Beyond the Cusp

November 16, 2016

Your Protests and Microaggressions Annoy Us

 

We realize that the fact that the majority of us who supported Donald Trump and came out in his favor despite his shortcomings and other difficulties was because you drove us outside of our safe-zones, which are far larger than yours as we are nowhere near as easily perturbed by the rest of humanity as you appear to be. You lost a singular election. We were polite during the past twenty-eight years since we rose from our endlessly toiling and had our desired person in the White House. We are the next generation of quiet Americans who elected Ronald Reagan. They call us the silent majority because when we lose the election we simply return to work Wednesday morning and do our jobs. We definitely do not riot, smash other people’s windows, destroy their vehicles, steal merchandise or any of the other lawlessness which far too many of the tender aged youth along with associated paid agitators, trainers and riot leaders who are leading you onward in your own eventual destruction. Stop and ask yourself exactly why you are really out in the streets being part of an ignorant mob being used by those who would enslave each and every one of you. If you can answer why somebody as tainted and corrupt as Hillary Clinton, whose track record looks more like an accident spread across the many years and her campaign was the celebration of rules for the masses, that includes all of you and the rest of us, but no rules for your superiors, the few holding the power then maybe somebody will listen and even care and you will have an accomplishment. At the very least, Trump does not owe foreign and dangerous influences favors for their generous gifts to his own slush fund disguised as a charitable institution. Yes, that’s right; we are referring to the Clinton Foundation. Has Trump cut some corners and likely pulled his share of rolling stops at blinking red traffic signals. Who hasn’t? Still, President elect Donald Trump will not be tied to any moneyed interests except for businesses of any and all sizes. This will be a good thing and may finally jumpstart the economy and return some manufacturing to the United States.

 

If you must know, there were some things about Trump to like and some reasons to be very concerned, but when push came to shove and many of us stood in the voting booth, we weighed everything and Donald Trump was the safer bet to lead the nation from the doldrums which currently are afflicting America. Trump represented much the same reality and non-membership in the political class. Trump has had employees and even told some, “You’re Fired.” Yes, we knew about his silly show and the fact that much of the time Donald Trump is mainly concerned with selling the brand of The Donald. Yes, we realize he is an uncouth braggart and went through a period where he partook in womanizing, it was called the late sixties and first half of the seventies and all too many of us were almost as bad and that included many women who now claim their vestal status which they had so cavalierly discarded back in the day when fun ruled where there were no rules. Yes, we had our wild days but did not try to burn down cities or destroy entire community areas because we lost an election or two or more, we continued on, grew up and even managed to learn a few lessons along the way. As far as what those lessons were, well, they were lessons acquired the hard way, brutal experiences in which we almost jeopardized our futures. Some of our peers acted as you are currently doing and paid a steep price. What advice can we give you? Make sure you are not among the stragglers and the hanger-on’s who continue protesting until the mass arrests bring it all to an end. When this comes down, all those paid agitators and organizers will magically disappear and those still protesting will pay the full price.

 

Furthermore, what are you protesting about? You lost one election, granted it was possibly your first time voting, but there will be more elections. Eventually, if you ever awaken from the lullaby being sung to you by your professors, who are supposed to be teaching you how to work and operate in the real world at about $30,000 per semester, then you might figure out that there are no safe spaces and you win some and you lose some. Many of your professors never have held a job outside of the ivory towers of academia and thus have no practical knowledge to impart; so they instead fill your heads with propaganda which they were fed by their professors. When signing up for courses you need to do a little research and a lot of soul searching. The first item is you want to take courses taught by some professor who also worked in the real world as they are able to impart at least some useful input. Secondly, choose a major field which will prepare you for employment and making a decent salary once you get on that path, then your life will be one of greater ease and satisfaction. Majoring in Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets may give you greater depth and some valuable quotes and even some pick-up lines, but what kind of job does it prepare one to earn a salary. One need remember that there are probably thirty or forty professors who teach such a major field and none other as most also teach Chaucer and other writings and may also have an archeology degree to augment their great love of Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets. The fields which produce the greatest number of jobs are the STEM degrees, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math major courses.

