What’s Up with Trump’s Breathing?? Can He Handle STRESS??

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

I was listening to  Trump on Saturday, July 16, with Mike Pence during the VP announcement  and, at least a few times, it sounded like he was really huffing and puffing.

This was not the first time I’ve noted this.  At times, he will gasp for breath.

Back in December 2015, Trump provided us with what was supposed to be a “medical report.”  According a piece in The Daily Beast, the letter written by his doctor was greeted with…er,  puzzlement.

DR. STRANGE

12.14.15 4:00 PM ET

Trump’s Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow

Donald Trump’s doctor released a medical report so silly that when we asked the American Medical Association about its language, their spokesman started to laugh.

Donald Trump’s doctor appears to be just as bombastic as he is.

It’s the only conclusion to be drawn from a hilariously bizarre letter that the mogul’s doctor—Harold Bornstein—wrote about his yuuuugely terrific health. And the letter raises as many questions as it answers.

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“If elected,” Bornstein writes, “Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

This is, of course, hooey. It’s embarrassing that a doctor even wrote it—unless, of course, Bornstein time-traveled to the 19th century to check on Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison. Reached for comment regarding this, a spokesperson at the American Medical Association just giggled.

They weren’t the only ones who found the comment perplexing.

“I don’t want to question Dr. Bornstein,” said Jeffrey Singer, a practicing general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. “But doctors don’t usually say that kind of thing.”

“I could understand Donald Trump saying that, because that’s the kind of thing he says—just like he’s the smartest guy and the richest guy and all that,” Singer continued. “But doctors don’t usually make those kind of superlative comments.”

Unless, of course, you’re Donald Trump’s doctor.

This commentary should be read in full for the fun of it and the link is provided for the actual “bizarre letter.”

So, once again on Saturday, even my aging ears, which often miss what people are saying, picked up Trump’s labored breathing…does anybody else notice?

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the media isn’t picking up on this. I guess half of the media has been banned from covering Trump, of course, But it is OBVIOUS to me that he seems to be short of breath sometimes.

Wondering if it’s health related (heart? he takes low-dose aspiring and a statin… lungs?) or is it a sign of ANXIETY/STRESS??? This all started as a lark, remember, and now he’s the nominee!

For all his bluster, his red face, and racing speech, it’s the real shortness of breath that I am now listening for every chance I get.  He may have cardiac issues that are under control, he may have allergies…but gasping for breath/hyperventilating may also be a symptom of STRESS.

Which begs the question:  Can Trump actually handle real stress, when things are not quite fully in total control?

I have to wonder if he gets the nomination and at some point, suddenly drops out, citing health issues…even if not severe, it would be a perfect way to avoid being
President and giving up his freedom to do whatever he wants to do at any given moment.

Heck, there are so many bad deals to make, so many taxes to avoid, so many people to not pay, and that great plane with the gold fixtures that is waiting to whisk him over to one of his golf courses.

Why the hell would Trump want to be President?

As things get real after the formal nomination at the GOP Convention, let’s see how he breathes during his acceptance riff.

I will be watching with “bated breath” to see if he gasps at any point.  And I will be looking as the campaign unfolds how his respiratory system reacts…at some point, maybe he will asphyxiate himself as he smothers in his torrent of toxic words…

 

 

Happy New Year! My Thoughts after Seeing “The Big Short…”

~By InsightAnalytical

Well, of course, the best time to release a movie about the 2007-8 economic crash is to release it during a holiday week at the same time the masses are being dished out “Star Wars”…again…

Being contrarian by nature, I made it over to see “The Big Short” which is based on the fantastic book of the same name by Michael Lewis.

Well, I went to the noon showing, this last day of 2015…the parking lot was full…of Star Wars fans, most likely.
I counted 20 people in for The Big Short. I was surprised there were that many…it’s only showing in one of the 3 movie complexes in town…seems it may be around for another week, but after that I bet it will be gone…

Of the 20, there were about 4 under the age of 60, probably in their 40’s/early 50’s.

