The Democrats Can’t Win in 2020, Which is Why They are Worried

There are two reasons that Democrats are so obstinate regarding the failure of the Mueller Report to give them a smoking gun regarding the Trump administration, the first are the reasons I mentioned on Easter Sunday, the classic control mechanisms of institutionalism. The second is much more immediate. The Democrats just don’t have an answer to Trump for the upcoming election. Their leading contenders are Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, both men in their middle 70s who even if they did win would be in their 80s after their first term. Everyone else is a lunatic of fringe socialism with no message but more victimization and administrational control, which is not an appealing message. But its all they have, and they know it. So all they could really do is pray over this false accusation, which they have been doing to Republicans for years. What makes Trump great is that he refuses to play along, which has exposed this whole game for what it always was and there isn’t a single Democrat who is going to be able to go head to head with Trump in a general election. The Democrats knew it during 2016, they can’t win an election without cheating, and they certainly can’t beat Trump, so all they had was the hope that the Mueller investigation might find something that might end Trump for them. And when it didn’t come, they panicked, which has now erupted into an all out mental breakdown, collectively. The world is changing away from their controls, and they are terrified.

Like politics I out grew religion a long time ago. It’s not that I find either of them useless, but the current definitions are designed by people not very intellectually curious. They’d rather talk about the new grill they bought at Home Depot for backyard cookouts than to talk about whether the Gnostic books of the Bible should have been included into the official Bible of the Christian religions during the 1st and 2nd century A.D. As a person I don’t waste time on the dumb stuff, and most people are addicted to dumb stuff. I only am really interested on the big scale epic ideas about the nature of existence and I write about those types of things every day in hopes that it might inspire others to think about big things too. And it takes understanding big things to understand President Trump and his value. There isn’t anybody on this earth that I find deserves worship or following. I don’t need someone to follow in my life, I do all the leading. What I need out of a president is a proper chess piece. He or she doesn’t need to be a moral character. Everyone fails my expectations, so I don’t even include them when I vote for someone. I just want someone who will stand against the levers of control that have been with us since the beginning, the desire of power to manipulate those who don’t have it.

Someone reading an article of mine a few days ago referred to it as a piece of Nazi propaganda, which of course is all kinds of wrong. I’m about as far from a Nazi as anybody could get. Nazi’s were socialists and big government guys. They were way to the political left of where I am and only modern interpretations made by stupid people could even attempt to draw a line connecting those positions. But I saw in the person an individual who was trying to understand things, so I didn’t get all bent up out of shape over it. People come to the truth in their own ways and must overcome all their own personal demons. They assume that they need institutions to function, so they need all these checks and balances that are in place to keep everyone honest. There are people believe it or not who think that Bob Mueller and James Comey were card-carrying Republicans. Yet what is missed is that those definitions were created by the conquered, those who were willing to carry the sins of all mankind on their backs as a political party and allow Democrats to have a seat at the big table, and allow socialism to become part of the American way. My brand of conservatism isn’t even on a chart anywhere. I certainly wouldn’t call it “right winged” or “alt right.” I would simply call it normal, and of the type of minds who wrote the Constitution. I do not see advancements of human thought and achievement as progressing in politics, I have watched it regress into this laughable condition. I see advancements in the sciences and in art, but those attributes have not yet made it into our political world. That is why when the Nazi party did come along, the western world didn’t know what to do with it. Neville Chamberlain and his globalist tea drinkers didn’t know what to do with this popular socialist who used the ten-thousand-year-old symbol of a swastika to attempt to bring in a new age of humanity. They were too busy talking about dumb stuff, like what the name of a particular wine was and what part of France that it came from rather than understanding how dangerously left leaning the politics of Hitler was and how to stop him. Modern Republicans have had the same problem as Neville Chamberlain. Mitt Romney was a joke in 2012. John Boehner, who lives down the road from me and talks to a lot of the same friends as I do was far from a conviction driven conservative. He was a terrible Speaker of the House, just as Paul Ryan was. Boehner is now a pot advocate which is all types of bad news for me. These are not people who share my values, that’s for sure, they are way, way, way too far to the political left for me.

So where does that put President Trump, he’s certainly not somebody who will win awards for good morality but what does make him good and someone worth having in the White House is that he gets one important ingredient that is desperately needed in politics. He gets using the Executive Branch to push people above the line, which is so critical to any sort of change agency. Rather than making excuses for why our people and politics reside below the line, Trump insists that everything stay above it. And the line is that invisible set of targets we all set for ourselves. If we are below it, we accept various attributes of victimization, and if we are above, we are taking responsibility for ourselves and our role in the universe.

For me the line stops at the basic foundations of our Constitution which I view as a work of art that took about three thousand years of western civilization to develop. When after the Mueller Report came out that there were some on the Democrat side of things who still wanted to impeach the guy I helped put in office, well that’s where the line was crossed. I’m not going to put up with any below the line stuff. I’m just not going to do it. I don’t want to return to a political world where it is run by a bunch of Neville Chamberlain types who empower Democrats with their lack of will to fight. I will take Trump flaws and all because at least he gets the above the line needs of the Executive Branch. He wears a suit and tie every day. He has a good-looking wife. He doesn’t apologize for whatever wealth he has acquired. He likes gold. He likes golf and runs wonderful golf courses. He’s an above the line guy who doesn’t feel guilt or a need to apologize for it, and that makes him the best president possible in this day and age, and Democrats can’t beat him because they must appeal to below the line thinking to have a shot and if given a choice, people will aspire to above the line needs most of the time—if someone will lead them there. And yes, it is that simple.

Rich Hoffman

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The Exciting Cultural Promises of Galaxy’s Edge

I realize that many of my daily readers cringe when I do a Star Wars article, but its important that it is understood cultural trends as they emerge and how those new ideas will shape the world of tomorrow. I have enjoyed the last week or so in witnessing all the many aspects of modern mythology that are exploding onto the scene. We are talking about more than just a little influence culturally, which will eventually build up the political mentality and philosophy of the next century, that is emerging in our various art forms, particularly in movies, television streaming, table top gaming and video game options. We are experiencing a very rich culture of thought that is emerging and is shaping the world right under our feet so I consider all these things to be very important. I will have to say that my ability to predict events and understand the deeper meanings of every day observances come from my love of global mythology, the stories of humanity that transcends time and space. In that regard the things that happened this past week with the release of Episode One of the Game of Thrones and the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago unleashed a different kind of hope that I found extremely encouraging, which I wanted to share here.

As I’ve said before I work in an industry full of very, very smart people who have a great love for technology and innovation. And among them I was even surprised how excited they were to watch Game of Thrones and how many of them were live streaming the events of the Star Wars Celebration from their office work areas. It used to be that I was the only one who cared about things like that, 20 to 30 years ago, but now its quite a common thing, especially among intelligent people. Fans of these entertainment options are looking for intellectual fulfillment that they aren’t getting from regular life. It’s not escapism as it was classically defined, it’s a hunger for new ideas to see in conceptual reality the things they are naturally thinking. But even saying that, it has been the news of the new Star Wars land at the Disney Parks titled Galaxy’s Edge that impressed me the most.

When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars property way back in 2012 I made my predictions on what impact that would have on the future. Since then of course Universal Studios had taken the Harry Potter experience to the next level of reality based mythic involvements, where consumers weren’t just passively enjoying the product and the stories of the product, but were now part of the story themselves. From a mythology perspective I see this as a huge leap in human experience, which comes at a good time. The human race is at a point where it has more options to build from than ever before, so our mythologies naturally need to grow to deal with those concerns at a pace more rapidly than those experiences are occurring. So knowing that this construction of Galaxy’s Edge is just remarkable because it’s not just about visiting an amusement park and reliving some favorite movie, and looking at movie props to rekindle the memory of the experience. What Disney has done is build as close to a living breathing off-world outpost that puts the consumers in the story of mythology itself in real-time and what impact that will have on human mythology for the future has some very exciting prospects, and I’m very excited about it.

When I was a kid and first went to Universal Studios in Los Angeles I found if very thrilling to see the real movie props of my favorite movies. I was so impressed with it that for the last thirty years or so those initial impressions stayed with me as very good memories. I can say that when I had a chance to see the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios in Florida it was a magical experience for me, which should be evident by the pictures in my “Who is Rich Hoffman” blog posting seen on the sidebar. I have always enjoyed movies and when there was some kind of Star Wars exhibit that showed the real movie props from the films I have always found the experience stimulating and as a family we have gone to as many of those things as possible. So I am very aware how little kids fresh with ideas feel about these kinds of things. Even as adults, the feelings don’t go away which is quite evident as the participants of the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago was not geared for children, but many of the adult fans who really want to immerse themselves into the Star Wars mythology. Knowing all that, Galaxy’s Edge in both Disneyland and Disney World this year will allow visitors to get museum quality props and to accept the Star Wars universe as a reality not just a nostalgic recollection.

Specifically the two rides that are going to be featured, Smuggler’s Run where everyone will have a chance to ride in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, or the Rise of the Resistance ride where participants will actually be in the middle of a Star Wars battle are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s the details of buying and building droids, constructions of personal lightsabers, and the acquisition of real Star Wars merchandise purchased as if it really existed in that galaxy far, far away—Disney has gone way over the top and far exceeded my expectations. They are going for a level of authenticity that has experimental results not yet measured culturally and I think it’s very healthy for all of us. To not only ask what if, but to say, “how about that” in the context of a simulated reality can really have a dramatic increase in our technical expansion and that is very exciting.

I’m also not one who believes that growing up is such a great thing. I personally think we are at our best as people before the age of 10 when our minds are growing and fully alive. Our stories in society are sort of based on the very old or the very young, but not so much for those who have reached puberty and are in the realm of career building and procreation. I have seen so many people who just don’t know what to do with themselves in that large in-between age but to pursue a course of self-destruction. But that is changing and has dramatically over the course of time that I have conducted this blog site. Entertainment and mythology are better merged together than they ever have been and I see that increasing the quality of the human condition, not regressing it. It’s impossible to tell what impact Galaxy’s Edge will have on future engineers and space explorers, but one thing’s for sure, there will be growth and it will move in a very positive direction. In the past many of these kinds of things weren’t talked about much, people didn’t binge watch shows like Game of Thrones for entire weekends, and those types of options weren’t even available. But now they are and it is changing everything in a positive way. Which is very, very exciting.

Rich Hoffman

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The Assasination of Jesus Christ and Attempt Against President Trump

Considering things on a very historical scale, western civilization has grown tremendously through the religion of Christianity, and so we should think hard about the meaning of Christ during Easter, and more recently, President Trump. We must consider what the concept of removing sin from the concerns of mankind was all about. With the devil in the garden just before Jesus was arrested tempting him with doubt about his ultimate fate, that one man would take the whole world upon his shoulders and advance it with the removal of sin which was hung on the necks of all humanity with the fall of the Garden of Eden. It’s a very Ayn Rand like concept, or even Nietzschean—the idea of one man taking away from the world the burdens of sin that they were condemned with before they were even born. And of course, the institutions at the time needed that burden in place so they could control their populations with guilt. If Jesus took away that guilt, then how would those in power control humanity? So “they” killed him for no good reason but to remove hope from people’s minds that this one person through his teachings could free people of the burden of guilt. That is the only reason Jesus was tortured and killed, because the authority figures at the time needed to show that they were in charge and that anybody who tried to break free of that inherited enslavement would be killed and eradicated from the earth. And that is exactly why Donald Trump was harassed and even tortured, because through his presidency he is trying to take the world to the next step in that long Christian crusade, personal freedom and awareness not confined to the regulation of institutionalism. And for all the same reasons “they” have been trying to kill President Trump any way possible, legally if they could—preferably so their hands would be clean, but if not that way, than some other.

That’s not to say that President Trump was or is a son of God in any way, but that the concept of western civilization has emerged from a violent past to manifest into this present time with a lot of spilled blood. No matter what you believe, or to what degree you believe it, Jesus was a good person conceptually. What he was teaching was likely Buddhism which he encountered during his days in the wilderness and that concept of accepting the transitory state of existence was the foundation of all his teachings. To believe literally in the miracles he performed is probably a crossover of mythology and legend that were added to give him more flare to the ambitions of antiquity. But that doesn’t matter, what does is the concept of one man saving humanity from the simple beginnings of a carpenter who did not share a long royal bloodline through the randomization of birthright. That anybody could be a king of their own kingdom and that heaven is truly everywhere in every state and that typically man does not see it. But that the way to it is not through our institutional control, but through our own consciousness. This is something that is specific to western civilization and is the reason there is so much strife today from the world, particularly the aims of Islam to replace Christianity in the western world. They essentially have the same Bible but the relationship to eternal life falls back to the recognition of the priestly mediums to imprison the mind back to the roles of institutions, not the kind of independence that Jesus was talking about, before the Roman Catholic church tried to institutionalize Jesus Christ, which was never the intention.

Going even further than Jesus Christ was the role of President Trump, a modern King Solomon like figure, only he doesn’t claim to come from the power or lineage of God. He’s just a builder from Queens, New York who went into the family business and ended up President of the United States and the leader of the free world. He didn’t go through the institutional controls to get there, he’s not a member of the Skull and Bones society, or a Harvard Graduate or even a member of a military background, he was an entrepreneur, a television star, and a one time politician who trusted himself and ran for the highest office, and won. And for that he had to be destroyed because the fear is that others might follow him, just as they were prone to follow Jesus 2000 years prior. Even though a lot has changed in 2000 years, I don’t consider it much, conceptually we are the same people. Looking at ancient Egypt for example, their society lasted intact for around 3000 years before eventually falling to the Roman Empire and being absorbed into the Occident. Considering that the efforts against President Trump are precisely the same efforts that were against Jesus Christ, the teaching of individualized pursuit over the grips of institutional control and the way that power is maintained is through fear and control. To maintain that fear institutions, seek 100% of the time to assassinate those individuals who are attempting to free mankind of those burdens. They prefer to ignore them if they can, but if they gain too much popularity, they seek to kill them every single time.

The gains we’ve made in the Occident since the times of Christ are that we believe we are nations of laws and that we are trying to give a platform for individuals to function freely from, which is the nature of the American Constitution. But that is on paper only, in practice the Bar Association and the political levers of our current state are still very much reflective of the rise of western civilization before Christ came along, and has for every century since been pulled back into that slavery mentality, obedience to the state and if power was the desire then you had to lick the feet of those in power, either through some secret society, a church, or a royal line of psychopaths.

Not that Jesus could have or would have, but the key message for our modern times is that President Trump has refused to name superiors on earth to him or lick the feet of anybody at any point and his example is a real threat to the long lineage of institutionalism. I view the Presidency of Donald Trump to be a natural extension to the original teachings of Jesus Christ and the true intention of the creation of all humanity. We have learned as a species the keys to ever lasting life, we have returned to the Garden and pushed away the forbidden fruit and are now nurturing back to life our relationship to the Tree of Eternal life. Yes Heaven is all around us and the reason people did not see it was because they were too occupied with their place on the pecking order of existence, of their fraternities, their boot licking, and their fear of eternal destruction and status as a family name. With Trump beating back the aims of the FBI and the political institutionalists of our current time and firing all the people around him who have not performed well, he has done all civilization a great service and this time such a character didn’t end up on a Cross. They wanted to put him there, but he refused to play along and take the beatings and that is the real lesson from all this that will carry the Occident forward. Don’t empower evil by yielding to it, even with cooperation. The way to beat them is to not need them. That is why Jesus Christ was murdered by his own church. It’s why the FBI tried to destroy President Trump and it is the same force that keeps every breathing human being imprisoned intellectually to the sins of the past. Once you don’t need any of them, they lose all their power, and that is the way of the next two thousand years, and it essentially starts today.

Happy Easter, we do celebrate the resurrection on the third day, but in the context of the Occident, that resurrection has taken place in the Presidency of Donald Trump and we should all be thankful for it.

Rich Hoffman

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They Would’ve if They Could’ve but They Couldn’t

To be honest I never had any doubts about President Trump. I do write a lot about him and his administration because he is obviously on the cutting edge of a new way of political thinking. But even so, it was remarkable how well he held it together over what was in all reality a political assassination attempt. In a less media driven time they would have literally just tried to kill him. But these days that’s not how things are done. Killings don’t happen the way they do on television and movies. People aren’t so bold as to have a personal conflict. Rather, they work the peer pressure angle nearly 100% of the time. And if they can’t beat you, they do their best to ignore that you exist. That is the normal method, but it’s awfully hard to ignore a person who had put his name in capital letters on his airplane for all to see, and named so many prominent buildings after himself. I knew from the beginning that a person like Trump was needed to break down this human limit that was so entrenched in American politics. However, it is always good to see a plan come together.

In the great chess game the best thing Trump did over the last few years, not just for his presidency but for the efforts at maintaining a true republic was the nomination of Attorney General William Barr to serve as a true AG. Unfortunately, because the game was above his head, Jeff Sessions wasn’t up for the task and the parasites were able to exploit his goodness to get at Trump. The FBI, the Obama White House and the DNC were sloppy in their insurrection attempts and left behind a lot of evidence regarding their behavior because they figured nobody would survive what they were throwing at Trump. They knew that the fundamental weakness in all human beings was the need for public acceptance which they controlled completely through the media and legal system, they from their point of view could see no ending other than Trump stepping down from office and saying, “to hell with this.” But Trump, the man who rose to fame by firing people has done more terminations of employment than anybody in history and so it went that he made his move against Jeff Sessions and replaced him with Barr. Once William Barr was in place Bob Mueller had no choice but to clean up his act and end his investigation.

Mueller didn’t go quietly however and you can tell by the way he wrote his report. He was digging for anything he could get on Trump. But there was nothing there. Trump was a gigantic public figure living in the public eye well before he became president, so he is accustomed to scrutiny in every aspect of his life. That made him uniquely prepared for the Mueller investigation. Mueller’s frustration about how little control or respect that Trump would give him was entirely evident in the report, which are the references to possible obstruction of justice. Only the real obstruction was that the FBI had rigged everything in the favor of the previous powers of Washington D.C. and Trump wasn’t yielding to that power the way it was expected that he would, or should.

