Saturday 21st April 2018

Macho, Decency and Perma-culture

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Many Trump supporters, believe that flaunting all standards of decency by backing Trump makes them look macho. It doesn’t, it just makes them look incredibly stupid and morally bereft.  Being a Trump supporter is the political equivalent of loud boom boxes, big guns, noisy mufflers and 10 foot tall pickup trucks.  It impresses people, but not the way you think.

Here are a couple of links you might like.

START A PERMA-CULTURE GARDEN THE EASY WAY

A CHEAP WAY TO REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

What’s WORSE than Trump?

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I was fairly comfortable that Donald Trump had about burned himself out. And, that the world would return to normal after Trump gets dealt a humiliating defeat in his bid for reelection in 2020. Then a close friend dropped by for coffee this afternoon. This anonymous friend is the most politically savvy person I know, and they gave me reason to be fearful.

What’s WORSE than Trump?  What IF, this nightmare scenario were to play out: Trump is not impeached and convicted, but he actually finishes out his term. That could easily happen, but here’s the scary part. What if  Trump,  still being President in 2019,  voluntarily steps aside in favor of Mike Pence as the GOP candidate? That is the ONE way, that the Republicans could hold onto the White House in 2020, without a bloody primary.  And, I’m sure the GOP has this idea in mind, if Trump survives in office until 2019.

You will notice Pence is laying low and not having his picture taken with Trump. If Pence ran instead of Trump, and Trump campaigned for him, you would have an even larger merger of the “in it for the money Republicans” with the “God wants us to do this” Republicans.  If Trump survives until then and cooperates with his party, this nightmare could happen

Pence is even more dangerous and destructive of democracy than Trump. Trump has no core beliefs, and can be reasoned with or at least politically intimidated. But, not Pence. Pence is a true believer. He is absolutely convinced, that God (his god) has chosen him to lead America out of the heathen wilderness and deliver us all into the arms of  Jesus. He believes that as surely as I believe water is wet. Pence is not a liar or a crook, he is worse, much worse. He is a religious fanatic of the first rank. Pence has zero doubt, that his god dictates instructions, right into his ear.

Part of the danger of Pence is, that he has a calm demeanor and takes a nice picture, when he is dressed up. If you didn’t know his history, you could easily think he is sane.

I pray for the health of Donald Trump, and if he can’t be impeached and convicted, I pray that he runs again in 2020. And, if Trump does run again, I will pull a Republican ballet in the primaries and vote for him at least once. Because, Trump is the one Republican, that ANY Democrat can beat in November 2020.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

 

Mexican Border

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

For about 30 years, I lived on the Mexican border. Many Americans who live on the border —-and I was among them— feed the poor immigrants sneaking across from Mexico and help them hide from the Border Patrol. I lived near a huge Flea Market near the border, and I have taken many immigrants there to buy them better shoes or blankets or a used back pack. This is very common there.

This is how Americans used to behave, before the evangelical preachers took over our government.

It is NOT about politics, it is about being decent human beings.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Mike Pence

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Our president’s crisis management style creates new scandals daily. He churns out outrages, at a dizzying pace. A pace that makes staying focused on any particular recently passed scandal very difficult for anyone, most especially his followers. He started out on his first day in office lying about his inauguration crowd size, against clear photographic evidence. And, he has picked up speed at an incredible rate, creating a juggernaut of lies and crimes, that is overwhelming.

Trump is indeed, a Hell of a guy. But, I comfort myself, that as bad as he is for the nation, he is not nearly so dangerous and corrosive of democracy as Mike Pence would be, if given the chance.

So count your blessings.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

Elfreda, wherever you are

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I often feel that life’s not fair, and that I probably should get at least a partial refund on the price of my ticket. I don’t think, I’m the only one to  ever feel that way, I’ve heard others express similar sentiments. When I get those feelings, I try to remember something,  I once heard from one of the dumbest people I ever met.

Years ago, back in my incarnation as a worker bee, I used to join a a small group of acquaintances for a sack lunch chit chat session a couple of days per week during the noon hour. This was in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our little group discussed life and it’s vicissitudes and how best to cope. We were a pretty mixed gathering of people, as to age, station, intellect and education. I was among the least formally educated people in the group. But, that is not to say,  that I was among the least mentally agile or learned.  There was this one young lady in our little group, by whom, in my opinion, the cake was clearly taken in the lack of brains department. I found her to be mind numbingly dull witted. And, in fact, it caused me sharp physical pain, down to the very bone marrow, to hear her speak on any topic. For the purposes of this story, in order to preserve her anonymity, we will call her Elfreda.

Her name was not really Elfreda, though. It is just that I need an anonymous name for this story, and I have always enjoyed the name Elfreda. I like the sound of it. I have known three Elfredas in my life. Back in the 1970’s, I was acquainted with an older couple in Delta Junction, Alaska, whose names were Elfreda and Frontenac McGillicutty.  But, that’s another story for another day. Back to my sack lunch group in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

One week, as I was unwrapping my burrito, Elfreda began to speak about how to remain happy in spite of  adverse circumstances. Before, I was able to tune her out, I heard her say, that she found, that a major secret to being happy is simply to embrace the fact, that life includes a certain “legitimate” amount of pain.  And, that once we cowboy up and accept that, it becomes much easier to recognize and enjoy the good parts.

