Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL Anti-Patriotism

A US Marine takes a knee

We are told the NFL players are free to exercise their Right of Free Speech; and we agree.

However, the football field, and in uniform, are not the venue. Just as US soldiers were allowed to protest the Vietnam War, but outside Military installations, in civilian clothes, not in uniform, and speaking not as US soldiers, but as private citizens.

We encourage NFL players to remove their uniforms and carry picket signs, and march in front of the White House, or perhaps the statue of Lincoln in Washington, or at the WW2 Memorials, or the Vietnam Memorials, or at Arlington Cemetery where all those who gave their lives defending Freedom of Speech for everyone, even young athletes, many of whom have police records for rape, assault, drugs, and violent crimes, are now millionaires for spending a few months playing football.

The Right to Free Speech, however, is limited, not by the federal or local governments, but. amazingly enough, by the NFL.  The NFL Rule Book is specific, on page A62,63, pertaining to the National Anthem.
The National Football League Rule Book states: 
The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
The ONLY player to take the field!
[On Gold Star Mothers Day [honoring mothers of soldiers killed in action, the Pittsburgh Steelers remained in their locker room, with only one player on the field, saluting, and singing the National Anthem; that would be the only player on the team to have served in the Military, with three tours in Afghanistan and a Bronze Star]
During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.

"The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition.".
"...It should be pointed out to players and coaches that they continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

Now, we all enjoy a good game of football.
However, in recent years, the leadership of the NFL seems to have promoted the idea that NFL players are above the law, and that criminal records are meaningless in recruitment programs and keeping players on the field.

Although the list of players and records is incomplete, it's significant to note that the NFL Record shows 869 Arrests for a range of offenses including drugs, domestic violence, assault, battery, weapons, DUI, Hit&Run, reckless driving, etc.   Virtually every case was finished with "Resolution Undetermined, Case Dropped, two days in jail, or, home detention [except during games].


Although there are many fine professional football players, it seems that there is a significant element adhering to the illusion that they need not pay attention to Rules, or the Law.

We wonder if the NFL has become a breeding ground, or a haven for criminals.




Perhaps it's time to replace Roger Goodell as NFL Commissioner and replace him with an executive more in tune with the fabric of America.


These are the current sponsors of the NFL 
Feel free to alert them of your feelings for the NFL's promotion of anti-American conduct by the NFL team players. 

Anheuser-Busch 

Barclaycard US 

Bose Bridgestone [Tires] 

 Campbell's Soup 

Castrol Courtyard 

Marriott Dairy Management, Inc [Fuel UP to Play 60] 

Dannon [Yogurt 

Extreme Networks 

FedEx 

Frito-Lay 

Gatorade H

Hyundai Motor America 

 Mars Snackfood [Candybars] 

Microsoft Nationwide [Insurance] 

News America 

 Papa John's [Pizza] 

 Pepsi 

Procter & Gamble 

Quaker [Cereal] 

Verizon 

Visa 

USAA [Military insurance and banking]

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The China Threat






While our Media, Congress, and Republicrats pursue the danger of Russia, Russia, Russia!, the real threat continues in the Pacific by our wonderful friends and suppliers, the Chinese, whom, some readers might recall as our opponents in the Korean War, and who provided support for all the insurgencies in the Pacific Region, training cadre, supplying them with weapons and ammunition, and using a sophisticated propaganda arm equaled by none.

Ignored by our Media and strategists is the fact that China has had a close relationship with key people in our government since World War 2, and that Mr Kissinger engineered the collapse of our efforts in Southeast Asia by reaching a written agreement with Chou en Lai in 1972 [emphasis on 1972 - three years prior to the end of the VN War] that the United States had no further interest in Southeast Asia, and, should China wish to expand its influence in SEA in any manner, the US would not object

Notably, the US withdrew its forces, and Kissinger shut down ALL US intelligence Agent Networks dating back to WW2, and allowed the Communist takeover of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and was heavily engaged in the ongoing Communist insurgency to take over Thailand!  

These actions by Kissinger resulted in the creation of the Watergate bogus scenario to rid the influence of Kissinger since Nixon allowed Kissinger to manage his foreign policy without actual knowledge of his secret negotiations.

Often overlooked is the fact that China now produces most of the components in our computers and communications gear, compliments of the relaxed regulations emplaced by Obama. All these embedded components can be/are programmed to respond to encoded directives -- from China's military.

