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The Nunes Memo “Bits and Bytes”

I purposely float between four different “news” programs playing from time to time during the day, usually on in the background while I do things. Right now I am ranting internally as I listen to discussion regarding the Nunes Memo. Yes, that must be the name from now on, clearly.

Anyway, so many things. First, the news programs, when I was growing up, seemed to be less focused on the add revenues that paid their wages. (I would bet the purveyors of the news were paid much less, relative to revenues received, than the current mechanism.) Anyway, they all acknowledge a bent in their pick of what they focus on and with whom, and how, they discuss various “breaking news” as they all opine.

The people that discuss the impact of the Nunes Memo discuss it with reference to the intelligence collection system and the Constitution with a predigested understanding of the “inside” of the subject. However, and that is a BIG however, the general public has no such awareness or are they ever going to acquire anything close to that level of awareness – on either side. Sure, on both sides there are some folks who will dig in and look at stuff that is available. In todays world, you can find lots of reference points. However, the reference points need not all be reliable now. Clearly, the one lesson everyone with even a bit of intelligence as applied to connecting dots, is that anyone, including Russians, can publish a “piece” on the internet that appears to be an authority upon which one might be entitled to rely.

For the most part, as recent as 100 years ago, if you were being told an outright lie, or even a small lie, the lie was coming to you face to face. Now, you might be in a crowd, being sold some magic elixir or a political line, but you were at least face to face. The only other alternative was a newspaper, and the relatively new radio. TV was coming, adding a face that was trained, to the radio voice that was trained. Now there is the internet upon which artful manipulators can photo shop, and voice shop, whatever they want. Sure, if someone with skill digs into the “bits and bytes” (my phrase for it only), they can tell if it is made up, but the time lag between publishing and such a discovery cannot be erased, just as a statement in front of a jury hangs around with them despite the granting of an Objection immediately after its utterance.

What happens today with the voting public cannot be greatly impacted by a dissection of a situation without the aid of competent cross examination, as both sides can always find a mere conclusion falling within their paradigm and accepted as a coping mechanism to cognitive dissidence. Cross examination is what makes or breaks most court cases. Why, because it is an interchange the shows the truth, if not in the words, in the body language. The Jury gets to read the witness, and the attorney(s) and the Judge, and truth usually emerges to many of the Jurors. The hope is that they the truth can be pointed out to those that missed it, when they all get in the room such that their cognitive dissidence can be resolved definitively (See, 12 Angry Men, which did not focus on this, but I bet shows it.)

Anyway, all the news channels seem to cross examine someone with a position, but they never really get them to go to the end of the path. A partial cross exam is nothing, as the witness merely cuts through the woods back to their path after the discussion ends, usually with a talking points run that is followed by a thank you for the time. The follow up to the talking points statement is never, “Don’t give me that shit, let’s go back to this…..”

Here is the issue: What can be put in front of the common man that can give them the truth, but from an angle that is not limited to that being “vertically” discussed, face to face, by those who are controlling the situation (for their own personal goals, such as re-election)?

NeighborDave could find the answer, but only face to face for the reads necessary.


All Hope Rests on John Kelly

Let’s face it, regardless of ideology, a very reckless situation is on the table with the Russian matter. The current release of a memo, drafted by people who read FBI reports, then wrote a memo promoting their view of HOW the reports COULD be read to support a position that they liked, is well outside the realm of any verification of the truth of the matter at issue. If subject to cross examination the truth could come out, but by the time this ends up in any court, it will be too late as the means by which the FBI investigated the charges that were originally raised, will likely be released, as that is the fear that everyone with any sense has. The Russians are laughing at this, and the rest of the world is just shaking their heads. (It may be that ISIS is smiling about it.)

John Kelly is the sole person of influence who can whisper in the ear of Trump, or even take him in a room and scream at him, that he cannot participate in this because it is dangerous to our country.

This move is designed to save the Trump administration from being embarrassed by what took place with regard to the Russian situation. Kelly was not part of that, I think, and with his history of service we have to hope that his understanding of the risk associated with the release of the memo will drive him to stand firm. Hopefully, Trump will listen to him (and not to people like Stephen Miller).

This is a big as it gets.

By the way, look at Nunes’ CV. He is a purely political person, except for his start as a “farmer”.

Do You Give a Shit?

I don’t give a shit – about much

As I have aged I have discovered that I gave a shit about a lot of stuff. I also discovered that caring too much about things that were not critical was a waste of my time, as the caring would not have any lasting effect on the situation. For instance, reprimanding a ne’er do well about parking in a handicap parking spot was appropriate, but rarely did it change the perpetrator’s behavior. Sure, I could embarrass him, but such a perp is merely a Chihuahua – the barking never stops unless you are willing to really enforce it physically, and if you are a big dog, where does that get you?