Mueller was obviously on a witch hunt and resented that Trump wouldn’t play along which meant that the leverage the FBI was trying to apply to witnesses, like Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and General Flynn weren’t working. Michael Cohen did flip but Trump fought it all the way in the media taking all the air out of any case that Mueller was trying to build, purely off a false premise. Once a real Attorney General was in place, the antics were over and Mueller had to wrap up his nothing case leaving the hopes and dreams of the Democratic party to go up in flames. The media coverage of the Mueller Report was truly fascinating even thought I personally expected it. It was still rewarding to see a good guy like Trump win in a case like this, because it paves the way for everyone else. What happened with the release of this report is nothing short of a major victory for freedom and republic government. The whole thing isn’t just about Trump winning a case against him, it’s about the failure of the system to assassinate a person who falls out of line from their control and I can’t think of another time in history when something like this has happened. Trump has risen above the powers that normally control us all. It took his big personality and tremendous financial resources to do it, and a lot of tenacity, but he has done something that just occurred for the first time in history. And the world felt it.

Like I said, assassination attempts by people on this earth are not bold and personal. They are distant and very passive aggressive. In other times there was no choice but to kill someone with a weapon in clandestine fashion, while they were drunk or sleeping. But that is not how our world prefers to operate. You can tell that when at a street light next to another car. People don’t like to even look at each other let alone get close enough to kill them. So our methods of assassination have evolved into killing people through systems control, such as institutional mechanisms—separating them from group affiliations. Very few people can deal with not having a good relationship with their peer groups and once they know who those people are, they don’t often let other people into their circle of influence easily, which is why people don’t look at each other or sit next to one another unless they absolutely have to. If there is an empty seat away from a person, most people will take it. The only way people choose to sit directly next to another person is only out of a lack of options. Our institutions have learned over time to control those options which effectively have steered us all in directions desired by those who were most lustful of power. But none of that worked on President Trump because he really didn’t care to be in any of the various power structures that resided in the Beltway culture. He was a true pace setter self-driven and that is what gave him the edge and ability to overcome the obvious political hit job that the Mueller Report was. And now its his turn to launch his own investigations and that has everyone terrified, which they deserve to be.

So yeah, I write a lot about President Trump, because historically speaking he is the hottest thing going. Supporting him for President for the reasons we are seeing I think was one of the best things that any of us could have done as American citizens. He has changed the very nature of politics by exploiting the weaknesses of the previous establishment and the pain from that other side is something I’m enjoying quite a lot. I didn’t want to have to fight them all with violence, and they certainly didn’t want to do things that way. Yet what Trump has done is so much better than the other potential results. By surviving this attack and forcing everyone to live by the law and order they proclaimed to represent, through a real Attorney General like William Barr who has been there and done all this before the peer pressure leverage game simply fell apart and for the first time in history on such a large-scale, an individual beat the institutionalized attacks that had always suppressed such efforts. And that is a very good thing to see as we now move into completely new territory politically. As we do, I am very happy to have Trump in the White House and will do what I can to keep him there. What the other side has coming they deserve every bit of it not only for the benefits of justice, but for the efforts of the human race. There has been a lot at stake, and now its our turn. So it’s time to make it count.

Rich Hoffman

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The Losantiville Dining Room at the Cincinnati Museum Center

I wouldn’t say that it was the fanciest room in Cincinnati or that the food was the best, although it was certainly good. But the meal I had recently at the new Losantiville Dining Room off the main rotunda at the Cincinnati Museum Center turned out to be my favorite dining spot in the southern Ohio area and was quite a treat. I had never been in that room before, even though the Museum Center is a place my family has gone often to over the years. There have a been a few times that I had been invited to fundraisers held in that room but didn’t quite make it, and other events, but I had always wanted to go inside. Now, after the two and a half-year restoration which just had reopened the museum known for its massive rotunda and murals part of their new restoration strategy was to making dining at the museum not such a cavernous exercise. Previously the only way to grab a bite at the Cincinnati Museum Center was to eat in the large rotunda that captures every noise acoustically known to mankind. It’s nice to look around, but not very relaxing. Opening up the new part of the museum to dining was a nice surprise for me, and to top it off, the food was good and the whole event very relaxing.

It’s taken a few weeks for it all to settle in. As has become a tradition, for my birthday this year my family went with me to a museum. Last year it was the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, this year it was the newly restored Union Terminal in my home town of Cincinnati. We had taken the grandkids to the Children’s portion of the museum during the restoration, but not much else over the last two and a half years, and I had been missing it. I’ve spoken before about my love of the Natural History and Cincinnati History Museums that have always been a part of the Center. And I like the Omnimax Theater and occasionally enjoy a movie there. More than anything I enjoy the art deco style of architecture, the entire place reminds me very much of the great Ayn Rand literary classics, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. So more time in those environments are nothing but good for me, and going there for my birthday with my family was something I knew I would enjoy. The surprise came from discovering the new opening of the Losantiville Dining Room.

