New Year Old Problems

HAPPY NEW YEAR friends, hope that 2017 will be a far better and more optimistic year than 2016 turned out to be, though having said that, we kick off the New Year with the Inauguration of Donald Trump, so, either this is a sign of how things will go this year or things will get better from this point on, who knows.

What I do know is that it is getting a little bit depressing hearing what the President Elect thinks of his critics via Twitter, there can be no question that he is media savvy, despite the fact he doesn’t like most of the media, he has, despite this, stuck closely to Social Media, using Twitter to lambast, critique and downright slam others, so far he has attacked Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meryl Streep, one for being an apparently poor replacement in the USA Apprentice show and the other for using her Acceptance Speech at the Emmys to fight back against the bile that had been created in the past few months, Trump called Meryl Streep ‘one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood’, yet it has been discovered that Trump had lauded her a few years before.

His tweet, for that is how Trump chooses to attack and react to people now, read that not only was Ms Streep an overrated actress but also that she was a ‘Hilary flunky who lost big’, he then went on to deny that he had mocked the disabled reporter stating that he ‘simply showed him groveling when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad.’ he then ended the tweet by declaring that this was proof of ‘Just more very dishonest media’.

What is it with Trump, does he have the memory of a goldfish, he attacks then it is found that he had either complimented or supported those he attacked in the past, weird right, its like he has no recall ability and takes on anything, he would probably argue with himself if he thought that his own reflection was being critical of him.

There is one thing that made me splutter about this though, Kelly Ann Conway (Trump’s Advisor), her reaction was to be ‘concerned’ about Meryl Streep’s words, that the actress had not used the opportunity to speak out about an incident in Chicago that was broadcast live on Facebook, the torture of a disabled boy by several figures, though to be fair, apparently screaming anti-Trump expletives and forcing the victim’s head into toilet water.

Ms Conway went on to decree that she would like to hear from Ms Streep, to see if she would like to continue to fight for the defence of the disabled, missing the point, she then moved on by stating that her boss was obviously correct in his tweet by referencing 2014, a year, then said that the election was over, Meryl Streep lost and that her audience during the Emmys was of a mind to denounce Trump and that there was no indication about how she felt about the fact that, despite the apparent loss Meryl Streep suffered (having not even run for office?), Ms Conway wondered if it would have been a better opportunity for Ms Streep to state that although she didn’t like the result, Trump is going to be President and that Ms Streep was going to support him.

Ms Conway then continued by stating that ‘this is Hollywood, this is self pity, a lot more self awareness would do them some charm’, Ms Conway continued by stating that ‘talking about how vilified Hollywood is in their gazillion dollar accounts’ making a joke about asking to borrow a couple of these accounts for the Inauguration Ceremony.

Ms Conway works for Trump, she is not impartial, she is probably being paid quite well to continually see the wood for the sawmill, she has since stated that people should look at Donald Trump’s heart and not ‘what’s coming out of his mouth’, her new job, when Trump is sworn in will be Counselor to the President, cushy, protect him and you are well-rewarded.

In a different interview about the ‘mocking’ that Trump was filmed doing, Ms Conway questioned why the interviewer, a Mr Chris Cuomo, wouldn’t give Trump the benefit of the doubt, there is video evidence of Trump’s actions, there is no denying that he is not talking normally, why did he feel the need to state the words he did while acting the way he did, if he had not done this then maybe, Ms Conway, there wouldn’t be as much of a furore over it, but because he did, the idea that Trump deserves the benefit of the doubt is as unlikely as Scotland winning the World Cup.

The actual quote for the above issue, during the interview between Ms Conway and CNN’s Chris Cuomo is in This Link.

So, it seems that if the next few years can be judged on the previous year and the run up to the Inauguration, then its going to be a bumpy ride for the Americans, while we, in the rest of the world will continue to either avoid the idea of thinking about President Trump or just scratch our heads at the thought that a multi billionaire tycoon has become President and, despite promises of making America great again he has filled his cabinet with his buddies, hired his Son in law and Ms Conway to vital posts and has apparently stated that his two sons will take on the business empire he runs while he is away in Washington, interesting, here’s to the next few years then, they promise to be interesting at least.

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Goodwill To All and to all a Good Night

Friends, Christmas is upon us, the timing of this blog may be a slight snippet on the early side to say this but with other things to deal with at this time, I feel that this will be the last blog of 2016, so I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and the best of fortunes in 2017, though, just because I can’t leave it without getting into something, let us take a look ahead at 2017 shall we?

In January next year, Donald Trump will be sworn in as America’s newest President, already he is causing some consternation with his choices but on this day, the Inauguration, I think the world will realise that this wasn’t a cheese based nightmare but rather the cold hard reality of the fact that a multi-billionaire, who is seemingly unable to cut ties to his empire during his Presidency, handing control to his eldest sons apparently, Trump will be a rather intriguing watch for those of us who don’t like reality TV, ironic that idea isn’t it seeing as Reality TV made him a well-known name in the 21st Century.

Moving on from the Inauguration, over here, in the divided United Kingdom, Brexit continues to be the top issue, despite the fact that the health service is flailing in the water, there are families just about managing, which has brought about a new political jargon JAM, Just About Managing, there are those of us who are just starting out in life and require some form of help or foundation to kick off from, though that’s all trifling apparently, as the UK government continues to drone on about Brexit, do they even understand that BREXIT IS A MADE UP WORD, its a car crash of two words to form a stupid and before the campaign even started, unknown, non existent term.

