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The Tin Man Incident

Seeing the news this morning about the power plant in Puerto Rico reminded me of the business trips I took there years ago. I don’t want to bore anyone, but there is actually a point to this story.

For those who have been there, all the effort goes into maintaining the tourist areas (or so it always seemed to me) which makes a good deal of sense when it brings in so much money to the island. My job covered random air conditioning equipment in malls concerning contract breaches and problems. The island people are warm and welcoming, always eager to help and kind to strangers. However, off the beaten path in the local residential areas it could get rough. Non-tourist areas were not maintained at all and could be dangerous. Some malls had armed guards in the parking lots. Flying into San Juan was always depressing since there were beautiful resort hotels and there were destroyed half-hotel resort remnants from the last hurricane to come through. There were always destroyed neighborhoods and partially rebuilt ones. I once told my boss that it was as close as I ever wanted to get to mass destruction. It was just sad to see. Once there, it is worth noting that business was conducted a little differently and there were expenses built in to the contracts for bribes and “greasing palms”. It is not official, and it is fair because everyone does it, but it is wrong and it is illegal. This is common knowledge there, you cannot do business in Puerto Rico successfully unless you play by their rules. I have heard that it is still true.

Our reason for so many trips to the beautiful island over such a short time in the nineties was a panicked call from the cooling tower manufacturer. They claimed that the contractor in PR did not know what they were doing. I will never forget what they said, “We’ve never seen anything like it! It looks more like the Tin Man from Oz than a cooling tower!” Of course, we hopped a plane and flew straight down, the problem was….they were right. It did look a lot like the Tin Man. It turned out that every mechanical contractor on the island had the same last name. To shorten the story, we had to import a Florida contractor at an exorbitant sum to straighten out the mess.

Although I had many more occasions to go down to PR before and after “the Tin Man incident”, none of the trips or problems were ever as memorable, as funny or as much trouble as this one.

Moral of story: There is surely much more going on in Puerto Rico than the media is telling us!


Russian Collusion and Us

Let’s just work from the premise that we were given at the beginning. The Russia investigation was a counter-intelligence operation since collusion is not a crime and since there was no evidence of any such thing at that time. However, the argument went (and still does), that we must get to the bottom of Russian involvement in our election because it threatens the very foundation of American democracy. I am sick and tired of the liberal media and the establishment never-Trump Republicans still standing behind this and regurgitating these old, overused and nonsensical talking points.

Our law enforcement agencies operate differently from those that have been set up in police states. I do not believe most people understand the enormous fundamental constraints that even our intelligence agencies in the U.S. have when dealing with constitutionally protected citizens. American law enforcement in all of its manifestations, has never been allowed to take a complaint about a person (that they are bad or crazy or mean in generality) and then go search for a crime. If that were done, we would be a police state. To quote a former secret service agent whose podcasts I frequently enjoy,”The FBI can indict a ham sandwich if they want to.” Mr. Bongino is absolutely correct. Make no mistake, if an intelligence or police agency is armed with detailed information on your every move for the last five years and then you sit down while their trained interviewers/interrogators rapid fire questions on every date and everything you did (even things that held little or no importance for you and thus are totally forgotten), it is almost impossible NOT to have inconsistencies  or alterations and therefor a charge of “lying to law enforcement”. This is why the Special Prosecutor, the FBI, police, Intelligence agencies, all of law enforcement prosecute crimes but they do not prosecute people! Why are we making an exception in the way the FBI is looking for a crime committed by President Trump? Are we comfortable with police state policies?

Furthermore, at a time when our deficit is larger than ever. Our debt is greater than we can wrap our brains around. This is an astronomical problem of criminal proportions. We have a Special Prosecutor who is off the rails. His budget is eating up money without producing the results that the mission goals stated. Lying to the FBI is not remotely proof of any sort of guilt of the non-statutory un-crime of collusion. Every unveiling has revealed wrongdoing by the Democratic Party, not the Trump campaign. Digging into the past just digs up the crimes of the Obama Administration in association with the Clinton campaign. And we just keep throwing good money at Mueller to search for some Russian connection with our president! Is anyone looking at China? Could we please take that money and redistribute it to counter those countries that are successfully making inroads into our entertainment industry, economy and manufacturing….not to mention intellectual property Etc!!

