Thoughts about ‘Battlefront II’: Stories told in a very impressive new way

 

On a lighter note we are living in some interesting times.  I have been very encouraged by the glimpses of the future that are emerging, especially the new Tesla tractor-trailer that has the potential to dramatically change the transportation industry.  I am a person who gets very excited when I see things come along that expand the imagination of the human race on a mass scale, like the latest Star Wars products—whether it’s a new toy, video game, or motion picture installment.  With each new addition to that fantasy/science fiction mythology the imagination of the human race is expanding dramatically.  And that has never been truer than in the new Battlefront II video game by DICE and Electronic Arts that expand the efforts of the first version of that game for all the major platform systems over what was released in 2015.  This 2017 edition is just marvelous, jaw dropping cool, and a seriously interesting look into the nature of politics and the human soul.  There are a lot of interesting things going on with Battlefront II that are indicative of some of the greatest art our culture has ever produced.

Nobody buys a game like this to play the single player campaign mode, they buy it to play online with thousands of potential people at all hours of the day and night all over the world.  People in cultures where guns are unfortunately banned can play a game like this and instantly they are playing the most modern version of cops and robbers that we all aspired to as kids, before public schools made it impossible for kids to even make a pretend gun with their hands.  Boys, girls, young and old are all thrown into these battles together and they force you to work toward team objectives to survive by heightening your individuality to the quickest reaction times and personal aptitude.  The desire to play such a game is a very primal one, and this game is certainly one of the best to date at making everything work well and allow players to just enjoy the experience.  I enjoy the ground based combat quite a lot, but it is the flight combat that I love the most.  I thought the first Battlefront was pure heaven for my personal tastes, but in this second installment, it’s so much better, better than I thought it could ever possibly be.  One of my favorite video games that I played as a kid was the Activison Star Wars game The Empire Strikes Back which was a blocky 2D Defender type of thing involving snow speeders and a constant wave of Imperial Walkers, each that required precisely 48 hits to kill unless you managed to hit a little sweet spot that sometimes appeared on the top of the shell.  So the aerial combat in Battlefront II is just beautiful to look at and participate in.  Stunning really.

But the real star to Battlefront II is their new story mode campaign that I was excessively impressed with.  Not only is it a nice story to add to the Star Wars canon fitting in with the movies nicely, but it’s some seriously good science fiction.  For instance, the Empire has a new weapon in this story which are satellites in space that fire into the cloud formations of planets to heat up the atmosphere and cause hurricane like storms on the ground to harass their enemies.  I thought that was a very interesting concept considering that this very year in real life we saw four major hurricanes hit the United States alone, three of which made ground fall as upper category storms.  Many conspiracy theorists believe our current government can do something similar to this now, so I found it interesting that a big platform game by Disney would even allow something like that into a Star Wars storyline.  But it worked and was very interesting.   Does it advance conspiracy theories or address a tyrannical problem indicative of world governments—I think it does a lot to get a conversation going about the temptation to use weather as a weapon against dissidents.   If the Romans could have done something similar, or the Nazis, they would have.  In Star Wars, the Empire does.

The other big surprise for me was a scene where Kylo Ryn was mind walking through the memories of a captor he’s interrogating.  It was a dreamy sequence that you play through as a participant and it reminded me of an old game called Shadowman—where you had to walk through the world of death to solve problems.  I thought it was very intelligent and exhibited great skill in advancing a pretty complicated story.  The game was already one of the best campaign story lines that I’ve ever played, so this last sequence was very interesting.  At that point the makers of the game I thought were just showing off.  They knew they had a great game and at that point were just putting an exclamation point on the end of it.  They could have played it safe, but then it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie.  In Star Wars fans expect innovation and risk.  When science fiction fans watch something like Star Trek: Into Darkness we know we are seeing touchy, feeling content that is popcorn to the base fans—Star Wars seeks  to blow minds wherever possible with ever-expanding concepts—so it’s good to see that ambition still alive even under Disney control.

Battlefront II is a massive game with huge investments put into it.  Its targeted release was announced months ago for November 17th.  I preordered it which allowed me to start playing it on November 14th, three days early and I have to say, this is one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had so far.  Previous winners were of course Uncharted 4 and the latest Zelda game for the Nintendo Switch.  Battlefront II is a massive game with a lot to do and it holds that massive population of a world that wants to play it all at the same time very well.  The scope of the game is so big that I saw it being advertised on the NFL website heavily last weekend, and everywhere else that Disney felt they could penetrate popular culture.  But honestly, no wonder NFL ratings are down.  People may be turned off by the National Anthem issue, or the high salaries and spoiled brat attitudes of the players, the concussion protocols, and the softening of the game to appeal more to women but with competition like Battlefront II to occupy people’s time, a passive NFL experience is pretty boring.

If you are looking for a great video game to invest in, then this is it. It is released to the general public today in time for the Holiday season and is the perfect thing to do when it’s cold outside and the days are short.   With two new Star Wars movies coming out over the next six months, the announcement of a new trilogy and the Disney parks putting the finishing touches on their new Star Wars lands there is a lot to be excited about for even passive Star Wars fans.  Even as Hollywood is struggling massively; Star Wars is still good enough to keep the industry alive for a bit longer all by itself.  It won’t last of course.  The motion picture experience will likely give way completely to the small screen and video games like Battlefront II.   In many ways the video game industry is still able to tell stories in the classic way that great movies like THX-1138 did; only participants can actually be part of the story instead of just viewers.  That’s what makes Battlefront II such a great offering, because it is truly great science fiction and fantasy that we experience typically in great literature and it puts you in the action as a participant to interact with other people, and that makes it extremely unusual.  Not so unique for the kids who have grown up with these games, but for the tapestry of human history where information is exchanged through art–this is a real showpiece worthy of a great deal of respect.

