Sunday, October 15, 2017

from a friend

Jim and I go way back-- as to grade school and then all the way through high school. I used to pick berries and beans on his parents' farm. Jim, a 74 year old Marine veteran, Eagle Scout, and retired RN, is living his dream with lovely wife, dog and cat in rural NW Washington state. He has a different take on many things than I do, which is why I suggested I'd share his email on what's going on with our country. 

If any other readers want to post what they feel about current events, please let me know as I think real communication is made up of listening to the other side. We don't have to always agree, but it's being willing to listen to each other that leads to dialogue.


Boy, what a week.  59 dead counting shooter, an apparently normal really rich white guy on no one's radar, and 500 wounded.  Gun control?  WH stating the ever present obvious, 'this isn't the time', is as predictable as the tides.   

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, a real American Territory (all there are American citizens) is being utterly destroyed by the biggest hurricane ever to hit the Caribbean.  It's an island, surrounded by water, big water, you know the place.  Back in the real USA, the leader, by our odd election system, has mercifully been drawn away from kicking around the littlest kid on the playground who might want some of the same toys, all while getting a golf trophy to share with the hurricane victims.  It gets better.  

Upon eventual arrival, he gave an eerily similar speech to GWB's classic, 'you're doin' a hell of a job, Brownie.'  Mr. Brown was the FEMA director while Katrina was drowning New Orleans a few years ago.  Thousands died while costing X, compared to 16 costing Y.  Maybe more if all the usual results of prayer are consistent with the same results as always.  Being first and foremost a business guy with not quite enough stuff yet, he does what amounted to an On Air cost vs. profit analysis and announces to the entire planet the net results.  Puerto Rico, you're screwing up the budget and here's the numbers to prove it.  

Interesting way to begin a tour of the utterly destroyed island, perhaps without historical precedent.  Later filmed and broadcast live to the astonished, yet ever less surprised dwellers of our land and planet, he is shown throwing rolls of paper towels to a crowd with no reason to tidy up for dinner because there may be no dinner or water to wash it down with.  Of course the televangelists are raking in the bucks because they have direct access to the King of Kings. 

Within literally minutes of the slaughter in Vegas, the Speaker, twitching like a meth head, proclaimed the usual 'not the right time', but boy, do we have a tax plan!  In the meantime. let's gather together and pray, all the same stuff that hasn't worked throughout  all of human history. There will always be defenders of the king, of course, I read history and there is nothing going on to be surprised about.  Suggest reading Charles Dickens' classic Tale of Two Cities.  

And then the Secretary of State called Trump a moron, adding a commonly used descriptive adjective to spice up moron.  Of course the congress has more important things to consider, such as removing the work place protection for LGBTQ people, further hassling women on women's only issues and deporting young people to countries they never knew. 

This is so similar to the movie West World, where the theme park robots went crazy and started killing the patrons, that it made me wonder if I was in a nightmare.   I realized it wasn't just a bad, yet predictable, dream when Tom Petty's iconic song, Don't Have to Live a Refugee, announced his passing at age 66.  Now that was sad.


Anonymous said...

Shocker: Clinton Foundation Won’t Return Money From Harvey Weinstein

Rain Trueax said...

Yeah, I was totally surprised *tongue firmly in cheek) and Hillary won't either. She will give it to a charity. We all know what her favorite charity is. She said there'd be nobody to give it back to. She must think her fans are as dumb as she thinks the Trump fans are. Once again, it's my rat must be protected...

Majormajor said...

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010
giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had
gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials
were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering
designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the
United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian
nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret
recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had
compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks
in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court
documents show.

Conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times
documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their
actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians
or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security
reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show
the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the
committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing
Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in
wrongdoing starting in 2009.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

Wonder if Muller will investigate this?

Rain Trueax said...

I read that also and it's getting hardly any coverage in the mainstream media, majormajor. So much corruption and not just on one side.

Majormajor said...

Don't you wonder why the news media (ABC,CBS,NBS,CNN,MSNBC) never talks about this, but is still making the supposed Russian collusion a part of their daily news feed?
Fair and balanced? "eye roll"

Rain Trueax said...

I don't wonder because i believe it's due to their being in the pocket of a certain ideology-- globalism. To be a nationalist does not mean to be a racist. It means you put your country's interests first and you do trade but when it's fair. You have immigration that is controlled and serves a purpose (like bringing in legal farm workers). The media has bought into what a lot of our leftists institutions have. Even though I voted for Hillary (holding my nose), I couldn't stand MSNBC (used to be my go-to cable news station) that year during the primaries when they gave no coverage to Bernie and always catered to her-- very biased. The uranium deal is one of the suspect operations with her (Russian collusion there seems to have involved our FBI and the Clintons) but pay for play probably showed up other places. The thing was my concern over Trump's personality (concern I still have). I also knew on the environment, he'd not be caring about what I do. There were though things I thought he was right about. I just am not sure he has the temperament to let the little things go and keep his eye on the ball. For me that is still undecided. I though can't stand listening to her on anything. It left me last November not very happy but I always vote.

Majormajor said...

You are my kind of liberal, fair open minded and not an ideologue.

Trump's personality causes a lot of people problems, he is a business man first, politician second. I find it refreshing to have a President who tells it like he sees it even if I disagree with his position.

Rain Trueax said...

Thanks, majormajor and I appreciate those who can discuss issues. I don't know what to think about Trump but he speaks when he should wait and listen. He gets too easily manipulated-- just as he manipulates. It's quite a time lol