FBI Failure

Why the FBI as an institution continues to be undermined by the president.

It is not surprising that the FBI failed to find any evidence to support the claims made by women who have known Brett Kavanaugh.  It is also not surprising the Donald Trump supported the FBI investigation.  Donald Trump has long been attacking institutions that have dared to stand in his way.  He took an issue that the FBI was investigating to the director of the FBI and said, “let the Michael Flynn thing go.”  The director at the time, James Comey refused and then documented the conversation and then not long after he was fired.  The message is, that if you don’t follow my rules, you will be fired.  If you stand in my way, I will ruin you.  Intimidation instead of Integrity.

Donald Trump owns the FBI.  He knows that his new director needs a job.  He leads by intimidation.  He loves dictators who act in the very same way.  This is not freedom.  This is a dictatorship…with a willing populus who continues to defend him as the hero.

The Problem with Kavanaugh’s Defense

College drinking…in the 1980s.  I am very familiar with the practice.  I attended college from 1980 through 1985.  Please note the time period.  College was a time for exploring your independence…making your own decisions…some good…some not so good.  For many of us…me included…I had to make my own decisions about alcohol.  What to drink, when and with who.

In the quest to “belong” in a new environment…sometimes you follow the crowd.  Here, you go to parties.  You pledge fraternities and sororities.  You look up to and take advice from people who are barely older than you are and in some respects a lot less mature simply because they have been there and know the ropes.  Sadly, their motives are often in question.  Some people will ply you with alcohol in order to get some crazy behavior and have fun at your expense.  We’ve seen the tragic consequences of this behavior recently with the situation at Penn State and others around the country.  Still others have a more sinister desire…the desire to find a person and victimize them for sex.  Alcohol goes a long way to that end by itself but is often enhanced with drugs that immobilize a person beyond the point of just making “bad decisions”.

I’ve just watched a person that I have admired for years prosecuted for drugging women for the purpose of taking advantage of them for sex and subsequently going to prison for this crime.  He planned it out and carried it out.  A lot of these women had their memories blurred by the very same drug.  Often, alcohol by itself can cause blackouts.  If so, this makes it impossible for you to believe a person’s testimony when they admit to drinking and being drunk and then denying that they were at a certain place at a certain time…because alcohol affects your memory.  Remember that his denial is that he doesn’t remember…even if he never said that because he has admitted to drinking in high school and college.  He could have very well done it and doesn’t remember.

I feel for the victims of these crimes.  I feel for the person, Brett Kavanaugh right now and the person that he proports to be.  He lived through that time called college and it doesn’t matter whether it is Trenton State College or Princeton…they all had parties.  Academics don’t make a person a better person.  We are all susceptible to bad decisions.  Learning in college is not all academic.  We are responsible for actions even in learning our lessons.

I don’t drink like a used to.  I am sure that no one continues to live like they lived in college.  I am aware of my behaviors good and bad in college…some even when I was drunk.  It’s the behaviors that I can’t remember that are the scariest.  If there’s anybody I’ve offended, it is still my responsibility.  If witnesses can be gathered and believed, it should be done…particularly if I am getting a high profile job…government or otherwise.  It is a long time ago for me.  It is a long time ago form Judge Kavanaugh.

It will take an experienced nonpartisan organization like the FBI to get to the truth or as close to the truth as possible.  If there are witnesses…they should be found.  If they are credible…the FBI will know.  It’s time to stop believing the accusers because they say so and it’s time to stop believing Mr. Kavanagh because of who he says he is and partisan politicians say that he is….  We have an entire Bureau dedication to investigations at the federal level.  Get this away from congress now!!!

Challenged to follow the facts…am I committing treason?

I do know that in an exchange that followed, I felt that I was being accused of treason because I didn’t follow the facts.

