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Trump and Blacks

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give me a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant n in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip-hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter-trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more importantly, he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes. And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes at a heavy cost for the good of all, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas, they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and land, other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the  doubt in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more important he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, sat a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and an other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions!

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the  doubt in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more important he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age (exceptualism).

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, sat a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways oflife with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the ls and an other tribe’s wives, and lived with

Sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with th public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Trump and blacks

(Note: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual. I have cussed this over-complicated enough. Can anyone suggest a simpler word processer?)

MAY 21, 2018

If you watch much TV you have to be impressed how color-blind it has been lately. You can hardly glance at TV ads without a meeting a black Doctor or Engineer or lawyer (Actors all).   Or on the regular shows black talk show hosts, game, or courtroom dramas feature black women or men lawyers and judges. Give e a break—if all law schools admitted ONLY blacks there would be enough to staff the TV versions

The same could be written about the real professional folk who are featured often in gushing prose in the newspapers and news shows. The point is it sometimes looks like a conspiracy in reverse. No doubt the cards were stacked against blacks before, nowadays the doubt is a that blacks are dominant in the media and for that matter in the culture. Move over white people, you’ve had your day in the sun, get a tattoo, learn to eat black beans,  dance to hip-hop, and speak Ebonics.

The only counter trend is the popularity of President Donald Trump. Whom some Democrats see as a dangerous racist. I don’t see it that way.  He has appointed some high IQ blacks and women to high office and more importantly he has kept his promise—manufacturing is coming back and the black unemployment numbers for Blacks are at historic lows!! It’s beginning like Obama was good for example elite blacks and Trump is good for, average dare I say it, below-average IQ blacks.

Leftist clergy like to make fun of claims that American culture is superior. They are especially offended by the claim that America led the way into the Modern Age. (

They seem to take delight in pointing out that the slavery of Blacks and our crimes against Native Americans make any claims of superiority a virtual laughing stock. Why am I not laughing?

Because slavery was very common for hundreds of thousands of years in pretty much all societies ad empires including African and Native American tribes.  And it took half a million, mostly white and mostly prejudiced, American lives, including my great-grandfather, to get rid of slavery once and for all. If that’s not Modern Age memes changing earlier memes or the good of all, at a heavy cost, I don’t know what is.

As for the Native Americans there is little excuse. “little” but “some.”

Most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or early Agricultural Age ways of life with memes of violence, imperialistic wars, starvation, cannibalism, torture, drug addiction, many diseases, sexism, racism, and the continual domination of the individual by the ruling class. And to top it off they were actually not “Native.”

Their remote ancestors came from Asia—over the Aleutian land bridge connecting the two continents. With no doubt a great deal more pain and trouble than our ancestors had to deal with on the Mayflower. Once in the Americas, they did what the Europeans and their great-great-grandchildren, the Iroquois, Mandan, and Ho-chunk, did—raped the land, and other tribe’s wives, and lived with sexism, racism, starvation, cannibalism, war, and assorted other memes of the Hunting/Gathering Age. A few graduated to the Agricultural Age and founded large cities and thriving Civilizations in Mexico, Peru, and Illinois. All of these civilizations featured impressive buildings, social order, many diseases, cruelty, slavery, and religions that demanded human sacrifice.

‘Changing this culture would be difficult if not impossible to have a happy ending.

As to the future here is my prediction.

Getting back to the theme I started with. It is extremely unlikely that Trump will be impeached. He probably will do better than expected in mid-term elections. In 2020 he will win in a landslide It’s the economy stupid; and, the weariness with the public  tiring of the politically correct speech of the left-liberal clergy.  Along with a backfire from too much extreme and phony color-blindness on TV courtesy of liberal and sympathetic -media Jews who do own the majority of media broadcasts and newspapers. And the celebrities of New York and Hollywood.

I don’t predict we will expand Social Security enough to make color blindness a reality instead of a TV fantasy. Eventually, it is inevitable.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)–Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

For sure

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

May 14, 2018

People sometimes ask me, as a libertarian, if there is anything I really believe for sure.

