Saturday, October 3, 2015

Band Uniforms from Planet of the Monkeys

The Seminole Band Boosters FB site did not like my recently shared post of the SHS Band video yesterday. Here is what I wrote: Just take a gander at this! He!!, the Class of ''65 "Cheerleaders" made them look like derelicts! Just like last week's away game too.How would I caption this?--"Dressed for Success?" Or, better yet, "Suitable for 3 days of Rolling in the Mud at Woodstock". Embarrassing and downright disrespectful! Someone need remove head from A$$! Deplorable! WTF! / NOTE to Seminole Band Boosters: What I posted above is truthful AND accurate. Don't like it? Break out the uniforms and dress like you have a little self-respect rather than a punk rock band from Poughkeepsie. BTW--your PM to me was childish, churlish and a true reflection of your insolence. It's a school band, not a nightclub act at a Ho House.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Pendulum of Conservative to Liberal and Back Again IS in Constant Motion. The Pendulum IS Dynamic and Never Constant

The pendulum of politics is always in constant motion, usually with very wide swings before returning in the other direction. So, don’t get too comfortable or, uncomfortable as the case might be. It is bound to swing back at any given time—already having done so in the most recent election. Will it continue to swing in that direction? Good question. Two factors tell me that might just be. One, when the pen and the phone are finally about to be retired, there may be a sufficient number ready to look for a new rope or, in the least, may do what Bush did to Republican and Independent voters—kept them at home, sucking eggs on their couch. Two, one of the rules in politics is that I, as a political operative, would rather fall in with a candidate that may be lesser known, with few negatives, than a candidate that is well known, but very high negatives.

I am 66 years old, good or bad. I have very little but vague memory of Harry S. Truman. Some of my contemporaries certainly do—by contemporaries, I mean those who were about to graduate high school as I was just enrolled there. Harry S. Truman assumed office from the most liberal administration since Woodrow Wilson, having much in common with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Harry was hard to peg—sometimes very liberal, sometimes very conservative but mostly moderate. If you consider him a “liberal”, think Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No Liberal, with a capital L would have done that. Just get over that Alice. If Harry were with us now, there would now already be 2 craters in the Middle East that would be uninhabitable for the foreseeable future. That third “holy site” would have already been dismantled in Jerusalem, brick by brick, and utilized to build outhouses in the desert.

Should this pendulum in fact complete its full swing right, you might wanna hang onto that butt floss because granny panties may be making a big comeback. Why? Guess who followed the most liberal president in our history, Woodrow Wilson? That would be 2 of the most conservative bastions in our recent history—that’s right, Coolidge and Hoover. Then what happened? It swung back to the equally most liberal in our recent history—Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This was followed by a more moderate, by default—Harry S. Truman. He was followed by another military conservative republican, Dwight David Eisenhower.

Here next is where it really gets interesting in my opinion. Following Ike, we elected one John F. Kennedy. Was he conservative, liberal or moderate? Ah, that is the question. Well, he served in the military, unlike our last 3 [Sorry, I do not consider Nat’l Guard for purposes of this discussion and I have my reasons]. This is one Administration I know/ knew quite well—etched in my memory, in fact. His number one priority was to PROTECT THE GOLD STANDARD, PERIOD! He did so quite creatively. He immediately instituted Operation Twist—increase short term borrowing interest rates, while lowering long term capital borrowing rates. Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!  He shored that up by creating the first ever, INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT. I re-wrote it and retrofitted it in Oklahoma for the state tax code. Bill Clinton took my final product, as enrolled and engrossed, and put it in place in Arkansas. The other governors of the Southern Governors’ Association followed suit.  What Kennedy’s ITC did was to ensure tax benefits for making an investment in jobs, plant and equipment, NOT turnover in securities to achieve gain and the Credit. Having the exact opposite effect of the Capital Gains Tax. Just that simple but it was a brilliant stroke. Did it work? Hellyeah!!! Did it work in Oklahoma? Double HELLYEAH!!!

Think long and hard on the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Kennedy years. What Kennedy finally resolved AIN’T WHAT NO STINKIN’ LIBERAL WOULD HAVE DONE. Can you imagine what this present Pansy-in-Chief would do? How about an afternoon of golf, followed by a $10,000 a plate fundraiser w/ his round up the usual pansies in Hollywood. In short, if you consider Kennedy a “liberal”, we will just go ahead and enter that debate post haste, or not. JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS TOO CONSERVATIVE TO EVEN BE NOMINATED IN THIS “DEMOCRATIC” PARTY. PERIOD!!!

