When is Collusion not Collusion..?


 

 

When it comes to the meeting, in Trump Tower, with Kushner, Donald Jr, and the other guy with the Russians there are several things to consider….

Merriam-Webster defines Collusion as:  secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting incollusion with the enemy

Let’s look at the “agreement or cooperation” aspect of this.  Yes, there does not seem to have been any collusion but, that was only because the Russians did not have the material the Trump representatives wanted, information on Hillary Clinton.  I see that as like if you went to buy drugs and were told “we don’t have any drugs for you but, how about some really nice caviar?”.

It is true that it was not a secret, after all it was reported by the press, only because it was reported by the press.  I would go so far as to say that, when the press reported the meeting, the did the Trump group and unintentional favor..  Favor you ask?  Of course.

I will explain it this way.  When I was in the Air Force, mid 70s to 84, one of the little film they showed us, it was for people who had contact with classified information, was about a young Airman who worked in his bases headquarters.  One night he was in a bar and met a stranger.  The two shared drink and the stranger found out, he problably already knew, that the Airman worked in Headquarters, and the two started to talk about some unclassified program that were going on.  The stranger was interested in one of these programs, I think it was supposed to deal with things the Air Force was trying to do in the community near the base.  The two agreed to meet the next day.  The Airman would bring the brochures in an envolope and the stranger would bring him some information about his company.  The two met the next night.

The Airman, not thinking it was important, did not report the contact with the stranger.  Sometime later the two would see each other at the bar, and the stranger would pull him over to ask about information of a classified matter.  The Airman would say he could not talk about things like that.  The stranger would explain that it was too late, and he would show the Airman photos that had been taken of the two of them exchanging envelopes.

For the Airman this was a problem.  He had not followed regulations which stated he was supposed to report that contact, and it now looked like he had given them information for money.

Now, getting back to the Trump meeting.  Had the press not reported the meeting the Trump team would have been in the same position as the young Airman.  It would look like they had exchanged something for information on Clinton, even though no real exchange had taken place.  Further, in this last scenario, their problem would for Kushner and Don Jr to prove what really happened in that room….  I find it hard to believe the Russians would offer such information about H. Clinton without wanting something in return.  The question would be : did they get anything other than the possibiity of a later blackmail?

Things like this just point out the lack of judgement exhibited by the Trump group, which comes from a lack of descretion.

The next 3 1/2 years will most likely result in more incidents such as this.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

 

Can this be more than just a hobby? Maybe..


The blog is just as I have stated in the title..  My View.

I don’t, as a few other sites I have seen, spend most of my time trying to find other people’s news and reporting it under my name.  I will find ideas that are of interest to me and maybe put links to sites that may tell it better than I can, or just for reference.

So far I have not, in either blog (thatjoeguy.com or her myviewbyjoe.com) posted story from another site under my name with little “if you want to read more click here” button…  I am opinionated enough with out having to steal someone else’s writing.

I harbor no illusion that I know everything and so all I can ask is that you think about what I write, and maybe even let me know what you believe.

For those of you who have looked at one site, or the other, you know that I have covered a number of topics and usually attempt to put some kink of humorous spin on them.

I may just be writing this for myself but hope you, the readers, will take enough of an interest to comment.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

I have been away.. but I am back, for now..


I have not posted anything for a number of months.  It started near the end of last years election cycle when I really came to understand that I did not like either of the two candidates.  The choices seemed to be between the guy on the right who gave off bilious gasses from both ends, and the woman who bragged about her failures and who’s best achievement stemmed from the fact that she, along with her husband, has been able to avoid going to jail.

During this period I started a number of articles, I will try to get back to them, that I was not really sure how to present.  Each time I started on one of them, such as one I started to do about Medical Quackery, reinforced the understanding that much of what we believe comes from our perception of what it is…

Take the one I was going to call “Why I love the Internet”.  In this article I was going to point out that with the ability to search the internet for information a searcher could find more than one way of looking at almost any idea.

Take the idea of the Religious Trinity..  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  Some will point to sections of the bible and explain that they are all three aspects of the Father, while others might point to the same section and explain that they are all separate and say that the other idea, that they are all the same entity, makes no sense.

In the Medical world there seems to be an argument that MMR vaccines cause autism.   The anti-vaccine people will point to studies that, they say, proves that Autism is caused by the MMR vaccines, and that the Center for Disease Control  and Prevention(CDC) had been outed as having fixed it’s studies to show that there was no connection between the two.  The other camp, which is sometimes called Mainstream Medicine, will tell you about the CDC studies that prove there is no connection and will even go so far as to tell you that the studies, by the Anti-vaccine group, have been refuted numerous times and they they still bring them up.

Andrew Wakefield so called god father of the Anti-Vaccine movement

Andrew Wakefield is a name that often comes up in these discussions.  It was from a study he did, along with 6 or 7 other researchers, that lead to the assertions of Autism being connected to the MMR Vaccines.  The study, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, would later have his fellow researchers ask to have their names removed from the paper, after his press conference that explained the connection, a connection his fellow researcher stated was not contained the their results of the study.  The Lancet would retract the story, and the British Medical establishment would take his Doctor’s licence away after charging him with a number of ethics violations, such as abusing the 12 people he used in his study and lieing about his work being approved by an ethics panel, or the medical community that took away his credentials and struck him from the Physician list in Britain.

