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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jeb can't fix shit!

Mitt Romney said he would not run for president if Jeb bush did. He later told Jeb he thought his candidacy was a long shot.

Jeb was not a distinguished Florida governor. Like his brother, George, he entered politics at the gubernatorial level. Jeb claimed his greatest accomplishment was education, Florida public education has been in shambles since the Jeb Bush  was governor.

Jeb's big problem with his bother, George. George was a Big "F' failure as president. George an his neo-conservative pals may have brought down the World Trade Center in a false flag operation hoping to benefit Israel. Bush's invasion of Iraq was a monumental error and his ownership society nearly tanked both the US and international economies.

No, even the Republicans remembered George W. Bush, the comedy about him, and had no interest in putting another Bush in the White House. Jeb lacked the charisma of his brother and never did well in the GOP primaries, finishing poorly even in Florida.

Jeb even had problems in Florida raising campaign finances because many pundits believed Marco Rubio was a better candidate. Yet, Jeb amassed the biggest war chest of all the Republicans,  estimated between $115 and $150 million.

His brother used the same approach to win the GOP nomination in 2000 by outspending his opponents in the primaries and the caucuses.

Jeb went thought the campaign cash, winning 0 delegates. At the end of his candidacy he took out a loan to keep the campaign going.

Big mistake. The pundits were right. Rubio was a better candidate.

Jeb now has a $260,000 debt with $31,000 left of campaign funds.

Should you fell sorry for him?

Not at all.
The Scarlet letter

source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/jeb-bush-campaign-debt


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Cruzader Ted and the Virgin Heidi

Cruzader Ted met Heidi Nelson during the 2000 GW Bush presidential campaign. This was before she she worked as a banskster for Goldman Sachs. On the third date, Ted touched Heidi's shoulder and there was a flash of light. Heidi instantly knew that she was pregnant.

In April 2008, Heidi Cruz gave birth to her first child, Caroline Camille Cruz. Her second daughter, Catherine Christiane Cruz was born three years alter after another flash of light form Ted Cruz' hand.

Ted said that Heidi's body is a temple. Her immaculate conception of two children was a miracle and Ted quickly realized he would no longer be a husband with benefits.

So did had to go to a nunnery to seek passion. Unfortunately for him, Anonymous found out about these rendezvous.


Ted is Magic man would said he could easily make Donald Trump “huge” again by touching him is a certain place, but why would he want to do that?


Ted said that after he is elected president,he will establish an American National Church that would end the myth of the separation of church and state once and for all. The Virgin Heidi would oversee the two Oracles, Caroline and Christiane, who would produce prophesies and intelligence estimates for the United States.  

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jeb and Marco's suspended campaigns no surprise.



Jeb had been out of politics for many years and his two terms as the Florida governor were lackluster. Mitt Romney warned him about running for president. Americans haven't forgotten his brother, George W., and the damage he did to the US and world economies

Donald Trump said “Frankly, he’s (Jeb) a stiff. He’s not a guy who can be president. He doesn’t have what it takes to be president.”

Trump has a point. Jeb has no fire in his belly. Jeb never stood out in the numerous GOP debates. We don't need a Casper Milktoast as our next president.

It never amazes me how Republicans enter the political arena at the senatorial and gubernatorial level with no prior political experience. The was true of the two Bush brothers and Mitt Romney. Trump is running for president with no political experience and so were Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

Marco's problems are numerous starting with financial irregularities when he was a Florida legislator, Marco was also linked to two women during the campaign which certainly hurt him with Evangelicals. He also indicated he disliked being a Senator.

“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word. I’m frustrated.” Marco told the Washington Post.

Marco was famous for his robotic recital of well rehearsed sound bites. For example. he said "the children of the Reagan Revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership" in a speech after the South Carolina primary.

The millennials are the children of the “Reagan Revolution” and most are progressives and Bernie Sanders supporters according to a Frank Luntz focus group.

Marco missed many Senate votes. He accomplished little as a US Senator. This is also true for Ted Cruz, who engaged in one pointless political stunt after another that alienated his Senate colleagues.

Two men who are US senators with two years of national experience are running for president. Don't think either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz have paid their political dues.

Our next president should not peddle into the White House on training wheels.

Marco got few Florida newspaper endorsements because he developed a reputation as being a lazy politician.


Agree with the Tampa Bay Times: Marco was not ready to be president. He wasn't ready to be a US Senator either.  

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How to deal with Donald Trump

Trump has said plenty of really stupid things, many of which his GOP opponents have glossed over.

He may be easier to beat in a debate than a lot of people think.  His irreverence  may work in front of many Republicans, but Democrats may find Trump rude and boorish.


