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December 18, 2016

Imagine the Return to a Revolutionary Ideal

 

Once upon a time there was the Black Robe Regiment which was the name given by the British to the Colonial Preachers who supported American independence. Not only did they preach independence, they very often were officers in the militias against the Red Coats. The British did all they could to murder these preachers and many gave their lives for the Revolution but the danger did not curtail the Black Robe Regiment preachers who refused to be cowed and were one of the main inspirations of the American revolution. Their sermons inspired and often their brash and brave actions kept the Revolution alive and brought a number of victories against the odds with their bravery and words motivating their fellow congregants often at the most crucial of moments. The United States owes much of the founding in the fighting and the religious basis of the Founding Fathers and the state legislators whose input and approvals were required in the formation of both the federation of America and then the Constitution which was the foundation for the United States of America. There is a possibility that the Revolution could have failed without the local inspiration and organization which was often centered around the churches and their Black Robe Regiment preachers.

 

Black Robe Regiment

Black Robe Regiment

 

All that changed in 1954 at the behest of Texas Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson’s proposed legislation to amend the tax codes affecting houses of worship such as churches, synagogues, mosques, or temples and other nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exemptions. The amended tax code limited the freedom of speech by members of organizations and entities who had tax exempt status under 501(c)(3) regulations making any political speech such as supporting a candidate, party or other specified political speech. The amendment to the tax codes was named for its presenter and is called the Johnson Amendment. Particularly prohibited was conducting political campaign activities to intervene in elections to public office or other sermonizing which may be perceived as backing a candidate or party. The language was vague and unspecific enough that many clergy were silenced from mentioning even certain Bible passages near election times as they might be construed as taking sides on a campaign issue and by doing so backing a particular candidate or party. Such brought to an end political preaching from the pulpit, at least in theory as some such still exists but as long as the parishioners are singing the same tune, nobody complains and such activity continues. This was specifically used to target and silence clergy from endorsing candidates. Over time this embargo on political speech became partisan in nature in too many locations as a ban against conservative politicking while backing leftist causes or progressive Democrat candidates. Still, care was taken to never mention any names and instead to often mimic campaign slogans working them into sermons or choosing verses carefully for recitation which would appear to back one candidate’s positions or damn the opposing candidate. Still, clergy still need be far more reserved and careful and a far cry from the history of clergy, especially when one remembers the Black Robe Regiment.

 

Texas Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson

Texas Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson

 

Should Donald Trump as president keep his word and successfully repeal the Johnson Amendment thus freeing certain tax exempt institutions and their personnel from conducting any political activities, especially campaigning or endorsing candidates, imagine the consequences. We would witness the liberation of the clergy and the resultant rebirth potentially of a new Black Robe regiment preaching and supporting political positions more aligned with their religious beliefs. There need be no great fears from secularists as they won’t be in houses of worship forced to hear any sermonizing, especially political sermonizing. Rescinding this regulation, expunging it from the tax code, would be a strike for freedom of speech. Placing a political muzzle on the clergy and threatening their tax exempt status was a bad idea from the start, one might even say criminal. But then Lyndon Baines Johnson was not exactly known for tact or freedom of expression for anybody disagreeing with his views. He was better known for strong-arming political rivals by any and all means at his disposal. This was most evident during his time as President which also served to allow his passing every piece of legislation which became the backbone of his “Great Society” and a remaking of the social safety net and the start of an increased welfare system. Some have blamed this for many societal problems being faced by American society currently. Just maybe a little moralizing before Election Day voting would serve as a positive influence. Just Maybe.

 

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December 15, 2016

Can We Have One More Hacking by Russia Please?

 

We learned many secrets about debate cheating, Bernie Sanders undermining, damning e-mails, Clinton Foundation used as pay for play when Hillary was Secretary of State, and other Democrat misdeeds. We have recently learned that the republican National Committee computers were also hacked and that most of the information which might be damning to Trump was already being used by many Republican elites and leaders in their effort to undermine Trump, they couldn’t. The reality is Trump first defeated the Republicans and then the Democrats with a partial assist from some wings of the Republican elites and establishment. Trump even faced down Evangelical threats from some in that community and still won a majority of the Evangelical votes and they did not stay home as some had prayed for them to on Election Day. So, we have heard much of the personal reasons that Trump should be considered ineligible to run for dog catcher, let alone President of the United States. We have heard every possible case of his womanizing, most well over a decade and a half old, his numerous statements which would be considered politically incorrect today except these comments were mostly two decades old, and many quotes out of context of things said on the campaign. But we heard very little about his business dealings other than that about one in five or so companies he has invested in have gone bankrupt. If such a record is considered failing, may I be blessed with such a failing track record. We heard little if anything about those companies in which Donald Trump is currently invested which are the bases of his wealth. So, Russia, before you put away your super-hacking computer network, could you give us the lowdown on Trump’s economic empire please?

