The lamest of all lame ducks

© 2016 Jim Spence - Over the years in these columns I have opined frequently on the incredible Democrat bias of the news media and entertainment industry. Not much has changed. There is a very overt attempt to indoctrinate the masses to vote Democrat and accordingly, hate Donald Trump. Businesses are treated as slimy pariahs who are not to be trusted……except for news media businesses and entertainment businesses, which of course are supposed to get a pass from the public, despite the fact they engage in for profit enterprise each day. The exception is Fox which is evil because it is not overwhelmingly biased towards Democrats.
You have seen this incredible bias play out in every nook and cranny of society. It has been especially prevalent in the comedy routines of late night talk show hosts where the person with the title, President of the United States, has been fair game for as long as there has been television. This tradition stopped abruptly in 2009 when Mr. Obama somehow became the first untouchable to ever occupy the White House. When Jay Leno resumed the tradition of cracking jokes about the president, his ratings soared. However, Leno mysteriously got crosswise with NBC executives despite his soaring ratings. It is no secret that NBC is run by people who have been acting as Democratic Party surrogates for decades.
While Donald Trump looks to be the most unconventional man to ever take the oath of office, one entertainment industry tradition seems sure to return now. The comedians, who have handled Mr. Obama more carefully than a newborn baby, are back on the attack now that Trump is the President-elect. It is still refreshing despite the fact it is quite one-sided. The unwritten "HANDS OFF of Mr. Obama" rule is racism, pure and simple, by cultural elites.
The political optics this week could not have been starker. Video of Mr. Obama mocking Trump’s claims that he would save jobs like those at the Carrier air conditioner plant in Indiana resurfaced. These videos were played on Fox News only. However they were widely viewed because Fox has taken the bulk of the news market share for this very reason. The video of Obama saying the Carrier jobs were lost, was played again and again......while Trump……um…….saved those jobs in Indiana. Trump saved those jobs simply by picking up the phone and calling the CEO.
The White House response to having egg on its face, and the response of the non-Fox media, helped everyone in America recognize what has been going on. While the media elites have been trying to protect Mr. Obama, it is clear that he is now the lamest of all the lame ducks. Instead of applauding the short circuiting of untold economic misery in the Indiana town, Obama’s surrogates at ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, made it clear they couldn’t care less about another 1,000 American who WANT TO WORK, but were going to lose their jobs. Nope. Nobody in the White House, or in their cheer leading section, cared that the job losses would trigger untold millions in taxpayer assistance to the unemployed while these pour souls tried to sort out their lives. The White House and their media stooges also didn’t care about the millions Carrier will now invest to upgrade the plant.
America got a good look at the essence of the Obama economic legacy this week with the Carrier story and then the jobs report, which came out late in the week. The bogus calculation of the unemployment rate was the headline. Only Fox pointed out how absurd it is to ignore the fact that more than 95 million Americans of working age don’t work. We have NEVER had a number like this in our country before. The American adult population that does not work is at an all-time record high.
The reasons why so many Americans don’t work are pretty simple. Public education does not prepare young Americans to be productive and big government feels it is on a mission to get citizens addicted to freebies. Young American adults maintain unsustainable lifestyles with student loans. Instead of working as apprentices, these types of jobs are nearly impossible to find, thanks to the heavy burdens placed on employers by Obama's regulators. Businesses that might otherwise hire the next generation into entry level jobs, don't do so. This predicament is the essence of Obama's Marxist approach until the economy collapses, as it did in the Soviet Union and in other places like Venezuela. This was going to be the end result of the Obama vision......trickle down poverty. Trump's actions on the Carrier situation may be a hint of the changes on the way.
In the meantime, the Wizard of Id cartoon parody above says it all.
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Exploring the feigning of outrage

© 2016 Jim Spence - Feigning outrage is not a marketable skill……..unless you are a Democrat politician seeking more power. 
Witness the selection of former Goldman Sachs partner Steve Mnuchin as incoming Treasury Secretary along with the absurd response of leading Democrats. The very same people who supported Hillary Clinton, the conspicuous candidate who delivered ½ hour speeches to Goldman Sachs in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars, are now feigning outrage over Mnuchin's nomination. All this feigning went down while the House Democrats re-elected 77 year old Nancy Pelosi to lead them yesterday.
Anyone without severe ocular degeneration can see that the Democrats have very serious problems on the national level. The list of re-treads running the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives (Pelosi, Stenny Hoyer, and James Clyburn) looks more like a list of House members who are most likely to require assisted living than a list of people capable of proposing solutions to solve the problems they have given us.
There are samples of feigned outrage by Democrats everywhere, not just on display after the nomination of Mnuchin. Over Thanksgiving weekend there were 68 shootings in Chicago that left eight dead. The murder total for the city that is run by Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, will pass 700 in 2016. The response? There is not a peep of outrage from Democrats, despite the fact that the vast majority of those murdered in Chicago are black. The story is the same in Democrat run Detroit, Baltimore, Newark, St. Louis, etc. 
No, the Democrat's feigned outrage must be reserved. It is withheld for the higher purpose of race baiting. Democrats are more than willing to hold back until a black criminal is killed while putting a cop’s life in jeopardy. This is when Democrats pretend to become upset and they will spring into action sponsoring Black Lives Matter protests. Democrats will also use these situations to try to convince otherwise reasonable people that the only thing cops really care about is killing blacks. Astonishingly, Democrats still think doing this and slapping the racist label on opponents is a smart political strategy after getting whipped by Donald J. Trump.
Still, the consequences of Democrat's feigned outrages are grave. Police officers are being gunned down all over America in 2016. This comes thanks to the Democrats indifference towards the safety of law enforcement officials and other first responders.
What is really going on in America is pretty simple. If you follow the actions of elected officials each day it doesn’t take long to understand their values and priorities. Both the incoming and outgoing presidents leave evidence trails of what they care most about. Mr. Obama, who sent nobody....not a soul to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, is sending a couple of dignitaries to Fidel Castro’s funeral. Mr. Obama is also working feverishly behind the scenes this week to convince crony capitalists at General Electric and other monster-sized corporate dinosaurs to invest in Cuba. He is desperate to help Raul Castro hold on to his dictatorial power and Cuba to remain Marxist. On the other hand, Donald Trump has been working successfully with both Ford and now Carrier to save thousands of American jobs, jobs that seemed bound for Mexico just a few weeks ago.
Fortunately, despite all of the misguided feigned outrage by Democrats, there is an incredible sense of new hope in America. Consumer confidence is skyrocketing. America is about to take a bath and be able to wash away a significant portion of the horrible stink that has invaded our entire existence over the last eight years.
We are just 50 days from a sorely needed injection of common sense into our system while feigned outrage gets relegated to the back burners in America. Big government zombies won't disappear. Feigning outrage will be resurgent again someday when public education, the entertainment industry, and news outlets like ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post etc. figure out how to successfully poison America's thought processes again.

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Swickard: When budget cutting must be done

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  There is a huge push in our country to talk about the office of the United State President without any data. Example: there is a notion that the protests about the election of Donald Trump are unprecedented. When Lincoln was declared the winner in 1860, nine states seceded from the Union. Our nation fought the Civil War.
            So far, our nation has not had any states quit but there is still time before Trump takes office. California is one state with citizens wanting to secede. They can’t because they have spent themselves into the poor house and only federal money can keep them going.
            California has overspent its budget 127 billion dollars. In round numbers that’s $3,500 per every person, dog, cat and hamster in the state. So, California is not going anywhere other than the poor house.
            New Mexico is over spending this year’s budget by about 500 million dollars. That’s about $250 for every person, dog, cat and coyote. Our representatives in Santa Fe need to stop spending everything in the coffers they can find and a little more each year. Restraint is needed.
            There is good news (hooray) and bad news (shuckins) as to the New Mexico budget. First the good news. It isn’t hopeless like what is happening in California. It can be fixed and New Mexico can live within its means with effective management from the representatives in Santa Fe.
            The bad news is that the solution will hurt. Some people will lose their jobs through no fault of their own. This cannot be helped. What has put New Mexico in dire straits (not the band) was the election of Bill Richardson in 2002. Previously Governor Gary Johnson had New Mexico as one of only five states with a rosy financial picture.
            But Bill Richardson came to New Mexico and the governorship with only one goal: to become the President of the United States. Every moment, action and tax dollar available was used to get Bill Richardson on the world’s stage as a top-tier presidential contender. This push to get Richardson the presidential nomination didn’t come cheap.
            Richardson worked to be declared the “Education Governor” of the United States. He won that moniker which came with a propensity to hire lots of people into the Public Schools. This was supposed to make New Mexico number one in education nationally. Sadly, spending lots of New Mexico tax dollars didn’t make Richardson president nor did it lift New Mexico education.
            Worse, once people are hired they expect to keep their jobs. With the downturn of oil and gas revenue the state of New Mexico has less money available and must do something. Most of the quick cures have already been done so this time it must be drastic. There are only two places to get this money.
            The first is to raise the gross receipts taxes substantially. In many places the gross receipts tax is above seven percent. Taking it to ten percent or more would cripple the economy. Don’t look to Corporate Taxes since they are only about ninety million dollars a year.
            The only place left to really make a cut is education. To balance the budget New Mexico needs to cut about ten percent from education. This is despite the education mantra that it doesn’t have enough money even now and need lots and lots more money.
            Most of the education budget is spent on people. That is why what must be cut are some of those people who were hired during the Richardson orgy of spending. There is one rule. NEVER fire or change the pay for teachers. The cuts must be with administration and everything else such as the legions of consultants in schools.
            Shrink the administrative overhead to balance the budget. It can be done without harm to the students. The representatives will need to cut other things but the main thing is to cut education. Politically that is almost impossible but the next election is as far away as possible so maybe it can be done.
            Finally, quit spending everything the state has and a little more than the state has each year. Don’t turn our state into a California.

