Archive for February, 2016

Go Koppel! Go! Wait… what?

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But see the tabs in the mayor’s browser? It looks like Safari running on a device like Apple’s iPad. It has the German Constitution from some website. It’s all legit and patriotic. The mayor is probably stoked because there are no immigrants on the screen.

He posted the whole thing on Facebook, which is a black hole for posting. A FB post never goes away completely.

Those who’ve seen clearer images of the browser than I can find, say the OPEN TABS tell a much more interesting story. All of the tabs (except one) are porn sites — kinky ones to boot. It seems His Honor is into bondage, dom/sub stuff, and S&M.

Mayor Koppel (SvenAndreasWallin.com) Mayor Thomas Koppel — Quickborn, Germany

A new deal

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People seem scared of the word “socialism.” I get that, and I understand the reason. Two completely creepy groups used the word in their name: the communist regime in the Soviet Union, and the Nazis. Both claimed to be socialist. Neither was.

Dick van Dyke

Dick van Dyke

I saw Dick Van Dyke interviewed over the weekend. He was in Nevada to make noise for Bernie Sanders. Van Dyke didn’t buy into Sen. Sanders being a socialist. The actor said he was a NEW DEAL DEMOCRAT. That’s absolutely perfect. Franklin Roosevelt’s Democratic Party of the 1930s and 1940s was socialist, but they didn’t use the word often.

People complain about the Sanders vision being too expensive. The New Deal was branded as expensive, but Mr Roosevelt put American workers in jobs… Hoover Dam, Glacier Park, and thousands of other projects that let families have the dignity of a paycheck. In Dallas: the now-infamous Dealey Plaza, Fair Park, Flag Pole Hill, Lee Park. In Fort Worth, there’s the Will Rogers Center, the Botanic Gardens, Farrington Field, and schools all over town.

The American Experiment

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America has always been an edgy experiment that’s brilliantly diverse. Forces try to tear it apart, of course. The current “evangelical” politicians are nothing more than a Christian CALIPHATE, but I believe that their silly approach to government will shred itself before becoming ubiquitous.

I support Bernie Sanders for President, but I’d also be okay with Hillary Clinton. Martin O’Malley too.

Compare any of them to the Republican candidates, and the difference is amazing. The GOP sees a country with a tiny government that’s run “like a business.” The land is surrounded by walls and barbed wire.

When I close my eyes, that’s not the country I see. I see Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. I see the Rocky and Smoky Mountains. We have been given so much to begin with: fields and growable resources. We have minable resources: dig under Lake Erie or the city of Detroit, and you’ll find the largest salt basin in the world.

yellowstone
grand canyon

We have unprecedented resources entrusted to our care. They belong to our kids, not to ourselves. We’re supposed to use what we’ve been given, but we have to protect and conserve.

What we do as a country is organized by the American government. It isn’t like a business, where the most important decisions are made in the secrecy of a covert board of directors. We have a government that discusses all sides of issues. Our decisions are made in a public forum.

The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System

The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System

When I close my eyes, I see the Hoover Dam and the Interstate Highway system. Both were started during Republican administrations (Herbert Hoover, Ike Eisenhower), and they are grand creations that benefit lots of people and businesses.

I see the tiny computer chips that power everything from cars to cell phones. We have tiny technology because of NASA. They had to make everything tiny and low powered so they could send explorers to the moon.

The American government gave us the Internet. It was started as a reliable way for defense and military groups to communicate. Because it was governmental, the Internet belonged to all of us, and we shared it with the world.

When we get together to do massive projects, we employee thousands of workers. Infrastructure is good for business, tourists, workers.

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Pres Barack Obama at the Hoover Dam

All of those achievements happened before Ronald Reagan, who changed our national conversation. Pres Reagan said government was the problem. In a nutshell, his approach made grand dams impossible. His legacy is a nation of rusting bridges and potholes because maintaining infrastructure requires feeding the evil government. He wanted to make government tiny and run like a business. Corporations had their foothold in Washington DC, and corporations got busy doing the only thing they’re really good at: making money for the owners. Screw the employees.

Mr Reagan changed the conversation back in the 1980s, and little has changed since his administration. America crumbles as corporations have fed fat-cat wallets instead of infrastructure.

a NASA computer chip

a NASA computer chip

Here’s the bottom line: when our presidential candidates close their eyes, only Bernie Sanders sees the same things I see. Is there a way to twitch a witch’s nose and make wholesale changes to the US? Yes there absolutely is. The first step can happen on the first day of a Sanders administration. He will immediately change the conversation, and that’s the only way to start remembering the real strength of the grand experiment I call home.