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DJT has taken the Presidency to an unprecedented low (a lower swamp). During his tenure he has hired essentially lackeys who respond to his whims no mater whether these  whims are true, false proper or improper. Most of them or perhaps all are afraid of being called put in tweets for doing the opposite of what he wants or trying to explain what he meant by what he already said. It seems that making the effort is enough to stay off his “radar” but does nothing to further an agenda that benefits the American people that they were put in place to serve. This administration while providing entertainment is not in place for that purpose, it is in place  serve the people , ALL of the people. Too many decisions have been made for special interests and to fulfill extreme campaign promises that benefit the few. It is our job (voters) to elect the best people to work in Government (including Congress) and we have failed for a long time. To be sure we voters all want good government but we have been subverted by political parties and their subsets. I believe we all are Conservatives as defined: “holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion”. The difference among us is that we have allowed louder voices to usurp our thoughts of who or what we think we are as Conservatives. With this is mind we need to disregard what candidates from any party attempts to tell us what to think by using innuendo, lies and misconstrued information from many sources. The goal of all candidates is to get elected, after that the handlers take over and spew out whatever it takes to get legislation passed, repealed or altered and many times to our (voters) detriment. Keep in mind that all information is not necessarily correct or incorrect but sometimes is skewed using certain wordage in certain sentence construction. It is my opinion that we can do better by reading as many sources as we can to get a wider view than what is presented as “campaign facts” leaving the entertainment to the professionals in TV land and the movie industry. If we (voters) do not constantly read several sources and evaluate what is being presented to us we will continue to have poor government from the Local to Federal level. Going out on limb, I would state that any one running for election is to be viewed with skepticism and questioned severely when conducting “town halls” or campaign stops, it is your right to question.

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“The problem with this country is with the politicians, not with the people,” exclaims Sultan Aziz Abu Hasan, a clerk sitting behind the desk at a small pharmacy.
“We need to get those thieves out,” says Fizza Ali, as a crowd listens attentively to the debate about democracy between the candidate and voters.”
This statement was made by a resident of Mosul to a candidate for office. This resonated with me since it reflects my thoughts about our own politicians especially now. The United States has undergone nearly two years of incompetent Federal Leadership all with the assistance of a Neer do well Congress lead by two of possibly the worst Congressional leaders in our history. The goal appears to be to attack the most vulnerable among us. All of the talk about jobs, deals that affect our allies and the egocentric executive actions area pushing us into the position of being nearly a third world situation. The worst part of this is our 2 Congressional leaders(?) have abdicated their duty to the country in favor of a Narcissus who happened to get elected. Each action by this Resident is aimed at campaign promises that do nothing for America as a whole but benefit small groups of people whose interest are solely their own. At this time the “Evangelical conservatives” are pushing for moral authority over us all by supporting the selection of “conservative” judges in high courts which will shift the courts to the right for years (do we want a bunch of “ROY MOORE’S on the bench?). Every action of this administration will push us back as country to a time where it was OK to kill anyone with an accent or a different skin color. The long range effect of this administration will surely create rifts among us which is exactly what this administration thrives on along with the daily diets of  misinformation and outright lies streaming on twitter, backed up by the talking heads of the administration.

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It should be apparent to all voters that we have been had in many ways. The swamp is not drained, Our health protection’s under the EPA are being rolled back and couple this with the changes in the ACA due to the “tax reform(?)” . It is of little importance what your politics are or what you think they are, we as voters are in a hole that gets deeper with every tweet. We have an administration with marginal ability with installed Cabinet members who have less ability but were passed in some cases narrowly by the majority party in Congress. If you are tired of the political system not doing what you think they should do then perhaps it is time to pay attention to who pays the political bills for your party members. Our TOTUS has no clue what’s going on and still refuses to listen to anyone except the less rational members of his inner circle who kiss his ring in spite of his obvious failings as a leader and perpetuates the misinformation train steaming out of his administration. I am wondering if at some point there may be a secret visit with an ambulance and a Gurney.

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The deluge of information on all things political has brought me to wonder why the various sides have not seen the need to really listen to each other. This extreme listening could result in better solutions and possibly a better political climate. The sides (right, left, center and the assorted subsets) seem to be saying similar things once you plow through the hype surrounding their issues(?). Alas these are humans and the emotional side takes over the rational mind. What if as stated in one fast food restaurants missions statement, we could have our way? The “our ways” could very well create more “sides” and more division. Instead why not adopt another fast food restaurant’s way of taking what is served as it is designed to be served. This acceptance may not be perfect but we going back for more so how bad is it? The Constitution is a fluid document and it is alive. this means that in the long ago wisdom of the framers they knew that as the years go by and the country grows and progresses the Document has to be able to change as needed to continue as the basis of our Democracy. Currently (if you have been paying attention) some areas of freedom have been usurped purely by huge money with the aid of the highest court in the decision “Citizens United” which  as shown here: “Citizens United (organization) … In 2010 the organization won a U.S. Supreme Court case known as Citizens United v. FEC, which struck down as unconstitutional a federal law prohibiting corporations and unions from making expenditures in connection with federal elections.” This allows unlimited spending on political campaigns and to that end politicians have to go along with the donors agenda to get funding for their campaigns. This amounts to a candidate being bought. The solution is a public outcry for the rescinding of the “Citizens United” case and hopefully return the political process back to the people and their parties.

