We Need A “Deus Ex Machina”, Stat!

 

In the literature of Ancient Greek tragedy, the playwrights would often plot their characters into a corner, an irresolvable situation in which doom was the inevitable deus ex machinaoutcome until lo and behold! A god or other supernatural character would descend to the stage in a chariot and resolve the problem, saving the hero from disaster. That plot device was called deus ex machina, which translates literally into “god from the machine”, the “machine” being the chariot. Today we call it a “chariot of the gods”.

As a result of the Indiana primary election, both of Donald Trump’s GOP opponents, Cruz and Kasich, have “suspended” their campaigns. That means that Trump is now unopposed in his quest for the nomination and barring some unforeseen event of epic proportion, he’s going to be the GOP presidential nominee in November.

On the Dem/socialist front Hillary Clinton’s lead over her sole opponent, self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, is virtually insurmountable barring her indictment for federal charges stemming from her criminal misuse of classified information on her illegal web server.

So, as an independent conservative, this November I’m going to be faced with an absolutely appalling choice. I can vote for a man I despise, who has absolutely no record of trump clintonconservatism (in fact, quite the opposite) and no experience in public service; a loud-mouthed egotistical buffoon; a charmless amateur driven by self-aggrandizement and megalomania… Trump.

Or I can vote for a scheming, lying, corrupt woman who is the worst kind of Big Government leftist and has committed federal crimes affecting national security… Clinton.

Or I can vote for neither of them.

If ever the political stage of this country needed a deus ex machina, now is that time, more than ever before.

 

 

 

©Brian Baker 2016

(Also published today in my local newspaper, The Signal: http://www.signalscv.com/section/35/article/151770/)

 

 

 

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67 comments on “We Need A “Deus Ex Machina”, Stat!

  1. Hopeful says:

    Yes, Brian, we are faced with terrible choices! If it really does come down to Trump versus Clinton, then I feel I will have no choice but to vote for Trump solely because I think Clinton would select Supreme Court nominees that would remove many of our Constitutional rights. She has already made it clear what her intentions are regarding the 2nd amendment, and I have no doubt she would select Supreme Court Justices to eliminate or severely reduce the 1st amendment and others as well.

    I am not naive, and I absolutely don’t trust Trump, but with Hillary’s actions and outspoken promises, there is no doubt what she intends to do, which is to continue Obama’s path to “fundamentally change” our nation. Granted, Trump may, in fact, turn around and do much harm to our nation as well, but the difference is that Hillary is openly telling us what she will do.

    I also can’t vote for a 3rd party this year (which I have done in the past) because THAT would definitely ensure that Hillary would be our next President. However, the one final hope (deus ex machina) is that Hillary will be indicted, have to back out of the race at the last minute, and that the DNC would parachute in a moderate, who I and many others could vote for. Granted, that is probably a pipe dream, but just as in ancient Greek literature, calamity could be avoided if the “powers” use rational thought to give us an alternative to the Clinton/Trump tragedy.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, Hopeful, you’ve pretty much defined the exact nature of the dilemma.

      We KNOW what Clinton plans to do, and it’s bad. We DON’T know what Trump will do, as he has no legislative history to which we can refer, he’s been vague and contradictory during the campaign, and his history of positions actually leads us to believe he’d do the same things Clinton would.

      So that leaves us… where?

      I’m still of the opinion that a deus ex machina is still in the wings in the form of a Clinton indictment. God, I hope so!

      Maybe THEN we can have some kind of acceptable choice as a result.

      • Saltwater says:

        I share your angst. However, should Clinton finally be forced to face real possibility of taking up her long overdue residence at ‘Hotel Grey Bar,’ I have little faith that anyone other than Sanders or Warren would fill that spot.

        The only possible choice the Democrats might put forth who could spark my interest bowed out after the first debate when he realized he was on stage with two communists.

        Side note: Even Jim Webb has proclaimed himself as a “Never Hillary” voter.

      • BrianR says:

        You know, Salty, a few months ago, when Webb said he was considering running, possibly even as a third-party candidate, I’d decided that if it came down to Clinton, Trump and Webb, Webb would get my vote.

        I actually like the guy. Not as conservative as Cruz, but not far off. He’s kind of along the lines of Zell Miller.

  2. Bill says:

    Personally I’m sorta glad Trump is the apparent GOP nominee. I’ve been reading a lot about him from people that seem to know the “real Trump” . Granted he has the personality of most New Yorkers I’ve had limited dealings with but I honestly believe he will surround himself with knowledgeable people and will listen to them unlike what we presently have.