Here’s the flip side. For the important things, I am perfectly willing to trade my life in order to spare a less able person from bad behavior of an individual who wants to pick on them. It may happen someday, and many people who know me predict that I will be shot. I now figure that a life spent exposing a bad person is that of a hero and avoids the multiple deaths of a coward. I put to rest one guy, who drove his pick up truck up to me as I got out of my sedan and asked me if it was my day to be an asshole. I answered, “No, I am an asshole every day, today I am a Mother F**ker”. What I learned that day is my next line to him should have been, “Now, here is what you are going to do. You will drive far enough away to be sure you can get away clean, then you will lean out your window, give me the finger, and tell me to go f**k myself.”

Don’t know why, but just felt like sharing that.

Trump as Surrogate

People generally gravitate to not making decisions – in general (let’s say 80% give or take).

A big segment of the population bought the theme that “Washington” did not make decisions, they just talked all the time. They thought that Trump would make decisions, and they liked the thought that he would make such decisions with leverage*. They would all like to have leverage, but most do not. Trump would become their Surrogate for the making of decisions.

In their current state leading up to the election a year ago, as with all of the working class, they either eat shit or die, so if someone told them that he would make America Great Again, they heard “You white folks won’t have to eat all this shit that Obama and his folks have been feeding you.” Also, we will feed a lot of shit to others such that you don’t have to eat so much, since the same amount will continue to be produced. What the story really was, and would become if Bannon had his way, is we fill feed you our shit, and you will like it more.

All those that did not buy the Trump story to begin with are now confirmed in their understanding that he is the Emperor that Bannon wanted to create, but, alas, he has no clothes. Those that bought his song, are still in tune with the rhythm they heard, and believe me they all heard a rhythm that was individual to them, but not out of sync with that hummed by Trump, et al. Soon, they will recognize the taste of the shit they are still eating, realize that it is not much different than before, and they (some) will turn (I hope). Not sure of the time frame, but…

Also, the racists will never turn as they will eat shit gladly in order to be on the top they perceive, at least to the limited, but severely nasty, extent of that status. They still believe, and their belief is not unlike any other zealot – only limited and narrow logic need apply. How far down the road must we go before all the non-believers get off the bus, because it is surely headed to the brink. The sane people need more believes in the greater good, not the individual good.

*(His business was built on the leverage of: I owe you so much that you have to listen to me, or my lawyers will cost you even more money and aggravation. The end result is that people would run from his leverage just to be loose of him. However, they also learned not to do business with him again – unless they got a Letter of Credit or other banking mechanism to assure that when the last payment became due he did not have the leverage he used before.)

Popovich Named It: Disrespect for Racism, not Disrespect of the Flag

LeBron called it out and every person of color knew what he was talking about, but Pop called it out for “white” folks. (I hate that reference, but everyone knows what it is.) The Trump Card is using his usual play: Diversion

Pop declared that the real issue is that white folks get to start a 100-meter dash, in the socioeconomic play that occurs in the USA, with a 50 meter head start on people of color.

“It’s hard to sit down and decide that, yes, it’s like you’re at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash. You’ve got that kind of a lead, yes, because you were born white. You have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they’ve been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it, because it’s too difficult. It can’t be something that is on their plate on a daily basis. People want to hold their position, people want the status quo, people don’t want to give that up. And until it’s given up, it’s not going to be fixed.” (Emphasis Added)

The 50 meter lead arose from slavery and even though we fought a war to end the slavery thing, then enacted a bunch of laws (in the sixties) and had litigation over it, the advantage still lingers, and the fight for dignity goes on. Worse yet, The Trump Card expressly plays down to those who believe the advantage should never be given up. They don’t realize/acknowledge that they are not entitled to the head start.

Louis Riddick was correct when he modified the optimism of Jalen Rose by stating that some people will not get “it” no matter what takes place (though Riddick and Rose had not articulated “it”). That people won’t get “it” is a dark thought, and Riddick didn’t state the reasons why, but the true reasons are either: 1. A group of people just can’t see beyond a limited understanding of how the US is intended to work under the Constitution; or 2. They know that the position should be given up, but just won’t let go even though they completely understand the conflict arising from preserving the purposeful handicapping that has occurred.

In today’s world, that is what Pop is talking about. Jalen is right: a good percentage of white folks will now be exposed to the concepts that people of color have learned to live with. Those white folks who can and will connect the dots might experience a paradigm shift such that what Pop articulated will be “realized” by a bunch of people who have never previously been aware of the conditions experienced by people of color.