Rich Hoffman

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The Evil of Liberalism: They can’t live with us, and we can’t live with them

Once upon a time I lived in an apartment on the U.C. campus on the second floor.  Directly below was an extreme liberal who happened to be the director of a play, one of the most controversial in Cincinnati’s history that was running at the Taft Theater.  She was deeply connected to our local media, the U.C. campus and the politics of Cincinnati and using those connections she managed to slide through the many controversies and bring to life Equus for the extreme conservatives of the Queen City.  The play featured full nudity and sex on stage in front of everyone which I thought was weird at the time, I still do.  But living a floor up from the director I had an opportunity to speak to her about the whys and how’s and after learning more about her mind, I was even more disturbed.  She seemed like a nice person when you spoke to her and was even a little attractive for an older lady.  At the time I think she was in her 40s when I was in my 20s.  From the apartment windows next to my room I could see clearly down into her apartment through the reflection and she was constantly nude.  She seldom wore cloths which to a twenty year old seemed cool, but to the long view of my mind which lasts many lifetimes was pretty kooky.  I mean, as a species, we invented cloths for a reason—it’s nice to have a barrier against the elements of living.  But in her liberal view of the world, primal reflection was important so she thought there was merit in a native approach to life.  Therefore, her production of Equus in Cincinnati was more political than artistic and as nice as she was, she felt it was her right to attack the conservative sensibilities of her audience with art that insulted them—to wake them up and ignite in them an activism toward liberalism’s merits.  She was essentially using sex to sell the values of liberalism.

And talk about sexual harassment since we are going back as far as four decades and penalizing people for things so far back these days—as a young man, 19 to 25 I wanted to use my natural charisma and insight to ride my good looks into an acting/modeling career.  I had dated several models, my wife was a model and her sister was being groomed to be a model.  Being around attractive people a lot gave me a window into what goes on at photo shoots and modeling agencies.  I was just a little stunned when my photographer who was a lady doing my portfolios wanted me shirtless most of the time and she always wanted my pants unzipped.  I thought that was weird because if we were modeling pants for department stores why would they want to see them coming off?  Turns out this lady had the hots for me and how she wanted to photograph me had nothing to do with production photos, and more to do with her personal fantasies.   Looking back on it I could easily say she was sexually harassing me, but I would never think to do so.  I’m certainly no victim, and I never have been.  I thought it was kind of funny and I went about my business.  But I can easily see how wires get crossed in these things and I can promise from personal experience that most people who end up as models go through some of that.  My wife hated it and the moment she could get out of modeling, she did.  She always thought the people in that industry were creepy and thus, we ended up doing almost nothing with our lives that involved the entertainment industry.  I went on to write and do other kinds of work in entertainment on and off for the next twenty years, but my wife’s first instincts as a young attractive woman was correct.  The people in entertainment that were overwhelmingly liberal had this desperate attraction to primitive behavior and they really couldn’t keep their cloths on or the cloths of the people they are working for.  My wife’s sister went further with modeling than my wife did and actually ended up being considered for the New York scene, but she was not comfortable with nudity and that put the clamps on her career.  Because after all, producers, directors and modeling agencies figured that if this girl won’t show the goods, there are 1000 outside their doors who will—so they have no patience for such young women who won’t even show their tits.  Would Emilia Clarke have the opportunities she is having today if she didn’t get naked and have sex on-screen in the Game of Thrones?  Not a chance.  She’s a great talent, but she had to play the game.  That’s why she’s where she is today, not because she’s a great actress.  She had to feed the machine of liberalism to advance her career.

There are many other stories I could tell, but in reflection regarding the news of our day and whether or not we can live in a America where liberals have an equal say in our democratic process, as a way to manage the Republic for which we stand, one nation under God, indivisible—and all that– I am quite certain that we can’t.  For most of my life until about ten years ago I dealt with liberals often, and I was able to do so and not compromise my own very conservative beliefs.  I was a live and let live guy for sure.  I didn’t feel a need to convert a liberal to a conservative and if they were a little flaky I found some common ground to deal with them, which I still do.  One on one, I am very accommodating to people who don’t think the same way as I do.  But when I write, that is a much more private thing and I do so to share my ideas with people essentially because I want to help them become better.  If I can take my experiences and observations and make people around me better, I am willing to do it.

More though I have the feeling that liberalism is just evil—it is born out of evil and it works for evil needs only.  There is no place for it among a free people—because liberalism isn’t free. The intentions of liberals is to use the natural desires of our physical bodies to exploit our weaknesses and seduce us into a collective unification for an ultimate destination of evil action—whether its political support for mass killing, like abortion, or destroying evidence and manipulating the American intelligence agencies to give Hillary Clinton a free pass to keep her out of jail even though she committed acts of extreme abandonment of conscious righteousness.   Liberalism in every form allows for the furtherance of evil in our world and there is no way to avoid that conclusion.  Liberalism attaches itself to the weak and strives to make them equal in the world not by building them up, but by tearing down the world around them to the levels of their vile discontent.

Hollywood is throwing itself under the bus right now hoping to reset their reputation and throw people off the real trail—the far worse things that go on to people who want to be in movies or on the pages of a magazine.  And by casting such a wide net they hope to derail the world of politics such as in the case of Roy Moore who supposedly 40 years ago allegedly touched a girl who was 14.  The guy is 70 years old now—who the hell cares?  Those kinds of thoughts have long left the mind of an elderly man, and that makes them much more trustworthy.  There is no rectification with liberalism; there is no low that they will endure which is too much.  They are against virtually everything that is productive about human thinking and they represent a vile evil which is seductive and aims to destroy our virtue at every opportunity.

