WORLD’S 10 RICHEST; AMERICA’S INCREASED INEQUITEY OF INCOME, THE ECONOMY IS BROKEN, AND THE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AN POOR ARE SUFFERING!

March 3rd, 2015

Today, I’m reading about, “The world’s richest people, 2015”: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-worlds-richest-people-2015-181201159.html

This of course is a must read; since it is an important part of our history that the common American working men and women, the American Working Middle Class and Poor, need be aware because these Americans are currently facing economic trauma.

A quick rundown of World’s Richest:
Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he’s held for 16 of the past 21 years, net worth 79.2 billion.
Warren Buffett, 3rd richest, was the list’s biggest gainer, up $14.5 billion to $72.7 billion.
Charles Koch of infamous political activity, Rank: 6, net worth: $42.9 billion (+$2.9 billion vs 2014)
David Koch, also of infamous political activity, Rank: 6, net worth: $42.9 billion (+$2.9 billion vs 2014)
Jim Walton of Wal-Mart, one of ten Walton family Billionaires, Rank: 9, net worth: $40.6 billion (+$5.9 billion vs. 2014)
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) moves up 5 spots to number 16, his first time ranked among the world’s 20 richest.
All their economic statuses has improved over last year.

America’s ‘wealthiest Americans’ are not the enemy, they are the product of the economy; the present enemy of the working Middle Class and Poor is the inequity of income in the economy. And, the inequity of income appears to be a political problem in America that politicians (and the media) do not talk about.

Increased inequity of income reflects a broken economy; this is history that the common American needs to know to understand his plight.

Basically today’s inequity in income is reflected in the matter of the American Average Wage being down from previous average wage and going further down; and, American Corporate Profits increasing for a record high.

The American economy is badly broken and the big question is, how can it be fixed and when will it be fixed; this is what the political topic should be from now until 2016, It is America’s biggest political issue, and unfortunately no one is talking about it and too many American politicians cannot be trusted to do anything about it. Few American politicians even mention, income inequity.

Our American economy is in deep doo-doo!

God bless the Americans who are in deep doo-doo!

WHO IS A NATURAL BORN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO QUALIFIES TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? A REPUBLICAN QUANDARY!

March 2nd, 2015

Today I’m reading about “Donald Trump is Still Whining About President Obama’s Birth Certificate,” at the Conservative Political Action Conference of apparent blithering idiots: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/03/donald-trump-is-still-whining-about-obamas-birth-certificate/

Holy crap! California had a Republican governor, Gov. Groper Schwarzenegger, for 8 years who was a bono fide Austrian citizen (dual citizenship) and the Republican Congressmen wanted to change the Constitution in order for him to become President of the United States of America until his maid had his bastard.

And John McCain was the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the US, and John McCain was born of American parents living in Panama. Republican Ted Cruz was born in Canada and he is running for President of the USA.

And, Republicans are concerned about whether or not President Obama, whose mother was an obvious American citizen, was born in Hawaii when all the legal documents indicate who his parents were and where he was born. Heavens, President Obama even has a drivers license!

People want to say I’m wrong to call Republicans crazy as hell, but it is all right for the same Republicans to call my President who was duly elected by a majority of Americans, twice, all kinds of bad names including a foreigner. And Republicans like Donald Trump are obviously crazy!

No one in America seems to know what a ‘Natural Born’ American Citizen is, or why it is in the U.S. Constitution. Did they flunk US History?

The term was never defined officially, but historically the two words ‘Natural Born’ was added to the Constitution, so someone who was born and lived overseas without knowing about ‘White’ native American culture, could not come back to America and become President; ‘Natural Born’ American citizen was meant to mean, actually born in the territorial USA.

‘Natural Born’ was added to the U.S. Constitution because in Europe when there was a revolution, it was the common practice of revolutionaries to find a replacement for the previous king, by finding someone unknown, of royal blood living in a foreign land to be the new king (and a new king favoring the revolutionaries). The new king often knew nothing about his native land, its culture, or its laws but he became king; that is why ‘Natural Born’ citizen was added to the US Constitution, so we couldn’t have a foreigner for President who knew nothing about America and American democracy.

Alexander Hamilton believed he could never be President because he was born an illegitimate, on a Caribbean Island, even though there was no USA when he was born and he lived in what became the USA during the Revolution, fought in the Revolution, he was Secretary of Treasury, and was one of our treasured founding fathers.

Personally, I don’t think the words ‘Natural Born’ need to be or even belongs in the Constitution today, because I believe in our democracy where all citizens including myself, should be able to vote for whoever we want, whether they were born in the USA or on the moon, and whether they have already done a great job of being President of the United State for 8 years and loved by the majority of American citizens, or not.

Further, I sincerely believe that I should be allowed to vote for my choice of any American Citizen who is over the age of thirty-five (although I know of many thirty-four year olds and some adolescents, who would make a good President) and has lived in the USA for 14 years; and, I should also be able to vote for President Obama again the third time, or Ted Cruz, or John McCain, or for myself, if I want.

So, the U.S. Constitution should be amended to eliminate the words ‘Natural Born’ from the Constitution and the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution should be repealed.

The Republicans only enacted the Twenty-Second Amendment because they could not defeat President Franklin Roosevelt and because the American People loved him, wanted him, and elected him for four terms. Goodness, gracious, where in the world would America be now, if Franklin Roosevelt had been replaced by any of his Republican opponents; I hate to even think about it.

Also, I believe that the United States of America should change our Constitution to allow the People to select whoever they damn well please to be President of the United States of America as long as they believe in our American democratic Republic; Presidents, Congressmen, and every government official should be required to swear under oath that they believe in American democracy before the election when they are just a candidate; of course, that would eliminate a bunch of Republican politicians and Republican Presidential candidates.

God bless America!

THE STORY OF A BUILDINGS STORIES AND ME

March 1st, 2015

It is strange what you remember when you were a child after you become a mature adult (a genuine old geezer); and even more strange when it is a really mundane event in your life.

When I was a child, I remember my father talking about a two story house; I didn’t know what he meant about ‘a two story house’, did he mean there were two stories associate with the house or what? I was intrigued by storied houses.

So, I asked my dad, “What do you mean; what exactly is a two story house.”

“A two story house is a house with two levels, an upstairs and a downstairs” he replied.

“What has that got to do with stories,” I queried.

“How would I know?” was his honest but unsatisfactory, for me, answer.

From his tone of voice, I decided it best not to question him further. But I never forgot that little episode in my childhood. And every time I thought about the fourteen story building at Staley’s Manufacturing Plant, where I worked as a young man, I pondered the “story” size of buildings and how the designation originated.

SCHAUFFHAUSEN STORY OF STORIES
A multi-storied building in Schaffhausen Switzerland

Then when I went to live in Switzerland, at age 60, I suffered ‘culture shock’, and discovered that I had to be totally reeducated.

First I had to learn that in multi-storied buildings in Switzerland, there is no first story as we know it; the ground floor is zero floor or story or level. When I was in a Swiss elevator for the first time and wanted to go to the second floor, I punched the two button on the elevator and the damn thing let me out on the third floor. I thought I was having a bad dream.

My Swiss wife then informed me that in Swiss culture, my first floor is the Swiss zero floor and the Swiss first floor is my second floor, and for me to get to the second floor of the Swiss department store I had to do something totally idiotic and push the one button. Holy crap!

Needless to say, I found myself on the wrong floor of buildings with elevators too many times. I am a slow learner.

So then one day, my wife Marlisa and I took a trip to the beautiful old village of Stein am Rhein Switzerland where the monastery dates back to the year 1007. Most of the buildings in the village are painted with paintings from top to bottom.

“Wow, the paintings on those building are beautiful,” I told Marlisa expounding with great authority, “and there are different paintings on each level of the buildings.”

“Yes,” she replied, “and matter of fact, the paintings on each level tell a different story.”

“Do you mean to tell me that is how we came to call a three level house a three ‘story’ house?” I uttered in total amazement.

“Yes,” she said, “Didn’t you know that?

“Not until now,” I answered quietly.

And, I didn’t ask Marlisa what she thought of my gross ignorance, I didn’t have to. Personally, I believe she felt very motherly in educating me (after all, she is a Kindergarten teacher and the best Kindergarten teacher I have ever witnessed.)

Truthfully, I was quite gratified to finally have an answer to my childhood question, and now I want to share my relatively new found knowledge with all of my friends and relatives.

And, I don’t really feel mentally deficient or educationally deprived because of my earlier ignorance, because most of the Americans that I share this experience with, do not know where the term ‘story’ to identify the levels of a house, came from either.

And after all, teaching is my profession.

LABOR UNONS ARE GOOD BUSINESS, GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, AND GOOD FOR AMERICA; IT IS HISTORY! READ IT!

March 1st, 2015

Personally, I was brought into this world to a working man’s family, and I knew immediately that I would be a ‘Working Man’ for my entire adult life, and I was, and am unless I win the lottery. My ‘American Dream’ was to have decent employment, and was not to be a millionaire.

For I was taught that for the head of the family to have to trust an employer exclusively for bread to feed the family was not reliable, and it an awesome responsibility; because a worker in America, and his family are at the absolute mercy of an employer and the employer’s success. Furthermore, employers basically had to follow no rules, relating to a workers employment. Employers are an absolute authority.

Workers can have no self-esteem unless an employer wants to show his gratitude for a job well done, and perhaps reward employees with a compliment, a raise, or a bonus at Christmastime, all of which are rare (and personally, never in my working career did I ever receive a bonus, and the most thanks that I ever got for doing a good job was a short note stating “well done; thanks” and I worked for long periods for the same employers without getting a promotion).

Workers have no choice in bettering their self, or providing for their family except to change jobs which is extremely risky and often impossible.

My father was a union man and he taught me as a child that joining the union was a risk, and striking was putting your family’s ‘bread on the table’ at risk; these were risks that employees had to take to provide for their families. Dad also taught me that the success of the employer or his business is essential for the workers who depended on their employer’s success.

Father took great interest in the Wabash Railroad for which he worked for 42 years and Dad took great pride in the steam locomotives that he helped to build. So, I too was taught to take great pride in the Wabash (that is now defunct) and my own employers.

When diesel locomotives came into being, there were no jobs for workers who built steam locomotives; the skilled workers, some like my dad, of advanced age, were required to find new jobs, often menial labor or to retire if they could. That is simply another risk of employment.

But of most importance, my father also taught me that Labor Unions were the ONLY voice of America’s Working Middle Class and Poor; and he knew from experience.

Further, because of Labor Unions, there are no union workers who stand alone (Labor Unions are brotherhood) and ‘in union there is strength’ (which is also what our Constitutional forefathers uttered when they formed the ‘United’ States in 1776 and 1787).

Above all, my father taught me that for a Labor Union to succeed, the members have to be devoted members, devoted to each other and secondly, to their job and respect for their employer as their only source of income. The success of any Labor Union lies with the degree of devotion workers have for one another and for their cause, which is job security, a decent livable income, and continuing employment.

Today, I see many workers complaining about Labor Unions or about their misgivings for their own Labor Unions; the question to these workers who are opponents of Labor Unions is always, “What have you done about it?” Without a workers devotion to their worker brothers and sisters, there is no union, without union, there is no strength, without strength, workers live in constant fear of not being able to provide for their family and their self.

There is always quandary for the worker; to join a Labor Union is a risk of losing their job and the ability to provide for their family, and not joining the Labor Union is a risk of not being able to adequately provide for the family, or losing your job, or not being able to provide for the family at all. Belonging to a Labor Union requires a worker to take full responsibility for their own behavior and for belonging to their Labor Union or not belonging to their Labor Union. There are no simple answers. There is no one else to blame.

The Reality is that there are good employers and bad employers, there are good workers and bad workers, and there are good Labor Unions and there are bad Labor Unions, however, in the final analysis it is the responsibility of the workers and the employers understanding that success of their mutual endeavor, depends upon both, Labor and Management.

A business or corporation cannot produce products or services; only workers can produce something, or anything. And, Workers cannot work and produce, if they do not have an employers. For both to succeed they must agree to terms of employment, whether it is a Collective Bargaining Contract or a personal contract.

It is irresponsible for workers and employers not to realize this and agree that the two must agree to terms that neither will be totally satisfied. The costs of product or service is the combined costs of raw products and overhead, profits, and labor. The relative costs of ‘profits and labor’ represents the differences between labor and management; this is what labor agreements are all about. In the end, if it is a fair contract, neither will be totally satisfied.

In the process of agreeing to terms of employment, neither employer nor employee, gains by creating bad feelings for the other; attacking each other is detrimental, because once an agreement is reached the two have to work together for the success of their mutual endeavor which both are dependent upon. A vibrant discourse of terms of employment, should not result in attempts to destroy the character of the opponent that you are required to work with for the ultimate mutual success of your endeavor.

