Thursday, May 31, 2018

US Moves Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

I deliberately waited until the dust had settled before commenting on this.  The news media has refused to report and rushed to comment.  The Palestinian Arabs still hate the Jews, but suddenly that's "news" since the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem.  No big surprise there.

People asked me: "So what do you think about the U.S moving its embassy to Israel to Jerusalem?"  My answer was simple: "It's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." 

I think that sums it up in brief.  But before I leave my commentary at that, I'd like to present something else for you to think about.  You see, besides catchy soundbites from the late 1960's, I have another thesis to offer:

 Opening the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem is the greatest non-violent protest against anti-Semitism in the history of the United States.

Think about that! 

Regards,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I still approve of President Trump's Performance in Office

I like our President.  He steps in dog doo every now and then.

Still!  I am content with his performance in office.  The news media likes to rough him up.  I think he kind of likes it.  He likes to banter and is not afraid.

That's what the news media hates about him.  Our President is not afraid of the news media.  They can't bend him to their collective will. 

To date, I can't think of anything I vehemently object to his policy proposals.  Indeed!  He says things that can sometimes be disturbing, but sometimes our President needs to let people know that the United States is a sovereign country and we're not going to be bossed around by multi-national corporations, the UN, weak-kneed Europeans and Republican Congressmen unrestrained by term limits.

America needs to get back to manufacturing again.  Our past leadership has made so many concessions to multi-national corporations so much that Americans can't make money WORKING anymore. 

The way to create wealth is to take raw materials, capital tools, and human labor to make those raw materials into something more valuable than they were in their original state.  This is how wealth is created.  Wealth cannot be created by taking money from person A, giving it to person B and taking our "middle-man cut".

We need to make stuff!  FREE TRADE WITH FREE PEOPLE.  That is my motto.

When the United States is forced to compete with countries ruled by tyrants, we cannot play on a fair playing field.  If that means protective tariffs, the option is ours and I find no fault with a President who offers this up as an alternative to countries that do not want to negotiate an equitable and fair trading relaitonship.

There are times when I feel that our President is a bit unsophisticated and  undiplomatic about expressing this policy.  Yet, I feel that most Americans have an intrinsic understanding of what he means even if doesn't articulate our policy preferences in diplomatic terms.

We have a President who is willing to confront countries that have been exploiting the American consumer for many years; decades without any push-back whatsoever.  Let's not dismiss him just because the news media doesn't like him.  I advise that we encourage our trading partners negotiate with us to hash out our differences with agreements that will stand the test of time. Our President has some very unique and effective negotiating skills.  I believe we can benefit from them.

To do this, we have to tolerate a President who speaks plainly and bluntly to grievances that American workers have long gone without a champion.  He's going to be with us until 2021.  Get used to it!  The verbiage may not be any more attractive than our President's funny "hair-do". So be it!

Let us get what we hired him to do.  

I remain confident in our President's leadership.  When that changes, I'll let you know.

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Monday, January 15, 2018

TRUMP STEPS IN DOG DOO (AGAIN)

MAINSTREAM MEDIA BAILS HIM OUT (AGAIN)

Man! You can't make this stuff up!  Our President made an error any kid in a high school history class could counter.  Instead of countering the thesis, the news media goes on another lynching mob calling him out for being "vulgar" and "racist".  (Always the "racist".  When they can't come up with an counter argument, go to name-calling.) 

It doesn't matter whether President Trump used vulgar language in
describing certain African countries and Haiti as "s-hole countries".  Frankly, they are!  


The problem is that the President's thesis stated that these countries make for undesirable immigrants.  Somewhere, I read that he suggested Norway provided better immigration candidates. 

Folks! People who are fat and happy don't run away from home.  Once in a while, boy from country A meets girl from country B and one of them moves.  That's been known to happen.  By and large, American immigrants are people who fled countries that were stressed by tyrants, natural disasters, economic failure, violent political upheaval etc.  In other words, "S-hole countries". 

I'm not going to waste a S-load of my valuable time explaining this.  Why should I!  Sam Kinison gives a brief, simple, and far more vulgar presentation of a counter argument to President Trump's. 

