NOT YOUR FATHER’S DEMOCRAT PARTY

President John F. Kennedy

I remember discussing the 1960 Presidential election with my father after watching the very first T.V. Presidential debates, trying to decide who would make the better President, Richard Nixon or John Kennedy.  Both candidates had similar positions on issues. Though inexperienced, Kennedy was youthful, energetic, and good-looking, and came across  very well on television.  Nixon was more dour and did not look good on T.V.  However, my dad and I thought that Nixon’s experience trumped Kennedy’s and that this was the most important factor to consider.

Of course, Kennedy was elected President and, aside from his mishandling of the “Bay of Pigs” fiasco,  governed well.  Although his father, Joseph Kennedy, bought the election for his son by buying votes in Cook County, Illinois, as well as in Texas, President Kennedy, aside from his womanizing, was basically an honest and effective President, and consequently is still beloved to this day by many millions of people. President Kennedy was one of the first presidents to cut taxes to stimulate the economy, something that no Democrat President would do today (though Democrat President Bill Clinton drastically cut the Capital Gains tax in the mid-90’s resulting in huge increases in trading stocks and consequent vastly increased revenues to the federal government.

President Lyndon Johnson

Upon President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President and served out the remainder of Kennedy’s first term.  His escalation of the Vietnamese war was unpopular but his Civil Rights legislation was (legislation that President Kennedy originated).  Johnson allegedly said that “this will have the N****** voting Democrat for 200 years.  African-Americans had been previously voting Republican for 100 years after Republican President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (the Democrat Party was the party of slavery, the Klu Klux Klan,  and Jim Crow laws).

President Jimmy Carter

After Republican Gerald Ford became President when Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Jimmy Carter became the next Democrat President in 1976.  Both inflation and interest rates skyrocketed under the Carter Administration, and when Carter persuaded the Shah of Iran to allow the Ayitolla Khomeni out of exile in Paris and back into Iran, Khomeni quickly fomented revolution and took over Iran.  Fifty-two hostages were taken from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, were held for 444 days, and only released 30 minutes after Republican Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President in 1981.  President Carter was thought to be a religious person, better suited to be the Nation’s preacher.

President Reagan reduced tax rates (which resulted in the Gross Domestic Product of the U.S. doubling in 10 years), strengthened the military (including the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”), and cut back Federal regulations.  All of these got the economy booming.  Republican President George H.W. Bush subsequently served as president from 1988 to 1992 and had U.S. troops push Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait and back to Iraq in the first Gulf War.

Democrat Bill Clinton became President in 1992, governed as a moderate, and was considered a successful President despite his tryst with

President William Jefferson Clinton

White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, which eventually led to his impeachment. Under his Presidency there were 4 years of Federal budget surpluses, thanks most to Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Budget Committee Chairman, John Kasich, and the Republican House and Senate. His support of the popular welfare reform led to greatly reduced welfare rolls and consequently to his re-election in 1996.

President Barrack Obama

After Republican George W. Bush served as President from 2000 to 2008, Democrat Barrack Obama became President in 2008 on a slogan of “Hope and Change,” after serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois for 2 years, and moved the Democrat Party to the far left.  He was re-elected in 2012 and served as President for four more years.  As President, Obama pushed through the Affordable Care     Act (“Obamacare”) that mandated very poor healthcare unaffordable  for most people except those receiving subsidies.  In addition, Obama pushed the Dodd-Frank law that destroyed 40% of community banks, shut down many coal-fired generating plants and consequently lost about one million jobs, wasted billions from the Federal budget by investing in failed “green energy” “kick-back” plants like Solyndra, emphasized man-made climate change instead of sun-caused  climate change, increased the National debt from $9 trillion to $19 trillion, decreased the strength of the military to its weakest in decades, did not leave a small residual military force in Iraq which resulted in terrorists regaining a strong foothold in the region, negotiated a really bad deal with Iran which would have led to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and possibly a  nuclear war, and did not take the threat from ISIS seriously, etc., etc., etc.

On January 20, 2017, Republican Donald Trump was sworn in as President and subsequently implemented policies which grew the economy to over 4%/year Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth after only  about  one and a half years in office.  This after eight years of President Obama having an average of 1.9% GDP growth.  The stock market went from about 18,000 Dow Jones Industrial Average to over 28,000 in less than three years of the Trump Presidency.  Moreover, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress significantly cut taxes on individuals, businesses and corporations which resulted in the economy growing at an unbelievable rate to the extent that I believed that budget deficits would disappear by the end of 2024 if Trump were re-elected in 2020. Finally, one of the most important accomplishments was his “Operation Warp Speed” that produced  vaccines for Covid-19 in nine months, rather than the 3-4 years that it would have otherwise taken.

President Joseph Biden

Joe Biden, however, became President in January 2021 and immediately began reversing President Trump’s policies.  After only a few months in office the country began falling apart, with huge surges in illegal immigration and drugs, huge increases in government deficit spending and its consequent inflation, China and Russia challenging the U.S. all over the world, etc.  Today’s Democrat Party is for open borders, Sanctuary Cities, high taxes, late-term abortions, Socialism, government-run healthcare, huge budget deficits, and fraudulent elections; and against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), law enforcement, gun ownership, low taxes, energy independence, and a strong military.

From Conservative Democrat President John Kennedy to Far-Left Democrat President Joe Biden the Democrat Party is no longer the Political Party that your father might have voted for….it has become a far-left party whose dark agenda is quickly destroying freedom in the United States.  This has been possible only because of the corrupt Mainstream Media and Big Tech enabling it.

KIMMIE THE KAT: a humorous speech

Many years ago, when I was young and foolish, I was under the mistaken impression that all a man really needed for true happiness was a good woman. But as I’ve gotten older and a little wiser, I’ve come to see the light: a real man needs a good cat! Now I can imagine that some of you reading this are skeptical so I decided to scientifically compare a good woman, my second wife, with a good cat, Kimmie.  My  statistician says that 4 examples will suffice. I’ll keep score.

Before Kimmie the cat came into our lives, my wife, Sharon, and I really wanted a dog but we lived on the fourth floor of a condo in downtown Washington, DC, so a dog was out of the question. Then we got 5-month old Kimmie from the cat lady of Reston, Virginia. When I brought Kimmie home she was dirty and full of fleas, so Sharon and I decided to give her a bath. Fully wet, Kim looked like a drowned rat but a cute drowned rat. Giving Kimmie a bath was a real growth experience for us. I’m sure you cat owners out there know what I’m talking about.

That was Kimmie’s last bath!!!… What did I conclude from this?  Comparing the woman I know best, my wife Sharon, to the cat I know best, Kimmie, I decided that although a woman can take an hour to bathe, a cat can’t bathe itself and also is a real terror to bathe, so in this respect a woman is superior to a cat. Therefore let’s give women one point.

After moving from Washington to the mountains of Colorado I was hoping that some field mice would visit our home so Kimmie could develop her stalking skills.  I even suggested to Sharon that I buy some white mice and turn them loose in the house, but for some unknown reason Sharon did not like my idea. However, the day finally arrived when an unfortunate little field mouse got into our home seeking food and shelter.  Kimmie instinctively chased the mouse and even caught it, but she put it down on the floor and let it run away. She played “cat and mouse” with the mouse for two weeks, catching it, letting it go, catching it again, letting it go again. Finally one night at about 2 am, my wife heard some crunching sounds and that mouse was never seen again!

Now Kimmie is an old pro at catching mice. A mouse only lasts one night and in the morning the mouse’s hind quarters are neatly laid out for Sharon and I to admire. While this might gross out most people, I feel like a proud parent. What does this tell me?  In comparing a typical woman to a typical cat, not only can’t Sharon catch mice, she’s afraid of them…so give one point to Kimmie. The score is now women one, cats one.

When I take kimmie to the vet each year for her annual medical checkup, I get a good laugh.  Kimmie is probably the most timid cat that ever was, but the vet is frightened half to death of her. I hate to ridicule, but if you saw how scared he was of this tiny, eight-pound ball of fur, you’d chuckle too.  Kimmie’s last trip to the vet included her being tranquilized to have her teeth cleaned. That meant she had to stay at the vet’s overnight so she wouldn’t hurt herself while under the influence. When I went the following morning to get Kim to take her home, the vet asked me to go and get her from the back room.  I guess he was tired of my telling him how gentle and timid she was. I went to Kim’s cage, opened its door and was confronted with a hissing, snarling little tigress. I said, “Kim, it’s me…cut the bull; sweet pea, it’s me.” nothing worked. Maybe the vet is not such a scared-y-cat after all. What did I learn from this? …, comparing Sharon going to the doctor to Kimmie going to the vet, Sharon, unlike Kimmie, usually tolerates going to the doctor so she is superior to Kimmie in this regard. the score is therefore women 2, cats 1.

Sharon sleeps late in the morning.  Therefore, when I’m not home, Kimmie goes hungry for awhile early in the morning unless she can get Sharon up to get her breakfast. Being a smart cat, Kim developed a routine where she wiggles her whiskers under Sharon’s nose to tickle her to wake her up. She then follows this by licking Sharon’s hand with her sandpaper cat tongue and then standing on Sharon and meowing loudly into her face. Finally, if Kimmie’s especially hungry and it’s getting late, she climbs to the top of the nearby armoire and leaps from there onto the bed where Sharon is sleeping. If you knew my wife, you’d know that getting her out of bed in the morning is very difficult and that these feline tactics usually don’t work, but Kimmie keeps coming up with new ideas so she can get her morning fix of Purina.

So what does this tell us… comparing Sharon to Kimmie, Kimmie gets up very quickly in the morning, though she does take a lot of “cat naps”. This point therefore goes to cats: the score is women 2, cats 2, a tie score.

So to answer my initial question: “does a man need a good woman or a good cat to be happy?” As a true “cat man,” who never met a cat he didn’t like, I’m glad I have a statistically valid reason for not having to choose between Sharon and Kimmie. On the other hand, Sharon is a true “cat woman,” therefore I’m glad she doesn’t have to really choose between me and Kimmie.

This man needs a good woman and a good cat to be happy!

 

SON OF HAMAS

I read a fascinating book by a courageous person: Mosab Hassan Yousef.  Mr. Yousef gave up so much that he held dear to follow the beliefs of his new religion, Christianity.  His devotion to Christ led him to helping people, all people: Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc.  His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was one of seven Palestinians that created Hamas in 1986, but Mr. Yousef was a principled and honorable man, unlike many of the other Hamas leaders, and led me to conclude that he is mostly responsible for his son also being a principled and honorable young man.

Christianity opened young Mosab’s mind to compassion and forgiveness and enabled him to take a second look at the Israelis, whom he had been taught to hate by the culture he was raised in.  At some point he thought that he could save many lives on all sides of the Palistinian-Israeli conflict by working with Israel’s Intelligence service, the Shin Bet.  In fact, he did save many innocent lives, including his father’s.

In the epilogue, postscript and afterwards, Mosab ends the book by telling about his encounters in America, which I found to be very interesting, because by the end of the book I cared about what happened to him.

The book forced me to rethink Hamas and its true intentions: political power or a genuine concern for Palistinians?  It also gave me a better appreciation on how being raised in a culture where hatred is celebrated, and also think about how fortunate I am for having been born and raised in America.  If you are interested in the Middle East, care about the people who live there, and want to understand what is happening there, this book should help.

DON’T DIVORCE…TALK!


 INTRODUCTION

In April of 1968 I married a very beautiful woman with a delightful personality that I had fallen madly in love with.  In September of 1969 she divorced me.  In August 1978 I married a good-looking, fine woman whom I deeply cared about and who demonstratively needed my help.  In 2005 she divorced me.  Two marriages, two divorces.  What happened?  What can be learned from these tragedies that I can share with others to help them avoid the same types of mistakes I made?

I’ll give my analysis first, because for the reader it is the most important part of this article, and then I’ll give my account of the details of what happened that led to my divorces (for anyone interested in learning how two people deeply in love ended up divorced).

ANALYSIS

I made many mistakes in my first marriage and made a disaster of responding to our breakup and divorce.  My first mistake was not being engaged much longer than five months before getting married.  A longer engagement was important for both of us to learn how to amicably resolve our differences…which renowned marriage researcher and author, John Gottman, PhD, says is the most important skill to have in order to have a happy marriage and avoid divorce.  Dr. Gottman also says that a couple should have at least five positive (supportive, friendly) interactions for every negative (criticism, contempt, defensiveness, stonewalling) in order to maintain a healthy relationship.  You can easily check the health of your relationship by applying the aforementioned factors that Dr. Gottman’s research discovered.

Since my first wife usually lost her temper when we fought, I should have taken anything she said or did while in this state with a grain of salt, but I did not.  In addition, we both made the mistake of informing family that we were having problems.  Family and friends are supportive and usually take your side, which although they make you feel good, family and friends cannot be objective in analyzing and resolving marital problems but usually make things much worse. My family was especially protective because of my recent brain surgery and they really didn’t trust my wife very much since all holidays she insisted we celebrate with her family and consequently my family never got to really know the woman I married.  We should have gone to a marriage counselor to help us resolve our conflicts.

Finally, and most importantly, as very difficult as it was for me, I should have gone to my divorce-court hearing because I needed to be there in court to listen to my wife’s grievances  and then tell my side as to what happened, and fight to keep her, perhaps through court-ordered marriage counseling.

Because we really loved each other, were it not for my brain tumor, I believe that my wife and I would have worked out our problems and lived happily together and raised a family.  She wanted to be a good wife and, eventually, a good mother, and the emotional irritation and paranoia that I experienced from my brain tumor was temporary and eventually went away.  Our divorce boiled down to a huge misunderstanding: I thought back then that my wife threw me out, my wife thought that I left her, and my family thought I voluntarily left because my wife tried to stab me in a fit of temper… we never discussed the issue so it was never clarified.

My second marriage was completely different and I bent over backwards to make my wife happy, including accepting a job in Denver and moving to the top of a mountain in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado so that she could have plenty of the quiet and solitude that she wanted and needed.  Having been devastated by my first wife divorcing me, my fiance insisted we both attend five pre-marital counseling sessions with a marriage counselor before getting married, and soon after getting married I insisted that we attend 30  three-hour “Communications-in-Marriage” couples counseling sessions with two marriage counselors and four other married couples.  This marriage lasted 27 years followed by my wife traveling the U.S. for six years seeking a religious order that would take her in.  When she ran out of money near the end of each month I paid for her motel stays and also sent her funds.  Today we are friends living about a mile apart and I enjoy her company and helping her.

ON THE OTHER HAND

It was a bath that precipitated my first wife to give me an ultimatum to either “not bathe then (she wanted us to immediately go food shopping) or get out,” and then follow it up after I bathed with forcing me to call a taxi and then pushing me out of our apartment (only  seven weeks after I had a large brain tumor removed). Our conflict should have taken five minutes to resolve: apologies on both sides with explanations that we didn’t mean what we said.  However, it was never resolved.  A marriage is faced with many problems over a lifetime which need amicable resolutions.  The consequences of divorce on all parties are so painful that it should be used only as a last resort, after really trying together, face-to-face, to resolve the issues that brought you to the brink. We never seriously even tried because we hurt each other so badly and were both waiting for an apology from each other. I was waiting for my wife to invite me back since I thought she threw me out. When I finally realized what needed to be done (grovel), my attempt was inadvertently thwarted by my mother.

For more information on avoiding divorce, read my article on this blog entitled, “Improving Communications in Relationships & Marriage.”  Also, because making love can heal hurt feelings in a relationship, read the most informative article I’ve ever seen on the subject, my article on this blog entitled, “Older Men, Make Great Love Again,” which is relevant for all men, not only older men.  Finally, my article entitled, “Gut-check before Choosing a Spouse,” might help in selecting a compatible mate.  My blog address is:  www.MikeRussoExpose.com (“Analyses of Domestic, National & International Issues”).

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If you’re interested, here’s my account of the significant details that led to my marital breakup (if we each knew the other’s account, we would have discussed them and done whatever was necessary to avoid divorce because we really loved each other):

My first-wife-to-be and I lived a few blocks from each other in our parents’ homes.  Since we both worked in the same office, I drove her to work every day and got to know and like her…she was unassuming and down-to-earth as well as beautiful and spunky.  We dated for a relatively short period, fell in love, got engaged, and married after only five months of engagement.

Our honeymoon was wonderful but later we had a tough time learning to live together.  We got off to a bad start when on our first night back  from our honeymoon…she cooked hamburgers that she prepared with a teaspoon of black pepper mixed in.  She said that her mother gave her the recipe which made me suspect that her mom wanted  to break us up since she knew that my family and I all had stomach ulcers.  In addition, I had the curse of the first-born and consequently was a perfectionist and therefore far too critical and, on the other hand, my wife never learned how to handle criticism, discuss differences, negotiate and compromise.  Moreover, while growing up, her parents never fought in front of her so she thought that couples that loved each other did not fight.  Moreover, she always got her own way to the extent that, when she was a child, she demanded and got the master bedroom as her bedroom in her parents home.

Our fights would sometimes end with her phoning her parents to come and pick her up.  I eventually learned that the only way I could get her to stop fighting was to make her cry…and the only way to make her cry was to talk critically about her mother.  She would never compromise or even agree to end a fight…it just went on and on until I gave in completely, and even that did not satisfy her.  On two of the occasions when she became hysterical, she completely lost control and attempted to stab me with steak knives.  I consequently decided that she was not emotionally ready to raise our children though she wanted to have them as-soon-as-possible.  In order to prepare her emotionally to be a mother, I thought that we both needed to learn how to work out our differences and compromise, when appropriate.  I thought that I had to make her hate to fight and discuss our differences instead, and therefore I came up with the “hare-brained” idea to make her lose every fight from then on by my being as tough as I needed to be…though I should have instead insisted that we talk with a good marriage counselor and also compliment her whenever she rationally discussed our disagreements (“Positive Reinforcement”).  Unlike the first few months of our marriage where I eventually gave in whenever we had a dispute, I had to now win at all costs…no more kindness and understanding while fighting. For example, I told her “the emptier the pot, the quicker it boils,” implying that she couldn’t control her temper because she was empty-headed.  My “tough-love” strategy began to work just about at the same time that I began getting even more agitated and paranoid from my brain tumor to the extent that I was no longer in control…my paranoia was.

My brain surgery took 5 hours and I was in the hospital for three weeks with 1/2 my face and head paralyzed and numb and so weak that I could barely move in my hospital bed.  When I was allowed to go home, I could barely walk, the left side of my face was still paralyzed and numb, my left eye lid was sutured partially shut to protect it, I was deaf in my left ear, my equilibrium was bad to the extent that I appeared drunk when walking.  My wife was happy to have me home and cooked wonderful meals for me.  I remained emotionally on edge, easily irritated and paranoid.

My brain tumor made me hyper-sensitive to the point where I was very difficult to live with.  In addition, my wife became enraged at something I said and tried to stab me again.  She was scared and told me, “somebody said you need a nurse, not a wife,” and “somebody said you’re going to be fat and bald” and, “somebody said that they feel sorry for the one that takes care of the person that’s sick more than the sick person”  (I believe her best girlfriend at work, who hated me and was extremely jealous of my wife and did all she could to prevent us from marrying and then did deceitful things (behind my wife’s back) to sabotage our marriage and ensure our divorce…which she succeeded in doing).  About seven weeks after my brain surgery, my wife wanted us to immediately go out food shopping.  I told her that I needed to get a bath first…that it was one of the few joys I still had.  I thought that she replied, “if you get a bath now you can get out,” but it was under her breath and she could have said it unconsciously.  I should have asked her to repeat it.   Instead, I retorted, “I’m getting a bath so I guess I’ll have to get out.”  I took my bath and sang made-up lyrics that were insulting to her.  Although I begged her not to call my mom, she did so anyway, which expanded our dispute and all but guaranteed we would never get back together.

My wife demanded that I call a taxi to take me to my parents home.  I dialed the phone and made believe I was calling a taxi…but I did not.  An hour later she made me call again once after she  realized I didn’t actually call the first time.  The taxi came but I refused to leave but was still too weak from my brain  tumor surgery to prevent her from physically pushing me out the front door.  She cried while pushing me out because I believe she was reluctantly following my mom’s instructions to send me to my parents’ home (but she didn’t tell me that she was doing what my mom told her to do).  I went to my parents home since I had no money nor any other place to go.  When the taxi arrived at my parent’s home, my mom asked me what happened, not knowing that my wife, in a fit of temper, told me to get out and pushed me out.  My wife had only told her that I was leaving.  I didn’t know this at the time and told my mom everything, including that my wife tried to stab me twice.  So my entire family did not know that it was my wife’s doing that I came home…they were under the mistaken impression that it was my idea.  This colored their thinking, as well as their actions and gross inaction, for the entire seven months that preceded my divorce-court hearing.  I should have told my mom that my dispute with my wife was between she and I only (because their ignorance of this fact was partially responsible for our divorce).

FROM BREAKUP TO DIVORCE

The day after my wife threw me out I returned to our apartment for a week, which I told her I would do, with the hope that she would still be there or come by or call me to discuss our breakup and hopefully make up.  She never showed up.  It only took about seven months from our breakup to our divorce (under Pennsylvania’s 6-month “cooling-off” period in its divorce laws).  After the first few weeks apart I arranged to see her, using the  pretext that I needed to pick up some of my things at the apartment.  I thought we would talk over coffee and each apologize to the other for the terrible things we said while angry and that we didn’t mean what we said.  When I arrived at the apartment she was wearing a see-through blouse over a see-through body stocking.  In addition, she told me that a (male) friend would be over soon.  Moreover, every chair and sofa had piles of clothes on them so there was no place to sit and talk.  After I was there about 10 minutes her doorbell rang, so I left.  While I believe now that her intent was to make me jealous, I believed at the time that she was fooling around with another man only a few weeks after she threw me out of our apartment and therefore was not interested in making up and getting back together.

Since she had her home phone number changed, I couldn’t call her at the apartment.  So I called her every afternoon at her workplace.  After doing that for about a month, her boss answered her work-phone one day and told me that she was always upset after speaking with me.  Consequently, I stopped calling her thinking that’s what he wanted me to do and that I might be jeopardizing her job if I continued calling.

About a month after my wife pushed me out of our apartment, I received a legal notice of divorce from my wife’s lawyer and immediately tore it up.  In a fit of emotion, I applied to the Catholic Church to have my marriage annulled.  Instead I should have immediately called my wife to find out what she was doing.  I thought that since my wife’s mother was very religious, she would welcome her daughter being free to remarry and remain in the Church.  Moreover, I didn’t want our divorce to be the reason  for my wife being ex-communicated from the Catholic Church if she remarried, and my having our marriage annulled would help assure that she remained a Catholic.  My mind wasn’t working well.

My wife called me at some point and asked about a very cold “thank you” letter I sent to her mom for donating blood for my brain tumor surgery.  Although I spent an entire day writing and re-writing 20 drafts of that letter to make it thankful but cold, I lied to my wife and told her I just wrote it.  I didn’t know why she called me but upon reflection years later, thought that she was re-considering our break-up.  Things were getting out-of-hand. My wife pushing me out of our apartment and starting divorce proceedings so quickly, made my paranoia much worse to the extent that  I now began hearing voices shouting at me every waking hour and keeping me up much of the night.

After much thought I concluded that my wife did not think I loved her and wanted her so I decided to make it very clear.  Consequently, I called her at work and begged her to take me back.  I was quietly suffering and  in agony being away from her.  While on the phone my mom returned from work and overheard my conversation.  After the call ended my mom soundly scolded me for not standing up to my wife and being a wimp.  The next day I called my wife again at work to get her answer.  Unfortunately, my mom returned home from work as soon as I got on the phone, so I talked in a manner to please my mom so when my wife said that she thought I wanted to get back together.  I replied, “you thought wrong.”  That was the end of our marriage.  I had tried so hard for the past six months to win back the woman I loved, but in the very last moment, when I actually had a chance to do just that, I blew it but now also became resentful of my mom.  I became even more psychologically messed up as a result because now there was no hope of ever getting back together with my wife.

POST DIVORCE

While I was conflicted about attending my divorce hearing, I should have asked my wife whether or not she wanted me to attend; however, I unilaterally decided not to attend for eight reasons: 1) I thought that my wife really wanted to divorce me and that I shouldn’t stand in her way and her happiness, 2) I was overwhelmed with grief over my wife, couldn’t handle it anymore, and just wanted to avoid it all and have it go away, 3) the forced separation and upcoming imposed divorce made me paranoid to the extent that I constantly heard voices and thought that her divorcing me while I was recuperating from brain tumor surgery was an evil deed and therefore I did not want my presence at the hearing to add to the divorce’s legitimacy, 4) I thought it was useless…whatever I tried was stymied or stopped and ended up making me feel even worse, 5) I had no money or job, and given my physical appearance, thought my prospects for good employment were dim and this was the real reason my wife did not want me anymore, 6) I thought she was now romantically involved with someone else and therefore no longer loved me, 7) my wife literally pushed me out of our apartment and never invited me back…so I thought she did not want me to return, and 8) as a Catholic, I did not believe in divorce and wanted no part of it.  Additionally, I didn’t even know exactly where in City Hall the divorce hearing was being held and my lawyer didn’t even notify me (though I did receive a notice seven months earlier…which I immediately had torn up). However, I made a huge mistake and suffered for it for over 50 years.  I should have moved heaven an earth to fight for the woman I loved.

I believe that everything could have been easily resolved at the hearing, and when reunited, both of us would have tried our very best to be kind, loving, compassionate and understanding to each other.  In retrospect, I don’t think my wife really wanted a divorce.

For days prior to my divorce hearing I repeatedly said to myself under my breath again and again, “It’s stupid to want someone that doesn’t want me.”  But I was mistaken to not even try.  I phoned my x-wife one week after our divorce was final, and was surprised to learn that she already had remarried  but her new husband, who answered the phone, let me talk with her.

I subsequently tried returning to U. of Penn to finish my Masters degree but my only thoughts were of my x-wife so I temporarily dropped out and needed and received  psychotherapy for awhile.  I had “Command Auditory Hallucinations” for months where 24/7 I heard voices shouting at me, “murder your son.” The voices eventually disappeared and I subsequently finished my Masters at night and remarried 9 years later because I found someone who I cared about and who needed my help.  We subsequently moved to Washington, DC (and I worked there for 12 years) and then to Colorado (for 27 years).  After I retired, I moved back to the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be near my family since my second wife had also divorced me, but I still thought of my first wife very often and concluded that I had an ethical obligation to apologize to her, even though it had been 46 years since our divorce.  Consequently, I sent her a letter of apology for not treating her better, and also stated in it that I thought my brain tumor was mostly responsible for my erratic behavior.  Four years after that I sent her another apology letter for accusing her of “throwing me out when I was sick” which I had recently learned was not true since I believe that my mom had asked her to temporarily send me back to her.

CONCLUSION

The heartache that I, my first wife, and our families experienced I believe could have all been avoided by sincere apologies between my wife and I shortly after the start of our misunderstanding over my bath, and also that a good marriage counselor could have easily enabled us to have mostly positive interactions, work out our disagreements amicably, and live happily together and raise children.  Just as my wife never told me why she physically pushed  me out of our apartment, she never told me why she was divorcing me, so we never even had a chance of working it out since I had many misconceptions about why she did what she did.  The greatest legal reason I could think of is that, when my wife became hysterical I slapped her one time to get her out of the hysteria, just like I saw many times in movies.  So perhaps she claimed “physical abuse” as her grounds.  The second possible reason is that, for the last  eight months of our marriage together, I gave her a really hard time when we fought to make her hate fighting, but instead we both should have gone to a good marriage counselor.  Anyway, my wife might have claimed some kind of “mental anguish” or “verbal abuse.”

Eventually I decided that the main culprit in this entire matter was my brain tumor, which made me paranoid, irritable, and lowered my libido.  It was important to me to forgive myself for not treating my wife better so I also needed to apologize to her…therefore I sent her apology letters (46 and 50 years after our divorce).  The second phenomenon that led to my divorce was my not informing my family of my love for my wife,  how much I wanted to get back together with her, and was in torment without her, which consequently led to their total misunderstanding of my feelings for her, what happened, and later to my mom’s inadvertent interference with my wife and I getting back together.

I do have some solace now, however, in knowing that my wife remarried a good man capable of giving her a good life.  This is not as strange as it might seem if you keep in mind that I loved her very much and wanted the best for her even if it meant without me.  However, 50 years later I still can’t help thinking about her all of the time, regretting all of our miscommunications and the pain I caused, not having my own family and children, and knowing that all of the anguish and suffering could have been easily avoided if we simply had talked to each other.  Even though my wife should have not phoned my mom and thereby get my family involved in our dispute, a few words to me from my wife, such as “your mom asked that I send you home to her for awhile until you get a little better,” would have told me that she wasn’t throwing me out because I was sick and would have changed my attitude and consequently everything that I did after that.  However, my wife was under severe emotional distress and cried so it is understandable why she didn’t tell me why she was pushing me out of our apartment.

