We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We fail to derive certainty from anything which has its roots in us alone. The greatest sense of insecurity comes from standing alone. We are not alone when we imitate.
R. Van Conoley
Sanityandsense is pleased to announce that Janet Yellen was selected as the person of the year for 2018. While the year 2018 is only 68 days old, it is extremely unlikely that anyone can display the integrity, courage, and common sense recently displayed by Ms. Yellen.
In her last day in office as Chair of the Federal Reserve System, Ms. Yellen imposed strong sanctions on Wells Fargo Bank to punish this institution for its criminal behavior and other forms of misconduct. The Fed imposed an order that prohibits Wells Fargo from growing its assets beyond their present level.
Ms. Yellen stated: ” We can not tolerate pervasive and persistent misconduct at any bank and the consumers harmed by Wells Fargo expect that robust and comprehensive reforms will be put in place to make certain that the abuses do not occur again. ”
U.S. Banks are regulated by the Fed and the FDIC and various banking laws. Most people believe that the 2008 Depression was due in large part because the banks were improperly regulated by our governmental agencies. Also, the largest U.S. Banks were guilty of gross mismanagement and greed. Sadly the dimwitted George W. Bush (43) and the corrupt Barack Obama rewarded some of the largest Banks through the unwise TARP bailout. The TARP bailout was started by Bush and unwisely continued by Obama. The TARP bailout used U.S. tax dollars to bailout corrupt banks and bankers.
Individuals who desire additional information are encouraged to read an article titled: ” Wells Fargo CEO Appears Before Senate Banking Committee.” This article was published on this website on October 4, 2017. Simply type in the words, Wells Fargo, into the search box on the homepage and then click go, and the article will appear.
The TARP bailout by Bush and Obama effectively rewarded corruption and mismanagement. Since no punishment was imposed on guilty banks and bankers, it seems likely that this situation could happen again. Janet Yellen was the first U.S. public official to send a clear message that financial mismanagement and corruption would not be tolerated by our regulated banks. Too bad that Janet Yellen is no longer in a position of financial oversight. She did a great job as Chair of the Fed.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Not all banks were equally guilty in creating the 2008 Depression. The author of this article believes: 1) Banks that are considered too big to fail are too big to exist. 2) Banks that violate U.S. banking laws and regulations should suffer severe penalties and should even forfeit their right to remain a legal business entity. 3) The FDIC can force an insolvent bank’s sale to another bank. The FDIC should force corrupt banks that fail to correct their problems into a forced sale to other bank(s). )
On March 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that he was going to sue the state of California because some elected officials are violating federal law. WHAT A JOKE ! WHAT AN EMBARRASSMENT !
If AG Jeff Sessions had any balls and brains, he would convene a federal Grand Jury and indict California Governor Jerry Brown, the Lieutenant Governor of California, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Then send out FBI agents to arrest these three individuals, and many others that are equally guilty, immediately after the Grand Jury has handed down indictments. Once these scumbags have been arrested, they should be kept in jail without bond since treason would be one of the many charges handed down by a grand jury.
I know that Sessions was a great and very early supporter of Donald Trump, but Sessions is a joke to law abiding Americans as Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is totally unqualified to remain an employee of the Federal Government since he signed a FISA warrant along with other individuals who should have been indicted a long time ago. Rosenstein should be fired and then Sessions should resign and then a real Attorney General can pursue the political crooks that are in California government and elsewhere in our Republic.
A hint to the Trump administration: While both houses of Congress are Republican controlled and there is a Republican President, now is the time to clean the cesspool of public corruption that exists in the U.S. due to a corrupt FBI and a corrupt Justice Department that were created by the corrupt President Barack Obama and his super corrupt group of criminals directed by the super corrupt Clinton Klan. DO IT NOW.
This is far bigger than Watergate. However, republicans during Watergate did not try to protect the corrupt President Nixon. Yet the corrupt democrats have shown that they, along with a large and corrupt left wing media, will do anything to protect the corrupt democratic party and destroy our legally elected President Trump. The republicans need to take off the gloves and begin the real fight for American Justice !
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Do not look for my vote in 2018 and in 2020 if the Trump team can not bring the enemies of American Law before a court of law and obtain a conviction ! )
I remain deeply saddened by the 17 murders at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. The essential fact in this horrible situation is that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was known as a severely disturbed individual by many students, most teachers at the school, all administrators at the school, by local law enforcement, and even the FBI had calls and warning signs. Yet a totally corrupt and totally incompetent public school system did nothing to help this student and prevent this terrific tragedy and a corrupt local government contributed to this tragedy.
