education

Otto Warmbier – A Cautionary Tale

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By all accounts Otto Warmbier was a good kid with a good heart.  His tragic death at the tender age of twenty-two should be a cautionary tale.  At a time in his life while his brain was still developing he made a simple mistake that cost him his life.

What happened to Warmbier is every parents’ worst nightmare.  He used poor judgement stealing a poster.  But, what twenty year old has good judgement?  If Warmbier had committed such an act in the United States he would have received a slap on the wrist if that.  However, Warmbier was in North Korea.

God only knows what Warmbier was subjected to in the custody of North Korea.  Clearly it was heinous punishment far outweighing his crime.  One must wonder what would make a bright young man believe it was a good idea to go to a country known for its brutal dictator in the first place.

Parents send their children to colleges all over the United States anticipating they will be educated.  When those same colleges encourage trips that their administrators should know are dangerous they have an obligation to students to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to keep them safe.

Otto Warmbier was not provided safe spaces, coloring books or hot chocolate in North Korea.  College campuses around this country are lulling young adults into a false sense of security that does not exist in the real world.  They would be serving thier students far more by teaching them conflict resolution, tolerance and the facts of life.

 

Politics · Press

We Use To Be A Civilized Society

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It would be my guess that the great majority of Americans are far too busy trying to make ends meet.  They get up every day and take care of business.  All the while trusting that those they have sent to Washington D.C. to look out for them are doing their job.  Most people don’t have time to research daily to find the truth.  Instead they rely on the main stream media to inform them of the facts.

When members of the US Congress are more interested in pleasing deep pocket donors than representing their constituents this country has a problem.  When US Congress members behave as if the ends justify the means this country has a problem.  When the Democratic Party can’t speak without obscene language and name calling this country has a problem.  When one political party vilifies another political party this country has a problem.

When Federal Judges play politics from their bench they demean the Constitution of The United States of America.  When a member of the most esteemed of our three branches of government, The Supreme Court cannot keep her political views to her self it is time for her to retire.  The judicial branch of the United States must be above reproach.  Otherwise they are not worthy of the power we give them.

When those we entrust to keep this Nation safe cannot keep their mouths shut this country is in trouble.  “Loose lips sink ships.”  When citizens Forth Amendment rights are being trampled this country is in trouble.  When those within our government try to take down a sitting President this country is in trouble.

When college campuses receiving large amounts of Federal funding are nothing more than indoctrination centers our education system is broken.  When students with differing views are afraid to speak our education system is broken.  When our students world-wide test scores are dismal while we out spend all other countries our education system is broken.  When students leave college buried in debt our education system is broken.

When the main stream media practice propaganda they are the enemy of the people.  When the main stream media misrepresents events they are the enemy of the people.  When the main stream media no longer provides viewers with the facts and allows them to draw their own conclusions they are the enemy of the people.  When the main stream media no longer tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth they are the enemy of the people.

Presidents come and go.  But, the office remains the same.  When any President is vilified daily with fear mongering, innuendos and lies in an effort to disrupt his agenda it tears away at our democracy.  When former FBI Directors act like they are in middle school it tears away at our democracy.  When US Congress Members denounce people guilty and then investigate it tears away at our democracy.

Make no mistake about it.  This Nation is at a juncture in the road.  It is time we ask ourselves what kind of country do we want to live in.  Do we want our children growing up in fear?  Do we want our neighborhoods overrun with violent criminals?  Do we want citizens to feel opioids are the only answer?  Do we want our United States Congress Members to be assassinated for their political affiliations?

It seems the United States of America must decide if we want to be a civilized society or one of mob rules.

 

 

 

 

Politics

Give A Helping Hand

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There will always be people in any society that through no fault of their own cannot provide for themselves.  There will always be those that fall on hard times that need some assistance getting back on their feet.  That is a need that a civilized society must address.

What a civilized society must not do is place barriers in the way of those trying to improve their lot in life.  Unfortunately entitlement programs meant to aid those less fortunate people provide no way out of poverty.  Instead they turn public assistance programs into the family business.

It would be far more productive, not to mention compassionate to provide folks in need with the necessary tools to become productive members of society.  Apprenticeships, affordable further education for all and good paying jobs would be a good start.

Instead of burying young adults just starting out in life with student loan debts make state colleges an option for every child in America.  Without hope children become vulnerable to many of the evils in the world.  Self medication becomes a means of escape from their reality.  Gangs and terrorist groups welcome them with open arms.

It is time for the United States of America to stop being a welfare country and make this the land of opportunity our forefathers had in mind.  Free safe, dependable daycare centers where parents can leave their children knowing they are in good hands would allow many parents the ability to be gainfully employed that otherwise could not.

Entitlement programs assume that those in poverty must stay there.  For some that may very well be the case.  But, the great majority living on public assistance receiving food stamps would much rather have the ability to make their own choices in life.  All they need to achieve the American Dream is an opportunity to do so.

Although President Trump’s budget proposal may not be the end all, it is certainly a step in the right direction.  It does have many things in it that will point this country in the right direction.

