Don’t Dump on Trump just to Dump on him.

About a month, or so, ago I recently received a Jury summons from the Federal Courts..  The nice thing about modern Technology is that I can go online to register, and get an exemption, so I don’t have to wonder if the post office delivered my paperwork..  Nice.

After I had finished with that I was looking around at the FAQs and found an interesting link..   Judging an Injustice: During Asian Heritage Month, Japanese Internments Are Recalled | United States Courts

This article made me think about several different, though maybe the same, things.

First I understand that the United States of America is NOT a PERFECT COUNTRY.  Yes, we have wronged other people in the past, and sometimes we still do, though we usually try, in out own way, to do what is right..  If you want to think about this then consider the number of countries who offered aid when Katrina hit New Orleans, or even the countries who decided to aid us when we were moving in to save the nation of Kuwait from the Saddam Hussein.  Could other countries say the same, like Russia?

The main idea, from the linked article, I took away from this is:  for whatever reason we do it, whether it is the Japanese, Muslim, Native Americans, or any other people, grouping many people into one discriminatory label is NOT RIGHT.

The people who made who had the Japanese moved into camps were NOT RIGHT, and as the article says. the opinion from the military that the Japanese were NOT A THREAT was ignored.  I had even seen a story, I think it was from the History Channel people, that said the military commander for the Hawaiian Islands refused to round-up the effected people in his area of command.

The Federal Government is like a very large circus, I DO NOT MEAN TO INSULT THE CIRCUS, with different acts going in different rings, and the President/Ringmaster is supposed to make sure all runs as smoothly as if it were organized.

Each President who gets into that position comes with his own ideas about how things are supposed to work, and tries to implement his own ideas…  Most of them have spent time in the Military, so the have an idea about organizational structures and discipline, while others have been in some kind of public office, which gives them the same type of training but, they all learn that even though they are the ones in charge, and responsible for the way their underlings function, they still have limits that are imposed on them by others..  The Congress makes the rules and budget, the Executive carries them out.

To be fair to the Donald I would have to point out that he has acted, as the head of a commercial organization, as the person with the final word.  Much like the present Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, Donald’s experience is with the ability to make the rules that he saw fit to make,  once he got into the White House he found that much of what he knew before was fairly useless..

Maybe he did not do so well in his Civics Class.. Or doesn’t really understand the setup of the constitution..  I don’t know.  What I do know is that Trump was a blustery blowhard before he got into the White House, and on his campaign trail,  and so it should come to no surprise that he has continued to be so in the White House.

There is much that he does as the President that is worth a critical look.  The outright travel ban on some Muslims, his dubious relations with the Russians, and his attempt at what appears to be an effort to cover up or hide those relations, and his efforts to control, or intimidate his own Justice Department.

Then again when it came to his firing of FBI Director Jame Comey you have an example of the Democrats desire to “have their cake and eat it too” when, after the President fired Comey Chuck Shumer criticized Trump for doing the very thing Chuck had been calling for several weeks before.

After the Charlottesville riot Trump had a press conference where he spoke of the violence from both sides, and he was attacked in the press because he did not concentrate his remarks on the Alt-right groups.  Extremist who espouse violence go against the very principle that make this country great and it does not matter which groups they represent, right or left.

Pure politics does not help this the people.  Party politics, when pushed to the max, does not help and is probably the main reason that Donald Trump is now President Trump.

If your are going to find something wrong with President Trump do it because he has done something wrong and not just because he is in a different party..

P. S.  I saw a video of Michael Moore who asked a question…  If they do find collusion with the Russians, and Trump is Impeached..  if they put him up for trial “do we try him as an adult?”

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

When is Collusion not Collusion..?

 

 

When it comes to the meeting, in Trump Tower, with Kushner, Donald Jr, and the other guy with the Russians there are several things to consider….

