A Rain Trueax blog created as a place to discuss ideas and explore differences. First will be my opinion, when something has tweaked my interest or I've seen an article I want to share. Then will come your opinion if you choose to comment. This gives us a chance to have a dialogue where we sometimes agree to disagree. Such conversations are, in my opinion, always win/wins. (Of course, I'd believe that-- I am a moderate).

In the sidebar are political sites and blogs. I don't have to agree with them. They are not hate spewing (that is a bridge too far) but they are partisan and discussing political issues of the day. BUT, if they consistently only have a partisan agenda-- and they annoy me-- they disappear for a time-- or forever depending on whether they change the 'error' of their ways ;)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

what does it mean?

In a divisive, name-calling time, I thought it'd be interesting to look at what being a conservative or a liberal means in terms of core beliefs. I know what each set out to do, but do the partisan actions fit the supposed beliefs?

Easy to find were core beliefs for conservatives if Kirk has it right.

 I had a harder time coming up with something similar for liberals. There are quotes out there by John F. Kennedy as to what he thought liberalism meant but today he'd have a hard time in the Democratic party as it's gone way far to the left... whatever left and right mean.

Classical liberalism though may have little to do with what passes for liberalism today. It is interesting that both the liberal and conservative core beliefs seem to want to limit the power of government-- but in different arenas. 

Are we left with anarchism if we merge the two?

This leaves what are called moderates or independents. Is there a set of core beliefs for them?

That was actually pretty close as in believing in the need for government but not one that leans too far one way or the other-- as in not throwing out one whole segment of the population in favor of another. It also explains why moderates can vote for either party under certain circumstances-- or at least used to before both parties went to the extremes for who they would run. Trump by the way was not run by the Republican party. Yes, he won their nomination but he ran on his own agenda-- whatever that might be at the moment ;) 

Too bad there is not a moderate party... 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

what is happening?

A day for thinking when I woke up this morning remembering the film, ‘Genius.' Last night we’d watched as in 1933, Einstein wanted to leave Germany because he saw the political environment was changing with increasing attacks on Jews. It took someone to help him do it—someone who helped other Jews also leave a country where soon the Holocaust was going to happen—an event that most of us today can still not get our head around. I lay in bed wondering how humans reach a point where they could send other, innocent humans to gas chambers. How does that happen? It just is beyond me to understand.

Once I clicked on the computer, I saw that a shooting had happened in Alexandria where a killer targeted GOP legislators practicing for the charitable baseball game for the next night. He began shooting as many as he could before he was blocked by Congressional security, who were there because of a high level GOP legislator at the practice. Without that security, there’d have been more deaths.

My thinking is-- what is it with humans who can do such things? I won’t try to say that the shooting in Alexandria is remotely the equivalent of the Holocaust. Both though separate out compassion for other human beings, using some kind of political aim. 

The shooter was angry, egged on by relentless left wing media, at Republicans and wanted to hurt as many as he could. Somehow or other the Nazi party and Hitler decided they should kill as many Jews as possible, could treat their lives as if they had no value. 

What both events have in common is a lack of concern for human life, for compassion, for seeing a connection between us all. Yes, it takes someone who is mentally off; but the viewers who cheered at the killing of Julius Caesar set in modern times, with Caesar looking like Trump, what about them?

I can’t get my head around why some have so little empathy for anyone but themselves.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cultural Issue Alert

If you aren't following the story of Evergreen College and what's happening on campuses across the United States, you may not be in college or have a loved one there. As for me, I am in total amazement in what I've been reading has been going on in our institutions of higher learning. I literally haven't understood how we got there. 

Naively, I thought colleges were to prepare students for a career and life of deeper understanding of how the world operates. It appears that's not what's been one of their primary goals-- many approve totally of what is. Is that a majority or are the majority of Americans more concerned with who won one of the reality shows?

Here are a few links to explain what's happening. Too bad they don't agree on the reasons.

When we let the students take over campuses and issue demands for what must be done does that mean the administrators have lost control or that they have been abusive and the students are finally speaking up for themselves? 

What good does a degree do in terms of jobs for a college like Evergreen with no grades or majors?  If a private college wishes to do that and is privately funded, that's fine with most people. When taxpayers discover schools like this have been spreading a philosophy without offering anything but that indoctrination, what taxpayer will be pleased? Why would parents send their kids to such schools???

From the student newspaper, the Cooper Point Journal:
 “Police are commissioned to maintain order, the current order of the world, and thus always inherently work in favor of the status quo. Police are peace keepers, but the kind of peace they keep is not peace as an end to structural violence, but a peace based in non disruption of the status quo. If you are a member of a group that the status quo does not favor, if you are among other things not white, not wealthy, not straight, or not cisgender, then the cops do not and can not work in your favor.
” … If the status quo at the Evergreen State College is institutional racism, and the police are here [to] protect the institution that shelters that form of institutional violence, they are a white supremacist threat.”
So if you don't want what the culture of your times wants, you must resist and tear apart the order-- and that means attack the police who are paid to keep order...

And what is this about a day without whites on campus? Why is that not racist? I know the liberal answer-- only those in power can be identified as racist.  

Thursday, June 01, 2017

learning to let go

Half the country is again upset-- this time at the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord (Treaty in other countries around the world). Half, of course, are delighted that a politician keeps his word, and those halves don't count the people around the world who are also upset but may not know what was in the Agreement. I went looking for it to include in an update to this blog. It's not particularly long at 16 pages, but the language definitely requires some interpretation to figure out exactly what it all means-- and maybe can be reinterpreted with time. 