When the general election occurs assuming Trump is still standing, the Democrats should assure groups of blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans and Asians are prominently sitting together in the audience. This will freak Trump out who will be unable to remove them.

Protesters should also picket his arrival. Hope the Occupy Democrats show up in Cleveland and at the general election debates.

Fast forwarding to the general election, let's assume Hillary or Bernie is is debating Trump.

Let's assume Trump throws a grenade out Bill Clinton's past infidelities. The Democrats should respond about the nude and semi-nude photos of Melania Trump are on the Internet.

When veterans issues comes up, it should be noted that Trump mocked a disabled person at a rally, “Now, the poor guy — you've got to see this guy,,” mocking New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski. Likewise, how can his escapades with women as a young man be compared to service in Vietnam. Trump has also disparaged John McCain's military service and his internment as a POW while Trump get 5 deferments to stay out of the war.

When racism comes up, it should be noted it took him several days before he repudiated David Dukes endorsement. Can he prove that Mexicans are bringing drugs, bringing crime and rapists to the US?

When immigrants and “the wall” are mentioned, he needs to explain why H2-B Romanian workers are given preference over US workers in his county club in Palm Beach. 

How can Muslim immigrants be prevented form entering the US. What is the legal basis for such an action?

When Trump mentions his business acumen, he should be asked to explain his four bankruptcies and why he was unable to get a gaming license in Nevada,

Also. why does Trump think is appropriate to punch a protester in the face or encourage people at his rallies to attack protesters? The US isn't WW2 fascist Germany

Why did he say, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?

Why did he suggest Hillary Clinton got schlonged in a close primary race with Obama? 

Constant Sexual innuendos 

 

Trump has attacked Carly Fiorina's appearance and implied Megyn Kelly was menstruating as a debate moderator. He has attacked celebrity females such as Bette Midler and Rosie O'Donnell as well. 

Why the constant sexual innuendos?

Trump: You know, it really doesn't matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." He also says Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband or America."

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Letter to Jonathan Haidt in his TED presentation of liberals and conservatives.

Thought you might appreciate a non-academic view of your presentation on TED. Many years ago I wrote a thesis based on the work of Lawrence Kohlberg. I found his ideas very useful in understanding the differences between conventional and post-conventional thinkers which equate to liberal and conservative according to Charles Hampden-Turner.

Thought your TED presentation was a big improvements of your earlier work which tired to explain liberalism and conservatism in terms of a long list of attributes.. You now relate the differences between liberal and conservatives in in terms of harm, fairness, ingroup, authority and purity.

Was happy to see someone after Lawrence Kohlberg working on the issues of morlaity and ethics. Kohlberg's work was built upon the foundations of Piaget and Erik Erikson. Not clear what the intellectual basis your ideas on liberal and conservative is. The terms 'liberal and “conservative” are more often used in political science rather than social science or psychology.

Found Kohlberg's work to be valuable because it was based on developmental psychology and each his stages of moral development. Kohlberg's would probably see lower Tea Party and citizen militia members as lower small group (stage 3) conservatives. Would guess that libertarianism would fit better into a pre-conventional stage where there is an emphasis on individualism rather than cooperation within a group.

It is possible thee is some genetic components of liberalism. About 20% of humans possess the Explorer Gene. Those with it are more curious, restless, and take more risks. In addition , a study of the UK show people on the extreme right who have larger amygdalas than liberals. Democrats show greater activity in their left insula, an area associated with self and social awareness. People who identified themselves as liberals generally had a larger anterior cingulate cortex.

Kohlberg made some profound observation about stage 5 post-conventional thought. First few people who did not get a college education develop stage 5 thinking. College students are exposed to post-conventional thinking in college, but most of the graduates do not develop the post-conventional thought process until they are in their mid-thirties.

More important, Kohlberg noticed that post-conventional thinkers understand conventional thought, but the reverse is not true. Conservatives have a difficult and few grasp post-conventional ideas. This may be why our political process in this nation is in disarray.

In my view the big difference between liberals (post-conventionals) and conservatives (conventionals) is their view of the law. Conservatives want a static unchanging world with religion and law in concrete. Conservatives are the defenders of the status quo. Post-conventionals see the law as a social contract that is negotiated and frequently changed.

My own view is that liberals have a more pragmatic outlook while conservatives are far more ideological, a term you refer to as purity. Purity can be a dangerous in politics and religion. We can look back to the fascist movements in Italy and Germany prior to WW2 to see where purity can take you.

Glad to see a psychologist working on the important issues of ethics an morality In my view liberalism and conservatism are not opposite sides on different sides the same coin. Don't think that a dialectal conversation between liberals and conservatives will produce much positive outcome because as Kohlberg observed, few conservatives can grasp post-conventional thinking.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nov. 8 is Obama's Gun Confiscation day.

