Bad News, Good News

In general, mostly, it’s supposed to be good news, bad news.  In this case, the reverse is true.

The bad news: during the mid-term elections, the republicans lost a bunch of seats in the house.

The good news: we got rid of a lot of rinos.  Hopefully, they will eventually be replaced by real republicans.

By the way, a side note: we will not have to deal with Senators Flake and Coker.  They were about as much of a hindrance as a help anyway, even to this day.  It is as if they want to do their worst just before they leave for spite.  Also, we picked up a few seats in the Senate.  No longer do we need to thread the needle to get judges appointed.

BUILD THE WALL!  IT IS PERMANENT.  ANYTHING ELSE IS TEMPORARY.

Save the World!

First disallow all private jets.  It would decrease carbon dioxide by incalculable tons.  Besides, it would likely cut down on the cost of travel on commercial airlines.  More folks would want to fly first class… decreasing the cost for those of us flying coach.

Second, require proper management of the forest.  Get rid of dead trees and undergrowth.  One forest fire likely produces more carbon dioxide than thousands of cars spew out in a year.  Besides, burning wood also produces a bunch of carbon monoxide.  Good forest management would drastically cut down on the quantity and size of forest fires.  The undeniable fact is the dead trees are nothing more than fuel for the next fire.  Thinning the trees in the forest insures that the remaining trees survive… as well as those creatures living in the forest.

The fact is that fuels such as gasoline and natural gas have drastically improved things.  Before internal combustion engines, the streets were lined with disease ridden horse manure.  Before we heated our homes with natural gas, we used wood and coal.  I think most of us would not want to return to those “good ole days.”  On the other hand, lets remember who generates most of the carbon dioxide — those who have the big houses and cars — many of which are those forcing the ecology down our throats.  Al Gore certainly uses his share of fuel.  He has a nice big house and flies around in those private jets, he and his countless friends.  (Moreover, his predictions are way off.  According to his movie, Florida should have been completely covered by the ocean years ago.)

Finally, I in no way condone the riots in France, but I can’t believe that anyone should be surprised by them.  The French government is robbing the middle and lower classes in the name of decreasing climate change.  As I said before and I will say again, those forcing the gas tax on people are those who don’t have to pay the taxes and the wealthy.  I assure you, those running France are not going to suffer one little bit from the increase in the cost of gas.  The wealthy don’t suffer the pain when the taxes go up ten or fifteen cents.  Those who drive to and from work daily, on the other hand, feel the pinch every time they have to pull up next to pump.  It means they have to give up something.  In some cases, that isn’t even an option.  It might mean they lose their job because they can’t afford the tax.

My personal opinion is that the climate changers are simply using the so called science for control.  Let’s face it. Controlling our mobility is certainly one method toward that end.  They want to move around freely while the rest of us walk, or use horses.

Idealism Verses Experience

There are those who get into government with real business or military experience.  Then there are those who bring nothing but their idealism into government and try to use the government to run the nations businesses.  Do I really need to explain which party is which?

By the way, I might mention, most of these idealists never worked a day in their life outsied of politics or volunteer projects.  They don’t really have the slightest idea what makes things work.

Who Killed Dr. M. L. King?

According to history, it was James Earl Ray.  Personally, I have my suspicions about that.  I don’t know, but I would say the chances are about 60% that the real killer walked.

I always had suspicions about the case.  Call it a hunch.  However, over the years, I have seen and heard things that have given me solid reasons.

  1. An episode of Law and order. The suspect was told that he would be given the death penalty if he didn’t sign a confession.  The man said, “In the old days they used rubber hoses.  I think I prefer that.  At least I would have come out of it alive.”
    Which is worse, beating a confession from a man or threatening him with death?  Like the character in Law and Order, I would prefer the rubber hose.  Regardless, I will never confess to a crime I haven’t committed.
    Basically, this is what happened to James Earl Ray.  I don’t know the exact percentage, but I would suspect that many people would admit to most anything if it means not being killed.  In my book, it negates the value of the confession.
  2. They never tested the rifle. It seems to me that if the prosecuting attorney wanted to put the right guy in prison, he would have insisted on testing the rifle.
    Not only did they not immediately test the rifle, but they also rested for years the testing of it.  I can only conclude that they were afraid they would have egg all over their faces if it tested negative.
    Finally, when the tested the rifle, it turned out inconclusive.  If it tested inclusive at the time, it likely would have been devastating to their case.  If it turned out negative, Ray would very likely have walked.
    I have no idea what time played in the testing of the rifle, but if the test would have been inconclusive immediately after the crime, it could not have been used as evidence.
  3. I don’t know what proof they had against Ray. They never had to present it in court.  I suspect it was a weak case at best.  Moreover, Ray never got a chance to present his defense.  I don’t think I like that.  For that matter, I suspect that Ray never saw the evidence.
  4. It looked to me that they were in a hurry to convict someone. It appeared as if anyone would do.  They just wanted the case closed.

I get it.  I understand the advantage of confessions.  They save time and money.  If they tried the case, it likely would have lasted a couple of years and there is no telling how much it cost.  More than that, they would have had to develop real proof and convince twelve people he was guilty.

By the way, there was also an unsettled populous in the city of Memphis.  No one in the hierarchy of city government wanted to see that.  Also, they didn’t much like the publicity that the assignation brought to The Bluff City.

The problem with that is that a mistake just might have been made.  If so, an innocent man went to prison for life and a killer walked.

 

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Purjury Traps

First, let me say that I have a great deal of respect for the FBI and law enforcement in general.  Yet, from recent observations with the the special counsel, I have come to one conclusion.  If the FBI ever starts asking me questions, I will not say a thing.  It would seem he is using the purjury without restraint, convictint people left and right, even if they did nothing wroing.

It would seem that, nowadays, you can be charged with perjury, even if I tell nothing but the truth.  Moreover, I can lose my house and about everything I currently own just to pay lawyers.  Therefore, I have one simple solution.  I won’t need a lawyer either.  All I need to do is keep my mouth shut.  The only talking I will do is to remind my inquisitor of what the special counsel has done.

Again, it is the unintended consequences.  The special counsel has shown the county what can happen if we open our mouths, even in the presence of a lawyer.  I suspect I was not the first nor will I be the last to notice that the damage that can be done to a person’s life.  Naturally, if I say nothing, they cannot charge me with lying.

Perhaps they can still convict me of something, but they will not be able to use my words to do it.  So, until I see some reasonable restraint, I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.

It is time that someone put a restraint on the man.  There is no reason to ruin a man’s life simply because of a slip of memory.  It is all the more reason for me to keep my mouth shut.  I am now 71.  My memory is nowhere near what is used to be.

Unintended Consequences

Whenever you try to fix a problem, you stand in danger of creating others.  When they passed a law to allow people to seek asylem, they fixed a problem.  Now they have a bigger problem.

They need to revisit the law and repair it or our national language will be Spanish. If in doubt, consider that there are some places in this country where Spanish is more common than English.  Guess what?  It is spreading quickly.

BUILD THE WALL!