Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

When Ted Cruz first announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States, I was thrilled. At the time, all I really knew about Ted Cruz, is that he was a firebrand Senator from Texas, who had a very admirable resume. He had argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and been the law clerk for William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, and had served his home state as Solicitor General with distinction. I knew that he was a Christian and a Conservative.

So, Ted was my first choice as a candidate for the Republican Party. Then along came Donald J Trump. No, Trump did not automatically become my first choice. I was watching with great interest the impact that his candidacy was having on the entire political process, and was absolutely loving it. The self anointed political aristocracy was going stark raving mad. The GOP Establishment had betrayed their base (Which included me) over and over and over again for decades, and their betrayals were becoming more blatant and in our face with each passing betrayal. Trump was making them gnash their teeth and pee all over themselves.

Yet, despite how much I was enjoying watching the GOP Establishment set their hair on fire over Donald Trump, I was hoping that Trump was clearing a path for Ted Cruz.

Then came Iowa. Ted did something that shocked me to my core, something that revolted me. It wasn’t one thing, it was actually two. I found those two particular acts utterly revolting. First his campaign staff sent out a flier very specifically designed to look just like a Department of Elections notice that threatened to disqualify primary election voting right to individuals and expose their voting record, if they did not vote for Ted Cruz. Then his campaign staff wilfully and intentional spread the false rumour that Ben Carson was cancelling his campaign and withdrawing from the race.

In short, Ted Cruz made himself, or his campaign staff made him look like an amoral win at any cost sleazy lawyer. There is absolutely nothing even remotely either Conservative nor Christian about embracing and adhering to the ideology that “The End Justifies the Means”. The ideology that “The End Justifies the Means” is as diametrically opposed to the moral and ethical values of both Christianity and Conservatism as it is possible to be.

That is when I took my first step back from Ted Cruz. I still was considering that perhaps Ted Cruz as Donald Trump’s Vice President would be a good Conservative remedy to the current corruption that has engulfed Mordor on the Potomac. Perhaps, after all, it wasn’t Ted Cruz who had masterminded those two utterly repugnant acts. Perhaps those were unauthorized actions taken by members of his campaign staff.

Then came this.

Cruz says Drudge to blame for email claiming Rubio quitting

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sought to explain away a supporter’s decision to spread rumours of Marco Rubio’s exit from the 2016 race by blaming the Drudge Report website.

In an interview with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly that aired on Wednesday, Cruz said an email casting doubt on Rubio’s viability came from a volunteer in Hawaii that is not affiliated with his presidential campaign. “Our legal counsel sent them a letter saying take that email down [that] one volunteer sent out. And by the way, they forwarded a CNN story that was the lead story on Drudge is what the volunteer did,” Cruz said.

“[We asked] them to take it down anyway, why? Because we knew that other campaigns would seek to try to attack my integrity because a volunteer forwards a story that’s the lead story on Drudge to other voters. And we knew that reporters would do what you’re doing, which is ask, ‘Doesn’t this prove you’re unethical that voters are forwarding links to news stories?'”

Kelly protested that she did not phrase the question in that way, and Cruz was shown replying that he has “no idea” if the news of Rubio’s demise is true or false.”This is the way politics is played. Where if you have a campaign, the Rubio campaign, they don’t want to focus on the issues, they want to talk about Donald’s hands,” Cruz continued. “How about focusing on how we solve the problems in this country?”

When his campaign staff knowingly and wilfully spread the exact same rumour about Ben Carson, Ted Cruz did the exact same thing, which is to say, instead of accepting responsibility for what his campaign staff had done, he tried to blame CNN.

Sorry Ted, do something once, and it might be considered an accident, do the exact same thing twice, and it is evidence of a pattern of behaviour. In this case, it is clearly an indication that you and your campaign staff 100 percent subscribe to the ideological maxim that “The End Justifies the Means”. The ideology that “The End Justifies the Means” is neither Christian nor Conservative, and I for one cannot support anyone who I believe subscribes to that ideology.

Mitt Romney; The bucket of used camel snot edition.

There was a time, when I actually thought Mitt Romney was a decent stand up kind of guy. Holy Crap was I ever mistaken.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a scorching indictment of Donald Trump on Thursday, calling him a phony, a fraud, a misogynist and a bully who threatens America’s future.

