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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

On Memorial Day Remember: We Do Not Owe Japan An Apology For Using The Atomic Bomb

Here's the Nonsense:  Dropping the atomic bombs on Japan was a terrible thing and the devastating consequences should cause us to rethink that decision and ever using those types of weapons again.  We do owe Japan an apology for the destruction we brought upon them.

Here's the Horse Sense:  No apology is needed for using the atomic bombs against Japan in World War II.  Not only did we stop a regime that was committing unspeakable atrocities, but we saved millions of lives in doing so.  It would be an insult to those who have served our country to make an apology for that decision.

Most people are aware that President Obama is visiting Hiroshima, Japan on May 27, the site where America dropped the first atomic bomb in World War II.  The NY Times reports that while he will be the first sitting U. S. President to visit Hiroshima, the White House says that he will not be apologizing for America's action to end the war over 7 decades ago.  Yet Yahoo is reporting that there are those in Japan who are insisting that he should apologize for what America did.

Obama is anti-nuclear weapons and has worked hard to eliminate as many of our nuclear stockpile as possible during his presidency.  So, it is somewhat surprising that the American president who has apologized for America all around the world will not be apologizing to Japan for our use of atomic bombs to end World War II.

Last year Charles Pellegrino's highly acclaimed book, To Hell and Back: The Last Train From Hiroshima, was released.  It will overwhelm the reader with the most detailed and what are said to be the most accurate descriptions of what happened when the atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will unsettle you and make even the most ardent supporter of nuclear weapons hope and pray they never have to be used again.

But with all the devastation caused by those bombs used against Japan, those believing America should apologize miss the most basic logic why America owes no apologies and should never entertain such an idea.

Between the lack of accurate teaching of history in American schools, along with an overriding view of the majority of American educators that America is an evil nation guilty of war crimes and evil deeds beyond those of any other nation, the truth has been buried.  

So, in an effort to remind those who may have forgotten and to educate those who never learned about it, I'd like to share some of the atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War II that were, in part, reasons why America's use of the atomic bomb was required to put an end to the horrors. 

Nanking, China:  

  • More than 200,000 Chinese men were used as targets in bayonet practice or machine gunned or set on fire.  
  • 20,000 Chinese women and girls were raped, mutilated and/or murdered.  
  • The massacre of more than 250,000 people was an unsuccessful Japanese policy to force China to make peace.  
  • To brainwash them into what was expected of them, new Japanese officers had to behead Chinese prisoners. 
  • Training of combat troops was completed by having them bayonet living human prisoners.  
  • Combat medical units were trained by sending them to China where they could practice on the live bodies of prisoners.  From shooting Chinese prisoners to amputating their limbs, these living humans were used for medical training instead of using cadavers.  It also helped the medical trainee to get used to flowing blood, restraining patients, and hearing the screams as they used them.  
  • Bacterial warfare experiments were also conducted on the Chinese.  
  • Chinese cities were also bombed with anthrax and plague as experiments.  


Korean Comfort Women:

  • Between 80,000 and 200,000 women and young girls were forced by the Imperial Japanese Army to repeatedly provide sex for Japanese soldiers throughout Asia.  The estimates of the total number varies widely because many died from health complications and others hid in shame.

Cannibalism:

  • In his book, Horror in the East, Laurence Rees tells of Japanese atrocities during World War II including numerous times the Japanese resorted to cannibalism of prisoners.  For example, in August 1942 as Australian forces pursued Japanese retreating along the Kokoda Track, they found evidence that the Japanese had been eating captured Australian soldiers.  At one point the Australians battled with the Japanese at Templeton's Crossing, but had to withdraw and leave behind 6 Australian dead and 4 wounded.  The next day reinforcements arrived and the Australians attacked again and captured the Japanese position. Australian troops were horrified when they found the Japanese had been eating both the wounded and dead Australians who had been left behind the previous day.  Corporal Bill Hedges described the horrific scene:  "The Japanese had cannibalised our wounded and dead soldiers...We found them with meat stripped off their legs and half-cooked meat in the Japanese dishes (pots).  I was heartily disgusted and disappointed to see my good friend lying there, with the flesh stripped off his arms and legs; his uniform torn off him.  We found dumps with rice and a lot of tinned food. So they weren't starving and having to eat flesh because they were hungry."






Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao prepares to behead Australian Sgt. Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea in 1943.  The Australian commando was captured while his patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines.  The Japanese claimed he was a spy, but he was in uniform when captured.  The Japanese were extremely brutal to Allied prisoners of war, often killing them through forced labor, beatings, beheading and starvation.

Malaya:  

  • Japanese troops beheaded 200 wounded Australians and Indians left behind when Australian troops withdrew through the jungle from Muar.


Singapore: 

  • 300 patients and staff of Alexandra Military Hospital were bayoneted by Japanese soldiers on Feb. 9, 1942.  
  • British women had their hands tied behind their backs and were repeatedly raped. 
  • 5000 Chinese residents were, after being interviewed, selected for execution.


Wake Island:  

  • 1,200 youths, mostly from Idaho, were working as a construction crew on Wake Island, and were captured and shipped to Japanese prison camps.  Five were decapitated to intimidate the remaining into good behavior.  
  • 100 civilian contractors on the island were kept there by the Japanese to complete the airbase. When U.S. warplanes attacked the island, the Japanese commander had the civilians executed.  


Dutch East Indies:  

  • Dutch citizens who were accused of resisting Japan or involved in the destruction of the oil refineries had limbs chopped off.   
  • 20,000 men were forced into the ocean and machine gunned.  
  • 20,000 women and children were repeatedly raped, followed by many being killed.


Ambon Island: 

  • After the surrender, the Japanese chose over 300 Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at random and executed them.


Dutch Borneo:  

  • The entire white population of Balikpapan was executed.


Java:  

  • The entire white male population of Tjepu was executed and women were raped.  
  • Survivors of USS Edsall were beheaded. 


Philippines:  

  • All soldiers captured before the Philippines surrendered were executed.
  • The Bataan Death March - American and Filipino prisoners were marched 63 miles from the south end of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines on April 9, 1942.  The march started with 72,000 prisoners and between 7,000 and 10,000 died during the march as those that could not keep up the pace were stabbed, shot, beheaded, clubbed, or buried alive.  Once the prison camp was reached up to 400 prisoners died each day due to disease, brutality, and malnutrition.


Thailand:  

  • 15,000 military prisoners and 75,000 native laborers died building a railroad between Bangkok and Rangoon.


Doolittle Raid on Japan - the flyers landed in China:  

  • Japanese executed 3 of the 8 U.S. airmen that were captured.
  • 25,000 Chinese from the villages through which the U.S. flyers escaped were slaughtered.  

Attu:  

  • Japanese troops captured medical aid station, killed the doctors, and bayoneted the wounded.


Makin Atoll:  

  • 9 Marines were left behind and hid for two weeks before surrendering.  They were beheaded when a ship was not available to take them to a prisoner of war camp.  


Milne Bay:  

  • In their few days at Milne Bay the Japanese murdered 59 local people, often being bayoneted while being held prisoner.  Many were tortured and/or mutilated. 
  • 36 Australians were captured by the Japanese and killed, and some were badly mutilated.  


USS Sculpin:  

  • 42 of submarine Sculpin's crew were picked up by the Japanese navy.  The Japanese threw one severely wounded sailor overboard. Survivors became forced laborers in the copper mines at Ashio until they were released at the end of the war.  


Indian Ocean:  

  • Capt. Ariisumi, commanded submarine I-8 in the Indian Ocean.  On March 26, 1944, he sank the Dutch merchantman Tjisalak and picked up 98 unarmed merchantmen from that ship.  He then had them murdered. 
  • Capt. Ariisumi repeated this action with 96 prisoners from the American Jean Nicolet in the Maldives on July 2, 1944.   He destroyed the lifeboats and dived, leaving 35 bound survivors on deck.  23 managed to untie their bonds before drowning.  The survivors swam all night and were rescued by the Royal Indian Navy.  
  • Sub I-26 is known to have rammed merchant lifeboats from SS Richard Hovey and machine-gunned survivors in the water.
  • March 9, 1944 - Commerce raider Tone sank the British freighter SS Behar.  They took aboard 108 survivors. Two days after arrival in the Netherlands East Indies, Rear Admiral Sakonjo ordered the prisoners taken out to sea and beheaded.

These are some of the horrendous atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War II.  They were not dissimilar to things we hear of ISIS doing today.

While the Japanese government has expressed some apologies for acts committed by their military in World War II, it seems that there is a split among the Japanese as to how bad their actions really were.  Their schools teach revised historical accounts of World War II that do not tell of the horrors and the government supports those false teachings. 

