Addendum; Change of Mind

While we might be in an 1860-election type of political climate as I mentioned earlier, I now wonder if it’s more an 1870s type social climate that might be upon us. A Matt Dillon, Clint Eastwood, Wild Bill Hickock, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Jack Slade type of semi-mythical era come to life here in the 21st century.

Think of 1870s Denver. Civilized for the times … in the right places. Pretty iffy as you moved out. Not too far out of town, one had to be aware of free-roaming gangs of teenage/early20 year-olds of “we hate white people” (or anybody else not >us<) races out there dealing in random violence via guerilla warfare methods. To say nothing of innocent white folks doing their own style of pillage and plunder … with an occasional Bang-“Got ya!” thrown in. Goods travelled in groups and sometimes with military escort. It was risky to travel long distances alone. Recall it took several years of US military action to calm things down.

So maybe we’re coming up on an 1876 type election (Tilden/Hayes) … it’s just the times seem mixed in with that “onset of Civil War”-ish feeling that reminds one of 1860.

The history of that 1860-1880s period – beyond the myths – is fascinating. I don’t know that “fascinating” is the term I would use if I were living through it though … although, maybe I could describe our own times as fascinating. I’d certainly like to read a chapter ahead.

I suspect we’re going to find out what it was really like in “The Old West”- the 21st century edition. I’ll bet people were more “aware” then … as we all will be soon enough. Or just casualties …


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Do I Detect Just A Hint In The Air?

It just struck me that there seems to be a fair amount of resemblance to the election of 1860 coming up.

Wanna bet July 2017 may not be very similar to July 2016?

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It’s Dallas This Time

July 8, 2016



Tragedy as entertainment

Fox News headline:
“questions now are: WHO, HOW…

These are not difficult questions
1) Who:  disgruntled people … for whatever reason. Many possibilities come to mind.

2) How:  well-planned (almost) sniper attack with, yes … guns (so it can’t be Muslim terrorists; they use explosives)

3) Why:  This is almost the easiest to answer – and solve. but the solutions won’t occur to those that we allow to make those decisions.

“How” is the least important. The “who” simply chose an expedient means to accomplish their goal.

“Who” is almost not important. The “who” varies as do the random occurrences of this type of act. The “who” – or persons of reasonable similarity – of this single incident will be found and dealt with; but there are many “who” and many “where” to come.

“Why” … the only important question.

Frogs:  Even a slow heat eventually makes the water boil. Then the frogs notice.
The water’s been heating up for quite a while now.

Seemingly unjustified or questionable police shootings of suspects
“victim’s rights” – even when the police are right, they’re wrong
Prosecutor/police immunity
Hillary – different and variable sets of laws for different groups people
a for-profit justice system
asset forfeiture
no-knock warrants
etc, etc, etc

Actual Solution:
make those in charge liable for their actions
get rid of “we need to break the law in order to enforce it” attitudes
prosecutors and police become liable for what would be criminal acts by the public

Eventual Actions:
None of this would happen if only guns were illegal
Nothing changes


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I can understand supporting Trump. I can understand not supporting Trump. I’m not sure where I stand with him but I think I can understand the feelings about him from both sides.

I can also understand supporting or not supporting Bernie. I may not agree with him, but I think I understand those that do.

What I can’t wrap my head around is why anyone in the general population supports H.


I can understand the why of those with connections … but that ain’t us, folks …

Is there something like a special handshake or something and y’all are part of a super-secret society the rest of us aren’t allowed to even know about?

40% or more of y’all like H??? You really think she’s the best leader for the U.S. and the world?

I just do not understand …

Nixon’s gotta be spinnin’ in his grave. 18 minutes of blank tape …

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Took ’em 240 years …

Seems the British now see the point:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

… and I thought this was discussed with the Germans in the 1940s:

the following statement by European Parliament Martin Schultz should put all confusion to rest.

Schulz: The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate“.

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Pointing Fingers – and Other Such

Seems a lot of people are against “finger-pointing”. My first observation is the people that state this are often the ones fingers should be pointing at.

Think on it: Who are the ones that stand up in front of a crowd and say such things as:

What doesn’t work is finger-pointing, scapegoating, blaming people, denigrating people, or anything like that.“*

Probably the person (or their proxy) with the ultimate responsibility for what happened. I think those things work just fine … as a first step.

When statements such as these are bandied about, it seems more an excuse to “spread the blame” which avoids finding the source of a problem – which is … or at least should be … the first step in resolving a problem.

You! You screwed up. Do it again and you’re out.

How do you resolve a problem without determining what caused it?

When a pitcher keeps throwing balls and the coach insists on leaving him in, it helps solve the problem by assigning blame to not only the pitcher but perhaps even more so, the coach as well. While the pitcher may be only having an off day, it is the coach who is making the wrong decision. If it becomes consistent behaviour on the coach’s part – the coach is at ultimate fault, not the pitcher. The “let’s not point fingers, blaming people won’t solve the problem, we need to move forward” attitude does more harm than good – it assures a non-changing situation … and the rest of the team suffers.

Collaboration“, “working together“, “work it out democratically” … won’t solve the problem. These are corporate “feel-good” messages to avoid assigning blame to those that most likely deserve it. I’ve seen exceptions … but unfortunately, those incidents are exceptions, not the rule.

Fixing a problem and solving a problem are often two different things …

How to solve the problem?   Pull the pitcher and fire the coach.

(* this specific quote is attributed to JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon but I’m sure similar statements can be assigned to others as well. Actually, I know they can – I’ve heard them before)
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CBS News

Seems to me that CBS News – at least the on-line version (I no longer receive “on-air” TV) – has turned into nothing more than an info-mercial.

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