Saturday, July 30, 2016

Libertarian Party in consideration .

America's two party system needs
more political parties.
How about this one?
(1.1)>>Bernie Sanders, would have been  the dream of a "third party" candidate, but now  may have been forever flushed away... since he never ran as independentSanders, who considers himself, officially, an Independent in Congress because his views lean further left than the Democratic party’s platform, caucuses with Democrats. But until declaring an intention to run for the presidency in 2015, he had rarely, if ever, identified as a member of the Democratic Party (he’s been in politics since 1979). Sanders how ever may play a part in the political system of Hillary Clinton's Administration of she is successful .There is one alternative that is worth a look at .The electorate’s overwhelming disapproval of the (1.2)>>“demopublican” nominees provides an ideal opportunity for the disaffected to gather behind an alternative outside her smug declaration of a two-party choice,  (1.3)>>the Libertarian Party has been a political nonentity. Sure, voters might know a few of the top-line principles—limited government, limited economic regulation, a lot of individual liberty—but chances are they have not given much thought to a party that has never put a candidate in Congress.A third-party candidate winning a general election is pretty unlikely. But there are some small signs Americans have grown more interested in the Libertarian Party since Trump has caught fire. The conservative Breitbart News has noted “spasms” among libertarian-leaning Republicans since Trump won Indiana, and it encouraged “PANIC” over an uptick in Google searches for the party. One way to help lose American conservatism would be to support Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party’s presumptive nominee for president. Johnson, in an interview with Politico on Monday, said he’s jazzed that Weld decided to partner with him last week to seek the vice presidential slot. Hearing someone is a Libertarian can, Johnson says, make them “infer loose screws, but [Weld] brings, oh my goodness, a Good Housekeeping seal of approval, and I’m not talking theoretical here. Over the last five days we’ve had 32 national media requests [after the Weld news]. That’s never remotely happened before.”Johnson left New Mexico with a budget surplus. He's a fiscal hawk and a honest man something very rare in today's politicians.So for those who prefer the status quo, go ahead and vote for a fraud or a crook. For many of us who refuse to settle for the crap the major parties keep bringing us,  is there  a better choice and that choice is Gary Johnson. Johnson also topped the Libertarian ticket in 2012, earning 1 percent of the vote on his way to a third-place finish. In his home state, Johnson earned 3.6 percent of the total vote, not making much of a difference in Barack Obama's 10-point margin of victory over Mitt Romney.If the goal is preventing either Trump or Clinton from being inaugurated in 2017, the only real option is keeping Trump or Clinton from getting a majority of electoral votes. If that happened, the election would go to the House of Representatives to decide. Setting aside the outcry that would result, it's worth considering what it would take for that to happen.

"Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders." According to the party, "Our vision is for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction."
The Libertarian Party web site can be further studied here :

(1.1)>>Bernie Sanders. Last year I wrote about Sanders . I would have considered him a better President if he would have won . The odds of winning were not on his side all though  . Considering the Democratic party platform was set up for Hillary. THE REPUBLICANS  as I said before had played the game that they were anti-Trump , but instead were for him from the VARY beginning . RIGGED ELECTIONS ARE REAL! (1.2)>>“demopublican”. The awfulness of Donald Trump and the awfulness of Hillary Clinton can make conservative Republicans feel helpless. People talk about how Trump is so awful, but they never have any concrete details. And those that do usually seem to revolve around personality or rumors. We're not voting for class president, we're voting for President. Is Trump "mean"? I sure hope so, its about time we had someone who can take on the vicious Democrats. The real questions are these - Does Trump love this country? Does Trump believe the US government should operate on behalf of US citizens or foreigners? Do the answers to the preceding two questions inform his politics?  (1.3)>>the Libertarian Party. In 1972, "Libertarian Party" was chosen as the party's name, selected over "New Liberty Party." The first official slogan of the Libertarian Party was "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" (abbreviated "TANSTAAFL"), a phrase popularized by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1966 novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, sometimes dubbed "a manifesto for a libertarian revolution". The current slogan of the party is "The Party of Principle". The preamble outlines the party's goals: "As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others" and "Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands." Its Statement of Principles begins: "We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual." The Statement of Principles is foundational to the ideology of the party and was created specifically to bind the party to certain core principles with a high parliamentary burden for any amendment. The platform emphasizes individual liberty in personal and economic affairs, avoidance of "foreign entanglements" and military and economic intervention in other nations' affairs, and free trade and migration. It calls for Constitutional limitations on government as well as the elimination of most state functions. It includes a "Self-determination" section which quotes from the Declaration of Independence and reads: "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty." It also includes an "Omissions" section which reads: "Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval."This includes favoring minimally regulated markets, a less powerful federal government, strong civil liberties (including LGBT rights), (the party supports same-sex marriage), the liberalization of drug laws, separation of church and state, open immigration, non-interventionism and neutrality in diplomatic relations, free trade and free movement to all foreign countries, and a more representative republic. The party's position on abortion is that government should stay out of the matter and leave it to the individual, but recognizes that some libertarians' opinions on this issue are different. Ron Paul, one of the former leaders of the Libertarian Party, is strictly pro-life, but believes that that is an issue that should be left to the states and not enforced federally. Meanwhile, Gary Johnson, the party's 2012 and 2016 presidential candidate, is pro-choice.The Libertarian Party has also supported the repeal of NAFTA, CAFTA, and similar trade agreements, as well as the United States' exit from the World Trade Organization and NATO.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The E-mail Jinx .