Ah Facebook, the place where we share…probably far too much…and lose far more…

An old acquaintance from my school days posted a question that prompted a rather curt response from my brother.  My brother and his friend were older than me, so I always accorded them the respect that the additional 365 days or so they spent alive may have earned them.  Particularly in the area of history and politics as they seemed to know far more than me when we played RISK in my basement.  Those 365 days shouldn’t really make a difference now, yet somehow…I don’t know.  I do know that in an exchange that followed, I felt that I was being accused of treason because I didn’t follow the facts.  I will respond here by reprinting the post that has me concerned…but will conceal the name.

So are the people from your “hick town” unintelligent?
If they are “chirping” about things they don’t understand, is that your understanding, or do you have facts to support your statement.
He is a legitimately elected president, whether or not you are conservative or liberal. If you don’t like it, get over it. Undermining his presidency is treason.
I didn’t engage in attempts to delegitimize Obama’s presidency(despite the fact that I identified as a Democrat for many years) I supported it. Maybe “Hope and Change” was real. Obviously it wasn’t. The midterms proved that and the constitution mitigated his misguided presidency.
The American people have now chosen a deferent path and the deep state is working overtime to destroy the will of the people.
There WAS Russian collusion,..by Hillary. If you are so open minded, why do you disregard the hard facts?
The Russian investigation IS PARTISAN because they refuse to investigate the facts.
There is collusion and criminal acts that were committed to delegitimize a constitutionally elected president. FISA courts were lied to. The FBI and Justice department was weaponized to take down a president that the American people elected. That’s deep state.
The CIA has been smart enough to stay out of the line of fire

Well, the persons who get together at my Dunkin Donuts I believe don’t have the intelligence of the person who wrote this post…and that was my point.

I was cautioned that the Justice Department isn’t following the facts.  I researched a few.

  • In 1972 the American people legitimately elected a president.  His campaign was charged with physically breaking into its opponents headquarters.  Then, President Nixon was charged with a coverup.  He resigned in disgrace as Impeachment proceedings became imminent.
  • In 1996, the American people legitimately elected a president.  He was charged with sexual harassment from his time in Arkansas.  He was further charged with having a secret sexual relationship with an intern.  There was a special counsel, Kenneth Starr who investigated.  Impeachment proceedings started and he survived because it takes 2/3 majority to remove a sitting president.
  • In 2016, the American people legitimately elected a president.  During his presidential run, he was accused of sexual misconduct also by multiple persons.  His campaign was also accused of paying off a porn star.  His campaign is also being investigated for possible collusion with Russian election interference where the evidence for such interference is very strong.  His own hand picked Attorney General recused himself in the investigation and ultimately it led to the selection of special counsel, Robert Mueller.  Now he is investigating both sexual misconduct, infidelity, and campaign collusion with a foreign government.  In a campaign rally, he asked Russia publicly to release stolen emails.  He lied about a meeting at Trump Tower to meet with Russians for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton.  These are facts that no longer seem to be in dispute.

I am an American, so according to the First Amendment, I am allowed to speak my views.  I don’t think that I am undermining the president’s leadership…certainly not by my lonesome.  Perhaps this statement has to do with those individuals who have or had a security clearance.  I don’t know.  I never had one.  The author also posts that he didn’t attempt to delegitimize Obama’s presidency no matter how misguided it was…according to the midterms.  The fact that it was misguided is certainly not a fact, but an opinion…I am being accused of ignoring the facts…or the Justice department is…I can’t be sure.

Regarding the statement that The American People have chosen a different path, all I can say is that I am an American, and I didn’t choose this path.  As a matter of fact, more American people voted for his opponent.  I did discover a new word in my research…Gerrymandering.  This is the process of redrawing voting districts to purposely favor a candidate or party and has been done by the Republican Party.  Also, when I researched Deep State, its use in America seems to be associated almost exclusively with this election and in most of my research, it has been defined as a conspiracy theory.

