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Comments on Stephens article in NYT on Democratic Party issue positions

Comments on Stephens article in NYT on Democratic Party issue positions

The practical facts about immigration is that criminalizing it doesn’t stop it.

What it does is present the United States with a conundrum; imprison, intern and/or deport tens of millions of people, many or most of whom have American citizens in their immediate families, or see the rule of law trampled through non-enforcement of an unenforceable & morally reprehensible law.

The alternative to withdrawing from Afghanistan is to keep US forces there forever. How is that in US interests? The US attempt at nation building has been such a notable failure that the US has seen fit to exclude its own puppet government from the peace negotiations.

How is a state of permanent, unwinnable war preferable to peace?

The authorization for use of military force in Afghanistan was premised on the constitutional article regarding letters of marque & reprisal, an anti-pirate clause. Well, the Al Queda “pirates” have been defeated and UBL is long gone. And so should the US be from Afghanistan.

How is it that Mr. Stevens apparently believes that free, taxpayer-supported public education for all is economically unsustainable in the US, though countries such as Germany & Sweden apparently find a way to accomplish this. How bout less spending on permanent wars & dominance of the entire world through economic & military interventions?

Regarding health care, once again, how is it that Stevens believes that the US can’t do what Europe and Canada can in providing free, quality healthcare for all?

reference: Democrats Are Not Up To Their Historic Responsibility Defeating Trumpism means abandoning the politics of extremes.

1 August, 2019 Posted by | Bret Stephens, Iraq, media, news, peace, politics, scanlyze, USA, war | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Owl

THE OWL

A swift and silent shape by night,
the mice do not find her wise,
But precious and terrible in flight.
And her eyes not unblinking,
swift searching, knowing, unthinking.

If men were small and grey and white,
in terror would we her praises sing.
And build a church upon some height,
adorned with little tiny claws
and images of mice and moths.

Old one-eye on eight-legg’d steed,
neér rode so well on wings as these
choosing slain adrunk with mead.
In gladan fields now heroes roam.
They never prayed midst forest loam.

Nor sang their joy in mortal terror
of goddess born of wind and pain.
Nor feared to squeak a mortal error.
A tiny song of praise and fear:
We hope to live another year.

Do rodents make a tiny pope,
clothed in robes of moss and gold.
And does he speak of faith and hope
and safety later than today,
if only now their tithe they pay?

Copyright © 1997, 2013, 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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27 March, 2018 Posted by | Högskolan i Kalmar, Mediecentrum, owl, poetry, scanlyze, Ugglan | , , , , | Leave a comment

Who is Robert Mueller?

Who is Robert Mueller?

Unlike Cadet Bone Spurs, Mueller served in Viet Nam in the 3rd Marine Division. He received A Bronze Star with a V for rescuing a wounded Marine under fire in 1968. Later he was wounded in action and then returned to combat duty. He was decorated twice with the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal with a V.

He was US Attorney for Northern California, and then Asst. US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Mueller served as the senior litigator in the homicide section of the DC US Attorney’s Office.

He was appointed as Deputy Attorney General of the United States by President George W Bush in 2001, and later that year, was appointed by Bush as Director of the FBI. Mueller served as FBI Director for 12 years.

In 2016, Mueller was awarded the Thayer Award, which is given to one person per year by the US Military Academy at West Point.

In 2017, Mueller was awarded the Baker Award for excellence in the intelligence and national security activities of the United States government by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

People don’t generally plead guilty to federal felonies if they are innocent of all charges. And they certainly do not plead and then cooperate with investigators if they in fact, have no knowledge or participation in any alleged illegal activities. They generally plead to one charge and cooperate with investigators in order to avoid more and greater and even more serious charges.

Rick Gates: Conspiracy and making false statements
Michael Flynn: Making false statements
George Papadopoulos: Making false statements
Richard Pinedo: Identity theft
Alex van der Zwaan: Making false statements

Manafort is facing 23 charges that we know of, 5 from the Washington DC Grand Jury and 18 from the Alexandria, Virginia Grand Jury

18 Russian Nationals and three Russian companies have been charged with federal crimes by the DC Grand Jury so far.

In all his career there’s never been any allegation of either favoritism, nor insanity, nor stupidity, nor political bias against Mueller.

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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26 March, 2018 Posted by | Cambridge Analytica, Mueller, news, politics, Robert Mueller, Rozneft, Russia, scanlyze, SCL Group, sedition, Special prosecutor, treason, USA | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ode to Conjunctive Normal Form

Oh Conjunctive Normal Form, how do I love thee?

EVALUATE {
(
((Do I love you because you’re beautiful,)
[OR] (are you beautiful because I love you?))
[AND]
(([NOT] (Am I making believe I see in you a girl too lovely to be really true?)))
[AND]
((Do I want you because you’re wonderful,)
[OR] (are you wonderful because I want you?))
[AND]
(([NOT] (Are you the sweet invention of a lover’s dream))
[OR] (are you really as beautiful as you seem?))
)
}

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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25 March, 2018 Posted by | Conjunctive Normal Form, Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful, logic, musical, Rogers and Hammerstein, scanlyze | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on #DeleteFacebook

I realize that by deleting Facebook I am risking something real and valuable to me–my extraordinary Facebook friends. Facebook has been the main way I keep in touch with my extended family. I have rediscovered many friends from college, from high school, and gradeschool.

As an INTP type introvert, it has always been a challenge for me to meet new people and let them into my private sphere. Facebook has provided me with a mechanism to connect with wonderful artists, intellectuals, craftspeople, musicians, writers, journalists, political figures, and it has been a privilege to know you all there.

When Facebook did an analysis a couple of years ago of the average degrees of separation between people on their network, Sheryl Sandberg’s was 3.2, Zuck’s was 2.7, and mine was 2.2. I could reach out to a friend of a friend of a friend and reach potentially something like a billion people.

But by exposing this network to unprincipled and frankly just evil people like the Mercers, Steve Bannon, the aptly self-named Doctor Spectre, Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analytica and their parent company, “Strategic Communication Laboratories Group,” and ultimately Zuckerberg and Facebook itself, I feel that I have betrayed the very people I so cherish.

No more. After April 2 I am shutting down my Facebook account.

Don’t continue to be an enabler for evil greedy people as I did for so long. It is time, now.

#DeleteFacebook

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

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24 March, 2018 Posted by | #DeleteFacebook, degrees of separation, don't be what you hate, Facebook, media, scanlyze, social media | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment