True story and then some

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When I was 16 years old I went to work for Coos Forest Patrol in Gold Beach Oregon. For three years I was part of a fire suppression crew.

My second year on the crew we had just gotten back from a fairly large grass fire, I got a shower and laid down on my bunk for a much-needed nap.

I hadn’t been asleep long when I felt something warm running into my ear. I opened my eyes and one of the guys was standing over me with his (excuse my language) dick out while another poured warm water in my ear. I only saw the one with his dick out. Thinking he had pissed in my ear I came up swinging. He was on the floor crying and I was “going in for the kill” when somebody grabbed me and explained that it was just warm water and he didn’t really piss in my ear. They acted as if I should apologize. I didn’t, I told him it was a dumb joke and if he tried anything like that again nobody would be able to stop me.

The reason I’m telling this story is this. In Australia, a teen walked up to a senator and physically cracked an egg over his head. I have seen so many posts protecting this kid for doing something that, if a right-winger did that they would be just the opposite.

So what if the guy was a Muslim hater. In America, “An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and Tort Law. There is, however, an additional Criminal Law category of assault consisting of an attempted but unsuccessful Battery.”

The Senator was caught off guard and therefore he defended himself, much as I did in the story above. It don’t make a difference whether he hit him once or ten times, he was caught off guard and was defending himself, even if it’s a teen. I wouldn’t have stopped until the kid in my story was a bleeding mess on the floor if somebody hadn’t stopped me.

Think if a right-winger had done that to a person condemning Muslims, would you have defended him also and claim it wasn’t an assault but a childish prank and there should be no consequences for his actions.

I will not condemn the actions of the right while condoning the same actions when they are done by the left and you shouldn’t either. We are better than that.







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My view On The Candidates

When I was 10 years old I lived with my parents and siblings in a small fishing village in Northern California called Gualala (pronounced walala.) Every week day morning I would take a twenty minute bus ride into Point Arena for school. My fourth grade teacher had an agreement with the bank that allowed us kids to open an account for a quarter. Every Friday she would march the class to the bank to deposit whatever we had into our account. Sometimes it would be a quarter or dime and if the student didn’t have the money, she would give them a dime to deposit. When we got back to class she would have us fill out our bank book for a grade.

The reason I’m telling this is because schools don’t teach this any more. Their curriculum is set by the state or feds. They are allowed no leeway in how they teach or even what they teach.

I’ve been watching this pool of democrats throwing their hat into the ring to run for president and I see a lot of talent, for some year.

They all seem to be channeling Bernie Sanders with the free college and medicare for all and so on. Truthfully I would like those things too but we have to fix what we have first. Free college is no good if we don’t fix our education system.

Did you know that only 26% of people can name the three branches of government and 33% don’t know their rights under the first amendment. It’s no wonder Republicans get away with the things they do, people don’t know their rights are being trampled on. 53% don’t think immigrants in this country are protected by the constitution.

Our education system is in shambles. It was in shambles before Betsy DeVos but she’s made it worse-much worse.

Our infrastructure is in shambles, I don’t hear them talking about that.

All I hear so far is a bunch of promises that they probably won’t be able to keep. I want them to talk about real issues. That would go a long way toward getting my vote.

Vaccinations

How many times have you heard somebody say, “I’m not getting the flu shot because the last time I did I got the worse case of flu I ever had,” Truth is, I remember using that same excuse myself many years ago.

Since then, I have done quite a bit of research and here is what I found out. There is absolutely nothing in the flu shot that can make you sick. According to live science the flu shots take two weeks to take effect and if you come in contact with the flu during that time you may get the flu. Some people have even equated the common cold with the shot. If you get your shot every year you will be protected during that time. If you are an older person and get the flu it can be deadly as your body has a harder time fighting off the virus. I have even heard people say that they weren’t going to get the shot this year because the CDC said that it didn’t cover a certain strain of flu. Trust me, it will still cover other strains of flu and the one it doesn’t cover may not even materialize. My question is, “why would you not want to provide as much protection for your body as possible?”

An anti-vaxxer asked me once, “How could it be a danger to other kids if I don’t vaccinate my child since most children are vaccinated?”