    I would rather see an electable 3rd party candidate that could unite true conservatives but so far history has shown that isn’t a viable option. I know, from what I read, that Trump has used the laws to further his business interests including wining and dining despicable Socialist. Well that seems to be business in the US so I don’t fault him for that.

    I won’t hold my breath until I turn blue nor hold my nose when I go to vote, if we aren’t under Marshall Law by November. I will vote for Mr. Trump and hope like heck he does try to change things and cut down on bureaucratic departments that are wasting taxpayer’s money and maybe he’ll be able to get us out of the UN and quit the process of funding countries that despise the US of A. I haven’t been happy with the direction the so called Republicans in Congress have been leading us for many years. I was not a fan of Bush the First nor Bush the 2nd. I don’t believe in a One World Government and I’m sick and ttired of little loud vocal groups having their way with legislators and judges.

    Trump is not a politician but he knows how to deal with the lifetime elected welfare recipients. It’s time to attempt to return our country to a great and powerful nation that is beholden to no one.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, Bill, I wish I were as sanguine as you are.

      Great comment. Thanks.

      • Bill says:

        Mr. Brian, I had to look up that quarter word I’m in good ole Mizzippi where 5 letter words are fairly common but the more letters the less common. LOL.
        I do have to be sanguine as you put it otherwise I would worry myself sick and in deep depression over things that I really have only very limited control over. I sure as heck don’t want to see a damocrat socialist elitist get elected. Our present Congress is made up of a majority Republicans which is what they asked the voters for. However it seems that Nancy, Harry, the big O and several others are actually running the entire show.

        We have two so called Republican Senators from our state. One doesn’t reply in any way shape nor form to the voters that have short bottoms in their pockets. The other has seemed to be on hiatus for several years and now I get notices from him daily as to what he is trying to do. There is no place to make comments on his correspondence only “if you agree please like my page”.

        Several years back he was a satisfactory U.S. Representative but then he got appointed to the Senate by our then Governor Haley Barbour. Trent Lott was on his way out probably to keep from being indicted and he recommended Wicker’s appointment. Overnight Wicker’s priorities moved from central Mississippi to Lott’s area of the Gulf Coast. Wicker was for the illegal democrats crossing our Southern borders and stated as much. Now he’s asking if we are for the Syrian refugees coming into the US.

        So yes I am trying to be optimistic and hope Trump can grease enough legislators palms to get some change started for sure.
        Have a wonderful day sir and keep up the great work you do.

      • BrianR says:

        Again, Bill, thanks for those kind words. Much appreciated.

        Here’s the sentence you wrote that most captures my fear about Trump:

        “I sure as heck don’t want to see a damocrat socialist elitist get elected.”

        Neither do I. But there’s absolutely nothing in Trump’s background that tells me he’s not one, too. Just a few years ago he was all in for universal health care (Obamacare), gun control (including “assault weapons” bans), misuse of eminent domain such as in the Kelo case, and (basically) amnesty for illegal aliens. He’s been a big contributor to Clinton’s “charity” and campaigns. Why would I believe that now he’s suddenly become “conservative”?

        I don’t, flat-out.

      • Bill says:

        You very well could be correct and we both hope you are not. Being optimistic, I’d like to think that just maybe, with him living in far off Yankee Land all his life and rubbing elbows with the powerful socialist so much, he might have not had any knowledge of what real down home people thought. That being said, he apparently has people that he listens to, working for him that have connected with common people. My reasoning for stating that is he seems to know more about what common, God fearing, nose to the grindstone to make a life folks want more than our elected officials of both parties do. Also I’m of the mind that people can change their outlook on a lot of different issues.

        I will state to you that I was a big fan of Cruz until the infighting kept on and I abandoned his little boat before the small group of establishment elites started backing him. I figured if it was fact that he was such an outsider in his own party we would end up just where we are now with nothing being done about our borders and more expensive bureaucratic departments that make laws and regulations and have to answer to no one.

        Trump has created businesses that put people to work and he seems to know how to operate the system in DC even if he’s not a politician. Added to the fact that he is not beholden to any one group other than his family.

        I don’t know if you are old enough to remember Ross Perot and his statement about the “Giant Sucking Sound” if NAFTA was approved, but the big-eared fellow was correct. Our jobs stated going across the border quickly then across the ocean.

      • BrianR says:

        “I figured if it was fact that he (Trump) was such an outsider in his own party we would end up just where we are now with nothing being done…”

        And yet, Trump was MUCH more of an “outsider” than Cruz. I don’t get your logic.

        I think Hairboy spends more time adjusting his combover and admiring himself in a mirror than he ever does thinking about actual policy, or conservative principles.

        I don’t find experience in the private sector AT ALL applicable to the job of President of this country. Completely meaningless.