Politics · religion

Money Talks

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Although President Trump’s speech given in Saudi Arabia made many good points, one in particular seemed understated.  According to President Trump.  “We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay fighters, help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.”

Unlike in Washington, D.C. where politicians speculate, estimate and manipulate.  In the real world money talks.  A lack of funds can make life pretty miserable.

There is a need for might to take out training camps and all the other rocks terrorists hide under.  Challenging terrorists on social media and destroying their message will diminish one of their biggest recruitment tools.

Those participating in atrocities around the world are nothing more than cowards.  Their heinous acts will not be rewarded by any faith.  No matter what their religious affiliations, evil is evil.

We must all be tolerant of others different from ourselves if we are to have peace in the world.  Until we acknowledge that the war on radical Islamic terrorist has nothing to do with religion we cannot move forward towards a place where all children feel safe in their homes.

Good people of all faiths or lack there of must come together.  Because make no mistake the war against radical terrorists is a war of good versus evil.  Instead of worrying about where on earth refugees should be sheltered.  It would be far better for refugees to live in their homes in their countries without fear.

President Trump’s speech articulated those point far better and more.  Each one stands on its own merit.  But, the President’s “We must cut off the financial channels” is a big one.  That would “cut off the head of the snake.”

Money is what makes the world go around.  No entity can survive without it.  If you can’t pay for Wi-Fi, you can’t play on the internet.  If you can’t pay for services you don’t receive them.  If you can’t pay for airfare you can’t fly people around the world.

What is even better about money is that it always leaves a trail.  It can be followed all the way back to the root of the evil or the head of the snake.

Politics · Press

Loony Left – If Only They Would

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There was a time in the United States when the words we pledge our allegiance with meant something.  Many of our citizens fought for our right to say them.  Many of those died so that we might live freely in a democracy.

Presidents come and Presidents go.  It is not the person filling the office but, the office itself that makes this country great.  However, an attack of a sitting President is a threat to our democracy.

Whether you love President Trump or hate him, is irrelevant.  Donald J. Trump is now and will forevermore be the 45th President of the United States of America.  Only time will tell whether or not he was a good one.  In the meantime we need to let the man do his job.

The daily salacious headlines crying wolf based on gossip and supported by anonymous sources do more harm than good for the United States.  We are a nation where people are innocent until proven guilty.  Yet our main stream media act as judge, jury and executioner.

Speculation on what may or may not be true is nothing more than that.  The idea that democrats lie and the media swears to it is absurd.  Are those on the left staying up at night developing the melody of the moment in their The Sky Is Falling song so narcissistic to believe it will be business as usual if their coup attempts were successful?

Democrats in Congress and the media are opening Pandora’s Box.  We are a nation of law and order based on the United States Constitution.  Those trying to undermine President Trump can only succeed by undermining the principles the United States of America was founded on.

The lack of respect, civility and common decency practiced daily by those trying to further their own self-serving agenda is disgraceful.  President Trump is sixty-eight years old.  He has been in the public eye for most of his adult life.  Any connection to Russia would have been discovered long ago.

If a group of malcontents can successfully take down a sitting President what chance do the rest of us have?  If the President can be slandered on a daily basis what chance do the rest of us have?  Guilty of something, the loony left has no idea what.  But, they will keep on looking.

The media have backed themselves into a corner.  The complete and total lack of facts to back up the drivel they spew based on anonymous sources have made what use to be a respected profession nothing more than a joke.  The airwaves are filled daily with hysterical fear mongers. The transparency of the propaganda makes the media look unhinged.

The media has painted a fictitious picture that cannot be supported with actual facts.  Their desperation more apparent daily, forces them to present more and more speculation.  The more speculation the press presents as fact the less we as a nation can rely on them.

If the Trump administration fails so do the American people in more ways than one.  Rational people outside Washington, DC are busy trying to put food on the table.  Everyone and their brother are investigating anyone and everything Trump.

A novel idea might be to wait for the results of actual investigations based on facts before drawing conclusions.  Unfortunately our main stream media has written the story and hope like hell the investigations will make them true.  However, if the investigations produce no crime the United States press will be reduced to a laughing-stock of the world.

Politics · Press

The Sky IS Falling

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When President Donald J. Trump said the FAKE news media was  an “enemy of the people” he was right.  Instead of wearing it, those the shoe fit cried “evil”.  What else could they do?  The only other option was to do a little soul-searching.

Gone are the days of journalistic integrity.  Daily Press Briefings highlight the media’s tabloid mentality.  Like children they interrupt responses with “how come?”, “why not?”.  Reporters ask redundant questions when the answer is not the one they need to fit the story they have already written.

The coverage after the briefing is astounding.  One has to wonder what press briefing they refer to because the account is far from the reality.  Grasping at straws they regurgitate the democrats theme song.  “The Sky Is Falling” with a resounding chorus of  “Russia, Russia, Russia”.

One thing is for certain.  The White House Press Corps is far from professional.  Somewhere a long the line they have lost their way.  While the world passes them by they spend all their time attempting to take down the President of The United States of America to meet the needs of their political agenda.

Reduced to nothing more than the mouth piece of the Democratic Party, the media spins the narrative they have created.  Salacious headlines cry wolf.  But, the facts they present scream otherwise.  When all is said and done their stories turn out to be much ado about nothing yet again.