What followed Kennedy? By default, LBJ. Was he a liberal? No, but he was stupid with a wee bit of political cunning—I’ll be kind and use “cunning”. He was also a racist so just get over that one too, Alice. Blacks were pawns in a political game to him, nothing more. With respect to the premise of this pendulum thingy, LBJ “don’t” even figure in; he was an anomaly.

Who’s next—back to granny panties ladies, one Richard Milhous Nixon. I would NOT consider Nixon a conservative in the same cloth of a Barry Goldwater of the same day and time. Nixon was more of a California Moderate but the pendulum did swing right nonetheless. What followed, again by default was a true gentleman, a true moderate but a really sh*tty golfer. It’s hard to calculate how many he almost killed standing by or in the fairways. However, having said that, he was dozens of strokes better than our present High-Handicapper-in-Chief. That ONE is lethal. I would not even stand behind him on the T-Box. Scary sh*tty! This would be one, Gerald R. Ford—the great healer, maybe having saved this country from a complete upheaval.

What followed next was the conservative’s conservative. Ronald Reagan from California via Illinois. How conservative was he? Well, since I have already used the allusion, let’s just say that, near the end of his term, there was no butt floss—it was granny panties ONLY! The pendulum thingy had swung FAR RIGHT! I served as the Intergovernmental Liaison on the Oklahoma Governor’s Office, amongst other things, during his term. I’m going to piss off some of my liberal friends by this but he had the best $1 per year, professional staff put together certainly since Kennedy but I believe actually edged out the latter.

I was also the Intergovernmental Liaison during the Carter administration so I can objectively speak to both. I would sum up Carter’s Cabinet and Staff as the best bunch ‘o Crackas assembled since L’il Abner. Dumber than goat spit but still heads, torsos and appendages above the most incompetent twenty-somethings ever assembled since the Three Stooges—the Obama Outhouse! The crowning achievement of the Reagan era was the end of the Cold War. Brilliant!!!

What followed next was a bit of a transition to a more moderate, Republican Gentleman’s Club-type moderate—George H.W. Bush. I knew many of his staff. They were almost to a man/ woman, down to earth, honest, congenial, and committed. I was never concerned while he was in office. I considered him to be harmless and a good and decent man. A true gentleman. What got George H.W. Bush defeated was a self-inflicted wound. “Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!” That followed by a brilliant speech during the Democratic Convention by former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards. After that, it was OVER!

That now brings us to the pendulum swinging back the other way—more of a liberal bent, more due to the influence of his spouse than his own convictions. I will stop right here and say up front, I am/ was personally and professionally acquainted with both William Jefferson Clinton and his spouse. I know them darn well and his staff and the staff of George Nigh were very tight, again, with my being the Intergovernmental Liaison and Washington DC, “point man”. That relationship then stretched to the Clinton White House, at this time with my being a government relations dude in Washington, DC. Clinton’s Special Assistant for Domestic Policy, Carol Rasco, and I are/ were good buddies. Do I consider Bill Clinton a liberal? Hell NO! All things considered, not at all. You must keep in mind that the current occupant of the White House has lowered the bar to the depths of whale poop when I say this. Would I consider Bill’s wife [Team Mate actually] a liberal. Much more so than Bill but not on the same planet as the Imposter who beat her in the Democratic Primary. She would have been much better as President than Doofus, but hell, so would Slappy White! Bill gave his team mate the opportunity to trot out her liberal credentials by putting together ObamaCare Part I. It went down in flames and buried her in embarrassment for the rest of the Clinton Administration. Call it what you will but that is my take and I was there to see it descending to the depths of Sheol.

Next we come to the Idiot and the pendulum swinging so far left that it even has the Socialists blushing and w/o panties, butt floss OR granny. We are talkin’ Commando here. That’s all the ink I’ll give the freak. It’s over, he’s done, put a fork in it—it is best just to ignore it the next 22 months.

What happens next? Well, that solidly depends on GOTV. If the Reagan Democrats and the Bush moderates stay home with their Independent hangers’ on, you’ll see Ms. Hillary, if she does in fact take up the mantle—of that, I am not yet convinced.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boehner Hoodwinked AGAIN!