This website has written numerous articles on: 1) Public school shootings, and 2) The public corruption of the Broward County Public School System and the corruption of local government in Broward county. The previous article posted on 2/15/2018, discussed some important facts about public school shootings in the U.S. The article was titled: ” School Shootings – The Best and Final Answer.” The present article focuses on the public corruption of the Broward County Public School System and also focuses on the public corruption of Broward County Government.
Of the 67 Countywide school districts in Florida, Broward County Public Schools has the dubious reputation of being the most corrupt public school system in the state of Florida. Two members of the Broward County School Board over recent years have been indicted, arrested, and convicted of criminal activity. William Dandy was a school administrator in the Broward County system. A middle school was named for William Dandy in his honor. Sadly Mr. Dandy hit and killed an individual with his car and fled the accident scene. This is a serious criminal offense, and a citizen gave law enforcement the car license number. Dandy was arrested and the evidence clearly indicated his guilt. However, since Dandy was a member of the corrupt political establishment of Broward County, many politicians showed up to plead with the judge in hopes of a lenient sentence. Dandy essentially got off, although he was not found not guilty. The school remains in Broward County as a memorial to a thoroughly corrupt public school administrator.
If you think this is bad, lets take a look at two past presidents of the Broward County Teacher’s Union. In the recent past, a former head of the Broward Teacher’s Union was indicted, arrested, and jailed on charges of pedophilia. The really sad thing was that it was essentially public knowledge that he was a pedophile and nothing was said for years. But lets not stop there. A second Teacher’s Union President, named Pat Santeramo, was sentenced to prison involving a kickback scam.
But lets not stop there. Miriam Oliphant was elected to the Broward County School Board and served two terms there without a criminal indictment. Unfortunately, Oliphant was severely devoid of a great intellect. However, while on the Board with a lot of other members, Ms. Oliphant’s lack of intellect remained unnoticed by many. Then she decided to seek election to the Office of Supervisor of Elections. The major newspaper endorsed her and she was elected. Unfortunately, Oliphant was so intellectually challenged as Supervisor that then Governor Jeb Bush had to suspend her as Supervisor and his decision was upheld by the Florida Senate.
On and on it goes ! Just one more example to demonstrate that the entirety of Broward County corruption. Ken Jenne (b. 1947) is a former Democratic member of the Florida Senate. Jenne had the political connections, so without any law enforcement training and having never served as a law enforcement officer, he decided to seek election to sheriff and easily won the election. Jenne later resigned as sheriff after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud. Jenne was released from federal custody on September 29, 2008.
I could go on and on about the massive public corruption in Broward County, but who would want to read 300 pages? You clearly get the idea.
How would I begin to dispense justice in this terrible incident other than bringing Nikolas Cruz before a court of law for capital murder? Unfortunately, the corrupt county government of Broward County and the extremely corrupt Broward County School System can not be named as co-conspirators with Nikolas Cruz. Yet their guilt is evident. I believe that Broward County Public Schools Superintendent, Robert Runcie, should be terminated from his position and his educational certificate should be withdrawn for life. I believe that every top level superintendent and top level school administrator in Broward County should also be terminated and their educational certificates withdrawn for life. Also, I believe that the principal and every other administrator at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School should be terminated and their educational certificates withdrawn for life since they had clear knowledge about the mental illness that existed in Nikolas Cruz and failed to take a reasonable and sane course of action to protect Cruz and all members of the public school.
Finally I hope that the honest taxpaying public has the sane and sensible desire to demand school CHOICE so parents can select the school in their region that their son or daughter will attend. School CHOICE allows taxpayer money designated for public schools to be directed to alternative schools if the parents desire that choice. This is the reason that school CHOICE is so difficult. The public schools in Broward County, and throughout the U.S., are characterized by fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, Nepotism, racism, and a psychotic level of incompetence. Decades ago, most of the money for school personnel was paid to teachers and some other school workers. Today, the public schools have MORE payroll money being paid to absolutely worthless school bureaucrats than to the overworked teachers. This is a scam on the American Public and school reform is the only sane and sensible answer.