In my cases with the women I spoke about, especially the photographer I have always been ultra confident.  They may have had ideas but my raw conservatism was a big turn off to them which is why things never went further than what I’ve described.   In conversations with that play director I never thought Equus was anything more than an excuse to get people naked on a stage to make audiences uncomfortable—and call it art.   Heck even Daniel Ratcliff—the Harry Potter kid fell for that crazy liberalism crap when he played the lead role in Equus as one of his first opportunities after leaving the Harry Potter movies.   He did the full nudity thing in London where the play exhibited recently and for the same reasons that I described about the Taft Theater presentation.  Instead of the producers being my neighbor, it’s a new set of liberals who are using shock to advance their primal utterances and pull mankind into a flutter of liberalism from which it can never escape once seduced.  Daniel Ratcliff destroyed his career when he allowed his managers and industry producers to convince him that showing his goods on stage was a good thing to do.  Even Harrison Ford’s blockbuster status fell to earth in the 90s when he made the movie Presumed Innocent where he had sex with a woman very graphically on-screen.   Ford had all the accolades of a top-notch actor in Hollywood but that wasn’t enough, he wanted an Academy Award, and to do that you have to sign up for the exploits of liberalism.  Well, Ford never got his award and he has gone back to what made him great to begin with, but never to the same level—because he compromised himself.  Clint Eastwood went thought a similar spell with his movie Tightrope where he appeared as a sex crazed detective and was actually nude in the film.  Hollywood and liberalism in general is always looking to get people to compromise themselves from a lofty spot of admiration into a lowly figure no better than the collective goo of mass socialism.

I could actually write several books on this matter, but for brevity it is clear to me that liberalism is evil and cannot be reasoned with.  They cannot live in harmony with the rest of us and cannot have an equal stake in our American government.  I know as a very conservative person that I’ve bent over backwards a lot to attempt to respect other people’s views.  I’ve had a unique life full of rare opportunities and I’ve navigated them all unusually pure.  In my case I married early to a woman with an unusual commitment to purity and that kept me out of a lot of trouble.  But I credit myself with aligning myself with such a person to allow me to write all these articles now and to eventually conclude what the nature of liberalism truly is based on personal experience.  People like Harrison Ford can’t—because once you eat from the tree, you really lose your ability to criticize it—so it’s far easier to make liberal causes your new religion—like global warming is to many today—a scam designed to rectify the mistakes of their past.  If the God they shut out can be the new God that they walk on they fantasize that if they protect that God that their sins of the past might be forgiven.  But it can’t be.  Liberalism cannot live in the same world with the rest of us.  It doesn’t want to.  It needs chaos to grow, and emotional instability to sink roots into our lives, and it hates purity, justice, and resolution.  Liberalism only seeks destruction of intellect and human advancement, and is not conducive to the greater needs of an evolving species.  Therefore, I think it’s time that we declare it such and proceed forward on that foundation of thought.

Rich Hoffman

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Mark Welch and Ann Becker Win as West Chester Trustees: The strategy of leadership and the hen-pecker “wish-they-were’s”

With all elections there are a lot of ups and downs. I would have liked to have seen Ed Gillespie win the governor race in Virginia. I would have liked to have seen Ernest Gause win a seat on my own district’s Lakota school board. But in the races, that strategically mattered, I am very happy with the results of the November 7th election in 2017. For many reasons that are complex in the tapestry of politics I viewed the race for the West Chester Trustees in Southern, Ohio to be the most important because of the players involved and the potential impact on things that come next. The people I most supported won, Ann Becker won George Lang’s old seat and Mark Welch held on to his for re-election. It was a bit of a surprise to me to see Lee Wong retain his seat with 32% of the vote. Mark won with 31%. It would have seemed logical that the progressive Joan Powell would have sucked votes away from Lee, but it appears that the target was on the frontrunner Mark. After all, it was only a few months ago when Lee Wong organized a union protest at a trustee meeting to put Mark on the spot in a very political way. Some of that anger was still out there in activism for Lee and against Mark which showed up in the vote tallies. But in the overall results, it had little effect but perhaps a few percentage points. Mark won easily and that says a lot about his strength and ability to endure controversy when the chips are truly down giving him great leeway to govern as he has.

http://www.whio.com/news/incumbents-welch-wong-win-election-west-chester-trustees/d6P1PFZ7ECd5RrfF8kZsYO/

http://www.journal-news.com/news/ann-becker-wins-race-replace-west-chester-trustee-george-lang/CK0AklA1gWDW3PhQi0RRZJ/

The combined talents of Mark Welch and Ann Becker is a very dynamic team and will bring great excitement to West Chester. They were very impressive down the stretch working together on a door to door campaign—even working Lakota high school football games as a team as opposed to individual candidates. That strategy paid off in the end as they beat a barrage of some fairly stout political heavy weights. Lynda O’Conner came in second to Ann’s seat and Joan Powell garnered a number of votes from her former levy supporters at Lakota to pose as a threat, so this was no easy race by any stretch of the imagination. But like most things the people who did the most work were the ones who won—except in Lee’s case. He simply rode in the wake of Mark driven largely by the controversy he created. That strategy will only work once now that it’s been exposed.

Leadership and politics are interesting things and the strategies for dealing with them are different depending on whether or not we are working with the public or private sector. Whenever you are the president of something, or the primary leader, the chicken littles will always be hen pecking at your heels trying to undermine you. No matter how good you are at your job or how nice you are to other people, the human disposition toward those with power is to knock them down a peg or two. Especially when a leader is obviously more skilled, there are always the cape riders who will try to leech off the good work of the skilled person, then at some opportune moment, they will make a move and try to take credit for everything good that was done. For Lee Wong, he made his move when he brought the union activists several months back to put Mark on a spot for running the trustee meeting. Mark couldn’t close the meeting procedurally by a scandalous move by Lee to keep it open. In the strategies of war, Lee had the high ground because he was not in the leadership position at the time—Mark was the president of the trustees. That allowed for Mark to be vulnerable regarding procedural parameters that Lee could then control with chaos—a popular tactic among liberals—especially when they are out of power. One way to destroy them is by turning those tables on them and giving them a dose of their own medicine. Let them be the president for a year and destroy them with mundane procedures—and let the public see how incompetent they really are.