        The guy was all in for universal healthcare (Obamacare), “assault weapon” bans, basic amnesty, and the misuse of eminent domain just a few short years ago. I’m supposed to actually believe he’s suddenly found himself to be a “conservative”?

        What about all his buddy-buddy with the Clintons over the years, including wedding attendance and political and other contributions?

        “I don’t know if you are old enough to remember Ross Perot…”

        LOL!… I’m flattered! I suspect that I’m the older of the two of us; I’m 67.

        “Also I’m of the mind that people can change their outlook on a lot of different issues.”

        Which goes directly to one of my points I keep making. Trump’s ONLY record is of his support for leftist positions. Now he TELLS us he’s “evolved”. What’s to keep him from “evolving” again?

      • Bill says:

        Mr. BrianR. I just hope he doesn’t evolve back to where he’s been. Hillary is a positive NO and as to age, depending on the month of your birth, I have 5 years on you youngster……

      • BrianR says:

        Hey geezer!

        LOL!

      • Bill says:

        It’s nice to be able to take opposing views in a discussion and not have the yelling and name calling and still remain friends. I really enjoy reading your views and most of the time I agree with you completely.

        As far as the “Old Geezer” that’s fine call me anything but late to eat. Keep up the great work sir.

      • BrianR says:

        Hey, Bill, dittoes all the way. SO much different from trying to “discuss” anything with Dem/socialists, who all seem to be in scream mode all the time.

      • Bill says:

        Mr. BrianR. I just hope he doesn’t evolve back to where he’s been. Hillary is a positive NO and as to age, depending on the month of your birth, I have 5 years on you youngster……

        and And yet, Trump was MUCH more of an “outsider” than Cruz. I don’t get your logic. My logic is the Senate is dead set against Cruz. Trump seems to have the wherewithall to converse with the politicians he needs to in order to further his agenda which I hope stays with our agenda.

      • BrianR says:

        Hey, what’s with the “Mr. Brian” stuff?

        Just plain Brian’s fine with me.

        “My logic is the Senate is dead set against Cruz. Trump seems to have the wherewithal to converse with the politicians he needs to in order to further his agenda which I hope stays with our agenda.”

        Hmmmm… well, maybe. I’m not seeing where there’s any Trump advantage. I don’t think he’s developed any relationships there at all.

        Again, time will tell, I guess. We’ll see how he conducts himself moving forward from here. He has a lot of opportunity now to try to win over people like me, as well as develop allies within the GOP…… or to continue acting like a jackass and alienate even more people than he already has.

  3. Kathy says:

    I’m still trying to digest the thought that I have to vote for Trump in efforts to avoid a Hillary presidency, and there’s still no guarantees that won’t happen. It’s going to take a while yet to come to grips with that.

    Absolutely the only reason I would vote for him is because we’d at least have a chance at getting conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Otherwise, I’m expecting a Trump presidency to closely resemble a Clinton one. I’m not so sure he’ll surround himself with smart people as he’s advertised – not when he thinks he’s the smartest man on earth.

    Remember his statement a while back about ‘when you become very successful, the people that you will like best are the people that are less successful than you, because when you go to a table you can tell them all of these wonderful stories, and they’ll sit back and listen.’ He also reminded us he has a very good brain, so I just don’t see him very receptive to input.

    I’d agree we desperately need a deus ex machine in the worst way, but I don’t see the DOJ indicting her, not after O stated that he didn’t think she put national security at risk. That was their subtle hint to leave it alone, but should they decide to pursue it, they’ll appoint a special prosecutor, which will drag it out until after the election. Besides, she’s a Clinton, and contrary to what Judicial Watch says, they are indeed above the law.

    • BrianR says:

      Great points, Kathy, as always.

      I’m not as sanguine as you about his SCOTUS nominees. Again, what in his history would suggest he’d do that? Nothing that I can see.

      But as to Clinton and an indictment, here’s the way I see it. It’s not really all that important whether or not Obozo & Company actually follow through on doing it. If the FBI refers the case for criminal prosecution, and the Obozo crowd DOESN’T go forward, Comey and the agents involved will raise so much hell about it that Clinton will be sunk anyway. She won’t be able to brush it off anymore, and her Big Lies will be finally and unequivocally there for all the see, and utterly undeniable. I think that will be a mortal political wound to her.

      The only news we’ll actually need will be that criminal charges are being filed. It doesn’t matter whether or not a grand jury actually indicts, nor whether or not Lynch and Obozo decide to move forward with actual prosecution. In fact, under THOSE circumstances, they’d have a helluva time trying to explain WHY they refuse to prosecute, particularly in light of the Petraeus affair.

