Today’s headlines are a funny thing to me while I am in the process of writing a book about the election, transition of power, and first 100 days of the Trump administration. President Trump so far is a mixed bag. There are things he is doing I like very much. Then there are some that give me worries. This attempt to marginally replace Obamacare is one of the latter. To the mainstream media, this has taken Trump from being literally Hitler, to a complete incompetent. I have been doing a ton of research and look at this matter in a completely different light than the idiots that put out most of our news. One thing Trump is not, is a politician. He is a businessman and a very successful one. With this healthcare bill, Trump attempted to act like a politician, and the healthcare bill failed miserably. Continue reading “Trump Attempted To Act Like A Politician, And The Healthcare Billed Failed Miserably”
Thursday is swiftly approaching and with it the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving in America is Thanksgiving despite religious beliefs. There are debates as to the origin of the celebration, but in America Abraham Lincoln made it an official holiday during the Civil War. It was an attempt to bring some unity between the warring north and south that did not take until the Reformation in the 1870s. It stemmed from the tradition of celebrating the fall harvest that would see people safely fed through the winter. Even though most people aren’t farmers today and the majority live in cities, we still celebrate Thanksgiving. For me it is a time to reflect on the year. This year will make the history books, I can’t remember another like it. This year was special and I would like to list all the new reasons to give thanks. Continue reading “All The New Reasons To Give Thanks”
In the year 1440, the Gutenberg printing press became a reality. A seemingly insignificant invention completely changed the societal structure of western Europe in the next few centuries. A mechanical movable type printing technology introduced an era of mass communication. This transcended borders and informed the masses launching the Reformation and the Renaissance. The printing press threatened, then destroyed the existing power structure of the Holy Roman church and monarchies. The ability to publish cheaply and quickly let the idea of classical liberal thought to thrive. The environment set the stage for the American Revolutionary War and the ending of slavery. It created an information revolution. That revolution took centuries. Today the internet creates a new information revolution. This revolution is moving a hundred times as fast, and is ten times as powerful. The information revolution rolls on and the establishment and their minions are in panic. Continue reading “THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION ROLLS ON AND THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THEIR MINIONS ARE IN PANIC”
In 2008 I watched the collapse of the economy and the start of the Great Recession. I knew the bankers loaned money to people who couldn’t afford to repay the loans. At the time I largely blamed the government regulations and the ending of Glass-Steagall for the mess. I blamed the Federal Reserve policy of low interest rates, but still thought the Federal Reserve was part of the federal government at the time. I waited for the lines of bank officials to be marched into court and be prosecuted for fraud. Instead the government bailed out the big banks and no one went to jail. It took years for me to figure out what happened after the biggest fraud in global history occurred. It was the silent coup, and the big bankers became untouchable. Continue reading “THE SILENT COUP, BIG BANKERS BECAME UNTOUCHABLE”
On a daily basis I scan the headlines of the mainstream media. Most of the news articles I see are distractions from the important problems facing our country. To see the important news, I instead have to turn toBreitbart News, ZeroHedge, and Drudge Report. I see more of the important news on these sites, and less of the distractions. One distraction subject does come up because it is becoming increasingly important and dangerous. Russia is a dangerous distraction.
The American government and Obama administration are labeling Russia as a dangerous threat to our interests. Vladimir Putin is not what I consider any better than other politicians around the world. He was a high ranking KGB officer in the brutal regime of the USSR. As the Russian President and Premier, Putin rules with strongman tactics. Putin is suspected of assassinating rivals and critics and is accused of corruption within Russia, but still pales in comparison to the crimes of the Bill and Hillary Clinton. He’s a politician and bureaucrat which equates to a corrupt man. Continue reading “RUSSIA IS A DANGEROUS DISTRACTION”
On Sept 16, 2016 I was surfing through the numerous news sights, mainstream and alternate when a story caught my eye. The main gasoline pipeline that supplies the southeast sprung a leak and a state of emergency was declared. I got a sudden feeling of deja vu. September, the economy getting worse, and a gasoline shortage, the last this happened was 2008.
Instantly my brain switched back to thinking of 2008. Everything had been running strong as the housing market collapsed. People were spending freely and my choice to step out of management to return to waiting tables in a popular steakhouse seemed correct. I worked twenty less hours a week and made about the same amount of money. Smart people in the restaurant and bar industry picked places to work carefully. In the right place, you could sell a few hundred thousand dollars a year and that equated to a healthy tipped income. Continue reading “DEJA VU, A SOUTHEAST GAS SHORTAGE AND THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED”
I looked at my friend with amusement as he complained about the economy. He blamed all the wrong people, greedy businessmen, Wall Street, and capitalism. As he paused I decided to insert my opinion. “Your wrong, what is destroying the economy is government over regulation and the Federal Reserve creating counterfeit money. The problem is the free range slavery laws they passed a hundred and three years ago. That socialist system has slowly bled all of the wealth out of our country.” Continue reading “FREE RANGE SLAVERY”
I sat down at one of my favorite bars in the late fall of 2012. Looking at the TV, I saw a good college football game on for a Thursday night. Something decent to watch while I had a good stiff drink or two was just what I needed. I needed time at a bar that I didn’t run. I enjoyed my job being the GM of Dark Horse Tavern and Neighbor’s Pub despite the stupidity of dealing with the owner, but I also liked time away from work.
“What are you having tonight Mike? 420 and a Jager?” The bartender asked.
I smiled and shook my head. “No, I’ll do a Maker’s on the rocks.”
The Cold War was part of how I grew up. In India, USSR, Germany, Liberia, and Zimbabwe I witnessed the effects the Cold War had on the world. This has made it a topic of interest since my youth. The enemy at the gates was the Soviet Union at the end of WWII. Part of the allies, the armies met in Germany forcing an unconditional surrender of the Nazis, only to spark a forty-six year period of hostility.
I was at work with no TV during the fifth GOP debate. Since I wasn’t very busy, I followed the comment stream on Twitter and got a lot of amusement. Before I got home and pulled up the debate on YouTube, I already knew it was going to be ridiculous. Watching it, I was stunned. Almost every candidate was advocating escalating and expanding our current wars. The solution of every Republican and Democrat Progressive is, well let’s make it bigger and spend more money. Only Rand Paul stood out when he spoke the truth in talking about Chris Christie when he said, “Well if you want World War 3, you have your candidate.
It made me wonder, does our federal government want WWIII?