As a result it is hard for the Japanese people to fully accept the destruction caused by America's atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  America's use of atomic weapons is seen as extreme aggression, even a war crime by many.  Without accurate teaching of Japan's aggression against America in their surprise Pear Harbor attack and the actions of their military throughout the war, the people of Japan have no ability to face their responsibility for causing America to resort to using those weapons.

Military experts estimated it would cost 1 million American lives to defeat Japan because their culture believed it was better to die than surrender.  Their entire population planned to fight to the end and, if necessary, commit suicide instead of surrender.  

The destruction and loss of life due to the atomic bombs was minor by any measure compared to what would have happened had America used traditional warfare to finish the war.  Even for the Japanese, far fewer lives were lost than would have been if America had handled it any other way.

President Harry Truman's decision to drop the bomb was, in reality, a merciful decision both for Japan and the U.S.  No apology is due for the results of that decision.  Yes, it should cause introspection to think about the consequences of such an action.  But it would be an insult to those Americans who have served our country to apologize for that courageous and wise decision that ultimately saved millions of lives from many nations.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thieving Senators Are Another Reason Trump Has Risen

Here's the Nonsense:  A few of the senators who ran for the 2016 presidential nomination were true outsiders standing up for Americans and fighting for change.

Here's the Horse Sense:  We know that most politicians in Washington are worthless leaders for our nation.  Even those senators who claimed to be outsiders fighting for the American people did not take a stand against the thievery of taxpayers money.

Is it me, or did I miss something?  The people running for president in 2016 included many senators currently in office. Candidates like Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Lindsey Graham are all current Republican officeholders.  Some of them even claimed to be "outsiders" who weren't part of the Washington cabal.  

Many of these people claimed they were running to represent the American people and wanted to expose corruption in Washington.  Yet not one of them mentioned a huge theft from the American people.  They were not looking out for the American people.  

No, they either participated in or were accessories to the theft.  Their action, or inaction, wipes out any claim that they are outsiders working for the American people.   

Maybe I'm missing something, but it appears that we, the American people, have been swindled out of $4.5 trillion and counting.  

No one is being held accountable.  

In fact, these great "conservative crusaders" who claimed they were the single candidate running who would protect the American people and do what is right for us said nothing about the heist of our money.

You may remember back in 2009 when Congress and President Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and it was signed into law.  The law was a $900 billion spending spree that would supposedly help America's economic recovery (a recovery that never really happened).  The spending was done in fiscal year 2010.

While the media and politicians claimed it helped the economy, no real improvement came as a result of it.  

Now, it's bad enough that the money was spent, no real substantive benefit came from it, and no one spoke up to say, "Hey, this was stupid.  We better not do this again."  

But what has happened since is far worse.  

It appears that the spending has been repeated every year since with no end in sight.  They are stealing the money of the American people and no one is standing up to stop it.

To understand what's happening you need to understand how our government budgets money.

Our government uses baseline budgeting instead of zero-based budgeting.  It's important to understand the difference to make clear what I think is happening.  

Congress put baseline budgeting into effect through the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and amended it in 1987 when Congress changed the baseline to automatically keep pace with inflation. 

In using baseline budgeting Congress automatically assumes that every item in the federal budget will be an expenditure again the subsequent year. They also assume that every item will increase in cost.  So, their decision isn’t whether or not the expense should continue. In fact, it’s not even whether or not the expense should be increased. They assume it will be a continuing expense and that it will be increased. Their decision each year is how much to increase it. When they talk about spending cuts, they are really talking about how much less they will increase the expense than they had planned, not about actually reducing the amount of current spending.

On the other hand, zero-based budgeting simply means that each year when you do a new budget every item must be justified. No item is exempt and no item is automatically accepted as being funded under the new budget. This is the way that you make sure you are spending your money wisely. 

Since our government's budgetary process is a baseline budget system, every expense is repeated and increased the next fiscal year. 

 America has not had a federal budget passed since fiscal year 2008.  They have simply used the baseline budgeting system to continue to increase spending each year.  And the $900 billion spent through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is in addition to the other spending the federal government does.

But since they use baseline budgeting, that means that every expenditure is continued in the following years, including the extra $900 billion they spent for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The $900 billion they spent in fiscal year 2010 would have been spent again each following year (fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and will be again in 2016 and thereafter if not stopped.

If this is happening, then where is that money going?  Why weren't the senators who ran for the presidency standing up pointing this out to voters?  And why weren't they making stopping this a key point in their campaigns?

