In the battle between the “tough guy” vs. real military strength, it’s pretty easy to pick the winner

There are a lot of stories happening now as it relates to impeachment and re-directions from the White House. It’s too much to keep up with, and quite frankly, kudos to anybody that can.

There is one story, however, that is bubbling under the surface that might be of interest, and that is of the president meddling with, and challenging, military chain of command.

Here is a link to a New York Times article that articulates what is happening.

In summary:

The president has inserted himself into military proceedings, he is defending tried war criminals, and overturning rulings of military juries.

This might end up being a bad political calculation by the president, who is using this as a platform to bolster his tough guy image, and is ultimately attempting to redirect the national conversation from impeachment proceedings.

In searching for a talking point for his rallies, the president is eroding the order of a professional military.

So, let’s boil this down a bit, the military has weapons, lots of them. A president in any country needs the support of its military to remain powerful. Hypothetically speaking, what happens when the strongest military in the world is pushed too far by its own president? Could what is happening now be the building blocks of a military coup? Sounds a little far fetched and banana republic-ish, but is it? There is way too much testosterone, pride, and money, tied up in all of this.

It’s fun to predict how the impeachment will turn out, because at this point there are so many unknowns, but let’s add this wildcard to the mix as well – that the military could possibly turn on the president in some major way.

One thing is for sure, this presidency will end, and how it ends is the curious part, but who we become when it’s over is what really matters.

What is most needed for learning is a humble mind

A great man is always willing to be little.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”


“Guess who?”

  • I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
  • I have the best temperament or certainly one of the best temperaments of anybody that’s ever run for the office of president. Ever.”
  • I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”
  • I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed”
  • I’m the least racist person you’ll find anywhere in the world.”
  • “Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism. The least racist person
  • I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to the Secret Service.”
  • I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.”
  • No one has done more for people with disabilities than me.”
  • Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”
  • There’s nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”
  • There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”
  • There’s nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,”
  • There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”
  • There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,”
  • “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me”
  • “I am going to save Social Security without any cuts. I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does .”
  • Nobody respects women more than I do”

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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

-Leonardo da Vinci

A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.

-Albert Einstein

As the screws tighten…

The “witch” in the hunt might have been found–at least that’s what Michael Cohen’s plea deal indicates.

Cohen pleaded under oath, and without any pressure, that “the candidate” gave him instructions to pay hush money to women for the purposes of influencing the election. This is a violation of campaign finance laws.

If Trump wasn’t president, he would be indicted based on the Cohen’s plea deal alone. Cohen was only the messenger here, and in a crime of this nature it’s not the messenger the feds are after–its the one who gave the order.

Mueller has more up his sleeve and Cohen has more cards to play, hence the plea and the quick resolution to this small but important part of the investigation. The implication was just the beginning.

And let’s not forget about Manafort. His case was never about taxes as much as it was about access. He represents loose connections to the other side of the equation. And he was found guilty in front of a jury.

This whole thing is just warming up.

Thoughts on the new plans to rollback fuel efficiency standards…

As the US continues to drop bombs on its war against reason as it relates to climate change, consumers need to act.

If the market demands cars with improved fuel efficiency, or electric cars, whatever rollbacks the Trump administration implements on fuel efficiency standards will not matter.

Automakers will be forced to comply with market demands.

Our dollars and decisions drive the market, not Trumps war on science and reason.

Screaming on social media doesn’t help, especially if you go out and buy a gas guzzling SUV afterwards.

Gas prices are rising. The petroleum industry and car manufacturers win if these proposed rules go into effect. In the long run, auto-consumers loose at the gas pump and via continued environmental degradation. But that doesn’t mean we quit and blame Trump.

Buy smart if you care about climate change–and don’t get sucked into the noise, such as the argument about safety as it relates to cars with better fuel efficiency standards. That’s crap.

Oh, and by the way, fuck you EPA. Remember, you make the rules we make the calls.

Using Big Data as a Weapon

We’ve blindly accepted Facebook terms and conditions for a long time. We are conditioned to just accept them at this point. We want to like things, they want our data. Ever wonder what happens to the data you provide as you continue to use the service?

Click on the vid below for a snapshot into how one company has used personal data that’s been harvested to manipulate the way we think.

NY Times Op-Ed: Get Out of Facebook and Into the N.R.A.’s Face

Here’s an op-ed by Thomas Friedman reminding us that the fight for gun control needs to move beyond social media, and needs to be bigger than marches and protests.

The NRA has a comfortable seat at the table and uses republican lawmakers as puppets.

We can scream gun control until we are blue in the face in person and on social media, but nothing changes until we elect lawmakers that haven’t been purchased by the NRA.

Let’s re-think the fight for gun control

This is a tired topic. And for the president to tweet this:

It’s an insult to our intelligence considering he made it easier for those with mental disability to own a gun.

Maybe its time we realize that the fight for gun-control in its current state is impossible to win. Screaming on social media and at the current congress isn’t going to work. Our government has been bought and it might be time to carve a new path.

Remember bump stops–they are still legal.

There has to be a better way of addressing this sort of domestic terrorism. I don’t know the solution. But if you have any ideas, get them out there.

Maybe the solution is as easy as not electing politicians with high NRA ratings. As long as they are in charge, nothing is going to change.