Historically, the Labor Unions (or Guilds as they were called in Medieval Times, and some still are in Europe) were responsible for creating the Working Middle Class from the peasantry of the Medieval Feudal System. It’s obvious, that eliminating Labor Unions from society will ultimately be responsible for eliminating the Working Middle Class.

Unfortunately, neither all employers nor all workers were ever taught Labor History or Labor Relations in school; fortunately for me, I was to learn from both my father and in my school.

We Americans extoll sports teams and know that a team not devoted to each other and their success will never be a winner; the same is true of employees. Employees devoted to their job and each other is an inspiring sight to behold; employers would be wise to take advantage of it rather than oppose Labor Unions as their enemy.

Shamefully today, I see Presidential candidates running for office on a platform of eliminating Labor Unions. Pity.

FORLORN CRUMUDGEION ADVENTURES SERIES; SPOCK LIVES ON, TV IS BAD, I’M SO SAD, I’VE GOT DVD AND I’M GLAD . . . THAT I DO!

February 28th, 2015

This morning I awoke, visited the lavatory, made a cup of coffee and turned to the news on TV; this is not unusual, it is how an exciting day always begins for me. And, every day that I wake up is exciting.

On my favorite TV news channel, the big news of today was that “Spock died”. And, the news report went on and on forever; I was being informed of more about Spock than I wanted to know.

Now I like Spock (Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015) but everyone knows that Spock cannot die, because he lives forever in my “Star Trek” DVD right there on the shelf.

SP
Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Spock and I agreed about everything; when Spock said, “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them,” I knew immediately that Spock was a friendly Vulcon and we bonded immediately.

But, certainly I was not at all interested in being told Spock is dead, Spock was a great actor, and “His mother, Dora (née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city”.

Patiently, I waited for that part of the news to end; well, actually I’m not patient and I didn’t wait too long for that section of the news to end.

So, I changed channels to the news channel I don’t like; they were also saying mundane things about Spock, like “His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets’, ‘Awake and Sing’.” Holy crap! Spock is Spock and Spock is not Ralphie!

I really didn’t want to hear that!

And therefore after checking all news channels and finding no satisfaction, I decided to register my complaint online here, about the failure of TV news today, knowing full well that Spock was cheering me on.

Today I am delighted to be able to inform you that:
Spock is dead,
the TV said.
Don’t be misled.
The life Spock led
lives in my head
and on DVD instead.
(Disclaimer: Anything resembling poetry in any way in my writing is entirely unintentional.)

ADMITTEDLY, I BELIEVE REPUBLICANS ARE COOCOO; A REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR TREATING CANCER AS A FUNGUS WOULD APPEAR TO JUSTIFY MY BELIEF!

February 26th, 2015

Today I am reading about the Republican Nevada Legislator who believes cancer is a fungus. Holy crap!

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-lawmaker-sees-cancer-fungus?cid=sm_fb_maddow

Yes, I have most recently condemned the Republican Party of having too many ‘elected’ ignorant sadistic extremists lawmakers; not because I am a ‘dyed in the wool’ Democrat, I’m not, but rather because I cannot tolerate extremist sadistic ignoramuses who believe cancer is a fungus, actually making laws in America (and that includes Democrat ignoramus extremist sadistic legislators that believe cancer is a fungus, if there is such a Democrat lawmaker).

However I’m convinced that the Republican Party apparently, and by large exclusively, appears to attract extremist sadistic ignoramuses and that is evident based on the entire list of Republican candidates parading around running for the Presidency in 2016, representing Republicans. You may challenge that but I for the life of me cannot see how? Or why? I have carefully studied each one.

Admittedly, I have at times voted for some lame Democrat, solely for the purpose of self-preservation since I am convinced the Republican Party today is an asylum for cuckoos!

But, if Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Earl Warren were to ever appear on the Republican ticket again, I would vote for them, hands down; for I have voted for excellent Republican candidates in the distant past. So, I would gladly vote Republican for the likes of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Earl Warren.

This explains my political behavior, along with not agreeing with a candidate that complains that physician assisted suicide in foreign countries is unhealthy because it is not approved by the FDA; I certainly would not vote for that candidate if she was a Democrat or the Tooth Fairy. I rest my case!

REPUBLICANS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE SADISTIC SELFISH IDIOTS AND AMERICANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO HAVE VOTED FOR THEM!

February 25th, 2015

Today I am reading about, “Deporting the estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants who could benefit from deportation-relief policies that Republicans are trying to block would have a hefty price, according to a report released Monday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The report estimates a cost of about $50.3 billion — about $10,070 per person — to deport those eligible for President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are under fire from Republicans.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/obama-immigration_n_6738984.html

Holy crap! Republicans say America cannot afford food stamps to feed the 50% of American children who are living in poverty, but America can Spend $50.3 billion to deport children who were brought to America as a child “illegal immigrant” and have been contributing to American society ever since they have been here and grown into law abiding American adults.

These ‘illegal children’ are now middle age professionals, skilled workers, laborers, and our neighbors.

Republicans today, totally lack any semblance of compassion, and some condemn me for exposing Republican sadistic behavior. I do not hate Republicans, but I certainly have no use for sadistic, selfish Republican politicians who abuse children treating them with sadistic abuse, regardless of nationality.

My idols were Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Earl Warren, Republicans all, and these sadistic morons who call their-self, Republicans today, are not worthy of being considered of the Grand Old Party!

2016 IS TO BE THE YEAR OF THE WOMEN, SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN IS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE OF THE PEOPLE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND THE WORLD WILL REJOICE AND BE UNAFRAID AND LIVE IN PEACE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, MAYBE!

February 24th, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unique in politics; a person like Liz Warren, of unimpeachable character with a huge following, is referred to in politics as a “White Crow” (strictly a political term and no racial reference). A “White Crow” is rare and different from all other politicians; a “White Crow” is a selfless politician of impeccable character.

Seldom, does this phenomenon occur; and, Warren must be aware and realize this.

She is playing it right by having no intention of running for President; so, if she is drafted, she runs for President only because she feels a responsibility to the People (Which is the only real reason any candidate should have to run, but seldom is it actually why a candidate runs).

In American History, Adlai Stevenson was a “White Crow” candidate for governor of Illinois. The Democratic Party machine knew they had no chance to win the governorship of Illinois, so they put Adlai up as a “White Crow” candidate so that the voters would have to vote against a candidate with an impeccable character, for the Republicans to win the election (which was expected). The Democratic political machine did little to help Stevenson’s candidacy, because they knew he would lose.

To the surprise of everyone, Stevenson won the election by the largest margin ever for a candidate, he owed the political machine nothing and gave them nothing, and was a great governor who became a obvious candidate for the Presidency.

Unfortunately, the Republicans convinced WWII hero Ike Eisenhower to run against Stevenson and Adlai lost to Ike twice by a narrow margin; no one could beat Ike, because he had unbeatable name recognition as the General who won WWII (actually, Ike wasn’t a great President; he was somewhat puppet like because his real expertise had been in killing people not governing them).

A humorous tidbit about Stevenson, was that the Democratic Political Machine in Illinois did not support Stevenson for President, because he refused to be a toady to the party after he was elected governor. And, Adlai lost his home State of Illinois both times he ran for President. Given the choice, voters preferred war heroes to “White Crows” who didn’t “play politics”.

This was how the “White Crow” candidate Stevenson became the greatest President to never be elected.

In the 2016 Presidential election there is no apparent “Ike for voters to like”; and there appears to be no Republican Candidate who could defeat Sen. Warren at this time.

In 2008, no one thought that liberal progressive Obama could beat the centrist, DC Establishment Hillary, but he did; when given a choice of a liberal progressive or a centrist establishment candidate, the liberal progressive “majority” will chose the liberal progressive. And, Warren the “White Crow” liberal progressive looks like a shoo-in for the Democratic primary and the general election, against any of the Republican candidates (all of whom have a lot of political baggage).

It is still a long time before the 2016 Presidential Elections, and Warren’s supporters are continuously growing. No offense to Hillary, but she has some political baggage as a centrist DC Establishment, she also voted for the Iraq Invasion Resolution, and she once told a story of going to Bosnia with Chelsea and being “under heavy enemy fire in a combat zone (?)”. When the time comes, it would be great if Hillary would endorse Warren at the last minute, and decide they she has appropriate reason not to run. The ground swell for Warren would be tremendous.

