Posted by: coastcontact | July 25, 2016

The Zoo

Given the state of the world a little levity seems appropriate.

 

A blonde lady motorist was about two hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down……

 

 

The man walked up to the car and asked, “Are you going to San Diego?”

 

 

“Sure,” answered the blonde, “do you need a lift?”

 

 

 

 

“Not for me. I’ll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I’ve got two chimpanzees in the back that have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo. They’re a bit stressed already so I don’t want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me? I’ll give you $100 for your trouble.”

 

 

 

“I’d be happy to,” said the blonde.

 

 

So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde’s car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went.

 

Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified!  There was the blonde walking down the street, holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd.

 

With a screech of brakes he pulled off the road and ran over to the blonde.

“What are you doing here?” he demanded, “I gave you $100 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!”

“Yes, I know you did,” said the blonde. “But we had money left over so now we’re going to Sea World.”

 

Posted by: coastcontact | July 22, 2016

How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump

I have now watched this video twice.  It is well done.  My conclusion is Donald Trump represents the shrinking White majority.  White Europeans descendants will soon be a minority group in the United States.  They already are a minority in California.  38.4% of the California population is White according to state statistics. Those of you reading this who are part of that White group, I understand your fear.  Try to understand that those who do not look like your ancestors are not here to harm you.  They too want their children to grow up and live in the greatest country in the world.

Donald Trump painted a grim portrait of the U.S. and cast himself as its only savior in his GOP acceptance speech.

Donald Trump - I can fix it!
  “I alone can fix it”

 

Donald Trump‘s basic campaign theme is

-Our country has been mismanaged for decades and that has cost the nation its industrial base. That has resulted in a major loss of jobs.

-Illegal aliens from Mexico are coming to the United States to rape and kill us.

-Crime is rampant. I am the law and order candidate.

-The rest of the world no longer respects us because we have not been tough enough on terrorists.

The reason that Mr. Trump has had a successful campaign is that no one has challenged any of his contentions.

Trump’s lack of details on how he will “Make America Great Again” will not sit well with many Americans. Many of those Americans are Republicans. Ted Cruz’s remarks about “voting your conscience” is a message to those disappointed Republicans who see Donald Trump as a phony conservative.

The best line in Trump’s speech was the comparison of Hillary Clinton’s “I’m with her” slogan to his “I’m with you.”

Now we await the Democratic National Convention.

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Posted by: coastcontact | July 19, 2016

Why We Need Universal Health Care

Health care insurance is too expensive.

The stated goals of health care reform in 2009 (Obamacare) in the USA were

  1. lower costs
  2. cover all Americans
  3. drive quality
  4. and be paid for (without impacting the federal budget)

Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year, according to the Los Angeles Times, more than three times the increase of the last two years. Premiums in the insurance program rose just 4% in 2016, after rising 4.2% in 2015 – the first year that exchange officials negotiated with insurers.

An analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation of 14 metro areas that have already announced their 2017 premiums found an average jump of 11%. The changes ranged from a decrease of 14% in Providence, R.I., to an increase of 26% in Portland, Oregon.

Ouch! What happened to objective 1 – lower costs?

While Obama Care has provided insurance coverage to 11.7 million people there are still 12.9 million people without any coverage as reported in a Gallup Poll. In other words about 4% of the population is uninsured.

 Obama’s intentions were good but his goal have not been met. Single payer health care like Medicare would cover everyone without exception. That would put for profit insurance companies out of business. Putting companies out of business is the stumbling block to genuine health care reform.

Despite Senator Bernie Sanders this is not likely to happen in the U.S. A. that considers free enterprise one of its basic tenants.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 19, 2016

GOP Convention 2016

Donald Trump controlled the words of Mike Pence in the Trump/Pence interview on 60 Minutes as Mike Pence hesitated to answer questions until prompted by Trump.

Trump reminds me of a boss I had about 30 years ago. The job was decent but that boss was a “no it all” type who wanted control of everything. It was so bad that one occasion in his car he flipped up the sun visor on the passenger side after I had just put it down. He acted like he knew everything about every subject. Most definitely he wanted to control everything and that is the Trump behavior.