Yes.

I  was planning the conventional list headed by the family. I come from a divorced family so that makes a difference. I do truly love and care about all members of my extended family, including my first wife and all the children of Jane and Virginia qnd all my wonderful nieces, sister Judy, nephews and in-laws (whom I am happy to report are all living well and still working for the most part) But face it, there is some dissent (and some bitterness) about the past (on all sides) as well as different styles of living so I better continue to stick to my specialty—abstract ideas.

He of the most important of these is…

I believe this country, the USA, is exceptional in that it that has led the world into the Modern Age. (Ant still leads, yes, with Trump as president.)

I further believe this Modern Age is distinguished from former Ages by the extreme growth of science and technology, freedom to trade in market economies, and freedom of and from religion (despite Trump’s bias against Muslims, who often sneer at freedom of any kind, including religion.)

I know. I know. Leftists think this claim is a laughing stock because of slavery and our crimes against the Native Americans. I’m not laughing.

I know. I know. Leftists consider slavery in our south a particularly vicious form of this scourge,  Leftists also don’t seem to recognize that what is called slavery (working for others with no legal rights) was common over many thousands of years. Many if not most civilizations and empires, had slavery, including African ones.

, including african ones. Leftists argue slavery and our crimes against Native Americans make the laughing even louder.

They also seem to forget that half a million white guys, including my great-grandfather, gave their lives to preserve the union and get rid of slavery for good. To abolish this meme of working could not be easily changed.

Lefttists also forget that most Native Americans were still living in the Hunting/Gathering or Agricultural Ages where imperialistic wars, extreme violence, and century-long ideas about wealth, religion, torture, sexism, racism, and absolute power over individuals ruled the day. Expecting a quick and easy transition was always unrealistic. It still is unrealistic over 200 years later. It would help if authorities recognized the different values of different Ages.

Certain other faiths follow this basic one of exceptionalism and the birth of the Modern Age.

Most important of all assumption memes from previous Ages is that wealth is measured in things—land, gold, and resources based on the land.

It’s not that way in the Modern Age. Wealth is measured in accomplishments in science, technology, business, energy, or art and not in things however rich and cool they seem.

Japan, Taiwan,, Switzerland, Israel, and Singapore are all very wealthy countries. They all have few resources but are very rich nevertheless.

Tanzania, Egypt, Poland, Cuba, Afghanistan, and Palestine do have abundant resources and are very poor.

And then large countries like the USA, China, China, Germany, India, and most countries of Europe including Russia. These have had unfortunate flirts and bloody wars with fascism and communism.  They have natural resources in abundance and are wealthy. Now. It was not always so. they experimented with both fascism and communism with disastrous results. Once they adapted science and technology, freedom of religion, and capitalist market economies in earnest they have made rapid progress in the Modern Age and as a matter of fact are exporting food and other resources of value.
Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

Recycling is the bunk

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Recycling is the bunk

MAY 7, 2018

Henry Ford once said, ”History is the bunk.”

Our local newspaper celebrated Earth Day with the headline ”Pledge to Recycle all that you can” for Earth Day. Polls show that over 90% of the American public agrees. I don’t. In fact, I think recycling is a recipe for poverty and recession, if not deep depression..

Consider: Reuse, Repair, and Recycle are slogans of the Great Depression and the Agricultural Age are not remotely relevant to the Modern Age.

It all got started with a report to the president at the turn of the century. This report warned that we might be running out of resources to feed, shelter, clothe, and move a rapidly expanding population on earth. It copied and expanded the work of the Club of Rome, a group of environmentally-inspired scientists, artists, and intellectuals whose computer data and book, “Limits to Growth,” was alarming. The only way possible for humanity to make it was a quick turn to reuse, repair, and recycle.

Meanwhile food itself, along with other life necessary resources was setting records for production and cheapness. A companion story in the same issue as the alarming quote on recycling told readers that filly half the food produced was never eaten!