 

We have had the election in the United States, an election which does have effects across the entirety of the globe. Throughout much of the world and all of the developed world we read the transcripts of the findings from the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, the hanky-panky done favoring Hillary Clinton by the Democrat National Committee working to undermine Bernie Sanders, the Clinton Foundation used as bank for pay for play for audience or consideration by Secretary of State Clinton, and the cheating over debate questions, well, at least one by Donna Brazile who was working for CNN while also performing as acting Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, who at CNN thought this coexisting arrangement was a good idea? Yes, we noticed that almost everything released was damning of the Democrats and especially Hillary Clinton. Many have asked where was similar such information about the Republicans and Donald Trump? Well, the Republicans did an excellent job of casting aspersions against Donald Trump and then there were the combined efforts by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and more known often as the mainstream media.

 

Still, where is the all-encompassing list of Donald Trump’s wealth and its sources and all the companies and endeavors in which he is invested? This is something people would probably be interested in knowing before he makes decisions on where government investments, funding, grants and apportionment are made. Knowing where Donald Trump is invested would be necessary information for the public interest and knowing this before it can be used as political weapons by the media and possibly distorted. The media has discounted their credibility beyond repair for the near future. With such compromised credibility their reporting on Trump having conflicts of interest would be more credible were we all to have a complete revelation of the entirety of Trump’s financial empire.

 

Foreknowledge is useful and trusted knowledge while slanted partial knowledge is used in making a biased case by a corrupted media. That is why we need to make public either by Trump and his boards of directors making a complete disclosure or such a revelation from what proves to be a trustworthy release through similar methods as the hacking of the Democrat and Hillary Clinton computers during the election. This information could come from the Republican National Committee in cooperation or not with the Democrat National Committee which would only add credibility to any report. Such a revelation would also benefit Donald Trump and his Presidency as knowing ahead of any government decisions whether a President Trump has any interests in certain legislation and monetary endowments or allotments are finalized by Congress with or without any interaction from the White House. Trump should also arrange to have his investments managers in a blind trust where he places limits on what can and what cannot be redistributed or reinvested in other ventures and what risks should be encountered by such investments. Once he has disconnected himself from direct involvement in managing his investments, then a President Trump can act as President with far more freedom.

 

Trump and Pence Stronger Together

Trump and Pence
Stronger Together

 

The next month plus is going to be interesting with its share of potential pitfalls and dangers. President Obama will be pressed by those on the far left to take drastic actions on his own with his pen and his phone. One such demand coming from these interests is to take revenge on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by recognizing a new Arab nation of Palestine with borders of the Green Line dividing Jerusalem and removing the Temple Mount and Kotel (Western Wall) from access for Jews, Christians and any other non-Muslims. The media will never cover such a reality but should the world intervene and force an Arab Palestine and give them Eastern Jerusalem then the identical situation which existed under Jordan would immediately become reality again. Further, many areas of Western Jerusalem would become a no-man’s land as Palestinian snipers would be placed at high points within their territories and would open fire on anybody they could place within their sites. All one need do is research the Jordanian illegal occupation of Eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Forcing such a solution on Israel could potentially lead to a bloodbath as the Palestinian security forces set upon murdering any Jew residing or working beyond the Green Line believing the world would support such and have their backs. The result would be the IDF deployed to protect Israeli lives and there would definitely lead to an exchange of live fire and fatalities predominantly on the Palestinian side. The world would then denounce Israel for defending innocent lives from potential slaughter just as has happened every time Israel has responded to Hamas rocket assaults and sniper fire from Gaza and now tunneling attacks as well as sea based infiltrations.

 

Then there are pressures from the Green Movement who are demanding regulations making fracking illegal citing environmental devastation they claim is a direct result. There are likely many other environmental demands being placed on the outgoing administration mostly due to fear that a Trump Presidency will mean the end of the world due to environmental threats being loosed. In addition to environmental concerns there are leftist economic theories such as living wages for all and having limits on top amount of earnings per year, redistribution of all retirement savings, redistribution of all assets and wholly proven unworkable systems. There may be a demand for increased car emissions limitations and additional safety systems. There may be those who wish to demand limitation on use of vehicles such as within cities over a certain size and other limits. Some demand all cars be electric and an end to the internal combustion engine. The nice thing is that almost all of these are ideas which the President is literally powerless to employ. The real problem would be the President signing the United States onto United Nations agreements which could prove disastrous were only his signature required. Any such agreement also would require ratification by Congress which would not be forthcoming and anything signed by President Obama could be unsigned by President Trump though simply having Congress reject ratification would work as well.

