Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chris Christie's Bridgegate Coverup Tactics Revealed By Barney Frank

While on a WNYC radio interview  on Thursday April 30th, Ex Congressman Barney Frank brought up an interesting detail that just blows Chris Christie's honesty about Bridgegate out of the water... Barney said in a nutshell... 'Christie makes his name as a tough prosecutor, he cracks crime, he gets to the bottom of it... Christie said that he called in his people who were accused of shutting down the bridge and he (non-chalantly) asked them if they had done it. They said no and he said (ok) that's it...'

Barney continues...' When Christie was a prosecutor and he questioned someone accused of a crime, did he ask 'are you guilty' and if they said no, was that the end of it?' You can listen to Congressman Barney Frank's interview below.

This exposes Christie's dishonestly intended play, to not ask the tough questions so as to not get the correct answers. He was purposely not a driving force behind the questioning, as his actions and results show... and his overflowing bounty of non-existent answers reveal.  He knowingly did not ask the right questions, knowingly did not get the correct answers and then knowingly did not come clean to the public in his almost two hour press conference. That word 'knowingly' will haunt him.

This gave Christie the temporary cover of having plausible deniability. A person in high office as Christie holds, is always tasked with having the honesty, integrity and goodwill needed, to conduct the peoples' business. This premis held true when he was the US Attorney representing the people and this holds true as a person now twice elected to the Governorship on his past presumed good record of honesty, integrity and goodwill on behalf of the people.

That tactic is often used by officials who do not want to appear as if their hands are dirty, be that as it may, it is not illegal but where Christie messed up was when he went to the public and pretended to have exercised due diligence in rooting out the truth from his pack of accused 'fighters in the trenches.'  
There was no 'honesty, integrity and goodwill' there. His team now appears to have been a pack of wolves.

These people were his team, they had his back on behalf of his responsibility to the people of New Jersey... the said people that he represented. In short, he misled the people into thinking that he had their backs... when in actuality he just had the backs of his pack of wolves in sheep's clothing.

What makes things even worse for Chris Christie is that not only did he knowingly mislead the people, but as a result he also knowingly misled the investigations being conducted. That is an even bigger issue, one of ethics, which may come back to bite him.

On May 1st 2015, David Wildstein pled guilty to two charges leveled against him and implicated two others of the pack, in the act. The other two being Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly. This from 'David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy at a U.S. district court in Newark.
Prosecutors also unsealed a nine-count indictment against Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie. Among the charges are conspiracy and wire fraud.'
Here is a breakdown on what transpired in federal court on May 1st 2015, as David Wildstein pled guily to charges on WNYC radio. 
Wildstein has said previously, that he had himself told Chris Christie about the lane closings at the 9/11 memorial ceremony back in 2013 while 'Bridgegate' was happening.This story is reported on here at the website.

Now that David Weinstein has pleaded guilty to the charges, this shines the spotlight on Chris Christie to tell the truth about his earlier statements that he knew nothing at the time.... and question why he knew nothing as he did possess the prosecutorial skill and ability to get some answers from his staff when the initial charges were leveled at his office. 

Needless to say this 'Bridgegate' issue is a missile that has now blown Chris Christie's aspirations to become America's next POTUS out of the water.... that part of his legacy is now water under the bridge.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

America The Dumber-err

The US has a Global ranking of 16th in literacy and 27th in Math. That is not good.

There are thousands of inexperienced parents across America allowing their kids to opt out of testing this week, with all sorts of reasons ranging from the testing being too rigorous, to it's too time consuming for the kids, to the idea that someone is making money off the testing. 

These well meaning, inexperienced parents are dumbing down America, by dumbing down their kids. Many if not most of these parents are first timers and are just now having their first experience at getting their kids ready for college and the global job market. 

Many are called 'Helicopter parents' for a reason and a little less of that hovering could prove to be a lot more helpful to their kids ... and the US as well. Unfortunately while they are hearing from all sides about the issues they and their children face in preparation for college, many are listening without hearing certain things.... 

As an experienced parent, I would like to add my voice. My experience comes from having one child recently enter the job market and the other finishing her last year of college in 2015. I have been there through the years, I understand the fears parents have. 