In all fairness, it is hard to make any paradigm shift, but LeBron is Ali like in fighting for it. LeBron makes the point for people of color. Pop, though, provides the illustration for white folks, from the white folks’ perspective. What Pop ARTICULATED represents the essence of what Pete Carrol alluded to in his address about what was taking place. Carroll recognized that a change in paradigm was occurring on Sunday, but he may not even have articulated to himself the key points that Pop made.

Go here and listen to all of what Pop says, because it is the truth.

Pop just tells the truth, and everyone who has not opened up to the truth is denying dignity, the Dignity that Dylan talks about here:

Pop, I think, is from the northern part of Indiana, in which steel mill work dominated the scene locally. That may be why he inclines to calling out the truth. In a steel mill, no lying was permitted and that concept was conveyed throughout the community over dinner as both management and union folks talked about what happens in a mill. There is no lying there because people died in the mill too often, and lying on top of the innate danger is not permitted by anyone.

Jalen holds out that enough will get it, and Louis hopes so too, but with a bigger grain of salt. Here’s a thought for Jalen: I don’t know basketball in the Gary, IN area, but I did know a steel mill in East Chicago, IN in ‘76. In those days though, I did my ballin north of the city along Broadway in Old Town. I did, however, know ball in Southeast Detroit, playing there in the second half of the 70s and through 83 while also knowing the steel mill in Ecorse. The game there did not allow for lying either, so I can see Jalen getting all this and recognizing that a white guy could begin to understand the paradigm of a person of color. Ha, just found out that Mr. Riddick may have a flavor for the steel world, based upon his listed growing up town not far from Allentown, PA. Maybe if we get enough steel mill city ballers in the room, truth will carry the day. After all, Akron is close enough to Cleveland and Youngstown to have a hint of steel.

Truth and Dignity may have a chance to change the actuality of Racism.



Little Boy Trump

The Trump Card says that his rant about players not standing during the National Anthem has nothing to do with Race. Who believes that? Does he? His followers, especially in Alabama where he delivered the rant, know that it is all about Race.

Race was the origin of the kneeling by Kaepernick. He made that move to call attention to what he saw as disparate treatment of black people by police. Anyone that argues that there is no disparate treatment, or that not every policeman treats black people differently, misses the point. To the extent that there is ANY disparate treatment it is significant, especially if you are black. I lived through Cassius Clay becoming Muhammad Ali and all that he did with the draft situation, including the impact on his career. Most of the world accepted Ali as a hero by the time of his death, but the paradigm of the racists was dead against him during his time.

Now, if you are Euro American you may wonder what the big deal is. That is because your paradigm is created from a different set of paths. You have never been singled out because of your Race. It is funny, though, that the Race distinction has evolved. At one time, Irish and Italians, who were also were largely Roman Catholic, were discriminated against in the same way. (There are a number of instances in which such people were collectively attacked by the majority “other” Euro Americans who happened to be Protestant.) Ask any Jewish friend you have what it is like to be shunned or objectified merely because of your heritage. If you are Euro American you may be surprised to hear their story in response.

Did you know that at one time, after a most significant flood on the Mississippi, in the second half of the 19th century, New Orleans actually solicited Italians to replace the black work force? But they soon had second thoughts about the move, as the Italians would not toe the line as anticipated.

Trump’s rant was all about Race. He knows it and his followers in Alabama know it and they wink at it. (No NFL team in that state, and a long history of Racism ingrained there.) Ha, now he comes out and promotes NASCAR. How much more racial can he get? He wants to be sure that the 25% or so of voters who are his tried and true supporters who are (perhaps closet) Racist, will stay in the fold. Those folks will not miss the subtleties that make them smile, but they miss the more indirect subtlety that this is nothing more than pandering. If you are pandered to you eat it up unless you are naturally critical.

I used the title for this piece because The Trump Card behaves like a little boy. As a child, the only reason why one would play with him is if you either needed the numbers for the game, or he owned the only bat in the neighborhood.  Yep, he is that guy, the guy who couldn’t play for shit, but who had equipment you needed, or at least wanted. In my neighborhood, we would have pushed him in the creek and let him wonder home to cry to mom. Yep, I said it.

The Confederate Culture

Whatever “The Confederacy” (and its “Culture”) was, it now stands for everything that kept black people from competing in the game of life in America at the same level as those (mostly “white”) people who were already in the game. That is the reality of its origin and what it represents. Even if there are some diehards who insist that it has some “noble” culture associated with it, any such attachment pales in comparison to what it is understood to stand for. Anyone willing to admit that? If not, then you will always be on the wrong path to addressing the situation, for you are ignoring reality.

That reality is the paradigm that has resulted from all of the strides we have in fact made in the effort to integrate our country. Little did we know that it would lead where it has and the steps that have been taken. The bottom line is more white people have a greater awareness of the disparity in paradigms that are EXPERIENCED by black people as compared to the paradigm experienced by white folks. Most people can only learn from their own experience, but books, movies and, now, social media, have permitted more and more people to at least recognize the existence of a paradigm different than the one in which they find themselves. (Country mice and city mice are more aware of the paradigm of their cousin.)