Let me put this into its proper context for you. During the 2008 and 2012 presidential election cycles, the GOP Establishment had their useless imbeciles pushing two very specific memes on the Republican base.

1) That the 2008/2012 elections were so critical to the survival of America, that if the Democrats succeeded in putting Obama in the Whitehouse, America as we knew it was finished.

2) that the only way to avoid #1, was by voting for the Republican nominee, regardless of who it turned out to be.

Basically, the GOP Establishment has been saying, you have to do what we tell you because America is only one election away from utter destruction. At some point it finally occurred to me (that would be when I learned that it was John McCain’s own staff who ambushed Sarah Palin), that if America genuinely was one election away from utter destruction, then that one election was behind us, not in front of us.

In 2010 the GOP Establishment was handed the keys to the House of Representatives, in 2014 the key’s to the Senate. What did they do with those keys? The stabbed their base in the back repeatedly and with abundant joy and zeal.

At the beginning of this election cycle, the GOP Establishment made a huge dog and pony show out of publicly demanding that Republican Frontrunner Donald Trump swear an oath to support the eventual Republican nominee.

Mitt Romney made several things abundantly clear with his attack on Donald Trump. He made it utterly and indisputably clear that the elitist self anointed aristocratic Republican Establishment do not and never have actually believed that America was only one election away from utter destruction. He also made it utterly and indisputably clear that the GOP Establishment does not consider loyalty to the nominee worth keeping, unless the nominee was the one they choose.

I have said this before, though I believe it bears repeating. We, who are the republican Base, have awoken. We know that you in the elitist aristocracy have betrayed us. We are not as stupid or gullible as you think we are. Nor are we as forgiving as you hope we are.

We have done something to you, you have not figured it out yet, you are way to smart to figure it out. We, the Base, have forced you the Establishment into a position of having to burn the Republican Party to the fucking ground. Go ahead, follow Mitt Romney right off the cliff, you have nowhere else to go any more. You were warned again and again, you chose to ignore those warnings, instead believing that you could lie the Republican Base back to sleep again. Except, that isn’t happening this time.

Oh, and Romney, McConnell, McCain, Ryan and the rest of you GOP Establishment treasonous backstabbing bastards, I pray to god that in your narcissistic arrogance you totally ignore Judge Jeanine Pirro warning to you. What ever you do, do not reconsider your actions or words, Do not be careful. Be Louis the XVII and Marie-Antoinette, and yes, I do pray to god you end up the same way Louis and Marie did.

Are the GOP Establishment trying to start an actual Civil War?

Joseph Stalin once infamously was quoted as saying, “Its not who votes that counts, its who counts the votes”. Acting as a surrogate for the GOP Establishment, Mitt Romney has come out in the last couple of days and basically told the Republican base, “We do not give a flying fuck what you want, we will decide who is the Republican nominee”. The GOP Establishment has decided that if Donald Trump wins the Party nomination, that they are going to force a false Brokered Convention. Where they, not the Republican base decide who will be the Republican Presidential Nominee.

For a long time now anger has been building up in the Republican base under what is now obvious is the false assumption that the GOP Establishment were merely out of touch with the base, and ignorant of what the base really wants. Far to many of us fell for the lie, that it was their inside the beltway bubble that insulated them from reality and made them think that the Doner class wanted the same thing as the party base.

Well, the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump has ripped that mask off of the GOP Establishment. What we now see, what has now become indisputable, is that the GOP Establishment is neither out of touch, nor ignorant of what the Republican base actually believes or wants. The absolutely indisputable truth that Donald Trump has forced to step out into the light of day, is that the GOP Establishment fully knows and understand what its base believes and wants, and they just do not give a damn.

The United States Declaration of Independence has a little something to say on this subject.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The GOP Establishment obviously believe that the will of the people no longer has any place in deciding their own governance. Since the Republican base can no longer be counted on to do what their elitist self anointed political aristocrats tell them to do, those self same elitist self anointed political aristocrats have made it perfectly crystal clear that they will now be doing the deciding on behalf of their hoi polli subjects.

The great Christian apologist writer CS Lewis foresaw this day coming, and in foreseeing, he handed down this precautionary warning.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

The GOP Establishment has made it indisputably clear that the party’s base no longer is to be allowed to make any decisions about the party itself. At this point in time, what difference is there between the GOP Establishment and Joseph Stalin’s infamous Communist Party? The GOP Establishment is making a mockery of the Declaration of Independence and the entire Constitution of the United States of America. To suggest that they longer govern by the consent of the governed is no exaggeration. It has become an all to painfully obvious reality.