Also, there was Russian collusion by Hillary.  My research on that seems to have gotten me to the Trump Dossier which has been attributed to a bloke named Steele who is a British national.  There is evidence that it was originally paid for by Hillary Clinton and was hidden from the public because foreign countries are not permitted to be engaged in influencing and election.  It is true, this is against the law and had she prevailed, her legitimacy as president should be equally questioned.  This is certainly far from Russian collusion though as the intent was to uncover possible Russian ties to her opponent.  Britain, after all is an ally.  Seems a little more worthwhile, but I certainly will give you that one.

Regarding the FISA warrants and investigating American Citizens, so much was redacted that it is hard to tell what really happened.  Here, I guess, the old security clearance thing may be the issue, or it may be part of an ongoing investigation.  After all, Mueller isn’t finished yet.  While there may be some things that were done wrong by Mueller’s team, most of it falls into a human weakness category and I don’t think it had much to do with the real investigation.  These facts are hidden for now and may not be available to anyone without clearance until they are declassified.    Hidden facts aside, here are a few I do know.

On May 15, 2017 president Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials…even during an investigation of Russian collusion without telling American allies.

On June 12, 2018, president Trump praised Kim Jong Un after unilaterally agreeing to cease military drills with our South Korean Allies and openly muses about having blind loyalty like the reputed murdering dictator for North Korea.

On July 16, 2018, president Trump praises Vladimir Putin from the podium at a post summit press conference and the man who says has been tougher on Russia than anyone, takes him at his word that there was no collusion.

It’s interesting that a person that I used to admire playing RISK would miss the danger in the blind loyalty to a man who cozies up to totalitarian regimes that seek to destabilize freedom and democracy all over the world.  Since the tone of the post above seems to be short on facts and explanation and long on feelings and opinion, I welcome a dialog here in my blog.  I don’t need to air my feelings on Facebook with people who don’t value civil discourse, particularly between people called friends.

I am right here.

A Good Day

MLB, an organization that I have supported faith fully over the years with my devotion to the Phillies took $115 out of my PayPal account.

On March 1, I woke up to one of those WTF moments.  MLB, an organization that I have supported faith fully over the years with my devotion to the Phillies took $115 out of my PayPal account.  Since my PP account is linked to my Checking Account, this created a problem.  I immediately checked my PayPal account and the transaction said, “pre-authorized” subscription.  This irritated me.  I spent $10 for a subscription mid-season and I even questioned its worth at $10.  Little did I know that it came with the fine print to automatically renew at the “Cadillac” level.  I told PayPal that it was unauthorized.  Immediately they interpreted that my account was insecure and locked it.  I had to create a new password.  I cancelled the authorization to MLB and contacted MLB.  They agreed to the cancellation and offered me a refund…in 5 to 7 business days.  That’s business speak for 2 weeks.  I cried foul.  I sent them another email saying that they have triggered a cascading event of bills that won’t get paid because I am a retired person on a fixed income (yes, I played that card) and that I would most certainly seek out legal representation, call it an acceptable business practice and have a class action suit with my name attached before the week was out.  The money was back in my account within the hour.

Last night, I was playing Starbucks Bingo.  The space I was filling was the coffee with friends space.  Now, it is important to know that there was a specific definition for “Coffee with Friends”.

  

The game said to purchase 3 handcrafted beverages in one purchase charged to a single Starbucks Card.  My daughter had a Caramel Macchiato, my 2 “Handcrafted Teas”.  Now, I know that the teas cost a whole lot less and if I were the company, I would have tried to make that clear.  This is probably not the idea they had when specifying the drinks.  Then why call the teas “handcrafted?” The handcrafted nature of the teas must be the reason that they can charge $2.30 for dropping a teabag in hot water.

Hence, a complaint  raised via Starbucks website.  An email was returned to me within 2 hours saying that they were sorry.  They gave me 5 free stars (loyalty stuff), and encouraged me to finish the contest.  This infuriated me.  I responded that they couldn’t guarantee that this wouldn’t happen again and that they are responsible for misrepresenting this contest to the entire “loyal population”.  I accused them of making this deception a standard business practice and told them that I was going to expose it to the world and particularly their loyal users, who give Starbucks interest free loans everyday, might object to this.  I told them that they needed to credit the entire sale.  I had the entire amount back within the hour.

