Cumulative Mistakes

It seems everyone knew about Cruz before he shot up the Florida school. Not everyone who is a loner in school is a potential mass murderer, bu when that loner is in mental health facilities, enamored of guns, fights in school, gets kicked out of school, is on the FBI radar, and posts photos of himself holding an AR 15 on social media…

How many clues do you need?

With 20/20 hindsight, schoolmates are saying that they knew if anyone was going to shoot up the school, it would be Cruz. He was banned from campus, so the teachers were alerted to be on the lookout for him.

In the US, we can’t lock people up for being weird, but we can refer them to mental exams often if we are parents, or even schools. This kid had not seen a mental health professional in a year, and his “family” permitted him access to a rifle. AR 15 sounds scary, but it is just a scary looking regular rifle, that he never should have had.

Cumulative mistakes.


What Will the President Sign?

Wow! How did 680,000 Dreamers turn into 1,800,000?

The answer, of course, is the “Chain Immigration” that the president says he abhors. Now that the Senate is discussing the issue, and the president has said that his plan, the only plan on the table, is the best one the Dreamers are going to get.

That was true for the moment, but only for the Dreamers. The question will be when the Senate plan is issued, what do we get in return? I suspect very little, or at least less than those issues in the president’s plan; the wall, and chain immigration.

Will the president sign a plan that doesn’t address chain immigration and the wall?

A Mess

Someone on This Week (ABC), remarked that Donald Trump could not get a Clearance to whorl in the White House.

Unfortunately, that’s true. Trump has 12 women who have charged the president with sexual impropriety, has recently settled millions of dollars for fraud charges in the Trump University saga, and his first wife charged him with rape in her divorce papers.

I couldn’t have received, or maintained my Top Secret Clearance with Trump’s background!

Of course, Hillary couldn’t get a clearance, either, considering Comey’s verbal indictment, even though he decided not to recommend a legal indictment.

The voters were faced with an impossible choice. The voters made their decision, and that decision was disruption, but it still doesn’t give Trump a pass on his behavior and unfortunately his behavior has permeated a White House climate. The position of Presidential Secretary is at the very top of the Classified Food Chain, and it needs to be filled only by the highest “Eyes Only” Qualified person.

That person was not Rob Porter, and people near the president knew that!

Republicanism is Dead

O.K. now we are attacking Syrian forces in Syria, rubbing right up again Russian forces, and the Turkish President has warned US forces to abandon a town near the Turkish border or they will occupy the town.

What? We are not involved with enough wars, already? We are in several nations in Africa, Yemen, and Lord knows where else!

And we just passed a $400 billion deficit in our interim budget!

It was a great compromise…both sides got to spend everything they want for everything their hears desire!

This is a Republican Administration?

Two Brief Observations

Humans in our form have had the ability to adapt to changing climate in the world. Other mammals have not.

The greatest invention of the past 200 years is not the Computer, but modern transportation that allows humans to grow, work and die more than 10 miles from their birth.

These two observations become operative each night when I see cars on TV slipping and sliding on ice and snow on freeways, and flights canceled, while I luxuriate in 85 degree weather.

I owe it all to that train ride I took from Houston to San Diego in a Navy group enroute to Boot Camp. With that train ride I discovered that growing up in San Antonio was not all I had thought concerning what life offered. Now marching on the “Grinder” during that Summer of 1951 was awful, but the thought that Winter was also about the same temperature led me to select San Diego right out of the Naval Academy.

Subsequently, traveling the world introduced me to Hawaii and with that I wondered why Southern California and Hawaii were not vertical populations while the Mid West and New England were not population deserts?

Nothing in my 84 years has satisfactorily answered that question, and it remains amongst several other mysteries of life.

Example: Religion from RAM and Isis to the multiple modern religions, historically thousands of religions, all of which feature taking care of the poor, then why do we still have poor? (Here in San Diego, we have a Homeless crises, while churches, temples and mosques remain heated and vacant.)

More Information is Better Than Less

Unlike Cromwell “abridging the King” (so to speak) or the French Revolution, we in the US simply disrupt the presidency without the Guillotine.

Trump did that. He is doing that.

It is messy, but then Guillotine is much messier. The release of the “Memo” was necessary to get information to the voters, and while the Memo is highly political, there will be another highly political Memo from the other side.

More information is better than less information. Despite claims to the contrary, there was no “means and methods” of intelligence disclosed.

The Democratic Memo will give us more information.


Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who Watches the Watcher?

That famous quote of the Roman poet Juvenal has been the central question of politics ever since he wrote it

Today we have Republican and Democratic competing memos about the problems in the FBI, each memo likely cherry picked and each worthless even if true, because the Inspector General is going to issue a report, and that is the definitive answer.

These memos are just posturing.