American Press: Help I Have Fallen and Can’t Get Up!

For the many months before the election, the Press was touting that another candidate would win and the glory of the one side would continue to run America. On Election Day, they found that a majority of their readers, listeners, and watchers, had decided that all their propaganda and slanted stories was nothing but trash and some of the worse kindling that had ever come out.  They voted the other way.  It has been over three months since the presidential election that was said by the Press to go the other way.

They are still in the deep hole they dug themselves. Very few readily accept what is being told to the masses is true.  Even if one reporter or paper does find something criminal, with proof, on an elected leader all the rest slide away to another story because it does not fit their agenda.  We never see if justice is done or was it all a propaganda ruse.

It is bad when you can find more truth in a supermarket tabloid than in what the leading news media puts out.

There are many of our government officials that really need to be put under a microscope.  Not just the President.  I am talking about all elected and appointed positions in government.  Some of them need a real vetting themselves.

Locally, we have a reporter that really does some good digging and reporting on what he finds. You know when watching his report and he finds that person that it is going to get dropped on, you get to see that deer in the headlights look as they see their career, job, or elected position yanked out from under them.  Sometimes, they even go to jail.  That is a good reporter.  Why can’t we have that on the national level?

Have the national media dug themselves so much of a hole that they can’t get out?

Will the Press ever become the watchdog they are there for again?

Will the Press become respected as a whole again?

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Has Your Train Been Derailed?

After the spark of freedom and the revolution that followed, it took a few years to put together that document we call The Constitution. This piece of paper, that became the building block of our country.  It took some more years and a few amendments to help straighten out some period clashes, but it is still the base of our laws.  All of our laws are supposed to start with an idea from the people through our elected representatives in Congress and if approved by the President, signed.  If this law is vetoed by the President, this vetoed law may be overturned by Congress and it still becomes law.

If there is still argument about this law, it can be taken up by the Judiciary. If the Judiciary finds the law wholly or in part, to be un-constitutional, they are to return it, in whole, to Congress to start the whole process over.

Over the years and generations, our elected leaders have been steadily moving away from the idea that they work for the people. When the election cycle comes around they have found that they can buy the votes with cheap ice cream and not really have to do anything for the people.  They are allowed to be elected over and over without actually doing anything.  They are able to pay themselves and receive may perks above table and maybe cash below the table from lobbyist or other groups or individuals now days.

There have been many laws made in the history of this country that are still on the books. They are still valid, old but valid.  Some have been updated.  Some have been pushed to the side because of the changes in society and are no longer relevant in this day and age.  But they are still on the books.  It is always fun when a smart lawyer finds this little unknown fact to help his or her client.  It can make the Judge’s head spin around like on some of those horror shows.  It may not only be the age of the law or some other factors, but there are some in The Judiciary that take this opportunity to legislate from the bench.

The Congress has been so busy filling their pockets and putting out some very obscure laws and regulations. Even giving authorizations for doing stuff they are uncomfortable with.  They have been patting themselves on the back for all their work that they do not realize what they are doing.

If you look at the piles and piles of books that make up our laws and regulations in the United States, you will really notice that our elected and appointed officials have been only picking and choosing which one they wish to use or follow. The average Citizen is going to be ‘got’ one way or another.

I am not one to believe much in conspiracy theories or otherwise, but it sure seems that someone or some group has been trying to guide this country in one way or another in the last fifty to hundred years. I say this because our elected officials, even the first term ones sure do not follow the Peoples choices once they enter the marbled halls of Washington D.C.  They are being retrained as soon as they walk through the door.  It is the Washington way.

Our watchdogs in the Press have been slowly subverted from actually watching the government for the people to now being allied with one party or another. Now they find themselves without any support from the people or whomever they work for.  They no longer look for the TRUTH.  The press, only say what they are paid to say.  When it starts sounding like propaganda, it is.  The People are no longer listening.  The Press has lost all respect.