Come on Mr. Trump . Let the Russians
do it .
 Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power to cyberspy on a secretary of state’s correspondence. Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the United States’ presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which American intelligence agencies have told the White House they have "high confidence” was the work of the Russian government.First came the hack, then the leak. Now, the Clinton and Trump campaigns are fighting over Russia’s role in the release of thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails. The idea that a major-party candidate would conspire with a foreign power to influence a US election is an implausible hypothesis that the mainstream media may have difficulty reporting on, and not merely because of bias or caution, but because the public may not fully absorb it.  At least one thing is clear: The email uproar is an unwelcome distraction at the launch of the Democratic National Convention, inflaming the rift between supporters of Hillary Clinton and primary rival (00)>>Bernie Sanders just when the party was hoping to close it. (1)>>For Mrs. Clinton e-mails are jinx . Honestly,  I think that the GOP is responsible for the "leaks" of her e-mail. Not the Russians . I feel sorry for Bernie Sanders', as much as he campaigned , how honest he seemed to American politics , he was just a puppet in a scheme,  the political elite of both parties have shown what they really are. And, unfortunately in Bernie's case, after getting screwed he decided to join the political elite   . My respect for the GOP is no better . The GOP had all a long wanted to   have Trump as their nominee. I have been suspicious that both debates were a rouse on either party .  The Democrats wanted Hillary all a long . Its really obvious if you think through all the political smoke.  (2)>>The Republicans are going to do enough damage to Mrs. Clinton its obvious , that the e-mail scandal is brimming (3)>>like something out of Watergate ..... Reflecting back with the Benghazi scandal that whole cover up was on Obama than it was so on the shoulders on Hillary . Hillary openly said in an interview that she was the "fall guy". Taking the "blame" put Hillary up for endless mud slinging . No one questioned Obama's role as commander in chief (lack of ,,,)  in responding to the Benghazi attack .The most obvious security issue with Clinton running her own email server,is the lack of manpower overseeing it compared with the State Department’s official email system. The federal agency’s own IT security team monitors State Department servers for possible vulnerabilities and breaches, and those computers fall under the NSA’s protection, A more specific threat to Clinton’s private email relates to its domain name. Unlike the State Department’s domain, Clinton’s is currently registered with a private domain registrar.
Wasserman Schultz. Mystery.
As Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her unceremonious exit as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, what was most remarkable was what you didn’t hear: practically anybody coming to her defense. Was she really responsible? Politics is a game, you know  . Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a e-mail favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders throughout the primary.  What makes no sense is,  we are  just judging Delegate favoritism which is also run amok in the RNC  . The Republicans have favored Trump, so who rigged it for Trump? Sanders supporters have long called for the resignation of Wasserman Schultz, who they viewed as impartial and as rigging the system to favor Hillary Clinton.Those complaints resonated louder than ever Friday when hacked emails, posted on by WikiLeaks, showed the staff of the Democratic Party working to hurt Sanders and help Clinton. Early Sunday, Sanders reiterated his call for her resignation. Fending off criticism over leaked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails and on the heels of a public shaming at a Florida delegate breakfast during the party's convention, embattled DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz could now face a formal legal complaint over some of the information in the hacked emails.. The internal Democratic National Committee emails, stretching back to April 2016, released by Wikileaks show that the organization’s senior staff chafed at Bernie Sanders’s continued presence in the presidential primary. Staffers were also irritated by criticism that they were biased towards Hillary Clinton.Democrats have known about the hack since April, when party officials discovered malicious software on their computers.They called in a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, which found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats’ network, both with ties to the Russian government.Those hacks vacuumed up at least a year’s worth of chats, emails and research on Trump, according to a person knowledgeable about the breach who wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.The party publicly acknowledged the hack in June. With Wasserman Schultz gone, the DNC officers are now cleaning up the mess. They spent a significant amount of the meeting Monday drafting a formal apology, which they sent out later in the day.

