Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, I believe that each of us should ponder facts that pertain to our country.  Santayana stated:  ” Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. ”

I try to learn something new and valuable each day.  I never considered that my five university degrees made me smarter or wiser than the average.  Rather I believe that my degrees provide me with an opportunity to study and learn new things.  Yet I believe that all people regardless of educational level or age can learn new things if they make the effort.

I recently learned that during World War II, the U.S. avoided bombing the Emperor of Japan and the Imperial Palace.  Douglas MacArthur, who became Supreme Commander after World War II, worked to avoid trying any members of the Imperial Family for War Crimes in spite of evidence that at least two members of the Imperial Family were guilty “beyond any reasonable doubt. ” I suggest that Americans should ponder this on Memorial Day.

The last war that was legally declared was World War II, when congress declared war on Japan and then on Germany.  Only congress can declare war for the U.S.  I suggest that Americans should ponder this on Memorial Day.

The Stuxnet computer ” worm-virus ” was developed jointly by the U.S. CIA, the U.S. NSA, and the state of Israel.  The main target of this computer virus was the nuclear program in Iran.  This act of war against Iran was not authorized by congress.  I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.

The U.S. has drones, pilotless aircraft, that are armed with very deadly rockets.  These drones have been used to kill people in foreign countries.  Many Constitutional experts in America believe that this type of warfare is prohibited under our Constitution.  Will these drones be used in the future to kill Americans?  I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.

While the present congressional crooks continually demand more and more investigations about Benghazi, it is interesting that there has never been a serious congressional investigation into the USS LIBERTY incident.  On June 8, 1967, Israeli armed forces attacked this American ship in International waters.  The attack killed 34 American servicemen and injured an additional 171 Americans serving our country.  Israel stated that the ship was mistaken for an Egyptian ship.  Sane and sensible individuals do not believe that the attack was a mistake.  The USS LIBERTY was flying an American flag and Israeli aircraft flew over the ship for hours before the attack.  I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.

The electronic media in the U.S. continually terrorize Americans by stating that Iran may someday obtain a nuclear weapon.  Yet, the same media never mention that Israel has nuclear weapons.  Israel is a nuclear armed country not recognized as a nuclear weapons state by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  This Orwellian doublespeak is an open invitation to Israel to use their nuclear weapons against other countries.  Also this Orwellian doublespeak is a statement that International Laws that apply to other countries need not apply to Israel.  I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.

When the U.S. left Viet Nam, there were about 2,000 American deserters living in and around Sai Gon and another 500 living in the Da Nang area.  It was easier for Americans to think of our deserters as MIA’s.  Of course, there were real MIA’s and our country has worked to bring their remains home.  I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.

I have a deep respect for all Americans who served their country honorably and died for our freedom.  I wish that I had the same respect for our incompetent congressional crooks and our last two totally incompetent presidents.

R. Van Conoley

 

 

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Administer The Death Penalty

Dzhokhar  Tsarnaev was recently convicted by a federal jury on all 30 charges in the Boston Marathon Bombing of April 15, 2013.  The bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others, including 17 who lost limbs.

Apparently our government is so busy spying on honest and law abiding Americans that terrorists like Tsarnaev can enter our country on a visa !  Also, both American law enforcement and American Intelligence were warned far in advance of the bombing that the Tsarnaev brothers had trained at a terrorist camp and had terrorist affiliations. Sanityandsense.com believes that the Tsarnaev brothers should never have been admitted to the U.S. under any circumstances !

Sanityandsense.com has a policy of not commenting on guilt or innocence of individuals until the court case has concluded.  Now that this individual has been found guilty of all charges, the only thing left to decide is whether Tsarnaev will spend the rest of his life in jail or be executed.  Sanityandsense.com believes that Tsarnaev should be executed.  While compassion and mercy are sometimes appropriate, Tsarnaev deserves neither.  Sanityandsense.com believes that a quick execution without endless appeals would be appropriate.