The question is where do you want your child to enter the job market? Would you want your child to make below 65k or above 75k, when they are fresh out of college at 22yrs old?. So... At what stage do you want your kids' eventual level of education and qualification to be? Do you want to get them to their flipping burgers stage or to the rocket science stage? 

When they go to middle school, they have a very limited number of years in which to learn certain things and they will have no time in High School to re-learn what they missed in those prior years. I remember my kids telling me that in their specialized high school they were told that their choice is simple.... sleep or study.

Neil Degrasse Tyson said in an interview on WNYC yesterday that reverse engineering something could have be done years ago because we were doing physics, but today we are using nanotechnology and Quantum Physics ... 

That statement alone reveals a stark reality...With a global marketplace we need to have a student that has a more global standard of education, as there are no more borders with the advent of the internet. 

CNN had some interesting interviews on this topic which parents should watch for themselves. Just click the CNN link.

As Melinda Gates mentioned in one interview, trajectory is important to a child. I would even say trajectory is everything to a growing mind. Parents must realize that a child's brain is a muscle... a muscle that needs exercise and challenges to grow, or they will get bored easily in class. Set your childs trajectory to a high level because that is really what they are capable of.

First rule in class... pay attention. Learning is or should mostly be done in class. Homework is just an opportunity to reaffirm what you learned in class and revise, and expand on it... having already gotten the basics in the classroom. Don't be afraid of having them take extra lessons after school to catch up in what they are lacking. I did that myself 40 years ago.

I know there are parents with kids who have certain disabilities, these tests will identify those kids so they can get the individual help they need without slowing down the rest of the class, the future depends on that. 

These standardized tests that kids are being allowed to opt out of are the building blocks of a great education, which gets them into a great High school and then a great College and an even greater job.
 The more they face the challenges of preparing for each test, they are putting the building blocks in place. If they opt out they have damaged that building process and it will impact them severly. 

When they get into high school, they will do so in a diminished capacity and they now have a limited number of years to learn everything from foreign languages and programming to rocket science, they can't slow down to try to catch up on anything they missed out in their earlier years. 

Same idea applies to middle school, they will be slowed down if they are allowed to not prepare for testing in their earlier years.

Testing and preparing for the tests, is their greatest opportunity for their next step, whether that next step is Middle school, High School, or College. Testing is an opportunity they simply can't afford to miss out on, and the preparation for these tests are priceless.

From the CNN article..."It's really a way of making children think for themselves and have teachers speak less and students become more responsible for their learning," said a teacher and a mom of two who didn't want to be identified. "I feel the teaching has become better because of what's expected. Where we go wrong is understanding that the Common Core is a guideline and we still have to meet the needs of the students where they are academically."
She also said parents -- rather than educators -- too often are the ones putting too much stress on students about the test."

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Global Warming Causes Climate Change.

I did not think I had to make this post, but being a member of various political debate groups on Facebook, I have come to realize that my many Republican friends have the wrong idea about climate change, global warming and how they are connected, so here it is up close. 

Many people have been sold on the theory that global warming is just a hoax dreamt up by Al Gore. It has also been laid down as a rule that Mr. Gore has made billions of dollars because of this hoax. I personally do not believe that he thought up this theory, as I remember hearing scientists' concerns about global warming since the seventies.

It is a simple idea, that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will cause it to heat up. This idea is commonly accepted amongst the scientific community. There are a rumored 3% to 5% of scientists who do not believe in this idea of global warming for their own reasons, and instead they cling to the idea that the earth goes through natural cycles of heating and cooling, this cycling being explained with the example of the ice age.

The fact that the earth goes through these heating and cooling cycles is in fact true, but it cannot be used to explain global warming in the 21st century because these cycles take place hundreds and even thousands of years apart.

This recent bout of global warming started only since the industrial era which began roughly 100 years ago. There has not been any indication that absent of our industrial explosion, there would have been a natural cycle of global warming occuring.
Republicans have embraced the term'Climate Change,' but refuse to connect said climate change to global warming. Let me explain this in detail... Global warming causes climate change.

Think of a hot saucepan into which you break an egg. The hot pan causes changes to the raw egg, causing it to fry and be cooked. That is the same process with a heated atmosphere...or a warming globe. It causes changes in the weather patterns and that in turn means the cooling and heating becomes more pronounced in many areas and is not to be misunderstood as a natural earth warming cycle.

