Trump: The Great Divider, Dissembler, and Hater.

Today it became clear.

Today is to be a banner day for Trump and all of you who support him. This morning he tweeted about what he expects to happen. It should bring joy to your hearts. For the rest of us it shows how fragile our democracy has become.

He started the day indicating his support for Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine and suggesting to Putin that he has no objection to it. It is almost as if he would like to send US armed forces there to help. He wrote: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign –‘quietly working to boost Clinton’.

He shows his belief that Ukraine worked to undermine him and support Hillary. How then would he do anything to protect its sovereignty? To top it off he sent this to @seanhannity his mouthpiece on Fox News apparently telling him to cover it.

He goes on to advocate that a federal criminal investigation be commenced against his former opponent Hillary Clinton. We have never had a president who urged his attorney general to bring criminal charges against his opponent, This, of course, is what they do in dictatorships as a way of wiping out opposition. He wrote about Hillary: “So where is the investigation A.G. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leaks”

We are entering a strange new America. Now are those who run for office and lose going to be harassed by the winning party. Americans should blush with shame to think the president wants this. Trump points to the democratic support of Andrew McCabe’s wife in her run for Congress in Virginia noting disingenuously: “Problem is the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H to wife.” That tweet alone which leaves out what the purpose of the money was for and all other circumstances is a pure lie.

It is also strange because those tweets show the president wants to direct the attorney general’s actions. Apparently Sessions is not doing what the president demands. Rather than dealing with it privately Trump has publicly humiliated Sessions with cowardly tweets or interviews. Is he afraid as I’ve often said of face-to-face confrontations? (Remember how he fired Comey) He tells NY Times he wished he never appointed him; calls him beleaguered; and weak and not doing job.

This foretells the departure of Sessions. If he lacks all pride and the job is his life he’ll have to be fired. If he has a bone of integrity he will resign. This then opens the door for Trump to appoint a real lackey attorney general, one who will use the office to go after Trump’s political enemies. Names that have surfaced are Alan Dershowoff, Rudy Guiliani, or Ted Cruz.

I know what you are thinking: “they will never get past a hearing.” But Trump has a deal with Senate Leader McConnell that the Senate will go into recess and he will appoint one of them via a recess appointment without any Senate involvement. Just like he appointed General Flynn or like Bush appointed crazy John R. Bolton. The new AG  will hold the office until January 2019.

On top of that we see that Trump knows the repeal of the ACA is to take place today. He writes “Big day for HealthCare . . . John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero!” Obviously McCain would not be coming back if the GOP did not have the votes to pass the bill that no one has seen.

Imagine a bill as comprehensive as one dealing with American health care will pass today without any Republican senators  except one or two knowing what it contains? McCain by the way just a week ago after the last bill failed tweeted that “regular process” should take place and the governors be consulted before any new attempt to change health laws. He caved quickly. He caved to a guy who insulted him for being captured. What kind of hero is that?

The worst part of the Senate action is that the GOP senators have totally gone with the Trump agenda. He has no opposition to him. The GOP is Trump and Trump is the GOP.

Trump then went after the EU – “E.U.is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!” further pushing Europe away. At the G20 dinner he insulated the leaders of all the other nations especially our long-term European allies when he and Putin went off to the side for their little tête-à-tête. He tells how he is “working on major Trade Deal with United Kingdom” which  can’t happen until UK leaves EU by which time UK will be a basket case.

This is your president. Starts of the day full of hate and lies. Trashing everything good about the presidency even to the point of having the Boy Scouts booing Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Trump will be known as the Great Divider, Hater and Liar. The chart above shows how a great divide has opened in America. We are falling apart as a nation which is why we got Trump and his hate. I’ll discuss the chart more but click on it to see it in greater detail. Then see why we have such a man as president.

147 thoughts on “Trump: The Great Divider, Dissembler, and Hater.

  1. The Republicans don’t intend to ever leave power. They’ve decided on fascism as the best approach to controlling American society, forever. Democrats must purge their party of bourgeois adventurers, and, mobilize the proletariat. With the masses, rests true political power. The contest lies not in the voting booth, but, in the streets. The sound of marching feet, and, the sparkle of bayonets, disturb my dreams. Onward to the Winter Palace.

    All praise to the antifas. All power to the dialectic!

    Elmer: You still loving Glorious Leader and the Trumpsovki?

  2. It figures. Glorious Leader envisions the Boy Scouts taking an oath of loyalty to him. They are the future fodder of Trump’s wars. How many of the ten-year-olds listening to him will die on foreign battlefields?

  3. McAuliff was head of the DNC, top fundraiser for the Clintons and co-chair of the Clinton campaign. He gave $700 grand to Mrs. McCabe for her state campaign while her husband was in charge of the Hillary e-mail investigation. If that isn’t hush money or a payoff nothing is. Or was the donation just a coincidence? Trump is 100% correct in pointing out this corruption. 2. At the Dems national convention in S F about a dozen years ago a boy scout color guard was booed by the delegates. At the time the scouts prohibited gay scout leaders. So if the Dems are booing the scouts why is it improper for the scouts to boo the Dems? Do unto others. 3. Speaker Ryan has pointed out how lopsided some trade deals are. Harley makes a motorcycle that sells in the U S for 20G. If it exports it to Japan or Germany it pays a three thousand border tax placing it at a disadvantage against home made bikes by Suzuki or BMW. The U S has no border tax. Japan and the EU countries have VATs ( value added tax) which average 17%. When BMW or Suzuki export their bikes that VAT is remitted. So they can sell a comparable bike to Harley’s 20G bike for $17,000. The foreign companies are at a distinct advantage under these trade deals. Trump is trying to remedy this injustice. Seventy thousand American factories have closed and millions of jobs have been lost because of these trade deals. A new approach is required. 4. The Clinton foundation must be investigated. In reality it was a political operation masquerading as a charity. It raised hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign interests ( $140 mil from Canada and Russia on the uranium deal, $25 mil from the Saudis and $12 mil from Morocco ) then funneled those funds into political activity in America. When H was Sec of State she ran a giant pay for play scheme by shaking down every foreign interest to support her ambitions. These sinister arrangements have to be ended. Drain the swamp.

    1. Give up on Hillary. She is completely irrelevant to the actions of the fascist Russian moron you voted for. Stop apologizing for his insanity by pointing at a failed candidate.

    1. Very interesting info, Henry. These expert intelligence veterans say “no russian hack”; rather an inside DNC leak. The plot thickens.

      1. Very interesting indeed.

        They were able to pinpoint the time and the place where — copying —- to some sort of thumb drive occurred, and how long it took to copy, which is a far, far shorter time than obtaining that same data through hacking.

        Much more convenient to continue screaming “roosha, roosha, roosha.”

  4. The Trump haters continue spewing hate and lies and distorting current events and history. Khalid continues to call for Revolution in the Streets. Dan C characterizes a patriotic Boy Scout rally as a “frenzy”. The liberals have lost their minds.
    2. Trump has said that until the Urkaine situation is resolved, sanctions will not be lifted.
    3. The Urkaine Embassy in DC was instrumental in gathering info for Democratic operatives who used it to force Manafort’s resignation.
    4. McCauliffe selected an FBI agent’s wife, who had never run for political office, and funneled $700,000 cash to her. A FACT! The FBI agent was in charge of the Wash D.C. field office responsible for investigating Hillary’s emails; Cong. Committees were already probing the matter.

  5. “Today is to be a banner day for Trump and all of you who support him.”

    I support President Trump as much as I supported President Obama, President Bush and President Clinton.

    In the military you are trained to salute the rank, not necessarily the man or woman.
    Support for the president should be the same.

  6. Sorry. Trump’s partisan speech to the Boy Scouts was a real embarrassment. Trashing your Democratic foes and bragging about your election victory to a group of Boy Scouts isn’t patriotic, it’s offensive.

    Let’s face it, we’re looking at each other across a very wide political canyon. To liberals, the fact that the Trump Cult can’t get even concede that politicizing a Boy Scout jamboree is a bad thing is very troubling. We’re having the same thought: Nothing gets through to you guys!

  7. Wallahi! Wasn’t Baden-Powell a fascist? A jamboree full of impressionable kids was just the place for Glorious Leader to spout his nonsense.

  8. another wet dream from Matt
    of counsel to the Ukranian Tribe
    not to be confused with his Southie Tribe
    nor his Zip Connolly Tribe
    Did someone say Lawerence Tribe of Harvard ?

    Guvnor Guvnor Guvnor it’s all guvnor for the mill
    or was that grist ?
    hint guvnor means shit in Ukranian

    back story on Trump can be found here
    scroll down to my post today

    http://www.ldsfreedomforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=43614

    in other news

    About 12 years ago I invited Oberlin poet David Young to Cranberry Island
    off Bar Harbor Maine where I proceeded to record a video interview
    with him reading from his translations of Rilke.
    My friend Bill Goldberg a pianist and composer had a summer home
    on Cranberry and allowed me to use his home for the video.
    I also did a video of Bill Goldberg performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
    Here is a poem David Young created and posted at davidyoungblogspot dot com

    Poem for July, 2017

    Landscape with Disappearing Poet

    ………………..Miroslav Holub, 1923-1998

    Global silence
    in this village.
    One rides
    one’s bike
    through clumsy twilight,
    watched from deep shadows
    by whitetail deer
    who have been here three million years,
    one of Pangaea’s eye-blinks.

    Silence
    in the global village.
    A poet disappears, dogs
    bark, cells and stars
    howl silently, are born,
    killed, replaced. Cesium
    clocks race on, viruses
    waltz with receptor cells . . .

    In Pittsburgh,
    a man on Medicaid, with a cirrhotic liver,
    having nearly drunk himself to death,
    thinks it’s unfair.
    Why can’t he have a new liver?

    A very poetic situation, you would say.
    But you aren’t here to say it.

    Globed
    silence.

    Motorcycles
    race down Highway 58
    like the black thoughts of ruptured steelworkers,
    dolphins and sharks
    play games in the blue deeps
    where bottles of champagne
    in tranquil shipwrecks
    age at one-fourth their normal rate.

    A diver may grasp a bottle
    and bring it up to the air, the here and now,
    pop the cork, enjoy it.

    Here, in this globally
    dislocated village,
    your American hideout,
    a heron flaps slowly and in silence
    along the local watercourse
    a little too tired to fly,
    a little too tired to land,
    while golfers take mighty swings
    launching balls they will never recover.

    Angels seem to fall
    steadily
    in a rain around barns and pastures
    distressed by the way the cows
    slump to their knees on the kill-floor,
    as birds pull worms in graveyards
    where human brains, neatly arranged,
    lie unplugged in their cases,
    and nude mice, in their cages,
    sniff the air, always hopeful.

    When a poet dies, you wrote,
    a lone black bird wakes up in the thicket
    and sings for all it’s worth,
    while a black rain trickles down
    like sperm or something.

    Well, yes, and sometimes
    there is just silence,
    shipwreck silence,
    hot July silence
    like sperm or something,
    in which the eggplants ripen but don’t hatch,
    the modest weeds like chicory
    flower along the roads,
    mud-wasps construct
    futuristic
    gray hotels, and Japanese beetles
    gleam like bronze lozenges
    among the shredded roses.

    Silence in the global
    village. Again,
    at dusk,
    an opossum
    tiptoes across the empty highway,
    a mother, her pouched
    babies born
    the size of bees,
    as though the placenta
    was just a passing fashion.

    Her prehistoric face
    carries a very faint grimace
    that may or may not be a smile,
    like that of a master
    who has just
    passed over the River Styx,
    joking a little with the boatman,
    and found eternity
    a little bit
    to his liking.

    1. David Young’s quite a poet. I thought of my favorites: Dylan Thomas, Frost, Yeats and Leonard Cohen’s lyrics. Long ago, an unforgettable young woman gave me a book of Cohen’s poems, before he became famous. Anyway, David Young packs his stuff with imagery: bio-enviro-sci-lit-grit.

