Posted by: johnhourihan | January 29, 2017

a presidential riddle

Here’s a riddle: What is the difference between these two groups of predominantly Muslim countries? Group one: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Turkey. Group two: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Group two is the group of countries Donald Trump has banned from travel to the United States. Group one is the Muslim countries where Donald Trump has business interests according to the New York Post. The other difference of course is that No person from group two has ever come to our country to do us harm. Not true for group one.
By the way, anyone who had doubts about what I said a few days ago about Russian arrests and our own election hacking, the story has hit the new York Times today.

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 27, 2017

Who leaked the Russia/Trump information?

Something was reported around January 25 that should interest us. It happened in Russia. At a meeting of a group that used to be called the KGB, the New Newspaper reported that armed guards entered, walked up to Serge Mikailov the deputy chief of the cyber unit, put a bag over his head and dragged him out. He wasn’t heard from for a month and then it was reported he was in prison and charged with treason for leaking information to a foreign power. Shortly after, the deputy director of counter intelligence, a man whose job it was to make sure spies don’t leak intelligence to foreign powers, was also arrested. The man who gave us the dossier on Trump’s alleged links to the Russians was a former UK spy who gave us the info and then dropped off the grid. The newspaper is the one that was formed when Mikail Gorbachov took the money he got from winning the Nobel Peace Prize and started a newspaper to tell the truth in Russia as opposed to the state run newspaper.
This all happened in December, a month after our election.
Since then Donald Trump has nominated Putin’s closest ally, the CEO of Exxon, to be the Secretary of State and all the top career people of the state department, people with decades of experience, who have served under presidents all the way back to Nixon were fired.
This weekend Donald Trump will call Putin and, according to him, he will tell Putin there is probably no reason for the sanctions President Obama put on the Russians for invading Crimea.
So what was the stolen intelligence and were we the foreign country it was leaked to?
Keep watching.

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 22, 2017

What is really important

This is what the current administration believes of the people who voted for them: “They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve,a brief blossoming of beauty and sexual desire, they passed through a brief period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents … moved always among them, spreading false rumors and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous;All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations.”
Well, I have to go now. I have to open up a beer, check my lottery tickets, stand up for the national anthem, accept that Trump is my leader and watch the Patriots kick Pittsburg’s ass. That is what is really important.

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 14, 2017

You can’t make me buy insurance!

Those of you who believe you have an answer to getting rid of the ACA by saying you don’t believe the government has the right to force people to buy insurance I have to point out the government makes us do lots of things. Governments make us pay taxes to support wars and corporate welfare we don’t agree with, it makes us buy a licenses to fish, hunt or to drive a car. Governments make us get a permit to put in a driveway, forces all men to sign up for the draft even though there isn’t one. Governments force us to pay property taxes even though we have no one in public schools, forces us to drive on the right side of the road, forces young people to go to school until they are 16. There are more. Governments have been forcing us to do things for a long time. Most of it is good. This “I don’t think anyone should be forced by the government to do anything,” is nonsense. Stop saying it. You sound foolish.

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 9, 2017

Why not a new election?

Does anyone truly feel that the leaked emails, hacked by Russia and disseminated by wikileaks, had nothing to do with the outcome of the election? Has everyone forgotten the drop from a Clinton double-digit lead to tied when the emails were released, and how her couple point lead turned into a lead for Trump when the FBI director said the emails would be investigated only a few days before the election? Russian spies hacked DNC, disseminated the contents and probably some additional false documents, through an organization run by a convicted pedophile who is on the run currently and what they made public just before the election put a Russian operative in power in our country, so why is it when we say, This election cannot stand if we are to remain the United States of America, people say that can’t happen?

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 4, 2017

Resolutions at 70

I haven’t spent a lot of time on New Year’s resolutions in the past, but this year I am 70. I am the age where 30 year olds believe we have gone around the bend when we warn them about the roads they are on. I figure I have fifteen or twenty years left, so this year I do have a few resolutions. I will spend more time with my wife enjoying whatever we can enjoy. She is a special woman and I am lucky to have her. I will stay in touch with my grandchildren whenever their parents allow it to be possible. I have decided that I will no longer be a part of any organized religion until all the hungry children in the world are fed. It seems with the money in the churches, mosques, temples and other castles of high piety this should have been possible years ago. I will be proud of my two children, talk about them a lot and visit them when I can. I will pay more attention to my brothers and sisters, the only people who truly know my life first hand. I will sweep from my life all those who have not done a good thing, no matter how small, for me or my wife in the past ten years. After my life and everything I have lived through, I don’t like being talked down to by anyone especially children, so if you feel it is your position to “put me in my place,” to talk down to me because I am old, don’t talk at all. I won’t be listening.
This year, 2017, I am 70, but before you talk to or about this doddering old man please remember I was 10 years old and poor, I was a fast driving, girl chasing street kid at 16, I was a 20 year old fighting a war and trying ot keep my friends off drugs, I was a 30 year old Irish Catholic raising a family in a WASP town were I graduated from high school, I was a teacher, a journalist, a coach and a 50 year old divorcee, I was a 60 year old benefactor to all those who needed help and who now don’t quite remember that decade, and now I am 70. If all you see is an old man, you are a fool. My most important new year’s resolution is to remind you all that anything you do now, we old people did first and did it better. You should be listening to our advice. There is only one thing young people today have done that we never did.
We never elected an idiot to be president. You did.

