, because you identify as you wish.

Rachel Dolezal is the future, because she decided, that despite the biological fact of her being a white woman? She would be black. And took that leadership position of that NAACP chapter away from a black person.

With Gender Identity, Polygenderism, you lose. Not just your gender (as in male and female) or your race, or your ethnicity, but eventually your Self. Becoming a cog in the wheel of society that serves the government. Because giving up your Self to the government? Is never a good idea. Might as well sail off the end of the Earth.

 

 

 

 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5/text
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/a-nearly-complete-glossary-of-gender-identities-for-your-next-ce/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Dolezal
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-apologizes-for-calling-herself-native-american/2019/02/05/1627df76-2962-11e9-984d-9b8fba003e81_story.html?utm_term=.5f85b61e305f
https://theflatearthsociety.org/home/

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are the authors alone. At no time did the little voices in my head tell me what to write. But they did suggest most of it. The author wants to express his support for LGBT Rights. We are all human folks, and should be treated as such. The questions raised by the author are concerning the legal (thus social) ramifications of H.R.5 Equality Act of 2019 on our society, and the impacts of the trend toward socialism. How we navigate conflicting Rights will be a challenge of the 21st century.]

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate GREED is ruining America.

Posted on March 30, 2019

Or Stupidity, depending on your perspective.

 

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Refrigerators are getting smarter, and expensive. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

Capitalist are a greedy bunch. All they care about is making a buck, sticking to the little guy, and buying $40 Million yachts so they can sail around the world tossing plastic bags into the Ocean to kill poor Sea Turtles. (because Rich People are also mean.)

Lets face it, nobody likes Rich people. Well, unless you are a rich person, then you point at other rich people and tell everyone they are the greedy ones. But you? You are the nice sort of rich person. That other guy is mean. He hates Sea Turtles.

About 99.9% of all rich people have dealing with Big Pharm, Big Oil, and Tobacco companies. You know, 401K plans. They are an evil lot who sit in boardrooms and decide the fate of the world, laughing at Climate Change and probably have pet rattlesnakes sitting on their laps as they come up with ideas to suck the life savings out of the little guy. Oh, they smoke cigars. The expensive kind, White Owls.

Beyond the Rich Reptilian Overlords are their myriad of companies they keep a watch on. They scrutinize every payment, every receipt, every second of overtime, and mostly? What color of socks you are wearing that day. Because if most of their workers are wearing white tube socks with red stripes? That might mean a trend is coming, and they will gladly shell out billions into Jon’s Red Striped Tube Sock company stocks.

Never let a profit go to waste.

In reality? Rich people, and their corporations do not work that way. Well, maybe the rattlesnakes, but no. They aren’t like that at all.

 

What motivates Corporate Greed.

 

Money. Because in reality? If you are in business? You need to make money. If you don’t? You are not in business for long. Profit from your business will help you keep up with changing markets for your product, let you expand into new markets, and buy equipment, hire workers, yada yada yada. You get the picture. If you don’t earn a profit, you will die as a business.

This form of capitalism is as old as it gets. When cave men traded neat looking arrowheads for those cool looking beads. Not much has changed. Trade arrowheads that chip too easily, or can’t be put on the end of spear? You might as well kiss those cool beads goodbye.

While a free market system has a fair amount of good to it, there is also some bad. Earl over there may sell knock off arrowheads, and Clem make sell fake beads…because he has discovered plastic! We see this a lot nowadays. And since we do? Competition has become a Blood sport.

 

Lets motivate our workers!

 

One way of getting ahead in the dog eat frog (because dogs don’t eat dogs folks) world of Corporate Capitalism is to keep your workers motivated. Have your managers offer workers incentives to produce better products, give ideas on how to save the company money, find ways to cut costs. And if you do? We will give you, the manager, a bonus.

Uh oh.

Enter the stupidity. Modern companies have come a long ways from arrowheads and bead trade. They compete on a global scale, have a mountain of government regulations to slog through, feel the ever pressing pinch of tighter and tighter profit margins. And they need those profits desperately to survive in this world. Because corporate profits make investors happy, and happy investors are the life blood of corporate America.