The best problem about Brexit is that there is now a rumour going around suggesting that the Government, who are supposed to make decisions on our behalf, don’t know how they will go about Brexit, how long it will take and how it will be either Soft or Hard, what the hell is it, a removal from the European Union or toilet tissue, though right now you could just about wipe your bum with the result, the amount of time it is taking for the UK Government to even make a decision that doesn’t involve the sentence ‘Brexit means Brexit’, has anyone noticed that that sentence, seeing as the term Brexit is made up, that statement means absolutely Scottish Football Association, Sweet F All.

Next to deal with next year, well that would be the follow on elections in France and Germany, where the right wing seems to be on the rise in both cases, the inspiration for this apparent emergence, Nigel Farage’s work in both the Brexit Campaign and his time spent in America as Trump’s lapdog, he believes that the date of the result for the EU Referendum should be known as an Independence Day, ha, that’s not what independence is Nigel, ask the Americans, ask the Argentinians, ask the Canadians, ask the Mexicans (though your buddy Trump might not like that), you could have asked us about our Independence Day if it wasn’t for the fact that for the only time in history ‘without a drop of blood being spilt’ we would have had Independence but for the machinations of Whitehall and the VOW, which wasn’t worth the toilet paper it was written on.

Besides the French and German Elections, the Brexit situation here and the US Presidential Inauguration, there is little going on in the world, bar the ongoing crises in Syria, Southern Europe (mainly the Mediterranean Countries) and certain African nations, you know, the stuff we have turned a blind eye to, why, because we can, the media in our nations can choose to promote or ignore the situations, like the three I mentioned in favour for reminding us how fortunate we are, how much mess is here at home and how chaotic the Political system is, basically I am reminded of V for Vendetta and the Propaganda spouting news network that is seen in that franchise.

So, my friends, with all of this said, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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To Aide the Bear, the Eagle Dares

America is fast approaching January, that may seem like a weird statement but, considering that in that month, only a few weeks away, the reign of America’s first Black president comes to an end, with the immediate installation of a golden-wigged worrier of sanity, for recently the fight to stop him reaching the White House has involved rumour and hearsay about Russian involvement.

This is the latest in a growing line of attempts to halt Trump’s Inauguration, Russia is accused of fixing the odds in Donald Trump’s favour, though this has received immediate dismissal from the man at the centre of this, his reasoning is a bit like standing in front of a bull with a red leather suit on, its going to cause a lot more trouble than necessary, basically, though he hasn’t said it in so many words, Trump has called the Intelligence Agencies of America, from the CIA to the FBI and all between idiots, seriously, he is claiming that the CIA, who recently launched an investigation into the involvement, if any, of the Russians, in the US Presidential Elections, which the CIA believes there is evidence of, while Trump’s Transition group deny any thought of such an idea.

A Former Head of CIA reacts to Trump’s Denial

Denying the fact doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, Trump’s transition team have questioned, as amazing as this may sound, the credibility of the CIA, I mean seriously, you’re questioning the standards of an organisation that has been around for longer than even Trump has, the idea that you can simply ignore the combined focus and research of the CIA, to simply dismiss it like a small fly buzzing around your head, that’s rather galling.

Of course, there is some support for this, apparently, the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange has also denied that the hacked emails, at the centre of this whole issue, even originated, never mind been created by, Russia.

In as many words, this whole situation is just becoming rather depressing, I mean its bad enough that we’re going to have probably the least qualified, least diplomatic and least merciful President ever, never mind this or that side of the 21st Century.

The mere thought that this is going to happen in January is, for a lot of people, depressing and distressing, then of course, there is the thought that the next best candidate was a former First Lady, who is probably a little bit better liked by the general populace, beyond that you now have the idea of a wall (fences in some places) being built between the USA and Mexico, the swift deportation of illegal immigrants, (criminals first apparently, despite the fact that if you’re there illegally, you are in fact breaking the law, therefore you become a criminal), then you see that any of those who were dismissed by previous administrations, those that are outspoken, outdated or outcast are actually being brought into Trump’s Administration.

Lest not forget, it is Christmas at the end of the month, so I am rather hoping that the Nuclear fallout can be left until April, as for the first few months of the New Year, I would like to enjoy some form of peace and joy, so, if the coming Apocalypse can be held off for a bit, that’d be wonderful.

Beyond America’s oncoming freight train of Nuclear Death and Destruction, there is the ongoing idea that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, DEAR GOD, sorry, I’m just sick to the back teeth of hearing this phrase, there is such thing as BREXIT, it is a madeup, non-existent GODFORSAKEN WORD!!!!

Enough with the spin, enough with the bull, enough with the slamming together of two words to form a nonsensical word, I am so tired of this shit you wouldn’t believe it, Brexit shall we change the word, Brexit means British Exit, yes, its the two words car crash that I mentioned before, so, from now on, it means British slowly reversing out of the driveway but realising the weather is starting to turn and besides there is plenty to do at home so we can hold off on this journey for as long as possible Exit!

Yes, I’m that angry, its time for the Political Classes to understand that they can’t fob us off with anymore of this idiotic nonsense, its like their a lazy teacher and we’re their pupils, they think we’re either less educated, less intelligent or less mature than we actually are and, for the most part, we think they are droves of hot-air spewing morons.