But if there is someone or some group out there that have been pulling the strings, you have done a wonderful job of keeping the wool pulled over everyone’s eyes all these years. Pitting one group or another at each other’s throats.  First, propping up one side, then another to keep everyone off balance and dancing to your sheet of music.  Did you get so wrapped up in your work that you were only watching the ones yelling the loudest?  Some of those little splinter groups can really yell.  Seeing them on the TV made many turn the volume down or change the channel.  With their yelling and crying, you kept your attention on them too long and a larger group fell out of your sight and started seeing a bigger picture.  They learned to find the TRUTH closer to home, not from your propaganda.

The People of the United States finally got tired of all of that. They went out and found someone that is Not a politician. Not a lawyer.  They picked a Citizen.  Someone that has lived and worked under the laws and regulations that politicians and lawyers have shoved at us over the years.  Now this President is using the Laws and all the authorizations you have given out over the years and is now making everyone follow them.

Has that made your train run off the tracks?

Some Study Required

After this weekend explosion in the media after President Trump’s latest executive order.  One has to ask, how many of you have traveled outside the country as a normal citizen?

As an American citizen, you may have a opportunity to travel to some other part of our big world that is getting much smaller.  Be it for pleasure or work will make a big difference when you apply for a Visa, if needed, for your destination.  So, you jump through all the hoops, paperwork, travel permits, tickets, vaccination shot sand sometimes a ‘Fee’ when filing for your Visa just to get to your destination with your bright red suitcase and you step up to the local customs official and present them with your paperwork, just to find you have just broken one of their laws.

I am using the “Red Suitcase” as a simplistic version for this case.  In all your preparation for your trip you read about the local customs and laws that may pertain to you or it may have been a change while you were on your flight to the country.  I which case, if you do surrender your “Red” suitcase and carry your stuff in a shopping bag, the local customs officer can have you re-board the plane and send you away.  Just because you get a Visa does not guarantee you will have a good trip.

Before everyone get up in arms about my explanation, I do suggest that you take the time and look it up and read it for your self.  The United States immigration policy is rather large and has been updated by your elected leaders in Congress.  If you want it changed, you better make them do it.  It is just going to be enforced now.

Either option you chose on your trip you are now returning to the U.S. with your passport and other travel documents.  You are now in front of a U.S. Customs agent on U.S. soil, you present him with all the documentation and what you are coming back with.  You answer the agents questions and now find yourself moved to a room for a more in-depth interview.  Did you answer the previous questions right or was there something else?  Was there some medical problem that needs checked out.  Like a disease outbreak just after you boarded your plane.  Did you bring something that is not allowed in this country?  This is just some of the things that the Customs agent has to check off before you can re-enter the country.

That was just for an U.S. citizen, now what if you are an immigrant or refugee.  Many of them will get a Visa just to get them the ability to leave the country they are in, some will try to use this permission slip to get to the United States where up on arrival they have to ask and get the permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or through their agents at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to actually enter the country.

While having a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States, it does indicate a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad has determined you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose. DHS/CBP inspectors, guardians of the nation’s borders, are responsible for admission of travelers to the United States, for a specified status and period of time. DHS also has responsibility for immigration matters while you are present in the United States.

Much of this information is availibly on line at the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Customs and Border Protection website.

Once you are allowed in the country you will have to apply for a Green Card.  A Green Card is needed to continue your application to become a Citizen of the United States of America.  You can think of a Green Card like a probationary period.  There are may rules and ways that you can get a mark against you during this time.  You can find stories on the internet that people with a Green Card’s have done something that if they leave, they may have to do some paperwork to get back in or may not be allowed back in.

Many of these immigrants and refugees need sponsers to step up and be responsible for their requirments while they go through the process of learning to live and grow in the United States.  Wonder how many of the ‘not my problem’ protesting crowd will step up.  Once you start reading about the immigration laws and policies through the years, you won’t believe some of the things that caused immigrants in the past to be turned away for.  Before jumping on the bandwagon, some study required.

Who are the Ringmasters?

