Arm the football players. And the fans!

Yesterday, at a high school football game in Jacksonville, FL, a triple shooting left one person dead and two more injured.  Just one week before, two more people were injured in a shooting at a football game at Palm Beach Central High School.

Clearly, there is only one logical step for the Florida legislature to take: state law must require that all high school football players, coaches, and cheerleaders as well as all game attendees must be armed.  There is no other way to stop this wave of violence.  I expect Governor Rick Scott to call a special session to address this legislation immediately.

Trumpism = Perversion

According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries:

perversion

noun
1  Distortion or corruption of the original course, meaning, or state of something.

 

 Some examples:

 

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.
Henry Wallace

 

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Samuel Johnson

 

When you have both parties who will not find ways to compromise, who won’t meet in the middle, you have paralysis. It’s the perversion of idealism.
Beau Willimon

 

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

White flight — to Russia?

Russia may well be the last country that says, “We’re white and that’s the way we’re staying.”  This gets me to thinking, how can Putin put that situation to his most disruptive advantage?  You just know Putin is wondering the same thing, if he hasn’t already settled on an answer to that question.

Here is one possible idea: A special whites-only program to encourage immigration from the U.S. to Russia.  This could include special help in finding jobs and housing as well as Russian literacy classes.  You think I am nuts?  Sure, I might be.  But consider these tidbits: Russia is the largest country in the world by area, but ranks only ninth in population.  They have lots of space.  That population rank is misleading though, as Russia is one of the few countries with a declining population.  Its population has dropped by an estimated 2.3 million people in just the last three years.

Putin could even enhance the program by giving special preferences to would-be immigrants with specific knowledge and skills that would help the Russian economy.  People with backgrounds in areas like computer technology and fossil fuel exploration and drilling might find themselves receiving additional signing bonuses and accelerated paths to full citizenship.  There are many ways the Russians could sweeten the pot and drain away some skills and brains from the U.S.  It might be quite easy to make a bunch of white supremacist Americans feel quite happy and comfortable in comparatively lily-white Russia.

Of course, this is pure speculation.  However, as the U.S. population becomes ever less white, Trump’s racist base may find themselves embracing Putin and Russia even more than Trump has.

The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware

I originally sent this to a good friend who, like me, is a Mac user.  Then I sent this to Tim Cook at Apple.  And I have decided to post it here as well…  

If you are a Mac user, you should definitely read the linked commentary.

Great commentary by a long-time Mac software developer:
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Additional thoughts:
A couple weeks ago, when the last macOS software update left my computer (and many, many others) unbootable and I wasn’t sure at first if something major had died hardware-wise, as I pondered possible replacement scenarios I came to the conclusion that my machine dying might be a long-term blessing by almost forcing me to ditch Apple hardware.  I could have gone the Hackintosh route (using off-the-shelf hardware) or could have just switched to Linux (with a huge range of options for hardware).  I know such a switch is not the right thing for everyone, I don’t need to use Adobe CC for instance, but I feel Apple is so focused on squeezing money out of music streaming and watch sales, they have forgotten how they got to where they are.  I no longer feel any loyalty to them as I see they have little if any interest in their computer customers.
I love my Mac Pro, though it has a limitation or two, and I am glad it is working well again.  But I have it set up to dual-boot with Ubuntu Linux, keep that software up to date daily, and continue to explore the software that is available for that platform.  If something happens, I will be ready to walk away for good.

The main reasons Trump will meet with Kim

It is my belief that there are two primary reasons why Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un.  I believe the timing worked out well for Trump, allowing him to use the announcement as a distraction from the latest round of chaos and malfeasance associated with both his own behavior and the troubles associated with those surrounding him.

Secondly, I think he finds the idea of meeting with Kim Jong Un rather attractive.  Kim is one of the handful of world leaders that Trump truly admires and respects.  Trump has always praised Putin, and recently expressed his approval for China’s removing term limits from President Xi.  But Kim Jong Un is the autocrat’s autocrat.  I have no doubt that Trump is jealous of Kim being to dispose of opponents by having them executed on a whim (by anti-aircraft gun, no less).  Don’t you think he would have fired that gun at Jeff Sessions and Robert Mueller by now if he could?  You know he would.

Anyway, the point is that Trump wants to hang with people who already have what he aspires to.  Trump has to contend with the rule of law, he envies people like Kim who can say “My word is law.”

Trump, the would-be dictator, likes the sound of “president for life.”

Donald J. Trump, lover of all things autocratic, congratulated President Xi Jinping of China on the recent removal of term limits for his office, effectively making Xi president for life.  At a gathering of Republican donors at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump was recorded saying, “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great, and look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Yes indeed, Trump, admirer of Putin, Erdoğan, Xi, and Duterte, wants to be President for Life too.  How wonderful!  Treasonous trump has always ignored the Constitution when it suited him and cares nothing for the rule of law.  Now he wants to tear up the constitution completely.

The 2018 elections must result in the election of Senators and Representatives that will actually do their constitutionally mandated job.  We need a Congress that will stand up to Trump and put an end to the subversion of our government.