R. Van Conoley ( The U.S. has numerous laws to regulate guns and firearms. We do not need more, but we need to enforce the laws on the books. Also, I believe that every school should have two adult employees that have a concealed carry gun permit. I believe that they should carry a concealed weapon every day school is in session. That and that alone is the answer to preventing most of the gun related violence at schools in the future. )
I was not in the least surprised when I learned of the Florida School Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. I was deeply saddened that 17 individuals were murdered in this shooting. Then I began to wonder why I had not heard about more school violence since I had predicted that there would be more school violence since the tragic school shooting in West Paducah, Kentucky in 1997. ( Readers are strongly encouraged to read articles referenced at the end of this article that are on this website. )
After a short research of the Web, I found that the shootings in Broward County were the 18th. school shooting of the year of 2018- a year that not more than two months old ! That comes to 3 school shootings each week.
The following is how I as a law abiding citizen assess blame for this terrible incident.
I assign 50% of the blame to Nikolas Cruz, the shooter. Cruz is responsible for his actions, but any and all members of his closely related family are also to blame for not helping their relative obtain mental health counselling that he desperately needed.
I assign the other 50% of the blame to a corrupt, incompetent, and totally mindless educational bureaucracy. If the incompetent educational bureaucracy had a scintilla of common sense, the worthless individuals known as guidance counsellors would have easily seen Cruz’s severe mental illness and complied with their job descriptions and directed his family to a mental health facility.
The answer to almost all of the school violence is SCHOOL CHOICE. Betsy DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education and she is 100% in support of school choice. Also, President Trump is 100% in support of school choice. School Choice simply allows parents to decide which school in their area their son or daughter will attend.
Under school choice, parents may opt to keep their child in a public school system which is characterized by: 1) fraud, 2) waste, 3) abuse, 4) mismanagement, 5) Nepotism, 6) racism, and 7) a generalized level of incompetency that borders on a psychotic level of management. Or parents may opt to send their child to a privately managed school that is independent of the public school system.
At the end of this article please look for recommended articles from this website. The title of the article is listed. It is followed by a publication date. The date is followed by a keyword that if typed into the search box at the top of the home page will take you directly to the article listed. Just click go after typing in the keyword.
R. Van Conoley
Editor’s Note: ( The following articles are recommended for their relationship to this article. ) 1) Ohio School Shootings of February, 2012. Published on 2/29/2012. Key word is: T.J. Lane/suspected shooter. 2) ” Part 1 – Murder in America.” 1/14/2011. Keyword= Michael Carneal. 3) ” No Justice In the Juvenile System.” 10/7/2013. 4) ” Public School Administrators and School Boards.” 10/18/2010 –Please note that this article is known as a satire. Individuals unfamiliar with Jonathan Swift may skip this excellent article. 5) ” A Slap On The Wrist.” 4/24/2013. Keyword= Diana Wasserman-Rubin. 6) ” Volusia Challenges Broward County.” 10/28/2012. Keyword= Public incompetence. 7) ” Sarasota School District…” 9/3/2013. 8) Columbine, Juvenile Crime…” 4/20/2011. Keyword=Dylan Klebold.
Editor’s Note 2: The lower income citizens, especially Black Americans,strongly favor school choice because they see that the public school system is failing. President Trump has helped all Americans by reducing unemployment, especially Black Americans. Yet the media has avoided reporting President Trump’s popularity increases with Black Americans. Will Trump gain more support from Black Americans if he helps institute school choice?
Editor’s Note 3- Since I strongly favor and believe in separation of religion from all forms of government, I used to oppose school choice for religiously based schools. I have changed my mind after observing the increasing incompetency of public education. Today I support religious based schools as an acceptable choice for parents.
Individuals who read this website know that I ridicule many republicans and many democrats in Congress. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy on TV and I was extremely impressed with his honesty, integrity, common sense, and his clear and thoughtful manner of speech.
Representative Gowdy, 53, was elected in 2010, and in my view, served with distinction. Sadly Mr. Gowdy has decided not to seek reelection in November, 2018, even though he remains a very highly respected individual from his district in South Carolina. Congress is losing a good and decent man. He plans to return to the Justice System.
R. Van Conoley
George Santayana stated: ” Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ”
Richard Nixon was President from 1969 until 1974. While Nixon was President, the Watergate scandal happened. Archibald Cox was appointed special prosecutor to investigate and find the truth.
On October 20, 1973, President Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire special prosecutor Cox. Richardson refused to comply and resigned.
Then Nixon ordered the Deputy Attorney General, to fire Cox. The Deputy AG was William Ruckelshaus who became acting AG upon Richardson’s resignation. He also refused to fire Cox and resigned. .
Finally Nixon ordered the Solicitor General who was now acting AG to fire Cox. Acting AG Robert Bork followed the directive and fired special prosecutor Cox. These incidents all happened on October 20, 1973, and they came to be known as the ” Saturday Night Massacre. ”
Unfortunately for President Nixon, Leon Jaworski became the second special prosecutor in the case and continued the work of Mr. Cox and his efforts eventually led to President Nixon’s resignation. In total, forty individuals were indicted or convicted.