Lee Wong has had the advantage of playing victim for over eight years, first with Cathy Stoker then as the third wheel behind Mark and George Lang. Anyone who might get angry at a decision Mark or George made could use Lee as their avatar. The way to defuse that trend is to take away the mystic of that avatar by letting reality choke it out. Power isn’t in titles, it’s in votes, and that should always be the focus. Let political rivals expose their docile minds to the world, and not hide behind the exceptional, and all things will work out best in the end. My assessment of why Lee Wong grabbed 32% of the vote was because he was riding the cape of Mark Welch and George Lang for a long time and people didn’t associate activity with him, only that he was part of a successful package—by default of being a trustee during very successful times for which Mark and George created.

Now it’s a new ball game. Ann Becker is not George Lang, she is a different kind of Republican. I was impressed with her ability to create optimism under pressure and to really be a cheerleader for West Chester during her campaign. If West Chester were going to take a step forward, Ann was the key to that improvement. Between her and Mark there are two very optimistic people holding the controlling votes as trustees and that is a great thing—there are no negatives involved. Lee is a harmless bystander and much easier to deal with than someone like Joan Powell. If we were to be stuck with either Lee or Joan, Lee is the lesser of the two progressive evils.

Thinking about Ann, I’ve known her for a long time now and been with her through some very tough times and I know her thoughts when nobody else has been around. She is very savvy, and very pure as a person. Dealing with her as a trustee is something anybody should consider a rare pleasure whether its politics, business, or community advancement—she is the best. She is no phony, that’s for sure. Mark has a good partner to work with under the best possible circumstances. Lee Wong may have earned a lot of votes, more than he deserved, but the cause is not anything good that he did, it’s purely his lack of responsibility that served him well in 2017. With a historical record where Mark Welch and George Lang did everything and Lee just went along for the ride, he had no controversy from a past decision to hinder his election—and if Mark had the benefit of the same, Welch might have gained an extra 10% in this election. But Mark endured a major controversy in regard to right-to-work and finished very strong, which is something he and everyone in West Chester should be very proud of.

Rich Hoffman

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Joan Powell Announces she is a Progressive: ‘Putting Women in Their Place’ and more feminist Misery

Just to prove that everything I’ve ever said about Joan Powell is 100% correct just have a look at this polished video done by the kind of people who supporter her for the West Chester Trustee seat she is running for on the November 7, 2017 election.  The organization producing this video is an openly progressive group called Putting Women in Their Place and they are part of that radical leftist ideology that attempted to put Hillary Clinton in office just because she was a woman.  Well, there is a great woman running for trustee in West Chester and her name is Ann Becker.  Yet these hypocritical progressives ignore women who are openly conservative and instead go after supporting candidates who will walk the line of radicalism and man hating that come with groups like this.  If you want a good laugh, just watch this video.

I don’t think Joan Powell is an evil person, or is even stupid.  But she has used her network of radical feminists to come after me before due to her massive failures as a school board member at Lakota where she heavily abused a very generous budget of over $160 million dollars per year and essentially caved to the labor union’s demands for higher wages, then asked tax payers to leverage the expense on their property taxes.  Under the guidelines of these idiots, the Putting Women in Their Place crowd, we aren’t supposed to judge any woman for anything.  We are supposed to always look the other way when they do something because the value of their progressive organization is to put women in charge of things instead of men—regardless of how incompetent those women are.

You can hear that in Joan’s voice when she says that the West Chester Trustees have a “father knows best” approach to life in what has become one of the best places in America to live.  Well, maybe father does know best in this case, because it has obviously worked in West Chester.  But in her video, obviously because she’s running against her, Joan fails to mention that Ann Becker is running for a trustee seat given up by George Lang, and she is the endorsed Republican in the race.  For those who need clarification, Ann is a woman, and a very good one at that.  What these progressive groups really mean is that they want man haters in these seats they are running for.  Just have a look at their website.

https://puttingwomenintheirplace.com/

You won’t find progressive women like Joan Powell and the rest of those latte sipping slobs on that website supporting Ivanka Trump’s quests as a representative of Donald Trump’s administration.  And you won’t see them talking about how wonderful of a first lady Melania Trump is—how gracious and caring she has been in her role as the first lady.  Honestly, the Trump administration has done more positive for women in just the last few months than previous administrations have done during their entire terms.  I don’t see these progressive women cheering on the great work of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House Press Secretary.  I mean women don’t need to win beauty contests to be great in those positions—but there is a beauty in competency and Sarah is one of the best that there ever has been.  Where are these progressive groups in support of these very fine women?

That’s how we get to the real truth about what these progressive women are after.  Everyone remembers when I called these types of women latté sipping prostitutes with asses the size of car tires and diamond rings to match, because these were the idiots who were running the pro levy groups at Lakota and damning all of us with high property taxes because they felt they had a right to function without being questioned.  When they couldn’t answer the questions they went straight to gender politics—because they had nothing else.  Their minds were flat and lazy and they relied on their control of sex in relationships to dominate the political landscape.   As an example a very powerful man wanted to give money to our levy fighting group, and it was for a substantial amount of money.  He asked us not to tell his wife who was also a prominent Republican socialite—because she was a school levy supporter and a progressive buddy with Joan Powell who caused all the mess to begin with.  I stood there looking at this very nice man who was a business tycoon in West Chester and he was worried about his wife finding out about giving us money to fight higher taxes because honestly he was worried he wouldn’t get any sex from her for the foreseeable future.  That’s how I came up with the prostitute notion, because these “progressive” women have used these kinds of tactics to bend politics into their direction for many years, and it has really crippled our society.  Men go along with it to keep peace in the house, but is that any way to live?