Neither my wife nor my mom explained to me that my wife was simply doing what my mom asked her to do.  For many months I was  tormented by what I thought was my wife throwing me out of our apartment when I was sick.  Fifty years later, even knowing the truth, it still hurts.  All of my mental suffering and divorce could have been avoided by a few words from either my mom or my wife.

Usually I take full responsibility for all of my actions and inactions, however, the psychological trauma from my brain tumor, my sudden facial disfigurement and disabilities, and my pending divorce, made me paranoid and incompetent at that time to the extent that I couldn’t handle the incoming so I don’t know how much of my reactions were really mine or were  a result of my paranoia.  Despite this, all  of our issues could have been handled well by discussing them, face-to-face, in person.  Even if we failed, at least we would have known that we tried our best and for me, over 50 years later, I would not be plagued daily with recriminations for putting the woman I loved in distress.

CHARTER/RELIGIOUS/PRIVATE SCHOOLS vs. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

THE PROBLEM

Many public schools are still not offering in-school, face-to-face education, and the on-line “Zoom” classes that are offered are not very effective.  However, Private, Religious  and Charter schools are fully open and have been for many months.  Why the large difference?  The short answer is that the Teachers Unions, for a number of reasons, won’t allow their members to return to classroom teaching.  Local governments have agreed to numerous incentives that the Unions demanded, but thus far it hasn’t been good enough. Because most public schools usually have predominantly minority students, all of the bad effects of schools being locked down fall mostly on minority children.  So what’s to be done?

THE SOLUTION

IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, putting your children in Private or Religious schools is the answer.  Charter schools are so popular that they run lotteries to select their students, so do sign up your children for the lotteries. Many states are considering legislation that would give parents the education money to send their children to the schools they wanted to send them to.  Results in charter schools have been far superior to public schools so they have become very popular in minority communities as a way for giving children a better chance for escaping poverty (see Thomas Sowell’s book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”).  In addition, public schools are morphing into indoctrination-institutions for brainwashing children, teaching racist theories such as “Critical Race Theory” and the “1619 Project” while at the same time not teaching the greatness of the founding of America and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  These are not simply insignificant teachings, they are turning children into self-hating anti-Americans.

IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT, what’s a parent to do if you’re child is stuck in a locked-down public school or if you observe your children being taught half-baked theories?  I believe the answer is to: 1) attend and speak up at your local school board meetings, 2) try to get elected to your local school board so you change curriculums, 3) provide your children with materials that give the accurate side of history such as those offered on-line like PraegerU.com. (in accordance with the philosophy that the best remedy is to offer more free speech, not to shut down speech you disagree with), contact “Parents Against Critical (Race) Theory” [info@stoplcpscrt.com], and 4) pressure your politicians to change the funding of schools by having public education funds follow the children so that parents can choose what school to send their children to and control their children’s education instead of Teachers Unions.

CREATIONISM vs. EVOLUTION vs. INTELLIGENT DESIGN vs. NO GOD

I agree with three of the four alternatives mentioned in the title to this article: Creationism, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.   For the religious, if God is capable of doing anything, then why could he not simply create the world through natural means…through evolution?  For the secular, how do you know that God is not behind the creation of the universe and all life in it, using natural methods such as evolution (“Intelligent Design”)?  I see no contradiction between evolution and special creation.

I believe that Christians and Orthodox Jews  might say that Moses explains in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible that God created Adam and Eve on the sixth “day”.  However, biblical scholars did not interpret the length of the period of time which is simply called “day” as a 24-hour day.  So a “day” could be two-billion years and seven of those “days” could be 14 billion years, which is about the age of the universe.  Moreover, when Moses wrote Genesis, no one back then would have understood anything as complicated as evolution.

For believers in evolution, how can you know that there is no God?   I have a Trilobite fossil that’s from the Ordovician Geologic period which was about 400 million-years-ago.  Moreover, dinosaur bones have been dated, using radioactive “half-lives,” as being about 60-million-years-old.  There’s simply too much fossil evidence that supports some form of evolution.  However, the universe is unimaginably vast and the human body alone so unbelievably complex…could these things evolved without an “intelligent design” by (you name it) God, Allah, a Supreme Being, etc.?  I think it is more likely that there is God and that some interpretation of the Biblical story of creation, if you specify that God used natural means, is probably true.  There is no contradiction.  Incidentally, it’s now known that birds evolved from dinosaurs, which I think shows that God has a sense of humor.

Aside from the objective reality of whether God exists or not, the idea of God is positive and uplifting and helps people get through the inevitable crises in their lives.  The Bible got me through a huge brain tumor that almost killed me and was able to survive the consequent  destruction of my first marriage.  God and religion are the foundation upon which ethics and morals stand.  Even for those that do not believe in God, the foundation of whatever ethics and morals they have, ultimately came from a religious ancestor.  Finally, it appears to me that Creationism and science are compatible: you can believe in both.

Anyone interested in exploring religion to discover one that is right for him or her should enjoy reading M. Scott Peck, M.D.’s books on The Road Less Traveled.

LOOK 25 YEARS YOUNGER

INTRODUCTION

As one ages, the body loses muscle mass and people consequently become frail.  This natural phenomenon is called sarcopenia.  This can be dramatically slowed or even reversed with the four basics of good health: 1) adequate amounts of high-quality protein, mostly with food (eggs, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, beans, nuts, whey powders), 2)movement (walking, exercise, cleaning, gardening, etc.), 3)adequate amounts of quality sleep, and 4)nutritional supplements (daily vitamin, resveratrol, calcium, magnesium, fish oil, 5,000 IU vitamin D, sublingual vitamin B-12, CoQ10, blueberry extract).

BODY

As you age, your skin dries, wrinkles, and thins and this makes you look old.  Two practices I learned of and used for an entire year to fully work was taking 1000 mg fish oil capsules/day and bathing only with Dove soap, plus avoiding bad habits like smoking and sunbathing, both of which wrinkle your skin. You can’t change your genetics but you can change enough of the four basics to good health to significantly delay, reverse, and possibly avoid Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases of aging.  Here are the four…

  1. FOOD: Chicken and fish are the only meats that don’t significantly raise your risk of death each year.  Processed meats cured with nitrites (lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, etc.) also significantly raise the risk of death.  Eat nine vegetables and fruits daily, but no potatoes, no sugared fruits, and only stone ground whole wheat bread. No or very little sugar or artificial-sugar-sweetened beverages.  Instead, use the natural sweetener, stevia, in your coffee or tea, both of which are healthy for you.  Only use extra virgin olive oil from California since 80% of imported olive oils sold in the U.S. are adulterated with cheaper oils.  Avoid partially-hydrogenated margerine as well as high-fructose corn syrup (in non-dairy coffee creamer).
  2. EXERCISE: Aside from food, exercise is the next most important factor determining good health, both cardio and weights. If you can’t be bothered with these, then walking 30-minutes/day for 5 days each week is the next best thing.  Try walking at a moderate pace and every  5-minutes or so try stepping up the speed for a minute.
  3. SLEEP: Most adults need seven hours of sleep/night for optimum health.  Many people, however, suffer from obstructive or even central sleep apneas. If you snore, you may have sleep apneas.  I’ve tried C-PAP (continuous positive airflow pressure), Bi-PAP, and V-PAP since 1991 after an overnight sleep study showed that I had 59 arousals every hour of sleep.  I therefore now use (after 4 more sleep studies) a VPAP every night.  Sleep apneas cause wrinkles and fine lines around eyes as well as making your gut protrude, increase your chances of Alzheimer’s, etc.
  4. SUPPLEMENTS: a half-century ago there was very little research on nutritional supplements, and most health claims were therefore B.S.; today there is a ton of research (testimonials are not research) thanks to Life Extension Foundation-funded research, as well as  LEF’s monitoring and reporting of research from around the world.  Since many people have limited funds, you need to know the few essential supplements everyone should take daily: 1)multi-vitamin-mineral; 2)calcium; 3)magnesium; 4)fish oil; 5)vitamin B-12 lozenge; 6)5,000 IU vitamin D; 7)CoQ10; 8) Resveratrol; 9)blueberry extract.  Avoid most herbal supplements.

CONCLUSION

Your face reflects your overall heath.  While many are not too concerned about health benefits, most do want to look their best.  Hair dye will make you look a lot younger, however actions taken to improve your health will also make you look your best.  Follow the four basics I cited above and you will look great.  Be sure to take fish oil supplements and use Dove soap and give it a full year to work its magic.  I’m 78 but look 50 so I know it works.

WHY DO HALF OF AMERICAN VOTERS STILL VOTE DEMOCRAT?

With the Democrat Party moving very far left to the extent that it can now be accurately called the socialist party, why are half of voters still Democrats?  That’s what we’ll examine here.

The Democrat Party’s history goes way back to Andrew Jackson.  President Jackson was a populist and championed the working class, though he did force the Seminole Indians in Florida to move to Oklahoma, far from their Tribal lands, with many dying along the way, thus the name, “Trail of Tears.”  When the Confederacy lost the Civil War, later the Democrat Party supported the Klu Klux Klan and then the “Jim Crow” laws that kept African-Americans subjugated.

Aside from its checkered past, the Party successfully fought to have itself branded as being a champion for the poor, minorities, and the working class.  If this were ever true in the past, it’s certainly no longer true today.  Today’s Democrat Party is not your father’s Democrat Party.  Therefore, I ask the question, “why do about half of Americans still vote Democrat?”  Here’s why…

-President John F. Kennedy was the most prominent Democrat in the past and many voters still think of the Democrat Party as being the Party of JFK (though it has moved far to the left from where JFK stood on issues).

-The mainstream media (New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC) are propagandists for the Democrat Party.  Over 90% of their reporting on President Trump is negative and much of it is actually fabricated, reporting on the insignificant “palace intrigue” rather than on Trump’s substantive accomplishments with the economy, jobs, minority employment, etc.  Stories that make liberals look bad are usually not reported.

-Most of Hollywood is a major propagandist for the Democrat Party, using its fame with the public to sway voters.

-Most Universities and colleges are propagandists for the Democrat Party.  Professors deliberately mis-state  the Conservative side of issues and also attribute nefarious motives to Republicans and Conservatives.

-Silicon Valley uses its vast power to suppress conservative ideas on the Internet but does air liberal and far-left ideas.

-Most Republican politicians, with the exception of former President Trump, governor Ron DeSantis, and a few others, generally do not fight back against the constant onslaught of criticism and phony allegations from their Democrat opponents and the mainstream Media.  Therefore, voters hear mostly just one side criticizing the other and never even hear both sides of issues.

-There is a significant amount of voter fraud, as documented by various credible sources such as the Pew Research Center.  Almost all of the fraud is for Democrat political candidates and explains why Democrat National Committee policy is against any form of photo ID being required to vote, using the pretext that it’s voter suppression.

-Many voters do not follow closely national issues.  They can repeat what they hear on the Left’s propaganda mainstream media (MSM) machine, but they don’t know both sides of the issues.  Therefore, followers of MSM are usually Democrats, thus the war by the Left against Fox News, which is not part of the MSM.  Even simply hearing the conservative or Republican side would change the minds of many voters.

-Most Democrat issues are phony issues, created to persuade voters to vote Democrat.  These include the non-existent “War on Women”, the Left’s attempt to take protective guns away from law-abiding citizens through its “War on Guns”,  blaming climate change mostly on people rather than mostly on solar flares, calling everyone a racist who does not agree with their position on issues, the Left’s war on the police, the military, and ICE, etc., etc., etc.

CONCLUSION

I’ve been following politics since the 1960 TV debates between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.  Back then, both political parties were relatively honest in advocating their views.  It’s much different today.  Other than being against every policy that the Republican Party supports, what policies do President Biden and the Democrat Party stand for?   From his Presidential Executive Orders and Actions, Biden is for abolishing ICE, not finishing constructing the border wall, giving all illegal aliens amnesty, a weak military, free college, Obamacare, Sanctuary cities, and $15/hour minimum wage, among other things.  The Democrat Party-controlled Congress has passed a $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief package that contains only 9% covid relief, proposed a $2.2 trillion infrastructure package with less than 25% of it to be spent on infrastructure, and is now proposing a voting “reform” bill (HR-1, “For the People” Act) that is so corrupt it would ensure that there could never be another Republican president.  It does this be removing all safeguards to election integrity. Good-bye to the Republic, hello to George Orwell’s “1984.”  God help us!

MADAM CHAIRWOMAN (of the Crow Nation)

This true story is about the most charismatic person I have ever met, seen or heard.  She was the chairwoman of the Crow nation from 1990 to 2000, Clara Nomee.  I first met and heard Chairwoman Nomee speak while attending an all-day meeting in Crow Agency, Montana in 1991 and was so impressed with her awe-inspiring way of speaking from the heart that I’ve never forgotten my encounter.

It’s often said that “adversity builds character.”  Perhaps that accounts for Chairwoman Nomee’s charisma.  Up until 1976, Mrs. Nomee had a problem with alcohol.  During that winter both of her parents died within 3 months of each other.  Consequently, her drinking increased to the point where she reached a crossroad and asked the Lord to “take my life or change it.”  For all of the following years she didn’t have a drink.

In 1985 she married Carlton Nomee, who a year later became vice-secretary of the Crow Nation.  In 1988, Mrs. Nomee ran for the Office of Tribal Chairperson with only a few supporters.  While she did not win that position, she was elected Secretary of the Tribe.  As she became more insistent and questioned how the Tribal government operated, she was phased out of her job.  Because she had little money, her furniture and car were repossessed and her electricity was turned off.  Because she had been unjustly branded a trouble-maker, when she attended church, people walked out; and when she drove down the street, children threw rocks at her car.  Her dog was shot, the windows of her home broken, and her life threatened.  But Mrs. Nomee prayed every morning for the strength to perservere as she looked out over the Big Horn Mountains from her home. After praying, she cared for her brother, Rayphael, who had been paralyzed from the neck down from an accident 28 years earlier.  In addition to praying every morning, she attended every political gathering and eventually became the spokesperson for many.  Finally, in May of 1990, with the blessing of many tribal elders, she was elected tribal chairperson of the Crow Nation after a bitter battle between contenders.

Although it was not the first elected office Mrs. Nomee had held, it was the first time that the position of Crow Chief or Tribal Chairperson had been held by a woman.  Mrs. Nomee wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, Chief “Henry Pretty-on-Top;” as well as other famous Crow chiefs, such as Chief “Sits-in-the-Middle-of-the-Land,” Chief Plenticoup and Chief Robert Yellowtail (see the photo).  As chairwoman, Mrs. Nomee became a role model for Indian women and was an excellent example of how someone turned her life around.

The challenges she faced daily in attempting to obtain jobs and much-needed public facilities for her people mandated that she have all of her wits about her all of the time.  As Tribal Chairperson, she was in a position to do more good than at any other time in her 55 years.

She was instrumental in having a hospital built on the reservation and having the Crow Tribe once again authorized to negotiate its own contracts.  She planned to have the old, small  hospital renovated into a nursing home and worked hard to develop jobs for the large number of unemployed on the reservation using the Jobs Training Partnership Act.

Just as life was hard for Mrs. Nomee, it had been hard on the Crow and other Native Americans as well.  A hundred years ago the Crow Reservation had covered 40 million acres.  Now it’s down to a mere three million.  The Crow served as scouts for the U.S. government over 150 years ago but have not had there loyalty rewarded.  Native Americans in the East taught American settlers how to grow corn, tobacco and cotton.  Native Americans on the Plains saw their food supply disappear in the mid-1800’s: tens of millions of buffalo were slaughtered by pioneers and settlers for their tongues and hides.  Many millions were killed for “sport” from trains that traveled through the West.  As their hunting grounds became settled and taken from them, the way of life of Native Americans was destroyed by forcing them to become dependent on the U.S. government, which shattered their self-esteem.

As I mentioned at the beginning of my story, I was very impressed when I heard the Chairwoman speak.  In addition to hearing Mrs. Nomee that day, I heard other Crow officials speak at that meeting.  Listening to them was a moving experience for me.  I had never heard a people so open, honest and considerate of others.  Though they had good cause for being very angry at some in my agency, they not once raised their voices.  Although my testimony as a technical expert, who had prepared extensively and was ready to make fools of the managers in one of our regional offices and thereby handily win the day for the Crow, the Crow chose not to call on me because it would have certainly meant, at the very least, my getting into big trouble with my Office.  Later, when we broke for lunch, the Crow honored me by insisting that I sit at the head of their table.

Although the Crow have many problems, as do many Native-American nations, Mrs. Nomee made a difference.  Unemployment on the reservation ranged from 60-80%.  According to a local authority, 85% of Crow deaths were related to alcohol abuse.  Consequently, you may want to consider donating to some of the many Native American charities.  Most of my donations are to these charities.

My experience with the Crow renewed my faith in humanity.  As I flew back to Denver from Billings, I thought of all I had seen and heard.  I concluded that the openness and honesty that I witnessed was how God meant people to be and I was fortunate indeed to have seen and heard the Chairwoman, a person of integrity, conviction and love for her people.

UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

What do  governor Andrew Cuomo, mogul Harvey Weinstein, former Senator Al Frankin,  and Jeffrey Epstein, all have in common?  All have been accused of sexual harrassment!  From hearing victims’ sexual harassment stories, I believe it’s very important to first clearly define exactly what sexual harassment is.  Having done EEO counseling collateral-duty (part-time)  while working full-time as a program analyst with the U.S. Department of the Interior, I’m familiar with the clear definition of sexual harassment by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at 29 C.F.R. 1604.11, as follows:

Sexual Harassment is conduct in the form of “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostlite, or offensive working environment.” 

Except for its legal implications, it’s not important to someone who feels harassed, frightened, or intimidated, whether s/he has been technically and legally sexually harassed. The following very relevant quote is taken from an article by Mortimer Zuckerman that appeared in the May 23, 1994, issue of US News and World Report:

“That sexual harassment exists is unquestionable, but that many acts of sexual misconduct are overdramatized is also true.  To avoid trivializing those who suffer the real thing, we must reject the idea that any unwanted advance or remark constitutes harassment.  There is a difference between an unwanted encounter, which may upset a woman, and pressure applied — such as threatening a woman’s job security — or ongoing demeaning treatment.  Those wrongly accused have their own ordreal in trying to prove a negative.”

When I was working for a U.S. Department of the Interior bureau in Denver in 1991, I also belonged to a public speaking club where someone accused me of “inappropriate behavior.”  Moreover, even before hearing my rebuttal, the club voted me out, whereupon I hired a lawyer to help me get my “due process” rights that were listed in the club’s charter.  In working through the details of the case, the accuser could not cite any examples of what I did that was inappropriate.  I sought advice from many people on how to handle the incident.  The psychiatrist I consulted advised that, since the woman had recently went through a horrible divorce,  she was taking out her anger on me.  I also read many books on communication problems, including the excellent, You Just Don’t Understand, by Deborah Tannen in order to make sense of why she accused me.

CONCLUSION

Both men and women need to learn how to deal with sexual harassment.  Men need to understand that women can destroy their lives and therefore they need to be more considerate of women’s feelings and perceptions and educate themselves on how and when many women become uncomfortable with some of their actions, such as using foul language, coming on too strong, and being too aggressive.  One of man’s basic evolutionary roles was to protect women; it’s wrong to harass them.

Women need to educate themselves on sexual harassment and how to handle various situations in a manner that eliminates the problem with a minimum of anguish.

Finally, for those trying to judge what the truth is in a potential sexual harassment encounter, remember to not completely believe anyone regardless of his/her gender; just listen to all sides and follow the evidence.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE POLITICS (audio interview w. David Horowitz)

David Horowitz (click on the blue play icon below and if the sound doesn’t begin, then click on the  loudspeaker icon alongside it to listen to my interview with him) is a prolific author, speaker and political activist. His latest book was the huge bestseller, Big Agenda.  It is a pithy book that explains what President Trump plans to do.  Mr. Horowitz currently is the director of “The Freedom Center” which he created in 1988.  He went to Columbia University as well as the University of California at Berkeley and was the editor of the Left’s leading magazine, “Ramparts.”  I believe Mr. Horowitz’ greatest asset is his insight into Leftist politics.

In my interview with him, he explains why he changed from being a revered and high-level, Leftist Socialist from 1956 to 1975 to a Conservative in the late 70’s, especially considering that his parents were members of The American Communist Party.  Mr. Horowitz tells his spell-binding and compelling story with names, dates, and places.  He tells what motivates the Left and gives his views on Leftist positions.

In the interview, Mr. Horowitz explains:

  1. Why and what the Left hates.
  2. The anti-war activists’ change in their protests against the Vietnam war once the draft was ended in 1974, why many Left leaders of the 70’s (John Kerry) have ”blood on their hands,” and much more.
  3. How and why he knows that the Black Panthers killed his accountant, Betty.

If you want to learn more about Left politics, you should enjoy this interview.  Click on the blue “play” icon below and if the sound doesn’t begin, then click on the loudspeaker icon that is or will appear alongside of it.

David Horowitz – Political Left Audio

Interview by Mike Russo

POLITICAL TALK IS CHEAP

President Biden on March 25, 2021 gave his first press conference, 64 days after he became President.  He called on ten reporters and spoke for just over an hour.  He delivery went reasonably well except for having to refer to his briefing book in order to answer foreign policy questions.  His preparation staff prepared a book with photos of all the journalists in attendance with the ten circled he was to call on for questions.  Since I follow national issues very closely I can say with certainty that he told many lies in his answers to reporters’ questions.  Political talk is very cheap!

When he was President, Trump spoke bluntly, not eloquently, but he got a lot of good things for America and Americans done.  Hoverer, his blunt talk got him in trouble all of the time.

President Obama was an eloquent speaker, but he didn’t get much done to improve the lives of most Americans.  Or did he?  If you liked how the economy and his job-creation efforts performed (lowest civilian labor-force participation rate since 1978), and liked the declining strength of the military, and think our foreign policy helped the United States, then you might believe that President Obama performed well. Or perhaps those things are not that important to you but  his Presidential demeanor was important.  Political talk is cheap!

Because  Presidents are our spokesperson to the world, most do want them to be presidential. President Obama was usually presidential but didn’t get much accomplished; President Trump is not presidential at times but has been very successful in creating jobs and making the economy outstanding. What’s important to you?

I hear many times each day that “Biden said this,” or “Biden said that,” and previously, “that Trump tweeted this or said that.”  However, what a President says is not nearly as important as his actions because that’s a much better indicator than words how he and the U.S. are doing.  For example, when former President Obama said that he thought about the economy every day, but then didn’t meet with his “Jobs Council” for many months at a time, it’s was  natural to question the President’s sincerity.  When Obama suggested he “felt our pain,” but took Air Force One to New York city where traffic was stopped for hours so he and Michelle could have a “night out” in “The Big Apple,” that said a lot more about his true feelings.

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion “covid-19 stimulus” the first two months he was in office was a fiasco.  Wouldn’t unemployment have been even worse without it, which is how it was sold to the American public?  Much of the stimulus was a waste of money…only 9% of it went for covid-related relief within the United States though covid was touted as its primary justification.  Reality is that much of the stimulus went for projects that mostly benefitted Democrat politicians and their friends and supporters.

If you saw the movie, “2016” you may think this is exactly what Biden and Obama wanted…larger government, a weaker United States.  I think the creators of that movie gave the President far too much credit…it’s a lot simpler than that…he simply didn’t understand how free enterprise works and that it not only leads to economic success so that a country can afford to take care of its poor and have an effective military, but it is morally and ethically superior to all other forms of government because it gives everyone an opportunity for the satisfying  “earned success.”

President Biden talked a great game but it took all of the mainstream media, most of Hollywood, most universities and colleges, the Unions, and far-left, multi-billionaire George Soros’ money, to keep him from not having bad job approval numbers.  I believe the only way the Democrats were able to win the popular vote in 2020 was by massive voter fraud in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, etc. which goes back to “Boss Tweed” and Tammany Hall, which  is part of the heritage of the Democrat Party.  It used  every fraudulent tactic including programming the electronic voting machines to switch Trump votes to Biden.  Last I checked the real vote count was 80 million for Trump and 68 million for Biden.

President Trump was brash and blunt in his rhetoric, but he was a doer, insofar as he has gotten a lot of good things done for the United States, especially revising regulations and laws that led to huge job creation.  President Obama was a great talker.  President Biden talks like a moderate while implementing far-left extremist  policies which will significantly hurt the United States but the mainstream media will not report it so you won’t know anything about it.  Talk is cheap. Political talk is worse than worthless, it’s misleading to the extent that everything you think you know about issues may not be true!

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OVERCOMING RACISM & DISCRIMINATION

Doesn’t it make you angry when someone treats you unfairly just because you’,re black, brown, white, a woman, a man, homosexual, transgender, older, younger, disabled, bald, long-haired, short, fat, poor, wealthy, national origin, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. ?  Doesn’t it make you angry?  What would Dr. Martin Luther King say?

In 1790, George Washington said “The government of the United States …gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution, no assistance….”  In fact, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and a few other pieces of civil rights legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, outlaw discrimination based on: 1) race, 2) color, 3) sex, 4) religion, 5) national origin, 6) age, and 7) handicap.  However, there are many other bases for discrimination which are not illegal and are not obvious and therefore are much more difficult to deal with than those which are illegal.  Because I’ve had a lot of experience in this area I thought I’d share my views on how discrimination works and how best to deal with it.

My understanding of discrimination began in 1975 when I became a collateral-duty (side-job) Hispanic Employment Program Manager for my Federal bureau, which took about 20% of my official work time.  For the other 80% of my work-time, I was a Environmental Planner.   With help from our Field Office employees, we were able to increase Hispanic-American employment in my small bureau from one person to 32 Hispanic-Americans so that my 500-employee bureau was 6% Hispanic-American when I left it.  I received awards for my work from the Director of my bureau as well as from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  When I went to work for another bureau in the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Program Analyst, I also took a collateral-duty (side-job) as my bureau’s Collateral-Duty EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Counselor, counseling about a dozen Equal Employment Opportunity complaintants, and received my bureau’s first “Outstanding Counselor” award in 1985.  Finally and importantly, at age 25 years, prior to both of those experiences, I had a large brain tumor removed which resulted in 1/2 of my face being paralyzed and numb. Suddenly I looked physically challenged and was easily-identifiable.  This situation gave me the unique experience of being able to compare how I was treated when I looked like most other people versus how I was treated when I looked differently and was easily identifiable as being physically challenged.

HOW EXTENSIVE A PROBLEM IS DISCRIMINATION

In the past, discrimination has led to lynchings because of race, national origin, religion, and other differences;  it has led to the torture and slaughter of six million innocent Jews by the Nazis and the murder of 3000 innocent Americans by Al Qaeda; and to many other atrocities through the ages, including right up to the present with “Flash-mob” attacks and the “Knockout Game.”  Today, however, allegations of racism have become politicized and  therefore many, though unfortunate, are false, like Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin.  A quick and easy way to determine most bogus allegations of racism is to first check if the accuser is a politician or a political adviser or pundit or works in the “accusations of racism shakedown” industry…and if she/he does, then you can assume the allegation is false.  Racism and discrimination does still exist today but it’s a tiny fraction of what it was back in the 1950’s and before, though many people, especially politicians, exploit racial differences in an attempt to gain votes and with it the power and money that can accompany political positions.

HOW DISCRIMINATION DEVELOPS

I believe that discrimination evolves because of three phenomena: 1) quick and easy identification of the group being discriminated against; 2) mind set; and 3) selective perception.

Easy identification is the reason why African-Americans, as well as women and most minorities, still are the recipients of discrimination, though nothing like the situation was even 50-years ago.  The same is true of the fat, bald, unattractive, elderly, disabled, and political minorities.

“Mind-set” I believe is the second phenomenon that enables discrimination to occur.  It develops when one’s mind, because of stereotyping or some other reason, thinks along certain lines or is “set” to the extent that, even when new contradictory information is brought to light, it is discounted or simply not considered or even not perceived.  Another name for mind-set is “paradigms”.

Once a mind-set exists, selectively perceiving phenomena within the area of the “set” is called “selective perception”.  With discrimination, one would selectively perceive only those phenomena that reinforced the mind-set.

HOW TO HANDLE DISCRIMINATION

What should you do if you experience discrimination?  Getting angry at the injustice is a common reaction.  Some may even think that they now have the right to retaliate.  I can recall a number of massacres motivated by feelings of persecution and self-righteousness in seeking revenge.  However, when the retaliation avenue is pursued,  all parties become victims, especially those exacting the revenge.  To cite just one example, if you discriminate against me, and I become angry and/or vengeful, you would actually now be controlling my behavior by changing my attitude.  Therefore, a much healthier approach is to say to yourself, “People make the most absurd assumptions based on very superficial and erroneous analyses.  They aren’t thinking intelligently.”  Also, “people can think anything they want about me but if they act on their beliefs, then I’ll take appropriate action, from simply shrugging it off to considering the entire range of legal actions and implementing whatever is appropriate for the situation”.