(00)>>Bernie Sanders. Sanders royally screwed up by not re-registering as a Democrat in Vermont and paying up his dues to the Democratic Party and getiing his membership card, then making a list of all the requirements in the different states so his followers would be eligible to vote in those states' primaries. He was either lazy or inefficient or both. Maybe some of it had to do with his disdain for the political parties, one of which he wanted to use as a vehicle to become president. That disdain and failure to make that list may have cost him his only chance to ever run for president in the general election. (1)>>For Mrs. Clinton e-mails are jinx . The Times story and that Clinton’s daughter Chelsea had an email account on the same domain name. (Which is a truly bizarre point, since every employee at the State Department—down to the lowliest person on the rung of authority—would be using the same domain name as Clinton if she was on the federal system.) Then there’s a statement from the White House press office that President Barack Obama issued guidance that federal employees should use federal emails—without any suggestion when this guidance was given and with specific statements that folks could still use private email accounts if they had document preservation systems in place.  (2)>>The Republicans are going to do enough damage to Mrs. Clinton its obvious . Mr. Trump has largely dismissed assertions that Russia was behind the Democratic committee breach as conspiracy theories — a view he reiterated again when he said the hack was “probably not Russia.”-- I say how about the Republican Party is responsible ? In a Twitter post of his own, Mr. Trump added: “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!”--- I say oh really !(3)>>like something out of Watergate .....Did this happen in 1972, at the Watergate complex, or in 2016, at 430 South Capitol Street Southeast? Was the break-in a physical burglary, or was it a digital theft? Were the apparent perpetrators naturalized Cubans, or were they Russians in the service of the SVR? To paraphrase Mark Twain, history never repeats itself exactly, but there are occasions when it rhymes.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

King Trump , the RNC a little fascism wont hurt.......

King Trump .
America's first King could happen
if the Queen don't beat him.