So, from me to you, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and to all those reading a Happy, Prosperous and Wondrous New Year.

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The New World Order

Previously on Earth, we’ve all lost our minds, well, that’s what it seems to me, here in Britain we voted for Brexit, over in the good ol’ US of A, they voted, somehow, for Trump, leaving me to question what’s next, Elmo for President of France, the Count to run for Chancellor of Germany, (these are ridiculous suggestions to prove how stunned I feel).

The world has developed from one of confusing sense to one where I won’t even try to make sense of things, its simple really, for example, if you take the Popular Vote for the US Presidential Election, never mind the ultimately confusing Electoral College system that the Americans use, then here is the result as it stands as of the 23/11/2016:

Clinton: 63.7 million  Trump: 62 million

The Count So far

That’s votes by the way, Clinton’s leading the way as far as the Popular Vote is concerned, which is leading many, as Trump prepares to settle his Cabinet, to call for the American Democratic System to alter from the Electoral College vote version to the Popular Vote, as Clinton is apparently the third most popular candidate in history, though she was ranked as the second worst candidate to run, the worst being the President Elect.

My fascination with this has led me to question when the Electoral College system first started running, thanks to certain sites I found that the Electoral College system came about as a by-product of the 12th Amendment, here are the details:

The Twelfth Amendment requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president.[4][5] In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.[6] The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the United States when the Electoral College vote is certified by Congress in January.

Confusing huh, anyway, with that question answered I had to wonder why the country that prides itself on being the bringer of Democracy was using an archaic system that ignored, in this case, the mass feeling of support for Clinton and not the President Elect (I am saying this phrase instead of Trump to get used to the fact that he is going to be President).

Now, I turn my focus to Trump’s initial actions, In the first 100 Days of his Presidency Trump has promised to do the following:

  1. Remove up to 2 million Criminal/Illegal Immigrants: This idea that he is only going to target Criminal immigrants, especially if they are illegal is a Tautology, if they are Illegal they have already broken the law, so therefore they are criminal, so he is defining a difference when there isn’t one, enacting such a deportation, on this scale especially will be a mammoth task, though it has been suggested that Trump could employ more Border Agents to undertake this task.
  2. Build A Wall between the US and Mexico: This is probably his most famous policy, he is still going ahead with this, some thought he would ditch it after becoming President but apparently not, he has already conceded that the wall may be a fence in some sectors, like the one that exists now in some sectors, that’s not really going to prevent anything or anyone from getting across, if you are determined enough, then even the largest wall Trump could build would be seen as a hurdle and let’s not forget, there are tunnels, numerous tunnels under the ground between the two nations.
  3. To Appoint a New Supreme Court judge: After the passing of Anthony Scalia, Obama has nominated a replacement but the Republican controlled Senate refuse to even glance at this suggestion, Trump will be able to fill this space as he will not be seen as the Enemy at the Gates, with the other Supreme Court judges approaching or over 70, there is a feeling this appointment could be the first of many for Trump.
  4. Repealing EVERY Executive Order Obama made: It would be possible, Obama made 32 Executive Orders in his time as President, lifting sanctions on Myanmar (Burma), his most controversial one however will probably be the one that is targeted first, the plan to lift the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented migrants and giving these individuals the right to work.
  5. Scrapping Obamacare: This is apparently the first thing Trump will do, he has been quoted as saying on ‘Day One’ he will get Congress to repeal this reform of the Healthcare system, reversing it from a close relative of the NHS here to the system America had before.
  6. Restrictions on White House Officials becoming lobbyists: This one will be the one he will have to fight with his own colleagues about, the Republican controlled Senate may baulk at this idea as it will have an impact on their future earning potential.
  7. Cancellation of all payments to the UN Climate Change: This is one that has widespread support at home but this is international law so even if he manages to get this idea passed by the two Houses that the US have, then it would take up to 4 years to withdraw from this idea.
  8. Using the money from No:7 to fix US infrastructure: Trump may think this is a fantastic plan but considering, in the last days of the campaign he ran, he promised a whole raft of changes, improvements and additions, he will need every penny to reach the £800 billion price tag that his plans intend to cost.
  9. Cut Taxes: This is the one that made me laugh, I have to admit, Trump hasn’t paid tax since the nineties, he is living the life of Reilly and quite honestly, it will never be easy to accept that he is now President, this is traditional Republican territory but coming from a man that DOESN’T pay his taxes, its laughable.
  10. Label China a Currency Manipulator: This will make the Chinese shake in their boots won’t it, it will do little to affect the largest economic powerhouse in the world, if anything it will probably do one of two things, tickle them or annoy them.

So that’s the 10 things Trump wishes to do in the first 100 days of his Presidency, from the ridiculous to the sublimely silly, I hope that these happen because then the world’s stand up comedians will be safely employed for the next four years, it is truly laughable.

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The Brave New Old World

Trump is PRESIDENT, just thought I’d bring that to people’s attention before I start, America has voted in the least competent and experienced, even professional male they could find, even Elmo from Sesame Street could be a better choice, though that’s more of an insult to Elmo.

