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March 1, 2017

 
 

 

We were a lot closer than we felt we had right to expect last night; and, like most of the reviews we’ve heard, IOO Trump gave a fine performance of a fine speech.

Particularly the part involving the widow of the Special Ops guy.  Not that the surviving loved ones of the LEOs murdered by a criminal invader are suffering a lesser loss.  But this one person so obviously was in such pain  -- and while Trump led he did not do it all by himself --  and she was provided such human kindness and moral support, that seemed to help her do a little healing even before the eyes of all that were able to see.

There may actually be Hope.

Trump will be hard pressed to deliver on his message.  But it was a fine start.  Better than, yet in some ways similar to, even his victory speech on Election night.

He is, however, still a loose cannon.  This still promises to be quite a ride.
 
 
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March 3, 2017
 
 
 
 
We've taken the day to other pursuits and to similar pursuits in other venues and therefore just check in, leaving the previous entry in place.
 
 
 
 
March
2, 2017

 

 
 

While we suspect we have not been the only ones suggesting such a change, we are nonetheless somewhat gratified to have heard Trump get the obligatory closing line right today: “May God continue to bless The United States of America”.

On the other hand, we are not favorably impressed by his use of the fact that the Navy is smaller than it’s been since WWI as if that had, by itself, some particular import.  No perspective provided.  Trump might call that “sad”.

 

Sessions did the right thing in recusing.  He did a remarkable job in it in not having specified how many folk “from the other side” had cause to recuse themselves over the last several years but had not done so.  Makes it pretty clear who carries the Honor on this one.  Kudos, sir.

 

We expect major unwarranted attacks to begin against Carson and Perry…on Monday; they might get lost in a Friday dump but a Monday assault can carry through the week.
 
 
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March 5, 2017
 
 
 
There being a birthday here today, we take the day away...leaving the previous entry in place as is our custom when not bringing something new.
 
 
 
March
4, 2017

 
 

 

Thought these might be of interest.

http://trumpinsurrection.com/archives/8664

http://redrocktribune.com/obama-commits-seditious-acts/

We saw an indication of a possibility that some action may actually be taken to follow this out.

Considering the recent tactics employed by certain “political interests”, we are not at all sure that the chances for everything coming apart are actually diminishing; perhaps we’ve just been witnessing a calm before a storm?
 
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March 6, 2017

 
 

 

Wow.  Enough easy targets coming just out of The White House to make one think a D is in charge.

 

Rs continue to demonstrate that Ds have no exclusive contract for use of the circular firing squad technique of how to go about ruining a country.

 

Example: the new travel ban that isn’t.  Really.  It isn’t a ban.  It is a restriction.  But this one is little better than the last.

#1           Implements over time.  The reason given for not allowing time in the last one was to not telegraph the punch.  That the rollout does not negate the validity of the argument that it is generally unwise to telegraph the punches.  It only means rolling out something half-baked is not a good move.

#2           One country has been dropped from the list.  Fresh meat for detractors who will no doubt insist that this proves the list was wrong.  In this, the detractors are correct: the list was wrong.  Not because of the countries on the list, but because there was a list.  Every country needs to be on the list, and therefore there is no need for a list…and no way for anybody to claim it isn’t “fair”.  Would it gum up the works a bit?  Sure.  But is it a good idea to leave a backdoor open to a terrorist because he’s been keeping a relatively low profile in a country in Europe that he invaded a year or two ago so he is coming from Europe rather than a country on “the list”?  The kinks could be worked out…largely by proving that some countries do a much better job of providing what is needed for vetting.

#3           Refugees.  Looks to us like somebody trying to recreate an “original form” by putting together ends created by some fool whacking away at a Gordian Knot with a scimitar.  Bad enough to start with, somebody makes a huge mess of it, and then thinks a lifetime supply of super glue will automatically and all by itself put Humpty Dumpty together again…and properly.  All the good intentions in the world will not be of much help if even one successful bad guy gets in due to laxity.

 

Don’t even ask right now about ObamaCare, the national debt/deficit spending, or “tax reform”.
 
 
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March 8, 2017



We have apparently overburdened the capacities for this site-builder and are now suddenly subject to essentially incapacitating "technical difficulties" that will require our making some major changes before the bleeping thing can handle new material. With luck [and work] we will be able to remedy this situation on the morrow. For now, our prepared remarks must remain elsewhere; we leave the previous entry in place.


 

March 7, 2017





Congress has come down with a ghastly malady: curing ObamaCare.

And like most of us today in this country, Congress wants a simple one-time dose of a single medicine that will take effect immediately and permanently with a guarantee of no relapses or recurrences and no unwanted side-effects.

And like most of us today in this country suffering from one malady or another, Congress has done this to itself [as well as the rest of us] and will be sadly disappointed. In being sadly disappointed, Congress will also be sadly disappointing.

Like with Trump and negotiations, when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. For Congress, everything looks like a need for more legislation and regulation, i.e., greater government involvement…aka intrusion.

But what may be called for is just the opposite. The very fact that the immense intrusion of so much legislation and regulation known as ObamaCare has not worked as sold, suggests that it may well have simply been the wrong approach.

Just as the complaint of too much and too great a disparity in income inequality is being met by a “tax reform” of fewer brackets rather than the logical response of more brackets, the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is flying directly in the face of logic. It seems like FDIC writ large.

FDIC? How did we get there?

FDIC is the “insurance” program that guarantees accounts in banks. That may or may not be a good idea but it is simply done poorly. The amount “insured” per depositor is staggering in comparison to the “average” or “typical” account; when checked many years ago, the “insurance”, mandated and per depositor, was if memory serves, something more than 10 times the typical amount on deposit…and then, in large part apparently due to the savings and loan disaster of’86-95, it was raised. The insurance, still mandatory and per depositor (save the gaming of the system; funny how there are always assorted loopholes in almost everything government does “for the people [at large]”), is now $250K…or multiples of that by use of “categories” and the like…per bank. This in an age when a huge portion of the population has no bank account at all, and the typical account holder might have less than $10K. If a government mandated insurance program is to make any sense, then to encourage savings and liquidity for individuals who are in fact most susceptible to catastrophic damage from such a loss, then a limit of something more than “average”, up to perhaps twice, even thrice, the typical amount; but the current relationship protects the relatively financially strong at the expense of the relatively weak [and the very strong are not likely at much risk of this nature in the first place]. Note: “To determine your deposit insurance coverage or ask any other specific deposit insurance questions, call 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342).”



So it is with healthcare. Congress created more intrusion [its only tool] rather than correcting the gaming of health care insurance that was intentionally and largely recognized as a tax dodge in WWII [letting employers “provide” “health insurance” to employees as a part of their compensation but not subject to taxation]. It might have tried correction by taxing “fringe benefits” at the value [not proceeds] provided, probably doing so over time (a simple solution), in concert perhaps with an umbrella “policy” for catastrophic events [cancer or the like, that often goes to multiples of annual average earnings, to prevent “medical bankruptcy”, much as the federal government has a "flood insurance” program for catastrophe outside the norms of “homeowners insurance” [though reworking of all that might be in order], Congress decided to opt for more legislation and regulation and intrusion. Knowing that sunlight is a great disinfectant, Congress compounded the contaminants by hiding the proposal from legitimate examination by those who would “benefit” [the public] and those who would bear the cost [ratepayers and taxpayers and employers and providers], essentially passing it in the dark of night. Even the process was fouled, with backroom deals and assorted other hogwash and duplicity.

Repeal is actually simple: just do it. Pass a simple and straightforward repeal of ACA in its entirety, effective on effective date of replacement that includes specifics including dates certain of unwinding/downscaling the assorted entanglements provided/required in ACA, that replacement legislation to be provided by the federal government [i.e., passed by Congress and signed by President or Congressional override in case of Presidential veto] not later than [insert date certain] or without replacement by [insert a date certain]. Then, live with it.

The country has elected certain individuals who sought the positions to do the work, within the context of doing the work to the benefit of and in accord with the wishes of that electorate.

Consistent with much of the mindset that put Trump in The White House: let’s get on with it, and live with the results, modifying as we go within
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March 9, 2017
 
 


We were able to make some headway on the "technical difficulties" front but it seems there will be considerably more to do: please bear with us.
 
 
 
There has been considerable noise from “The Right” about watching carefully the language used by Obama & Co in denying involvement in wiretapping of Trump and campaign. They have a point.

We strongly suggest similar critical thinking exercises in considering the language provided by “The Right” in promotion of the ObamaCare replacement; any [every?] ObamaCare replacement.

We are not inclined favorably to propaganda from either side, or to obfuscation from either side, to the parsing of words from either side.

We haven’t yet taken the time to examine the bill being promoted…in part because we figure it will change, probably significantly, before being put forward for a vote. We cannot help but wonder if the version to be voted on will actually be available to the public for a few days before the scheduled vote takes place…as each side has suggested is appropriate, even necessary, when a bill was being offered…by the other side.
 
 
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March 10, 2017

 

 

It seems now well publicized that the 101st Airborne has now become the dictionary example of “a paper tiger”, constituting little beyond ciphers in a journal in terms of fighting ability.

