Daily Outrage: Pledge Waivers.

This is what the “conservative” media tells me I am supposed to be outraged about today.

The problem with the story is that it doesn’t say what part of it is supposed to outrage me.  The comments sections, as usual is so full of ignorance, and brainless high school cheer leading that I feel compelled, COMPELLED to write a post.

  1.  To start, the Pledge of allegiance IS not in the constitution.  It was never a part of the Founding Fathers’ vision of what America is or what it should be.
  2. Despite having a Pledge of allegiance in public schools, and many private schools, there is no evidence that anyone who took that pledge, 200 times a year for 12 years, was actually more loyal to America as a result.
  3. Having CHILDREN  recite a pledge is meaningless.  Pledges given my children are pointless and are totally unenforceable in all other aspects of “real life”.
  4. Compelling anyone to give a pledge is totally pointless and unenforceable in real life.
  5. “The Pledge” as it exists today is a meaningless collection of drivel that is not worth fighting to keep or to remove entirely.  It is a bureaucratic solution, imposed by executive order on a nation of free people with zero enforcement.  On the face of it, it is as un-American as 189 countries in the United Nations that are not the United States of America.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here are the comments.

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There is plenty of evidence that lots of people who said this pledge are the same people who voted in national elections to elect communists and socialist to rule over us. There is no evidence that reciting the pledge made anyone more loyal to the “old America”.

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Good job teacher, use a disabled vet as a political prop to coerce a ten year old to agree with your version of correct group behavior.  Bur seriously.  In the past 100 years, No Marine ever was killed or wounded for the right of ten year-olds to sit during the pledge of allegiance.  In fact, none were killed or disabled fighting for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to keep and bear arms, or for any other freedom we have in America today. They have all, able, dead and disabled alike, lifted not a single finger in the past 50 years as American lost most of those rights.  As we look forward to another presidential election this year, fully half of the voters in this country are all set to confirm ANOTHER communist dictator in office, with the quiet approval of every last person in the uniformed services, all of whom I am sure recited the Pledge when they were in school.

The pledge is pointless, empty, unenforceable, counterproductive, and Un-American.  It’s not even worded in any way that is meaningful.  It reads like it was written by a committee.  Additionally, it is a form of idolatry that every Christian should cringe before.

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Some “Rights” more equal than others

Terry McAuliffe, long time Clinton crony and Virginia Governor is pulling out all the stops and wearing out his robo-pen restoring the voting rights of convicted felons in time for the next election.

  1.  It won’t really matter.  Convicted felons in Virginia are mostly democrats and can be expected to vote for the corrupt old white women, which is what McAuliffe is counting on.  But it is the black ones that are reliably 95% Pro-Clinton.  Those black ones are also 95% male, which, sadly for Ms Clinton, are the least reliable demographic for actually getting off their asses on election day and going to stand in line to vote.  It is the black WOMEN who carry the black demographic to the voting place in reliable ways for Democrats.  The white male felons?  If they can find the time to go vote, will vote with the rest of the White male demographic, in favor of Trump.  So, overall, it’s a wash.
  2. McAuliffe claims this is a civil rights issue so he has to do it.  Strange that he is going all in to restore a civil “right” that is meaningless to most people, is NOT constitutionally supported, and has almost zero personal value to the people getting it.  Yet he is absolutely against restoring the right of self defense to those same people.  A right that is God given, constitutionally protected, and of immense personal value to each and every person.  As McAuliffe puts it, 

     

 

He said today that he was restoring the rights of 13,000 felons after reviewing their cases individually and that he will continue to seek ways to do so for more felons, calling it “an issue of basic justice.”

“I personally believe in the power of second chances,” McAuliffe said.

But NOT an issue of basic justice to let a man defend himself from his uber-violent neighbors.  I get it.  Rights that matter, you may not have.  Rights that are exercised in groups of tens of thousands where your personal choices don’t really matter and that support entrenched lifetime professional politicians are what is important.

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What’s the deal with George Soros?

He has a Gazillion dollars.  He is days away from dying of old age causes.  Instead of spending his gazillions on making the world a better place, locking in a financial empire for his heirs, enjoying his ill-gotten gains with a higher quality of hookers and coke, or curing cancer, he is giving his money away to every possible left wing advocacy group on the planet.  Even those empty headed muggles at Black Lives Matter got a sweet bankroll from him that ensures they will all be very rich (there is no way a leftist activist is going to handle that much money without a huge part of it sticking to the insides of their own pockets).

I understand he might get some thrills from “watching it burn”, but he isn’t even going about that the right way.  He could buy a nuke for Hamas or for Nation of Islam or for New Black Panthers.  THAT would be entertainment.

The guy is going to die soon.  REAL SOON.  Not Fidel Castro kind of soon.  He is an atheist so there is no way he is looking forward to his eternal reward anywhere.  You would think he would spend some on creating an eternal monument to himself somewhere or researching into immortality treatments.   But no.  He is spending money on the fringes to bring down America.  A futile endeavor.  As much as he weakens America, America is still strong and not going anywhere for a long time to come.  Certainly longer than anyone will remember who George Soros was.

Wild speculation:   When Soros dies, his will will be opened.  It will establish a huge global foundation for the creation of one world government.  It will name Glen Beck as executor and CEO.

 

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Medical bills.

More on the knee surgery.

The bills kept rolling in.  The price tag is now over $33K for a simple arthroscopy.   This is, according to the internet, over 5 times the normal charge for that procedure.  The surgical center and the doctor each billed me separately, similar amounts.  The doctor’s bill showed three procedures with different codes, each $5,000.

I was going to demand an explanation for this nonsense and absurd level of overcharging.  But then I remembered that no one is ever going to pay that amount and no one is going to expect to be paid that amount.  They were fantasy bills.

My insurance company will pay about $2,500.  I will pay about $800.  The rest will be written down and no one will pay it.  So, the health care system bills for 5 times the going rate and gets half the going rate.  So, I have nothing to complain about.

I do wonder what the point is for surgical centers to bother producing bills like this.  Rationally, they should just bill the agreed upon amount instead of billing a fantasy amount and writing down to the agreed amount.  It’s not as if they don’t know what the agreed amount is.  It’s not as if they couldn’t keep track of it using the computing power of a smart phone.

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Where in the World…

  1.  Are all those Democrats who said Reagan was too old to be President?  On his inauguration day, he was younger than Hillary is already.
  2. Are all those Democrats would are against the war in Iraq? Against the war in Afghanistan? Against war in principle?  Hillary was the US Secretary of State overseeing the USA prosecution of Iraq and Afghanistan and ADDING wars in Libya and Syria without Congressional debate or consent.
  3. Are all those Democrats who protested against corporate welfare and greed?  Hillary is the largest single beneficiary of corporate and wall street donations, both to her election campaign, to her Family foundation, AND to her personal bank account.
  4. Are all those members of the 4th Estate who fashion themselves as watchdogs against government corruption, abuse of power and defenders of civil rights?  The national media is estimated to be 95% in the tank for Hillary.  That is a higher percentage of dependable votes than even the Black caucus can deliver.  These people not only Vote, they have turned their entire businesses into propaganda mills and unpaid campaign donations for Hillary.
  5. Are all those Democrats who were convinced that Hurricane Katrina was caused by President Bush?  And that his inaction contributed to the devastation that followed?
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Crime and punishment: Utopia

In case no one else has noticed, the criminal justice system in the USA is broke.  Of course, it’s broke on most of  the rest of the world too.  The reason it is broke, is because it is run by people who cannot imagine things being any other way than what they are.  So any solution is just another design for a prison.  The current system is all about prisons, deterrence and rehabilitation.

PRISONS DON’T WORK.

The only virtue a prison has is to separate the prison population of criminals from the rest of the population of potential victims.  That is a help, but mostly, those prisoners do eventually get out and go right back to their favorite crimes.

DETERRENCE DOESN’T WORK.

Every person who was ever caught committing a crime knew that there would be a price to pay if he got caught and he did it anyway.  If anything, a severe punishment only caused him to try to get away with it by being more clever, or more ruthless.

REHAB DOESN’T WORK.

It never has worked.  It never can work.  There are two types of criminals.  One type commits a crime because he feels forced into it (i.e. stealing a loaf of bread to feed a hungry child).  The second type commits a crime because it is easier than other alternatives and he sees nothing wrong with it.  The first type of guy doesn’t need rehab because he already knows what he did was wrong and given the same circumstances, he would do it again.  The second guy doesn’t care about rehab because rehab cannot convince him ever that he was wrong.  It can only convince him to SAY he was wrong so he can get released.

WHAT DOES WORK.

I propose replacing the current system of Prisons, deterrence, and rehab with a system of mental Evaluation, Criminal hospitals, Punishment, Restitution, Exile and Death.

Mental Evaluation and Criminal hospitals.

Some people commit crimes because they are too stupid to know the difference between right and wrong.  These people need to be screened out from the rest of the population of “normal people” for the safety of the normal people.  They also need to be screened from the other criminals for the safety of the mentally incompetent.  It would be cruel to punish such people since they cannot benefit from any sort of punishment, treatment or learning.  They go to a confinement hospital, where they are cared for by mental health professional, not prison guards.  In those hospitals, the staff is there to protect them from each other as well as to protect society from them.  This is not any form of rehab or punishment.  The only way to be released is to make a medical advancement that permanently changes the psychological impairment and makes that person “normal”.

