Friday, August 4, 2017

Intellectual / Incompetent / Liberal

We all know that there are serious problems with ou American political system. The federal government and national media have been telling us that we continue to lead the world in just about everything. Unfortunately, we do not. Measuring our status against other nations is difficult as it entails comparison of different attributes and characteristics. Comparisons are, at best, crude.  Surely, if we look, it's clear that America is no longer dominant among the world's communities. 

For decades following the 1929 economic depression, America has enriched foreign industries at the expense of our own. We have subsidized foreign military powers while allowing the depletion of our own. We've defended other nations borders while, at the same time, not defended our own. We've spent trillions of dollars to subsidize unworthy governments, and let our own infrastructure to fall into disrepair. 

The use of our economic power as a diplomatic tool may have been the correct thing to do at a specific time, but we forgot to stop. We've made other countries wealthy beyond measure while country's wealth slowly disappeared. None of this would have happened if our leaders were intellectually competent.

Our nation has always been divided, and it was originally designed to to accomodate most differences. Today we have a Liberal Democratic Party and a more Conservative Republican Party. Circumstances have dictated that the ideological division is more intense right now, than it has been since the Civil War. 

The Liberal Left sees America as essentially a racist, xenophobic, colonialist, imperialist, war mongering, money worshiping, moronically religious nation. They see the American identity as an anti-black, anti-Muslim, and anti-Hispanic, and dismiss all dissenting opinion as "hate speech". 

Conservative Republicans are generally more optimistic. They see in America's history a positive from the oppression of tyrants to increased individual liberty. They believe that free markets are superior to markets controlled by the wealthy, that religion aides the civilization of society, that all men are created equal in value, and that war is one of the most dreadful activities on earth.

The "Liberal Left" indoctrination begins in elementary schools and continues through high schools and universities. The revisionist history teaches that the wars we have fought were imperialist and immoral, that free market economics is a system of oppression, and that the problems facing African-Americans are entirely caused by racist white people. These lies began in the schools and have now taken over our politics, the national news media, and the entertainment industry. 

Interestingly, most members of both parties consider themselves to be in the "middle". In other words, most Americans believe some issues are better solved by Liberal means, and some are best solved by the more traditional Conservative means, but the overall view is "centrist".

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Reluctant Liberal

I've a grandson that has been exposed to political liberalism all his life. In it's modern version the words "left wing" means the liberal side of politics, and "right wing" describes the more conservative side. In our two party system each term may be used to describe a member of either party. Believe it or not, there are a few conservative Democrats.

Today, the Democratic Party has become  overwhelmingly "liberal" and the Republican Party more conservative.  At times it has been difficult to find enough reasonable cooperation between parties and that is, unfortunately, how it is today. With President Trump now in the saddle, the Democratic Party has refused any level of cooperation -  and our government has slowed to a walk.

The simple explanation is probably the correct one. The hard left wing, usually members of the Democratic Party, allows no other point of view. They each consider moderate and conservative opposing ideas to have no merit. This is becoming a serious problem. In my view, when one side refuses to consider opposing ideas or concepts, any discussion and debate is worthless, and there can be no progress.

America's newly elected President Trump is a controversial figure quite unlike the usual model of a buttoned down, black tie, polititian. The shock of his comparatively coarse demeanor plus the reversal of many established government rules and activities has caused an unprecedented upheaval among America's allies, our enemies, and particularly our own electorate. The hard left liberals are actually  attempting to get our government to fail.

Yet it is clear that, despite the angry, savage, and unhinged protests of ultra-liberals, socialists, fascists, and others, progress is being made. They have slowed the return of common sense, ethical conduct, and national resolve to "Make America Great" again. For all his braggadocio and bluster, Mr. Trump has an excellent grasp on several key areas of government, a superior knowledge of world affairs, and understands the reasons for discontent among our citizens. He is trying to address them all, and quickly. 