We have two questions.  First, beyond the glib “budget cuts/sequester” and into a real-world military, how the Sam Hill did that ever come about?  Second: why on God’s green earth does anybody know this outside of a classified situation?

 

 

Wow.  Marines have boots on the ground in Syria.

From “our” Marine:

“IMO, not enough Marines, and long overdue.  Would like most of my beloved Corps told to inform family and close associates having “a need to know” to “keep it under your hat” that they'd be "out of touch” for “a while”, then put in the air with all of their “toys”, told only when airborne that this was a classified mission: they are never to tell anybody anything more about it than the campaign ribbon and perhaps device on said ribbon, designating a confirmed kill, was earned.  Objective: remove ISIS, permanently and with extreme prejudice, with minimum casualties to our own.  Rules of engagement: if you feel comfortable putting it at your back, do so, and if not, kill it.  Duration: want to be home for the weekend.

Question of “collateral damage”.  Word to be spread by every practical and reasonable means that the objective is to ensure destruction of ISIS and that there will be no opportunity for “vetting” of persons in company of ISIS who may or may not be “innocent”.  Rules of engagement previously noted apply.  That means being around the bad guys that are being killed will get you killed along with them.  That in turn means you fight for your life as you have nothing to lose: fighting you have a chance, not fighting you die.  That leads to more trouble for the bad guys.”
 
 
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March 11, 2017

               

 

We just don’t know what is the best course when we see something like this:

http://constitution.com/public-school-teacher-trouble-saying-illegals-deported-schools-can-serve-american-students-better/            

Is it better to laugh?  Or to cry?

The article noises over terminology…and then goes into insisting that the redundancy of “legal immigration” makes sense.  It goes on about “American”, totally oblivious to the idea that there are some 3 dozen nations in The Americas and the peoples of each of those nations are “American”.

 

Sometimes we wonder why we bother with trying to save the world from itself.  The body politic, and both the economic and social structure as well, is apparently suffering from a series of auto-immune diseases and headed into “Idiocracy”.
 
 
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March 13, 2017
 
 
 
We have taken the day to other pursuits and so leave the previous entry in place.
 
 
 
March 12
, 2017

 

 

Noticed again comment regarding Trump and insanity and 25th Amendment on one of the Sunday talk shows.  Interesting.

For those with an interest in such things, we recommend at least the free sample of “A 25th Amendment Revolution” by our own OEuclidean, available from the omni-present etailer [link on “Action Items” page; we intentionally do not provide the link directly but require the one additional click to maintain our standard of “no ads, nothing for sale”].

We find the interest in the 25th fascinating, as it could barely get notice in the last several years when the other side was in Power; now they want it exercised.

We also think it best to acknowledge that there is often a very thin line between genius and insanity that can be difficult to locate specifically; a lot may depend on from what angle the situation is viewed, and at what distance, with what lighting and perhaps other influences such as perhaps a window…and the dirt that might be on such a window.
 
 
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March 14, 2017

 

 

Wow.  All the noise about ACA &/or repeal/replace.  Virtually all of which revolves around questions of “cost”.

Yet nobody seems to mention that the “cost” goes into somebodys’ pocket; we like to think that for the most part it gets there deservedly, as in wages for doctors and nurses and the support staff, rather than for rip-off artists of assorted flavors (of which there are altogether too many).

Nobody makes note that the only way to decrease costs is to either deliver less care or less quality in it or reduce the return to those involved or some combination of such things…or do things more efficiently.

That last is not likely to be very popular with talking heads.  Somebody might start asking questions.

Government is not particularly well known for doing things efficiently.  For example, all the monies that went into creating ObamaCare.  And all the people now hired for the project…who, of course, as government employees, will be almost impossible to fire, for any reason.

All those monies have to come from somewhere.  Yep.   All the new layers of regulation and bureaucracy increase overall costs.

So why are all the talking heads noising about “lowering costs”, whether in ACA or in repeal/replace?  Did anybody really believe that increasing the numbers of people getting care by about 10% was going to decrease costs?  Even without all the new bureaucracy?

Cleaning up this mess is going to almost assuredly become very ugly.  We don’t think it has to go there; just that it will.

A perfect proof of the auto-immune disease of society, and for the concept that “the government which governs best, governs least”.
 
 
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March 15, 2017

 

 

Beware the Ides of March.

 

Trump noisy.  Huff & Puff.  Question of persons illegally in the country?  This guy likes using Executive Orders about as much as the last one did.  So, using much the same argument from statute that he uses to support the EO that was to replace the last one on the subject, both of which have been halted in Court, he could go through “diplomatic channels” to bring about what we’ve been suggesting for many years and posting in petitions for the last two.  Check out the material by way of our “Action Items” page so you don’t have to be subjected to the usual junk associated with other websites…and then sign on if you think it [the petition on “Illegal Alien Felons”] a good idea.

 
 

Then, for good measure and from that same “Action Items” page [but this one will have to have you go off our site], read the free sample of “A 25th Amendment Revolution” by our OEuclidean.  Even Trump might be surprised with what could be in the future should he “push the envelope”.

 
 

Storm clouds gathering on questions of budget and debt again.  Don’t expect much viable action: Congress and the rest have pretty much locked themselves into a rut.  The rules could change significantly IF you want them to badly enough.  More on that later.
 
 
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March 16, 2017

 
 

 

Debt ceiling.  It will get done, somehow, in some semblance of timeliness that will keep whatever faith still exists in it from deteriorating further.  We’ve had a cure for this particular mess for over 30 years and intend to have OEuclidean put it up on that major eTailer in the near future.  Despite this repetitive Continuing Resolution situation and the gamesmanship/brinksmanship of other games to pretend things had been done properly, the cumulative debt and need for TWO budgets through Congress this year and, just for fun, the Fed raising interest rates…we doubt our fondest hopes of making a fortune off it because so many people finally “get it” about the fiscal disaster that is called “The Federal Government”, will be realized.

 

Some new stuff on budget, from Trump.  Seems geared to getting attention, possibly setting an impossible position in order to encourage “cooperation” to a “fallback” that is actually what he’s after: he is, after all, a negotiator with apparently only that one hammer.  We think dominoes might work better, at least in some ways for some things.

We’d sure like him  -- and as many other people as possible, perhaps a few hundred thousand? --  to read “A 25th Amendment Revolution” by OEuclidean [see “Action Items” page for a link to eTailer…which provides a “free sample”] and demonstrate some willingness to “overturn tables” on this and other issues.
 
 
 
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March 17, 2017

 
 

 

Happy St. Pattys' Day.



The blarney has gotten to new heights in DC.  Now when the big stuff about money and wealth [budget, debt ceiling, etc] comes along as it does per schedules they manipulate if not set, they not only perform the same old dance routines of rearranging the deck chairs on The Titanic pretending to actually do something of positive value, now they brag about the tired choreography as being of great consequence.

Well, it is of great consequence.  The problem lies not just in the facade and the arrogance and bragging, but even more in the question of "positive value".  Not even close.
 
 
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March 18, 2017

 

 
 

This might be a good time for a “change-up”.

Please take a moment to consider what percentage of your income leaves you as taxes, and what your time is worth.  We suggest using dollars as a measure, if only for convenience.  Use the percentage of your income that leaves as taxes, divided by two on the premise that perhaps half of it is reasonable/legitimate, and divide the result by what you think your time is worth [probably using your hourly wage or an approximation].

The purpose of the arithmetic exercise is to provide an idea of how much time and energy might be appropriate for you to expend in ensuring those you employ (with some of those tax dollars) are provided “guidance” [phone calls, emails, letters to editors, et al] in the use of that portion of your income that leaves you as taxes…at least the half that might be construed as questionable.
 
 
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March 19, 2017

 

 
 

We disagree with the “sanctuary” provided at least some of the people illegally in the country, who we see as “criminals and/or invaders”, by some governmental jurisdictions.  We have made no secret of that.

We have made no secret of what we think would be the best solution to this particular thing that we see as “a problem”.

That solution, however, is apparently not favored by the Administration: it gets no play that we are aware of with any major talking head.

Since the course we find appropriate is simple, inexpensive, and holds promise of being exceptionally effective in remarkably short order, that begs a question: why?  Why is this not being done?

We think we may have figured not only an answer to that question, but “the” answer to that question…and it ain’t pretty.
 
 
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March 20, 2017

 

 
 

IOO, Sen. Gillibrand owes Commandant of The Marine Corps [4 star] General Neller, apology for berating over question of who is being clobbered for the photo-nonsense, noting her complaint of 2013.  But even Nellers’ predecessor had not assumed command of The Corps at that time.  Neller has been at the helm just about 18 mos; his predecessor was approved for advancement to Chief of Joint Chiefs at that time, and we do not recall Gillibrand, or anybody else, raising much of a stink over this mess then, or even when the predecessor had become Commandant about a year earlier.

http://www.marinepatriotblog.com/liberal-senator-kirsten-e-gillibrand-rips-marine-corps-general-neller-response-epic       

What if Gillibrand, instead of her grandstanding huff, had asked what Neller needed to fix the mess?  And offered to give him updates on meeting those needs every week while asking he respond similarly with progress reports on the fix, until both suggest that a two week interval would be sufficient?