In other words the climate norms change, summers would be warmer, and longer or shorter...winters would be colder, and longer or shorter... droughts would show up where you never expected and the sea currents would be changed, which would bring about more global changes. 

One of these changes, is the melting of the ice caps and that then causes the rising of sea levels and the devastation thereof, commonly seen as coastal flooding and the problems associated with this.

As the globe warms, that warming brings about changes in the climate... in effect, global warming causes climate changes... or climate change for those who still grapple with this.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Obama's Mom VS Ted Cruz's Mom...

Well, I know that you have no idea what to expect with a title like that, so here goes. As many of you would have found out by now, Ted Cruz has said that he is in the running for the 2016 Presidential race. The first question on everyone's lips is where is his birth certificate? 

As you know Teddy-boy was born in Canada. He is the product of a Cuban father and an American mother. Unfortunately for Ted, he apparently was not made aware that he had no standing to run for the office of the President just based on that simple fact of being a Canadian by birth, not born on an American military base or Embassy, who has an American mother.

We know this to be true because as you know Republicans do not lie and everyone of them alive on this planet made that fact abundantly clear when another person of mixed race was elected as President in 2008. This issue you will remember was picked apart with a fine toothed comb by every Republican who had an extra breath in their lungs. 

We were forced to see them attempt to drag the President through the mud in every conceivable way and even produce his birth certificate as proof, which he did of course. The trouble is I have looked and listened to all republican/conservative television and radio hosts and their commentators, who all conclude that Ted is cleared to run in 2016 simply because his mother is an American.

So the question is how did Ted get cleared because of his mom and the President did not? Could it be that the moms had nothing to do with the blockage after all, and it was really the dads? Ted's dad was from Communist Cuba while the President's dad was from Kenya... need I say more? It looks like the Republicans clearly prefer those from Communist backgrounds as opposed to the other...hmmmm.

The bigger bombshell of course is if as Ted's situation suggests, anyone born anywhere outside American soil, foreign or domestic and has an American mother, will be able to run for the office of the President. This new republican rule of inclusion sets up a scenario for long lines of potential foreign Presidential hopefuls.... I look forward to the next brilliant Republican idea...

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Republicans Scoff At France... They Prefer Freedom Fries.

Well, the official rebuke of France in 2003 by Republicans, after the French declined to support the uninformed invasion of Iraq, proved that Republicans were not interested in what France thinks. This was further substantiated when the Republican nation...delirious as it is, voted with popular voice to opt for 'Freedom Fries' as the new verbiage, instead of 'French Fries.'

From Wikipedia...'Following the September 11 attacks by Al-Qaeda and the declaration of a "War on Terror" by President George W. Bush, an invasion of Iraq was proposed. During the United Nations Security Council deliberationsFrench Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominique de Villepin made it clear France would not support, nor participate in the invasion.[1] This caused some Americans to accuse France of betrayal, reigniting prior anti-French sentiment in the United States.[2]'

Furthermore... 'Renaming was initiated in February 2003 by Beaufort, North Carolina "Cubbie's" restaurant owner Neal Rowland, who said he was motivated by similar actions against Germanyin World War I, when sauerkraut was called "liberty cabbage", and frankfurters were renamed "hot dogs".[3][4] In an interview about the name change, Rowland commented "since the French are backing down [from the war], French fries and French everything needs to be banned".[5] In March 2007, Rowland obtained a trademark registration for the term "freedom fries".[6]'

Then...'On March 11, 2003 Republican U.S. Representatives Bob Ney and Walter B. Jones directed the three House cafeterias to change all references to French fries and French toast on menus, and replace them with Freedom fries and Freedom toast, respectively. Jones chose to follow Cubbie's example by circulating a letter to his colleagues advocating their renaming because, he said, "the French were 'sitting on the sidelines.'

It is blatantly obvious that the vehement concern that the Republican politicians exhibit for France's misfortunes at the hands of extremists, is simply an opportunity for the Republicans to dump on the 'Black man in the white house'.. something that they will use any chance to do. 