The "Queen" is Mrs. Clinton .
Trump's  great speech has been riddled with accusations of painting a (1)>>"doom and gloom" America, that Donald J. Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Yes Mr. Trump made promises that echo back with many other administrations who gave similar speeches .His speeches have no beginning or end, no shape, no culmination and release, and none is necessary. For the audience, his fervent incoherence makes him that much more present, for it is Trump alone who matters, the vividness of him standing there, in that moment, embodying what the audience fears and desires.  The unlikely GOP presidential nominee rejected suggestions that he give a unifying speech that reached for the center For Mr. Trump, with all the the cheering crowds , his adrenalin perked up , yea I see a little of the megalomania in American politics.Trump did something amazing. He wiped out the whole Republican establishment. His nomination shows that only the super  rich are expedient for a public office The normal people are the losers  . Though he claims to be for the people. Its impossible to believe a man with his personal history would --or even could--clothe himself in such ultra-conservative ideology, when he himself over the decades has acted lie a staunch liberal . Remember we are told to vote to lift up the banner of conservatism, Those who favor authoritarian leadership are more likely to vote for Trump. Believe me this man could deliver the goods at a costly price to the Americans . Way back in May of this year ,  the former head of construction at Trump Tower in New York said Monday she couldn't believe presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to be president."I couldn't imagine him ever doing a job where he would be beholden not to one person but 300 million," Barbara Res said in an interview with The New York Times."I think he thinks he's going to be king."Res also said that ,"I don't see him getting away with all these things that he says he's going to do," she said."This is not a monarchy; it's a democracy."I am also going to say if Trump wins , his first speech addressing Congress is not going to be well received . A prelude of what  is coming is emerging  out of the RNC . 
A Little RNC Fascism wont hurt .
Take for example . Pardon me the rhetorical  RNC speeches  sounded (1.2)>>like a fascism  rally , but Rudy Giuliani summed up how far the Republicans have fallen on their words , there pretty much blinded in their hate for outgoing Obama , thy have not  yet  to share ideas about fix our national problems , but rage has replaced their  logic . Rudy complained that President Obama has failed to identify “our enemy.” Giuliani described this enemy as “Islamic extremist terrorism.” Then he paused to lecture reporters: “For the purpose of the media, I did not say all of Islam. I did not say most of Islam. I said Islamic extremist terrorism.”Rudy goes off the rhetorical deep end. They loved it. Is this the  vision of America they  they want?  The rational here is we live a violent world that seems to be getting worse . The terrorism can't be all Obama's fault , it was around since the 1980s . It's appealing that we have to cater to fear mongering in politics ( finger pointing . I blame both parties since Jimmy Carter)  , but how its been for the last 20 years.Fiercely going off about the imminent terrorist threat facing America.He ended with, "You know who you are, and we are coming to get you."After attacks, politicians sometimes seek to capitalize on this vulnerability, turning speeches and press conferences into opportunities to rhetorically place the “nation” and cherished “freedoms” as at risk. The attack on a few becomes an attack on all. When speakers do this successfully, they are able to unite voters through a sense of shared threat. If you’ve been paying any attention to Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail, you might imagine China would be quaking in its boots. Rarely has a candidate so relentlessly attacked a peaceful trade partner. Trump has accused China of manipulating its currency and stealing American jobs, and promised a 45 percent tariff on all Chinese goods—intended to devastate the country’s export-driven economy.  China's nationalistic state-run tabloid Global Times quoted scholars who were "stumped" by Trump's success.Trump’s vulgar metaphor was the fourth-most-discussed topic on the Chinese Twitter equivalent Weibo,He vowed to stop "China's outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation," and vowed to renegotiate trade deals with Beijing. Thursday night was Trump’s chance to fry Clinton. Wearing a classy black suit with a dazzling red tie, his hair whipped into a special golden soufflĂ©, the color of an Oscar, Trump promised to remember “the forgotten American,” saying, “I am your voice.” But he was a voice of fear and anger, a loud, screaming voice promising retribution for the crimes that have laid the nation low, including the (2)>>“terrible, terrible crimes” committed by Clinton. He shouted at the country, red-faced, for an endless 76 minutes.But, like almost all things Trump, the candidate’s use of an already familiar rhetorical trope has been more sweeping than those that came before.Having set out this black and white worldview, Trump raises the stakes again by using apocalyptic language. Trump Towers may rise high , but what about the Trump Wall? That wall is one of bigotry, hatred and divisiveness between the American people and America and much of the rest of the world. This is no small feat. But, it is a mean feat and a demeaning one for our nation and its citizens.At his rallies, after he announces to loud cheers that he will build the wall between Mexico and the United States, he asks the crowds of thousands, “Who will pay for it?” They, dutifully and joyfully yell back, “Mexico will.”For Trump, the enemy is the Muslim, whether he’s a terrorist or not.“The Muslims have to work with us… They know what’s going on. They know that [the Orlando shooter] was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in,” he said the day after the Orlando shooting. ----What needs to be done? For that advice, let us channel President Ronald Reagan.
Here’s what we believe Reagan would say. 
“Mr. Trump tear down that wall.”

(1)>>"doom and gloom" . Trump painted a portrait of a U.S. under siege — by crime, illegal immigrants, Islamist terrorists and a rigged political system."Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," the real estate mogul declared. (1.2)>>like a fascism  rally. Is he a Fascist? Trump’s movement flourishes without white hoods and burning crosses, without jackboots, gangs of thugs, insignias, patriotic anthems, without secret police or any state power at all. After all, he hasn’t won anything yet. His movement doesn’t fit any standard definition of Fascism.   (2)>>“terrible, terrible crimes” committed by Clinton. Republicans have “overplayed” their rhetoric against Hillary Clinton “in poor taste” – But from calling Hillary Clinton a bitch, to the KFC special referring to her breasts and thighs and left-wing and all of those other things. That's part of the merchandise of the RNC. We've also seen pre-printed signs saying “Hillary Clinton for prison.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RNC 2016 a overview .