    2. msfreeh, the Ukrainian word is “heemno” – pronounced “heem-noh”, not guvnor

      what you posted was a variation of the rooshan word (slang) “gavno”

  9. Matt’s narrative reeks of sarcasm.

    “We are entering a strange new America. Now are those who run for office and lose …” refuse to admit they lost.

    “Trump has a deal with Senate Leader McConnell that the Senate will go into recess and he will appoint one of them via a recess appointment …” is woven from whole cloth.

    “On top of that we see that Trump knows the repeal of the ACA is to take place today…” Yep, it was on his desk at noon.

    “GOP senators have totally gone with the Trump agenda. He has no opposition to him…” Duh! Only brain dead Ds vote in total lockstep a la Stalin’s USSR.

    “Trump will be known as the Great Divider, Hater and Liar.” Come on, he’s not going to steal FDR’s title.

    “He goes on to advocate that a federal criminal investigation be commenced against his former opponent Hillary Clinton.” He has sworn to uphold the law. What do you expect? Since when is blowing an election a Get Out Of Jail Free Pass?

    The whole blog post is an Ann Coulter level of over the top. It cannot be serious.

    1. Yes, Matt does jest, at times, as when he expresses shock that Republicans will pass a complex healthcare bill few actually have read, knowing full well the Dems did likewise. Matt surely remembers Nancy Pelosi’s “We’ll know what’s in the bill after we pass it.”

  10. Democrat Physician , heal thyself . Hillary lived in a world in which the ” Rules ” did not apply to her and her minions . She was an incorrigible hypocrite of the Do As I Say Not As I Do school of political expediency . Machiavellian to her marrow , she lied, cheated , stole and ” bleached ” her way to two failed Presidential bids and left her Party demoralized, leaderless , without a coherent ” Vision , ” and groveling at any chance , however insanely ludicrous , to disenfranchise a duly , legally elected President . She has no ethical constraints . She never has had . Despite all this , and partly perhaps because of it , I have always found her to be a hot babe . But I have little tolerance for her as a paragon of political virtue . She is not .

  11. That said , the Lady should be left in peace. The rub is though that she relishes a fight . It is difficult to think or write about her in the past tense . If her health holds I expect she will put on her Phoenix feathers and rise from the Democrat ” Asses .” I have always liked her … Chances .

    1. “That said , the Lady should be left in peace.” I, with a modicum of reluctance, felt this way when Trump took that position in January and February. Sorry, no more. The irrational, vicious onslaught on Trump’s legitimacy over the past few months has changed the atmosphere. Perhaps Obama and Friends Of Barry are more responsible than Hillary, but she is all on board with this assault upon the American version of democracy. Let her reap what she is sowing. Trump should launch a full scale offense. It is the best defense against the unprovoked (remember Trump offered her a pass) jihad against the decision Americans made last November.

      1. Where on Earth do you come up with the nonsense you sputter on a near daily basis? Trump and his sycophants did this to themselves by deliberately concealing dozens of meetings with Russians. How do you explain their deliberate attempts to lie, fail to disclose, or otherwise obfuscate their contacts with these individuals. Even if there was no Russian hacking as someone in a previous post alleged via a link to a news article, how do you account for so many of his campaign staffers having contact with them? Please explain without mentioning Hillary or Obama because neither of them are relevant to Trump’s own misdeeds.

  12. I did qualify that . We have to be careful what we wish for with ” H .” The Donald underscores the double standard that is obtaining viz his treatment over a chimera and hers over stark misdeeds , but the double standard is there . Better perhaps to let her go quietly into the political night than to martyr her .

    1. Hillary. How do you approach a tick that has its face buried into your hide? You let it continue to gorge or you tweezer it out. My father always said if you have a problem confront it or ignore it. Everything in between is a waste of time, effort and often money.

      The only civilized thing to do is ignore her. Let her rant. It will only result in her enlarging her failure. She will end up like that horribly unfortunate shark being dragged behind the boat. But she will be driving the boat as well.

  13. ” The mustang led me east on Main and into the parking lot of the Riverfront Lodge, where the woman parked and locked her car and headed for the bar entrance, her buttocks jingling with muscle each time her boot heels hit the pavement. She was a pleasure to tail .” James Crumley … DANCING BEAR . ( note that where another writer might have predicated it as ” jiggling ” Crumley has those buttocks ” jingling.” ) It will be interesting to follow the Hillary tale . Seemed timely .

  14. I would not let H go quietly into the good night, primarily because she won’t. She’s still ranting and raving: “out out damn election results.” I’d advise the Trump administration to “rage, rage against the dying of the light” in America and re-shine the investigatory spotlight on the DNC, Hillary and the Clinton Foundation. First question when Hillary is brought before Congress: “Besides getting questions from Donna Brazille, who else in the Media fed you questions beforehand?” We know a Democratic politician’s daughter fed her a pre-arranged question during a televised Q&A forum. How many more political shenanigans involved Hillary, Wasserman-Schult, Podesta, the Foundation, the DNC? How many more, Mr. President?

    I’d also strongly advise President Trump to keep Jeff Sessions. Loyalty is a two-way street. No one was more loyal to Trump than he. Plus, Sessions, as a potential witness in the phony collusion story, had to recuse himself. He had no choice. In my humble opinion.

    1. Then let me ask you a serious question. Would Trump be advised to continue if Hillary died tomorrow? Again I quote my father when my mother would cringe and demand him to stop if he insulted a dead person.

      “When an asshole dies all you have is a dead asshole.”

      1. For God’s sake Abe , keep your eye on the donut , not on the hole. Steady on old man ! Steady on !

        1. I’m dying. You’re killin’ me.

          OK. Lets just move on and forget I asked the question. Sometimes the scariest thing in the mirror is not the reflection.

          1. Getting ever more gnomic , Abe . I speak really good gnomic . We’re just havin’ some fun , Brother from the Cosmic Mother .

  15. Not ” Spot ” on . In … In … glorious Spotlight … would be more to the case . It will take more than a Senate investigation or Justice Dept. scourging to tame Mommy Bear and her unruly brood . Either would be denounced as political retribution and the polarization would just deepen . The Donald and Hillary are two Alpha types . It is nice to fantasize that the divorce will be uglier for one than the other , but the reality is that Mommy will always be more sympathetically judged . Let her hibernation be a sleep … A very , very deep sleep .

  16. Hillary and Morocco: the plot thickens: http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/31/hillarys-two-official-favors-to-morocco-resulted-in-28-million-for-clinton-foundation/

    The dead cannot be prosecuted, but their crimes may well be worthwhile investigating. Their estates may be sued.

    Perhaps the government should seize foreign funds improperly given to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Senator, Secretary of State or running for President.

    Perhaps someone should explain how “public servants”, Hill and Bill, came to be worth $150 million. (H. said they were “broke” in 2000.)

    1. Fair enough. I wish there was a real third party I could endorse.

      Sorry, King. On the donut. On the donut. My new mantra.

    1. If only Trump were looking smaller and smaller. I think the end-game here is to get rid of Mueller, but Trump doesn’t seem to know how to do it. Conservatives like Rudy Giuliani and Ted Cruz don’t want to be seen stepping over Sessions’ corpse to get this job (if either ever had any actual interest in it).

      So Trump is going to have to go to the GOP junior varsity to find a man or woman who will take the post and back up his decision to can Mueller.

      While we’re waiting for this to play out, I’m eager to learn all that I can about Hillary and Morocco — or Hillary and Chad. Another diversion — are you ready for this — might be a review of the tax returns of the sitting president of the United States.

      1. Giuliani would give his remaining nut for the AG job. I say give it to him. I love watching car wrecks.

        And they wouldn’t be stepping over a corpse. They would be tripping over a drunk.

        1. Giuliani was a high-ranking official in the Reagan Justice Department in addition to being a gang-buster as the US Attorney in Manhattan. He’s been there, done that. Giuliani also supported Sessions’ decision to recuse! Not the way to Trump’s heart, or the AG job, in my opinion.

          Don’t know anything about Sessions’ alleged drinking habits, but I’d be drinking too if I was a first-in-line loyal supporter who was now being publicly trashed by the man I helped to win the White House.

          1. Giuliani was. That is important. Was.

            I don’t think Sessions has a drinking problem. They sell the stuff everywhere. I wonder if Sessions views quitting as looking too much like falling on his sword. He has to know that it is the furthest thing from it, but how will he convince others of that. There are a lot of morons in and around Washington.

  17. Mueller must be hitting a nerve. If Glorious Leader cans him, Congress will counter by appointing him Independent Counsel. Are establishment Republicans having an attack of conscience? Sessions knows he’s in the way. I wonder why he’s staying put?

  18. So his generals said to get rid of the queers. Didn’t he say that no one loves our veterans and military more than he does? This is about as disrespectful as it gets.

    1. How is it disrespectful to listen to the generals and take steps to ensure the maximum efficiency of the military? It is the considered judgement of these experts that inclusion of a minuscule portion of the general population to fulfill their individual fantasies or to provide self-fulfillment of individuals, whether or not they are Nature’s outliers, does not benefit the Defense Department in its functions.

      Expensive physical mutilation is not a wise expenditure of defense monies. Additionally such persons are a psychological burden on the balance of the personnel and are usually deemed unfit for service by mainstream psychologists.

      In the military group cohesion is an important factor in the difference between success and failure. The use of the DoD to implement bizarre social theories or to test them puts the nation at risk. The President, as the Constitution mandates, is the Commander in Chief and as such has a duty to do what he considers to be in the best interest of the nation. Trump has answered to his conscience. Nothing else will do.

      Memo to the Clueless: The purpose of the DoD as authorized in the Constitution is to “provide for the common defense.”

      1. If you’ve served a tour or two in Afghanistan for the US military, that commands respect. Don’t care about your gender.

        And look who’s doing the talking! Trump is a draft dodger. He wasn’t even a boy scout. He’s a rich kid who’s now trying to change the subject from Jeff Sessions.

        That’s what this is all about. Trump realizes he screwed up with Sessions and is now trying to jam his golf cart into reverse with this out-of-the-blue transgender order .

      2. After the battle of Hamburger Hill, the airborne grunts put up a 10,000 dollar reward for whoever fragged Melvin Zais. So much for respecting generals.

  19. Shalom Italia… Documentary…70 minutes… Three Italian Jewish brothers … Israelis… travel back to Tuscany to find cave where they and parents and grandparents hid from Nazis . Got lucky on a local station and watched it . Google it . Renews a perspective too easily forgotten . Do not forget !

    1. I just watched the first half hour. Can’t wait to finish it. I grew up surrounded by people like those men. Those brothers. How many amazing stories of survival were there?

      A man here in town named Willie was a Dutch teenager when the Germans took over his beloved country. He walked hundreds of miles, always at night until he got to the coast. Eventually, many months later he made it to England. Feet torn to shreds, no money, starving. He got to America and made a life for himself. He showed me a picture of himself and Rocky Marciano in Brocton that was signed by Rocky to him. His proud face looking admirably at The Rock. I went to his house one night and he told me the whole story. His escape from hell. How do we bottle that kind of power in character and feed it to this generation? To ourselves, for that matter?

      1. Come on, there are few parts of the Netherlands 100 miles from the coast and none 125 miles. What did he do, walk in circles? WWII was along time ago. It is long past time to set aside the propaganda and self-serving “memories.”

        A couple of years ago there was a geezer in Lynn who was being presented to school children to relate the evils defeated in WWII. The punchline of his presentation was that as a young man in his twenties he could not wait to fight Mr. Hitler and how disappointed he was to be sent to the Pacific theater.

        However his military record showed him to have been drafted in 1943. Hmmm…, I take it the army was not taking in volunteers in 1941 and 1942.

        War memories of those who want to talk about it should be taken with a grain of salt. My experience has been that most men in my family and of my acquaintance who were caught up in the war were glad to forget those years and kept their mouths shut about them.