Listen up: if you count not just the current complement of Marines on active duty, but every individual who has ever earned The Title “United States Marine” and is still breathing, it comes to [substantially] less than 1% of the population.  Marines are a whole different breed of cat.  We do not suggest that Gillibrand or her ilk need become Marines; frankly, even if it were possible and we doubt that, just as they might not like the idea, The Corps might not exactly be thrilled either.  But to think the 99% and more who really have no idea what they are talking about should tell The Corps how to operate ad nausea, is impractical to the point of absurdum.  We are not alone in this belief: http://www.marinepatriotblog.com/marine-corps-scandal-truth-culture/          

Let Gillibrand and the like go “to the field” with Marines for just 72 hours; if they survive, perhaps they may have something to say on the subject…but possibly with some valid perspective.  [Remember Barbara Boxer dressing down a General for his being polite, on the pretext of how hard she’d worked for her “title” of “Senator”?  Just how would that compare to how hard the General had worked to get his?  IOO, the General had to earn his; the Senator was given hers (by the electorate)].
 
 
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March 21, 2017

 
 

 

Rockville, MD: many of the myriad aspects of the impacts of persons illegally in the country come into high focus.

We do not pretend that a huge outcry evidenced in an avalanche of signatures to our petition regarding illegal alien felons [see “Action Items” page] will necessarily, let alone immediately, make a major change in the numbers of such people in this country.  We do, however, strongly believe that an avalanche of signatures, going well beyond the threshold for response, would get a response that would cause the population of persons illegally in the country to become the most low-key and otherwise best-behaved individuals, almost across the board, anywhere on the planet.

We also think Trump has no excuse to not act in accord with wishes expressed by a huge signing: surely if he believes he has the Power to use an Executive Order for the Travel Restrictions, surely the same statute would suffice to follow through on the obvious intents of that petition...even those now in the penal system or approaching it and who committed the crimes for which they would be expeditiously removed prior to the policy taking effect [for those with concerns over “ex post facto”].

We ask readers sign the current window, essentially as practice, and return in a few days when the new window is readied to sign in that window: the link on our “Action Items” page will be updated to the new URL when it becomes available.  Then, we ask, share: time to fix this.  By our research, it is at least 40 years past time to fix this.
 
 
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March 23, 2017
 
 
 
Taking the day to things other than writing [mostly research and thought?] so we leave the previous entry in place.  We'd just as soon it had a little more exposure anyway.
 
 
 
 
March 2
2, 2017

 
 

 

The news of the day that gave us greatest pause was not the incident in London, but the remarks from the PM: IOO, either she is terribly unaware, or terribly frightened and working terribly hard at trying to keep others from ending up in such a state as well.  And if we were “bad guys”, we’d be arranging trouble for morning just to bite the face that had just spit on us.

In a weird fashion, that ties in to what we’d already planned for today.

See, the other day [19th: at this writing, in "Recent"] we noted a question begged by an absence of action of a particular kind with respect to the issue of persons illegally in the country.   So why is it that the officials who have created these “sanctuary” situations not been held individually accountable in a most embarrassing and unpleasant manner of being publicly perp-walked from offices they’ve abandoned by knowingly and intentionally violating the Oath of Office to defend and protect The Constitution?

Brace yourself.

Because so many are guilty.  Not just an occasional Mayor.  Full Councils.  School Boards?  How about a Governor…or two…or more?  State Legislators?  Members of Congress?  And don’t forget those in other positions, such as Offices of Attorney General.  Jurists?  Really; this could get ugly.  New elections, with an awful lot of people previously thought entrenched by incumbency suddenly ineligible.

Even at least one member of Congress seems to have figured this out.  Mr. Rooney, in the hearing with FBI Director Comey and others, suggested accountability of officials to the people; officials to include “those on this dais”, a reference to himself and the others on the committee hearing.

Still, it is apparently asking too much for “public servants” to call for accountability of crooks pretending to be “public servants” when those “public servants” called on to demand accountability are crooks themselves.  Remember the guy from The House who not so long ago famously said “most of what we do is unconstitutional”?  [Yes, he was re-elected after that.]  If we want better government, perhaps we’d best deserve it by way of assuring at least a modicum of accountability.

 

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March 25, 2017

 

 

We’re going to leave the previous entry in place for the convenience and juxtaposition, something we rarely do.

 

OK: here’s the deal.  Like a lot of stuff in this wacko bizarre world today, petitions are something of a numbers game.  Yesterday, the petition that is our most immediate concern, the one about Illegal Alien Felons, had just one signature.  Today, when last we checked, four.  Carrying that out through tomorrow to 16, the progression takes the petition well over the threshold in just 10 days, with about a quarter of a million.  That same progression would stack something like 65 million signatures in just a few days beyond that, at two weeks.  We know such things are possible: a while back a dentist on safari shooting a lion disturbed so many people so much that a petition on that got close to a quarter million signatures in 3 days.

We are not even hoping for that, though we wouldn’t mind it, for a number of reasons.  We will be delighted with meeting the 100K goal in the 30 days: we would be beside ourselves with the quarter million possible in just about another week.

But we really want to see this done…for a number of reasons.

If you, too, would like to get a White House response to this petition [and be assured that more than just The White House keeps an eye on petitions on that site that are getting serious attention], please do what you can to get signatures to those 121 words: takes most people only about 1 minute to read, and maybe another minute or so to sign.

 

 

March 24, 2017

 
 

 

Lots of stuff in the news [some even related], but something we think noteworthy you may find only here: new petition windows.

Only 30 days to gather 100K signatures…each.  The good news is that it takes only a few moments to do…though it might take a few minutes to share the idea/opportunity with others.  In any event, you leave no information here  -- no, not even an email address, or initials, or anything else --  though you do need to where the petitions are hosted: a White House site you are already paying for.  But again there is good news: you need not leave this site which has no ads and wants none of your information, to see exactly what is on the petitions.  Really; the text of each is available on this site through a link on our “Action Items” page.

So; if you have concerns about sovereignty and/or what part of the Constitution carries more weight than which other part in a given situation, or if you really want to protect that Constitution, or you don’t much care for the idea of being ruled by the UN, you might want to look into and sign the petition on “Hierarchy of Law”.

If you think having access to a petition process available to seek redress of grievances in a relatively anonymous manner at very low cost is a good thing, you might want to signify that with a signature to our petition on the process.

Most timely is our petition regarding “Illegal Alien Felons”.  Please: it is quite short, quite clear, needs little “backgrounding”, and can be acted on within days if not hours IF government, in this case POTUS, chooses to do so.

Links to the texts [on this site], and to the signing points [on that White House site], are on the “Action Items” page.  We ask you sign, and encourage others to do likewise.
 
 
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 March 26, 2017

 
 

 

A few more comments about our petition regarding Illegal Alien Felons [see the last few entries, in "Recent" at this writing, and the "Action Items" page].

The entire apparatus necessary to effect the changes suggested in that petition is already in place.  Trump has been noising that there is a statute that would allow him to exclude certain aliens.  So be it.

This would cost almost nothing and result in serious savings while reducing the populations in prisons, possibly permitting incarceration of more of our home-grown miscreants: CA is due to release a whole bunch because of a court opinion about over-crowding.  And it does not “go after” the relatively innocent.

The odds are pretty good that if taken seriously to heart by The Administration, removing incarcerated illegal aliens, and those that might otherwise be about to be incarcerated, back to their country of origin, will not likely put a major dent in the overall numbers of persons illegally residing in this country.  It would, however, quite likely and in relatively short order, have a significant impact on the behaviors of those illegally here…which is the point.

In terms of the entire complex of things that need addressed related to persons illegally in the country, this would be really just one relatively small step.  But it would be a good one, readily justified, quickly and inexpensively effected, with viable and continuing beneficial results and few if any aggravations to any of the aspects of the multi-faceted situation.

The question remaining is this: does the population of this country care enough to require its government to do something effective and inexpensive to the betterment of all the governed?  Please take the minute to read, another minute or so to think about it as appropriate, and one more to sign the petition…then as much time and energy as you deem reasonable to encourage others to do likewise.

 

Oh, yeah: one more thing; if signing and/or encouraging others to do so seems wrong to you, or even just not important enough to do, could you please drop us a line through the “Comments” page and let us know where you think we’ve gone wrong?
 
 
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March 27, 2017

 
 

 

It has been suggested that Trump at the helm is “amateur hour”.  Trump is not, IOO, the only one acting like an amateur.

Take Paul Ryan [please].  Why is he treating the not-vote on repeal of ObamaCare as a failure, a defeat?  First, since the vote was called off in the true banana republic pattern of not calling for a vote without knowing how it will turn out ahead of that vote, maybe this can be handled later; it certainly wasn’t voted down.  Second, surely he’s familiar with the phrase “suspend the rules”…which essentially means that the “rules” are guidelines and they can pretty much do whatever they want however they want.  And thirdly, spin.  Why not spin the episode as a great opportunity?  To listen to the moment, and, perhaps more importantly, to get on with the questions of budget and taxes that might well best be handled before attempting to deal with the nightmares of ObamaCare with its own complexities of budget and taxation that could, if not carefully constructed in light of the other two Herculean tasks, blow it all up.  It certainly seems odd that after all the noises about “comprehensive” immigration reform and “comprehensive” this and that, too, Congress seems disinclined to at least handle the triumvirate of budget and taxes and healthcare in a coordinated fashion.