Meanwhile, the protests have turned into riots with the unhappy liberals breaking windows and heads to make their point. Apparently, they absolutely hate President Trump and all he stands for. They fail to realize that they lost the election. Granted, Hillary Clinton, with all of the Clinton ethical, moral, and legal entanglements,  was not the best candidate. But that is not why Mr. Trump won the election. The majority of American citizens really did want to "drain the swamp". The liberal elite had moved America more and more towards "liberalism". The voters preferred a return to the more traditional road to individual freedoms, a smaller and less controlling government, reduction of the national debt, control over unrestricted immigration, and a common sense approach to government.

The radical and extreme liberals in the Democratic Party condemn this agenda. They hysterically proclaim the "sky is falling", the "end of the world has come", and all because of President Trump. Their attitude is beyond stupid. It has, in fact, become anti-American.  


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cruel and Thoughtless . . .

A disheartening situation has hit our family. A cousin, one that we don't know very well, has reached 93 years of age. Most of the Chapman family made it to the mid 80's, but Mary Lou Chapman has managed a few years more. And, she's not gone yet. Mary was unmarried her entire life. She grew up in a good home, was well educated, has always hd a good job, and has enjoyed pretty good health - until just a few years ago. While she is still very much alive, I sometimes speak in the past tense as if she had already died. Mary is either confused or in her own little world now. She began losing some of her sparkle a few years ago. At first it was mild memory loss, and then mild hearing loss, and then drifting in her speech as she lost track of what she wanted to say. Her Doctor said it was a mild dementia coming on with old age, and nothing to worry about yet. A few month's passed by before she began to have problems driving herself to the market and appointments and so forth, and not long after that she wrecked her car and lost her license to drive. This was a very devastating set-back to Mary. 

This series of events discussed here apparently began about ten years ago and has now reached the point where Mary has serious health issues. She recently fell at her home and sustained a hairline fracture of her pelvis. She was taken to Sharps Hospital in Chula Vista, treated, and then placed in a nearby convalescent care facility for rehabilitation. It is obvious that she can no longer live by herself. Her doctors suggest that following the re-hab she be placed in a 24 hour care facility designed to deal with significant dementia problems as well as other elder difficulties.  

Mary Lou has become old. Most of her family, friends and acquaintances have died. She had a friend since her childhood named Marcella. They remained friends over the years until Marcella died of cancer five or perhaps more years ago. 

While Mary worked for Minneapolis Honeywell (Minnesota) for 20 or more years, she eventually left to take job with Rohr Aircraft Corporation in California. Marcella stayed in Minnesota but about 1960 Mary moved west with another friend, Dorothy Cranz, and together they purchased a small mobile home in Chula Vista, California near the Rohr Corporation facility there. 

Between 1960 and the time Marcella Colyer passed away, they maintained their long time and long distance friendship; Marcella in Minnesota, and Mary in California. Marcella married and had children and Mary Lou began a lifelong tradition of visiting Marcella and her family during the summer of each year. She got to know the Marcella's first born son named Jeff, and was his babysitter from time to time. As he grew up she became a good friend and saw him at various family occasions like birthdays, graduations, sporting events and so forth. As he grew up he and Mary Lou often went fishing in the summers, boating and played golf often. Her favorite sport.

From 1960 onward, in the large and extended Chapman Family, circumstances caused members to move about, marry, change schools, and follow their jobs, and so forth. It was during this time that Mary Lou became closer to Marcella Colyer's family than to the Chapman family. She had been close to Marcella's son Jeff Colyer as he grew up. After his mother Marcella died Mary kept in contact with Jeff. Time passed until during the mid - 1990's, as (Mary's was then around 75 years old), her health began to fail. Ten year's later when she reached 85 or so (2005?) she had become visibly infirm and forgetful. By 2010 it was fairly obvious that she had some kind of early dementia or Alzheimers Disease, suffered from significant memory loss, and required help to get through her normal day. She still lived by herself but was no longer her always clean, spruced up self. Andi, a neighbor who lives about four mobile homes down the road, became her helper. Their friendship caused Andi to become Mary's caregiver. For several years she has taken Mary to the market, the bank, the doctors, and anywhere else she wanted to go. Andi became Mary Lou's personal angel.

