A Wise Saying – Part 152

A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, and a weak economy leads to a weak nation.       Ross Perot

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The Extraordinary Option – Martial Law

It seems quite apparent that President Donald Trump will have to impose Martial Law in the U.S. for a period of time.  Imposition of Martial Law has happened only twice in the history of the U.S.  President Lincoln imposed Martial Law on a national scale during the Civil War.  President Roosevelt imposed limited Martial Law for a time during World War II.

Martial Law may be declared by the President under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15, of the U.S. Constitution.  The U.S. Supreme Court stated that the term Martial Law carried no precise meaning.  Essentially it means whatever the President says it means while Martial Law is in effect.   ( Supreme Court reference– Duncan v Kahanamoku, 327, U.S. 304, 1946. )

Under a declaration of Martial Law, President Donald Trump could direct FBI agents and U.S. Marshals to arrest any and all city, county, and state elected officials who are in violation of U.S. Laws.  All Federal Laws are supreme to any city, county, or state laws.  The existence of sanctuary cities in the U.S. is in direct violation of Federal Law.  Presently there are 300 jurisdictions that have adopted sanctuary policies that are in violation of U.S. Law.  During the period of time Martial Law is in effect, individuals arrested for alleged crimes against U.S. Law may be held in jail without bail as long as Martial Law is in effect.  When the period of Martial Law is removed by the President, all aspects of due process are restored to all Americans.  During a period of Martial Law with individuals in jail, hopefully the Attorney General will assign Assistant U.S. Attorneys to each and every individual charged.  Then when Martial Law is lifted and those charged are released on bail, the U.S. Attorneys will be ready to begin prosecution as soon as the individual’s defense is ready.

There are additional problems that President Trump has to deal with.  Possibly these problems are so severe in nature that they may also need to be implemented under Martial Law conditions.

Problem # 1) Hillary Clinton: Hillary Clinton’s criminal investigation was not handled fairly by FBI Director James Comey.  The evidence overwhelmingly warranted a criminal indictment.  Director Comey looked like a complete fool after stating a long list of Ms. Clinton’s wrongdoings.  Then Comey stated that Ms. Clinton would not be a candidate for prosecution.  The only sane and sensible reason that Comey abused his legal responsibilities to such a great degree is that Comey was part of the Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, and other Obama insiders who abused the Constitutional Rights of Donald Trump and his staff. Comey probably knew about secret recordings of the Trump staff and possibly may have provided written or verbal documents to the Obama Team to help Hillary Clinton in her ill fated campaign.

So now. President Trump has the distasteful obligation to the American People to direct the U.S. Justice Department to indict Ms. Clinton for her egregious misuse of classified documents.  Additionally, President Trump has a moral obligation to direct the U.S. Justice Department to indict any and all individuals who misused the U.S. Intelligence services to illegally spy on the Trump campaign. Sadly, it seems likely that Barack Obama will be included.

Problem # 2) While Ms. Clinton was selling political influence to any and all countries who donated to the ” Clinton Foundation,” Donald Trump was involved in multinational business involving foreign countries.  No evidence whatsoever has been produced that President Trump or his staff committed any illegal actions, yet it may become necessary for President Trump to publically list his business involvements with some foreign countries.  This seems to many sane and sensible people like a gross invasion of Mr. Trump’s private business.  However, it may have to be done.

Finally, FBI Directors have reputations for unethical activities.  J. Edgar Hoover provided President Lyndon Johnson with files of extremely wealthy Americans for his reading enjoyment. Other Directors were incompetent.  As a law abiding American, Judge William Webster was the only FBI Director that I believed was an excellent choice and acted in the best interests of the American People and the Constitution.  President Trump, you must find an individual with the intelligence and integrity of Judge William Webster and appoint him FBI Director to restore trust in our most important law enforcement agency.

R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: On March 6, 2017, this website stated that FBI Director Comey should be fired.  Type Comey’s name into the search box to read the article. Sadly it appears that Comey may be guilty of many other criminal actions.)


