The Death Penalty – Part 2

Jonathan Jay Pollard ( born August 7, 1954 ) is a former United States government agent who pleaded guilty in 1987 to spying for Israel.  Pollard provided top secret classified information to Israel.  He was sentenced to life in prison.

Israeli officials, American-Israeli activists, and even some American politicians have lobbied for a reduction of his sentence.  The Israeli government issued a formal apology for its role in Pollard’s espionage in 1987.  However, Israel did not admit to paying Pollard until 1998.

Many past and present U.S. officials oppose any form of clemency for Pollard.  These include Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, former CIA Director George Tenet, multiple former Secretaries of State and Defense, a bipartisan group of U.S. congressmen, and past and present members of the U.S. Intelligence community.  These opponents maintained that the damage done to U.S. security as a result of Pollard’s spying was much more severe than publically acknowledged.

Pollard passed the most sensitive secrets to Israel.  Pollard passed the NSA’s ten volume manual on how the U.S. gathers signal intelligence around the world.  Also, Pollard disclosed the names of thousands of individuals associated with U.S. Intelligence.

Americans will never find a complete analysis of Pollard’s treason revealed by the biased media in the U.S.  Many sources in the U.S. Intelligence community state that Pollard’s treasonous information after it was sold to Israel did not remain in Israel.  There is strong and compelling evidence that Israel traded some of the intelligence to third parties and foreign governments that could have used it to seriously damage or even destroy the U.S.  The exact number of American agents that were eventually murdered by Pollard’s treason remains in dispute.

Sanityandsense.com believes that federal cases involving terrorism and treason against the U.S. should be prosecuted with the intent of seeking the death penalty.  Sanityandsense.com believes that Pollard should have been executed for his treason against the U.S. and the American People.  Pollard is scheduled for release from prison on November 20, 2015.  Sanityandsense.com believes that Pollard should remain in prison for life and that his sentence should never be commuted !

The U.S. government encourages both terrorism and treason by failing to employ the death penalty when facts demand the most extreme punishment.  The failure of the U.S. government to employ the death penalty when needed presents a clear and present danger to our Republic !

R. Van Conoley

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The Death Penalty – Part 1

It is essential to our Republic that America must maintain a fair and just judicial system.  Our system fails when a guilty individual is found not guilty by a court.  A much greater failure happens when an innocent individual is found guilty and sentenced to jail.

A large majority of Americans support the death penalty, even though the level of support has decreased slightly over the past twenty years.  Seven in ten Americans stated that there are enough safeguards in our judicial system to prevent the execution of an innocent person.

The real fear that an innocent person might be executed has been used as an excuse by some state governments to remove the death penalty from state law.  Sanityandsense.com believes that all 50 states should retain the death penalty for the prosecution of the most extreme cases.

In a hypothetical example, lets assume that children begin to disappear in a region of a state.  After years of work, a special task force obtains information that an individual might be involved.  The stf obtains a legal search warrant from a judge and searches the house in question.   The stf locates a hiding place behind a wall.  The hiding place contains at least one ” token” from each of the missing children.  When confronted with this evidence, the defendant admits that he abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, then killed each of the missing children.  He then buried each of the bodies.

Sanityandsense.com believes that sane and sensible Americans should demand the death penalty in a case like the hypothetical case stated above.  Sanityandsense.com believes that the death penalty could, and probably should,  be applied in cases involving terrorism and treason.  In ” The Death Penalty – Part 2, ” Sanityandsense.com will discuss a case where a guilty individual is scheduled for release in 2015.

R. Van Conoley

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DeBary Council Meeting on August 18/ 2015

I attended the DeBary Special City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – sort of !  I arrived at about 6:50 p.m. and noticed that all seats were taken.  After the meeting started, I left and got a hamburger.  When I returned, I got a seat.

The issue of amending city rules and regulations in order to allow gambling was defeated on a 3-2 vote.  Mayor Clint Johnson and Councilman Chris Carson supported the amendments to allow gambling.  The other three councilmembers were opposed.

After the meeting, I spoke with city manager Dan Parrott and was joined by Councilman Mike Brady.  While we were talking, Mayor Clint Johnson came down the inside staircase from the second floor and barged into the rope barrier.  At first I thought that Mayor Johnson simply did not see the barrier.  However, as Johnson turned to leave, he turned back toward Councilman Brady and shouted in a sarcastic voice that Mr. Brady had cut off his ability to speak.