The whole nonsense about “the Russian interference” in the election?  Surprise: one country might try to influence the internal politics of another.  Who’d a thunk it?  Come to think of it, most of the seemingly endless high-profile “investigations” seem to be pretty nonsensical.

Don’t even get us started on the way the Ds are mishandling the confirmation of Gorsuch .
 

Amateur hour?  These people are not displaying the talents or skills of most amateurs, and they’re professionals…sort of like a two-bit whore is a professional [they are paid for their “services”], only these folk in government are a whole lot higher priced.
 
 
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April 2, 2017
 
 
 
Not there yet: leaving previous.
 
 
 
April
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We've been unavoidably prevented from posting for a few days and catching up will have to wait a little more strength: seems a heart attack categorized by various professionals as "massive", "a solid triple", "a home-run", and "a widow-maker", can wreak havoc with "other plans".  We leave our last entry in place and hope for better on the morrow.
 
 
 
March 28, 2017

 

 
 

Rep. Jackie Speier [a D], is calling for the Chair of the Intelligence Committee on which she sits, [R] Rep. Nunez, to recuse if not resign over his judgement call about who to inform to what extent and in what order about what he’d learned concerning what might be termed “spying on citizens”.  We think Ms. Speier being on that committee is just as solid a rationale for her to recuse herself on the question of the Chair being called to recuse or resign.  She would also have a much stronger argument had she recused if not resigned on issues of firearms every time she’s been presented such questions since being shot at the Jonestown massacre so many years ago.
 
 
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April 14, 2017
 
 
 
Microsoft Windows required many hours for "updates" over the last few days.  And not just once.  It has all the earmarks of a(nother) bad launch, essentially a beta testing procedure unclaimed.  That has resulted in our being unable to work reasonably in the GoDaddy web designer we've been using for years.

We'll keep trying for a while, probably daily but no guarantees: there's more on that in the material we were trying to post that led to discovery of this situation; we have only been able to provide these remarks through a limited and awkward work-around.

Our appreciation, not necessarily positive, to those responsible.
 
 
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April 1317, 2017

 

 

We’re baaa-aack…sort of…provided others [particularly Microsoft and other tech companies] hold up their ends.

We apologize for the “hiatus” of about the last two-weeks …and for the new schedule.  We can no longer be providing something new every, or perhaps even most, days: we will try to at least check in at least every other day but without aiming for any rigidity of a predetermined schedule, such as odd-numbered days or even-numbered days.  Health and other demands simply will not now permit the 365 schedule we managed for over 5 years.

That said, there may be times when we post several days in a row; eventually we may even return to a true daily grind, though we do not expect that will be possible for at least some months.

Moral support counts: please consider our petitions, available and accessible through our “Action Items“ page.  We do expect to be adding a good deal of support material for those efforts, here and elsewhere, with somewhat greater frequency than we’ve managed recently.

 

 

Terrific news on one front: there are to be a significant number of new judges added to the immigration system that may actually work well if given the opportunity [the electric toaster designed to use standard household current is not likely to do its job operating off a single AAA 1.5 volt battery].  The addition of 100 judges, if working full time and around 250 days a year, seems likely to start putting a serious dent in the backlog of some half a million cases in relatively short order…certainly if the current “norm” of no-show continues.  At the same time, it was noised yesterday that it ultimately costs the taxpayer in the neighborhood of a quarter of a million dollars, in the aggregate, to pursue a case all the way through deportation.  Then again, it was reported this morning that a new review has essentially “discovered” some 33,000 detention beds that apparently are available.  No-shows, detention facilities, additional judges: add to that publicity surrounding cases resulting in deportation for long-term offenders, based on such things as ID theft, and it appears “the rules” are changing.  That is not a reason to consider this problem “cured” or to not sort this mess out; it is a reason to find more expeditious means, and means to not have to go through the expense at all.  We here believe that “encouraging” what is sometimes called “self-deportation” has great merit.

 

 

United: there is apparently, as is often the case, much more to the story than is typically reported.  As we understand it, the guy who got dragged off the plane had previously accepted an offer [$800?] to surrender his seat and left the aircraft, then had second thoughts related to his work schedule and bypassed security going back onto the plane.  Sorry, folks, but if those are facts, he should be thanking his lucky stars he’s still breathing…and the other passengers really might want to give the incident a bit more thought before commiserating with the guy very much, since he would have then put them all at risk [how many times in recent years has as much as a whole airport been virtually closed down for hours over such a security breach?].

As for the other side of the situation, United almost seems to have worked at botching this at every step.  First, since businesses such as this seem not at all shy of going after whatever traffic will bear for what they are selling, perhaps the airline could have just kept raising the offers until they got what they wanted.  That idea has been thrown out there by many, but try this one on for size: in that the airline “needed” seats in order to fly a fresh crew to another site, might it not have been possible to charter a small plane to deliver the crew…which, IOO, wouldn’t have been necessary at all with better management of resources?  The CEO, it seems, may have gone off half-cocked with his first stance; then, again IOO, botched the “apology” and the back-pedaling.  We think everybody would have been better served had he gone the route of “no comment; under investigation’ until he could take one solid stand and stick with it.





 
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April 30,2017




With particular attention to NRA and its members and sympathizers:


It is time.  Time to stand up for individual rights, for Freedom, for The Great Experiment.

Key here is The Second.  Ground Zero is California. 



The State has determined that it can summarily vacate and even rescind not just The Second, but the entirety of The U.S. Constitution.  The pattern is seen in many things, even what days might be recognized by the State as holidays for employees.  But what may well be the signal blow is in the statutes  -- not laws, as they are “repugnant to the Constitution” --  that are scheduled to make, in the eyes of the State, violent armed criminals of tens of thousands of citizens.  This takes place in just about two months from this writing: come the 1st of July.

The vehicle of The Second is significant.  For the State will use whatever success it has in this most egregious abuse and expansion of Power as the base for virtually whatever else it may choose to do and without regard to any standards of law, Constitutionality, or even decency.  And setbacks to the agenda will be assigned to “the gun lobby”, “dangerous and armed individuals”, a lack of “common sense”, a need for greater Power for government, and the like.

But The Second is significant also because of its key value within the Constitution.  The Second came about to ensure limit to government, and is as close to an absolute as may exist in anything related to humans.  While perhaps a minority opinion today, there is still a school of thought that The Second permits of no exception: no jurisdiction within the USA has any authority to “infringe”, in any way, on the keeping and bearing of any arms whatsoever, while the Constitution is intact.  The corollary to that is that to in any way permit any infringement is to negate The Constitution in its entirety.

How so, you ask?  Read it, carefully.  Do not add anything; do not subtract anything.  Reading it for the specific language provided, does not permit for any infringement…and even an attempt to modify, in any way, is necessarily infringing [if only in the fashion of “a chilling effect”].  Thus, it cannot be modified, let alone repealed…without negating the entirety of the document.

How would that negate the entire document?  Because the document is a whole and inseparable entity.  Unlike the “legal” practice of including a “severability clause” in contracts, there is no severability clause in the contract between government and the governed known as The Constitution: nobody can pick and choose which part or parts are to be adhered to and which not; either it is in effect, in its every provision, or it is not valid at all.

To pretend authority to negate [at least openly], for example, any other Constitutionally guaranteed right, would meet with substantial opposition and be thoroughly denounced.  Yet, the federal government itself pretends authority to infringe, with remarkable frequency and to great depth.  States and localities hardly shy from infringing, with perhaps similar frequency and even greater depth.

 

And there is more: the UN wants to meddle as well if not more so.  It is for that reason, in part, that the proposal noted as “Hierarchy of Law” at usann.us, and the petition supporting it and requesting support from the administration, were developed; and why the petition has been posted repeatedly, at the White House site.  The threat to the US Constitution is huge, as any inroads against US sovereignty and the US Constitution can and likely will be used as an argument to claim that both have been surrendered to UN authority.

Think not?  Think that is surely a huge stretch?  Are you aware that the UN is now claiming that repeal of ObamaCare is probably against UN policies and international law?  That Mexico is reportedly ready to sue in US and international courts to prevent the building of physical barriers between Mexico and the USA?  Those are just the latest wrinkles in a seemingly ever-expanding parade of efforts in the UN to subvert US sovereignty.

As for the new President, it may not be wise to look for too much from him.  His much-touted comment at the NRA Convention about no longer having federal agents go after law-abiding gun-owners does not hold up well to serious examination.  No longer?  So Trump acknowledges that federal agents have been doing this?  Why would federal agents go after the “law-abiding”?  And what constitutes “law-abiding”, when “law” can change very quickly with or without notice?  This does not signal a change on the part of Trump, either: remember, he may favor state reciprocity of CCW but he has clearly stated he wants people to get a federal permit…which is still government demanding control  -- and no doubt for a price --  over a Constitutionally guaranteed and natural/God-given Right of the individual.