Meanwhile the do-nothing, selfish, and idiotic all male Republican candidates for President appear to be making 2016 easy for the Democrats. But Democrats have a reputation of defeating their self, losing from self inflicted wounds.

If Warren runs, the only problems the Democrats would have is to get decent half-ass honest Congressional Candidates to enter the slimy hate filled political arena and run for office, and then get voters to go to the polls and vote; Americans are tired of selfish political hacks being elected to Congress. America desperately is in need of having some respectable unselfish members of Congress; 2016 would be a good time to make that happen. American’s problem and the Democrats’ problem, appears to be that no decent human being wants to have the image, of being or having been a member of Congress. Pity.

Getting decent candidates to run and go to Congress, is much more important than generating campaign funds. Democrats cannot compete with Republican campaign donors; but they sure as hell can come up with better candidates than what I see in Congress today and, including the Democrats that Republican Congressmen beat. Non-voting voters sent both political parties a strong message in 2014; the message was they didn’t have decent choices to make, so they just didn’t vote.

It would appear that 2016 is going to be the year of the Woman President, and Liz Warren is definitely the Woman with Presidential qualities. Now if America can only convince some other extraordinary women to make a sacrifice in their life and become candidates for Congress, American government might become respectable again and we can expect less war and a lot more compassion for the People form our American government.

And, God bless America!

HOLY CRAP! JOHN MCCAIN IS ASHAMED OF AMERICA, OBAMA, AND HIS SELF AND HE HATES RUSSIA; DOES AMERICA REALLY NEED TO HATE RUSSIA? WHY?

February 23rd, 2015

Today I am reading about, a hate statement made my John McCain. “I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” said John McCain, speaking of the people of the Ukraine: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-mccain-ashamed-country-himself-ukraine/

And of course, I have an entirely different opinion; first, if Americans under President Papa Bush would have put aside their hatred of Russia because of their former communism, and welcomed our neighbor Russia back into to the world community after they aborted their world communism, helped them when the Russian people needed help, and established trade and cultural relations with our neighbor Russia, then Russians would never have found it necessary to attack the Ukraine (they attacked the Ukraine only for playing ‘footsie’ with Russian enemies, America and the West).

Instead, when Russia needed help, American President Papa Bush refused. These stupid Republicans don’t want to admit that Russia is our neighbor that even Republican Sarah Palin can see from her kitchen window; so why isn’t Russia treated as well by the United States, as Canada and Mexico?

If John McCain would have tried to help our neighbor Russia when Russia needed help, John McCain would not be ashamed of America, President Obama, and his self now, because Russia would not have needed to invade Crimea, because of the Ukraine favoring the West and America to the detriment of Russia. You can’t ignore history in making decisions today.

Instead of America blaming everyone else and ourselves, why doesn’t America ever try to be a compassionate neighbor, a cooperating neighbor, and not a competing neighbor of Russia?

So instead of agreeing with Sen. McCain, I am ashamed of the way the Republicans treat Russia as a threat and made the USA a threat to Russia. Instead, I have concern for the poor people of Russia who have a history and culture that we American neighbors could appreciate if we were ever given a chance.

It would be more of an advantage to America to have a close relationship to Russia, than to England and Germany; think about it.

We compete for the love of England and Germany instead of cooperating with Russia. What do Americans have against the Russians, only because they took back the Crimean seaport that used to be Russian, as compared to Americans taking California away from Mexico and what used to belong to Mexico?

America’s biggest problem is not Russia, it is instead, Republicans who ‘created’ ISIS and turmoil in the Mid East by waging wars of aggression against the Mid East, for the benefit of Corporate America’s foreign investments. And now, the working Middle Class American People need to figure out how they are going to get rid of John Birch Society, Neocon Republican extremists who have taken our democratic Republic away from us.

Personally as an American, I have no problem with Muslims, Arabs, or Russians; only John McCain and his Neocon Republican ilk have that problem. And, I prefer the Bolshoi Ballet to Iraqi oil; I can always take the bus to see the Bolshoi ballet.

As Pogo said, “We has met the enemy and it be us.”

And oh yes, I still remember Stalingrad and how those poor Russian people fought the Nazis against all odds and beat the crap out of them, for my benefit and the benefit of America!

AMERICAN NEWS MEDIA IS PRIVILIGED TO LIE AND MISINFORM THE PEOPLE WITH IMPUNITY; THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR IT!