The room is absolutely wonderful, the décor quite stunning. The room feels intelligent, and majestic. It’s the kind of place that I would just visit to grab a hamburger, not even to go to the various museums. It was a good move by the Museum Center to improve their dining options, and the food wasn’t overly expensive. It was nothing fancy, but the tater tots were exceptionally tasty, not sure why they were so good, but they were. I was happy to be somewhere comfortable with my family on my birthday where we could relax between all the walking around but I didn’t expect such a nice room. I am proud to say that my expectations of a good museum are the British Museum in London and The Louvre in Paris which I have attended while my hometown Museum Center was under renovation. While those big European Museums were bigger and had more to show, I don’t think for a second that they are better than the Cincinnati Museum Center. But certainly the food options which are important when you are at a place you plan to stay all day, is needed. For us my wife and I ended up eating outside at the British Museum and all that was offered were sandwiches and cold cuts. And I’ve reported my extreme displeasure at The Louvre’s lack of bathrooms and proper dining. They do have restaurant options, but the seating is terrible and crowd control atrocious—they behave like a socialist country, terrible service, terrible movement of people, and the efforts at imaginative offerings were despicable. I found it stunning that some of the best tourist attractions in Europe had such bad food offerings. Now I understand that food, especially big carb offerings are not European priorities. The people in Europe are smaller and skinnier than their American counterparts largely due to diets of excess which are common in the States. But for a global museum you’d expect more.

All the museums at The Museum Center were not even 100% yet, and still we arrived at the opening and were leaving as the place was preparing to close around 5 PM on a Tuesday afternoon. We were there a long time and during long visits like that food certainly becomes a priority. While the British Museum and the Louvre might argue that they are there to exhibit great works of antiquity and art, people get hungry and want to take a break. That is where the Cincinnati Museum Center has done so well. Even in the United States, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Natural History Museum in New York this Losantiville Dining Room is just a real treasure with now good food options and beer availability that sets it at the top of museum going experiences. I was even hoping for a better deal at the Children’s Museum at Indianapolis which turned out to be way too much cafeteria like in its approach. It wasn’t the kind of place that you’d want to buy a book in the gift shop and sit down there just to read it. But the Losantiville Room is just that, a place conducive to intelligent discourse, and it was built that way from the beginning as first a train station hold over room, which has evolved over the last century into a fine dining room.

Intelligent is the key word for the place, it was built as a testament to the best that the human race had to offer architecturally, and it fits well with the intention of museums as the most basic foundation of assumptions. I like a place that doesn’t insult your intelligence. Even at Jags in West Chester, I’m not a fan of the phony library look of some of the rooms. I like the intent, but it comes off as cheap to me, even though I enjoy eating at Jags quite a lot. I enjoy more a place like the Losantiville Room more even with the plastic chairs and standard tables to sit at. The room was intelligent and was far from phony, it wasn’t trying to be something that it wasn’t and I appreciated that. It was a great decision for the Museum Center to use that room for something other than occasional fundraisers. It was definitely a good idea to build off their natural assets.

I’m not a big fan of tax payer bailouts and the way that places like the Museum Center renovation was funded. Cincinnati as a whole needs to do a lot of things management wise to get better and to better distribute their revenue. But the Museum Center was certainly not a waste, they did the most with their money and it shows. It is certainly a treasure for the city and southern Ohio in general worth a trip from many miles around to attend. And honestly, I’d go to the museum now just to grab a bite to eat, just to sit in that room and relax. Just as it is nice to speak to intelligent people, it is every bit as nice to sit in places that exude intelligence and hope, and that is certainly the case at the Museum Center.

Rich Hoffman

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The Bus Driving Labor Union Losers of Petermann

Personally, I think Matt Miller, the superintendent of Lakota schools is doing a good job, and in general the Lakota school board, for the most part. Managing one of the largest school districts in Ohio isn’t for the incompetent and these guys are a lot better than what we’ve had in the past. A lot of the union leveraging games have been removed from their general management and I am supportive of them, so long as they aren’t asking for more money in the form of taxes. I was glad to see that Miller did his best to make sure that parents of the many thousands of kids who attend Lakota each day know where to put the blame regarding the Petermann bus driver’s strike, or the potential for one by getting out in front of the issue. Meanwhile, he did what he could to get information out about the negotiations where a bunch of spoiled unionized bus drivers were demanding more money and better working conditions, or else.