 

Anti-Trump Protesters

Anti-Trump Protesters

 

I can hear the moaning and whining complaining that those majors are just so hard and challenging and are not soft and squishy filling one with false sense of worth. You will only get out of life equal to what you invested and then only if you work really smart as well as hard. I know that is what you parents told you and they are idiots and what do they know about the new world, they are so yesterday. Well, back a few years and their yesterday was the future world we were looking at as we stood looking beyond the cusp of our college days and when we all had degrees, it were the students who majored in STEM programs who were getting the lion’s share of higher paying jobs. Even a good share of those who skipped college and went a different route had found their niche and were making good salaries. Technical schools which offer a two year degree are affordable and you learn exactly what you need for a professional career working as an electronic technician, biomedical technician, X-ray technician, and a whole myriad of professional positions which require knowledge in the one area, more than you filling your head with elective courses which teach little of value. There are apprenticeships with large companies who test aptitude and should you have what they need, you can get a highly trained position and some even assist you in buying the equipment you will need to succeed. One such company is Caterpillar, yes, the ones who make all the big yellow behemoths found at construction sites where anything from houses to malls to highways are being constructed. Well, Caterpillar trains people on their equipment and how to operate them safely and productively and then they place you in a position and they even pay a salary while you train, beat that. Driving an earth-mover or bulldozer will make you far more than an ethnic studies degree will likely pay. Granted, many of these professors talk about how people in their field have made very good money; remember these people they speak so highly about are amongst the top five to ten percent of those in their field. Then again, the top five to ten percent of those in virtually any field make excellent money. This includes baseball players, basketball players, golfers and researchers who receive grants to write books about Seventeenth Century French Poetry and Love Sonnets, but there is a very strict limit in numbers of such grants, like maybe one each century and looks like somebody already got this century’s easy train. This means one should consider exactly the earning potential for the line of study you have chosen to pursue. You had best answer this honestly, as it is your entire future riding on this assessment. Oh, and a police record for rioting and destruction of personal property often will make you all but unemployable unless you can also organize and speak publically with moving and motivating words as the leaders of the rioting today are doing.

 

As far as your current acting out because your perceived perfect leader actually managed to lose the election everybody had been claiming for months had it in the bag; not only did your dream woman lose, but she lost to a person you and your peers have deemed to be a cretin. So your perfect candidate who was leading in every poll and who you do not know anyone who was not voting for her managed to lose. How is this possible? Well, have you ever considered that first off, you do not exactly know a whole lot of people and some who are telling you they voted for Hillary Clinton actually voted for Donald Trump. Oh yes there were that select few. If you might widen your pool of people you know to beyond your family, the friends from High School, those two childhood friends you were always seen together with and the people in your dorm and fraternity/sorority, you might develop a different picture of the world seeing it for what it is, diverse. The others who are demonstrating with you have the same tunnel vision of the world and they can only further insulate you from reality, which is obviously in conflict with your perfect little world as otherwise you would not be out in the streets screaming your head off while nobody really cares. That is what even your friends in the media are writing, how these demonstrations will only serve to drive more people away from the leftist defined path.

 

There is one last item, truth. Claiming that Donald Trump is a capitalist pig and then claiming his administration will make America a fascist nation are contradictory. Real fascists love government and honestly believe that the leaders of industry should work under government guidance and the workers’ rights be controlled for the better good. Fascism is actually a left-leaning form of governance where the top management from industry are aligned and working with the government. Industry thus is also guided in order to provide the government their sharing in the profit but somehow the politicians are seldom made to suffer the consequences resulting from their decisions. A capitalist believes industry does best when untethered from government inclusion in the process. The capitalist would oppose any creep of fascist influences hampering any firm from making the highest profit and still manufacture to their own projections and not what government insists be manufactured. Trump is a free market capitalist and if anyone might have favored a fascist form for the government it has been many leftists and especially the high operatives in the Democrat Party and the leftist Republican Party members. Donald Trump is not a member of either group and this will facilitate his working with a select group taken from both parties in the Congress, especially in the Senate where his appointments go for their week of being battered before approval. Should such materialize and Trump include those willing Democrat members in Congress, he will prove to be the President of all the people even including many who are now in the streets rioting. We will need wait and see whether a President Trump is capable of patching together a bipartisan group who will march along with the President and fashion a model and watch it grow. Should Trump increase opportunity, then we will need to admit he was the best person for the job at this time. We will need to see what the future holds.