I have an aunt who is one of these bra burning progressives—a real man hater.  I never really had a bad experience with her except that I never agreed with her politics.  She was horrible to deal with on Holidays and the few times a year I had to see her, she always felt she needed to infuse her political opinions on us.  My mom was a housewife, one of the last ones, and this aunt felt it was her mission in life to change that status.  (Just as a footnote, you can tell the difference in the kind of kids the two families produced.  My mom’s kids are all successful in every aspect of their lives.  None of the aunt’s have been.  Not their fault, because it starts with the parents) She was molded as a 1960s feminist and we all sort of put up with her, and that went on for many years.  Well out of the blue about 15 years ago she contacted my wife for no apparent reason and wanted to take her to lunch.  You have to understand, I am politically as far from this lady as there are units of measure to cover the distance.  So her calling my wife was highly unusual, but she did and they went out for lunch.  The whole purpose of the lunch visit was to attack me for being a traditionalist and to recruit my wife who was a stay-at-home mom into the world of progressive women.

At the end of the lunch this lady actually told my wife, “we women must stick together—or else.”  She actually threatened my wife with implied violence if she didn’t subscribe to her version of feminist radicalism.   I have not spoken to that person since except to tell my family why I have completely painted her out of my life.  I mean I have never been a control freak about what my wife does. I am very easy to deal with in regard to people’s personal decisions.  I have always let my wife and two daughters do pretty much as they saw fit, but I always did make my opinions known.  I certainly didn’t deserve to have this bra burning feminist trying to inject herself into my marriage to create discontent to fulfill some progressive political objective.   My wife was a very strong woman taking great care of my family in a traditional way.  As a former model she was always very attractive and that drove this aunt crazy—so she felt she needed to get control over her for some perverse social reason.   It caused a rift in our family that still exists.  I never forget anything, and don’t intend to start now.

We have another one who is the mom of one of the people who have married into our family.  When we get together to go shooting she sometimes is there, but she hates guns.  Actually, hate is too light of a word.  She is insanely against them, yet she comes to these family events knowing full well what’s going to happen at them.  She is very dramatic in her hatred and she openly imposes herself on everyone at the gathering.  She loves all that hippie rock from the 60s and 70s and expects us all to just shut up and let her rattle on and on about it, and if we say anything to her she demands that we are women haters.   When we go on and shoot anyway you’d think we threw Holy water on her during an exorcism.  She is ridiculous.  Her husband who is a staunch conservative just sits there and smiles.  When she’s away we ask why he puts up with her.  The answer is an embarrassing one, but you get the picture.  No man wants to be locked out of their own bedroom and these types of progressive women feel that is their right to use sex as leverage to control the politics of a family.  If a man gets tired of it and goes to Vegas to have a weekend with a bunch of whores then those women want half of everything the man possesses—including the kids.  These progressive women have become a menace to happiness and they think they are empowered to create all this misery because they embed themselves like Kathy Bates into every part of our lives.

Speaking from my personal experiences I just think they are crazy.  Somewhere in their ideology and their menopausal hormones is the villain of insanity.   Most of them are older and beyond repair.  Younger women can find moments of sanity after a good romp, because they aren’t yet biologically disposed of.  As younger women they still enjoy the company of a good man, but when they get older and no longer care for sex, they hold their husbands hostage to it because he has nowhere to go.  He’s not allowed to cheat on her by their marriage contract, but if he wants if from her, he has to do what she says.  So the man does what most do and they develop a hobby out in the garage, whether its model airplanes, fixing up a classic car, or playing golf with the guys so they can get away from these progressive idiots and the insanity that always follows in their wake.  Speak to any of these progressive women for a little while and you’ll find some variation to the stories I have just articulated.  Insanity is a common theme with them.   They may speak well socially, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see it.

Progressive women don’t really want women in power; they want certain kinds of women in power.  Conservative women are not welcome, only the man hating radicals who will play the game of imposing liberal politics into their marriages so that they can corrupt every relationship they have in their contacts—from family events to manicures.  Progressive women have all the power and they do use sex to control the world around them.  They play the victim socially, but in their bedrooms that is how they expand their kingdoms and there are many, many men who are prisoners in those bedrooms.  They wish they had a wife that wanted to share a life with them, but those types of progressive women only want misery so they can maneuver everything around them to the insanity of their twisted politics.  And now you know dear reader what Joan Powell is, and what she wants to do.  And you know who backs her.  Now all you have to do is stop her at the ballot box—because she by her politics is a hypocrite, like all progressive women are.    They are hypocrites because they use politics to hide a deep hatred they have about women who are beautiful, or smart—or are truly happy on their own.  Progressives require group think and they need to pull in as many women as possible into their vortex of misery so they can still look in the mirror and deal with what looks back—a hateful loser who often ruins the relationships of all the sane people in their lives—and they need to hide from those mistakes behind some political cause invented to conceal their folly.   Remember that when you vote.