One incentive companies offer management is bonuses for cost savings. While on the surface this sounds like a sound practice, it isn’t. Companies are oblivious to human nature, and people, not corporations, are greedy. (Well, they don’t mind a few extra bucks in their bank accounts after it is all said and done sort of greedy.)

So, this practice has led to cutting costs at all costs. If you are going to get a $2000 bonus for saving the company $20,000 that fiscal year? You are definitely going to find something to cut. Trim a little here, a little there and Voila! You now have that $2000 bonus and can take your wife (husband) and kids to Disney World. Or at least to the local water park and then get yourself those new golf clubs you’ve been eyeing.

Yet when you’re done saving the company money, you may find those under you are grumbling a lot. See, to save that money you let the machine that needs to be upgrade get by with cheap repairs. You also took away their steel-toed boots allowance and now their feet hurt, some of the workers have taken to wearing sneakers, but you ignore that little OSHA problem because it saves money. You skipped out on the pest control guy contract, and now you have to borrow the CEO’s pet rattlesnake to take care of the rat problem. The cost cutting was a wonderful idea, but the lure of easy money was just too tempting. Oh and by the way? No need for snow removal, Spring will take care of that pesky snow problem.

 

We choose the Best and Brightest to run our company. And they are cheap too!

 

You could also save money by not promoting Stan. Stan has been with the company for 10 years now, he’s about mid-grade in pay. Very knowledgeable and the workers like him. He will pull the team together, but you are going to have to bump up his pay, and well, he makes good money now.

Better option, hire a kid out of Business College that has absolutely no practical experience in the work place and put him in charge. Everybody will hate his guts, they will slow down production, some may leave for other jobs, and eventually you won’t have any experienced workers in the plant. Yet the kid was cheap. Less pay than Stan was making. Good idea, and hiring the kid over Stan? Well that saved the company $20,000! Woo hoo! Disney World here we come!

And since the kid came up with the idea of Spring snow removal? We can just give Stan an early retirement, save the company money. We can hire two inexperienced workers who will cost the company thousands in lost production and damaged equipment but for the price of one Stan! Wonderful idea!

Has anyone seen the CEO’s rattlesnake?

 

Of course you could just use the Damn Lie.

 

There are 3 types of lies. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics. I would add political promises, but lets stay on topic. Statistics work, but if you know anything about statistics you know they can be fudged.

If you can’t save money by borrowing the CEO’s rattlesnake, nor replacing Stan with the kid fresh out of college, you can just tweak the numbers. It’s not lying…well not really. Just a little percent here, and a little percent there, and you have met your numbers for the quarter. Four quarters equal a fiscal year, and if done with flair and a sense of hard work? You will receive that little extra something at the end of the year. Because we all know, the numbers matter most of all. Especially to Investors.

 

We are killing ourselves by these practices.

 

Ultimately, these practices of rewarding errant behavior will come back to haunt us. We are stuffing our corporations with middle-managers that have not a speck of practical experience. In a few years, those middle-managers will become the top managers. Then things will really go to hell in a handbasket. But, the metrics will look good, and the middle-manager will have saved the corporation some $150,000 on handbasket’s, so it will all work out okay.

While a company must make a profit to survive, making a profit only for the purpose of making a profit is not capitalism. In reality it is a form of bureaucracy which in turn leads itself to socialist views. Those managers, and middle-managers, work in concert to keep this pyramid scheme of bonus related cost savings going. They pump up employees with good feeling ideologies, buzzwords, and equality for all speeches and actions. Stan? The mid-grade pay employee who got passed over for the college kid? We can’t have him working here, because we just can’t have these stand out Stan’s making everyone else look bad. So, it was a good move to hire the college kid. Better idea to retire Stan and replace him with two inexperienced workers.

Corporations have turned a blind eye to the weaknesses of the system that they helped create, and when the poop hits the rotating oscillator? Well now, there are always workers to take the fall. Because managers can use the workers metrics, fall back on individual statistics that didn’t meet the required piece rate. And that worker who acts too much like Stan? The one that wants to stand out and show you (s)he’s got what it takes? Yeah, them! Get rid of them! Because conformity is the new norm. Individuality, dedication, and perseverance be damned.