 

The other little trick we will witness with such items growing as the inauguration approaches will be the lists of problems facing the incoming President. We are going to be introduced to the return of many plagues which have been apparently in remission until Trump was elected. The reason could not be that the media ignored these situations and have only rediscovered them because they want to burden a President Trump with these persistent, tenacious and unrelenting societal problems. Suddenly there will be homeless people, untreated people with mental conditions, high murder rates especially in many cities, high drug use especially amongst teenagers, venereal diseases, cancer patients not receiving proper treatments, overcrowded hospitals, urgent need for more trauma and emergency room facilities, education problems such as lack of teachers, bullying, need for affirmative actions, mistreatment of LGBTQ persons, campus date rape, child abuse rising, rampant gun crime, increased gang warfare, prostitution rising, foreclosures, small business failures, and we could continue this list ad nauseum so we will leave the lengthy complaints to those with the real expertise, the mainstream media. The fact that Donald Trump has not been sworn in and the Congress is in recess will not prevent his and the Republican majority Congress with being negligent in allowing these challenges to go unaddressed. They will be demanding they speak about and do something immediately and then will impatiently write impassioned credible lamentation immediately after the inauguration wondering where the nation’s leadership is and why they are not stepping up on their lengthy challenges. This can continue throughout Trump’s Presidency but there is good news. Eventually these complaints will lead to the return of the Democrats to power and then these problems will all disappear from the public attentions as all will be good again.

 

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November 6, 2016

Campaign Closing Craziness

 

Well, just a couple of days and the vote and much of the crazed daze will end and we may be entering phase two, the challenges. But before we get to that it all must be presented and set in place beforehand and that is where everything from the sublime to the ridiculous comes to the fore. We have long ago heard Donald Trump claiming that the fix was in and how everything was set against him from the media coverage to the Clinton campaign being given the debate questions ahead of the debates to voter fraud and darn near everything but the kitchen sink. Was there potentially or probably any rationale for Trump’s claims? Of course there was but that does not mean that it was going to play well in the media and he was roundly scoffed at. His main problem is he made his move too early according to the political handbook of etiquette. The only surprise there would be the actual existence of such a book and there isn’t such; it is all an intricate part of the game that only those inside the system are privy to knowing. This within the system correct time for such claims is in the final four days which are reserved for setting in place your excuses and legal reasons for discounting the validity of the voting and counting processes. Trump’s challenge is based on voter fraud and systemic biases against him and other skullduggery.

 

But then what has camp Hillary claimed? You are going to love this. Apparently Donald Trump has a fan who will stop at nothing to make him the next President of the United States. This person wants Trump to win as he fears the power and political brilliance which a Hillary Clinton Presidency would bring to bear against their position and how a President Hillary would simply overwhelm and out-play them at every turn. Who is this that so fears the mighty Hillary? Why it is none other than Russian President and often shirtless Putin. Why President Putin is so afraid of a Hillary Clinton victory on Tuesday that he is preparing a cyber hacking to win the election throwing it to the Donald. Exactly how this is being accomplished is so incredibly devious that only a KGB trained master spook (spy) could pull this off. First the Hillary e-mail scandal was all orchestrated by Putin who arranged for all these bogus incriminating e-mails to have been in the computers to begin with and these were amongst the e-mails destroyed as Hillary was only required to turn over actual real State Department e-mails and these obviously fraudulent e-mails could be erased without penalties. Here is where the plot thickens. The other copies of these corresponding e-mails were also placed on the appropriate recipient’s computers to validate their real existence. That is some professional and well planned hacking; but we are talking about a KGB trained master spook with all the computer resources of Mother Russia at his disposal. And the proof is without question impeccable and beyond suspicion. You see, United States Senator Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has discovered just this past week the existence of a document forged to appear as though Carper was writing a letter to Clinton. This forgery appeared to include his office’s personal letterhead and by all first look indicators would be an honest correspondence. Fortunately this perfect fraud which includes the Senator’s own personal letterhead was found on his office computers, and nowhere else to include the computers of the Clinton campaign and was apparently not amongst the e-mails turned over by Secretary of State Clinton nor did it appear on campaign or other computers. The sole copy was apparently only to be found amongst Senator Carper’s office papers and files. Of course this damning evidence of Putin perversity was turned over to the FBI and has been added as exhibit A in their investigation on Russian malfeasances concerning the coming election this Tuesday. Of course there can be no doubting these allegations as how else would Senator Carper come across a fraudulent letter he did not order or dictate written on his own stationary with the appropriate letterhead, how could such a situation ever be staged.