 

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November 11, 2016

Vitriol Explodes Across America

 

The reaction to the “total surprise” win by Donald Trump in the United States Presidential election came hard and swift across many of the major cities as well as many college and university campuses. None of this should come as a surprise as whenever there is an expressing of views counter to the leftist progressive agenda turning their perceived perfect world upside-down, the leftist scream foul and some even demanding a redo as if they just know those who voted against their issue, referendum or choice for elected office, especially for President, will realize the error of their ways and vote correctly just given the opportunity. What would happen if there were a do-over and they lost again? Demands for more do-overs until they get their desired result is what one would see. We will not attempt to claim that there are people just as misguided and ignorant on the right, there just appear to be more sour grapes protesters on the left. When major universities cancel classes after the left losses an election so the students can mourn simply proves where their sympathies lie. We honestly cannot recall any universities cancelling classes so students could mourn the losses by John McCain or Mitt Romney but would love for evidence proving such did occur. What is truly frightening is hearing from some leftists demonstrating against the election of Donald Trump calling for violence and claiming there will need to be deaths on both sides to set thing right and produce change (see video below). Produce change? Wasn’t that exactly what the election did was produce change? We understand, the only need for change is when the leftists lose and as long as they are in power and making all the decisions then all is correct in the world but as soon as they lose an election the demands for change start. Of course many of those demanding violence to remove Trump and place their chosen candidate where they belong in place of the elected President, that would be proper and is the only fair thing that can be done. With such views being violently backed or at least calling for violence to impose their views and placing solely leftist candidates in office begs why we even bother with elections. We are fairly sure they would gladly agree to simply appointing left leaning candidates in office and ignoring the electorate choosing otherwise because obviously the electorate is too dumb and ignorant to be trusted to elect the better candidate, just look at the results. So the electorate which elected President Obama twice are erudite and wise but became unhinged and ignorant all of a sudden and had some kind of mental breakdown electing Trump; brilliant, simply brilliant analysis.

 

 

The vote is what it was and the results will be acted upon and Donald Trump will be the next President. These people walking around with “Kill Trump” placards and screaming similar hopes into bullhorns need remember that threatening the life of elected officials, especially Presidents, is a felony with a very steep penalty. Thus far the authorities have been overly understanding. We are fairly sure that such might have been tolerated after the last two elections for a measurable amount of time but measured strictly in milliseconds. Actually, had as many people been advocating assassination of President Obama after he won in 2008, and especially in 2012 as he was then the sitting President, they would have been scooped up for questioning at the very minimum. Perhaps that is why we saw almost none if not exactly none of such actions as we are witnessing after this election. We are unable to recall firearms being discharged at any protests after President Obama was elected. Do we remember tears after the two Republican challengers lost? Well, yes, but we do not remember ten and fifteen minutes of each newscast picturing people wallowing in their broken hopes and dashed dreams; we remember the time spent on the joyous celebrations and declarations of the great milestone of electing and then reelecting the first black President. Why are we not celebrating the first non-politician other than a military officer elected to the Presidency and instead centering upon the trail of tears at the loss of the first woman on the ballot. Perhaps because the media was so sure Hillary Clinton was going to prevail that all their reporters and camera units were at her headquarters and at the Donald Trump headquarters all his troglodytic luddites do not even own cellphones so there is no video record of the celebrations. OK; maybe that was going too far but there are probably leftists who would give such credence.

 

The number of demonstrations and the volume of the threats against the President elect and those who voted for Donald Trump are sickening and disgusting. That is actually rather un-American and distressing. When the left wins, the mantra is heal and accept you losers lost but now when the left lost the mantra is this has to be wrong and must be corrected as we cannot lose and those losers must not be permitted to win. Really, then why bother with elections after the primaries and simply declare the leftist the winner and the conservative or more moderate the loser. Of course by such logic the Green Party should automatically win. Oh, wait, we understand, not the most left, just the right left, the Democrat. So the United States must always choose the right leftist and never be left with the rightist. Almost has symmetry except it disowns half of the American people.

 

Actually this election fit the same mold of a previous election, the 1948 election. In that election the Republican was winning handily when the Chicago Tribune set their front page assured that voting on Tuesday, November 2, 1948, has selected Thomas E. Dewey as the next President but in the early morning the farm and rural votes came in solidly for the eventual winner, Harry S. Truman. Thus was the famous picture of Harry S. Truman holding up the Chicago Tribune with the headline of “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN” (see below). We kind of wish there would have been a similar picture for this election. Perhaps we can fix that.