Please take a look at our petitions by way of our “Action Items” page.  There are links to the specific language of each here on site, as well as to the actual signing page which is on a White House site.


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June 15, 2017

 

 

 

Well, the first “window” for our latest petition  --

“We require that US Attorneys and Marshals remove from state & local government offices, individuals who have abandoned, by knowingly & intentionally abandoning &/or violating the Oath to uphold & defend the Constitution taken as a part of assuming the job, offices once legitimately held. Charges of fraud &/or theft are appropriate for those individuals having continued to act as if they still legitimately held the positions in question & for collecting pay for any period beyond the date of abandonment. New elections to be held as soon as possible.

All “official” actions of such miscreants to be held to strict scrutiny, even in fiscal matters that may then require “Special Masters” to effect what may amount to retroactive receivership.”

garnered all of…71 signatures.  We put probably more than twice that many hours into trying to encourage signing.

Seems the world isn’t interested in saving itself.  Who are we to argue the point?

Pretty well drained by that, we did manage to open new windows for each of our petitions on the 1st…but didn’t do anything about updating the links on the “Action Items” page until now…halfway through the window.

That’s sad on many fronts.  But not necessarily catastrophic.

This is, after all, a numbers game.  If 5 individuals sign and get 5 more to do likewise, including getting 5, then 8 generations  -- which could conceivably be completed in as little as a couple of hours --  would result in an aggregate of almost a half million signatures.

The threshold for a “response” is 100K.  That response is to show within 30 days of reaching the threshold.

But a half million?  In a couple of hours?  Even if it took the remaining 2 weeks of this “window”, that would be such an emphatic statement by the population that a response could be expected within a week if not just days.  And the response would almost assuredly be equally emphatic…and include swift action in accord with the demands of the petition.

 

It is not just The White House that pays attention to this stuff.  Many in Power do.  The question is: “Do you?”  Do you pay attention?  Paying attention pretty much means you sign, and get 5 more to do likewise…including getting 5 more.  Do it.  



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July 7, 2017

 

 

 

It's been too long: lots of reasons, no excuses.  We can only try to do better, Yoda notwithstanding.


New Petition signature windows have opened: see "Action Items" page.  Two are perhaps more timely than the other two: the one on Illegal alien felons, and the one designed to end "sanctuary" and more.

The one on Illegal Alien Felons is our response to what has become legislatively "Kate's Law".  The legislature wants their "solution" because, well, that's what a legislature does: it legislates.  To the legislature, with only the tool of legislation, every situation calls for legislation; it is the only hammer they have so everything looks like a nail and has to be hit with it...perhaps repeatedly.  Appropriate or not, legislation is the response.  Worse, when the folk in the legislature start dealing emotionally, no amount of emotion, by itself, will make bad legislation into good legislation.  As is often the case, it would be better here to scrap the whole thing and not even start over.

The problem with the legislation, which has already passed in The House, is that it is all about emotion and appearances rather than viable solutions.  The problem is persons illegally in the country who then commit additional crime...often violent crime.  Yes, there is an argument that being in the country illegally is not criminal, it is only a "civil" offense.  We don't buy that in the first place, and we have a counter to it in the second: there is nothing a person illegally in the country can do legally; nothing; not even breathe.  Our society regulates virtually everything in one fashion or another and that means everything has to meet certain regulations.  Like breathing: in the aggregate, the breathing of millions of individuals has an effect on air quality...but has anybody even heard of an environmental impact report being filed on that?  Banking, and other use of US currency?  Lots of regulations there.  Virtually everything folk illegally in the country do, puts them in violation of something.  That's criminal [in more ways than one].

The generally understood objectives of "Kate's Law" are to lessen the numbers of persons illegally in the country, and particularly those who then go on to commit violent crimes after having already been deported before.  It should go without saying that these objectives are to be met with minimal deleterious impact on the legal residents, citizen and legally admitted alien alike.  But apparently that cannot go without saying, because the legislation can slap a bill of as much as $1.2 million on the taxpayers for getting just one such miscreant off the streets for a while.  Yep: $1.2 million.  That's what it would cost, roughly, to incarcerate one such miscreant for 5, then 10, and then 15 years in successive incidents.  Of course, that wouldn't necessarily be the bill in any given specific case, for any number of reasons.  One reason is that while the sentences were initially to be 5, 10, and 15, for their own reasons, legislators have changed that so it may be less but "up to".  And of course there is no way to determine exactly the cost of a given prisoner for, for example, health care.  Meanwhile, the "accommodations" in our penal institutions may well provide essentially a higher standard of living than at least some of the miscreants might be able to achieve on their own "on the outside".

Brilliant...Not.

While our "solution" might not significantly reduce the numbers of people illegally in the country, that is a possibility.  More importantly, this solution would likely ensure, in remarkably short order, that the persons illegally in this country would become otherwise extremely well-behaved.  That means fewer persons illegally in the country committing additional crimes, particularly crimes of violence.  And that means lesser costs  -- to the taxpayers --  for law enforcement and courts and detentions, et al...on top of the savings of costs that would be incurred from incarceration through the legislative response.

Let us hope, and even put forth a little effort toward, The Senate having more sense than to pass this foolishness.  It is simple enough to do: just follow the links on the "Action Items" page, read the material, and follow the links to the petitions to sign.  Takes about 2 minutes.

We'll examine the petition designed to end "sanctuary" and more in our next visit [or you can just figure it out and sign by way of the links].


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July 19, 2017

 

 

Well, we promised to examine the petition we designed to end “sanctuary” and more.  Here then, is a much simplified bit of “examination” into what we think requires a great deal more time and space for a full examination than is available here…and which we believe could become a greater political event than even the election of Trump.

We require that US Attorneys, FBI, and Marshals remove from state & local government offices, individuals who have abandoned, by knowingly & intentionally abandoning &/or violating the Oath to uphold& defend the Constitution taken as a part of assuming the job, offices once legitimately held. Charges of fraud &/or theft are appropriate for those individuals having continued to act as if they still legitimately held the positions in question & for collecting pay for any period beyond the date of abandonment. New elections to be held as soon as possible.

All “official” actions of such miscreants to be held to strict scrutiny, even in fiscal matters that may then require “Special Masters” to effect what may amount to retroactive receivership.”

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-require-us-attorneys-fbi-and-us-marshals-remove-pretenders-state-local-government-offices-0

 

We set about this in large part because of the insanities of CA government: “sanctuary” cities, and “gunmageddon” in particular.  Jerry Brown and the State legislature aiding and abetting criminals and invaders to the point of trying to make the entire state have a “sanctuary” status just pushed us further.  But it also drove home the idea that this had to be approached from outside the “sphere of influence” of the clique of establishment politics in the local and state governments.  Hence, and certainly with the recent wrinkles of politicizing the entire structure of government and how that violates yet another provision of The US Constitution, we sought remedy through the federal government.

 

Since we first placed this petition, Jerry Brown of CA has become something of a poster-boy for the project: he flies in the face of the US Constitution with remarkable frequency…and would be our pick for the first to be subjected to a broad-daylight perp-walk for crimes associated with having abandoned the office he once legitimately held.  The bulk of the CA State Legislature could be marched alongside him.

Here’s the deal.  It is hard to imagine how anybody deemed “emancipated” and cogent could have missed the gyrations of a few years back between the federal government and AZ over questions of jurisdiction and authority regarding immigration: that belongs to the federal government and the federal government is not inclined to accept any interference.  That being the case, the assorted State and local officials who’ve created “sanctuary” situations have violated those Oaths noted in the petition [to uphold and defend The Constitution (of The United States of America)].  Pretty simple.

For precedent, one can look to the air traffic controllers who decided to take to the strike lines when Reagan was President.  There was a to-do but Reagan ultimately stated that, since each individual in that employ had signed a “no-strike” contract, they had quit the jobs…which seems simple logic.

In that same fashion, the first time a public official breaks the contract [to uphold and defend The Constitution of The United States of America] voluntarily created by each of those individuals in taking the Oath of Office as part of accepting the office.  They’ve quit.  Having quit, said individuals cease to have any authority to continue to use the facilities, to wield the Power/authority of the Office, or even to be paid for whatever work they might do…since they were no longer authorized to do it and were no longer in the positions: they had quit.

BTW, that needs to go back to not just the most recent incident, but to the first such instance in which the given individual broke the contract by violating the Oath.  For most, that could go back a bit.  And, of course, anything such individuals have done while criminally pretending to still hold those offices, must be at least put in suspension if not summarily and permanently vacated.

Since much of what has been done at least in theory may have been otherwise valid and have catastrophic consequences if summarily and permanently vacated, like budgets and contracts with private concerns that were operating in good faith, suspension could provide opportunity for a subsequent and authorized official [or body] to enact “enabling legislation” to essentially backfill as necessary.  Please note the term “necessary”.  Every single item that is to be made legitimate by such efforts must be as specific as possible and fully justified and explained rather than reinstated carte blanche.