Brilliant! Absolutely masterful! Boehner just got snookered in the most fashionable way yet! He and the GOP don't even know what hit them. This was another Obama Parlor game and he won this one big. There was a head fake alright. The ploy was to full court press to turn his Progressives, ostensibly that is. The game was to make it look that way so Boehner would have to go to the well and give up chits to garner votes from his own party. They bit on it. Now, the Progressives can say, hey look, we voted against the Bill. The nasty GOP rolled us. Brilliant!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

First Africans to Colonial America

In 1619, the House of Burgesses met; the first representative assembly in the New World. Also, in 1619, the first Africans arrived on a Dutch trade ship that had run low on food and traded the Africans for food supplies. These Africans became indentured servants, as slavery did not develop in Virginia for another sixty plus years. Prior to 1700, many indentured women had children with African fathers. These mulatto children were born free.

Around 1700 a law was passed that punished white women who had children by African men. After 1700, the children of these women were often taken away from their mothers and sold as "indentured servants" until they were of age 21. Many if not most of the non-gentlemen colonists also arrived as indentured servants. Indentured servitude generally lasted seven to eight years and was usually ended with payment in the form of land. Most of our ancestors arrived as indentures.

For most of the 1600s, white indentured servants worked the colony's tobacco fields, but by 1705 the Virginia colony had become a slave society.

1619. The ship Treasurer arrived in Bermuda from Virginia, with Africans brought via Jamestown by Captain Daniel Elfrith (sic?). It was reported that acting Governor Miles Kendall had about 29 Africans from that ship locked up because he believed they were stolen from a Spanish ship in the West Indies. It was later discovered they came originally from Angola. Those who arrived in Jamestown on this ship were the first black Africans to be imported to the USA.

In 1650, there were about 300 "Africans" living in Virginia, about 1% of an estimated 30,000 population. They were not slaves; any more than were the approximately 4,000 white indentured servants working out their loans for passage money to Virginia. Many had earned their freedom, and they were each granted 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land when freed from their indentures, so they could raise their own tobacco or other crops. Although they were at a disadvantage in that they had to pay to have their newly acquired land surveyed in order to patent it, white indentured servants found themselves in the same predicament. Some black indentured servants, however, went on to patent and buy land. Anthony Johnson, who settled on the Eastern Shore following the end of indenture, even bought African slaves of his own. George Dillard, a white indentured servant who settled in New Kent County after his servitude ended, held at least 79 acres (320,000 m2) of his own land and was able to marry despite a dearth of women in the colonies at that time.

Between 1618 and early 1619, the governor of the Portuguese colony of Angola, Luis Mendes Vascelos, captured thousands of Africans from the kingdom of Ndongo. These captives were likely the cargo for six slave ships that sailed from Angola to Mexico between 1619 and mid-1620. In early 1619, one of those slave ships, Sao Joao Bautista, left Angola to sail for Vera Cruz. In its cargo were 350 African slaves. While en route to Vera Cruz, the Sao Joao Bautista was intercepted by two Dutch ships, theWhite Lion and the Treasurer off the coast of Mexico. Roughly fifty slaves were stolen by the Dutch ships that then set their sails for Virginia with the intent to sell their recently ascertained cargo.

The White Lion arrived in Virginia in late August 1619. John Colyn Jope, the White Lion’s captain, sold 20-and-some-odd Negroes in exchange for food. These were some of the first Africans to enter the Virginia colony. In 1623 Anthony and Isabella, who arrived on the White Lion in 1619, gave birth to William Tucker, the first documented child of African descent born in English North America.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NYT Reporters Who Gave up Darren Wilson's Address

New York Times reporters Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson published the address of Darren Wilson in the New York Times so here are their addresses:

Julie Bosman
5620 N. Wayne Avenue
Apartment 2
CHICAGO, IL 60660-4204

Campbell Robertson
1113 Dupre Street
New Orleans, LA 70119-3203

They just love to get mail! Send Holiday Cards!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Immigration and Nationality Act Executive Summary

Congress has complete authority over immigration. Presidential power does not extend beyond refugee policy. Except for questions regarding aliens' constitutional rights, the courts have generally found the immigration issue as nonjusticiable.

States have limited legislative authority regarding immigration, and 28 U.S.C. § 1251 details the full extent of state jurisdiction. 

