Sunday, February 14, 2016

 
 
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
 
Guys, not even a Hershey's bar or Snickers.  Love is funny.  I actually have a crush on two people and I am certain both have a crush on me, but of the three of us not a one are of the personality type to act on it.  How funny.  So I will go without so much as a Snickers bar.



But guys, enjoy the day.  It is a day for Love.  Everyday should be Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

 
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA DIES, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST CHANGED

UPDATE:  Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell, and Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio call for a one year delay in replacing the late Antonin Scalia.  This is unprecedented.  Further the fact they are already starting the nuclear partisan attack tells you how little regard the three have for life.

Further update:  Historians have found in the early and mid 1800's this delay happened twice.  In both cases it backfired.  The Democrats do have the ability to filibuster all Senate Bills until there is a vote on the nomination.  The filibuster of today is a lot stronger than the filibuster of the 1800's.  When polling data shows the delay is hurting Republicans, the nomination will go forward.  But it may be the new Justice participates in very few of this Term'ss decisions.  Most cases will be already argued in the time it takes a new Justice to take their seat.

The BV reported the story by noting he was amiable with his liberal counterparts and in particular Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan, and then limited the discussion to its impact on the presidential election.  Not the Republicans they had to start with the absurdity that the Supreme Court will remain with only 8 Justices for a year.  Apparently the Senate Majority leader, Cruz and Rubio fail to understand how the 4/4 rule works.  It means all of the moderate and liberal opinions coming out the various court of appeals will stand.

ORIGINAL POST

Associate Justice Scalia died in his sleep while hunting in Texas.  He often went hunting with his more liberal counter part Elena Kagan who he taught to hunt.  Before the political analysis, although many saw him as an unmovable conservative, when it came to people he was actually quite amiable with his liberal counterparts.  He attended the opera with liberal Ruth Ginsburg and taught liberal Elena Kagan how to hunt.

THE WAR IS ON

In a 4/4 split with the Supreme Court the court of appeals' opinions holds.  The appellate courts are dominated by moderates and liberals.  This is a game changer. 

The U.S. Senate is about to a come to  a standstill.  All President Obama has to do is refuse to sign any law until the Senate gives his nominee a straight up and down vote.  The Democrats can filibuster and shut down the Senate until there is a vote on President Obama's nominee.  If the Republicans were smart - laughing too hard to - hold on a second - okay stopped laughing - they will allow Obama's nomination through and then use this fact as a reason why conservatives have to turn out and vote Republican for the Republican nominee. 

The presidential candidates are going to make this a cornerstone issue in the campaign.  Respect will mean a few days without this issue going nuclear, but you watch after the funeral it will be all out war by the candidates.  The left and the right in this country could turn November into one of the highest turnouts for a presidential election in more than several generations.


DISCOVERYING FACEBOOK

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said more or less he does not understand how the American people constantly complain about their privacy rights while constantly posting every private thing they do all day long on FB and Twitter.

Well if you choose to protect your privacy and act responsibly FB can actually be fun and informative.  For example, when my brother in law was passing a link was created for the family where they could read updates.  This became a useful tool with limited access.

When my sister had lung cancer her surgery updates were done the same way, and the same for her husband who is now recovering after successful esophageal cancer surgery.

But there is more, using the privacy options, I have linked close friends and family which allow us to share a lot of funny stories and opinions without it going national.  It has become quite useful for communicating with family without texting.

I have two nephews who are brothers debating the merits of men using toilet stalls when urinals are available.  It is actually quite funny.  Both have valid points.  But it is still funny as hell.  I can relate to what both are saying. 

I have a lot of UTEP friends with whom we are constantly sharing stories.  We are all over the country but yet very connected.  I am hoping sometime in the Spring or Summer we can hook up in Austin for Las Vegas. 

The best posts are really the caption posts with quotes.  The ones I have been posting are all from my FB family and friends.  I do reject a lot of people - but that is the point.  I am very cautious as to who gets in.

