Trump Won, Are You Packed?

If Trump wins, I’m going to do this or that or the next thing.  Many quotes from celebrities, actors, sports stars, politicians, you know, the high profile, outspoken, snotty, Clinton supporters encouraging the entitlement generation.  Granted, many Trump supporters said the same thing, however, they are not in question since Trump DID win.

How many of these high profile people have moved?  Or in the process of moving?  Was all of that talk suppose to be a threat?  Do these individuals really believe they are “all that” that their threat to leave would really make a difference?  Well, obviously it didn’t so get over yourself and leave already!  Oh wait, that’s right, several of those high and mighty individuals have already reneged on their promise to leave the country should Trump win the election.

Some of these people have said, “I already own a house in England, Spain, France, Italy, etc. So I am prepared to leave as soon as Trump is elected.  Again, where are you now; still packing?  Bought your tickets yet?  Or was it all just an idle threat?

Get over it… err, yourself.

Well, Trump won; are you packed?

Lena Dunham said she knows of a lovely house in Vancouver, BC which would become her new home.  When?  Or will she back out?

Amy Schumer said she would move to Spain if Trump won.  He did, but did Amy move yet?  How’s your Spanish?

Chelsea Handler said she already has a plan and in fact according to her, she has already bought a place in another country.  Are the moving vans loaded yet?  Is your passport current and do you have correct documentation to live in whatever country you promised to move to?

At least Whoopi Goldberg left the possibility open-ended saying “maybe” she would move.  I personally hope she does not.  Why you ask?  I have respect for Whoopi.  I don’t agree with some of her views, but when she is not on a rampage, if you actually listen to her, her statements, thoughts, ideas should at the least make you think.  That is, if you have an open mind.  Therefore, I hope she does not leave, but becomes more of a public speaker/activist regarding topics that are wrong AND right in this country. 

In closing:

I hope those people threatening to leave this country because Donald Trump is now our President-elect, actually leave.  Those people are not part of the solution in bettering our country, those people have become part of the problem.  Just because they didn’t get their own way so they are going to leave, they are going to give up on this country, they are quitters.  It’s like a little kid playing a game, loosing then running home to mommy because they lost and didn’t get their own way.

This country is in dire need of reform.  To make this country great again, positive reform will only come from all sides of the aisle, republican, democrat,  independents; everyone needs to work together, with an open mind and ask themselves what is best for this country.  And then follow through and support the best ideas for rebuilding, reforming and changing this country to be great again.

Rmartin

The Election, It’s Not Over

The recent post Presidential Election for the United States has been one of the most controversial in history.  Final results:  Donald Trump receives enough electoral “votes” to win. Hilary Clinton receives the most populous votes to win. Donald Trump has become President-elect, since the electoral “votes” are what decide the winner of the Presidential election. A little known fact, the electoral votes also decide the Vice-President. A little more about the VP further on.

However, the election is technically… NOT over.

What we saw on TV was the media tracking the populous vote as well as the electoral “vote”.  But the media was NOT tracking the actual electoral vote; the media was tracking electoral pledges (the person electors are planning on voting for). With this in mind, you need to know the actual electoral college does not meet until December 19th at which time the electors actual submit their votes.

Bind Electors

In most states, electors are required to vote according to the populous vote (winner takes all).  Therefore, one can project if a state’s populous vote for a candidate, all electoral votes will be given to the populous candidate.  In theory.

Unbinding Electors

In some states, electors are not required to vote according to populous vote.  Although in most cases the electors vote according to the majority of that state.  Again, one can project a state’s populous vote for a candidate, all electoral votes will be given to that candidate.  In theory.

Congressional Electors

There are a few states, electors vote according to the populous vote, but are not a “winner take all”.  If 3/4 of the state votes one candidate, then said candidate gets 3/4 of the electoral votes and other would receive 1/4 of the votes (if there is a third party runner that person may get some of the electoral votes also).  Congressional electors are normally Binding Electors.

December 19th

At this time, all elector votes are not really votes.  The “votes” are actually pledges.  Although Donald Trump has been deemed the President-elect, it is possible he may not be President after the electoral college meets and electors place their actual vote.

But that won’t happen right?  It is possible Hilary Clinton could be voted in as President of the United States on Jan. 6th when the results of the electoral college are made public.

What happens if electors don’t vote according to the public’s wishes, the electors could be fined $1,000. But that does not mean the electoral vote would not stand because it would still count as a vote, the would not be changed to match the populous vote or whatever vote it should have been accordingly.