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Human dignity and freedom? Or socialized medicine?

© 2016 Jim Spence - Well what do you know? Fidel Castro is dead. His death at age 90 makes the phrase, "Only the good die young" seem prophetic.
When I read the news this morning I was reminded of a two things. First, that Democrats have done a 180 degree turn on what Castro represents since John F. Kennedy was killed by Castro sympathizer Lee Harvey Oswald. Second, I thought of a truly wonderful lady I have known for decades who still lives in Las Cruces. This woman and her physician husband escaped from Cuba nearly sixty years ago. The horror stories she has told me over the years stand as first hand testimony in the explaining of why Cuban Americans and other well informed Americans still hate the Castro brothers and everything they have stood for. This begs a question. Are all of these Cuban people who risked their lives to escape from Castro’s brutal oppression wrong?
If you listen to America’s Hollywood directors and mainstream media journalists, these misguided Cuban escapees simply overreacted to actions taken for the greater good by Castro. Hollywood elites like Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, and Michael Moore would have us believe that Castro created utopia in Cuba after he confiscated everyone’s property.
Let’s explore this phenomenon in America, which has turned Democrats from JFK supporters into Castro apologists.
First, think of all of the human beings (including my friend) who risked their lives to get away from Castro. In recent decades the list includes hundreds of professional athletes seeking basic human freedoms, the ones Democrats have been trying to condition us to ignore. The harrowing escape stories go on and on. It is also noteworthy that Michael Moore has not moved to Castro’s Cuba to take advantage of the utopia-like health care and education systems there.
How can so many Americans insist on remaining uninformed regarding the fundamental truths about Castro? The answer is simple. Public education in America is a political machine. The public education machine’s primary goal is to encourage people to trade their freedoms in for a larger and more powerful government.....sort of like Castro’s government. In doing so, American public education is willing to mask all of the ills created by Marxist dictators like Fidel Castro.
Over the years many stories that would tell the truth about Cuba have been suppressed, particularly at "news" outlets like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and particularly at NPR.
How many people did Castro murder during his lifetime? Nobody knows for sure. However, below is a list of just a few examples of actions taken by Castro and his henchmen, the same man that high-profile American Democrats have chosen to lionize in recent years and praise today:
  • On May 27, 1966, 166 Cubans, both civilians and members of the military, were not only executed, they were killed via blood extraction (seven pints per person). Because of the failing socialist economy in Cuba, the victim’s blood was sold to Communist Vietnam for $50 per pint. Documentation of this incident comes courtesy of an Inter-American Human Rights Commission report published on April 7, 1967.
  • The Cuba Archive project (www.cubaarchive.org) has documented thousands of murders by Castro. The Cuba Archive researchers require verifiable confirmation of murders from at least two independent sources. The Cuba Archive has estimated that about 78,000 people were killed while trying to escape from the grasp of Castro.
  • Seventeen years ago the truth about Castro and other Marxist dictators was thoroughly reported in the “Black Book of Communism." This piece documented the astonishing costs of communism, finding that "Wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established it quickly led to crime, terror and repression."