This first day of the GOP convention was perfect for Donald Trump. Every one of those speakers said the things that Trump could have said. Every reporter is examining every word of every speaker. We will all learn about the mistakes in the next few days.  Even the highlight of the night, the Melania Trump speech is already being picked apart as similar to Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008 and maybe there was some plagiarism. I am certain that Trump will defend Melania’s speech as he should.

The question is will this convention win any new supporters for the Trump candidacy? The answer will come after we have heard the last words spoken on Thursday night. That translates to the polls that will follow.  I did not listen to every speech but saw enough to recognize great choreography.

Donald Trump is correct when he says the system is rigged. The United States system of government was created in a way that the wealthy and well positioned will continue to dominate the country in all ways. It was after a wealthy group of people who called the Continental Congress together. The most famous names were all at least well off if not very rich. Benjamin Franklin owned a successful printing business, John Adams was a well known and successful lawyer, Thomas Jefferson was the owner of a large plantation, George Washington was the owner of a large plantation, and John Hancock was the owner of a large shipping company. Not all of those signing the Declaration of Independence also signed the United States Constitution but none were poor.

Those signers had at least one thing in common. They wanted a government that protected them from kings and dictators and also protected their way of life and their wealth.

To ensure that the population would not overturn their preferred form of government they created the electoral college. They gave the state legislatures the power to select their representatives in the United States Senate (later changed to a popular vote by the people). They gave the states the power to determine the boundaries of their congressional districts.

Take a look at your congressional district maps. Here is a link to the 10 most gerrymandered congressional districts.

                   North Carolina-12th disrict

Gerrymandered district

The consequence of the presidential selection process has resulted in two elections where the winner did not receive a majority of the popular vote.

In 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president despite not winning either the popular vote or the electoral vote. Andrew Jackson was the winner in both categories. Jackson received 38,000 more popular votes than Adams, and beat him in the electoral vote 99 to 84.

In 2000, George W. Bush was declared the winner of the general election and became the 43rd president, but he didn’t win the popular vote either. Al Gore holds that distinction, garnering about 540,000 more votes than Bush. However, Bush won the electoral vote, 271 to 266.

Most states give the total winner of their state 100% of their electors voting for president. The electors are not proportionately assigned. The consequence is that the states with the highest populations could determine the outcome of the election. In Real Clear Politics current surveys Hillary Clinton has a likely lead with 209 electors from 11 states versus Donald Trump with 164 electors from 11 states.

If Donald Trump loses the election in November he will say the system is rigged. He will be correct. The system protects us from the extremists.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 13, 2016

Complaining about Sexual Harassment and Rape

It is one thing to be sexually harassed and significantly more horrifying to be raped.

My question is when should you file a complaint about these events?

If you are a high school or college student who has been raped by a boyfriend and you go to the police and school authorities immediately (i.e. within days) of the occurrence that is an appropriate consequence to the event. If you waited five years or some other extended period before filing a complaint, what does that decision tell you about the legitimacy of the story told to authorities?

Gretchen Carlson of Fox News

So we now come to the firing or dismissal of Gretchen Carlson from Fox News, the cable station. The 50 year old lady is a very attractive blond who was the 1989 Miss America. Blondes are a trade mark reality of Fox News.  There are a few brunettes but being an attractive blond seems to be a basic requirement. Kirsten Powers and Shannon Bream are two outstanding examples of well spoken and very attractive blonds. Ms. Carlson earned $1 million a year. So while she may have felt somewhat uncomfortable about Roger Ailes remarks or the words of other male fox News employees she has happily banked a significant fortune. Now that her contract has been terminated she suddenly remembered that she felt harassed.

Where were all the women who were “raped” by Bill Cosby? Reports of comedian Bill Cosby taking sexual liberties and more with ladies over the years is not exactly new news. In fact, 13 women have accused Cosby of rape from the 1970s into the 2000s, but keep in mind that he has now been charged for the first time in 2016.

Roger Ailes and Bill Cosby do have one thing in common. Lots of money. It will be no surprise if Ms. Carlson is paid enough money to go away.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 9, 2016

AA New Mercedes

This posting is only to give you a laugh.  It’s far better than the news that focuses on hate and killing.