        1. You are an idiot. He wasn’t a soldier in a war, asshole. He was a young man running for his life. Now go get you head shaved and return to your guard tower. He couldn’t get to the coast of Holland. He ended up having to go a long way around. The Krauts, your heroes, were on the coast. And his entire journey was authenticated. Where did you serve? On your knees in the outhouse? Moron.

        2. Tadzio: “War memories of those who want to talk about it should be taken with a grain of salt.”

          Another stupid statement. When the WWII Memorial was opened here in DC there were thousands of Vets that attended. If their name tags had a certain color dot on it that meant that they were willing to discuss their time in service. The first man I met was a Japanese American that was 17 when the war began. His parents were sent to a camp in California and he joined the US Army. He was sent to Australia to be a translator in a POW camp.

          The next man I met was a Navajo Code Talker. I spent a long while talking to him about his amazing time in the service.

          I also met dozens of men that fought and they were also willing to talk. Too bad you weren’t there to call them liars.

          1. If I hear anyone … Tadzio or any other … Talking serious smack , I take that with a shakerful of salt and as therapeutic hypnosis icon Milton Erickson advised … I adapt myself to their … ” Reality Orientation ” . I do this to the extent of listening closely and realizing that ,while they may be off their rocker , this is actually how the world appears to them . If they need a whack with the stick of correction then I will administer it . Adolph got whacked or more precisely whacked himself . But Tadzio as bogeyman is too easy . Just as Adolph as the demonic demiurge driving the extermination of the Jews … Yep, the Holocaust happened … is too simple . Tadzio likes to shock . I don’t take too seriously then his patently racist ramblings . There is signal in a lot of his white noise . He is a patient in the ward of the embittered and the damaged. Welcome to the Club !

        3. By the way, Tadzio, I want you to know that if I do make it up to Maine next month to do a tool buying trip I would still be glad to take you out to dinner. This is all just BS and I have never met an online acquaintance no matter how adversarial we were, that was anything less than enjoyable to meet.

          Also, June Foray died. She was the voice of Rocky, The Flying Squirrel. Light a candle.

          1. Funny you should just post that as I was composing my message. Its all part of the game we love to play and enjoy. I have nothing against anyone on here, but I will take them on and hope they give it right back to me, as they cheerfully do. Cheerfully is the key word.

      1. Back in the day a bit , yes , I did read a couple of his books . I have two other Crumley’s on the way : One To Count Cadence and The Wrong Case . There are two other Crumley’s Amazon screwed up on so I have to re-order them . So, I am on a Crumley kick . Leonard is good, but when a writer blows up the way he did I get suspicious . No rational reason , just my natural cynicism about successful writers who get formulaic . Crumley is just a smidge bad enough at times to be really, really good .

        1. Cat Chaser is the only Leonard book I ever give to or suggest to people that are not familiar with him. It was early on and is a fast and furious read. It has a couple of the best characters he ever created, Jiggs Scully being the top dog.

          I have a signed Crumley that an old friend’s wife gave me when the friend died. I forget which one it is. It might be Border Snakes.

          I wont bury you with suggestions, but I found a book while a storm kept me from leaving Nantucket one winter. I was holding up in the U Mass field house for a few days and found a book called Laidlaw by William McIlvanney. I swiped the copy and have never let it go. McIlvanney has a couple other books but this Laidlaw is a great one. Laidlaw is a Glasgow detective and is someone I think you would enjoy knowing. Its a keeper but it is not always easy to find. I have never seen one in a used book store that I didn’t purchase.

          1. I’m on the case ! A Glaswegian you say . Lemme see if I can find our Scot Detective .

          2. I just found that signed Crumley. It is The Final Country. I don’t recall much of it so I put it on the night table.

  20. Very glad you see how exceptional they are ! When you realize in latter part , when they visit hometown of Campostella , just what they were ripped off for , you get why Andrea the youngest brother says ” No , I am still the owner ,” as his brothers admonish him on a tour of the beautiful stone manse they were born in. Tough Guys .

  21. Once again John McCain lies and sells out Americans.

    John McCain’s 2016 campaign ad: “John McCain is leading the fight to repeal Obamacare. I’m John McCain and I approve this message.”

    http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=88369

    The war monger, McCain, actively promoted senseless wars (the no-fly zone in Libya (50,000 killed), the invasion of Iraq (100,000s killed), regime change in Syria (100,000s killed)), and then he has the gall to blame Putin for killings. There’s far more blood on McCain’s hands.

  22. 1. Trump should make every member of Congress and their staffs fully subject to Obamacare. Congress falsely declared itself a small business (less than 50 employees) thereby entitling itself subsidies worth thousands and tens-of-thousands of dollars. One study showed a Congressional Staffer with a family making @ $100,000 would pay about $5,000 annually (in premiums, co-pay) for a Gold Plan, while his next door neighbor in the D.C. area (same salary, same family size) would pay $15,000 for mediocre plan.
    Another study showed before Obamacare, health care costs took 6% of an American family’s expenditures, while today (2016) health care costs take 10%.

    “Something’s rotten in the State of Denmark.”
    Approval rating for Trump (37%)
    Approval rating for the Media (30%)
    Approval rating for Congress (15%)

    Trump is trying. Congress and the Media are betraying the American people. Now, Congress is exacerbating tensions with Russia and Iran. The war monger McCain is gloating. Looks like more wars, more killing, bigger more rapacious, intrusive federal government. Orwellian! Less freedoms at home (mandatory health care insurance) and more wars abroad. And the liberals applaud.

    Soon we’ll have a fake Gulf of Tonkin episode in the Persian Gulf so McCain can clamor for more wars.

    1. I’m good with McCain. Many danger-filled combat missions over North Vietnam before his capture and imprisonment. Even your boy Trump now admits that McCain is an “American hero.”

      Here’s McCain’s rationale: “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”

      Does this sound any less sensible than “skinny repeal”? Skinny repeal. Really. Who wouldn’t want to lay down his life for skinny repeal?

      1. McCain promised his constituents he’d be the leader in “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” Now he want to work with Dems to fix it. What a traitorous two-faced hypocrite.

    1. Sad and a grave injustice in Florida. John was convicted of “Murder by Gun” in Florida; the case precedents required a person to have a gun in his hand at the scene of the murder. John was 1,600 miles away on vacation swimming on Martha’s Vineyard with his family when Callahan was killed by Martorano. Plus the key witness against John – – -Steve Flemmi – – – recalled the precise words of a conversation he had with John Connolly 20 years earlier; he recalled John’s exact words were: “If Callahan talks, we’ll all be in trouble.” First, you don’t remember exact words 20 years ago. Second, John Callahan never met John Connolly, he never heard of him, he knew nothing about John Connolly. Callahan could blab all he wanted and the only people he could finger were Martarona and another who Callahan hired to kill his boss Wheeler in Oklahoma. Of course, Flemmi’s tale was a lie. From 1995 when he was arrested to 2001, Flemmi told the Feds that John Connolly was an honest cop. He said this under oath. In 2002, when Flemmi was threatened that unless he changed his tune he’d be executed (in states where he committed murders) or spent the rest of his life in a Federal Hell Hole, Flemmi flipped and fabricated to save his skin. The other major witness against Connolly in Florida was Martorano who admitted he killed Callahan and also admitted he never met Connolly in his life. Martorano never knew Connolly.
      The plot sickens when the trial lawyer, Fred Wyshak, (who got permission to try the case in Florida) tried to introduce evidence that Connolly lived beyond his means. An expert detailed Connolly’s income at the FBI and from his duplex (rental income) and said Connolly couldn’t afford a house, a cottage and a 26 foot boat. When the expert was asked if he calculated into the income of John Connolly, Connolly’s wife’s income, who co-owned the properties, the expert said, “No!” The expert was laughed out of the courtroom.
      The travesty worsens when you realize the statute of limitations (SOL) had run on the Murder by Gun count, but the Trial Judge said Connolly’s court appointed attorneys raised the SOL defense too late. Even if this were so, the conviction would be thrown out for ineffective assistance of counsel. I could go on. A vicious travesty of judgement.
      On Appeal, Connolly’s conviction was overturned. On further appeal it was reinstated. The legal reasoning was preposterous, specious and literally shocked the conscience.
      A full blown, unmitigated travesty.
      I blame the bum Fred Wyshak, an overzealous prosecutor who cut lenient deals with several serial killers (Martorano, Flemmi, Salemme, Weeks) for blatantly perjured testimony. Serial killers gave him serial lies. Wyshak was on a witchhunt. He told Connolly he’d recommend only 5 years in jail if Connolly could incriminate others. Connolly said the men he knew and FBI agents he worked with (beside the self admitted corrupt cop Morris) were honorable men. In other words, John Connolly would not lie for his freedom. Flemmi, Martorano, et al willingly lied for leniency.
      A grave travesty of justice. Perpetrated by the FEDs, lead persecutor the dishonorable Fred Wyshak, perpetrated by the Boston Globe, perpetrated by the notorious unmitigated unrepentant character assassin, Howie Carr, and the perpetrated by most of the rest of the local media.
      I could go on.
      A grave injustice!

  23. McCain WAS a war hero. So was John Kerry. So was Benedict Arnold. Being a war hero or veteran does not make any of your views or actions better than your fellow Americans. Benedict Arnold was a hero who became a traitor. Thomas Jefferson never fought as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Lenin and Trotsky were heroes of the Russian Revolution.
    Because a person’s words or deeds once forked lightning does not mean their every utterance or action ever afterwards is sacrosanct. Heroes can stumble, fall and fail miserably; and the humble can rise. Remember “The Red Badge of Courage”! Yesterday, McCain dropped the banner.

    McCain was a hero who became a two-faced turncoat on his party and his promise to “repeal Obamacare.” As a Senator, he’s constantly pushed war! For those positions, he deserves opprobrium.

    Anyone who promises one thing during a campaign, then reverses course afterwards is a two-face and a turncoat. I’d rather know who the political opposition was than be betrayed by turncoats. I’d rather face Redcoats than turncoats. Better to face the musket fire of His Majesty’s Imperialistic Redcoats than be double-crossed by Benedict Arnolds, Quislings, turncoats, traitors, and two-faces. Better to face the musket fire of Redcoats than be stabbed in the back by traitors, by Reds, by fellow travelers, by two-facers, by war mongers, by blustering big-government “heroes”.

    Trotsky was a war hero. Lenin and Trotsky were heroes of the Russian Revolution.

    We don’t want Russian Revolutions and Communism. But I guess Congress is OK with socialism, and socialized medicine, and forcing Americans to buy health insurance,, and provoking endless wars.

    1. Good rant, Bill C. Some of it I do not agree with but there are plenty of dots that can be connected. One example in particular I do not like is saying John Kerry was a war hero. He served. Can’t deny him his time in country. But a hero? I’ll listen.

      1. Abe: John Kerry was the recipient of three purple hearts. I’ve read all the controversies and the doubts about the circumstances and the extent of his injuries, but without going into any of that, I would say that all Americans who served in combat and were honorably discharged could be called war heroes. They’re heroes, to that extent, to my way of thinking.

        George McGovern, a war hero who flew 35 combat missions in a B-24 Liberator during WWII, was a staunch, consistent liberal who never betrayed his liberal principles nor liberal colleagues. Kerry stuck to his liberalism throughout his career. For their service, and adherence to principle, they can be admired.

        McCain spouts conservative rhetoric back in Arizona when he’s running for re-election, then he sells out his principles and party when gets back to Washington D.C. His double-talk on Obamacare is the case in point. As I said, he not only dropped the banner, he switched sides. Politically, he betrayed his party. A traitor.

        1. I understand your points on Kerry. I think of a hero as someone a bit above just serving. I know people that went to war that were not heroes, but calling any one of the million plus that were in Vietnam a hero is fine with me. Many did nothing heroic, but just being there made them worthy of much praise.

    2. Actually, McCain is a war hero. And that does make a difference, especially when you’re down to “skinny repeal” as the standard for courage and bravery under fire.

      I think every American citizen is entitled to health insurance. I also think McCain is moving in that direction. So he gets a thumbs-up from me.