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During the recent Senatorial campaign for office in Utah one candidate stated that “he wants to work for the people of Utah”. Perhaps I am wrong but isn’t the job of all Senators to work for their districts and hopefully by extension all Americans? Apparently this is a mantra espoused by many office seekers but once elected, the mantra disappears and the real person emerges to meld with the existing neer do wells. If we consider the existing members of Congress, we as voters would be better served carefully considering the words spoken before electing someone to office no matter if it’s City, State or Federal. These folks have the ability to help or hinder and we never know which until after election in spite of their insistence that they are doing what they told us before getting in office. It must be remembered that being in office brings certain perks and challenges. The perks appear to be more the goal than the doing the actual job. The recent past election brought us the subsequent Proclamations and roll backs of health care provisions coupled with a disastrous Tax Plan that will haunt us for years to come. It is clear that we need to elect people who understand that we will unseat them for poor performance. Recently we have come to understand that “Kissing the ring” will get you a post in this (mis) administration no matter your qualifications or  lack of ability to do the job. The people of the United States are and have been in the past gravely underserved by the people we elected and now we have gross incompetence abetted by a flawed Congress led by possibly 2 of the worst leaders in many years. It should be understood that we as voters deserve better but will not get it without “vetting” the people we want to elect. Campaign rhetoric and slogans are not the same as what they do once they are in office. If there is a divergence from what we need then we need to spend a stamp, email and call to protest to that person. Anyone who has contacted their representative knows that often we get a canned type response which is non-committal and usually does not respond directly to us however we need to keep doing it, think of it like wound that you keep picking , it will not heal until you stop. Our wound is poor  representation and we need to keep picking at it.

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The trouble with drink ware is design. Some glass ware is made to hold a certain amount of liquid and look stylish and elegant at the same time. The problem with this is that these designs are sometimes tipsy. if a glass is narrow at  its base and wider at the top the chance of  tipping is evident, even a glass that is cylindrical and the same size top to bottom, there is the chance of “tippage “since many times the height is the reason for spillage. There is a similar issue with hot beverage containers disposable and retainable. The idea of a hot beverage container having a narrow base and  wide mouth is inherently dangerous by its use. The disposables are worse since aside from the contents there is no weight to offset the contents and making more of a chance for spilling. What makes a good drinking container is a sturdy base and body much like a beer Stein with a handle. While this may not be the ideal container in many cases the design is rational as a model. The actual Stein is heavy but can tailored to suit many other containers and without the handle as it has been in certain glassware in many bars and restaurants. These heavy bottomed containers still have the esthetics of fine glassware but have the rational heavy base to guard against the normal tipping event. There is not much that can be done about disposables aside from redesigning the conical shape and caution on behalf of the user.


Bias has been printed, spoken and used in the media so much in the past 10 years as to become a candidate for one the most used words. Biases are sometimes learned, sometime acquired and sometimes just accepted through lack of facts to the contrary. The worst of these is implicit bias. This the bias that informs a person actions toward another person as explained: implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. There is a test presented by Harvard (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html ) which allows one to test their own bias. There will always be bias but one can overcome some by the act of examining why they have the bias or what influenced the bias. Simple example: children have food biases based on family history and sometimes the look, smell or texture of the food. Many times these biases are dismissed by education on the subject of that bias. Unfortunately with humans interacting with humans those biases often take center stage (as in our current administration’s actions towards too many of us). Bias is the tool of folks who through ignorance, misinformation and fear have to blame someone for their misfortune. This is what brought people like Adolph. Benito, Josef Et.al. to power and ultimately one of the most murderous eras of our modern times. These biased folks have had the ability to tap into the fears of others for their own gain with no regard for the harm caused. Bullying is an extreme type of bias as it affords the bully opportunities to pull others into their vortex of “anti” while bolstering their own fragile ego. This “bullying” has become more mainstream with advent of TOTUS in the U.S., Putin in Russia, Al Assad in Syria to name a few. It is well to remember that one synonym for a bully is Tyrant.