Here’s the thing, it takes different lengths of time and levels of exposure to new information for an individual to begin to see a paradigm different than the one they emerge into (then modify while living in it). Certain people are, apparently, unable to modify their paradigm by just letting it modify as the result of taking in new data. Those people must be allowed to accept the new data (by having it illustrated to them in some way aligning with their learning methodology). The new data conflicts, usually diametrically, with the data upon which their paradigm runs.

(For Illustration only) That is the reason that there will, apparently, always be people that deny that humans have, are and will continue to change the environmental balance of the globe. They need to be taught to accept the conclusion, but they hang on to the data upon which they were raised (apparently that we could begin to add, exponentially, to the exhaust arising from the burning of fuels by mechanizing the manufacturing process in order to produce more goods. They think that mere capitalism, with rules arising only from the perspective of increasing outcome, will sort it all out. That would work only when the goal of saving the planet made monetary sense to everyone, and right now many infuencers are making money from the continued practice such that they will “teach” the opposite, reinforcing the useless concept driving those that don’t get it. A minority, but…

The same type of minority exist with respect to keeping black people from dancing in the dance that is America. The minority has been told that their place in the world has been usurped by blacks. Apparently, they have also been sold the concept that the Jews play all the music for the dance. Think about it. 200 years ago, when hardly anyone read books, newspapers, etc. that story was the one that was “whispered” in their ears by those that profited from the situation, especially in the rural south, which seemed like farm land put was already the industry of taking from the land, using cheap and disposable labor. That is the culture that is not to be lost at any cost? The fact that it was all reinforced by religion just puts another barrier to changing the paradigm.

Maybe that paradigm, and those individuals immersed in it, can never be changed. Clearly, it ebbs and flows. It is flowing now as the result of the sales job by Bannon’s perspective in the last election. Now he is back to selling the story, and he will always have an audience.

Set them aside, as they are a misdirection since there is a majority that works in a new paradigm.

The rest of society has begun to assimilate the data. They have come to learn about people that are different than are they. First was radio, then TV, but the explosion of the internet is accelerating the paradigm shift of many more people. They understand themselves that black people are still looked at and treated a different way such that they are not given the same chance to find the rhythm, or to dance on the floor once they do find the rhythm. I have to give a nod to LeBron James for getting this concept and standing as tall as anyone in his profession has. He is up there with Clemente, Ali, Russell and Brown. Through his lead, more people will shift their paradigm.

For whatever reason, rationale or otherwise, defendable or not, “The Confederacy” and the “Culture” associated with it now represents the model that was broken and cannot be supported. It must be cast into that place in history for similar cultures. Like the one that said only land owners get to vote, the one that said only men get to vote. Those cultures still exist some: The land owning gentry get to affect the rhythm that is permissible more than the workers, and women still don’t get accepted without strings attached, but for the most part, the culture is extinct in the paradigms of everyday Americans. (It’s not coincidence that our president behaves so slovenly toward women, since that is a culture in which he was raised.)

So, there it is. Quit talking about what the Confederacy as anything more than it was, because it has become what it has become – the representation of purposefully excluding and defiling people of some ilk. It must be given up such that those that have that paradigm learn that it is a paradigm that just doesn’t work in the “tribe” that we Americans are. That is the truth – They are Wrong, namely, Blacks, Jews and other people they would throw in the pool, are NOT the reason they can’t have it all.

Our Tribe is much different than any nation has known, because of how we came into existence and the Constitution (perhaps the greatest man made thing ever). That difference takes getting used to, those that would promote the culture of the confederacy must recognize that it was rejected because the US is not based upon a single culture. It was an amalgamation of diverse cultures, even within the landed gentry there was diversity that made us unique in history. The creators of America wanted to preserve “each” culture they liked, so they agreed that no one culture would dominate. If focused on religion for them, and they may well not have understood the paths they were starting at the time, but our American Tribe is different than any other entity ever created before. (Look at the divergence between the people that influenced the different colonies and how much they were different than each other, if you haven’t.)

The bottom line I set out has emerged from Charlottesville. Many people see it. LeBron sees it and this may help him and others articulate it. I hope so.

I hope someone takes this thought to the public. Fingers crossed that more paradigms can be shifted by understanding.

Bottom Line: The Confederate Culture has NO PLACE IN AMERICA!   This statement is not intended to be mean, but it is true.

Everyone rejects the Nazi aspect, but it is really the attachment to the confederate culture that must be acknowledged and brought to the center. No other mortal enemy of the United States of America would be given any other status, and that is what they are, and why they lost: Truth always carries the day!