They either support it or are turning a blind eye to it, which would make them an accessory to it.  Either way they are as bad as any other lowlife politician we can't trust.

This is the entire reason the Washington politicians cannot be trusted. 

And, while I doubt many Americans have thought about this expenditure, it is this kind of thing that has made most Americans realize that Washington can't be trusted and only someone from outside would fight for Americans.

This is the kind of thing that has caused the rise of Donald Trump and why, as the only true Washington outsider, the American people are looking to him for change.

You cannot say you're standing up for Americans and then allow a massive theft to continue.  You have to stand against the terrible abuse of power and outrageous spending if you truly want to save our nation.  






The Simple Reason Trump Will Beat Hillary


Here's the Nonsense:  Hillary will destroy Trump in the general election race.  Until recently Hillary has shown she can beat him in virtually every poll.  (The latest polls are surely just an anomaly.)

Here's the Horse Sense:  Trump's campaign really is a movement of Americans wanting their country back and the political establishment destroyed.  Now that it's becoming apparent that the general election race is about to start, polls are already tightening and Trump has moved up and will continue to do so just like he did in the primaries.

The people who are saying that Trump can't beat Hillary are missing what has made Trump's campaign a record-breaking phenomenon.  Here's two simple examples of why Trump can and will beat Hillary:

1.)  Hillary's never accomplished anything in her career.  In her own words from 2014:



2.)  A simple cartoon graphic that shows what everyday Americans understand:







Why The Sudden Increase In Wait Times With The TSA?

Here's the Nonsense:  The long waiting lines for TSA security checks at airports show that passengers aren't ready when they get there and that the TSA is obviously understaffed.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The sudden change in the amount of time it takes to get through TSA security checks is not caused by passengers.  This is nothing but a government agency causing pain for businesses and passengers by using their power to get what they want.

We've all heard the stories.  Some reading this have even experienced the recent increase in delays due to TSA wait times.  Reports abound about the many who've missed flights due to the TSA in recent days.  What's going on?  Why the increase in waiting time?  The government is blaming the passengers, but passengers are doing nothing different than they have been now for years.  Is there a new terror threat or something else that has slowed things down?

The TSA has increased the recommended time to allow before your flight to go through security processing.  Now they are saying that passengers should arrive 2 hours prior to flight time for domestic flights and 3 hours in advance for international flights.  But even that has proven not to be enough to make it through TSA security checks without missing scheduled flights.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has even increased their recommended arrival time prior to flights by an additional hour over the TSA's recommendations.

The TSA has tried to pass complaints about the situation off as being the fault of passengers not being ready.  While there may periodically be new passengers who don't travel often and don't know the process, the fact is that getting through TSA security checks is not a hard process to figure out, even for someone who's new at it.  The idea that thousands of passengers are being slowed down because of not being ready is ridiculous.

And there's no sign of an increased terror alert that would cause a slowdown due to extra scrutiny by the TSA.

No, as usual the government doesn't want to be honest with the citizens.  They want to point fingers and blame, but never take responsibility.

Just a couple weeks ago USA Today reported that the TSA asked Congress for more money to cover increased costs for the summer surge of travelers.  Congressional committees considered the $34 million request to cover the hiring of 768 new officers and overtime pay for the other 42,400, but only the Senate approved it.  The House said it will study the proposal.

Now the finger-pointing has Congress saying that Homeland Security didn't plan properly.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned of longer lines and delays without the approval of funding.

Isn't it interesting that less than 2 weeks later we suddenly have long lines and delays causing delayed flights and missed flights?  Any half-wit can plainly see that the TSA must be creating a slowdown to try to pressure Congress to give them what they want.

This is the typical kind of abuse of power being used to manipulate results and get what they want from the politicians.  Airlines and affiliated businesses are now incurring increased costs due to flight delays and passengers missing flights altogether.  Passengers are incurring inconvenience, increased costs, and aggravation due to what is happening.  

In the end, Congress will give the TSA what they want.  It will have cost businesses and citizens more in actual costs in addition to the increased costs to taxpayers.  More government waste!  More reason to throw the bums out in the upcoming election.

For your travels, my suggestion is to skip flying to your vacation location this year (if you are one of the people who can still afford to go on vacation).   Take a driving trip and you'll see sights you'd never see when flying.