Then again, that worker didn’t read the handbook. Especially chapter 2, paragraph 4, subsection ii in the handbook. The part says ‘Blame the Worker for a Nice Fat Bonus’. 

 

 

[The Opinions expressed in this blog are for entertainment purposes only. No corporation nor greedy rich person was harmed in the making of this blog. Do not feed Sea Turtles plastic bags. RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS. Also, despite my assertion, CEO’s do not keep pet rattlesnakes. Well, none that I know of. ]

 

Take away from the Mueller Report: Russian’s don’t collude.

Posted on March 24, 2019

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Anna Vasilyevna Chapman’s Mugshot. / Photo by U.S. Marshals Services. 

Right now, in News Rooms across the United States of America, there is not a long nail to be found. Chewed down to their hyponychium’s. (you know, fingertips.) All in anticipation of what will be in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Mr. Mueller handed in the report on Friday, in typical Washington fashion, and now it is being examined and gone over with a fat black sharpie before it can be released this Sunday. (Maybe).

Redacting for a living must suck.

The report is the culmination of just shy of 2 years worth of investigations into whether the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, colluded with agents from the Russian government in order to win the 2016 Presidential Election. A dastardly plan if there ever was one.

As an American, and a voter, I would have to agree with the premise of the investigation. The last thing any nation wants, is to find out their elected official, especially to the highest office, had stolen the election. Bad form old boy, bad form.

Yet when I first heard the stirrings of something may be rotten in Trump Tower, I was puzzled by the collusion aspect of the case. See, I’m a child of the Cold War. Growing up hearing stories of spies and what motivated them. Although the Red Scare was gone by the time I came of age, there was still this lingering fear that somewhere, somehow, a spy lurked deep in our government. The idea, that a Billionaire, running for President would be colluding with the Russian Government to win? Seem a little far-fetched.

Russians love to use your vice.

 

See, the one take away from the Cold War is that many of the spies? They weren’t driven by ideology, they were driven by financial stress. And once they opened that Pandora’s box and gave the Soviets something? Well, there was no backing out. Because if they did? The Soviets would blackmail them. It was a perfect trap, you didn’t need to be a believer, you needed to be a loser.

Of course a pretty girl is also a way to get men to talk. Anna Chapman (pictured above) is known for using sex appeal to get people to talk to her. Maria Butina, an alleged Russian Spy, was reportedly trying to ingrain herself into the National Rifle Association. (NRA)

Russians exploit weaknesses. They use our vices to wiggled their way in and get what they want. When it comes to Trump, you kind of have to scratch your head at the concept.

 

Oh yeah, about Trump. 

 

Just for the record. Back in January 2016, while on vacation in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, I convinced two Canadian women that Trump will not be elected President.

Because honestly? I didn’t think he would win the primaries, much less the Presidency. I am sure I am not alone in my shock.

But, the man who had been in the public eye for years, from a Real Estate mogul, to a Reality Television host, everyone knew who Trump was. Very little about his life was in the shadows.

Now most politicians are rather shy. Yes they have a public persona, but they are real experts at keeping many parts of their lives private. Reporters spend days digging up dirt on these politicians, along with oppositional political operatives. Politicians have the luxury of being just them and a small inner circle. Hiding minor screw ups from their past is doable. But when most of the Nation (If not a large segment of the World) knows your name? And you have turned your name into a brand? Every reporter, every enemy, has been digging into your personal kitty litter box. They know where you hid your poop.

While Trump may have his secrets, and may have a ‘shady deal’ or two in his past. To say he has some deep dark secret that no one has a clue about? Mmmm Doubtful. Not impossible, but doubtful.

 

How the Russians turned Trump.

 

The issue with Trump colluding with the Russians is what on Earth could they offer him? The Presidency? Okay, maybe. But was Trump ever going to lose? Think about it. If Trump lost, would he fade away like all the past contenders of the Presidency? No, he would have started a reality show called “How to be President”. Okay, probably something named better than that. He’s a clever dude, but you get the point. Trump would not have lost, even if he did lose. Fading away to oblivion, or going back to the office would not do for Donald J. Trump. You would know he ran for President, even if he lost. And you would hear about it Often. Usually when President Hillary Clinton messed up. Come on, you know he would be on every talk show telling us what he would have done. That is just him.