I had hoped to live my entire life without seeing Thomas Jefferson’s most somber prediction come to life.

The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, & what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.

More trouble with Robots.

I recently wrote a snarky piece about robots taking jobs away from low and semi skilled blue collar workers. One of my readers pointed out that there is already software being written that writes. (H/T Ms Jackie)

Well, it seems that the threat isn’t confined to just low and semi skilled blue collar workers, or even to writers. The robots or actually in this case, computer software is also gunning for highly skilled white collar office workers.

The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street

This might sound like bragging. But Nadler was primarily recounting those reactions as a way of explaining his concern about the impact that start-ups like his are likely to have on the financial industry. Within a decade, he said, between a third and a half of the current employees in finance will lose their jobs to Kensho and other automation software. It began with the lower-paid clerks, many of whom became unnecessary when stock tickers and trading tickets went electronic. It has moved on to research and analysis, as software like Kensho has become capable of parsing enormous data sets far more quickly and reliably than humans ever could. The next ‘‘tranche,’’ as Nadler puts it, will come from the employees who deal with clients: Soon, sophisticated interfaces will mean that clients no longer feel they need or even want to work through a human being.

‘‘I’m assuming that the majority of those people over a five-to-10-year horizon are not going to be replaced by other people,’’ he said, getting into the flow of his thoughts, which, for Nadler, meant closing his eyes and gesticulating as though he were preaching or playing the piano. ‘‘In 10 years Goldman Sachs will be significantly smaller by head count than it is today.’’

Goldman executives are reluctant to discuss the plight of their displaced financial analysts. Several managers I spoke to insisted that Kensho has not yet caused any layoffs, nor is it likely to soon. Nadler had warned me that I would hear something like that. ‘‘When you start talking about automating jobs,’’ he said, ‘‘everybody all of a sudden gets really quiet.’’

Goldman employees who lose their jobs to machines are not likely to evoke much pity. But it is exactly Goldman’s privileged status that makes the threat to its workers so interesting. If jobs can be displaced at Goldman, they can probably be displaced even more quickly at other, less sophisticated companies, within the financial industry as well as without.

So there you have it. In the quest for ever higher profit margins, certain members of the ultra elite 1 percent, are pouring money into developing both machines and software that basically are designed to replace human beings. I have to laugh somewhat at this though. If they succeed, then eventually not only will they replace all of their employees, but it is almost certain that they will find themselves bitten by the law of unintended consequences.

Therefore, I ask this Reductio ad absurdum question? If software can replace the highly skilled white collar financial analysts at Goldman Sachs, then how long after that before they can and do replace senior executive level management? How long after that before we see the first billionaire robots?

Google is threatening the end of manual labour.

Google robot is ‘the end of manual labor’: VC

Kensho, whether Nadler realizes it or not, is threatening the end of intellectual labour. Where is the insatiable lust for ever greater profit margins leading? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist level genius to see what is coming. The top 1 percent of the 1 percent owning pretty much everything until they themselves suddenly find themselves made redundant by their own creations. In a world where machines do all the labour, not just the manual labour, but all labour, how do the 99 percent feed themselves? How do they pay their bills? How do they purchase the products and services that allow the 1 percent to be the 1 percent?

Good looking out guys, what could possibly go wrong, eh?


EDIT: Ok, so I just had a strange thought, with the Robots taking everyones jobs, what about politicians? Would you vote for a Robot politician? Would you vote for a Robot Congressman or Senator? How about a Robot President of the United States of America?

A silly Sunday morning thought to ponder…

So, after the SC primaries, and given a speech he made, there are some out there who are suggesting that Newt Gingrich might be in the running for a spot as Trumps’ Vice Presidential Runningmate.

Now we all know that Trump’s basic platform is, “Let’s Make America Great Again”… What if Newt ran on a similar platform, “Let’s make NASA Great Again”…

How many of you could get behind that ticket if Newt and Donald promised that Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton would be the first Americans to land on Mars? And by land, I mean, become permanent residents there. (ok, yea that’s hyperbole, neither of them should be allowed to go)

John F Kennedy really pushed America to the forefront of science and technology with his program to put a man on the moon. Newt would like to see both a permanent base on the moon, and a manned mission to Mars. Newt understands (even if he doesn’t really know it) something that the Book of Proverbs tells us about human beings and especially Nations.

