Monday, June 13, 2016

Origins of ISIS

Could not view the video posted in this article  Someone finally explained how ISIS was created via You Tube.

The 11-year-old Iraqi boy, in my previous video post, says much the same thing.

Critical Question for Americans

When proposing a ban on Muslim immigration and suggesting ID tags (in the land of religious freedom,)
Donald Trump said something about needing to investigate or figure out why they hate us.

I did not need to investigate or even figure it out. This child eloquently expresses why..

Monday, May 30, 2016

Expandable Scenery

Missed posting this comment on article about Trump's energy independence plan.

6:22 AM EDT
By "clean energy" do you mean industrial wind turbines that are blighting more total acres than mining or fracking these days? In recent decades a lot of people who claim to be environmentalists have decided that scenery is expendable. I'm not sure why they turned on nature, but I consider it a moral crime as big as climate denial.

The first time I saw a wind turbine farm, I found that scenery awesome. At that time, 1994 when I drove from east coast to west, I had no idea what wind turbines were. More recently in a drive to visit a nephew in the Palm Desert area of California, I was again mesmerized by the symmetrical wind turbine towers. I had an urge to park the car and just stare at those blights on the scenery.

One person's blight is another's break up on the monotonous scenery.

Reading about how those farms supply energy for entire towns, wind turbines sounded like a good alternate source of energy. Further reading, however, explained how those turbines were less cost effective then good old oil or coal for production of energy.

Ah, there are those attitudes coming in to play again. Jim916 must support Trump, thus his energy independence plan. Was it environmentalists who decided that wind turbines in the Palm Desert area were a good idea? Or perhaps those people in charge decided it was a good idea in an effort to provide those who elected them a cheaper way to run their computers, cool their homes, run the pool pumps and such.

Would be nice if citizens who wrote comments would simply state their opinions without the blaming attitude.

" people who claim to be environmentalists have decided that scenery is expendable. I'm not sure why they turned on nature"

Taking oil from the earth by any means necessary is only one example of how ordinary people turn their backs on nature; we like our modern conveniences, like paved roads for one. Scenery has always been expandable if it stands in the way of progress. At least in my lifetime, it has. I believe the song line goes: they paved paradise to put up a parking lot.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Attitudes are contagious

Attitudes are contagious.

A comment from the article re: Trump's energy independence speech:

Vanderbilt JAM
2:04 AM EDT
Hello Washington Pest! Quoting 1990 Playboy interviews to point out inconsistencies in Trump's position are we? Do I detect a slight whiff of panic?

My first impulse is to reply something like this:

Hello Ms.Superiority...

And that is how wars are started; tit for tat.

I do not know that Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, authors of the article are employed by The Washington Post; it is an AP article. I could do the research to find out if they work for the Post, the same as those writers did to report news, but not important for me to know if they do.

Any number of newspapers could run the exact same news article; Vanderbilt JAM shows her prejudice with her first words (Washington Pest.)  Its a good line: Do I detect a slight whiff of panic? which further shows her disdain for the media outlet.

I would have no way of knowing what Trump said in a 1990 Playboy interview without the writers quoting Trump's words in this article. Panic? Why would the Post panic? They are just reporting the news: a day in the life of Donald Trump's inconsistencies.

Perhaps it was the Post article's attitude that caused JAM's caustic comment. Without saying the words, the article tells readers that Trump's speech to the Petroleum Conference were just words to persuade attendees that he is on their side. Without the inclusion of the Playboy quote, I would still have found Trump's energy independence plan to be lacking as to a real solution to our energy dependence.

I do not know anything about "the Paris climate agreement" or payments of U.S. tax money to a United Nations fund to mitigate effects of climate change worldwide." Even without knowledge of those two things, I would tend to trust both as being good for citizens worldwide, thus automatically disagree with Trump's proposed plan to end the programs. 

It seems that all JAM got out of the article is the inclusion of the Playboy quote. Her attitude makes it clear that doing so is wrong; perhaps she has a whiff of panic that others might form an unfavorable opinion about Trump due to the reporting of the inconsistency. Some will agree with his approach; others will not ~ the inconstancy is hardly relevant to Trump's position on energy independence.