R. Van Conoley

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Pricella and Sleazy

( Editor’s Note:  All individuals in this article are figments of the imagination of the author.  Any resemblance between these fictional characters and real people is purely coincidental. )

Pricella Goodbody was an attractive woman by almost all standards of beauty.  It was rumored that Pricella was terminated from her previous position in city government because she had sexual encounters with members of the city Council.  However, the citizens of the city of Altona were more open minded and Pricella was hired as Executive Coordinator of the city of Altona.  Her yearly salary was $ 85,000.00 plus benefits amounting to $ 7,325.00.

Sleazy Scumbo was the Director of Articulation at the City of  Altona and quickly became a close friend of Pricella Goodbody after Pricella was hired.  It was extremely well known throughout the City of Altona that Sleazy Scumbo was not ” the sharpest knife in the drawer. ”  Indeed many people thought that Sleazy was challenged both intellectually and in her physical appearance.  Since even Sleazy knew that she was intellectually challenged, she became paranoid about losing her job.  Like Pricella, Sleazy had also been terminated from city employment in another region.  In order to alleviate her fears about losing her job, Sleazy developed relationships with three different reporters at three different newspapers in the region.  Over the years at Altona, Sleazy continuously leaked private information about the city of Altona  to her newspaper friends in hopes of creating job security.  Sleazy earned a salary of $ 72,360.00/year plus benefits of $ 5,785.00/year. Since Sleazy’s only job was to occasionally type something and to turn on the microphones before each Council meeting, many residents thought that she was vastly overpaid.

When Harold Pigeon was hired as the new city manager of  Altona, he told his staff that he expected eight hours of work for eight hours of pay every day.  Harold Pigeon was a man of integrity who expected his staff to work for the best interests of the citizens and would not tolerate laziness.

Both Pricella and Sleazy were accustomed to doing very little work.  Pricella even attended college classes on city time because she was uneducated and decided to take a college degree in Woman’s Studies.  Pricella soon learned in her college classes that ” men by nature exploit women. ”

Both Pricella and Sleazy knew that they were essentially parasites and were only hired so the City of Altona could comply with Federal Guidelines relating to ” gender equity.” When Sleazy asked Pricella what gender equity implied, Pricella told her that it stated that a woman could not be fired.  Still Sleazy and Pricella were worried about their employment and they formed a secret pact to accuse any man of gender bias if either got into trouble.

So Sleazy and Pricella continued to receive salaries even though each did very little work.  Harmony ruled in Altona because gender equity guidelines were in place.

However, Pricella found a new boyfriend and lost her focus on what little work was assigned to her.  Pricella began to send her boyfriend e-mails at lunchtime.  Soon Pricella began to e-mail her boyfriend throughout the day.  It soon came to pass that Pricella would lock her office door and send her boyfriend nude pictures.  Pricella liked her boyfriend so much that she had a heart tattooed near her vagina.  While her boyfriend was out of town, Pricella sent him a close up of her vagina with the new tattoo. Unfortunately, Pricella forgot that information sent over a city computer was immediately public record and created a legal public document.

Were it not for former city councilman Storman Erickman, Pricella’s e-mails may have gone undiscovered forever.  Storman Erickman was only one of three individuals in the city of 20,000 who ever read and studied public records.  While former Councilman Erickman was reading public records that he obtained through a public records request, he noticed a picture of a vagina with a tattoo of a heart next to it.

Soon former Councilman Erickman began to spend hours every day after  work viewing city documents in his den with the door locked.  Eventually his wife became suspicious and viewed Storman Erickman’s computer after he left for work.  When she discovered the picture of Pricella’s vagina with the tattoo next to it, she sent the e-mail to the news media.

Soon the news media were questioning City Manager Pigeon.  One media representative said to Mr. Pigeon: ” Can you prove to our readers that you have never seen this vagina before.”