Stay in your home, turn the lights off and do not open the door.

Turn all TVs and radios off. Your guns will be safe again on Nov. 9. 


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Buying a HUD home

Have a relative is one who wants to buy a home that usually costs at at least $150-$200K  for about $120K. This is not an easy task and a HUD home is  probably the only option.

Many people who bought homes during the era of the Bush Ownership Society suddenly found they were financing a home for a lot less hat the home was worth. Essentially the loan was "underwater."

Typically, the home owner would try to get from under the loan with a short sale. The bank would sell the home for less than the original mortgage and the homeowner would only get a 4-year credit ding. This is better than walking away from a home and getting into foreclosure with  a 7-year credit ding.

Once a home goes through foreclosure, the bank can auction it off "as is." Often the bank will clean it up by removing furniture. cleaning floors and carpet, and removing other refuse in the house. The bank will first try to by sell it as a "contingency," which is the same as "as is."

If the house is in bad shape and the price is right, flippers will bid on it, fix it up for a couple of months and try to rent it or resell it. if the house is in reasonably good condition, flippers won't see any profit potential. If it doesn't sell as a contingency, the bank might list it in a HUD auction.

The HUD auction is a good deal for consumers because corporations like Blackstone,who are buying homes as rental property,  are not eligible to bid. Bidding is open to:

Owner Occupants, Nonprofits, and Government Agencies only

Buyers should look for these disclaimers.


FHA Financing: IE (Insured Escrow) *
203K Eligible: Yes *
    *Subject to an FHA appraisal
    Buyer selects Closing Agent/Firm.   

FHA financing usually protects the buyer and means a lower down payment. If the house needs some repair, you can use the 203k option to make them before closing.

Before the house is listed in a HUD auction, a HUD inspectors examines the house and completes a pre-inspection. if repairs are more than $5K, the house will not meet FHA loan ccriteria. A biggie is the roof. The roof must have 2 years left on it to to pass FHA criteria. 

Look for the Property Condition Report in the HUD listing.  It is in the Property Detail tab which provides a pre-inspection report.

Property Condition Report

2-Appraisal Complete
01/27/2016
Atlanta
Contract Area:
Address:
City, St Zip:

Functionality/Test Notes
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cooling/Air-Conditioner: Damaged
--Heating/Furnace:
OK
--HVAC System Duct: OK
HVAC tested and
functional?:
No
The free standing air conditioning unit
was powered with active electric and the
unit did not activate when prompted. The
unit visually showed no apparent
deficiencies and is in need of an hvac
inspection as to cause.
The heating / air handling unit was
powered with active electric and the unit
functioned when activated at the time of
this inspection.
The heating / air handling unit was
powered with active electric and the unit
functioned when activated at the time of
this inspection.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Electrical Wiring:
--Other:
--Other:
OK
OK
OK
Electric supply
tested and
functional?:
Yes
The electrical system was powered with
active electric and no apparent
deficiencies were revealed with all
lighting and outlets tested at this
inspection.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Stove/Range/Oven:
--Kitchen Cabinets:
--Other:
Missing
OK
OK
Built-in appliances
tested and
functional?:
No
The dishwasher and disposal were the
only appliances and they were powered
with active electric. The disposal
functioned when activated and the
dishwasher did not. It was also not
installed properly. The stove was missing
from the home.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Plumbing:
--Sink:
--Other: OK
OK
OK Water supply
tested and
functional?:
Water Heater: OK Water heater
functional?:
Yes
Active pressure was applied with a
compressor to the plumbing system and
it held pressure at 30 psi at the time of
this inspection.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Yes
The water was not active and our
assessment of the water heater revealed
no apparent deficiencies at the time of
this inspection.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sewer/Septic System:
--Toilet:
--Other:
OK
Damaged
OK
Sanitary &
plumbing system
functional?:
Yes
The water was not active to the building
and outside water was used to activate
both install toilets. Both traps functioned
when activated at this inspection, One
toilet was not installed on the 2nd floor.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Roof:
--Other:
OK

It is also a good idea to go online to the county property appraiser's office and look at the history of the house.You can usually get a line drawing of the house, see comparable prices and also view any building permits for improvements to the house.

You are now ready to rock and roll and make a bid online. Talk to an agent on recommendations for the bid. There are no counter offers in HUD. The highest bid wins.


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The importance of VA secondary condtions.

When a Veteran files the initial claims with the Veteran Administration, he usually files for a primary medical condition. Besides filing the online VONAPP (www.ebenefits.va.gov)or the VA Form 21-52.

The evidentiary requirement are rigid and Rightardia has recommended using the Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ) to make sure all the "T" are crossed and the "I's are dotted.

