Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, and Xi Jinping

It is extremely difficult for an Occidental to communicate in depth with an Oriental.

Chinese ( Mandarin ) is not an easy language for a native American to learn and it is even harder to communicate and understand the subtle implications.  Students of Mandarin must quickly attempt to learn to comprehend ambiguity.  There is no alphabet in Chinese and Chinese words are not formed by letters.  Words are formed by combining smaller words.  For example, the word for size combines the character for large with the character for small.  The Chinese use books ( dictionaries ) to organize thousands of characters which are then filed under “subfamilies.”  If this is not difficult enough, different tones indicate different words.  The effect of a tone may give a word four different meanings.

The “experts” in the U.S. State Department, in my view, have misinformed our U.S. Presidents for more than 50 years by not fully understanding the subtle implications found in Mandarin.  Yet given all of the language problems associated with Chinese and other Asian languages, President Donald Trump has clearly communicated with both President Kim of North Korea and President Xi of China.

I never thought that I would say this, but I respectfully believe that President Trump should reward President Kim in some way in order to keep their magnificent alliance working for both.  Possibly President Trump might consider helping President Kim obtain a loan from the World Bank.  North Korea could really use some well constructed electric generating plants that use oil or coal as their energy source.  Possibly President Kim would even consider using some of the funds from a loan to employ an American engineering firm to begin construction.  Both President Trump and President Kim have gained great “face” in the Asian world.  Sadly few Americans understand the great wisdom that President Trump has employed.

While President Xi of China does not agree with all of the trade requests that President Trump is suggesting, President Xi understands and accepts the need for America to promote our interests.  However, both sides must reach an agreement that is fair and just to each very soon.  It would be unwise to allow an internecine conflict to continue and damage both of our economies.

As an American, I greatly appreciate the wisdom that President Trump has displayed in his foreign relations in Asia.  It is sad that America has few reporters who have the knowledge and the background to report the real results to the American People. The fake news media has done a great disservice to Americans by falsely politicizing and distorting the news to politically damage President Trump.

I would like for President Trump to know that as an American I most respectfully remain your most humble and obedient servant and appreciate the great job that you performed in Asia for me and more importantly my grandchildren.  Continue, Mr. President, to remain courageous and wise.  Sane and sensible Americans stand with you.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: While I think it unlikely for President Donald Trump to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize due to the Noble Committee’s bias in favor of Socialists, it would not surprise me to discover a bronze statue memorial of President Trump and President Kim shaking hands in a park in North Korea dedicated to world peace. )

 

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William Barr Confirmed As Attorney General And The Rats Abandon The ship

William Barr was sworn in as Attorney General on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Mr. Barr is a man of integrity and he will restore Constitutional Law in the U.S. and prosecute any and all individuals who have broken the law.

Many of the Democrat crooks in congress along with many of the Republican crooks in congress are deserting a sinking ship like the rats that they are.  The sinking ship is the conspiracy that corrupt members of congress and members of the Obama Administration used to harm the legally elected President, Donald Trump.

It has been obvious to many informed Americans that both the Justice Department and the FBI were weaponized and criminalized to destroy President Trump and our Republic.  Former Assistant FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, is already tuning up to sing a loud and clear song about the criminal activities of members of the federal government in order to reduce his time in prison.

McCabe is ready to “take down” Rod Rosenstein, Peter Strzok, James Comey, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton to name just a few.  Attorney General Barr will get to the bottom of all major crimes against our Republic.  As a law abiding American, I completely trust William Barr and the innocent have nothing to fear.  The guilty have a great deal to fear.

R. Van Conoley

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Howard Schultz Town Hall Meeting on 2/12/2019

On 2/12/2019, I watched and listened very closely as potential third party candidate Howard Schultz answered questions before a live TV audience.  Mr. Schultz answered almost every question exactly as I thought that he would.

This is my second article on this website about Howard Schultz.  The first article was titled: ” Howard Schultz, The Kingfish, and Ross Perot.”  I believe that interested readers will find some interesting facts in the first article about third party presidential candidates.  Type the name, Howard Schultz, into the search box on the homepage and then click go and the article will appear.

I have voted in every presidential election in my life since I became old enough to vote.  The two major parties are the Democrat party and the Republican party.  I only voted for a major party presidential candidate twice in my life.  Once was in 1972 and the second time was 2016.  In 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, and again in 2012, I voted for third party candidates.  ( Editor’s note: Going back to the founding of our Republic some third parties became major parties and some major parties disappeared from the scene. This is briefly covered in the first Howard Schultz article. )

Only in 1992, did I really believe that I could vote for a third party candidate who actually could become President in my lifetime.  Ross Perot was ” LarryKinged ”  and became a favorite with Democrat and Republican voters.  My wife and I took our short Summer vacation in Texas so we could attend the Ross Perot Reform rally.