Now you might think that this is no major victory…but think about it.  They tried to appease me with stars.  Stars have no value and no cost to them as a company.  Furthermore, 5 stars can’t do anything by themselves.  I am also a single person in a group that should not be identified as a target for a fraudulent business practice.  Also, I know that things that happen electronically can be countered with a couple of keystrokes and the nonsense that you have to wait for your money is a pile of crap.

I am going to take this as a lesson that it is time to start fighting more battles for right.  In both these instances I have argued my case passionately and logically.  I have also said that I would contact my attorney to begin a class action suit in my name.  The best part is, I didn’t have to actually go through with contacting my attorney.  My argument, my logical argument stands.  It was wonderful.

This marks a change in my approach to recovering a whole lot of money that was wrongfully taken from me.  I am going to pick up the ball and run with it.  There are much bigger fish to fry.

The Parable of the Sower…and the “Bad Seed”

All indications were that this was good seed…but then again…how do I really know?  The truth is that I don’t.  This could be very bad seed.  This could be the kind of seed that wouldn’t grow in any condition.  I truly don’t know.

So I bought some wild flower seed from Home Depot last year.  I just wanted some flowers for my front yard.  I kept looking out my basement window to see weeds.  It was depressing.  When I passed the bag of Wild Flower Seeds, I thought…this would be much better.  I went home, pulled the weeds up, and raked the area a little to loosen the soil and planted the seed.  Then, I put some water on it.  Day after day when I passed the area, I anxiously waited for the sprouting of little flower plants.  I knew just where I had put the seed.  I watched the little brown specks just sit there.  Meanwhile, around the edges appeared the same old plants that I had pulled out.  Weeds had returned.

Now the bag said that it contained flower seeds.  There was a picture of what the resulting flowers would look like.  All indications were that this was good seed…but then again…how do I really know?  The truth is that I don’t.  This could be very bad seed.  This could be the kind of seed that wouldn’t grow in any condition.  I truly don’t know.

I am a practicing Christian.  I offer up a Bible reference because it speaks to me and maybe some others.  In the Parable of the Sower, we are given an absolute that “the Sower had good seed”.  He set out into the world and scattered his seed everywhere.  He didn’t discriminate.  He spread his “good seed” everywhere.  In this scenario we get the description of the failures of the seed.  Some fell on dry ground where it withered for lack of water.  Some fell in among the weeds and were choked out.  Some fell along rocks and along the footpath where they were trampled.  Then again…some fell on good soil.

Recently a person posted a question about school shootings and other mass shootings for that matter.  I commented and one of the contributing factors to the current crisis was something that he was involved in and “never shot up a school”.  Many more chimed in and soon we had a “free for all” of opinions with some people resorting to insults but mostly people offered up evidence of themselves not being a shooter and engaging in these activities that were indicated by me.  People have a tendency to protect what they hold dear and for some it is violent video games and guns.  It is very true that the combination of the two aren’t a predictor of mass killings.  It is also true that 40 years ago, they didn’t exist.  (You should have seen what was considered a state of the art graphics card in the original PC).  As a matter of fact, we had pong…and it was just as addictive.

Today we have a vastly different set of circumstances.  We don’t have the FCC restricting what we can watch.  We clamor for the right to see and do anything that we want in the name of personal liberty.  We can read, write and publish anything that we want.  It can be for the building up of the person and society or it could tear it down.  There are no barriers.  Anyone can access anything and cultivate any thought and create just the right soil for seed to grow…good or bad.  It takes just the right combination of things to grow a plant or create a monster.  Remember, sometimes the packaging makes it very difficult to determine what type of seed you have.

