20 Years…

20 years in Afghanistan, 1000’s of American deaths and even more disabling injuries, billions of dollars wasted on equipment, supplies and facilities, and look at the mess. Is there any hope that our government learns from this — that you can’t install democracy where it is not wanted, that you can’t change a culture that is rooted in warring factions, conflict, and religious hate.

20 years and look what we have accomplished.

It is so sad. Many Afghan citizens probably want a peaceful life, an opportunity to be successful, hope for an open and free educational system, long for a safe and free living environment, and look what they have.

20 years…

The human cost is the greatest cost of all.

Here is an article from Forbes, Aug 23, 2021 that itemizes the other waste of our 20 year war:

!https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2021/08/23/staggering-costs–us-military-equipment-left-behind-in-afghanistan/?sh=79e80c4141db

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Experience

Ya just gotta love this quote, which based on my research, is credited to Will Rogers, Mark Twain, and others…

Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”

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Just Plain Ugly !

If this does not make one angry, does not touch one’s sense of justice, then “one” might be part of the problem!

Curtis Flowers spent nearly half his life in prison for the murders of four people and may still be on death row if not for the investigative work of a podcast.

Badly broken in this case!

Read the story of Curtis Flowers as documented on 60 minutes and aired on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/curtis-flowers-in-the-dark-60-minutes-2021-07-25/

Then ask why the prosecuting attorney was never prosecuted. Above the law?

There ARE professional organizations who need to clean up their ranks. It only takes a few to darken and stain the reputations of some otherwise good professional organizations. And it is awful some are in the judicial system where the impact is personal and critical. This example is ugly.

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Why ???

Meanwhile, the news reports more than 1 in 10 people who got one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine in the US have missed their second dose, according to CDC data. That could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous coronavirus strains like the Delta variant. 

Why miss the second dose? What do you think???:

— Don’t have their crap together

— Failed to note on their calendar

— Think one is sufficient

— Failed to educate themselves on the virus (lots of info out there)

— Stupid

— Don’t care about others

— Senior with failing memory

— Couldn’t get access to inoculation location

Update: cases are rising in all states, hospitalizations as well, 95% of those hospitalized did not opt for vaccine shots… I’m voting for stupid.

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Still true after 27 years…

Charley Reese was an American syndicated columnist known for his conservative views. He was associated with the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001, both as a writer and in various editorial capacities. King Features Syndicate distributed his column, which was published three times per week.

This column was written in 1984 by Charlie Reese, and yet applies today some 27 years later. Some of the actor names have changed however one will recognize the situation and environment has not.

http://www.hurherald.com/cgi-bin/db_scripts/articles?Action=user_view&db=hurheral_articles&id=53930

By CHARLEY REESE

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code. The Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy. The Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices — 545 human beings out of 238 million — are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Bank because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I exclude all of the special interest and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Don’t you see how the con game is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept. it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes. O’Neill is (was) speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.

Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise complete power over the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical force like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. they and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

– Charley Reese retired from the Orlando Sentinel in 2001, 17 years after he wrote this column.

There is just nothing left to say… !

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How can the world permit this?

CNN, “5 Things”, June 11, 2021:

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia are experiencing dire hunger, with millions more facing “high levels of acute food insecurity,” according to a new report from the United Nations and other aid groups. The famine in the country’s Tigray region stems from a conflict that began in November between Ethiopian government troops and the region’s former ruling party.

The fighting has resulted in “population displacements, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, loss of harvest and livelihood assets, and dysfunctional or non-existent markets,” the report said. The situation is expected to worsen through September.

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This is not about the USA being the world’s watch dog, police force, or savior. It just asked the question,
“How can the world permit this?” Don’t all people deserve to feel safe, secure, and free of hunger?

It will never be a perfect world… but situations like this are beyond criminal.

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Free…

I’m not sure how many citizens know that the health of business is the heartbeat of economy. And even with all the tech in business today, thousands of businesses yet rely on employees to create, produce, and sell their products.

Ask Matthew Lesko !

So, with no research, there are readily available stats out there that document the fact that many business can’t get the employees they need to operate. Why? Well, many people can make more money staying at home living off government programs than they can working.

Nice job Washington DC. Well Done. Keep up the good work.

The states share much of the responsibility for this.

This May 4th ’21 article from CNN Business describes how bad the employee shortage is in all levels of employees.

Update, May 6th, XM radio… 1000’s of restaurants struggling for help, live interviews with owners say people can earn more at home than working. Additional $300 per week, unemployment benefits will last until September. Restaurant traffic is at 95% of pre-COVID-19 volume.

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Waiting for it …

This blogger has been waiting for America’s CEO’s to stand up to the political mess and corruption… this is a good start:

CNN, April 12th: “CEOs vow to fight voting restrictions despite threats from Trump and McConnell

Those two losers will never beat USA Corporations and their leaders.

Here is the full article:

CEO’s and voting restrictions

In balance I do understand why talented executives and CEO’s avoid wadding into the corrupt, self-serving cesspool in DC.

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“They Are Different”

There is a highly visible investment company out there whose media ads are plainly misleading, and border on being just plain false.  Maybe you will recognize their claims… They present themselves as “different” from other investment firms and advisors.

“We are different” as our advisor compensation is linked to investor success, “We earn more when you earn more”. That is not a differentiator as many firms follow the Assets Under Management compensation method for their investment advisors.

“We are different” as we do not put investors in “cookie cutter” investment plans, our plans are individually tailored to investor’s needs. More BS… most certainly the company takes investors through the typical… risk tolerance – goal – objective – age scenarios and alternative mixes of investments and options. That methodology is used by many investment firms and advisors.

“We are different” as our advisors are fiduciaries and must act in the best interest of clients…  not different, many/most investment advisors are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or a state securities regulator and must act as fiduciaries.

I suppose “they” could make the argument that “they” are different from SOME… however that would probably be a small minority of investment firms and advisors.

“Just saying”….

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