 

Dewey Defeats Truman and Clinton Defeats Trump Headlines Then and Now

Dewey Defeats Truman and
Clinton Defeats Trump
Headlines Then and Now

 

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September 10, 2016

How Could Gun Control Lower Gun Violence?

 

This has been a basic question where conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, gun owners and advocates against gun control advocates have wrestled and neither side has ever found the magic, pardon our word usage, silver bullet to end the violence resulting from criminal firearm usage. Every time there is a dramatic milestone reached as was recently in Chicago where they reached five-hundredth homicide of the year or a dramatic firearms related death toll resulting from firearms usage such as the Orlando club shooting or the string of homicides in San Bernardino for the anti-gun forces to rush to blame the guns even if the real culprit was terrorism as in Orlando and San Bernardino. There is the demand for long waiting periods, deeper background checks, limits on firearm purchases per person per year or any of a number from a plethora of inventive laws which would presumably end criminal purchases of firearms at gun shows, gun stores, private sales or other legal forms of firearms purchases. This begs a simple question, how many criminals are purchasing their firearms legally. Yes, there have been some tragic cases where a person legally purchased the firearms they use all too often in violent mass shootings such as too many school shootings or mass public shootings such as in movie theaters or nightclubs or as vengeance workplace violence or even terrorism. These tragic cases often are the first criminal act of the shooters and they went through all of the existing checks and even if further checks and wait periods were enacted they would have had little if any effect beyond waiting periods causing them to plan longer and delay their shooting sprees but not preventing them. Still, over ninety percent of shootings are committed by people with criminal records who already would be unable to walk into a gun show or gun store and purchase a firearm legally and most of the firearms used in these crimes are often stolen weapons which were bought illegally from nonstandard sources which operate beyond the law. The idea that making legal firearm purchases more time consuming, burdensome and legally tangled with more and more layers of paperwork and legal hurdles does nothing to prevent criminal firearm purchases and the politicians know this and the crime data records prove this. So why if these facts are well known and understood do the politicians continue to call for restrictions on firearm purchases and even have many calling now for the repeal of the Second Amendment and the complete ban of legal firearm ownership despite all evidence pointing to this leading to increased firearm use by criminal elements as they then are assured they will be the only people armed in any criminal incident.

 

There are at least two easily understandable reasons for the politicians calling for more restrictive laws. The most obvious is their receiving funds for making such demands coming from the anti-gun lobbies who will love such legislation and will spend liberally supporting political campaigns for those supportive candidates. Another reason is the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) who also favor more firearm laws as each law, regulation and licensing required by law increases the numbers of government employees required to process and handle the additional forms, research, background checks, license issuing or renewal and any other directives and requirements such legislation demands. These are two of the most active groups a candidate can get behind them in order to finance their campaign. The other reason which looms over the gun debate even more than campaign finances is the general lack of real information and education of the public, especially in most major metropolitan jurisdictions. This is largely due to the complete lack of intimate knowledge, education, training or even the slightest use of a firearm by the majority of the voting public. With a smaller and smaller percentage of the population having served in the military, especially suburban residents, and even less training in firearms in such organization as the Boy Scouts and other youth groups and there no longer having any firearms training in summer camps, the public is generally unfamiliar with firearms and many even developing a symptom bordering on maniacal fear of firearms to the point of hyperventilating at the sight of a gun other than on the belt of a uniformed police officer. Additionally, the use of firearms in entertainment venues such as movies displaying firearms in ways which are wildly inaccurate such as handguns or rifles firing well over one-hundred rounds without ceasing fire for reloading even firing six-shot revolvers twenty or thirty times before changing to another weapon or reloading, has fueled misconceptions of the lethality and practical use of firearms which if applied to swords would have the sword being capable of killing merely by removing it from its scabbard. Another misconception furthered by the entertainment industry is the range at which weapons, particularly handguns, are lethal. With shots being taken with a 9mm or a 45cal semi-automatic handgun at well over a quarter mile, 440 yards or four and a half football fields (pitch) which is a highly dubious range even for a really good marksman, but that is the short end of impossible shots as many a movie aficionado can attest. I have actually seen neighbors shrink away when friends and I would return from the outdoor public range and transport normal handguns and a few hunting rifles from the trunk of the vehicle into the house for cleaning and once had an extremely paranoid neighbor call the police claiming that terrorists were meeting in my place with dozens of guns and other weapons. The police were not all that amused but as two of my friends had Federal Firearms Licenses and one had a Class III Weapons Permit and worked at a gun store, they were forced to allow us to retain our weapons. The neighbor was frantic that we were not taken away in chains and the arsenal confiscated. Ah, reliving the good old days of my misspent youth.