Dixon Webb (1st. cousin) and wife Linda, Patricia (their daughter), sister Charlotte (1st. cousin) and her husband Michael, had been visiting May Lou from time to time for many years.The distance between us was a definite factor. In January 2017 we learned from Andi that Mary really needed help. Both I, Dixon, and Charlotte have serious medical problems, so Patricia was asked to drive from her home in Palm Springs to visit Mary Lou and Andi. Patricia came away from the visit extremely concerned. Mary Lou was indeed fading in and out of lucidity, had trouble carrying on a conversation, was not eating, had lost about 50 pounds and now weighed about 80 pounds. She was skinny as a skeleton and no longer able to live on her own.  

Patricia immediately knew what Mary was facing and quickly started to gather family help together. She discovered that Mary Lou had made all all of her bank accounts so that only she could access them (there is no no counter signer) and when she died all of these accounts were to be Paid on Death (POD) to her survivors. At the same time in 2010 Mary had signed a "health directive" giving sole control over her final wishes to Jeff Colyer.  We thought it a bit odd, but no alarm bells went off.

Then, Patricia sent an e-mail to Jeff Colyer describing Mary's situation. He did not respond. She called him several times and was told he was out of town and could not be reached. Patricia let a few days go by and then, over the next few weeks, called his office several times and told the telephone responder the urgency of Mary's problems. She also followed those phone inquiries with more e-mails that included recent photos of Mary. Still no reply. Patricia was frantic. By mid January she contacted me and I sent off a rather stern and explicit e-mail to Jeff's office urging him to respond immediately. He did not answer.

Meanwhile, as the days passed by, Andi and Patricia discovered that in October 2017 Jeff Colyer and his wife had visited Mary Lou here in California. Mary was confused and not really aware of the situation. Andi happened to be in Mary's trailer home at the time visiting Mary with her dog Dekes. Jeff Colyer and his wife asked her to leave. The told her she was not needed as they were going to discuss some family matters.

That afternoon in October 2017 Mary Lou signed a Minnesota Power of Attorney document giving Jeff the POA and notarized by his wife (who does not have notary recognition or approval in California). There were no other witnesses.

Next, on the same afternoon visit, Jeff and his wife persuaded Mary Lou to sign a Trust Document and Living Will naming Jeff Colyer as the sole beneficiary of her estate. Again. There were no other witnesses.

Patricia immediately thought there was something very wrong. She contacted me, I agreed and contacted Charlotte and brought her into the picture. Charlotte rushed to Chula Vista, confirmed everything, and we all got in phone and computer contact to figure out what we could do to help Mary Lou.

Then, Mary fell and broke her pelvis and was hospitalized.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What Comes Next- And When

The speed of progress is astounding.  Watching television a few days ago I listened to Mark Cuban talk about subjects that I know little about. It was fascinating. He started with cars. Automatic cars. Driverless cars. Cars that think for themselves. All of which ended with a conversation about "artificial intelligence". Frankly, some of the discussion went right over my head. 

He began talking about the growth of computer knowledge and abilities that will result in the power to exponentially grow. Ultimately the amount of knowledge will exceed that of human beings. At that point "artificial intelligence" will control human beings. 

Mr. Cuban stopped there and asked "when this happens in the future, and it will, where will human beings fit in the composition of the universe".  

Several brilliant minds have been working on the answer but no consensus exists - except one. The transition from the dominance of human beings on earth will end will be be replaced by what we now call "artificial intelligence". 

It boggles my mind to think that human beings now have the knowledge and the ability to dictate programs to electronic machines - that can be designed to think for themselves, solve problems and expand knowledge of the universe. They can  digest and organize all known facts - and use that foundation of intelligence to think even further into the future - and act accordingly.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Donald (I am not a clown) Trump

I'm eighty years old. Several Presidents have come and gone. Some good. Some not so good.come and go. A few were excellent executives and a few were not. 

Now, out of the blue, comes Donald Trump. The Democrats cheer and the Republicans go back ask themselves 'what just happened'? 

The Democrats watch their candidate turn to dust. Dishonesty and corruption laid her to rest. Bye bye Hillary.