Look, I know that America is in financial hardship, I know the country’s industrial heartlands, like Ohio have fallen on hard times but the idea that Trump, who is clearly going to look after his own intentions and those of his friends and fellow million/billionaires, then there is the point that, one of the major reasons, as far as I can see, that Trump was put into power was because he wasn’t part of the establishment.

Let me address this now, America, like many other countries, is a Democratic, Capitalist State, it is a nation built on the prosperity of business, trade and individuals, so, why and how is Trump not part of the same establishment, I would understand if they meant that he wasn’t part of the same Political Establishment because he has no experience in Politics but there is another issue there, Trump is not a Republican, he funded Hillary Clinton’s previous run for President, he is a Democrat and, amazingly, he has even stated in the past, in amongst all of his sexist, chauvinistic and racist beliefs, that the Republicans are the dumbest group, therefore he would probably run for them, though since then there have been numerous reports that this did not happen, so I will state that Trump is alleged to have said this, he may not have and if so then I apologise.

Returning to my original point, the issue is that those who voted for Trump believe that he will return the business to the Industrial centres of the nation, that he will rebuild the manufacturing industry and bring the country back from the brink, however, he is still adamant on chucking out immigrants, he recently took part in an interview, his first since becoming President-elect, where he stated that his administration would remove 2-3 million immigrants, this seems like quite a statement but consider that this number set for removal probably won’t stay removed, what’s to stop them, the Rio Grande, a fence, an expanse of land in certain sections, determined ‘patriots’ wanting to remove them by repeatedly and dilgently patrolling the border, the US Border Force, if you are determined enough, not even the most powerful of hurdles can stop you.

Trump will become President in the New Year, giving us time to take in his policies, his ideas and his aims, though it seems that certain nations are taking advantage of the fact that Trump is basically powerless until January, Australia have just made an agreement with the USA to move 1800 asylum seekers to the country, this is a one off deal but it looks like a moment of opportunism from the Australian government, who will remove these individuals from Nauru and Manus islands in the South Pacific to the land of the free.

You have to tip your hat to the Australians, they really know how to be bold and this proves that to a certain degree, though that is one side of the argument, on the other side, Nigel Farage has stated that Trump wants a ‘good’ future for the UK – US relationship, though if others are to be believed, Theresa May, our current Prime Minister was last to be contacted by Trump, he phoned nine other leaders, countries that range alphabetically from Australia to Turkey, thus proving that the Special Relationship is not as important to Trump as it might have been to previous leaders.

The UK is now just a small fish in a large lake, the days of the country being one to reckon with or be a significant part of the world economy are behind us, China, India and even Korea lead a more important stance than the UK has, it is a reminder to those who still believe that the UK is a great and powerful nation, (‘which once ruled a third of the Earth’ blah blah blah), that we are just a small island in the North Sea, that may yet become smaller if Scotland breaks away in the future, for if that ever happens then Wales and Northern Ireland will not be too far behind.

SO, as far as the future is concerned, to borrow and paraphrase a slogan from a former mobile operator, the future’s not that bright but it might be orange and mushroom shaped.

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Silence in the Stands

Time for a change of pace, as well as subject, just a brief detour but one that I feel is rather important or at least significant, for it seems that the honorable organisation in charge of football around the world, FIFA, has thrown its hat into the ring in a subject that it would have probably been better to ignore, Remembrance Day, for it turns out that the England vs. Scotland game that is scheduled to take place, as part of the World Cup Qualifiers, has landed on the 11th of November, an important day both historically and generally….

For this is Armistice Day and both sides of the Auld Rivalry would like to show respect by wearing poppies during this game, FIFA said no, now for a group that is generally very well-liked, wee joke there, this is one subject where they should have been rather lenient, as they were when it came to the alleged bribes that some of their hierarchy received to give the following two World Cup competitions to Russia and Qatar.

Now, it is understandable that the World Organisation would like to make some sort of show of power, as they do not allow political, religious or divisive issues to be represented, though the fact that they are not allowing the players to wear poppies is rather too much, there is no religious significance to the poppy, anyone can wear one and show respect, even beyond that, there is no political significance to the poppy either, so the reason that this ban is in place is rather bemusing, the poppy is simply the flower chosen to represent Armistice Day, the thanks that we express to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, on either side of the barbed wire in WW1, on either side of the coin in WW2 and the following conflicts, the day is set aside for us to pay our respects to those who gave their lives for freedom and our continuing existence, there is no religious gain from this, no political advantage, it is simply a way for us as a race to stand together and remember that brave men and women gave their lives for the greater good.

It is not an easy subject to talk about, especially seeing as there seems to be this idea that there are Winners and Losers in every war, one side is victorious and another is defeated, though think about it, people, military or civilian, died in the course of every war, life is lost, in vast numbers in WW1 and incredible numbers in WW2, though there is this idea that the Allies won both World Wars, despite the death, destruction and devastation caused, not only to the families of those who died or were horrifically wounded but also for the society as a whole, every time there is a war, we all lose, because it is proof that we are willing to cause the loss of life to fight for ideals that are, in one view, never achieved, and in another, unachievable.

Its a rather blunt and probably divisive or controversial way to view war and conflict but it is a view that, thanks to the freedom that the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, I can hold and consider, you may disagree but again that is a right that those who fought died for, to allow such freedoms is a way that we differentiate ourselves from others, we believe in different things, have faith in different things, live different lives and exist in dissimilar societies, all because our predecessors believed that we had these rights, that is part of what it means to be human, the freedom we enjoy.