Proverbs 29:18

Without a Vision, the People Perish.

Both Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich get this on a gut sort of level. In my personal opinion, the way to get America back on the right track, begins with giving the Nation a lofty, yet achievable vision. Lock that vision in stone as JFK did with the mission to land a man on the moon and return him safely, and America begins to correct its tragically self indulgent and narcissistic floundering.

Defeating Islamic Terrorism, sad to say, is not a noble and lofty goal, its a harsh and brutal necessity, its the kind of goal that makes a nation bone weary. What America desperately needs is a gloriously noble and lofty goal to aspire to, a goal that will lift us up so that the bone wearing task of defeating Islamic Terrorism does not leave us dead inside.

Now I have said my piece, what say you?

T800 to take your job.

Well hell, as if it weren’t bad enough that illegal aliens are crowding the job market and taking jobs from citizens, now there is another threat to peoples jobs.

Humanoid robots to manufacture planes

Humanoid robots that can carry out difficult tasks during plane manufacturing are being developed by Airbus and the Joint Robotics laboratory.

Using humanoids on aircraft assembly lines will make it possible to relieve human operators of the most laborious and dangerous tasks, thus allowing them to concentrate on more valuable tasks that cannot be carried out by machines.

The four year project will attempt to research and develop solutions for a number of issues around using humanoid robots in manufacturing.

One of the most prominent difficulties for these robots will be to work in a confined environment and move without colliding with the numerous surrounding objects.

This is the first issue researchers will have to solve by developing new algorithms for the planning and control of precise movements.

Due to the size of aircraft, and the very high number of tasks that need to be executed on a limited number of units, the use of specialised fixed-base robots, like those already in use by the automotive industry, is impossible in the aeronautical industry.

Today the robots are building aircraft, tomorrow, what? Barista at Starbucks? Will they be doing the jobs American’s refuse to do, like picking fruit and vegetables? Insurance salesperson? Doctor? Lawyer? Would you go see an all robot band? Robot heavyweight boxer? Will your next meal at a restaurant be cooked by a robot cook?

GOP Establishment betrayal still Alive and Kicking.

Well, it would seem that the verdict is now officially in now. The GOP Establishment has not learned a single fucking thing from the popularity of the Trump campaign. Make no mistake about this, whether you love Donald Trump or hate him, his popularity as a candidate is driven primarily by the Republican Party Bases anger at the GOP Establishment’s constant and unending betrayal of of their own base.

It now appears absolutely certain that they are about to betray their base and all of America yet again.

GOP showing signs of backing down from vow to block Obama SCOTUS pick

Even before Mr. Obama stated his case, there were signs that Republican unity was wavering on the notion of blocking any nominee out of hand.

SenateJudiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, didn’t rule out confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision,” Mr. Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with Iowa radio reporters. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”

Sen. Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican, voiced caution about blocking any Obama nominee automatically.

“I think we fall into the trap if [we] just simply say, sight unseen, we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Mr. Tillis said on Tyler Cralle’s radio show.

But Mr. Tillis added of the president, “If he puts forth someone that we think is in the mold of President Obama’s vision for America, then we’ll use every device available to block that nomination.”

A top aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, responding to Mr. Tillis’ comments, predicted that Mr. McConnell will eventually retreat from his stance of blocking any Obama nominee without a hearing.

There you have it folks, the face of betrayal. If their are any Republicans that deserve to be primaried and kicked to the curb, here are two perfect examples.

Barack Obama has already nominated and had confirmed two of the least qualified and most liberal Justices in American history. The damage to America that Kagan and Sotomayor not only already have done, but indisputable will do is incalculable. Now Obama is seeking to increase that damage by appointing yet another Marxist Justice onto the SCOTUS.

ANY Republican Senator or Congressman who does not adamantly oppose allowing Obama to seat another Justice to the SCOTUS deserves nothing less that to be primaried and sent packing. It is 100 percent within the power and authority of the Senate to prevent Obama from further corrupting the SCOTUS. Any failure on their part, can only be seen as another GOP Establishment intentional betrayal of not only their party base, but all of America.