America has endured eight long years of the radical, liberal and  progressive politicians. Our sleepy nation finally agreed that they were attempting to destroy America. Our character, traditions, Constitutional government and international stature were sliding faster and faster toward big government socialism. The foundation of our freedoms that we worked so hard to establish were being undermined before our eyes. 

Our recent President Obama gave us eight years of faulty direction. He trashed the government with misguided appointments that steered America onto the ultra-liberal shoals.

Trump wins the election. Hillary and the Democrats lose big time. Now Republicans control the government and the American political scene can now become the beacon for the world again.

Terrorism in America. Caused by radical Islamic terrorists. Sponsored by radical Islamic potentates that have no regard for humanity. Including their own. Trump says he will stop them in America. He will close the borders to the unwanted terrorists. He will enforce our existing immigration laws. He will build a wall between Mexico and the United States to help slow the overwhelming flow of immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America and the increasing number of Islamic terrorists trying to enter that way. Then Mr. Trump will determine a fair way to restrict the flow of legitimate immigrants and improve the security vetting of all immigrants.

These measures have turned the ultra liberal Democrats and the surprisingly dense and intolerant educators and entertainment celebrities - - - into anti-American bigots. They protest and riot in the streets. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

America Needs A Better Map

A group of guys, some wealthy, some smart, and some that were neither, dreamed of a government  elected by the citizens it governed, and then refreshed periodically with term limits and newly elected representatives. To protect the new government from its self they divided it into three parts; the executive branch (President), the congress (Senate and House of Representatives), and the judicial (Supreme Court). Each of these divisions was to oversee the other two and was empowered to override. The guys made a few mistakes which were corrected as the government grew larger but there have been, in 235+ years, remarkably few corrections.

The original government structure was distilled from previous governments and strongly linked to ancient philosophers, the Judaeo-Christian religion and ethical and moral teachings, and the factual  experiences of history. This foundation was negatively influenced by the oppressive demands of the rulers of the countries the guys came from. The primary stick in the mud was King George of England, and the most common complaints about his dictatorial administration centered on unjust taxation, the inability to own property, and the lack of personal freedom. All of these elements affected the design for the new American government.

So, it began in 1776 with the Revoutionary War, continued for about 75 years relatively at peace, and then experienced the largest and most brutal civil war the world had ever seen. In and around the Civil War in 1865 America began making societal changes that effectively influenced it's continued growth. The most well known of these was giving the negro slaves their freedom. Soon after the Civil War our nation began it's industrial revolution. America's population started to move from rural to urban areas  as citizens moved towards increasing employment opportunities as factories were established in urban areas. This movement was well underway during the time of the Civil War in 1865 and the turn of the century in 1900.

Europe had a number of difficult problems. Problems with religion, economics, and ambitious leaders. In 1917 America joined it's allies in the 'war to end all wars', the First World War. It was fought in Europe, it became huge, involved many countries, and resulted in an enormous number of military and civilian casualties. Actually, advances in weaponry resulted in a horrific number of deaths and the destruction of entire towns and cities. This became the most devastating war the world had ever endured. Then it ended.

Peace and harmony prevailed for about 60 years before the German, Italian, and Japanese nations (the Axis) attempted to expand their territories. In the mid-1930's they were resisted but successful as they attacked less powerful, sometimes defenseless, and usually smaller nations. America formally joined the war in 1939, a bit after it had begun. We combined with England, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other nations (the Allies) to defeat the Axis enemies. And we did defeat them.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


He got elected yesterday. Amazing. His acceptance speech was fairly good but certainly not perfect. It sounded like a playback of his raucous campaign speeches, and it did hit all of the contentious topics that are bothering most Americans. As usual, his arrogance took the edge off nearly every topic as he spoke. He continued to promise aggressive action to cure America's many problems, and to do so immediately.  This impossible rhetoric was gratefully accepted with loud cheers voices and waving flags, but by only half by half of the audience. 