If the Democrats were truthfully as concerned with Russian meddling in our elections as they say they are, they would be taking action instead of trying to dig up something on President Trump. Why are we not doing more to protect the election systems in the states. Obama tried to take control by placing control of elections in the hands of the Federal Government which would put each state at higher risk. We should be actively working to limit ALL INTERFERENCE in our elections and both law enforcement and Congress could be making better use of time! There is more, much more that could be done. There is much more that could be done if the Democrats were not spending all of their time strategizing and plotting how to take down the legally elected president while taking and keeping power. Many more problems could be solved if establishment Republicans were not constantly voting with the highest paying lobbyist and never willing or able to stand up and fight for the people.

Bob Mueller is spending money we do not have and after almost two years with no evidence of Russian collusion, we need to move on and stop wasting money. There are other crimes that do have evidence that are just sitting out there while the respective statutes of limitation slowly run out.

It Is Long Past Time To Clean Our House…

Why is it so important to prioritize cleaning out the Deep State?    
When AG Sessions was asked about why he recused himself from the current investigation into the possibility of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the judicial hearing today, when the investigation was a counterterrorism investigation as opposed to a criminal investigation, his response illustrated the point pretty well. AG Sessions stated that the ethics attorneys in the DOJ did not approach the issue from that particular angle. Why not? I know that every objective rational attorney in the room immediately wondered exactly who those attorneys were.

  •  DOJ-Specific Conflict of Interest Regulation: No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome. 28 CFR 45.2
  • Political relationship means a close identification with an elected official, candidate, political party or campaign organization arising from service as a principal advisor or official; personal relationship means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality.

How an investigation is labeled evidently affects the ethics conflict of interest requirement of recusal for the Attorney General in the DOJ. We are all aware of how much of an impact Mueller has made as the Special Prosecutor. I would argue that if the AG had not recused himself he would have either not appointed a Special Prosecutor at all or he would have appointed someone entirely different. It would have been an impartial, independent and neutral party but things would not be in the mess they are now! There was always the ability to conduct this counterterrorism investigation under the current leadership of the FBI. The present head of the FBI, Wray, is not a media hog, is sworn to follow the facts, has nothing whatsoever in his long distinguished and honorable record to indicate any lack of trustworthiness and is held in high esteem by everyone in Washington worth a modicum of respect.

Such a small thing – cleaning the deep state out of our government administrative agencies. The committee member who asked AG Sessions this question should not have been able to catch him off guard. His consultation with the “ethics section” should have analyzed that provision concisely from all angles and then concluded with an opinion. The AG should have been been informed, well aware of the distinction and should have made his own honestly informed un-manipulated decision about recusal in the first place. It was much too important and the repercussions too great for opinionated “deep state” players to be advising!

Just A Thought (or three)

In a time of stiff world-wide competition among a very few countries and global corporate conglomerates for total and absolute domination of technology, artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and its associated chip development, etc., etc., etc. when everything we read seems to be purloined from the pages of a classic Sci-fi thriller, this would seem to be the time to pay more attention to the atrocious problem of so much of our technological work product being siphoned away from our shores. Sometimes it is required in order to obtain a new market (should not be allowed), sometimes acquired in merger or acquisition (rare) and then sometimes it is stolen (bingo!) China has even stated through it’s media that it plans to rule the world (insert evil laughter here) through technology and STEM development and domination. 

Obviously, in the course of “growing up as a republic” we have allowed some institutions to become established with an insufficient amount of oversight. As a result these institutions have recently made it increasingly obvious that “We, the People” should shine the light of exposure on these highly secretive organizations so that they may either be cleaned up or abolished entirely. Proper controls and procedures could be put in place under President Trump, General Kelly, Senator Lee from Utah, Senator Cruz from Texas, or perhaps a few other select individuals HONEST, TRUSTWORTHY, UNPURCHASED and wholly committed to the Constitution in order to ensure Government security, defense of the homeland and intelligence is not compromised or released. However it is done, our president needs to set up some sort of review board or committee for:

  1.  Intelligence agencies
  2. DOJ
  3. IRS
  4. State Dept.

Our three branches of government no longer even blink when crossing the boundaries set by the Constitution. Federal appellate courts are blocking lawful Presidential Executive Orders on ideological grounds. The judicial branch has no knowledge, no familiarity and no authority over immigration yet, for example, a Maryland federal judge suspended President Trump’s executive order requiring more extensive vetting of refugees entering this country. We MUST return to the principles and the fundamentals set out for us in our founding document. We must get rid of the arbitrary administrative rules, regulations and requirements which have been attached to the people’s institutions in order to circumvent the purpose of those bodies or shift the responsibilities which each member bears as part of his duty to his/her constituents. Even more common it is used as a method to hide what he/she is voting for or against.