And as it stood going into Monday night of this past week, the drivers were threatening to walk off the job all the while professing their divine love for the children, they transport each day which personally made me sick. I think the proper response would be to fire every last one of those ungrateful lunatics. Driving a bus is not hard. If anything they should be paying the school district for the right to do so, because as a subcontractor of Lakota schools they cost a lot of money to provide convenience to the residents so that their children can get to school each day. But honestly, especially for retirees just wanting to supplement their income as bus drivers later in life, they should consider the job a privilege. There is nothing complicated about it, in a lot of ways it’s what I would consider a loser job for loser people. I wouldn’t mind doing it for fun, but once you put money to it, it sort of cheapens the whole role for me. I think busing could be done by community volunteers. It costs enough in fuel and maintenance to run a bus, let alone some fat ass loser who sits in the Kroger parking lot with three or four other busses and their drivers during the school day waiting for their pickup times.

School buses are increasingly an irritating element to our community. They stop at every damn railroad track and when they have to pick up a kid on a double laned highway, such as RT 4 nobody really knows if they are supposed to stop or not. The busses all in the name of “safety” become a major traffic impediment. Buses are slow and are cesspools of bad behavior among the kids. When you walk the halls of any school you can tell the kids who have their parents drive them and those who have to ride the bus, because there is a lot of bullying and peer pressure on those bus rides that are completely unnecessary and it has an impact on the overall consciousness of the children. Ultimately parents should be taking their kids to school instead of sending them on the bus. Of course, not everyone can afford to, but they should try.

Back in the levy fights of Lakota pulling busing from previous school boards was the tactic of extortion they used to encourage busy parents to pass the tax increase, so that the kids of the parents could have that free ride to school back. In a wealthy district like Lakota the ploy didn’t work very well, because parents for the most part had the financial resources to drive their kids to school and many never did use the bus again after the busing did eventually come back. So explain to me why we need these bus services? It was a pretty dirty trick to try to pull off a last-minute strike with only a month left in the school year, less actually. And to send parents to bed not knowing if a bus would pick up their kids in the morning and take them to school. Any worth that the product of busing did provide was eroded in that single moment at the end of Monday night going into Tuesday with uncertainty hanging in the air.

As I’ve said many times, school teachers have no business being involved in any kind of socialist union. But even worse is a busing union. What the hell are bus drivers doing in a labor union? As we now know, and I’ve been saying it for decades, all labor unions are socialist organizations. Why do we have a socialist organization running our school transportation and having access to our children with radical employees who are perfectly willing to walk off the job just to get more money? It brings into question what they might do for money in other circumstances if they are so cheap. I wouldn’t trust them, and I never did while my kids were growing up. I made sure my wife always had a car to drive them to school, EVERY day. I certainly wasn’t going to turn over the life of my children to such labor union radicals.

I will give credit to Matt Miller for setting the record straight and getting his message out there on the news to make sure parents knew exactly what the situation was. He did his best to communicate the conditions to parents. But he shouldn’t have been in that situation to begin with. Lakota subcontracts those busing services out to avoid these kinds of problems. It would be my suggestion to immediately shop a second source. A single point of failure is a promise that this will happen again. Lakota over this upcoming summer while all these unionized drivers are basking their fat asses on a beach somewhere need to find alternatives. An alternative to Petermann since they obviously don’t have management control over their drivers.

But even better, parents should just take their kids to school and keep those buses empty. Show those drivers just how little they are really needed and let them sit in the parking lots of storefronts wasting time on the clock all day knowing that nobody really needs them. That is the best way to handle this situation. What those bus drivers did was disgusting and their willingness to leave kids without a ride was very disingenuous. And they need to feel a sting of reality from it. Because you can bet dear reader that the moment they think everything has cooled off that they will try it again. It might not be next year, or the year after. It will likely be a new generation of kids that flow through the school system every four years or so. But they will do it again, they’ll ask for money they should be paying the tax payers for the privilege of helping our community children. Since they are members of a socialist labor union, they should already be thinking that way. But as usual with them and the many like them, they are really just out for money and the easiest possible way of making it. And to hell with whomever it hurts in the process.

Rich Hoffman

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Name the Enemy

It is too early to call the burning down of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris a terrorist attack by radical Muslims, but it was certainly too early to say that terrorism wasn’t involved. But that’s exactly the storyline even while the 900-year-old church burned to the ground, that terrorism had been ruled out, even as radicals had been desecrating old cathedrals all over Paris for months. These days radical Islamic immigrants have moved into the neighborhoods around Notre Dame so it would be disingenuous to the cathedral not to explore the possibilities. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that I think that it was Islamic radicals who burnt down Notre Dame in an attempt to erase away over 900 years of Catholic history, and they did it during Holy Week, just before the events of Easter. I’ve been there, I’ve walked those very streets and I feel safe to say that the Muslims there—a small percentage—but enough to set a massive fire want revenge for the first Crusades into the Holy Land and they are attempting to wipe Catholicism from the face of Europe, starting with the old cathedrals.