Our new president is a tough old bird. Standing right in front of the Presidents of previous administrations he called them all ineffective and wasteful executives who have given away the country in order to enhance their positions, and avoid dismissal. He had no compliments or soft words for the political men and women that have lead America in recent years. He made it crystal clear that many of them have been lazy in office, in effectual in Congress, and made say too many poor legal decisions in the courts.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Last Democrat Dumbo

America has barely survived the worst President ever to serve in the office. Yes, Mr. Obama gets the trophy. There is about 60 hours left of his term in office and he is using it to sabotage his successor. This fits perfectly with his lack of character. Yesterday he released four more terrorists that we were housing in Gitmo, and returned them to the middle east to fight us again. A bitter, petulant and stupid action. This Mr. Obama is the same guy that commuted the sentences of more convicted criminals and more military prisoners during his eight years in office than any other President in recent memory. Now isn't that just great?

Recently he threw out the sentence of the soldier that gave Wikileaks highly classified information that many people thought was responsible for the death of active duty soldiers. He didn't pardon the guy or declare that he was innocent. He just thought the sentence was too harsh. At the time of this traitor's trial most people thought the soldier had clearly earned a capital conviction, but the sentence was reduced to long years of jail time by the judge. I wonder if the families of those men that he killed agree.  There was 35 or so more years to go when President Obama signed the release. It should never have happened. 

Back to the point. There is only a few hours left before incoming President Trump replaces outgoing Barack Obama - who has continuously attacked and degraded Mr. Trump and publicly supported the Democratic Party machine's discredited Hillary Clinton during the campaign. She lost and Trump won. Mr. Obama can not accept it. The ultra-liberal establishment just can't believe he actually won the election. Stupid is as stupid does. Now, in the last 30 days or so of his lame-duck presidency, Mr. Obama is doing everything he can to assure a conflicted transition of power. He is unquestionably very intelligent, charismatic, suave and an excellent speaker. He is now also proving to be a very bitter and nasty person.

A few liberal Democratic members of Congress have decided that they will not attend the inauguration. Several have openly declared that they will never cooperate with legislation developed by President Trump's administration. This makes them, in my opinion, anti-American dumbos. They should be disciplined somehow by their own party. This is America and we have a tradition of trying to heal the wounds and join together to help the new administration get in gear. Whether liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat or other, it's important that all Americans recognize the new President, respect his office, and try to work with his administration. 

If any of us want to protest to any political activity whatever, there are hundreds of ways to legally and peacefully do so. 



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black Talk

Racial bitterness. I wonder if the black vs white problem will ever be solved? I think Probably bot. It will never be resolved unless both sides can put it's the history behind them and start anew as equal neighbors, but is there always an extremist fringe on both sides that fester and fume and divide. They, on each side, include people that have a some public standing that allows them to  aggravate this sensitive division of races. These racist twiddles continue 
deplorable racism in our society.

In no particular order the aggravating group includes: 

Rev. Jesse Jackson / Rev. Al Sharpton / Rev. Jeremiah Wright / Barack Obama Former President / Eric Holder Former Atty. General / Congresswoman Maxine Waters / Congressman John Lewis / Danny Glover Actor / Eddie Murphy Actor

All of these people have been active for years trying to convince blacks they are inferior to whites. They have do their best to perpetuate the idea that blacks have always been victims in society, and the idea is being promoted and carried forward by ultra liberal, left leaning, socialist educators and politicians since 1865 and before. They ignore that the Civil War marked a huge step forward in the social and economic movement to help blacks people rise in society. The fact that there has been a steady improvement of opportunities, a steady rise class, improvement of living conditions, and a huge improvement of black education, they simply forget and rarely mention. 

We must continue to recognize that a tiny germ of truth remains in the fact that discrimination of blacks is still around. There are ignorant white folks that still believe blacks can not learn, can not excel at anything, and can not improve their status. The attitude stems from the ancient history of subjagated black societies. In America many generations have passed by since the 1865 Civil War when so many whites looked on blacks as lesser people. Political pressure, Christianity and a dominant white society did very little to level the playing field between the races.  

In early America most whites came from Europe and Russia. At that time in history white people dominated most of the world by forcing blacks and other minorities to submit to their power.  This was done in order to enrich the lives of the white population. 

In America, blacks and other minorities experienced a big change after the American Civil War.