A Wise Saying – Part 113

   ” From our view, the dominance of the West since the Renaissance was a five-hundred year mistake that will soon be corrected. ”              Quote by a high-ranking Communist Chinese Party Official to the U.S. Ambassador in 2005.

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Clint Johnson Re-Evaluates A Response

   As a public service for all DeBary residents, I interviewed all three candidates seeking election to the office of Mayor.  Each candidate was asked the exact same questions.  Their answers were written in note form by me on a notepad.  After each question, I read each answer back to them slowly and then asked each candidate if they wished to make any corrections, deletions, or other additions. 

   On July 17, 2014, I interviewed Clint Johnson.  During the course of his interview, Mr. Johnson stated that he had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Stetson University.  Several DeBary residents contacted me and told me that this was not a true statement. 

   On August 9, 2014, I phoned Mr. Johnson and informed him about the situation.  At first, Mr. Johnson implied that I might have misunderstood his answer.  When I reminded Mr. Johnson how methodically and meticulously the information was recorded, Mr. Johnson changed his answer. 

    On August 9, 2014, Mr. Johnson stated that he attended Stetson University, completed courses at Stetson University, and may in the near future complete his Bachelor’s degree at Stetson University.

                                       R. Van Conoley  ( There are no ”trick questions ” during my interview process.  Neither I, nor Sanityandsense.com, plans to endorse any candidate for Mayor in the August 26, 2014, election. )

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John Bogle and David Stockman

   I enjoy studying and learning new things every day.  My fascination with mathematics and biochemistry has slowly been pushed to the side in recent years and replaced with studies in international economics and international finance.  With five university degrees, I surely do not need to acquire any additional university degrees nor do I see any value in studying one more ”professor written ” text book.

   As a retired person, I enjoy investing some savings in the stock market.  I found that the old Wall Street saying that it is ” better to be lucky than smart ” would often apply to me.  However, after the 2008 recession/depression, the stock market seemed to become a ”game” that became more difficult and complex.  I view the stock market as sort of a game and I enjoy winning much more than losing. In order to become a better investor, I have read hundreds of books about stocks, finance, economics, and investing over the past ten years.  Some were worthwile and some were less than worthless ! 

   I would like to recommend two recently published books that provide sound and factual information about finance, economics, and the stock market.  The first book is titled:  ” The Clash of Cultures – Investment vs. Speculation ” written by John Bogle.  John Bogle is the founder of the Vanguard Group of mutual funds where he served as chairman and CEO.  Time magazine named Mr. Bogle as one of the four investment giants of the twentieth Century.  His excellent book was published in 2012.

   The second book is titled: ” The Great Deformation ” and was written by David Stockman.  Mr. Stockman’s book was published in 2013.  Mr. Stockman was was elected as a Michigan congressman in 1976, and joined the Reagan White House in 1981.  He served Mr. Reagan as budget director and was a key architect of the Reagan Revolution.  He later worked at Salomon Brothers and then Blackstone Group. 

   While the smartest person in the world can not predict where IBM, or any other stock, will close on the next trading day, these two financial geniuses clearly explain how our economy and markets operate and how our markets have evolved.  Their arguements are so well reasoned that these two books reveal what the economic future will be with a very high probability of accuracy.  

                                  R. Van Conoley

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A Wise Saying – 112

” Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.”            Michel de Montaigne ///     R. Van Conoley ( Possibly I might modify this wise saying as follows:   ” Stubborn clinging to one’s opinion after it has been scientifically refuted is a sign of psychosis. ”

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Hot- Hotter and Hottest

    To prove once again that the famous website, Sanityandsense.com is well in front of the curve, I call your attention to the well read article titled:  ” Fifty Shades of Green : The Petula Southey Story. ”  Scenes were released today from the upcoming movie: ” Fifty Shades of Grey. ”  It made international news !  People are talking about this movie !

   ” Fifty Shades of Green: The Petula Southey Story ” is rated IQ-140.  Individuals with an IQ less than 140 should not read this outstanding article unless accompanied by an individual with an IQ of 140 or higher.  This is the blockbuster that some of you may have missed.  If you read it before, as so many people did, it has the same memorable character: Petula Southey !