So maybe the Russians wanted to blackmail him? Because no one has ever dug into Trumps past before. Oh! Maybe they have a video of him saying something totally absurd and misogynistic! Oops! Who needs Russians for that?

I seriously doubt money was offered as a bribe. And I don’t think any Russian redhead’s were hanging around. Even if there were? He would probably shrug it off.

 

A little something for everyone. 

 

I have to agree with political pundits on this point. Tomorrow (maybe) we will see what the Mueller Report is all about. In that report will be a little something for everyone. Depending upon your opinions on Trump, that will jade your interpretation.

One thing will become abundantly clear. Trump did not collude with the Russians. Not because he is a perfect man. Not because Russian agents weren’t milling about in hopes of finding something.  But because Russians do not collude. It is not their style.

You can stop biting your nails now.

 

 

[The opinions expressed in this blog are solely for entertainment purposes. Despite what may be read in the Mueller report, the author did not collude with any Russians. He did speak with one today, but it was not colluding. No redhead’s were hurt in the making of this blog. Redhead’s are cool, spies or not, my mom was a redhead and not a spy. She just KNEW shit.]

 

 

Ending the Electoral College would spell doom for the Democratic Party.

Posted on March 20, 2019

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I voted. November 2018. / Photo by The Opinant.

 

Seems the Electoral College is being naughty again. Making decisions for others, electing people who no one likes, just mucking up the whole system. Honestly? The Electoral College is just a pain in the butt. Kind of like singing the National Anthem. You know you should do it, hand over your heart, singing along, but the words? Um, kind of forget a few lines. So you just pretend you know them.

Most people pretend they know the Electoral College. It is a group of devious political operatives that are hell-bent on tossing the Election to the other ‘guy’. We saw this in 2000 when Bush was elected by the College, and once again in 2016 when Trump was elected by the College. Just isn’t fair is it? You cast your vote and well, it turns out to be worthless.

Now comes the 2020 election. Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the dismantling of the Electoral College. Echoing the worlds of Secretary Hillary Clinton after her loss in the 2016 election. Among others. Because the damn thing isn’t fair. It takes away your vote and gives it to some yahoo in your State to cast any darn way they want to.

I say do it!

Why not? Lets dump that relic of the 18th Century for Real Democracy! Because nothing says equality like every vote counting. And besides, Amending the Constitution is a fairly simple process. Ask the Equal Rights Amendment supporters, they will tell you. Easy Peasy.

After the XXVIII Amendment is made law. And the celebration party begins, with the copious wine from California, and the environmentally friendly firework display, (No confetti, that is not environmentally friendly) what happens then? We wait patiently for the next election and watch the Republican scum get what they deserve? Rub our hands with glee and watch them take down their banners and yard signs? See them dejected at their utter loss for that rigged system, called the Electoral College, the system that kept them relevant?

Maybe.

Then again, there are recounts to be had. Questions on voter machines and possibly hanging chads. What would have been settled in less than 24 hours after the election, or 32 days after the election in the case of Bush vs Gore, would now be caught in this never-ending calls for recounts and certifications. A nightmare in the making to be sure.

2028 is the Year!

But, for the sake of argument, let us say the Electoral College is no more. Toss into the burning dumpster of political experiments like the Temperance Movement. The Presidential Election comes nigh, the Democrats put up a candidate, and so do the Republicans, and everyone heads to the polls on the November 7th, 2028 expecting their ‘guy’ to win.

A Libertarian is elected President.

No? Impossible you say? Well not if every vote is to count now! This isn’t some old Democratic-Republic anymore! We are a DEMOCRACY now. Third Parties, those political organizations that only wacko’s and toss your vote into the burning dumpster people used to vote for are now a force to be reckoned with. Their time has come, and the two-party system is now officially dead.

The Two Party System.

We’re actually used to the two-party system. It has its flaws, very unfair and all that stuff. If you don’t belong to one or the other? Well you are wasting your vote on that guy from the Green Party. Definitely a snowflake’s chance in hell for the Communist Party candidate to win the Presidency. Those Third Parties just don’t get enough votes to garner Electors from the Electoral College. To most of us? Third Parties are pointless.