I have to admit I was rather tempted to state that there would a WW3 in our future, though that would be too depressing or divisive even for me, so I shall simply end by quoting the words that are known and quoted during the Armistice Ceremony, Ode of Remembrance (Stanza 4):

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.’

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In Demi-God We Trust

Hi Folks, The madness continues to haunt this site, when i say madness I mean my writing, just a little joke there, today we shall be exploring the US Presidential Election in some detail, so, let us begin.

Recently, the third and final Presidential Election took place, it was as bitter as the last, though proof was there for all to see that it doesn’t really matter what gets said about Trump, his support, his steadfast and determined supporters still believe his message, which they see as ‘Make America Great Again’ as being the only true message.

Hillary once again came under attack, though this time she combated this by retaliating with the issue of Russia, claiming that Putin would prefer ‘a puppet for president’, a claim that Trump would not fight or argue against the Russian leader, this immediately came under intense scrutiny from Trump, who stated that ‘You’re the puppet‘, like I said, intense scrutiny, though the issue became rather clouded when The Republican candidate refused to say if he would accept losing the election after making claims earlier in the week of “large-scale voter fraud”. He added: “I will tell you at the time, I will keep you in suspense.”

The fact that Trump is prepared to claim that both the Democratic system, which has worked for as long as America has been an Independent nation and that the result, like a coin toss, is up for debate is amazingly childish, its like a child stating that they want to do something again because they slipped or if a professional golfer cried Mulligan every time a shot didn’t go where they wanted it to.

This surely is a clue as to what kind of a person Trump is, if he doesn’t get his own way, he claims fraud, that the vote or result is rigged and has stated previously that he will not accept the result if he is not elected President.

It is amazing that the country which prides itself on its freedoms and its Democracy, it is seen as the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, to quote the National Anthem, what I didn’t think I would see is an American multi-billionaire declare that he would build a wall to keep immigrants from Mexico out, this along with banning Muslims from entering the US, shreds the idea that a person can build themselves a part of the American Dream there, its like Trump’s willing to put up a sign saying ‘Closed‘ when he becomes President, that he will isolate the US from the rest of the world, that technique might have worked back in the early part of the 20th century but not now.

Especially when you consider that he wants to build 350 new ships for the Navy, 36 new battalions for the Marines and 1,200 Fighter jets for the Air Force, these are actually the suggestions made by Carly Fiorina a year ago and by Mitt Romney 4 years ago, he’s borrowed ideas from others, surely if you are going to run for President you should have a view on the differing issues that will come into your directive instead of borrowing from other people, he then went on to declare that he would spend tens of billions of dollars to fund a larger and better-equipped Military.

This from the man that wants to build a wall between America and Mexico, with the added benifit of deploying 25,000 Border Agents, utilizing Predator Drones (used mainly by the military) and to follow the Immigration Laws to the letter, strengthening them where needed, deportation of 11 million, that’s right 11 million Undocumented Immigrants, as well as Deporting any and all Criminal Aliens from the US, yeah because crime is only committed by those who came from other countries, Visa Tracking systems installed and any who outstayed their welcome, so to speak, would be joining the other immigrants that aren’t allowed in the US and would be deported.

Basically, any Utopian Nightmare that you can think of, is probably where America is heading, Deporting Immigrants, criminal or otherwise, building a wall, which isn’t going to be cheap, because Mexico isn’t going to pay for something that they aren’t responsible for or wanting (this proven by the fact that Trump visited the Mexican President during the Campaign and didn’t mention the Wall at any point), then he wants to increase the military and to decrease the amount of Corporate Tax from 35 to 15%, this would cost more for the country, according to the Tax Foundation, an independent policy research group, it will cost $10 trillion dollars over the next decade.

Then there is also the issue that the Education Department would be cut, to reduce the country’s already substantial deficit, it currently stands at $19 trillion, that is eye-watering, though considering that Trump will be spending millions on the military and building a wall, then enforcing said wall with border guards, that would actually cause the already gargantuan debt to probably double if not worsen further.

He will dispose of Obama-care, the seemingly controversial Affordable Care Act will be removed, this would mean returning to the system that was in place before, though one of the main foundations of Obama care, which will apparently be kept by Trump is the idea of making insurers give coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

The Immigration Train continues to roll on as a further point, which I did not notice until just now is included in Trump’s plans, the Ending of Birthright Citizenship, whereby the children of illegal immigrants in the US would not be protected, they would therefore form part of the 11 million that would be deported, though this is despite claims that undocumented workers were used to build Trump Tower over 30 years ago, then there is the issue of Pausing Green Cards and making employers offer jobs to ‘US workers first’.

All in all it seems that America would not be Made Great Again, if Trump were to become President it would seem that America would be put to the Grater not made Greater, though with every poll that has come out since the last US Presidential Debate, Hillary Clinton has led, though her lead has been, at times, rather close-run or tight, though the mere fact that the experienced Representative is leading could mean that the US will have its first Female President, which is a massive milestone for the nation but it will probably be overshadowed by Trump’s complaints, if he chooses to reject the result of the Election, though that is all yet to be known, roll on November.

 

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Has Anyone Seen Sanity?

