2106 The Candidates The Issues The Media The Fiasco

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I was watching Meet the Press this past Sunday and saw Chuck Todd interview Jeb Bush. The entire interview was about Jeb’s drop in the polls. Why was he dropping, why wasn’t he the frontrunner, what does this say about his future Todd kept asking. I kept longing for Todd to ask “how would you safely get us out of Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria?” Or, “the numbers look good on the economy but they aren’t good for every day Americans, they are earning less working more and tens of millions of uncounted unemployed people, how specifically would you address this?”

But, no. All he asked were unimportant irrelevant questions. This is what our media has become. No substance, just about producing ratings. It is very much a shame in that the American people aren’t being educated so they can make informed make decisions. And, the candidates don’t have to talk about anything specific.

Everyone is talking about the CNBC debate and the GOP candidates getting together to make demands of the media before the next debate. This is an extremely dangerous situation. The news media is supposed to be the 4th estate of the U.S. government. They should never give in to the demands of any candidate. As President Obama said last night, how could these crybabies ever deal with Putin if they can’t deal with CNBC moderators?

So true.

The CNBC debate wasn’t as much of a fiasco as everyone has made it out to be. But, the debate itself was set up very poorly. Five or 6 different people asking questions? That’s too many people. Asking Trump if his candidacy was like a comic book character, asking Jeb why his numbers are dropping. See above. The audience wants substance, not BS.

The point is really no longer about if George Bush made the wrong decision invading Iraq (YES he did) or if Obama’s seemingly lack of strategy has made the situation worse (probably); the point is how do we fix it. How would each candidate fix the messes we are involved in. Sorry Mr. Trump, staring down your rivals won’t change anything.

If you look at the candidates from the GOP I am hard pressed to find one acceptable candidate. Sure, Trump and Christie make me laugh with the ridiculous things they say, but they aren’t suitable. Carly? How many times does this woman have to lie for people to get it. She shamelessly plays the gender card by saying ‘Hillary’ ever other word. Carson, Huckabee, Jindal, Cruz all just so full of bigoted hate and pandering to their bases. Unsuitable. The rest? Forgettable.

On the Dem side it’s a bit different since so few are running. Really the only two meaningful people left are Clinton and Sanders. Whereas I have not decided yet, Bernie talks a great game but can he win in a general election? Hillary is probably the most prepared and competent person to ever run for the presidency. It would be nice to see a strong experienced leader that doesn’t need the learning curve Obama and Bush needed.

There are so many things going on today that choosing our next leader is vitally important. Even if you just look at the Supreme Court, a Dem must win.

There are so many other issues as well. Actually being able to create real jobs that can pay enough for a family to live on. There is a reason why we have more people living in poverty than any other time in our history: because the newly created jobs, while impressive in numbers, are low paying, part time, and unacceptable. A dire warning to Hillary, if you keep up the Obama happy dance about the economy you will look out of touch and uncaring.

There are so many other issues from income inequality to education to legalized discrimination to Climate Change. And many many more. But we aren’t hearing any substantial conversations on any relevant issues, and, we probably won’t.

Right now this is a fiasco. Candidates running wild, trying to bully the news media. The news media unable or unwilling to ask candidates the questions to move our country forward and the worst of all; I don’t think there is one candidate running who has the American peoples best interest and the country’s best interest as their first priority. It’s all about them.

So, where does that leave us? In a shitty place. This is definitely not what our founding fathers wanted for the future of this country.  Together we must change everything.

#MediaFail: We Might As Well Be In North Korea With State Run TV News

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Seeing what’s been going on so far this election is outrageous. Our so called ‘news media’ is anything but. They do not ask the tough pertinent questions, they don’t inform viewers and most outrageously they are deliberately trying to change the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election by spinning negative stories about certain candidates.