If Trump wins Pence wins

Most people think if the elector votes for Trump then his vice presidential pick automatically wins if Trump does.  This is incorrect. Electors are not voting just for the next president, but also for the next vice president.  That’s right, they vote for president and vice president separately.  In theory, electors could vote for Trump as President and…. lets see, Clinton for VP?  Yes, that is actually a possibility. 

It is legal, it is binding and it could happen during the conclusion of the 2016 election.

In 2004 one elector voted for Mr. Johnson (an independent on the ballot) for President and also voted for Mr. Johnson for VP.

In Closing

Do I think the electors will become “faithless” and not vote according to their pledge?  No, I think that is highly unlikely and would turn this country upside down at a time when there is so much turmoil already.  As in years past, electors are claiming they are receiving emails, phone calls and media post telling them to change their pledge.  Some have claimed threatening and harassing emails and phone calls. 

Who would think they even have the right or that is morally and ethically appropriate for this to happen?  It’s not!  Electors should vote as outlined by their state guidelines and represent the people of their state.

Want to change the electoral vote system?  If so, the only fair change would be for all states to become a congressional electoral vote splitting the votes according to the percentages of the populous vote.  Changing the electoral college system will be saved for an up coming blog post.

Rmartin

Weiner, Hillary and the FBI

Ladies and gentlemen, this is just a sham.  While investigating Anthony Weiner, the FBI confiscated his laptop and his soon to be ex-wife’s laptop.  Trying to regain trust and save face, FBI Director Comey notified congress the email probe against Secretary Hillary Clinton has been reopened.

Why? Is there a connection between Weiner’s emails and Clinton’s emails?  Is there a connection between Weiner’s wife – Huma Abedin Secretary Clinton’s former Deputy Chief of Staff. No, well, nothing confirmed but…. Director Comey thought he should be prudent and notified congress.  However, at the time Comey’s memo was sent, there had not been a review of Weiner’s and Abedin’s emails.

Comey says….

“At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression,”.  Meaning although the FBI found emails on Weiner’s and Abedin’s laptops, Director Comey does not what to give the impression there is anything wrong with the email nor connected in any way, shape or formal to Secretary Clinton.  So why reopen the investigation into the Clinton email server and use at this point?  Director Comey is trying to save face.

No he does not want to “create a misleading impression” what he wants to create is an impression or illusion his handling of the original investigation of Secretary Clinton was not a pay to play, or a favor for a friend.

Director Comey is only worried about himself, not the public nor the truth.  He is only trying to appear nonpartisan and not under the Clinton Mafia.  It is well-known Comey IS a strong supporter of Secretary Clinton.

Today’s public announcement regarding Director Comey’s memo is nothing more than trying to appear he has no favoritism or alliance with Her Highness Secretary Clinton and her corrupt followers.

Folks, it’s just smoke and mirrors.

It is not just Secretary Clinton that is corrupt and “above the law”.  We are talking about heads of government departments including the FBI, DOJ, and congressional elected officials.

IF what Director Comey says is true, a concern there maybe emails containing classified documents, why not suspend Clinton’s security clearance?  As what should have been done during the original investigation.  Why?  Because this time it is too early to know if there is any breach of security in the subject emails.

Director Comey is trying to save his job.  It has been suggested Comey originally blind sided the first investigation to the benefit of Secretary Clinton which in turn would ensure his position as Director of the FBI.  Showing favoritism towards Clinton, who some believe was a shoe-in for President would guarantee his position however, the polls are to close to tell for sure who will be our next President.  So Comey is playing both sides, trying to show there is a chance of impropriety with some of Abedin’s emails, going public and out of normal protocols notified congress.  Comey is trying to save his job; by going public regarding reopening the Clinton investigation he hopes to gain a visible show of supporting the law not a candidate incase Trump wins the election.

Rmartin

The Worst of Two Evils

So here we are again, a nation readying ourselves for a presidential election.  Bantering back and forth, accusations flinging left and right, top to bottom, lies, half truths, misdirecting and insinuations; like many years of elections we are left to choose the worst of two evils.

A man who eleven years ago was recorded saying and admitting to sexist comments, disrespectful to women and actions towards women in most case any other man would have had legal charges brought against him.  Some call him a chauvinist, womanizer, sexist and/or racist.  A man’s arrogance, quick speaking before thought sometimes gets him in trouble and chances are it will in the future.  The man…. Donald Trump.

This same man says he will stand up for America, it’s people and the constitution. 

A woman who over the last few years has been riddled in controversy even as lately as a month ago, actions showing she believes she is above the law, doing this “her way” whether than following protocols and laws if her ideas went against her oath.  A woman who has bought her way through favors and a “pay for play” lifestyle to support her political ambitions.  A woman who has been caught in lie after lie, wrong doing after wrong doing, supported by not only big money but my media outlets twisting the lies verse truth even more than the woman herself.  The woman…. Hillary Clinton.