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1) Civil War, 2) Balkanization, or 3) The Extraordinary Option

It has become increasingly clear that the President and congress can not manage nor control the Federal Government of the U.S. This situation has existed for at least thirty-six years and probably much longer.  Many believe that the problems reach far back to the administration of President Lyndon Johnson. President Donald Trump was elected by a vast majority of U.S. states to ‘fix’ a broken Washington, D.C.

Sanityandsense.com believes that one of three events will occur in the near future.  The three options are 1) Civil War, 2) Balkanization, and 3) The Extraordinary Option.  This article will discuss the first two.  The following article will discuss ” The Extraordinary Option. ”

The U.S. Civil War was a conflict that lasted from 1861 to 1865.  The Union, in the North, faced secessionists from  eleven Southern States known as the Confederacy.  In 1861, there were 34 states in the U.S.  The U.S. Civil War was the bloodiest in U.S. history.

A Civil War in the 21st. Century would not be regional in nature.  A 21st. Century Civil War would be ideological between the radical left and the radical right.  Sane and sensible individuals can see some aspects of this today without too much violence.  The probability of having a larger scale Civil War in the U.S. is estimated at slightly less than 10%.  Presently the news media is conducting a ” non-violent” war with about 90% of the media supporting the radical left and 10% of the media supporting the radical right.  However, the scatological reporting and false news being presented by a totally biased media can quickly become a violent event.  The probability of extensive violence is estimated to be about 10%.

Balkanization is a geopolitical term used to describe a process of fragmentation of a region or a country into smaller regions.  Balkanization of the U.S. would probability result in four separate independent countries.  The Northeastern U.S. would become one sovereign country. The Southeastern U.S. would become a second sovereign country.  The Northwestern U.S. would become a third sovereign country.  The Southwestern U.S. would become a fourth sovereign country.  The probability of Balkanization is estimated at about 10%.

Most Americans do not want a Civil War nor Balkanization.  That is why it is so extremely important to understand the third option that I have labeled “The Extraordinary Option.” The extraordinary option has an estimated probability of occurrence of 80%.  The next post on this website will explain the extraordinary option.

R. Van Conoley



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A Wise Saying – Part 151

” The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled. ”          Ross Perot

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The Foolish DeBary City Council

The DeBary City Council recently voted to give DeBary tax money to some students on the bowling team from a local high school.  The Charter of the City of DeBary empowers the DeBary City Council to expend tax dollars for clearly defined projects that benefit the city.  Our Charter does not have a provision whereby the taxpayers of DeBary are obligated to fund students who are traveling to a bowling championship.

All property owners in Volusia County can clearly view their yearly county tax bill. The largest portion of our county taxes goes to the public school system of Volusia County.  Additionally, the U.S. spends more tax money per student than any other country in the world.  No country in the world spends more money, per student, each year than the U.S. Since the U.S. has the most expensive educational system in the world, it should have the highest educational scores in the world when U.S. students are tested on international tests in history, chemistry, physics, foreign languages, reading comprehension and several other areas.

The U.S. Department of Education would publish educational test scores on international exams so U.S. citizens could see how U.S. students were performing in relation to other countries.  It is a public embarrassment to me, and to many other American Citizens, that American students performed near the bottom of many areas and at the bottom in other subject areas.  The international test scores of U.S. students continued to drop during the 1980’s and the 1990’s.  Many third world countries that were much poorer than the U.S. scored higher than U.S. students.  Finally scores of U.S. students became so abysmally low on international tests that the U.S. stopped participating in international testing.

Many sane and sensible people believe that many of the problems that exist in the U.S. Public School System were exacerbated and abetted by the educational philosophy of  John Dewey.  John Dewey (1859-1952) was a Fabian Socialist who developed the liberal progressive branch of educational philosophy.  Many college graduates who wish to be licensed by a state in the U.S. to become a teacher are required to take and pass several “educational philosophy” courses.  The liberal progressive branch of educational philosophy that future teachers must take in order to receive state certification is little more than an updated form of John Dewey’s socialist philosophy.

