Posted by: coastcontact | July 14, 2020

Incapable of Leadership

Donald Trump, “I alone can fix it.” There are two ways of reading this slightly ambiguous sentence. First, in the way that Trump presumably meant it, that he is the one uniquely capable of fixing what is broken in Washington and politics. Second, that he could fix it alone, that is, without allies and alliances.

It was so damn is easy for Donald Trump to take on the war against the coronavirus. “I view it as — in a sense — of wartime president,” Trump said in March. He followed that up saying, “I mean, that’s what we’re fighting. I mean, it’s a very tough situation here.”

However, instead of telling Americans they had to sacrifice to win the war on the virus by asking everyone to do his part by just wearing a mask and doing social distancing, he retreated and left every city and state to fend for itself.

When the public was peacefully demonstrating in Lafayette Square, Trump had the area cleared so he could stand in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. But without words written by speechwriter Steven Miller he stood there holding up a bible and he said nothing.

Trump was reportedly briefed on the alleged bounties offered by Russia to kill American soldiers in his daily presidential intelligence document but failed to act on the info given. He did nothing about the Russian program and denied he had been briefed.

Roger Jason Stone is an American conservative political consultant, lobbyist, and convicted felon was given a pardon by Trump. That was a signal to all of his political friends. The message is stick with me and I will protect you no matter what you may have done.

Will Trump be re-elected? His faithful followers could easily make that happen. Trump is an outstanding communicator when he has a script. Joe Biden has no passionate followers.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 12, 2020

Something to Consider and Think About!

Someone I know forwarded this article to me.

Subject: Fwd: something to consider

While waiting for life to get back to normal consider this…

 

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village

consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the

people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

 

57 Asians

21 Europeans

14 Americans (North, Central and South)

8 Africans

 

There would be:

52 women and 48 men

30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians

30 Christians and 70 non-Christians

89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

 

6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA

 

80 would live in poverty

70 would be illiterate

50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition

1 would be dying

1 would be being born

1 would own a computer

1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree

 

If we looked at the world in this way,

the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.

 

But, consider again the following :

 

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than

one million people, who won’t live through the week.

 

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of

prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation,

then you are better off than 500 million people.

 

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will

assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.

 

 

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head

and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.         

 

 

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few

coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few among the

100 people in the world.

 

If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.

 

If someone sent you this message, you’re extremely lucky, because

someone is thinking of you ~ and because you don’t comprise one of

those 2 billion people who can’t read.

 

AND SO?

 

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like nobody has ever hurt you.

Dance like nobody is watching.

Sing like nobody is listening.

and Live as if this was paradise on Earth.

 

I hope you Send this message to your friends.

If you don’t send it, nothing will happen….

If you do send it, someone might smile while they are reading it,

and that will be a positive.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 11, 2020

Sports Illustrated 2020 Calendar

Posted by: coastcontact | July 7, 2020

GoFundMe is a Form of Panhandling

As I parked my car at the local gasoline station I was approached by a panhandler who asked if I had any spare change. He explained he had lost his wallet and just needed some money for gas to get home.

At the super market I hear the same kinds of refrain.

Today the tech savvy have found a new way to beg for money. It’s the gofundme.com website. Want to do a memorial for someone who passed away this is the place to obtain the funds.

Solomon Joseph is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Jade Winicki in South Pasadena California and raised more than $30,000. On the web site this was posted. “The world will never be the same without him and he will forever be in all of our hearts. We know that heaven gained an angel and find comfort knowing that he will watch over all of us for the rest of our lives.

In Memory of Saji & Julie Abraham

Our Uncle, Saji Abraham, suddenly departed this world on Wednesday … $216,779 raised

A memorial for Sierra Germany Warith raised more than $28,000.

Nick Cordero, Broadway actor, GoFundMe has raised over $867,000 to pay for medical bills and provide for his family.

I have financial issues too. Maybe I should start a gofundme page. That really would make me a hypocrite. Should I care if I can raise $50,000?

