No Rose Garden

I am beginning to look on the Trump Revolution in historical revolution terms.

Trump is a Revolutionary in political terms, but it is a modern Revolution. Other Western nations have breached physical walls to bring down the elites who have historically overlooked the common man. The United States was different from the British, who, under Cromwell, “abridged” the King’s head after leading a Parliamentary Army over the Kings Army. It was a particularly bloody war, and series of massacres. Many thousands of women, children and surrendered soldiers were “put to the sword.”

The French, uncharacteristically, said, “Hold my beer. Watch this!” and blood flowed, with the King and Queen Guillotined. The French nearly ran out of heads to roll, and had to Guillotine the guy who invented the Guillotine, Mssr. Guillotine.

The Russians, tired of the excesses of the Czars, promptly doubled down on excesses and killed the Tsar and his entire family with bullets and bayonets. Anastasia died.

Trump is an American political Revolutionary, and he is overturning everything, because the common folks in the center of the country decided that the elites (and effete, in their terms) had lost the “hand on the plow” language, and the basic simplicity of the common man. They wanted a fighter, and they didn’t care if he swore, caroused, made money, insulted foreigners…hell, they didn’t care so long as he overturned the tables in the Temple. The center of the country was sick of politicians, and Trump was not a politician. He may not have checked off every box, but he was also not Hillary.

This is a political, and bloodless revolution. Heads may not roll, except metaphorically as reputations fall. Not everything is going to be smooth…revolutions aren’t smooth. They are not pretty. This one certainly isn’t, but it isn’t the storming of The Bastille, either. Physical excesses of the past are being rolled back, pockets of political vipers are being exposed, political hypocrisy is now obvious, a hollowed out Military is being rebuilt, and our electronic vulnerability over decades is obvious.

But the Revolutionary Leader is personally flawed. Terribly. We were not promised a rose garden, and Trump isn’t nearly as bad as his historical predecessors.

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Morning Musings

Kindle books has noted that I have downloaded and read 199 books, and that does not include that more than 100 audio book I have listened to from audible.com.

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San Diego and San Francisco have approximately the same population, with San Diego slightly larger. And San Diego’s homeless population is also slightly larger, 8,000 to 7,500. What San Diego doesn’t have is a Poop Patrol like San Francisco, because, apparently, San Diego has a better class of homeless. San Francisco had more than 28,000 piles of poop REPORTED in 2018.

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To give you some idea of the isolation of the Island of Kauai, Jean and I were relaxing in our “Second Home” when Columbine occurred. It made the bottom of the third page of the Kauai daily paper, the Garden Island, had the report at the bottom of page 3. That isolation from life on the Mainland, is why I went there 26 times for an average of 6 weeks at a time.

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The San Diego Padres are indeed seeking their level, after their awesome start. They have lost six in a row. Pitchers aren’t pitching and hitters aren’t hitting. The $300 million man looks like the $1.37 man…but this too shall pass. I’ll still settle for a .500 season.

Mueller Report, Day One: Hillary Still Not President

It’s day one after the Mueller Report, and Hill Army still isn’t President!

The Mueller Report highlighted the attempt by the Russian government to interfere with our election, and Mueller never shone any light on Trump’s blind eye toward Russia.

One thing was clear: there was no collusion, and I watched CNN in full meltdown mode yesterday morning. CNN shifted to the 10 times there was an “sort of,” “maybe,” “almost,” “perhaps” obstruction of justice.

I heard a great analogy…a baseball manager is irate about calling his base runner out at second, and starts to storm out of the dugout to argue with the Umpire. Two burly players stop the manager. The Manager did not argue with the Ump. He may have intended to argue, but he didn’t.

The president certainly intended to fire Mueller, and therefore obstruct justice, but his staff grabbed his coat tails and dragged him back. In the end, he didn’t obstruct justice, much to CNN’s horror.

The nation is suffering from Mueller Fatigue. I understand the Democrats strange need to continue this, but honestly at the end of the day, Hillary still will not be president. If $25 million can’t find a smoking gun to criminally charge the president, it is highly unlikely that a Congressional Committee will find that smoking gun.

First Looks

First looks at the Mueller Report shows that the president was well served by his staff, because when the president ordered them to do something they knew was wrong or illegal, his staff members either slow-walked the order, or threatened to resign.