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE

I have seen firsthand how easy identifiability, mind-set, and selective perception work.  For me they are not simply theories you might read about.  Up to age 25, when I looked like most others, I was treated one way.  After 25, when I looked obviously disabled, I was treated  differently, except from my family and friends.  And even though most people were not even aware of what they were doing, people’s good intentions didn’t help much.

CONCLUSION

Dr. Martin Luther King has told us to “judge people on the content of their character”.  If we do otherwise, we should remember how discrimination works so that we can prevent ourselves from unwittingly engaging in it.  Anyone who looks or is different is at risk of being the victim of some discrimination.  The healthiest way to deal with discrimination is to try to understand and forgive those who wrong you.  This will make you a bigger person as well as add years to your lifespan.  To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “Hatred can be overcome only by love”.

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY FOLKS

Do you remember how to do geometry and trigonometry from high school?  For most people geoetryand trig are two of the subjects that they were required to learn in order to graduate, both of which most people will never need or use.  This article is about five important lifelong lessons I learned from my folks that I really needed and used throughout my lifetime and that they don’t teach you in school.

The five lessons are:

  1. Remember that the world is a cold place without family and friends
  2. Help whoever and whenever you can
  3. Treat everyone fairly
  4. Get a good education
  5. Do the best you can, live to your potential

 

First lesson. I remember my mom telling me, “Michael, the world’s a cold place without family and friends.” My mom came from a very large family…9 brothers and sisters…and she had many friends…her neighbor friends, her work friends, and her poker friends. Why are family and friends so important…they’re the people that know you and care about you…so when you reach low points in your life or just need someone to talk to, they usually give invaluable emotional support…and of course you support them when they need it.  At my mom’s funeral there were about 500 family and friends who came to see her one last time and to pay their respects to her family. It was unbelievable!

Second lesson. “Help whoever and whenever you can.” I knew my father was a good person, helping anyone that needed help, but even I was surprised at his funeral when strangers came up to me and told stories about how my father had helped them. I worked at my father’s grocery store on weekends and during summers when I was a child. The store was located in a very poor neighborhood in Philadelphia and most of our customers were on welfare. The children of the poorest families would come to the store every day for one of my father’s “free sandwiches.” As I got older my father would often send me to Philadelphia’s city hall and to Pennsylvania’s state office building with needy people to speak on their behalf in an effort to get them emergency aid. In addition, my father told me that his mother gave baskets of food to poor families during the depression…so I understand where he learned his compassion and helped whoever and whenever he could.

Third lesson. “Treat everyone fairly.” My folks felt strongly about treating everyone fairly. Both had friends from other races and nationalities. They sent me to a junior high school that was 75% minority to help me learn how to get along with people who were different from me. My dad constantly asked me about my agency’s (US Department of the Interior) dealings with Native Americans and my mom frequently quoted pearls of wisdom and common sense from her African-American girlfriends at work.

Fourth lesson. “Get a good education.” My parents believed in their children getting a good education, and although I only wanted to be a forest ranger, even that required a college degree. So when the time came, my mom went to work for a meat-packing company making sausage in a cold, refrigerated room in order to pay for my sisters, brother and I to go to college.

Fifth lesson. “Do the best you can.” My first semester at Penn state was a failure. When I came home for spring break my parents tried to comfort me with, “Michael, as long as you did the best you could, you have nothing to be ashamed of.” Well, I wasn’t doing the best I could…playing ping pong until 3 am in the morning the night before my midterm exams, but I heeded my parents words and knuckled down and did the best I could…and consequently got good grades. Eventually I received my bachelor’s degree from Penn State and my master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In conclusion, my folks taught my brother, sisters and I many lessons, just five of which I shared with you.  But unlike courses like geometry and trig, they are lessons that have been useful throughout my entire life.  Now, when I encounter a tough situation, I ask myself, “What would my parents advise?” Their advice has resulted in my usually making better decisions. So “Mom and Dad, wherever you are, thank you for teaching me the lessons I needed to live a good life.

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: PROS & CONS

Who can be against a livable wage and why would they possibly be against it?  That’s what this post is about.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) previously reported that if the minimum wage were to be increased to $10.10 nationwide, or a 40% increase, about 500,000 to 1,000,000 million minimum-wage employees, from a pool of 16,500,000 minimum wage employees, would lose their jobs because employers could not pay it and remain in small business.  However, if the new proposed minimum wage jumped to $15/hour, the effects of such a raise is estimated as being the loss of about one and a half million jobs.

So why do it?  The main argument is that it’s not a “living wage,” that no one can live on and raise a family on that wage.  Sounds like a reasonable justification but, of course, we need to look at other sides of the argument before reaching sound conclusions.  I already cited one of the primary reasons why government should not mandate raising the minimum wage too high…the loss of about 1,500,000 minimum-wage jobs; however, another significant reason is that it would almost shut down the first step on career ladders for unskilled workers…to the extent that they couldn’t even get that first job, get their foot in the door…because their work would not be worth $15/hour.  Many small businesses, like restaurants, are very sensitive to the minimum wage and when government mandates that wage to be increased substantially, restaurant prices increase substantially, which hurts the business and makes it fail (so the end result may also be the elimination of jobs).  Finally, it’s far more accurate to call the “minimum wage” the “starting wage,” because that’s exactly what it is for most people.

It appears that labor union leadership and consequently the Democrat Party is the only beneficiary of government mandating dramatic minimum wage increases with everyone else being harmed; therefore, gradual increases in the minimum wage may be able to satisfy genuine concerns of the minimum wage argument.

The best way to raise everyone’s wages the most is to create a booming economy like they did in North Dakota, for example,  where $15/hour was the starting wage in fast food restaurants because of the huge competition for employees that North Dakota’s great economy had fostered.  Former President Trump did precisely that with the U.S. economy, which resulted of a 3.4% increase in workers’ wages.  The government did not have to mandate minimum wages…they occurred naturally.

OLDER MEN, MAKE GREAT LOVE AGAIN!

                                            INTRODUCTION

I’m writing this post because sex at its best can be the physical manifestation of love and is therefore important to a couple’s pleasure and the strengthening of their pair-bond.  In addition, great sex can overcome many hard feelings, resentments, and misunderstandings that inevitably arise in a relationship/marriage.  There’s nothing as wonderful as making love with someone you love.  As one ages and the body slows down and changes, usually making love becomes more difficult.

What makes me qualified to write on this subject?  I’ve read dozens of books, off and on, on sex, love, relationships, and marriage for 65 years, trying new things that I read about.  In addition, I have 54 years of experience with two marriages and a few girlfriends, and especially after having messed up my first marriage, have a keen desire to excel at making a woman feel loved.  Finally, about ten years ago I found a fascinating little red book that told me something intriguing than I previously had not read much about.  That book, How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time, by Naura Hayden, described in detail how to physically tease a woman to turn her on, and satisfy her.  With the combination of my decades of experience and reading, I consequently had the best sex I’ve ever had, although I was over 70 years-old at the time…the one I loved felt thoroughly loved.

BODY

PREPARATION: If you’re not married and meet someone that you really like, get to know well and trust, and you both feel that you want to take your  relationship to the next level, alcohol will lessen inhibitions as you get started, so a glass or two of wine is a good way to begin (too much alcohol, however, lowers libido).  A safe and private location, romantic music, candles in a darkened room, and you’re on the way to setting the mood.  If you’re married or not but over about 45-50 years-old, you probably will need either 50 or 100 mg of Viagra, (or the appropriate dosage of Levitra or Cialis), the generic form of which (Sildenafil) men with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) may buy inexpensively…$100 for 90 20-mg tablets (regular price  of Viagra is about $50/one 100mg pill) from some Urologists’ offices or a mail-order pharmacy in North Carolina, Marley Drug ( 336-771-7672; www.marleydrug.com).  Viagra begins working in about an hour on a full stomach, 15 minutes on an empty stomach.  Women over 50 or 60 may need a lubricant to make intercourse possible (google www.bettersex.com/catalog published by the Sinclair Institute to purchase lubricants that are compatible with sex toys).  Lubrication should be applied, as needed, to the penis, vibrator, dildo, etc. before lovemaking.  If the woman is fertile, decide in advance the birth control you plan to use.  Coitus Interruptus, as well as the Rhythm Method are unreliable in preventing pregnancy.  If the woman is well past menopause (menopause is usually about age 52), of course there’s no need for birth control, though you still need to be concerned about the 30 Sexually-Transmitted- Diseases (STDs).  If you’re a man under about 40, you may need to use a condom to help dull the sensation and therefore help delay your orgasm (as well as prevent pregnancy).  A numbing cream spread on the penis will also help delay orgasm and therefore one can maintain an erection and lengthen the time that you’re pleasuring your partner.  Older men, because premature ejaculation usually is no longer a problem, should be able to maintain an erection, with Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis for as long as your partner wants to have coitus.

Testosterone is the hormone that stimulates sexual desire in both men and women, though women need much less of it.  As a man ages, however, some of his Testosterone is converted by his body into Estradiol, a form of Estrogen, which accounts for older men getting “man boobs.” Prescription Testosterone, in its many forms, can be very expensive.  A Compounding Pharmacy can make the cream form of it for about a tenth of the price.  In addition, there are over-the-counter supplements that stimulate the body to increase production of Testosterone.  The Life Extension Foundation (LEF.com) sells “Super Miraforte” which really works and has the added benefit of suppressing the conversion of Testosterone into Estradiol.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING THREE PARAGRAPHS ARE  SEXUALLY EXPLICIT

GETTING STARTED: We looked at making prior arrangements, now let’s consider technique.  First, it’s important to know that it takes a woman much longer than a man to get physically and emotionally aroused.  Young men take about 60 seconds, young women a minimum of 20 minutes of foreplay (kissing, petting, massage, sweet words, etc.).  Older folks take longer.  Start with kissing and necking and perhaps massage.  Then proceed to the biggest foreplay turn-on that most women enjoy, cunnilingus.  There is no taste or smell around the clitoris.  Meanwhile, also gently fondle and kiss your loved one’s breasts, teasing her by circling just outside the areolas.

 WHEN IT’S TIME: You know it’s time when your loved one is turned on if she asks you to get on with it it.  Now it’s time to go back to that little red book by Naura Hayden on how to satisfy a woman that I mentioned in the introduction to this article…you need to physically tease her.  If you decided on starting with the “Missionary” position, put the head of your penis at the entrance to your loved one’s vagina and slightly insert it and stay there while kissing her.  When she tells you to get on with it, insert your penis slowly about a 1/4-1/2 inch, and then pull it mostly out.  Repeat again and again.  Then go in slowly about an inch and pull it mostly out.  Repeat again and again.  Then 1 1/2 inches, again and again. By this time your loved-one should be really encouraging you.  At some point, especially if she starts to orgasm, slowly go in all the way, but, as taken from another love book, do so in a pattern, so as to maximize her pleasure.  For example, on the first stroke, go in all of the way, then go in half the way on the second, third, and fourth strokes.  On the fifth, go in all of the way again.  Vary the pattern occasionally.  Continue until your loved one is satisfied.  From my experience, concentrate on brushing by her clitoris with your penis on every thrust.  If you’re under 25, you may not be able to last that long without ejaculating, which will consequently usually kill your erection. Not to worry, if she hasn’t had her orgasm yet, you can always satisfy her with cunnilingus (see Ian Kerner, Ph.D’s book, She Comes First).

KEEP THINGS INTERESTING: There are dozens of positions. each of which has its advantages and drawbacks.  For example, rear-entry requires a long penis (or a strap-on hollow penis).  Face-to face positions, like the “Cowgirl”, free up a man’s hands to fondle breasts and squeeze a woman’s “love handles,” her buttocks.  The book,  The Joy of Sex, depicts many sexual positionsIf you are more adventuresome,  Sinclair Institute sells a DVD that depicts couples demonstrating the basic positions.  It’s called “The Art of Sexual Positions.”

Lovemaking is so much fun that it’s hard to stop.  Let your loved one be your guide.  I prefer modified all-nighters: you make love, you go to sleep, you wake up (for whatever reason) and make love again.  You repeat all night until you’re both exhausted or it gets light out and the Viagra/Levitra/Cialis wears off.  Your girlfriend/wife knows that she’s been loved and you feel great having done the loving.  Of course, not every encounter will be a marathon…”quickies” have their place, as does showing your genuine affection by simply holding, hugging, squeezing and kissing.

CONCLUSION   

Making love and being in love is one of the greatest feelings in the world.  In this article I used only medical and scientific terms for body parts and techniques…you can always Google or use a dictionary for the terms you may not be familiar with.  I believe that two people in love is so wonderful that I felt compelled to write and contribute whatever I could to help maintain and enhance that love despite how the ravages of old age interfere.  Finally, let me leave you with his thought taken from one of my love books: “men need to be needed, women need to be cherished.”  Cherish your loved-one and make her feel loved, both emotionally and physically.

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PS: check out my article on this blog (www.MikeRussoExpose.com), entitled “Improving Communications in Relationships & Marriage” for gems of wisdom taken from a dozen love and relationship books.  That post aims to foster good communications by a couple, to not only heighten their love-life, but also to reduce the likelihood of eventual break-up/divorce.  One of my other articles on this blog, “Don’t Divorce…talk!,” should significantly assist you in avoiding divorce.

WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DIDN’T TELL YOU ABOUT STAYING HEALTHY

What you don’t know can hurt you, especially in the field of medicine. But in the words of a cousin-in-law physician, “doctors are healers, not teachers.” In fact, there’s a lot of information necessary for the maintenance or restoration of your health that you need to know, especially as you age… and you probably won’t hear it from your doctor unless you know enough to ask him or her very specific questions and then only if your doctor is up to speed on whatever it is you want to know. The average length of a doctor visit is 11 minutes… doctors simply don’t have the time to meet at length with patients and are reluctant to meet with Covid-19-infected clients.

What qualifies me to write on this subject? I’ve had 34 surgeries and a huge array of medical problems in my 77 years, and I come from a large family who collectively has had a lot of experience with the medical establishment.  Moreover, since my first brain tumor surgery in 1969, I’ve read lots of medical literature and tried to keep up with the latest developments in medicine, health and nutrition that many physicians simply don’t have the time to follow.  Finally, I took 37 credits of biological sciences in undergraduate school so I understand, to a large extent, how the human body works.  One of my physicians once told me, “You’re the healthiest-looking sick person I’ve ever seen,” so I must be doing something right.

I listed ten health tips below which I believe should add 10-15 healthy years to your expected lifespan.  Of course there’s no guarantees in life but your likelihood for achieving much better health will be vastly improved,  The ten are: 1) choose the best health insurance you can afford, 2) eat a healthy diet, 3) exercise, 4) get adequate sleep, 5) maintain good relations with family and friends, 6) take dietary supplements and herbals, 7) get tested, 8) take responsibility for your health, 9) get effective medical treatment, and 10) keep up with the latest in health, medicine and nutrition. Read the rest of this entry »

TIME TO FULLY OPEN UP THE ECONOMY

INTRODUCTION

For political reasons many governors are using every excuse to keep their state economies closed, including keeping schools less than fully open, knowing that parents depend on schools to watch their children while they’re at work (and therefore they can’t work unless schools are fully open).  In fact, during the lockdown more children have died from suicide than from Covid-19.  Every country, except the United States and Germany, is opening its schools, most with no masks or social distancing required (because children have no significant risk nor do they transmit the virus to others).  Please note that I’m not a physician.

BACKGROUND

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is believed to have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the Wuhan province in China.  It spread to many countries from Wuhan, including to the United States, where it had initially remained relatively low due to the travel restrictions that President Trump imposed on January 31 on flights originating from China and later on other countries with high infection rates.

The spread of the virus is currently only able to be slowed down, but with the vaccines, by the summer of ’21  it  should no longer be a pandemic.  However, slowing the spread was initially very important in order to prevent a huge spike in cases that could have inundated U.S. medical facilities.  In addition, initially more time was needed to enable medical researchers to develop vaccines and effective treatments before “community spread” of the virus covered all of the U.S.   Currently, prevention tactics are still necessary to avoid getting the virus.  These prevention tactics are everywhere (www.coronavirus.gov) so I won’t repeat them here.  However, strengthening your immune system so that you can survive the virus is something anyone can do immediately so  at least take the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamins, calcium and magnesium, large daily dose of vitamin D (5,000 International Units [IU]/day), baby aspirin, Pepsid, melatonin, and zinc.  When I tested positive for Covid-19 in January 2021 at 77 years of age, I was sick with symptoms for only two days but my vitamin D serum (blood) levels were over 50 nanograms (extremely high) and I immediately started taking all of the aforementioned.

Hydroxychloroquine appears to have been very effective in New York, China, India, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, France, Turkey, Spain, etc.  I believe it would have been a “game-changer” and helped save many lives and also help America get back to work, except that it appears that: 1)the Mainstream Media made it political, 2) some in the pharmaceutical/medical community didn’t want it because it is extremely inexpensive, and 3)Democrat leadership didn’t want anything effective until after the November 3 Presidential election.  Coronavirus  symptoms can include high temperature, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, body ache, bluish toes or lips, skin rash, etc.  Infected people can have only one of the symptoms, or even none.  China has also reported that loss of smell and taste can be early symptoms of the virus.

PROGNOSIS

I believe the virus will continue to spread, despite social distancing, wearing masks, and hand-washing, until herd immunity is reached or the vaccines are widely available.  People with weak immune systems (the chronically ill and the elderly) are much more likely to die from it than younger people.  Treatments for Coronavirus are available now (Regeneron; Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)  with Azithromycin; plasma from Coronavirus-recovered patients; etc.), vaccines became available  in November 2020.

Coronavirus is just one more disease that can kill you but it has a very low mortality rate for everyone except for the elderly, who have about a 4% rate of death.  School children have very little risk of getting the virus and almost no risk of dying from it. Follow the same precautions for preventing any infectious disease but don’t panic.  Strengthening your immune system will greatly help you to survive the virus and is something that you can begin doing with supplements, nutritious food, and exercise, which includes walking.  Finally, Japan doesn’t practice social distancing but everyone wears a mask.  Sweden has never closed down or practiced social distancing.

CONCLUSION

I believe that the final solution for humanity is to either get the vaccine or ease into a modified “herd immunity” where a large proportion of the population has had the virus (and therefore is now immune).  No country can afford to have its economy mostly shut down for more than a few months with all of the hardship, pain and death (from suicide, drug overdose, delay of needed surgeries and medical tests, etc.) that would accompany a long shutdown.  States, like Florida and South Dakota, that have fully opened their economies are doing very well with their economies and the virus.  It’s time for all states to open up.

 

COVID-19 & VITAMIN-D: HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED? (audio interview)

Michael Smith, MD

Vitamin D is becoming the superstar in drastically reducing the chances of dying from the Coronavirus.  According to the Life Extension Foundation, deaths from all causes are less with adequate Vitamin D supplementation (2-5,000 IU/day), however Indonesia actually studied the issue with 772 volunteers, about half of whom had normal blood levels of vitamin D (over 30 nanograms), 213 with insufficient levels (21-29 nanograms), and 179 with deficient levels (under 20 nanograms) and found that nearly 99% of the D-deficient participants died.  The study has some questionable research design but it’s still noteworthy.  Incidentally, I got Covid-19 while having extremely high Vitamin D blood levels and was sick for only two days.  Learn about the many benefits of Vitamin D in the audio interview I conducted with Dr. Smith back in 2011 (see below).

Dr. Michael Smith is a medical doctor with specialties in radiology and internal medicine, and, at the time of our interview, served as the clinical information specialist with The Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to researching and disseminating information on preventing disease and medical disorders.

If you listen to the interview with Dr. Smith of the Life Extension Foundation, you will have the opportunity to learn about:

1. Why do you should take vitamin D and how much?…
2. Why and how much and what type of fish oil you should take…
3. The importance of vitamin K2 to your heart, arteries and bones and where you can get adequate amounts.
4. The value of Co-Enzyme Q10 and the type to take…

To listen to my 26-minute interview with Dr. Michael Smith, please click the red Link  below and then the blue hyperlink that will appear under it.

Michael Smith – Vitamin Audio

Interview by Mike Russo.

UPDATE: CLIMATE-CHANGE DUE MOSTLY TO SOLAR FLARES OR MOSTLY MAN-MADE?

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed three Executive Orders concerning climate change.  The most controversial stopped the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, thus throwing out of work 11,000 Union direct construction workers as well as up to 100,000 other (indirect) jobs.  Another controversial provision banned new oil and gas leases on Federal lands.  President Biden also directed Federal agencies and the Department of the Defense to make climate change a priority in their operations.  Climate change has been controversial since its onset in the 1970s when global cooling was the main concern by environmentalists. Therefore, we need to take a close look at it.  That’s what this post attempts to do.

THE ISSUE

Climate change, global cooling, or warming: terms that have been politicized to the extent that one has to question the sources of all data and facts cited to prove or disprove: 1) whether global warming, cooling or climate change even exits, and if it does, 2) is it man-made or caused by something else or a combination of both.  Further, if it does exist and is mostly man-made, 3) how bad is it and, 4) can anything be done to significantly stop it if it’s bad enough to warrant being stopped.  If we can answer each of these concerns, then we’ll know what to do, if anything.   Here’s my analysis:

1) Whether the earth is warming, cooling or staying the same basically depends on the point in time you select to compare this year’s  earth’s temperature to.  For example, a few hundred years ago the earth went through a “Little Ice Age” (1280-1850 AD) so of course today’s temperatures would be  warmer than then.  You may cite the melting Arctic glaciers as other evidence of global warming.  OK, but you need to consider that glaciers wax and wane over time and when Arctic ice is waning, Anarctic ice is waxing.  In other words, climate constantly changes (there was a “Medieval Warm Period” from 900-1300 AD and it was a few degrees warmer than today’s temperatures).  Over thousands of years the Earth has cooled and gotten warmer and cooled and gotten warmer, etc.  In fact, the Earth has had 5 major Ice Ages over the past 2 billion years,  5 periods of serious global cooling.

2) In the last few hundred years some data suggests that the earth appears to have warmed and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased, so a case can be made for there being a correlation between the two.  Remember, however, correlation doesn’t mean causation.  Scientists do know that there is a significant correlation between Sunspots and weather on earth.  However, how much of the recent warming is due to CO2 and how much is due to Sun spots and Solar Flares is suggested by the fact that although atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased, the earth’s temperature has remained almost the same, which suggests that carbon dioxide has little or no effect on the earth’s temperature.

3) Is any global warming, cooling, or climate change cause for alarm and action?  Thus far, it’s been relatively minor and any slight increase in the earth’s temperature is probably a good thing…more crops, better weather.  Of course, the adverse effects  from the previous huge California drought, specifically the lack-of-water problem in California’s Central Valley was 100% man-made by former President Obama’s policy of manipulating stored water for the Delta Smelt, a small fish on the Endangered Species List, rather than use it for the cropland and farmers that lived there and for the thousands of migrant farm workers that helped harvest their crops.  Insofar as extreme weather activity is concerned, the past half-century has seen fewer major hurricanes and extreme tornado activity in the United States.

4) Can anything be done about global warming , cooling or climate change if  it gets really bad in the future?  Sure, there are various ways to reverse global warming but not global cooling.  My preference is, if there is global warming,  the geoengineering proposals that seem preferable because they affect every country equally and do not harm any country’s economy.  So what should be done now, if anything?  “Watchful waiting” is in order but everyone needs to endeavor to get global warming or climate change out of politics because it should be solely a matter of science.  The Kyoto Protocols were rejected by the U.S. Senate in 1997 by 95 to 0.  And well they should have been, because the largest polluters, China and India, were exempted.  Moreover, the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord because the Accord did nothing to help the environment but would have cost America $3 billion/year that would have been redistributed to other countries.

Recall the “Hockey Stick graph” scandal in which a team led by a professor at the University of Virginia created a graph that eliminated data depicting the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period  in an effort to support the global warming hypothesis.  Then the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) actually and unbelievably included the misleading graph it in its Third Assessment Report.  Therefore, I believe it prudent to be very skeptical of any data depicting global warming or cooling.  However, if you’re an ardent believer in man-made climate change, you really should focus you efforts on the four countries most responsible: China, India, Africa, Russia.  The U.S., despite its large economy, has done the most in cleaning up the environment.

CONCLUSION

With help from the Sun, the Earth’s climate changes constantly and gets warmer and then cooler.  People contribute some, but for the most part it appears the Sun is responsible.  From my course in meteorology at Penn State University,  I  learned that “yes, climate changes all of the time…that is the very nature of climate…”  However, large sums spent on projects that attempt doing something about it are not warranted until there is solid evidence and that we can significantly do something (unlike the political and do-nothing Paris Climate Accord).  Currently, claims of global warming are: 1) a ruse to give climate-related contracts to friends who will pay back significant sums (“kickbacks”) to politicians, and 2) used as a rallying cry by which politicians attract and holds young, idealistic people to vote for them.

The November 2018  fourth national climate change assessment by the U.S. Global Change Research Program paints a dire picture of upcoming climate change so I checked out what the premier and super-qualified expert on climate change (Patrick J. Michaels, PhD in ecological climatology) had to say.  Dr. Michaels states in a November 26, 2018, post in “Climate Depot” the draft fourth national assessment (“NA4”) uses a flawed ensemble of models that dramatically over-forecast warming of the lower troposphere, with even larger errors in the upper tropical troposphere.  In addition, Dr. Michaels says that the only accurate climate model is the Russian model and that model shows very little warming.  In other words, climate change is very minor.

Other experts say that some data indicates the world is about to enter into a 25-year period of global cooling due to weak Solar Cycles 24 and 25.  Read Cold Sun and Dark Winter by John L. Casey, and chapter 2 (“A Less Giving Sun”) of the book, Twilight of Abundance by David Archibald if you would like to see the research on this.  A Newsweek magazine article, “The Cooling World,” dated April 28, 1975, first addressed global cooling.

To recap, climate and weather are primarily caused by the sun with only a tiny amount caused by people, so there’s only so much that can be done about it to make any difference.   If anyone says that climate change is “settled science,” you need to know that nothing in science is ever completely settled.  I estimate that about half of scientists disagree with climate-change being mostly man-made.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE STATUS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

President Biden recently revoked, via one of his first Executive Orders, the Federal permits authorizing the completion of the Keystone Pipeline.  A month after President Trump took office in January 2017, he signed a Executive Order authorizing its completion.  Why are our Presidents playing flip-flop?  To help you understand this issue, here’s the background of the pipeline:

BACKGROUND

In November of 2015 President Obama vetoed the TransCanada Corporation’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline (also known as the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project),  it meant that 830,000 barrels of oil a day would not travel from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf’s oil refineries via a pipeline.  Though a politically popular decision with environmentalists,  it was very unpopular with construction unions, as well as most Americans.

To counter criticism, some from leaders in his own political party, President Obama made an appearance in Cushing Oklahoma on March 22, 2013  saying that he would fast-track any required permitting of the 485 miles of pipeline traveling from Cushing down to the Gulf.  That part of the proposed pipeline is on privately-owned land in the U.S. so President Obama couldn’t do much to stop its construction even if he wanted to.  Without the northern leg of the pipeline, however, the 830,000 barrels of much-needed oil/day wouldn’t be coming from Canada and this leg of the pipeline the President could and did stop because the pipeline would have to cross the Canadian-American border (and therefore required Federal approval).

TransCanada subsequently modified its proposed route through the environmentally-sensitive areas of Nebraska and resubmitted its application.  There was not much remaining that was controversial and the U.S. State Department  found it to have “no significant impacts on the quality of the human environment,” which is the wording and standard contained in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The Keystone pipeline is not simply about oil, but also about eleven thousand construction jobs and up to 100,000 indirect jobs, as well as significant positive effects on the economy, including U.S. energy independence.   It was therefore important to analyze President Obama’s decision to determine if it was mostly political or based on genuine detriments to the environment.

It’s no secret that the far left is anti-fossil fuel because of what it perceives as unacceptable pollution.  To this end, the Obama Administration came out with 5 sets of anti-coal regulations which were estimated to cost the United States  the loss of over one million jobs.  In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) zeroed in on anti-fracking regulations to control the utilization of the huge natural gas reserves (over a 100-years worth) in the U.S.; however,  the far-left contended that its opposition to the Keystone Pipeline was mainly because of possible leaks from the line.  In addition, former Energy Secretary Chu had stated that it would be desirable to have U.S. gas prices at European levels ($8-10/gallon), so that alternative fuels would be more price-competitive.

Carbon emissions in the United States have been drastically reduced over the past 50 years.  Autos emit only a tiny fraction of what they used to.  Coal-fired power plants have been cleaned up.  In contrast, China brings on-line  two new coal-fired power plants a week and these plants, unlike U.S. plants, emit lots of pollution.  Air pollution knows no boundaries, so it’s a lot less polluting to the earth for the U.S. to burn its coal (and oil) rather than for China.