Now that I understand how to use FB in a responsible manner, I feel so much more connected to my friends and family.

Friday, February 12, 2016

 
A MORE REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON ADULT SITUATION

 
WE ARE GETTING WAY TOO LAZY

 
WHILE OUR NATIONAL DEBT REACHES $19 TRILLION, THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE THE CON WE CAN FIX IT WITH CHUMP CHANGE REDUCTIONS IN THE BUDGET

President Bill Clinton cleaned up the first President Bush's destruction of the banking and credit union systems, and left us with a budget surplus.  Then came Bush two. With large tax cuts to the corporations and a needless war based on lies, the budget surplus rapidly turned into a rapid rise in the national debt.  The banking industry realizing no on was watching again, collapsed under their own fraud.  For a second time a Bush presidency resulted in the collapse of the economy and in particular the financial sector.  President Obama inherited trillion dollar deficits to the national budget.  His choice was to pay the bills or allow the government to default.  The bills were incurred by Bush and his fellow Republicans.  President Obama just paid the bills.

So now over a mere $30 billion dollars the same nut job Republicans are prepared to shut down the government.  "If Republicans and Democrats can’t find a way to trim $30 billion from a $4 trillion budget, “then none of us deserve to be here as members of Congress,” said Labrador  Guys, I agree we can find $30 billion in savings - that is not the issue - given the size of the problem $30 billion is nothing.

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THE PROBLEM

We are trying set a budget based on the same model which is driven my corporate welfare.  Here is the deal whether you believe it or not - you only are willing to pay so much for any given item.  There comes a point where the price reaches a level you will not buy the item.  You are the check on how corporations respond to taxes.  Yes, the corporate heads pass on corporate taxes in the form of higher prices.  But there is a point if they want to sell their product they can only charge so much.

The stock market is the biggest welfare system in the U.S.  People do not understand the difference between buying stock to help a corporation expand and grow and buying stock based on speculation that some new drug will increase the value of the corporation.  Capital gains is profits you make based on what you paid for something and how much you sold that same thing at a later date.  So if you spend $5,000 for a stock purchase and then later sell at $10,000 you have $5,000 in capital gains - which is taxable.

But not all capital gains are the same.  If I am willing to invest in a new company which will build new facilities and hire new employees, I should be given 5 years of no taxes on the capital gains I may earn when I sell the stock.  Why?  Because my investment resulted in new construction and new jobs which means new taxes paid to the government. 

But if my capital gains is from speculation that an existing business will increase in value because of a new pharmaceutical, then I have contributed nothing to the economy.  My trade was merely between speculators and not between me and a new business trying to raise revenue to start the business.  If my capital gains is the result of speculation, then the tax should be 35%. 

It is not merely about making speculators pay more.  It is about investors knowing if they invest in new businesses which bring new jobs and new tax revenues, then they will have 5 years to make money on their investment without having to pay a capital gains tax.  This grows the economy and tax base, whereas mere speculation on a corporate profits going up does nothing to create jobs and new taxes.

This is what I mean by change.  Our entire method of raising revenue must change.  The government spends less per recipient to manage Medicare than insurance companies spend to manage each insured.  The original idea of Part D [prescription drugs for seniors] was the government buying the medications on the open market and then making them available to seniors.  It's called the free market system.  The corporatists said no and forced all seniors who want Part D to buy the drugs on the open market for more than the government would pay as a larger buyer.  The taxpayer share went through the roof - this is a big part of our budget deficit created by Bush II and the Republicans.

President Obama wanted universal healthcare to be one payer.  The payer would be the government.  It has been proven the government is more efficient than insurance companies. The government does not have to pay the shareholders a profit or corporate heads million dollar salaries and bonuses.  The Republican compromise was doing away with the one payer system in favor of forcing the people to buy from hundreds of private insurance companies.  This caused the price of universal healthcare to go through the ceiling and corporate profits to go up.  The true solution should have been - a simple choice - you can keep what you have or sign up for universal healthcare through the government.

The real con was when the Republicans initiated the litigation to have held unconstitutional their compromise.

Really guys with a $4 trillion dollar budget you are going to shut down the government over $30 billion?  How about President Obama shut down the government unless the new budget ends Republican Corporate Welfare.  How about President Obama shut down the government unless the Republicans restore capital gains on speculation investments to 35%, and change Medicare Part D to a government program where the government using the open market buys the prescription drugs.

The entire budget deficit and national debt debate is a con by the Republicans.  They refuse to accept any meaningful change in how the government raises revenue.  They refuse to allow the market system to determine the price of drugs.  They refuse to do anything which might lower the multi-million dollar wages of corporate heads, while a growing number of Americans are working two part time jobs just to have a 40 hour week. 
 
NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNTIL WE ACCEPT OUR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM REQUIRES MAJOR CHANGE AND BERNIE SANDERS IS THE ONLY ONE RAISING THE ARGUMENT 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

 
WE MUST LEARN TO EMBRACE THESE CHILDREN INSTEAD OF IGNORING THEM


THE IRRATIONALITY OF RATIONAL

First, the temporary shift in the BV. Believe it or not, people in Brownsville talk about more things than our hopelessly inept leaders and failed policies. People actually take the time to think about the why behind what is happening in our society - and I do not just mean Brownsville.

Endlessly complaining about the same corrupt and inept people changes nothing.  We have to change first, before we change who leads us.

BERNIE SANDERS

Bernie is a major change in the social construct paradigm.  While it is not only true, and essential to change, the older guard sometimes needs to let go and allow our younger generation to move society forward.  But you see these are not mere words.  What is the reasoning behind these words.  The new generation of feminists are awesome.  They have changed the social construct of the paradigm of feminism and the old guard hates it.  They understand it is no longer about the glass ceiling.  Women who want to arrive at the top have arrived.  They also understand being a stay at home mom managing a family in this complex society is actually a very real and challenging job. They are dealing with their husband - that should get them a national award - they are dealing with schools - they are dealing with those in charge of the extracurricular activities - they are dealing with modern technology taking over their children and learning to find the balance of what they can and cannot have - they are dealing with social change at a rapid pace and how to adapt - and on and on and on.  Being an at home mom gives new meaning to multitasking.  The same goes for the at home dads.

SO BERNIE

Bernie may not be part of this new generation which it is time to pass the torch to, but he is by mind the same as the younger generation.  He seeks to move the social construct paradigm.  It's time.  We are living in a world where we just keep on repeating the same thing and then complain about the same thing.  It is time for a major shift in our economy and politics if we are to grow.  This is what Bernie brings to the table.

RATIONAL THOUGHT IS A MYTH

I have been wanting to write this piece for some time.  When I researched it the most laughable thesis against what I am arguing is, rational thought if done right is scientific.  Everything we believe is based on a social construct.  The scientific method while helpful, always contains biases.

AN EXAMPLE

For years my gastroenterologist and I argued over colon disease.  As the chief honcho then at the medical school in Dallas he believed his scientific process was infallible.  He conducted a study through the medical school and VA to prove a high fiber diet reduces colon disease.  When asked by the Dallas Morning News why his own findings found no correlation between a high fiber diet and lower colon disease his response was "my analytical model must have been flawed.  Commonsense tells you a high fiber diet has to be good for the colon." paraphrase.

We went at it when during a sigmoidoscopy a Fellow [gastroenterologist in training] found I have diverticulosis.  During a sigmoidoscopy you are awake and can watch the TV as they scope you.  The doctor pointed out endless pouches long the sigmoid colon which proved the diagnosis.  The Chief said "no way - you cannot have ulcerative colitis for 15+ years and develop diverticulosis."  He was insistent and still believes and teaches his students it is caused by a low fiber diet  My entire family were raised on rice and beans, and plantains.  We lived on a very high fiber diet and all 7 of us have diverticulosis. It has to be genetic.

My point is his entire scientific model is based on a myth.  A high fiber diet reduces colon disease.  This is why his study failed. 

WHEN WE BELIEVE A MYTH

Without Faith, belief in God is the most irrational thing anyone can believe.  I fully understand why so many people do not believe in God - if it were not a protected institution the nut job psychiatrists would make Faith a mental health disorder.  Can a merciful God allow innocent children to drown on distant seashores while fleeing war? No.  Can an innocent merciful God allow millions of innocent babies to be torn from their mother's womb?  No. Can a merciful God allow lunatics to use chemical weapons to kill innocent women and children for power?  No again

But Faith - if you have actually thought about it - is a belief there is a reason.  The flip side of the coin is the Garden of Eden.  But that requires we be slaves to God's commands and society.  Does a merciful God enslave his children?  No.  So what is left is Free Will, and mercy comes in our passing.  To avoid all of these things millions say rational questions would then mean we are slaves to God with no free will.  Yes the questions are rational - but are they really irrational because they fail to consider the flip side of the coin?

Are those without faith really just people who do not want to do their part to prevent these tragedies?  Some yes and some no.  I rarely meet a Christian who really cares about these tragedies.  When I give to charities I look for programs which create sustainability. This means helping someone in a way which allows them to grow and be more empowered economically.

Free speech means nothing if you are homeless and hungry and your children are dying from starvation. My charity goes to bringing work to families - like when I buy chicks for a family in Nicaragua and then they are trained in how to raise the chicks for sale as food and eggs, while growing their numbers into a viable business.   Simply giving them a box of food does nothing to change their future.

This is the same reason I give to the UTEP scholarship fund.  Knowledge is power and if my money can help some kids graduate the university then I know I am giving them something which will last more than a few minutes to fill an empty stomach. 

Is my view rational?  Is it irrational to say we need to fill the empty stomachs daily to be merciful?  We can keep on doing that, but then we make them slaves to us.  There must be a balance.  Merely feeding the hungry does nothing to solve the problem. It only deepens it.

SOUTH AFRICA - CIRCUMCISION ADVOCATES SPREAD STD'S- HOW A RATIONAL CONCEPT IN PRACTICE IS AN IRRATIONAL POLICY

A couple of weeks ago a urologist said to me, "oh you are not circumcised."  I said "yes, I just restored the foreskin after realizing how stupid I was to allow a doctor to convince me at age 19, that I would contract all sorts of STD's if I did not have my foreskin removed.  I can tell you, sex is a million times more pleasurable with the foreskin.  You cannot restore the nerve which is cut, but you can restore the hypersensitivity to the head of the penis.

The WHO and South African government told men that if they accepted a free circumcision, they could protect themselves from contracting HIV.  There is no evidence when compared to Europe that uncircumcised men who use condoms have a higher rate of HIV than circumcised men.  The rationale behind circumcision is rational.  Men with tight foreskins are more likely to bleed during intercourse.  Also it is easier for disease to be trapped  and spread through uncleansed foreskin.  But this is a non-issue with a condom.

So after decades of trying to get these men to use condoms they move to circumcision.  Now what we have is a poorly educated population thinking condoms are no longer necessary and STD's are spreading along with HIV and unwanted pregnancies. 

ALDOUS HUXLEY

In his book Doors of Perception Huxley quoted William Blake as saying "“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.' What I love about this is, scholars will debate how Huxley perceived this quote differently than how Blake perceived his own words. But even the scholars debate what Blake meant.

It's all perception my friends without an ounce of true rationality.  All rational thought devolves from irrational precepts created by an ever changing social construct.




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 
YOU GOT TO LIKE IT

 


WERE THE PEOPLE HEARD?
 
I hate when the very politicos who steal from us go on line with their lemministic followers and demand we vote for the lessor of two evils. You cannot bring about meaningful change by voting for the same old recycled candidates who have spent years screwing us.  The key is candidates who can be trusted.  If that happens we have a better chance for a large turnout.
 
