Friday 20th July 2018

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What’s WORSE than Trump?

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

 

 

Longevity vs Irony

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.

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Hey Hey NRA!

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

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Without the proverbial paddle

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

 

SORROWS OF SATAN

Yes, I believe in God. I’m old, and I’ve seen a lot of things, that would make it difficult to not believe in God. The universe is seemingly endless, even though my pea brain can’t really even grasp the concept of infinite vastness. The earth is large and holds many miraculous sights. The seas are deep and mysterious and still mostly unexplored. Man creates technological marvels at a dizzying pace.  All of that argues for a creator of some sort.

Who am I, with my tarnished little flea bite of a soul and my pitiful little joke of an intellect to argue against what I see before me? I don’t do it. There is something beyond my understanding going on, and what the Hell could it be other than God?

Basically, I concede, that there is a God, and that it is not me.

That’s not much, but its enough to build my religion on. My religious practice is to make my mind stop chattering, (you might call that meditation) and then just listen for messages from the creator. I may be deceiving myself, that I am hearing the creator’s voice. It is possible, that I may be just picking up some  stray radio signals from old Jack Bennie radio programs. But, authentic or not, it makes me feel better to do this listening, and I feel like I learn some valuable ideas.

Here are SOME of the ideas, I think, I have learned by just tuning out my own brain chatter and listening.

  1. Human life is universal, we are all part of one large network, we need one another
  2. We are unequivocally the keepers of our brothers and sisters
  3. Selfish is counter productive, if you are selfish, you harm your soul
  4. True joy is found in relieving the suffering of a fellow creature.
  5. True joy is found in humility, arrogance is a poison to our souls
  6. It should go without even mentioning, that killing except in direct self defense, stealing, and infidelity, sexual or otherwise, are very bad ideas. If you practice any of these bad acts, it will come back to bite you in the ass, either now or later, and you will without fail suffer great misery for it.

That is pretty much my religion, and it feeds my spiritual needs. I ask you to note, that I have created my religion without embracing guns, racism, homophobia, or hatred or fear of anyone, no matter how different, they are from me.

I will also mention, that while I am NOT recruiting for my religion, if you did decide to join, you will NEVER be asked to give me money. That is a first principle of my church. Absolutely no donations accepted EVER. I think I have a better program on that point than either Franklin Graham or the Pope. I will never accept your money, not today, not next year, not ever.

Also, my religion is on line, has no scheduled services, and therefore won’t interfere with spending your Sundays with family and friends. You can golfing or go fishing or take the kiddos to the playground, without a speck of guilt.   🙂

Here is a book, I recently read and found inspiring. THE SORROWS OF SATAN

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Fine pizza or an exploding head?

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I enjoy long winter time bouts of depression and despair as much as anybody. But, I try to do all things in reasonable moderation. This past two weeks, I have had a front row seat watching corporate and government vultures picking the bones of the weak and powerless. That always puts me in a funk. Greed and bullying are two of the most depressing things I know of.

And, then to top it off, a friend, one of my favorite people on the planet, a good and witty and generous person, cashed in her chips at 46 with a massive heart attack.  I could just sit down and cry. Or twist off and break things. Or, verbally abuse some richly deserving selfish asshole.

But, I have decided to pass on all of those proven stress relievers and just order a huge take out thin crust Pizza with everything, plus extra Anchovies, from Dimaggio’s Pizza in Mt Vernon, and then sit around all evening eating pizza and washing it down with a couple of bottles of Spanish lemonade with real cane sugar, that I have squirreled away for just such a time as this.

If, you are a selfish, low rent asshole, and I do not in any way abuse you, in the next 24 hours, you can say thank you to my magnificent self restraint, DiMaggio’s Pizza and the lemonade produced by those wily Spaniards.

May all selfish, greedy, self serving sissies kiss my rosy red working class ass.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

 

 

A poker tip

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I love poker, because the game of Poker doesn’t care, who your Daddy was. Poker is a great bastion of  meritocracy.

I am a pretty good poker player. Ask the little group of New Harmony Indiana Trump supporters, who tried valiantly but unsuccessfully for six years to pluck me like a chicken at the poker table. I sent those self anointed geniuses home kicking their lunch buckets and mumbling to themselves.

I know a lot about poker, and I am not selfish about giving out poker tips to anyone. Here is a free tip, right now:

If you find yourself at a poker table bemoaning the unfair nature of the universe, it is time to seek your entertainment in a different venue for awhile. Because you, sir or madame, are steaming like an 1830’s locomotive, and will get your butt kicked by cooler heads. Trust me on this. Been there, done that and paid the tariff.

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Jesus just told me

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Jesus just told me, if you see your sisters and brothers living in a shit hole, you should give them a hand up, not a kick in the teeth. He said, I should pass this along to Republican Christian Evangelicals.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

Trump a stable genius

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Well, we can all relax and stop worrying about the future of America now. Trump has disclosed, that he is in fact a STABLE GENIUS.

I feel much better now. Don’t you?  I just wish he would have clarified whether or not Congressman Larry Bucshon and Roy Moore are stable geniuses too? I sometimes worry about those two.