Merriam-Webster defines Collusion as:  secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting incollusion with the enemy

Let’s look at the “agreement or cooperation” aspect of this.  Yes, there does not seem to have been any collusion but, that was only because the Russians did not have the material the Trump representatives wanted, information on Hillary Clinton.  I see that as like if you went to buy drugs and were told “we don’t have any drugs for you but, how about some really nice caviar?”.

It is true that it was not a secret, after all it was reported by the press, only because it was reported by the press.  I would go so far as to say that, when the press reported the meeting, the did the Trump group and unintentional favor..  Favor you ask?  Of course.

I will explain it this way.  When I was in the Air Force, mid 70s to 84, one of the little film they showed us, it was for people who had contact with classified information, was about a young Airman who worked in his bases headquarters.  One night he was in a bar and met a stranger.  The two shared drink and the stranger found out, he problably already knew, that the Airman worked in Headquarters, and the two started to talk about some unclassified program that were going on.  The stranger was interested in one of these programs, I think it was supposed to deal with things the Air Force was trying to do in the community near the base.  The two agreed to meet the next day.  The Airman would bring the brochures in an envolope and the stranger would bring him some information about his company.  The two met the next night.

The Airman, not thinking it was important, did not report the contact with the stranger.  Sometime later the two would see each other at the bar, and the stranger would pull him over to ask about information of a classified matter.  The Airman would say he could not talk about things like that.  The stranger would explain that it was too late, and he would show the Airman photos that had been taken of the two of them exchanging envelopes.

For the Airman this was a problem.  He had not followed regulations which stated he was supposed to report that contact, and it now looked like he had given them information for money.

Now, getting back to the Trump meeting.  Had the press not reported the meeting the Trump team would have been in the same position as the young Airman.  It would look like they had exchanged something for information on Clinton, even though no real exchange had taken place.  Further, in this last scenario, their problem would for Kushner and Don Jr to prove what really happened in that room….  I find it hard to believe the Russians would offer such information about H. Clinton without wanting something in return.  The question would be : did they get anything other than the possibiity of a later blackmail?

Things like this just point out the lack of judgement exhibited by the Trump group, which comes from a lack of descretion.

The next 3 1/2 years will most likely result in more incidents such as this.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

 

Can this be more than just a hobby? Maybe..

The blog is just as I have stated in the title..  My View.

I don’t, as a few other sites I have seen, spend most of my time trying to find other people’s news and reporting it under my name.  I will find ideas that are of interest to me and maybe put links to sites that may tell it better than I can, or just for reference.

So far I have not, in either blog (thatjoeguy.com or her myviewbyjoe.com) posted story from another site under my name with little “if you want to read more click here” button…  I am opinionated enough with out having to steal someone else’s writing.

I harbor no illusion that I know everything and so all I can ask is that you think about what I write, and maybe even let me know what you believe.

For those of you who have looked at one site, or the other, you know that I have covered a number of topics and usually attempt to put some kink of humorous spin on them.

I may just be writing this for myself but hope you, the readers, will take enough of an interest to comment.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

I have been away.. but I am back, for now..

I have not posted anything for a number of months.  It started near the end of last years election cycle when I really came to understand that I did not like either of the two candidates.  The choices seemed to be between the guy on the right who gave off bilious gasses from both ends, and the woman who bragged about her failures and who’s best achievement stemmed from the fact that she, along with her husband, has been able to avoid going to jail.

During this period I started a number of articles, I will try to get back to them, that I was not really sure how to present.  Each time I started on one of them, such as one I started to do about Medical Quackery, reinforced the understanding that much of what we believe comes from our perception of what it is…

Take the one I was going to call “Why I love the Internet”.  In this article I was going to point out that with the ability to search the internet for information a searcher could find more than one way of looking at almost any idea.

Take the idea of the Religious Trinity..  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  Some will point to sections of the bible and explain that they are all three aspects of the Father, while others might point to the same section and explain that they are all separate and say that the other idea, that they are all the same entity, makes no sense.

