Make America Great Again!

() HareI assume that the slogan “Make America Great Again” means that America is not great now. It follows then that there was a time in the past when it was great. My question is to those who think this is true and who want to make America great again is where do you want to bring us back to?

My way of thinking is that America though never perfect and scarred with many blemishes was always great. It still is. It was the one land where people could go to in the past to escape dire situations. I believe today, it is as great as it was at any other period in our history. I would like those who think there were better days to think about them and ask themselves whether they would want to be living back then rather than today.

The slogan is that of Donald Trump. I’ve listened closely to him. I have yet to hear him tell us at what prior time he thinks America was great. If he could identify that, I would ask him to tell us why it was great then and not now.

H.L. Mencken Looked Forward to This Year’s Election

Mencken wrote on July 26, 1920:

“The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Money for Criminals: The Unjust Enrichment of Felons’ Families

Piles and stacks of money - coins and US dollarsFrom what I hear John Callahan’s family is seeking money from the government and from Whitey Bulger’s assets for his murder. Apparently the federal prosecutors in Boston have no problem with this nor do the federal judges. I do.

He not only does not deserve any money but any money that he had should have be taken from him.

The government’s evidence is that John Callahan paid a hired gunman John Martorano to kill a legitimate business owner named Wheeler because he wanted to take over his business World Jai Alai. Callahan told Martorano to his face that he would pay him fifty thousand dollars for the murder. Martorano proceeded to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to do the hit with another hardened criminal named Joe McDonald. Wheeler was murdered getting into his car at his country club. He was shot in the eye and died immediately. Callahan then tried to buy the business from Wheeler’s wife hoping for some type of fire sale.

Do you think Callahan is deserving of some type of compensation from the government for this?

Do Secret FBI Records Prevent Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack Victims From Being Compensated. The Need to Act Now.

Bston Terrorist AttackThe third anniversary of April 15, 2013, the date of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA) will soon be upon us. The clock to bring suit against those who may be liable for the damages caused by the attack is ticking away. That attack saw the death of three individuals, the severe maiming of hundreds others, and injuries of varying types to thousands more. The enormity of the action by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is well-known; what is not known is the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in bringing it about.

The FBI will not voluntarily disclose its full involvement with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It is in its great interest not to be embarrassed by it; and also in the interest of the Government not to have it known. Imagine the extent of damages that our Government would be face if it were to be  shown that the FBI’s actions or negligence were a direct cause of the bombing.

We have seen how generous the federal judiciary has been in handing out damages to people harmed by the FBI in the cases involving the victims of Whitey Bulger. More so have we seen it in cases involving the Mafia where four families were awarded more than 25 million each even though for two of them there was no basis for giving them anything.

N.E. Patriot’s Stumble: The Quest Is Put To Rest

2015 08 12_2615Denver is called the Mile High City because it’s height is about a mile above sea level while everybody knows Boston is at sea level. The Patriot’s left the Boston area less than 48 hours before the start of the championship game. This is why the Patriots — a much better team than Denver — lost the match. It comes down to the coach and the ownership who failed to consider the altitude differences and give their players time to adjust to it.

Here is what the team should know by now as set out in this article. “The air is “thinner” at high altitudes meaning there are fewer oxygen molecules per volume of air. Every breath taken at a high altitude delivers less of what working muscles require. While the effect is most dramatic at altitudes greater than 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above sea level, it is noticeable even at 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) above sea level.” The article concluded:  “So, optimizing the altitude training formula of how high to go and how long to stay there could be the difference between raising the Cup or going home early.”

Black NFL Players Must Boycott Super Bowl

Black PowerNever in the history of our black Americans who since our founding as a nation have found themselves on the outside looking in has there been a chance like this for them to make a note of their presence and contribution to America. They should not let it pass.

Jada Pinkett Smith said that it is about time that blacks realize they: “no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere.”  If that is so then why have they not been invited to sit at the of the National Football League owners’ tables.  Now is their time to get handed that invitation.

The blacks have a chance to show their power — the black power movement of the Sixties accomplished little  — but now they have in their hands the ultimate bargaining tool. If properly used it can do more for blacks than any piece of civil rights legislation ever accomplished. It will make America accept them unconditionally.

What better way is there for blacks to demand their fair share of the pie than to start in an area where they are the majority of the workforce which is the NFL. I noted previously that there are no black majority owners in the NFL where blacks represent 68% of the workforce. Has anyone stopped to wonder why? Is this a legacy of the manner in which blacks have been treated over the years?

The Black Dilemma: Fighting the Wrong Fight

jada pinkett smithAgain, the Motion Picture Academy fails to nominate a black actor, male or female, for one of its top Oscars in the acting category. It is the second straight year of they were shut out.

Loud howls calling for boycotts were heard.  One voice, Jada Pinkett Smith made a noteworthy comment. She said: I can’t help but ask the question: Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”

She is right but she is barking up the wrong tree when she deals with the motion picture industry. That industry has always been a predominately white industry. The influence of blacks on it is minuscule. Blacks represent only 2 % of those who vote.

There have been 332 winners of the best acting awards since the beginning of the Oscars in 1929. Of that amount 7 have been black women and 8 black men representing 4 ½% of the wins. That percentage rebuts the cry of racism because it probably equates well with the number of lead roles played by blacks.  Whoppi Goldberg one of the few black Oscar winners noted:  that what exists is “the idea . . . that there’s no place for black movies.” She said the people who fund the movies “believe we don’t want to see movies with black people in them.”

Has The U.S. Navy Lost The Will To Fight? The Rivervine Boat Mystery

(`)  rivervine craftI had a chat with this guy I know, Ed, who goes around carrying a veteran’s discount card. He tells me that he uses it at motels and other places to get 10 to 15% knocked off the bill. He sometimes puts on a fake limp to make people think his is a disabled vet which might get him a bigger knock off.  At least he does not wear a Silver Star which he never earned like LBJ.

Ed is amused that people thank him for his service. The idea behind being thanked for something is that you did an act where you had a choice whether to do it or not. No one thanks you for serving time in prison.

Back in the days when Ed served you had no choice: there was this thing called the draft which sad to say no longer exists. The hoi polloi like Ed and me thought it was mandatory for all healthy males to serve; it was not until later that we saw how many such as the Clintons, Cheneys, Deans and Trumps through connections or trickery managed to avoid doing so. But that’s a story for another day.