I've spent most of my working life having to travel for business.  It was not uncommon to fly across the country a couple times each week.  And as service has fallen and then the TSA hassles increased, I decided that I wasn't going to go through that mess unless I had to anymore.  So, when I travel I try to schedule things so that I can take the family and make it a road trip.

We've rediscovered a wonderful experience that I remember from my youth when my parents would take us on vacation.  We see the countryside all across the nation.  There's a lot of beautiful places in our country and everyone should get a chance to see them.  Small towns, meeting local people, and stopping to see less famous, but still important historical sites make for fascinating trips and good education, too!

I'd highly recommend not letting the battle between Congress and Homeland Security ruin your trips.  Try taking a drive and you'll enjoy a relaxing, interesting, and fun time on the road whether it's for business or pleasure.





Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trump's General Election Voter Turnout Will Break Records

Here's the Nonsense:  Trump may be the nominee, but he stands no chance of getting many votes in the general election.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Contrary to what the mainstream and so-called conservative media want you to believe, Trump is set to break records winning the general election.

There is an attempt in both mainstream and so-called conservative media to paint a picture that the nomination of Donald Trump will cause a huge loss against Hillary Clinton.  Of course these claims are based on nothing legitimate.  It's a fact that polls taken prior to an actual match up of candidates are inaccurate.  Last spring the polls showed Trump doing very poorly in the primaries.  Yet within one month of his entering the race on June 16, 2015, he was leading in the polls and has remained there since.  Don't expect anything less in the general election against Hillary Clinton.

Trump has set record after record in the primaries.  He's received more primary votes than any Republican in history.  His rallies are consistently huge.  So large, in fact, that while his competitors have had rallies of hundreds or, at best, a few thousand, Trump has consistently packed the largest venues they can find with attendance of 10,000, 15,000, 25,000 and more.  People stand in line for hours in all types of weather to attend those rallies.  

Americans who have never voted go to Trump rallies and are registering Republican and voting for Trump.  Democrats are leaving their party and registering Republican to vote for Trump.  State officials across the country are reporting that thousands of people are changing parties or registering for the first time to vote for Trump.  This is not a regional phenomenon.  Contrary to what the media and his competitors want you to believe, it is not a limited demographic.  People of all races, creeds, colors, and gender are supporting Donald Trump.

Voter turnout is setting records across the country.  

In 2008, 21.9 million Republicans voted in the primaries.  

In 2012 a little over 19 million voted in the primaries.  

In 2016 reports show that 26, 561,719 have already voted.  And the primaries aren't over yet. 

There are still 9 states left to have primaries and we certainly don't know what their voter turnout will be.  There is no reason to believe they won't also have record turnout compared to the last 2 elections. However, to be conservative in our estimate, we should not assume any increase in turnout.  In 2012 and 2008 the GOP voter turnout in each of the remaining primary states was as follows:

State:                       2012                   2008
Nebraska                 186,544              138,752
West Virginia           112,416                  1,100
Oregon                    287,955              353,476
Washington              50,764               530,509
California             1,935,658            2,932,811
Montana                 140,457                 95,730
New Jersey            232,116                566,201
New Mexico             90,113                110,939
South Dakota           51,145                 60,964
Total                    3,087,168            4,790,482

So, using conservative estimates, let's assume that voter turnout will be the same low total as 2012 for these remaining primaries.  If we add those 3,087,168 to the already cast 26,561,719 votes we have a total of 29,648,887 estimated votes this primary season.  

In 2008 there were 58.1 million republican votes in the general election.  That's a 265% increase over the primaries.  (21.9 million increased 265% = 58.1 million). 

In 2012 there were 59.2 million republican votes in the general election.  That's a 308% increase over the primaries.  (19 million increased 308% = 59.2 million)  

With record turnouts this year it is only logical that we will see huge turnouts in the general election, too.  However, since we are trying to be conservative in our estimates, let's assume that the general election turnout this year does not increase as much from the primaries as it did in 2012 or even 2008. Let's assume that the primary turnout only increases 250% in 2016.

If we take our 2016 primary estimate of 29,648,887 and increase that 250% we get a record-setting Republican general election turnout of 74,122,217 voters.

Barack Obama won the general election in 2008 with over 66 million votes over John McCain's 58.1 million votes.  Barack Obama won again in 2012 with 62.3 million votes over Mitt Romney's 59.2 million votes.