Melodramatic fear mongering has become a tool of their trade.  It is hard to take someone constantly in crisis seriously.  Yet that is what viewers are expected to do.  In the end all that is accomplished is needlessly frightening the vulnerable and being dismissed by many as not credible.

Meanwhile there are many things going on around us that are minimally covered or not at all.  Instead of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth the media  reports what they want us to think.  They no longer provide a service to the public.  At this point in time the media is practicing yellow journalism without remorse.

Reporters appear shallow while lacking critical thinking skills.  Fixating on the assumption everything President Trump does is evil they ignore the facts that prove otherwise.

The coverage of the James Comey firing is a good example.  In the press briefing all but one in the press attacked the messengers and focused on what day would have been better to fire Comey.  Trump’s tweet saying Comey better tell the truth and hope there are no tapes of conversations before he leaks to the press as a result of Comey’s quote in the news was their smoking gun.

The majority of the media brain pool insisted that Comey being fired was an attempt by the President to stop Comey from investigating him.  If those pushing the melody of the moment actually believe it they are incompetent, if they don’t they are corrupt.  The tweet was a threat according to the democrats’ lynch mob.

To begin with Comey was not investigating President Trump.  The United States Congress House and Senate and the FBI are investigating Russian interference into our elections.  The FBI functioned just as well after Comey was fired under the direction of the acting director who by the way has strong ties to the democratic Party.  To imply otherwise is an insult to all those in the FBI who serve this country.

Alleging the tweet was a threat is absurd.  What exactly was the threat?  If James Comey lies about conversations with the President he should be aware there maybe recordings of those conversations.  So in other words if he lies he might be proven wrong.  It is the White House, James Comey was the Director of the FBI.  One would hope there is outstanding surveillance and of all people James Comey should know exactly where, when and what is in the White House.

The one press member that gave me hope asked relevant questions.  Does the President know who he intends to replace Comey with?  What is the expected time frame for replacing Comey?

With so many democrats and media members demanding James Comey’s head and then feigning outrage when they got it makes them appear disingenuous at best.  With anything and everything being recorded and put out there for the world to see it is impossible to hide the hypocrisy.

 

 

Politics

Democrats Want To Talk About A Coup

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Democrats and the loony left media want to talk about a coup.  Let’s talk.  In the newest verse of the Democrats’ theme song The Sky Is Falling followed by the same old chorus Russia, Russia, Russia they accuse President Trump of attempting a coup.

To start with, President Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America.  If he wants to take over himself who are we to stop him?  It is not a coup.  It is his job.

Democrats with Nancy Pelosi’s daughter leading the revolution attempted to intimidate Electoral College Members into forsaking the voters they swore to represent.  Their intent to overthrow the 45th President before he was even inaugurated.  Now that is an attempted coup.

November 9, 2016 democrats in Congress and the mainstream media began their chant to overthrow President Trump.  Publicly stating every chance they get that they intend to take down President Trump.  At not so private retreats funded by deep pockets democrats in Congress planned their line of attack to take down the President.  Now that is an attempt at a coup.

A news outlet providing one candidate but, not the other with the questions prior to a debate may not be an attempt at a coup.  However when you hear that same news outlet complain about Russia trying to influence voters in our election it is hard not to laugh.  It takes one to know one.

For months the media and democrats have demanded that FBI Director James Comey be fired.  When President Trump fired him the democrats accused the President of attempting a coup against himself.

As a political appointee, the Director of the FBI serves at the President’s will and can be fired or hired at the President’s discretion.  When President Bill Clinton fired another Director of the FBI the democrats, media, republicans and anybody in their right mind did not have a problem with it.

The disgrace comes from the fear mongering, lies and melodrama provided by the democrats and the media.  They know their arguments don’t hold water so they dissect every syllable twisting it to fit whatever villanous story they are trying to spin.

According to democrats and media the timing is proof that President Trump is attempting a coup by trying to stop any investigation into his alledged Russia connection.  Knowing full well how absurd their claim is, they regurgitate it over and over again.

In reality the democrats and media chanting the loudest all know that the FBI never missed a beat.  Any and all investigations being worked on before Comey was fired continue to be worked on.  They know that there are ongoing investigations in both the House and Senate.

Neither democrats in Congress or the so-called mainstream media believe for one instance that the United States Of America is in a crisis because President Trump fired James Comey.  Without batting an eye they use fear to undermine the President.  Now that is an attempt at a coup.

Every time you turn around the democrats are whining about something.  The outrage of the moment is shared  by them all almost verbatim.  Each accusation more bizarre than the last.

Democrats inform the nation that people will die in the streets if Obamacare is repealed.  People were not dying in the street before Obamacare and they won’t be after Obamacare.  Instead of trying to help fix the debacle they created, democrats fight to stop the republicans from cleaning up their mess.

Crying wolf every waking moment is not meant to help the American people.  It is yet another example of trying to take over the United States Congress and the White House.  Democrats and the left-wing propagandists spend all their time on attempting to oust Trump in a coup.  All the while the real stories go right over their heads.