Thursday, September 06, 2018

“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” – New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed Essay

I have been asked for my opinion about this one, and didn’t want to provide a flippant response while typing on my little phone keyboard, so it was time to dust off my blog and do this properly.

Let me begin how this essay begins.  They state that they are, “Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”.

By definition, this is treason!

Definition of treason: “the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.”

If you are “Part of the Resistance” inside ANY presidential administration, this can be considered to be an attempt to overthrow the government.

What we have here is a person working high in our government with the intent to overthrow our president.  Probably why they wish to remain anonymous.

Setting that aside though, let’s dig deeper in the essay.

many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

Not only is this person committing treason, but has admitted that there is a larger group within the government purposely trying to undermine our president!

The traitor pauses to state that, “many of its [the administrations] policies have already made America safer and more prosperous

And later in the essay they write, “There are bright spots…effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more

They are admitting that the current administration is doing a great job running this country, yet later on they claim that “the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective

Didn’t they just show that his “style” has been very effective?

Now they come to the heart of their opinion of the president.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality.

Apparently, because our president does not meet this person’s moral standards he must be overthrown.

I have news for you buttercup, there is not a moral requirement that our politicians must pass in order to be elected.  If there were, probably EVERY politician would have to leave office.

If this is the “root of the problem”, then it’s a non-issue.

They go on to say, “the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives

Here it is, the real root of their issue.  This president doesn’t tow the party line!

Really? The Horror!  That’s EXACTLY why he was elected!

Sometimes he agrees with Republicans, and sometimes he agrees with Democrats.  That’s what a good president SHOULD be doing!

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

I’m not a fan of the president as someone I would aspire to be, nor can I say that I am not embarrassed most of the time with his tweets and comments.

That being said, he has been the most transparent politician, not just president, that I have ever experienced!

You must remember he comes form a place of being very wealthy, and surrounded by “yes men” (and women).

Because of this he is arrogant, rude, not very chivalrous, and a bit demeaning toward others. He has not been groomed since childhood to suck up to people to get their votes, and doesn’t play well with others who attack him.

I would point out that because he doesn’t play the typical political games is why many people like him as a president.

Would I like a more distinguished, moral, and less-embarrassing person as our president?  Yes, if they still had the same remaining qualities.

Point blank, he gets things done!

I could go on and on, but you get where I am going.

This article is from some whiney-butt coward Republican, who can be compared to any child who apparently is not getting the attention they feel they deserve from their parents.

The last part goes for everyone who oppose our president, as well as the wussy who wrote this article.

To quote Senator Booker this morning during the Kavanaugh hearings, if you have something concrete on our president, “Bring it!”. Otherwise, shut up and let him do his job.

People on the left who merely whine and cry about anything and everything and try to pin them on our president demonstrate their lack of understanding. It’s the equivalent of when we were kids and they would say things like, “Oh ya, you’re a big meany”.

Our president is not a saint. Not a chivalrous person, loyal husband, or even a completely honest business man. But he is our president.

Unless he does something illegal, or corrupt, while in office, he should be allowed to do his job unmolested.

The literal avalanche of crap he has undergone so far speaks more about his strength as a person and leader compared to any previous president.

Give him some credit, and a little break.

I didn’t vote for President Obama, but I respected him as our president and hoped he would do a great job.

We should ALWAYS stand behind and support our president, regardless of who they are.  If they mess up while in the office, then certainly call them out on it.

Those of you who are in leadership positions at work, or in organizations.  Would you put up with, or like, a group of people in your organization actively working to attack every decision you make and trying to make you out to be a horrible person?

Guessing the answer is no.

Why are you backing the folks who are purposely trying to undermine our sitting president?

Take a good long look in the mirror.  If this is who you are, and you are happy with it, the problem isn’t our president. The problem is you.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Pirates of the Caribbean - Lost Tales

The problem is not the problem...


Clattering, banging, yelling, noise...

"What's all the hubbub and squawking?"

Captain Jack Sparrow's eyes began to come into focus as he realized he was in his quarters, and still a bit groggy.

Jack half rolled, half fell, off his bunk, hitting the floor with a thud.

Squinting, he crawled to his door and hung on the handle as he climbed to his feet.

Unlatching the door, and preparing his stature of that befitting a captain, he was about to step through the portal when he saw he was missing a boot.

Ah yes, he managed to remove only one the night before as he fell into bed.

Jack looked around his quarters and saw his boot ended up on the top of an empty bottle.