                                       R. Van Conoley

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A Wise Saying – Part 111

  An independent individual is an unbalanced individual.  The confidence and self-esteem which keep independent individuals on an even keel are extremely perishable and they must be generated anew each day.  An achievement today is but a challenge for tomorrow. 

   The soul of the autonomous individual has the aspects of a volcanic landscape.  There is a seismic line running through it.  This line is the line that separates the individual from himself.  All the enthusiasms, dreams, and aspirations have their origins along this line.  Independent individuals try to heal over the seismic line by a reconciliation with the self through achievement, or camouflage it by self-forgetting, or eliminate it by self-rejection. 

                            R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s note:  I suspect that 98% of the people who read this aphorism will find it meaningless.  I believe that about 2% will understand it immediately.  Unfortunately, the 98% who find it meaningless are the individuals who most need to comprehend the aphorism and the wisdom it contains. )

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Clint Johnson For DeBary Mayor – 2014

   The following interview with Clint Johnson took place on July/17/2014.  Sanityandsense.com provides this information as a public service for all De
Bary residents. 

#1) Would you please state your background.   Ans.  ” I am 28 years old and I was born in Sanford, Florida.  I am married and I live with my wife, Alicia, in DeBary.  I earned a B.A. Degree in Business from Stetson University.  My mother, father, and both sets of grandparents live here in DeBary.  I am a Relator and I have been very fortunate to have owned and operated several successful bussiness enterprises.  Presently, I am the owner and CEO of ‘ Screen Enforcement ‘ in DeBary and I have operated this business for six years. ”

#2) What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness that you bring to the office of Mayor?    Ans.  ” My greatest strength is my ability to communicate clearly and concisely with people in all areas.  My greatest weakness is that I tend to lack patience with individuals who attempt to take advantage of our city government. ”

#3) As of this date, how much money have you collected and how much money have you spent.   Ans.  ” I have collected about $ 7,000.00, and I have spent $ 6,000.00 ”

#4) What issue do you believe is the most important issue for DeBary and why is it important?    Ans.  ” I believe that growth in our city is the most important issue.  DeBary needs leadership that is not afraid to fight for smart growth that serves to accentuate and improve our unique atmosphere. ”

#5) Would you discuss the issue of gambling?   Ans.  ” This is an important issue worthy of serious consideration if it arises again. ”

#6) Would you discuss taxation?   Ans.  ” I have made a very serious effort to understand the financial aspects of SunRail.  Unfortunately, I have not received any straight and factual answers.  Clearly, SunRail will impact our city, but without facts it is difficult to evaluate how this project will modify our tax base.  I am opposed to higher taxes and will continue to seek an understanding of potential future burdens.”

#7) Would you discuss growth and development in DeBary?   Ans.  ” I was the only person on the ‘ planning and zoning ‘ board to vote against the variances requested by the Dollar General Store.  I will continue to insist on growth that will improve our city. ”

#8) Are there any sections of the city budget that you believe should be decreased?  Ans.  ” I would like to decrease the amount of funds that are budgeted for administrative bureaucracy. ”

#9) Are there any sections of the budget that you believe should be increased if you are elected?  Ans.  ” I would like to see more discretionary funds available for prompt and efficient servicing of the day to day needs of our residents. ”

#10) Please rate City Manager Parrott on a scale from one to ten with 1 as the lowest and ten as the highest.   Ans.  ” 8 ”

#11) Should DeBary have our own fire department?  Ans.  ” Presently I am satisfied with our fire services.  However, I believe that the Council should conduct a yearly review to determine the most cost efficient direction. ”

#12) Should all DeBary residents have county water?  Ans.  ” Those residents who do not presently have county water could petition the Council to bring county water to them.  I would support the petition if the concerned individuals were willing to assume the financial burdens required. ”

#13) If the U.S. has another serious economic recession/depression like 2008, what will you do to fund the revenue shortage?  Ans.  ” I would reduce services that are not essential for the safety of the residents of DeBary. ”

#14) Would you please make any additional comments that you believe need to be discussed?  Ans.  ” It is an honor to offer myself to the task of working with the residents for a better DeBary.  I look forward to earning not just a vote, but your support. ”

                         R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s note:  Clint Johnson is one of three candidates seeking the office of Mayor on August 26, 2014.  This website plans to present all Mayoral candidates the opportunity to present their views. )

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A Wise Saying – Part 110

  When people accuse others they are actually excusing themselves.  The more people need to justify themselves, the greater will be their self-righteousness.  Hence, the democrat crooks in congress continually accuse the republican crooks of evil acts and lack of integrity.  The republican crooks continually accuse the democrat crooks of evil acts and lack of integrity.  It amazes me to ponder that they are both absolutely correct.  However, the U.S. can not survive as a Republic unless sensible and sane Americans demand a constitutional amendment that allows third parties fair and equal ballott access in all federal elections without the reprehensible qualifying fees.  Also, third party access must be exactly the same for all fifty states. 

                                   R. Van Conoley

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The Catholic Church: A Study of Wealth and Sin

   I was quite impressed when Pope Francis stated that the Roman Catholic Church must strip itself of all ” vanity, arrogance, and pride” and humbly serve the poorest in society.  The Pope stated that he wants today’s Catholic Church to resemble Francis of Assisi’s ” Church of the poor.”

   After listening to the Pope’s words, I decided to find out exactly who is the richest of the rich in the world today.  Surely the richest organization in the world would be able to give some of their vast wealth to help the poor. 

   Research revealed that the largest financial power on the face of the earth is none other than the Roman Catholic Church.  It is amazing that an instution that claims to represent the teachings of Jesus Christ is so top heavy in wealth.  To have some idea of the net worth of the Roman Catholic Church, we must take all of the assets of Exxon Mobil Corporation and then add them to all of the assets of General Electric Corporation and then add the assets of Microsoft Corporation and then add the assets of ATT and then add the assets of Boeing Corporation.  Now take that massive sum and multiply it by ten and you will have a close approximation of the net worth of the Catholic Church. 

   The Vatican has billions of shares in U.S. corporations that comprise the U.S. S&P 500 stock index.  The Vatican also owns massive real estate holdings throughout the world.  Also, the Vatican has billions of dollars in gold which is held not only in the Vatican Bank, but also in banks throughout the world. 

   A priest made the following statement some years ago at the New York Catholic Conference:  ” The Catholic Church is the biggest corporation in the United States.  We have a branch office in every neighborhood.  Our assets exceed those of U.S. Steel and ATT combined.  Our roster of dues paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States government.”   This quote is outdated.  What the priest failed to state is how rapidly the Roman Catholic Church has managed to grow their wealth in the past thousand years !

   I would hope that Pope Francis would sell some of the massive assets of the Church and help the poor.  However, I seriously doubt that this will happen.  The Catholic Church is clearly in the business of wealth accumulation and not very much in the business of helping the poor. 

   Also, the Roman Catholic Church has been busy in the 20th Century hiding pedophile priests from civil law enforcement.  Sometimes the Catholic Church can act very quickly.  The Vatican and the Catholic Church helped establish escape routes for Nazis fleeing Europe at the end of World War II. French Cardinal Eugene Tisserant and Argentine Cardinal Antonio Caggiano were especially good at helping their Nazi friends escape allied justice.  The readers are directed to the article on this website titled: ” The Vatican and Their Nazi Friends.”  Also interested readers can simply type the word ‘ Vatican ‘ into the search box on the top right side of the home page.  Click go and sixteen articles will appear about the Catholic Church and pedophile priests and other illegal activities by the Catholic Church. 

   Father Gabriele Amorth was the Vatican’s chief exorcist for many years.  Father Amorth said that satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as ” cardinals who do not believe in Jesus and Bishops who are linked to the Demon.”  Father Amorth stated very clearly that sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that ” the Devil is at work in the Vatican.”   I wonder how any true Christian could disagree with Father Amorth?

                            R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s note:  The book titled: ” The Godfather” by Puzo brought about several movies based on the book.  The last ” Godfather” movie took place in the Vatican.  Many people failed to see that the movie was implying that organized crime was finally taking over the largest and wealthiest organization on the face of the earth, The Vatican. ”

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Christian Coalition Defines Marriage

   If a man had a transgender operation to become a woman and then married a woman who had a transgender operation to become a man, would this couple meet the Christian Coalition definition of marriage?  It appears that the Christian Coalition definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman would have been satisfied twice. 

                              R. Van Conoley

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