Donald Trump debuted at the Republican National
Convention Monday in a
cloud of fog backlit by blinding lights.
Well the RNC just seemed to me that GOP is trying to unify under Trump  and "salvage" what ever pieces are left of the Party . For months Trump has promised a riveting extravaganza in Cleveland, describing the 2012 convention as “the most boring convention I’ve ever seen.” The Washington Post  recently describes the RNC first day as despicable'. Trump's a showman, and that he would borrow from the bombast of pro wrestling should be no surprise. Here's Trump again, emerging from a great white light, as a  ' messiah' of showmans . The stated theme of Tuesday’s slate is (1)>>“Make America Work Again” — a potential challenge of tone for speakers eager to sully Mrs. Clinton on a topic as sober as job creation, a night after blistering attacks on her foreign policy. And as Mr. Trump seeks to present himself as a fiscal wizard of the highest order, he has assembled an eclectic cast of validating voices to attest to his business savvy.  Some onlookers found Trump's use of a song by Queen problematic, including the band itself.After Trump walked out to "We Are The Champions" in a speech last month, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote on his site that the band was exploring legal options to prevent him from using it again.  Quoting the Washington Post again:

"Republican National Convention was purportedly about national security. In fact, it was about portraying liberalism as an ideology of national betrayal. Speaker after speaker intimated that President Obama, Hillary Clinton or both are directly responsible for a variety of American deaths because they value the lives of foreigners over those of their countrymen."

 But still: Nominees don't typically appear on stage on the first day of national conventions. And Trump's grandiose entrance wasn't even to his own speech — it was merely to introduce his wife"Oh, we're gonna win. We're gonna win so big," Trump said. None of the speakers discussed Trump much, save for his wife, Melania, who — besides apparently plagiarizing Michelle Obama — said that her husband is a warm man who respects minority groups, but offered no examples of Trump’s well-hidden virtues. All this "plagiarism!" crying merely shows what a useless confection of clichĂ©s Mrs. Obama's speech was. Any dull-witted speech-slinger on auto-pilot was bound to have steered close enough to trigger the accusation. I saw this speech rather late jumping in on  UK's Sky News . It did not ring out to me , to say that I heard this all before....(1.2)>>Melania, she sounded really good , so convincing . Given on a national platform . She sounded remarkably similar not as much to Michelle Obama , but Melania reminded me of Maria Shriver introducing Schwarzenegger for Governor .The sad thing is that every convention both Democrat and Republican  these speeches repeat the same generic pablum, almost verbatim, and nobody notices. These speeches for me are a long line of broken promises by would be persons who desire to to attain a political office . It would really funny if Melania did lift a few words from Michelle , perhaps she has to in order to humanize Trump to the masses . 
Mike Pence , Trump's hard-line choice .
I was a bit caught of guard  that Trump picked Pence for his VP. I always assumed party loyalty for Chris Christie .Chris Christie conceded in an interview Tuesday he was “disappointed” that Donald Trump didn’t pick him to be his running mate —Before Christie was in the running to be Trump’s running mate, he had been considered a top contender for the job of U.S. attorney general in a Trump administration.But even with the vice presidential selection process behind him, Christie wouldn’t reveal his interest in that position and said he and Trump have not discussed the position or what Trump’s cabinet would look like. Right now reading some online remarks about this choice are not so good , some are saying that Trump may have ruined his chances . Why?, Pence may offer ballast to the Trump ticket. But he clearly does not offer balance. On many of the most important issues of our time, (2)>>Pence is a hard-line right-winger.But in Pence, Trump would basically be getting a “generic Republican”: a 57-year-old white man; the governor of a midsize, red-leaning state; someone with very conservative but otherwise conventionally Republican policy position. It MIGHT seem like a good thing , but these days there is pretty much a revolt against the system of politics in this country . Conservatism is a failure , the Tea Party for example , where Pence had his leanings is vary much a washout . The nation is leaning to the left on many things . Trump should have been a little more savvy in his choice . If Trump wants go get America united on both sides , his choice ruined his image as a outsider "moderate" . Trump's record has been in the last two decades inline with the likes of Micheal Moore rather than professing "Reaganism" . Now Pence is in a close race for reelection with the same opponent he narrowly defeated in 2012. Becoming Trump's running mate would be a risky move—it'd require Pence to drop out of the governor's race. 

 “The very future of the Republican Party is up for grabs,” Maria Shriver said. There is a great analogy that someone gave me for Arnold: The Republican Party is the stern father. The Democratic Party is the permissive parent. Arnold has taken the strength of both parents. People say to me, ‘I can’t vote for a Republican,’ but I say, ‘Why not?’ People get so caught up with labels.” ---Vanity Fair , 2005 .