This is the third time I have felt embarrassed for Clint Johnson.  The first time was during the campaign when he was caught lying.  The second time was when Johnson had his infamous ” meltdown ” during the Wal-Mart meeting.  The third time was tonight (8/18/2015)  when Johnson verbally attacked Mr. Brady.

Mr. Johnson, I hope that you can do some self-reflection and learn from your mistakes.  I offer you the following advice Mr. Johnson.

1) You are an elected mayor of a small city.  You were not elected King or ruler of Southwest Volusia County.

2) You have created a lot of negative feelings toward you by your arrogance and lack of common sense.

3) You like all other councilmembers have only one vote.

4) You need to learn to listen to the other four councilmembers.

5) You need to learn to accept defeat graciously and avoid blaming others for your mistakes.

6) You need to understand that as an elected official the residents of DeBary have the legal right to criticize you ( within the bounds of civility ). You should listen to the criticisms and learn from them.

7) You need to understand that the citizens of DeBary, like most Americans, can easily “see through” fast talking and duplicitous politicians.

8) You need to spend less time on promoting your agenda and spend more time on learning on how to work and interact effectively with others.  I suggest that you read and study closely Stephen Covey’s book titled:  ” The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. ”

R. Van Conoley

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The Most Dangerous Thing In The World !

I believe that the most dangerous thing in the world is fanaticism.  J.B.S. Haldane counts fanaticism among only four really important inventions made between 3000 B.C. and 1400 A.D. !  Fanaticism was a Judaic-Christian invention.  Fanaticism is an instrument for raising societies and nations from the dead.  It is also an instrument for destroying societies and nations and ultimately the entire world.

While I view all fanatics as extremely dangerous to mankind, I view the religious fanatics as the worst of the worst.  The Christian religion has a very small percentage of fanatics that pose a danger to the world.  The Jewish religion has a very small percentage of fanatics that pose a danger to the world.  The Islamic religion has a very small percentage of fanatics that pose a danger to the world.

Fanaticism is a concept that is somewhat difficult to understand and it frequently is avoided in historical analysis since ” one man’s terrorist ( fanatic ) is another man’s freedom fighter.” One example of Christian fanaticism existed decades ago when Catholic fanatics and Protestant fanatics brutalized and killed each other in Ireland.  There are many other examples that could be listed.

In today’s politically charged society, the U.S. news media frequently presents examples of Islamic fanaticism.  Just turn on your TV for a while to any news station.

But most importantly, Jewish fanaticism in Israel seems to be growing as fast and as deadly as Islamic fanaticism !  Shira Banki, age 16, was murdered by a Jewish fanatic, Yishi Schissel.  Schissel was an ultra-Orthodox Jew who killed Ms. Banki at a gay pride march in Israel.  Recently Saad Dawabcheh and his infant daughter were murdered by other Jewish fanatics.  Possibly some Americans may not be aware of the examples of Jewish fanaticism since the extremely biased American news media sedulously eschews all discussion of Jewish fanaticism.

The Christian religion, the Jewish religion, and the Islamic religion are not the issue nor are they the problem.  The small percentage of fanatics in each of these religions constitute 99.99 % of the problems.

Israel is a country where religious freedom does not exist.  If you live in Israel and you are not considered Jewish by state standards, then you are a second-class citizen and do not have all of the rights of  Jewish citizens.  Unfortunately, Israel is essentially surrounded by countries that are as intolerant of non-Muslims as Israel is intolerant of non-Jews.

Does it make sense for America, where religious freedom is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, to give more than $ 3 BILLION in aid to Israel every year ? Does it make sense for America to give aid to other countries where Islamic intolerance and Islamic fanaticism are the norm ? Sane and sensible Americans strongly say no !

Peace can only exist in the Middle East when Christian fanaticism, Jewish fanaticism, and Islamic fanaticism are reduced to negligible dimensions.  Unfortunately the Billions of American dollars in foreign aid given to this volatile region have increased all three forms of religious fanaticism.  Once again the democrat crooks and the republican crooks in the U.S. are the source of the problem and are not part of the solution.  It is very sad and very dangerous for America and you will never hear any sane and sensible analysis of this issue in the biased American media !