To his credit, City Manager Pigeon attempted to keep the situation quiet.  However, two Council Members came to Mr. Pigeon and clearly stated that they would lose the backing of the Christian Coalition in the next election if he did not act.  Mr. Pigeon asked Pricella if she would resign and reminded her that he stood by her and helped her a few years ago when she was arrested for public drunkenness. Pricella claimed that she had a constitutional right to e-mail a picture of her vagina to anyone at any time.

Mr. Pigeon then terminated Pricella’s employment with the city of  Altona.  Then Sleazy and Pricella filed ” gender discrimination ” charges against Mr. Pigeon and the city of Altona.  Later Mr. Pigeon terminated Sleazy after learning about her improper activities.

The good news is that the taxpayers of Altona will only have to pay about $ 300,000.00 in legal fees to settle this sordid mess.

R. Van Conoley

 

 

 

 

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A Wise Saying – Part 117

”  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.  ”       Louis Brandeis

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Evaluating The Evaluators

   Clint Johnson was elected Mayor of DeBary in 2014.  Mr. Johnson was sworn in as mayor at the first 2015 Council meeting on January 7, 2015.  Mr. Mike Brady was elected in 2014, and he was sworn in as a Councilman on January 7, 2015.  Ms. Lita Handy-Peters was re-elected in 2014, and was sworn in again as a formality on Januaty 7, 2015.  Mr. Chris Carson and Mr. Rick Dwyer are both halfway through their terms and both were present at the January 7, 2015 meeting. 

   I attended the 1/7/2015 meeting so I could observe how the council worked with two new members.  At this meeting, Mr. Johnson made a motion to increase the yearly salary of City Manager Dan Parrott.

   As a DeBary resident, and as a former DeBary City Councilman, I would like for Mayor Johnson to have handled the situation differently.  The following is what I would have liked to have heard from Mr. Johnson.  { ‘ Since I have just assumed the office of mayor, I have noticed that former Council and the city manager have failed to follow certain established rules and regulations that are needed to establish open, honest, and clean government.  Long established policy in DeBary has been for each council member to complete and submit a written evaluation of the city manager on a yearly basis.  Therefore, I move that this council direct the city manager to place a copy of the established evaluation form into the mailbox of each council member by 3 p.m. on Jan/9/2014.  Additionally, in this motion, each member is required to complete, date, and sign the evaluation in full and return the evaluation to the city manager on or before 3 p.m. on January 21, 2015, date certain.  This will allow the DeBary Public to read and inspect the individual evaluations, which are public record.  At a council meeting in February, 2015, I would seek a motion to discuss the evaluations in public and also listen to any and all input from the Public. I seek a second to this motion. ‘ ]

   Ms. Handy-Peters clearly stated that the previous council had failed in their responsibility to follow this simple established proceedure.  Mr. Dwyer also stated that this council should base decisions relating to the city manager on written evaluations and established proceedures. 

   Based solely on remarks made at the council meeting on January 7, 2015, I would like to evaluate all council members on a scale from A( Excellent) to F ( Failure. ) Mayor Johnson  = grade F;  Councilwoman Handy-Peters = grade B;  Councilman Dwyer = grade B;  Councilman Carson = grade C;  and Councilman Brady = grade C.

                      R. Van Conoley

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A Bordello For DeBary

   Sanityandsense.com recently learned that a bordello has been proposed for construction in the DeBary Golf and Country Club Estates.  B.J. Construction, L.L.C., hopes to build a world class bordello in DGCC Estates.  Mr. Cox, CEO of BJ Construction, stated that once the erection is completed the value of the homes in DGCC would increase by about 25% each year.  Mr. Cox stated that five acres of attached land that is presently being used as a golf course has been purchased by his construction company and will house the bordello. 