Hello friends, I just thought I’d change tack at this point briefly by taking a wider view of the UK and US Political stage at the moment, firstly let us begin at home, where the word ‘Brexit’ has come into use, its not a real word…..its a made up term coined by the fellows and females of Westminster, Brexit is simply the words British and Exit slammed together, we could have done that here in Scotland with the Scottish Independence Referendum, Sexit doesn’t really have the right gravitas though.

The phrases and promises spilling into the Thames from the ageing Palace of Westminster is becoming a sort of numbing agent,  phrases like ‘Brexit means Brexit’, Theresa May, our unelected and new Prime Minister stated this, rather clearly, though the thing is that, although it might suit the Rolling News Channels to have a short and sweet pressbyte to chew on, for most of us, it is rather, what’s the word, vague.

For example, here in Scotland, we didn’t vote to leave, there may have been individuals that took their democratic right and voted to do so but the result in Scotland and Northern Ireland was that both countries voted to remain, whereas England and Wales voted to leave, yet everytime the idea that the Devolved Parliaments should have a say is brought up, the response is that we will be ‘consulted’, okay, that’s a bit condescending, if the UK Government wish to drag the entire UK into a world of uncertainty and rising costs, then go ahead but don’t be surprised if this is taken as a starting gun for Independence in Scotland.

The next issue with Brexit is the uncertainty it is causing now, the Pound recently ‘flash-crashed’, dropping to its lowest point against the Euro/Dollar for almost thirty years, even beating the level dipped to during the Recession and the Financial Crisis, the issue from here on out is the Cost of things, because there have already been warnings of prices going up, food, clothing, fuel, so being taken out of the EU, although it is happening, may cripple the country long before Article 50 has been triggered.

There’s the other thing, the UK is going to negotiate with the EU about what kind of relationship the two will have after the UK leave, now, I may be wrong but I get the feeling that the Germans will lead the discussions, as they are the economic and industrial power in the EU at this point, beyond this there is a few issues that have slipped under the radar, thanks to the focus being on the Brexit issue.

Firstly, the UK government have initiated the building of a 4 metre (13 ft) wall along the route to the port of Calais, already dubbed ‘The Great Wall of Calais’ the construction has recently begun and aims to lessen the flow of immigrants illegally crossing into the UK from France, the construction is taking place only a stone’s throw from the well-reported and vast Jungle, which is where many of the immigrants have set up their temporary and makeshift homes before risking everything to get to the UK.

The idea is to help the French gain the right amount of security to keep illegals out, this according to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, who also said that; “We support the French with money to help them do that,” “It is up to them how they decide to secure their borders in Calais and around it.”

This is weirdly reminiscent of a promise made by someone over the Atlantic, who is still in contention for the US Presidency, Donald Trump, though recently, the campaign has hit a few hurdles, from quotes or incidents in his past, to things that he has done more recently, like the apparent Tax Evasion that he has been accused of.

Recently, the Second Presidential Debate took place, it was a bit less on point and more about Personal point scoring, the result being that the two candidates, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump was probably one of the darkest seen in a generation, according to the Washington Post…

The second presidential debate veered into ugly territory Sunday night in St. Louis, as the two nominees swapped insults and interruptions.

Republican Trump claimed that Hilary had ‘Hate in her heart‘, though his opponent retaliated by stating that Trump lived in an ‘alternate reality‘, the only real genteel moment, according to the Washington Post, came when a questioner asked the pair to say something nice about each other, Clinton spoke of her respect of Trump’s Children, while the Republican Candidate replied by stating:

“She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter,”  “I consider that to be a very good trait.”

From this distant analyst’s point of view, the whole situation has become quite dark, chilling and depressing, Trump has a vast swathe of support, Clinton isn’t exactly lacking in support but her experience in Washington apparently means that she is part of the ‘establishment’, both candidates could be considered to be part of an ‘establishment’, Trump being a multi-billionaire who owns buildings across the US, has two golf courses in Scotland and has shown no signs of slowing down his energetic pace.

He has become rich through the same system that works in any other Capitalist nation, yet, he is not considered part of the ‘establishment’, instead, he is seen as the outsider because of his lack of Political Experience and ‘tell it like it is’ approach, fair enough, though considering that the supporters, his die-hard supporters are ignoring certain aspects of their demigod, then it seems that the darkness will continue.

Trump in the past few months has gone from a sideshow point of the Republican Nomination Race to the Vanguard of their intention to get back into the White House, this recently has caused the most Senior Republican, the House Speaker, Paul Ryan to state that he will not campaign or defend the Presidential Nominee, he has been the latest in a long line of fellow Party members who have seen Trump’s statements and claims of late as giving the wrong message, Newt Gingrich, the main supporter of Trump, has even balked at the things that Donald Trump has said, this has caused many to believe that the wheels are starting to come off the Trump Train.

However, the support remains, despite the accusations of Racism, Sexism, Tax-Evasion, though recently, there has been a rift exposed between Trump and his Vice Presidential running mate; Mike Pence, who claimed that a Trump administration would install a safe zone in Syria and stand up to Russian Agression, though when asked about this issue, Trump stated that he did not agree with Mike Pence.

“I believe we have to worry about Isil before we get too involved,” he said, speaking of the jihadist extremist group. Mr Trump claimed that although he didn’t “like Assad”, the Syrian president was “killing Isil”.