In Paul Ehrlich’s arithmetic was good but he had the numbers right but not the content wrong In his bestselling book, The Population Bomb published in 1948 he blithely predicted millions of Americans would die of starvation due to overpopulation before the century ended. Instead millions of Americans are on diets in the 21st century and the AP reports there is twice as much food produced. India and China are self- sufficient and as a matter of fact are exporters of food.

Miners worldwide are eager to mine coal, iron and aluminum ore, sand and limestone. Energy workers and companies are eager to drill oil wells and frack natural gas to provide the energy required for manufacturers to convert the steel, aluminum, and plastic into cars, refrigerators, and smartphones.

It’s called prosperity.

The left-liberal clergy is great when it comes to fighting racism and sexism. They are not so great when they tell us we have too many people, the climate is going to do us in, we are going to run out of everything, and that the only way we can possibly survive is to reuse, repair, and recycle!

Horse feathers!!

Sill another myth is that we are running out of landfill space. Or of course, we could always return to imperialist wars!

Really sad as Donald Trump often adds in his tweets.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for the gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Re

Finances

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Fainnances

(Notr: sorry I missed last week. Problems with Word. As usual.)

Apr. 23, 2018

I don’t envy the treasurer of any business or group. At best it’s hard to make the cash out equal the cash in.

Unless you have a trust fund or large inheritance to cover any shortages.

Nowadays Jane and I do have an income now. Social Security, courtesy of FDR and the Democratic Party, modest pensions from my years teaching, rent from apartments we created from old Hawkhill space, and occasional royalties and sales of books and DVDs through Amazon. We also have considerable medical expenses despite the fact that we are both veterans and get some help from the VA and a bank trust we have been contributing to for many years. And then we have very high real estate taxes as well as road assessments living in this charming, and very expensive, city which tries to sole social and racial problems by throwing money at them. My wife used to pay the bills out of my and her first husband’s salary. She is good at it. Jane is also frugal and far from a spendthrift. She claims she has never worried about much about money and I believe her. Of course she had it easy for the most part with her first husband, Raymond Dykema. She would pay the ordinary household bills out of his ample salary and if any shortages came up, there was always his substantial inheritance money to draw on for cash.

It was a little like that the first three years of my life though I wasn’t aware of it. I was born in 1926. The stock market crashed in 1929. My father and grandfather were rich before the crash. The family owned a large laundry business in Dayton Ohio and stocks in other companies and banks. My grandfather died suddenly. After the crash and ntimely death the business was forced into bankruptcy and among other losses we lost our fine house. In that period my mother had to pay the household bills with no money coming in and no inheritance to turn to for help. To this day I don’t know how she managed to survive!

More personal story will help make my point.

Hawkhill is a little different. I started Hawkhill with $15,000 capital—$10,000 from my savings via teacher pension and $5000 in stock from a well-to-do friend. Sales quickly grew to half a million dollars a year in commercial slide shows, sound filmstrips, videotapes and DVD sales to schools and colleges, and royalties from foreign sales.

At our peak we had 10 full-time employees (one of Jane’s early jobs was to write an employees manual), and began to pay corporate taxes.

It was for sure no Amazon, Microsoft, or Apple and by the turn of the century we were down to two (unpaid) employees. Jane and I did all the shipping, billing, and producing. At this point we decided to not give up.

We would take a dramatic trip around the world to refresh our video in up -date our programs in Science and expand our offerings in History and Social Sciences. We indeed did go around the world; to Hawaii, Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, India, England, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, and Russia (we had been there twice before when it was called The Soviet Union.)

Even before that ambitious trip we were
famous and envy-prone with friends and family for taking glamorous previous trips to search out the original working sites of scientists like Darwin, Pasteur, Curie, Einstein, Galileo, Newton, and early Greek philosophers and scientists. On this round-the-world trip we added famous political and socially famous sites. The total cost was in excess of $40,000. I’m happy to report it was worth it in new video clips, increased sales, profits, better programd, and new ideas I later explored in my blogs, which as you can guess I think will eventually turn out to be bestselling classics.

