Closing Thought–01Aug19

We know just how racist this president can be…..right?

His picking on people of color…his naming countries as “Sh*t Holes”……etc etc….

I have said for years that the GOP was where racist go to appear mainstream….I have been called out and I still hold that position and Trump does nothing to change my mind….

Then I read about the “god” of the GOP Reagan and his use of a slur for blacks……..

A racist statement made by Ronald Reagan in October 1971 is now grabbing headlines thanks to a piece for the Atlantic written by Tim Naftali, and the words are explosive: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Reagan said in a phone call the then-California governor had with President Richard Nixon, who laughed. (You can hear it here.) Now a clinical associate professor of history at NYU, Naftali explains he was the Nixon Presidential Library’s first director, holding the post from 2007 to 2011, and he provides context for the call. The United Nations had, the day prior, voted to recognize China and boot Taiwan, a move that spurred joyous dancing from the Tanzanian delegation; the US was opposed to the move, and Reagan’s comment was made in reference to those who didn’t align with America.

Naftali explains that when the tape was released by the National Archives in 2000, Reagan’s words were excluded in an apparent move for privacy; his 2004 death negated the need for that, and Naftali last year requested a re-review of taped conversations involving Reagan. The full version was released two weeks ago. Naftali provides a deep and historical dive into what the line, and the conversations that ensued, signify. “Had the story stopped there, it would have been bad enough,” Naftali writes. “But what happened next showed the dynamic power of racism when it finds enablers.” He details how Nixon “used Reagan’s call as an excuse to adapt his language to make the same point to others,” first calling Secretary of State William Rogers to talk about Reagan’s distaste for the “cannibals” (Nixon’s word), which he described as a “typical” American reaction. (Read the full piece for much more.)

History has shown Nixon to be a racist and now the other GOPer is as well…..

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2019 Dem Debates–Part 2

Tuesday and Wednesday night were debate nights on CNN.

20 candidates….two nights….and the manufactured fireworks……

First Night–

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were the two highest-polling candidates in Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, the first of two 10-candidate debates in Detroit—but it was a letdown for anybody expecting a clash between the two progressives. Since they are competing for similar voters, “everyone was girding for them to actually, you know, debate each other,” writes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post. Instead, they “largely agreed to a cease-fire” and even tried to defend each other against moderates who attacked their positions on issue like health care as too radical. More:

  • Buttigieg, O’Rourke “lost in the middle.” Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg have enough resources to stay in the race for a long time to come, but the former sensations looked a lot like has-beens Tuesday night to David Siders and Christopher Cadelago at Politico, who describe the debate as a “boring mess.” With the debate seen as a battle of progressives versus moderates, they write, O’Rourke and Buttigieg “fell somewhere in the middle, which makes it difficult to sustain air.”
  • Big night for Bernie. The “feisty” senator from Vermont’s tops the list of winners at CNN. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who repeatedly clashed with Sanders and Warren, also makes the list, simply for reminding people that he exists. Losers include the “rehearsed and wooden” O’Rourke and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who failed to get anywhere near a breakout moment.
  • Breakout moment for Bullock? Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who didn’t qualify for the previous round of debates, had a good night and could “make waves in the race as a centrist who has won elections in a deep-red state,” write Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley at the Hill. Bullock put himself across as a moderate who believes in Obama-era health care and immigration policies. “It used to be Republicans who wanted to repeal and replace, now it’s Democrats,” he said of “Medicare for All” plans that would replace ObamaCare.
  • A taste of things to come. While the moderates who targeted Sanders and Warren, including Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, may not qualify for future debates, Tuesday night was a preview of the rifts likely to appear in debates where Joe Biden debates the progressive senators, the New York Times reports. “We’ve talked about taking private health insurance away from union members in the industrial Midwest, we’ve talked about decriminalizing the border, and we’ve talked about giving free health care to undocumented workers when so many Americans are struggling to pay for their health care,” Ryan said. “I quite frankly don’t think that that is an agenda that we can move forward on and win.”
  • Williamson wins the Internet. Self-help author Marianne Williamson surged in Internet searches with her unconventional responses, which included references to “emotional turbulence” and President Trump’s “dark psychic force. “On some level, we all seem to know that Marianne Williamson shouldn’t exactly be on the debate stage,” write Katherine Miller at BuzzFeed. “Even she seems to know it, because she operates like she’s performing a commentary on the rest of the stage, speaking from a different stage about the debate taking place.”

The only thing of interest to me was the divide on health care….it was old Democratic Party versus the New….the Moderates sounded more like the GOP than the GOP…….but the final word is that the first night was not anything to remember.  Hopefully the second night on CNN will be better served for the public.

The night and this debate will go down in history as the most forgettable waste of time.

Night Number Two…….