One of the values that seems to be greatly lacking in public education in the U.S. today is the concept of individual responsibility.  If the students on the bowling team had a scintilla of individual responsibility, they would have considered doing some extra work in their own neighborhoods and would have attempted to raise funds and pay for their own trip.  However, being taught the socialist value that government is the answer to everything, the students asked a governmental body to pay for their bowling trip.  John Dewey would have been proud of these students.  However, John Dewey would have been extremely proud of the DeBary City Council who sent a message that students should not accept either hard work or individual responsibility.  The Council sent a loud and clear message to the students that the government is the answer to all things.  Even when the Council had no legal mandate, in my view, the Council awarded money to the bowling team.

Now, I have two questions. 1) What will the Council do when the swim team, the tennis team, the soccer team, and the track team ask for money?  2) Why do individuals from most other countries in the world vastly outscore U.S. students?

R. Van Conoley  ( Editor’s Note:  I believe that parents should have the right to send their children to schools that reflect diverse values.  That is called Choice.  Far too many public schools in the U.S. today are a public disgrace.  The poorest individuals in the poorest sections of the U.S. are the greatest victims of the failing public school system. Our failing public schools, especially in the poorest urban regions, fail young Americans and doom them to a life of semi-illiteracy and poverty. )



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The Trashy City of DeBary

I am a resident of DeBary.  Also, I was elected to the DeBary City Council in 2008, by a large margin of votes.

The city government of DeBary has become an embarrassment to me any many other residents in recent years.  It was less than six months ago that I spoke in person with the acting city manager of DeBary about the trash collection system.  It seems that the waste collection employees fail to remove two bags of garbage from one garbage can.  They work just hard enough to remove one bag of garbage and all too frequently do not bother to remove the second bag of garbage !   Of course this is totally unacceptable.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, I placed two garbage cans of garbage, in the front of my house.  Each can of garbage contained two small bags of garbage.  The garbage collectors removed one bag from each can and left one bag in each can.  If I had not already reported this to city hall twice before, I could be rather forgiving.  However, since this has become a habit, it is totally unacceptable to me as a citizen of DeBary.  Since garbage is only collected ONCE a week, it is imperative that the trash collection division collects everything as required.

Additionally, I read and study in depth every single financial report that every candidate files in order to qualify as a candidate for DeBary city council.  I find it quite interesting that some members of the DeBary City Council accept political contributions from the corporation that collects our garbage.  When I was on the DeBary Council, I would not seek nor would I accept any contribution from any individual or corporation that had done business with DeBary.  Additionally, I would not accept any contribution from any individual or corporation that planned to do business with the City of DeBary in the future.  Obviously the corporation that collects the garbage in the City of DeBary is in violation of their contractual obligations and it may be past time to terminate this contract and employ a corporation that has the common sense needed to correctly perform a simple task like garbage collection.

The failure to perform a simple task like collecting the garbage indicates that the City Government of DeBary is not competent and the leadership of both the City Manager and members of the City Council is not fully effective.  As a resident, I fully intend to follow through on this issue.  On my way home, I noticed a headline in a newspaper that stated that the acting city manager was asking to work only three days a week.  In my view, the only reason that the acting city manager is employed by DeBary in the first place is due to the fact that sane and sensible individuals, who are fully qualified as professional city managers do not wish to associate themselves with the government of DeBary.

To show just how totally insane the government of DeBary really is, residents should be reminded that a legally elected Mayor, Clint Johnson, was removed from his position by the previous city council. Rightly or wrongly, Mr. Clint Johnson exercised his legal rights to appeal his removal to the Judicial System.  AT THAT POINT IN TIME, I urged the Council not to hold an election until Mr. Johnson got his day in Court. Instead the government of DeBary, by vote of the city Council, voted  to hold a special election to fill the Mayor’s seat.  This was morally wrong and totally foolish.