        1. Bill: So, you don’t, actually, know the technical contrasts between Socialism, and, Communism. Time for a trip to the INTERNET, eh? There are importance differences between the two. Lumping them together, alerts the careful reader to your unfamiliarity with the two concepts.

          What would Socialism mean to the average guy? All four social objectives would be met: food, medicine, a roof, and, a job, but, no one could have two cars, or, a second house. That’s the rub.

          History is full of massacres. The American Revolutionary War was particularly savage even in eighteenth century terms. Beyond the big battles of serried cannon, and, massed troops, there was a brutal underlying insurgency which pitted neighbor against neighbor. Terror was a key tactic for both sides. Burning people out, and/or, lynching them, was common during the struggle for independence. The campaign against the British allied Iroquois was particularly savage. Imagine the bloody events of Mel Gibson’s “Patriot” extending through all thirteen colonies, rather, than being isolated to the South. There were many Banastre Tarletons on both sides. Patriot General Sullivan displayed a similar character during his campaigns in western NY.

          John: You are in good form. Glad you are back.

          Bill: I’ve kept my promise not to crudely trash Glorious Leader. He’s tried to move toward dictatorship, but, doesn’t seem so, far, to have enough of the Fuehrer’s smarts to accomplish his goals. Hitler played his sycophants against each other in much the same manner that Trump does now. Gl plays the clown, but, I have him being much more dangerous than that. Beyond all the smoke, and, mirrors, you can perceive him consolidating his power.

          Did anyone read Glenn Greenwald’s article about the Russian probe in the ” The Intercept” a few months back? He was the first to bring up the concept of a “deep state” in an American political context. It’s an enlightening article well worth the research. Bill, you’ll be quite surprised, when, you read it.

          GL believes a war will pluck him, deus ex machina, from his current predicament. A war with Iran would be more manageable than a struggle in Korea, so, I figure he’ll go that way. Trump is close to creating a scenario in which he can’t lose power without suffering legal consequences. He’s “shooting the moon” as they say in the card game “Hearts.” Being as he’s President, all of us are just along for the ride.

          1. Massacres are fine. What Mao and Stalin did were not massacres. Little Big Horn and My Lai and The Alamo were massacres. Communism starts with the knowledge that certain people will never come over to your side so you kill them. Millions of them. Socialism does not start that way.

            I’m just saying, that is one of the differences.

          2. Khalid … And here it was I thought you may have headed to Washington to vault the fence with your Long Live The Dialectic guidon streaming in the Potomac breeze …. Greetings , Kamerado !

      1. Khalid:
        Look it up.
        Communism is totalitarian, an enforced atheistic socialism, where all belongs to the State, where the State (or Stalin) is revered, and individualism and religion are marginalized or banned. Communism was tried and failed in Russia, the Soviet Union, and Red China. Communism derives from Marx’s Communist Manifesto, a trite tome, tripe, which predicted a brotherhood of goons hostile to religion, capitalism, and free expression, who would form a cadre of goons who would take from others according to their abilities and give to each according to his or her needs: “a workers’ paradise” where the state (the goons and their henchmen) would own everything and workers would slave away mindlessly, especially mindless of any personal worth or ambition. For what greater ambition can one have under Communism but to serve the State, to serve Stalin, to serve Mao, and their henchmen, their goons and inner circles. It’s what Orwell said in Animal Farm about the Politburo: “All workers are equal, but some workers (the Party bosses) are more equal than others.” (paraphrasing)
        Study hard the difference between North Korea and South Korea, between East Germany and West Germany, and read thoroughly thru and thru Doctor Zhivago (the original English translation) and you’ll get a feel for Communism.

        SOCIALISM:
        Socialism is a less tyrannical form of Communism; in practice; and theory. Remember what Margaret Thatcher said: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
        Socialism is the antithesis to capitalism; socialism is what, for example, Denmark tried (crushing taxes (60%), state controlled health services, state run factories, state monopoly on services, state, state, state-control of health, education, welfare, business, etc, etc.
        Socialism is what Denmark is moving away from: it doesn’t work.
        What works is Compassionate Capitalism which encourages and rewards hard work, innovation, creativity, freedom, free enterprise, free speech, freedom of religion, etc, etc, and which rejects Imperialism, warmongers like John McCain, Robber Barons, Monopolies, Government-Managed-Medicine, and most especially Big Government.

        How’s that for starters?

        1. Actually, I was thinking about the division of labor to gain, and, division of gain to labor. Communists say “from those with the greatest ability to those with the greatest need.” Socialists on the other hand, believe the sum of one’s labor should determine one’s gain. It’s always the Socialists who come to accommodations with capitalism. Organized labor in America is a good example. Communists, who consider themselves the vanguard of Socialism, seek to usher in the dictatorship of the proletariat, which sounds threatening, but, isn’t. It only means the establishment of a workers’ state. Off course, the bourgeoisie will have to turn over all their stuff to make this idea work. Here’s where the massacres come in. Revolutions are bloody by nature, the Russian and Chinese being notable. A deep reading of the American Revolution reveals the common use of terror on the local level by both sides. Beyond the pale of the set-piece battles, the struggle between the tories and the patriots was a grim guerrilla war.. Since Fulton Sheen charged Communism to be “a religion without a God,” could their purges and massacres be thought of as religious events? Solzhenitsyn thought so.

  24. Dan C: McCain WAS a hero. He is a war-mongering, two-faced, duplicitous con. I know you think a hero’s ideas are “entitled” to deference. I don’t. Remember, Trotsky was a war hero as was Benedict Arnold. I repeat myself for emphasis.

    It took zero courage for McCain to betray his Republican colleagues —- to betray his constituents. He promised the voters he’d be a leader in “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” He promised that in November 2016 — nine months ago, and he’s been publicly promising it since 2009. When courage was called for, he caved, cowered, cravenly sold himself out to curry favor with the leftist press and his liberal colleagues in Congress. The Lefties hailed him! Schumer and Warren praised the sell-out.

    2. You think everyone’s entitled to health insurance? Do you agree that every adult American should be forced to buy health insurance? Do you agree that Americans should be forced to buy only those plans (bronze, silver, gold) that the FEDs tell them to buy?

    With automobile and homeowners insurance, you have a choice of plans; you have a choice not to own a car; you can rent and get no property insurance. You’ve got choices.

    With OBAMACARE: no choices: choose one of three Federal plans and if you make 400% of poverty level, the taxpayer will subsidize you. You are forced to buy what the FEDs tell you to buy. That’s un-American!

    Are you a socialist? Do you want government to tell us how to live, what to buy, what risks we can and cannot take?

    Where does Freedom and Liberty fit into your Entitlement equations?

    What about entitlements to food, housing, drugs, internet, cable T.V., transportation, clothes? How many other “entitlements” do you want to foist on the American people? Americans provide for the poor, not because the poor are entitled, but because we are a charitable nation. Perhaps the government will force each and everyone of us to buy transportation insurance and food insurance and T.V. insurance, so everyone can have government-approved products. Let’s force renters to buy homeowners insurance because everyone’s entitled to a house of their own. Let the FEDs devise bronze, silver and gold plans for all types of insurance.

    Or, rather, let free Americans decide for themselves, what insurance to buy (none, catastrophic, limited, comprehensive) and let the market offer multiple options.

    Make everything an entitlement —-food, housing, drugs, T.V., transportation, etc, etc,—and make the taxpayers pay for all of it, and bingo you’ve got your communal socialistic state, utopia, where everyone’s entitled to everything, and Big Government says who gets what, when and how much. No thanks. I think the Commies already tried that.

  25. Sorry, Bill, we’re having this discussion because the free-enterprise system hasn’t delivered on health care. That’s why the government is involved. If there was a quick buck to be made, all would be sweetness and light. But there isn’t. Health care should be a basic right accorded to all Americans. I find this goal preferable to celebrating the “freedom” to watch people die from untreated diseases.

  26. The earliest Socialists, Fourier and St. Simone, were French, not Russian. The earliest attempt to establish a Socialist society occurred in early nineteenth century Indiana. Bill, you’ve got to read about Socialism to properly critique it. Try taking in “Reason and Revolution,” by Herbert Marcuse. It’s a dense read, but, worth it, should you wish to sound, as, if, you know what you are talking about. Most of the folks who criticize Socialism on this blog don’t seem to have any intellectual background in the subject.
    I’m more than ready to answer any serious questions you have about Socialism.

    1. I’ve seen socialism in action: how it stifles individualism, subverts the human spirit, relegates the aspirations of the individual to the demands of the state.
      China and Russia are moving towards capitalism. Sweden is moving toward capitalism. Cuba is stuck in the muck of socialism and gives its people exactly what your socialistic philosophers proscribe: food, medicine, a job (for some), living quarters, perhaps one ’56 Ford per person. Cuba=a socialistic paradise, whose people fled in droves to the good old USA.
      Mankind is awakening to the fact that the powers of the State (bureaucrats) should be limited; the State is the servant of “we the people.”

      Get with it Khalid: you’re peddling old hat political philosophies! Philosophers we’ve all read in college or during our hippy days. Free enterprise is what nourishes the human spirit, not state control.

      I know Orwell favored a “democratic socialism”, but I favor America’s republican form of democracy, where we the people retain the power, and the State works for us, not vice-versa.

      P.S. Long ago I was mesmerized by all the philosophers; So, weren’t the Founding Fathers! And they established a country promising maximum personal liberty, and a limited form of government. I’d like to keep it that way.

      Want some philosophy? Read Plato, Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Edmund Burke, Teilhard de Chardin, Bernard Lonergan, Camus, Sartre, Albert Schweitzer, (“Reverence for Life.”) Frederick Hayek, and Milton Friedman, Thomas Payne, the Federalist Papers, Pope John Paul’s Crossing the Threshold, Bill Buckley, Pat Buchanan, and as I said, the Founding Fathers. There’s oceans of notions out there. Feel free to read what you will. I do. We can: we’re living in America.

      1. The bourgeoisie who fled Cuba are known as gusanos (worms)to those who did not.

        Bill: You are talking about the supposed effects of Communism not the nuts-and-bolts nature of it. Find out how value is determined by labor time rather than the so-called”free market.” Take a look at Marx’s theory of surplus value in capitalist exchange. Watch how money moves. It’s complicated, but, well worth understanding, even, if, you only want to argue against it. Your long lists of facts don’t answer the question, “What is Communism?” The same goes for Socialism. Dig deeper. Once you understand the basic theories you can, intelligently, criticize what happened in practice.

  27. For the moment, let’s assume “health care” is a basic right. Is liberty a basic right? Can a person refuse health care in America? Of course. Why can’t he refuse health insurance? Why can’t he purchase only minimal health insurance or merely catastrophic insurance? Why must the FEDs force us to kowtow to them? Will the FEDs force us to buy Gym Memberships? Force us to visit psychiatrists once a month? Force us to get out teeth cleaned regularly? Force us to eat our vegetables? Will the FEDs abolish ice cream and force us to eat spinach?

    Can the Federal Government take away one person’s liberty to ensure that another person gets free dental cleanings? Can the Feds say to Dave, “You must work an extra hour a week” so I can give Bill healthier teeth? You must give me 10% of your income, so I can give Bill orthodontic shoes.

    And, if health care is a right, who decides how much of that right one gets? Does everyone get eyeglasses, white teeth, manicures, home treadmills, home saunas and home whirlpools (the Swedes swear to their health benefits)? Do we have the right to see psychologists and chiropractors and masseuses? How often? Do we have a right to see “the best” physicians at “the best” hospitals?

    If health care is a right, then shouldn’t everyone have the same amount of health care as everyone else? Who decides? The FEDs? The State?

    Before Obamacare, no American was denied medical services. Any person could walk into a hospital E.R. and get “health care.” Hospitals set aside 5% of income to treat the poor and uninsured. Private and public organizations ran clinics in cities and rural areas accessible to all Americans. No one “watched people die from untreated diseases.” The ill were taken to hospitals; the ill elderly to nursing homes. America has never been Calcutta. Of course, liberals pretend if we don’t expand Federal Control, the sky will fall. Liberals are great fear mongers.