It is no secret that the right wingers pretend to be overwhelmingly broken hearted and supremely appalled at the fact that the 'Black man in the White House' chose not to send a higher up to the recent march in France, which was attended by the who's who in the world of international leaders.

I think they really don't care what happens to the French as much as they pretend to, but they do care that they do not miss an opportunity to make President Obama look as if he has dropped the ball. I think they should really focus on the crimes visited upon France and at the very least bring themselves to have some caring and heartfilled concern for our neighbors, as their good book suggests.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Gods Of Christmas.

There are many who do not follow or research history; they are unaware that there are many Gods who were born in the Christmas season. These many Gods who all came hundreds and thousands of years before Jesus all had the same or eerily similar histories to Jesus, or I should say Jesus had a history similar to theirs. 

The one that I would like to highlight here is the history of Horus. He was an Egyptian God and just due to the fact that many will say Horus is just a story, I focus on Egyptian history as Egypt is still a country that exists in our modern world, a country that the naysayers can travel to anytime, to prove to themselves that Egypt and its history are indeed real.

There were many other Gods, at least a dozen, whose tales are similar to these two... Krishna, Mithra, Dionysus and the Sol Invictus are just a few. I first saw this history on the movie Zeitgeist and thus started my research on the subject of Gods... and Christmas. You can see the movie with this Youtube link.

There are those who will be adamant that there is no evidence of Jesus being connected to these other Pagan Gods... here ia a link to one such website...

Christmas is a joyous time to eat, drink and be merry, so, eat, drink and be merry. But be mindful of the true history of the occasion so you will not expect a Santa to come down your chimney this season.

Here are the facts according to                                  

Comparison of some characteristics of Horus and Jesus:

EventHorusYeshua of Nazareth, a.k.a. Jesus
Conception:By a virgin. There is some doubt about this matterBy a virgin. 3
Father:Only begotten son of the God Osiris.Only begotten son of Yehovah (in the form of the Holy Spirit).
Mother:Isis-Meri. 4Miriam (now often referred to as Mary).
Foster father:Seb, (a.k.a. Jo-Seph). 4Joseph.
Foster father's ancestry:Of royal descent.Of royal descent.
Birth location:In a cave.In a cave or stable.
Annunciation:By an angel to Isis, his mother.By an angel to Miriam, his mother. 3
Birth heralded by:The star Sirius, the morning star.An unidentified "star in the East."
Birth date:Ancient Egyptians paraded a manger and child representing Horus through the streets at the time of the winter solstice (about DEC-21). In reality, he had no birth date; he was not a human.Born during the fall. However, his birth date is now celebrated on DEC-25. The date was chosen to occur on the same date as the birth of Mithra, Dionysus and the Sol Invictus (unconquerable Sun), etc.
Birth announcement:By angels.By angels. 3
Birth witnesses:Shepherds.Shepherds. 3
Later witnesses to birth:Three solar deities.An unknown number of wise men. They are said to have brought three gifts; thus the legend grew that there were three men.
Death threat during infancy:Herut tried to have Horus murdered. He was not successful.Herod tried to have Jesus murdered. He was not successful.
Handling the threat:The God That tells Horus' mother "Come, thou goddess Isis, hide thyself with thy child."An angel tells Jesus' father to: "Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt."
Rite of passage ritual:Horus came of age with a special ritual, when his eye was restored.Taken by parents to the temple for what is today called a bar mitzvah ritual.
Age at the ritual:1212
Break in life history:No data between ages of 12 & 30.No data between ages of 12 & 30.
Baptism location:In the river Eridanus.In the river Jordan.
Age at baptism:30.30.
Baptized by:Anup the Baptiser.John the Baptist, a.k.a. John the Baptist.
Subsequent fate of the baptiser:Beheaded.Beheaded.
EventHorusYeshua of Nazareth, a.k.a. Jesus
Temptation:Taken from the desert of Amenta up a high mountain by his arch-rival Sut. Sut (a.k.a. Set) was a precursor for the Hebrew Satan.Taken from the desert in Palestine up a high mountain by his arch-rival Satan.
Result of temptation:Horus resists temptation.Jesus resists temptation.
Close followers:Twelve disciples. There is some doubtabout this matter as well.Twelve disciples.
Activities:Walked on water, cast out demons, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind. He "stilled the sea by his power."Walked on water, cast out demons, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind. He ordered the sea with a "Peace, be still" command.
Raising of the dead:Horus raised Osirus, his dead father, from the grave. 1Jesus raised Lazarus, his close friend, from the grave.
Location where the resurrection miracle occurred:Anu, an Egyptian city where the rites of the death, burial and resurrection of Horus were enacted annually. 1Hebrews added their prefix for house ('beth") to "Anu" to produce "Beth-Anu" or the "House of Anu." Since "u" and "y" were interchangeable in antiquity, "Bethanu" became "Bethany," the location mentioned in John 11.
Linkage between the name of Osirus in Egyptian religion andLazarus in the Gospel of John:Asar was an alternative name for Osirus, Horus' father. Horus raised Asar from the dead. He was referred to as "the Asar," as a sign of respect.Translated into Hebrew, Asr is "El-Asar." The Romans added the sufffix "us" to indicate a male name, producing "Elasarus." Over time, the "E" was dropped and "s" became "z," producing "Lazarus.1 Jesus is said to have raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.
Transfigured:On a mountain.On a high mountain.
Key address(es):Sermon on the Mount.Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 to 7); Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:17-49).
Method of deathBy crucifixion or by the sting of a scorpion; sources differ. 2 See note above.By crucifixion.
Accompanied by:Two thieves.Two thieves.
BurialIn a tomb.In a tomb.
Fate after death:Descended into Hell; resurrected after three days.Descended into Hell; resurrected after about 30 to 38 hours (Friday PM to presumably some time in Sunday AM) covering parts of three days.
Resurrection announced by:Women.Women.
Future:To reign for 1,000 years in the Millennium.To reign for 1,000 years in the Millennium.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bill Cosby Guilty... And Wins!!

Let me validate my claim... I am old school. In the court of Grandma's old school lessons, you silently admit your guilt if you do not defend yourself by saying, if not proving, that you are innocent. Grandma still has a lot to teach us but this one, this issue of guilt or innocence, is a lesson that has been well known and well taught by Grandmas all over the world... 'Child... did you do this?... No Grandma... it was Ben...or no Grandma it was broken before I got here...'

Now at that point in Grandma's scary interrogation, she is not as much concerned in the crime or mishap, as she is in instilling honor and truthfulness in this, her future champion who may go on someday to become the hero of many, a hero who will be able to lead mobs, crowds ...countries.

Going by Grandma's reasoning, Bill Cosby is painting himself to seem guilty simply because he has not yet been able to say to the public, the Grandmas, that he is innocent and defend himself from the public accusations laid out against him. 

He made a famous quip a few years ago where he admonished black families and admonished individuals for being shot in the back of the head by the police for stealing poundcake. '...what was he doing with the poundcake in his hand?' he said to a laughing audience.

Well Dr. Huck... you have been burdened now by the accusation of having said poundcake in your hand... what do you say to Granny... guilty or not guilty... you must know, Granny always has a switch in her hand and she is not famous for her patience, but rather is famous for her lack of accepting some long winded BS excuse, so when you faced Grandma, you had better come good or don't come at all. 

In Grandma's world view, which in this case is the court of public opinion, you are not innocent until proven guilty... you are just in a neutral corner, and only for a few fleeting seconds mind you. Grandma and the public court both, move swiftly if they smell a lie, or an attempt to cover up a truth, so time with Granny is always short and running out. Yes she might be old and her feet are aching and she wants to sit down, so that pain in her hip, makes her demand swiftness in resolving the issue. The public's pain is in separating their love for fictitious Dr. Huckstable and their want to hold on to their respect and love for you Bill Cosby, that they've held close through the years.

So why do I say that Cosby wins? Well it goes to the larger picture that this world is now interconnected and even though we see in the US, companies cancelling his shows and distancing themselves and their products from him, sadly all Bill Cosby has to do is perform his art outside the USA, in multiple countries where the female person is not recognized for her humanity, her ability and potential or the fact that she is the pillar in the lives of young children. 

He may go to African nations, Middle Eastern nations, and many other places around the world where a goat or cow is considered more precious than an educated female child... that is the reality now. Obviously the same companies who are boycotting him in the US, will be clamoring over each other to bankroll him out there. 

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