I am sure that there are some DeBary City employees who work hard and earn their salary every day. The question is: ” What percentage of DeBary City employees are working competently and earning their salaries. Is it 10%, 20%, 80% or 0% ?” Clearly DeBary needs a professional and full time city manager and qualified individuals will not apply for this position until our City Council members can demonstrate that they are sane, sensible, and competent individuals capable of managing a city government. It might be helpful to demonstrate competency by collecting the garbage correctly !  Also, the present acting city manager is a joke and he should be removed immediately.

R. Van Conoley    ( Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to imply that former Mayor Clint Johnson was right or wrong.  The issue was that the elected members of a previous council voted to spend taxpayer money for a special election before Mr. Johnson was allowed his legal right to present his views in a Court of Law. )



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A Wise Saying – Part 150

” War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. ”

Ross Perot

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Li Chao Yang

( Editor’s Note: This article was made possible by the extremely able assistance of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin and Jonathan Swift.  I greatly appreciate their hard work and assistance.  R. Van Conoley, Editor of Sanityandsense.com. )

The meetings in April, 2017, between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China were described as very successful.  President Xi Jinping hopes that his image as a world leader was enhanced since there is a Communist Party leadership congress later this year in China.

The meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping has received so much attention that another event in China has almost gone unreported in the U.S.  Chinese scientists have introduced the first humanoid robot in Shanghai.  The Chinese robot is named ” Jia Jia.”  Jia Jia looks exactly like a beautiful Chinese woman and is programmed with artificial intelligence also designated as AI.  AI allows Jia Jia to talk with people and answer questions on a high level.  Jia Jia charmed one man by stating: ” You are a handsome man. ”

President Xi Jinping was accompanied to his meetings with President Trump by his assistant, Miss Li Chao Yang.  The U.S. National Security Agency ( NSA ) and the Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ) had no information on file relating to Miss Li Chao Yang.  Wilbur Ross, a top advisor to President Trump, stated that: ” I have never met any individual who could speak in such depth on the many complex economic issues like Miss Li Chao Yang.”  U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is alleged to have said: ” I have never seen a woman as beautiful as Miss Li Chao Yang.  Having met her, I may wish to extend my visit to China later this year. ”

Miss Li Chao Yang spoke to President Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, in Serbian, French, and Italian as well as in English.  Melania Trump is a talented linguist and speaks six languages.

The NSA and the CIA advised President Trump that Li Chao Yang may not be a human but may in fact be a Chinese robot who has been programmed with a version of AI that is fifty times as advanced as the American version of AI and is at least ten times as powerful as human intelligence.  Unfortunately this information soon leaked to members of the U.S. media and members of the U.S. Congress.  Susan Rice stated that she had no knowledge of the leaks and only lied and falsely manipulated information while Barack Obama was president.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul stated: ” As a medical doctor, I would be glad to conduct a physical examination on Miss Li Chao Yang and advise President Trump of the results. We must determine if the Chinese Government is using advanced humanoid robots to defeat the U.S. ”

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stated: ” I demand to be present if Rand Paul conducts a physical exam on Li Chao Yang.  As a democrat, I know that a republican like Rand Paul will attempt to make this into a partisan issue. ”

U.S. Senator Richard Durban called for a congressional investigation to determine if China used advanced AI to help elect Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren stated that she had reliable sources who informed her that President Donald Trump spent three hours with Miss Li Chao Yang in the Lincoln Bedroom after one U.S.-China meeting.  Senator Warren called President Trump a male Chauvinist and called for a Senate Intelligence Committee meeting to determine if China used humanoid robots to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

R. Van Conoley

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Kim Jong-Un : Dictator of Mass Destruction

On February 13, 2017, Kim Jong-Nam was murdered in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kim Jong-Nam was the half brother of North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong-Un.  Two women murdered this man by touching his face with VX, a lethal nerve agent.  The two women were seen before the murder with four North Korean men in the airport.

The assassination was ordered by Kim Jong-Un.  On March 6, 2017, North Korea tested four intermediate range missiles in a show of force timed to coincide with U.S.- South Korean military exercises.

Sanityandsense.com published an article on September 16, 2016, before the November Presidential election.  A quote from that article reads: ” … I greatly admire Donald Trump because he had the courage and the common sense to talk about this issue ( North Korea ) during the republican primary debates. ” No other republican presidential candidate had the courage to bring up this issue !