Let’s start with Sec. Clinton. I have never seen so many unnecessarily negative articles about one person. The media is planting the seed that she is ‘untrustworthy’. They report on her high negative ratings, but fail to mention all of the candidates have high unfavorables. They never clarify that the years of investigation over Benghazi, longer than Watergate, were a witch hunt solely for the purpose of destroying Mrs. Clinton. The emails? Have we heard one article speak the truth that there was no wrong doing, there was no breaking the rules and this is a non-story. No, they report on it daily, as if something was there. No research done to show this was a non story. President Obama said her using private email was a mistake?  Where was he when he was receiving emails from her private account for 4 years and said nothing?

One of the favorites of the press is to say how Bernie Sanders is such a big threat to Clinton. They show poll numbers showing her lead diminishing. What they don’t tell you is that they are talking about polls in just New Hampshire and Iowa. In the rest of the Country Sec Clinton is dominating all of her competition by large margins.

That brings me to Bernie Sanders. It does seem like the media either completely ignores him or looks only for issues he is vulnerable on. Yes Senator Sanders is a non traditional candidate, but it seems like that’s what the Country wants. The only articles I see about him are about his trouble with black people, guns, and his temper. I have yet to see an article talking about his policy, how effective he could be. What kind of changes he could make in this Country and how our Country could be better off. Just like with Hillary, it’s all negative.

Instead of news, research and information our so called news media centers solely around ratings. Getting the candidates to fight with each other, getting them to have a gaffe or being caught flat footed.

Martin O’Malley. Who? Zero media coverage.

On the GOP side it’s even worse. All any of them report on 24/7 is Trump. Good for ratings, but informing the public? No.

Trump is a character and I have to admit I enjoy watching him. He is like the car crash you can’t look away from.

I know since the media really only talks about Trump that has forced Walker and Perry out of the race. I predict Jindal to be next. But, just like with Hillary and Bernie, is the media covering what positions each candidate has and how they would implement them? Do they fact check Carly and let us know she lies about everything? There was no Planned Parenthood video. She continues to double down on her original lie. Does the media tell us that when she says she doubled the earnings of HP it is because she bought Compaq? No.

Do we ever hear about Huckabee’s consistent hypocrisy? His coming to the side of the clerk in KY who broke national laws just so he could pander? Does the press ever talk about his sons who tortured and killed innocent puppies? No. Why is that important? How your kids turn out is a direct result of how you are as a parent.

All of our news does come from 6 media conglomerate. It certainly seems like they want a Republican in the White House. The media has the power to manipulate things: Hillary is untrustworthy, Sanders we will ignore until he goes away in the meantime piling on with negative press about both of them.

If we aren’t getting valuable, impartial, in-depth news on each and every candidate we all might as well be living in Iran or North Korea where the government decides what information people here.

They are dictators, we are Oligarchs. Not much difference, really.

I am NOT Cait; But Time For Serious Change

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Let me first say that I think what the former Bruce Jenner has done is extremely brave. Those that think only military forces in combat are the only brave people around couldn’t be more incorrect.

Let me also start by saying I am not a part of the ‘trans’ community so I don’t speak for them nor do I pretend to know what they are going through. But, I can offer lots of feedback for them, ‘them’ like they are different than ‘we.’ We are all the same, so it’s time we faced it.

Firstly, I think a superstar like Bruce Jenner coming out as trans changes the whole ballgame. In my generation he was the epitome of male masculinity. Winning the Olympics, being on the cover of the Wheaties box. For today’s audience that’s being Kim Kardashian/ Taylor Swift times 10,000.

To younger generations he might have been almost more popular in the Kardashian show. I have never watched it, don’t plan to, but many do and know him for his fame from that.

Coming out on the Diane Sawyer interview saying he was actually a she and a woman took tremendous courage. This should let every day people know that being trans is a medical condition that needs to be dealt with. It’s not some fetish. It’s real.

Ok, so you have never felt like you were trapped in a body of a different sex. Neither have I. This does not make their pain and confusion lessen. This is where we, who haven’t felt it, come in to try to make the transition easier. We need not judge, we need to reach out and help, as much as we can. That is our purpose.

What I find unsatisfactory about the I am Cait program is that it tries to make Caitlyn the everything of trans. She gets ridiculed because of her wealth and celebrity. No, she didn’t have to sell her body to get by or pay for surgery. But Cait is just one of millions of trans people.

Caitlyn’s story should not be an all size fits one type of deal. She is who she is. She can’t be held to the standard of being the spokesperson of trans people. No more than Ellen can be the spokes person for all gay people.

I see this whole thing, Jenner telling his inner story, coming out and holding her head up high trying to help others. So, let’s stop with the petty ‘she’s rich’ crap and realize the light she has shined on this community. At no other point in my life have I seen so much positive attention being focused on the trans community.

We have Caitlyn for that. She is the pioneer. There will be more, we will see different aspects of the trans world in the future. What we need to realize and demonstrate are compassion, an open heart and respect.

The Hate Speech Must Stop Yes I am Talking to You: Trump, Santorum, Palin

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Our Nation has lost its way. We have politicians who will say anything, pander to the worst elements of our Nation. Just to get elected into office. This is a stain on our Country and shows a complete lack of values.

It is killing people.

What did that nameless blonde boy say as he slaughtered 9 innocent people? He said, ‘it’s time to take our Country back.’ Where have we heard that before? Too many places to mention. Sarah Palin, Donald Trump just to name a few.

Now, I am not blaming your idiotic and callous words for the murder of innocents but it’s time we all took a good look in the mirror and see where these radical views come from. You can’t casually say, ‘let’s take our Country back’ and not understand that there are people you are motivating by your words. You, in fact are, in my mind, an accessory to the crimes.

If you are a candidate and want to express your views of how to make things better. By all means, express yourself. If you are insecure and shallow enough that you can’t say ‘my ideas are better’ but instead say our Country is filled with rapists you have no business being on the political stage. And, if you are a competitor of that kind of thought process and language and refuse to condemn it. You are as much to blame as the Donald speaking like an un-watched over child and saying anything he wants to get attention.

Donald, you are encouraging violence but your moronic words and need to think about what you say. To you, this is a big ego boost. To many in this Country who are hurting from our lousy economy your words validate their feelings and encourage them to violence.

What was the inspiration of today’s blog post? Rick Santorum. Rick, in a pathetic attempt to stay relevant with the ever shrinking base has called for a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Yes, we have heard the same old story from him for more than a decade. Yes, he is a 3x loser in trying to become POTUS. Yes, his state voted him out of office in staggering percentages, rarely seen.

So, Rick, since you are such an alleged bible thumper and want everything in that text to be law why have I never heard you talking about ways to curb divorce. To curb infidelity. Instead of the shameless pro life stance you take where is your call for sexual education for young people so they will know their options and help reduce unwanted pregnancies?

Never once have I heard you talk about any subject as passionately as you do about denying gay rights. What you probably don’t understand is that you are, through your hatred, encouraging not only violence against the LGBT community but also making the community think there is something wrong with them. The number of suicides in the LGBT community is staggering.

Your posturing to gain votes could possibly be costing people their lives.

I won’t go into the implications of those that protest too much have something to hide. Or Bill Maher’s comments of your being more obsessed with gay men than gay men are.

I will say this. You are a despicable human being. Religion should teach love, not hatred

Our Pathetic Supreme Court and the Religious Freedom that is all #BS

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

So, last Friday gay people were finally elevated to being like everyone else in the Country with equal protection under the Constitution, and the ability to marry.

The original definition of marriage was that the woman would become property of their husbands.  The original definition of black people was that they were slaves and unequal to white people. And, women did not have the right to vote.

This must have been the way it was back in the 18th Century, because everyone celebrated the Constitution. Times have changed and we really shouldn’t be surprised it took so long for gay people to get further along to the way of equality. Gays and lesbians can still be fired just for being homosexual and they can also be denied housing for the same reason.

The Supreme Court’s ruling was quite unusual. The opponents of same sex marriage, especially Chief Justice Roberts was incoherent, made no sense and went against the Constitution. His argument being that having the Court rule in favor of same sex marriage would hurt gays in the long run since they had the decision made by the Court and not by popular vote.