This woman says she will continue with current policies provided by our current administration which she so proudly reminds us, she was part of.

So here we are again, this should NOT be the norm.  The behavior and attitude should not be tolerated.  This is no longer just politics, it is laced with disrespect, holier than thou attitudes and actions, speeches only designed to give the people, us, the voters what we want to hear, words to convince us to vote for them, the elite, the powerful, hiding behind their money damned the laws we the people live by.

So there you have it, a choice as poor as it is, to choose between the lesser or more convincing of two evils.

R martin

OSS–Congressional Gold

The Office of Strategic Services – OSS the forerunner to the all to well known CIA. 

Men and women served in the OSS during World War II.  These men and women infiltrated the Nazis, gathering valuable intelligence connecting to many famous and no so famous missions.  Going behind enemy lines, gathering intel and getting out to the proper people, helping people escape, gathering allies and resistance groups, the OSS members sworn to secrecy were invaluable to the United States.

The OSS Maritime division another forerunner, think SEAL Team 6. Explosive experts, dive experts, quiet, sleek, survivalists; blowing up bridges far into enemy territory, clearing routes for troops, radioing back coordinates for bombers.

Research and development section head of their time, creating specialty items for OSS agents; communication devices never dreamed of before, hidden tools in every day items like buttons, suit cases, brief cases, hats, umbrellas; maybe these items were thought inspiring for popular secret agent movies.

The list of accomplishments go on and on for the OSS.  

So why the holdup for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal? 

The law states a Congressional Gold Medal being awarded to a group or organization of individuals (in this case the OSS) the act must be proposed as a bill in either the Senate or House of Representatives, approved by both and then signed by the President of the United States.

On February 22, 2016 a bill was passed by the US Senate and forward to the House of Representatives.  The House has not even voted or brought the bill to the floor as of yet.  The only hope the bill has for passing this year is IF and I do mean ONLY IF the bill is brought to the floor during the “lame duck” session the last quarter of 2016.

I have read the bill before the House, it is not 3,000 pages long, it’s 8 pages.  The bill is not laced with non-related allocations or sneaky laws (like so many other bills).  The bill is straight forward:  Award the OSS members the Congressional Gold Metal. PERIOD. The bill also contains how the medal is to be designed and made; all of which is a repeat of the guidelines already in-place for creating, designing and making of government medals. 

We are talking bestowing this medal 70 years after the end of World War II.  Most of the recipients are either passed away or are over 80 years old; some are even into their 90’s.

OSS members have earned this award. Act now.  Act fast. 

The Office of Strategic Services members have earned this medal, give it to them, now, while at least some of the OSS are still alive.

 

R martin

What is the Truth, Right or Wrong

Say it enough, tell one person, who tells 2 people, who tell 4 people, and so on; you know how it goes.  Next thing you know it is considered the truth or the way it is.

Starting as infants we are taught right from wrong. If we are taught left is right and right is left, as you grow you will call your left hand your right. If you are taught it is wrong to go around naked, you will believe that, but is it really? If you were raised that going naked is okay, there is nothing wrong with being naked, you would believe just that.

If everyone you know and everything you read says a person or organization believes/supports nonviolence, you will believe it even if you don’t have all the facts or a partial shred of proof.

So if almost every media outlet or news story says one thing, it doesn’t matter if it’s an opinion or factual; it becomes the truth in many peoples eyes.

Believe it or not, agree or not, this is brainwashing.

High profile protests, generalizing statements using keywords are inciting riots, hatred and racism. Most of us have heard or saw news reporting protests because a black person is shot.

Taking to the streets, the protesters signs in hand and chanting, have been building ill feelings towards all law enforcement, not just the officer involved in the shooting but all officers and at times towards a race of people.

Protesters have waved signs and chanted “whites are the devil”.  Yet these same protesters are saying they suffer from racism, discrimination profiling and targeted violence. Say it enough and it becomes truth imbedding in peoples lives, including the younger generations.

Are these protesters suffering from racism, discrimination, profiling and targeted violence, in some cases, yes they are. That is not the debate or bases or topic of this article.

As a young child I was taught skin color, religion or male/female, it doesn’t matter, we are all equal. Process of change had already started and what I was being taught was evident.  I have see the change, for the better; I see less racism today than I saw as a child. I see more equality among people than I saw as a child.