Trust me on this, Elfreda is not a brain trust. But, her statement about embracing life’s legitimate bumps in the road, is one of the six or seven smartest thoughts, I have ever heard anyone express. I salute you Elfreda, wherever you are.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Longevity vs Irony

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Up until age 37, when I sobered up, I drank alcohol excessively, and that’s actually a massive understatement .  The truth is, I was never intentionally sober from age 26 until age 37. If being sober had been against the law in those years, the worst thing with which I could have been charged would have been attempted sobriety. Until I was age 42, I was a four to five pack per day cigarette smoker. Up until about age 60, I was an enthusiastic consumer of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed carbohydrates, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats,  chemical preservatives and biscuits and gravy. For much of my life a Coca Cola and a bag of potato chips combo was health food dining, compared to my normal diet.  During my military career, I was one of those guys on the ground in Vietnam, who was sprayed with Agent Orange, plus we ate unidentifiable stuff out of cans dated for the Korean war. I have worked on oil rigs, when, in order to increase oil flow, we injected stuff so toxic into the wells, that the names of the chemicals were kept secret from the workers.

I am 70 now, and I have cancer in remission, COPD, osteo arthritis, type two diabetes and a lot of QOL residuals from cancer treatment. I am not whining about my health. As a matter of fact, I am happier and more content right now, than I ever have been in my life.  Life is good, I like it, and want to hang around as long as I can.

At 70, I have taken a serious interest in eating right, keeping clean habits and regular hours and consuming as little industrial waste as possible. I am getting a late start, but whether I live longer or not, I feel better on a daily basis. Now, I suppose,  in the interest of the irony of the universe, I will probably be run over by a truck or shot by an NRA member within the week.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Firearms Training

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In the Vietnam war, American soldiers carried M-16  rifles with magazines capable of firing 20 rounds without reloading. Some soldiers made shade tree modifications to the M-16 magazines, which allowed them to fire 30 rounds without reloading.

Today, any American can buy an AR-15 with a magazine allowing them to fire 100 rounds or even 200 rounds without reloading. This requires no modification to the weapon, as purchased. The NRA says the AR-15 is not a military weapon.

I have been a hunter all of my life. I own firearms. I spent 8 years active duty Army, with 15 months of that in an artillery firing battery in Vietnam. I have no objection to other Americans having firearms. I am a former member of the NRA. But, a weapon that can fire 100 or 200 rounds without reloading is purely a military weapon. It has no purpose other than slaughtering human beings. No civilian has any need for or right to such a weapon. The NRA is dead wrong on this.

If you can’t bag a deer or a bear or protect your home with a 10 round magazine, you probably should seek some sort of firearms training.

REPUBLICAN WAR HERO

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As a Vietnam vet, I often hear fellow war vets grumbling, that all of the Republicans in DC will support any war, but they never serve in combat themselves. That’s simply not true.

As an example, take life long Republican Robert Mueller, our current Special Prosecutor and our former Director of the FBI. Mueller, again a life long Republican, joined the Marines in 1968, after graduating from Princeton University. He volunteered for service in Vietnam, served in combat, and was awarded BOTH a Purple Heart for wounds and a Bronze Star with V Device for valor in combat.

Prior to his Vietnam combat service, Marine Robert Mueller, attended the Army’s exclusive Ranger School and its Airborne school. Those Army training assignments are unusual for a Marine. And, they are typically set aside for a very few of the very best Marines each year. Mueller was one such. Mueller has also been honored by being named to the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.

In combat, Mueller was a member of H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, an infantry unit assigned along “Mutter’s Ridge” near the DMZ. This was an area of Quang Tri province overlooking the border of North and South Vietnam. A place where much heavy fighting took place.

So, no more bad mouthing Republicans for shirking military combat duty. If you get that urge, just remember Republican war hero Robert Mueller.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indians

Hey Hey NRA!

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Hey Hey NRA! 

I am an ultra liberal Democrat. I own firearms, and I support the right of other Americans to own firearms. I began hunting squirrels, rabbits, ducks and quail at age 12 with a 22 and a 12 gauge. I encourage that for kids today, and I oppose age limits on owning hunting weapons.

I own a hand gun for self protection, and I have a concealed carry permit. I support that right for other Americans.

I carried an M-16 with a 20 round magazine in Vietnam for 15 months. I understand the occasional necessity of that.

Fully automatic weapons are already against the law. I support that. And, I believe a semi automatic weapon compatible with magazines of over 10 rounds is a weapon of war, and should also be illegal for civilians.