   At a recent meeting for DeBary residents, Mr. Cox introduced two of the providers and stated that the outdated term of prostitute is no longer used.  All of the providers will be licensed massage therapists who offer both massage and ”full service.”  The two providers who spoke at the meeting were Luscious Lucinda Lovelips and Lulu LaCome.  The providers told residents that the average provider at this establishment could earn about $ 150,000 yearly.  They also stated that at least five of the providers would be selected from women in DeBary who apply.  This is just one of many ways that the bordello will provide jobs for DeBary residents.

   After the meeting Sanityandsense.com spoke with several residents and several DeBary Council Members in attendance.  Longtime resident Archie Richman stated: ” Since Glen Abbey will have their Wal-Mart and the Dirkson area will have a new gambling casino, I strongly support the erection of a bordello for our community.”  Additionally, resident Maxwell Davidson stated: ” I believe that when Mayor-elect Clint Johnson meets with Luscious Lucinda, he will quickly support the erection of a bordello. ”

   Councilman Rick Dwyer was in attendance at the meeting.  When asked if he would vote for construction of the bordello, Mr. Dwyer stated that he was doing serious research relating to this issue.  Mr. Dwyer stated that a bordello located in the Czech Republic, known as BIG SISTER , was very interesting.  Dwyer stated that his research indicated that the providers at BIG SISTER would service their customers for free in exchange for their patrons agreeing to have their sex acts videotaped and broadcast to eager viewers.  Mr. Dwyer also stated that he had studied the Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bancock.  The Plaza is a four story building housing over forty bars where women dance and strip.  Also, Mr. Dwyer stated that The Site in Australia is a brothel with a theme that might best suit DeBary. Lastly, Mr. Dwyer stated that the PASCHA is a bordello in Colonge, Germany.  The PASCHA resides in a twelve story building and serves over 1,000 customers daily.  Mr. Dwyer stated that he might use some of his own funds to visit different bordellos throughout the world so he could cast a thoroughly informed vote.

   Councilman Chris Carson was also in attendance and spoke to Sanityandsense.com.  Sanityandsense.com asked Mr. Carson if he planned to vote for construction of the bordello. Carson stated that he would be inclined to vote for construction as long as the bordello enterprise agreed to donate massive amounts of money to his alleged non-profit corporation. 

        Written and Researched by Jonathan Swift

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Ronald Reagan – Legacy Of Lies

   I never cease to be amazed by how many famous and powerful Americans are able to create an aura and false image which often continues to define them.  There is no better example of this than the very likeable, but extremely stupid, President Ronald Reagan. 

   Ronald Reagan waged a campaign against incumbent President Jimmy Carter by stating that Carter was a reckless spender who was flooding the Federal Government with ” red ink. ”  Reagan clearly promised the American People that he would reduce the U.S. National Debt, which was approaching one trillion dollars !

   After Reagan became prersident, he did two things.  Firstly, Reagan cut taxes.  Secondly, Reagan greatly increased defense spending and did virtually nothing else to reform the U.S. economy as he promised.  Even the slowest witted person can very easily understand that if the Federal Government cuts taxes and increases spending, then the YEARLY DEFICIT must increase.  This is exactly what happened and an increase in our yearly deficit was enough to increase our U.S. National Debt. 

   On October 22, 1981, early in President Reagan’s first term, the U.S. National Debt reached and then passed the Trillion dollar mark for the first time in the history of the U.S.  Watch my lips now; it had taken our Republic 205 years to reach a debt level of one trillion dollars. 

   Now in December, 2014, the U.S. National Debt has reached and surpassed a new level of 18 Trillion dollars under Barack  Obama ! It is even more stunning to understand that the U.S. National Debt went from one trillion to more than 18 trillion dollars in just 33 years !

   It is absolutely impossible for me to find a serious Keynesian economist or even a moderately serious socialist economist or even a radical Marxist economist who will in anyway attempt to justify the massive accumulation of debt from Reagan through Obama.  The only reason that the U.S. has not had to declare bankruptcy is due to the amazing fact that if any international economist examined the ten largest economies in the world, he would find that the U.S. debt level, while bad, is not as bad as others.  Having studied the ten largest economies in the world, I predict that Japan will go virtually bankrupt in 2015 due to its’ massive debt levels.  When Japan fails, the ”House of Cards ” that represents the world economy may begin to crumble and create a worldwide depression. 

