Griffin Depicts Bloodied, Beheaded President

31 May 2017

Kathy Griffin has went too far. Even the extreme left has its limit. In case you haven’t heard, here’s the story.

2017/05/30 – Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she ‘went too far’ – Fox News

Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she “went too far” on her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields in which she is holding a bloodied mask of President Trump.

After the backlash started… the she Tweeted…

“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”

The photographer is Tyler Shields.

Shields told Fox News that Griffin was hoping to create a bold message.


Shields added the image was meant to serve as art and he’s aware that it could make some viewers uncomfortable.

“That’s what art is meant to do,” he said. “Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it… I understand there are going to be people that hate this. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody nor do I feel anybody should be killed. It’s no different from a movie. It just happens to be a still image.”

In their minds, this is art, and an edgy message. Depicting an image of a bloodied beheaded U.S. president is art and an edgy message.

Many people really need to get a grip… particularly the news media, the actors, the people disappointed from the election, and those paid by and/or aligned with George Soros. Trump has been president for four months. There have been numerous protests, numerous acts of political violence towards those who supported Trump, numerous investigations without evidence of crimes, and he has no room to operate. Now I understand Trump does stir the pot as well, but I take that as responsive more than proactive. Throw in the deep state in the government who are against what he stands for.

Whatever you think about Trump, he affects everyone in this country. I can see if what he implements does not work. But what if does work? What if it does put more people to work once everything is in place? What if blacks and minorities in inner cities fare better?

The chaos in this country is not on Trump. The chaos is on the groups I mentioned earlier. They are putting out the message. They are organizing the protests. They are still investigating without evidence of crimes. That’s not Trump. And now we have Griffin’s demented nonsense.

So much for putting country first. Many would be OK burning the country down and turning it into Venezuela in order to get what they want. Where are the adults in this country?

If Kathy Griffin wants to resemble a functioning, mentally stable adult, she should directly apologize to Trump and his family. She and the photographer displayed a TOTAL lack of perspective with this nonsense.

2017/05/31 – THE LATEST: CNN CUTS TIES WITH KATHY GRIFFIN OVER VIDEO – AP

In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was canceling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.


Horowitz Describes Political Landscape in the U.S.

26 May 2017

2017/05/26 – THE DEMOCRATS’ SECOND SECESSION & AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL WAR – Front Page Magazine

According to the Gallup organization, the normal duration of a presidential honeymoon in recent times has been seven months. The Democrats didn’t give Trump seven seconds. While he was president-elect, they were already attacking him as a racist, a “white nationalist,” anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim; also an anti-democratic “fascist”- a would-be dictator. His election was called illegitimate, the alleged agent of a Russian conspiracy. This meme swiftly metastasized into one of the most bizarre witch-hunts in our political history, a “red scare” without actual reds, in which Democrat after Democrat stepped forward to allege that Trump had colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the election.

I am giving Trump some room for reasonable mistakes. He is a political amateur. I can understand if you don’t like him, because there is a lot not to like. But the behavior from some who oppose Trump are simply un-American to me.

This is good article describing where we are politically in this country.


Donald Rumsfeld on “The View”

26 May 2017

Donald Rumsfeld on The View. He is not exactly someone I would think would go on the show, but it was for a good cause.

He brings some sanity to the election results and the Trump/Russia investigations. Whoopi Goldberg is just awkward and aloof in general.


Thomas Sowell Retiring

27 Dec 2016

One of my all time favorite column writers is setting down the pen… or the keyboard… whatever.

A Farewell Note

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).

This is what life should be about. People following their interests without worrying about what government is doing… and government operating in the best interest of the citizens so we don’t have to pay attention to what they are doing.

As a fellow black American male and conservative realist – well done, sir.


Electoral College Day

19 Dec 2016

Today is the day the electoral college will officially elect the next president of the United States. The people who are the most happy about the vote taking place are the electors themselves. They have been under siege for about 40 days since the nation went to the polls.

Many people want to do away with the electoral college. The main reasons are it’s old, and it’s not representative of a true democracy. The problem is that we are NOT set up us a true democracy. We are a representative republic. The founders, when putting this system in place, drew from their past experiences to put this system together to safeguard the structure of the country. The fact that we are still functioning as a strong nation after 240 years is proof that it has worked. We have had peaceful transfers of power through the years.

