Dear Luis

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Luis on payday

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Luis on TV most of the time

There is nothing like a good hurricane to bring out the best in the worst politicians on the face of earth. Hurricane Florence did that before she even hit the shore. Crooked as a snake, dirtier than dirt, slimier than a slug, Congressman Luis Gutierrez from the 4th District, Illinois has stepped up to the plate to deflect the world away from Democrat problems to blame Trump for the powerful lady Florence. I didn’t think he could stoop so low, but he has. A staunch supporter of Puerto Rican’s in Chicago, he let his true colors show several days before the hurricane hit with this statement about Trump: “He’s so consumed by the calamity in the chaos that exists, he’s not really prepared and focused, because he spends every weekend golfing, instead of preparing.”

Ahem, excuse me Luis, but your bed buddy Obama played golf five days a week and not just on weekends. Trump is also not consumed by calamity having prepped FEMA and State governments as early as possible about making preparations. Unlike your fellow Puerto Rican’s who cried bigger tears than the hurricane that swept your home island clean. We are one year away from hurricane Maria and are just discovering that your dear leaders are allowing acres of containers filled with tons of supplies go to rot in your dear homeland. When the going gets rough Puerto Ricans disappear and cry that the Federal government has let them down. Where were you Luis?

You and your fake news media claim that over three thousand people died as a result of Maria, but accuse Trump for claiming six to eighteen people died. It seems that hard evidence proves Trump closer to being right than you who claim over three thousand. The correct number is less than five hundred. President Trump made his statement two weeks after Maria hit, you made yours a year later.

“An investigation by Quartz, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, and the Associated Press has identified 488 victims of Maria. It is the most extensive record yet of who died and why. Many families say that the real cause of death was government inaction.”

Luis I can give you a compliment on one thing i.e. your lies are the biggest.

Another thing Luis, why do you, an American citizen, dislike America so much? You have spent your entire career pushing socialism. What will you do to make a living after you retire at the end of this year? I forgot, you will be sixty-five, and able to collect social security, and a hefty government pension. Will you retire to the island nation of your heritage? They may be able to use some of your experience, or would they instead send you packing back to the land you hate.

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There is one clever person living in Indian Hills.

A Dream Come True?

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Socialism seems to be the fashion statement of the U.S.A. Movie stars, comedians, politicians, and many of our brightest young people all proclaim the wonders of socialism. Why? This question has bothered me for some time. I think I have an idea of why socialism is so glamorous to these people. They see everyone living with all the same perks they have today. Imagine if our progeny who live in good homes and who raise their kids wanting for nothing, while living on their parents for too many years suddenly faced with the prospect of having to survive.  Socialism in their minds is living with mom and dad for the rest of their lives. The movie actors who make a bazillion dollars all imagine socialism as living on a bazillion dollars. Politicians, all see themselves sitting in marble walled offices and dining in elegant cafeterias while they lord it over the rest of us. Comedians, well comedians will be comedians and make people laugh while they smoke marijuana to dream up all the funny shit they spew. What a world they see when everyone is living the dream they live today. Everything is free, college, health care, food, places to live, transportation, sex. Wow what a world!

Imagine our entire country living this way. All of us. Hell all we would have to do is take all the money from the rich to finance the life. No one would pay taxes except those radical conservatives who insist on still working, and they would pay it all. The rest of the country will work at boring government jobs pulling down equal pay. Every company in the country would become nationalized so not one could make obscene  profits. We would be the envy of the world. Except, except how long will this utopian dream last? Eventually, and eventually will happen quickly, the government will run out of money to pay for the free stuff, and the honeymoon period will come to an end. What then?

My guess is that the millennials who lead the socialistic charge today would suddenly become black market entrepreneurs. Bit-coin would become the national underground currency for the people who live the socialist dream, but who secretly practice a capitalistic life style.

History means nothing to these people. The past failures of socialism mean nothing. They deflect and say “look at Sweden.”  I look at Sweden, and I don’t like what I see. This happy people pay over seventy percent of their meager salaries for all that free stuff. The Swedes made free look so good that a million refugees invaded from places that love free, but who don’t understand what civilized life is. Now the Swedes are crying that they didn’t know. Germany, the same, France, well France is France. They have always been considered the mavericks of Europe. The French own parts of  Africa that are muslim. These people have French and Moroccan passports and can freely move between continents. France is a mainline highway for muslims to get into Europe. Oops, I’m showing my Islamophobia again. Sorry for that, but facts are facts.

Wouldn’t it be nice is we could run an experiment in the U.S.A. where we set aside an area of 25 states and make it the United Socialist America.  Anyone who wants to be a socialist would move to this area. It would be a socialist dream country. Their constitution would be the same as ours, except their first formal act will be to tear it in half, and burn it. Borders between the socialist states won’t exist, but they will build a fence to keep capitalists out of their heavenly dream. Oh wait, I am only repeating the experiment conducted in Europe that lasted for seventy years. They named that wall the Iron Curtain. I went to see the iron curtain a few months before it was finally torn down. Its sole function was to keep people in heaven, not to keep people out.