I felt it was a globalist document more than just climate but try it for yourself and see what you think. I think it's important we try to understand things for ourselves as the alternative is to let someone else tell us what it means. Who do you trust for that?

I think this is a good time for most of us, whatever side we are on, to avoid the news for at least a few days. Time to concentrate on our own lives, gardens, and let the world go by. We can't change any of it right now-- either way. We don't have the full facts on it, and the media is going to run with this hoping to get higher ratings. They don't care if that makes people sick. It will all shake out with time.

Just for fun, I tried Dreamscope on the rose photo, our first tea rose of this spring.  The results weren't what I expected. I think life is a lot that way right now-- not what we expected but do we know what it is? It depends on to whom you are listening as to the answer you have for that.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

no moose yet

No good news to report. Honestly, a whole week and I can't think of anything from the media that made me smile and think-- how wonderful (if you did, be sure to share it in comments)

So I thought I'd share this, created from a Stencil image and using a Dreamscope filter. No moose where I live, but I hope to see them when I get to Yellowstone this summer. Yellowstone has beautiful scenery, great energy, but I go there for the wildlife.

Friday, May 12, 2017

what is true, beautiful and good

Mostly, the Rant has been a place for me to write what I think about an issue, event or person where it's political in nature. The situation has gotten so bad that I think I should not post here for awhile. The fake news is everywhere and deciphering which is true and which is planted is nigh unto impossible, since the media repeats whatever they read with the excuse that the administration is to blame. 

Some are profiting from the chaos. They create Twitter names and sites purely to spread conspiracy theories that they present as fact. Others pass them on as trusted sources. After awhile, I get to feeling the news itself should be avoided in a time where I can't know if it'll be changed the next day.

When I go to other blogs, some of them are in hysteria based on watching some of the partisan pundits-- purporting to be news. The people think the world is collapsing around them, they're being driven off a cliff, the sky is falling, (for all I know they might be right). The problem is they then think they must do something-- so what to do-- what to do!

Well, I have a book to finish. I have to get over feeling hurt by a really destructive review one of my books got (in February but I only read it today-- that review explains why the book nosedived in sales-- if I thought it was true of the book, I wouldn't want to read it either lol). The thing is I need to feel positive in my own life where I have plenty to worry about without taking on the worries of other people or maybe creating some.

If the Rant has anything for awhile, it'll only be if it's something positive in the political world. Hey, I am mostly an optimist-- even in a time like that. I know there is good. Well, I heard one today. Jobless rate is down to a 27 year low. The source said that it could be due to plummeting numbers of those coming illegally into this country-- i.e. the jobs were going under the table but are now coming out to citizens who came here legally. Hey, it could be true ;).

On Netflix, we've been streaming a lot of documentaries on nature and that's soothing-- even if sometimes dire threats are there also. I've been learning about places like Madagascar, Galapagos, etc. One of our cats likes to watch them also-- not sure what she's learning.

This image is one gotten from Stencil, where I have a membership and then altered with the Landscape II filter from Dreamscope. Beautiful isn't it? I think we need more of what is beautiful in a time when so many are feeding on what is ugly.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Interesting times, indeed

as I turned on the news yesterday and learned FBI Director Comey had been abruptly fired. The Democrats, who had earlier called for his firing only had one thing to say about it now-- bad Trump! They and some Republicans want a special prosecutor (those have worked so well for America in the past), who will be unbiased. What kind of animal might that be? I am not sure in today's America that is possible. Of course, what they really want is Trump impeached or forced to resign.

As to the timing, I've heard it came due to delaying the confirmation of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General. What is with holding those confirmations out so long especially for someone like Rosenstein, who it is claimed has worked for Dems and Repubs and is respected by both. What that delay meant is looking at Comey, since it related to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending FBI probe into Russian connections to Trump and his people, had to wait for that confirmation, after Sessions had to recuse himself due to talking to Russians when he was a Senator and during the campaign. Doubtless from the time he was nominated, Rosenstein had been studying the matter.

It seems Rosenstein didn't approve of how Comey had acted as FBI director in taking power into his own hands, basically grandstanding (and he'd done it earlier in positions he'd held). I've read Comey kind of saw himself as a white knight which sounds noble but can be threatening also when the knight acts outside the law and consideres his motives to be above those of others. 

Finding out the whole of this will doubtless take years to come out given our partisan divide today. When I listened to Democrats complain about the firing, they all had the same talking points and never answered the question of whether Comey had been a good Director and should he have been fired. It was all about the timing and that came down to scare talk of a kind of coup.

The other fear-mongering thing I've heard is the firing was to stop the FBI probe. This would indicate such people believe that is all being done by the Director. From what I can tell, it will not end FBI investigations into possible nefarious dealings by Trump or his people- nor stop Congress who is also investigating. It won't end leaks, which I'm sure there'll be plenty.

One thing that surprised me, besides the suddenness, was that there were those in DC scared of Comey and the power he wielded. That means they feared he'd use it in ways that went beyond the law-- as he did when he revealed all Hillary had done but then said can't indict her despite that not being his job to determine. While Republicans might've liked that when it was her, they'd not be thrilled by a Director who did it when it was their side...

Another kind of humorous aspect is how the Dems claim this was to stop him from testifying again. Seriously, like they couldn't ask Sally Yates questions or Comey now, who might just be eager to not only justify himself but nail Trump. Then one dem suggested they let Comey run the senate investigation. 

Curious times indeed! 
Down the rabbit hole we go as things get curioser--  

After that, Rosenstein said he didn't threaten to resign.

I think I'll follow a new rule for the rant-- only post an opinion after a week or two have passed to be sure the whole story is there... or is that long enough? lol