Barack Obama appointed James Comey to the position of FBI Director. It became Comey’s task to investigate a large number of criminal violations against the Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Loretta Lynch was appointed by Obama to serve as Attorney General in 2015. As AG, Ms. Lynch had some legal controlling authority over James Comey. Attorney General Lynch told Comey to call his criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton a “matter.” At this point, if James Comey had any integrity, honesty, and respect for the U.S. Constitution, he would have told Lynch that he and he alone would conduct the investigation of Hillary Clinton and present her with the facts for her consideration. Unfortunately Comey was a coward and lacked the integrity of Richardson and Ruckelshaus.
James Comey, the traitor to America and the U.S. Constitution, became Lynch’s Lap Dog. AG Lynch quickly neutered her Lap Dog and Comey became a partner in what appears to be a serious criminal cover up of the allegedly serious crimes committed by Hilary Clinton against the American People and the U.S. Constitution.
Comey was so deeply involved in his nefarious misuse of power that he allowed Andrew McCabe to remain as Deputy Director of the FBI despite McCabe’s connections to Clinton connected money flowing to the wife of Andrew McCabe.
The actions of James Comey and Andrew McCabe have severely tarnished the reputation of the FBI. The apparently criminal actions of Comey and McCabe demonstrate that the very highest levels of Federal Law Enforcement are corrupt. The reputations of the mid level FBI agents remain intact and all law abiding Americans can be assured that 100% of the mid level FBI agents want a special prosecutor to investigate, and if necessary indict, all FBI agents involved in criminal activities.
The nightmarish picture of Comey’s and McCabe’s actions are just one part of the many alleged criminal allegations surrounding Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
Since AG Lynch has succeeded in neutering James Comey, I suggest that Comey should have a complete sex change operation like the notorious traitor Bradley Manning who became Chelsea Manning.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: During the Watergate Hearings, members of the Republican Party did not attempt in any way to cover up the illegal and criminal actions of the corrupt Richard Nixon. Yet today, members of the Democratic Party appear willing to violate any law, slander anyone, and break any and all ethical rules of our Republic to cover up any and all illegal actions of the Democratic National Committee and other members of the Democratic Party who may have seriously violated our laws and our Constitution. Sadly, a large portion of the U.S. media appears willing and able to abet criminal actions as long as their actions support the interests of the Democratic Party, Democratic candidates, and the Democratic National Committee. Our great Republic can not stand if America does not have fair and accurate reporting of the news. Our great Republic can not stand if the highest levels of Federal Law enforcement are willing to commit serious crimes in support of a political cause. Our great Republic is not being destroyed by outside forces, but by corrupt federal bureaucrats and by corrupt federal elected officials who promote their Machiavellian political interests above our laws and our Constitution. )
There are many people who attempt to predict the direction of the U.S. Stock Market. One of the strangest is that of Leonard Koppett, who in 1978, developed a theory involving the Super Bowl. Koppett stated that a win by an AFC team would predict a Bear Market for the year. ( Bear Markets go down. ) Conversely, a win by an NFC team would predict a Bull Market for the year. Bull Markets go up.
On February 4, 2018, the NFC team, the Philadelphia Eagles, defeated the AFC team, the New England Patriots. The final score was 41-33. It was a win for the Eagles and a prediction for a Bull Market for 2018. Now, if you find this rather silly as I do, you should keep in mind that this strange predictor has a predictive accuracy greater than 80% !
So, if Koppett is right once again, the U.S. Stock indexes will be higher on the last trading day in December, 2018, than they were on the first trading day in January, 2018. Now the question is how much higher the markets will be in December than in January?
My devoted research assistant, Dr. Jonathan Swift, has expanded the Koppett Theory. Dr. Swift stated that a total of 74 points were scored in the Super Bowl. Since the Eagles scored 41 points, they scored 55% of the points. The Patriots scored 33 points and got 45% of the points. By subtracting 45% from 55%, Dr. Swift obtained 10%. Therefore Dr. Swift has concluded that the U.S. Stock Markets will close 10% higher in 2018.
R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: While I devoutly believe that 2018 will be a good year for stocks, I strongly encourage my loyal readers not to bet your last Bit coin on this perspicacious prediction. )
( Editor’s Note 2: I strongly suggest that all readers read or reread the recently posted article on Cryptocurriencies and Bit Coin. )
I will explain why Bitcoin is the greatest scam in the universe. But first, it is a very good idea to remind our readers that whenever the federal government blunders, working-middle income tax payers are forced to “fix” 95% of the problem with their tax dollars.