[Sound bizarre? Ask any knowledgeable IT expert]



Also under the radar is the fact that China has been buying up small companies with DOD IT contracts; the companies appear independent, but, since they are not publicly traded, ownership is vague due to interlocking directorships -- which tie back to China.  



In the meantime, China also gaining ownership in our larger DOD contractors who keep consolidating and moving subsidiaries to China, in violation of our Anti-Trust laws, which have not been enforced since the Dodd-Frank legislation was passed.



These large contractors, often referred to as the Military Industrial Complex, build and manage virtually all of our offensive and defensive weapons systems, our satellite system - to include our spy satellites, and our GPS satellite systems which provide the guidance for our missile defense.  

Let's not forget the series of incidents in which our Navy's guidance systems allowed commercial freighters to smash into our warships as well as to steer our ships into inland deserts.



Thus, China in reality controls our communications, our computers, and is now controlling our navigation and targeting systems, as well as much of our internal commerce.

General Mattis might want to have some experts dig into this problem before we go to war with Rocket Man -- and/or China.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Trump's Hatchet Job



We publish commentary which is incisive
 and applicable to current events. 

This was written by an author who prefers 
anonymity, but the content is a superb 
analysis of President Trump's business 
management style as applied
to Washington politics.


How things work in the real world of business and corporate America; most notably. the concept of the "hatchet man."
Say you are a business tycoon. You just successfully completed a large-scale acquisition and merger, bringing together multiple smaller companies into one conglomerate. After the merger, you want to put your own people in charge of everything. 

However, all those smaller companies had their own executives - and, at least for the short term - you need to keep many of them around the keep things running. 

So, you keep many of those executives around, and let them retain their own senior staff. You even appoint one of them - the head of the largest of the companies you acquired - to be the CEO of the conglomerate, and he pledges to get all the departments working together harmoniously.
After a transition period, some of them are doing fine in the new conglomerate - but others are clearly causing trouble. In fact, the one you appointed CEO is clearly a disaster. The newly merged departments are working against each other.
Furthermore, you have good suspicion he is dealing in insider trading - nothing you can take to a prosecutor, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence building up. Worse, he is not only doing his own dirty dealing, but it appears he may even be leaking intellectual property to your competitors, helping them take market share from you.
Clearly, he has to go - and go now.
Problem is, many of the senior employees in your conglomerate are loyal to him. If you just fire him and put in your own chosen CEO, you know you could get a lot of backlash from disgruntled employees. And in your business, there is such a small profit-margin that you really can't afford anything at all that threatens performance. So what do you do?
In comes the hatchet man.
The hatchet man is someone you bring in for the sole purpose of slashing the problems and shaking things up over a very short period of time - but doing it in a way that deflects any blame or blowback away from you. As soon as the problems are hacked away, the hatchet man leaves - taking the ire and resentment with him, and leaving you free to bring in your new team for a fresh start.
This happens in the business world all the time. 
And Donald Trump is a businessman. 

[One of our jobs was as a Hatchet Man in the Intel Community (IC) many years ago; the process worked quite well there to eliminate "dead wood", and, of course, it is time to renew that process with today's IC.]

He knows this. He has lived this. We've seen him do it on "The Apprentice." We've read about it in his books. This is not a surprise to anyone. Except for liberals and never-trumpets.

Enter Scaramucci.
Scaramucci - Hatchet Man
Liberals and never-Trumpers see recent events as proof of a Hitler-clown-circus spectacle, as evidence that Trump is unhinged and our government is in the hands of madmen! 
Anyone who understands the business world and Donald Trump fully understands that what we just witnessed was a perfectly executed hatchet man maneuver.
When Trump won the election, he essentially performed the political equivalent of an acquisition and merger. He brought together different political factions - establishment Republicans, conservatives, tea party, religious right, moderates, independents, cross-overs - into one winning political coup. For some, it was a hostile takeover - and if they were going to be dragged in against their will, they would sure as hell resist.
This is where Reince Priebus came in.

Priebus - Dead Meat
Priebus, as the then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, was hired as White House Chief of Staff to be a sort of post-merger CEO. I

It was his job to bring all these political factions together and get them to work harmoniously. But he failed. Worse, there is ample evidence to suggest he not only failed, but worked against Trump and the Trump agenda. 