You’re going to love this Mercedes Ad.  Get in line to get the New Mercedes electric!  Click on the link below and enjoy.

http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/media/guid/2410887629/3021121

Posted by: coastcontact | July 9, 2016

Some Good News

The news is all about what bad things have happened during the day or all the way to yesterday. It’s time to write about some good things that have happened.

-Surge of new jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 287,000 new jobs were created last month (June). New jobs have been created every month starting March of 2010. The unemployment rate I 4.9%. All those new jobs were not high paying but that is a record worth advertising.

-The S&P 500 has almost reached it record set May 20, 2015 when the index reached 2134.72. Friday it was almost there again closing at 2129.90.

-JCPenney is adding 350 jobs in LA and Orange counties in California. That is a company that many expected to go out of business this year.

-When Sharay Santora and her two children first arrived in downtown Dallas on Thursday to join the Black Lives Matter protest, she said the interaction between marchers and officers was peaceful, loving. Officers lined the streets as a massive crowd marched past.

“They gave us high-fives, hugs, were taking selfies,” Santora, 37, told The Washington Post. “It was such an instance of love and understanding, that ‘I’m here for you.’  You could feel it. There was no animosity in the air. That was the feeling throughout.”

Santora said marchers noted “these people who came out to protect us, we’re going to be out there for them.”

She plans to take her children to memorials for the fallen officers, for the same reason she has taken her children to Black Lives Matter demonstrations: “You’re either part of the solution, or you’re part of the problem. Even if you don’t know what to do, you can do something, even if it’s showing love.”

Maybe, just may be, the tragedy in Dallas can bring all of us to our senses.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 7, 2016

Are boycotts against Israel anti-Semitism or free speech?

Free speech in America means saying what you want to say no matter who is offended.  That translates to the KKK and other extremist groups having the right to hold rallies in public places.  That results in demonstrations in big cities by groups wanting to express their demands or frustrations.

Thus the above question posted on KPCC, the large audience NPR, FM station, in Los Angeles.  following is their explanation of a proposed law in the California legislature.  Although the intent might be pleasing to some people, the proposed law strikes me as unconstitutional.  At the end of the article on KPCC’s web site there were comments both for and against the law.


A California state bill that would punish companies participating in the boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel recently passed the California state Senate Judiciary Committee.

The controversial movement calls on individuals and companies to boycott Israel until it ends occupying “all Arab lands.” Rather than punish boycotts directly, AB 2844 targets “violations of existing anti-discrimination laws that take place under the pretext of a boycott or other ‘policy’ aimed at ‘any sovereign nation or people recognized by the government of the United States, including, but not limited to, the nation and people of Israel,’” according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. It also requires those seeking state government contracts to certify that they haven’t engaged in discrimination through such a policy.

There is disagreement about the strength of the current bill, as language directly referencing BDS has been removed in favor of more general assertions that reference the existing Unruh Civil Rights Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

This has not mitigated the controversy surrounding the legislation.

Proponents of the bill seek to portray the BDS movement as anti-Semitic. Dillon Hosier, senior political adviser for the nonprofit advocacy organization Israeli-American Nexus, said that it has created an insidious anti-Jewish environment across California.

“Californians are being targeted who have zero connection to the government of Israel,” Hosier said. “What BDS has become is not ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions,’ [but rather] ‘bigotry, discrimination and anti-Semitism.’”

Opponents of the legislation argue the bill violates the First Amendment.

Estee Chandler is a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that seeks to end Israel’s presence in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. She finds the California legislature’s actions against BDS  “deeply troubling,” saying she sees what the Legislature is doing as punishing political speech.

“From the start, AB 2844 was introduced to single out, stigmatize and suppress the political speech of Californians who criticized … Israeli and U.S. policies,” Chandler said. “Denying state business to an otherwise qualified contractor based solely on their views about Israel and their participation in a legal boycott … goes beyond government exercising its speech, and it impedes on our constitutional rights.”

AB 2844 passed an initial vote in the Assembly, and last week it passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Next, it heads to a vote in the Appropriations Committee in early August.

Assembly Bill 2844

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