R. Van Conoley ( If you wish to read more about this topic, please type the word FANATICISM into the search box at the top of the home page of this website.  Additional articles will appear.  Opposing opinions are welcome on this website. )

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Hiroshima – 70 Years Later

In a few days, on August 6, 2015, it will have been seventy years since American forces deployed an atomic bomb called ” Little Boy ” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  The Chief Executive and Commander of all American forces, President Harry Truman ordered the American military to begin deployment of nuclear weapons that were developed by the Manhattan Project.

On August 9, 1945, the second atomic bomb called ” Fat Man ” was dropped on Nagasaki.  On August 15, 1945, Japan announced its surrender to the allies.  The document of surrender was signed on September 2, 1945, and World War II was ended.

No member of the Japanese Imperial Family was indicted for war crimes.

Today the U.S. still maintains a military presence in Japan.  Many Americans believe that the time is long overdue to remove all military forces from Japan and to develop a sane and sensible foreign policy in Asia.  The U.S. remains “tied” to Japan by treaties that most believe are long outdated.  Possibly the best interests of America would be served by recognizing that Japan should not be favored over China in Asia.

George Santayana stated: ” Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Presently, Sanity and sense believes that there is much that the U.S. can do in the future in Asia by understanding our past.

R. Van Conoley

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America’s Lies

I am not a friend of Iran and I do not like the Iranian leadership.  However, the blatant lies broadcast on our airways are very disturbing.  Day after day, I listened to the beating of the war drums by several different television networks and I wondered when some truthful information would be forthcoming.

It makes me sick to say it, but the lies and false information propagated in our country in the past decade makes Hitler’s and Stalin’s propaganda pale by comparison !

For whom does the Black Helicopter fly?  It may fly for thee.

R. Van Conoley ; August 2, 2015

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The U.S. Is Israel’s Bitch – Part 2

I find Barack Obama to be just as incompetent as President George W. Bush (43).  However, President Obama recently made a wise decision that I admire.  Mr. Obama finally had the courage to stand up to the totally psychotic policies of the Republican War Party.

There exists a psychotic group of warmongering individuals who advised Bush(43) that Saddam Hussein had deadly weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s).  Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Bolton helped lead the U.S. into an unneeded and unnecessary war against Saddam Hussein by falsifying claims against Iraq.  Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with the terrorist attack against the U.S. that happened on September 11, 2001.

This same group of warmongering individuals, with additional support from most of the GOP candidates for president, has attempted to convince Obama and the U.S. Public that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb.  The truth has been known since 2007.  The National Intelligence Estimates ( NIE’s ) are the authoritative findings of America’s 16 top intelligence agencies.  All NIE’s since 2007 have very clearly shown that most of Iran’s nuclear research has been abandoned since 2003.  Most of the nuclear research in Iran was directed at starting nuclear reactors for the production of electricity.

In 2003, the Ayatollah Khamenei issued a ” fatwa ” or total ban against the possession of nuclear weapons by the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The anti-nuclear weapons ban was in keeping with a similar fatwa against biological and chemical weapons issued by Khamenei’s predecessor, the Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Republican Party’s lies are designed to support all of Israel’s hate speech and vitriolic statements directed at the Islamic religion and against all non-Jewish states in the Middle East.  Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statement that the Iran nuclear deal makes ” the world more dangerous ” is utter nonsense and an absolute lie.  Netanyahu’s hatred of the Islamic religion is even more vitriolic than the German Nazi’s hatred of the Jews during the 1940’s.

A “Jewish Lobby” and an ” Arab Lobby ” both exist in the U.S.  Both attempt to persuade federal candidates for congress and for president to accept their views regardless of their veracity.  As a law abiding American Citizen, I am troubled greatly by how much foreign governments now involve themselves in our political process.  I am even more troubled by how much the republican crooks and the democrat crooks quickly accept ” political contributions. ”  I am even more shocked by how the U.S. Government is willing to support some foreign countries knowing very well that their support is based on lies and totally false information.  Also, the U.S. Government is willing to harm some foreign countries knowing very well that their opposition is based on lies and totally false information.  Far too many Americans seeking office to congress or to the office of president are willing to sell their integrity and sell out the American People for a “few pieces of gold” to finance their corrupt campaigns !

