Thursday, October 13, 2016

Four Presidential Horsemen for the Apocalypse

Should the Tavern be ordering in sand-bags?, asked a customer. I knew where he was coming from. The treat is not a flood or tsunami such as I mentioned the other day, but an overwhelming tide of Incompetence. And even that is just a part of the worry. I am fortunate that the Tavern sits within the bounds of calmness and Faith, not to mention Charity. We are Hopeful here.  

While America, that Great Power which just might be mentioned along with Principalities and wickedness in High Places in the side bar, is in the throes of 'choosing' their next President,  the Russian President is stitting on a stockpile of weapons, most of which have your name written on them. And he is making some most worrying noises, barely heard amid all the shouting and cacophony going on in America over The Donald and Hillary.

I wonder what colour shirt he took off.

Tom Batchelor was looking out of the window and drew our attention:
Vladimir Putin issues emergency call to ALL Russians to return home amid WORLD WAR fears
RUSSIA’S Vladimir Putin has issued an emergency decree that all officials urgently repatriate any family members living abroad amid fears the world is about to be plunged into a new global conflict.
According to reports, the Russian leader has told diplomats of all ranks to “bring relatives home to the Motherland”.
Administration staff, politicians and public sector workers have been ordered to take their children out of foreign schools immediately.
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told the Daily Star: “This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some 'big war’.”
The worrying development – which follows after President Putin suddenly cancelled a visit to France – applies to all state employees.
Workers were reportedly told to pull their children out of school immediately, even if it was in the middle of term.
Anyone who fails to act will put their chances of promotion at risk, local media reported.
Putin's cancellation is the latest deterioration in ties between Moscow and the West.
Earlier, the Russian strongman said the United States would have to compromise in the war in Syria.
Mr Putin said: "There is a need to behave like partners and take each other's interests into account. We are ready for that."
He also launched a stinging attack on France, accusing President Francois Hollande of deliberately luring Moscow into vetoing a United Nations resolution on Syria and questioned whether Paris was doing the bidding of the US.
But with whom will a compromise be negotiated, one wonders. It certainly won't be with that bozo Obama who is on his way out and calculating his pension plan and what foreign (muslim nations) inputs he can count on. Hillary has taken the lionesses share of foreign donations already by all accounts.

But she is not yet President: shudder the thought. She has competition, which of course is an anathema to such a fat-cat socialist as she: with or without the competitor she has in The Fantastic Donald (self-called).

And the dumbed-down American voters - with not a little help from a tidal wave of illegal immigrants - have to diligently work their way through a sea of pros and cons. There are Big and small of both. Trivia abounds. Needed diligence is off the shelves. The American voter adores trivia and to some extent Donald supplies what the people want, whether he likes it of not.
OK, It is not really Hillary with a horse. It's fake, like she is.

So let us look at some of the main 'Track Record' elements of moment. Hillary has an unfair advantage of real political activity to examine. We can only guess at what sort of political job the Donald will do as his record is entirely 'business'. But in balance one recalls the past-Presidential note that ....

"the Business of America is Business"
That should give the Donald a boost.

James Shott, a Patriot, took us through some matters of note.
It Wasn't Donald Trump Who...

A little compare and contrast for the sake of argument.
Almost everyone agrees that this is the most unusual election in our lifetimes. We have two major party candidates with the highest disapproval ratings that anyone can remember. And each candidate’s supporters ignore the negatives and continue to support the candidate because so much is at stake.

Democrat Hillary Clinton comes from decades in the political sphere as the wife of a governor and president, as a U.S. senator and as secretary of state. Republican Donald Trump comes from decades in the private sector as a businessman and entertainment show producer, having first entered political life for the 2015 Republican primary.

Both have a long list of negatives their political enemies hope will disqualify them in the eyes of voters. However, there are important differences between them.
This is faked too.
It wasn’t Donald Trump who for personal convenience as secretary of state flaunted the rules and long-established procedures, taking the unprecedented step of evading the official secure government email system in favor of a private email server for government business, including classified information. 
And it wasn’t Donald who then had the server scrubbed, destroying thousands of messages that were not only government property, but evidence, and then couldn’t provide a credible reasons for any of it.

It wasn’t Donald Trump whose possible-criminal situation caused untold irregularities in the operation of the State Department, the FBI and the Justice Department. Those included a“chance” meeting on an airport tarmac between the prime suspect’s husband and the attorney general of the United States, putting dozens of public servants in the position to destroy their credibility and trustworthiness to save a presidential candidate’s backside.
It wasn’t Donald Trump whose vast experience in government in the U.S. Senate and the State Department resulted in neglecting dozens of requests for increased security prior to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. That attack resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans. 
And it wasn’t Trump who then blamed an obscure Internet video for a clear terrorist attack, resulting in jailing the video’s producer.
And it wasn’t Donald Trump whose frequent profanity-laced tirades insulted and denigrated Secret Service agents and White House staffers.

But that was a long time ago, and since all of that was a long time ago, it probably isn’t relevant that it also wasn’t Donald Trump who worked for the congressional committee investigating the Watergate cover-up many years ago, and was fired for lying.
It was Donald Trump who took some money from his father, invested it in businesses and created hotels, casinos, golf courses and television shows. Some of his creations didn’t work out, as is not uncommon in the world of business. Luminaries such as Henry Ford, Walt Disney, F.W. Woolworth, Albert Einstein and Bill Gates also sometimes failed.
It was Donald Trump who claimed business losses of nearly a billion dollars on tax returns many years ago, probably cancelling an equal amount of income over several years, using provisions in the tax code to reduce taxable income, just as most every American who pays taxes does through deductions for such things as dependents, mortgage interest and charitable giving.
As an aside, I am reminded by a voice from the past regarding taxation....
"No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores. The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer's pocket. And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue"
James Avon Clyde, Lord Clyde KC DL (1863 – 1944) Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session from 1920 to 1935
But.... back to Mr Shott... 
For taking legal tax deductions Trump has attracted mountains of criticism from his betters, who somehow twist this into meaning he doesn’t care about the country, or the military and dozens of other things. But the thousands of people who work in his businesses do pay taxes, and that is significant.
And, yes, it was Donald Trump who managed to anger his primary opponents and many Americans with his petulant personal attacks against those who opposed and challenged him. His crass manner leaves much to be desired, and his locker room vulgarity, spoken in private 11 years ago, justifiably repulsed anyone not blinded by partisanship. But 
if some rapper had used those same words as lyrics, it’d be #1 on Billboard.

Apparently, it’s a more serious offense to say things that offend someone than to put national interests at risk, to lose $6 billion of State Department funds and generally fail to competently run the agency you’ve been entrusted to run, and then go on to make millions giving $250,000 secret-content speeches to Wall Street banks that you publicly criticize. 
By virtue of merely having been elected a U.S. senator and appointed as a cabinet secretary, you are thus qualified to be president, even if the “best” you did in those positions was inconsequential or, too often, harmful.

Strangely, people are more offended by Trump’s words than Hillary’s vicious attacks on her hubby’s numerous sexual victims and conquests, her position on coal mining and the Supreme Court, and her comments supporting open borders, spoken in a private $250,000 speech.
Trump is a crass bully with an authoritarian streak. 
Clinton’s hubris already put national security at risk, and she will continue Obama’s dangerous, destructive, and unconstitutional policies. 
Thus is our choice.
Which may be as nought if President Putin, ex-KGB Colonel and Communist converted to Mafia has his way. A wicked way without a doubt. 

A fine enough (in a Terrible sense) third horseman. 

There is very little chance that they will all play nicely. They are all arseholes, frankly.

We look out of the window for the fourth on his/her horse.

It is thought that the 'King' that lights the blue touch paper will be a 'little' one, a small horn.  It is rumoured that Obama would fit the description. He won't go away, you know.

Another old and tested saying comes to mind: If you are going to have to kiss an arsehole goodbye, make it your own.

Drink deep.



  1. At this stage of proceedings, it needs May to stand firm and Trump in. The rest will follow.

    1. Hmmmmm. But what will the 'rest' that follows bring?


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