DID NEW HAMPSHIRE SEND A MIXED MESSAGE ON THIS ISSUE OF HIGHER TURNOUT MEANING BETTER CANDIDATES?
 
Bernie Sanders with 95% of the precincts reporting holds at 60% to Hillary Clinton's 39%.  No one even six months ago could have imagined this.  The NH turnout was so massive.  Polls were kept open after closing, and police were controlling traffic jams on the highway as people were trying to get to the polls.  Based on this can we say a strong turn out lead to a new voice for the people?  Well unless you are a Hillary supporter. 
 
BUT DONALD TRUMP
 
While there was a strong record breaking turnout, 65% of the Republican voters rejected Donald Trump.  On the Republican side one could hypothesize that the larger turnout was caused by an anti-Trump swell.  But he still won. 
 
So did a record breaking voter turnout change anything?  No.  The election is rigged.  Although Bernie Sanders based on the popular vote has more delegates than Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton has Bernie Sanders left in the dust because of Super Delegates who defy the one man one vote concept and are accountable to no one.
 
So please, let's stop this nonsense you must vote to force change.  There will be no change until we change the rigged system. Our elected officials who rely on the rigged system to win will never vote for change.
 
We have become lazy.  In 1972, when Democrats were tired of the rigged system they rioted outside the Democratic Convention and forced change. Unless they are giving away a free meal I doubt many people will care to protest against the rigged system.
 
I increasingly find myself complicit in this corrupt rigged system by voting at all.  I am very close to demanding any candidate who wants my vote will have to denounce the Democratic Party and demand reform within the rigged system.  If you are unwilling to fight for the people, why should the people vote for you?  You got me.
 
Maybe in November I will just vote for all Independent candidates or small third party candidates.  Anything has to be better than the two party system we have now.
 
If Bernie wants to win this it is time he calls for an end to the Super Delegates.  If you think this is a Democratic thing only, the RNC has already called on the Super Delegates to be ready for a floor fight to keep Donald Trump from winning.  I do not like Donald Trump, although I understand why he is popular among U.S. Americans who are tired of the broken system.  But allowing Super Delegates to steal an election on the demand of the Party elders is many things, but not democratic.
 
THE STEALING OF THE ELECTION WITH SUPER DELEGATES SHOULD BE THE CENTRAL ISSUE OF THE CAMPAIGNS
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 
IT'S A GENERATIONAL THING, AND IT IS TIME THE OLD GUARD LET GO
 
In New Hampshire young successful women are being sent to hell by former Secretary of State Albright for supporting Bernie Sanders, and the reaction is not good for Hillary Clinton.
 
"Just days before voting in the first primary begins in New Hampshire, Madeleine Albright, who served as Secretary of State in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet, stumped for his wife Hillary.
 
"There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other," former US Secretary of State Albright said when introducing the democratic presidential hopeful at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday."

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I was in disbelief when I saw the video on CNN.

Years ago when I realized a generational change occurred in the gay rights movement, I ended my participation in support groups.  My generation's battle was different than that of the current generation. And as it was in my generation there are battles between groups within the new generation.  Did you know only about 30% of male to female transgender opt for surgery.  The first well known male to female transgender several years before she died told Opra you can be a complete woman with a penis, even though she chose the surgery.  She noted after 30+ years of activism she realized some women prefer having a penis.  Other than through a social construct there is no medical evidence a penis or vagina define gender.  We know true gender can be identified in a brain MRI.

The debates within the transgender and feminist communities on the issue of penis vs. vagina, or whether a male to female transgender can ever me a female are visceral.  The two groups are attacking one another in addition to internal attacks within each group.  None of this mattered to my generation.  My view is - who cares? - be yourself.  If you say you are a woman you are a woman.  If the vagina is what makes you a woman, how sad you life must be. 

This new generation is facing problems my generation did not face.  My generation hid behind darken glass in bars in bad neighborhoods.  Things changed over time and got better, but equality came at a price.  But I cannot relate to the new generation.  So I decided to pass the torch and let them lead for their part of the battle.