My guess is that a second experiment is not necessary, because it already exists, in China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. Our citizens  who profess socialism can buy a one way ticket to one of these great countries so they can live the dream. Except, none of these countries will allow them in under their immigration laws.

My second guess is that within a couple of years these candy-ass socialists will be clamoring to return so they can protest their unhappiness in a free country.

As they say, “Freedom does not come free,” and if I can’t stand socialists, I’ll have to tolerate living with them as my payment for living in liberty.

Algorithm, the New Dirty Word

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Since when did the word algorithm evolve into an evil demon? So often I hear of Facebook, and Twitter leaders refer to algorithms in an accusatory way. As if the word itself resides within the computer. I haven’t read anything about how the Silicon Valley gods have breathed life into computers. The lords at Facebook and Twitter have been caught with their pants down around their ankles and to weasel out of their dilemma they blame things on the mighty “algorithm.”

Here is the definition of algorithm:

a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer: a basic algorithm for division.”

So who is giving the computer instructions within the algorithm to screen conservative voices?  Certainly the computer does not have the intelligence to do anything by itself. I admit, the beauty of modern programming languages make it easier for a man to give the computer instructions, but once an algorithm process is defined it can only change if a man changes it. The lords may allude to artificial intelligence programs doing it, but I cannot buy that at this time. Artificial Intelligence or AI has been a concept floating around since before the eighties. Men keep envisioning a day when the AI computer will replace humans as workers. I remember when computer salesmen were selling us on the idea that we will have a computers on our desks and they will be able to  perform wonderful things. That was also in the nineteen eighties. Many of the things they promised then are just becoming useful to us today. My math says the “sell” took thirty-three years to become reality. I’ve seen some tremendous improvements in computers and in software during the years of my useful employment, but AI isn’t one of them. The closest application we’ve seen that uses AI is the self driving car. I applaud Google and Tesla for testing the self drivers on real highways. It is the only way they will ultimately prevail. What I don’t applaud them for is killing people during the test. The reason they have failures is that the sensors they install on cars are nowhere near the quality or comprehensiveness of the human senses feeding data to the greatest computer in the universe, the human brain. What I predict is that AI will not become a practical vehicle to replace humans in simple jobs for another thirty years.

The lowly algorithm is being used as a political ploy by the lords to sell a line of B.S. to a seemingly ignorant public. That is where the lords are getting it wrong, we aren’t ignorant. When Facebook screens content to prevent conservatives from having a voice they are denying us our Constitutional rights.

During the early twentieth century there were a number of mega-companies that got so big their lords felt they were invincible. Good old Uncle came to the rescue and filed lawsuits to break up their bigness. It seems to me it may be time for Uncle to kick into gear again and set some regulatory controls that will protect we the people from evil algorithms, or better yet the evil people who program the algorithms to do evil things.

You’re Fired

 

This evening’s news is disturbing. There is a report that an anonymous source fed an op-ed to a New York newspaper. In the article it reports that workers in the White House don’t do what the president tells them to do. Reporting that if what the president orders doesn’t make sense to him Anonymous does what he thinks is right. I’m sorry Anonymous but I didn’t vote for your sorry ass. No one who voted for the president wants an obscure insider changing his policy because he thinks the president is wrong.

My guess is that this person, who ever it is, never worked at an honest job in his/her life. What do you think Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Elon Musk of Tesla, Tim Cook of Apple, or Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook would do if he gave an order and the underling decided to change it because he didn’t think it was right. I know what would have happened to me if my boss gave me an order and I ignored it. He might not have fired me but he would have demoted me and I certainly would have had a marine dress down to my face. (my boss was a former marine).

For all of you in la-la land who think Trump doesn’t know what he is doing don’t think you can do better. Most business people learn by making mistakes. In fact, my leaders taught that if I didn’t make mistakes I wasn’t trying hard enough. Failure begets success.

The owner of my company was an engineer who had an idea and turned it into a successful industry. I say industry because within thirty years of his success there were seventy competitors making the same product that made him successful. Many of them were carbon copies or his design. He had a habit of giving his Chief engineers little experiments to try. He often called me into his office to explain his latest idea. God forbid I told him it wouldn’t work. “Why? Have you tried it?”

“No sir.”

“Then how do you know it won’t work? Test the idea and report back to me this afternoon.”

Often he called me for results before I got back to my office. What I learned is that this man had an idea and he wanted positive physical proof of its veracity. If I had not gotten the experiment right on the first try I had to try again and again until the results proved to him the idea didn’t work, or that it did work but the device was impractical to make. He died a few years ago as a billionaire. I am still a lowly retired guy living on a very small fixed income. The President is a billionaire, what is your net worth smarty pants?

So, Mr. Anonymous get your ass out of the fire. Let the President replace you with a competent assistant who will allow him to try his ideas. Trust me, you will not last more than a day in the competitive environment of a commercial enterprise, and I don’t want you in my government either. So what does that leave you? Move to Venezuela where your type of worker might be tolerated.

If the President discovers who you are Anonymous I hope he has you demoted to cleaning toilets in Afghanistan.

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