 

Then there is that real fear that Putin and his gang of KGB trained goons will use their skullduggery to gain access to voting machines throughout the United States and register thousands, nay, tens of thousands, dare we predict, hundreds of thousands of fraudulent Trump votes. Such hacking would never create so many ballots such that only a vote for President was registered and the remainder was blank, not just without other votes for other positions and petitions and other issues; but completely devoid of even those selections having exclusively the choice for President. Nobody counting and tabulating the votes would ever expect that something smelled rotten when many thousands of votes more were cast for President than all other ballot issues. Such an obvious discrepancy would never raise alarm bells, would it? And further, one must extrapolate from this unimpeachable evidence that what Hillary claimed from the start has been validated and the entire e-mail scandal was a false issue invented and raised by her opponents who are everywhere from the FBI to the State Department and then there are the Republicans and Donald Trump and don’t forget, Vladimir Putin and the entire Russian machine. All Hillary ever wanted was her name cleared of this manufactured scandal and this evidence is just the hinge necessary to prove her complete innocence and, didn’t you know that FBI Director James Comey is a Republican. There you have it, end of story, she is not a crook and now can you just vote to give her what should so obviously be hers for the taking.

 

But let us not forget that should Hillary lose then Donald only won because of Putin managing massive voter fraud just as Putin is manipulating the polling forcing the numbers to swing towards Trump so the fraud will appear more genuine. You have to hand it to Putin; he is doing one heck of a bang-up job winning the election for Trump. What escapes reason is how does Putin sitting in Moscow or at the Czar’s palace by the Black Sea (you didn’t think the communists tore down that castle to oppression, did you? No, they kept it for the most equal citizens of the Soviet leadership) using his Blackberry and getting on Facebook, Twitter or U Hack Anonymous and simply dial-up directly to the calculating voter system and simply dumping thousands of Trump votes, right? Who cares if the voting computers use closed systems which have no internet or other outside connection. Even the Microsoft games are removed so no playing Minesweeper. So, with a closed, dedicated system detached from any potential outside interference with encrypted data and a double feed for error checking and other built-in safeguards all tested beforehand, what could go wrong and how. Then most states also retain the paper record of each voter’s choices which can be reviewed to correct any detected problems or to respond definitively to any challenge to the machine counts. Add that each state and even each precinct group such as any major metropolis would have their own system which only need be compatible with the state system at the collating server in order to transmit on a dedicated secured line used solely for the election. Voter fraud almost has to be committed at each polling station within every state and even Putin does not have the people in place to perform such tasks. The Russians are not going to affect the elections on Tuesday any more than the French, British, Chinese or Pago Pago (part of East American Samoa).

 

No Minesweeper Allowed

No Minesweeper Allowed
No Games Allowed

 

Then there is the generally alarming information which warns thus far only for al-Qaeda terror attacks for tomorrow while the forecast for Tuesday has no predictions for any steel rain. This is hopefully just an alert as preventive measures such that all which can be buttoned-up gets buttoned-up. This should have been announced that attacks were more probable for the entire week before the voting as that has been the Modus Operandi (MO) of al-Qaeda when attempting to influence the vote by scaring people from taking the risk to vote. Any terror attack would actually favor Hillary Clinton as her supporters are strongly attached and fully believe in her themselves while many Trump supporters are so ambivalent about supporting him that such an attack might be all the excuse they would need to stay home. There will be those who will attempt to make such an attack to favor their opponent in order to replace the panic from terrorism with terror of the wrong candidate in the White House. So there you have it in a nutshell. Putin will steal the election for Trump while poll workers might steal the election for Hillary while al-Qaeda simply desires the Election Day above the fold bold headline to be reporting of attacks potentially against New York, Dallas, Huston and/or Washington D.C. This threat has been given credibility and led to heightened security. Who said this would be a normal election anyways? Definitively not us. Please vote as there is much more than selecting your preference, or at least avoidance from, your candidate of choice for President. Almost all else aside, with Hillary America would have a President almost completely predictable at every turn while with Trump one would be left constantly guessing as he even has mood swings while sleeping. So please vote only once per state at the most. Thank you for your vote and readership.

 

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