It was looking great for Ross Perot, and both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were worried. While everything was going Perot’s way in July, 1992, Perot dropped out of the race !  Perot returned as a candidate in October, 1992, but he could never regain his previous level of support.

The Ross Perot situation is important because I understood Mr. Schultz to state that if he became a candidate, he would remain a candidate through the election. Also, Mr. Schultz stated absolutely that under no circumstances would he ever consider running as a Democrat and stated that he was dissatisfied with the Democrat Party.  Schultz also stated that he was dissatisfied with the Republican Party.

Schultz only needs to do things for me to accept him as a serious candidate. 1) Stay the course- Mr. Schultz has already stated that he would remain with his third party if he decided to enter the 2020 election. 2) If Mr. Schultz reaches an understanding, which Ross Perot never did, that the election is not just about him, I would consider Mr. Schultz a serious candidate capable of being elected President in 2020.  In order to accomplish my second criteria, Mr. Schultz will have to have his name on the ballot of all fifty states and have a candidate from his party on the ballot in the 34 states that have elections to the U.S. Senate in 2020.  Ross Perot had his name on the ballot in all fifty states. However, Perot did not have one person from his Reform Party running for a single U.S. Senate seat that was up for election.

R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to support any candidate from any party in the 2020 election. This article is intended to provide factual and valuable information for all Americans who desire to cast an informed vote in the 2020 election for President of the U.S.)

( Editor’s Note 2 : The U.S. Senate has 100 members and one-third are up for election every two years for a term of six years in length.  In 2020, there are presently 34 Senate seats up for election.  If an untimely death or health disability should occur there could be more than 34 Seats up for Senatorial election. )

 

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A Wise Saying – Part 173

My friend is one who takes me for what I am.

Henry David Thoreau

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A Wise Saying – Part 172

Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.

Proverb

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The Truth About The New Green Deal and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

The new Socialist Democrats elected to congress in 2018 are presently showcasing a New Green Deal.  This “Green Deal” calls for the closure of all oil, coal, and natural gas companies.  The New Green Deal will obtain all needed energy from wind power and solar cells.

The idea is so preposterous that it is laughable.  Using only solar cells and wind power, it would be possible to supply electric power to American homes for about eight minutes each week.  Of course this would make the Democrat Party look like complete fools.  It would show that the Democrat Party has absolutely no understanding of electrical power distribution in the U.S. or the associated costs and needed equipment.

I believe that the Democrat Party is much smarter than this.  Surely the Democrat Party must have a ” Master Plan ” somewhere that is scientifically accurate and can indeed supply cheap energy to all Americans.  Also, I believe that the Democrat Party just wanted to convince their free enterprise Republican opponents that all the young Democrats in colleges and universities spent their time smoking marijuana, staging social protests, and studying identity politics.

Can you imagine how surprised the free enterprise Republicans will be when the Democrat Party reveals their “Master Plan ?”  This website has obtained a copy of the Democrat Party Master Plan.  Here is how it works. For decades dedicated members of the Democrat Party have been studying nuclear physics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, advanced mathematics, and advanced “String Theory ” in our best universities and have only been pretending to be marijuana smoking social dissidents.

These dedicated scientists of the Democrat Party have developed a new technology to create abundant energy by employing anti-matter.  Anti-matter is real and is not just some science fiction fantasy.

For my readers who have not kept up with the latest in scientific research, I will review some of the basics.  Anti-matter is the opposite of matter. This means that anti-matter has the opposite charge from regular matter.  Many of the older readers remember when in junior high and high school,  you were required to study atoms that you were told consisted of protons, neutrons, and electrons.  An electron is a real particle and has an electric charge of NEGATIVE one (-1 ). An anti-electron is a real particle and has an electric charge of POSITIVE one (+1) . When matter and anti-matter collide both particles are completely annihilated and the masses of these two particles are turned into 100% pure energy !  A nuclear weapon by contrast, only converts 1% of its mass into energy and is only 1% efficient.

Research into anti-matter has taken place in depth at Geneva, Switzerland, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research ( CERN ).  Huge and very powerful magnetic fields separated particles from their anti-particle and stored them separately in powerful magnetic containment traps.

It is estimated that it would cost in 2019 currency about $ 70 TRILLION to contain one gram of anti-matter.  However, the Democrat Party is not worried about the cost because they know for certain that they can get all the free money they need just by running the money printing presses.  The Democrat Party plans to print one Trillion dollar bills to fund all of their work.  They also plan to send each American a Trillion dollar bill so all Americans can become Trillionairs and nobody has to work.

R. Van Conoley

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The State Of The Union Speech

On February 5, 2019, President Donald Trump gave an 82 minute State of the Union Speech.  Almost 80% of Americans who heard the speech rated it outstanding or very good. It was one of the best speeches ever delivered by President Donald Trump.

Sitting behind President Trump were Vice President Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Sanityandsense.com believes that Nancy Pelosi can be a big winner or a big loser in the remaining days before the U.S. Government again runs out of money due to congressional lack of financial appropriation.  This website believes that Speaker Pelosi would be a big loser if she fails to compromise with President Trump in any way.  Also, if Speaker Pelosi fails to fund any portion of the border wall, she will do serious harm to the future 2020 Democrat candidates.

However, if Speaker Pelosi allows a bill to pass the House that appropriates to President Trump $3.5 Billion or $4.0 Billion for wall construction, she will be viewed as a person who can compromise with the Executive Branch of our government.  This would greatly enhance the image of the Democrat Party in the 2020 Presidential election.  A sum of $4.0 Billion is entirely insufficient for much construction.  Yet, President Trump is not in a position to reject this paltry sum or he would be the one viewed as unable to compromise.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: The Speaker of the U.S. House is second in line to the office of President. The Vice President is first in line followed by the Speaker and then the members of the President’s Cabinet follow. By tradition and sensible caution, one member of the President’s Cabinet is designated as the survivor and does not attend the State of the Union address.  The designated survivor remains in a remote location and would become the acting President should a catastrophic attack happen during the State of the Union address. )

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Howard Schultz, The Kingfish, and Ross Perot

I must borrow a phrase from former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.  Humphrey was Vice President under Lyndon Johnson and was a candidate for President in 1968.  Humphrey was often referred to as ” the happy warrior. ” Humphrey would often precede his enthusiasms with : ” I was pleased as punch …”

I was pleased as punch when Howard Schultz announced that he would seek the Office of President in 2020 as an independent candidate.  Schultz was born July 19, 1953, in New York City and earned a BA Degree from Northern Michigan University.

After college, Schultz obtained employment with Xerox Corporation and later in 1982, at age 29, obtained employment at Starbucks.  Schultz, after success at Starbucks, decided to leave and start his own coffee shop.  In 1987, Schultz learned that Starbucks was seeking a buyer and bought Starbucks’ six stores along with other investors.  Today Starbucks has more than 28,000 stores in 77 countries.  It has returned more than 18,000% to investors since Schultz took the company public in 1992.  His net worth today is estimated to be $3.3 Billion.

As editor of WWW.Sanityandsense.com, I greatly admire Howard Schultz because of the decent way he has treated his employees.  Many U.S. corporations keep employee work hours below a level where the law requires the corporation to provide health care.  Schultz has provided health care to all of his employees, even many who were not working full time.  His compassion is a basic part of his decency and also because he remembers when his father did not have the financial resources to provide health care to him and the family.

Also, Schultz helps his employees who wish to attend college by scheduling their work hours to aid them.  Schultz is only one of a very small group of CEO’s who places the needs of his employees ahead of dividends.  Certainly, Starbucks has paid dividends, but never at the expense of employee welfare.

Schultz is not the first candidate to seek the Presidency as an independent.  Huey Pierce Long, Jr. ( 1893-1935) was the 40th. Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932.  Long was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1932.  Long was a Democrat populist who denounced the wealthy elites and supported President Franklin Roosevelt.  Long later came to believe that the ” New Deal ” did not do enough for the People.

Long split with Roosevelt in 1933 to plan his own Presidential bid in 1936. Long was assassinated in 1935.

In 1992, Ross Perot sought the Presidency as an independent.  Perot achieved ballot access in all fifty states.  It was a three way race between Perot and George H.W. Bush( Republican ) and Bill Clinton ( Democrat ). Many people believe that Perot would have been elected President if only he had “stayed the course.” Perot while leading the three way race dropped out in July, 1992, and then reentered the race in October, 1992.  Perot participated in all three televised Presidential Debates. Perot received 19% of the total popular vote which was the most ever received by a third party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate in 1912.

In the 58 presidential elections since 1788, third party or independent candidates have won at least 5% of the vote 12 times, which is in 21% of the elections.

In the history of the U.S., six independent parties have succeeded to become a major party.  In the U.S. Constitution, it is not mandated that there should be only two parties.  Indeed, third parties are a part of the presidential history of the U.S.  There could be 3,4,5, or 100 parties on the ballot in 2020.

R. Van Conoley  ( While I greatly admire the integrity of Howard Schultz, this article should not be considered as an endorsement of Mr. Schultz or any other Presidential Candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. )

 

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Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Environmentalists, and Science

Recently Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez stated that life on earth had only twelve more years to survive unless we acted immediately.  Being attractive and sincere hardly excuses the fact that AOC is almost completely devoid of both scientific and economic information.

Thirty years ago, the environmentalists informed me that the world would run out of oil within ten years.  It did not happen.  Twenty years ago, the environmentalists told me that within five years most of the costal cities of the world would be under water.  It did not happen.  Ten years ago, the environmentalists told me that global warming would make out planet so hot that people would be growing Orange trees in North Dakota and Montana due to global warming within four years.  It did not happen.

Am I a radical who denies these prognosticators of our environment?  Not al all.  I believe in science and the scientific method to make reasonable scientific prognostications.  It would be very wise for these environmental prognosticators to at least study the valid historical record before making themselves look extremely foolish.  In the following, I provide some clearly accepted scientific information that AOC and her friends should consider.

About 75,000 years ago, life on earth almost ended !  A giant explosion in the area now known as Indonesia sent up into the atmosphere massive amounts of smoke, ash, and other debris that covered thousands of miles !  The explosion was called Toba and it was the most violent volcanic event in earth’s history.  It spewed about 670 cubic miles of dirt, soil, and rocks into the air.  ( Editor’s Note: A cubic mile is a cube that is one mile in length, one mile in width, and one mile in height. ) 670 cubic miles of debris blown into our atmosphere is almost incomprehensible to contemplate.

As the toxic smoke and dirt and dust finally began to settle, all of Africa was deeply covered in this toxic debris.  Then the temperature of the earth began to drop rapidly as a “volcanic winter” killed most life on earth.  Almost all humans and most other organisms died, but a very small number of some survived. Scientists estimated that a total of only 2,000 humans survived and these individuals became the ancestral Adams and Eves of all humans on earth that exist today.

When scientists evaluate all life forms that ever existed on Earth, they find that 99.9% eventually became extinct.  Millions of species appeared on Earth and then withered and died.

The Earth has already sustained five major extinction cycles in which 90% or more of all life forms were exterminated.  It is an absolute certainty that other extinction events will happen again.

It could be only 10 days to our next extinction event or it could be 10,000 years before another extinction event happens.  Remember, no human anywhere knows for certain.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: The author believes that President Trump was very wise to develop a Space Program that will extend our living space in the Universe.  I omitted discussing the very real possibility that a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park may someday awaken from its long sleep and tear the United States apart and kill most life on Earth. It happened about 2 Million years ago and again 1.3 Million years ago. It will happen again sometime.  Carl Sagan, the great astronomer, stated that it was ” only a matter of time until a large asteroid hits the Earth.” Also, there are NEO’s ( Near Earth Objects) that cross the path of the Earth each year. Last year there were more than 16,000 NEO’s, but fortunately most were small or missed the Earth, but that could change in the future.)

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John C. Bogle Dead At Age 89

John C. Bogle died at age 89 on January 16, 2019.  John Bogle was often called Jack Bogle and he founded the Vanguard Investment Company in 1974 and built it into a giant mutual fund company that is estimated to have assets in excess of $5 Trillion today.

Jack built Vanguard on the belief that over the long term most mutual fund managers can not outperform the basic stock market averages.  Jack popularized the concept of indexing, which is the practice of structuring an investment to mirror the performance of a major market average like the S&P 500.

Whenever a young person asks my advice about how he/she should handle their money, my answer is always the same.  First, I suggest that they invest in themselves by obtaining a college degree or some college courses. Second, I suggest that they work in the ” real world” for at least one year. Then my last and final suggestion is to read and study all of the books written by John Bogle.

I am a great admirer of the writings of Jack Bogle.  His ideas are clearly expressed and he never attempted to promote his own Machiavellian self interests at the expense of investors.  He received numerous awards for his work in the financial field.  Today there is a group of people who follow Bogle’s ideas and they refer to themselves as Bogleheads.

R. Van Conoley

 

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