  • The Cuba Archive believes more than 5,600 Cubans have died in front of firing squads and another 1,200 have been subjected to "extrajudicial assassinations." In fact, one of the American Democrat’s favorites, Che Guevara executed at least 151 Cubans via firing squad.
The Castro method has always been and continues to be to suppress by any means all opposition. Fidel Castro found that the best way to suppress dissent was to engage in summary executions. Early on Castro eliminated most resistance through executions and the fear of execution. When Castro did not kill his opponents he jailed them. Inhumane prison conditions in Cuba have included torture since Castro killed his way to power.
It is a national disgrace in America that the horrors of Castro have been largely untold by the Democrats in the American press corps and in classrooms all around the nation. Here are a few additional incidents that have never been told by our mainstream media:
  • Fifteen-year-old Owen Delgado Temprana was beaten to death in 1981 after Cuban security agents stormed the embassy of Ecuador.
  • In 1995, 17-year-old Junior Flores Diaz died after being locked in a punishment cell in a Havana province prison and denied medical attention. The Cuban project has documented these murders along with 2,197 other prison deaths, mostly political prisoners.
  • Women have been killed by Castro as well. In 1961, 25-year-old Lydia Perez who was eight months pregnant was killed when a Cuban prison guard kicked her in the stomach. She lost her baby and bled to death. 
  • Edmunda Serrat Barrios, a seventy year old Cuban woman was beaten to death in 1981 in a Cuban jail. 
  • The Cuba Archive has documented 219 female deaths including 11 firing squad executions and 20 extrajudicial assassinations.
  • Still, the largest death toll has been racked up by the Cuban navy. Three children drowned in 1971 when a Cuban navy vessel rammed their boat. Their mother, Mrs. Alberto Lazo Pastrana, was left to be eaten by sharks after the boat sunk. 
  • Twelve children drowned along with 33 others when a Cuban coast guard vessel sank their boat in 1994. 
  • In the Canimar River massacre in Cuba, 4 children along with 52 others died when the Cuban navy and a Cuban air force plane attacked an excursion boat headed for Florida in 1980.
There are hundreds of stories like these.
Astonishingly, over the years the list of people in the American media willing to fawn all over Fidel Castro reads like a who’s who of Democrat journalists. The list gets bigger every year. Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, Andrea Mitchell, and Kate Snow are just a few of many at CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and NPR who have whitewashed the Castro atrocities. Often these reporters have had the gall to do their whitewashing on location in Havana while they were just a few miles away from Castro’s torture chambers. NBC's Andrea Mitchell coyly praised Castro's health and education policies this morning. Too bad she is here instead of in Cuba.
Why would American Democrat journalists, people who enjoy freedom of speech and the freedom to speak out about their political opponents look the other way? It is because looking the other way has become standard fare in the mainstream American media.
It seems that Democrats think you have to cut Castro some slack. Consider Mr. Obama’s recent efforts to normalize the Castro killing machine after ten predecessors condemned it. The shift actually makes ideological sense. After all, when the Castros aren’t killing and suppressing dissent, they are presiding over the Cuban equivalent of Obamacare.
What's more important? Should we support basic human dignity and freedom from political executions, or should we admire dictators who also crammed socialized medicine down the throats of the people? Democrats's actions where Castro is concerned speak quite loud.
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So much to be THANKFUL about....Kaepernick's disease