(1)>>“Make America Work Again”. I love this . We have to make America work again , be a better nation . My question is how ? I am  worried that Pence is going to introduce his vision for the nation rather than Trump . In 1987 in a famed Larry King interview Trump told King that hell "never run" that was a long time ago . People change . Trump is a intelligent man , he clearly is , but he has never held public office . This is problematic . It may not disqualify him from the Presidency . So began a decade of interviews that helped the real estate developer transition from a figure of note in New York City to a national celebrity and household name. Though described even at the time as a man with a brash personality and a giant ego, in the interviews, he seems polite and even somewhat humble in comparison to the man now seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the presidency. see->>Melania, she sounded really good , so convincing . She stoled the show . If Donald ever gets in the White-House , sure there would be a lot of gossip , dirt digging . Melania would be the first lady who has posed nude.  CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield asked conservative businessman Donald Trump’s campaign a very personal question: if his wife Melania Trump was First Lady, would her “racy photo spreads” be a problem? ( ) she also would be the first lady who her own cosmetic business ( . What ever the case she would be a "interesting" First Lady! (2)>>Pence is a hard-line right-winger.In his six consecutive terms in Congress, Pence grew from a backbencher at the start of the Bush years to a powerhouse within the leadership of the GOP caucus. Staunch support for the invasion of Iraq and adamant defenses of the intelligence that led the country to war there aided his rise. Once in power, he played for broke on hardline social conservative policies, helped lead the Republican effort to stymie progress in President Obama’s first term, and then went home to lead Indiana in much the same style.While Pence is viewed as a “safe” and “conventional” choice that will help rally the Republican establishment to Trump, his actual record is far more extreme and controversial. In a September 2002 CNN appearance, Pence called for a formal declaration of war on Iraq and asserted that Saddam Hussein’s regime was supporting al Qaeda. Three days later on the network, he said “there’s overwhelming evidence…circumstantial and otherwise to suggest a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda.” In an editorial board interview with the local Palladium-Item in Richmond, IN that month, he went further. “There is an enormous amount of evidence that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, is doing his best to develop more lethal weapons, and funds and supports terrorism,” Pence, then in his first term, said.Less than a year later Pence’s conviction that Hussein had WMD was exposed as a sham. But the freshly re-elected congressman rejected calls to investigate what had gone wrong with the Bush administration’s case for war. “It might be enough for you [to want an inquiry], but I’d rather put my confidence in the overwhelming evidence of over a decade,” he told a CNN host. “It really defies logic and common sense and the overwhelming consensus of the intelligence community of the western world to suggest that a weapons program, weapons of mass destruction was not present in Iraq leading all the way up to Operation Iraqi Freedom.”As the bloody, chaotic, destabilizing aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom became obvious, Pence kicked his denialism into high gear. Returning from a visit to Iraq that included a visit to a downtown market in Baghdad, Pence wrote, “I told reporters afterward that it was just like any open-air market in Indiana in the summertime.”