Rich Hoffman

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Vote for Ernest Gause on November 7th 2017: Protecting a cash surplus at Lakota from the forces of chaos

 

If you ever wanted to see a guy who has his act together running for a school board position it’s Ernest Gause.  Watching this situation at Lakota schools in Southern Ohio for many years now and fighting many levies to keep taxes down, I’ve never witnessed a better person for a school board position than Ernest.  To get an idea of how on top of things he is just have a look at his website, specifically his press release section shown below.  In it Ernest breaks down the cash situation at Lakota schools and shows just where we are in 2017 to managing the Lakota school system for the next decade.  To do the job right, good school board members like Ernest Gause need to be in place to safely steer the district into the correct direction.  Gause is a school board candidate offering that not only wants to avoid future school levies, but he wants to have a replacement strategy which essentially means working within the budget parameters and decreasing the budget need over time—which has been unheard of by any school district anywhere.  And he plans to do all this by raising the expectations of Lakota as well through performance standards.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/articles-and-press-releases

Essentially here’s the situation, Lakota has cash on hand through 2026 to avoid a school levy.  However the current school board members are reluctant to commit to that because they still spend more than they take in so the positive elements of their cash surpluses will eventually catch up to them.  Lakota has that cash surplus because they pushed for a levy they didn’t need in 2013 when they violated the deal they made with me to keep a levy off the ballot for two years after the levy defeat of 2012.  The school board at the time pushed for a levy all in the name of school security, but they really didn’t need it because of declining enrollment in our aging community, so they unnecessarily increased our property taxes into this abundance situation that we have now.  Unlike past school board candidates, Earnest actually has a plan to avoid school levies in the future but taking our current surplus and reducing the tax footprint that Lakota imposes on future development.   Here are more specifics off his website that articulate his position:

End dependencies of tax levies by creating levy replacement strategies.

As a community, we need to ask the question of why we need levies and what we can do as a community to ensure the school get what it need, our children are educated and the community (tax payers) get a return on our investment.

The answer is simple; we need transparency and full disclosure for every dollar spent.

There need to be the following:

  1. If there is going to be more busing, then which schools and how much.
  2. If there is going to be more technology, then which school and how much.
  3. If there is going to be small classes, more teachers and more resources, then which schools and how much.

Within Lakota there needs to be more transparency, more openness and better reporting to the community.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/tax-levies

Our SUCCESS as a Community

Expand our footprint, when, where, why and how.

I am a firm believer in expanding out educational footprint. I believe a board member needs to be active in supporting education, partnering in education and an outspoken advocate of education. How do we support education? We support education by putting the work in and by supporting our teachers, administrators and our students. But in order to do that you have to educate yourself in knowing what is going on in your community and surrounding communities.

To make sure our students and our teachers are ready for the tools of the 21st century, six schools have demonstration classrooms. The classrooms are equipped with a variety of devices, including:
• 1-to-1 laptops
• A classroom projector
• A mini-projector
• Two aqua boards
• iPad and tablet sets
• A document camera
• A digital camera
• An AV rover
Champion Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to compete on the world stage by partnering with Universities.

Enhance professional trade programs through business and university partnerships for electrician, plumbers, pipefitters, realtors, engineering, accounting and electronic trades.

Here is a fun quiz that can help you decide what is right for you.​
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1. Technology Tools
2. Champion STEM
3. Trade Programs

Add blended learning opportunities for special needs students.

Prepare students for transition into post-secondary institutions of higher learning through increased Academic Resources and external Partnerships with corporations.

End dependencies of tax levies by creating levy replacement strategies.
As a community, we need to ask the question of why the need levies and what we can do as a community

4. Tax Levies = NO
5. Partnerships
6. Blended Learning
   8. Resources
7. Technology Integration

Bring state of the art technology to the classroom & integrate in daily curriculum, lessons & homework

11. Data Tracking

Track GPA’s year over year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to ensure progression and disclose at Board Meetings.   Transparency = Responsibility

Give our teachers additional resources on how to integrate technology into the classroom.

Provide Transportation to High Schools to reduce financial burden for working families.

9. Transportation
10. Distance Learning

Integrate distance learning into classrooms to attend college level courses.

12. Internships

Provide realistic job previews working with the business community for internships, summer work study and sponsorship.

https://www.gauseforlakota.com/platform

Lakota’s current treasurer Jenni Logan has done a good job with the budget, but I remember when they put her up front in 2012 to profess the fiscal cliff that Lakota was headed for justifying the tax increase the board wanted at the time.  Many who know how money works told Lakota then that if they could control their costs, largely their payroll, they wouldn’t need any more money—but they didn’t listen so presently they have on hand cash until 2020 where deficit spending is projected to begin, according to this article shown at the link below.   That’s the point where the step increases start taking over from where the board has been able in the past to hold them down due to all the public pressure.  The teacher’s union has had to keep a low profile over the last half decade namely because the public sentiment was not with them, and it will continue not to be.  That makes putting good management on the school board that is smarter than the negotiators for the union a priority so that deficit spending can be avoided.  Earnest is jus t that type of manager that we need on the school board for the next decade, to keep the cash managed while raising the expectations for the district.

http://www.journal-news.com/news/local/projection-lakota-budget-deficit-until-2020/S3GMVzMqKS4pKZqClEVJeO/

I think Todd Parnell is a decent board member, but if Earnest were added to the Lakota school board a trend of conservativism would finally emerge that could pave the way for a solid four vote majority by the next election term where Julie Schafer’s term would expire.   It takes time to build the right team because good candidates are hard to find.  In the case of Earnest I am very attracted to his lean manufacturing background and think the best way to keep their costs down at Lakota is by applying the same methods that are expected in business on the current teacher’s union.  One way that the labor unions for the automotive industry had to be brought into the modern age of thinking was to apply lean standards to them so that the unions couldn’t use the chaos of many different job classifications to justify outlandish wage expectations driving up the cost of the product.  Well, in this case the product is the education of children and I think the urgency of a proper approach is that much more important.  So obviously, we want good managers in place to handle the vast amounts of money that we send to Lakota and to keep them out of our pocket books in the years to come while giving kids good foundational skills they can apply for the rest of their lives through their education.  There is no reason that Lakota couldn’t be a trend setter and still drive down their payroll.  But we can’t get there unless we try something different, and Ernest Gause is a tremendous step in that direction.  So when you have to vote on Tuesday, make sure you pull the lever for that very good person on November 7th 2017

Rich Hoffman

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“Sky is a Neighborhood”: The Meaning of Life