Posted by: johnhourihan | January 2, 2017

being a human is more important than the economy

I cringe every time I hear a loved one say, “The bottom line is the economy.” After seven decades of life, I know this to be untrue. The bottom line is how we treat each other regardless of money. It always has been, always will be, so I cringe when a loved one says it is OK that our president makes fun of disabled people, red lined his buildings to prevent minorities from getting homes, evacuated disabled vets from his buildings because he didn’t like how they looked, wants to discriminate against anyone who is not Christian, wants to quiet the media, wants to treat those who speak against him as “enemies” of the state, as long as he makes us more money. Humanity is the bottom line, not the economy.

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 30, 2016

Make America Great Again

Wouldn’t it be nice if, when President elect Trump says, “Make America Great Again,” he means to bring it back to a time when a man didn’t kick someone when they were down, a man’s word was his bond something as good as a signed contract, when a man who was down on his luck could “put it on the cuff” to feed his family, when more affluent people felt it was a privilege to help feed those who were less fortunate, when doctors billed patients according to their ability to pay, when the pews of a church were filled on Sunday with good Christians, when a man’s worth was not decided by the content of his bank account or the color of his skin, when Christians were people who were happy to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, heal the sick, and do it without judging those they helped, when the arbitrary boundaries between countries did not give us an excuse to hate or kill, when money was still the root of all evil and having a lot of it did not make you a good man or woman, when we trusted those in our government to try to do what was right, and when white supremacists and other racists were looked down on as people who were stupid and didn’t know any better. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was a time he was shooting for? But I really don’t think any of that is on his time-warp radar. I think it might be a bit more realistic. I think he means back to a time when there were no unions or civil rights laws, or women’s rights laws, or any regulations on industry. I believe he means to a time when the government didn’t step in to help those who were being worked to death and not being paid enough money to feed a family, back to a time when our fathers could red-line entire cities and towns to make sure the neighborhood didn’t go to Hell, and back to a time when we could invade smaller countries because we could, and under-paid migrant workers were the lifeblood of corporate farms, and back to a time when those who complained about any of it could be legally silenced with bullying, a time when women knew their place, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen with their mouths shut, and minorities knew their place in the back of the bus, and anyone but affluent white men could be certain that “those laws don’t apply to us.” In short, back to a time when we had “liberty and justice for some white people.”
I’m afraid those who voted for Mr. Trump may have felt the first part of this was the goal. It never was. The second part is. And now you are beginning to understand.

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 30, 2016

We are living doublethink

For those of you who aren’t sure what just happened that led to our current situation of Donald Trump poised to pounce on the White House and grab it by the pussy, let me explain.
“His mind slid away into the labyrinthian world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly forget it again, and above all to apply the same process to the process itself.” – 1984, George Orwell
Don’t be so confused, we have been warned about it several times in history. It is just now becoming reality because you voted it in, and are now asking us to “give it a chance.”

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 30, 2016

We need to have a rebirth of humanism

It seems we are all familiar with 1984. We haven’t listened to it. We are just familiar with it. But what we should be familiar with is an afterword written by renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. Fromm points out that Orwell never said his world was “bound” to come, but his work was one of warning, “showing where we are headed for unless we succeed in a renaissance of the spirit of humanism and dignity.”
He says that it is Orwell’s intention that our new form of managerial industrialism, in which man builds machines that act like men and develops men who act like machines, is conducive to an era of dehumanization and complete alienation, in which men are transformed into things and become appendices to the process of production and consumption.”
But this we pay no attention to. As long as our bank accounts go up and our taxes go down we don’t much care if people are starving, losing their individuality and becoming bereft of every human quality that has made us human. Faith, hope, love and individuality such as in the world of 1984.
Donald Trump has shown by his recent actions and his promises during the election that he is about to bring to us a world that is just that, and his followers say, “Give him a chance” because he may make us money.
Are you insane?

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