Look at the leaks. Look at all the chaos. Look at all the bureaucracy continuing to work at odds with the president. Priebus - and a number of other people around him - had to go.
Back to Scaramucci.
Donald Trump had known for some time that Priebus was a disaster. He was going to give him his six-month trial period - that's a fairly common thing in the private sector. After that, heads were going to roll. But Trump himself couldn't be seen as the hatchet man. He needed to be able to lead after the bloodbath. 

So what does to do? 

He turned to an old friend he had known for many years - someone with nothing to lose, someone who could step in with a hatchet and hack away, someone who can then just walk away from it all and leave the slate clean. 

He turned to Scaramucci.
So what did Scaramucci do? 
He came in swinging. He fired a few people to make a quick example and then told others they could "resign" immediately if they wanted to - but if not, they would be fired. Others saw what was going on and quit of their own accord.

                                     That problem CEO, Priebus? 

Mucci to Priebus: YOU'RE FIRED!
Oh, the new "structure" of the organization put Scaramucci in direct competition with Priebus - and Priebus threw up his hands and announced
 "fine, I'm out of here." And Scaramucci did it all in a way that is spectacularly visible to draw all the fire from Trump critics.

[Most notably, by drawing Priebus out from his position as Chair of the GOP, Trump eliminated Priebus' power as an adversary since the scramble of power brokers to replace Priebus ensured he could not return, and guaranteed that it would take years for Priebus' replacement to create a power base.]

So how did it all end? 

It ended up with Trump putting in his new CEO - the one he probably wanted from day one, but held back - and the new CEO says 
"OK, Scaramucci - you are no longer needed here."

New Chief of Staff: General Kelly
General Kelly now has a clean slate to start fresh - and Scaramucci takes all the heat. Where the Left and Never-Trumpers see a circus freak-show, realists from the business world see a perfectly executed post-merger hatchet-man job.
The political wonks see Kelly taking command as the first sane thing to happen in this administration. They don't realize they've been played, and played perfectly. And soon, we will likely see some other changes that move the Executive Branch further towards what Trump has wanted from Day One. 

And then watch the real swamp-drainer get to work. 
Oh, and Scaramucci? 

He got a sweet deal out of all this - no doubt, he and his friend Donald Trump talked it all out first.
Scaramucci was already facing a nasty divorce that would result in the liquidation of his business to divide assets. A little-known law allows people who are legally required to sell a business as a condition of employment in the Executive Branch (to prevent conflicts of interest) to defer the taxes on their profits from the sale.
Scaramucci was going to have to sell his company anyway due to his pending divorce. Now he and his soon-to-be ex-wife just saved $80 million in taxes. So don't think for a moment all this was an unplanned mess that went awry. Scaramucci and Trump knew exactly what they were doing.
All of this was planned - and foreseen by folks in the business world. 
Scott Adams wrote before Trump was inaugurated that, to his critics, the first year of Trump would be a play in three acts:
Act One - Trump is literally Hitler.
Act Two - Trump is not literally Hitler, but Trump is incompetent.
Act Three - Trump is not incompetent, but we don't like his policies.
We've seen this play out.
From election night up through the first 100 days, the Left was out rioting and acting as though Trump taking office was literally the end of Western Civilization.
But after 100 days, when Trump had failed to do evil-dictator things like round up all the brown people and put the gays into camps and force women to stay home and have babies, it became farcical to continue the "Trump is Hitler" narrative.
And so from that 100 day point up until now, it has been the "Trump is incompetent" game. 

Look at all the chaos. 
Look at all the leaking. 
Look at all the tweets. 

Now, we begin Act Three. 
With Priebus out and Kelly in, things will settle down. Pretty soon, all the Left -- and the RINOs will have to say is "we just don't like Trump's policies."...Act Three.
And once that happens, the Left is dead, as will be the GOP if they don't get behind Trump. 

Because, Trump's policies are policies that most Americans actually agree with. 

We should put America first. 
Build back our economy. 
Create jobs. 
Strengthen the military. 
Protect the border. 

Outside of a few densely-populated liberal strongholds like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and - of course - Washington, DC, Americans in general agree with all of this. So when all the Left has to say is "Trump's policies are wrong," the Left, and Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, will literally be telling most of America, "you people are stupid."
Trump will win 47 states in 2020. The Left will be scratching their heads and wondering what the hell happened. And you'll be able to look back and say, 
"hey, some of us told you all this back in 2017"

Consider this a free lesson in Advanced Business Administration as applied to Politics 401.