Category Archives: Inspection

Inspection- THIS is why an Inexperienced Businessperson as President is a BAD Idea

 For at least 20 years the right has been trying to sell the “CEO president” scam. I have always found the idea of a CEO president an incredibly BAD idea. Government isn’t business, nor should it be. Considering the frequent use of our bankruptcy laws, and high numbers of yearly business failures, business isn’t a great model for governance, not to mention too many businesses survive because they’re basically scams.Inspection
 Donald Trump is the perfect “I told you so,” for all of us who have been warning others for so long.
 A CEO’s job is more like Saddam, or Pinochet, or Stalin than one who heads one of three branches of the government but is the servant of ALL the people: not just those who agree with him. A sole proprietor is even more like a dictator: king over his own kingdom. Trump isn’t really a CEO. He just plays off that fav right wing concept: a CEO president. He’s more like the role he played for so long: a really bad sole proprietor. Read more

Inspection- Heading Towards a Jerry Springer Country

 Don’t start on me! I understand the irony: Jerry Springer used to be an XM/Sirius talk show host on the LEFT side: and he wasn’t very good, in my opinion. “Don’t start on me” with a, “They started it first!” No matter where you stand politically, that’s the kind of playground BS is Inspectionsomething elementary teachers had deal with for years: “I don’t care who ‘started it first.'”
 And where did the odd phrase “start on me” come from? Was it some homeless guy sleeping under a semi in a Pilot parking lot yelling out, “Don’t start ON me!” (Imagine how I could find humor in all the variations of “start on,” like “start with?”)
 Is Donald Trump the perfect politician for today because increasingly we have a Jerry Springer country? Politically we do seem to live from outrage to insult to outrage to…. if only it was as funny as pie fights in old movies, instead of increasingly getting more deadly.
 Where there’s no insult we invent one.
 Where there is insult it’s not just acceptable but is encouraged.
 It’s as if everyone is trying to get great ratings using increasingly outrageous claims, like a show about a supposed ‘bimbo’ from Mars who assaults a pimp from Uranus. (Maybe I misspelled the last word in that sentence and it is is TWO words?)
 Increasingly we live with this as if it has always been the norm, as if it has anything to do with actual debate and discussion. But…. Read more

Inspection- Count the Votes

 With so many different voting systems…
 With so many different secretary of states, governors, appointees responsible for the integrity of the vote Inspectionwho are too often beyond irresponsible…
 All this, and more, make presidential elections a mess, though if you have control of enough states and can implement election fraud tactics the popular vote may be lost, but not the College.
 Otherwise counting every vote is hard. So many fires to fight with those who don’t want some people to vote, don’t want every vote counted. If the midterm taught us anything; on a state by state basis, corruption is still a problem but fighting to get every vote counted has more of a chance.
 Not that it’s “easy.” Those who know if every vote is counted their side will lose will do all they can to get in the way, including demanding machines be confiscated, refuse to step down when they are in charge of election integrity when they’ve proven they’re actually there to skew the system their way anyway possible.
 I previously wrote that 2018 was no big blue wave, just a substantial ripple. One of those times I love being wrong. My only defense is that was with the vote as it stood just post election night. OK, yes, it was a wave. I still resist “big,” but we shall see, hopefully. More than “hopefully:” WE HAVE TO. Read more

Inspection- A Riple-y Election

 Anyone remember Ripley in Alien, and all the sequels?

 I must admit in my last column I hedged my bets between no blue wave, a ripple and expressed my doubts about a big blue wave. My suspicion was “ripple.” OK, I was right: it was a ripple. Not a horrible, weak one, but maybe not one of as much consequence as we might assume. We have the House… sort of. The new House will be checked by the new Senate and, of course, Trump. Pelosi will be an Inspectioneven bigger foil. The less than un-creative, overly simplistic, 12 year old bully-based name calling will increase. Republicans will fall in line, especially now most of the Republicans who tried to show they had an ounce of ethics are gone. How brave. Don’t run for reelection then stand up for what’s right against one who obviously has no ethics.
 Not surprising. Please remember there’s a long history of disciplined Republican loyalty to the point of goosestepping and going over to the dark side when it’s politically convenient. And it’s almost ALWAYS “politically convenient.” Read more

Inspection- Poll Dancing, Poll Taxing

I have read and heard so many explanations for why the polls never quite come up to snuff, an odd phrase at best that dates back to tobacco usage. And perhaps that’s apt: we keep relying on old models and ignore how they have been corrupted. Intentionally corrupted. Intentionally corrupted: poisoned if you wish like a tobacco addict poisons himself.
Inspection This is important, especially if the blue wave is a mere ripple after Tuesday, or the undertow takes us away to drown us in the depths of autocracy, plutocracy, oligarchy, and/or fascism. For without a strong check on the one party pushing for a one party system: with the mere facade of two, that is what we will surely have… abandoning what little freedom that came from what our forefathers gave us. Read more

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