 

Dianna Rigg as Emma Peel in The Avengers

Dianna Rigg as Emma Peel in The Avengers

 

The truth is that should the anti-gun and anti-weapons fanatics get their way, we will be eating steaks with butter knives if the vegans allow us to continue to eat slabs of cows. This claim is made as there have been calls in the United Kingdom, or at least in London and other cities of the Isles to make knives beyond six inches illegal which would make a number of carving knives and my bread knife illegal and some steak knives I have seen such as the ones at a restaurant in the United States and likely elsewhere called Outback. By our figuring, if these fanatics against weapons of all venues got their way, we would no longer have forks and instead be using sporks with our butter knives. The people who wish to make life so guarded that even the roads are made soft enough that falling will not scrape an elbow or a knee really have lost all sense of excitement and see danger not as a challenge to be overcome but a peril which must be eradicated so even the most inept cannot harm themselves no matter how recklessly they address life’s challenges. Where if they desire to round every corner in their homes and pad every piece of furniture while only using safe utensils such as butter knives and sporks and eat only the most bland fruits and vegetables rushing to the doctor’s office at the first sneeze or cough, let them live such lives but do not force your phobias on the remainder of us who wish to live lives dangerously using real forks and steak knives just to eat an apple because we love the thrill of the hunt. Truth be told, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution was argued in the Federalist Papers as being the last line of defense against and to prevent Government Overreach and assure the Constitutional limits on Government power was in the hands of the people.

 

Safe Knife and Spork of the Future

Safe Knife and Spork of the Future

 

These people who claim that the gun is evil are carrying paranoia to an extreme beyond reason. I am willing to bet any of these people that a fully loaded handgun of any caliber could be placed on my kitchen table and sit there in the open for a full year and nobody I know would pick it up or fear it and it is highly unlikely, to the point of absurdness, that it would ever injure, let alone murder, anybody during that year or any number of additional years. I am willing to bet that they could not produce one person who robbed a convenience store who was claiming the firearm walked up to them, grabbed them by the hand and dragged them to the convenience store forcing them to rob it. Yet these same people would claim it was the gun if that same person had shot the clerk and simply wounded him requiring three stitches and a band aid. The tired old phrase that it is the person who commits the crime and not the firearm is true but there are those who insist on believing otherwise. They will claim that had the criminal not had the gun they would not have committed the crime. Somehow we believe it is more likely that the criminal would easily be able to buy a gun from, wait for it, another criminal if they were without a gun and believed one was needed to commit their crime. They would not go to Joe’s Gun Emporium or the county fair gun pavilion or any other legal means, they would go to a well-known criminal world individual and purchase a gun and for a few dollars more a gun without any serial number as it had been removed. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the criminal world will sell you guns made to order for the right price. It probably comes as a shock to the gun control supporters that there exist individuals who actually sell guns illegally and if they desire making it more difficult for criminal elements to use firearms, then the people they need to prevent from selling guns are the criminal elements and not the local gun store. Are there those gun store people who might sell guns under the table? Probably, but they are a rare minority and eventually they will be caught which every gun owner will be glad and hopes such a person is put away for a very long time. Gun owners are responsible citizens and are just as abhorred at criminal gun use as the next person, even the anti-gun lobbyist. Nothing would make gun owners happier than for every gun to be legally owned and never used for a criminal purpose and for not another person to die from gun violence. As far as gun accidental deaths, when you can figure out how to end the fifty-thousand plus vehicle deaths each year on the American highways and streets, then we can worry about the few hundred accidental gun deaths. It is nice to keep things in perspective and every gun death is a tragedy as is every premature death. But please let us remain sane and address the more serious causes of accidental deaths such as swimming pools and bathtubs, honestly folks.

 

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