Does bigotry and sexism still exist? Yes it does.  Is it better than it was before?  I believe it is, at least from what I see. No I am not black or a female. I am white and a male. My view is not as in-depth as the people experiencing the inequality, racism and sexism, but on the surface I do see the change, in-depth view of white males (at least a lot of them) in the United States.

Do we really want to regress? No, I don’t think so. Yet when protesters are standing in the street yelling and screaming, waving signs stating a certain ethic group are devils, or a certain sexual orientation is evil, that is exactly what is happening.

It is not all whites or blacks that are the devil, racist or preach equality while degrading, belittling, and teaching hate.  It is only some people no matter the race, religion, or sex.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in my opinion was the greatest civil rights movement activists.  He was a man, before my time, a man I wish I could have met, sat and spoke with, a man with a message to many people have forgotten.  Message of love, respect, equality and nonviolence.

Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at time of challenge and controversy.”

“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is to great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King Jr. marched in peace.  Mr. King Jr. protested in peace.  This man drew tens of thousands of people to follow, protest and march with him, keeping to nonviolence.  He lead by example.

Martin Luther King Jr. did not just protest about equal rights, he acknowledged not all people of any one color or religious belief contained hate or racism in their hearts, mind or emotions.

Martin Luther King Jr. knew, to be heard by the masses, violence and hatred could have no part in protests.  He knew he had to lead by example. He knew he had to lead with…. respect.  He treated himself with respect, he treated his protesters with respect and he treated those he protested against with respect.

Are all whites, blacks, Muslims, Christians, bad? Repressive? Racist? Ignorant? Sexist? NO! Generalizing groups of people is prejudice.

The truth or appearance of truth

Protesters have the right to voice their opinion, free speech, it is guaranteed by the Constitution.  Time and time again we have seen protesters rising up, demanding equal rights AND spewing hatred, racism, PREJUDICE. The same they are protesting against. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Unfortunately, younger generations are learning it is okay to be violent, it is okay to hate, it is okay to prejudice.  It is not.  Recent protests are teaching only half truths, stop the prejudice and inequality.  The protests are teaching lies, it is okay to be hateful, it is okay to be violent.

Again, say it enough, see it enough and it becomes acceptable, the way of life… or truth.

Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope I have done you, your quotes and your memory justice.

With respect,

R martin

#BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter, #PoliceMatter, #Respect, #MLK,  #protest,

Has Political Correctness Endangered US?

Is it a bomb or not? Original reports stated there was an explosion in Chelsea, New York and a second “device” was found near the area of the explosion.

Bomb

The definition of a bomb: an item filled with destructive material, explosive material, gas, smoke or incendiary material designed in such a way to explode on impact or setoff by a remote control device, time device, or fuse.

The Device

The device found close to the scene of the explosion was a “pressure cooker with wires connecting a cell phone…pressure cooker containing with explosive material, bearings and bb’s”.

The item – a pressure cooker, the remote control device – cell phone, contents – explosive material, bearings and bb’s.  Looks like a duck, acts like a duck, it is a duck.  Looks like a bomb, acts like a bomb, it is a… BOMB!

Donald Trump

Presidential candidate came out publicly a bomb had exploded in Chelsea, New York.  Media has come out against presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling it a “bomb”; the media said there was no confirmation a bomb was involved despite the discover a second “device”.

Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Trump for calling it a bomb, yet within minutes she was calling it a bomb, before law enforcement (on live TV) said a “bomb exploded” in Chelsea, NY.

Media Bias

As Donald Trump was vocal about a bomb exploding and a second bomb being found, the media was quick to respond.  Not only providing news of the incident but the media also attempted to turn people against Trump by saying Trump had no evidence it was a bomb. In fact some media outlets reported the explosion might have been a gas leak even after law enforcement stated it was a bomb.  Media also chose the words “explosive device” instead of the word “bomb” while the media went on a rampage against Trump for using the word bomb.

Once Hillary Clinton used the word bomb (by mistake?), the media did not go after her for using the word bomb instead of the phrase “explosive device”.

To the media, to those wishing to be politically correct, and those thinking there is a difference, looking it up, “explosive device” and “bomb” are the same thing.

If you want to use the phrase “explosive device” or the word “bomb”, fine, great, it is what it is.  But don’t say an explosion with undetermined original is what it is even after law enforcement states it is a bomb or explosive device.

My Thought

Don’t go after any person political candidate or not when the person uses the word “bomb”.  Furthermore, if the media is going after one candidate for using the word bomb, then go after both.  If you don’t it is considered bias. And the some media, far, left liberal reporters say the media is treating Donald Trump with a soft touch.  Read the interviews, that is definitely not the case.