Saturday, July 16, 2016


After a five year journey from Earth, NASA sends another robotic spacecraft to the Planet Jupiter . Named Juno the solar-powered spacecraft squeezed through a narrow band. We are at Jupiter again still trying to figure out what the giant planet is made of , even after so many missions we still don't know ? I love science , but some times I have a bone to pick with some NASA projects . This mission is though "great" to see another probe around Jupiter . In truth its really a "repeat" of a two previous missions to that planet that provided NASA scientists with enough information about the planet .As Juno goes into orbit around Jupiter, I was thinking about our support of space exploration. Personally I support the search for knowledge for knowledge's sake, the quest to learn more about the origin of the universe, the solar system, earth, and mankind. It's a basic human yearning and need. So my inclination is to support these undertakings. BUT, and these are big " buts", you have to hesitate and seriously consider the ethical issues raised by spending over a billion dollars on a space mission like this when so many people lack food, potable water, and basic medicine. And second, I believe that if you're going to do this you have to pay for it. You have to raise sufficient taxes and manage spending to balance the budget before you spend piles of money on things like this. It is indefensible to say "we're spending a billion dollars to explore the environs of Jupiter but we're just going to borrow the money and leave it to our grandchildren or later to pay the bills for this." All that said, at this point I certainly hope the mission succeeds and we learn dramatic new information. Personally I wish that Juno would have been a mission to study the satellites of Jupiter , rather than just the planet . The Juno mission is a waste. For many years, Juno has been touted as NASA's "low cost" mission to the Jovian system. As a New Frontiers mission, it is cost capped at only $1 billion. From its launch in August 2011 to its arrival at Jupiter in July 2016, it spends nearly 5 years in space. Yet, despite all this cost and time, it will only spend a single year orbiting and studying Jupiter. The Juno mission is set to conclude in October 2017, after completing 33 orbits around Jupiter, when the probe will be de-orbited to burn up in Jupiter's outer atmosphere. Why waste all that effort, money, and time, on a single year long mission? It does not appear to be due to the radiation environment around Jupiter . We know already that Jupiter is a massive ball of gas. It is sometimes described as a "failed star" or a mini star. If it had been about 80 times more massive, it would have become a star, rather than a planet. Its composition is similar to "our star," the sun. It consists largely of hydrogen and helium. So what else do we need to know about ? I once read that Jupiter's core is hydrogen, under such pressure that it has metallic properties. Is this why hydrogen stands alone on the periodic table. It's a lifeless , but nothing can be ruled out . One of the NASA scientists tweeted something I found funny , Earlier in the day, before 
First images from Juno spacecraft .
Juno approached 
Jupiter, Scott Bolton said: “As you can tell it’s not easy for NASA to get he answers that humanity is seeking here.” But now it looks like they’re much closer to doing so. Sounds a bit that some scientists are overzealous . I would if could  have re designed  this mission to have been a bit more ambitious like the (1)>>Saturn Cassini mission , which has proved more valuable as part of exploration rather than a one shot suicide mission of the Juno program .  NASA said the mission team is now turning on all the probe's instruments to check their status before work to study Jupiter begins in October.It is expected that mid-way through October Juno will be put in a 14-day orbit around the planet - before at least 30 revolutions, with many passes, getting under 3,100m from its clouds.It will fly 3,000 miles closer to the surface than any other mission has ever achieved.Once the mission is over, Juno will dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere and burn up to avoid accidentally crashing onto one of the planet’s moons.
What we learned already.
Launched in September 1977, Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter in March 1979, taking more than 18,000 images of the gas giant and its satellites. The vehicle made its closest approach at a distance of about 217,000 miles (349,000 kilometers) of the planet's center. Among Voyager's discoveries was the presence of volcanic activity on Jupiter's moon Io. It's sister probe ,Voyager 2 was launched in August 1977, before its twin spacecraft Voyager 1, but actually reached Jupiter later, in April 1979. It took just as many detailed photos of the Jovian system as its sibling, and helped discover three new moons as well as a small ring around Jupiter. Galileo was the first mission sent to orbit Jupiter. The vehicle launched in October 1989 and arrived in orbit around the planet in December 1995. While in orbit, Galileo dropped a probe down to the surface that measured the temperature, wind speeds and pressure of Jupiter's atmosphere as it descended.Galileo's mission was extended to study Jupiter's moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, and it revealed a trove of secrets about these satellites, including the presence of a salty ocean under Europa's surface and an iron core and magnetic field on Ganymede.Galileo studied Jupiter until 2003, when it was decommissioned and sent on a suicide mission to crash into Jupiter's surface in order to avoid contaminating any of the Jovian moons with bacteria from Earth. Experts say Juno is just the latest example of how NASA’s high-tech research efforts trickle down into our daily lives in beneficial ways.

(1)>>Saturn Cassini mission. The Cassini-Saturn mission was the most advanced craft ever sent on a long range mission at 1 billion miles away . The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. The mission is known for discoveries such as finding jets of water erupting from Enceladus, and tracking down a few new moons for Saturn. Now low on fuel, the spacecraft will make a suicidal plunge into the ringed planet in 2017 and capture some data about Saturn's interior on the way. (This will avoid the possibility of Cassini some day crashing on to a potentially habitable icy moon, such as Enceladus or Rhea.)Perhaps Cassini's most detailed look came after releasing the Huygens lander towards Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Huygens descended through the mysterious haze surrounding the moon and landed on Jan. 14, 2005.It beamed information back to Earth for nearly 2.5 hours during its descent, and then continued to relay what it was seeing from the surface for 1 hour, 12 minutes.In that brief window of time, researchers saw pictures of a rock field and got information back about the moon's wind and gases on the atmosphere and the surface.