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The ongoing and seemingly interminable litany of rants from the Resident coupled with the semi competent issuance from Senate leader Hitch McConnell take attention from the upcoming mid-term elections. For some reason Hitch emerges occasionally to push for action in as short a period as possible which either pressures members or causes bad legislation to be enacted. All the while no comments on the current Oval office occupier’s actions as there were during the previous administration. These asides do no more than confuse and befuddle the real issues. The real issue is we have an incompetent leader who is all but uncontrollable even with saner people giving him information and updates. It appears that this administration is headed by a determined person who has to have the spotlight and issues absurdities slightly bathed in an aura of truth. There is no real direction beyond his underlings saying what is required to stay under his radar as he governs by way of entertainment news. If we add the incompetency of Congress due to their ever shifting hidden agendas, we have the makings of a perfect storm of ineptitude with no recovery path except for the potential of mid-term elections. The wider world is looking at us in awe and amazement as we have clearly signaled our inability to act as the world leader we once were. In abdicating that leadership our tacit enemies have filled the vacuum leaving us with narrow avenues that we have to travel as a solo act which could do us harm for years and possibly centuries. This crawl to the bottom is faster than most of us realize and we need to wake up!

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Campaign promises are usually just (promises) that since most people who run for office cannot most times fulfill  these promises without a full understanding of what the long and short-range effects will be. The current Oval Office Resident is leading by adoration, He is no more than a panderer of misinformation, this misinformation gets him cheers and applause but it is a cover for his ineptitude. A trade war with China will trickle down to American farmers and exporters of goods. The tax reform  will not definitely result in more jobs even though there are some wage increases (average about 10%). This demand for a Border wall and more security is based on a campaign promise, not facts. The so called stream of immigrants is into Mexico and that country has that situation under control. The so called  economy boom is the result of actions taken before his election and rather than ride that wave, he is attempting to take credit for it while creating trade issues that will affect our European partners as well as our local businesses. The issues are actually non issues but this Resident has to have chaos to cover his lack of knowledge about the job and its effect on the US and our partners. A wiser man would gather folks who actually know what is happening in the world and act accordingly rather than people who have their own agenda and coincidentally does his bidding. The current media that touts itself as Conservative is rife with provocateurs as opposed to Journalists who report based on facts no matter what their personal beliefs are. This explosion of “isms” and adherence to specific labels is for the most part no more than covert Racism. It has been my experience that Anyone who states” they not biased about someone or something “is usually not telling the truth. We as people are not Saints so having biases is no true sin but denial of that bias to gain an advantage is. This is a major part of the “Campaign promise”. This is apparently a major part of the biased media, no matter which side they fall on. One main factor of our current political system is the ability to offer an idea (true or not) and have it go viral before its disproved or proved, once it is viral it nearly impossible to change due to the inherent or learned biases we All have. Contrary to popular belief the swamp is still in existence and as wet as ever. The true swamp is the long serving Congress who many of us have allowed to serve in spite of their failings as shown under this administration and the previous one. The remedy for this poor Governance is simple-Voting! If each one of us made the attempt to set aside our biases and looked closely at the candidate’s past and present actions we may find that they have not been doing us any great services. Two examples of the people we have voted for prior to their service in the current administration: Scott Pruitt and Tom Price. I firmly believe that the hope that we would get better leadership has not been in vain, we just needed to have the light shown on the long time servants of themselves by the advent of TOTUS.

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Thoughts: White Evangelicals who supported Donald Trump are as busy now as they were during the Salem Witch trials. Their purpose appears to be  making American in their image in spite of the Constitution allowing “freedom” of religion. It can be argued that what they are doing is just that. Looking at what they are for does not seem to support that. They are anti abortion period and like the NRA put their message out as the righteous  one. It appears that they have not considered that children born out of incest, rape and just the plain ignorance of youth can and has lead to abandonment by the parents, murder by the parents or if the baby is kept, a potential lifetime of abuse that carries forth as that child matures. These are some of the same people who complain about people who are receiving aid of some sort through Government programs. This does not appear to be very Christian to me especially since some of these same folks possibly had relatives who opposed integration and stood by during the lynching and murders of Black folk. It may be just me but how can one trust people who want what they want in the name of Jesus? To add more to this we have a person who took the oath of Office to uphold the Constitution which encompasses all of us and demands protection for us ALL not just some us who have specific agendas and supports his ever-changing dicta and capricious utterances. This makes me think that he possibly took the “Oaf” of Office rather than the Oath of Office. We have reached a time when people have forgotten what America is really about. It is about ALL of us not some of us , when we ignore these groups who have specific goals that exclude others then we have a problem. We should remember that what effects one group affects us all sooner or later.

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