The United States fought a ” Police Action ” in Korea from June, 1950 to July, 1953 in which 33,652 American lives were lost.

It is indisputable that Kim J0ng-Un presents a clear and present danger to world peace and to the U.S. and to all countries in the Asian region.  Sanityandsense.com, which has been extremely critical of the misuse of the U.S. military for the past 20 years, strongly urges President Trump to strike North Korea with extensive force that will destroy the North Korean military program and the North Korean nuclear program.  The U.S. has been pushed and dragged into wars time and time again.  Now the U.S. can avoid a future World War by striking North Korea with great force.  If carried out correctly the U.S. will not be required to place one American combat soldier on the ground in North Korea.

Please carry out your campaign ideas President Trump.  Of course it is not an easy decision, but failure to act is a far greater risk to the U.S. and to the world.

R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Go to the search box on this website’s home page and type in the words: Kim Jong-un. The click go and read carefully the article titled: ” Why I Like Donald Trump-Part 2. ” )


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The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting of March 14/2017

In a few hours, the Federal Open Market Committee will convene a meeting.  Do you know the names of the twelve members? Can you name one member? Two? Eight?

Do you know their schedule? Do you know their agenda? Please allow me to assist you since there is so much misinformation about the monetary policy of the U.S. Government.

There are seven members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Each member is appointed to a fourteen year term by the President of the U.S. and approved by the U.S. Senate.  One Board member’s term expires once every two years.  So President Trump will get the opportunity to appoint a member to the Federal Reserve Board very soon. ( Working 14 hours a day is a realistic excuse for President Trump’s failure to fill all vacancies on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. )

Presently there are only five confirmed members of the seven person Federal Reserve Board.  They are: 1) Janet Yellen ( Chairperson ), 2) Stanley Fischer ( Vice Chair ), 3) Daniel Tarullo, 4) Jerome Powell, and 5) Lael Brainard. Seat 6 is vacant. Seat 7 is vacant.

The Federal Open Market Committee ( FOMC ) consists of the seven members of the Board of Governors of the Fed plus five Federal Reserve Bank Presidents.  The President of the New York Fed is always one of the five members of the Open Market Committee.  So, the FOMC consists of the seven Board Members of the Fed plus the Bank President of the New York Fed plus four other Fed Bank Presidents.

Besides the seven Fed Board members, the FOMC in 2017 will have 1) William Dudley of the New York Fed, 2) Charles Evans of the Chicago Fed, 3) Patrick Harper of the Philadelphia Fed, 4) Robert Kaplan of the Dallas Fed, and 5) Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed at all FOMC meetings in 2017.

So, the FOMC will have five board governors plus the five Fed Presidents.  That gives a total of ten members.  Will the FOMC meet with just ten members or will the Fed use one or two of the Alternate members?

Strange that the Fed did not state the names of members of the FOMC before the March 14-15/2017 meeting. We know ten of the FOMC members. Are they going with just ten or will they add one or two alternates?   Sanityandsense.com has long contended that the composition of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is far more important to the American People than the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The result of the FOMC meetings of 3/14 and 3/15 will probably be an increase in an interest rate of 25 basis points or 0.25%.  This small increase in an interest rate controlled by the Fed will result in how investors all around the world view the wisdom of buying our debt.  Our debt is sold in short term obligations called T-Bills.  Our debt has longer term instruments called T-Bonds of various time parameters.  For example, a T-Bond with a ten year maturity will have a different interest rate than a T-Bond with a 20 year maturity.

Also, some stocks pay dividends.  When interest rates rise, investors usually want higher stock dividends or they will pay less for the stock.

Additionally, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are also having meetings this week ! The BOE and the BOJ also have the right to modify their interest rates.

Since a small increase in one interest rate like 0.25% can have such profound effects on the U.S. economy and the world economy, do you believe that the members of the Board of Governors  and the members of the Federal Open Market Committee are the best qualified individuals to make this important decision?

R. Van Conoley



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