This of course could keep Party hacks and “activists” of almost if not all stripes as busy as one-armed paper-hangers, in locating/determining and focusing on the earliest violations.  One subject area is certainly “sanctuary”; another is “gun control”.  Almost anything may be fair game.

 

One of the more interesting aspects of this strategy is that it does so much so simply.  It gets rid of a whole lot of people who are now and have been doing a lot of things that violate The Constitution.  It also gives direction to those who might follow, along with a strong admonition that The Constitution is to be heeded.  This in turn will likely reduce the size and scope of government, at all levels…and thus the expense of it…leaving then more resources for personal/private sector use [or, dare we suggest it, greater fiscal responsibility even to the point of paying down the national debt].  With the model in place regarding the state and local government, it is almost a surety to soon be applied to such individuals as federal legislators…and which of them could meet the standard?  New elections, in short order, across the board.

 

That might be a good thing.


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July 29, 2017

 

 

Made in America v Made in USA

 

A tiny tempest in a teapot turned up the other day: Trump noising about whether it was better to point to “Made in America” or “Made in USA”.  At the apparent behest of the bulk of the industry sorts in attendance [and their motivations may be open to conjecture], he leaned toward the “Made in America”.  This was allegedly largely because of the similarity with “Make America Great Again”.

But it’s wrong.

We think Trump is blowing it again.  He seems, to us, too often to do too little contemplation, too little serious thinking, before acting.  Action is often good; action without Reason tends to not work out well.  Like with the tweeting.  We’ve noted before that he might be ahead to put in at least twice as much thought to the processes and his engagement while reducing his output by half, at least resulting in providing fewer and more difficult targets for his opposition.

“America”, as a reference to The United States of America, is simply no longer a reasonable application of the term.  As we have long noted, the term “America” is most appropriately a reference that is hemispheric: there are about 3 dozen nations in The Americas  -- South, Central, and North --  and the peoples of each of those nations are, reasonably, “Americans”.  “America” worked and well, in an earlier day.  But geo-political and even economic realities have changed, as well as communications.  Today, there is ample cause to be more precise in language…which is why we operate as “Usann”, for “United States of America, Native or Naturalized” [and why we are open as well to the similar acronym of “Tusann”, for “The United States of America, Native or Naturalized”].

So, Mr. Trump, operate on the premise of “Made in The USA”.  Unless, of course, you actually intend to insult all the neighbors in the hemisphere by pretending they have no legitimate claim to the term “America” (and variants).

 

BTW, what may well be the best evidence we’ve ever come across in support of this position is an old piece of video of Obama being most awkward in a display of some discomfort as he fumbled in trying to find an appropriate phrasing, in making remarks following a meeting of The Organization of American States.  [It was quite comical.]
 
 
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August 31, 2017

 

 

New signature-gathering windows begin today: see “Action Items” page.

 

 

OK, a lot coming related to Harvey: presenting new opportunities for a number of improvements…most if not all of which will almost assuredly…be missed.

Are we ready yet to implement a freshwater pipeline system along the lines, and perhaps the routes, of the interstate freeway system?

Can we accept now the idea that “flood insurance” is simply another federal program in desperate need of a total revamp?

Might it be an idea to morph FEMA into MACHO [Military and Civilian Humanitarian Operations] and better knit the two major components of Military and Civilian for a better outcome?
 
 
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September 3, 2017

 

 

 

On this National Day of Prayer declared as part of response to Harvey, we find ourselves with a number of thoughts.

 

 
Harvey.  Expected to be the most expensive natural disaster to ever hit the country, estimated [at this writing] in the neighborhood of some $160 Billion. 


Harvey has been described as a million year event; an 800 year event; a 500 year event.  It certainly is  -- thankfully --  a rare event.  Described as a lake the size [extent] of Lake Michigan [though, thankfully, not the volume].  $160 Billion.  Yet some places that may have had nearly 4 feet of water inside are essentially dry within 48 hours…strongly suggesting that draining a lot of this precipitation is certainly a possibility, and that much of the damage may be the result of waters that come through long enough to do damage and then keep going to do more…elsewhere.  Which in turn suggests both that the damage can be controlled, and thus minimized; how much better an argument is needed for a national freshwater pipeline system?  $160 Billion.  Lost wealth.  And DC is pretending somehow everybody can be “made whole” [i.e., fully recover their losses]…though it has been said that the $160 Billion is just what will be expected as “federal government” costs, with a total in the neighborhood, through insurance et al, of $1 Trillion.  And the $160 Billion amounts to roughly a per capita [average for every man, woman, and child in the nation] of around $500.


And Irma is expected to become as much as a cat 4 as well and may make landfall on the continental United States.  It is highly unlikely that Irma will follow the exact same path as Harvey, so we may well be looking at another 500 year event and perhaps similar costs within a month.  What if Irma hits New Orleans which has been largely rebuilt after Katrina…still below sea level?



But there are other concerns as well. 

Know how much the interest is on the National Debt…the “ceiling” for which is now “in need” of being raised, even without the costs of Harvey [let alone Irma, or any others]?  Think about it.  No, it isn’t a matching $160 Billion.  Annual interest [alone; nothing towards paying principal] on the national debt is roughly…2.5 to 3 times that.  Yeah: 2.5 to 3 times the expense of the costliest natural disaster in the history of the country…annually.


Oh, it can be argued that the interest is paid in large part to US citizens.  But that just sugar-coats a reality that a lot of it goes elsewhere, and that what does get paid to US citizens is literally a redistribution program of government…with a lot of clerks and bureaucrats getting paid along the way.


And while much of the reporting is remarkably upbeat, there seem to be a few aspects that are getting largely neglected.  Like how badly we need an interstate water pipeline system between reservoirs [and more reservoirs]; too much damage is coming from “controlled releases” of water from behind dams that apparently cannot withstand having so much water behind them.  [Seems a little like an echo from the recent problems in California with a dam and a spillway.]  Or how poorly the federal flood insurance program is designed; only 1 in 5 at best has flood insurance…which may still be inadequate coverage in individual cases.  How come some  -- apparently very few, but still some --  homeowners managed to avoid most problems by having raised their homes after previous flooding, perhaps as little as 6 months ago; and why didn’t everybody else raise their homes [cannot help but recall such as a requirement in some areas locally a while back]? 

These are just a few that come readily to mind; Melania’s shoes didn’t make our list.
 
 
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September 17, 2017

 

 

We begin  a 7th year of blogging despite seemingly endless "technical problems", with intentions of doing more as we did in each of the first 5 of those years than in the last one [a major heart attack in the OEuclidean family certainly altered a lot of things; other significant personal/familial events have impacted as well].  With a little luck and a bit of work, we expect to get back into the swing of things; perhaps not to the daily frequency we initiated and kept for so long, but we are aiming for an entry about every other day on average.

That may include major changes to the site and its operation [new software], though most likely most of that will not be seen; we like what we’ve done, generally.

 

Happy Birthday…to us all, even to all of mankind.  The Birthday is not of mankind, as far as we know.  But it is the Birthday of The Constitution of The United States of America, perhaps the finest document ever designed by human minds [The Bible being Devine] and one that has had immense impact on the world for some 230 years now.

Please take a few minutes today to read The Constitution, and perhaps then a few more to consider how our lives might be different if everybody in The United States of America, and particularly those in “pubic service” [most particularly the Members of Congress],  actually adhered to and lived by that document as the Supreme Law of the Land.
 
 
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September 19, 2017


 

We really want to see our petitions [on the “Action Items” page] getting major attention in media and in the form of signatures, to numbers in multiples of those needed for response.

We are asking people to take the few minutes to read the actual petitions [here on site, so to limit any possible exposure to cyber-sleuthing; remember, we keep no lists and do no tracking on this site] and then take the action of following the links to apply signatures…perhaps twice, even more if necessary, over time; once every month until each has met the threshold for response from The White House.  The first time will take a few minutes; subsequent efforts would require only moments [each].

Our urgency comes from the continuing concerns that instigated each of the petitions in the first place, reinforced by our personal situations which have reminded us thoroughly 3 times in recent months about just how temporary life is; each of us simply has limited time in which to act to make the world a better place and so must take every opportunity to do so.  We see these things as some of the very best we can do, and, along with this blog, the most immediate.  [There are some other things in the works as well, but they take much less involvement of others and more of us, while necessarily taking longer periods of time; these petitions can reach the thresholds literally in days if not hours…if people choose to read, sign, and share/encourage others.]

 

Today we ask specifically attention to the petition highest on our “Action Items” page, about Hierarchy of Law, Preservation of The Constitution.  There is considerable support argument available here on site, and we encourage reading it for those with that much interest.  But the situation at The UN and the speech from Trump there this morning provide pretty strong argument as well.  Please, sign, and encourage others to do so as well. 



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September 22, 2017



Every other day didn’t last long, did it? We’d have posted this yesterday save for “technical difficulties”: the Powers that Be determined that we would not be able to log in let alone make changes. This occurs from time to time, almost always in conjunction with some “improvement” by GoDaddy or Microsoft. We have hopes that someday integrity will return to the world.



A belated Happy 70th Birthday, US Air Force.