    Check out the mortality rate before and after Obamacare!

    America’s free enterprise system created the greatest health care system on earth. Now many persons are avoiding the medical profession because it has become a bureaucratic nightmare; many doctors refuse medicaid patients because of government-restrictions, red-tape and government-imposed paperwork. Physicians’ morale plummets. Patient care suffers. Why? Because of Governmental interference! Not because of too little government interference; because of too much!

    Now Government wants to take over the health insurance system, and people think it will get better.

    The inherent rights we have are: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Social Security payments are an entitlement only because people paid into the SS system over the course of their lifetimes. They’re “entitled” to a return on their investments.

    Health care is no more a “basic right” than “hair care” or “car care”. Health care is what doctors and nurses provide to patients. Who pays for health care is the issue. And aside from the needy, the answer is the patient pays. And the patient pays either out of pocket or through insurance or by both. And the patient, not the FEDs, should decide the type of insurance and how much insurance he wants. In a free country, that’s how it works, or should work.

      1. I still work and contribute to my health insurance. But let’s not argue ad hominem.
        Granted: Medicare is a semi-socialistic program. But remember workers contribute to Medicare throughout their working lives—you know a percent of those social security payments are supposed to go to Medicare. Medicare helps “retired” seniors pay for their hospital/medical bills. Even with Medicare you got choices: pay more and get part B, C, D etc. Plus, unllike Obamacare, you don’t have to purchase Medicare part B, etc.
        Medicaid is a socialistic program. Granted! It helps the poor. Ethical nations help the poor.
        How many more socialistic programs do you want America to adopt? Socialized Medicine? Want the government to tell you what care you get and don’t get, and how many months you wait before surgery, and what doctor you’ll see, and what hospital you’ll stay in? I want those decisions to stay between me and my physician. It’s called the doctor-patient relationship. It’s called the practice of medicine. It’s not called the doctor-government-patient relationship. It’s not called the practice of hack bureaucrats intervening in personal medical decisions between doctors and patients.

        1. Bill: That’s not an ad hominem argument, in fact, it’s just a simple question. Your answer spoke volumes. Tad’s as well.

          1. Khalid, I could write volumes. I have. Directing questions, arguments, to personal matters, rather than issues, is the very definition of ad hominem —- to the person.
            Khalid, you seem not to understand that sociology is a “soft science” full of holes and conjectures. There are laboratories, however, where we’ve seen socialism and communism tried and fail.
            Like I said, you don’t have to read about football to understand the game. You can see socialism in action and the miseries it brought to other nations. You can see how LBJ’s great socialistic society broke up families and entrenched poverty in America.
            Communism and socialism are failed social programs.
            What unleashes human potential is free competition, capitalism. Capitalistic states allow charities to flourish to provide for the poor. In Capitalistic Democratic-Republics the people freely choose to establish programs to care for the needy. In Communist-Socialistic societies the State forces conformity on all.

            And here’s why I say health care is no more “a right” than “hair care.” You think you can go into a barber and demand a hair cut? You think you can walk into a doctor’s office and demand to be treated? Ever hear that slavery and involuntary servitude have been banned in America? You can’t demand someone else work for you!

            You do understand that many physicians refuse Medicaid patients?

            What we can do, in a capitalistic society, a democratic-republican, is WORK with doctors, nurses, charities, private organizations, corporations and elected officials to develop reasonable programs to care for the poor, always mindful of minimizing government’s role and maximizing personal freedoms. That should be the America way.

            Minimize government’s role! That’s the mantra! That’s the bottom line!

            I first got paid for work at fourteen years of age. A bag boy at a supermarket. I worked every summer, at least, during my teen years, and sometimes after school. Various jobs: cashier, maintenance man, construction laborer. Since my twenties, I’ve worked ten years in federal, state and local governments, and seen good work and tremendous inefficiencies and waste. I’ve worked thirty-plus years in the private sector. They work harder and better in the private sector. I read a study that the average government worker works four hours a day; the average private sector worker six hours a day. Government workers find four hours each day for lunch, coffee breaks, chats, and twiddling fingers. The four hours they work? Half, at least, is paper pushing! The paper pushing is not the workers’ faults—it’s the excessive regulations and red tape, the forms, and more forms to be filled in and copied to myriad bureaucratic supervisors and underlings. And all the forms must be saved so the Government can hire outside contractors to study the forms to tell the Government how well it is doing and how well the citizenry is doing in complying with government forms, rules, regulations and red tape. Take an ax to the whole regime! Cut the size of government in half, cut the regulations in half. We need paper cutters, not paper pushers. The average doctor spends 10% of his work week (an entire morning) filling out Medicaid, Medicare and other Government Forms. Free the doctors!

            The socialist view, as exemplified by Sweden of yesteryear, is to maximize government’s role, for examples by taxing at 60% and by controlling education, health care, businesses, etc. As said, even Sweden is rejecting socialism. Does that speak volumes to you?

            P.S. On a personal note: In college, in the Department of Arts & Sciences, ( I recall graduating with 140 credits; plus I audited extra courses (music, history)—with a professor’s permission you could attend their class lectures (I remember the great Alexander Peloquin’s class on classical music and the great Professor Tom O’Connor’s class on American History (and two electives from the great Raymond McNally (a Russian expert) on European and American history.) Anyway, the point that I was going to make was in college we were required to take a philosophy class and a theology class each and every semester for four years. So, we were saturated with philosophy, as the theology classes also absorbed relevant philosophers. (So, that’s 16 semesters of philosophy and theology. Plus outside reading.) I majored in biology and graduated near the top of the class. I worked very hard, enjoyed reading, studying, was a nerd of sorts, but also an athlete, and a regular young man who grew up hanging on street corners in a blue-collar inner-city neighborhood. Plus nine years of post-graduate work, studying medicine, public health, law, but taking degrees only in public health and the law. Both in public health and the law, theories of creating the just society abounded. The Yin and Yang. Plus along the way, classmates, hippy girlfriends and acquaintances provided me with “the latest” philosophers and political theorists to peruse.

            The point is I’m sure I’ve read Marcuse or read of his ideas along the way, and I’m sure he has some interesting views, and I’m sure your advocate and exponent and quite capable of expressing them, and I’m sure I’ve heard the gist of it in the main before.

            Reading is an experience and it broadens our understanding. But as Bernard Lonergan said, knowledge is composed of experience, understanding and judgement. I’ve judged socialism and communism to be failures.

          2. You were baited into a defense of an intellect and knowledge base that are self-evident. This , goading , is a Khalid specialty , wicked dialectical monster that we know him to be . Who are you trying to convince ? For you will never convince Khalid . Ultimately, is the game truly worth the candle in this case ? You have brought them the Gospel and they will not listen . So , damn them all to hell . Erudition is its own reward . The Desiderata of the curious mind is the curious mind .

  28. Same to you, Tad. if you are in your seventies, you’ve been on Medicare, awhile. Have you refused Medicare assistance, because, of its’ Socialist origins?

    1. In life one lives within society as it is. You pay taxes whether or not they are as you would impose. The same for benefits. There is a difference between the world as it is and the world as one would have it.

      Last saw a doctor in 1994 and it was c. 25 years more for the time before. God has blessed me with good health and the good sense to stay away from doctors while Nature cures.

      The biggest problem with government organized health insurance and to a lesser degree with private health insurance is that they turn too huge a portion of the population into hypochondriacs. Both systems are also prone misdirecting spending towards trendy, expensive medical causes.

      1. Most medicine is for symptoms, not for causes. Drug companies abhor cures.

        I had a bad back for 27 years. After hundreds of trips to the chiro and several mayonnaise jars full of Percodan, I finally went to Virginia Spine Institute. I have been doing core exercises for over five years and my back is seldom a problem. I go to the chiro about once a year instead of once every two weeks.

        But I still go to the medic. I have had hundreds of stitches and a number of broken bones. If a doctor and sew it back together I am fine. Its those nerve things that scare me.

  29. How FBI Director Comey got Trump elected

    1. Two days before election Comey says Hilary Clinton
    under FBI investigation ( this is called FBI misdirection)

    2. Trump gets enough votes to win by Electoral College
    ( this is called Voter Fraud)

    3. We brought Leonard Gates to speak at Bates College
    in 1995.
    He was committing Voter Fraud for the FBI in the 1980’s.
    FBI agents were hacking rhe electronic voting machines
    in Cincinnati.

    4 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hackers-electronic-voting-machines-hours-article-1.3367172

    Hackers take over electronic voting machines in less than two hours at DEF CON in Las Vegas
    Saturday, July 29, 2017, 4:28 AM

    5. FROM THE votefraud.org ARCHIVES
    Election Wire-tap Alleged
    Cincinnati Bell Denies Charges
    The following paragraphs are excerpts from an article in the Cincinnati Post right before the November, 1987 Cincinnati Council Election. – Jim Condit Jr.

    by Randy Ludlow
    Post staff reporter
    Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court documents

    Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire taps.

    Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations tha are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject to manipulation and fraud.

    Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes.

    The deposition does not say if vote totals ever were changed. Gates claimed to have installed wire taps on county computers befoore the elections in 1977 through 1981 and believes, but wasn’t certain, in 1982 and 1983.

    Gates’ allegations also have taken on political overtones. He appeared in a television commercial that aired twice Thursday on WKRC-Channel 12 for Jim Condit Jr., a Cincinnatus Party candidate for Cincinnati City Council.

    The commercial also features former Bell employee Robert Draise, who was convicted of tapping a Hamilton, Ohio woman’s home and fired for it and who claims he wire-tapped the homes of multi-millionaire and anti-pornography crusader Charles Keating and former Hamilton County Commissioner Allen Paul.

    Gates’ deposition claims he told the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s ofice in Cincinnati and U.S. Rep. William Gradison, R-Cincinnati, about the alleged wire taps.

    Gradison confirmed he met with Gates about two years ago and helped him contact the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The Post also learned the FBI’s internal investigation arm – the Office of Professional Responsibility – is considering granting Gates immunity from prosectuion in exchange for his testimony. Local FBI officials declined comment.

    U.S. Attorney D. Michael Crites declined comment Thursday on whether Gates’ allegations are under investigation, but said if the claims are true, federal wire-tapping laws may have been violated.

    Cincinnati Bell spokesman Chuck Shawver said: “We categorically deny any wrongdoing by Cincinnati Bell. This is a disgruntled ex-employee making allegations which have been checked and found to have no foundation.” He declined further comment. Bell also denies Draise’s allegations, he said.

    Neither Paul nor Keating, whose homes were allegedly tapped, could be reached for comment.

    Gates, 44, of Anderson Township, was fired by Cincinnati Bell on May 15, 1986. He sued in U.S. District Court to get his job back and recover $350,000. That result is pending.

    Gates’ deposition is part of a lawsuit filed in 1981 by attorney James Condit Sr. on behalf of a Cincinnatus candidate for council who claimed election results could be manipulated. Condit’s son, James Jr., is running the TV commercials featuring Gates and Draise.

    Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor James Harper, representing the county, and Condit Sr. were at the deposition. Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Niehaus ordered the deposition for use as evidence if an appeals court overturns his dismissal 1981 lawsuit.

    Harper, who represents the elections board, did not question Gates during the deposition and said he wanted to discuss the allegations with Prosecutor Arthur M. Ney Jr.

    Condit Sr. said the political use of Gates’ allegations was peripheral. “Gates’ deposition had to be filed prior to Nov. 13, when the Ohio First District Court of Appeals may rule on the appeal of the lawsuit”, he said.

    Cincinnatus candidate Condit Jr., whose party believes elections are subject to fraud due to the use of computers, said he used the commercial to allow Gates and Draise to express their grievances because they have been trying to make their stories known for two years. The commercials will only air three times.

    In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.

    Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.

    In 1979 – the election which is the focus of the deposition – Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.