It is important that the doctors check the box indicating the Service Medical Records (SMR) have been  reviewed. A nexus statement connecting the military service to the medical condition must  also be written in the remarks.

In the example below,  a serviceman loses his pituitary by being exposed to radiation or chemicals in an industrial environment. Hypopituitraims is the primary condition, but the vet could also lose adrenal, thyroid and sexual function. Hypopituitarism cal also cause anosmia (loss of sense of smell ) and diabetes insipidus.  All of the latter are secondary conditions.
Many Army solders were exposed to agent orange in Vietnam which led to many cancers and heart conditions. For example a veteran could revive an award for non-Hodgins lymphoma. With chemo-therapy, the vet might survive. But there are a lot of residuals or secondary conditions associated with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
If the vet develops any of these conditions, they should file for a secondary condition. Filing for a secondary condtion  has some big advantages.
38 CFR § 3.310 says:

"When service connection is thus established for a secondary condition, the secondary condition shall be considered a part of the original condition."


This means the effective date of the secondary condition is given the date of the primary condition.  In addition, the doctors does not need to review the SMRs or write a  nexus statement. The doctor must indicate the secondary condition is  a consequence of, and linked to the primary condition. 

The vet may use a DBQ to document a secondary condition. Some DBQs are written to identify secondary conditions, other are not. A doctor's letter my suffice for a secondary condition. The letter should show:


A diagnosis for a compensable condition
A link between the secondary condition and an already service connected condition

You may think the primary condition would have a higher disability rating that secondary, but it is usually the other was y around. In fact the 38 CFR makes it clear that secondary condition may have a higher disabiliy rating than the primary.


sources:

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-526-ARE.pdf
http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/dbq_ListByDBQFormName.asp
http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/n/non_hodgkins_lymphoma/complic.htm#complication_list
http://vets.yuku.com/topic/12131


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Old time religion and politics have been a disaster for the GOP

The struggle between organized region and non-affiliated has been around since the nations was founded. Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson James Madison, and Thomas Paine were all deists.


Deism the belief in a deity based on natural religion only, or belief in religious truths discovered by people through a process of reasoning, independent of any revelation through scripture or prophets.


Deism can be contrasted with theism, Most theists ascribe to organized religion. “Organized religion is typically characterized by an official doctrine (or dogma), a hierarchical or bureaucratic leadership structure, and a codification of rules and practices.”


The term theism was first used by Ralph Cudworth (1617–88). In Cudworth's definition, 'Theists, are those who affirm, that a perfectly conscious understanding being, or mind, existing of itself from eternity, was the cause of all other things".


Most modern western religious such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam are monotheistic. Almost all have official doctrine, bureaucratic leadership, and a codification of rules and practices often described as rituals.


Most of the early religions were integrated with and extensions of the state. This may explain why many religions have developed an authoritarian streak,


Barry Goldwater said this in 1981:


There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

Goldwater further warned about Christan fundamentalists and Evangelicals taking over the GOP:

If they succeed in establishing religion as a basic Republican Party tenet," he told US. News & World Report in 1994, "they could do us in."  In an interview with The Post that same year, Goldwater observed, "When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it.  If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.


So here we are in 2016. In 2012, we had Republican Mitt Romney running for president. Romney believed he was the chosen one in the White Horse prophesy. The prophecy predicts that the United States Constitution will one day "hang like a thread" and will be saved "by the efforts of the (man on a) White Horse. " Mormons have anticipated. the United States to eventually become a theocracy dominated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


When Romney was running we also had Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum trying to build their presidential aspirations on church altars. too. Newt Gingrich was another religious Catholic zealot


The worst by far is Ted Cruz who hold Dominionist beliefs. Ted would like to be the emperor of the first American theocracy.


The authoritarianism in the GOP can be explained to a certian extent by the a party riddled with religion. 

The Republican reaction of the GOP to Obama may also have a religious basis in that many fundamentalists think Africans a have the mark of Cain on them. However, most anthropologists know that the human species developed in Africa. The first humans were dark skinned. 

So how does the Democratic party work with Republicans who are religious zealots and ideologues with “my way of the highway” attitudes?

Would guess Obama is doing the best he can under the circumstances. You have to work under and around such people and work to marginalize them in the next election. On occasion, give them enough rope to hang themselves which is what happened to the the GOP when it closed down the Federal government.

You simply cannot negotiate with a “disloyal opposition” in good faith.

It's time for Democrats to put the hammer down and to storm the election booths in 2016. If we make an extended efforts, we can take the Presidency, the Senate and perhaps even the House!

Sources:

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Is Melania Trump the Whore of Babylon?

Glenn Beck indicated in The Blaze that Melania had been a Rainbow Starlet in Slovenia.
Does America need a First HOTUS?


It's your call, America!



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