© 2016 Jim Spence - It’s Thanksgiving 2016. The presidential election was over more than two weeks ago now. It is time to give thanks.......but much of America does not seem quite ready for that.

Over the years I have written hundreds of columns on this site. Many of these columns have addressed the hostile takeover of our public education system by people who have no use for the United States Constitution. In fact, increasingly, those who have engineered the hijacking of American public education have received the help of the entertainment industry and so-called journalists. Accordingly, pop culture has replaced a nationwide reverence for the Bill of Rights with a lamentable reverence for the destroying of the true meaning of words. For example, the word "sanctuary" when coupled with the word "city," actually means, a place where laws are ignored. That is not a sanctuary, it is the beginning of anarchy. And the terms "divisive" and "polarizing" only apply to Republicans winners when Democrats lose. The truth is "divisive and polarizing," is actually the result of Democrat's inability to convince people that terribly failed policies are not failing. 

Earlier this month I made a trip to the San Juan River in Northern New Mexico to fish for trout. I did so to get away from the drumbeat of politics in America. I did the same thing back in November of 2012 when I sensed that the Obama policy wave (and court rulings) that took away my health insurance, raised my taxes, made it very difficult for me to arrange a loan at the bank, and increased my electric bills etc., were sure to continue. 

It turned out this year that I, like many others, believed the bogus polls the media used to justify forecasting the 2016 election outcome for Clinton. As we all know by now, Hillary Clinton will not be appointing another Ruth Bader-Ginsburg clone to ignore the U.S. Constitution.

Let's be generous here. It's Thanksgiving. Let’s set aside all of the personal failings of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The election is over. So much has already been written about the election. However, not enough has been written about what has happened during every election in America over the last fifty years. The Democratic Party has literally spent untold billions of dollars over the last five decades trying to convince African American and Latino voters that America is inherently racist. Like the sun rising and setting, the Democrats did so again in 2016.

How badly do Democrats want to divide America along racial and ethnic lines? When Donald Trump flipped more than 200 counties this year, counties that voted for Obama in 2012, Hollywood and the news media immediately suggested it was because the voters were inherently racist. These voters must be like the shape-shifter Odo on the Star Trek Deep Space 9 series. Apparently, these voters in these counties that flipped again were racists when they voted for Bush, NOT racists when they voted for Obama, and then racists again when they voted for Trump.

Of course Democrats can’t seem to offer any plausible explanations for how or why this "racism on, racism off, racism back on again, actually occurs.......mainly because there are no plausible explanations to support their tired old worn out racist labeling. In America, only Hollywood and the biased news media can pony up dumb assertions without any facts to support their ridiculous claims.

Allow me a couple more paragraphs to help you get a better idea of just how whacked out pop culture has become in America. Consider actor Brandon Victor Dixon. Dixon is one of the actors in the Broadway play, "Hamilton." This man, complicit with the entire cast of the play, thought it was perfectly acceptable to stop in mid script last weekend to lecture Vice President-elect Mike Pence regarding "equality, sexism, and diversity. It seems that Pence was in the audience, having paid, along with everyone else, to see a play.

Let's pause for a moment. Can you imagine what the mainstream media's reaction would have been if a GOP actor (are there any?) did the same thing to Tim Kaine that the cast did to Pence if Hillary had won? Can you say crucify? You can bet the GOP would have joined the condemnations.

Comically, it turns out that poor Mr. Dixon should be heeding his own advice. Dixon is on the record for having used extremely derogatory terms toward women when tweeting his own thoughts back in 2013. Here is an example of the morally superior Dixon's thought processes when he exchanged tweets with a woman named Tamika Lawrence:

@TAMIKASLAWRENCE tweeted: “Remember when NFL players would just play the game, bang mad ho's, and collect their checks? Guess that's not enough anymore.”

To which the model of moral superiority Dixon responded: “The problem is ho's aren't what they used to be. If ho game would step up, cats wouldn't get distracted.” 9:06 AM - 27 Jun 2013

Pardon me here. The last time I checked, the term "ho," was patently misogynist and exceedingly offensive. How did the news media handle the revelation of these vulgar tweets by a guy with the balls to lecture someone else on morality? Well.....while Dixon’s lecture to Pence was covered reverently (he was congratulated by news outlets controlled by Democratic Party group think), Dixon has yet to be asked by those same news outlets to explain his own disgusting misogynist tweets. Apparently everyone in the media was too busy casting the first stone at Mike Pence for being a Republican to confront Dixon with his hypocrisy.

Laughably, it turns out that Mr. Dixon has Colin Kaepernick's disease. This is a disease that also afflicts so many of the Trump protesters around the country. It seems that the public education system has coddled and pampered Dixon, Kaepernick, and the rest of the progressive children in our country for so long, millions of them are actually too lazy to vote. And it is this "collective" laziness that makes me so thankful on Thanksgiving 2016.

You should be thankful for this too!

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Swickard Column: Thankful for Thanksgiving