Terrorism Suspected in Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire

I’ve talked before about what a dump Paris is. The city is no longer a beacon of goodness that it may have been at the start of the 20th century. The city has been open to very progressive ideas for over a hundred years and its place as a stabilizing factor of culture has been overrun. It is now just another city in history on its way to ruin, the way Troy was, or any other antiquity from the memories of the past that finds itself watching its own demise. The religions of the world, especially Christendom and Islam are at war, even though they come from the same parents and the ending has nothing good in store for either of them. But the people involved are just too stupid to know better.

Notre Dame was and I suppose still is one of my favorite monuments of Europe. I firmly believe that if not for the domination of the Catholic Church continuing the ambitions of the Roman Empire, that western civilization may not have held together long enough to make a lasting impact in the world. Even though in the short-term, the effects of religion were stifling, the resistance to freedom were just enough to launch the Renaissance, the days of piracy, explorations and conquest of the New World, and eventually westward expansion, all attributes that have led to the start of America and the greatest economy in the history of the world, and most upward leaning culture. Notre Dame played its role in the whole escapade and it was one of my real treasures in life to have visited it and stalked among its history as it was.

But the enemies of western civilization have been hard at work undoing our history for what they think are valid reasons. And they have war and complete destruction in mind. I heard it in the cafe’s of Paris among Islamic patrons sipping lattés and waiting for the very few restrooms that were available that revenge and destruction of the west was all they could think about, and it had been that way since they were little kids. Their parents raised them on revenge. Their mosques preached revenge. And so in Paris as immigrants in the embrace of a city that welcomed them with open arms, arms opened with guilt more than love, they sought to enact that sentiment and prove their alliance to a god who could care less what they do or how they did it. Murder thousands of people or lay homeless in the street chanting segments of the Quran. The gods of history don’t really care.

When I have visited the many cathedrals of Europe, Notre Dame being one of the finest examples I think of literacy. Of course the Bibles studied there were not common when the cathedrals were built, but it was quite something for common people to come to such places and feel the majestic appeal of reading from scripture and thinking above the line for a change. To come to such a beautiful place and think about bigger things was a tremendous undertaking for the human race. It didn’t matter if it was a cathedral, a mosque, or an ancient temple from Egypt or Mesopotamia, the idea was always the same, to create heaven on earth so that the participants would endeavor to better things in life. There is nothing wrong with any of that. So it is quite an evil thing to do which is to seek the eradication of a previous religion and their means to a higher form of living.

Granted, Catholicism had gone around the world and destroyed many religions itself and built cathedrals on top of ancient reminders of lives lived and now gone in the form of advanced culture. But the efforts at Notre Dame were ambitious and as pure as anywhere on earth, and Paris rose from its efforts to become one of the world’s greatest cities. That lofty platform however does have limits. Paris gave up its values and has thus fallen. And they did it by regretting their success and believing that they owed the world something, so they let in the enemies of its culture and made them to feel welcome, which of course was the Trojan horse that has led to the present circumstances in Paris. It won’t take long and Parisians know it, the western culture they know and love will be lost to time.

Part of that lost attribute to success is their willingness to appease the enemies of their culture by so quickly dissociating the desecration of their greatest landmark, Notre Dame to the acts of terrorism when in reality the intent had been shown and the neighborhood around it has been talking about it for weeks. You know the culture is conquered when they won’t name an enemy. For a cathedral that had been lit for centuries with candles and torches, a small electrical fire or a cigarette wasn’t going to cause that kind of damage. There would need to be an accelerant to get into that dry old wood quickly, and with great expansion. We weren’t born yesterday. The fear of being called Islamophobic is much greater. Paris would rather watch its symbols of greatness burn to the ground than be called names.

We are seeing an attack not just on symbols of western civilization, but on Christianity as we know it. The war is Biblical in scale and was predicted in the Book of Revelations, sure. But even as we watch the actions occur we are still empowered to stop it. We don’t have to live up to a prophesy if we don’t want to. Future cathedrals like Notre Dame don’t have to be burned down to make way for the Vico Cycle. We can say no, and Paris should. The radicals in those neighborhoods around Notre Dame, they shouldn’t have their way with western civilization without an adequate defense. But first everyone has to admit to themselves what’s going on, and not just seek to blame such a tragedy on an accident, so not to inflame the enemy. Name the beast and go to war with it. Then eradicate it into oblivion. That is the only proper path forward.

Rich Hoffman

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