Though despite all of this, his support remains, this is a rather scary thought, like nothing negative Trump does will shake these diehard supporters, there are even those that commented on their candidate’s Tax Evasion like it was a Positive.

The Election occurs in November, meaning that there is one more debate between the two candidates and, although in the polls they can’t be separated, the support seems to be there for Trump and lacking for Clinton because of her experience dealing with situations in both Washington and abroad, weird, if Trump becomes President, then this will be the first time when experience isn’t actually better, the scariest thing is that Trump is determined to build the wall, to ban Muslims from the US and to take ‘Make America Great Again’, really, he wants to cut off their Southern neighbour simply through a belief that there are ‘Rapists and Murderers’ down there, through fear of uncontrolled immigration and simply to try and cut down the numbers of migrants making the trip over the border.

Then he wants to ban Muslims, strengthen gun laws and say goodbye to the EPA (Enivronmental Protection Agency), Bar Syrian Refugees (kicking out those already in the country), Heavily Surveil Mosques (even closing a few), Prosecute Hilary Clinton, Allow Russia to deal with IS in Syria, then later bomb IS, target and kills relatives of terrorists, Reintroduce Waterboarding, Putting a billionaire hedge-fund manager in place of the current Japanese Ambassador, Ensure Americans can afford to play Golf and, lastly, End Birthright Citizenship.

These Promises range from the unbelievable to the ridiculous, he is clearly a man that likes to promise the world but deliver the moon, though considering that a lot of these issues, if Trump does become President, will have to be passed through the Senate, then there is little that he can do if the House of Representatives or the Senate turn his proposals down, he could enforce an Executive Order but that would be one for every issue that gets defeated, which would amount to Trump being known as the Executive Order President, though looking at both nations, the UK and the US, you would be forgiven for thinking that life is becoming dark and depressing, simple solution to this is to escape all of the hot air escaping from Westminster and wherever the Presidential Nominees are visiting and focus on things that make you happy, because after all, the news is negative, the politics of the world is confusing, so really it is simply a case of finding something to keep you happy and making that last…..

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I-deal in Reality

There was recently a survey that suggested that employers that discriminate against those that have tattoos, either in noticeable or visible places or hidden on their arms or other not easily seen areas, could be losing out on excellent and hardworking employees, it took a SURVEY for that to be known, really, I could tell them that simply by the fact that tattoos are not a way to describe how a person will act.

When some people think of tattooed people or individuals, they nearly always consider the Biker community, though this is due to the American concept of a Biker, like a Hell’s Angel, who are part of a group of like-minded figures, more than likely there will be a lot of tattoos on display but that is not to say that they will be either hostile or violent, that is pigeonholing, stereotyping and prejudice in one easy package.

A tattoo is an expression of individuality, some have sleeves or have covered their torso in tats but there are those who are happy with one or two, does that mean that every person with a tattoo has a mean streak or is going to be incredibly hostile or antagonistic, no, its a presumption that would bring a person to this.

Consider for a second that tattoos are Art, well, if a man can dress as bear and run around a Museum in Berlin and be considered for Awards in this category, then why is there such a reluctance by some to accept that although they may see tattoos as being ‘unsightly’ that the person they see them on clearly doesn’t think that way and wants to express themselves.

A painter has an easel, a writer has a pen, so a tattoo artist has both, only the artwork they place down, it is individual to the person they are tattooing, whether it be the name of a loved one or the image of your favourite celebrity or franchise character.

Tattoos are no less art than the idea of countless metal figures being placed along a shoreline looking out to see would be.

To each their own, that’s what I have always believed, if you want to get tattoos to express who you are, go ahead, there should be no one that can stop you apart from you, criticism happens for numerous things, the judgmental will always find something to whine or complain about, so, if you don’t like tattoos, then that is your view, if you do, then that is your right, this is the beauty of life, we have all got different views and though, in the minority, expression of such views will create hostility or nastiness, when it is done in the right way, an expression of views can be the beginning of a debate, conversation or even more deeply, a friendship.

Do not think that I am writing this because I have tattoos and therefore am biased, I do not, I would like to but I don’t feel too great when faced with the needle, so I am a bit of a coward, though I can appreciate tattoos for what they are, distinctive works of art, differing from one person to the other.

Tattoos, to me, they are another way that details how individual and different we are from each other but that is just another reason why the differences we each have should only unite us not divide us, we have but a short time on this wondrous and jaw-dropping world of ours, there is no time to bicker, fight, persecute or harm our fellow mortals, at the end of the day, we were born to live an individual life and then report to our maker what we did.

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Honestly Out on A Limb

Hello friends, I know that this site was designed primarily to be a platform from which I could impartially dissect the political issues of the time, from the UK Elections to the continuing issue with Equal Rights in the US (Immigration and Civil Rights coming to the fore in this subject).

Now, although I have done my best to stay unbiased and neutral, I feel it is time to get a few partial things said, because I am human and like any human there are things that rankle with me, this blog will name and explain, probably even dissect, these issues that I find so jarring.

  1. Domestic Abuse/Assault: Now, this is a major issue for me, the idea that it is somehow acceptable to raise a hand to anyone, especially your partner, is madness to me, though I know that some, mainly those who do it, will come up with some pithy response or reason, let me say this first, you physically, verbally, sexually or psychologically assault the person that is supposed to be the closest member of your own individual world, you attack them for no reason, rhyme or understanding, you hurt them, not only during the act itself but also in the future, why, well, my theory is simple, you don’t prize your comfort enough.