My point here is that we often form our opinions of this based on the way we look at things.

For my last item to think about is this.  In the United States we had a series of mass shootings.  Some people saw this as a call to get firearms away from the public, others saw this as a demonstration that the police can not protect the public and that they have a right to buy more firearms they can then use to defend themselves.  It is a situation where you have to ask : do we work on the symptoms, or the cause, of this violence…

I plan to get back into a routine of articles.  Hopefully you will think about what I say.  I don’t believe I will change anyone’s mind, but maybe the readers will consider what I put forth, and make up your own mind.

These are, as the title says “How I see the world”.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

A new TV Show for Donald.. Let’s Play Concentration..


At some point the contestant will be given a chance of guess at the meaning of either a picture, or symbols that make up a message..

In this case the final solution is:

Work will set you free.
Work will set you free.

Maybe Donald Trump is trying to send a different message when he says we should put people in camps.  We put criminals in prisons.  We put people who illegally cross our borders, if the administration obeys the law, in detention until we can deport them.  This is all assuming that President Obama is not making up laws as he goes along.

After Pearl Harbor, when people realized how many Japanese there were in this country, we rounded up what would seem to be most of those on the Pacific coast and put them in camps for the duration.  Now just think how they thought about it.  Many of them had served in the U. S. military in WWI.  A number of them had American families, owned property, which a lot of them lost through confiscation, but for most of them their only crime was having been born to Japanese parents.

Going back in history from there, and over to Europe, we find the Germans setting up camps for those people they did not want to muddy up the Uber Race.  At first it might have just been the Jews but, the Jews weren’t the only ones.  There were, besides the Jews, communist, gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, social democrats, habitual offenders, and other people who were considered lesser beings.

I am not saying that Donald Trump wants to exterminate anyone but, I will point out that while Hitler had an antisemitic point of view this view did not materialize into the “Final Solution” until about 1941, at about the time they attacked their former allies the Russians.

I will say this : the old adage about those who forget history being doomed to repeat it has some bearing.

The Untied States has never been a perfect nation.  It has done some things that were terrible..  Just ask Native Americans about the “Trail of Tears” along which the United States government forced several tribes of Native Americans, including the Cherokees, Seminoles, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Creeks, to migrate to reservations west of the Mississippi River in the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s. (Part of the above is a direct quote from Dictionary.com)

Think of Col. Custer from Little Big Horn who was killed, along with the 7th Cavalry when they began and attack on what they believe was small Indian village..  How the battle of Little Big Horn was won.  This is the story told from the perspective of the Native Americans who fought it.

Yes, this country, as it grew, did terrible things to the Native American but, we have grown since then.  While it is history we have learned the lessons and should not repeat them.

As a nation we like to believe that we stand with the oppressed.  We have defended Europe for years against the expansion of the soviets.  We have moved against terror, and we are in a war with terrorist..

We have principles that should not be considered as matters of convenience.

Our laws must be held firm, and not ignored.  The way we deal with people who violate us, or our laws, shows what kind of people we are.  When President Bush decided that the War on Terror meant they could implement torture his rational was that United States law did not apply out of the country.  I submit that the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a law passed by congress and signed by a president, which is a code of conduct for all Armed Forces, applies to our troops worldwide.

We might be at war with terrorist but, that does not mean we have to be terrorist ourselves, so Mr. Donald Trump..  The road to the gate pictured above has been traveled before, and we DO NOT want to go there.  Let us treat others by the way they act, and not because of who they are.

Radicals of any stripe can say stupid things.  That includes people like the Westboro Baptist Church, the Ku Klux Klan, and any other lunatic fringe group that preaches hate… and YOU, Donald Trump.  This is not the kind of conduct we want the leader of our nation to espouse.

In closing I would have to say “Here Mr. Trump is you sign”.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

‘Pastafarian’ allowed to wear spaghetti strainer in driver’s license photo


The Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed a Massachusetts woman to wear a spaghetti strainer on her head in her driver’s license picture as an expression of her “Pastafarian” religion.

Source: ‘Pastafarian’ allowed to wear spaghetti strainer in driver’s license photo

 

Normally I would think this woman was trying to keep space, versus illegal, aliens from being able to read her brainwaves.  When I saw that this was a religious issue I thought, and least she isn’t wearing one of those Islamic Bhurkas (?) that just show the eyes.

I would think that this qualifies as good news..  and so I applaud the news organization that simply reported this, and did not ridicule either her, or the Massachusetts DMV.    While there is always room to make fun of someone in a story such as this, it is nice to see that they can actually publish a story where they don’t feel like they have to make inane editorial remarks, and leave that kind of thing to bloggers, like me, who don’t have to possess any journalistic integrity.

While the woman in question said it was because of her Pastafarian religion I still wonder if, maybe, it wasn’t the space aliens who suggested it to her..  Maybe her thought waves were interfering with their navigational system.  You know, like when the airlines tell you that your cell phone could cause the place to crash, and then point out that you can use the on-board phone.   The one that probably connects you to the switchboard at CIA headquarters, where they  record everything you say.

I got this report, along with some other fun news, at WTSP.com.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.