Category Archives: Justice

Roller Coasters – Mueller Report – Donald Trump

[ April 18, 2019 ]Whitehouse_front_view_1

What do those 3 things have in common? Well for starters, we’ve been on this never-ending quest to repudiate the Donald Trump presidency through an ongoing independent investigation. There have been repeated news stories about how any day now we’re going to have the findings of the Mueller Report, and it’s going to be the end of his presidency. Then we would hear ‘unofficial – official’ denials which counter those bold claims.

Back and forth, up and down, until the report came out and was summarized by Attorney General William P. Barr. That wasn’t enough. The politicos weren’t happy! How were late night television comedians not going to look like even greater blithering fools? We must have more! Bring us the full report! Well, they got it.

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I find it almost amusing if it weren’t for the ramifications of the continual pursuit by partisans and politicos, who have from the outset of President Trump’s election, sought by any means possible to reject the 2016 election results. It’s gone way past denial, to obsession, and a very sad experience for our country.

If you read these articles, about the same Mueller report, it’s rather obvious the Washington Post is coloring a factual story with rumors and innuendo, and altering the findings from the Mueller report to suit their own bias. The type of people working for the Post, as well as many other ‘News Organizations’, rested their entire journalistic reputation on Russia and Trump conspired to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.

Now they summarize the report incorrectly, in hope that you won’t read it, or those points summarized by a more objective analysis. You will find that I include the link to the actual report which you may read to understand how far off the truth some will go to continue to smear a President, and still try to support their narratives, which they so heavily invested in for over two years.

Thankfully, Glenn Greeenwald doesn’t sell out his personal integrity for a hyperbolic news story.
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them.
Glenn Greenwald April 18 2019.

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What’s even more revealing are the many so-called, ‘Intelligence Organizations’, who put forth their summarized reports that Russia had worked through US contacts (assumed to be from the Trump campaign), to channel votes in some manner away from Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump.

The results of this over 2 year, Carte Blanche investigation, there wasn’t any collusion or election tampering by the Trump campaign in coordination with Russia. Further, none of the Trump lower level people, had anything to do with election tampering, or steering the election with the help from Russian spies.

It’s been a work of fiction from start to finish, and it has to be one of the most outstanding examples of a massive coordinated fraud manufactured by political supporters of the Democrat party. What’s even more disturbing will be their continual muck raking in hope of securing the 2020 Presidential election, regardless of their platform. Clearly, destruction, defamation, and fraud are more important than serving the people of our country.

Here’s another example by a formerly respectable newspaper with headlines like this;
After Mueller report release, US allies, foes are united in skepticism on one issue: The redactions
The Washington Post Published 12:29 pm EDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019

Here’s another story to mislead and continue to maintain a false story.
Mueller report findings: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws

By Washington Post Staff April 18 at 6:42 PM

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Our politics stink and our national media outlets generate bogus information in order to cover up their own malfeasance and incompetence.
Here’s the Mueller Report. It’s probably best you read this rather than rely on the tainted media.

Report On The Investigation
Into Russian Interference
In The 2016 Presidential Election
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III
Washington DC
March 2019

Just for old times sake, recall this story from 2015? Those rascally Russians got their hands on the Presidential schedule. Those hackers have skills!

REPORT: RUSSIANS HACKED WHITE HOUSE
BY Polly Mosendz ~ 4/7/15  5:09 PM EDT

Fine’

You’re Being Manipulated – You May Not Know it.

“The message is the medium.”  Is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan.
He proposed a medium affects the society in which it plays a role not only by the content delivered over the medium, but also by the characteristics of the medium itself. McLuhan describes the “content” of a medium as a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind.

The combination of visual and audio, create a powerful message, which can and is often used to solicit an emotion or change in public attitude. A well-known cinematic use is the Kuleshov Effect. Its use is of montage [editing] and the effect that film editing has on evoking emotions from a viewer.

Modern news media goes beyond these basic concepts of connecting one item with another. Compression, correlation, sequence, continuity, prefacing, withholding, and staging, impose the ideas of the editor and presenter. Writing may also use these techniques, but it’s seldom as influential until it’s a repeated story line, especially when it comes from other sources.

The challenge isn’t in knowing media coordinates the message, it’s our ability to see through the manipulation, and come up with the facts in spite of many fictitious narratives.

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Get off the merry-go-round think critically

The “Big 6” are six media conglomerates who own most of the major media outlets in the United States. The Big 6 in media are National Amusements, Disney, Time Warner, Comcast, News Corp, and Sony.

National Amusements began as a movie theater company founded in Dedham, Massachusetts (current headquarters are in Norwood, Massachusetts) in 1936. The company is privately held, it legally doesn’t have to publish earnings or executive-level salaries.

NA has a financial interest (1%-50% of public traded stock) in several entertainment companies, a controlling financial interest (51%+ of public traded stock) in several other companies, and complete ownership of several key media companies. The most well-known subsidiaries of NA are Viacom (MTV, Nickelodeon) and CBS.

Media is the lens whereby we perceive the world. “News is supposed to keep watch over the powerful, so the powerful don’t become corrupt. But what happens when the powerful own the news? ~ Ron Burgundy from the comedy film Anchorman

Why Are Reparations a Bad Idea?

Nothing is more disconcerting than to challenge your own assumptions.