Because attitudes are contagious, people like JAM can start more comment wars rather then readers having an adult conversation of the pros and cons of Trump's energy dependence plan. I guess that kind of discourse is best left to Congress, not those of us who elect our governmental officials.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Energy Independence comments

Some comments to this article:

6:26 AM EDT
Too bad your Climate change lies can not be forced on everyone. Long live the 1st and 2nd amendments. GO TRUMP!
(What do the amendments have to do with the article?)

5:59 AM EDT
Poor little lefties- your rabid attachment to the radical climate agenda hoax is going to destroy you once again. The poor little coal miners of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Illinois know what you are all about

And giving Obama credit for the fracking boom that he fought tooth and nail is beyond pathetic
(I did not see a prior comment mentioning Obama & fracking.)

6:23 AM EDT
Sandy Hook is a hoax too, eh Jethro-geila?

Vanderbilt JAM
2:04 AM EDT
Hello Washington Pest! Quoting 1990 Playboy interviews to point out inconsistencies in Trump's position are we? Do I detect a slight whiff of panic?

1:16 AM EDT
Real estate developer said he is going to make us energy independence Someone need to tell him that President Obama already did that while Trump was looking for the President's birth certificate

(Do not know that Obama did that, but the comment caused me to smile.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Trump Promises Energy Independence

Scrolling news headlines I saw: Trump Promises Energy Independence. A first sentence: Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to make the United States fully energy independent as president.

Wow, I thought, maybe I misjudged the man; perhaps he is not as bad as I imagine him to be. This morning I read one of the articles. Oops, he is as bad as I imagined him to be, sigh.

If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. Trump wants to do what we have always done. More drilling for oil, increase coal mining production, and so on. What happens, I have often wondered, when the oil is gone.

Kind of like what early U.S. settlers did with the buffalo ~ never considering their grandchildren's grandchildren who may have wanted to hunt buffalo. Trump has never known hardship; what would he know or care about future generations needs ~ let them solve the problem of no more oil, no more coal, as long as we stop importing oil now.
Energy independence means finding and using alternate sources of fuel. President Obama moved us a tiny bit in the right direction promoting use of solar energy through government tax incentives for homeowners who installed solar panels. He could have lead by example such as installing solar panels in the White House. In an effort to make the U.S. less dependent upon oil we will not be lighting the traditional Christmas Tree while I am in office. Ha, ha, the Obama-is-Muslim crowd would have gone wild with that one.

I also have a problem with Trump claiming that coal miners love their jobs. Perhaps some of them do. It seems to me most coal miners loathe the job, but work coal mines because there are no other jobs available where they live; they want to eat, provide for their family, pay that electric bill, and, ahem, heat their homes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Independent Voter

Unlike my Democrat father and Republican mother, I am an independent voter. Or I generally cast my vote for 'none of the above.'

Like Dr. King, I have a dream that one day citizens of these here United States of America will elect a third party candidate for president knocking those DNC and Republican party candidates on their collective arses. Shake things up a bit.

As things are, our next president will be either a Democrat or a Republican. Politicians know this. Democrats are confident that dislike or fear of a Donald Trump presidency will win over voters who support Bernie Sanders. They forget about people like me, the independent voter. We do not have to vote for Hillary to unite the Democrat party in a contest with Republicans. We are not a party.

At least, I am not a party person, just an ordinary citizen. Both of the ruling parties count on voters to vote for the lesser of two evils, rather than having us choose between the better of two equally qualified candidates. I am but a drop in the sea of voters; or a fish swimming against the tide. Thus I do not expect to see my dream realized this year or ever. Yet I have read a lot of comments from people who were lifelong Democrats who are switching to Independent Voter status this year, so who knows...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Municipal Committeeman

My father won an "overwhelming" two vote victory to become our small town's Municipal Committeeman. I was long gone from there by that time. At the end of this laminated article Fleming says my father was still trying to figure out who cast that second vote. That meant to me, there were only two people who voted for Committeeman in that election. Too bad I did not ask my dad for clarification at the time.

The same local newspaper writer said in a later article that my father was one of the better known minor politician in our town.

I am sure it was my mother who cast that second vote for my father, even though he was a Democrat, she a Republican. Too late to ask her now, her mind lost in that place where Alzheimer's minds go. I will probably read her the articles next time I visit in addition to her favorite Bible verse, then ask if it was her vote. Never know; she might respond.