February 21st, 2015

Today, I am reading about Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, lying on national TV which is really not news or new. O’Reilly lies all the time, with impunity. Recently, Brian Williams of NBC apologized for lying about an incident in which he lied about his involvement in combat while reporting the news; he was punished by NBC, his employer. In contrast, no one on Fox News has ever been punished for lying, and lying about the news is common place on Fox News. “Writer Responds To Bill O’Reilly’s Calling Mother Jones Story About Him A ‘Hit Piece’ – Update”; https://tv.yahoo.com/news/bill-o-reilly-mother-jones-003253666.html

O’Reilly has never proved any of his lies to be true and he has never ever apologized for any of his lies, and a lawsuit over his ‘telephone sex’ was settled out of court.

O’Reilly and Faux News, like all news media in America, lies and misinforms with impunity, because the US Constitution allows the media to lie, by virtue of the First Amendment and the so-called ‘Freedom of the Press’.

The media is given the privilege of lying because of four words in the US Constitution, “and of the Press”, which appears in the First Amendment.

This part of the Constitution was written in 1787 under totally different circumstances; the only news media in 1787, were small home town newspapers owned by 1 person who profited from sales of their newspaper; today, all newspapers, radio, and TV are owned by and controlled by a very few corporate conglomerates who control (edit and censor) practically all of the news in America and profit form corporate advertising and not the sale of any service or product.

The Constitution really needs to be amended.

Also, America’s libel and slander law is exceedingly weak and impotent, compared to the law in any other country. Apparently, in the United States, free speech in America permits lying about another person so long as the person who is the subject of the lie, cannot prove that they have suffered a financial loss as a result of the lie.

This is all a matter of history; if you study history, this is recorded in a historical era called the “Yellow Press”. American has outgrown its Constitutional ‘Freedom of the Press’ and we have not amended it to be affective and protect individual from lies about them in the media.

The end result is that the American People are “dumbed-down” by the American news media and not invormed. America’s news media are not in business to inform the People; American news media are only in business to make the most profit possible. Consequently, the news media lies, misinforms, edits, and censors the news to satisfy their corporate advertisers and promote their own interests.

The American media makes profits from advertising; foreign news media profits from providing news and sales of their products and services; foreign news media compete with rivals for the breaking news and accuracy in their reporting the news. Selected foreign news media is dependable and reliable.

“Mother Jones” news magazine is the magazine that has reported on O’Reilly lying about being endangered in the war zone of the Falklands War; author, David Corn wrote the accusation. O’Reilly presented no evidence to prove his own claim that he was endangered in the Falklands War and instead resorted to calling David Corn a liar, among other things. (“Mother Jones” is a non-profit news magazine dependent on sales and donations.)

My own interest in the matter, is the result of my personally catching O’Reilly in two big lies for which he was proven to be lying, he never admitted to lying, nor did he apologized for lying; but O’Reilly has consistently, personally persecuted those who called him on his lies for no other particular reason.

In my case, O’Reilly had claimed that a TV show that he was associated with had won a prestigious “Pew Award”. In a C-Span program, on which the two men appeared, Al Frankton (now Sen. Al Frankton) publically stated that he had researched the Pew Awards and the show O’Reilly was associated with had never received a Pew Award. O’Reilly was visibly shaken, was obviously angry, but could not and did not challenge Franken’s research; he left-handedly, admitted to lying by saying, “The show received an award just as prestigious as a Pew award (he never mentioned the actual award)”.

In 2008, O’Reilly called Sen. Edwards a liar on national TV, for stating that 200,000, veterans were homeless; VA statistics that Edwards quoted, indicated 200,000 veterans indeed were homeless.

From these two incidents I have never considered O’Reilly to be a reliable source; I personally consider a news source reliable when their news reporting is deemed accurate in ‘retrospect’.

As for O’Reilly being endangered in the war zone of the Falklands War, I have no opinion on the matter (and care less, frankly).

As for me, based on the U.S. Constitutional ‘Freedom of the Press’ of the press and the U.S. Libel and Slander Law, I simply do not rely on anything coming from the American news media. I would rather rely on foreign news media, like ‘Al Jazeera English’ that has proven to be more reliable in retrospect (or possibly, the American non-profit news source, ‘Mother Jones’).

Don’t believe everything you read. Always look for evidence and facts.