I detail this for posterity and our children who think we live in some luxury (and we do) in a mansion in the heart of a cool city!

Kate, Jane’s daughter, has recently and graciously volunteered to pay our bills and taxes. It can get complicated and not always good for me. For instance, Kate recently phoned with a request that I sell $5000 worth of my mini $8500 portfolio reserve in order to pay in full the real-state taxes on our house! I politely declined because taxes—we do have to pay them, but not all at once and they are a bad investment. I’m not at all sure but my guess is Kate is operating from a meme inherited from her mother who admits even now that she had never had to sorry about money. (Kate, on the other hand, has always until now, had worries about money.) Jane had assumed when they were children that they were rich from inheritance and the money would never run out. (My father and mother assumed the same thing when I was born in 1926!)

The children also assumed that and in many ways still do. After all, they all went to expensive private schools, they all learned to ski at private clubs, belonged to exclusive country clubs, lived in exclusive houses and neighborhoods, and always felt welcome if not privileged in rich exclusive homes. Extra money for travel or education had never been much of a problem. And it still wasn’t.

Correction. It is a problem now.

Bill Stonebarger. Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on Youtube.

Unless you have a trust fund or large inheritance to cover any shortages.

President Donald Trump

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Apr. 15, 2018

Have you noticed the latest move in the political wars? Apparently, the Associated Press (and presumably other mainstream newspapers) instructed reporters to always refer to the occupant of the White House as President Donald Trump. I know the mainstream clergy is biased against Trump (and he certainly reciprocates the bias) but I’m not certain what they are getting at here. in this seemingly innocuous policy.

Maybe that the president is not a permanent office. If he is impeached (hopefully, according to the clerical media) he will no longer be our president. I’m not aware that they always referred to any previous occupants of the White House as President Barack Obama. Or President George Bush–or even President Franklin D. Roosevelt and he had four terms!

I’m also not sure, pretty sure, it is wishful thinking! Trump is not going anywhere least of all by impeachment despite the lack of real evidence of Russian collusion There is some evidence of sexual affairs. But that is hardly unusual. See witty John F. Kennedy, brother Robert, and charming Bill Clinton and of course black celebrity Bill Cosby. And don’t forget Hollywood moneybags Harvey Weinstein. And scads more politicians and celebrities, including conservative Dwight Eisenhower.

IF Donald Trump doesn’t win in in 2020 it will be a minor miracle that calls into question political wisdom (that it’s the economy, stupid!). For sure,—it’s booming!

He become president by questioning the politically correct clergy, Republican and Democratic. He might be a racist and sexist as many a progressive claims. He has appointed many gifted and eminently qualified women and blacks to high offices. Actually he acts the same way a progressive CEO of the NBA and NFL does. They want above all else to win. As Yogi Berra said quipped when asked what makes a successful baseball coach-–good players!

He would never hire PC politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer because they are short efficiency, profitability, and common sense. These three shortages–efficiency, profitability, and common sense–are admittedly unforgivable sins to the current President, Donald Trump.

Which brings up why he has been so successful Progressives and Greens who love regulations of course won’t give him any credit.
If the ultimate political maxim holds true Trump is a world master! The stock market is setting records, the employment rate is up and the unemployment rate, especially among minorities, is the lowest ever, manufacturing is making a comeback, ISIS is in decline., we are at peace with the world, salaries a.nd take-home pay are rising are increasing, dependency payments are down, taxes have been cut, and illegal immigrants and criminals are being caught and deported. What’s not to like?

In short, we have never seen the likes of it in this country! You can count on it. Leftist Democrats are desppert to find something to confuse voters with sham scandals and damn President Trump!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. Looking for a gift for people who have everything but care about ideas—devout religious to strident mid-life left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads.)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some very good sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy videos streamed free on YouTube.