Until a thorough and vigorous background check is complete, no one should be able to purchase any semi automatic weapon, including handguns, If that takes two weeks, I’m fine with that, it will save innocent lives.

No one with a conviction for any violent crime, especially spousal abuse, should be allowed to own or possess any semiautomatic weapon, including hand guns.

I think my ideas are sane, constitutional and in line with most Americans. The NRA doesn’t represent gun owners, military vets and hunters like me. The NRA represents gun manufacturers.

Here is a comparison between the 22 round on the left used for hunting and the AR 15 round on the right used in school shootings. Their is a penny between them to use to reference size. You may click to enlarge the pic

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Rulz for Catz and other stuff

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Hi!  This is Ron Nesler, old but not dead or unconscious, reporting from here on the left side of New Harmony, Indiana.

If Trump blocks Stormy Daniels from appearing on 60 Minutes, he will have imposed more sanctions on a porn actress than on Russia.

Purdue University REPORT says climate change is already a disaster for New Harmony and the rest of southern Indiana. Fact starved Knuckle Draggers claim this report is liberal propaganda, forgetting that Trump/Pence supporter Mitch Daniels is the President of Purdue University.

Mike Pence remains hidden away in a secret location awaiting Trump’s implosion,  and Trump’s Secretary of Education embarrasses herself so badly on an INTERVIEW WITH 60 MINUTES, that even Trump realizes she is an obvious  Pea Brain.

The Secretary of VA David Shulkin has put himself and his family under 24/7 armed guard. No one is absolutely sure, who he fears most, his own mutinous money grubbing staff  or the military war vets, who he is robbing and screwing.  Shulkin recently was publicly busted for taking his wife on a tour of European castles at VA expense, while 22 military vets per day, 365 days per year, commit suicide because of third rate VA mental health care for those exposed to the Hell of combat. Meanwhile, it seems EVEN TRUMP IS SICK OF SHULKIN  Most ordinary vets wanted Trump to name Pete Hedseth for VA Secretary, but the big vet groups opposed Hegseth, because they were afraid he would cut off the flow of tax money to those groups. And, he WOULD have.

Here is a Hell of a factual and effective VIDEO ON GUN CONTROL.  NRA wants Americans to think the left wants to ban ALL firearms. That is a pure lie. Most liberals are like ME, I own guns and I support the right of others to own guns, we just want some sane control of WEAPONS OF WAR, to stop putting military weapons in the hands of everyone who can scrape up the cost of one. I think you will enjoy the video, may want to SHARE WITH FRIENDS.

NRA is trolling the internet claiming that the .223 caliber rounds for the AR 15 and AR 16 that school shooters use is essentially the same as the 22 caliber round, which kids and other hunters use to bag squirrels for dinner. I have a life time of experience hunting squirrels with a 22 and I carried an M-16 version of the AR for 15 months in Vietnam.  Here is a picture of the two rounds side by side, you tell me, if NRA is lying or not.

Ron Nesler, old but not dead or unconscious here in New Harmony, Indiana

 

Without the proverbial paddle

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The Republicans have had their chance. They have brought us unlimited weapons of war in our streets, open bribery of Congress members by corporations, murkiness in public business, and Donald Trump.

Small “d” democracy can’t survive like this. Either we have to change things quickly or give up and surrender to corporate fascism.

The Democratic Party with all its flaws and imperfections is the only hope we have. If American democracy is to survive, the old guard Democrats and Progressive Democrats and Democratic Socialists all have coalesce around first priority issues.

The most important first priority issue is campaign finance reform. Fix campaign finance and all of the guns and lying and corruption will go away. Fail to fix campaign finance and all is almost surely lost forever.

People who run for office under the Democratic banner have a huge moral responsibility to the nation to be as morally fit as humanly possible. You can’t campaign on reform, if your own party’s candidates are easily impugned.  Please Don’t run for office as a Democrat, if you have skeletons in your closet, blood on your hands, secret sexual infidelities in your past or your fingers in anyone else’s cookie jar.

And, if you are a voter, learn to value moral fitness over any petty policy differences. Any Democrat, whether liberal, old guard or establishment in any office in America is better right now than any Republican. If you doubt that, look out your windows.

If Democrats splinter and don’t  stick together on core principles in 2018 and 2020, we are all up the creek without a paddle.

 

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

almost like the system is rigged

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During the Vietnam war, — (of which, unlike Cadet Bone Spur,  I was a participant) — our government spent hundreds of millions of dollars PER DAY on waging that war. I remember, when the war ended, my very first thought was that all of that money could then go into making life better for working class people in America.

In my childlike and trusting way, I just assumed that all of that money we had been wasting on war would go into education, schools, higher wages, health care, roads, bridges, libraries, space exploration, and other benefits for natural air breathing human beings.

Hello Polly Ana!

It has been forty years now, and working people are worse off today, than we were when the Vietnam war was at its worst. Sometimes, it almost seems like the system is rigged in favor of the war contractors.

Ron Nesler posting childish childlike thoughts from New Harmony, Indiana