A Soldier Comes Home

Closing Thought–19Mar19

Another Korean War Unknown soldier has been identified…..

The remains of an Ohio soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Army Cpl. Stephen Nemec, of Cleveland, was accounted for on July 13, 2018.

Officials say the 21-year-old soldier was reported killed fighting against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces at Turtle Head’s Bend, near the village of Unsan, North Korea, on Nov. 2, 1950. He was buried at a United Nations cemetery that was soon closed as the situation in North Korea worsened.

Remains received in an exchange with Chinese and North Koreans after the war were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

A renewed effort to identify unknown remains resulted in Nemec’s identification. Burial arrangements haven’t been announced.

May the family of Cpl. Nemec find the closure they have long been denied and may Cpl. Nemec Rest In Peace.

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The Great Weaponization

The push is on to protect Israel at all costs…..look at the stories being aired on the MSM….plus the moronic babble of the GOP……they are weaponizing “anti-semitism”…..hey MSM!……time to stop generating the news a start reporting the news…..

What’s in a word?  Plenty, if those words are “racism” or “antisemitism.” Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar.  Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms.  All because of those two barbed words.

Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80’s yearbook photo could push a governor’s political career to the brink raises questions about how the word “racism” is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/stop-weaponizing-anti-semitism-and-racism/

All this weaponization is to protect Israel and keep the donations coming…..

What will the GOP do if the push to get rid of big money is successful (I know it is a pipe dream)? Will they change their tune when they have to depend on small money donations?

To reiterate…….the MSM needs to stop generating the news and go back to reporting the news……return to the old adage…”looking for the truth”….that died years ago….but now it is time to resurrect it.

Those “Hipsters”

I begin my Saturday with a question……

Millennials like to call themselves “hipsters”….those non-conformists that pride themselves on the individuality……but there is a problem I have with this claim……

Ever notice that the hipsters all wear the same jeans, sneakers and that damn wool ‘watch cap”…..and yet they think they are non-conformists…….they dress a like, like the same music, eat the same food, drink the same types of beer…..now what part of that is non-conformists?

Can they explain this?

Can math do the trick?

The skinny jeans, the progressive politics, the Instagram photos: Hipsters, like goths and punk rockers before them, have become a cliché. And we’ve all become more like them as well.

Now math has shown the reason why. A new mathematical model shows that our collective strivings for individuality end up accomplishing the opposite, even if we’re aiming toward different points of “weird.”

It’s just math, says, Paul Smaldino in a paper just published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Smaldino created a model of how human behavior adds up into collective conformity, precisely because we want to be individuals. Yet the takeaways contain a morsel of hope for how radical individuals can still change the broader society.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/03/04/math-hipsters-all-look-same/#.XIZmi6C1uM9

Now at least us Boomers were truly individuals or should I say non-conformists……but as we got older we slid into the abyss of conformity……well some of us kept the faith and remained on the outside looking in….

Not One Vote!

Recently the House voted on HR1…..

It isn’t your usual bill, the For The People Act introduced Friday by House Democrats. Also known as HR 1, symbolically their first legislation, it is a 571-page compendium of existing problems and proposed solutions in four political hot zones: voting, political money, redistricting and ethics.

A pledge to pass the bill was a common theme among Democratic House candidates last year.

Short Titles as Introduced

For the People Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act
  • Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2019
  • CLEAR Act
  • Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act of 2019
  • Connecting Lobbyists and Electeds for Accountability and Reform Act
  • DISCLOSE Act of 2019
  • Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2019
  • Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2019
  • Democracy Restoration Act of 2019
  • Election Security Act
  • Empower Act of 2019
  • Ethics in Public Service Act
  • Executive Branch Comprehensive Ethics Enforcement Act of 2019
  • Executive Branch Conflict of Interest Act
  • Government By the People Act of 2019
  • Help America Run Act
  • Honest Ads Act
  • Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2019
  • Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight Act
  • Prevent Election Hacking Act of 2019
  • Redistricting Reform Act of 2019
  • Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act
  • Save Voters Act
  • Stand By Every Ad Act
  • Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States Act
  • Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act
  • Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act
  • Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2019
  • Voter Empowerment Act of 2019
  • Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2019
  • White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2019

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/all-info

The vote has been taken…..and by their voting on the issue seems that the GOP is with Trump and anti-democratic……

Not a single House Republican voted for sweeping Democratic legislation that would strengthen voting rights and reduce the influence of corporate money on the political process.

The “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) passed on Friday by 234-193 party-line vote. All 193 no votes were by Republicans. Four Republicans did not vote.

“Protecting our democracy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but the Republican Party has decided it is unwilling to even consider reform despite virtually all Americans agreeing that our system is broken,” Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, said in a statement.

“Today’s vote on H.R. 1 is a monumental step forward for our country that will hopefully lead to the people retaking control of our government from special interests, lobbyists, and billionaire donors,” Pearl added. “It’s also a shameful reminder that Republicans are pursuing political power for the few over the fundamental values that this country was founded on.”

 
But the GOP need not worry….it will go to the Senate and as we all know the Senate is where good ideas go to DIE!

Closing Thought–13Mar19

Poor go to work

The Rich go to college

A whole new story on how the rich get their larvae into college….they buy their way into academia…..