I will no longer be tactful and polite about it. The Democratic Party appears to have launched a campaign to chip away at our Republic, pushing this radical idea that being born on U.S. Land makes you a citizen, advocating for the rights (?) of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!, advocating for and passing laws to protect lobbying, advocating for the consideration and even the application of foreign law in our courts (including sharia law) and I am not even covering education or the entertainment industry. Why does the Democratic Party want to change America in such a radical way? 

If we want to keep our American culture and our Constitutional Republic we had better wake up and closely monitor our representatives and senators. If the people we elect to vote in our name do not vote with our voice, if they vote for big business, if they vote with the media, if they vote with non-citizens – then we can not afford to vote them back into office again.

An elected office is a service job. Those who are called to SERVE are obligated to fulfill the promises they make, to work for the goals and needs of the poorest as well as those who own small businesses and the largest corporations equally. Any elected office is hard work involving more problems than possible solutions, it requires being excruciatingly frugal with the taxpayer’s money while concurrently being generous of heart but armed with research on how to get the most bang out of every single buck. An honest Senator or Representative does not get rich in Washington or the state capital, does not vote for automatic pay increases, outrageous perks or unbelievable pensions. For an ideal in service we need to think back to the beginning when George Washington was asked to become King by a very sincere and thankful nation. Most generals, heck most men who had fought tooth and nail, sacrificed and been through so much would have accepted the offer to continue to lead and protect the fledgling nation through its formative first years with the power to ensure all was done correctly and all the states stayed in line.               

Russia! Russia! Russia!

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Before a criticism is given, perhaps it should be thought all the way through.Practically every one of the components of the commonplace press has posted, broadcast or published at least one article/commentary denigrating President Trump for not “being firmer” or even “standing up to” Putin on the allegations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. I would like to add my humble opinion:

It is always presumptuous for any outsider to make a judgement about how one issue should be handled and fit into the overarching strategy of the relationship, the negotiations and what we want to get out of that regime or what path we want them on. They also presume that they know all about every phone call, every message, etc. However, often they do not know context at all. They are only presented with optics.

So, I think automatically about what my response would have been if I were Putin. It isn’t very difficult at all. The United States foolishly tried to meddle in the last major Israeli election, and to condemn us even further, Israel is one of our closest allies! I do not think President Trump would have come out on top of that argument. You could add in Libya, Iraq and more (justified or not they were sovereign nations).

Since Russia and America have not been on friendly terms for the last eight years and we have numerous other highly advanced technical adversaries in China, North Korea, Iran and etc. It seems a little ignorant to me that we neglect installing top notch protection and defense of our election systems. Why are we not angry at the people responsible for leaving us open to attack? Why are we not investigating the entire election, including the Democratic Party? Why are we not hardening the grid? Why are the democrats and the MSM trying so hard to focus the public and the politicians on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What are we missing while they are flashing their worthless shiny object?

Before we back any person in a corner and forcefully present him with his crime, we had better have good evidence. That is right and reasonable. It cannot be the expert opinion of 17 professional organizations, opinions will always be subjective. If there is no IRREFUTABLE proof, then President Trump sounds like the boy crying wolf. After all…..what proof does he have when so many other hackers can leave traces making themselves look like Russians? What real proof, hard evidence, do we actually possess?

Play it out in your mind, but take the part of Putin. Obama did not leave Trump an easy fact set to work with!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all.

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Just a Word….

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One way that public opinion and attitude can be manipulated is by changing terminology and labeling. This is not new. I am seeing it being done so successfully with Social Security that even conservatives slip and call it an entitlement.

This is not about reform, SS problems or the need for something to be done. This is an irritation. The American People are forced to pay in to Social Security for all of their working life. (20, 30, 40 and even sometimes 50+ YEARS) That money is not there because Congress stole it. They have ever increasing salaries with unbelievable insurance and perks along with large staffs and etc. I am not sure how they find money for all the things they want to do and yet seem to have no funds to pay the American People back! 

Social Security is not now, and never has been, an entitlement. Calling it an entitlement will not make it one. Conditioning the public by including SS in that category might be really smart, except for one thing. When people look at the information from their paycheck, the stub does tell you exactly how much the government is taking away from you (for your own good, for retirement). 

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