Solar and wind sources of energy only supply about 5% of the nation’s energy needs.  Hydroelectric supplies less than 10%, nuclear about 19% (France gets 80% of  its energy from nuclear).  So for the foreseeable future the U.S. still needs fossil fuels.  Therefore this dilemma is not really a dilemma at all.  If the U.S. cannot get the oil it needs from domestic sources and help improve the economy and create thousands of jobs at the same time, it will get it from foreign sources and give up to $500 billion a year of its wealth to countries that don’t like us and in some instances mean us harm, and to the detriment of the economy as well.

The United States is constantly improving  extraction and utilization methods for fossil fuels, while continuing to develop alternative sources of energy, including nuclear energy.  The potential for Keystone Pipeline leakage can be mitigated through built-in protective redundancies.  Even the original Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), prepared pursuant to NEPA, published in late August 2011 after three years of preparation, found “no significant impacts” from the pipeline.  If a pipeline oil leak did occur, it’s far easier to stop it and then clean it up, than if a leak occurred from an offshore pipeline.

There’s simply not enough alternative energy, including nuclear energy, currently available and it will be decades before there is, so for now we need fossil fuels and the United States has more natural gas, coal, and oil than any other country in the world, but it also has an array of laws and regulations preventing its access and use.  The pipeline could be raised off the ground, as is the Alaska pipeline, or it could detour around the major 200,000-square-mile Ogallala or High Plains Aquifer in Nebraska and other surrounding States.

CONCLUSION

If the United States does not complete the Keystone pipeline, Canada will build an oil pipeline from the Tar Sands to its west coast and the 830,00 barrels of oil a day will be sold to China and an additional 150,000 barrels of oil a day from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota will have to continue to use trucks and rail to haul its oil south to Gulf refineries rather than simply using a safer Keystone Pipeline to transport it.  Contributing to upward price pressure of oil will be the “slow-walking” or even forbidding of permitting of wells in the Gulf,  not allowing drilling in ANWAR and on most of the Outer Continental Shelf, and by OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), who sets world oil prices based on world supply and demand.

President Obama delayed his decision  on the pipeline until after the 2014 mid-term elections, basically because a large Democrat donor (Tom Steyer)  pledged to donate over $50,000,000 to the Democrats if he did so (Steyer actually spent close to $80,000,000).  After the 2010 mid-term elections, the new Republican-led House of Representatives voted to build the pipeline but the still-Democratic-led Senate voted against it.  The 2014 Congress began in January 2015, and both the Republican-led House and now Republican-led Senate approved it, but President Obama vetoed it.

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 24, 2017 ordering the re-opening of the approval process for the pipeline.  On March 23, 2017, the State Department granted a permit for the construction of the pipeline to proceed.

President Biden in January 2021 signed an Executive Order revoking the Federal permits authorizing the completion of the pipeline, which has not yet been completed.

 

 

AFTERMATH of the 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Jan. 6, 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC

Because I personally watched, listened to, and taped over 20 hours of testimony documenting overwhelming fraud in the 2020 election, I know that President Trump was re-elected President of the United States.  Those who disagree have not seen or heard the evidence but are simply basing their opinion on what they heard on the news about President Trump’s court challenges being defeated, not knowing that they were defeated based on procedural grounds and that the massive amount of evidence was not even heard.

In addition to having the 2020 Presidential election stolen, the next consequence of overlooking the massive election fraud was the stealing of the January 5 run-off election for both senators from Georgia using the corrupted vote-counting machines and their malicious software.  However, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel, also helped lose both Senate seats by not agreeing to give Americans $2,000 stimulus checks a week before the election.

On January 6 there was a Trump (“Stop the Steal”) rally in Washington where President Trump spoke. Hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters attended it at the Ellipse across from the White House.  Meanwhile, about a mile away, hundreds of right- and left-wing provocateurs, previously planned (according to the FBI) and got positioned at the Capitol by 12:53 pm, which was before the President finished his speech at 1:10 pm.  The rioters then broke into the Capitol building, which interrupted the Congressional election-fraud debate and certification.  Debate resumed hours later  and certified the Electoral College votes.  Media coverage was, as usual, pitiful.  It exploited the violence by accusing President Trump of inciting it.  He did not, but asked his supporters to, “walk down to the Capitol to…cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen to peacefully and patriotically make our voices heard.” However, as I mentioned, the violent right-and left-wing rioters were already there with the intention of breaking in and disrupting the Congressional debate on election fraud, which it did.

President Trump pleaded with all after the violence began at the Capitol to go home.  Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, asked that the 25th Amendment (to the Constitution) be invoked to throw President Trump out of office, otherwise the House would impeach him (which it did on January 13 with no witnesses called, no hearings conducted, no language by Trump cited, no legal representation allowed for the President).  In the following days, President Trump appeared on T.V. and said that he was focusing on the peaceful upcoming transition to a Biden Administration.  Later he tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Incidentally, Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts, was more responsible than any other government official for the violence at the Capitol by not at least giving a fair hearing to Texas’ lawsuit, joined by 22 other states and the President, because they (allegedly) did not have “standing.”  In other words, it manufactured “lack-of- standing” as the pretext for avoiding doing its job as the court of last resort and gave no recourse to the 74 million Americans who knew the election was stolen.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.  What will Trump supporters do with the massive evidence proving that the election was stolen?  I personally taped over 20 hours of it and predict that there is simply too much of it for the issue to go away…and it may even lead to serious violence.  Most Trump supporters won’t be placated until there is a thorough investigation.  To add insult to injury, big tech companies and other large corporations have begun penalizing anyone who says that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, which it was.  God help us!

 

VOTER FRAUD IN THE 2020 ELECTION & ITS AFTERMATH

HOW BAD WAS VOTER FRAUD? 

Was there much voter fraud in the Trump-Biden presidential election?  Most Republicans say “yes,” Most Democrats say “no.”  Who’s right?  Of course, this is not simply a theoretical or intellectual question and it’s not only important for the 2020 Presidential election, it’s important for taking any necessary corrective actions so that future elections have less fraud.

 THE FOUNDATION FOR VOTER FRAUD

The FBI spied on the 2016 Trump campaign and the Trump Presidency.  Then the DNC and Hillary paid for the phony Stihl-Russia Trump dozier that served as the foundation for the Mueller investigation.  Moreover, they impeached President Trump based on a phone call (which thankfully was recorded) between President Trump and the president of Ukraine.  Mainstream Media slanted and even fabricated stories about President Trump and did not report on any of Trump’s numerous achievements for the U.S., including his being nominated by four countries for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his getting three middle-Eastern countries to make peace agreements with Israel.  The three giant social media Internet networks censored conservative speech, like the New York Post’s article about Joe Biden and his son and brother’s corruption.  All of the above led half of the electorate in America to believe that President Trump was so bad that anything they did to defeat him was ethically justified.

 

 

INDICATORS OF VOTER FRAUD

I know that President Trump won re-election because, metrics, other than the phony vote results, otherwise don’t make sense.  Here’s a few of the many reasons how I know that Trump was re-elected.  1) in a Michigan county a glitch was found in its Dominion Voting System software that changed 6,000 Trump votes to 6,000 Biden votes…and in 47 other counties in Michigan this same software was used in the same way…as in 28 other States; 2) to date, twelve of the “new” House of Representatives seats that were lost by Republicans in the 2018 Congressional elections have been won back by them in the 2020 election (and only two by Democrats).  This is telling because this phenomenon happens in presidential elections when the Presidential candidate wins big and carries the “down-ballot” races on his/her “coat-tails;” 3) Biden overperformed with votes in only those counties in the final battleground states that made a difference to whether the state went for Biden or Trump [using analyses via Benford’s Law]; 4) Attorney Sidney Powell on 11/8/20 “Sunday Morning Futures” said that they found 450,000 ballots with only “Joe Biden” marked; 5) large bags of ballots received and counted in the middle of the night without poll watchers present and all ballots for Joe Biden; 6) the number of votes far outnumber the number of registered voters in many counties; 7) 3.5% mail-in votes rejected in the 2016 election, 0.5% rejected in the 2020 election; 8) in Nevada, signature verification machines for mail-in ballots set at 40%; and 9) see my article on this blog if you think that stealing a presidential election is far-fetched…it’s called “Unethical, Corrupt, or Criminal Democrat Party.”

THE EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD

Millions of votes were stolen in the 2020 presidential election.  How do I or anyone knows this for sure?  The evidence of voter fraud is overwhelming.  I listed the major categories of fraud below for which there is a thousand affidavits:

  1. Thousands of dead people voting.
  2. Mail-in ballots being counted even though they were received after the deadline.
  3. Post Office employees illegally back-dating mail-in ballots so they could be counted.
  4. Dominion Voting System vote-counting software used in 28 states, switching votes from Trump to Biden.
  5. Hundreds of thousands of votes being unlawfully counted without a Republican poll watcher present.
  6. Disparate treatment of the votes, like those from the 7 Democrat counties versus the 60 Republican counties in Pennsylvania.
  7. Biden votes put through counting machines multiple times.

POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT IN VOTER FRAUD

Due to the history of stealing elections by the Democrat Party, starting farther back than Boss Tweed in Tammany Hall in 1850’s New York and continuing up to the present, it’s easy for those of us who follow politics and love our system of government, to believe that Joe Biden became President with massive voter fraud by his Party.

The Democrat Party supported 80 million plus ballots being mailed to voters without being requested.  This was the heart of the fraud because mail-ins are easy to fabricate and difficult to verify.  Many politicians say that they don’t want to place an undue burden on their citizens by actually requiring that they appear in person and show a photo ID, such as a drivers license (which is even required of people of questionable age to buy a pack of cigarettes).  Does any adult really believe that lax voting standards have any purpose other than facilitating fraudulent voting?  It is important in a democracy for people to have faith in the process by which their leaders are elected, so care must be taken that it’s done honestly and that politicians are kept far away from the process.  Voter fraud is not new, but dates back to the beginning of our Republic (see Andrew Gumbel’s 2005 book, Steal This Vote; Eric Eggers 2018 book, Fraud; the 2004 book by Hugh Hewitt, If It’s Not Close They Can’t Cheat; and the 2008 book by John Fund, Stealing Elections…How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy).

 

 

THE SOLUTION

For the 2020 Presidential election, President Trump, every Republican leader/official, and every Trump voter, needs to do whatever they can to expose this fraud and bring all of the perpetrators to justice.  “Moving on,” like some people might advise, will simply perpetuate voter fraud and Republicans will never win another presidential election, and America needs to have at least two strong and viable political parties. The evidence brought to light recently is overwhelming.  We’ll see if it persuades the courts. The election results are not certified or official until about January 6, 2020.  Until then, who will be our next president is uncertain.

All election officials must follow their State’s election laws or be penalized.  Since presidential elections are of national importance, the Supreme Court should get involved and require that a photo ID, either in the form of a driver’s license or a State-issued photo ID should be mandatory in every state in order to vote.  Later, perhaps also a slight revision and an addition could be made to the on-line E-Verify system created by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in concert with the Social Security Administration that is currently used by employers to ascertain whether someone is in the U.S. legally.  A “Voter Photo Authentication”  may be in order given the amount of massive voter fraud in the U.S. (millions/year).  Something also must be done to prevent criminal politicians from continuing to corrupt our elections.  Blanket mail ballots should be prohibited, requested absentee ballots are okay as long as there are Internal Controls in place to prevent abuse.  Serious consideration should be given to the very simple but honest voting system that the U.S. military used in the Iraqi elections it administered where voters dipped their finger into indelible ink upon voting so that they could not vote again.  It’s government’s fault that our elections got to be this bad and it’s government’s responsibility to clean it up.

For further information check out www.truethevote.org, www.judicialwatch.org, and Thomas Moore Society’s Amistad Project.

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AFTERMATH

Because I personally watched, listened to, and taped over 20 hours of testimony documenting overwhelming fraud in the 2020 election, I know that President Trump was re-elected President of the United States.  Those who disagree have not seen or heard the evidence but are simply basing their opinion on all of President Trump’s court challenges being defeated, not knowing that they were defeated based on procedural grounds and that the massive amount of evidence was not even heard.  In addition to having the 2020 Presidential election stolen, the next consequence of overlooking the massive election fraud was the stealing of the January 5 run-off elections for both senators from Georgia using the corrupted vote-counting machines and its malicious software.  However, Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnel, also helped lose both Senate seats by not agreeing to give Americans $2,000 stimulus checks a week before the election.

On January 6 there was a Trump rally in Washington where president Trump spoke.  Hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters attended it at the Ellipse across from the White House..  Meanwhile, about a mile away, hundreds of right- and left-wing fringe rioters, previously planned (according to the FBI) and got positioned at the Capitol by 12:45 pm, which was before the President finished his speech at 1:11 pm.  They then broke into the Capital building, which interrupted Congressional election-fraud debate and certification.  Debate resumed  hours later and Congress certified the Electoral College votes.  The media coverage of the “Stop the Steal” rally, Congress’ election-fraud debate, and the violence in the Capitol building was pitiful.  It exploited the violence by accusing President Trump of inciting it.  He did not, but asked rally attendees to “walk down to the Capitol to…cheer on our brave senators and congressmen to peacefully and patriotically make our voices heard.”  However, as I mentioned, the violent Left- and Right-Wing protesters were already there with the intention of breaking in and disrupting the Congressional debate on election fraud.

President Trump pleaded with all after the violence began at the Capitol to go home.  Nancy Pelosi asked that the 25th Amendment be invoked to throw President Trump out of office, otherwise the House would impeach him.  The days following, President Trump  appeared on T.V. and said that he was focusing on the peaceful upcoming transition.  Later, the President tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration…President Trump is not a hypocrite politician.  Incidentally, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was more responsible than any other government official  for the violence by not at least giving a fair hearing to Texas’s lawsuit joined by twenty-two other states and the President because they (allegedly) did not have “standing.” In other words, it manufactured “lack-of-standing” as the pretext for avoiding doing its job as the court of last resort and gave no recourse to 75 million Americans who knew the election was stolen.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th .President of the United States.  What will Trump supporters do with the massive evidence of voter fraud?  I personally taped over 20 hours of it and I know tens of thousands of other Americans did as well.  I predict that this issue will not go away…and may even lead to serious violence.  It needs to be fully investigated before most people will be placated. To add insult to injury and continuing to inflame emotions, big tech companies and other large corporations have begun penalizing anyone that says that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, which it was.  God help us.

 

THE CHRISTMAS CAT: a story based on fact*

Kimmie the cat lived a quiet and peaceful life in her home on top of a 9,000-ft.-high mountain in the Colorado Rockies.  As Christmas drew near, little Kimmie would sit on her favorite window ledge and watch the snow fall and pile higher and higher.  When it snowed continuously for three days in late December, she knew she wouldn’t see brown soil again until May.  Kimmie was happy and content with her lot in life.  Her number one person, Sharon, was very gentle and kind to her, petting her and singing her to sleep every night.  Her number two person, Mike, wasn’t as gentle as Sharon, but he had a good heart, looked after her, and made sure she had food in her bowl the mornings when Sharon was still sleeping.

On occasion, things would get wild and crazy in Kimmie’s home when a foolish mouse would sneak into it seeking food and shelter, and Kim would chase it and play with it.  But most of the time things were quiet.  However, Christmas was just around the corner so Kimmie was very excited.  You see, Kimmie loved Christmas as no other cat did, because it was around Christmas many years ago that her parents adopted her.

“What will Santa bring me this year?” she thought.  Kimmie usually received cat toys and edible treats for Christmas, in addition to a beautifully-decorated spruce tree that she would pounce on top of and slide down. Kimmie liked doing that even more than playing with a mouse.  Except for one thing, Kimmie had seen and done it all in her 15 years of life.  The thing she had not done was to go outside of her home without being in her pet carrier.  She never had the opportunity to play with a squirrel, rabbit or chipmunk.  But this Christmas she planned to change all of that.

The day before Christmas finally arrived and little Kimmie’s heart beated rapidly in anticipation of her journey outside of her home.  Kim had no way of knowing that a winter storm was headed her way.  She kept a careful eye on the doors when Sharon neared them.  She couldn’t miss even one opportunity because one chance is all she might get.  Finally, that fateful moment arrived when Sharon opened the side door that led directly outside.  Kimmie sprinted to the door as fast as she could.  She was so quick that she was just a blur to Sharon.  The next moment she was in the spacious outdoors with everything white with snow, especially the pine, fir and spruce trees.  She looked back at her snow-covered home and heard Sharon calling her: “Kimmie, Kimmie, come back.  It’s too cold for you out there.”  But little Kimmie had made up her mind…she wanted to explore the woods.  Besides, she could always go home later.  It was very cold outside; much colder than she thought it would be.  She found a trail behind her house and walked and walked for what what seemed like forever.  She could see for miles.  There were endless mountains and wilderness and not a person or a home around.  Kimmie’s little paws quickly became frozen; they were not used to walking on snow.  “It is so beautiful outside,” she thought. “But it sure is cold.”  She came across a rabbit and chased it.  The only thing she ever chased in her house were mice!  “A rabbit is much more fun than a mouse,” she thought.  Then a fox wandered by so she hid.  “It’s my lucky day,” she thought.  “That fox might have caught me and I don’t even have claws to defend myself.”

Meanwhile, back at home, Sharon was filled with grief and guilt and could not stop crying.  She blamed herself for Kimmie getting out.  She called Mike at work and he immediately came home so that they both could scout the woods around their house in an attempt to find Kimmie before the winter storm arrived or before a fox or coyote caught her.  They began by putting out dirty bedsheets on a outside clothesline so that Kimmie might catch their scent in the air and thereby find her way home.  Then they went tramping through the woods with Sharon calling, “Kimmie, Kimmie, come here little sweet pea.”  But Kimmie was nowhere to be found.

By this time Kim was feeling the effects of the relentless cold and began shivering and sneezing.  She hadn’t eaten or drunk anything since she left home early that morning.  Kimmie missed the warmth of her home, the abundant food, and her fluffy cat bed.  She was cold, tired, hungry and thirsty and just wanted to go home. Although she searched and sniffed the air, she just couldn’t find her home.  Meanwhile, Mike and Sharon were getting exhausted and were running out of places to look for her.  They could feel the air turning much colder.  Then it began to snow. They knew that it would be dark in a few hours and temperatures would go down to below zero and eventually to minus 30 degrees.

Then a fateful coincidence happened: Bear, a neighbor’s German Shepard, spotted Kimmie at a distance.  He knew who she was and she knew who he was.  Bear had never seen Kimmie outside of her house so he figured that she had run away and was lost.  He ran over to her and said, “Kimmie, you’re not an outside cat; what are you doing out here?”  Kimmie tearfully replied between sneezes that she ran away that morning to see the woods but now was lost.  Bear replied, “I’ll never understand you cats, you don’t make any sense.  Follow me you crazy cat; you’re far from home, but I know where you live and I’ll get you back there.”  Kimmie followed Bear.  She didn’t realize how far from her home she had traveled.  When her house came into sight she lept for joy.  Bear said, “just keep following me, mouse-eater, you’re not home yet!”  The snow was coming down really heavily now and temperatures were already down to zero.

When Kimmie and Bear reached Kim’s house, little Kimmie meowed loudly for Sharon or Mike to let inside. Bear just looked at Kimmie in amazement.  Then he said to her, “This is how you do it, fur ball: woof, woof, woof!”  Sharon heard Bear’s barking and came quickly to the door.  Sharon said, “what do you want Bear?  You know Garrison doesn’t like me to feed you!”  Then Sharon saw little frozen Kimmie as Kim meowed and sneezed on the top of her lungs.  She said, “Oh Kimmie, Bear found you and brought you home to me!”  Sharon then picked up Kimmie and hugged and kissed her, and said to Bear, “what a wonderful friend you are. You saved my Kimmie!  Come inside and warm yourself by the fire.”  But Bear just barked and went back onto the trail.  He had to get home before the winter snowstorm got any worse.

Kimmie was the happiest cat in the whole world and Sharon and Mike the happiest people.  It was Christmas eve night and the Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas tree hadn’t been decorated yet because Kim’s folks had spent all of their time searching for her.  Kimmie snuggled in Sharon’s lap and just purred and purred as Sharon petted her near the fireplace and talked ever so sweetly to her.  She had just eaten a can of Fancy Feast cat food and was nice and warm.  Only the day before she had been wondering what special treats and toys Santa would bring her for Christmas.  As she basked in love, affection, warmth and abundant good food, she thought to herself, “how naive I’e been.  I already have the best Christmas present a cat could ever have.  It’s a cold world out there away from family and friends.  Truly, there’s no place like home.”

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*The only things in this story that are not true are: 1)Kimmie did not run away or get lost; and 2)animals can’t speak human languages.  All of the names, places, characters and descriptions in the story are real.

WHO WILL WIN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

INTRODUCTION

November 3, 2020 will be a momentous presidential election because of the huge differences in what both major political parties are advocating.    However, it’s also going to be one of the messiest in U.S. history, far worse than the messy 2000 Bush-Gore  presidential election.  Who in the end will win, Trump or Biden?  This is complex so we need to analyze it in writing.

POLLS

Most polls show Biden with a large lead, however those polls over- sample Democrat voters by as much as ten percentage points or more, and significantly under-sample Republican voters.  These polls can best be characterized as “suppression polls” because they are intended to demoralize Trump voters so that they don’t even bother to vote because they think that it’s useless since Biden is so far ahead.  There is a poll that was very accurate in the 2016 and 2012 presidential elections (Rasmussen) so I follow it and don’t bother with most of the others.   There are others that I trust (Trafalgar, Insider Advantage) and therefore I also follow them.  All of them show President Trump as winning.  A relatively new phenomenon this year is the “shy Trump voter.”  These voters are not honest with pollsters because they fear physical retaliation (to their cars, homes, person) from the far left (of the Democrat Party) whom they believe to be crazy with hatred for President Trump.

OTHER METRICS

There are other factors that should be considered in attempting to accurately predict  who will be elected president on November 3.  Enthusiasm of your voters is important because it predicts voter turnout.  “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” is a telling question.  Four years ago, after Obama, it was 36%.  Today, after four years of Trump, it’s 56 %.  Media coverage is important because it’s needed to get your message out.  The Mainstream Media TV stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC) are, and have been for four years, in the strong anti-Trump camp, as is the large technology companies (Google, Twitter, Facebook) which sensor conservative speech from their platforms.  However, five of the cable news channels (Fox, Fox Business, One America News, Newsmax, Newsy) do also report conservative view-points.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Recent relevant developments that will affect the election:

  1. Pennsylvania, nicknamed the “Keystone State” may be this election’s keystone by deciding who wins the election.  Recent riots in Philadelphia may sway more Philadelphia and Pennsylvania  voters to Trump, who has run on a “law and order” ticket.  In addition, many large cities have had riots, looting, and violence this year, destroying many businesses.  This may also help President Trump be re-elected.
  2. Engaging in voter fraud this election is child’s play with unsolicited mail-in ballots (ballots not requested in advance).  See my post on this blog on voter fraud if you’re unconvinced.  Eighty million unsolicited  mail-in ballots have been mailed out.  Blue States have been changing their election rules to count votes for up to 10 days after election day.  People may recall that in the 2008 Minnesota Senatorial election that’s how Al Frankin beat Norm Coleman, as boxes of all-Frankin ballots were “found” until there were enough “found” votes for Al Frankin to be declared the winner.
  3. Trump should receive about 25% of the African-American vote (unlike the traditional 10% that Republican presidents usually receive).
  4. The economy has come roaring back from the Covid-19 lockdown…third quarter CY ’20 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) increased by 33.1% on an annualized basis, which is the greatest increase in U.S. history.
  5. Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” is giving the U.S. a vaccine in less that a year from the onset vs. what it would have taken, a few years.
  6. People are sick of the lockdown, which death rates show is unwarranted…and Joe Biden is for more lockdowns…and most people don’t like it.
  7. Mountains of evidence have recently surfaced showing Joe Biden and his family to be corrupt and compromised.
  8. President Trump’s nomination and Republican Senate confirmation of justice Amy Coney Barrett.

CONCLUSION & PREDICTION

Considering all of the polls, as well as other factors and recent developments, I think that the President is going to win.  It’s difficult to be very precise for this election because of the large number of “shy Trump voters” as well as the unprecedented amount of voter fraud, which I estimate to be in the millions.  However, given all of the above, I believe there will be a Trump landslide with the President receiving over 325 Electoral College votes.

JOE BIDEN for PRESIDENT?

INTRODUCTION

Joe Biden is the 2020 Democrat alternative to Donald Trump.   It’s therefore important for voters to know what they’re getting if they vote for Vice-President Joe Biden.  Let’s take a look…

“Everyone likes Joe Biden personally”…that’s probably why he’s doing well in Mainstream Media’s suppression  polls.  Likability is usually the most important factor in explaining why one presidential candidate is elected over another who is less likable.  However, obviously there are many other attributes and factors that are far more important than likability.  A candidate’s positions on domestic/financial and foreign policy I believe are the most important factors, and honesty is the most important attribute.  Let’s look at “honesty” first.

HONESTY

The scandal concerning Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, has been in the news since “The New York Post,” the Nation’s oldest newspaper reported it a few weeks ago, telling how Hunter gained large sums of money from a Ukraine energy company and the Chinese government.  Since then, many emails, documents, and photos from Hunter’s laptop were found at a Wilmington, Delaware computer repair shop by the shop’s owner when he became suspicious and looked on Hunter’s computer’s hard drive.  Although Joe denied knowing anything about Hunter’s activities, emails on Hunter’s laptop  show that he did.  Though this entire affair was said to be Russian disinformation,  the Bidens have not denied that the laptop and all of its contents were Hunter Biden’s.  Finally, one of the emails from Hunter says that:  “…and I won’t ask you for half, like the Big Guy (Joe Biden).  Peter Sweitzer exposes much of this corruption in his books, “Profiles in Corruption” and “Secret Empires.”

 

FOREIGN POLICY

Looking at foreign policy, Joe Biden has repeatedly supported or advocated foreign policy that has ended up hurting the United States, including the Obama-Biden policy of placating Iran and letting it have $150 billion to slow down its nuclear bomb program for ten years.   Moreover, the policy of  bringing all of our troops home early from Iraq was incompetently mishandled  by Obama-Biden not pursuing the Memorandum of Agreement with Iraq which would have enabled our troops to orderly leave as Iraqi troops took their place.  When our troops consequently quickly left Iraq, after the President told everyone when we would leave and the enemy would therefore know they could simply outwait us, ISIS returned and even established a Caliphate (large of area of land) which remained strong until Trump became president, delegated authority to his generals and created combat “Rules of Engagement” which allowed our troops to quickly prevail and destroy the Caliphate…this after building back up our military after Obama decimated it.

The Obama-Biden Administration was antagonistic to Israel and could not make peace in the Middle East.   On the other hand, President Trump finally was able to  secure peace (the “Abraham Accords”) between Bahrain, United Arab Emigrates, Sudan and Israel.  I only mention Trump to demonstrate that a treaty was possible all along but simply needed great leadership.

DOMESTIC/FINANCIAL POLICY

The Democrat Party and Joe Biden have moved far left to accommodate the activist Far-Left of their Party.  Consequently, Biden has adopted many far left positions, such as eliminating all fossil fuels and supporting variations of the very expensive and useless “New Green Deal.”  Another really bad idea supported by the Democrat Party is the elimination of Charter Schools, which are the only hope for many African-American children to receive a good education.  Of course there is Biden’s opposition to the Trump tax cuts which fueled the return to the U.S. of many companies that had moved overseas because of the extremely high (37 %) corporate tax rates taxes, as well as significant cuts in individual taxes for 90% of taxpayers.  Biden has promised to raise taxes.  In addition, Biden’s political party has severely hurt African-Americans by fostering dependency that has led to 77%  of Black children being born without fathers in the home which consequently has led to very high rates of Black crime.

CLOSING

No doubt that vice-president Joe Biden is a very nice person as well as being a good husband and father and will receive votes because of this.  However, the presidency of the United States today needs much more than a nice person…it needs someone tough for these tough times to stand up to China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc. as well as someone with a proven record of getting things done and pursuing helpful policies instead of the  harebrained policies of the Far-Left.

IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS IN RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGE

THE PROBLEM

I’ve been married twice and divorced twice.  The dissolution of my first marriage was especially tragic because, although we both loved each other dearly (though I rarely told my wife), we were not able to get back together despite that, and our marital breakup almost destroyed me (and I’m sure was very hurtful to my wife).   My brain tumor was mostly responsible for my first divorce, but poor communications played a large role in both of my divorces.  It’s extremely painful for both parties to go through divorce to the extent that I believe that its possibility today in the U.S. (50%) is a legitimate reason why some may not want to ever marry.