Seems appropriate to again, for the steeenth time, focus attention to “Watch Your Language”. How is it that so many “talking heads”, the reporters and journalists and commentators, whose stock in trade is language, disregard or perhaps simply are so poorly skilled that they do not understand that “illegal immigrant” and all of its variants, amounts to a contradiction in terms, a conflict that cannot exist? Our preferred term is “criminal &/or invader” but a lot of people seem to find that “harsh” [blunt, but accurate; truth can be painful]. Yes, there can be some argument, weak though we think it is, that “illegal alien” is not appropriate terminology either, but what’s wrong with “illegal migrant” or “illegal resident”?



Weather Wars [uhhh, for those with an interest, there actually is a novel from the 1970s by that title that is really pretty interesting, IOO]? Puerto Rico is being/has been largely destroyed by the series of hurricanes and will no doubt be getting serious federal aid to rebuild. But Puerto Rico is so broke that it makes the federal government look solvent. If there is anything to the school of thought that major governments &/or NGOs control weather, it might just make sense to flatten Puerto Rico in order to remedy its fiscal problems in a friendly version of a mouse that roared…as part of a Cloward-Piven strategy to beat the USA into insolvency with catastrophes in TX and FL and somewhat lesser disasters in other areas.

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October 1, 2017

 

 

There us a very real hazard in not posting for too long: so much piles up.  See, whether it shows here or not, writing tends to be an every day affair…and the talking heads and politicians could generally supply enough material without huricanes or the NFL.

Today we settle for at least checking in, and noting that we’ve opened new signature-gathering windows for our petitions [see “Action Items” page].

The petitions are, we think, better than they might look at first glance.  This being the month in which we all seem to celebrate scaring folk, perhaps it is time we scared The Establishment.  Take a look at the petitions: getting them over the threshold for a response just might scare the daylights out of a whole lot of those in The Establishment.
 
 
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October 2, 2017

 

 

Give the NFL all the attention it deserves.


That now over, let’s get to something of value.


Trump proves us right again, about his being more like O than almost anybody other than us suspected.  He’s getting pretty good at throwing folk under the bus.

He also talks big…and incessantly.  We saw and heard O so often, virtually daily, that we got to a point of Pavlovian reactions.  Trump seems to be trying to out-2-year-old even that record.  Like he’s apparently trying to out-2-year-old that rummy in North Korea.  A recent example: O said he didn’t know what had happened but that obviously the police were wrong; Trump, with apparently no information greater than anybody else had [he offered no support for the assertion], said the Las Vegas shooter had “wounded hundreds” despite there being no information public about how many had been shot and how many of the injured were that way from panic such as trampling by others.

But if anybody ever did think to take him more or less seriously, does anybody believe that North Korea or China, or anybody else for that matter, is ever going to be particularly concerned about how “tough” and “capable” The USA is while watching the federal government failures following Irma, Juan, and, particularly, Maria?

Maria?  Three and a half million US citizens have had their world destroyed, perhaps half still without reasonable food and water, let alone shelter or anything more.  But there are reportedly 10K federal workers there.  How many of those were there anyhow?  How many are paper-shufflers and attending meetings, and how many are hands-on in-the-trenches actually removing rubble and operating mass kitchens for all comers?  Put a Marine Division and a couple of CB outfits and an aircraft carrier or two on site and going full-bore.  [MACHO: Military and Civilian Humanitarian Operations.  Why?  Because military operates in a mode that might best be described as 24/7 emergency logistics.]


And the reporting?  That would be a discussion for another day save the insanity in Las Vegas.

The reporting.  It is so bad as to generate explosive regurgitation in at least some intelligent and thoughtful individuals subjected to it.

In the Vegas incident, Trump might be excused for going off half-cocked just on the basis of having so much other stuff on the plate and relying on what may literally be hearsay rather than legitimate verified data from fallible humans.  But the professional noisemakers?  The former cop who says the most dangerous people are those the cops don’t have records of?  The way he said it suggests, clearly, that he wants law enforcement to have extensive dossiers on virtually every individual.  If that doesn’t strike you as just wrong, perhaps you can focus on the concept of data breach by hackers [can you say “Equifax”?]?  The retired military officer who says this is terrorism, religiously motivated or not; it was intended to terrorize.  [We doubt that; looks to us to have been intended to kill as many as possible with little to no concern for scaring anybody at all; he planned to not be around to find out.  But we don’t have any information other than what has been made public at this writing and readily acknowledge that we are not experts and our guesses are just that; guesses.]  What about the assorted folk getting access to a mic and noising about mental health of the shooter? Like the brilliant guy who said the shooter would have had to have help to convert the firearms from semi-auto to full-auto [which is untrue, and technically against statutes anyway].   Even the numbers: dead, wounded, injured…wounded and injured usually added together and pretended to be wounded, despite reality.  Some “expert” says we’ve a million sworn officers in the nation with a third working an 8-hour shift, so 2/3 are off-duty so off-duty cops are everywhere; they are trained, and armed.  [Do the math, realizing that it takes more than 4 shifts to cover a weeks’ hours.]  And the news folk put this crap on the air?


Where is the video-reportage of hands-on viable physical help to remedy the mess that continues to harm the 3.5 million citizens of the leveled island of Puerto Rico?
 
 
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October 8, 2017

 

 

Well, it’s been most of a week again now, cluttered with a lot of noise on mostly old-hat stuff;  things like liberals verbally attacking Trump and anybody else who has the audacity to cross their lines, legitimately or not. Small wonder, with so much time and energy and other resources going into spiting contests, that so little of value gets done in DC.

Trump did, however, put his foot in it again…again giving us cause to sometimes have trouble telling him apart from the usurper who claimed the Office before Trump.  Remember O saying, with endless repetition, that he’d inherited a mess [referring to the catch-all of the economy]?  Well, this week [referring to the Iran “deal”], Trump said he’d been handed/left with a mess.  Shades of Hillary: can any of these people ever own anything that doesn’t bring accolades?

Our favorite in that realm this week has to be the Monday-morning-quarterbacking of Mattis responding to a question in a Congressional hearing.  Asked, with a demand for a yes or no response, about his position on the Iran “deal” being good for the country, he answered the question…as asked.  As far as we know, there was no follow-up about how that personal opinion might color his reactions to commands from the Commander in Chief.  But the liberals, and even a lot who would normally be seen as “conservatives”, were making a big to-do about a man answering honestly a single question completely out of context and with virtually no perspectives permitted.  That ain’t just dumb; it’s gross hogwash.

 

Of course, “the latest” on the Las Vegas shooting provides a lot, too.  The gun count alone has been amazing; first we heard 2, then 8, then 10, then 18, and most recently 19.  How the dead guy keeps adding guns to the collection in the room has us totally baffled.  And they were all modified to fire full-auto…not.  Apparently 2 were fitted with bumpstocks…but we’ve also heard reports that a dozen bumpstocks were found in the hotel room.  What we haven’t heard, even once, was any semblance of perspective provided by the numbers of persons wounded, i.e., shot, and the number of persons injured in other fashion such as being trampled.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the Las Vegas incident is the fairly clear revelation from the NRA that its Emperor has no clothes any more than most emperors.  The NRA, that great friend of The Second Amendment, which has little reason to exist should The Second ever be accepted for what it is and was intended to be, has come out in favor of “strict” regulations of bumpstocks and anything else that might make the function of a firearm government allows citizens to have, fire in a manner similar to some of the equipment that government has as a matter of course.  Seems the NRA doesn’t want anything close to a level playing field any more than government does…the government inclination being the rationale behind The Second, i.e., to ensure the ability of the citizenry to keep government in check.

 

“Reporting”?  Trump made a comment that could have been a thinly veiled threat…or something else.  Pressed, Trump left the media guessing.  So somebody made something up and they all jumped on it.  They simply could not wait until they could get an answer from Trump that was more to their liking than being told essentially to wait; they felt they had to “report” so they “reported” the guesses they were making as facts…with commentators jumping in on the silliness, everybody coming up with mud and not much else.

See, what Trump said could have been a threat of military action.  But it could also have been a preliminary staging for a comment leading to a policy that actually goes in almost a diametrically opposite direction.  We’re going to save discussion of that possibility for later…but the direction of it won’t be a big surprise to folk who pay attention to our commentaries though the specifics might be kind of fun.  Hint: Trump and/or minions have already headed in that direction at least once…which is why the “reporting” is so very shameful; they have cause to know there is more than one possible meaning to the comment in question.

 

And everybodys’ favorite distractive effort, taxes.  Still a game of re-arranging deck chairs on The Titanic, talking taxes in any way/shape/form is a sure way to draw attention, usually from almost anything and everything else.  But it’s still just re-arranging deck chairs on The Titanic.

 

Distractions seem to be high on the agenda at the moment.  Has anybody seen or heard anything, let alone anything of significance, about hands-on work at breakneck speed for Puerto Rico?  Look, we are not Puerto Rican, or even Hispanic; we favor independence over statehood for Puerto Rico.  But as things stand, Puerto Rico has about 3.5 million US citizens, and we are very strong supporters of US citizenship being of value and the Republic being “one nation”.

 

Finally: anybody ever consider our suggestion to read “Weather War”?  It’s a late ‘70s SciFi paperback that can be found online readily enough for about $6.  With Nate following on Irma and Juan and Maria, maybe it is time.
 