Punishment. 

Catch and release.  This is for all those minor crimes.  There is no purpose to putting a teenager in prison for graffiti or for stealing a car.  But there is some value to punishment for making such a person not want to do it again.  That punishment should be immediate (after a suitable due process) and be painful.  Pain works.  I like the system of caning for most minor offenses.  At the conclusion of which, the offender is released to go about his life.  No records. Nothing to distinguish him from everyone else other than a healthy respect for the law and a very sincere desire to NOT GET CAUGHT DOING THAT AGAIN.

Restitution.

The goal of the Criminal justice system is to seek restitution for the victims.  Those who have been deprived of property have their property restored.  A criminal who is in prison is not working to restore anything.  He needs to be out earning a living and returning some portion to his victims and to society.  This should not be confused with fines, which are just a penalty that profits the government.  A rich man pays the penalty and it doesn’t hurt him at all.  It becomes just an expected part of life to the point where he doesn’t even have to go to court, he can have his lawyers do it.  Corporate CEOs can direct their companies to break laws and the company pays a huge fine but the CEO is untouched.  Restitution must be paid by the criminal , from his own money, to the victim.  A company cannot be a criminal.  Only a real person can.

Exile.

Some people simply choose to not participate in Western civilization and play by the same rules everyone else plays by.  The right course of action for such people is exile.  But there are fewer and fewer exile destinations available.  In the past, the UK had Australia.  France had French Guiana.  This as a practical matter would be rarely if ever used since it requires finding some other country willing to take them.  I suspect there are some African countries that could be enduced to accept them if they were bribed enough (payed by the criminal).

Death.

The final protocol.  While I happen to believe that our government is on the whole too corrupt to be allowed to have this power and use it wisely, I am unwilling to watch tens of thousands of innocent people be killed and maimed because we are squeamish about killing a few hundred guilty people.  When a criminal intentionally chooses to harm another life or is otherwise just to dangerous to be allowed to live, You have to do the only sane thing.  Put him down.  How you do it doesn’t matter.  We have been putting dogs to sleep for 100 years with effective drugs.  The same for surgical anesthesia.  I had some once.  I can tell you with certainty that someone could have cut my head off with a butter knife and I wouldn’t have felt a thing.   This is not about punishment, deterrence, or revenge.  It is simply protecting innocent life from the consequences of ever meeting this person again.

So, there’s my system.  It’s a LOT cheaper than what we do now.  More effective.  Less burdensome on society.

The purpose of the courts would be to sort out the perps into the right box.  The purpose of the jails would be to hold the perps for sorting and short term storage on the way to disposition.  There would be no need for prisons of any kind.  No “death rows”.  No one living 30-40 years behind bars. No large groups of unemployable people because of their prison records.  No hardened criminals who got harder hanging out with even harder criminals.  No more prison rape jokes as if a society that permits such things can in any way be called “humane” or “civilized”.  No more criminal crime lords who continue to run their empires from behind bars.  No more illegal aliens willing to risk “the lash” again prior to being deported again.  Certainly no alien parents sending their kids to face the cane.  No more rich men willing to hide behind corporations to take the blame and pay the fines.  No more government incentives to squeeze the rich/corporations for fines to fund their favorite causes.  No more punitive awards in tort cases.  If you want to punish someone, you have to do it through the criminal system.  If you aren’t a criminal, you can’t be punished.

That’s my idea.  I’ll get right on it.

 

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Presidential Golf $$$

It is no secret that our Supreme Commander plays a LOT of golf.  Since he doesn’t seem to spend any of his own money on anything, I was just wondering if he pays his own greens fees.  Do the people who play with him pay their own way?

Does anyone know?  If Google knows, it ain’t telling.

I suspect when he plays places that are federal land, like Andrews Air Force Base, and Fort Belvoir, that he plays for free but what about all those private clubs that have really huge fees to play?  I’m really curious about who picks up the tab.  Taxpayers?  Or does the club just absorb the losses as a cost of patriotism?

It’s not just the club owners at risk financially.  All the people who work in the clubhouses and the caddies too.  Most of them derive substantial income from tips.  If no paying customers are there that day because the President took over, EVERYONE takes a pay cut.

I would be interested in seeing some investigative journalist or university economist do an economic analysis of the financial impact the president has on low and middle wage earners.  I suspect that it is substantial.  I also suspect that this particular president and his family have a MUCH higher impact than any previous president.

 

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