He crossed the room in a zigzag movement, yet the ship seemed perfectly still.

Captain Sparrow peered toward the door hearing more arguing and ranting...

Once the boot had been pulled into position, he made his way back to the door and threw it open.

On deck there was shoving, yelling, and what appeared to be the beginnings of an all out brawl, when the door from the captains quarters slammed against the wall.

The crew grew quiet as their leader stepped forward, trying to adjust to the bright sun.

"Gibbs!" he barked, and coming from right next to him was a familiar voice.

"Here sir!" First office Gibbs was just about to intervene in the situation on deck, but now that the captain had been roused, he took his direction from him.

"What is interrupting my slumber?" The crew eyed their captain, but none of them dared make a comment.  The first officer had known Jack for a long while, so he ventured the question.

"Slumber sir?" Gibbs looked to the sun high in the sky.

"It's past mid-day."

"Right you are Mr. Gibbs. I almost forgot, where's my rum?" Almost before he finished his statement a bottle showed up in his right hand.

Jack looked at the bottle surprised, looked at the crew member, then took a deep swig of the rejuvenating liquid.

"Now what is going on here?"

Gibbs began the explanation when one of the crew members interrupted...

"Bilge Rat Mike used the last of the fresh water supply to pour on his head!"

The captain glanced at Bilge Rat, then back to the crew.

"Have you smelled him lately? He did us all a favor." Jack smiled at his clever comment.

The crew member was undeterred.

"The problem is not that Bilge Rat smells, that's not much of a secret!  The problem is that we now have no fresh water!"

Captain Jack pondered that for a moment, but only briefly.

"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?"

The crew looked confused.

Jack could see the crew was lost. In order to have a crew that will blindly follow you in whatever crazy adventure you undertake, they had to be a little slow.

"Mr. Gibbs!" Jack bellowed, even though his first was still standing next to him.

"Aye Sir" Gibbs rapidly responded.

The captain continued.

"If we're out of fresh water, and it appears that we are, what is the prudent course of action?"

The first office stared at the deck for a brief moment then spoke.

"We acquire more sir!"

The crew still looked a bit vacant.

Captain Sparrow decided to use this as a teaching moment.

"You see men, throughout our lives, no matter the circumstance, we will always run into problems. Some small, some large, but problems will always arise.

"Getting all fussy about the problem won't do anyone any good. Mr. Gibbs is my first officer because he does not react angrily when confronted with a situation. He thinks about it and figures out a solution."

Jack turned to Mr. Gibbs and smiled, pleased with himself for choosing such a great first officer and friend.

"Let's not put this on Mr. Gibbs, however, I want you men to come up with a remedy for our current predicament."

The crew looked puzzled once more, so Jack reworded his statement.

"I want you men to tell me how we can get more fresh water."

Understanding came across some faces of the crew. There may be no hope for several of them.

Lefty yelled from the back. "From a lake!"

He seemed very proud of himself, and the crew all agreed.

Captain Jack decided to take it a bit further.

"And do we have a lake?"

The faces of the crew once again went blank.

"Mr. Gibbs, help them out."

The first office perked up.

"Sir, we need to put into land where a source of fresh water can be found."

The captain nodded in agreement.

"And where might that be Mr. Gibbs?"

Gibbs thought for a moment.

"We're near Pelegostos Island"

One of the crew, who still appeared to have at least one oar in the water, yelled, "That's where the headhunters are!"

Captain Sparrow waved a finger in the air and said, "Ah ah ah... Is this another problem?"

"It's a big problem!" another crewmen exclaimed.

Leading them on Jack continued. "And is the problem the problem?"

The crew fell silent.

After what seemed like an eternity, one of them finally said, "We need to have a good attitude about this problem."

Jack smiled and pointed to the crewman, "Exactly!"

"So, approaching this problem with a good attitude, what are our options for dealing with this?"

Mr. Gibbs was getting bored of the teaching game his captain was playing with the crew.

"If I may sir, we can land on the beach near the waterfall in the cover of night. We'll be able to fill our barrels and get back to the ship before they even knew we were there."

"Excellent Mr. Gibbs! Now you see men, with level heads there is no problem we can't solve.  Once you get all yelly about a problem you can't think clearly."

The captain pulled his compass from his pocket, gave it a glance, then looked to his first officer.

"Set a course Mr. Gibbs. Pelegostos Island for resupply."

He then glanced at the crew.

"And you all can take a lead from Bilge Rat Mike and stand under the falls for a bit once we get there.  You're all getting a bit ripe."