These old guard feminists need to move over and allow the new generation to lead. 

Sexism still exists to be sure.  But I am confident our younger generation can handle it.  The other day a man said to me it is BS that people are voting for Hillary because she has ovaries.  I am voting for Sanders, but I did take the man  to task.  There is no reason for such language. 

The older guard feminists are basically telling these well educated and hard working young women they are not smart enough to know what is best for them.  How is that mentality any different than the reasoning given by men to keep women at home barefoot and pregnant?

 
NO RIGHT TO LIFE, NO RIGHT TO PASSING

As a nation we have lost far too many of our fundamental rights to the judiciary and the legislature.  It seems to me you cannot have liberty if you have no right to life or to pass on your terms.

Whether there was ever any rational basis beyond to protect the life of the mother for abortion, that rational has long passed.  The idea a woman can abort an innocent child because an ultrasound shows the child has down syndrome should repulse every human - but it does not.  One time a nurse tried to hire me for legal work.  Her job was to reassemble the aborted baby to insure no parts were left in the mother.  Yea, I sent her packing.  I had no interest in blood money.

People say, what about rape?  What about it?  Today every woman can go to just about any drug store and buy emergency contraception which prevents conception.  The woman no longer even has to report anything to the police or go to the doctor.  The same goes for the woman who has unprotected sex.  There is no justification in the U.S. for unplanned pregnancies.  If you have unprotected sex or are raped you can prevent conception with a simple pill.  If your partner goes flaccid after ejaculation causing the condom to leak, then use a different form of birth control.  The flaccid penis defense no longer flies.

PASSING

Every time I attend a funeral I check with the director as to the status of cremation in Texas.  Texas provides for a funerary affidavit.  Mine is done and clear.  I am to be taken directly from my home or hospital to the crematorium.  My ashes are to be placed in a container approved by the Secretary of the Navy.  The forms are complete for the crematorium to send my cremains to the Secretary of the Navy requesting burial at sea, save the death certificate.  It is my understanding the Navy does this several times a year and dumps thousands of remains in the ocean every year during mass ceremonies.

THE PROBLEM

In Texas even though my directive is clear, no funeral home will honor it.  Texas law allows any spouse or sibling to sue the funeral home even though I have directed them to cremate me.  Now for sure the funeral home will win.  But like I have said a thousand times, if you have the money I will find you a lawyer to sue God for making you stupid.  The problem is, even though the funeral home will win it will cost them more in attorneys fees than they are paid to do the cremation.  They should not have to track down all of my family to sign authorizing affidavits as legal protection.  Who is to pay to store my body while they wait for all of the authorizing affidavits, which are not required by law.  Further an authorizing affidavit signed today may be found to not be be sufficient 5 years from now. 

WHAT WE NEED

We need a law which allows only the spouse to sue for a wrongful cremation.  Siblings should not be allowed to file such a lawsuit.  The law should require the spouse to object to the cremation, if they know of the intent of cremation, before the cremation.  But, if there is a funerary affidavit directing cremation the funeral home should be allowed to overrule the spouse.  If the spouse sues he/she should have to seek permission from the court first.  This would be done by the court after suit is filed asking the funeral home for a copy of the funerary affidavit.  No lawyer would be needed by the funeral home.  Once the judge receives the affidavit by law they should have to dismiss the lawsuit.  If an appeal is taken the funeral home should not have to participate.  The court record should be all that is needed.  It will contain the funerary affidavit, and the court of appeals should sanction the appellant  $1,000, for a frivolous appeal.  This is the only way our right to cremation in a funerary affidavit can be preserved.

EUTHANASIA

If I am ever told I am terminal and meet the requirements for euthanasia, I will immediately relocate to a state which allows for euthanasia.  Why is it I can withhold life support by my choice, but I cannot end my pain and suffering once declared terminal?  Think about it, we in Texas have no right to control our passing on our terms.  The State has declared we are to remain suffering to no end even after three doctors have found passing is a formality.