    The wire taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell’s switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.

    In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire taps.

    About 8:30 p.m. on election day – Nov. 6, 1979 – Gates said he was called by West and told something had gone wrong causing the elections computer to malfunction. At West’s instructions, Gates said he removed the taps.

    The elections computer shut down for two hours on election evening due to what was believed to be a power failure, Condit Sr. has said.

    Gates said West told him they “had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes.”

    Gates said West told him the Board of Elections did not know about the taps and that the computer program for the eletions computer “was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI … ”

    Shortly after the 1979 election, Gates said he met with the late Richad Dugan, former Cincinnati Bell president, to express his concerns that the wire taps were done without a court order.

    “Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area . . . This was just small compared to what was going on. He told me just, if I had a problem, to talk to him and everything would be okay, but everything was under control,” Gates said.

  30. John Conditt was head of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility
    when it allegedly investigated voter fraud in Cincinnati.

    https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-17-ex-fbi-ia-chief_x.htm

    Posted 2/17/2004

    FBI internal affairs chief pleads guilty
    WASHINGTON (— The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.
    John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

    Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.

  31. Did Congressman Hale Boggs embarass the bureau?

    Title
    Hale Boggs on J. Edgar Hoover : Rhetorical Choice and Political Denunciation /​ Dirk Gibson.
    Author
    Gibson, Dirk.
    Published
    [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1981.
    Medium
    [microform]
    Physical Description
    20 p.
    Subjects
    Discourse Analysis.
    Persuasive Discourse.
    Rhetoric.
    Speech Communication.
    Speeches.
    Boggs (Hale) Hoover (J Edgar)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation House of Representatives Senate
    Summary
    This paper examines United States Representative Hale Boggs’s 1971 speech on the House floor, in which he denounced J. Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for wiretapping members of Congress and infiltrating campus student groups. Following an introduction to the objectives of the paper, the first section reviews Boggs’s academic and political career, giving some insight into his personality. The second part discusses the nature of Boggs’s 1971 speech and the accuracy of the charges he leveled against Hoover and the FBI. The third part of the paper examines Boggs’s motives for denouncing Hoover, speculating as to whether he personally had become a victim of the FBI surveillance that he had denounced and elaborating on Boggs’s feelings toward Hoover. In the fourth part, the paper describes the reactions of the House and Senate and of Mr. Hoover to Boggs’s allegations. The paper concludes that the object of Boggs’s speech was to stir Congress to investigate the FBI in protection of the Bill of Rights, and that the brief but intense rhetoric of his speech was successful. (HTH)
    Notes
    ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (31st, Minneapolis, MN, May 21-25, 1981). Parts of report are marginally legible.
    Microfiche. [Washington D.C.] : ERIC Clearinghouse. microfiches : positive.
    Language
    English
    Libraries Australia ID
    47304094
    Contributed by
    Libraries Australia

    http://9-11themotherofallblackoperations.blogspot.com/2011/07/dr-nick-begich-talks-about-fbis.html

    SATURDAY, JULY 02, 2011

    Dr. Nick Begich Talks About The FBI’s Involvement In The Murders Of His Father Congressman Nick Begich & Congressman Hale Boggs

    FBI Fabrication Of Telexes Used To Contradict Earlier Telexes Obtained By Role Call Magazine Which Prove The FBI Knew The Whereabouts Of Congressman Hale Boggs Downed Aircraft
    Editor’s Note:

    The Website also contains a “new” statement from Cokie Roberts, the youngest daughter of Congressman Hale Boggs, claiming that Boggs was not unhappy with the Warren Commission Report, and that he did not believe that there was a conspiracy within the U.S. federal government in which to murder John F. Kennedy.

    Cokie Roberts’ statement is a blatant lie. The released White House tapes contain a recording between Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford describing how Boggs had openly criticized the FBI while speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Re

    1. That’s some pretty interesting stuff. I remembered the name Hale Boggs but couldn’t place it. I thought it might be a comet.

      I have a good buddy down here retired from Langley. He seems to know a lot about everything in the history of the many local boys clubs. The bad history. I’ll call him later and see what he has to offer.

  32. The first Socialist massacre was the attack on the Paris commune. Workers were slaughtered by the French Army for organizing the first soviet. After the bourgeois element, and, its’ army, were defeated by the Prussians, the workers of Paris took over their fates in defiance of the capitalist elites that controlled their society. The Germans forced the French Army to kill their own country men to extinguish the Commune. I figure that set the stage for massacres down the road, particularly when tables had turned, and, the shoe was on the other foot.

      1. Politically speaking, Koresh’s people were way over on the other end of the political spectrum, to the right. After all, religion aside, most of the cult were Texans.

  33. As I read it, the French Revolution gave rise to the first Socialist State: The Reign of Terror. The Revolution began with a demand that the common man, the Third Estate, have a share in government. With the flight of King Louis XVI, the Revolution morphed into the Reign of Terror, into the Commissars, the Committee of Public Safety, executing 20,000 Frenchmen. The unfettered centralization of all power in a few commoners, the Committee (the workers), unleashed horror. The Common Man, the Worker, ruled, exterminating royalty, clergy, capitalists and non-compliant fellow workers.
    Highly recommended: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/06/05/headless-horseman

    Quote: “Robespierre represents: the ascent of the mass-murdering nerd—a man who, having read a book, resolves to kill all the people who don’t like it as much as he does. There is a case to be made that the real singularity of the Terror was the first appearance on the stage of history of this particular psychological type: not the tight-lipped inquisitor, alight with religious rage, but the small, fastidious intellectual, the man with an idea, the prototype of Lenin listening to his Beethoven as the Cheka begins its purges. In normal times, such men become college professors, or book reviewers or bloggers. It takes special historical circumstances for them to become killers: the removal of a ruling class without its replacement by a credible new one. In the confusion, their ethereal certainties look like the only solid thing to build on.”

    And another Quote: “The Committee of Public Safety— one of the first great Orwellian euphemisms—was formed to bring the massacres under control, or, as it turned out, to centralize, rationalize, and mechanize them. . . . It was as if S.D.S. had seized power in Washington in 1968 and Mark Rudd, Abbie Hoffman, Jane Fonda, and two or three ambitious renegade generals were all suddenly trying to run the country, while their followers smoked pot and played Jefferson Airplane records, oscillating between a vague, messianic utopianism and a baleful, apocalyptic vengefulness.”

    1. What is Socialism? What is Communism? What are the differences between them? These These are simple questions you guys can’t seem to answer, despite, your self-touted intellectual achievements. “Communism and Socialism are bad” is essentially your whole argument, yet, you don’t appear to understand, or, in some cases, even know the meaning of the terms “surplus value and labor time. ” How can you criticize left-wing philosophy with out actually having any real knowledge of its’ central tenets? You guys Birchers? They love to argue from a position of ignorance.

    2. Still no explanation of what Communism is. Committee of Public Safety? So, what. That doesn’t explain what Socialism/Communism are. How do the theories work? What are their components? Hint: value, surplus value, labor time. Get down to the nitty- gritty, the interaction between these components. There are cogent counter arguments to Communism/Socialism, but, none have been raised, so, far.

      1. Next, Khalid will be putting economic equations on the board.

        I agree with JKM: Khalid wants to discuss his field of expertise.

        Why get stuck in the muck and mire of pedantic economic semantics: “surplus value and labor time”? We’ve seen Communism and Socialism in practice fail. You concede, “Yes it’s failed, but according to its intrinsic underlying economic equations, it should work.”

        Well, few are buying it, as few bought the Ford Edsel.

    3. Here, I looked up for you right on the INTERNET:

      he term “socialism” was created by Henri de Saint-Simon, one of the founders of what would later be labelled “utopian socialism”. Simon coined “socialism” as a contrast to the liberal doctrine of “individualism”, which stressed that people act or should act as if they are in isolation from one another.[46] The original “utopian” socialists condemned liberal individualism for failing to address social concerns during the industrial revolution, including poverty, social oppression, and gross inequalities in wealth; viewing liberal individualism as degenerating society into supporting selfish egoism that harmed community life through promoting a society based on competition.[46] They presented socialism as an alternative to liberal individualism based on the shared ownership of resources, although their proposals for socialism differed significantly. Saint-Simon proposed economic planning, scientific administration, and the application of modern scientific advancements to the organization of society; by contrast, Robert Owen proposed the organization of production and ownership in cooperatives.[46][47]
      The term socialism is attributed to Pierre Leroux,[48] and to Marie Roch Louis Reybaud in France; and in Britain to Robert Owen in 1827, father of the cooperative movement.[49][50]

      That’s not a “technical” explanation, but, it will do for a start.

  34. No reason to list your academic achievements. I can tell from the fluency with which people write, how far they’ve gone, and, how much they learned. It comes of reading/correcting thousands of undergrad term papers.

        1. Catholic Memorial? My best friend and his three brothers all went to CM. Was there a teacher, I think his name was Hopkins, there when you went? He was a character. I use to go to all the big games. I remember King Gaskins shot at the buzzer to win the state championship. I was up in The Heavens and Kevin Donovan, one of King’s friends, almost took me over the rail with him when he leaped! I grabbed his belt and dragged him back.

          1. Absolutely there was a … Mr. Hopkins …he was a lay teacher … I had him in Freshman English . He was a tough tousle haired little character who could pull off the plaid jacket look pretty effortlessly. He was strongly anti-War and had us read Dalton Trumbo’s JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN . It was … revelatory ! I liked Mr. Hopkins a lot . My older brother, Paul graduated and I would have been Class of ‘ 76 , but got booted early on in sophomore year . I spent the rest of the year in the combat zone. I was 14 as had started school at 5 . Met Jimmy in Spring ’74. I had just turned 15 . Ronnie Perry was my classmate . Chris Milan sold me my first dime bag of weed . We spent a lot of time in Brother San Pietro ‘s detention together. He still owes me 8 dollars for a paper on abortion I wrote for him ; told me years later on a radio show that of course he got an ” A ” on it . I liked Chris . He was the toughest kid in the school, but always treated me like he was an older brother . He was never a bully. That fat hypocrite Brother Henry looked like he wanted to choke me when he had to give me this National Educational Data Testing award as a freshman because I scored in the 94th percentile . He later forsook his Principal’s job to marry fat Sally Staton , the French teacher . She was always racking me down to his office until I got kicked out of her class . I knew Father Frederick Ryan was a perv long before he was outed in the Church scandal. An old retired Brother , a gentle saint , used to bring me to his room in the private quarters. This was an unheard of privilege . He would encourage me to just sit quietly with him . I realized later that he was my … Master Po . He taught me the value of Silence .

            I was a star debater as a freshman . We traveled to NY …CT … and all over for debate trips . I carried Brian Leary’s , newscaster, debate box more than once . He was a Senior. There was a hierarchy. Brother Murphy , who was always being mistaken for a student was head of our Outfit. He always had me room in with him . He was a good and uncluttered man who was bemused and fascinated by me and greatly supported me . I loved Brother Murphy. Suffolk D A. Danny Conley was in my Class. Just before I was exiled we were playing gym hockey , getting sent out in one on one’s . I was banging Billy Mahoney , good kid , tough , hockey player , all over the gym . I was recognized as crazy , if you will by then . Spitball me in study and I’d jump up on the cafeteria table to walk its length and jump on some football jock to beat ass. No brag . Just Crazy . To paraphrase Walter Brennan. Danny got sent out after Mahoney . He was not the biggest kid in the world, but he was game . No fear in him , just a look if wonderment as I let him dig out the puck without crashing him into the accordion seats . I liked him . He was the only kid who seriously asked me what was going on , before my expulsion. I told him it all started going South the year before when I pulled a F in Brother Heeran’s Algebra class because I was writing debate cards beneath my desk during his classes . I was elected my Student Homeroom Rep both years. I still remember the look on good Brother Walsh’s face when he handed me back my ” A ” book report on Gore Vidal’s CITY UPON A PILLAR , which featured homosexual rape . Yep, it was a bit of a dig ! And overall I left , knowing many considered me exceptional . Many acted like dicks . Many more applauded me . We were brothers in a highly competitive environment . It created expectations . I am still attempting to live up to them .