[Author's note: This story was written because I had found out the quote I had used in my previous article, and is attributed all over the Internet, was not an actual quote that Captain Jack Sparrow had said.  This was a problem.

So I took the advice of the quote and decided the problem wasn't the problem, it was everyone's attitude about the problem. So I calmly fixed the problem.

This story can be said that it was the time you all almost misquoted Captain Jack Sparrow!]

Hope you enjoyed the story.

- Rick

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Problem Is Not The Problem

"The problem is not the problem.  The problem, is your attitude about the problem." 
- Captain Jack Sparrow

I have this quote on the door to my office, because even though it comes from a movie character, it is very profound.

Most of what we deal with in life can be viewed as a problem.  From daily tasks, to interacting with other people, all are potential problems.

If you are mad at someone, the problem is your attitude being mad, not that the person was an asshat toward you.

How we handle situations is what gets us through life happy, or depressed.

Going through life pissed at the world, your job, your family, or your car, is not the universe out to get you. It's how you are choosing to live within the universe.

Don't get me wrong, I have my days when I let life get the better of me, and I get upset.  When I stop to think about it though, I get through it because I know the anger I feel is of my own making. I choose to move on, and get over it.

Dwelling on anything that has upset you is not healthy.

We are about to go head first into a political storm where we are faced with the prospect of two candidates that are honestly not our best foot forward as a country.

Those who know me well understand that I am not a Republican, nor a Democrat. I am an American first, and I will vote for whoever I think will be best for this country.

When president Obama was elected, although I did not vote for him, as an American my "attitude" was to support who was elected. We need to support those who have been placed in positions over us, because it's the right thing to do.

It doesn't matter if we agree with them, but everyone deserves a chance. Your boss, your parents, and even the president you didn't want.

We can complain, and discuss issues of what they are doing right and wrong, but ultimately we must support them.

Don't be confused with supporting them, and not supporting their policies and direction.  Two different things.

Currently, I don't agree with about 90% of what our president does, but as the office of the president, I will stand by him.

The same will hold true with whomever wins the upcoming election.  No matter which candidate wins, I will stand by them and hope they get their political act together and do a great job running this country.

If they falter, again regardless of who it is, I will be right in the front lines screaming my dissatisfaction.

After all it's not the problem, it's how we treat the problem that counts.

Be American first! Or whatever country you live in. Support your country, support your fellow humans, support the world population in the wake of these recent tragedies!

Don't give up on us, or give in to hatred toward others. We're all in this together.

Lets practice support and love for one another.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

President Obama Apologizes to Japan

 Recently I have read a lot of arguments that President Obama did not apologize to the Japanese for the bombing of Nagasaki or Hiroshima during WWII.  I listened to that speech as he was giving it, and it sure sounded like an apology to me.

 Instead of the usual, “Yes he did!”, “No he didn’t!” discussion between simpletons, let’s get a little more in-depth on the topic.

 Let’s begin by looking at one definition of what an apology is...

According to, an apology is

a written or spokane expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook. 2. a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.

 Now that we have a foundation to begin this analyzation, it’s time to dissect some of President Obama’s actual words.

How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth? How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. 
Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.
 Nations arise telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats. But those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different.

 This is a little disturbing in that it seems President Obama is comparing the defense of ourselves as a “license to kill” based on our faith.  This most certainly falls within the apology definition since it is an expression of remorse for our attack on Japan.

 The United States did not drop bombs on Japan based on a religious crusade, we dropped them during the course of war, to stop the aggression and war-making ability our enemies possessed.

 Later in his speech, President Obama goes on to say,

Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering. But we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.

   Here we see that President Obama acknowledges that the United States shares in the blame for the suffering of the Japanese people. This also falls within the definition of an apology.

 Still further he continues,

We’re not bound by genetic code to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can choose. We can tell our children a different story, one that describes a common humanity, one that makes war less likely and cruelty less easily accepted.

 I fully understand he is referring more generally to all war and battles, but he is at this location, speaking to the Japanese, so indirectly this can also be interpreted as an apology that he regrets the mistake the United States made when they dropped the bombs.

 Did President Obama come right out and apologize for the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? No. But I think the argument is there that some of the wording in his speech is clearly doing just that.

Why not apologize for dropping the bombs? President Truman explains,

Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans. ("Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S Truman, 1945", pg. 212). - From

 Don’t get me wrong.  I believe the President gave a great speech, and I believe his message was a great one.