However they do impact our political system. Probably more than they even know. Third Parties do not have a chance, in our present system, to elect a candidate to the Presidency. Rarely a Senator or Governor. Yet when they become a voice in the electorate? They get noticed by the two parties.

Take the Tea Party, a great little party accidentally started by a CNBC reporter Rick Santelli who had a beef with the government. Little did he know his little tirade would lead to a movement that reshaped the Republican party and force stanch Republicans to take the movement seriously.

In 2016 Senator Bernie Sanders launched his Presidential bid on what many seen as a Democratic-Socialist agenda. He would ultimately lose to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary, but in the end he would have the last laugh. Two years later several Representatives who would be elected to seats in the House of Representatives would espouse his Democratic-Socialist views.

The Doom of the Democratic Party.

With the Electoral College in place, Third Parties are relegated to the fringes, and only impacting elections when their movement drives the big two to support their platforms. Not fair, not perfect, yet keeps things organized. Silly as that sounds.

Without an Electoral College, we could see future Presidential Elections face legal challenges. If you think Voter Fraud is an issue now? Drop the Electoral College and Voter Fraud accusations will be on steroids.

Third Parties would find a new life in the post Electoral College era. They would be able to grow and push their ideologies without fear of being stopped at the ballot box. The two-party system would basically collapse, and we would live in a multi-party nation, having to build coalition governments in order to operate. Think Congress is slow to action now? Try looking at Nations with Multi-Party governments. Israel comes to mind.

While the Republicans would take a hit, there is a quality about them that keeps their members united. Republicans tend to be a single-minded lot. Democrats are the party of inclusion. They take on groups of various political ideologies and put them under the umbrella of the Party of Individual Inclusiveness. They have been extremely good at this over the years. Taking those who feel neglected by the Republicans, or to fringe for the Republicans, and gathered them under their umbrella.

After the fall of the Electoral College. The political landscape would change drastically. Yes, it would stop the Republican Threat to the Democratic Party for control of the government. No longer would we talk of partisan rifts. Yet with so many choices? With so many political views? With all of them having an equal chance to win the bully pulpit? The Democratic Party would become obsolete faster than you can say ‘Midterm Elections’.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santelli
https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_party_(United_States)

 

[The opinions of this blog are solely for entertainment purposes only. All opinions expressed here are from the author’s vivid imagination and should not be taken a literal fact. Links were provided as additional information, and they and themselves may be subject to flights of fancy. No political party was harmed in the writing of this blog.]

 

 

 

Belittling Anti-Vaxxers.

Posted on March 7, 2019

 

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Mother and Child. / Photo by The Opinant.’

 

Calling someone stupid is usually a conversation killer. Just doesn’t give you much wiggle room to continue talking. We all do it, in one form or another. Sometimes we are blunt.

“Hey idiot! Put your blinker on next time!”  Is a good conversation killer. It is unlikely the other driver is going to answer you verbally. You will probably get a profane hand gesture as a response.

“Blinker please!” Is more polite, but you are still calling them an idiot for their mistake. However you may get a ‘Sorry’ or a contrite look with a polite wave.

Admonishing others for their mistakes is almost a given nowadays. On Social Media, we love to do that. We dole out our 2 cents about everything. With friends and family it is usually polite, but on occasion it comes off crass. With complete strangers? Well we drop all pretenses of niceties and just call them an Idiot.

But is calling a person on Social Media an idiot really winning” the argument? Or does it just make you feel better to call them a name? Because we all know there are a lot of idiots out there to call out, but what are we trying to prove? Prove they are an idiot? If they truly are, do you think they will stop writing and say “Oh my gosh! They’re right! I am an idiot! How did I not see this all these years?! I will henceforth shall leave Social Media forever! ” Probably not. The response you will get will be “YOUR AN IDIOT!!!” (and yes, they will use the wrong ‘your’) You can snicker, because we’ve all seen it.

It’s about the kids dammit!