            King Gaskins was already a Legend when I got there . He got jammed on a B and E in the Berry in ” 73 .” You fired my memory , Abe .

          2. ★ NEDT Award was early sophomore, not freshman, year .

            Kinda’ fun padding the comment count on this thread . I think we’ve set a record boys ! Now , where is that slacker Moderator of ours ?

          3. I went to Christopher Columbus, a small Catholic high school for boys in the North End. It went out of business years ago. From what I’ve read, John Connolly went to the same high school. He was three years ahead of me. I didn’t know him, and I’m quite sure he has no recollection of me. I found Columbus to be a dreary place, and I was glad to get out of there. Nevertheless, the Franciscan Fathers provided us with a pretty decent education. There was English, French and four years of Latin. And because of the fright caused by the Soviet space program (“Sputnik”) , we were forced to take algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics and chemistry. There were also classes in history and religion. A very heavy load! The principal, Fr. Thomas, was tough and smart. You couldn’t put anything over on him

            Uad

          4. My buddy Jim Donovan and I were walking through Mattapan Square the first time I saw Mister Hopkins. He was in a little convertible thing like an MG with the top down. He had the tweed scally cap on and a blonde next to him. He yelled a hello and I said, “Who the hell was that?” I couldn’t quite picture him in there with the Brothers teaching, but after meeting him on two feet I got to see the guy up close. Nice guy.

            From my best friend’s oldest brother to his youngest there was about a 12 year stretch. I went to a lot of Thanksgiving Day games and yelled my Jew ass off for the school. I even was given a school jacket to wear to the games. The girls in the family went to St. Coletta.? Does that sound right over in Rozy?

            Anyway, I had a hell of a lot more school spirit for CM than I did for Milton High. I was thrown out in April of my senior year. They did let me graduate eventually. I was flunking English. I simply did not work for teachers that I didn’t like or that didn’t like me. The teachers for the most part were just there to intimidate me. Me being students with cosmic thoughts. It was a tense meeting with the principal and a few other suits I didn’t recognize. My father and I were not tense, but the suits were sweating cannonballs. My father simply said, “It is you gentlemen that have failed. Not my son” and he walked out. I ended up doing an essay for the English grade. If I got a C or better I would graduate. I got an A+. It was a tidy mess, but all walked away happy. I was also told by assistant principal Mister Mullin to please never come back, a boon not often requested so humble a supplicant as I. (I stole part of that last line from Melville)

          5. You were lucky to have a Dad like that , Abe . Not everyone did . It may have well been a blessing in disguise that you left when you did . I am starting to think I am confusing Mr. Hopkins with another English teacher as a freshman . I do remember him though. He had a distinctly … goggle eyed … look . I got the plaid jacket persona right . I think he left the next year . He was universally considered a …very colorful character … at the school though . An MG and tweed cap with a hot babe riding shotgun would have fitted him like the dashing rake he was .

  35. True, there was no reason to list my academic background; I just felt like doing it. Someday I’ll post tales about my less exalted days . . . or maybe not. We’ve all had our ups and downs.

    We all make mistakes: Recently MSNBC’s Joy Reid had trouble reading the word “secretary” and a few weeks ago she insisted (in repeated tweets) that Slovakia was a part of Yugoslavia, and Yugoslavia was a part of the Soviet Union.

    The beauty of a good education is that you are no longer impressed by journalists, professors and people with letters after their names, like J.D., Ph.D., M.A. MBA. And you appreciate wisdom. All who post here have said wise things, from time to time. A lot of good insights are shared here.

    Wisdom is a not a prerogative of intellectuals, and often eludes them. I’ve read that Marcuse wanted to limit certain free speech: speech which impeded his version of social justice. Marcuse had some blind spots, too.

    I always admired the longshoreman’s philosopher, Eric Hoffer, and other self-taught men and I’ve known many men far smarter than I who dropped-out and took the road less traveled by.

    But, I’m always open to new ideas and new ways of expressing old ones.

    As for individualism, some of the greatest advances in humankind have been made by individuals or individuals voluntarily associating with other individuals: the light bulb, penicillin, antibiotics, airplanes (the Wright Brothers), automobiles (Ford). Individuals like Albert Schweitzer and Mother Theresa have been the most selfless and inspiring personages of the Twentieth Century.

    The false premise is that the individual is selfish. Most often, the individual investigates, explores, discovers, and shares his discoveries with the world. And worthwhile discoveries, inventions, creations are oftentimes rewarded—by award, reward, profit, acclaim, a contract. Writers write for the love of writing; and sometimes there’s a market for their words. That’s good. Everyone profits: writer, reader, publisher etc.
    Many profit from the good work of doctors, farmers, barbers, mechanics – – -all who work work best in a free capitalistic society where the fruits of their labor are rewarded in the marketplace.

    Long ago, I read a study; Entering medical students where asked why they wanted to become physicians: 50% cited philanthropic reasons (to help people); 50% cited economic reasons (to make a good salary); When asked the follow-up question: “How much money do you expect to make?” Those who cited philanthropic reasons expected to make more than those who cited economic reasons.

    The study doesn’t “prove” anything. My guess is some of reasons folks choose medicine is help their fellow man, to work with people, to do good work, to do interesting work, to be independent (their own bosses) and to be financially secure.

    Medicine used to attract the best and brightest. Today, the more government intrudes, the best and brightest are looking elsewhere. Medicine suffers; we all suffer. They say by 2020, we’ll be short 20,000 primary care physicians.

    No one wants to be told by a bureaucrat how to run their lives or their businesses.

  36. Abe , got a bead on Laidlaw …For you, I suggest The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin . It is the first of his Yashim the Detective novels and is set in 1836 Istanbul . An odalisque is murdered in the Sultan’s seraglio and Yashim is set upon sorting things out . A real change of pace on the form .

        1. Amazon has some great deals . If a lot of stuff was run as well as they run their Op the world would be a better place . Glad you tracked one down , and a hardcover no less .

  37. We brought John DeCamp to speak at our 12 annual conference investigating crimes
    committed by FBI agents held at Bates College in the spring of 2001.
    Featured on the program with John was Michael Ruppert, Black panther Darruba Bin Wahid,
    Daryl Cherney of Earth First//Judy Bari fame, attorney John Clarke of Vince Foster murder coverup fame
    and Frank Wilkinson of NCARL.
    I spoke to John’s son over 1 year ago and was told DeCamp had Alzheimers and was in the VA.

    http://www.omaha.com/news/legislature/john-decamp-remembered-as-one-of-nebraska-s-most-accomplished/article_021ad479-591f-55f0-b1f5-923f4083c728.html

    John DeCamp remembered as one of Nebraska’s most accomplished, controversial lawmakers

    Jul 29, 2017

    During an unsuccessful bid for statewide office, former State Sen. John DeCamp once corrected someone who noted he brought to the race good name recognition.

    “I’ve got name recognition, but it’s not all good,” he said with his trademark cackle.

    Indeed, the 16-year state legislator from Neligh who died Thursday was at the same time one of the most accomplished and controversial lawmakers the Nebraska Legislature has seen. The colorful DeCamp was a power broker and wheeler-dealer of the first order, a pivotal figure in the success or failure of countless bills during his run in the Statehouse from 1971 to 1987.

    DeCamp proved a man of both accomplishment and controversy outside the Legislature, too. The former Army captain in Vietnam spearheaded efforts to airlift thousands of orphans from the country; but he was also the author of an infamous memo that fanned rumors of child abuse by prominent Omaha figures during a 1990 investigation of a savings and loan failure.

    DeCamp died at the state veteran’s home in Norfolk, where he had lived for more than two years. He was 76. DeCamp had recently been suffering from Parkinson’s and other illnesses, his family said.

    A colleague in the Legislature once said DeCamp was “attracted to controversy like a moth to flame.” DeCamp never shied away from such talk, saying he earned his reputation by being in the middle of the fray and getting things done.

    “Controversy is a part of accomplishment,” he once said. “Find me a guy that isn’t controversial in some quarter and I’ll show you a guy that hasn’t done a damn thing in his life.”

    That certainly can’t be said of DeCamp, who very early cut his own path in life.

    A native of Neligh in northeast Nebraska, DeCamp ran away from home at age 13 after his parents separated. Over the next eight years, he’d sell magazine subscriptions in Washington, D.C., spend time in a Minnesota boarding school, work as a cabin boy on a passenger liner and assist an American geologist working in Iran.

    Despite not having a high school diploma, at age 21 he enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which then only required a high school “certificate of attendance.” It took him just five years to earn both bachelor’s and law degrees.

    DeCamp then enlisted in the Army and spent two years as an infantry captain in Vietnam. That’s where he met his wife, Nga, who worked for the U.S. government as a secretary.

    In 1975, DeCamp was instrumental in organizing Operation Babylift, which placed some 2,800 children orphaned by the war in American and Canadian homes. He was honored in Washington for his efforts.

    Vietnam is also where DeCamp launched his political career. In 1970, he filed for Legislature from overseas and mailed home — postage-free — 20,000 letters promoting his campaign. He returned to the States in time for the general election and won.

    In Lincoln, the new senator from Neligh showed he had the wit, smarts, eloquence and determination to become a major player in Nebraska’s unique 49-member, one-house lawmaking body. He soon was getting his hand into nearly every big issue, becoming a major negotiator and back-room dealer.

    Before long, lobbyists, aides to governors and fellow senators were beating paths to his first-floor office or hobnobbing with him after hours at the Nebraska Club.

    He’d help a senator on his bill and collect an IOU he could cash in later. He searched for compromise, married unrelated issues, cut deals, counted votes and shepherded bills through to passage. His bent was conservative and Republican, but he would work with anyone.

    “John could operate in a back room or out in the rotunda,” said longtime lobbyist Walt Radcliffe. “He was always trying to bring parties together, to find common ground. He wanted to be a part of things.”

    DeCamp delighted in the process. He got up to speak frequently. He darted in and out of the chamber to talk to staff, lobbyists and other senators. He’d pace up and down the aisle as the process droned on, and then gleefully rub his hands together when it came time for a big vote.

    During what would turn out to be his last year in the Legislature, DeCamp in 1986 pushed a major phone deregulation bill on behalf of the industry — one his good friend and fellow senator Loran Schmit bitterly opposed.

    Schmit recalled that when a legal opinion appeared to torpedo the bill, DeCamp maneuvered to get the Legislature to adjourn early for the week. That gave industry lobbyists time over the weekend to shore up support for the controversial measure. It passed.

    “I used to chide him about that,” Schmit said. “But he did a lot of good stuff.”

    DeCamp was instrumental in passing major bank deregulation bills (he chaired the banking committee for a decade), a 1977 rewrite of the state criminal code, creation of local lodging taxes, stronger drunken driving laws, restrictions on abortion, and a medical malpractice law that tilted strongly in the interest of doctors.

    He also could be caustic and was prone to exaggerate if it advanced his cause, sometimes rubbing colleagues the wrong way. But session after session, he was a powerful force.

    “If there’s anyone who knew the art of the deal, it’s John DeCamp,” said former senator Vard Johnson of Omaha.

    DeCamp also proved a bit of a political survivor. He once came within a vote of being stripped by colleagues of his banking chairmanship. He barely won re-election in 1982 after it was disclosed he had spent nearly $19,000 in campaign contributions on mortgage payments, gold coins, medical expenses and office furnishings.

    In 1986, his history of controversy — and the fact he spent nearly all his time in Lincoln rather than his home district — finally caught up to him. He was defeated in a bid for a fifth term.

    DeCamp moved to the rotunda as a lobbyist and was an overnight success. By 1990, he was collecting nearly $200,000 in annual fees. But over the next three years that practice dwindled to almost nothing. While DeCamp liked to be involved in everything, successful lobbying requires focus on single issues and attention to detail.