How words this ridiculous could coming out of a Chief Justice’s mouth is beyond comprehension and in my belief grounds for removal. Mr. Roberts, you should know that the purpose of the Courts in the US government is to protect the minority from the majority as in a mob rule type circumstance.

The role of the Court is to interpret the Constitution for protection for all. The courts have decided most all civil rights cases. Most recently in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing inter-racial marriage. At that time 70% of the Country was against it. There was no call for ‘waiting until the public accepted these unions.’ The Court did its job in Constitutional fairness to all.

An independent body to explain what his words meant and why he is justifying going against the judicial system of the United States should question Roberts. As I said, his ignoring the purpose of the courts is grounds for removal.

Religious freedom? Depends on how it is defined. In my mind, if you own a business you have no right to turn any customer away. If you use the religious freedom copout, you can legally discriminate and you cannot serve black people, inter-racial couples and/or gays.

Everyone has the right to practice his or her individual religious freedoms on his or her own. When you become a for-profit business I believe you lose the right to discriminate and decide whom you will serve, cater, or make floral arrangements for.

The business world is different than your personal life. In your own home if you don’t agree with same sex marriage and don’t want to invite a couple to dinner, that’s your propagative. If you own a business no you don’t get to decide who you will work with and who you won’t. If you want to stay in business you must work with anyone that comes into your place of business and asks for your services.

The United States of America does not allow discrimination. The days of ‘separate but equal’ are over. When you run a for profit business you do not get to choose your clientele. You help people as they come in the door.

So, if you are a priest, rabbi or imam and have sacred holy issues with performing a same sex marriage and you work in a non-profit religious organization I believe you shouldn’t have to perform same sex marriages. Just like you don’t have to perform marriages for adulterers and divorced people. There should be no penalty for that.

If you are some homophobic person who owns a bakery, no, you don’t get to decide who your customers will be. Your business is there in the public sector to make money. That’s not denying you any religious freedom. It is denying the customer from discrimination.

It is a great time for gays in America. Most importantly it’s a great time for the youth of the Country who know they can grow up and get married. To have them know there is no discrimination against them; they are equal to their heterosexual peers.

And, like Bill Maher said the other night, same sex marriage is not mandatory!

Even The 0.01 Percent Are Feeling It

12ae7efc74ab95a573504f6e509c1dfd_largeThere was an article today that I found to be good news, in an off handed way. The article went in to great detail about how high end luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton and Prada are seeing significant declines in sales of their staple logo items.

You can read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/louis-vuitton-and-guccis-nightmares-come-true-wealthy-shoppers-dont-want-flashy-logos-anymore/2015/06/15/e521733c-fd97-11e4-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html?hpid=z5

One of the main reasons for the decline in sales is that wealthy customers feel uncomfortable wearing such flashy and ostentatious items when others around them are getting laid off and could never afford a bag that costs $5,800.

Why do I think this is good news? Because the most fortunate, economically, around us are starting to feel the great divide in wealth. They are starting to understand how others might feel. This is shown in the drastic slowing down of sales from these stores.

Perhaps, if the wealthiest people of the Country start feeling uncomfortable then maybe they will help solve income inequality. Wouldn’t that be great, having everyone try to solve the problem.

It was Henry Ford who once said that he had to pay his employees well. Why? Because, otherwise they couldn’t afford to buy his cars.

There has to be a better way to get America working again. Yes, we have seen job gains. But, those job gains pay nowhere near the jobs that were lost. Every news publication has stated that the vast majority of the recovery has gone only to the top 1%. It is also widely known and documented that aside from the youth unemployment, there are 10s of millions of 45 year olds and over who can’t find work.

This must change. Hopefully a new president and a new administration will make it happen. President Obama was unable to and he quit trying years ago. The financial advice he was given to boost the economy in 2009 was not to his backers liking, so he chose not to employ it.

This is something I read a while back that I absolutely love. John Rockefeller back in his day was the richest man on earth. In todays dollars and GDP the man was worth $340 Billion. Making people like Bill Gates look middle class. After Rockefeller built Rockefeller Center in Manhattan he and his sons ran their empire from there.