My own nation’s story began with simple words: All men are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Realizing that ideal has never been easy, even within our own borders, even among our own citizens. But staying true to that story is worth the effort. It is an ideal to be strived for, an ideal that extends across continents and across oceans. The irreducible worth of every person, the insistence that every life is precious, the radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family — that is the story that we all must tell.
 Here’s hoping that eventually this world can get along with one another, and stop bloodshed on a global level forever.

 We’ll never be able to prevent all death, because there will always be individuals that are evil. Unfortunately, until large groups of people stop trying to exterminate one another, war is inevitable. The answer we unleashed on Japan was horrifying, but it helped bring a quick end to a world that was in conflict.

 I fear this same answer may be the only way we can stop it in the future.  I hope I’m wrong.  If we continue to let others dictate their hateful way of life across this planet, the only response left will be massive destruction.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

U.S. Government Announces Microsoft "Unfit for duty"

In a startling press conference today, the Government of Ugly Scientists announced that their current maze-running rodent, "Microsoft" has taken ill with a variety of horrible viruses.

After declaring that Microsoft was "unfit for duty", the lead ugly scientist, Dr. Bartholomew Boobonscrap, informed a shocked audience that their trusted maze-runner, "Novell" will be back in action soon.

Asked if Microsoft would ever recover Dr. Boobonscrap said only that it was determined on how well he reacted to the continuous antiviral injections.

Monday, December 22, 2014

You Got To Have Faith

 I have to tell my tale so often that I thought it was time to write it down.

 First, let me clear a few things up.

 An atheist is a Satan worshiper.  False.  That would imply that we believed in the Christian mythos, which we do not. Without the Christian side of the equation, Satan does not exist either. Make sense?

 All atheist’s are at war with Christians.  False.  This is a tale Christians perpetuate.  Why? Because without scary enemies like Satan or atheists, Christianity loses its grip on its membership.

 I will concede that there are many atheists that are jerks, idiots, etc…  But let’s face it, Christians have their share of lunatics as well.

 This country was founded on Christianity. False. This country was founded by many different people with freedom from government and organized religion on their minds.

 Governments and religions had ruined the world up to that point (and I submit still do), and that is why our founding documents specifically control the formation of an official country religion or government that is not controlled by the people.  Although I feel we are slowly losing our grip on this country due to an increasingly ignorant populace.

 Enough of this type of rant, I literally could go on for hundreds of pages.  Let’s get on with the topic at hand. What the heck happened to me?

 Historically speaking, my family came from a Quaker background.  During my childhood, however, we were essentially of the generic Christian variety.

 We went to church and Sunday school. Learned all about Jesus, God, the Bible, etc…

 Those of you who know me are aware that I don’t just sit by and follow the herd.  I tend to blaze my own trail, and seek knowledge everywhere I can. This has always been my way.

 During my school years, in addition to my own church I went to the usual overnight services where they lock you in, and people go to the front of the crowd to accept Jesus into their lives.

 I prayed, and did my best to accept Jesus, and all the trappings that went along with being a good Christian.

 No matter how hard I believed, or how much I tried to understand, the whole thing didn’t seem right.  Many things did not make sense.

 At around 18 years old I seriously was on the edge…

 Why was I not getting this? What was I missing about religion? Everyone else treated it like it was some unquestionable reality.  I truly thought I had psychological issues because I did not see what everyone else did.

 Talking to others got me nowhere. My friends and their families were just as lost on the topic as I was, they just didn’t seem to care.

 On hindsight it’s like being in a bad science fiction movie where everyone around you is in some trance, and you’re the only one who sees the reality.

 The next step was to go to our pastor. I figured since the flock was just as confused as I was, I would go right to the expert!

 After some long, deep conversations with the pastor it soon became apparent that even he did not know the answers.

 I recall his final answer vividly. “You just have to have faith.”

 To my analytical brain that was not a good answer for me.  It was at that moment when I began to realize there wasn’t anything wrong with me.

 For pretty much the rest of my life I have been searching for the meaning of why people follow religions.

 At first I went in search of a religion that made sense to me.  After all, humans have an underlying need to want to belong to something.

Unfortunately, all religions had one thing in common.  They were created by someone that had an agenda.  There really didn’t seem to be any mystical religion that had all of the answers, or even a few of the answers.

 For over thirty years I continue my studies on religion.  I have read many books on the subject, both pro’s and con’s of many different religions. I’ve gone to ceremonies, spoke with practitioners, and learned a lot.