But marriage is important, especially if you want to have children; therefore, you want to minimize the chances of getting divorced.  What do you do to accomplish this?  What I did was to research and study marriage and divorce to learn why people divorce, in an effort to avoid repeating those things that led to my divorces.

THE SOLUTION

From numerous experts, but especially from the premier researcher on marriage, John Gottman, PhD, the most important skill to keeping a relationship or marriage healthy is for both partners to be able to amicably resolve differences…in other words, negotiate or fight without metaphorically killing each other.  An easy-to-do measure from Dr. Gottman to help you determine if your marital/relationship communications  are doing well is to frequently check to see if you’re having at least 5 positive interactions with your spouse/significant other for every negative one.  My first marriage tragically ended because my wife and I mostly because my wife and I did not resolve our differences amicably.  Let’s look at what some of the other experts have to say….

In their book, The Intimate Enemy: How to Fight Fair in Love and Marriage, by George Bach and Peter Wyden, the authors ask if anyone ever heard from a significant other, “you never talk to me, ” or “you never listen to me!”

Because I’ve  made so many painful mistakes in my first marriage which resulted in it lasting only ten months, I became highly-motivated to not repeat the same mistakes.  Therefore my second wife and I learned to communicate with each other and became intimate friends and lovers by attending 5 pre-marital and 30 post-marital counseling sessions with 5 other married couples.  Achieving game-free spontaneity and the consequent well-being that resulted was well worth the effort. The caring needed in a successful relationship is defined by Masters and Johnson in their book, “The Pleasure Bond“, as “paying attention, being concerned, solicitous and protective.”  Fortunately, I learned how to express my caring with my second wife and my second marriage therefore lasted 25 years.

An important concept in men-women communications comes from John Gray, PhD in his book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”  Dr. Gray states that communication styles between the sexes are so different, that to truly understand each other, it’s very helpful to think of each sex as coming from different planets…and a recognition of those differences goes a long way in improving relations…basically because people don’t judge and treat each other with the caution and respect they otherwise would unless they thought the other was an alien.

The differences between the genders that make communications difficult are enumerated in Deborah Tannen’s book, You just Don’t Understand.  Dr. Tannen refers to “Report-Talk” (men) and “Rapport-talk” (women). She states, “For most women, conversation is a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships.  For most men, talk is primarily a means to preserve independence and is done by exhibiting knowledge and skill, and by holding center stage through verbal performance such as storytelling, joking or imparting information.

Psychologist and marriage counselor Barbara De Angelis continues this theme in a March-April 1992 “Special Report on Relationships” by stating that:

Women and men are from two different planets; we speak two different languages, it’s so essential to learn about their differences.  I know that men are solution-oriented in their conversation, so if I’m complaining about my day, I will add, “I don’t really need a solution, honey, I just want you to hold me.”  If I don’t, he may start giving me solutions, and I may get angry that he’s not being loving and attentive, and now we’re in a fight….”  Maggie Scarf, author of “Intimate Partners,” adds in that same article, that “when a woman brings up a problem, she wants to talk it over, to learn what it means.  A man hears a problem and wants to do something about it.  To most women, this is outrageous.  They feel that to do this (means) the discussion is over (and) is his way of saying, shut up.

The list of differences between men and women’s communication styles goes on and on.  Many of them are based on the fact that men and women have different psychological needs.  If each gender only understood those needs, both would be much happier.  From Diane Dunaway and John Kramer’s book, “Why Men don’t get Enough Sex and Women don’t get enough Love,” it states that these different needs can be summed up by saying that “men need to be needed and women need to be cherished.”  In a 1985 article, columnist Ann Landers conducted a survey asking women if affection was more important than sex.  Seventy-two percent of the 100,000 respondents said that they would be content to “just be held close and to forget about the sex act.”  According to Dunaway and Kramer, “Men have sex in order to feel good, women have sex when they feel good.”  Male-Female communications and love, sex, and intimacy are all intricately related; you can’t talk about one without addressing the others.

In Ellen Kriedman’s book, Light Her Fire, Ms. Kriedman states that “while dating, a man usually has no problem talking, because he has a goal in mind.  He wants her to find him desirable , so he’s charming, witty, and pays a great deal of attention to what she’s saying.   He wants to discover what her needs are so that he can fulfill them.  As a result, he has a women who finds him irresistible.  Once this happens, and she’s his forever, he stops talking.  In his mind, there’s less need to talk and listen to her than there was in the beginning.”

The Hite Report on Male Sexuality by Shere Hite states that “most men said that, even with women friends or their wives and lovers, they feel some difficulty in talking deeply about their personal feelings — once again reflecting their early male training not to be too emotional.”

Further complicating communication between the sexes is the natural attraction that over 95% of the population has for the opposite sex.   Bernstein and Fast’s book, Sexual Chemistry, cites the nonverbal cues that men and women emit toward each other that demonstrate the sexual chemistry between them.  The book, More than Friends, Less than Lovers, argues that men and women can establish very gratifying relationships by becoming “intimate” without engaging in sexual relations.  This intimacy is a natural occurrence because today men and women work closely together.  But the guilt from illicit sex really messes up what otherwise could be a very good relationship.  In addition, 30 sexually-transmitted diseases make promiscuity a form of Russian Roulette. Desmond Morris, in his book, “Intimate Behavior,” gives a good explanation of the need for social intimacy.  Another book, Intimacy, discusses the need for intimacy.

Finally, while not explicitly contained in any books that I’ve read, but something that I found to be the most important factor in a successful relationship or marriage, is openness, honesty and forthrightness in dealing with each other.  I believe that one should not even tell white lies to a significant other when discussing important issues!  One can be diplomatic, subtle, and kind and not lie, while politely and respectfully giving your opinion.  You can’t work out your issues or problems together if you’re not truthful with each other about those issues and problems.  Many people use the excuse that they are simply being sensitive by telling a white lie, when in fact they may lack the courage to confront their significant other with what’s really bothering them.  I consider this to be a relationship/marriage-killer, no matter how noble the reasons for the deception.

CONCLUSION

There is an abundance of needless pain, suffering, frustration, and anxiety in relationships and marriages due to poor communications.  Marriage counselors can be very helpful but really good ones are rare and can be expensive.  Family and friends can be supportive but usually inadvertently give harmful advice because they can’t be objective and therefore make matters worse.  You can make your relationship/marriage better if you are motivated to do so and are willing to do your homework (read) on how to improve your communications and marriage; and then follow this up by setting some time aside every day to calmly talk through your marital issues/problems.  I’ve just given you a taste of what’s out there by citing a number of books and authors.  Good luck in your search for a better relationship and/or marriage!

 

 

 

OBAMA & BIDEN POLICIES FOOLED US TWICE!

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008 or 2012.  In 2008 it was a very difficult choice for me because I had devoted many years to fighting racial discrimination and eagerly wanted to vote for the first black President.  However, on eight of the top ten National issues, I disagreed with Obama’s and Biden’ positions, so I couldn’t vote for them in good conscience.  Though I didn’t vote for the Obama-Biden ticket, I believed what they said about their being “post-partisan” and wanting a “transparent” Presidency.  While there were some rumblings on the right about Obama really being a far-left radical, I was unconvinced and believed his message of “hope and change.”  By the 2012 Presidential election, I had become convinced that President Obama and Vice-President Biden followed Democrat policies which had destroyed many businesses and jobs, and made health insurance unaffordable for anyone who paid for Obamacare themselves.

Eight years after being elected, Obama-Biden had a record of a number of failures, of wasting trillions of dollars, of race relations being much worse, and of creating a health care system that was far worse and much more expensive than most Americans could afford.  After eight years of Obama-Biden, we had a Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate the lowest since 1978, 62.8%, and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) whose growth did not reach 3% annually for his entire presidency.  Calling President Obama and Vice-President Biden economically incompetent doesn’t come close to describing the situation accurately.

“But Obama-Biden did their best,” you might say.  Their best was simply not good enough.  They were in over their heads.  They are good fathers and husbands, but their policies as President and Vice-President have been a disaster and therefore whoever ran as the Democrat nominee in 2020 (Joe Biden) should not be elected because Democrat policies simply do not work.

Most democrat policies are very destructive.  There is no war on women (see my post, “War on Women”), no longer very much new man-made Global Warming (see my post, “Is Global Warming due mostly to Solar Flares or is it Man-Made?”), not much racism (see my post, “Obsessed with Race”), a phony gun issue (see my post “More Guns, Less Crime”), etc., ad infinitum.  I spend over six hours/day following national and political issues, and have my Masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania,  so it’s easy for me to know who knows what they’re doing and who does not (and President Obama didn’t know, economically, and had surrounded himself with economic advisors who all believed in Keynesian economics although it has never worked).  Though the U.S. was fooled twice by President Obama, Vice-President Biden and the corrupt and criminal Democrat Party, I don’t intend to be fooled again.

On a positive note, President Obama was the very first African-American president and is beloved by many of all colors ad creeds.  It took 145 years for African-Americans to go from slavery (up to 1863) to having one of its own being elected to President of the United States (in 2008).  In addition, President Obama appointed two female Supreme Court justices.

UNDERSTANDING PRESIDENT TRUMP

All of his adult life Donald Trump followed important issues and donated to both Democrats and Republicans (see Trump’s book, “The America we Deserve”).  He was not ideological or partisan.  He was a super-patriot and eventually thought he could use his business acumen to turn America around, which he believed had become very weak, militarily, economically, and culturally.  After thoroughly checking with  political experts, he decided to run for the Republican presidential nominee.  Not being a polished politician, his blunt talk won over many Americans who were tired of slick-talking, do-nothing politicians.  His goal as President really was to “Make America Great Again”!  Donald Trump is “old school”.

With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate for his first two years as president, the President was able to pass significant tax cuts which led to the economy doing extremely well for all sectors.  Many of Trump’s accomplishments resulted from his abolishing numerous ridiculous and counterproductive Obama regulations that had put a “wet blanket” over the economy (former GE CEO Jack Welsh’s description).  In addition, President Trump used his formidable negotiating skills to deal with the huge trade imbalances the U.S. had with China, Japan, Mexico, etc.  Moreover, because of his blunt talk, unpredictability, and decisiveness, adversary countries took his threats seriously and were much more accommodating to him than to previous U.S. presidents.

Everything in this article to this point has been positive so why do so many people have an intense hatred of President Trump?  My belief is that it’s mostly because President Trump hits back very hard when attacked.  His opponents, the Mainstream Media, Hollywood, and Academia are not used to any Republican fighting back when attacked.  Republican leadership is infamous for being timid.  Another major reason why so many hate President Trump is the incessant criticism Main Stream Media spouts off every hour of every day, almost all of it phony.  Finally, although President Trump has really made America great again through his numerous accomplishments, he has a few annoying personal mannerisms that turn off many people, including me (though I still admire him for how he’s helped the Country).  I would characterize them all as shortcomings in “Emotional Intelligence” (see Daniel Goleman’s book, “Emotional Intelligence”).  Here’s some examples of what I mean: 1) “punching down” like calling Jeff Sessions “stupid” and Stormy Daniels “horseface”; 2) having his “child” hooked (see Thomas Harris’ book, “I’m OK, You’re OK”)  by Joe Biden during their first debate and consequently reacting emotionally instead of intelligently to other debate questions, like “Do you denounce white supremist groups…?” The best answer would have been a simple, “Yes, of course I denounce them,” instead of his confusing reply); 3) focusing his campaigning on Biden’s shortcomings, instead of what he will do if re-elected (including begin reducing annual budget deficits and total national debt); and 4) the disrespectful manner in which he criticizes Joe Biden personally.  These shortcomings may cause President Trump to lose re-election despite all of his outstanding accomplishments for America.

President Trump has turned around so many failing national endeavors and every single day makes even more progress for America.  If he continues at this pace and is re-elected, I  believe he will become our greatest president.

TRUMP: A TOUGH PRESIDENT FOR TOUGH TIMES

I believe Trump supporters like him for the reason that I like him: the man has a stiff spine and is not timid.  When he’s criticized by the Press or political opponents, he doubles-down and fights back even harder.  In addition,  Trump’s focus on illegal immigration, the military, healthcare, war on terror,  the economy, the North Korean threat, law and order, etc., has touched a nerve with the electorate and he has taken numerous actions to address all of these.  He’s truly a “Blue-collar Billionaire.”

However, today’s world is tough, real tough, with China, Russia, and Iran constantly attempting to do the U.S. harm.  A tough President is needed but many politicians are very weak and give in to many loud demands.  President Trump has demonstrated that he stands up to any country that tries to take advantage of us.  He also has stood up to Europe and NATO among many others.

Failed weak Presidential candidates include Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 Presidential election to President Obama because he refused to fight back.  He was more than capable, as evidenced by his outstanding performance in his first debate with President Obama.  When viciously attacked by the Obama campaign, he refused to fight back.  Governor Romney’s poor performance came on the heels of Senator McCain’s poor performance in the 2008 Presidential campaign.  Moreover, it also followed President Bush’s unwillingness to fight back when constantly fraudulently accused by the Left that, “Bush lied, people died” about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I’m not advocating that the President of the United States engage in foolish struggles on matters that can’t be won, but I also believe in not backing off when Democrats and the Main Stream Media make false allegations or when other countries threaten us.  For example,  President Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products, placed sanctions on Iran after getting out of the insane Iran deal, got the U.S. out of the stupid Paris Climate Accords, the job-killing TPP, and frequently calls fake news (ABC,CBS,NBC, CNN, MSNBC), fake news.

Donald Trump is a street fighter.  “Turning-the-other-cheek” is not for successful politicians.  Currently, President Trump is improving  his messaging and has appointed impressive people to help him develop his policies and lead his Cabinet.  He had a resounding electoral victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, thanks to his strong backbone and outworking her by far. Upon becoming the President, he implemented policies that he advocated during the election, including the strongest economy in 50 years and the lowest unemployment ever for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.   If re-elected in 2020, he will go down in history as being one of our greatest presidents, and possibly even teach Republican Congressional leaders how to fight hard for what they believe in. In other words, to be tough when warranted.

UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, OR CRIMINAL DEMOCRAT PARTY?

Boss Tweed

INTRODUCTION

In the old days, political candidates would tell voters what they stood for and voters would vote for those who they agreed with the most.  With the advent of polling and the use of focus groups, politicians now know in advance what the vote s want and most tailor their speeches and “promises” to tell voters what they want to hear.

Politicians usually refer to this as “spin.”  Up to a point, it is spin.  But many politicians simply lie about their real intentions before they are voted into office…and go far beyond “spin.”  This is deceit and unethical but many people are easily deceived, partly because they want to believe whatever “their” politician and political party is peddling.

How does one find out which politicians are telling the truth and which ones are conning voters?  Start with being skeptical of all politicians.  Look at their record because what they’ve done in the past is the very best predictor of what they’ll do in the future.  Finally,  don’t be fooled by great and inspiring speeches.  We live in a sophisticated and complicated age where not much in politics is what it seems.  

BODY

There are some current examples of “unethical politics?” First define “unethical”.   We’ll just jump in with specific examples and you, the reader, decide whether some behavior is unethical or not.  You should be able to verify every example I cite on the Internet. Let’s go:

The Republican Party or GOP (Grand Old Party) is also known as “The Stupid Party.”  The Democratic Party is also known as “The Treason Party.”  Here’s why…when it comes to political strategy, for whatever reason, the Republican Party is naive, and possibly stupid.  When it comes to issues related to national defense, terrorism, and the economy, the Democrat Party has demonstrated that it is not only very weak, but its policies actually make things much worse.  But these are superficial labels and characterizations, so let’s go deeper and more substantive so, for the sake of time and brevity, I’ll simply cite just a few examples that I consider unethical:

-Former Vice-President Joe Biden for numerous corrupt and illegal activities (a “Quid Pro Quo”) with Ukrainian government officials to assist his son, Hunter, to obtain millions of dollars (see Peter Schweizer’s book, Profiles in Corruption).

-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for  political reasons, not providing for the rescue of U.S. Ambassador Chis Stevens and other Americans in Ben Ghazi on September 11, 2012. 

-Secretary Clinton for deleting 33,000 emails from her server after receiving a subpoena to provide all of her emails to a Congressional Committee.

-President Obama, for political reasons, not pushing for a “status of forces” agreement with Iraq and consequently not leaving a small contingent of American troops to protect the victory that we won there (and ISIS consequently taking over much of Iraq and Syria).

-The Democrat Party for encouraging and funding violent demonstrators at Trump rallies.

-The Democrat Party for fabricating the phony “war on women.” (read Katie Pavlich’s book, “Assault and Flattery”)

-The Democrat Party for blaming climate change on carbon emissions rather than addressing the real upcoming global cooling which is due to solar flares and sunspots, specifically weak Solar Cycles 24 and 25 (read John Casey’s book, “Cold Sun,” David Archibald’s book, “Twilight of Abundance,” and John Casey’s book, “Dark Winter.”).

-The Democrat Party for its  gun debate, thus endangering the lives of millions, especially women  (see John Lott’s book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” and Dana Loesch’s book, “Hands off my Gun”).

-The Democrat Party for: 1) stealing millions of votes (see Andrew Gumbel’s book, “Steal This Vote,” and John Fund’s book, “Who’s Counting, How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”), and for 2) its phony “voter suppression” charges as a pretext to be against Voter ID efforts and legislation that prevent voter fraud (see Ann Counter’s book, “Mugged”).

-The Democrat Party for constantly falsely claiming that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” of Federal taxes when the fact is that the top 10% of the wealthiest pay 70% of the Federal taxes.

-The Democrat Party for trying to suppress free speech (see Kirsten Powers book, “The Silencing”)

-T he Democrat Party for turning into a political-unethical organization intent on seizing and retaining power at any cost (see David Horowitz’ book, “The Shadow Party,” and Dick Morris’ book, “Power Grab”).

-The Democrat Party for its racist history: being pro-slavery, pro Jim Crow laws, pro Klu Klux Klan for over 100 years, finally ending with honest President John F. Kennedy (see Ann Coulter’s book, Mugged).

-The Democrat Party for opposing border security, extended-family chain migration, and the VISA diversity lottery, due solely on its desire for more undocumented workers who become citizens and eventually vote almost exclusively for Democrats.

-The Democrat Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign for jointly paying $12 million to pay former British agent Christopher Stihl for having Russians create a fake dozzier on candidate Trump and then pass it on to the FBI who used it to convince the FISA court (and keep it secret that it was funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign) to issue a warrant to listen in on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page and ultimately to instigate a special counsel to investigate President Trump for non-existent collusion with the Russians.

-ad infinitum.

CONCLUSION

It’s possible that any politician can become corrupted and lie through his/her teeth to the electorate.  America needs two major honest political parties.  Democrats need to do whatever needs to be done to return their Party to the honesty of one its former Democrat presidents, John F. Kennedy.  The health of the United States and all of its citizens depend on it.  It’s ultimately the responsibility of voters to keep their politicians honest by voting them out of office when they lie and deceive.  The corrupt media, however, has made this very difficult for most Americans.

CURING HEARTBURN

Acid Reflux, heartburn, GERD…many names for stomach acid creeping up past a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES) into the esophagus and burning it since the esophagus is not protected from stomach acid like the stomach.  Stopping heartburn is very important because chronic heartburn can lead to esophageal cancer.

For about six months I had a major case of heartburn which bothered me most of the time.  Since proton pump inhibitors  (Nexium, Protonix, etc.) and other acid- reducers have many bad side effects, like the stomach having too weak an acid environment to digest important nutrients like calcium and thus pose a significant increase in the risk of hip fractures due to the consequent osteoporosis, I only used them for the recommended two weeks at a time.  Proton pump inhibitors helped me greatly but after the recommended two weeks, my heartburn returned.  Then I only used Tums and other calcium carbonate chews to quickly reduce my stomach acid when I had stomach pain.

I am not a physician, but over the years I tried all of the well-known remedies such as: 1)avoiding greasy or fried, spicy and acidic foods, 2) placing 6″- high blocks of wood under the  head-of-my-bed supports, 3) not eating for a few hours before going to bed, 4) not wearing tight fitting belts or pants, 5) not lying down flat after eating, 6) not drinking coffee or eating chocolate, but if I really craved it, just having a cup or two a day of coffee or an ounce or so of chocolate/day, maintaining healthy weight, eating smaller but more frequent meals, avoiding alcohol, and stopping smoking.

I tried all of these remedies at once, and still do, and although it helped during the daytime, it didn’t make any difference while I was sleeping (when it’s  easier for stomach acid to flow up the esophagus).   So what else was out there other than medications that could allow me to get 5-7 hours of sleep?  After searching around, I eventually read that cabbage juice was effective, so I tried eating about 1/5 can of sauerkraut every night about an hour or so before I went to bed.  To my pleasant surprise, I was able to sleep straight through to 7 am instead of my usual 2-4 am, because my heartburn did not flare up with pain at its usual time.  Over the days, weeks and months I continued my bedtime sauerkraut snack-cure to the extent that my heartburn completely disappeared.  Today my heartburn is gone but I still eat sauerkraut at bedtime whenever I have a flare-up.  Sauerkraut works.  Try it!  There’s nothing to lose (except your heartburn).

HOW I KNOW GOD EXISTS

On a Sunday morning I thought it timely to say a few words about the Creator and explain how I know, not simply believe, that there is a God.  This question, plus the question concerning the existence of Heaven and Hell , becomes increasingly more important as we get older.  Since I’m old enough to be dead and have one foot in the grave, I thought I would pay my respects to the Big Guy/Gal/Spirit.

However, since my Blog  emphasizes ”Independent Thought,’  I decided to make the case for God with no references to any of the World’s Religions or their Holy books.   Here goes…

I have many religious beliefs, some of which may not fit into any one religion, but they are beliefs, not certainties. But I do know one thing for sure,  that there is a God.  He or she or it may be called by many different names but so what,  it’s trivial,  though I acknowledge that some religions make it a a big deal.

How do I know there’s a God?  The unbelievable vastness, complexity and orderliness of the universe alone convinces me, but you may need more proof than that.  I’ll explain how I personally know that God exists.  The following  are my additional reasons, each one of which by itself doesn’t make the case alone so one needs to consider them collectively:

1. In the late 80’s, 90’s, and until about 2005 I lived on top of a 9000′ high mountain in the Colorado Rockies with my wife and cat.  I received a letter in the mail one Saturday requesting a donation of $500 to help the community pave the dirt road I lived on.  I wanted to do my part, especially since my property values would increase a lot if the road were paved,  but I couldn’t afford it.  So I continued opening up my other mail, one of which contained a check for $520 from some investment I had made.  The amount and the timing were perfect but, of course, just a coincidence.

2.  Ten years later, I made a monumental blunder with my checking account, and somehow found my checkbook $1,900 short.  Two days later, in Monday’s mail, there was a check for a little over $1900 from some investment, another perfect amount as well as perfect timing.  Twice bailed out?  Probably just another really lucky coincidence.

3. I took care of stray/homeless and even feral cats…with food, water, and medical care as part of the nationwide “Trap, Neuter, Return” program.  One Saturday a homeless pitch-black and friendly “Bombay” cat, with a little stub of a tail (later I named him “Bobby-Tail” because of his bobbed tail) came by my yard with a bad foot, trying to walk but limping very badly.  I brought him in and took him to my veterinarian, who found a cut on his foot and treated him.  The cost was $91, which I paid but couldn’t really afford right then.  Two days later I received a check in the mail for just over $91 for some refund from something.  The amount and timing was perfect!  A third coincidence?

On these three occasions plus two more the amounts and timing were perfect.  All times the money I needed was not for my personal use and was totally unexpected.  I was amazed…and after some thought  I became convinced that they weren’t coincidences at all.  However, a really frightening incident that was the “slam-dunk” for me concerning the existence of God, happened back in 1968 and 69.  I even wrote a “first-person” article about it for Reader’s Digest but it was not published.  The weird but true tale follows:

4. I’ll skip the preliminaries; the “Amazing Kreskin said that Quija boards only worked as a result of the unconscious mind that was actually moving the Ouija board pointer that spells out words as it goes from letter to letter and pauses between words.  Easy enough to test…I had the two board users face aside so they couldn’t see the board.   As I asked it questions,  the pointer continued to move and answer them until my girlfriend, Maria, became so frightened by Quija’s answers,  she refused to work the board anymore.  Here’s some of my exchanges with the Quija board:

“Quija, are you a man or a wo man?”  Quija:”SPIRIT”

“Quija, are you a good spirit or a bad spirit?  Quija: “GOOD”

“Ouija, where do you get your power from?”  Quija: “SATAN”

“Ouija, everyone knows that Satan is evil, therefore how can you be good?  Quija: “GOODBYE”

“Ouija, when were you born?”  Quija: “I AM”

“Ouija, why do you talk to people?”  Quija: “PEOPLE NEED ME”

“Ouija, why do people need you?”  Quija: “TO MAKE THEM SUFFER”

“Ouija, I feel very sorry for you, how can I help you?” Quija:  “GIVE ME YOUR SOUL AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE ETERNAL POWERS OF EVIL”

I placed a set of Rosary beads onto the Quija board and asked: “Ouija, do you like me?”  “YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE SPIRIT WHO CAN CAUSE  SUFFERING BEYOND REALIZATION”

About a year after this encounter with the Quija board, I had a large brain tumor removed and was fighting for my life.  Half of my face became paralyzed and numb as a result of the surgical removal of the tumor and my equilibrium and emotional state became really bad to the extent that my first wife, Maria, in a fit of rage at something stupid I had said/done, pushed me out of our apartment 5 weeks after my brain tumor surgery, and subsequently divorced me.  Since then I’ve had another few dozen surgeries.  I would say that I experienced “suffering beyond realization.”  With only 1/2 of my face working normally, deaf in my left ear, and unable to walk straight, I no longer fooled around with Quija boards. The point of my story on Quija is that,  if  in fact evil really does exist, then it follows that a good spirit (God) also exists.  You be the judge… (but I would not use a Ouija Board since many cases of alleged possession begin with using Ouija boards).

I know in God  based on my experiences as well as the vastness of the universe.  I do have many more religious beliefs based on the world’s religions’  Holy Books.  However, many of my beliefs I consider details; the main thing is that, for me, there is no question that God does indeed exist.

IS CAPITALISM ETHICAL? DOES SOCIALISM WORK?

Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and many politicians as well as academia advocate Socialism; the National Debt doubled…increased by $10 trillion to $20 trillion during President Obama’s 8 years; annual Gross Domestic Product growth under 2% for Obama’s entire reign; …ad infinitum.  Was Capitalism to blame for America’s woes under President Obama or has President Trump proven that Capitalism is the solution to our Nation’s economic problems?

Let’s take a closer look, first with very brief definitions of Capitalism and Socialism so we’re clear on what we’re talking about.  From the book, ‘isms and ‘ologies by Arthur Goldwag, Capitalism is the “free exchange of goods in a competitive marketplace.”  In that same book, “Socialism” is defined as the opposite of Capitalism.  Further, “In socialist economies, the means of production are either controlled by or directly owned by the state…” European and Nordic countries are not socialist, but simply are capitalist countries with many welfare benefits and healthcare.

Capitalism is fueled by a motive to make profits and it does this by providing goods and services that consumers want and at a price that can beat competitors’ prices who also provide similar goods and services.  This forces capitalists to constantly improve quality and undercut competitors’ prices.   Socialism eliminates the profit motive and therefore satisfies some people’s altruistic side and also attempts to redistribute wealth from the “haves” to the “have-nots,”  satisfying some people’s idea of fairness.  Because in Socialism there is no continuous need to improve efficiency and effectiveness, there usually is significant waste and inefficiencies.  Capitalists would argue that they earn their profits, attending college for many years and then working 70-80-hour workweeks… and it’s their taxed profits that enables government to have the money to help others.

Capitalism creates wealth,  which then is taxed and used to help the poor and needy.  Socialism makes equality of outcome most important, consequently leading to everyone being equally poor with no large sums of funds available for government and charities to help those in need.  Socialism takes away the incentive for people to work hard and excel to provide for themselves and their families.  The top 10% of the wealthy pay 70% of all Federal taxes.  The lowest 50% of taxpayers pay about 2% of Federal income taxes.

Government is usually the culprit behind much fraud, unemployment and economic downturn and  is responsible for our current economic woes.  Loans to people unable to repay them was the precipitating event that caused the 2007-8 economic downturn.  Quasi-government Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced banks, with threats of lawsuits, to make those bad loans.  Therefore, to have the government fully control the economy is insanity.  Government does not understand business, does not understand how jobs are created, does not comprehend how many of its regulations, especially “Obamacare,” are destroying the economy.

The Dodd-Frank Bill, proposed by and named after two of the most significant initiators of the 2008 economic downturn (Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd), was truly absurd.  For all of its harm to small banks and to the economy, it didn’t even address the cause of the downturn, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

So, let’s answer our two basic questions, “Is Capitalism Ethical”, “Does Socialism Work?”  Capitalism is a huge engine for job creation and wealth to the extent that the Pacific Rim countries have embraced it, as well as China (and they are all becoming wealthy fast)…and there’s nothing unethical about making a reasonable profit for providing goods or services.   Socialism, on the other hand,  can be forced to work, but at the cost of civil liberties, prosperity, unemployment, and political interference in all aspects of your life.