In the Medical world there seems to be an argument that MMR vaccines cause autism.   The anti-vaccine people will point to studies that, they say, proves that Autism is caused by the MMR vaccines, and that the Center for Disease Control  and Prevention(CDC) had been outed as having fixed it’s studies to show that there was no connection between the two.  The other camp, which is sometimes called Mainstream Medicine, will tell you about the CDC studies that prove there is no connection and will even go so far as to tell you that the studies, by the Anti-vaccine group, have been refuted numerous times and they they still bring them up.

Andrew Wakefield so called god father of the Anti-Vaccine movement

Andrew Wakefield is a name that often comes up in these discussions.  It was from a study he did, along with 6 or 7 other researchers, that lead to the assertions of Autism being connected to the MMR Vaccines.  The study, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, would later have his fellow researchers ask to have their names removed from the paper, after his press conference that explained the connection, a connection his fellow researcher stated was not contained the their results of the study.  The Lancet would retract the story, and the British Medical establishment would take his Doctor’s licence away after charging him with a number of ethics violations, such as abusing the 12 people he used in his study and lieing about his work being approved by an ethics panel, or the medical community that took away his credentials and struck him from the Physician list in Britain.

My point here is that we often form our opinions of this based on the way we look at things.

For my last item to think about is this.  In the United States we had a series of mass shootings.  Some people saw this as a call to get firearms away from the public, others saw this as a demonstration that the police can not protect the public and that they have a right to buy more firearms they can then use to defend themselves.  It is a situation where you have to ask : do we work on the symptoms, or the cause, of this violence…

I plan to get back into a routine of articles.  Hopefully you will think about what I say.  I don’t believe I will change anyone’s mind, but maybe the readers will consider what I put forth, and make up your own mind.

These are, as the title says “How I see the world”.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

Toxic Growth?

In Southwest Florida the challenge seems to be in limiting the growth to what can be sustained by infrastructure.  More and more we hear about large developments being planned  but, where are the plans to expand the water supplies, the road networks, the school system or even jobs for the newcomers?

We have to trust that out elected representative will be there to control this growth, and keep it at a manageable level.

Then there is, as the real-estate people say, location, location, location, which of course means where they build.  In the area near where I live the question has come up about Toxic materials in the ground that were left over from landfills.  This is the in area of the old Foxfire Golf course, where Medallion Homes will be building the Waverley subdivision.

Medallion Homes is owned by Carlos Beruff, who is running for the Senate, and who was appointed to the SouthWest Water Management District by, I believe Charlie Crist, and then, some time later, resigned from that with his last official act being to OK the plans by one of his fellow developers, even though, as reports say, various boards recommended against it.

He has also had problems with Chinese Drywall which was put into a large portion of the homes he build…  The Rip Off Report has this to say.  When the question came up about remediation he said the cost would break the company, and refused to do it..  The Sarasota Herald Tribune has this to say.

To further muddy the waters the area they are building on, at the future Waverley site has a number of unlined landfills, which the county would rather not test, even though there have been indication that toxic chemicals, may be able to spread in the water table..

If you are curious about this, and want to know just what the fuss is all about, then you should go to the Foxfire West site and see what they have to say.  From where I am sitting it looks to me that the developers are winning and the people getting sick, both of it and from it.

Now I have singled out Carlos Beruff but, I am sure he is not the only one who gets away with pulling tricks.  Like developers who lay waste to wetlands but to stick more houses into an area.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

 

Cops : what do we pay them for?

We keep hearing about people being shot by police.  Usually we hear about these shootings because the person shot was black, and the immediate response by the civil rights people and press is that he was shot because he was black.  This does  happen.

Yes, there are “some” cops who will shoot just because the suspect is black.  He might feel threatened by the person’s skin color, as he expects blacks to be violent felons.  He might not have been well trained, with little continuing training, in the first place.