WELCOME to THE GREATEST show on Earth!!!

No! No! No!

I am not talking about the circus that just closed its doors.

The OTHER one!!!

I am talking about the one that our Constitution took some offered land and called it the District of Columbia.

You know, Washington D.C.

That place on the East coast of the United States of America where we elect supposedly honest and honorable people from our own states and send them to run our country and make or change laws to make us better.

Huh, why are you looking at me like that?

Boy, that is one blank look.

Ok, let’s try this again.

You remember that screen in “Star Wars” where an old monk, a snot-nosed kid, and a couple of droids in a floating convertible stopped on a rise just before that desert city and mumbled something about “Never will you find a bigger den of …something, something, something in your life.” And everyone in the United States that hears it will think of that city on the East coast with D.C. at the end of it.

Was that a spark of recognition in your eyes?

I think it is.

To continue, that city is the national capital of our country. Our constitution went on to further set up our government in three branches, The Legislative, The Executive, and The Judicial.  This is to supply some necessary checks and balances to the system of government we use.

The Legislative Branch is voted on by the citizens of the state they are wishing to represent. A national election is carried out for the top two positions of The Executive Branch. We use a two-party system that are currently called Democrats and Republicans.  The two parties have had other names in the past.  Sometimes a Third party candidate jumps in and will get the votes when neither party can find a good candidate the citizens like or support.

Now with all of that, we find another group trying to horn in to make themselves part of the government when from the beginning, the public has asked them to be the messengers or the TRUTH finders for the public. The Media.

Before I go much further, I will say that there are some good reporters out there.  Most of them are independent, freelance, or work for some local independent media.  There are some that do work for the big media corps that have that haven’t quit gone over to the dark side and still try to find the TRUTH before saying or doing anything.

But, everyone still has to eat, so these reporters still turn in their stories to be published or picked up by one of these conglomerates to get a steady wage. Once one of the big media company types pick up their stories it has to massaged to fit the company line or political slant.  Like everything now days, it has to have just the right slant.  Politicians have always tried to be friendly with the Press to get them to run ‘free’ propaganda for them or try to smear the other candidate but now the press has become just one large paparazzi circus.

If they do print or say something that is true and well documented, the public has no way to know it is the actual Truth. The Press has lost most of the public confidence that they used to have.  The Press is just a part of the circus we now read or watch every day.

I have read or heard that there are members of congress that have done or said many stupid and possibly illegal things while being in office and that there are actual official investigator and police reports that are in the files of prosecutors and even though there are some that say they are immune by the constitution for these deeds. These are men and women that stood on the platforms and said many times over that they are very honorable people with great integrity convinced the public with the help of the press to get them elected.  I will go with the opinion, that the press are sometimes unwitting accomplices in this act.  But when the TRUTH finally can come out they are usually the first to try to cover it up rather than admit they may have been wrong.  If the public knows, the public can decide if that person should stay in office or if the infraction does not rate an outcry, may allow the re-election of the individual.  But the Truth is out there for all to see.

The circus we are now watching is reminiscing of days gone by. It really brings back the song by Don Henley called “Dirty Laundry”.  If you haven’t heard it.  Look it up and listen.

Influenced or Rigged, A matter of Semantics?

In the last year like every election year since the founding of this county someone has gone around and cried that the elections are rigged. In some cases they are right but the winners and/or the losers always made sure that in the aftermath that there is no evidence that it had ever happened.  For those that dig into history and find some proof, they are labeled as conspiracy theorists or Crack-Pots or something else.

We don’t want the ignorant sheep that is the public to rise up in anger to learn that the Political Elite have been running the show from birth the death.

“Do as I say, Not as I do.”

“We know what is best for you.”

Since the beginning of this country the other countries of the world have tried to influence the elections for the top power spots of this country and we have been doing the same to the rest of the world. Now with internet social forums and the modern electronic age it is more work to keep it low keyed.  You never know when it might turn around and bite you in the ass.  Take a look on how hard the United States did not want President Putin in power in the new Russia.  Maybe he was just returning the favor.  Was his election influenced or rigged for him by outsiders or Russia’s political elite?