What we have now is true democracy at the state level. The states then have an allotted amount of representatives that vote for the president. In Illinois, there are 102 counties. At the county level, Trump won 91 counties, and Clinton won 11 counties. Yet, Clinton easily won the electors for that state by over 800,000 votes. If that model was projected upon the entire country, candidates would only need to consider California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and maybe Florida to win the election – and the needs of the people in middle America would be ignored.

For me, the electoral college provides a needed balance between population and states. It’s a hybrid system that takes considers both as important. It also protects us from tyrannical behavior. We had a sitting president encourage people in the country illegally to vote. Those illegal votes can steal an election if we employed pure democracy. But as it is now, California can have all of the illegal aliens they want to vote – they are only getting 55 electoral votes. Under a popular vote, if California allows it, people could come across the border by the millions, vote, and go back home.

Also regarding California, it is the sole reason Clinton won the popular vote (by 2.3 million) in the nation. Without it, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states by 1.7 million. That is a 4 million vote swing by one state. That does not serve the true interest of the country as a whole.

I’m sure it’s a relief for electors to have this over with today as they have had to put up with a ton of immature responses, requests, and threats.


News In Context – Three Month Trial

14 Aug 2014

So I have been on and off in producing content for this blog.  I believe God has given me a gift of discernment, and I use that here in two ways – 1) in determining what news is important, and what news is not, and 2) within a news story, to discern what is important, and what is fluff.

I believe people are empowered when they know the truth.  I also believe most of the country is not as far apart as it may seem.  It is to America’s interest that the majority of people are united – and I believe truth and understanding can help people unite.

I need to be consistent in providing content to the site for at least three months and see what happens.  There are two main types of posts.  News stories that are paraphrased for quick and easy understanding.  And for long term news events, a list of links to articles for a historical perspective.  Many popular articles won’t be here.  Important news under the radar will be here as I can find it.  Posts are categorized for easier reference on certain topics.

 

Thanks,

DRob


Putting the Pieces Together in Destroying Private Health Insurance

13 Jan 2014

I will be putting a couple of article together for this post to see if we can read what may happen down the road with ObamaCare and insurance companies.

Robert Laszewski — a prominent consultant to health insurance companies – wrote this blog post last week.

Will There Be an Obamacare Death Spiral in 2015? No – Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

Obamacare contains a $25 billion federal risk fund set up to benefit health insurance companies selling coverage on the state and federal health insurance exchanges as well as in the small group (less than 50 workers) market. The fund lasts only three years: 2014, 2015, and 2016.


Of the $25 billion, $20 billion is earmarked for the Reinsurance Program and $5 billion goes to the U.S. treasury.


The statute very specifically limits funds collected to $25 billion over the three years––$12 billion in 2014. The source of these funds is the Obamacare $63 annual “Belly Button Tax” assessed on almost all people covered under a health insurance plan.

So this tells me that health insurance companies will operate risk free for three years under current law. The tax payers are insuring the health insurance companies from loss of revenue due to ObamaCare. Seems ironic – we are insuring the insurers.

Let me quote from the another article from linked here.

Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare – Weekly Standard

In other words, insurance purchased through Obamacare’s government-run exchanges isn’t even full-fledged private insurance; rather, it’s a sort of private-public hybrid. Private insurance companies pay for costs below $45,000, then taxpayers generously pick up the tab—a tab that their president hasn’t ever bothered to tell them he has opened up on their behalf—for four-fifths of the next $200,000-plus worth of costs. In this way, and so many others, Obamacare takes a major step toward the government monopoly over American medicine (“single payer”) that liberals drool about in their sleep.

While the previous post makes it seem as though ObamaCare provides insurance for the insurers, it is actually insuring people indirectly through these health insurance companies – FOR THREE YEARS.

Let me put it this way. Years ago we had gas company mergers. One of them was Exxon buying Mobil. So although Mobil gas stations and products still existed for a time after Exxon bought them – they were really Exxon. The same thing is occurring with health insurance. The government, using tax payer money, is buying health insurance companies on a three year buy out program.

What happens after three years? The fine schedule for not having health insurance will have changed. Right now it’s cheaper to pay the fine than to have insurance. Human nature says, if money is short, I will pay the fine. In 2016, it will be cheaper to have insurance than to pay the fine. But the government, after 2016, will no longer prop up the health insurance companies – and they will have to adjust their rates higher to stay afloat. The government will be in a position to totally undercut the rates from health insurance companies.

So to answer the blog title from the first link… the death spiral occurs not in 2015, but in 2017 when the government stops propping up these companies.  ObamaCare is a devious plan to wipe out health insurance companies in 2017 and takeover the health care system. This is not the design of the American government.