I was asked today how I manage to do everything, and to be honest I hadn’t really thought about it. But upon reflection it was pretty obvious that my life right now couldn’t be told in seven seasons of a Netflix drama binge watched on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon. Let alone my life up to this point. There are about 11 things going on with me today that anyone of them could be made into a movie and be considered quite dramatic. Then there are about 25 subplots that would make for good television drama—just one of those subplots. All I could say to that person was, “remember when you were a kid and wanted to grow up to be something spectacular? Well, I’m exactly who I wanted to grow up to become, and I’m having a lot of fun.” If I had to put my present life into a song I would say that the Foo Fighter’s latest release, “Sky is a Neighborhood” best represents my present state of existence.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s good not to think about it too much, because there just isn’t time, but that question caused me to pause just long enough to analyze the things on my plate presently and laugh a little at how outrageous it all is. I think I like the Foo Fighter song because of the crashing through the ceiling metaphor of a small room and emerging into a big sky where there are all kinds of possibilities. I broke out of that box a long time ago, and I find great freedom in the sky—and I wouldn’t live anyplace else. I remember the adults in my life growing up and they’d be impressed to do once in their life any one of the 11 things I’m presently involved in that have major implications for many people. But I don’t stop long enough to think about it, instead, I’m always looking for 11 more things to get involved in to make things even better—or 22—44—whatever opportunities unfold in the adventure of life.

I wish I had more time for all the personal contacts who know me and would like a little time. I feel bad leaving people four or five-word emails, but things are moving fast for me and I have to hit things on the run often. It’s a frantic pace, and I do excel at that pace. There are moments like yesterday where I had about an hour to come home and spend time with my family. My son-in-law and I shot guns for a bit before my wife unleashed a wonderful dish of Shepard’s Pie. We had a nice dinner then I went back at it to secure a multimillion dollar opportunity that was hard to get, and would have crushed a less optimistic person. A friend of mine called recently and wanted to come over but I told him I wouldn’t be home for a while. He asked me why and I had to tell him I was having breakfast in Japan. He called again, and I was somewhere else doing something completely different. He reminded me that we hadn’t spoken much over the last decade and I had to think about it. He was right. It felt like only a month or two to me. It was just the kind of life I enjoy living—full of epic twists and turns that really only I could have an impact on resolving. It’s the kind of life a kid would make up for themselves in their wildest fantasies and I’m living a dream.

Passion for life is what I want to emphasis here, you’re living life, you might as well make the most out of every moment. I do, and I share that experience with anybody who wants to listen. People are obviously curious because I have been asked that same question about how I manage everything roughly 20 times by all different people over the last two weeks. It was only today that I took the time to actually provide an answer because I was listening to that Foo Fighter song and had successfully concluded the big deal from the previous night—and had a moment to reflect.

There are a lot of people out there on medication of one kind or another to deal with all the stresses in their life. I don’t take any drugs of any kind, and I’m living currently about ten lifetimes worth of experiences and I can say only to people who wonder, don’t take the drugs. Wake up happy every day, find the good in whatever you’re doing, and challenge yourself to the max peak every second of every day and you will live a happy life. I’d like all people to feel the joy I am talking about which is why I’m sharing now.

There are all kinds of self-help books out there, and many magical mages who claim to have the meaning of life—but let me tell you what it is dear reader from my experience and perspective. After all, I will admit, I have pushed life about as far as you can and still maintain sanity and physical robustness—and I feel great about everything all the time. I love life even when it’s terrible if you know what I mean. In the article below is some deductive conclusions that I think we all innately understand. To give meat to the details, we’ve invented religion, but if you break everything down to the most basic essence of everything—we all understand the truth. Our souls are important aspects of universal law and their attachment and development during our lifetimes to our bodies is important. There is a cosmic significance to our lives that separate us from plants and other animals and it has to do with our ability to think.

https://www.peacequarters.com/scientists-found-soul-doesnt-die-goes-back-universe/

If you track people throughout their lives and watch them grow starting from little infants until the time they are perhaps my age living the life they always dreamed of, the trajectory of intellectual movement is quite impressive if you live in such a way to always be growing. That growth carries over into a significant role in another stage and I think the best way to be most productive and useful in that stage is to simply keep growing and accepting every challenge that comes at you in life. If you do that, you will live out your wildest dreams and they will have greater meaning all through your existence even after your body wears out and you have to move on to another stage.

What I find most exciting about every day is the potential of doing something many people think is impossible, and through that journey, I have seen and accomplished a lot—and continue to do so. Where does it peak? Who knows? What I can say is that the journey is a delight and is the meaning of life. The essence of our life, of all the trials and tribulations equate to a value that defies the merits of existence. My goal every day is to keep growing and getting better and better until something busts and I want to know when and where that might occur after a life lived well, and fully. Playing that game is the meaning of life, it is the experiences that shape us into what the universe needs, and it is our thought process that has an impact on the quantum plains of reality yet to be discovered. There is meaning there to be uncovered beyond the undiscovered worlds that await us all who think. It is in that strange way that I think the Foo Fighters are onto something when they say the “Sky is a Neighborhood.” We are all pounding on the ceiling of our own little houses and eventually we’ll break free. I think we should all live fearlessly and happily because we are the lucky life forms that can think, and we get to use life not as food for some terrestrial effort, but to advance our lives beyond life itself—and that is pretty cool.

Rich Hoffman
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Terrorism in New York City: More failures by academic progressives–guns are the only answer

It was just hours after the loser Sayfullo Saipov crashed a rented Home Depot truck into a crowd of innocent people in New York City killing and maiming them when some idiot on Twitter started yakking about the merits of gun control in that very progressive town. Truthfully, as I remarked, the idiot probably thought the pellet gun and the paint ball gun were assault weapons and he was doing something special with them as he ran around aimlessly after the deed was done waiting for police to shoot him and send him to his “god.” Coming from Uzbekistan where printed paper is an extreme luxury, a paint ball gun might appear to such an ignorant fool to be a weapon of mass destruction. We are not dealing with normal people here but radicals from destitute places and thrown them into modern civilization like dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. Ancient civilizations and modern ones just don’t mix and the progressive policies that have thrown us all together have been and continue to be dismal failures. Here is how Fox New reported the incident:

Investigators in New York City were left with a range of questions Tuesday after a driver plowed a pickup truck onto a bike path and into a crowd in Lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring 11.
The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is originally from Uzbekistan and is not a U.S. citizen, federal law enforcement sources have confirmed to Fox News.

