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JCMach1

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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
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Member since: 2001
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About Me

Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

Journal Archives

It's Not About Clinton's Health, It's a Sexist Dog Whistle

The modern version of this in America has its roots in the Puritan (protestant) history of this country. Oddly enough, Darwinian theorists in the 19th and 20th Century as pointed the 'evolutionary' function of women being weak (i.e. natural selection for this).

So yes, it is both religious and has its origin in creepy eugenics movement thinking. So yeah Trump should stop. IT's also the reason why he won't stop talking about it.

Bi-Partisan Tax Proposal: Make Olympic Awards non-taxable...

Granted some athletes will make millions off of the games. However, what about those medalists in obscure sports?

Should they be burdened with thousands of extra in income tax because they won a medal for their country?

Time for an exemption...

Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot hitter to a Nobel Prize recipient, the athletes are taxed because Olympic medals and cash bonuses are considered income, said Steven Gill, associate professor of accounting at San Diego State University... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/08/15/olympics-victory-tax-gold-medal/88587636/

Trump's Acceptance Speech Tonight is a Full-Blown Jeremiad

Rhetorically speaking anyway. It also bashes immigrants and has enough racial dog whistles to put Fido down.

The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina. But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina. But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina. But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed...

But the jeremiads did not end in despair. The third element was a call for repentance and renewal, backed by a promise that God would not forsake them if they returned to him.... https://9marks.org/article/the-american-jeremiad-a-bit-of-perspective-on-the-rhetoric-of-decline/


Here is a link to the text: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974#ixzz4F5J68xge

Pokemon Go! Servers are Down





Pokémon Go servers crashed across Europe and the US on Saturday, as global demand for the hit mobile app soared in its first weekend since being launched in the UK.

Players in 26 countries took advantage of mostly good weather to venture outdoors to hunt and capture their first Pokémon creatures, with millions having downloaded the game in its first days since release... https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/16/pokemon-go-server-crash-niantic-europe-us?CMP=share_btn_fb

Beginning to Think the Coup in Turkey was a False Flag Event

an event designed to leave Erdogan in absolute control. Now he has free hand to eliminate and Gulen and Kemalists in the officer Corps if he wants.

Maybe I'm channeling Alex Jones, but this smells an awful lot like a 'real' event.

Sen. Corker and Sen. Ernst Drop Out of VP Chase

It's very telling that after one interview with Donald Trump, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) dropped out of consideration. For all of his conservatism, Corker at least isn't an idiot (unlike so many Repug Senators). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/06/corker-withdraws-as-potential-trump-running-mate/

Sen. Ernst (R-IA) also just removed herself from consideration. This is also significant as she is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. This essentially means that the Kochs don't want to go anywhere near Donald Trump. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/joni-ernst-trump-vice-president-225169

We live in interesting times.

Context is important after the disasters of 80,84, and 88 it was seen as a solution to win at the

National Level in a more Conservative environment (their ideas, not mine)...

Even a lot of lefties threw their hands up and said, "we have to try something..."

That's the environment Clintonism was born in... not 'solely' New Democrat, or DLC but 'Pragmatic'...

A more negative way to think of it is starting out left and triangulating your way out from there.

This proved very effective in the beginning era of the 24hr news cycle and instant data feedback (polling).


But fast forward the the present: The multiplication of the media has led to a massive fracturing of the media. Like taking a hammer to a lens, or a crystal each tiny piece not focuses on the world. Often, that view can be warped, or distorted.

Media and public opinion have sped up even more. Who needs political parties when you can share your instant opinion on DU, Free Republic, Facebook, or Twitter? Also, political parties now cannot control access to cash $$$. Obama '08, '12, Dean '04 and even Sanders '16 have shown how powerful 'crowdsourcing' campaigns can be.

Big Data continues to make the world of poltics more binary. With the 2000 and 2010 censuses, reapportionment has led to a level of gerrymandering never experienced before in our history. Literally if you want a Mickey Mouse shaped district centered on Orlando that X% majority Republican, the software can make it so. Consequently, in Congress and as a country we have become more and more polarized. No one has to speak, or persuade as they don't need that side to get elected.

There, quite literally, is NO MIDDLE THERE anymore. Welcome to the world of binary politics...

Bernie entered that party about 1 year ago. Was that ever going to be easy? Was it ever going to

be easy running against someone who (probably even the President) wanted to be the first female President?

It was never going to be easy. I like Bernie Sanders... always have. However, sorry but Clinton is not a corporatist. Pragmatist, yes...

And sorry, the Party does not deserve animosity. The party is what the people who find themselves inside make it. If you don't like it, push your agenda. Work for it. Change doesn't always happen overnight.

Let me just use the example of Reagan in 1976 (as foul as they are)... his people did not give up. Instead, they took over the party in 1980. If you have the will, are right on the issues and are willing to put in the effort, it can happen. That's the 'movement' Sanders has always been talking about.

Sorry, but it royally pisses me off when I see BOB nonsense everywhere. Have you even been listening to Sanders? Did you ever ask yourself why he joined the Democrats in the first place? He could have easily run as an Independent, no fuss, no muss.

No, he USED the Democratic party as a platform for his message. Sorry, but it would be absolute BS if he walked away from that. I don't think he will by the way.

Sorry Poppet, I have been neutral this cycle. However, I am not neutral about the Party.

Meanwhile, Congress Has Done NOTHING this Year

more Nothing than they did last year.

A big steaming pile of nothing.



Here is a link to that nothing in case you don't want to see anything.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_acts_of_the_114th_United_States_Congress


Trump Has His Own 'Rape' Problem (trigger warning)

By now, you have problem seen Trump's unfounded allegations (i.e. fiction) against Bill Clinton.

Let's just review Trump's own 'Rape' problems:

Ivana Trump accused Donald of rape during a deposition for their divorce proceedings:

Ivana Trump’s assertion of “rape” came in a deposition—part of the early ’90s divorce case between the Trumps, and revealed in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.
The book, by former Texas Monthly and Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III, described a harrowing scene. After a painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump confronted his then-wife, who had previously used the same plastic surgeon.
“Your fucking doctor has ruined me!” Trump cried.
What followed was a “violent assault,” according to Lost Tycoon. Donald held back Ivana’s arms and began to pull out fistfuls of hair from her scalp, as if to mirror the pain he felt from his own operation. He tore off her clothes and unzipped his pants... http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/27/ex-wife-donald-trump-made-feel-violated-during-sex.html


I left the quote there due to trigger factors. Feel free to read on at the link if you must. It's pretty disgusting stuff.

He was also accused of taking advantage of a teenage sex slave in the 1990's... http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-rejects-categorically-false-charges-raping-teen-girl-article-1.2618137

Seriously, it seems he is going to accuse Bill and Hillary of everything that he himself has done... WTF
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