 
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October 12, 2017

 
 

Questions:

How many “injured” in the Vegas shooting were actually shot, as opposed to having been trampled or cut or otherwise injured in attempts by themselves or others trying to avoid getting shot?  And why has that not been a part of the story all along?

Why are we hearing virtually nothing about the causes of the rash of wildfires in California?  We hear about the numbers of fires and the extent and the lost structures and the numbers of evacuations and the persons displaced; even how much retardant is being used and the increase in air traffic and measures taken to aid in safety of that traffic.  But nothing about how the fires started.

 

No, the focus in the news that is demanding details is seemingly about a powerful dirty old man.

 

Meanwhile, the pretense of a Governor in California has signed the state into sanctuary, and Congress has all but run out of time to get much of anything done, let alone well done, on any of the fronts long past due, yet still has time and other resources to engage in lots of petty stuff.

 

One more question: have you signed our petitions yet ["Action Items"] and if not, why not?




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October 24, 2017

 

 

A few notes after too long away:

 

 

Niger: mostly Monday-morning quarterbacking by armchair experts.  We can only hope the investigation on this provides functional results in short order, if only for the comparison/contrast with the seemingly endless investigations into Clintons and collusions.  Perhaps it is time for this country to wake up to the concept that putting people "in harms' way" is likely to, at least from time to time, result in harm…and maybe this country should consider reducing such exposure.  As for the “controversy” over the condolence call, perhaps it will get Trump to understand that there is no profit in willingly and unnecessarily providing ammunition to those who would use it against you with no rationale beyond that it is or could be available. 

 

 

The “illegal” and the sought abortion.  First, at 17, the girl in question is not “an illegal” but a criminal/invader.  That she “wants” an abortion is, we think, her choice…at her expense.  We also think the child, if not aborted, if born in this country, might provide an opportunity for SCOTUS to revisit the question of “birthright” citizenship extended on the sole basis of geography.

 

 

North Korea  It is long past time to train the puppy.  Until everybody can be sure that the pup will not misbehave in a vicious fashion when left with the children, the pup must be isolated from the children.  It is that simple.  And if the pup finds some way to escape the containment and become a viable threat, then the unfortunate creature may simply have to be “put down”.

 

 

Medal of Honor.  47 years late.  Apparently well deserved.

And then the Idiot in Charge goes on at length about “The Congressional Medal of Honor”.  It is a common error.  But from the guy in charge and presenting the countrys’ highest military Honor?  It isn’t “The Congressional Medal of Honor”: it is “The Medal of Honor”.  But his lardship noised “Congressional” repeatedly.  Another proof that he’s more like the last guy who claimed The Oval Office than most might think.

 

 

Steinle.  Two years after Kate Steinle died reportedly at the hands of an invader/criminal, California has become a “sanctuary” State.  That makes it much more understandable that Moonbeam & Co continue to act as if they actually still held the offices they’ve in fact abandoned [and therefore need to suffer the consequences of such criminal behavior]; they are sociopaths, i.e., they completely disregard the “norms” of society and serve only their own desires.  [Yes, there is something that can be done, and you can be a part of it through just a few minutes of your time: “Action Items”.]

 

 

Taxes.  Re-arrangement of deck chairs on The Titanic continues, to the chin-music of politics as usual, with a seeming emphasis on who gets a cut and who has to pay.  The stridency is, well, amusing; the tempest in the teapot is in reality about like Maria in Puerto Rico by comparison.  So much noise about necessity for politics, for the economy; cuts for these and breaks for those, what to protect and what to change  -- and to what degree; how to pay for it all.  But there is no specification of the goal beyond the remarkably nebulous “fair” and “beneficial”.  The lack of starting with re-visioning would be thigh-slapping hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic.

Here’s a thought: if taxes suddenly became “fair”, the only folk getting cuts/breaks would be those who’d been carrying too much of the burden, and the only folk that would be getting “hurt” would be those who’ve been getting too good a deal and that at the expense of others.  So go ahead and aim for that particular form of “fair” if that is the objective, but do so without concern about “winners” and “losers”.

 

 

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October 27, 2017

 

 

 

We think a well-known public official needs to change his name from “Jeff” to “Snow”.  He doesn’t like the way somebody else is doing a different job so he’s going to quit his [job]…crying about what he’s going to be able to tell his children and grandchildren about what is now being done in and by government in which he holds a very high position.  So this Senator, who is facing a re-election that is a bit “iffy” for an incumbent, will retire…rather than face the election fight and do the work he contracted to do in the way he claims is so desperately needed.  We think that sort of behavior used to be called “shirking” at best; sometimes even “cowardice”.

Now that this guy has declared his position regarding the job, the electorate, and his concerns for others, is there any reason to feel good about whatever votes he might cast from this day forward?  Would it not be more reasonable and practical for the public, and more ethical on the part of the individual, to walk away immediately rather than to continue through the convenient date of the end of this term?  We wonder how he might explain that to those kids and grandkids of his, rather than the kids and grandkids of us all, that are his concern.

 

 

Taxes.  Lots of noise about “brackets”, particularly the number of them.  Early noise was getting the number of brackets down to 3 and getting rid of deductions.  Then it was 4 brackets.  Now 5.

We think that, while probably being poorly done and almost assuredly for the wrong reasons, this is indicative of moving in the right direction.  We’ve long said that it is at least seemingly illogical to be decrying the increasingly vast disparities in incomes and shrinking the number of brackets.

 

 

And  -- surprise, surprise --  Social Security is going to run out of money.  Who knew?

 

 

 

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We continue to petition to The White House in support for “Hierarchy of Law”, largely designed to keep UN & similar attempts against US sovereignty, as regarding arms and the Law of the Sea Treaty, from ever allowing the UN or others to dictate to the US, while still allowing the US to adopt positions in line with such.  Do you really want the UN telling us what to do about an invasion at our border, for example?

 

Please help this effort to protect US Sovereignty and The US Constitution.  More, here.  Or, take our word for it and immediately go to The White House site by way of our "Action Items" page to sign
[making use of the WhiteHouse.gov site ensures that nobody need leave any information here, potentially saves us a lot of work, and provides opportunity for visitors to also choose from a variety of other petitions that they may also wish to support...or not].

Let’s get this thing over the 100K signatures-in-30-days threshold for a response…in record time.


We need 100,000 signatures, and would rather have twice that  -- how about a half million?
 
 
 

 

We've a companion petition also accessible through the "Action Items" page with the objective of maintaining and even improving this petition access as a tool for responsive government [novel concept, huh?].  Signatures also requested for that one.


 

 

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September 17, 2011, Constitution Day: we begin another effort at blogging.  Previous efforts have ended unceremoniously for a variety of reasons; for the most part we simply have not found it appropriate to pretend that we had something of significance to say publicly each and every day, too easily then neglecting for too long, distracted by daily life rather than making such an effort a part of daily life.

This process may well be subjected to similar problems but should result in a different end: for this blogging has a new intent added to the old, one of being an exercise in and a marking of self discipline [do not expect perfection; we don't, though we will strive for minimal evidence of our imperfections].  A daily entry is a part of our objective: it may be as brief and seemingly dismissive as " Nothing today", "We, too, sometimes need a break: this is one of ours.", or " Have noted news; gathering thoughts", but we are committed to at least checking in each day, and ask readers consider doing likewise.  [Entries may or may not be keyed to or even linked to other parts of the site, but we will endeavor to minimize choppiness.]

Too often, we may go on too long.  We may try to cover too many bases, resulting momentarily in a light treatment of heavy material, but we believe longer treatments will be available elsewhere on or at least through this site.

One of our objectives is to not waste a visitors' time. We don't mind even offending folk, if it is all honest and above-board; but we would be disappointed if, having visited, somebody left feeling they'd wasted their time [much as we don't mind somebody leaving our table not being uncomfortably full, but would feel badly if they left hungry despite their efforts to become at least reasonably satisfied].

That will have to do for today: life interrupts.

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Addendum, October 4, 2011

Any post more than a week old will be subject to being moved from this page and archived.  For the immediate future, the Archive will be available on another page on the site.

Addendum, October 6, 2011

We will, from time to time, review and edit for typos et al, so that later readers may not be subjected to them.

Addendum, December 9, 2011

We have reorganized [again] so that the single most recent blog entry is readily available without having to mess with a slide bar much.  Recent entries will go to another page, eventually to archives, though those pages will be as we read, oldest first. We hope this makes things easier for visitors.

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The
(general) PLAN

Exercise integrity, and encourage others to do so: Support each other, and encourage others to do so;

Educate ourselves, and encourage others to do so; Use the term Usann, and encourage others to do so;

Resist tyranny, and encourage others to do so; Exercise authority over officials, and encourage others to do so;

And take the country back, one day, one moment, at a time.


Our goal is to follow the above plan in our lives and our business, thus being a part of returning our country, The United States of America, to the Republic it was envisioned and designed to be and The Great Experiment -- the Rule of Law -- brought to the world by the Founding Fathers.

We ask readers -- and others -- consider doing likewise.




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