    “There just wasn’t enough action in the lobby for him,” Radcliffe said.

    There also were other self-inflicted wounds that helped make him a pariah with the establishment.

    In 1990, DeCamp injected himself into the legislative investigation that followed the failure of Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. He wrote a widely circulated memo naming five men he said were suspected of child abuse and drug abuse. A grand jury in Omaha would later say the memo lacked any factual basis and was written for political gain.

    DeCamp always defended the memo, saying it helped lead to the convening of the grand jury, and he later wrote a book about the case. Schmit, who was chairing the Legislature’s investigation, said the memo proved counterproductive.

    “John could run amok,” Schmit said.

    DeCamp numerous times tried to get back into public office — running for attorney general in 1990, governor in 1994, U.S. Senate in 1996 and 2000, and the Legislature in 2006 — but failed each time. As he faded from public life, he practiced law, becoming known for defending anti-government militia members, and owned a variety of businesses. He also was a member of several veterans organizations.

    DeCamp is survived by his wife and their four children: daughters Jennifer Lecher of Clarinda, Iowa, Shanda Erb of Columbus, and Tara DeCamp of Omaha; and son Johnny. DeCamp donated his body to science. His family is planning a memorial service at a later date.

    “He wasn’t all good, but he sure as hell wasn’t all bad,” Schmit said. “He helped a lot of people, including 2,800 children. If there’s a heaven, John is going there.”

  38. TO SET THE RECORD AT 140+ POSTS: These random thoughts:

    1. “The government which governs least, governs best.”
    An original all American notion originally attributed to Thoreau, but also to Jefferson and Paine.

    2. Economics and sociology are soft sciences.

    3. I’ve read hundreds of short stories in the mystery “Noir” genre over the last three years. All the” Great American Mystery Stories” series (1997-2017), —-plus I now have eight volumes of various mystery collections beside by bed, such as the Second “Omnibus of Crime”, “A Century of Noir”, a thick book of Lawrence Block’s stories, another of Patricia Highsmith’s, a collection by Elmore Leonard, etc. Yes, James Crumley is good. They all mesmerize: from Doyle to Poe to Chandler, McDonald, Hammett, Cain, Ellery Queen, till today. I’m amazed at how many great movies (Psycho, the Birds, Rear Window, Double Indemnity etc: and t.v. scripts (Columbo, Twilight Zone) were drawn from these creative minds.
    P.S.(De Maurier wrote The Birds and Rebecca; Block wrote Psycho.)

    4. WHAT, PERCHANCE OR PERFORCE, STILLETH THE QUILL OF OUR LEARNED MAESTRO, MATT? WE DOTH FEARETH HE’S RUNNETH OUT OF WAYS TO FURTHER PILLORY OUR INESTIMABLE PRESIDENT OR TO COMPARETH HIM TO THE GRIM OR COMPARETH HE TO SOME VILLAINY.

    5. Remember my friends that our friend is THE FREE FLOW OF INFO! Remember our foes: the Censor, the Orwellian Nanny State, the Commies, the Lefties, the Libs, Dem guys! AND the traitor:
    the Compromising Double Talking Two-Face John McCain. “It (Obamacare) must be scrapped entirely and we must start all over.” 2016 “John McCain: the leader to repeal and replace Obamacare. I’m John McCain and I approve this message.” 2016.

    6. And on the next page I’ll post the wisdom of Dylan Thomas:

  39. DYLAN THOMAS’S “DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT”

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my dear father, there on that sad height
    curse, bless me now with thy fierce tears, I pray
    Do not go gently into that good night
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  40. I learned about Remote Viewing through the books of
    Colonel David Morehouse- Psychic Warrior

    and Joe McMoneagle Mind Trek.

    In the 1970’s I read Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe
    which is a more complete system of Remote Viewing

    The US Military /CIA used Monroe’s theories to
    train Remote Viewers at Fort Meade in the late 70’s.

    Joe McMoneagle and David Morehouse where in the first class to be trained.

    To understand remote viewing you must first abandon all beliefs you hold
    about time and space.

    In the remote viewing universe time does not
    exist.
    ALL THAT IS,WAS,AND WILL BE exist in this one
    moment of now.
    Our consciousness can access any portion of all that is.
    Anyone can remote view.
    But it is like anything else the more you practice the better
    you become.
    Just ask Bill C about playing Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.

    The Farsight Institute has several world class military trained
    remote viewers Dick Algire and Daz Smith.

    Jesus Christ was a remote viewer , a skill he learned in India by the way.
    Harvard professor Richard Alpert had a teacher in India during the 60’s and 70’s
    named Neem Karoli Baba that had every power that Christ had
    including raising the dead. In India they are called Sidhis.

    Professor Alpert detailed these powers in his books The Only Dance There Is
    and The Miracle of Love

    So every act you do 24/7 exists on a hard drive called the Akashic Records
    This includes past,current and future. Another twist is there are probable realities
    unfolding of you as you live this life. You know that person you did not marry?
    Well there is a probable life of you unfolding that married that person.
    This idea of parralel universes and dimensions has been well delineated
    by physicists. Just google it.

    One of my big ugh moments came when I discovered every single cell,atom,etc
    has consciousness.
    Read the paper written by Physicist Ron Bryan written with remote viewer
    Joe McMoneagle.

    What does this have to do with Donald Trump?

    I cannot think of a better person to teach us how to
    practice unconditional love.
    If we can’t love Trump then we have failed.
    That after all is the greatest teaching of Jesus Christ.
    And the take away lesson is you cannot progress and evolve
    until you give up the hate.
    and you can still love Trump and reject his behaviour,eh?
    If you watch the episode of remote viewing august 2017
    released today, they will recap the predictions they made
    of the month of June 2017 which was remote viewed in May of 2017

    in other news

    Phychic Politics – Codicils

    Codicils
    (Alternate hypotheses as a base for private and public experience.)

    All of creation is sacred and alive, each part connected to each other part, and each communicating in a creative cooperative commerce in which the smallest and the largest and equally involved.
    The physical senses present one unique version of reality, in which being is perceived in a particular dimensionalized sequence, built up through neurological patterning, and is the result of one kind of neurological focus. There are alternate neurological routes, biologically acceptable, and other sequences so far not chosen.
    Our individual self-government and our political organizations are by-products of sequential perception, and our exterior methods of communication set up patterns that correlate with, and duplicate, our synaptic behavior. We lock ourselves into certain structures of reality in this way.
    Our sequential prejudiced perception is inherently far more flexible than we recognize, however. There are half steps—other unperceived impulses—that leap the nerve ends, too fast and too slow for our usual focus. Recognition of these can be learned and encouraged, bringing in perceptive data that will trigger changes in usual sense response, filling out potential sense spectra with which we are normally not familiar.
    This greater possible sense spectrum includes increased perception of inner bodily reality in terms of cellular identity and behavior; automatic conscious control of bodily processes; and increased perception of exterior conditions as the usual senses become more vigorous. (Our sight, for example, is not nearly as efficient as it could be. Nuances of color, texture, and depth could be expanded and our entire visual area attain a brilliance presently considered exceptional or supernormal.)

    http://seth-material.blogspot.com/2010/02/codicils-phychic-politics.html

    Comments on Codicils

    Acceptance of these first codicils would expand practical knowledge of the self.; break down barriers that are the results of our prejudiced perception, and restructure personal, social, and political life.

    Concepts of the self and practical experience of the self must be broadened if the species is to develop its true potentials. Only an evolution of consciousness can alter the world view that appears to our official line of consciousness.

    Comments on Codicil 2

    This next step is as important as the birth of Christianity was in the history of mankind. It will present a new structure for civilization to follow. Christianity represented the human psyche at a certain point, forming first inner patterns for development that then became exteriorized as myth, drama, and history, with the Jewish culture of the Talmud presenting the psyche’s direction. The differences between Jewish and Christian tradition represented allied but different probabilities, one splitting off from the others, but united by common roots and actualized in the world to varying degrees.

    The traditional personified god concept represented the mass psyche’s one-ego development; the ego ruling the self as God ruled man; man dominant over the planet and other species, as God was dominant over man—as opposed to the idea of many gods or the growth of a more multifocused self with greater nature identification.

    Neurological patterning of the kind we know began with the early old-Testament Jews (known, then, as God’s people), looking forward through time to a completely one-ego focused self: Before, neurological functioning was not as set; and in our world today some minority peoples and tribes still hold to those alternate neurological pulses. These will not appear to our measuring devices because we are literally blind to them.

    The Jewish prophets, however, utilized these alternate focuses of perception themselves, and were relatively unprejudiced neurologically. They were therefore able to perceive alternate visions of reality. Yet their great work, while focusing the energy of an entire religion, and leading to Christianity, also resulted in limiting man’s potential perceptive area in important ways.

    The prophets were able to sense the potentials of the mass psyche, and their prophecies charted courses in time, projecting the Jewish religion into the future. The prophecies gave the people great strength precisely because they gave their religion a future in time, providing a thread of continuity and a certain immortality in earthly terms.

    The prophecies were psychic molds to be filled out in flesh. Some were fulfilled and some were not, but the unfulfilled ones were forgotten and served their purpose by providing alternate selections and directions. The Prophecies ahead of time charted out a people’s probable course, foreseeing the triumphs and disasters inherent in such an adventure through time.

    They provided psychic webworks, blueprints, and dramas, with living people stepping into the roles already outlined, but also improvising as they went along. These roles were valid, however, chosen in response to an inner reality that foresaw the shape that the living psyche of the people would take in time.

    But as a snake throws off old skin, the psyche throws off old patterns that have become rigid, and we need a new set of psychic blueprints to further extend the species into the future, replete with great deeds, heroes, and challenges; a new creative drama projected from the psyche into the three-dimensional arena. For now we no longer view reality through original eyes, but through structures of beliefs that we have outgrown. These structures are simply meant to frame and organize experience, but we mistake the picture for the reality that it represents. We’ve become neurologically frozen in that respect, forced to recognize the one sequential pattern of sense perceptions, so that we think that the one we’ve chosen is the only one possible.

    Comments on Codicil 3

    Thus far we’ve projected the unrecognized portions of our greater selfhood outward into God, religion, government, and exteriorized concepts. In this existence, selfhood is dependent upon sense perceptions, so that our neurological prejudice and rigid focus have limited our concepts of identity. When we do become aware of unofficial information, coming through other than recognized channels then it seems to come from “notself,” or outside.

    A great deal of energy has been used to repress levels of selfhood and to project these into religious and nationalistic heroes and cultural organizations. Government and religion try to preserve the status quo, to preserve their own existences, not for political or religious reasons, but to preserve the official picture of the self around which they are formed.

    But the structured reality in which that kind of a self can exist is breaking down. The official picture no longer fits or explains private experience which is growing out of it. There is a momentary rift between the inner psyche and its creations.

    Besides this, the experienced self is not the same through the ages. The experienced self is a psychic creation, responsive to exterior conditions which it creates as the psyche dives into the waters of experienced earthly selfhood. Only a portion of the potential self is experienced, but different portions as intents and purposes change. It is possible, though, to actualize more of our potential.

    Comments on Codicil 4 and 5

    The answers and solutions lie in using levels of consciousness now considered eccentric or secondary. This includes far greater utilization of the dream states and altered conditions thus far thought to be exceptions of consciousness. These “exceptions” represent other kinds of focuses, greatly needed to broaden our concepts of the self; and our experience of personal selfhood by increasing conceptualization, giving direct experience of alternate views, and bringing other kinds of data to bear upon the world we know. In the past, the attitudes surrounding such perceptions brought about their own difficulties. The perceptions and biologically acceptable, however, and will lead to a clearer relationship between mind and body.

    1. May I cut and paste this post? On, believe it or not, a Smallmouth Bass fishing site I have been on for 15 years we have a great off-topic thread going on this exact type of thing, but not with this kind of information. I would like your permission to put this information in the mix. It has not been touched upon and I think a lot of the guys would be quite interested.

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