Finally, how about some people becoming billionaires?  Is it ethical for anyone becoming that wealthy?  Huge wealth is certainly a possibility under Capitalism.  However, very wealthy people pay most of the taxes and also give much of their wealth, after providing for their families,  to charities, which use it more wisely than the government ever will. Finally, if you still have a problem with Capitalism, then call it “free enterprise” which means the same thing but is more descriptive and uncontroversial.  And if you’re still unconvinced if socialism works or has ever worked, just check out what’s happening in Venezuela, and if you think Socialism is great, then continue to vote for Democrats and be prepared for the continued decline of the United States.  On the other hand, keep an eye on the Trump economy to see what capitalism can do.

 

 

IF YOU’RE NOT A LIBERAL AT 20…; IF YOU’RE NOT A CONSERVATIVE AT 40…

WW II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said “if you’re not a Liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a Conservative at 40, you have no brain.”  What exactly did Churchill mean and is it valid?

At 20 years old, people are usually idealistic and usually believe what their mentors (teachers, professors) inculcate in them.  However, teachers and professors in most of today’s universities and colleges have no practical experiences with socialism.  Their students hear only one side of  national issues, and further, are discouraged to even listen to both sides, because the other side is characterized as being racist or sexist or whatever.

At 40 years old, people are usually much more mature, often with a spouse and children, and they begin devoting much more time following public issues.  Moreover, they have lived long enough to become much better at recognizing  the lies and deceit engaged in by many politicians.  And because many at age 40 now have children, national and international issues take on much greater importance with the realization that many Liberal/Progressive policies not only don’t work, but actually do great harm to the people that they supposedly are intended to help.

I’m 50% Conservative and 50% Liberal.  That does not mean 50% Republican and 50% Democrat.  What’s Liberal or Conservative about $25 trillion in National Debt?  What’s Liberal or Conservative about health care that is confusing, disorganized, and unaffordable the way Obamacare is configured?  What’s Liberal or Conservative about a weak military or a foreign policy that punishes our allies and rewards our enemies?

At 77, I’m in the last part of my life, and I’d love to leave this world knowing that the U.S. will be OK, but I’m not there yet, however most young people scare me because they are gullible and easily swayed  but can vote, though they know less than nothing about the issues or do not care…less than nothing because much/most of what they think they know is misinformation.  I don’t mean to sound critical, because it’s natural for the young to spend their time pursuing mates, getting an education, starting a career and raising a family.  How the young vote, the young being the group whose future would be the most devastated by another Democrat President big-government statist president, will determine the fate of the United States.

Finally, the young’s love-affair with liberalism and socialism is best answered with a comment by the British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who said:  “The problem with socialism is that, sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”  The U.S. is getting close to running out of being financially able to borrow more of other people’s money.

 

POLICE BRUTALITY?

In Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta, etc. police are being charged with racism and brutality.  Are the charges true?  Many businesses have been burned down.  The world saw George Floyd being slowly murdered by a policeman in Minneapolis, followed by protests all around the the Country.  Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA got involved and morphed protests into rioting and looting for months.  In Portland there was over 60 nights of attempts to burn down its Federal Courthouse.  Many policemen were seriously injured and three were even blinded. Some cities reacted insanely to Mr. Floyd’s murder by defunding their police departments.  Some thankfully outlawed chokeholds by police.

George Floyd’s murder initiated anew protests against police brutality which then morphed into riots.  Mr. Floyd’s murder was used by the Far Left  to weaken police departments.  Since police brutality has been an issue in the past I thought it was the appropriate time to examine it, determine how pervasive it is, and see what could and should be done about it, if anything.  But first, a reminder of how important this issue is, a quote from David Clarke’s book, Cop Under Fire, “Police officers have the overwhelming support of the communities.  Changing us into something we’re not will get cops and civilians killed.”  In fact, crime has skyrocketed when cities weakened their police forces.

I believe that the first most important and relevant fact to consider is how pervasive is police brutality.  The second is, “what is the best remedy for police brutality” if it, in fact,  is commonplace.  Thus far, the “defunding the police” remedy, being done by many municipalities, is worse than crazy, it’s goofy.  More training for police would be the best remedy.  In George Floyd’s case, however, the policeman  who killed him had previously been charged with many instances of brutality; therefore, he should have been fired long ago.  Training, however,  should be given on: when fellow policemen should step in and stop criminal police behavior.  Training is expensive and requires more money for police departments, not less.  More training is always a good idea though I did not find police brutality to be pervasive.  I think national standards are in order.

Despite their pronouncements to the contrary, their months of riots, looting and burning down of businesses indicate that Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA are not interested in the welfare of the African-American community or  of the United States; therefore anything that they support or advocate should be taken with a universe of salt, including their claims of police brutality and advocacy for defunding the police.

UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS (audio interview w. Kevin Jackson)

I decided to interview Mr. Jackson, author of the books, The Big Black Lie, How I Learned the Truth about the  Democrat Party,  Race Pimping, and Sexy Brilliance, (25-minute audio of interview…click on the blue play icon below) because he is rare indeed…an unabashed African-American conservative.  Moreover, one won’t hear his views from traditional black leaders or the mainstream media and his views are worth listening to.

Mr. Jackson has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, was a management consultant for some of the world’s largest companies, ran his own sales organization, and has his own Blog and talk radio show.  He is a dynamic and elegant speaker who is in high demand for his clarity of thought and expression.

The interview with Mr. Jackson focuses on African-American politics and explores why Mr. Jackson holds the views that he does. He has been on MSNBC, O’Reilly, and Cavuto,  among many others, and has a clear and studied loud message for African-Americans, as well as anyone else interested in the welfare of that community.

In the interview, Mr. Jackson tells us about:

  1. How blacks were sold out by the Democratic party
  2. How to criticize former President Obama without being considered a racist
  3. How the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was far more supported by Republican Congressmen than Democratic Congressmen
  4. Why the Democratic Congress failed to revise welfare law even after Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan reported on how its “no man in the house rule” was destroying black families
  5. The origins of the financial meltdown, and much more.

To listen to my interview with Mr. Jackson’s, please click on the blue play icon below and then the hyperlink under them.

Kevin Jackson-African Americans Audio

Interview by Mike Russo.

WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP BE RE-ELECTED?

Will President Trump be re-elected on November 3, 2020?  I believe that, given his accomplishments, he should be…but of course that doesn’t mean that he will be.  Further, I believe that he is becoming our greatest President. Let’s take a look…

George Washington was our greatest President…without him there would be no United States of America.  Abraham Lincoln was our second greatest for ending slavery and preventing the South from seceding from the Union and therefore keeping the United States as one country.  Ronald Reagan was our third greatest because America was in a huge mess after Jimmy Carter’s presidency and Reagan turned it around by cutting taxes and Federal regulations which grew the economy, and by rebuilding our military to the extent that the Soviet Union collapsed.  The Gross Domestic Product (which is the measure of the size of the economy) almost doubled in the ten-year period from the time Reagan’s cuts in tax rates went into effect (1983).

I believe that Donald Trump is now becoming our greatest: he already knows the best policies to pursue for the U.S. to prosper…in addition to knowing how to handle sticky international problems and strengthening our military, but now he needs to improve at dealing with the Democrats and the media and be more careful in his choice of words to protect himself from the likes of Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, etc.

A few of the President’s major accomplishments include his initiating  and signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which stimulated the U.S. economy, big time.  This came as the President terminated thousands job-killing useless regulations, initiating a huge increase (10 trillion dollars) in the Stock Market, creation of 5 million new jobs, very low unemployment rate (3.6 %), increases in the Civilian Labor-Force Participation Rate, and growth in the Gross Domestic Product by 3-5%.  Moreover, by giving the military more flexibility in fighting ISIS, most areas formerly held by ISIS have been recaptured.  President Trump is now building an illegal-immigration-stopping wall on our southern border, and attempting to end to chain migration and  VISA-lottery immigration.  He also made huge increases in the military budgets for both FY 2018, ’19 and ’20, which significantly improved the military’s strength and readiness.  He also negotiated great trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada, Japan, South Korea, etc. and cracked down on China’s intellectual theft from America.  He created 9,000 economic opportunity zones in inner cities and other poor areas and passed prisoner reform legislation to help prisoners be treated more fairly.  Despite massive resistance, President Trump also temporarily stopped travel from China to the United States on January 31, 2020, in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus from China to America.

What other achievements does President Trump need to be re-elected and then become the greatest President in U.S. history?  I believe that how Trump makes America great again despite everything the mainstream media and the Democrat Party do to stop him, will determine, in part, how great President Trump becomes.  Put more simply, Trump’s political enemies will be somewhat responsible for the degree that he becomes great.  There is a simple Arab saying that makes it clearer, “the greater your enemy, the greater the victory over that enemy.”  President Trump has many powerful enemies.

After seeing what President Trump has accomplished thus far, aside from being  that I believe that he is well on his way to becoming our greatest President, what else does he still need to do to be re-elected and become our greatest?  This is what I believe he needs to do:

  1. finish building the southern border wall, end the visa lottery, end sanctuary cities, severely limit chain migration, establish a merit-based immigration system,
  2. pass a great American infrastructure bill,
  3. replace Obamacare with something much better and cheaper for a great healthcare insurance system,
  4. prepare a plan to get to zero budget deficits and begin significantly paying down the national debt,
  5. eliminate ineffective government programs and agencies and reduce the size of the Federal workforce,
  6. continue rebuilding the military to be stronger than it ever has been,
  7. significantly reduce the opioid crisis,
  8. expose and end voter fraud,
  9. revitalize and make safe depressed inner cities,
  10. help clean up corruption in government and political parties,
  11. continue appointing more conservative judges,
  12. be more congenial, don’t unfairly criticize anyone, don’t exaggerate,
  13. be re-elected President in 2020 to finish all initiatives.
  14. stop China’s intellectual theft from America.
  15. add more Middle Eastern countries to the Israel-UAE, Bahrain, Sudan peace agreement.
  16. keep Democrat voter fraud to under 3,000,000 fraudulent votes in presidential elections

In today’s partisan political climate, it’s difficult to get much accomplished without great effort, but President Trump is getting important things done despite his many enemies. We’ll know on November 3 or perhaps much later if he’s re-elected and in a few years just how great a president President Trump was.  He has significant headwinds from Mainstream Media which has become completely dishonest.

OBAMACARE EQUALS NO HEALTH INSURANCE (unless it’s subsidized)

 

If Joe Biden becomes our next president on November 3, 2020, Biden said Obamacare will continue to be America’s healthcare system.  Therefore, voters need to know what’s in store for them.

Without subsidies, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unaffordable for most people.  Because it is so bad, many looked to President Trump to repeal and replace it with something much better and much less expensive.  When it was fully implemented in 2017, most Americans no longer received subsidies, which had totaled over $60 billion/year.  Because employers were not required to provide heath insurance for part-time workers, most new jobs that were created  in the U.S. under Obamacare were part-time.

I’ve been a supporter of universal healthcare since the year 2000 and, although I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, I was hopeful that he would make good-healthcare-for-all a reality.  It did not cross my mind that Obama would promulgate legislation that would destroy healthcare for many more Americans than it might help.  It also did not occur to me that healthcare premiums would double, triple, or even quadruple…and that deductibles would be as expensive as twelve thousand dollars/year and co-pays double what they had been pre-Obamacare…and that all of these consequences combined would have the cumulative effect of destroying healthcare for tens of millions Americans.

Let’s give the creators of Obamacare the benefit of the doubt and assume that their hearts were in the right place, and that the passage of the ACA was not simply an attempt of government takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy.  The Affordable Care Act demonstrated that it was not affordable and was pitiful health insurance…it was poorly and incompetently designed and executed.  It reminds me of  the homily that “an elephant is a mouse designed by committee,” but in the case of the ACA, it was designed by one political party in Congress.  Okay, so it’s time scrap it and start over.

But wasn’t Obamacare  designed to be like Romneycare, which was passed by Mitt Romney when he was a Republican governor of Massachusetts?  That’s what politicians said to justify Obamacare, but that’s “bull”.  Romneycare only affected about  8% of the Massachusetts population.  Obamacare covered everyone except those exempted by the President, or over 300 million Americans.  Romneycare did not have penalties or mandates that Obamacare did until it was repealed by President Trump in the new tax cuts law. The very few good aspects of Obamacare, pre-existing conditions and coverage by parents’ insurance until age 26, could  have been simply added to new health insurance Federal legislation.

Although Obamacare  is clearly very bad and expensive health insurance, except for those receiving significant subsidies or exemptions,  the U.S. may end up being stuck with it. The reason is totally political.  One sixth of the economy is healthcare.  The ACA or “Obamacare” is a politician’s dream come true but the average American’s nightmare.  With thousands of dollars required for deductibles before reimbursement by insurance companies kicks in, Obamacare for most ends up basically being only catastrophic health-care insurance, which is important and necessary, but not something one should pay a lot of money for.

An opportunity for Obamacare to be either repealed and replaced came with the 2016 Presidential election.  Only if Republicans controled the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives could Obamacare be replaced with healthcare that was affordable and truly cares about people.  Legislation failed in 2017 because of Senator John McCain but hopefully will be attempted again if President Trump is re-elected and Republicans keep control of the Senate and win a majority of House seats in the 2020 elections.

FINDING RELIABLE POLITICAL POLLS

INTRODUCTION

With two exceptions, the presidential polls in the 2016 presidential election were completely wrong.  If you knew those two exceptions in advance, you could have predicted the outcome of the election.  I did and therefore was 75% certain that Donald J. Trump would become our next President.  It was really simple:  I looked at the polls that accurately predicted the 2012 presidential election.  There were only two, one of  which polled daily, the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll.

BODY

I thought that the reason for the poor poll results was simply the media funding fake polls in order to create a bandwagon effect for their politician.  However, I decided to examine polls and find out why they differed so much.  The following is what I learned:

a) The design of a poll can easily create any outcome the pollster wants.  For example, the pollster determines what percentage of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents s/he polls.  These percentage largely determine the results of a poll.  Most of the recent polls used 24% of Republicans although the 2016 and 2018 election exit polls showed 33% of Republicans voted…which explains why they were so wrong.

b) Whether the poll is of: a) all adults, b) registered voters, or c) likely voters,  is the next most important factor in determining the results of a poll.  Only half of all adults vote, 80% of registered voters, and over 90% of likely voters vote.  The most accurate poll of the President has been the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll which polls likely voters.  As of 7/9/20 it has President Trump at 45% approval.

c) The way in which poll questions are worded can significantly influence the results of the poll.  For example, a question can be worded: 1) do you approve of the the President? OR 2) do you approve of the President’s job performance? OR 3) do you like the President? OR 4) etc., etc., etc.  Often poll questions are deliberately ambiguous and therefore the results can’t be trusted.

d) How many people you poll is very important in order to get a representative sample.  Nothing under a 1000-person-poll is very reliable.

e) How you select the people to be polled is very important.  For example, only selecting people from the inner city would result in an overwhelming number of people favoring a Democrat and would not be a representative sample.  Same is true for a poll conducted of New Yorkers only.

f) Who is sponsoring the poll is extremely important.  A poll funded by the New York Times, Washington Post, or CNN will not depict a Republican President favorably because those newspapers and TV station have a partisan agenda and are therefore unreliable.

CONCLUSION

I’ve attempted to show how polls can be manipulated to persuade public opinion rather that guage public opinion.  I believe that most political polls are seriously flawed and therefore I don’t believe them to be reliable.  Past performance is the best way to judge a poll.  For example, the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll I believe to be the best of all of the Presidential polls, based on its past performance in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.  Looking at past performance, therefore, is the quickest and easiest way to determine how accurate or misleading a poll might be.

HOW TO DETERMINE FAKE NEWS

 

How do you know if news is fake?  I use the following method:

First, you need to consider the source of the news and ask yourself, “how does the journalist know what s/he is telling me?”  Many sources are simply someone’s conjecture being stated as fact.  If journalists were completely honest, they would begin many of their opinion pieces with something like, “I believe,” or “I think,” rather than stating what they think as fact.

Second, you need to look at access.  Most of the time you hear journalists, with no special access to the President, report on what the President is thinking.  Once again, you need to ask yourself, ” how did they get their information?”  It usually is speculation stated as fact.

Third, you need to look at the track record of the journalist for reporting factually.  After observing a potential source of information for accuracy, I decide whether to continue to use that source, because it’s very time-consuming to double and triple-check every fact (so I need to know who I can believe).  Fox News’ Brit Hume, Bret Baier and Laura Ingraham are three of the sources I trust. Mainstream media, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC simply cannot be trusted for reporting accurate information about anything involving President Trump.  CNN and MSNBC are even worse to the extent that they are simply left-wing propaganda channels.  OAN (One America News) is mostly straight reporting of the news and reports about four times more news that any other TV channel.

Fourth, I avoid journalists who also are not truthful.  Being partisan is O.K. as long as the reporting is accurate and truthful.  For example, MSNBC’s Rachel Madow is very partisan and is not truthful, while Fox News’s partisan Sean Hannity is truthful, so I can trust him for accurate information.

Fifth, there are many other sources, including bloggers and radio talk-show hosts, who are great sources of solid information.  Radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh, immediately comes to mind as a reliable source of accurate information.  Washington Examiner’s investigative journalist and chief correspondent, Byron York, is one of the best sources I know of.

Sixth, the very best source is the original, real, actual source of information, the kind you see on CSPAN-1, 2, or 3, not from most journalists or reporters.  Subject-matter experts, like Gordon Chang, are great reliable sources.  The best source for what President Trump says is to listen to President Trump says.

Seventh, Bernard Goldberg’s books, Bias and Arrogance, and Bob Kohn’s book, Journalistic Fraud, are but a few of the books that document how biased the news media is.  Everyone should be extremely careful taking anything from the mainstream media as factual and accurate.  The very best source to check on what sources are accurate is the Media Research Center (MRC).

CONCLUSION

Critical thinking is essential to determining whether a piece of news is real or fake.  If you are extremely partisan or are emotionally engaged for either side, looking at the news objectively is very difficult, but is possible if you really want to know the truth.  You need to take shortcuts for determining fake vs. real news  because thoroughly going through an analysis each time you hear a news story takes too much time and most people don’t have that much time.

Finally, be cautious in quickly accepting as fact anything you hear or read.  If it sounds crazy, perhaps it is.  The media has an agenda and usually doesn’t even report those things that don’t fit into its agenda.  It is disheartening to see but it’s today’s reality.  Eternal vigilance in srutinizing the media is necessary to keep the media honest at simply reporting the news rather than fabricating or twisting it; our decisions are based on the facts we believe to be true; therefore, it’s very important to determine which news is real and which is fake.

 

MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME!

Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The 2008 Supreme Court decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, ruled that the Second Amendment actually conferred an individual gun ownership right.

Are you pro-Second Amendment or anti-Second Amendment or somewhere in-between?  Are you for reasonable restrictions on gun ownership?  Where you stand on the gun issue really doesn’t matter much because most of the dialog surrounding this issue is simplistic and/or deceitful and/or political.

Why?  Because most of the measures which have been discussed and adopted have proven to be ineffective.  John Lott, author of the book, More Guns, Less Crime, is the very best authority on what works and what doesn’t, but have you heard his name even mentioned in the gun debates.  His research over more than a decade is explained in his book and should be the foundation of gun laws, not the political posturing that is going on around the country aimed at voters and guaranteed to do nothing except make matters worse.  Most people are not expected to know who knows what they’re talking about and who doesn’t, but the media is expected to know, but it either doesn’t or it doesn’t want to.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution allowing an armed citizenry was adopted by the Founding Fathers as a safeguard against government tyranny.  They wanted this because democracies eventually morphed into dictatorships, and with a standing army in the United States, this was a real possibility.  Fear of a dictatorial government is just one reason why emotions are so high surrounding the issue, especially with Venezuela  becoming a dictatorship, having banned guns to the general public in 2012.  Not many politicians will admit it because it sounds crazy, however, this is the heart of the issue: big-government Democrats want as much control of guns as possible, and limited-government Republicans want the minimum amount of control possible.  The major reason for many gun owners to have guns is the capability guns provide in protecting oneself and one’s family.  Other reasons are hunting and target shooting.

I bought my first handgun while living in downtown Washington, DC.  Washington banned even owning a handgun when I lived there.  However, I decided to break the local law and purchase a PPK (James Bond’s gun) after a close friend and neighbor had his head busted open by four hoodlums. Not too long after this I was attacked by three hoodlums just outside of my apartment.  Consequently, my wife and I moved to a safer neighborhood.

We subsequently moved to a mountaintop in Colorado, located about one hour southwest of Denver.  While working in front of my property one day a motorcycyle gang drove past me which got me to thinking that I could not protect my wife and I for the one hour it took for the sheriff to find and get to my home.  Consequently, I purchased a shotgun,a semi-automatic rifle, and a larger handgun.  Since we had no children and neither I nor my wife ever became hysterical, I kept all of my guns loaded and ready to use.  I considered them insurance and they made me feel much better about my ability to protect my wife.

You can see that my interest in guns has to do with protection.  The Second Amendment gives Americans that Right.  I think we need that right to protect our families.  If you’d like to learn about the statistics that prove that more guns mean less crime, read John Lott’s, More Guns, Less Crime, and you’ll have the information you need to decide what needs to be done to help control gun violence.

HOW TO BECOME DEBT-FREE & SAVE

If you become debt-free, you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments over your lifetime and therefore have more money to do those things you really want to do.  If you agree, how do you actually go about becoming debt-free?  That’s what this post is about.

Many people, including those with very high incomes, are simply conduits for money, receiving it and spending it, none of it staying with them after paying all of their expenses each month. Wealth is the money you have in the bank and in investments and other assets.  A high income can speed up your journey to wealth but only if you handle your money prudently.  However, most people that have accumulated wealth have average, or lower, incomes; basically their wealth came mostly from the appreciation of their home.  

One of the quickest routes to becoming poor is throwing your money away on credit card interest.  Therefore, one of the best investments you can make (for saving 8% to 30% interest payments) with little effort and with no financial training or education is to pay off your credit cards.  So before you invest money, consider putting money you’d like to invest towards paying down and ultimately paying off your credit cards, starting with the highest interest rate card first.  Where do you find the money to do that?  You need to find an extra 10% of your income to then devote it solely for paying down your debt each month.

After paying off your credit cards, focus on paying off your mortgage.  Since today’s mortgage interest rates are so low, why pay off a mortgage?  If you get from your bank a copy of the payoff schedule for your mortgage loan and compare  the principle of your mortgage loan against the interest due each month, you’ll see that even a small mortgage interest rate results in interest being most of each month’s mortgage payment, basically because you pay interest on the entire mortgage loan.  A relatively easy way to pay off your mortgage much faster is to pay at least an extra $200 or more towards your mortgage principle each month.

Finally, since most new cars depreciate by about 50% in only 3 years after purchase, you can save a huge amount of money by either buying used cars, or if you buy new ones, keep the car until it would cost more to fix it than the car is worth. I usually buy cars 8-10 years old.  Before the advent of cell phones, an older car could get you stuck in the middle of nowhere if it broke down.  But with an AAA card and a cell phone, you should be fine, unless your car ever breaks down in a bad location.  Moreover, older cars are generally safer than newer cars since older cars are much heavier than newer cars (that’s primarily how newer cars get better gas mileage).  Another reasonable option at times is to lease a car.  Leasing a car can also be economical.

For those with children going to college,  think seriously about your state college and compare its in-state tuition with tuition of other colleges.  Money should be borrowed only as a last resort with your overall financial goal being to live within your means.  Living within your means is not a goal in-and-of itself, however  is important in that it enables you to do those things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do because you couldn’t afford to because you’re not wasting money on needless credit card interest.

Because I didn’t have a mortgage, for example, I had the funds to achieve one of my passions while living in Denver, Colorado: trap, neuter and return (TNR) about 100 cats (in accordance with the nationwide TNR program), maintain a  “come-and-go-as-you-please” heated cat shelter for feral cats, putting out food and water for 30+ cats and a few dogs/day, and adopt and take care of 10 homeless stray cats, for a total cost of $10,000/year.

Whatever your hobby or passion, you’ll be much better able to pursue it if you are debt-free, as well as retire one day without being forced to live in near-poverty

WHITE PRIVILEGE?

The concept of “white privilege” is an issue currently in vogue, especially now after the murder of George Floyd.  It means that whites have an advantage in life and society over blacks and other people of color.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the “white privilege” reflects reality.  What can and does society and individuals do about it, if anything?  First, I believe, it’s necessary to acknowledge that it’s unfair.  Then, of course, it’s important to determine if there’s anything that can be done to correct the situation.  Here’s my analysis of the “white priviledge” issue:

Life is not fair: some people are tall (an advantage), some people are fat (a disadvantage).  some ugly (a disadvantage), some good-looking (an advantage), etc., etc.  Since skin color cannot be easily changed,  minorities must overcome this inherent disadvantage and everyone needs to be aware of any bias they might have against others.   I know from personal experience that my physical handicaps kept me from achieving my full potential and that my great parents and Ivy League education helped prepare me to somewhat overcome my half-paralyzed face, closed left eye and very poor equilibrium that my first brain tumor left me with.  In addition, I  had to learn that I must work exceptionally hard in order to overcome the stereotype that my particular physical handicaps portrayed of me.

On the other hand, though much less common, being black is sometimes an advantage.  Huh?  President Obama was elected President after serving only two years as a U.S. senator.  This was previously unheard of!  Why?  White guilt!  In addition,  Affirmative Action helps anyone of color, even members of wealthy African-American families. Is that fair to the very poor of any race or nationality?  Therefore, shouldn’t Affirmative Action be revised to help the poor of any race?

I believe that government can only do so much to correct the unfairness of life and that in attempting to do so, it often makes things far worse for the people it is trying to help, through unintended consequences.  Good intentions count for nothing.  Only results matter!

Just one example will prove my point: prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA), about 53% of the disabled were employed.  When last I checked a few years ago, about 31% were employed.  Why?  Due to the ADA, it’s nearly impossible to fire someone who is disabled, so employers try not to hire them in order to avoid not being able to fire them if they don’t work out.

Some solace to the unfairness of white privilege, as well as other unfair things that life throws in our paths, is that success is that much sweeter when we overcome and prevail despite unfair inequities.

HOW TO PAY OFF THE NATIONAL DEBT?

The United States currently owes $26 trillion, $3 trillion of which President Trump needed to  spend to help the U.S. to recover from the Corona virus lockdown of the economy. This debt is an albatross around the neck of the Country and there is little likelihood that it will be even partially paid off anytime soon…or is there?

The richest country the world has ever seen, sitting on top of  huge untapped oceans of oil, natural gas and coal, as well as millions of square miles of publicly-owned land, and we’re the beggars of the world, owing trillions of dollars to China, Japan, and many other countries, including our own Federal Reserve, which creates money out of thin air.  This picture doesn’t make sense but what can be done to change it?

There are many proposals floating around to help address this problem, from a fair tax to a flat tax and the “Penny Plan”.  Ohio Governor John Kasich paid off billions of Ohio’s debt by cutting ineffective programs.  Former Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, cut government programs and also stopped the Union practice of letting outragiously expensive Union contracts.  Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, created many jobs and took Florida from billions in debt to billions in surplus.

Various plans have been tried, some with dire consequences, like the “Sequester” that President Obama suggested and Republican leadership agreed to.  The Sequester had been devastating to the military because it cut budgets across-the-board, both good programs and bad.  There are many expensive Federal programs that are ineffective and do little or nothing, have been around for a long time, and need to be terminated.  Some programs simply need to be revised in order to make them effective and efficient.  But any revising or terminating requires a strong leader. That’s why the 2016 Presidential election was so important.  Not many leaders would cut ineffective government programs and also expand production of, and then sell off, oil, gas and coal to other countries and perhaps sell surplus public land to its citizens, but President Trump has begun this process and will continue to do so to pay off the National debt.  He must wait until after the 2020 elections because cutting government programs is unpopular and President Trump would therefore probably not be re-elected if he started cutting programs before then.  Bringing back trillions in cash currently “parked” oversees by American corporations is also greatly helping now that the U.S. corporate tax has been reduced from (highest-in-the-world) 35% down to 21%.

If the United States doesn’t get its spending under control it will most likely be piled onto the ash heap of great countries that spent their way into mediocracy.  This requires President Trump and a Republican House of Representatives and Republican Senate together in order to end those Federal programs that are not helping people.

CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP CREATE JOBS & GROW THE ECONOMY AGAIN?