Joe Biden faced attacks from all sides in the second Democratic debate in Detroit—but the front-runner seemed more prepared and readier to hit back than he did in June, analysts say. Biden, criticized by some of the other nine candidates onstage on issues including health care, climate change, race, immigration, and his record on women’s issues,”cleared a low bar” and “highlighted both his close association with a popular Barack Obama and his brand of moderation that has led many voters to view him as the party’s best coalition-builder in a general election,” according to the New York Times. “Everybody’s talking about how terrible I am on all these issues,” Biden said during the debate. Obama “knew exactly who I was. He chose me and he said it was the best decision he made.” How the other nine fared:

  • Kamala Harris. The California senator, who made waves with her attack on Biden’s record in the June debate, found herself a target on Wednesday night, with other candidates pulling no punches when they criticized her record as a prosecutor. “Challenged repeatedly by some of the lower-polling candidates on the stage, she was at times halting and didn’t seem fully ready for the challenge at hand,” writes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post.
  • Cory Booker. Booker was one of the night’s winners, according to Vox. The New Jersey senator focused on criminal justice reform, telling Biden that the policies he has championed since the 1970s led to mass incarceration. When Biden tried to deflect the attacks by bringing up Booker’s own record, the senator delivered one of the night’s best lines: “You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor.”
  • Tulsi Gabbard. The House lawmaker from Hawaii raised her profile and became Google’s most-searched-for candidate with what CNN calls “a performance that ranged from adversarial to deeply personal.” She slammed Harris’ record as California’s attorney general, saying the senator should apologize to people who “suffered under your reign as prosecutor,” and brought up her own record as an Iraq War veteran while arguing that it is time to “bring the troops home.”
  • Jay Inslee. This may have been the “final appearance on a debate stage” for the low-polling Washington governor, but he managed to hit Biden hard on climate change which has been the main focus of his campaign, reports the Seattle Times. He said he was “mad as hell” about the issue and slammed Biden’s “middle of the road” approach. “The time is up. Our house is on fire!” Inslee said. “Get off coal. Save this country and the planet, that’s what I’m for.”
  • Bill de Blasio. The New York City mayor’s debate performance was overshadowed by problems at home, the New York Daily News reports. His opening statement was almost drowned out by protesters shouting “Fire Pantaleo,” referring to the NYPD officer in the Eric Garner case. When the issue came up later in the debate, the mayor tried to shift the focus by asking Biden what he had done about it while vice president.
  • Andrew Yang. The tech entrepreneur was not a huge presence in the debate: He had the least speaking time of all the candidates, at 8 minutes, 53 seconds. His most talked-about moment came during a discussion of climate change, when he suggested it was time for Americans to start moving to higher ground, using the $1,000-a-month universal basic income he has proposed.
  • Julian Castro. Castro made it onto CNN‘s list of winners with his forceful remarks on immigration reform, and one of the night’s top lines. “It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t,” the former HUD secretary told Biden when the Obama administration’s record on the issue came up.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Sen. Gillibrand’s biggest moment came when she attacked Biden over a 1981 op-ed in which he argued that giving higher earners a child care tax credit would subsidize the ” deterioration of the family. ” But Biden seemed prepared: He responded by discussing his record on women’s issues, his personal life, and Gillibrand’s history of working with him on issues including violence against women. “From the very beginning, my deceased wife worked when we had children,” he said. “My present wife has worked all the way through raising our children.”
  • Michael Bennet. There was no breakout moment for the senator from Colorado, though he “distinguished himself as a centrist voice” on issues including health care and immigration, according to Business Insider. He called for adding a public option to ObamaCare, saying Medicare for All “would make illegal employer-based health insurance in this country and massively raise taxes on the middle class to the tune of $30 trillion, as Joe Biden said.”‘

But Americans need winners and losers….

Everybody on that stage was looking for that sound byte moment that would control the news for a couple of days……they failed.

Harris who won the first debate looked ill prepared for this one…..in the after debate she took a cheap short at another candidate….I do not like that.

Booker and Castro had a good night and that should help them in the next debate.

Biden won the night simply by not screwing up……still using tired talking points from the past on health care….at one point he could have been a Repub spreading manure.  He is still the front runner with tired talking points and a closeness to Obama all he has….plus the MSM is in his corner and hype him whenever possible.

No one should break out from the debate…the order will stay much as it was before it began.

Still saw NOTHING that would change my mind on who to support….but it does reinforce my feeling that about half these “candidates” should go home and play with the wife/husband.

There is some good news for Tulsi….according to Google Trends she was the most searched candidate after the debates….hopefully those people will see what I see in her for she still has my support.

The only good to come out of this debate was that the MSM had something to fixate on besides Mueller, Russia and impeachment…..the best line from the debate was when the moderator said “goody night from Detroit”.