 My Bachelor’s degree is From Wayland Baptist University, where studying religion is part of the curriculum. Here I learned in-depth about the Old and New Testaments.  Instead of drawing me into Christianity, it emboldened my view.

 There is a saying among atheists, that if you want to convert Christians to be atheists just make them read the entire Bible. There are some really bizarre and scary things in there.

 In this article I am not going to try and explain what I have discovered in my search that had made me forget about Christianity. Nobody can explain this to you if you are not willing to have an open mind and learn these things for yourself.

 Suffice it to say, that if you stop memorizing Bible verses, going to church services and study groups constantly, and strike out on a course to truly study Christianity outside of the church, you will begin to see what’s behind the curtain.

 It’s sort of like taking the red pill in the Matrix.

 For me the journey continues. I still read books on religions of the world, old and new, and watch shows about religious history. Perhaps one day something will click and I will accept Jesus into my life and see what all the fuss is about.  That day is just not today...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Why So Syria?

The neighborhood of this world is filled with good and bad societies.

Clandestinely the good try to manipulate the world order through backroom deals, meetings, and other sneaky ways to get things accomplished.

On the other hand, the bad members of our global community tend to be somewhat more raw and blatant in their dealings.

Currently in Syria there is a civil war raging between the bad and the worse.  Which is which?  Only time will tell.

When the citizens of another country are involved in fighting for the right to rule it, the people outside of that country need to stay out of the mix.

The government in Syria has supposedly used chemical weapons on civilians.  Although I would agree this is horrendous and should not be tolerated, Syria has not joined into any treaty agreeing not to use these types of weapons.

Some folks in our government think that because chemical weapons have been used, we need to go in and teach them a lesson.

My question is…  Why?

Around this world atrocities are constantly being committed against the population.  We use sanctions, and other diplomatic techniques to try and get them to fall in line, but in the end it is up to that country to police themselves.

If a country with a stable government decided to just gas its folks, such as Germany and the Jewish people, this would make sense to move in and stop this.

Syria is a nightmare!  It’s evil fighting evil.  We need to just stay the heck out of the way until something finally clears.

The President wants to do some weird itty bitty strike of a hundred missiles.  To what end?

It’s like poking a hornet nest with a stick.  You might do a little damage, but you’re going to piss off the hornets that weren’t really bothering you in the first place.

Syria is not a threat to the national interest or security of the United States in their current situation.  They are more involved with killing one another.  Why poke the nest?

In fact, some have claimed that because this action by Syria does not pose an imminent threat to the United States the President had better get the approval of Congress or risk an impeachable offense.

President Obama has decided to go to Congress for their approval, yet claims he needs no such approval.  So why even consult them?

I think he has brought Congress into the mix to cover his ass.  If Congress votes “No” he can bow out a blame Congress for the decision.  If Congress votes “Yes” and all hell breaks loose because of the attack he has someone to blame for the decision.

Since the people and Congress sound like they don’t want this to be approved, the President is stuck with a conundrum.  His speech on Tuesday tried to cover all of the bases without really saying anything.

Thinking that once you lob a hundred missiles into a country they will apologize and behave themselves is a moronic viewpoint.  Once you attack another country you cannot rewind that action.

Now I’m not afraid of Syria, and I know the United States is powerful and can deal with any conflict.  But why even get involved in the first place?

John Kerry accidentally came up with a great solution for the United States to save face.  In a press conference in London Kerry answered a question asking if anything could be done to prevent a U.S. strike on Syria.  Mr. Kerry brought up that if Syria turned over their entire stockpile of chemical weapons it would mean the United States would not attack.

The State Department tried to backstroke and claimed this was not a serious proposal.   Luckily, Russian President Vladimir Putin jumped on the flippant comment and has agreed to back Syria in removing their chemical weapon stockpiles.

As stated before, a huge percentage of the citizens of the United States do not want the country to get involved in the Syrian civil war, and the President now has a graceful way to back out of the corner that he has painted himself into.

The win for the world is that if we can get Syria onboard with destroying its chemical weapons and enter into the treaty with other nations to ban the future use of such weapons, this is a great step forward.

I will give credit to President Obama because it was his determination to attack Syria that accidentally caused this outcome.  Also, to John Kerry for accidentally coming up with an ideal diplomatic solution.

Although they get credit for their accidental resolution to this situation, they are still on notice for getting us into this predicament to begin with.

Running one of the most powerful countries in the world is not an easy task.  Most of us would choke at the pressure.  Let’s just hope this will remain a peaceful ending to this current crisis.

What do you think?