Monthly Archives: August, 2016

What I learned in the 5th Special Forces Group

Life is too short to drink bad wine.

There is nothing as under-rated as a good BM and as over-rated as bad sex.

I learned other things but this is enough for today.  The problem with people and sex is that most people don’t get enough sex to know the difference between good and bad. Most people don’t know anything about wine either.  But virtually everyone knows about BMs.

So—Why do the networks have people on shows who are shouting at each other?  Why does anyone watch network TV, listen to most radio, including NPR?  Why is American propaganda so laughable?

Is it because people are mindless? Is it because people don’t know the difference between intelligent conversation and drivel?

One does not need to be beautiful to be a great lover.  One merely needs to be great at loving and, unfortunately, everybody but your, dear reader, has given up caring about loving.

Wine, now, that has to be examined.  Values need to be set and the values need to be personal and intelligent.  We don’t just start out being good at picking wines.  So most people copy one authority or another.  Maybe they pick somebody that knows what they are talking about, maybe not.  That is not a sure-fire method for always drinking good wine.

When it comes to politics and theology the matter turns from not living well to living horribly.  Our national leadership selection program is so bad it might not be effective enough to really screw things up.  Enough people are turned off Republicans that irrational Democrats should be able to walk the bases for this one.  It is not about the merits of the candidates.  No one really knows whether the candidates have any merit.  There are statistics, figures and evidence of success.  None of these point toward the ability to lead the country.  Nobody has shown these candidates can think while they keep a 20 hour a day, 7 day a week schedule.  One of them will, indeed, preside.  Somebody else, however, is going to lead, because a vacuum is always filled.  The cacophony has not addressed this.

Turning, then, to something more individually important:  If a religious leader talks nonsense, what they say is nonsense.  Anybody that says something stupid has said a stupid thing and just because one is a revered religious leader does not make stupidity any less stupid.  American religion is worried about cults, but every denomination has fallen into thinking bad wine.  Junk theology is the norm.  The outliers are on blogs, or just haven’t entered the arena.  Why, indeed, would a competent theologian enter the sit-com arena of public religion.  I believe that a few of these folk are good folk.  Francis and Harrison seem to be alert and responsible.  Unfortunately the horses they ride are so spastic there is no reliability in following them.  They are trying to herd their constituencies, not concentrating on telling me what I need to know.

So.  Learn to pick good wine.  Learn of and from God.  Love well.

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Electile dysfunction

An old joke has new importance.  The two party system is at an end.  Trump has destroyed the Republican voice in this election.  As Michael Moore said, he was never interested in being president.  Ten million people have chosen to end a choice by selecting a voice of outrage. How will Trump exit without losing?  It remains to be seen.

Neither candidate can truly be a choice.  A president who is elected while being above the law is not a choice, but she will win. She is virtually unopposed.

So the America we knew ends.  If it ever existed.  A new America waits in the wings.  What future?  Perhaps we will muddle through…

Professionalism and Expertise

Years ago folks assumed that there were professionals with an ethic, and there were experts with expertise.  In this world professionals routinely ignore their ethic and experts are folks who get to be on TV, usually for free.

As Mark Twain denied his children the vice of reading newspapers, one must avoid the vice of watching news.Reuters has a good format for following fires, arrests, murders, sports and bombing.  Just the facts in the headlines, hopefully.  Reading further is a delicate matter.

BBC, DW, UPI, AP all have a slant, a message, The Guardian, the Mail, Match, Allgemeine.  They all push an agenda.  Television has plummeted to pure trash.

Suitable blog sites seem to be able to bring light, but it is a matter of judgement, because one day jewels, the next day trash.

 

The Foregone Conclusion

If one were to believe the High School civics teachers one would believe that America offered each person the right to vote for a candidate.  The outward view is such.  Every person gets to cast a ballot.  What happens is that the states with the later primaries have less candidates on the ballot because certain interests have convinced those candidates they should withdraw.

There was no Rubio on the North Carolina Ballot.  There will be no candidate for president on the ballot for the General Election who is remotely qualified.  Mrs. Clinton will win because the advertising media are giving Mrs. Clinton all the positive and none of the negative news. The fact that my candidate did not win in the primary means that I must vote for a candidate I oppose or I cannot vote.

This may not be the first such election.  The earliest years are dimly remembered.  in my memory this is the first General Election in which I am not given an ethical choice.

It is unethical to vote for a person who has broken the law and scoffs at it.  It is unethical to vote for a person who is not able to make sense, make ethical decisions, offer ethical choices.

Secondly, the Vice President on either ticket does not offer a hope.  Neither are as heinous as the candidate but neither holds the possibility of rescuing the situation.  Maybe they are more optimistic about things than they seem.  Neither has made a noteworthy comment.

I am voting in this election in order to elect a governor and senator and some judges.  Hopefully their will be someone I can write in.  But the election is a foregone conclusion.  The media has decided.

It is also a forgone conclusion that they will rip her apart as soon as she is elected.  Unless she destroys the press.  I will see history made again.