The president TRIED to obstruct the investigation, but failed. Putting the best view of the situation, the president is a New York developer, and he simply didn’t know how government works.

It is reasonable to believe that the president didn’t avail himself of his attorneys before trying to obstruct, because the president doesn’t listen to anyone.

Non-Religious Larger Than Catholics

The 44 year running of the General Social study, shows that for the first time those of us with no religion, called “Religious Nones” are the largest single group in America religious identity.

In the latest survey, we outnumber Catholics in the United States and Evangelicals, although the three groups are so close as to be a statistical tie. The trend lines over time shows we non- religious are largest and surging.

Interesting enough, although we are a plurality, we have zero representation in Congress. I strongly suspect there are closet worshipers of the Great Spaghetti Monster, such as myself, but they remain in the closet. My dog tags in the military read “Religion None” so this is no late conversion for me.

This is interesting because I run across Bloggers daily who claim that this is a “Christian Nation,” which it never was designed to be. It was certainly founded by Christians, although of a sect few would recognize today, and most of the population is Christian today if you combine all the Christian sects, but the nation was designed to be a secular nation.

As one of the non-religious, I condemn those of us who want to take down crosses and other religious symbols. Most of us are simply “live and let live” folks, but because we are not organized we can’t oppose those who do organize against Christians.

Hell Hath Frozen Over

It’s Sunday, so I’ll do a sports throwaway…

The problem I see with Tiger Woods winning the Masters (a terrific feat even though I hate golf), and some great player with the Baltimore Orioles getting his first hit after going 0 for 54, is that it masks the BIG NEWS!

The Padres are in FIRST PLACE!

And not just first place in the National West, but three games over the second place…and the hated Dodgers!

O.K. The Padres are playing over their heads, and soon they will come down to earth, but it’s heady time. The Padres have won each of the last three games by a single run, so luck has something to do with it, but still…

Redux

Illegal immigration is a classic cost/benefit problem.

The “cost” is the social and financial cost of the families of illegal alien workers in school, medical and criminal activities. The “benefit” is the workers’ labor in activities where American labor is lacking.

Most solutions call for some deportation of otherwise law-abiding women and children. This raises the hackles on the necks of many Americans.

My plan, described below, institutes a “carrot” to entice those families to self-deport, and a “stick” if they do not take the carrot. (All at no additional cost to the taxpayers.)

1) Secure the border.

2) Deport all convicted criminal illegal aliens.

3) Double (or even triple) legal immigration from all Latin American countries.

4) Institute a worker program with all current illegal alien workers in specific labor categories eligible for a 10-year Green Card (renewable in five-year increments on good behavior) – if (and only if) they agree to have their non-American-citizen family members immediately move back to their home country. (Violators will lose their Green Card status).

5) Institute a controlled guest worker program of new workers, based on two-year, unaccompanied tours (renewable three times on good behavior).

This proposal would blunt claims of racism, decrease immeasurably the social cost drain on the taxpayer, and provide a large source for low-cost labor while keeping the remittances to Latin American countries generally untouched.

This is a win-win situation in which there is an incentive for self-deportation of those who are a drain on taxpayers, while keeping the benefit(s) of labor in a known and regulated manner.

I like illegal aliens. I have fed them, housed them, arranged for their work, and collected their just debts – all at no cost. But I hate illegal immigration because the social cost has far exceeded the labor benefit.

Let’s discuss humane solutions to human problems, and leave the punitive methods to the most egregious matters. Deportation is a method more suitable to a problem that requires instant solutions – our illegal alien population has lived with us with minimal problems for many decades and while we need to address the problem, it should be addressed in a less contentious manner than letting line-breakers stay at the front of the line or deportation.

And make no mistake, the Democrats’ policy will leave the line-breakers at the head of the line – they remain comfortable in the U.S. for years while other Latinos who have behaved properly remain in Rio, or Mexico City.

My proposal has added importance since the passing of the health care bill. Those self-deporting are at the low end of the economic scale and will require subsidies, while those who apply for the increased legal immigration must by law have a sponsor who attests that he or she will pick up the economic slack if the immigrant is not capable.

We trade educated Latino immigrants in a legal status for basically uneducated Latino immigrants in an illegal status.

Further, the Democrats’ proposal does not address at all the millions of illegal aliens who choose not to even apply for American citizenship!

Mine does. Humanely