These conservative estimates would put Trump more than 8 million votes higher than Obama's big win in 2008 and almost 12 million more votes than Obama's 2012 win.  And with Hillary being seen as untrustworthy and unlikable, it's highly doubtful she could pull in as many votes as Obama.  In fact, with 40% of Bernie Sanders' supporters saying that if Hillary's the Democrat nominee, they'll consider supporting Trump, there's a big chance Hillary will set a low turnout record for the Democrat Party. 

When Trump says what is happening is a movement, he's right.  It's not just people following a reality TV star.  They see someone who finally will stand up and say what they've been thinking for years.  They see someone who addresses issues that other candidates avoid or dance around.  They see the ONLY candidate that can't be bought by the big money donors that control EVERY OTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.

The general election is going to be very interesting.  Trump is poised for a massive victory.  The American people who have watched their lives destroyed and their children's futures mortgaged have had enough.  They see through the same old Washington tricks that many who spend their time following politics far more closely have missed.

Everyday Americans have decided they want their country back.  And they're coming out to take it back.  Way back in December of 2014 I predicted Trump would run and win the nomination.  Many were skeptical and laughed.  But Trump's done it because he understands the frustration of the American people.  

Why is that?  

It's because he works with everyday Americans on a daily basis.  He's on construction sites talking to the people who build the buildings and work hard like most Americans to build a good life for themselves and a future for their children.  He's heard them talk about what they're losing because of the politicians.  And he articulates that understanding in a way that average Americans recognize it and embrace his candidacy.

Back in December 2014 I also said that Trump would win the presidency.  Everyday Americans are demanding change and they realize that only Trump has a chance to bring it to them.  They know that our political system is so broken that only someone who is a total outsider has a chance at making changes that will turn America around.  

That's why Trump is winning and why you can expect a record-breaking general election.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Trump And Predictions Of His Nomination, Even His Presidency

Here's the Nonsense:  No one had any idea that Trump would run before he announced on June 16, 2015.  Now, the fact that he's got the nomination virtually locked up, it's a shock for everyone.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Trump's success in his campaign is really no surprise.  It should have been obvious long ago that he'd run and that he'd be successful if he did.

Those who know me best know that I hate it when people say "I told you so."  I avoid saying those words because I believe it's rarely polite or appropriate.  It's usually a juvenile action and nothing short of annoying.  So, it's hard for me when the rare occasion occurs that would cause me to feel it important to show where something I said was right.  Usually I try to just let people figure it out for themselves.  But at the risk of being accused of doing the very thing I dislike, I think it's time I remind people that long before others were saying it, I predicted what's happening with Trump.

Jayne Carroll is a wonderful talk radio host in Oregon.  She's very gracious and during this primary season she's been introducing me as being the first person to predict that Donald Trump would run for the presidency in 2016.  

I've been on Jayne's show most every week during the primaries and recently Jayne's introduction got me wondering when I actually did say it the first time.  While I have said it verbally in discussions and on radio programs for some time, I don't have record of when I spoke it the first time.  But I decided to at least go back and see when I wrote about it here the first time.

It seems that back in December 2014, right after the big Republican win in the midterm elections and the immediate stab in the back by the GOPe (GOP establishment), I first mentioned it on this blog. The first mention was in a post where I included a short comment by me that Trump would run and win the Republican nomination.  Later that same month I mentioned Trump again when I updated a post a couple days after publishing it and not only reiterated that he would be the nominee, but also said he would win the presidency unless the GOPe would be successful in stopping an outsider from coming in.  I also pointed out that the GOPe would prefer a Democrat win over an outsider winning.

So, I'll allow you, the reader, to determine if that was the first time someone said these things.  But for me there is an important point about this.  The point is what I made back then that America needs the mindset of a successful businessperson to fix our economy.  And given Trump's marketing expertise, the chances of stopping him are almost impossible.  

Now I realize that few people outside the world of marketing really have any concept of how powerful it is.  I was raised in and trained in that world of business.  I know it like the back of my hand.  It's the entire reason American business has been the powerhouse that drove America to the prosperity of the 20th century.  In fact, the abandonment of those principles by much of American business is a major reason why businesses aren't what they once were.

But the power behind the success of American business that started during the American Industrial Revolution when, after figuring out how to mass produce products, we then figured out how to market that huge volume of production, is what drove the rise of the middle class in America.  It made America the most prosperous nation in world history.

That same power is what is driving Trump in this campaign and has now made him the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.  And, I will say, unless the big money donors who run the politicians on both sides of the aisle are successful in stopping him, he's most likely going to be our next president.