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  A caller to my radio talk show a few years ago said, “If you had not come to North America, the Native Americans would still be living free in a glorious land all by themselves. Shame on you for ruining it for them.”
            My first thought was: I’m old, but I am not that old. I replied, “If Europeans had not come, Russia or another organized culture would have conquered these tribes.”
            Those North America populations lacked a cohesive organization. Any time within a couple decades of Europeans landing the native populations could have suddenly and thoroughly wiped out all Europeans if they coordinated their efforts.
            That way of life was doomed by the tribes not being organized. But what was done is done. All we today can do four hundred years later is treat those indigenous descendants fairly and with cultural sensitivity.
            Our country has been uniformly unreliable in dealing with the indigenous populations. Most 19th Century agreements were broken. Americans did not care. However, many of us do care now but it is impossible to right those wrongs. I think of this each year especially on Thanksgiving.
            One thing totally American is the Thanksgiving holiday which developed long after the Pilgrims. Most of the heavy lifting to make this the holiday that it is goes to Abraham Lincoln. The final placement was tied to Franklin Roosevelt in World War Two.
            It’s a holiday I’ve celebrated all my life. I am thankful that my ancestors did come to these lands. Two branches of my family came about the same time and were in the Revolutionary War. They were on opposite sides. But during my lifetime the two branches enjoyed Thanksgiving… my mother and father.
            Our simplistic discussion of the “First Thanksgiving” has some aspects of truth but not a general truth. Regardless, that was then and this is now. Many of us, myself especially, have so much to be thankful for that a holiday focused on being thankful is perfect.
            We in the 21st Century are not the people of the past. In the last two hundred years, this nation has dealt with most of the human rights issues that were a blight upon our nation. As such we have a president with an African heritage and we almost elected a woman president. We are a nation trying to be a better people.
            We have stumbled a bit with the election since it seems to have brought out the worst in some people on both sides. I for one am very happy that it is over. Hopefully we can do some work before we must stop and have another election.
            This is the American way. In my life thankfulness is a way of life. Much of what we have with prosperity and freedom was paid for by other Americans. Often we never know their names but we see the effect of them in our better lives.
            One major task remains. In the coming years, we must heal the final American wound, that of the indigenous people. While none of those people treated so badly are still alive, the Native Americans, as a whole, continue to not enjoy a prosperity equal to other minorities in our nation.
            How to do so is something that I do not know. There is a need to have justice with the Native Americans in our country. We are troubled by the word sovereignty. Are they or not? I don’t know. We are wrong to think they should be thankful that our ancestors came and conquered their ancestors.
            But should Native Americans celebrate thankfulness at this holiday named Thanksgiving. Absolutely, if they so desire to focus on the individual act of thankfulness. They can ignore the “First Thanksgiving” that is mostly made up. And those moments that destroyed their ancestor’s world. But we are alive now.
            We all should celebrate thankfulness, not for history or politics but for the human emotion of hope and individual thankfulness.
            I’m personally thankful for my loving family and friends. Also for the many years I have been allowed to write a weekly newspaper column. To all of you reading this I am grateful and wish you peace and happiness.

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Believing Your Own Lies

© 2016 Jim Spence - Things are a changing in America. The American voters seem to have realized there are so many problems to solve in America you can’t count them all. And solving problems is going to require CHANGE.
The vast majority of people say they do not trust the media. Should we believe the media now that the election is over? Just a day or so before the election, the internet news site Huffington Post told its readers that after conducting extensive analysis, it had concluded that Hillary Clinton had a 98% chance of winning. This astoundingly bad prediction by Huffpo made the New York Times election analysis, which set the odds at 85% for a Clinton victory, seem almost forgivable. Other news outlets were similarly way off the mark, with bogus exit polls distorting reality even after polls had closed. Perhaps it might be a good idea to go elsewhere for astute analysis from now on?
You can't give the media another chance based on what it is cooking up now that the Trump appointments are starting to roll in. Let’s start with Senator Jeff Sessions, the Trump nominee for Attorney General. Sessions is famous in Alabama for prosecuting the head of the KKK there. Sessions actually sought and secured the death penalty for the Klan chief after convicting him. It seems that Sessions also fought to desegregate Alabama schools. However, since Session is a white Republican one of his colleagues, a black Democrat told fellow Democrats in the Senate thirty years ago that Sessions made a joke about the KKK being "ok" until he discovered they smoked pot. Of course Sessions made this quip while he was prosecuting the Klan. It seems that if you could just allow your self the "flexibility" to take the Sessions joke out of the context of him prosecuting the Klan, you could then interpret what he said as being racist. So…….there you go. This is going to be all that the mainstream media needs to smear Sessions.
Let’s see, what else can we “learn” about Trump’s bigotry from the astute analysis of the Democrats in the mainstream media as the post election era begins. Apparently, Donald Trump is a raging anti-Semite. Democratic Party fanatic and Hollywood icon Rob Reiner said so on national TV earlier this week. Of course this charge comes as news to Trump’s son-in-law and confidant Jared Kushner, as well as to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. Not only did Trump give Ivanka away when she married Kushner, who is Jewish, Ivanka converted to Judaism prior to the vows. The couple was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony in 2009. These days Trump’s three grandchildren from the Kushner branch of the family are being raised in the Jewish faith. It is widely know that Donald Trump supported his daughter’s conversion to Judaism and supports his grandchildren being raised as Jews.
Still, you have to respect the mainstream media because Meat Head Rob Reiner charged Trump with being an anti-Semite. So there you go. What else do you need to have to run with this story of anti-Semitic bigotry by Trump?
Clearly one thing that is NOT changing is how our mainstream media covers what is going on now that Team Trump is gearing up to govern in the wake of the election results. It would seem, according to NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, CNN, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, that the same pack of racist, homophobic, women-haters, that were elected by deplorable people (American voters), are starting to appoint horrible human beings to key positions.
Does it really come as a big surprise that Democrats have not learned a thing about their terrible blinders in the wake of their stunning defeat?
It is very hard to learn lessons when you are inclined to believe your own lies.

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Fake News.......a history

© 2016 Jim Spence - Google and Facebook are cracking down on “fake news.” It is an interesting concept. There is certainly plenty of fake everything on the internet…….including fake news. Of course the truth is the two tech companies are merely powerful internet portals; meaning that their users look through their sites to see things on other sites. Is it noble for these two tech giants to assume the role of being the internet information consumer’s protectors? Is it truly within their capability to make subjective judgments on all news sites? The pressure for these sites to institute these censor filters has come from Democrats still seething over their election loss last week. And both Google and Facebook’s leaders have shown themselves to be overwhelmingly sympathetic to Democrats.
Comedian Dennis Miller is a sometimes coarse and sometimes profound man of ideas who once said (paraphrased), “We Americans always want to help the helpless, but there is not much you can do about the clueless.” It would seem that Google and Facebook, now believe they can help the clueless by filtering out their access to fake news sites.
The idea of FAKE NEWS SITES stirred my memory. I thought back a dozen years to the Kerry versus Bush election of 2004. It was September 8, 2004 when a seemingly legitimate news outlet, CBS News, sent out anchor Dan Rather to stun the world by saying he had in his possession, a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service record. Rather claimed these documents had been discovered in the personal files of Lt. Bush's former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. Unfortunately for Mr. Rather, it was the forces of the internet that actually vetted his bogus story. Once copies of the documents were posted on the internet, their authenticity was quickly called into question by dozens of experts. It turns out that the documents were proportionally printed and displayed using modern typographic conventions that were unavailable on military typewriters of the 1970s. In fact, the font used on these otherwise politically charged documents was an identical match of the standard font features used on Microsoft Word which did not exist when the documents were created.
Quickly it became obvious that the memos CBS had trotted out to discredit George W. Bush just prior to an election were forgeries and not very good ones at all. Soon all media outlets, including other news outlets sympathetic to the Democrats including The Washington Post and The New York Times conceded that CBS had run with FAKE NEWS.
Though CBS initially defended the story and insisted that the documents had been authenticated by experts, soon CBS was being contradicted by the experts it had originally cited in defending its fake news. Eventually CBS admitted that its source for the documents – former Texas Army National Guard officer Lt. Col. Bill Burkett – had misled the network about how he had obtained them. Sixteen days later on September 20, 2004, just a few weeks before the election, CBS retracted the story as fake news. Rather issued the following admission, "If I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question." It wouldn’t have taken much for Rather to know……if he hadn’t believed what he wanted to believe about those fake documents.

My question is pretty simple. Will Google and Facebook BLOCK site user’s access to the CBS News site? Many observers tell me CBS is still running fake news. Since history suggests that CBS has a long track record of running fake stories to affect the outcome of presidential elections, I think they should be the first fake news site to be blocked by Google and Facebook.  The rest of the mainstream media deserves close scrutiny too......or maybe we should just let readers make the call on what is fake..........like they did with CBS a dozen years ago.

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Swickard: New Mexico can’t afford politician promises

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  “The politicians say ‘we’ can’t afford a tax cut. Maybe we can’t afford the politicians.” Steve Forbes
             The election is over so we must stop talking election politics and have these who were elected start making the tough decisions. I don’t care who is running in 2018 or 2020, we must fix serious problems now.
            Running for office has little to do with fixing New Mexico’s financial problems. In fact, it may make our problems worse since running for office often entails making elaborate promises to spend more money. We don’t have more money, we have less. The problem is two-fold.
            First, in the last New Mexico Legislative session in January New Mexico legislators put in the budget a far rosier revenue projection than what has actually been collected this year. No amount of posturing by politicians can change this shortfall. Hard choices must be made since New Mexico is spending more money than available.
            New Mexico’s budget is unlike the federal government since New Mexico cannot spend more money than it has. The New Mexico Constitution is clear that New Mexico cannot deficit spend.
            The New Mexico 2016 budget is running in the red and it is likely the same problem will be for the 2017 budget when the Legislature meets next January. Some people running for office have not worried about this problem since they put their entire attention on winning their election. Now the price for victory will be paid.
            One of two things must be done. New Mexico must spend less or collect more. Perhaps they could do both. Raising taxes is problematic since it is dynamic. The higher the tax rate goes up, more New Mexicans will take legal actions to avoid those taxes. I didn’t say evade which is illegal, rather, they will avoid them.
            One dramatic way is to move to a state with no state income tax such as Texas. While a pain in the keister to move, it does happen and the New Mexico budget suffers. The legislators could retroactively tax which would make it hard to avoid paying the tax but that would also drive taxpayers out of the state.
            New Mexico has a great climate and yummy green chile but there are states near that have good climates and no state income tax. Yes, you would have to change the spelling to chili which doesn’t impress me. The state could tax businesses more but again it causes some businesses to leave and therefore less rather than more money to be collected.
            The sensible thing would be to cut the budget down significantly but the big spending party ran the political table in much of the recent election so I do not expect this to happen. Promises of more money for many things were made and were rewarded with election victories.
            What I am hearing is that these are extraordinary times so extraordinary actions are needed. New Mexico has lots and lots of money in Permanent Funds which are not supposed to be touched. But this is extraordinary.
            Some people wish to spend money from NM’s Permanent Funds. It won’t be easy but it can be done. Should it be done is a better question. In a word: no. Alaska is in a big political whirl because the residents are used to getting lots of money for being a resident and the decline of oil revenue is making this impossible.
            New Mexico’s troubles likewise go to oil and gas revenue which is not providing as much support as the legislators want to spend. The budget over just a few years has gone up fifty percent but going down ten percent for some legislators is out of the question.
            This January New Mexico has the best chance to solve their financial woes without an election immediately on the horizon. Regardless, some wish to confiscate NM’s Permeant Funds and go on a spree of spending the likes of which this state has never seen.
            One day the Permanent Funds will be gone. These politicians will sneak out of public service with their retirement. It will be our children’s problem. I refuse to betray them this way. I hope you will refuse also.

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Pardon me Mr. Obama

© 2016 Jim Spence - Here’s another odd element of the post election dialogue.
It has been said that Donald Trump should pardon Hillary Clinton and abandon “his” investigations of her. This is comical. The last time anyone checked, it is Loretta Lynch, an Obama appointee who is running the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ has authority over the FBI and Mr. Obama is the chief executive officer of the United States. Accordingly, all investigations with authority to prosecute the Clintons were initiated under the Department of Justice that is 100% controlled by Obama and his Democratic Party appointees.
Mr. Obama has more than two months left in his term. He continues to be free to terminate the FBI investigations of the Clinton Foundation, and if he wishes pardon Hillary Clinton for any actions she may have taken that are prosecutable.
A logical question arises. When did it become Donald Trump’s responsibility to tell Mr. Obama what his Department of Justice should do, even for the final two months of his term?
Perhaps Trump should publically defer to the existing administration and its own decision to investigate the Clinton Foundation. If Mr. Obama wants to let Loretta Lynch know she should call off the FBI investigations of the Clintons and pardon the Clintons, my guess is Mr. Trump will not reverse that process when he is inaugurated.
So what will Mr. Obama do? It would be a good start to simply admit these investigations into the Clinton Crime Syndicate started within HIS Justice Department…….not the GOP’s. Of course don’t waste any energy expecting the media to point any of this out. The discredited media is already fast at work attempting to build on the negative and divisive narratives it promoted during the election.
Still the great irony of this investigation into all of the criminal behaviors of the Clintons, behaviors that Obama’s Justice Department was investigating, is that Mr. Obama and none of his surrogates ever took the opportunity to appoint a special prosecutor……nor did they simply put an end to the investigations. Instead of bringing the issue to a conclusion, the Obama administration has refused to end it. Obama has let this linger when he could have killed it.
Why should Trump do the dirty work for the Democrats? Let Obama clean the scum out of his own kitchen.
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