After The Great Depression of 1929, the second greatest depression was the 2008 Depression. Bankruptcy is a key feature of Capitalism. Also, the U.S. Government has very fair and just bankruptcy laws. These laws place the responsibility of financial mismanagement on the individuals or small corporations involved. However, in the 2008 Depression, the dimwitted President George W. Bush decided that corrupt and incompetent bankers who were largely responsible for the financial crisis were too big to fail and used taxpayer money to bail them out. Shortly after Bush left office in 2009, the corrupt and deceptive President Obama decided that Bush had it right and continued to use taxpayer money to save and reward corrupt and greedy bankers.
Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. Government was employing ” hidden bailouts ” from the Fed to help the corrupt and incompetent bankers. By September, 2008, even the dimwitted George W. Bush ( Bush 43 ) realized that the hidden bailouts from the Fed could not accomplish the task. So Bush directed his Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, to help out the biggest U.S. Banks and save the BIG banks from bankruptcy. So Hank Paulson went to Congress with the greatest scam in U.S. history known as TARP. TARP, which stands for Troubled Asset Relief Program, was a way to take taxpayer money and essentially give it to the biggest and most corrupt banks in the U.S. to save the stockholders of these banks who would lose vast sums of money if the big banks declared bankruptcy. Fortunately many of the democrat crooks and many of the republican crooks in the U.S. House realized the TARP bill was a scam and on September 29, 2008, voted in the House to defeat TARP.
So in order to keep the largest U.S. Banks from suffering massive financial loses, President Bush engineered the greatest scam in history. Bush invited a number of democrat crooks and republican crooks who voted against TARP to stop by his office. Once the congressional crooks understood that their individual congressional districts would receive generous amounts of financial funding, everybody was ready for a second vote on TARP. On October 23, 2008, 32 democrat crooks and 26 republican crooks who voted NO on the original TARP bill switched sides and voted YES and TARP became law.
Naturally, corrupt bankers were delighted with the program to buy their bad assets, often at inflated prices, with taxpayer money. After Obama was sworn in as President, he quickly realized that in four years he would need contributions to seek a second term and decided that big banks were not only too big to fail, but also too big to be financially restructured.
So the Bush-Obama scam known as TARP cost U.S. taxpayers $ 700 Billion. The TARP scam encouraged other scams. While the other scams were too numerous to mention, the money injected by the government into an incompetent banking system was used in part to reward corrupt bankers at the top for their financial incompetence.
Now in 2018, a new and even bigger scam is developing. Bitcoin is called a cryptocurrency. It is labeled as the first ” decentralized” digital currency and has no central bank and no accountability. The scam artists claim that Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, operate through peer-to-peer transactions that are supposedly verified through network nodes. All transactiona are supposedly recorded in a public ledger called a blockchain.
Sanityandsense.com believes that the U.S. Government should ban all trading of cryptocurriencies, and all financial products relating to cryptocurriencies, from all U.S. Security Exchanges. U.S. Citizens who wish to buy Bitcoin, or any other cryptocurriency, should be allowed to do so, but not on U.S. Security Exchanges. People who are interested in buying cryptocurriencies might also like to buy a gold mine in Central Africa that belongs to an African Prince who needs you to send him money so you can earn 200% a year on your investment.
R. Van Conoley ( President Trump, who has a great understanding of economics and international finance, will have great influence on how the U.S. regulates or bans cryptocurriencies. It is well advised to remember that derivatives and Swaps that were not clearly understood were traded in large volumes before the 2008 Depression. Indeed these misunderstood financial instruments were one of many factors that caused the 2008 Depression. )
Rumors abound that the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, often referred to as HPSCI, is in possession of documents that would shock the American People if released. Apparently the Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, and the members of the Committee have hard facts that would allow the American People to understand some of the activities that occurred before and during the 2016 Presidential election.
If a majority of members vote to make the testimony or documents public, it would be in the interests of all of the American People. Apparently the National Security of the U.S. would not be compromised in any way if some documents are made public.
All law abiding Americans who support our Constitution need to know if any individuals of any Presidential Administration or any intelligence agency or any candidate acted improperly or criminally before, during, or after the 2016 election. Sanityandsense.com strongly urges the HPSCI to release documents that can be made public. So far, it appears that the HPSCI has not leaked any information and all of the members have acted with integrity.
R. Van Conoley