Now, there is very little that we can do about free speech and free exchange of ideas.  While this is also very scary sometimes, if we eliminate it entirely we truly let the bad guys win.  The video games which I still fail to appreciate in any form are here to stay as long as there is a market for them.  It is true that by percentage the vast majority of players don’t do harm to anyone by playing them…even hard core players.  This is a component of the “soil” that can help the bad seed grow.  So if these two issues aren’t going to change then we as a country have to be ready to throw some rocks into the fertile soil that creates the monster.

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 people mostly school children under the age of 10.   He used an automatic weapon.  The very same day in China a knife wielding man attacked 22 school children the same age as Sandy Hook and one adult and no one died.  In both cases…bad seed.  The difference was access to the automatic weapon.

The monster exists in a fallen world.  As a Christian, I believe this to be true.  I don’t believe that it means that we are to throw up our hands and say “oh well”.  The task ahead is a daunting one but we need to pursue it now more than ever because the soil is ready and the seed is out there.  Let’s look at the very first phrase in the 2nd amendment that states “a well regulated militia, being necessary to a free state,” and start by regulating…real regulating.

The question is can we do this and keep those gun enthusiasts who like to shoot happy and free to shoot?  I believe we can.  People who love shooting should be able to shoot…targets (which sadly are always shaped like people).  Having a weapon of war, one that should be restricted to the battlefield is not having a “well regulated militia” if that weapon is among a civilian population and kept in the home because of the access given to family members who possess neither the maturity or the responsibility needed to manage them, we will continue to have these “bad seed” incidents and countless more people will die needlessly.

Respectfully submitted.  Feel free to comment here.

Valentines Day

This is what it is all about.  It is about the experiences in our lives that brought us together and continue to bring us closer.  I will forever be grateful that I met this beautiful lady and that she consented to be my wife and that her family welcomed me with open arms.

My wedding day was the perfect beautiful day. I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Belief and Opportunity

So, it is a return to blogging. I know that it has been a while. I also know that I am better when I put things into words.

I have been working with a Network Marketing Company for year. I have done very little. Most of the time I follow what is going on, but I do very little. Oh, from time to time I get somewhat involved. The truth of the the matter is that I don’t believe. The question is “what don’t I believe?” I know the company is great. I know the product is good…everybody already uses it. Then, what don’t I believe in. It has to be me.

I have noticed that most people who do really well in this company are teachers. I have made my living as a teacher. Why then would I doubt my ability now? The truth is that I shouldn’t. It has been proven over and over again that my passion is what moves people. Today, I took a big step. Tomorrow, I will take another.

https://morepower.mystream.com

Lawyers are people too

The sad thing is that when I found the need for an attorney years ago, I thought that meant I bought perfection.  I never did consider the title of my blog post today.  It would appear that the time that has lapsed during the time of our relationship had a real effect.  Life, it appears, moved on while my legal problems stagnated.  In typical human life fashion the delay led to several more related legal issues…and they all have to do with money.

Ah…people.  They are that form of life on this planet that are capable of so much.  It could be beautiful, artistic, empathetic, self sacrificing and every good quality that you can think of…but, people have and equally darker side.  It could be evil, devious, narcissistic, ugly and every form of evil that you can think of as well.

There are far more subtle and specifically human characteristics that are part of this human condition.  Laziness and carelessness come to mind.  I know.  I am a human and I have found myself in this condition.  When I am guilty of this, it means that I am not living up to my potential…and this is sad.  I do want to improve in this area.  I have every intention to get right to it.

The sad thing is that when I found the need for an attorney years ago, I thought that meant I bought perfection.  I never did consider the title of my blog post today.  It would appear that the time that has lapsed during the time of our relationship had a real effect.  Life, it appears, moved on while my legal problems stagnated.  In typical human life fashion the delay led to several more related legal issues…and they all have to do with money.

From my perspective, this can easily be attributed to laziness.  I know that he’s not working on my case as it should have been disposed of years ago.  The problem is that I neglected to remember that I am part of that team.  I am not able to understand legalese so when the friendly process server showed up at my door, I took the piles of paper and delivered them to my attorney and was confident that it would be handled.  Over the past few days, I have found that not to be the case.

Apparently, an overzealous attorney on the opposite side of the table took an action that “should not have been taken” and now my entire family is financially paralyzed.  Additionally, my daughter has had her entire life savings taken from her in an indiscriminate money grab.  Since I have my own attorney, I can’t talk to her, and by her I mean this faceless individual representing “the other side”.   I have to believe what my attorney is telling me and as of late that is very difficult.

So, from this date on, I am on the same level.  I know that their weaknesses are my weaknesses and their flaws are my flaws.  Out of love and dedication to my family, I am emboldened.  It is time to pick up the baton and direct this ensemble and create a harmonious resolution.  I hope you’re ready.  Rehearsals begin right now.

The Second Amendment and Weapons of War

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution, like many others, has been abridged to a title so often that most people are completely unaware of what it says and as such the ambiguity of its meaning.  The words that were ratified underwent scrutiny so as to keep from absolutes being attributed to their utterance and their characterization to be adopted to a cause for which the words and laws were never intended.

At the time of the Revolution and the period just beyond, the fragile American Democracy had large lands and sea port access from foreign powers intent on depriving us of the free nation for which the forefathers fought so hard.  Additionally, although the Continental Congress created the American Army in 1775, the slowness of communication and the size of the growing nation meant that in order to defend the “home front” we would have to employ the use of Militia, or non professional soldiers called upon in times of need and at that time there were many times of need particularly since the war wasn’t won until far after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Additionally, the weapons of war and the weapons used for hunting and defending the homestead were the same.  They were muskets with single shot capability.  While the British certainly had access to artillery, the home was not so equipped.  There seemed to be a definite difference between these weapons.  The right to keep and bear arms, meaning to have them in your homes and carry them around was necessary to perform the function of the Militia.

Today, the term Militia is used quite differently.  We have a secure nation, organized armed forces and have seen the peaceful transition of power over and over again.  We don’t need a Militia force to maintain a free nation.  In 1791, we did.

Today, we have weapons being carried by individuals who would object to being called up into a militia in defense of our country that can kill hundreds of people in a matter of minutes.  Why?  I believe one reason.  Commerce.  That’s right…the almighty dollar.

Private companies that should be manufacturing weapons of war for war are actively engaged in fanning the flames of the misinterpretation of this “right” to line their own pockets.  The more that people, ordinary citizens, have access to weapons of war, the greater the degree of lawlessness and the greater the degree that we will see the increase of these attacks.

The solution?  Immediately make it illegal to own or bear arms classified as a weapon of war.  That should include every weapon capable of automatic firing. This would not include weapons with revolutionary war capabilities for when the “right” was given…but no bombs, grenades, tanks, oh wait…they are already illegal.  Duh!

Existing guns in the hands of the public should be bought back by the government or allowed to remain owned by the individual but managed by a licensed firing range at government cost for a period of 1 year.  After a year, the owner is responsible for the payment of the safe and secure storage at the firing range.  The gun will only be fired at the range.

Before you get your panties or briefs or boxers in a twist…I know that this won’t be easy.  The argument that the individual is allowed to protect their house by virtue of this amendment, I have already explained that.  Oh, and you can continue to use your hunting rifle and handgun provided it is not automated in any way.

Oh and ignore that bullshit about the fact that when you give up your guns you give up your freedom.  That is propaganda spun by foreign powers who want to see us implode on our own.  Ignore fake news like that…and while I’m at it…legitimate news should stop legitimizing these shootings by using words like “worst shooting” in their headlines and then running reports about it all day.

That’s my opinion.  That’s my platform.  If you don’t think that there are current politicians (ehem leaders?) who would be willing to do this…then nominate me.  I’ll get it going.