I don’t watch awards shows, but for the past several days, Meryl Streeps’ comments seem to be everywhere. Her comments at whatever award show she was intending were interesting. She actually indicated that she and others in Hollywood were victims somehow, and that they felt persecuted. How you can convince someone of that when you are extraordinarily wealthy and are attending a self aggrandizing love in, is beyond me. The remark that got me the most was that without Hollywood, we simple beings would not have anything to watch other than Football and MMA. She apparently believes that we somehow need the “art” that Hollywood produces. I hate to tell her this, but I watch very little of the reprehensible nonsense that Hollywood puts out. Nor do I watch the NFL , MMA or any other professional sport. The vast majority of Hollywoods content seems to be about murder and frankly I don’t find killing to be very entertaining.
Streep and many others that live in these coastal enclaves apparently believe that their versions of entertainment and the news media are vitally important to the rest of us. Hate to tell you this Streep, but that just ain’t so. I need food, water, energy, shelter, transportation and to a lesser extent communication. I use those services each day. I have however survived without seeing the latest Hollywood “blockbuster” for most of my 57 years. My guess is that I will survive just fine for whatever time I have left without seeing them too. Streep might not think much of my life, but it’s fulfilling enough that I don’t need the likes of her.
The Election is over, Trump won and Obama is finally on the way out of the White House, yet I just read another article criticizing people who demanded that Obama release his birth certificate. The more I ponder this issue, the more angry I become. There are two requirements in the Constitution that must be met before someone can become the President of the United States. The first is that they must be at least 35 years old and the second is that the must be a natural born citizen. The birth certificate demonstrates that each of these conditions have been met.
There are fifty states plus the District of Columbia and they each have their own requirements to get on the ballot. They have a byzantine set of rules that must be followed, yet not one of them requires that the person wanting on the ballot provide a birth certificate which would demonstrate that he or she actually meets the requirements for the position. How strange.
Free Trade? With Canada sure, with the UK almost assuredly, with the EU or other developed countries? Quite possibly. A lot of factors come into play in developing that opinion. Tax rates, property values, prevailing wages and regulatory environments at a minimum. We are on somewhat level ground with Canada and other developed countries. Some have a better tax structure, others have a less burdensome regulatory system and there are differences in wages, but they are not huge. Free trade could be a fair proposition to all involved with maybe just a bit of tweaking here and there.
Free trade with Mexico and most of the pacific rim? Not on a bet. You can’t give the other guy every advantage and then enter into a free trade deal with him. Perot saw it coming. We shipped manufacturing jobs to Mexico at an alarming rate. Our companies have done just what he predicted they would do. They moved their manufacturing plants to a place where the costs were a fraction of what they were here. They were able to do that because they didn’t have to worry about import duties when bring the products back here to sell. Nice work if you can get it. Here’s just a few examples from the air conditioning industry; Compressors, capacitors and motors all were made here. They are now made in Mexico and one of the leading manufacturers will soon be making whole AC units there. Have you seen the prices come down on those things? I can assuredly tell you that the margins are very nice in that business. The automotive parts industry has seen similar movement as have other industries. We gave those jobs away and got little to nothing in return for them. In fact we’ve lost key skills needed by a manufacturing industry and we may have a difficult time replacing them. We can’t keep doing this. Not without relegating large portions of our population to subsistence wages.
This will be a series of articles that explain my beliefs on several issues of the day. Some may be controversial and some may simply be statements of fact. Overall, my beliefs aren’t anymore important than anyone else’s. I am after all, JustSomeGuy. I do believe though that there are many of us out here in flyover country that don’t speak up much if at all, and that our opinions are no less important than those that may be more vocal.
In the end, the words that you will read under this section will be worth exactly what you paid for them and not one penny more.
Following the very violent 4th of July weekend in Chicago, the Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was on the airwaves blaming lax gun laws for this tragic outbreak of mayhem. This is a common theme from from him and from some others as well. The Bloomberg Mayors, and Bloomberg Moms, (the BM’s) have also had similar things to say at various times. In Chicago, they claim that 60% of the guns used in crime there come from out of state. Let’s take it at face value.
Lax gun laws in much of the U.S. are also blamed for the violence in Mexico. The theory is, that in places such as Mexico and Chicago, crime would be much less of a problem if only other places didn’t have such lax laws. Canada is an excellent example of what the gun control advocates are asking for. Strict controls on firearms are credited with a very low rate of violence in the country. From all appearances, stricter gun laws would fix a great many ills. The trouble is, that all of this is theory and doesn’t stand up to more than the most cursory look.
When you look closer, you see things that make the weak gun laws may not be so much of a problem. Chicago is indeed a violent city when taken in the aggregate. When you look at the details though you see that its not the whole city that has the problem. There are certain predictable neighborhoods that have a much greater problem than others. The same is true of nearly every major city with a crime problem. Rarely is the whole city dangerous, its usually a few distinctively identifiable neighborhoods. Indiana is blamed as the source for many if not most of the guns that make it to Chicago, but the interesting thing is that no place in Indiana has a problem like Chicago has. It certainly isn’t because they don’t have guns.
We can take a broader look to include Canada. Canada shares a very long border with us yet it has a very low murder and crime problem. If availability of guns is the problem then Canada has excellent access to many places in the U.S. where guns can be had yet it doesn’t have the problems that many of our cities do. I know some will believe that this is due to the international border, but I would invite them to look at the U.S. and Mexican border to see how easily border controls can be bypassed. Guns, just like drugs are available anywhere they are wanted. My neighborhood could be considered to be absolutely awash in them yet the crime and murder rates here are as low as any in Canada or Europe. As we look at the countries of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, the one with the most stringent gun laws and the lowest availability of guns is the most violent. Chicago is a microcosm of the same situation. It’s because guns aren’t the problem. The problem is people that have no respect for themselves or others.
A birth certificate is needed for many activities as the basis of establishing a persons age and identity. Some examples include applying for a social security card, a passport, a drivers license, admission to many schools, admission into the military and when making application for a security clearance. The Constitution of the United States lists two requirements for being President of our nation. The first is that you be at least 35 years old and the second is that you are a natural born citizen. A birth certificate establishes both of those things yet not one of the 50 states or territories requires the document in order to be placed on the ballot for the office. How strange.
Yeah, I know, that’s nothing new, but right now the “press” is buying the pneumonia story hook line and sinker. They are only giving her grief about not announcing it sooner. I think she’s lying again (still?). On Monday the 5th of September she had one of her bigger coughing fits yet. Most of the media is dismissive and even minimizes it while she and her team say that she’s just suffering from allergies. They even intimate she’s allergic to Trump. How cute. They even pummel an NBC reporter for issuing a short but factual piece on the incident. On the 10th she gives a speech where she looks like death warmed over and apparently walks away somewhat abruptly twice. On Monday the 11th she has to leave the remembrance ceremony early because she isn’t feeling well. They don’t take her to a hospital, they go to her daughters apartment. That’s because they know what’s wrong with her. At this point the story is she got overheated on a day in the low 80’s. Later, after arriving at her home were told that she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia for two days. Funny no one had mentioned it before. At the very least they should be apologizing to the NBC reporter because he apparently realized something was up. Or do we not think that a presidential candidate that’s sick is news worthy? The press is widely reporting the pneumonia story as though they think it’s true. I don’t. There’s more going on here and we aren’t being told the whole story. She and her people will not stand on the ground to tell the truth if they can climb a tree to tell a lie.
This week the Texas “campus carry” bill went in to effect. To hear the anguish of some people on the web and most particularly some University of Texas professors, you would think that we were on the precipice of Armageddon. They have brought a lawsuit which claims in that their First Amendment right to teach is being chilled by people that carry firearms, meaning in essence that their First amendment rights are Chilled by the Second Amendment. Perhaps we should counter sue because they are using their First Amendment rights to chill those rights protected by the Second?
At least a couple of hundred people went in to a nightclub in Orlando. Reports have indicated that they were patted down before entering to ensure they were unarmed, but even if that was not the case, Florida law prohibits carrying of firearms in bars. Seems like such a common sense thing to prohibit yet this would have been a dumb thing to do in Paris and it’s positively stupid in the U.S.
Your government cannot protect you. To go into a place that advertises you are unarmed and then provides only the lightest security is foolish beyond belief. As long as there are animals such as the one that attacked this crowd in the world, you are responsible for your safety and protection whether you want to be or not. Putting yourself in a position that advertises you are unarmed and not prepared to protect yourself is tantamount to asking to be attacked.