I’m really not selfish.  I donate money every year to six different charities.  When my local NPR station said lack of donations due to the covid virus had disrupted their usual source of contributions, I sent them an extra $50. But spare change. Who has spare change?

Posted by: coastcontact | July 5, 2020

John Wayne: The World War II Hero Who Didn’t Serve

John Wayne was a mediocre actor.  Watch his movies and you will hear his stiff unemotional delivery of his lines.

No one was more a hero in World War II than John Wayne. At least that’s what the aliens will think when they view the historical footage documented in old Hollywood reels such as the Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Flying Tigers (1942), and The Longest Day (1962). Of course, we know better now. But if you’re a child of World War II, who reveled in the Duke’s onscreen heroics while welling up with pride, maybe there’s still some wiggle room to take solace in. For everyone else, fire away.

He received a 3-A deferment from the draft for family dependency since he was a father of four and had just made Stagecoach (1939) as a then unknown actor. That film also began a career of collaboration with John Ford, the iconic director who had his eye on Wayne since his days as a football player at USC and the numerous stand-in and stuntman roles he performed in previous westerns.

In real life John Wayne was no hero. He never served in the military. He was also a racist. In a 1971 Playboy interview Wayne said “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.” Also in the interview, Wayne, whose Western films like “The Searchers” were accused of perpetuating stereotypes about Native Americans, accused Native Americans of “selfishly trying to keep (North America) to themselves.”

Why the Orange County California airport changed its name to John Wayne Airport will forever be a mystery.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 4, 2020

It’s a Culture War

I take no joy posting this on the 4th of July but the president has given me no choice.

President Donald Trump spoke at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, claiming “the left wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution.”

The reality is that the United States is changing from a majority White society to a majority No-White society. That White culture is based upon European decedents. Many of those people fear the consequences of the changing racial and religious make-up of the country.

The combative address in South Dakota, using one of the more dramatic and historical backdrops of his presidency, came as Trump trails badly behind Joe Biden in public opinion polls amid a rapidly spreading pandemic, high unemployment and a national re-examination of the role of racism in American history.

Trump has indicated repeatedly — sometimes employing racist rhetoric or dog whistles — that he believes his best hope at victory lies in rallying his largely White voting base around the idea that demands for change amount to an attack on American values and culture.

Donald Trump is playing on that fear at every opportunity! His strategy for winning the November election is obvious. He is saying, “White people, you need me because I will protect your culture.” In low minority states he is likely to win.

He is correct. Fear may be is his path to victory.

Posted by: coastcontact | July 3, 2020

Independence Day

The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration explained why the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Posted by: coastcontact | July 1, 2020

Happy Canada Day

Posted by: coastcontact | June 29, 2020

Abortion Rights Protected

John Roberts

John Roberts

In the U.S. legal system, there is a principle that compels judges to respect the precedent established by prior decisions on similar cases. This principle is known as “stare decisis” (Latin). This means that courts should adhere to precedent, and not stir the pot on matters already settled.

The above explanation copied from legaldictionary.net explains the reason Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the four “liberal” judges on the Supreme Court in blocking Louisiana’s anti-abortion law. Precedent was set by the striking down a similar law passed by Texas and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe versus Wade. Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst on CNN, explained this in this linked video.

Our legal system is derived from United Kingdom common law and has been adopted by most of the world. Unfortunately that was the reason laws allowing separate but equal in the schools and other Jim Crow laws took decades to overturn.

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. These laws were enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by White Democratic-dominated state legislatures to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by Blacks during the Reconstruction period. The Jim Crow laws were enforced until 1965.

Posted by: coastcontact | June 26, 2020

Ferndell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles California

Four best photos taken with my new Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 camera.  Much higher pixel count photos than those taken with older models that have a smaller sensor.  The result is sharper pictures. Click the link.

The dell is a narrow canyon and the trail is less than a mile in length.  The small creek helps keep the plant life lush.

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