This is one of my longer posts because I believe it requires a more complete answer. It goes to the core of several issues, including racism in America, economic inequality, the use of public funds as a form of bribe to elect candidates, the growth of government power in general. I think we need to be able to discuss these topics honestly and openly.

Beer summit brings together arrestor & arrestee

Gates joked: “We hit it off right from the very beginning.. when he’s not arresting you, Sergeant Crowley is a really likable guy.”

Reparations can mean several things. We often hear discussions about the need to correct inequities brought out by slavery, Jim Crow laws, lack of equal protection under the law, and a variety of assumed inequalities.

“Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense.

Universal programs are not specific to the injustices that have been inflicted on African-Americans,” said Duke University economist William Darity, a veteran advocate of reparations.I want to be sure that whatever is proposed and potentially enacted as a reparations program really is a substantive and dramatic intervention in the patterns of racial wealth inequality in the United States — not something superficial or minor that is labeled as reparations and then politicians say the national responsibility has been met.

Montague Simmons of the Movement for Black Lives, which has pushed for reparations, said the debate is “not just cash payments.
But “unless we’re talking about something that has to be systemic and transfers power to the community, it’s not likely going to be what we would consider reparations,” he said.

“We had over 200 years of slavery. We had Jim Crow for almost a century. We had legalized discrimination, segregation. We have to recognize that everybody did not start out on an equal footing in this country and in particular Black people have not.”

Sen. Kamala Harris –
We have got to… do something about that and give folks a lift up. That’s why for example I’m proposing the LIFT Act: Give people who are making $100,000 or less as a family a tax credit, which will benefit and uplift 60 percent of Black families who are in poverty,” she explained.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, was asked at a CNN town hall Monday about his position on reparations given Warren’s and Castro’s comments, said, “What does that mean? What do they mean? I’m not sure anyone’s very clear.” He said – the U.S. must put resources into distressed communities to improve the lives of people affected by the legacy of slavery.

In order to minimize the chances of being poor the following choices should be made.

  • Graduate high school.
  • Don’t have a child until you can support yourself and that child.
  • Get married before you have a child.
  • Work consistently and improve your job skills.

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Several centuries of migration, conquests, marriages and intermixed racial births are a biological fact that can’t be ignored. In order to execute any government assistance, there would need to be some type of classification and identification. Who is qualified? Who has generations here long enough? How much of a percentage of someone’s ancestry is necessary to qualify, and what duration of their ancestry? What about those who clearly are not “economically disadvantaged”? We have a large population of blacks or mixed race that aren’t on or near poverty row. I have a primary care physician from Nigeria. The man was extremely helpful to me in a serious health issue. We discussed some of the conditions he was experiencing, which caused him to uproot his family to come here.

If black Americans constituted their own country, they would have the 11th largest economy in the world. As a demographic group (richer than 90 percent of the people in the world), blacks in America have a longer life expectancy than African and Caribbean blacks, as well as whites in many parts of Eastern Europe and Latin America. African Americans have higher rates of literacy and achieve more post secondary degrees as a percentage of the population than blacks in Africa.

The assumption being made is that we can lift up individuals and families through some economic incentives. I’m old enough to have lived during the period of “The Great Society”, as promoted by Lyndon Johnson. As I’ve seen far too often, good intentions (at least they sounded good at the time), were a horrible tragic experiment which to this day has done more harm than good. The welfare incentives from this program were given primarily to single mothers. If the father lived with the family, the financial assistance wasn’t available. This altered the families in ways not imagined at that time.

Kids are less likely to experience poverty when they grow up with both parents at home. For example: In 2016, 32% of single-parent families with children were living in poverty versus just 7% of two-parent families. 66% of African American families are single parent households. 42% for those of mixed race. 24% of white (non-Hispanic).

One of the key reasons children struggle to get ahead has to do with their parents. Two parents are better than one. (We’re keeping this short so lets not talk about dysfunctional parents). How their parents treat their children, meaning do they hold them accountable, and do they personally value education. Children start as blank slates, and what we do at home is a powerful influence of how high they reach as adults. Single parent households are also typically lower income, and that has an affect on the child.

Overall, there are a lot of things which create disadvantages and advantages. The number one thing I saw teaching students for a technical career is, “you gotta wanna”. Those who were successful weren’t necessarily the brightest, or wealthy, nor their ethnicity. The worthwhile goals people choose must include a sense of accountability for their own actions. Where we aim and our willingness to fail, most often is the final determination of our success.


Denzel Washington ~ “It all starts in the home. I saw it in my generation, and in every generation thereafter. If you’re raised by the streets, the streets become your father, and the courts become your home and the jail becomes your residence.

What we can continue to do is make sure our institutions and are laws are neutral. If justice is blind, then so should our institutions, and picking people by race is certainly nowhere close to blind. We’ve come a long way in a few decades to correct these past problems. Many believe we have much more work ahead. From where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced I’m convinced we’ve made many of the necessary changes. There will be more.

A Conflict of Visions ~ Thomas Sowell
Ideological Origins of Political Struggles [ 1987 reprint 2007 ]
The constrained vision “see the evils of the world as deriving from the limited and unhappy choices available, given the inherent moral and intellectual limitations of human beings.”

“When Rousseau said that ‘man is born free’ but is ‘everywhere in chains,’ he expressed the essence of the unconstrained vision, in which the fundamental problem is not nature or man but institutions.”

All progress requires change. Not all change is progress.

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What do you think?