Some Law Enforcement departments have rather intensive training, continuous, on the “use of force policy”.  Sometimes they use projected images of confrontations where the person being tested shoots at a projection screen.  Some use a version of paintball bullets that allows them to use their service weapon.  There are many different ways and you can find some of them displayed on youtube.  The nearest I have seen of this is that, when we were doing Security Police Qualification Course (SPQC) you would run in place for 30 or 40 seconds, or until you were breathing heavily.  This was an attempt to simulate the effect of an adrenaline rush in the blood.  The heavy breathing would play hell with your aim, as you tried to control your breathes in order to steady your arms..

The average Law Enforcement officer will, statistically, never fire his weapon off the firing range but, others might never know when it is going to be required.  It could happen on-duty, or off-duty as some departments view cops as always cops and so are required to carry a weapon at all times.

Years ago, there was a book called “Deadly Routine” which explained that sometime the officer’s duties, such as traffic stops, get to be so routine that they get careless and might not see the signs of danger until it is too late.

When an officer pulls over a vehicle, even for just speeding, he does not know if that person will just accept the ticket, argue over the ticket, or be a felon who pulls a weapon.  NO CALL is SAFE, and each situation may bring danger.  Arresting a husband, in a domestic fight, could result in the officer being attacked by the victim.  Cops chasing down a hit and run driver, who happened to be black, have been attacked by people who just saw what they assumed was the officers as attacking a man, for no reason they saw, for simply being black..

We could not pay them enough to do all the jobs we expect of them.  In addition to enforcing the law, knowing which laws would apply, being considerate of our constitutional rights, dealing with homeless people, people with mental problems, people with physical limitations, such as being deaf, or even people who do not speak English, and we expect them to do this in an environment where someone will decide that the officer did something wrong.

Take this situation:  a man is seen crawling into the window of a house, and reported by neighbors as a possible burglar.  Police arrive and enter the house, where they find a black male who refuses to identify himself and loudly accused them of racial profiling,so they arrest him for “disorderly conduct”. He turned out to be a Harvard Professor.  President Obama even got into the act by, while admitting that he did not know the particular facts, accusing the Police Sargent of “racial profiling” and “acting stupidly”.  Thus proving himself guilty of the very things he had accused the white Sargent of…

Mistakes happen and we expect the officer to know when to pursue a course of action and when to back off, all the while knowing that any mistake he makes is bound to be interpreted as “abuse of authority”.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

Who says our only choice is Trump/Clinton..

I don’t like either candidate.  Clinton looks like someone who has a chance of being the safes president in U. S. History..  that would be because the Secret Service will be guarding her in her prison cell.. he he.

If that happened to Trump he would just build a new prison, name it after himself, offer to manage it for the government,and move in to the Trump Cell Block Wing, you have to have extra space for the Secret Service and their hookers.

The last number of election cycles has seen a polarization of values as the left leans further left and the right leans further right..  as adherence to party policy is considered to be more important than representing the people.

Just for example, not really meaning to single him out, Joe Gruters, once the head of the Sarasota County Republican party, tried to get a resolution passed saying the Republicans would cut off Republicans who supported anyone from another party.  This attempt came about after two prominent local Republican figures endorsed a Democratic candidate for the Sarasota County School board.  The reason given was that the Democratic candidate had education experience while the Republican candidate, who had been appointed to the job by Gov. Rich Scott, had no prior experience, other than having been a student.  The resolution did not go anywhere but, it showed that Joe Gruters, and some Republicans, considered party affiliations to be more important then job qualification.

For years we have been told that the only logical choice to represent us had to come from either the Democratic, or Republican, Party..  For a lot of people this is easier to do than having to research a candidate’s position, or to fact check his opponents attacks.

The Libertarian Party is now trying to get it’s candidate, Gary Johnson, into a position where he has a chance of being included in the upcoming debates.  Gary Johnson, the ex-Governor of New Mexico, would offer an alternative choice to voters, like me, who are getting tired of the partisan mud slinging that goes on.