      As I think about it, even just the appointment of a special prosecutor would be enough to do the trick, because if she WASN’T being criminally charged, why would one even be needed?

      • Kathy says:

        Me, sanguine? Not so much, but there is room for it with him, and we know there’s not with her.

        You’re more confident in the FBI than I am. If they’re told to put a lid on it, I believe they will for the sake of their jobs, careers, etc.

      • BrianR says:

        Kathy, I’m open to being persuaded. The ball’s in Trump’s court now. He’s got all the time between now and November to make his case.

        If he uses it well and wisely, I can be persuaded. If he continues to act like a braying jackass, then to hell with him.

        As to the FBI… probably. I’ve known quite a few of them in my day, and read a lot about Comey. I don’t see them knuckling under to political pressure, and going quietly into that good night.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    Brian, Ol’ Pal. Look at it from a different angle. Up until last summer Trump was a businessman. Yes, he supported Kerry and he palled around with Hillary and her paramour and yes he did a lot of stuff that is on shaky ground conservative wise.
    But remember.
    He was a BUSINESSMAN, not a politician. He was politically involved in ways he figured he could help his business empire. I’ll bet if you checked other giants of industry did the same. I know for a fact many “conservative” types donated to both parties. That was business.
    NOW
    He is applying for CEO of the USA.
    He has said what he will do.
    Build the wall
    Repeal Obamacare,
    to illustrate a couple of his promises. Should he actually produce a list of considered SCOTUS candidates it should further illuminate his intentions.
    I believe he will serve the office in a way that will not reflect bad on his legacy.
    You gotta believe that because he is all we are going to have this year.
    I only hope the people sweep some of the career politicians out this year, too.

    • BrianR says:

      Buck, I’m also having this same conversation on the comment thread at the newspaper that ran this essay as an LTE. Here’s what I wrote there about the businessman thing:

      POTUS is the single most powerful politician in the country, with the most responsibility in a plethora of specialized areas — foreign policy, military issues, domestic programs, budget and economy, law, etc. — and certainly no place for an amateur to go for on-the-job training.

      Just like I wouldn’t hire a mail clerk to be the CEO of IBM, I don’t want to vote for an amateur as President.

      I don’t consider his experience in private industry any qualification in any way at all for being president. It’s completely irrelevant.

      Out here in Commiefornia we already went down this road before with Schwarzenegger, another egotistical braying jackass who claimed to be “conservative”, and was about as conservative as Ted Kennedy once he got the office. Now, I didn’t vote for him, so I’m not stuck with any of the responsibility for him, thank God.

      Trump needs to convince me he’s no Schwarzenegger. If he can do that, fine. If not, screw him.

  5. captbogus2 says:

    So you don’t want an “amateur”…
    Uh
    Have you seen what the ‘professionals” have done to the country lately???

    • BrianR says:

      Irrelevant.

      In fact, I can turn that around on you and say that no matter how badly professionals have screwed things up, he’ll do far WORSE due to his lack of experience.

      As I think about, I think I actually am making that statement.

  6. Bill says:

    Mr Brian

    Hey, what’s with the “Mr. Brian” stuff?

    Just plain Brian’s fine with me.

    It’s a Southern Thang sir. We call people Mr soandso and Ms soanso as a sign of respect sir. A Southern Thang.

    • BrianR says:

      Fair enough, Mr. Bill.

      • Bill says:

        You’re alright for someone living on the Left Coast. Now some thoughts that were e-mailed to me this morning and voting for Trump

        Reasons To Vote For Trump
        Whether or not you endorse Trump, this is food for thought!
        Why is everyone and anyone who is involved in pulling the government’s strings against or afraid of this guy? Very Interesting! Obviously he’s hitting more than the American public’s nerve.
        Let’s check out Trump’s presidential qualifications
        Obama is against Trump
        Hillary, Bill, and the Clinton Foundation are against Trump
        The Media is against Trump
        The establishment Democrats are against Trump
        The establishment Republicans are against Trump
        The UN is against Trump
        The EU is against Trump
        China is against Trump
        Mexico is against Trump
        Capitalists seeking cheap foreign labor are against Trump
        Globalization and trade negotiators are against Trump
        Illegal aliens are against Trump
        Extremist Muslim Terrorists posing as refugees are against Trump
        Lobbyists peddling influence in Washington are against Trump
        Soros is against Trump
        Black Lives Matter is against Trump
        MoveOn.Org is against Trump
        Koch Bro’s are against Trump
        Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump
        Bonus points
        Cher says she will leave the country
        Mylie Cyrus says she will leave the country
        Whoopi says she will leave the country
        Rosie says she will leave the country
        Al Sharpton says he will leave the country
        Gov. Brown says California will build a wall
        Sounds like the kinda president the US needs!!! Go Trump!

      • BrianR says:

        Maybe you could consider these:

        http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trump-714951-conservative-gop.html

        and

        http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2016/05/06/an-unmitigated-disaster-n2158652

        They sum it up pretty well. I’ve also written several essays of my own over the last few months, all available right here on The Island, if you want to read them.

        If the election were held today, I wouldn’t vote for Trump. As far as I can see, he’s just Clinton without the piano legs, and with a very bad combover.

        In some ways, even worse. He’s a loose cannon, and I think that you guys who think you know what you’re getting with Trump — some kind of “conservative” — are in for a VERY rude awakening.

      • Bill says:

        Thank you for the links you sent. You do make sense and so do the links. If the country could get behind a third party Conservative that would be great. The GOP has just about ruined their image with the public at large. They haven’t fulfilled any of their campaign promises, they haven’t slowed the Prez down at all. Now his wife is dictating what children in school will eat. Not a suggestion, an order. The National GOP has not selected any viable candidates to run for the highest office in the land in the last few election cycles. The people have spoken but it has all fallen on deaf ears.

        I read where Senator Ryan is going ahead without a planned budget again and expecting to spend another trillion plus dollars. There is no talk of cutting back on anything but welfare and Social Security. Why they can’t listen to voters and start defunding wasteful Federal programs that make their own laws and regulations is beyond me. They could start with DHS, Homeland Security, TSA at airports the Ag department , the EPA and the Federal Department of Education, just to mention a few.

        I saw where one of your readers spoke of a conservative from California. He might be a good man but I doubt he could win votes in the mid-West nor the South. We do watch California politics some. California has given us Barbara, Nancy, Diane, Arnold, Maxine, and Moonbeam. All of these people have gone after our Bill of Rights with a passion. Orange County CA even got involved in our politics. The voters of Mississippi, both black and white, voted by a majority to keep our state flag as it has been for many many years. All of a sudden MSM started calling it racist. It’s not and they should have done some homework as to the meaning of the flag. PC gone wild.

        In this part of the country the 1st and 2nd Amendments are very important to us. Mississippi just recently passed a law that we don’t have to get a permit anymore to carry concealed. Last year they passed a law that we could ‘open Carry”. That is true Republican leadership unlike what we have at a Federal level.

        Does the State of Mississippi have problems..You betcha we do and the majority of our problems are caused entirely by two sources. The MSM and the Fed. We used to have a lot of low paying jobs in the state like furniture factories and clothing factories. We had a lot of factories that made small parts for the auto industry and home appliances. But NAFTA took care of all of them. Most of the workers were non-union and were good workers just trying to take care of their families. They didn’t enjoy cruises and world travel. They would get one or two week vacations where they would either do repairs at home or maybe go camping a short distance away to get in some quality family time fishing or hunting.

        But I’ll continue to watch Trump and any Independent that crops up and make my choice in November. I sincerely hope a rising star does appear that can unite us conservatives.

      • BrianR says:

        You wrote a lot of great stuff in that comment, Bill.

        You can only IMAGINE how frustrating it is to live in this sorry state. In all honesty, I’d have left years ago if my family weren’t here. I’d have moved to Nevada, Arizona, or maybe Texas long ago. Probably Nevada. Vegas is a fun town, and you can own full-auto guns in that state (Arizona, too, of course).

        When I first moved here in 1970 it was a VASTLY different state. It was paradise, frankly. The Dem/socialists hadn’t taken over yet; we weren’t home base for 1/3 of the illegal aliens in the country. You didn’t have to “press 1 for English”.

        I would LOVE to give this place the finger, pack my bags, and boogie. I could buy the same size house I have now for half the price, so I’d make a huge profit there. My cost of living would drop dramatically. I could do everything there I can do here, since I’m not a “beach person” (too much frikkin sand).

        I can only dream…

        (((((((((((( sigh ))))))))))))

      • Bill says:

        I understand fully. I left Covina in 1971 and in 1974 I ended up in Mizzippi. We have problems but I love everything about Mizzippi except the tornados and the summer humidity. Right now I rent a small bedroom in a 4 bedroom home. I have full access to 7 acres I try to mow for my landlord and there is a 1/4 or so acre pond with catfish and bream at the back. I’m allowed my two inside dogs and an in/out cat that was feral 2 years ago. Life is good for an old fart. I have my own stall in a two auto carport and a huge workshop that I have free rein to use as I see fit. I have my Ham equipment set up with a 2 meter verticle on a 40 foot pushup attached to the house and I have a 556 foot loop antenna suspended from various trees for my HF rig. My landlord is a truck driver with a dedicated run from Memphis to Ft Smith Arkansas 5 nights a week. So I’m here every night and most days. Works out great for both of us. His home is secure and I have a place to lay my head when I can get the critters to move over enough. LOL May God bless you and yours…(I can still say that in Mizzippi).

      • BrianR says:

        Well, there you go!

        I didn’t realize you were an old Commiefornia hand, and from back before it was spoiled, too, so you know what I mean.

        Sounds to me like you have a pretty good setup… good for you. I’m glad to hear it!

        God bless you and yours, too (even though I’m here, I can still say it, too. We’re not all Godless doofuses out here…).

      • Bill Taylor says:

        Watching the 1966 movie “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” They had problems out of Democrats then also. During the mayor’s speech the mic squealed. The mayor stated the electrician must be a democrat.

        On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 2:23 PM, The View from the Island wrote:

        > BrianR commented: “Well, there you go! I didn’t realize you were an old > Commiefornia hand, and from back before it was spoiled, too, so you know > what I mean. Sounds to me like you have a pretty good setup… good for > you. I’m glad to hear it! God bless you and yours, too” >

      • BrianR says:

        Hmmm….

        Never even heard of that flick. And, gotta say, doesn’t sound like my kind of movie.

        But hey! That’s why cars come in more than one color.

      • Bill says:

        It was on AMC Don Knotts as an aspiring Reporter. He spent the night in a haunted house. Light hearted humor sir. Nothing else on the tube worth watching.

      • BrianR says:

        Bro, you need a Netflix subscription.

      • Bill says:

        no not really. I usually don’t watch too much boob tube. I have my ham radios, two Dachshunds and a Calico cat that was feral 2 years ago. They keep me plenty busy along with the piddling I try to get done around the place here on a daily basis. Just once in a while I have a hard time sleeping so I turn on the tube. I also spend way too much time on the puter. I enjoy reading and am dealing with trying to get a Dell Inspiron with winders 10 and only a 30GB SDHD setup for my ham programs plus an OBDII program that I want to use troubleshooting my pickup. BTW I hate Windows OS almost as much as the Hilterly. I use Linux Mint 17.3 for my primary computer.
        My programs I use for Ham Radio are mostly all written for Windows OS. Linux is a much better OS with less problems plus all the programs (apps) I use are free, not even shareware. Linux is more secure and no “blue screen of death”. Right now there are over 47,000 tested packages (programs) written for Mint and they are all free. If you use MSOffice there is a free program that even works on windows named Libre Office Suite that will do anything MS Office does plus it’ll read office documents and spreadsheets etc. Check it out if you are unfamiliar with Linux.

        You can download an ISO file and burn it to a DVD and try Linux out without ever installing it. It’s called a Live DVD. You can’t save anything you do but you can run all the programs that come with it to see how it is.

  7. garnet92 says:

    I see that you’re up to your favorite pastime, bashing Mr. Hairboy! I’ve been doing a fair amount of that as well since we migrated back to Pesky Truth. I won’t bore you with all of the myriad of reasons that folks shouldn’t trust Hairboy, you were the original architect of most of them, but we all do have to remember that we don’t have to make a decision between Hairboy or Piano-legs right now, we’ve got six months and a lot can happen in six months – like a miracle, for instance – your deus ex machina. I also do tend to agree with the assessment that if the FBI does refer the case to DOJ, and DOJ doesn’t indict, the FBI is rumored to “leak” details out (accidentally, of course) that will doom Hillary. I believe that.

    Anyway, nice to see your writing again, drop by and see us at Pesky Truth sometime.

    • BrianR says:

      Hey, Garnet!

      Good to hear from you. I wondered what had happened to you over there. Thanks for the heads up. I’m on my way over to your place right now.

  8. CW says:

    For me there’s even more at stake than choosing between a corrupt, scheming liar and an egotistical, jackass RINO. What will I be doing to the future of conservatism if I cast a vote for Donald Trump? Where and when will conservatives draw the line, if not now?

    As I said over at Pesky Truth, it feels to me like the GOP has been hijacked and threatened with death unless conservatives bankrupt themselves to pay a ransom; and yet we understand that even if we pay the ransom the GOP is effectively dead with Trump as the new face of the Party. With that as the reality I’m not going to bankrupt myself to save what’s already D.O.A., especially since experience tells us that paying ransoms only encourages kidnappers.

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, CW, I think that pretty much sums it up, and is where I’m at, too.

      As I’ve said to friends, I am keeping my mind open enough that I could be persuaded to vote for him. But frankly, I don’t see that happening, because he’d essentially need to transform himself into something he’s never, ever been: someone who can convince me he truly BELIEVES in conservative principles; that he’d actually fight for those principles; and it’s not all about him and his circus act. What are the odds of that?

      Pretty damned slim. Further, I don’t see him even trying for that, because in his self-centered world, he doesn’t need people like you and me. In fact, we’re obstacles to be overcome.

      As I’ve said in other forums, we out here in Commiefornia have been down this exact same road before, with Schwarzenegger, and it was an unmitigated disaster. He ended up being at LEAST as bad as the people against whom he was running, if not worse, and in his first run — during the recall election — he, too, knocked a genuine conservative (Tom McClintock) out of the race, a guy who’d have been a great governor.

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

      • CW says:

        I lived in SoCal during the recall and remember Tom McClintock as a stand up conservative. Schwarzenegger was definitely a disappointment (we should have known better in light of who he was married to).

        While I feel greatly betrayed by those who called themselves “conservatives” and then supported Trump over Ted Cruz I will understand those who, with no conservative alternative, opt to vote for Trump as the lesser of two evils in the general election, even if I don’t decide to go that route myself. It’s a tough decision conservatives will have to make.

      • BrianR says:

        Again, I fully agree.

        That’s one of the reasons I don’t bother getting into debates with Trumpites. I understand them wanting to vote the way they do, but all they want to do is accuse those of us who don’t agree with as “voting for Clinton” by default, which I consider a completely bogus and baseless accusation.

        It’s also the primary reason I left the GOP when they nominated McCain in 2008. I couldn’t vote for him.

      • CW says:

        I make a hard and fast distinction between those who struggle with the choice of Trump or Hillary and the true Trump supporters who voluntarily gave us Trump while throwing Ted Cruz under the bus. I have no quarrel with the first group because they’ve been put between a rock and a hard place through no fault of their own. The second group will say anything and use any excuse to rationalize what they’ve done, which means debate is a pointless exercise.

      • BrianR says:

        Oh, hell yeah. GREAT point!

      • Bill Taylor says:

        Well the only thing for me is to wait until the convention and see what goes on there. If somehow someone else gets the nod I’ll make my final decision then. But right wrong or whatever I will vote. I figure if I don’t vote I can’t complain. If I vote that gives me the right to bitch about anything that concerns the new administration.

        On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 6:24 PM, The View from the Island wrote:

        > BrianR commented: “Oh, hell yeah. GREAT point!” >

      • BrianR says:

        True, true, Bill.

        As I said, my mind is still open.

        It’s funny, though. Just YESTERDAY Trump changed his tune on taxation, now chanting the “tax the rich” mantra we always hear from Dem/socialists.

        What else is he going to “evolve” on?

        I STILL don’t trust the guy any further than I can throw my car… and it’s a pretty big car.

      • Bill says:

        I really do understand. I wish Dept of Game and Fish would declare open season on politicians and lawyers. Maybe even put a bounty on them. They all seem to flip/flop and out and out lie.

      • BrianR says:

        Hahahaha!

        How do you tell the difference between a raodkill snake and a roadkill politician?

        There are skid marks in front of the snake.

      • Bill says:

        And on the politician the skid marks are just past then backup and do it again just to make sure

      • BrianR says:

        LOL

        Yeah…

      • Bill says:

        Besides, some road kill is very edible. A few years back it was late at night, had been raining and my wife and I had our granddaughter with us. I was driving home on a 2 lane paved country road. No traffic but I was only driving around 35 mph because of the light rain. A doe ran out of the woods and committed suicide on my left front fender. No chance to stop. Narrow road and no shoulder. Woods on both sides. I carried my wife and granddaughter on home, called the game department and they told me if I wanted it just go ahead and pick it up. I did and carried it to a processing plant the next morning. They processed the deer and couldn’t believe she was hit by my pickup. No bruising and she was delicious…

      • BrianR says:

        “Besides, some road kill is very edible.”

        Probably NOT politicians. You’ll get food poisoning fer sher.

      • Bill says:

        Amen Mr Brian Amen

      • Bill says:

        added to the fact if you hit them at highway speeds there wouldn’t be anything left except a tongue that you could never stop from wagging and a pile of crap. Pheeeeeuuuuuuuu.

      • BrianR says:

        HAhahaha!

      • Bill says:

        Well Mr. Brian it looks like our fine Republican representatives are going to go after Social Security again. https://wicker.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm?gpiv=2100134926.3845.445&gen=1

        It’s my understanding that Jimmy “Peanut Brain” Carter decided back when he was prez to allow illegal aliens to draw on our Social Security and it’s only gotten worse since then. This past year they decided the cost of living went down because of fuel prices that started increasing in January of this year. They have no clue what the actual cost of living is anymore. There are other factors like Obummer’s vow for utility cost to increase.
        Check that link and please tell me what your opinion is please sir.

      • BrianR says:

        Well, I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Bill. That newsletter describes a systemic problem that’s been around for decades, under both parties. It’s one of the reasons conservatives are so disaffected with the GOP.

      • Bill says:

        What I was trying to get at is the way I read his post they are talking about Social Security, Welfare and Medicare reform. The problem I have is every time something comes up they want to jack with Social Security. I realize it’s a socialist program but sadly I depend on my SS Check to exist. I won’t go into detail on that but, this year they said no COLA because fuel prices were down at the end of the year. Right after the first of the year prices started going up again. Everyone knows that fuel prices are politically controlled. It’s not supply and demand. I know our utility rates went up and we use propane for heat during the winter. Propane prices went up also. Now that doesn’t even take into account groceries that continue to increase yearly.

        Granted Social Security needs to be reformed but instead of dropping illegals from SS and Medicare they will go after people like me that paid into the system rather than people that have never paid anything. It seems anything the government manages they screw up.

        I would like to see term limits, a reduction in Congressional pay, and them have to go by the same rules and laws the rest of us do. Medicare fraud is rampant and has been since it’s conception. I would also like to see corporate donations outlawed including trips and dinners etc for the elected and their families. Just look at the billions being spent on elections for jobs that pay $175 k per year or $ 400K per year. You know it’s crooked as hell.

        George II started a bureaucracy when he started the DHS. That was fine after 9/11 but it’s a big joke now. Shut it down. TSA is another joke along with the EPA and a bunch more fed jobs.

        Our tax laws need to be changed completely. Some larger businesses will move into a county and pay no taxes on property as an incentive to build. Then after a few years when it’s time to pay the taxes they will move out. Small business owners don’t get that break at all. Yes businesses need some breaks for R&D but it needs to apply the same for all business even the small owner of a barber shop or something similar. They still spend money on equipment and some for schooling in order to further their trade. They need to cut out a lot of red tape (lawyer job security) that is unnecessary.

        And most of all they need to quit blaming Seniors and Bush for their short comings…JMHO.

      • Bill says:

        I was long winded again on the previous message but let me give you a business example. I worked factory maintenance the as factory electrician for many years. I got laid off so went into business my self building electrical control panels for mostly smaller companies. I have control panels scattered from Haver de Grace MD, Ft Wayne IN to Shiner TX. I built several panels for a company that manufactured small machines for putting the plastic on beverage bottles. These went to small Coke and Beer plants that couldn’t afford the larger commercial machines. I also built control panels for lumber kilns and clay mining operations. On the side I did factory maintenance for companies that couldn’t afford regular maintenance employees.

        Imagine my surprise when I found out that my OEM cost were 1/3 to 1/2 higher than some of the companies I was working for. They belonged to larger corporations that entitled them to “large industrial user” discounts. And the paperwork for the fed and state was somewhat overwhelming when I was designing, drawing electrical prints, purchasing, building and installing equipment. Like I said mine was a small Chapter S company. For the most part I was it.

      • CW says:

        For the record, when someone forces me to walk the plank, thereby giving me a choice between the point of the sword and the suffocation of the ocean, I reserve my right to complain about either one, along with those who forced me onto the plank. 🙂

      • BrianR says:

        LOL

        Yeah… I often compare to having to choose between drowning and dying in a fire.

  9. Redhead says:

    Well, I was with you against McCain, one of the original Orphans, but I can’t do it again.
    Besides, the Trump Presidency should be very entertaining. I don’t think he will actually do anything to screw stuff up, and could luck out and fix a few things.

    I am still wondering what his cabinet will look like.

    • BrianR says:

      Hey, Red!

      I remember you! Welcome to the Island.

      Well, as time is passing, I’m kinda reconsidering it myself. I don’t like Hairboy, but as you said, he is a bit of an unknown quantity, whereas we KNEW how bad McIdiot was from his voting record. I still think that was the right way to go… then.

  10. Redhead says:

    It was then, and I didn’t vote for Romney, either.
    But Trump is something else entirely. He is part of the anti-establishment we said we wanted. He’s not the Conservative we wanted, perhaps, but he is at least a business man, so we know a little about where he’s coming from.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, as I said, I’m reassessing things myself, too.

    • Bill says:

      Mr. Redhead, I have followed along your voting lines also. The thing that really impresses me about Trump is he is at least listening or has people working for him that are listening to common people. As I’ve stated in previous post, maybe he will surround himself with smart people that understand things that he has no clue about and he might listen to them.

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