After most recessions, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth comes back with  a strong minimum 5% increase/year.   But not the recession of 2008-09…annual growth averaged under 2% for the eight years that Barrack Obama was President and the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate diminished to 62.8%, the lowest it had been since 1978.  Moreover, although the official unemployment rate was under 5%, it would have been about 12% if it were measured the way it was back in the year 2000, and over 20% if it were measured the way it was during the Great Depression in the 30’s.

So what happened under President Obama?  Why not the usual strong growth?  Business had  a few trillion dollars that it held onto oversees, so why didn’t it spend its money to expand its operations and create millions of jobs in the U.S.?  There’s a lot of  reasons why business was cautious in expansion…and we need to understand what the problem was in order to continue to turn around today’s economy and foster substantial job growth (and the increased tax revenues that come with job growth).  Of course, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is filled with disincentives to job growth, especially full-time jobs, so it was partially responsible. The large number of regulations and tax increases under President Obama also added additional burdens on job creators and that’s another major cause.

But who am I to be pontificating on jobs and the economy?  Well, I do have a masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  And my degree is from the Wharton School in the U. of P., which is known for its econometric models of the economy.  To be clear, however, my education was in government, not economics, though I did need to have economics and accounting courses as well as a statistics course in order to graduate from Wharton with my MGA long ago.  I also worked for the Federal government for over40 years in various capacities, and have also worked for the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.

FORMER  SUCCESSFUL QUICK RECOVERIES

Let’s put aside education and experience qualifications because, from my observations, ideology trumps education.  I’ve seen PhD’s advocate  really stupid positions, even in light of contradictory evidence.  So I tend to look at the real world, what actually happens when a particular economic policy is followed and practiced.

I’ll start with the policies used by President John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.  When confronted with a recession, he cut tax rates which led to increased economic growth and recovery.  In addition, when President Ronald Reagan inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression from President Jimmy Carter in 1980 (unemployment over 10%, inflation 13.5%, mortgage interest rates up to 20%), President Reagan cut tax rates to the extent that GDP almost doubled in ten years and tax revenues to the Federal government greatly increased in the 10 years following the tax rate cuts.  President George W. Bush had a similar experience with tax rate cuts, revenues to the Federal government significantly increased.

The most recent economic successful recovery was orchestrated by President Trump with cuts in taxes and regulations, which resulted in an extremely low unemployment rate of 3.4% and the lowest unemployment rates in U.S. history for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans.

PAST FAILURES

Let’s look at what actually happened when the opposite approach was used:  it is estimated that President Franklin D. Roosevelt doubled the duration of the Great Depression in the 1930’s by using the John Keynes economic model of increasing government deficit spending, and the US still did not even get out of the Great Depression until World War II.   Moreover, when Japan’s economy went bust in the 90’s, it spent trillions over a 20-year period trying to stimulate its economy.  The huge deficit spending did nothing except give Japan a huge debt.

WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TRIED

Which brings us up to to when President Barrack Obama spent almost a trillion dollars in his “stimulus” package in a effort to turn around the economy…and he also devalued the dollar by having The Federal Reserve Bank print trillions of dollars with no backing through it’s so-called Quantitative Easing 1, 2, and 3.  He also tried other short-term Federal spending programs such as his “cash for clunkers” and engaged in huge annual deficit spending, the extent of which had never been seen before.  His economic policies, based on the discredited theories of economist, John Maynard Keynes,  have actually have made the economy worse by piling up huge government debt (over $20 trillion in total national debt which is greater than the annual GDP of the US), with very little to show for it,  and whose interest payments will be unsustainable when interest rates increase.

Let’s look at other factors significantly adversely affecting the economy, such as oppressive government regulations.  One of the reasons for President Bill Clinton’s economic success in the 1990s was his significantly cutting back many Federal Regulations (as well as the reduction in government employment through attrition) as part of his “National Performance Review” initiative.  President Obama’s policy, on the other hand,  on preventing drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, has resulted in 240,000 barrels/day less oil from the Gulf,  which would have led to large increases in gasoline prices were it not for oil companies engaging in horizontal drilling and fracking on private and State lands.  Another example of over-regulation is the Dodd-Frank bill, the stated purpose of which was to prevent future financial meltdowns…but it did not even deal with the cause of the meltdown, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who threatened  and coerced banks into making housing loans to people who could not afford to repay them.  Dodd-Frank also had adverse impacts on small banks and dried up loan money for small businesses that would have otherwise been available to them to expand.

Then there’s Obamacare which has been estimated to actually cost the government up to 3 trillion dollars in the first 10 years, as well as lead to very expensive, rationed and inferior health care.   Then, of course, there’s EPA’s over-regulations, such as the one on carbon dioxide, which as we know, is an inert gas, the chief purpose of which is food for plant life, plants which turn carbon dioxide into oxygen.  Moreover, let’s not forget how hundreds of thousands of farm hands were suddenly unemployed when the US Department of the Interior shut off the water to California’s Central Valley in an effort to protect the Delta Smelt (a small fish) that was on the Endangered Species list.  All of these things had severely hurt jobs.  Finally, President Obama extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks actually increased unemployment because studies show that, on average, unemployment benefit recipients don’t even begin looking for work until 4 weeks prior to the end of their benefits.

IS CUTTING TAX RATES FAIR?

But stimulating the economy by cutting tax rates isn’t fair, is it?  Even President Obama said in an interview a year or so before he was elected President, when confronted with the fact that cutting the capital gains tax rate in the past had actually resulted in increased tax revenues to the Federal government, that he still would not cut the capital gains tax rate because “it isn’t fair.”

So is it fair to cut tax rates even though we know that the result would be to increase tax revenues?  The nation would then have more money to help the poor, not less, so why not do it?  I can understand the “equality” argument but  is it really a good thing if everyone were equally poor as they are in many countries?   “So what” if there are some super-wealthy people…we know that in the United States they will eventually give most of their money to charity anyway and do it much more wisely than the Federal government!   Winston Churchill said that  capitalism is a bad form of government except that it’s better than all other forms of government.

THE SOLUTION

Cutting  tax rates and regulations have always worked in the past and stimulated the economy and thereby created many jobs.  Presidents Kennedy, Reagan,Bush and Trump all increased tax revenues by cutting tax rates for everyone.  Today, the bottom 50% of earners pay almost no Federal income taxes…the wealthiest 10 %, on the other hand,  pay over 70% of all Federal income taxes.  If you believe that’s not enough, how much is enough?  The U.S. corporate tax rate was 35% but Trump and the Republican Congress reduced it to its current 21%, and it consequently has led to many corporations moving their operations and jobs back from other countries and has caused the United States to regain many jobs.  It’s time for President Trump to work his Wharton School “magic” again and bring back the economy again.  I believe that President Trump can and will bring back the economy.

 

OBSESSED with RACE!

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia is just another page in race relations in America being corrupted by politics.  Other  pages that turned political include Mike Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York, etc., etc.   The Brown incident was due to a policeman protecting himself from being killed; the Garner incident was due to the police being overzealous and inappropriate in its use of force.  Years later the U.S. is still agitated from those incidents and others, including where two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were ambushed and killed for revenge while sitting in their police car. Why?

I believe that many Americans are obsessed with race.   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that his dream was that one day his four little children would live in a nation where they would be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  In other words, a “color-blind” society was his dream.  The opposite has and is taking place even though race relations in the U.S. for most people are okay.   Democrat politicians and their minions call anyone a racist who disagrees with them, whether or not it has anything to do with race.   Moreover, the government encourages discrimination in many, many ways including something so minor as requiring race and ethnic information in order to get medical care (I refuse to provide it calling it “racist” on the form).

My credentials for stating the above: while working for the Federal government for over 40 years,  I volunteered to perform three “collateral-duty” jobs that took up to 20% of my official work time, each for a minimum of five years.  Two of the three involved fighting racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination.  In one of my collateral-duty jobs, I was instrumental in increasing Latino employment by my Federal Bureau from under 1 % to 6% of the workforce (as the Hispanic Employment Program Manager); in the other collateral-duty job, I counseled about a dozen minorities and women in seeking remedies for alleged discrimination (as an EEO Counselor).  Each of these positions required extensive training which I was happy to take and I performed well, to the extent that I received EEO awards from my bureau and the Department of Interior.   These experiences, plus working at my father’s butcher shop (with a 99% African-American clientele) while growing up, working as a counselor at a camp with 50% African-American “campers,” and attending a Junior High School with 50% African-American students, gives me a far better perspective than most white Americans in understanding race relations.

My perspective on race relations today versus throughout the past is that, with the exception of the past 10 years, relations have improved significantly in the past 60 years.  But if my perspective is accurate, why is racism such a major concern today? Is it really Democrat politics as I stated earlier?  Author of the book, The Big Black Lie, Kevin Jackson, blames the Democrat Party in its attempt to convince voters that Republicans are racists.  In his book, Wrong on Race, Bruce Bartlett enumerates the Democrat Party’s history of racism.  Most recently, author of the book, Mugged, Ann Coulter, gives a very detailed account of racial demogoguery by the Democrat Party from the seventies to Obama.  My own experience and observations validate what I read and make me angry.  The pain and suffering by all parties has been perpetuated solely for political gain.  I also agree with Dinesh D’Souza’s book, The End of Racism, that the American obsession with race is fueled by a civil rights and political establishments that have a vested interest in perpetuating black dependency.

Will this obsession with race ever end?  Only when the deception behind (like the media using Trayvon Martin’s photo when he was an innocent-looking 12-year-old instead of his then current 18-year-old hoodlum-looking self)   it is fully exposed and widely acknowledged.  Unfortunately, that day may never come.  What would Dr. King say?  Nothing…I believe he would be  in tears!

Let’s go back in time to when African-Americans were freed from slavery and see what Booker T. Washington, born a slave, who established the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama to educate and train African-Americans and was the most prominent African-American in his day (1856-1915), said in his book, “Up from Slavery”:  “…the policy to be pursued with reference to the races was, by every honorable means, to bring together and to encourage the cultivation of friendly relations, instead of doing that which would embitter.”  What is happening today is the opposite of what Mr. Washington advocated and is being done mostly in order to keep 90% of African-Americans voting for the Democratic Party.

Obviously, the violent protests by the racist groups were reprehensible and the violent protests against them were also wrong.  The violence was wrong.  President Trump condemned the violence on three occasions on TV as well as in a few tweets yet he was still criticized.  This indicates how political race has become in America.  It needs to stop.  The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives all Americans the right to protest but no one has the right to protest violently and hurt others.  Police need to do their job and immediately arrest anyone being violent.

BONNIE THE STREET CAT

 I believe that you have to have pets of your own to fully understand how we “animal people”, feel about them.  I also believe that even referring to “companion animals” as “pets” is somewhat demeaning. Two of the first pets in my adult life were my cats, Bonnie and her kitten, Jenny.  They were special and I’d like to tell you a few of the things that I saw Bonnie do that demonstrates how special she was. One incident was an act of compassion and the other a demonstration of love.  You be the judge as to whether or not I’m attributing human qualities to my cat, Bonnie, or that she really was as special as I contend.

I first met Bonnie when she was a one-year-old homeless street cat.  I put out food and water every day and evening in my backyard for the homeless cats in the neighborhood.  Bonnie was a regular visitor, except that, unlike homeless feral cats that had never been socialized with people, she was very friendly. Suddenly one day she simply stopped coming around.  Months later, Bonnie, who had no name at the time, came onto my porch for some food and water and I decided to let her into my home because it was freezing cold outside.

She walked just a short distance into my parlor, looked around and returned outside to the bitter cold. However, within 5 minutes Bonnie returned to my porch accompanied by a black and white bloated, very sick cat. Both cats ate some of the dry cat food and drank some of the water that I had on my porch, and then both came to my front door and sat on the door mat.

When I saw Bonnie with her sick friend, I immediately opened the door and Bonnie’s friend entered my home but Bonnie walked away. I quickly put out some canned cat food as well as a cat bed, litter box and a bowl of water. The sick cat ate and drank like it was starved and terribly thirsty. Meanwhile, I didn’t see Bonnie around again for a few months.when I did see Bonnie again she seemed very fat. She came around every day and got fatter and fatter. It finally dawned on me that Bonnie, whom I thought was a male, was pregnant. From that moment on I couldn’t sleep peacefully at night. All I could think about was Bonnie’s kittens being born in the freezing cold and dying from the cold within minutes of birth.

So, one evening, when Bonnie came by for some food and water, I tried to entice her into my home. When I failed to get Bonnie to come in, I grabbed the cat carrier and a can of cat food and ran out and followed her across the street to a parking lot. She was so happy to see me pay attention to her… her tail wagged from side to side just like a dog’s.  I put an opened can of cat food into the carrier and thereby was able to lure her into it and took her to my home and let her loose inside.  The next day the “Cat Care Society” took in Bonnie and found her a foster home where she gave birth to six kittens.

Eight weeks later the Cat Care Society brought Bonnie and her kittens back to the shelter from the foster home and gave me the “pick of the litter” of the kittens. I picked an angel-faced little gray and white ball of fur who my wife named Jenny.  However, the Cat Care Society was very concerned about Bonnie. When they separated her from her kittens, she grieved and cried and would not eat but I couldn’t take her home yet because she had to be neutered and then needed a few days to recuperate. “Cat care” thought Bonnie might die. Meanwhile, I brought home Jenny immediately.

When I finally brought home the emaciated and grief-stricken Bonnie, she stealthily approached Jenny, sniffed her, and then began licking her. She was the happiest cat you’ve ever seen!  Meanwhile, for weeks after being reunited with Jenny, whom she discovered on the floor by my sofa, it broke my heart to see Bonnie call and meow all around the sofa, thinking that her other five kittens were also there.

Bonnie and Jenny are now both indoor cats and although Jenny is all grown up, Bonnie still preens her and plays cat games with her like “Stalk,” “Ambush,” “Wrestle,” “Chase,” and “Cat-in-the-Box.” Bonnie is just one of millions of homeless cats on the streets who suffer from starvation, dehydration, being run over, freezing, being attacked by dogs and other cats, and being mangled by auto fans and belts when they snuggle up to a warm auto engine in the bitter cold.  Fortunately I was able to save Bonnie, and by so doing, also saved her kittens, including Jenny.  Bonnie and Jenny’s love for each other and for my wife and I, and the compassion that Bonnie showed for a sick cat friend by bringing her to my home for food and help was very touching and made me love her even more.

Do you see why we Animal People” feel the way we do about our “Companion Animals”?

WHY I RESPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP

Why would I respect and admire President Trump?  Here’s a few of the reasons why I respect and admire him.

  1. 1. President Trump every day is making America great again by signing Executive Orders and laws to increase America’s prosperity, defenses, security, etc.  His tax cuts law, for example, has revived the economy to the point where the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), until the Coronavirus lockdown, was routinely over 3% every month, though under the Obama Administration it never was over 3% for any year over his 8-year Presidency.  GDP measures the size of the economy. The tax cuts for people, businesses, and corporations, plus the cuts in regulations resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in hsistory for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, as well as an extremely low unemployment rate for all Americans.  President Trump spent over $700 billion in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for the military which had become seriously weakened by President Obama’s starving it for financial resources during his 8-year presidency.  His Veterans law allows veterans to see any doctor and receive Federal reimbursement.  His “Right-to-Try” law enables fatally-ill people to get experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to save their lives.  He has made the U.S. energy independent through Executive Orders abolishing Obama’s harmful over-regulations.  He is building the southern border wall to protect Americans from drugs, terrorists and criminals.  Etc., etc., ad infinitum.
  2. He fights back hard when unjustly accused, which is far different than many, timid, gutless, Republican leaders.  Not only does he fight back, he continues to push his agenda, which is to help all Americans, despite the relentless attacks and misreporting by the Mainstream Media, academia, Hollywood and Democrat Party leadership.
  3. President Trump does what’s in the best interests of the U.S., far different than his predecessor, who put politics first.  For example, his insistence for a border wall is absolutely essential for national security and to stop drugs and terrorists/criminals from mixing in with other immigrants, thereby easily crossing the border to illegally enter the U.S.
  4. He has regained America’s place in the world and is not timid to lead, unlike his predecessor.
  5. He has a wonderful wife and impressive children, which says a lot about him.
  6. He talks bluntly, unlike most politicians, therefore there is no need to speculate on what he really means.
  7. Although very wealthy, he does not put on airs and is not pretentious.
  8. He is loyal to his supporters and his political party.
  9. He calls out the media for misreporting and even fabricating news, which is far different than many spineless Republican leaders.
  10. .He has planned, organized, directed, coordinated, and controlled the huge effort to protect the public from the Coronavirus and then restarted the economy in an effort to bring it back to its recent former prosperity.                                                                 

 CONCLUSION

President Trump is a different kind of President.  He accomplishes in a day what most Presidents take a month or more to do, if ever.  He is fearless and does what needs to be done to help all Americans, regardless of the consequences.  Because he was not a politician, he made some basic errors in handling tricky situations, however he is correcting his earlier mistakes and is improving the United States so dramatically and so quickly that I cannot help but respect and admire him.

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UNDERSTANDING OFFICE POLITICS

Mike Russo

Conventional management education and training have become increasingly more sophisticated.   One area that remains to be fully explored by the academic and managerial communities, however, is office politics. Though largely neglected as an academic discipline, it is usually an essential component of job success, although competence and industriousness are equally important. As Marilyn Kennedy states in her book, Office Politics, Seizing Power, Wielding Clout, 75% of all firings in the business world are political executions.  In addition to its importance to the employee, office politics also can play a significant role in the success or failure of an organization. It consists of all of the interactions among employees in an organization. The fact that managers are frequently naive in recognizing and handling the political dynamics that exist among the staff, impairs their ability to manage successfully.

Office politics is important to study because one must understand it in order to effectively handle the political games and power struggles that can interfere with employee careers and productivity.  In the July 10, 1984, Washington  Post “Federal Diary,” Mike Causey reported that of 800 senior federal personnel officers responding to a Merit Systems Protection Board survey, almost one in every five said that they had been improperly pressured by managers to save or fire employees during the 1981 reduction-in-force.

Good management and supervision include an understanding of office politics and power.  Because the phrase “office politics” has a bad reputation, even its beneficial and ethical aspects are not usually the subject of serious attention. Managers, supervisors and employees may not advance in their careers sufficiently because of their disdain for office politics and its prudent use.  If a manager is unaware of and not in control of the politics in his/her office, s/he will not be able to manage his/her employees and programs well. On the other hand, excessive involvement in office politics can drain the energy, time, motivation and productivity that should otherwise go into the job.  Dr. Andrew Dubrin, in his book, Winning at Office Politics, cites five levels of involvement in office politics, from the most political to the most naive. They are: Machiavellian, Office Politician, Survivalist, Straight Arrow and Innocent Lamb. For those who are interested, Dr. Dubrin’s book contains a 100-question test which will show how political you are.

The Types of Office Politics

I classify office  politics into three categories: clean, dirty and situational.  “Clean” (ethical) office politics comprises those things one can do to advance his or her career and get the job done at no one’s expense and without being unethical or immoral. Examples of clean office politics include loyalty to one’s supervisor and working in one’s own interest. “Dirty” office politics is immoral and/or unethical and is something which is done to the detriment of others. Examples of dirty office politics include backstabbing and stealing credit for another’s work. “Situational” office politics, as its name implies, is ethical or not depending upon the situation in which it is used.  A good example of situational ethical office politics is the “fait accompli” (accomplished fact). This tactic simply involves taking an action even though it will not be welcomed by the boss. Later, after reaping the benefits of the action, the employee pleads innocence if the boss questions him/her on it.  The employee tells the boss that s/he didn’t now that it would meet with disapproval. With some supervisors this tactic is sometimes necessary though not without risk. Another tactic is “going over the supervisor’s head.” If the tactic is used on a straightforward democratic supervisor, it is usually unethical; therefore it is considered situational office politics.  Another situational ethical tactic is “withholding information.” White collar workers are knowledge workers and information is their stock-in-trade. There are times, however, when it is ethical to withhold information, such as when a supervisor will take all of the credit for the information supplied and not give the employee proper credit.

CLEAN OFFICE POLITICS

Supervisors

No matter how high a level manager or supervisor you are, there is always someone you must answer to. Therefore, in your role as a subordinate, the keystone of office politics is your relationship with your boss. If you keep your relationship sincere and unmanipulative, you are using clean office politics. Your aim is to help make your boss look good.   There are many clean tactics which you can use to improve your relations with your boss. The simplest is showing your boss loyalty.  Loyalty is reporting only to the boss and not going behind his/her back to others; following and respecting the boss’ direction without grumbling or second guessing; disagreeing with the boss only in private; making efforts to instill the boss’ ideas, plans and actions in other employees; not disclosing secrets about the boss; and standing up for the boss when s/he is the subject of criticism.

While teaching an adult education course in “clean” office politics and power in Washington, DC over a six-year period, I’ve found that loyalty to the supervisor is the most difficult for people to understand, let alone accept and use. Students frequently volunteered opinions, such as “my boss is a fool, I know much more than s/he,” and “I don’t know how that idiot ever got his or her job.” Perhaps much of what I hear about supervisors and managers is true; maybe many of them are incompetent in managing work and people. Whether it is true or not is irrelevant here. The boss has legitimate power; s/he writes  your performance appraisals, has the responsibility for your work, and can either praise or discredit you to his or her superiors. If you and your boss don’t like, or at least respect each other, and there’s nothing on the horizon which may change the situation, you should consider changing jobs. Incidentally, showing loyalty to the organization you work for also makes good political sense, although personal and organizational loyalty may not be compatible at times.

Peers

The respect and cooperation of your peers is another essential component of clean office politics and obtaining power ethically.  A few tactics should help you achieve this sometimes very elusive goal: help peers when they need it; be trustworthy and friendly; back them up; don’t complain about all the work you have to do; and avoid pretentions. Incidentally, most dirty office politics occurs among peers, so the above is especially important if you want to minimize the risk of fostering their envy, and the malice, slander and sabotage that it can foster. Envious people try to downgrade the person and/or the person’s accomplishments of which they are jealous.

Subordinates

Finally, relations with subordinates have a role in office politics. Giving recognition for the good work of a subordinate is an outlet for genuine appreciation. Treating subordinates with respect because they are people first and employees second is both humanistic and, coincidentally, part of being a good manager. Finally, a supervisor should not take advantage of subordinates with his/her power.

The aforementioned clean tactics are referred to as political or interactional skills and are most important in judiciously using office politics and power ethically. Other clean tactics fall under the aegis of “visiposure.” This is a combination of visibility (seeing those above you) and exposure (being seen by those above you).       The following are some examples of ethical tactics you and/or your staff could engage in:

  • Staff promoting themselves by talking with you about their progress and keeping you informed of what they’re doing.
  • Staff originating and initiating new ideas, putting them in writing and giving them to you.
  • Staff getting to know the people in the organization by attending office parties, using the cafeteria at work and remembering names.
  • Staff developing a professional attitude by avoiding excessive emotionalism, dressing for success, not engaging in negative gossip about people and not being a clock watcher.
  • Staff speaking up at meetings because that is where they are sometimes seen by people who do not usually see them.
  • Staff asking questions because this is necessary to obtain the information they need to continually improve their job performance, as well as showing their concern for the job.
  • Staff doing things outside the confines of the job. This allows them to meet people throughout the organization.
  • Staff talking about their progress so you know that they have definite goals and want to get ahead.
  • Staff developing a support system through involvement in professional organizations. This provides them with a support system separate from the job and can be important if they run into serious political difficulty on the job.
  • Staff developing a specialty so they can stand out from the crowd and get the recognition they need to advance their careers.

DIRTY OFFICE POLITICS

Up to this point we have dealt only with clean office politics. Let’s look at the dirty side so that you can more effectively protect yourself and your staff from it.

Paranoia vs. Naivete

To consider dirty office politics rationally, one must endeavor to be completely objective about oneself.  Some people are absolutely convinced that someone is out to get them. Because people, on occasion, are really out to discredit someone else for various reasons, one needs to make a clear distinction between objective reality and paranoid thinking.  Paranoid thinking exists when the amount of fear, anxiety and concern is not justified by real danger. To illustrate, it might be considered paranoid to be excessively fearful of crime in a predominantly crime-free community, whereas, to be concerned about being mugged while walking along some sections of the formerly infamous Fourteenth Street corridor in Washington, D.C., at one o’clock in the morning is prudent, not paranoid, and should result in appropriate action. To combat paranoid thinking, if you believe someone is out to get you, ask yourself “how do I know this to be true-;” “what am I observing that leads me to that opinion;” and “is this sufficient to warrant my belief that someone is out to get me?” It often takes considerable thought to sort out all the relevant information and form a rational opinion as to whether or not you’re someone’s target.

On the other hand, though not bad in terms of mental health, naivete in office politics can be hazardous to your career. If you think that everyone’s out to help you, give yourself a naive-zero on the accuracy of perceptions scale below. Likewise, if you see a coworker’s power and influence rising as yours is descending and you do not get at least a little suspicious, score yourself once again near the naive-zero on the scale.  Another indicator that you may be an actual or potential victim of dirty office politics is when former enemies in the office suddenly become friends; they may have found a common enemy — you.  The graph below illustrates the distinction between being paranoid and being naive. It is intentionally simplistic to illustrate the point.

Accuracy of Perceptions Scale

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N                                   R                                  P

A                                   E                                  A

I                                    A                                  R

V                                   L                                   A

E                                   I                                   N

T                                   T                                  O

E                                   Y                                  I

 

 

Slander differs from gossip in that gossip is not as malicious, persistent and purposeful as is slander. One defense against slander and backstabbing is not to allow the slander to damage your self-image.  Another defense is to launch a small counterattack. by innocently asking associates on occasion why the slanderer is so unhappy. By knowing that someone is slandering you, you can more effectively combat it. The following are options you have to-combat slander: confrontation; exposure; retaliation; rewarding the guilty party to make him or her feel guilty, suspicious or confused; and eliminating the cause. Often people readily accept stories on the grapevine without verification. Most of the time these stories contain partial truths, misunderstandings, distortions or outright misstatement of fact. Clever slanderers, however, base their dirty work on real incidents; they simply define or explain the incidents in an intentionally distorted manner so as to make someone look stupid or incompetent. They also get to the manager first with their distorted version of an incident so as to “poison the wells” for any other versions that may follow. Since supervisors and managers must rely, in large part, on information from subordinates, they therefore have to be especially wary of the derogatory comments they hear about employees. Since the “reputation” method is commonly used by managers to informally assess staff, even if a diligent manager follows up on rumors and makes first-hand observations of an employee, selective perception may bias the observation, since s/he is starting out with preconceived ideas that were furnished when one subordinate gave the “lowdown” on another. To counter the tendency towards selective perception, a manager must suspend judgement until s/he has sufficient data to form a defensible opinion. Personally, I prefer confronting an employee and thereby allowing him or her opportunity to explain.

A devious tactic, less onerous than backstabbing and stealing credit, is using flattery (not genuine praise) to manipulate people into doing what you want them to do. Constantly raising questions concerning a peer’s judgement and providing misinformation (with some truth thrown in for plausibility) is another tactic practiced by clever unethical office politicians.

SITUATIONAL OFFICE POLITICS

Of the three types of office politics, “situational” is the most difficult to use wisely. This is because most people have an image of themselves as being good, honest, righteous, ad infinitum, and they therefore rationalize many of their actions as being warranted by the situation or someone else’s actions. Many atrocities have been explained and “justified” by situations. The most recent examples are acts of terrorisrn which killed or injured innocent people.

In addition to the fait accompli mentioned earlier in this article, “avoiding losers” is a situational tactic. If you lunch and socialize with other managers, supervisors or staff with bad reputations, it is likely that your reputation may be tarnished. If the person with a bad reputation is a friend, avoiding that individual solely because of his or her reputation is a situational tactic that only you can judge as ethical or not. Another situational tactic is the “red herring” which is useful for managers because of the desirability of handling tricky personnel problems without needlessly humiliating people. For example, a manager may not want to tell, for some legitimate reason, an employee the full story of why s/he is -being fired, but use a “red herring,” or explanation that diverts attention from the blunt truth.

Discouraging Unethical Office Politics

At this point you may asking yourself if there’s anything that can be done to dissuade employees from engaging in dirty office politics. It should be clear to managers that staff  are going to get involved to some extent in office politics and will not make the ethical distinctions enumerated here. There are, however, a few tactics that managers can use to improve the chances for ethical behavior and a more decent office environment to thrive:

  • Keep your staff busy. Employees engaged in meaningful work and achieving worthwhile goals don’t have as much time and energy for office politics, clean or dirty.
  • Keep your staff well informed. Communication is an important part of the manager’s job and lack of it will foster conjecture, which is usually much worse than reality.
  • Give your employees, to the extent practicable, separate responsibilities, to minimize jealousy and cut-throat competition. Sometimes overlapping responsibilities are necessary, and even desirable, but if an organization can be structured without it, there will be more peace and harmony.
  • Be non-judgemental in dealing with your staff. If you want them to listen to you, and take your advice when you really need them to, they must trust you. That means not only respecting their confidences, but also empathetically listening to their complaints and problems.
  • Trust your staff. Expect them to do the right thing and help them to do it. This should help curtail devious behavior. The German philosopher Goethe said “Treat people as if they are what they ought to be, and you will help them to become what they are capable of being.”
  • When interviewing job applicants for a vacancy in your office, look for compatibility with your other staff. An applicant’s resume should tell you most of what you need to know about his or her knowledges, skills and abilities to do the job. The interview should help you tell how friendly, cooperative, and loyal the applicant is.
  • Build team spirit to encourage mutual support and understanding. Meetings can be a useful tool in accomplishing this, but the attitude of the manager is essential.
  • Give your employees an opportunity to read about office politics. Often, people engage in unethical behavior because they cannot distinguish between what’s ethical and what’s not. This article has been written to remove that ambiguity.