When it comes to discussions about children, people tend to get wiggy. Whether it is news articles about child abuse, lost or abandon children, or when people elect not to vaccinate their children. We get real wiggy.

Stories about children get to us, because we look at children as the most vulnerable among us. Children depend upon the adults to care for them, for their health and wellbeing, and to raise them right. To give them that 18 years head start before life beats the ever-living hell out of them. It is the emotional response that angers us. How could they! or What were they thinking! and Don’t they know?! is our usual response to stories that involve children.

Then our fingers flail away at our phones or keyboards, calling them idiots. Because we have to call them idiots you know. They have a serious Your problem.

I take it personally.

One thing that irks me about the anti-vax movement is the assumption that vaccines cause Autism. My 11-year-old daughter is high functioning autistic. So, I take it personally. Which is not a good thing. Because when you take things personally you lose your objectivity.

Now the link between autism and vaccines has been debunked. Several times. The News Media, yesterday, abounded with articles about a study that puts the question to rest. Yet Social Media has not done so. There is always someone who will debate the science. Usually debating science is a good thing, new studies, new information and all. And yes, it is a good thing to question new studies. But my daughter is autistic, and she’s my kid. And I took it personally.

My fingers hesitated. I was going to rip this person a new one. How dare they suggest this is a contrived study! That to him, no matter what Medical Science says, the study is still wrong, and vaccines cause autism. Bastard!

“Blinker Please!”

But I didn’t. I wrote a response, yet it was more for me than anti-vaxxer. I told him I have four children (I do) and that I have a son who by all accounts he should be autistic because autism is more prevalent in boys than girls (it is), yet my son isn’t autistic. I told him all my children have been vaccinated, and that by anti-vaxxers logic all of my children should be autistic. They aren’t. Only my youngest daughter is.

I also told him that having concerns about vaccinations is normal. That asking your Pediatrician questions is a good thing. Not to rely on Social Media articles and Websites that push pseudoscience ideologies. I ended my response by saying that I would rather deal with my child being autistic than marred by a disease, or dead from one.

That last part, of course, was my “your an idiot” comment. I could have left it out, but I didn’t.

I changed his mind!

No I didn’t. And I won’t change his mind. That is a fallacy of our Social Media Society. That our responses to others will change their minds. It won’t. Neither will belittling those who hold different opinions or world views.

Yes, other people on the thread liked and loved my response. Yet he did not respond. Because his mind is made up.

This is part of the human condition. We make assumptions, and then find information to back up our assumptions. We seek out like-minded individuals and articles to reinforce our ideologies. Whether it be politics, religion, or even medical practices. We ignore other ideas for our own. He was no different. I could not change his mind. Even by saying ‘Blinker Please!’.

Belittling Anti-Vaxxers

Calling someone an idiot is a conversation killer. Anti-Vaxxers are not idiots. They are people with a world view that is different from most of us.

This world view is born out of fear, frustration, and a distrust of science, and the medical profession in whole. Can’t say I blame them. Trust is a rare commodity now a days.

When I found out my youngest daughter was autistic I had a billion questions. I did research on autism and still do to this day. One article I found was a study into older fathers. The article suggested that a father’s age at conception could be a factor. Older fathers may be a cause for autism, or at least a factor.

I am an older father.

Yet, I didn’t go down that rabbit hole. I did not research it further. I stopped at what could have been this wild search for reasons to which there aren’t any answers to yet, only to assign blame. I miraculously skipped becoming an “Anti-Vaxxer” by hesitating, and not making an erroneous assumption. I will wait for more studies to come out.

As humans, we have issues accepting bad things. We look for reasons behind the bad thing, and want to point a finger at it and yell ‘Witch’. Searching for blame would not change my daughters outcome. She is what she is, and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

This fear that anti-vaxxers have is real. It is concerns that every parent has. We worry as parents. All the time. And while I disagree with their world view, belittling them for their concerns gets me, and you, nowhere. It will not change their minds.

Because in the end? Calling someone an idiot is more than a conversation killer, it reinforces their beliefs, and makes them shut out the rest of the world. Which, in the end, is the real problem.

 

 

[Opinions expressed in this blog are the authors own. For entertainment purposes only. And occasionally, just to tick people off]