Years later John D. Rockefeller was in the process of handing over the reigns of his empire to his sons. His sons renovated their offices, with 20 foot ceilings, dynamic views and everything top notch luxury.

When John D. walked in and saw what was done he asked his son: “Just who are you trying to impress?”

I love that, the richest man ever on earth not interested in impressing others. Secure people are not interested in impressing others. Which brings me back to those tacky logo LV, Gucci and Prada items. Who do these people want to impress?

I do think it’s a great start if the  0.01% of the Country starts to understand the plight of others there might be, just might be, attainable progress that can be made in ending the Gilded Age.

What’s Coming Up and What Has Already Happened for 2016 POTUS

historical-united-states-presidential-election-popular-vote-results-by-partyThe 2016 presidential race is in full swing, even though not everyone has officially joined in.   Here’s what I see, you tell me if you agree or if you disagree and why.

Let’s start with Hillary. In my eyes Hillary is acting like she is the heir apparent for the Democratic nominee. As if, we all owe this to her because she lost the 2008 nomination. Now, I don’t think this is a good strategy. I think it’s a fatal mistake. However, the GOP field are screwing things up so much Hillary does look better by keeping her mouth pretty much shut.

I think Mrs. Clinton is making a mistake. She should get out there and tell the American people what exactly the difference is between donating to the Clinton Foundation is to donating to the Clinton family is. You think she has already done this? No, she has not. She needs to come out and talk straight about what donations to the Foundation mean, how they are separated from personal payments and more importantly, how they are separated from her work as Secretary of State.

Her not doing this leads one to think their is something she is hiding. She must come out, clear the air on this and the emails then most importantly speak of her vision for the future of this Country.

How will she be different than Barack Obama? Or her husband, president Clinton? Hopefully this is all to come, but she must clear up what most people see as her less than open and honest comments on the role money plays.

Jeb Bush. I am shocked at how poorly he is doing. To me, he is the only threat the Democrats have of losing the White House. Why? He is the only GOP candidate who is not bat-shit-crazy. But, every time Jeb opens his mouth he sounds worse and worse. Knowing what we know now he would have still invaded Iraq in 2003? Seriously?

It wasn’t his brother that over spent and sent the Country into Trillions of dollars in debt, it was the Congress? Ok, Mr. Bush, you sound like a complete idiot digging your own grave. You mad a comment just today that made you sound not only out of touch but also unaware.

Mr. Bush, I believe your candidacy will be short lived. You not only have no ability to field expected questions, you have no vision to move the Country forward. Also, you look miserable on the campaign trail. You don’t look like you are enjoying yourself or that you want to be president. Do us all a favor and drop out of the race.

Bernie Sanders. Yes, I like what you are saying about improving income equality. I love what you are saying about the people on Wall Street not going to jail after the reckless stunts they pulled that brought the economy down. We do need that kind of vision for the future of this Country. When a black kid with a joint goes to jail for dozens of years and the big banks gambled with our economy and went unchallenged. That is an injustice.

My question for you, Mr. Sanders is what would you do with a Congress who rejects every bill you suggest and blocks you at every turn. We have seen this travesty the last 7 years with president Obama. This, of course, is a question for any candidate for 2016.

And on to the rest. Martin O’Malley. Who? We don’t know you and your announcement speech sounded just like president Obama’s in 2008. You need to tell us why he couldn’t do it and you can. Huckabee? In his hatred for gays wants people to ignore the Constitution. That invalidates him immediately. Santorum, with similar and personal hatred towards gays also would contest the Supreme Court. You, Mr. Santorum have also just invalidated yourself.

Rand Paul, playing with National Security for your own political benefit makes you not only unworthy of the presidency it makes you a traitor of this Country.

The also-rans, the 30+ I haven’t mentioned. You have all shot yourself in the foot some how or another.

What are we left with? Hillary Clinton and no sane viable GOP candidate. Mrs. Clinton, I sincerely hope you take my advice so all Dems can be behind you.

We have a long way to go before November 2016. You will be hearing a lot more from me.