I will reiterate…I think these “debates” are worthless and all they do is give the networks fodder for a week or so.  I want to seer these candidates face off on real subjects…like war and the endless use of troops over and over and over then to discard them and find new fodder.

In stead that talk about issues that will talk both Houses to enact and that will not happen even with the control of those Houses.

These “debates” are a waste of time….PERIOD!

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I Agree With Trump!

I know some of my more conservative readers will be reading this and having to sit down…..the old professor likes something Trump is doing?

Well yes I do….but there a several things that I approve of from the Trump admin……like bring troops home and a better infrastructure……so far neither of those have come to the forefront….only in rhetoric not reality.

As an old retired fart that depends on Medicare for his drugs and care I am always bitching about the price of my drugs….especially my insulin and pain meds…..

It appears that our president is going to do something about the high costs of prescribed medicine…..

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a long-standing ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceutical industry. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday morning, the AP reports. Previous administrations had sided with the industry on importation, echoing its concerns that it could expose patients to risks from counterfeit or substandard medications. Azar, a former drug industry executive, said US patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration. The administration’s proposal would allow states, wholesalers, and pharmacists to get FDA approval to import certain medications that are also available here.

It’s unclear how soon consumers will see results. Most patients take affordable generic drugs to manage conditions such as high blood pressure or elevated blood sugars. But polls show concern about the prices of breakthrough medications for intractable illnesses like cancer or hepatitis C infection, whose costs can run to $100,000 or more. And long-available drugs like insulin have also seen price increases that have forced some people with diabetes to ration their own doses. “For too long American patients have been paying exorbitantly high prices for prescription drugs that are made available to other countries at lower prices,” Azar said in a statement that credited President Trump for pushing the idea. The administration’s move comes as the industry is facing a crescendo of consumer complaints over prices, as well as legislation from both parties in Congress to rein in costs.

This is a great idea but like all great from Trump is it a lie,  a broken promise or will it make it to the reality of my life?

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Do Laws Apply In Space?

I have watched His Majesty Trump turn everything he touches into a steam pile of manure…..and he has his watery eyes turned to Space.

We Americans pride ourselves to be a nation of laws and we abide by those laws and it is what keeps our nation great among nations….well that was true until the election of 2016.

The new field of law will be that of the issues and situations in space.

I have been writing about space for awhile now (I seem to be the only one that cares enough to post) with the push for a new space force and the mining possibilities in space will give an usual chance for clarity for right now there is very little of that.

The Law and Order (the reality not some idea for a new TV show) is what is interesting and I wrote about it on several occasions…..https://lobotero.com/2019/04/12/space-law/ and again……

The first thing that may violate laws and treaties……

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit wants options for an unmanned orbital outpost to support space experiments and operations — a logistics hub that might even grow, DIU’s solicitation suggests, to a larger manned space station.

Pentagon Eyes Military Space Station

Then I read another space story that again made me think of existing laws and treaties……

16 Psyche is composed of iron, nickel, gold and platinum, the only asteroid we know of that is 95% or more metal. Scientists believe that the asteroid had a rocky surface at one time, but lost it due to several violent collisions billions of years ago.

The potato-shaped asteroid is estimated to have a value of $10,000 quadrillion. That’s enough staggering wealth to hypothetically make every single on Earth a billionaire.

A 2018 report said the value of 16 Psyche was $15 quintillion, while another source said the asteroid could be worth an unbelievable $700 quintillion, enough to give every human being on Earth about $92 billion each. What is NASA waiting for?

NASA Mission To Explore Solid Metal Asteroid That Is So Valuable It Could Make Everyone On Earth A Billionaire

Now to make clear the US among others signed a treaty called the “Principles and Actions Governing the Exploration and Use of Outer Space”…..read it for yourself (Hahaha like anyone would take the time…I am so cute thinking they would)……https://2009-2017.state.gov/t/isn/5181.htm

Or the UN treaty……https://www.ifrc.org/docs/idrl/I515EN.pdf

Let us not forget what Obama did as president……

On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed into law the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). This Act encompasses four titles: I. Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (acronym: SPACE), II. Commercial Remote Sensing, III. Office of Space Commerce and IV. Space Resource Exploration and Utilization.

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2015/11/frans-vonderdunk-space-launch/

Or more news……https://www.space.com/33440-space-law.html

Read the bill that made the Act possible……https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-114hr2262enr/pdf/BILLS-114hr2262enr.pdf

Since we live in this instant gratification and have lost the ability to read I have included some videos which simpler minds will appreciate (if they get this far into this post)…….

Plus a little more…..

The Market forces will determine the need and the supply……

There is so much more to this situation than anyone wants to admit…..exploitative forces will be at work if they already are not.,,,,someone needs to keep an eye on the legality…..of the Space Force of the commercial ideas for space and the arming of space junk.

That someone might as well be me!

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