The attack on a bright Halloween afternoon occurred not far from the new World Trade Center building and the site of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Saipov had handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State terror network and shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after the crash, law enforcement officials told Fox News.

Saipov, who was shot by police, was taken into custody and remained hospitalized.

The suspect had a green card, a source told Fox News. Saipov came to the U.S. in 2010, and, according to the Associated Press, has a Florida driver’s license but was said to be living in Paterson, N.J.

Saipov was an Uber driver who had passed a background check, the company told Fox News. It added that Saipov has now been banned from the app, and Uber has offered assistance to the FBI.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/31/nyc-terror-attack-leaves-8-dead-several-injured-suspects-notes-pledged-isis-loyalty.html

In actuality, it took too long for an NYPD officer to engage the target. Luckily for us, Saipov only had harmless weapons so we could afford for him to run around for several minutes before the NYPD was able to disable him with a crippling gun shot. Ideally, there should have been a gun wielding NRA member who was concealed carrying a firearm at the point of the incursion and Saipov could have been shot immediately leaving the truck as he was yelling “Allahu akbar.” That statement alone should be enough to open fire as a threat assessment indication. Waiting for the “proper” authorities to put down a threat is risky business. It’s obvious that terrorist organizations around the world are relying on these low-tech acts of violence—we’ve seen them in France, England and many other places already, so we must assume that they will happen anywhere crowds of people gather. So as a reaction to that threat, we need to spread the use of firearms to every corner of our country, especially gun free zones like New York City so that terrorists like Saipov can be stopped as quickly as possible.

Getting lucky is not a strategy. Ryan Nash happened to be close to that location where the terrorist activity occurred and was able to engage the target fairly quickly as an NYPD officer. That makes for a good story, but the response time in the future needs to be even faster if these terrorist losers are going to use these strategies. What separates terrorism in the United States from more progressive countries like the UK and France is that our people can own guns and can help be first responders to such crises as this one in New York.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/01/us/ryan-nash-police-new-york-terror/index.html

I’m very tolerate of other people’s religions and lifestyles. I may find their beliefs to be complete lunacy, but I am still respectful of their right to believe things. But the line is crossed when some radical religious loser uses God to justify violence against other people. I wasn’t for it in the Crusades period, I certainly wasn’t for it when the Spanish conquered Central and South America, and I’m certainly against what the towel headed losers of ISIS are doing. Anybody who uses violence to push their religious views is evil, wrong, and deserving of swift justice as determined on an individual basis. And it doesn’t get any more individualized than an American carrying a firearm to be a first responder against terrorism. Respect for other people’s cultures and ideas goes out the window the moment they inflict violence on another culture to advance their ideology. That just isn’t permissible.

The great progressive failure is that many “academics” thought they could end wars on earth in response to the two World Wars by mixing people together. By making a great global melting pot, they thought they’d achieve world peace. They were idiots. What we ended up with was the opposite. It will take perhaps two to three hundred years of human evolution and likely a global focus on united goals to achieve world peace. For instance, the space race is a nice unifying idea that could help accelerate the process. But you can’t take some sappy ass loser like Sayfullo Saipov getting ISIS material at his mosque studying a medieval religion like Islam in its most radical form and expect him to assimilate with modern western culture in America, you are smoking crack if you think that will turn out OK. It just doesn’t work and the people who created the paperwork that allowed him into our country in the first place—like Chuck Schumer, don’t fundamentally understand the behavior patterns of human beings and they got caught playing with fire. People naturally chose to associate with people of their own beliefs. You can see it in typical families. Families with different foundation beliefs can’t even get along for Thanksgiving meals. What we have in common is football, Black Friday, and a love of food. But if we get off those topics things fall apart quickly. Some families like guns, some like college professors, some like Democrats, Republicans, and some like smoking dope, getting tattoos and pissing in the shower. Some like to have high standards for themselves and others want no standards at all—because they tend to be lazy and don’t want to wake up each day with any expectations placed upon them. Families tend to stick together when the world impresses itself upon them and they associate with their own kind to relax from the cultural expectations of the comparative societies. Liberals have tried to micromanage even the American family trying to take away those options as well thinking that if they force everyone to look at each other, then there will be no other option but peace. Instead, what has happened is that violence has escalated because families have lost their mechanisms for dealing with the world. That is on the micro level. This terrorism issue is on the macro—its part of a global failure by progressives to manage people and their cultures. It’s been a lack of respect given to each individual culture around the world and to work with their beliefs. Instead, progressives sought to destroy everything and create a new order built on combined respect. But their approach lacked respect so how did they think they’d ever achieve such a feat? The answer is that none of them thought it through—and now their failures are obvious. People are dying because of them, and still they fail to take responsibility for their terrible decisions over the last several decades.

The solution in the short-term is more guns in more places to respond quicker to the anxiety that has been created globally by the political leftists. Since America is more equipped to have more terrorist first responders than anywhere in the world, it is our obligation to show people how self-defense looks and to use that platform to change our behavior toward these radical terrorists who are functioning from a different time and by ideas that have long been considered archaic. It isn’t being “open minded” to take no action against terrorism. It’s just stupid. And it’s time for different people who aren’t so stupid to be running things—and to be carrying guns in more places so that losers like Saipov can be disabled much sooner before things really get out of control.

Rich Hoffman
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