If you look at history, you will find that some of the biggest power players in the influence business have been the News Media. It probably started with the story telling bards of old.  They went around telling the next village the triumphs or fall of Kings and Heroes.  This grew into the Newspapers and then into the Television News.  Now we have the Internet Media and the old way of doing business is not putting the money into their pockets like they want.  With the advent of the social platforms of the internet, those losing money to the new way of doing things now scream everything is Rigged.  With every type of media used through the ages, there have been good and bad users.  It is still the same today.

There are some groups of hackers that may be associated or in the hire of a country that has caused trouble in one country or another. This has been an ongoing struggle to keep them in check.  There are many very smart or very lucky people out there that work on both sides of the issue.  Some for nationalist pride and some just for the money.

So, we find that in today’s world, if you no longer can influence a favorable outcome you cry that it was rigged.

OR

You find a better hacker.

Recap of the 2016 Election

From the conventions to the day after the election vote was a whirlwind of accusations and counter acquisitions.

The candidates weathered the storm with the big and little news people doing all their work for them.

The scorecard was being used every which way you can imagine.

We found polling data that was correct, incorrect or outright wrong.

The regular voting blocs were content that everything was either going their way on one side and the other was fighting with themselves to control their party.

In among all of this was a small ground swell of voters getting ready to step up and make a change.

A change the political elite was not ready to see or hear.

 

Now in a real election, you would not get the results till the county or township election boards certified the results in their bailiwicks to be truthful and not tampered with. Those results would then be sent to the State elections board for review and certified.  Once these results were made public then a new leader would be notified.  This usually takes at least a week.

Now days, the major News Networks take it among themselves to do an ‘Informal’ head count and then start touting the new or re-elected leader of the free world.  For those that watched the coverage on election night they saw the Talking Heads of the news networks where all happy at the start of their coverage and by the end of the night, they were at a loss of words as to what was happening.

Earlier I mentioned a ground swell of voters. They stepped up and made a decision to VOTE.  I would have like to said a tidal wave but that would be every legal United States of America citizen voting.

Late on election night, when the numbers started to signal a change the country held its breath. It was like watching a football game in the final seconds and with forth and ninety-nine, a quarterback sneak running for the touchdown.  Both sides cheered the last chance win but then the losing side realized they had lost.  They sat in stunned silence for a long time then they felt they got cheated.  They took to the streets to express their anger and in some cases caused riots.  While the rest of America turned returning to their lives.  But the elites and the News Networks want that dissent to further their goals.

Before the election you had one side saying the other side was rigging the voting and the major news networks and the White House was saying that it couldn’t happen and would never happen. Now that they lost, they are now coming forward saying it was rigged by someone or by other countries.

For a Presidential election there is one more step. The Electoral College.  This step in the Presidential election is the final step our founding fathers placed before us to ensure that select few states would maintain control of the government for their own benefit.

 

We close out the 2016 Election Year with many things still going on. What will the next year bring is still open to debate.

The Lull before the Storm

Not all the primaries are done, just a few left.

The real media has got all their researchers out looking for facts, digging in for the big one. Will they find the real truth(s)?

The mainstream media, the propaganda machine for their boardroom bosses on Wall Street, hope all the skeletons are nailed in the closet or buried deep enough from prying eyes.

A few Polls are done here and there. Do they represent the true feeling of America? Which America?

A last ditch effort for political parties and candidates to get funds they need.

The Old Guard is wringing their hands. Did they choose the right person to back and do they have a chance?

The New Guard is ecstatic. They think they have it in the bag.

The fringe candidate is stressed from the worry. Do they have a chance?

Is this all or nothing? The question is asked in thought.

What direction do we need our country to go?

Will we let the political elite pick our direction or will we the people?

The masses, some controlled, some dreaming, and some that really think for themselves feel the storm building on the horizon.

Who has the real answers?