America loses some of our power and prestige every time a corrupt individual is elected to public office.  Our Republic must not blindly accept intelligence information from foreign countries without first confirming the truthfulness of the information.  Bush(43) took the U.S. into an illegal war not declared by congress using false information.  Now Israel is attempting to defame Obama for not following their orders and demands.  Our Republic must do much better !

R. Van Conoley

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The U.S. Is Israel’s Bitch

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently stated that the Iran nuclear deal makes the world more dangerous and that Israel is not bound by it.  The arrogance shown by Netanyahu is amazing.  He seems oblivious to the fact that a growing majority of Americans in both the Democratic Party and the coalition of independents view Israel in a negative light and do not approve of America’s relationship with Israel.

U.S. hypocrisy in dealing with Israel is beyond amazing.  It is known throughout the world that Israel has nuclear weapons and Israel has more than just a few for self-defense.  The U.S. asked Israel not to develop nuclear weapons many years ago.  Not only did Israel develop nuclear weapons, but the U.S. media never mentions that Israel has nuclear weapons.

The electronic media in the U.S. continually terrorize Americans by stating that Iran may someday obtain a nuclear weapon.  Yet the media, on both the left and the right, fail to mention that Israel is a nuclear armed state and is 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 clear statement that International Laws that apply to other countries do not apply to Israel !

Also, Americans in all political parties are opposed to giving American tax dollars to foreign countries in the form of foreign aid or in any other form.  Since it was founded in 1948, Israel has become the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance.  Israel has received a known total of 121 Billion dollars taken from American taxpayers.  In 2007, the Bush Administration established a 10 year, 30 Billion Israeli aid package for fiscal years 2009 through 2018.  The Obama Administration allocated for FY2014 a sum of $3.1 Billion.  Could these vast sums of American tax dollars been used here in the U.S. to help Americans?

Starting with George W. Bush (43) and continuing under President Obama, the U.S. has effectively ceased to be a country of laws.  The U.S. Government enforces the laws it likes and ignores laws that it does not like.  America’s failure to support the U.S. Constitution and to enforce Federal Laws is the reason that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. NSA joined in an illegal alliance with Israel to develop the Stuxnet computer worm-virus.  This was a clear act of War by an illegal coalition and violated the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Federal Laws.

Americans might be inclined to believe that Israel would be grateful to our country.  Unfortunately, Israel on June 8, 1967, attacked an American ship in international waters.  Israel murdered 34 Americans and injured 171 others.  Since the ship, the USS LIBERTY, was flying an American flag and since Israel overflew the ship for hours before the attack, no sane or sensible individual can believe the foolish claim by Israel that this was a mistake.

As an American, I believe that Iran will continue to work to develop nuclear weapons just like Israel.  However, this treaty will make it more difficult for Iran to work on nuclear weapons.  Since Netanyahu does not like this deal, I believe that the U.S. should cease all aid to Israel.  If we do not, America will continue to be Israel’s bitch and  continually violate the U.S. Constitution and American Law while Israel continues its ongoing genocide against the Islamic religion and against all non-Jewish cultures and countries in the Middle East.

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note: You might also be interested in reading four other posts on this website.  They are: 1) ” Who Does Not Like Israel? ” Published 12/6/2014; 2) ” Israeli-Palestinian Deaths” Published 11/20/2012;  3) ” The Benghazi Libya Cover-Up and Israel ” Published 11/11/2012; and most importantly 4) ” The Upcoming Israeli-Iranian War ” Published 10/11/2010.  Just type the key word ISRAEL in the search box at the top of this website and these articles will appear for your perusal.)

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Teaching Mathematics

1) Teaching Math in the 1960’s.  = A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $ 100.  His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.  What is his profit ?

2) Teaching Math in the 1970’s.  =  A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $ 100.  His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $ 80.  What is his profit ?

3) Teaching Math in the 1980’s.  =  A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $ 100.  His cost of production is $ 80.  Did he make a profit ?  ( Yes or No )

4) Teaching Math in the 2000’s.  =  A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and cares nothing for the habitat of the animals.  He made a profit of $ 20.  Topic for class participation : How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? There are no wrong answers and everyone will earn an A.

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A Wise Saying – Part 120

” Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible;  but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ”       Reinhold Niebuhr

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