Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump and Chamberlain, a contrast in style

"Workers covered the windows of government offices with sandbags and installed sirens in police stations to warn of approaching enemy bombers. By torchlight, they scarred the city’s pristine parks by digging miles of trenches to be used as air-raid shelters. A knot of traffic snarled the city as Londoners began an exodus. Hundreds of thousands who planned to stay in the city stood patiently in line for government-issued gas masks and air-raid handbooks. London Zoo officials even developed plans to station gun-toting men in front of cages to shoot the wild animals in case bombs broke open their cages and freed them."

Hitler had given a deadline to the world. 'Give me what I want, or there will be war.'

Britain lost a million souls in the War to End War. With 48 hours before Hitler's deadline, France and England met with two dictators, Hitler and Mussolini.

Neville Chamberlain came home and offered us 'Peace in Our Time.'

Britain got a few months of peace. Chamberlain got rave reviews for a time. The entire British island went all party city in celebration of peace.

How long that peace lasted after a direct negotiation with the 'leader of the Free World' and two dictators, Hitler and Mussolini.

North Korea will revisit the volatile stance toward our country. When it benefits their internal needs.

Friday, June 1, 2018

New bot offering on the Internet

Hot off the Russian code writing presses, a new disinformation campaign began on May 15, 2018.

Jack D. Minzey

Watch for that name.

Mr. Minzey died in April at the age of 89. A bot named 'Jen' began circulating a last message from Jack on May 15, 2018.

Jen, who or what they might be, has written 16,008 posts on one blog since May 2015. Prolific, if real. I calculate about 16 posts per day not including 12,045 'Thanks' and 17,809 'Thanked.'

That is strong work even for an Alumni Member, VIP, and donor ...

Now, I could be wrong and Jen exists as a flesh and blood person who blogs, thanks, and thanked 45,862 times, perhaps 7 days a week in 3 calendar years on just one web site.

If Jen et al highjacked Jack's good name, shame on them. Jack served his country during the Korean Conflict. He wrote at least 2 books on education, one apparently in 1972 and the last one in 1994, based on information on Amazon. I did not find any other internet references for Jack D. Minzey, author and "prolific writer."

Here's a sample of Jen's post and 'Jack's final chapter.'

A few days ago, Jack Minzey,
sent what was to be the final chapter in the long line of
books and treatises which he had written.

Professionally, Jack was head of the
Department of Education at Eastern Michigan University as
well as a prolific author of numerous books, most of which
were on the topic of Education and the Government role
therein.

From Jack's reported final chapter ...

The Mueller investigation is about
removing President Trump from office and overturning the
results of an election. We all know that...

That's a civil war.

There's no shooting. At least not
unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans
at a charity baseball game practice...

Under Obama, a state wasn't
allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But
under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that
California is an independent republic and sign treaties with
other countries.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow
Government to come out of hiding ...

It's not a free country when
Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the
opposition ...

In my humble opinion, the head of the Department of Education at any respectable university, a prolific author on government and education, could write as if dependent upon one verb. He could. He might. I expect a little more. I expect some accuracy in the facts. I expect some passion and some objectivity from Jen and her Jack.

The 'we all know' accusation always compels belief. I see it used often by scholars.

The term, 'Shadow Government,' also a term used in literature reviews, flies around with UFO stories It flies very well when alleging a conspiracy.

I love and hate the sentence about the 'massive unmasking of the opposition ...' Should I thank Obama for unmasking the opposition or thank Jack for confirming Obama's opposition hid behind masks?

Jack Minzey, Jen, and 45,000 blog entries. Russians? No. I strongly suggest the White Star Line built an unsinkable ship for young Rose, God made the world flat, and Viagra really works for women.

My condolences to the real family of Jack D. Minzey, Korean Vet, professor emeritus, author, and human being.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A letter to the Times, an explanation

Someone suggested I explain my recent actions and objections to the local GOP blatantly abusing the Hall County Sheriff's Office's name for political gain.

The GOP used Facebook and the internet to publicize a 'public event' on private property. I objected to the language of the announcement as it read, "We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a Community Day on Saturday, May 19th in conjunction with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office!"

The GOP used a banner which I have attached as a picture. It also used the phrase, "in conjunction with." I have other pictures of the announcement as it appeared on the party's webpage.

Although I feel strongly that the gun safety message trumps any partisan political point of view, the HCSO would not give its name to a street party.

I felt shock and outrage. Hall County's government abuses our 1st Responders with below standard wages and has, in my opinion, raided their pension benefits. No county Law Enforcement employee should be forced to sue his County Commission. Not even 1st Lt. Brad Rounds who, in the Times coverage of the lawsuit, would retire with a monthly pension of $389 after a career covering parts of four decades.

For the deceptive political ad, I took the issue to the County Commission. Looking back at the Times article of May 9th, you did reach out to the GOP on the issue. They did not at that point remove or change the ad. As I had expected, they resisted, continuing to use the HCSO as a co-hosting, in conjunction with, as a full sponsor of the candidate showcase.

I did characterize Matt Smith's response in the Times article as the 'denials of a slightly pregnant virgin.' Never was that comment directed at any county official or member of the Sheriff's office.

I continued to press the issue with the County, the Sheriff, and the Times until the false advertisement was removed and a new ad posted by the GOP.

The GOP never had a right to run such an ad. This GOP event seems very similar to another GOP event held in August of 2014. At that 'public' event, held on private property in Dawsonville, a citizen journalist, Nydia Tisdale, was arrested by a Law Enforcement officer. She faced a court trial for no better reason than acting within the 2nd Amendment's protections for journalists. For what some call a misunderstanding, Ms. Tisdale bears forever a criminal record with a conviction for obstruction.

Given this example, I feel justified in approaching the County and the Sheriff to clean up the GOP's language.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

New Private Prison in Florida

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice, in conjunction with others, studied prison reform and rehabilitation.

Among the factoids discovered, prisons are too harsh and lack the facilities for nurturing. Although other reformers consider rehab, Sessions prefers the teaching of new careers, especially those with a pleasant working environment, usually outdoors. This meets his criteria of nurturing and career paths with his stated goal of convicts re-entering society in useful and productive jobs.

With this in mind, the DOJ is paying for a long term study targeting new private prison system in Florida.

The first of these new prisons will be a private property with a golf course and an ocean side pool. The exact location remains a secret.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Update

After a couples days, the Hall County GOP'ers have reworded their advertising. It no longer mentions hosting in conjunction with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

I'm going with this theory.

The GOP made a mistake, bragging about HCSO.

The HCSO wasn't aware of the language labeling the office as hosting a partisan political event.

Someone brought the issue to the Sheriff or another leader within the department.

That person, or the Sheriff contacted the right people and clarified a need for separation between law enforcement and the outcomes of local elections.

Who ever took the high road and behaved like an adult needs a pat on the back.

Since we'll never know, a well done to the HCSO and it's leadership.