For Trump to declare himself a stable genius is right out there in the ozone along with Richard Nixon saying he was “NOT A CROOK.”

Stop and ask yourself this, if any other world leader, declared themselves to be a stable genius, how do you think our CIA and other intelligence agencies would interpret that? Do you think they would accept it at face value? Or do you think, they would recognize it as a mentally unstable weak spot ripe for the exploitation?

Congressman Larry Bucshon and Senator Todd Young, know as well as anyone how much damage Trump is doing. Where in the Hell is their patriotism?

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

cold butt problem

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I probably should be stuffed, mounted on a board and displayed in a museum. I am one of the last few Americans, who grew up using an outhouse. Until I was 13 years old, my family lived in a house with no indoor plumbing. The outhouse was in the back yard, as far from the house as possible. Which meant, it was about 50 feet from the 15 foot deep sand-point well from which my family got our drinking and cooking water. In areas with a high water table, the main problem with outhouses, (besides getting your butt cold) was that they contaminated the ground water for the poor. That was 60 years ago, so you would think we would be doing better by now. But we’re not.

Poor rural areas in Posey County have very few outhouses today. Most residents have septic tanks and indoor bathrooms. That solves the cold butt problem, but we still have the same contaminated drinking water in many of these rural areas. Much of Rural Posey County still depends on shallow sand-point water wells for drinking and cooking water. And, the septic tanks leach the raw sewage into the ground, just as close to the water wells as ever the outhouses did.

Most counties in the United States, especially the Blue states, now have modern water and sewage systems even in rural areas. But, that is just not happening in Red State Indiana. Here in Indiana, if you live in a rural area, like much of Posey County, chances are you may be drinking your own sewage.

Just before the 2016 elections, a Posey County Republican candidate for county office asked me for my vote.  This young Republican candidate swore to me, that he was a strong supporter of modern water and sewage systems for county residents. But, after that election, I have never heard from him again. He is now an office holder and in a position to get the ball rolling on modern sanitation in Posey County. He had my phone number, before the election, I will assume he misplaced it, it is 682 3740.

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fringe elements drive the bus

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

In theory, all Americans are at liberty to state their opinions. Here are some of mine.

Donald Trump is amoral, anti science, nearly illiterate, and a conman. He has six bankruptcies, five children by three wives, two faces, zero knowledge of history and his lone partridge is perched in a Russian pear tree.

Trump is a childish nut, who throws tantrums. Some of the harm he is doing may be irreparable. The reason Trump gets away with it, is because he is protected by Christian evangelicals and extremist far right members of the GOP like Larry Bucshon. Neither group believes a word Trump says. Both groups know he is crazy and unstable. But, both the evangelicals and the extremist Republicans are willing see the country brought down, if it furthers their own narrow goals on tax cuts and abortion.

Both mainstream Republicans and mainstream Christians are allowing themselves to be represented by minority fringe elements. I challenge decent, law abiding, sane, patriotic Republicans and Christians to step up to the plate and repudiate this human disaster area.

Trump is now talking about nuking North Korean cities, near the Chinese border. To put this in perspective, this would be the equivalent of China nuking Tijuana, Mexico on our southern border or Toronto, Canada on our northern border. Radioactive fallout does not respect borders. I don’t expect America would tolerate such a nuclear attack on our border, and I don’t expect the Chinese, who are at least as militarily powerful as the US,  will either.

 

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I am 70 years old. I began to read Ernest Hemingway’s fiction, when I was about 10 years old. By the time I was 15, I had already read everything he wrote, except for the Old Man and the Sea, which I read a few years later. I got a lot of enjoyment out of Hemingway.  I recommend Hemingway to anyone who likes to read good literary fiction. The only negative, I will mention about Hemingway, is that he was brutally unfair to his contemporary fellow writers.  The word “catty” comes to mind. He was quick to take cheap shots at other writers, several of whom been very generous toward him in getting his career launched. Because of Hemingway’s disparagement of these other writers, I was slow to getting around to reading some of their work.

The example I am thinking of today is Ford Maddox Ford. Ford Maddox Ford was an established writer and editor when Hemingway first went to Europe to be a full time fiction writer. Ford was hugely helpful to Hemingway in many ways including helping him get work published and getting him a job as an editor on a literary review magazine Ford Published. Hemingway later, once he was famous, repaid Ford by writing horrible insulting things about him and making Ford a laughing stock among the Paris art and literature community.

Because, I took to heart the disparagement, that Hemingway heaped on Ford Maddox Ford, I had never until recently read any thing by Ford. But just last week, I read a novel called THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Maddox Ford.  The Good Soldier is not about soldiers, but rather about human passions, emotions and mental gymnastics.  A Hell of a work of fiction, and one of the best novels I have ever read. But, thanks to Hemingway, and his catty sniping at Ford Maddox Ford, I almost never read it. I really recommend the novel The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford.

Here’s a bio of Ford Maddox Ford 

Here’s a Bio of Ernest Hemingway 

 

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