Well, it was really gripping! It really was brilliantly done, esp. the asides with the “explanations.” I doubt, however, that many Selena Gomez fans will be in to see it, though.   I have to say the sleaze award goes to the guy based in New Jersey working for Merrill Lynch…figures.

After it ended I chatted with a woman who said they had lost $26 M in ethanol. Wants to get out the country (me, too!),  $300 for a visa to get out to Vietnam…or Cambodia ….or Thailand…Well, I cautioned her about a place like Vietnam being so dependent on China! Also, told her to watch “The Executioner” via MHzChoice (foreign TV series and one shot movies)….a Danish “movie” based on a true story…you will not want to go to Cambodia maybe after seeing the crap that goes on there. I also told her to read WallStreetWindow.com as well as Zero Hedge (but ignore most of the drek in the comments section…truly awful. I mean it…)
The truth is…with the global connectivity at this point, where is there anyplace “safe”??

She revealed that she had “insurance” in a safety deposit box…and I told her to get it out of that box in a bank!!!

When I got home I spotted the young man who works for Apple from home…he and his wife have just bought a house. I pulled over to say a final goodbye as he did his final move out of stuff….gave him the same info about a few sites that I gave to the woman at the movie and told him to save his money and learn what’s going on, not to keep all his retirement on one stock like Apple….exchanged phone numbers again and I gave him my email…told him I may not know all the answers, but I can figure out where to look most of the time…I’m sure I won’t hear from him again.

And then I came home. Hugged my dogs…and am checking my storage food for freshness…

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Before going I was watching Bloomberg and the word SCARY came up twice from the anchors…the discussion has been about the 600,000 jobs gone from banking….. The site says 500,000 but they said 600,000 on air.
http://www.bloomberg.com/ne’sws/articles/2015-12-31/half-a-million-bank-jo…

They had a guy on talking about going into recession (for some reason I can’t find THAT video up on the site); the anchor brought up Marc Faber also forecasting that a day or so ago. Yesterday, I saw the mayor of Wilmington, DE talking about the loss of 1700 jobs from the DuPont-Dow deal…he was pretty grim….

Anyway, a couple of the people on air today looked pretty pale…and to hear the word ‘scary’ TWICE, no matter in what context…well, THAT was scary!!!

CNBC’s Fast Money is having a party at the moment…party hats, champagne, are they kidding me?? ….can’t even stand watching CNBC much anymore…Bloomberg seems a bit more “sober” but …where IS that video from the recession talker today??

Stay safe out there in the New Year….

While the Confederate “heritage” flag still flies, Princeton Battlefield is about to be desecrated

by InsightAnalytical

July 31, 2015….Unfortunately, the building has started…

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I’ve been following this story from afar and it’s down to the wire now. Although the Princeton Battlefield Society has an injunction for now, the bulldozers are there and the construction fencing is up.

http://www.centraljersey.com/news/princeton-institute-for-advanced-study-battlefield-society-reach-agreement-to/article_483301b4-1528-11e5-8692-77a36e017dd3.html

What a perfect place to build 15 townhouses for The Advanced Institute’s faculty housing….

Why should this place be treasured?

On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field. The battle extended over a mile away to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

The famous Mercer Oak, once stood in the middle of the battlefield, not far from the spot where General Hugh Mercer fell during the Battle of Princeton.

http://www.visitprinceton.org/activities/history/princetonbattlefield/

Here is a great new video that shows how the battle was fought and views of the park and area today…and the fight that goes on to save the battlefield…including an interview with a descendant of one of the soldiers who fought in the battle

The Crossroads of the Revolution video is on this page:

http://www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com/

When living in the area, I often drove out of Princeton down the narrow road, past the Monument (where I once saw wedding photos being taken), past the Clarke House (built in 1772, the only building still standing near the battlefield), through the deep woods over the little stream, past the open fields and finally out to Route 1. I remember the now-gone Mercer Oak. I also once took a birding hike along trails on the Institute’s land. The road through the grounds was like going back to 1777, a miracle on the way to the modern ugliness and congestion of Route 1.

So, the bulldozers are out on the battlefield now….to take more property from this area and turn it over to development.

Princeton Battlefield Monument

Heritage worth protecting….this is a state park and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. a U.S. Historic district, and is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

The narrator at the end of the video has it right….this is hallowed ground…”in a country that espouses patriotism while trivializing preservation….we owe it to the generations to follow, to preserve what little is left…..”

Hillary Clinton: Not “Progressive” Enough?… History Shows How She Nailed China on Abuse of Women, Worked on Microcredit for the Poor

by Insightanalytical

No candidate is perfect. Grownups realize this. So, to those who are not going to vote for Hillary because she isn’t “pure enough” in their progressive eyes….she’s been around this fight from the beginning!  Here are a couple of examples of her “progressive pedigree.”

Who went to China as First Lady and detailed the abuse of women?? What politician today would have the guts to do that?
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/06/world/hillary-clinton-in-china-details-abuse-of-women.html

HILLARY CLINTON, IN CHINA, DETAILS ABUSE OF WOMEN

Published: September 6, 1995

BEIJING, Sept. 5— Speaking more forcefully on human rights than any American dignitary has on Chinese soil, Hillary Rodham Clinton catalogued a devastating litany of abuse that has afflicted women around the world today and criticized China for seeking to limit free and open discussion of women’s issues here.

“It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights,” Mrs. Clinton told the Fourth World Conference on Women assembled here.

“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls,” Mrs. Clinton said, or “when women and girls are sold into slavery or prostitution for human greed.

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Mrs. Clinton’s gravity and directness seemed to please both Democratic and Republican members of the United States delegation here, and thus the speech may trump the political disputes that have plagued both Mrs. Clinton’s decision to travel here and the Administration’s approach to China.

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Continuing with references to domestic violence, genital mutilation, coercive abortions and sterilizations, Mrs. Clinton told the delegates from more than 180 countries, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

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In the section of her speech aimed most directly at China, Mrs. Clinton seemed to betray frustration over China’s intolerance for dissenting views.

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Back in the day, when the GOP was not insane, even arch right-winger Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), praised the speech (although he thought she could be more “specific.”…can’t ever win with these jerks!)

OK, and then there’s this:    Who was deeply involved micro-banks in underdeveloped countries?

http://www.shareintl.org/archives/economics/ec_mlmicrocredit.htm

Microcredit Summit seeks to help world’s poorest  (1997)
by Monte Leach

Excerpt:

The impressive roster of participants at the Microcredit Summit, and their enthusiasm for microcredit programs, was a tribute not only to Yunus, but also to the power of his idea that the poor can help themselves out of poverty if given half a chance.

Among the more than 2,000 participants from 100 countries were three presidents and two prime ministers; Queen Sofia of Spain; the President of the World Bank, and the presidents of major regional development banks; the heads of UN agencies; members of parliament; heads of commercial banks and private corporations; heads of major foundations and philanthropists from around the world; representatives of nongovernmental organizations; practitioners — those who implement microcredit programs across the globe; as well as borrowers like Francisca Rojas who have received the benefits of microcredit.

The presence of the world’s movers and shakers, from every part of the political spectrum, appeared to mean more than simply efforts at photo opportunities with the gathered media. US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a co-chair of the summit, who, along with the US Secretary of the Treasury, spoke at the conference, said that she and the President, Bill Clinton, first met Mohammed Yunus in 1986, and have been deeply committed to microcredit since then.

Hillary Clinton showed photos of her visits to microcredit programs in Bangladesh, Chile, India, Nicaragua, and the US itself. The First Lady talked about a woman she met in Chile who had received a loan for a new sewing machine. “She said that when she got that new sewing machine she felt like a caged bird set free. And that is a good way to describe how many of the people I have met seem to feel when given the opportunity.”

Mrs. Clinton went on to describe the opportunity presented at this moment in history: “As we move toward this 21st century, we have an opportunity that has seldom come, if ever, in the history of humankind. We have a world that can, with technology, democracy, and free enterprise extend the benefits of prosperity and peace to countless millions whose lives can be lifted up.”

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Yeah, Hillary is an elitist who doesn’t understand those “below” her…

I consider myself a progressive. And that means not having another Republican get into that White House and crucify blacks, women, and gays.
Having marched on D.C. for women’s rights and to seem them crippled is really pissing me off…we are in dire need of a woman to restore the dialogue about issues that affect women and their families…and that includes men, too!

Hillary has been a crapped-on wife, a mother, a brilliant lawyer, an activist, First Lady, a Senator, and Sec. of State. She has seen the world, the villages, not just the presidential palaces. WHO CAN MATCH THAT EXPERIENCE???   She has a daughter and now a grand-daughter. Don’t you think she wants a better world for them and for all children??

People better grow up and realize that to put a Republican in the WH and with a GOP Congress will screw us for decades, esp. with regard to the Supreme FART!

Wake up people…I donated without hesitation last night and will be working on the campaign…at 64, this is a bookend in my life…I started
seeing progress in the 60-70’s, have seen it snatched away…and it’s time to take progress back!

I thought I wasn’t going to be energized, but…I AM!

I’m Aboard the New Horizons Mission’s Final Approach to PLUTO Happening NOW!!!!!

~By InsightAnalytical

UPDATE: To keep up to date with New Horizons Mission’s approach, these are the sites with all the info!  Both sites have countdown clocks to the time of the closest approach which will be at 7:49:59 a.m. EDT (11:49:59 UTC) on July 14, 2015.  The Johns Hopkins countdown also includes the elapsed time of the mission as well as a countdown to when the start of the close encounter operations begin,  12 April 2015, 00:00:00 UTC.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/New Horizons website  — scroll down to sign up for their email newsletter for the latest updates, including tracking the craft’s location in the solar system.

NASA New Horizons Mission website  — latest news, Tweets, pictures and other information!

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I’ve always been fascinated by space.  I cherish books which I’ve had since childhood.  Published around 1957, these well-worn treasures are always in view in my office bookcase. So, winding up living in Southern New Mexico near the White Sands Missile Range has been a happy coincidence since it’s a hotbed of all things astronomy and space!   Post-World War II, Werner Von Braun was brought here to test rockets for the U.S. Army and captured V-2 rockets carried hundreds of  payloads.

 

Childood Space Books

Childhood Space Books

What Space Exploration Would be like in the 1970's--Werner Von Braun from Chapter in "Outer Space"

Werner Von Braun’s vision of space exploration in the 1970’s–from chapter in “Outer Space”

NASA’s  White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH), was the primary training area for space shuttle pilots flying practice approaches and landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and served as a backup landing site (Shuttle Columbia landed here on March 30, 1982). And I was able to witness the final flyover of the space shuttle Endeavour on its way it’s final home in California on September 20, 2012.  NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which has supported many missions, is a few miles from my home.   I watched as Endeavour circled over White Sands and the NASA facilities on Route 70 in a final goodbye, swung back over the assisted-living facility where my mother was at the time and then flew right over me as I stood on the dam and then turned toward the west.   I had tears in my eyes as I simply loved the space shuttle era! And this haunting video of the flyover brings tears to my eyes now!   I met Alan Hale, of Hale-Bopp Comet fame at the local co-op one day and had lunch with him on his next visit to Las Cruces from his home in Cloudcroft.  Who could have imagined that when I viewed the comet back in 1997 in New Jersey I would someday chatting with one of the discoverers! I also built a 4.5″ Dobsonian reflector telescope telescope one summer at a class sponsored by the Astronomical Society…and later had my scope signed by John Dobson himself when he visited the club!  And, the Spaceport which is waiting for Richard Branson’s commercial edge of space flights to become operable, is just a short distance away.

But even more important now is the fact that Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto,  lived and passed away here…and some of his ashes are aboard the New Horizons spacecraft! See Clyde Tombaugh: Astronomer Who Discovered Pluto, from Space.com.

Tombaugh was a founder of the local Unitarian Church and he is memorialized in a stunning stained glass window in the Tombaugh Gallery,  which houses a variety art exhibitions.

Window-Tombaugh1

It was quite by accident (or was it synchronicity?) that I’ve reconnected with this Pluto mission. I’ve been clearing out a lot of old stuff lately…clothes, files, and all sort of stray papers. Recently, I rediscovered a lost printout that I promptly restored to a prominent place in my office.

This single piece of paper reads:

NEW HORIZONS MISSION

Shedding Light on Frontier Worlds

Participation Certificate

Presented to

***********My Name************

On August 30, 2005

Thank you for joining the first mission to the last planet! A compact

disc bearing your name will be included on the New Horizons spacecraft,

set for the first voyage to a new class of planets on the solar system’s

farthest frontier.

Come with us as we complete the reconnaissance of the solar system and unlock

the secrets of Pluto, its moon, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt.

Certificate No. 277229

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  On December 6, 2014, NASA posted this update on the mission entitled “On Pluto’s Doorstep, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter.”  (http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons/on-plutos-doorstep-new-horizons-spacecraft-awakens-for-encounter/#.VLWz3HuW6oN)

After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system.

Operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that New Horizons, operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had switched from hibernation to “active” mode. Moving at light speed, the radio signal from New Horizons – currently more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, and just over 162 million miles from Pluto – needed four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia.

“This is a watershed event that signals the end of New Horizons crossing of a vast ocean of space to the very frontier of our solar system, and the beginning of the mission’s primary objective: the exploration of Pluto and its many moons in 2015,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.

With a seven-instrument science payload that includes advanced imaging infrared and ultraviolet spectrometers, a compact multicolored camera, a high-resolution telescopic camera, two powerful particle spectrometers and a space-dust detector, New Horizons will begin observing the Pluto system on Jan. 15.

New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto will occur on July 14, but plenty of highlights are expected before then, including, by mid-May, views of the Pluto system better than what the mighty Hubble Space Telescope can provide of the dwarf planet and its moons.

“New Horizons is on a journey to a new class of planets we’ve never seen, in a place we’ve never been before,” says New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver, of APL. “For decades we thought Pluto was this odd little body on the planetary outskirts; now we know it’s really a gateway to an entire region of new worlds in the Kuiper Belt, and New Horizons is going to provide the first close-up look at them.”

January 15th!  With very little fanfare, New Horizons is going places where no spacecraft has gone before! It is happening right now!

In a January 5th article in Time Magazine entitled “ Hello Pluto! NASA’s Visit to the Mystery World Begins,” Alan Stern who has led the project writes:

It’s not exactly top secret, but it is too little known: this month, a small, robot spacecraft—built, launched and guided by a team of over 2,500 Americans—will begin the exploration of far-away Pluto and its five known moons. Lasting from January through July, this epic journey is very much the Everest of planetary exploration.

New Horizons already set records when it was launched in 2006 by becoming the fastest spacecraft to leave the Earth—reaching the orbit of the moon in just nine hours, about 10 times more quickly than the Apollo spacecraft did. Now, after traveling for nine straight years at an average speed of 39,000 m.p.h. (59,000 km/h)—equivalent to L.A. to New York in four minutes—it is at last approaching its historic rendezvous. No spacecraft has ever ventured farther—3 billion miles (4.8 billion km)—to reach its primary target.

At its closest approach, New Horizons will pass Pluto at a distance of just 6,000 miles (9,700 km). It will send back images at resolutions so high that if it were flying over New York City at the same altitude, it could count wharves on the Hudson River and ponds in Central Park. It will also take measurements of Pluto’s composition and atmosphere, study its moons, and more.

In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences ranked visiting the Pluto system at the very top of NASA’s exploration priorities. Why? Because in the 1990s, planetary astronomers discovered a vast structure in our solar system, a previously unknown disk of comets and small planets out beyond Neptune, called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was the first of many small planets discovered out there, and it is still both the brightest and the largest one known.

The Kuiper Belt is the largest mapped structure in our planetary system, three times as big as all the territory from the sun out to Neptune’s orbit. The comets and small planets that make it up are valuable because they represent the astronomical equivalent of an archeological dig, reaching back to the era of planet formation, 4.6 billion years ago.

Nothing like the exploration that New Horizons is about to undertake has happened in a generation, and nothing like it is planned or even contemplated to happen again. It is likely the last time in our lifetimes that a new planet will be explored. This is more than scientifically important—though it certainly is that. It’s also a reminder of what American technology, culture and daring, on its game, can do.

So… my name and certificate number on a disc that is on a small craft…and the most amazing space mission to date!

To the edge of our solar system…and beyond!

“I LIKE IKE!”…But the GOP Doesn’t Seem To…

~~By InsightAnalytical

As yet another disgusting election season nears its end,  I find that Dwight D. Eisenhower has been on my mind lately.

Eisenhower was the first President I knew.  I was born in 1951 and he became President in 1953.

I remember like it was yesterday standing at the corner of Pierrepont and Lincoln Avenues in front of my grade school (Pierrepont Elementary) as I debated with a long-forgotten classmate about Kennedy vs. Nixon. I was in 6th grade and Eisenhower would be out of office by January 1961.

He passed away in 1969.

Since I was so young when Eisenhower was President, I don’t remember much of what went on…but I do remember the Interstate Highway system being built.  Reading about his time in office is fascinating as I try to recall how my childhood fit into the times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower

I can’t recall exactly when the name “Eisenhower” was purged from the GOP’s history.  I recall David Eisenhower and wife Julie showing up at some conventions, and perhaps they still do, but the Eisenhower name hasn’t been uttered in years as far as I can tell.

The plain truth is that Eisenhower was not nuts.  The current GOP IS nuts.  And Eisenhower is just not crazy enough for them to give him much thought.

There are plenty of sites which have some of Eisenhower’s best quotations.

I’ve selected a few that make me feel nostalgic for Ike. Maybe I’m just wandering back to my childhood, but I don’t think that’s the main reason I’ve been thinking about Eisenhower.

I think I’m just trying to remember what  a more sane GOP might sound like…

So, here are some of my favorite quotations from Ike:

“Unless we progress, we regress.”– State of the Union Address  January 9, 1959

“Only Americans can hurt America.”

“There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.”

“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

And,  I offer this excerpt from Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, January 17, 1961:  http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower#Farewell_address_.281961.29

  • Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Eisenhower  knew that American needs “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” and that  “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

So, as we come to this Election Day, with the process marred by Citizens United and Koch brother money, voter suppression, extreme hostility to President Barack Obama, most likely fueled by racism, attacks on women’s rights, and the general ignorance of the public,  what would Eisenhower be thinking today??

How would he be viewing the “future of this republic”?

 
 

July 4th, 2014… WHAT FREEDOM MEANS in the Era of Republican Repression…Nelson Mandela Had It Right

By Insightanalytical-GRL

It’s been awhile…aging parent do take a lot of time to care for.

But, that doesn’t mean I’ve checked out of the world.  Believe me, the current political situation in this country only adds to the stress of family issues as one gets swamped by negative, cruel messages from the Republican Party.

In light of the recent Supreme Fart rulings (Hobby Lobby contraception, etc), the general onslaught of religious crap in this country and the  anti- EVERYBODY who is not one of THEM attitude, this sort of captured the moment for me….

This wonderful quote goes to what is being crushed in this country by right wing forces…a sense of what should be normalcy being trashed by a rotten GOP, a cruel version of “Christianity” which borders on insanity and Taliban-like qualities, intolerance, racism/voter suppression, hostility toward women, anti-healthcare expansion,anti-food assistance, holding immigration reform hostage,  etc….it’s all out there now,  courtesy of a rabid bunch who have taken over the GOP.

The Republican Party, its Tea Party wing (which is a deviant of the original Tea Party which was all about economic concerns, not social issues), what I call COCKROACH CHRISTIANS (insidious, crawling out of their very dark places everywhere and not being really Christian at all,  in shorthand CRAP “Christians”)….these UN-PATRIOTIC idiots who want to destroy the country…

These  people show NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING….They are seriously toxic people….

It’s time for the rest of us to RISE UP and re-ignite OUR REVOLUTION!