POWER

Power and office politics go hand-in-hand. The more power one has, the more effective his or her office politics can be. Power is defined here as the ability to marshal the resources to get the job done. There are basically six sources of power: legitimate, reward, coercive, referent, expertise and charismatic. Legitimate power is the official power you have as a manager in an organization; you have reward power if you can promote; you have coercive power if you can fire. Associate with or have a good rapport with one or more of the leaders with power in your organization and you have referent power. If you’re an expert at your job, you have expertise power. President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King are good examples of people who had charismatic power.

A manager automatically has legitimate, reward and coercive power. If you’re a good manager, you probably have some charismatic power. How does one obtain more power? You can develop referent power by becoming friendly with other managers. Many people who have very little legitimate power have enormous referent power. Secretaries are good examples of this phenomenon. Become excellent at your job and you’ll gain expertise power. Develop your verbal and non-verbal skills, dress for success, and develop desirable leadership skills through education, training, reading and experience, and you’ll be on your way to developing charismatic power.

CONCLUSION

Office politics is a fact of organizational life. This article has discussed clean, dirty and situationally-ethical forms of it. The most useful political tactic, however, is one called “honest and straightforward.” It is not only the easiest to use, it does not cause ‘the anxiety that many of the other tactics do. Work would be far more pleasant if all interactions were of this type, however an awareness of the other types is essential.

If you are like most managers, supervisors and employees, you not only deplore office politics, you are absolutely convinced that you do not engage in any form of it, be it conscious, unconscious, clean, dirty or situationally-ethical. I hope that this article has accomplished three purposes: 1)made you more aware of office politics and therefore better able to handle it; 2)demonstrated that some forms of office politics can be ethical; and 3)adequately described dirty office politics so that there is more certainty as to what is ethical and what is not. An awareness of all types of office politics can be useful to you in maintaining a pleasant office environment and in succeeding in an ever-more competitive world.

 

IS INCOME INEQUALITY ETHICAL?

A hot political issue is income inequality.  The heart of the debate is that it doesn’t seem fair for some people to make millions while others are living close to or in poverty.  The government already redistributes wealth through taxes and a variety of welfare programs including food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., but advocates want to see a lot more.  Is this fair?  Is it feasible? Are there unintended consequences for even more income redistribution?  Let’s check it out by first reviewing the scope of the problem:  according to the latest data, the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers pay about 40% of all individual Federal income taxes the and the wealthiest 10% pay about 70%.  However, the bottom 50% of taxpayers only pay about 3% of all Federal income taxes.

The United States’ economy is fueled by free enterprise, also known as capitalism.  Being able to make a better life for yourself and your family motivates people to devote the time, energy and work necessary to become financially successful.  This system, however, does result in some being very rich and some being poor.  Free enterprise, as practiced in the United States, contains economic safety nets to help ensure that no one is destitute.  Even so, some will still be bad off.  Here’s where charities play a large roll, as well as simple government policies, such as those that require that hospitals treat everyone, even when they can’t pay.

For average-income Americans, the Social Security Administration had reported that 51% of Americans make less than $30,000/year.  This poor record was the fault of the Federal government in over-regulating businesses, until recently having an absurdly high (35%) corporate income tax rate that forced U.S. companies to relocate overseas where rates were much lower, and having had high individual tax rates (since many small businesses file as individuals).  All of these policies are still advocated  by the Democrat Party, who, in the same breath, say they’re for the “little guy” and for the poor.

Free enterprise is not perfect but has moved billions of people out of poverty in India, China and many other countries. Winston Churchill said that, “the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”  Venezuela is the best recent example of how a wealthy capitalist country becomes impoverished when it converts to socialism.  Income inequality naturally occurs under free enterprise but can be somewhat mitigated through the tax system.  I believe that it should therefore be tolerated but great effort made by government and businesses to naturally raise lower incomes to higher incomes. 

Finally, I never got a job from someone poor.  However, when I became relatively well-off, I did give temporary employment to others needing jobs.  Most wealthy people want to help others in this way.  And billionaires eventually give their money away to charities, their families, etc.  However, if the government took away most of the wealth’s money, it would surely waste it.

 

A DIET FOR LIFE

THE PROBLEM WITH MOST DIETS

Have you ever lost weight but later gained it all back?  Do you care how, what you eat and drink, affect your health and appearance?  Ninety-five percent of dieters regain all of the weight they lose in a diet!

Way back in 1993 the Denver Post reported on a study of 1,532 autopsies of teenagers and young adults who died from trauma in a dozen cities.  Early heart disease was found in the coronary arteries of half while 100% of the teens had fatty patches in their hearts’ aorta, the body’s and the heart’s main artery.  In addition, a 1988 Harris poll conducted for Prevention magazine showed that 64% of U.S. adults were overweight.

Being obese, according to Prevention’s Giant Book of Health Facts, substantially increases the risk of colon, prostate, and breast cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and many other illnesses.

MY CREDENTIALS ON LOSING WEIGHT AND DIETING

What do I know about diets to be advising anyone on losing weight?  My first diet dates back to 1969 just after I had a large brain tumor removed.  During recuperation from my surgery, my wife cooked my favorite foods and fed me well to the extent that I became heavy at 210 pounds, which for me was a lot.  To lose weight I checked out all of the known diets at the time, which all seemed unhealthy to me…and any weight lost would be almost guaranteed to be gained back, like most dieters experience.  So over the years I decided to create my own diet, based on the lowest-calorie foods of my favorites.  To be successful, my diet had to lead to permanent weight loss as well as being healthy.

CREATING A DIET 

It seemed to me that diets failed to result in long-term weight loss because the foods they were restricted to were foods that people did not particularly like.  Consequently, as soon as the desired amount of weight was lost, a dieter would return to his/her old eating habits and this would inevitably lead to gaining all of the lost weight back.  This phenomenon needs to be taken into account if your goal is permanent weight loss.  Keeping this in mind, a workable diet would use, to the extent possible, smaller portions of the dieter’s favorite foods but keeping high-calorie forbidden and restricted foods to an absolute minimum.  For my personalized diet, I looked up the caloric content of all of my favorite foods and concentrated on eating low-calorie foods, which were basically fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and 1% milkfat milk and yohurt. I also concentrated on nutrient-dense, nonstarchy foods so I avoided potatoes, rice, white bread, etc.  Finally, I weighed myself every morning but also used a full-length mirror to check daily how my body looked.

For information on good nutrition, I started by reading a book called, Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition but were Afraid to Ask, by David Reuben, M.D.  I also read about a dozen diet books, including Dr. Robert Atkins’ books on his ultra-low carbohydrate diet and Dr. Barry Sears’ diet books on “The Zone,”  which is based of Nobel prize-winning research.

For health reasons, I only used extra-virgin olive oil, used the no-calorie natural sweetener, “Stevia, in place of sugar to the extent possible, avoided all foods made with partially-hydrogenated oils (trans-fatty acids), and also avoided foods with high fructose corn syrup.  In other words, I used no coffee creamer,  but did use only whole milk to whiten coffee.  In addition, I only used mustard (13 cals./tbs) instead of mayonaise (100 cals./tbs) on sandwiches.

I limited eating meat and ate mostly chicken, fish, and grass-fed lean beef.  Since I love animals, I even tried being a vegetarian for an entire year, eating beans as my main source of protein. 

Finally, I walked and exercised at home every day in order to change my “set point” and therefore burn more calories every hour, even while resting.

When I reached my seventies, I got Metabolic Syndrome, Syndrome X or Insulin Resistance.  This condition made it impossible to lose weight on anything other than an ultra-low carbohydrate diet in combination with a “by-the-clock” diet, which is simply no eating or grazing except at my prescribed times: breakfast at 9am, lunch at noon, dinner at 5pm, snack at 7:30pm.

 THE RESULTS

Using variations of my diet from age 25 to age 70 I was able to maintain my normal weight.  At age 70 it became much more difficult for me to maintain a normal weight due to something that happens to most people as they age: Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X.  To counter this is difficult but possible. I used exercise and walking every day, a very low-carbohydrate (modified Atkins diet), low-calorie, smaller meals, green tea extract supplements, resveratrol supplements, and fish oil supplements.  I even used Metformin, a prescription drug for diabetics and pre-diabetics.  Finally, I tried many diets over the past 50 years, including the latest new diets, Paleo and Keto, btut quickly quit the last two after my research found them to be quackery.  The most recent very effective diet I tried was one of the variations of the “Intermittent Diet”… I only ate during daylight hours.

FINAL & MOST IMPORTANT WORD 

You don’t need much willpower to lose weight…you simply need to create an environment where you will lose weight no matter what!  Specifically, remove all high-calorie and unhealthy foods from your home so that, when you want to snack, your choices are limited to natural applesauce, hummus, celery, carrots, refried beans with corn chips, etc.  No ice cream or pizza in the freezer, no cookies, cakes, pies, chips or pretzels in your house  or apartment.  When you eat at a restaurant, don’t go overboard…and no desert.  Do all of this and you will lose weight.  If you have Metabolic Syndrome, you need to go on a modified Atkins diet (Atkins diet, but using only healthy fats, fish and meats, plus eat beans so a little more carbohydrate than Atkins allows).  Follow my recommendations for a lifetime and you’ll be thin for a lifetime (and you should add 10-20 years to your expected lifespan).  Good luck!

DEMOCRAT LEADERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMY

The Democrat and the Republican parties have completely opposite ideas and policies on stimulating the economy and creating jobs, but it’s difficult to understand how this can be.  No longer simply theory, but proven time-and-time again to work, cutting tax rates and cutting regulations stimulates the economy and creates jobs to the extent that the additional tax revenues generated from the cuts can exceed the cost of the cuts.

President Kennedy did this, as well as Presidents Reagan and Trump.  Why doesn’t the Democrat Party get it, but instead has stuck with Keynesian economics which allegedly doubled the duration of the Great Depression in the 30s and early 40s?  Moreover, leaders in the Democrat Party, like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, embrace Socialism which has destroyed every economy that has fully embraced it (currently Venezuela).  Understanding the economics of it is so simple that I can only conclude that the Democrat Party doesn’t want to get it, but why not?

One of the constituencies that the Democrat Party claims is the poor.  The Democrat Party’s policies, however, keep the poor being poor.  On the other hand, “Supply-side” economics (see Milton Friedman’s book, Free to Choose)  pulls up many of the poor into the working class, middle class, and some will even become wealthy.  When this happens, they frequently no longer vote Democrat.  It’s therefore in the Party’s self-interest to keep people poor, keep them victims, keep them envious and vengeful, have them believe they’re the victims of racism, discrimination, etc.

Another reason that the Democrat Party  wants everyone to be poor is that it strongly encourages equality of results or outcomes and with their preferred economic system (socialism), everyone except government officials, will be eventually equally poor (ask citizens of Venezuela).

The most recent evidence that this is so is the relentless attacks against the huge Trump and Republican tax cuts, using the phony pretext that the cuts only benefited the wealthy.  Since the wealthiest 1% of the population pays about 37% of Federal income taxes and the top 10% pay about 70%, they receive back the most in dollars, though they are just a tiny amount of the population.  In addition, lowering the corporate tax rate from the very highest in the world, 35%, to a much lower and more competitive rate, 21%, benefits not only the stockholders of the corporation but all of the people that a corporation employs, as well.

It’s far past the time that the Democrat Party changes its posture on stimulating the economy and creating jobs based on reality.  Actual results have been achieved every time cutting taxes and regulations have been tried and usually pay for themselves in generating greater tax revenues.

GUT-CHECK BEFORE CHOOSING A SPOUSE

One of the most important decisions most people will ever make is who to marry, if anyone.   A good marriage can be very fulfilling, so if you marry,  you want it to succeed, make both of you happy, and last a lifetime.   How do you do that?  Some marriage counselors have much  more than their share of broken marriages, and I have had two marriages and two divorces, but it’s true that you learn a lot more from your failures than from your successes, so I’m presenting my analysis.  But first let’s look at a few statistics on marriage:

o 50% of married couples will eventually divorce

o 60% of second marriages fail

o 31% of people in a marriage have had an affair

o 47% of people in a marriage are not sure they would marry the same person again

In an interview with Longevity magazine years ago, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was asked, “do you think you’ll ever meet the right man?”  She replied, “I was very lucky because I find eight times the right man.”  Of course we want our first  and only spouse to be the right man or woman.  My experience with marriage/relationships comes from my two marriages, two divorces, living with a girlfriend for three years and reading everything I could get on marriage and relationships so that I wouldn’t ever have another divorce.  Of course you can’t help being attracted to who you’re attracted to, however, at some point in your relationship you should take a hard look at your loved one.  Here’s my advice for what to look for in considering a lifelong mate:

1. FRIENDSHIP: It’s very helpful if you and your intended are best friends before you marry, to the extent that you both can be yourselves and be able to joke around with each other and have fun in each other’s company.

2. HONESTY: Being honest, but tactful,  with each other is very helpful.  Making “I” statements can make this possible, so you might say, “I think that…” rather than imperial statements such as, “that’s bad” or “that’s good.”  Be diplomatic in your honest communications with each other, and not lie…but do not be brutally frank or unkind.   Why is being diplomatically honest important?  Because it fosters trust and intimacy.  Look for honesty in a potential mate.

3. RESPECT: Respect each other’s feelings about people, ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and interests.  Of course, the more of these you have in common, the better, but you really need to respect your significant other’s views even though they may be very different from yours.  Does your spouse-to-be respect your feelings?

4. RESOLUTION: Resolving differences amicably is something that John Gottman PhD, marriage researcher and counselor, advocates as one of the most important skills for maintaining a good marriage.  My first marriage lacked this and was the underlying culprit responsible for its failure.  To check this out you need to be going together long enough to have at least one good fight or big disagreement to see if you both can resolve it amicably.  This ability I believe is more important than all of the others.

5. FIVE to ONE BALANCE: Dr. Gottman: “a healthy balance between positive and negative feelings and actions toward each other…really separates contented couples from those in deep marital misery.”  Further, “if there is five times as many positive interactions as negative between couples, the marriage is likely to be stable over time.”  Dr. Gottman then specifies that negative interactions are criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling.  Use this in determining how well you and your significant other might get along as husband and wife…look at your positive and negative interactions…is there a healthy balance?  If not, modify your behavior so that it becomes healthy.

Not listed above is the question of romance and sex.  Of course these are very important…in fact, I heard a marriage counselor comment that, “if the sex is good, the marriage is usually good.”  You can find good lovemaking technique in my “Older Men Have Great Sex Again” post on this blog.

There are many other qualities that you hopefully will see in your spouse-to-be, such as forgiveness, patience, unselfishness, caring, and keeping lines of communication open to you.

Even if you do everything well, there’s still no guarantee that your marriage will succeed.  To illustrate, Ellen Kriedman states in her book, Light her Fire, “while dating, a man usually has no problem talking, because he has a goal in mind.  He wants her to find him desirable, so he’s charming, witty and pays a great deal of attention to what she’s saying.  He wants to discover what her needs are so that he can fulfill them.  As a result, he has a woman who finds him irresistible.  Once this happens and she’s his forever, he stops talking.  In his mind, there’s less need to talk and listen to her than there was in the beginning.”  And, of course, the female partner might equally change after marriage, but in a different way.

Finally, it’s certainly a lot easier, after discussing your concerns with each other face-to-face, to stop dating someone whom you think you would be incompatible with, rather than marrying him or her and eventually getting divorced after a few years of marriage and a few children.  It’s far better to be single a little longer rather than getting married quickly and being miserable because your prince or princess turned out to be a frog, con artist, spouse abuser, philanderer, alcoholic, drug addict, gambling addict, gold digger, etc.  Whatever your problems, things can always get a whole lot worse.  If you love someone even though he or she has serious problems, it’s important to consider what your heart says, but your mind must make final decisions…and keep in mind that few spouses, partners and significant others are better companions and more loyal friends than homeless stray cats or dogs that might visit your home for food and water, or that you find at a shelter, so you might want to consider adopting a stray for companionship and take your time before choosing a spouse.

MUGGED: racial demagoguery

I read Ann Coulter’s book, Mugged, and learned a lot of new information from this lawyer and best-selling author.  None of the information surprised me but it was insightful reading Ms. Coulter’s relentless array of facts.

Basically, Coulter contends that very few of the racial incidents in the last 50 years have been racist (civil rights battles were mostly won before the seventies thanks to the Republican party); instead, they were racial hoaxes, perpetrated  by demagogues for various reasons and motives.

One of the most important facts that Ann Coulter shows in her book, Mugged,  is that all segregationists were Democrats and that the Democrat Party fought against Civil Rights legislation for 100 years going way back to Abraham Lincoln’s time when Lincoln and his Republican Party ran on an anti-slavery platform.  This is not news to us who know American history but is big news to the millions of Americans that have been deceived and now believe the racist propaganda politicians advertise.

Another very important and horrific fact brought to light in Ms. Coulter’s book is the fact that a major consequence of every racial hoax is the slaughter of whites by young black hoodlums seeking revenge for what they hear and believe to be true about the (phony) racial incidents (Google: “Blackout Game,” “Polar Bear Hunting,” “Flash Mobs”).

Why do I believe the aforementioned to be true?  First, because I trust Ann Coulter in accurately portraying the facts.  Second, because I not only worked for many years assisting minorities in combating discrimination as a Federal collateral-duty EEO Counselor and then as a Federal collateral-duty Hispanic Employment Program Coordinator, but also have closely followed many racial incidents, including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in Ferguson.  In addition, because I have personally experienced discrimination for almost fifty years based 0n my physical handicap (left side of my face paralyzed, numb with left eye sutured shut and left ear deaf).  Since I did not have this malady for my first 25 years, I’m able to compare how I was treated by most people before I had a handicap to after I had a handicap which made me look different (racial differences do the same).

“Mugged” gives the details of many racial incidents, such as the Tawana Brawley rape hoax with Al Sharpton’s involvement.  Racism obviously still exists, but there are many politicians and race hustlers  exploiting race simply to get your vote.

 

PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S, PARKINSON’S, ALS, DEMENTIA, ETC. (audio interview)

I decided to interview Dr. Michael Smith (25-minute audio…click on the blue play icon  at the bottom of this introduction) on this subject because the scientific literature shows that certain lifestyle choices and nutritional supplements can help delay and even prevent  Alzheimer’s, so I wanted to ask a medical doctor, who’s knowledgeable on the latest research in this area, what he thinks.

UPDATE SINCE INTERVIEW WITH DR. SMITH: 1) coffee given to mice, equivalent to 5 cups of coffee a day by a person, began to reverse Alzheimer’s in 5 weeks ,  2) scientific research conducted at MIT developed and tested Magnesium L-Threonate which allegedly doubles long-term memory and increases short-term memory by 20% by increasing the density in the synapses between brain cells;  3) a supplement called PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) has been researched and allegedly found to foster the growth of new brain cells, something that had been thought to be impossible; 4) researchers have found that people who ate the most strawberries or blueberries delayed the onset of Alzheimer’s by 2 1/2 years; 5) to keep the brain from shrinking as you age, high-dose DHA (a transfatty acid in fish oil) or walking 6-9 miles/week are both effective; 6) methylene blue has been found to slow the progression of Alzhemier’s by 81% (and also is effective for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s); 7) there is promising research on reversing Alzheimer’s by an FDA-approved cancer drug, Bexarotene,  which reversed Alzheimer’s in 2 weeks in mice (note that a physician can prescribe a FDA-approved drug for any medical problem if s/he can justify its use); 8) taurine, an amino acid, has been  shown to promote the formation of new brain cells and enhance their connections (neurites), in laboratory studies; 9) Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC), a B-vitamin, is a precursor to the fat that is in brain cells’ myelin sheaths which cover and protect the connections between brain cells,  and is required to repair them (their deterioration leads to dementia); 10) follow the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) to slow the rate of cognitive decline and protect against Alzheimer’s; 11) follow as much as possible the 36-point plan from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, especially by eliminating all simple carbohydrates and processed food, increasing vegetables, fruit, fish, sleep and exercise, taking daily vitamin D3, B-12 under the tongue lozenges, and Coenzyme Q10; 12) according to the Life Extension Foundation, its supplement, “Memory Protect,” which contains very low-dose Lithium and a colostrum-derived proline-rich polypeptide, has been shown in both animal and human studies to halt Alzheimer’s progression.

My interviewee, Dr. Michael Smith, is a medical doctor (MD) with specialties in internal medicine and radiology, and currently serves as the clinical information specialist with the Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to researching and disseminating information on preventing diseases and medical disorders.  In this interview he discusses preventing neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment.   Dr. Smith received his MD from Southwest Medical Center at the University of Texas in Dallas and has been with The Life Extension Foundation for 8 years.

In my interview with Dr. Smith, various nutritional supplements and lifestyle choices are discussed as ways of helping prevent the onset of neurological disorders. You will hear about how nerve cell structure is the focus of prevention, not function, which traditional medicine focuses on.  You will hear about the benefits of phosphatidylserine, phosphoryl choline, coenzyme Q10, vitamin B-12 under-the-tongue lozenges, vitamin D3, fish oil, R Lipoic Acid, etc.  Also discussed are lifestyle choices such as your cookware, baking powder with aluminum in it, and more.

Neurological disorders are so devastating that all avenues must be pursued and traditional medicine has very little to offer with its few prescription drugs that don’t work very well and it offers very little on prevention . Since cures are not currently possible, prevention has become extremely important.  If you have any neurological disorders in your family, listening to this audio should be helpful.  Click on the red link below and then the hyperlink under it.

Michael Smith-Preventing Neurological Audio

Interview by Mike Russo

HOW DEMOCRAT POLICIES HURT IMMIGRANTS, MINORITIES, AND THE POOR

For the past 75 years the Democrat Party has promoted itself as being for the poor, African-Americans, and the “little guy.”  Today’s modern Democrat Party is now the self-avowed champion of illegal immigrants.  I contend that it has and is actually hurting illegal immigrants, the poor and African-Americans and is no friend to these groups.  This is how it is doing this:

  1. Because illegal immigrants will work for lower wages, they push down the wages that employers pay to their other workers, many of whom are legal immigrants, unskilled workers and poor.
  2. Through Democrat propaganda that says that African-Americans are continually discriminated against today, many believe that they are victims and buy into the victimhood mentality and adopt defeatist attitudes and don’t even attempt to excel and achieve the “American dream” because they believe it’s useless.
  3. About 30% of female migrants traveling north to cross the U.S.’ southern border are raped along their journey, so encouraging illegal immigration hurts many women.
  4. Mexican cartels use illegal immigrants crossing he U.S. border to distract Border Patrol agents so that they can smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. much easier, so open borders is very harmful to Americans.
  5. Human taffickng is rampant through the southern border and is facilitated by the cartels.
  6. When its advocacy of a $15/hour minimum wage is adopted, like in Seattle, many “starter” and beginning-wage jobs are eliminated (like in Seattle), thus removing the first step of career ladders that unskilled workers need to join the workforce.
  7. The Democrat policy to outlaw guns denies law-abiding poor and minorities the capability to defend themselves from criminals with guns, which is especially important to them because crime is usually high in their neighborhoods.
  8. Democrat advocacy and funding of Planned Parenthood, whose clinics are mostly located in Black neighborhoods,  support abortions in line with the Eugenics movement promulgated by its founder Margaret Sanger.
  9. The Democrat Party encourages and advocates dependency on government as one of its major methods of recruiting and retaining its voter base.
  10. The Democrat Party believes that “the ends justify the means” and its Democrat Presidents consequently have done many illegal acts such as using the IRS and Justice Department to combat its enemies (see Mark Levin’s 2019 book, Unfreedom of the Press).  This sometimes results in their being impoverished, like general Michael Flynn.
  11. Democrat leadership in all cities where they govern have inner cities, mostly of minorities, that are crime-ridden, dilapidated, and impoverished.  This is a direct result of Democrat policies of Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities, easy-on-crime, banning guns, high taxes, not supporting local police, rent control, etc., etc..

The Democrat Party has targeted minorities, illegal immigrants, and the poor.  However, their policies have actually significantly hurt them.  Once these targeted groups understand this, there should be a backlash.

BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D, RESVERATROL, POMEGRANATE JUICE, DARK CHOCOLATE, GREEN AND BLACK TEA AND TESTOSTERONE (audio interview)

I decided to interview Dr. Smith (25-minute audio: click on the  at the blue “play” bottom of this introduction to play it) because, although there is some information about these foods and supplements, you don’t hear much from the medical profession…and the research I’ve seen suggests significant and substantial improvements to health and a reduction in medical disorders from them. Therefore, I wanted hear from a medical researcher and MD what the real benefits are.

The interview revolves around the latest research findings on vitamin D, resveratrol, pomegranate juice, dark chocolate, green and black teas, and testosterone.  Dr. Michael Smith is a medical doctor with specialties in radiology and internal medicine, and currently serves as the clinical information specialist with “The Life Extension Foundation”, (LEF.org), a non-profit organization devoted to researching and disseminating information on preventing disease and medical disorders. Dr. Smith has been with The Life Extension Foundation for nine years. He received his MD degree from the Southwest Medical Center at the University of Texas in Dallas.  In the interview, Dr. Smith makes it very clear that the only way to accurately determine: 1. The appropriate amount of vitamin D to take for optimum health (5-8,000 International Units), 2. What percentage of cocoa solids your dark chocolate should have for optimum benefits (70%), 3. How much green tea you need to drink each day (unless you take a green tea supplement…18 cups), black tea…the new green tea, 4. The benefits to the heart and prostate from pomegranate juice,  5. The benefits of proper levels of testosterone and how to obtain a physician who will prescribe testosterone for you (LEF Health Advisers will help you find a doctor in your area). To listen to this interview, please click on the following blue “play” button. Michael-Smith-LifeExt-Reversatol-DarkChoc-Tea-Testosterone Interview by Mike Russo.

PROUD TO BE AMERICAN

With attacks to nationalism and patriotism coming from all sides, I thought it appropriate to provide some of the reasons why Americans should be proud that they are Americans, especially since our public schools usually only teach the misdeeds that the U.S. has done since its inception in 1776, but none of its great achievements and acts of kindness and heroism. Americans have many reasons to be proud, a few of which I cite below.

Our founding fathers were reluctant to secede from England, but after repeated failed attempts at reconciliation, decided to do so.  They explained their reasons for secession in the Declaration of Independence.  Since slavery was legal and prevalent in America under British rule, America inherited slavery and had to keep a limited form of it in order to have the Southern States ratify the Constitution.  Seventy-five years after the Constitution was ratified by the 13 Colonial states, the  U.S. fought a Civil War to rid itself of this evil.  It cost the U.S. 600,000 lives, including that of President Lincoln, who was assassinated shortly after the war was over.  Had President Lincoln lived, reconstruction in the South would have gone much better.  Nevertheless, America survived and prospered.

So why exactly should Americans proud to be Americans?  What is there to be proud of?  To begin, the United States saved Europe from Hitler’s Nazi Germany in World War II.  In addition, it saved about a million Japanese and American lives through its judicious use of the atomic bomb.  After that war, in the Cold War, the U.S. prevented the Soviet Union from instilling communism throughout the world (with all of the poverty and suffering that accompanies it).  These examples are not anomalies…the U.S. has come to the rescue of peoples throughout the world to liberate and assist them.  To be sure, America has made its share of mistakes, but its intentions were usually good.

There are countless examples of the United States helping other countries and peoples throughout its history.  In addition, its medical and technological advances have made life easier for everyone on the planet.  A useful way to look at it is to imagine a world without the United States.  Who would be the superpower that was also a republic whose franchise rested with the people?  The U.S. military has no equal and as such many would-be evildoers are kept at bay, knowing full-well, that if the U.S. got involved, it would destroy them.

Aside from the greatness of America, its people are the most generous in the world, so when disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Americans run to their checkbooks and credit cards and give until it feels good.

From its inception, America has stood for liberty and freedom around the world.  Our Statue of Liberty is recognized all over the world as a symbol of freedom.  It was given to the U.S. by France because America stood for freedom and was a role-model for France, as described in Alexis de Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America.

America is an exceptional country.  Its people should be proud.

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