If you thought you've seen a battle in the primaries, just wait. The general election will be a bloodbath and no Republican I can think of has the ability to fight the Democrats on their turf and using their tactics like Donald Trump.  He's been called a street brawler and that's probably an apt description.  He knows how to take it to them on their turf and win.  The Democrats have no idea how to deal with someone who fights like they do.

This will be a fight to watch.




Sunday, May 1, 2016

While Your Focus Is On Elections, A Global Governance Agenda Is Being Enacted

Here's the Nonsense:  We really don't need to worry about what our government does from now to November because things will change then and what's been now won't matter.

Here's the Horse Sense:  American citizens must be ever vigilant over their government.  As we pay attention to one thing, the politicians take advantage to do other things and the result is damage to our nation.  The election is critically important, but while we're focused on it, we must realize that sinister things are taking place that could destroy our nation forever.

Back during George H. W. Bush's presidency the United Nations introduced something called Agenda 21, which would severe environmental restrictions on America and other nations and force our nation to bow to the power of the UN as the world as we know it would change to submit to that agenda.  President Bush signed it and his successors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama continued supporting it, even working to move it's control over the United States forward.  But if Agenda 21 wasn't bad enough, they've now moved to something far worse.  It's called Agenda 2030 and it will wipe out American sovereignty and put us under global governance along with all other nations.

Americans often forget that our nation is unique among all nations of the world throughout all of world history.  We have taken for granted our freedoms and rights and, as a result, many of those rights are methodically being lost as our politicians are selling them out to garner more power and wealth for themselves.  Most American politicians these days are globalists.  

But while large numbers of Americans are currently focused on the primary races for the 2016 election, the United Nations has released Agenda 2030 under the theme of being a new universal agenda for humanity.

The UN's original Agenda 21 has been transformed into Agenda 2030.  It deals with virtually all areas of human activity and acts as a guideline for global government.

Referring to its goals under the same old terminology of "sustainable development" that have also been used for its predecessor, Agenda 21, it lists 17 main goals:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Agenda 2030 lists these problems, but offers no solutions to them.  By doing this it is easy to get people to agree that the problems must be dealt with.  They will easily sign on to trying to resolve such problems but, like Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency, it is so vague that once people buy into it they are free to use their definitions and "solutions" to enslave us to their goals.

The media is saying nothing about Agenda 2030.  And, while it's probably far too difficult a task for them to think deeply enough to scrutinize something like this and then report on it, most likely the media are not reporting on it to keep Americans from reacting until it's well under way.  In other words, they are complicit in the goals of the leftist globalists. 

Americans' lack of knowledge about this make it much easier for those in power to force their "solutions" upon us.  

The possibilities of what the UN's goals could lead to are frightening.  For example: 

  • "Ending poverty in all forms everywhere" could easily lead to a one world monetary and banking system that allows them to control all financial transactions.  
  • "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong leaning opportunities for all" could result in compulsory education programs to control society.  
  • "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" would most likely result in forced abortions (they'd probably call it family planning).  
  • "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" could easily result in NSA-type surveillance on steroids.  No privacy anywhere.  Big brother really would be listening and watching your every more.  And assigned places to live with no private property ownership.
  • "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns" could simply be food rationing and control.
  • "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" we can be sure would result in cap and trade taxes like the globalists in both political parties have already pushed for support.
  • "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development" could be the basis for eliminating national boundaries or at least national sovereignty and put everyone under control of the UN as the governing authority.

The United States' first president, George Washington, in his farewell address at the end of his presidency, warned our nation not to get entangled in things that would lead America into dangerous international situations and commitments.  While many have pointed towards the globalist's tendencies to drag us into wars, it can also be seen as a warning to respect and protect our national sovereignty.  

Allowing politicians to put us under the authority of the UN, or anyone else, is a recipe for disaster. 

We must not ignore what is happening with our government now just because there is an election at the end of the year.  Those in power that will be leaving office after this election can still do damage from which we'd never be able to recover.  





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For Ted Cruz, Will It Be Fabulous Fiorina Or The Carly Collapse?

Here's the Nonsense:  Ted Cruz's choice of Carly Fiorina makes a winning combination for America.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Fiorina is the consummate establishment Republican and with her as a running mate it amplifies even more Cruz's ties to the establishment, too, even though his supporters choke on that fact.