I would like to see more policy discussions about changes that the candidate could really implement..  As an example, Hillary Clinton told one group that she would stop companies going overseas by imposing an “exit tax”..  Could it be that she plans to bypass congress, who has sole authority over taxes, by using “Executive Orders”?

Whatever your belief about any given topic, or policy, you should have a choice other than the extreme right or left..  The political parties seem to have the idea similar to the quote from Henry Ford, which talking about the color of his cars, “they can have any color they want, as long as they want black”.  We need to convince the parties that we want more selection than just the one color, and other parties, such as the Libertarian Party, can offer that.

The people you elect will represent you.  Do you look in the mirror and see Clinton or Trump?  You should be able to pick someone who is closer to your own beliefs than the cookie cutter approach of the two parties.

What if the only choices in Ice Creme were Vanilla or Chocolate and you liked Rocky Road?  Would you just settle for buying one of those, or would you look to a store that sold Rocky Road?

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

They Walk among us..

nfrom Chris Murphy 01634 686 515nA church pastor has been savaged after launching a bitter attack on the gay community in Orlando hours after the Pulse club horror.nHe took to his pulpit to spit hate, saying: "Hey, are you sad that 50 paedophiles were killed today? No ... I think that's great. I think that helps society.  I think Orlando, Florida's a little safer tonight."nAs if that wasn't enough, in front of his believers, he later added: "It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man.n"The tragedy is that more of them didn't die."nIt happened in Sacramento, California, and it didn't take long for others to launch their own attacks on Pastor Roger Jimenez sermon of spite.nA link on his church's Facebook page, Verity Baptist Church,  directs viewers to the hour long sermon on YouTube.nFor members of Sacramento's LGBTQ community, religious freedom is sacred, but leaders feel a vile line has been crossed.n"We as the gay community support you should be able to worship as you see fit, but it's when you use the pulpit to incite violence or demean or discredit another class of people, just utter disgust," Donald Bentz, executive director of Sacramento's LGBTQ Community Center told local news station FOX40.nJimenez was contacted at his church, on the phone and at his home Monday but has not yet made a comment.nPastor Jimenez used passages in the Bible from Judges 19:22, Genesis 4:1 and Romans 1:27 to back up his points.nBut Mr Bentz countered that saying: "Most of those texts were originally written into Hebrew, translated into Greek, translated into Latin, translated into old English, new English and then back to English and every author that did the translations subjected them to the social mores of their time."nPastor Jimenez called the victims "predators".n"To know that this man's church is within driving distance of my home and where I work and where I'm walking at night, and his congregation members are out on the street, it's very scary," Mr Bentz told Fox40.nEven Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson took to Twitter to express his feelings, saying: "The hateful comments made by a preacher in Sacramento do not reflect Christian values and have no place in our society."nTo see the key points of the sermon go here and watch the Fox40 videonhttp://fox40.com/2016/06/13/sacramento-baptist-pastor-applauds-orlando-shooting/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=linknendsnn

I am starting this entry on Tuesday the 14th of June.

As you will know by now, over 50 people where killed Sunday morning at the Pulse night club in Orlando Fla.  The nightclub in question is a hangout for the LGBT set.

I am not going into the legitimacy of the gay community, I don’t think they are normal, or bad, they just are.

Here is an interesting Link to an L.A.Times article

We know about the idea of Radical Islam, though President Obama seems to have a hard time with the concept.. but, so we ever consider the other side of that coin?  Radical Christians?  Not really..

According to the  Washington Post: Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento told his congregation that Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.”

Add to that the Westberro Baptist Church saying, after the Boston Marathon bombing, “Thank God for Bombers”, and you might wonder if the description “radical Baptist” might be in order..

I want to say again, I do not think homosexuality is normal, or any combination of it, but that, is my personal opinion and I would not inflict it on anyone..

Hate speech is just that “Hate Speech” and just because they have to title Iman or Reverend on their name does not make it any less so..

That is one thing that President Obama should be able to understand after having listened to the Reverend Wright for 20 years..

