Category Archives: Hannah’s views

Bombing Iraq

So, I went looking for information about how many bombs were lobbed by the U.S. during the Iraq invasion at the direction of George W. Bush. What popped up was information about current bombing in “support” of the Iraqi government’s effort to subdue the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Of course, the other day I discovered that car bombs exploding in Iraq are a current constant. Some skills, once learned, apparently die hard.
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Feeling irked today

For no particular reason. The hurricane, Dorian, did nothing, but public officials, keen to qualify for extra dollars declared an emergency prematurely and thousands of peoole lost almost a week of pay. And we are supposed to feel fortunate that garbage is not being picked up for a week?

So, I do have reason.

Mistaking symbol for fact and act.

It is strange that people who are fixated on social status do not seem to understand rank. That all agents of government are subordinate to the Constitution and implementing laws seems not to register. It is as if they are attracted to the glitter, not the gold. Mistaking the symbol for the fact and the act.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse…

Or is it?

So, I have no deals, I have no loans and I have no dealings. We could make deals in Russia very easily if we wanted to. I just don’t want to because I think that would be a conflict. So I have no loans, no dealings and no current pending deals. Now, I have to say one other thing. Over the weekend, I was offered $2 billion to do a deal in DubaI with a very, very, very amazing man, a great, great developer from the Middle East, Hussein Dumak (sp), a friend of mine, great guy, and was offered $2 billion to do a deal in Dubai, a number of deals. And I turned it down. I didn’t have to turn it down, because as you know, I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president, which is — I didn’t know about that until about three months ago, but it’s a nice thing to have, but I don’t want to take advantage of something. I have something that others don’t have. Vice President Pence also has it.I don’t think he’ll need it. I have a feeling he’s not going to need it. But I have a no conflict of interest provision as president. It was many, many years old. This is for presidents because they don’t want presidents getting — I understand, they don’t want presidents getting tangled in minutiae.They want a president to run the country. So I could actually run my business. I could actually run my business and run government at the same time. I don’t like the way that looks, but I would be able to do that, if I wanted to. I would be the only one that would be able to do that. You can’t do that in any other capacity, but as a president, I could run the Trump Organization — great, great company — and I could run the country. I’d do a very good job.But I don’t want to do that. Now, all of these papers that you see here — yes, go ahead.

From Dave Kyler

Letter: Distinctions are devious

It was with bitter irony that I pondered a recent promotional notice about an upcoming Republican event entitled, “Free Trade vs. Socialism.” Evidently the proponents were attempting to exploit their overused claim of being stalwart defenders of the former and reliable opponents of the latter.

But it doesn’t take much thinking to see through the propaganda. Considering the party’s support of Trump’s market-disrupting tariffs, there could hardly be more obvious violation of free-trade principles.

Unfortunately, the duplicity doesn’t stop there. As many well-informed policy observers have long noted, the U.S. government subsidizes corporate and business development activities to an extent that provides ample, irrefutable evidence of a kind of socialism – commonly known as corporate welfare.

Such subsidies include, at a minimum, an estimated $50 billion annually in support of the fossil-fuel industry. Similar government bail-outs are squandered in promoting a wide range of business ventures, often without any assurance of outcomes. Billions in tax-breaks, regulatory exemptions, grants, and loans have been offered to business despite failure to achieve promised results, such as decent-paying jobs and improved communities.

In defiance of an abundance of facts, the terminology used to promote certain political interests is being willfully manipulated, employing calculated efforts to mislead and misinform the unwary electorate.

Since the ill-considered imposition of tariffs is a fundamental disruption of “free trade,” and spending more taxpayer money on corporate bailouts than on education and food-stamps is undeniably “socialist,” there is a conspicuous lack of justification for making these shamefully bogus, falsely sanctimonious distinctions.

David Kyler

Noteworthy

I want to take notice of the fact that my little $40 a month cell phone is providing me with better internet connection throughout the house than the $107 a month phone line and Wifi system at the house. Granted, some people report that the cellular connection in some parts of the county is unreliable. But, here, northwest of the airport it is great.
Also noteworthy is that another cell tower is being planned on EDA property just to the east of us. Perhaps there will be room to have generators so the towers will not be inoperative when the power goes out. Or perhaps they will connect with the solar installation just across the way.
One interesting thing about the lease contract for the cell tower is that an option agreement contains all the details for a project that might last 35 years.