According to the  CDC :  “People at high risk for contracting disease such as infants, who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weaker immune systems, such as some people with cancer and transplant recipients” are all at risk.

There are some diseases thought to be eradicated by vaccine that are now making a comeback (mic.) Measles, mumps and whooping cough have all reemerged, and there are others. If somebody gets sick because a child is not vaccinated, the parents of that child should be held responsible. If a child dies because his/her parents refused to vaccinate that child, that is child abuse at its worst.

The Electoral college

In my last blog post, I said that the only reason Trump won was the electoral college. A candidate doesn’t have to get the most votes, only the most electors. A candidate schedules most of their campaigning and spends the most time and money in states with the most electors. Most federal elections are decided in the east well before the polls close in the west. The media tries not to indicate who won but the fact remains, winners are decided well before many have voted.

I got several comments and many made sense, but there was one that commented that then we would have New York and California electing the president.  

In the 2016 election there were 135,500,034 votes cast nationwide.

In New York there were 7,046,175 votes cast. Of those votes 4,143,874 went to Hillary, 2,640,570 went to Trump and 261,731 went to down-ballot candidates.

In California there were 11, 954,317 votes cast. Of those votes 7,362,490 went to Hillary, 3,916,209 went to trump and 675,618 went to down-ballot candidates.

The total votes cast between the two states comes to 19,676,924. Subtract that from 135,500,034 and that leaves 115,823,924 or approximately 80% of the voting is done in the other 48 states. There is no way California and New York could elect the president.

One other thing, I saw a post that declared that those who wanted to get rid of the electoral college are far left. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not far left. In fact, I am more of a centrist. I believe the country does best just a little left of center and with compromise. Republicans have taken both from us.

What We Should do

I want to talk about the 2016 election. It angers me when I still see post blaming the Bernie Bots for spreading right wing lies or Russian collusion or Wikileaks or Jill Stein.

While I will concede that those things helped, the real reason Hillary lost was the Electoral College. You don’t have to win a majority of votes, only a majority of electors. That is why candidates campaign most heavily in states with the most electors. Quite often elections are decided in the east, well before the polls close in the west.

Think about it, Hillary won 3 million more votes than Trump, she should be president.

If not for the electoral college Trump would never have been president in spite of all the cheating. G.W. Bush would never have been president.

In order to have fair elections we have to:

1- get rid of the electoral college

2-get the money out

3-get rid of those damn machines and either go to paper                    ballots or mail-in ballots.

The system is rigged, it always has been. There are many other things we could do such as put the kibosh on gerrymandering,but what I have mentioned here would be a great start.

The American Massacre

Here is an interesting read. It lists all the known school shootings in the US from 1700 to 2010. You’ll notice that the more sophisticated the weapon and the more people that owned guns, the more people were killed. It should also be noted that Parkland was the 19th school shooting this year and there are still five days left in what is only the second month. And it’s not just school shootings that concern me. The people in Las Vegas expected to enjoy a nice evening dancing and listening to good music and 58 of them are now and 500 more injured.

We can never completely stop it but we can definitely slow it down by outlawing automatic rifles, extended clips and requiring background checks to make sure that criminals and mentally ill can’t have guns.  

To those who say, “If we outlaw them they’ll just find another way to get them,” I say let them, we’ll close that loophole too.

To those that say, “these people are criminals, if we make laws they will just violate them,” I say that’s like saying we should repeal all traffic laws because people just violate them anyway.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” One of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard. No gun can get up and just kill somebody, there always has to be “people” involvement. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that phrase I would be a rich man today. I can’t believe so many people are dumb enough to fall for that NRA propaganda.

One of my favorites is, “The only way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” These guys have surprise on their side. I don’t know about anybody else, but I think that in Los Vegas if the shooter had looked out that window and saw a person with an AK47 or AR15, that would be the first person shot.

And finally, to those that say now is not the time to talk about it, I say–YOU ARE WRONG, IT IS LONG PAST TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.

The students at Parkland are fed up. They are marching and demonstrating and making their voices heard.

I hope they don’t give up. I hope they become like the hippies of the 70’s who brought about the end of the Vietnam war, or those that marched with MLK for civil rights and voting rights.