The majority of attacks are committed by men against women but there are incidents where the opposite is true, where men are attacked by those they are with, now, some may believe this to be shocking, alarming or, to some men, funny, because there is still a feeling, in the 21st Century that abounds that I find horrific and outdated.

Though that is next, my feelings are still focused on Domestic Abuse, there are those that think that, along with when a women is attacked, that she brings it upon herself, what backwards thinking arses are these people, so, a woman goes out on a night out, enjoys herself, gets drugged and is attacked and it is her fault, what the hell is that, no one, not a man or woman has ever warranted, deserved or planned to be assaulted, it just happens and the blame lies with the idiot that is unable to perform normally.

Back to Abuse, the thinking behind such incidents is quite confusing, a person, probably a normal man or woman to everyone else, goes home and decides, apropos of nothing to harm their partner, they then continue this assault until either they are arrested, their partner walks out or, the untimely and unfortunate ending befalls the situation.

Consider for a second, if a man assaults or abuses a woman then he is labelled a person undeserving of being with anyone, he is looked down on and is treated as such, though if the roles were reversed, what happens, little is known of this situation, despite the fact that there are men out there that have lived through such instances, consider also, a man assaults a woman, either physically, mentally or sexually, this relationship ends and he meets someone else, the cycle restarts with a new victim, men like these don’t change, they are wired wrong somewhere along the way, to think that is, at any level, acceptable to hurt your partner for whatever reason, that proves you have something wrong in the workings of your brain.

2. Chauvinism: Yes, in this day and age there are still men that believe they are top dogs and the creme de la creme, I find this concept almost as ridiculous as trying to walk on water, you’ll sink fast and be soaked in no time, this is the 21st Century, even then the idea that women are somehow only capable or should only be allowed to cook, clean and be nothing more than trophies, irritates me, this is where I go against the grain, for I have always believed that Women are BETTER than Men, quite simply because we men are ridiculous, at the end of the day, the idea that there are people still out there that feel that women shouldn’t be allowed to flourish, succeed and excel is depressing.

Women can aspire to be and do anything today, we have a female First Minister in Scotland, a female Chancellor in Germany, numerous other female leaders and digniteries, though consider that, if things go a certain way in America in November of this year, then we may have a Female US President; in other fields we have leading names, figures and individuals who are all female and are as hard working, if not moe so than their male counterparts, so, why, in the midst of all of this success and aspiration, do we still have those who believe that a woman’s place is in the house or even more specifically the kitchen, this backwards and disturbing way of thinking has to be killed of now.

There is a female equivalent where men are seen as useless, pointless, sexist creatures but that is for another day, though this belief is also flawed an argument could be made that it was a consequence of the Chauvinism of the 1950s and the individuals who still adhere to this way of thinking.

3. Divisive Notions (Racism, Sexism, Sectarianism, Homophobia etc.): Yes, another major bugbear of mine is the idea that, whatever skin colour or tone we are, we can be so easily divided by our skin, religion, orientation or other points that make us unique, distinctive and unmatched, we should celebrate these thoughts but no, certain points of the world and society target these maliciously, even Society itself, an unseen civilisation, is rather biased in this regard, only recently did Plus Size Models arrive, only recently did we have the understanding that not everyone is a skinny, thin, twiglike figure, Fashion is a major culprit of this but, in a way, pop culture is also to blame, watch any movie and the hero will probably end up with a svelte female, who used to be ditzy, unfeasibly beautiful or a damsel in distress, nowadays there are strong female characters but the damage is done.

Looking to Music, watch music videos and the focus of any love song, pop song about romance or such like is usually centred on a thin, smiling woman with perfect teeth, hair and body, not every person is like that and, in reverse, not every man is looking for a stick thin model or a hunk (depending on orientation).

Turning to the issue at large, we are humans, each of us, cut us we bleed, hurt us we cry (Unless we are Le Chiffre from Casino Royale who leaks blood from his tear ducts), so, we are HUMAN, no religion, orientation, gender or skin colour can hide that underlying FACT, we have but a brief snippet of time in the world, we are not here to judge, critique, harm, offend, insult, discriminate, intimidate, persecute or downright dishearten a fellow human being, the moment we realise this, as a race or a species, that will be the happiest moment of life, until then, it will, unfortunately, continue, despite the fact that it isn’t a great thing to look back on on your death bed.

Imagine that conversation with your nearest and dearest:

I had a good life….” You will say. “Did you, what did you do that you should be proud of?” They will reply. “I made a fellow human being’s life on this planet a living hell!” You respond. “Interesting.” They answer.

Or even, imagine the pastor/humanist speaking about you at your funeral.

They lived doing what they loved, harming another human being, making their lives a lviing misery….”

Not really a great thing to be remembered for, despite this, it exists, so, clearly the only smallminded people in this world are those that are guilty of any of the previous 3 issues, if you discriminate against someone simply because they are different, pause for a moment and wonder, how would you feel if the roles were reversed, would you consider it to be an acceptable way to live if you were being persecuted for being different, perhaps not, maybe you will, in which case further consider how you will be remembered, though of course, you will probably have already had kids and raised them to follow in your footsteps so that is a failed concept, each to their own, just enjoy HELL when you see it..

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