It’s the biggest college admissions bribery case the DOJ has ever prosecuted, and it has snared some pretty big names: Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among those indicted for mail fraud Tuesday in an alleged bribery scam. The latest:

  • A name fit for Hollywood: The investigation is called “Operation Varsity Blues,” and CNN cites US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling’s description of most of those indicted: 33 parents; 9 coaches (from schools including Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest, and Georgetown) in sports like soccer, water polo, tennis, and volleyball; one college administrator; two SAT/ACT administrators; and an exam proctor. The AP reports a former soccer coach at Yale pleaded guilty and helped prosecutors make their case.
  • At the center of it all: … is allegedly a man named William Singer. He ran a college-prep company called the Key and allegedly facilitated the scheme. Prosecutors claim he bribed college coaches to put individual students on a recruited athletes list, though CNN notes the coaches were aware the students weren’t recruitable players. NPR reports that in the case of a Yale women’s soccer recruit, the student didn’t even play soccer. Per the indictment, parents in one case allegedly had fake photos taken of their child participating in sports. Charges against Singer include racketeering conspiracy.
  • The timeline: Prosecutors say payments were made to Singer between 2011 and February 2019. Per NPR, parents typically allegedly paid $250,000 to $450,000, but one is said to have forked over $6.5 million. Singer’s alleged total take: about $25 million.
  • Words come back to haunt him: In a January interview with Parade magazine, Huffman’s husband, William H. Macy, had this to say of their 18-year-old daughter: “She’s going to go to college … We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful. I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off. God doesn’t let you be 18 twice… But it’s just my opinion, and we’ll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks and how the chips fall.”
    The allegations against Huffman: People reports the feds say they taped calls between the 56-year-old actress and a cooperating witness about an alleged SAT scam. A chosen proctor was reportedly sent to West Hollywood and allegedly allowed the teen to have extra time and changed her incorrect answers.
    The allegations against Loughlin: She allegedly paid $500,000 to get her daughter “recruited” for a rowing team. Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged.
  • Other parents: The AP lists executives among those indicted: Law firm co-chair Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Connecticut; marketing company CEO Jane Buckingham of LA; packaging company founder Gregory Abbott of New York; and finance CEO Manuel Henriquez of Palo Alto.
    Who hasn’t been charged: Authorities say the schools aren’t targets, and no students were charged, with many unaware of what was even going on. Macy was not charged; prosecutors did not say why.
    Initial fallout: The AP reports Wake Forest University has suspended head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson, who is “accused of accepting $100,000 to recruit a student who had been on Wake Forest’s wait list

I do believe that we have an answer on how an idiot got through a prestigious business school….

Need we say more?

Closing Thought–12Mar19

I have listened to our Beloved Leader on many occasions and his use of simplistic language leads me believe that he has NO grasp on complex ideas or thoughts.

My daughter and I were discussing our Beloved Leader and I told her that he says he is a”really smart person” but I think that if he is a grad of Wharton, probably the 2nd best business school, then daddy bought his degree.

Then I read something his professor i marketing had to say about student Trump……

Donald J. Trump was an undergraduate student at Wharton for the latter two of his college years, having graduated in 1968

Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this: “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had.” Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity, but long before he was considered a political figure. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told the story that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything. 

https://www.alternet.org/2017/10/former-wharton-professor-trump-was-dumbest-gddam-student-i-ever-had/

I knew it!

Who needs to study hard to get ahead when Daddy has money and the school needs a new classroom?

 

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Take a moment and wax nostalgic…….a song from my youth…..ah the memories!

But in this case it is not some song from my past but rather a proposal from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren……

She has a proposal to break-up giants like amazon, Google and Facebook……along the lines of the break-up of AT&T in the 1980s into regional entities……

Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan for how to break up the nation’s technology behemoths on Friday. 

The Democratic senator from Massachusetts, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for president, laid out her proposal in a Medium post entitled “Here’s How We Can Break Up Big Tech.” In the post, Warren argued that it’s essential to crack down on the unfair market advantage enjoyed by Amazon, Facebook, and Google in order to boost competition and fuel innovation.

Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout praised the plan, calling it as a sign that a “new anti-monopoly movement is happening, and Warren is coming out swinging at the right targets!” Agreeing with Warren, she added, “The big tech monsters are conglomerates with too much power that they use to extract wealth and data from all us of us as if we are subjects in their feudal regimes.”

 
Personally, I like the idea…..but if her consumer protection agency from the 2000s is any indication this will nit go very far…….if the Senate does not crap on the proposal then the big money donors will chip away at it until it is just a shadow of the original proposal.
 
Elizabeth Warren wants a fair playing field in the marketplace—and she’s going after Big Tech to make it happen. “To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies,” she said in a statement Friday, per the New York Times. Her plan to bust up giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon is a two-tiered one: First, large firms with annual global revenue of $25 billion or more that offer an online marketplace or other type of platform that connects third parties would have to “structurally separate” their products from that marketplace. What that means, for example, is that if you do a Google search for a restaurant, Google can’t give its own ratings priority over, say, Yelp’s, notes Vox.
 
The second tier—companies with annual revenue between $90 million and $25 billion—wouldn’t be subject to that same sort of product-marketplace separation, but they would have to adhere to certain fair-use regulations. Another big move Warren’s plan is pushing for: reversing some recent mergers that the 2020 presidential candidate says cut down down healthy competition, including Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, as well as Amazon scooping up Whole Foods. This move, Warren says, “will put pressure on big tech companies to be more responsive to user concerns, including about privacy.” Critics commenting on Warren’s proposal fear such a plan could lead to the “weaponizing” of antitrust laws (lawmakers could go after companies they don’t like), per the Times, or reduce convenience for consumers, Ars Technica notes
 
This is fascinating……I want to see where it will go……I like it, as I have said…..this should have been done years ago…..
 
Any thoughts out there?