Hey Senator Cruz, I know you want people to think that your failed campaign is still going strong.  You'd like people to think that picking Carly Fiorina as your running mate somehow makes everything not just okay, but will make you win the nomination.  Sorry to give you the bad news Ted, but she's not going to be the fabulous solution you dream of.  In fact, she'll cause the collapse of more support from the reality-denying supporters you have left.

Once your remaining supporters find out Carly's Muslim-sympathizing views, any claim you have to making our immigration system safer or that you'll actually do something worthwhile against terrorism and the Islamic State will be long gone.

Let's not forget that Carly praised Islam as CEO of HP.  She sure sounds a lot like John Kerry, the Bush family, and even Barack Obama.  

If she and Ted were elected, I doubt there would be any more effort to release the 28 pages of the 9/11 report that were withheld from the public.  Obama is fighting its release now and Bush kept it from public scrutiny before him.  Being that Ted and Carly are both part of the Bush cabal I think there'd be more effort to keep the truth from the American public.

In case you haven't noticed the Cruz ties to the GOPe, a couple examples are:





  • He also added Neil Bush who is responsible for the Savings & Loan crisis that cost taxpayers $1.5 billion.


And how does Ted keep attacking Trump for donating to the Clinton foundation when Carly has been directly involved in the Clinton Global Initiative?  Donald just donated some money to someone who asked for it.  Carly helped the Clinton efforts.  That makes it kind of tough to try to make anything out of a donation on Trump's part.  Also, notice that Carly's is the one bio that's been removed from the site.

Carly also supported the DREAM ACT that gives citizenship to children brought here illegally as minors.

The list of Carly's problems have been addressed by this writer before.  You can click the following links to see 2 posts I wrote about her last year to warn voters:

10 Things Carly Needs To Explain Before Voters Decide Whether To Support Her

Foolish Voters Fall For Phony Conservatives Fiorina & Rubio

No, if Ted's supporters don't already know what Carly is, they need to find out.  She's just another GOPe (GOP establishment) politician.  She didn't move from California to a D.C. suburb in Virginia when she was involved with the Bush administration just because she liked the area.






Friday, April 22, 2016

Which Do You Love More, Your Candidate Or Your Country?

Here's the Nonsense:  Your candidate is the number one priority and you need to stay with your candidate all the way to the convention even if he can't get the 1237 delegates he needs for the nomination.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The real question is whether the country or your candidate is more important.  

I am writing this to the Cruz supporters who truly are open-minded.  I say that because being a former Cruz supporter I can say for a fact that Ted has 2 kinds of supporters:


  • Those who support Ted but have understood that he may not become the nominee and, as a result- are willing to support someone else as nominee because they understand that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be nothing more than a 3rd term of Barack Obama, which would finish off what's left of America once and for all.
OR


  • Those who support Ted and are not open to anyone else. They believe, for a variety of reasons, that Ted is the only guy and other Republicans are bad choices, some they even consider to be evil. 

Those in the first category are the people I'm interested in speaking to.  For you, America's future is doubtful unless we start making changes immediately.  And you know that if the Democrats continue to hold the White House (with Hillary or any other Democrat as president), it'll be too late to save America by the next election in 2020.

Like it or not, it is no longer mathematically possible for Ted Cruz to obtain the 1237 delegates to win the nomination of the Republican Party, even if he were to win every delegate in the remaining primary races.  

Sure, if there's a contested convention he might have a chance, although I have seen enough evidence to believe that the GOP will never allow him to win on any ballot.  But regardless of whether he could win on a 2nd or later ballot, if a candidate doesn't walk into the GOP convention in July with 1237 or more delegates, the resulting fight will fracture the party and no Republican candidate will be able to win against the Democrats.

The GOP needs unity behind a candidate and that must happen before the convention.

The only candidate who can still win enough delegates prior to that convention is Donald Trump.  He needs to win less than 58% of the remaining delegates prior to the convention to have the 1237.  That may be a hard task, but it's far from impossible.

But for the sake of America's future, it's time to quit battling each other and get behind the only candidate who can walk into the convention with the needed delegates to avoid a fight that will fracture the party and hand the election to the Democrats.

While it may not be what you dreamed of when you originally got behind Ted Cruz, it's time to accept that he can't get those 1237 delegates.  It's time to jump on the Trump Train, who is the one candidate who can.  Delaying it will only continue to divide the party and increase the chances of a Democrat being sworn in to the presidency next January.

The question you have to ask yourself is this:  Which do you love more, your candidate or your country?



Come on and jump on the Trump Train!