So here's a link to Sam's "presentation":




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

The following note is a piece of humor sent to me about 15 years ago; possibly more.  It is as relevant today as it was then.  

Friends: Rest assured!  If you greet me with "Merry Christmas", I'll be happy to return the kind gesture in the exact same manner.  My personal religious beliefs do NOT prevent me from wishing all my Christian friends a Merry Christmas.

Sadly, thanks to the effort by Liberals to outlaw any reference to the Creator, the following absurdity is slowly becoming the baseline norm.



"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.


We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great.

Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than other countries or the only America in the Western Hemisphere, our wishes are without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."

I'm cool with just saying "Merry Christmas".


Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Friday, December 08, 2017

Jerusalem

I'm pleasantly surprised that President Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The law has been on the books for 22 years.  It's a fact.  It's about time we got realistic about this.  Moreover, after the previous 4 years of the O'Bama Administration (The 2nd term was especially bad.) I think Israel badly needed a meaningful gesture of reassurance from the White House. 

In addition, the news media needs a definitive policy from the State Department that gets their story straight.  Now, no matter what dis-information the news media shovels at us, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It's really not a big thing.  Unfortunately, the news media hypes every little thing about Israel.  That's just the way it is.

I hope that the President plans a modest building in Jerusalem.  This is a guy who likes to build big, fancy buildings in high rent districts.  That's what he does.  He likes it.  He's good at it.  People try  to place obstacles in his way or stop him. That only makes him more determined to build it.  (Are you listening Tayip Erdogan?)

Our embassy should be functional and consistent with the current architecture of the modern area (i.e. the undisputed portion) of  Jerusalem.  I know it seems nice to the President to build something grand that would leave his legacy in Jerusalem.  However, with patience I think Donald Trump will find that the the State of Israel knows how to honor their friends.  There are 3 years left in this term of office.  That leaves plenty of work to do.

So... just as the diplomacy keeps it real, let's hope the building plans are kept realistic too.  For now, I'm happy that our President personally stood up against every anti-Semitic bully, coward, and (above all) every irrational human being on this planet.

The great philosopher, Ayn Rand once said: "You have to start with 'A is A'...."  Countries choose their capital.  The other countries move their embassies there.  It's just that simple.

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Trump wins!

Well wadda ya know!  "My guy" finally won. 

This is the first time I voted for the winner in a Presidential Election since 1996.  (Yah!  I know!  Don't go there!)

The Clintons used to be cute... 24 years ago.  Now, they're just old politicians who have overstayed their welcome. 

Hillary didn't know it, but she was (is) un-electable.  She couldn't win in 2008.  She barely survived a primary challenge from a senile, babbling old man.  Did she not get the memo?

Oh well!  Not my problem.  Eventually, I'll get sick of Trump too.  For now, it's nice to see someone who has some core Republican values.  These values aren't the ones you think.  These are core values that favor tariffs, and defend the dignity of the working class.  I'm talking about free trade for free people.  I'm not talking about duty-free trade with massive labor forces under-paid by tyrannical governments. 

I'm talking about physicians who can remain in private practice and not have to be employees of a monstrous corporation trading political favors with politicians.  I'm talking about college professors whose labor won't be promised out for "free" only to find themselves overworked and underpaid.

Those are my core hopes for a Trump presidency.  Free trade between free people.  Let's hope we get at least that.  The rest was just a lot of theater.


Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Friday, July 29, 2016

CARLOS SANTANA IS PLAYING A CONCERT IN ISRAEL (7/30/16)

Hey!  Thank you, Carlos!  Glad to see you made it back to Israel.

Israel is a good place for popular music.  In fact, Israel is one of the few countries in the region that will let a guy like you put on a large public rock concert.  There are some people who have a problem with that inconvenient fact.  I'm glad you got a handle on it all.

I've long said: the only popular music entertainers who need fear the BDS movement are the second and third stringers.  Anyone with a real fan following ignores BDS pressure because it doesn't have anything to do with the music people like or dislike. A concert is performed.  People have a good time.  Life moves on.  The musicians move on to the next venue. 

Your passion is music.  Put your shoulder into it and ignore things that have nothing to do with playing a guitar.  It's nice to know music comes first.  I appreciate your performing in Israel. 

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)