Who has the real courage?

Who has the real clout?

Who will be a real leader?

We can only wait and see……….

Politics Rigged???

Now someone is running around saying in a ‘SHOCKING POLL’, that the elections are now rigged. Under what rock or drug induced life have you been living?  Anyone that took American History in high school knows that it has happened since the beginning of this nation.  (Do they even teach the ‘Real’ American History in schools anymore?)

Today we have computers and cell phones which brought about the new social media and instant results of what is happening in the world and right next door. With the amount digital excrement that is being force at us, you would think that we, the normal everyday person with a mundane job and family lived in conceivable bliss.  We are now told that everything we learned from the beginning of our lives and was a civil staple of our families’ lives is wrong.  We walk wrong. We talk wrong.  We eat wrong.  We live wrong.

It is time that this social experiment is stopped. It is time that one person’s vote is real.  Not to have one person pull a lever at a designed time and have ten thousand votes from the grave for one candidate or another, when the total live populace for the town at the time is eight thousand.  It is time that the political elite to lose their power over the people that are supposed to elect them.  The will of the people is supposed to be used by the elected to guide our path, not the will of the elected.

There are many arguments that can be placed to go either one way or another. The one I hear the most is the one of candidates promising to ‘Give’ you something for your vote.  So, you give your vote and they win.  Tit for Tat right. Now you want you’re something.  Now the elected official says, “I can’t give you your something because (some excuse about the opposing party, movement, or prior agreement I made.)…” “But please continue to support me as I do what you wish for.”

 

I believe that everyday people have seen that all elections are rigged in some way and we have been just following like sheep. I don’t care if it is my truth, your truth, or the real truth, it is time to find a leader that will not give you what you want but will lead you in what you need.

Do You Hear Anybody Laughing?

The way elections are done in the United States look pretty straight forward on paper and in history lessons. You get a chance to vote, if you are a citizen, for the presidential candidate of your choice and if that candidate wins the vote, he or she wins the election, right.  WRONG!

 

In the primary part of a general election, you have the candidates running around the country trying to sell you a pre-perceived platform of what they stand for and the direction they want to take the country. If they are a candidate of one of the bigger political parties, that platform will encompass the ideals and support of that party.  In the United States, you usually have candidates from the two main parties and have the backing either perceived or real with all kinds of support.  If they are not part of the mainstream establishment, the independent candidate is trying to gather support and funds to continue his or her campaign.  Unless they have their own money to spend the do not have much of a shot.  This country really likes underdogs or brash upstarts that are willing to fight the system but usually do not like to go out on a limb to support them.

 

Once the primary elections have been accomplished for the two main parties, you have their respective conventions. The winner of the primary voting is or will not be the parties’ candidate for the upcoming General election depending on the party’s elite bosses.  The bosses have to be very careful not to upset the base voter too much or everything may implode on them and the last thing they want is to lose any and all support they have garnered over the years in both public and backroom support.  A popular candidate that does not win the presidential bid from a convention has the option to run as an independent afterword and if they have enough general support from the masses may steamroll over either parties’ choices.  If an independent does win the general election, he or she must continue to grow and maintain that support of the masses to run the presidential term or become an ineffective leader after that.

 

Now to make sure that the general voter does not jump on the bandwagon of a popular or charismatic candidate that has little else to offer or is to extreme a shift from the status quo, there are many checks and balances in place. First is the news media, who are supposed to ferret out the real truth in any story and report responsibly.  Lately they have failed at this and a majority of the stories placed in front of the masses have leaned for or against a candidate with very little real information.  The second is the individual party conventions after the primary.  Whereas the party elite can either back or throw their support to a candidate that may not have even been in the primary elections.  The third is that after the General election, the Electoral College may either confirm the populace vote for a presidential candidate or put in place an alternate that fits the views and platform of the political bosses.

 

The political elite or bosses of our political establishment may or may not be elected or someone with deep pockets. So if you hear laughter in marbled halls, you can bet it is not from a general citizen voter.