                                            R. Van Conoley

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Keynes Versus Hayek: The Fight Of The Century In Japan

   Many people throughout the world attend sporting events.  Many sporting events have systems in place to declare a winner.  In the U.S. there is a series of playoff games that leads to a final clash of the two greatest teams.  The NFL has a Superbowl where the winner is ” crowned ” as the best team of the year. 

   In 2015, there will be a clash between two competing economic ideas.  The event will occur in Japan between the economic ideas of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich von Hayek. 

   In 1944, an Austrian emigre living in England published a book that became one of the great classics of economic literature.  In a book titled ” Road To Serfdom, ”  Hayek argued that the extention of central planning by a government is the start of growth constraints on individual liberty and will eventually lead to either a fascist or communist tyranny.

   While Keynes and Hayek were friends, the writings of Hayek contradicted the writings of Keynes.  Supporters of Keynes believe that Keynesian economics brought an end to The Great Depression in the U.S.  Supporters of Hayek dispute this assumption. 

   Today in Japan there begins a clash between the ideas of Keynes and Hayek.  Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands.  The four largest islands are: 1) Honshu, 2) Hokkaido, 3) Kyushu, and 4) Shikoku.  Japan has the world’s tenth largest population in excess of 125 million people.  Until very recently Japan had the world’s second largest economy and was second only to the U.S.  The economy of Japan has had some problems.  Just as the U.S. has the Federal Reserve System to act as our Central Bank, Japan also has a Central Banking System. 

   Japan has a massive amount of debt.  Japan’s debt is excessive in terms of the per capita debt level and also in terms of debt in relation to the Gross Domestic Product of Japan.  The Central Bank of Japan and the Japanese government took economic action.  Clearly there was a choice between the economic ideas of Keynes and the economic ideas of Hayek.  The Bank of Japan (BOJ) clearly made a decision to follow the ideas of Keynes and increased their debt and began to print money that was not backed by real GDP growth. 

   If at the end of 2015, Japan is economically strong, this will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the ideas of Keynes were correct.   At the end of 2015, if Japan is bankrupt or in an economic crisis, this will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the ideas of Hayek were correct.  The fight may be observed by observing the net gain or loss of individual wealth in Japan.  Also, the fight may be observed by looking closely at how the Japanese currency moves on the international money markets.  If the Japanese Yen increases in value against most of the other currencies of the world, score points for John Maynard Keynes.  If the Japanese Yen decreases in value against most of the other currencies of the world, score points for Hayek. 

   There can be only one winner.  The Japanese people and the BOJ have their money on Keynes.  The international markets and the shifts in wealth are yet to be determined.  May the best idea win.  Will it be Keynes or Hayek?

                                                  R. Van Conoley

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Speaks

    On Thursday afternoon, December 11, 2014, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate against a provision in a bill that would have allowed big banks to engage in risky trades backed by taxpayer money.  The section of the bill that Warren spoke against was written by Citigroup.

   Since Citigroup does not have a seat in the U.S. Senate, it is extremely important for all law abiding Americans to learn exactly how this nefarious provision got into the bill.  It is not enough to remove this immoral provision. It is important for Americans to learn exactly which U.S. Senators allowed and/or assisted in adding this provision. 

   Do members of the U.S. Senate have the courage to investigate the U.S. Senate and name those responsible?

                                   R. Van Conoley

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73 Years Ago On This Date

   Seventy-three years ago, American Forces were attacked at Pearl Harbor.  The American People can not fully express our everlasting appreciation to the men and women who fought and died to keep our country free. 

      R. Van Conoley, December 7, 2014

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