For centuries society had defined marriage as between a man and woman, then the MIBs, Men in Bathrobes, decided that a marriage ban violated their rights to something, and declared marriage open to all.

I might not agree with homosexuality but that is their bussiness, not mine, and to say “kill the sodomites” is hate speech of the type that should be condemmed as we comdem those who say “kill the infidels”.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

Three more of Carlos Beruff’s U.S. Senate opponents speak out on his “animal” remark – Florida Politics

Three more opponents of Florida GOP Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff are criticizing him after it was reported Sunday that he referred to President Obama as “an animal” while speaking in front of a group of St. John’s County Republicans last week. “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK — seven […]

Source: Three more of Carlos Beruff’s U.S. Senate opponents speak out on his “animal” remark – Florida Politics

 

I don’t like either of these guys..  The President because, he seems to have spent the last couple of years doing his best to RUIN this country..

and Carlos Beruff because he shows a lack of civility and couth, which, as far as I can see, places him in the same group with the barbarians..  I do not care if he was saying the animal bit because President Obama is black, or not, that was a rude, uncivil comment, that says more about him than it does President Obama..   I don’t want someone like that to represent me in the Senate,

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

Grading Lawmakers?

I keep seeing laws passed as a way to grade schools on the effectiveness of it teachings.  There have been a number of arguments about this range from : the teachers will only teach for the test, and the students won’t learn anything, to how students who enroll during the year, transfers from other schools, will effect the score..  So it is really plain to see, at least in my view, that there are legit questions about the usefulness of this idea..

We like to score things.  Students by their scores, teachers by the students scores, schools by the teacher’s scores, large corporation by their Profit/Expense score, and stock prices..

For each of these groups there is a penalty for failure..  Students might not graduate, teachers might not get renewed, schools might lose funding, and CEO might be given a “Golden Parachute”.

One area we might extend this idea to is the people who write our laws, set the budgets, and generally seem to see their job not as representing the people but, thwarting the other party.

How could we do this, and to what end..

Not long ago the Florida State senate decided the play the closure game with the state budget..

A couple of years ago the U.S. Congress was wrestling with the idea of increasing the debt ceiling.  To this end they got together a group, made up of Republicans and Democrats, that was to work in unison with the President of the U.S.  The did work something out.  It passed the house, and the then Senate leader, Harry Reid, would not even put it before the Senate…  He said his not putting the bill before the full Senate was the Republicans fault..  He He..

Now, since doing these things is part of the job they got elected for would not the failure to pass budgets be considered a failure?  Like a student who does not pass his test, shouldn’t there be some kind of penalty associated with not doing their job?

Just look at how the politicians have spent so much time yammering about people’s “party loyalty”.  What was this thing about a Republican Loyalty Oath?  It was an oath of loyalty to the “party” not the   people they represent which would be all of the people in their district..  NOT JUST THE PEOPLE IN THEIR PARTY.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of thing I am ranting about, consider this..  When President Obama was running for his current job he had a seat in the Senate..  though he was out campaigning most of the time, rather then representing the people in his state..  Was it Marco Rubio who got on one of the Intelligence committees and then missed half the briefings?

When was the last time thy passed a budget, the full one and not just a budget to keep the wheels turning because they could not get a full budget worked out?

I understand they are supposed to log in for votes, though I also understand that some of their aides vote for them..  So I have an idea.

Lets help them understand what the average worker, those little people who pay their salary, has to do.  Lets give them time cards, maybe digital, that they can use to clock in on the floor..  If they miss a portion of the business day, the times the House, or Senate, is in session then, they get docked for the proportionate amount of time they missed.. and if the things such as the budget don’t pass then they can give that money back..  as they did not do their jobs..

Oh, and it should be a felony for any of their aides to cast their vote for them, if they can’t do it themselves they should get a real job.

Of course, if they ever did anything like this, they would just put an extra clause that exempted them from the law..

Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or even a Libertarian, if those people, in whatever district, are more interested in Party Politics then they are not representing YOU.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

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