By controlling the visa process, the federal government can achieve the goals of its immigration policies.  There are two types of visas: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. The government primarily issues nonimmigrant visas to tourists and temporary business visitors.

Immigrant visas, on the other hand, permit their holders to stay in the United States permanently and eventually to apply for citizenship. Aliens with immigrant visas can also work in the United States. Congress limits the quantity of immigrant visas, which numbered 675,000 in 1995. Many immigrant visas remain subject to per-country caps.

Upon ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, all children born within the United States received citizenship at birth.  

In 1921 Congress passed the Emergency Immigration Act, creating national immigration quotas, which gave way to the Immigration Act of 1924, capping the number of permissible immigrants from each country in a manner proportional to the number already living within the United States.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), also known as the McCarran-Walter Act, eliminated all race-based quotas, replacing them with purely nationality-based quotas.

When Congress passed the INA, it defined an "alien" as any person lacking citizenship or status as a national of the United States. 

Having the proper records and identification typically requires the alien to possess a valid, unexpired passport and either a visa, border crossing identification card, permanent resident card, or a reentry permit. 

The need to curtail illegal immigration prompted Congress to enact the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. The IRCA toughened criminal sanctions for employers who hired illegal aliens, denied illegal aliens federally funded welfare benefits, and legitimized some aliens through an amnesty program.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 revolutionized the process of alien entry into the United States.  The IIRIRA eliminated the term "entry," replacing it with "admission."

On March 1, 2003, the Department of Homeland Security opened, replacing the INS. Within the Department, three different agencies - U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement (CBE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - now handle the duties formerly held by the INS. 

The Refugee Act of 1980 defines the U.S. laws relating to refugee immigrants.  Under the Refugee Act, the term "[[wex:refugee|refugee]]" refers to aliens with a fear of persecution upon returning to their homelands, stemming from their religion, race, nationality, membership in certain social groups, or political opinions.  Anyone who delivers a missing American POW or MIA soldier receives refugee status from the United States.

The United States, however, denies refugee status to any alien who actively persecuted individuals of a certain race, political opinion, religion, nationality, or members of a certain social group.   As a matter of public policy, the government also typically refuses refugee applicants previously convicted of murderer. [Now, who thought up this egregious limitation?]

To qualify for refugee status under the persecution provision, the refugee applicant must prove actual fear. 

The President retains the ultimate decision making authority when determining the number of refugees to allow into the country during a given year. 

Deportation proceedings refer to the official removal of an alien from the United States and provide for causes for deportation.

The U.S. government can initiate deportation proceedings against aliens admitted under the INA that commit an aggravated felony within the United States after being admitted.  An alien's failure to register a change of address renders the alien deportable, unless the failure resulted from an excusable circumstance or mistake.  If the government determines that a particular alien gained entry into the country through the use of a falsified document or otherwise fraudulent means, the government has the grounds to deport.  

Other common grounds for deportation include the following: aiding or encouraging another alien to enter the country illegally; engaging in marriage fraud to gain U.S. admission; participating in an activity that threatens the U.S.'s national security; voting unlawfully; and failing to update the government with a residential address every three months, regardless of whether the address has changed.

If the government brings a proceeding for deportation because of fraud or falsification, the government bears the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that alleged falsification or fraud occurred and that the falsification or fraud proved material to the granting of admission to the alien. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Principles of Jefferson

About to enter, fellow citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you, it is proper that you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government, and consequently those which ought to shape its administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;

peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none;

the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies;

the preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad;

a jealous care of the right of election by the people — a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of the revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided;

absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority — the vital principle of republics, from which there is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism;

a well-disciplined militia — our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them;

Principles of Jefferson: the militia is EVERY able-bodied man between the ages of 18-55. He provided NO exceptions!

the supremacy of the civil over the military authority;

economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burdened; the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith;

encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid;

the diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason;

freedom of religion;

freedom of the press;

freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected — these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Jefferson promised to govern as he felt the Founders intended, based on decentralized government & trust in the people to make the right decisions for themselves. He favored a more literal interpretation of the Constitution and thought that governmental powers shouldn’t be so far-reaching. These are the Principles of Jefferson and these are my principles and why I am a Jeffersonian Democrat. Many continue to ask me what a Jeffersonian Democrat is - read and understand please. I always have been and I always will be a Jeffersonian Democrat.

See also, Jefferson’s Platform: