Jurassic World: Evolution, a reality that many didn’t see coming is here.

It’s always fun when a new Jurassic World movie comes out which a fifth one does this upcoming Friday because it puts front and center the latest science of DNA manipulation and the field of paleontology.  I am convinced that the whole era of the dinosaurs is something we have only lightly touched on with our known sciences and it will likely stay that way.  I was stunned to find a Tyrannosaurus Rex thigh bone in various stages of excavation at a lab at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis recently where they actually let people touch it as they worked on it.  Twenty years ago, such a thing would be off-limits to any exhibit until all the scientific work had been done because of the rarity of such a find.  But these days what we have found from the past isn’t nearly as important as our future of just remaking it.  There is enough DNA and genetic mapping to bring back to life creatures from the past.  There is a serious effort right now to bring back to life a Wooly Mammoth, and once that happens there will be real life Jurassic Parks hosting all sorts of extinct creatures, and I think that’s very exciting.  The week of every new Jurassic World release has interviews with Jack Horner, who is a real paleontologist on the front of the science and he always says some very interesting things about the latest and greatest in the study of dinosaurs.

What was different this time however was a video game that was released to accompany the new movie called Jurassic World: Evolution.  It’s a park builder game where players on PlayStation 4 and other console platforms, can build your own version of a Jurassic Park and all the problems that are associated with that task.  That for me is very exciting as I love every one of the movies because of their adventurous approach to the sciences which contain within them all the reservations of gene manipulation mixed with the excitement of infinite possibilities.   I often say that one of my favorite places on earth is Epcot Center at Disney World, for many of the same reasons that Jurassic Park seemed like such an interesting place to visit.  But I am particularly in love and have been for a long time the Jurassic Park land at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando.  Even though the ride has become a bit cheesy in recent years due to its age, I love the feeling of the place and would love to visit a place for real.  I am very excited to see what Universal Studios is going to do with their renovation of that part of their park.  Apparently, they are closing down the land this fall to reopen a Jurassic World next summer. I will likely be one of the first in line to visit it.

But the new Jurassic World: Evolutions game allows you to build multiple Jurassic Parks and run them as a park simulator controlling the cashflow of even soft drinks and getting right down on the ground level of your theme parks and interacting with the guests.  In many ways its better than visiting a real theme park because you control the crowds and everything.  You don’t have to deal with the heat of a real theme park or the sticky pavement, or smelly bathrooms.  You can just build and visit such places in your living room and honestly, I had the same kind of emotions that I’ve had when visiting the real Universal Studios.  Granted, the real thing will always be the best way to visit, real experiences will always trump virtual ones, but its pretty damn close. 

What did stun me about this latest Jurassic game is the level of gene manipulation research that it allows players to embark on, even down to changing the color of the dinosaurs by arranging their DNA in a way to give them exciting skin flourishes that visitors to the theme park would enjoy, and help you make more money.  It became quite obvious to me that this wasn’t just a game anymore, but was a vehicle to carry the mind of mankind to that next level of genetic research, the ability to essentially build anything we want—to clone ourselves if need be, and to really dig at the roots of what makes life—life. 

I found the game to be a wonderfully intellectual experience coupled with just the raw thrill of building theme parks. I love games like that because I am a manager at heart, I love to be in charge of everything I do and theme park games like this give you complete control over everything in the game.  I especially like that when you tell a ranger crew to go work on a fence or to heal some sick dinosaurs they aren’t playing on their phones off the side of the road somewhere, they are always very attentive to your commands and they do exactly what you want and need 100% of the time.  That is better than in real life where managing such people takes an extra gear that most people don’t have, because people are always trying to get away with something and you have to constantly work with people at many different levels to get them to do basic things.  It practically takes a psychology degree to deal with people, especially if you have more than 50 employees, but in games like Jurassic World: Evolution, everyone does exactly what you say every time you say it meaning you get to manage a big amusement park at the level of an owner, and you don’t have to deal with the downfalls of human failures to concentrate.

One thing is very clear as this new Jurassic World movie is about to be released compared to the one that released in 2014, science has come a long way.  We are knocking on the door to a very new age where mankind is giving itself control over these very abstract concepts.  When a video game can give you the power to not only resurrect a dinosaur, but to make it blue, green or red depending on your preference, we are stepping into very new territory.  I can remember when some of the first cloning was being done to animals way back in the 90s and how much controversy there was over stem cell research.  These days, that controversy is nearly gone, the science of these concepts is nearly routine talk and without question the next generation will have many options to build genetic life into any form they desire.  If we want to see a Woolly Mammoth again in our zoos, we can just make one off the abundant genetic material that is coming out of northern Russia these days. If we want to see a Tyrannosaurs Rex, just make one.  And if we want to build new bodies for ourselves once our bodies have become old, or we might desire to make those old bodies new again with just the tweak of our genetic coding, then we’ll be able to.  And oddly enough, that is what all these Jurassic Park movies, theme parks and video games seem to be preparing us for.

Rich Hoffman

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There Will Be No Trade War With China: They can’t afford the bullets

I really haven’t heard too many people cover the real ambitions of President Trump’s trade talks, that he wants to essentially get away from trade tariffs all together. Rather Trump wants to move to an international system of free trade in a way we’ve never seen before, where real value is exchanged evenly between countries based on the real needs of the products. Who wouldn’t like that unless the whole goal of tariffs were always intended to redistribute wealth around the world using the United States as the foundation for the theft? The whole issue has left many countries vulnerable who have been doing just that, robbing America of goods and services by making a lot of money off the imbalance, it has all been just another way of subsidizing socialism at the expense of capitalism and Trump has put the issue front and center, where it should have always have been. Given that, it’s a mystery how this would cause anxiety in the markets, other than it destabilizes the old way of doing things. It’s a mystery, because it actually is a chance for a lot of investors to make a lot of money. But it does expose many of these socialist and communist governments who have been hiding their terrible efficiencies behind trade tariffs displaying for the first time in the modern age the true value of goods and services.

I have found it fascinating over the last few days to watch Elon Musk’s Twitter account where he has been arguing with socialists and anarchists with some rather bizarre new definitions of what it means to be a socialist. For those who don’t know many people under forty these days socialism is the new trend, and we should have expected this, because that is what young people learn in their public educations. I would attach the press corps into that category, they are mostly young people who were born during the 1990s when the Clinton’s were in the White House and they only really have ever known a Clinton, a Bush, or a Obama in the White House so they only understand extreme government tampering with markets as a reality of basic economics. But Trump as a true capitalist is suggesting a global trade policy that terrifies many of those nations who are filled with the kind of youth who were quite perplexed over Elon Musk’s ostentatious definitions of socialism.

The reason that China is particularly vulnerable to the debate of the theft of intellectual property essentially comes down to their communist closed society. Such countries where people are not free typically do not have the ability to generate new and creative products, so they must obtain those creative endeavors from outside their country. Up until the time of Trump American presidents, especially Obama have sort of allowed China to cheat off our paper in class because it helped them advance on the global stage—because Obama had a soft spot with communism and wanted to see it work. So trade deals were worked out in a way that China could openly loot American markets in a way that fed intellectual property into the communist country that was suffering from creative infusion by their people.

 

 

As things have been China has artificially been propped up as a superpower, they were given vast amounts of wealth as an emerging economy due to their cheap labor and closed society as a state-run government. That has allowed them to pour a lot of money into destabilized regions of the world knowing that they wouldn’t get back their money but could trade those debts for control of those investments. That ironically has been the plan behind Chinese investments into the United States, to eventually call in those loans and to gain control instead of money. The fuel behind that opportunity has been trade imbalances and intellectual theft China has been able to exploit with a lot of help from governments around the world who want to see the communist formula work.

However, what makes them particularly vulnerable in China is their very nature as a closed society. Without the protections of tariffs that allow China to play big boy ball on the global stage, they are extremely vulnerable to foreign competition, such as American agriculture. The typical American farmer can outproduce anyone in China and Russia simply do to the type of society that America is, a free nation that has functioned from minimal government tampering, so they tend to be highly efficient due to the fact that most of the personal investment of the farmer goes back into their trade. That is not the case in communist countries where private ownership into their trade is micro managed by the state. That makes it extremely difficult for Chinese farmers to compete with American farmers for the trade of food. Even though China outnumbers the United States with population density, America is able to do much more with much less because of the incentive of their workers to own and produce their own goods.

Trump’s trade policies are not isolationist as many economists would like to believe. Simply Trump’s trade position is to recognize the obvious, the strength of the American markets is the high ground for which the rest of the world must rise up to in order to compete toe to toe, and to do that those origin countries will have to give up on the restrictions of communism and socialism to do so. For a world that has been taught that socialism is the way to go, of course they are disjointed to see how Trump is advocated free trade for everyone. Trump’s high/low game with China is to eventually get them to accept open trade, which he knows they cannot afford to do. But they’ll also never admit it as a communist country—so Trump is very quietly doing back to China what they have been doing to the United States since Clinton was president, he is calling their bluff which is a capital investment of its own and letting them hit the rocks where America will be there to pick them up off the ground with a huge demand for American products. It won’t be other world markets that suffer under a Chinese collapse, it will simply put value where it belongs, into countries who have allowed capitalism to thrive and can meet the true needs of global production against the theft and corruption that occurs in closed markets.

Without discussing the different economic philosophies of these trading nations, it has allowed the communists to hide their vast evil behind tariffs artificially propping up the authoritarian regimes at the expense of those functioning from freedom. We have been led to believe that China is doing something special and that we all need to bow down to it, but in reality, the opposite is true. America doesn’t need China, China needs America. From the perspective of Trump how can the United States stop the threat of China into the South China Sea at the expense of Japan—don’t threaten them militarily, expose them financially. Keep them from making such moves because they simply don’t have the funding to invest in such projects. Up until now the fuel that has allowed the Chinese government to threaten to become superpower status has been in these trade imbalances. By Trump forcing a value to value trade of equal measure it will force all these communist and socialist countries to produce on an equal footing with America, which they will not be able to do because of the nature of freedom over totalitarian control. People are far more efficient when they get to keep the wealth they produce as opposed to countries who siphon off that wealth through corruption to enrich themselves off the effort. That happens in China in extraordinarily evil ways, and Trump is exposing it. There won’t be a trade war, because China can’t afford the bullets.

That is the brilliance of Donald Trump’s trade plans with everyone. Those most hurt are those who have been allowed to hide their true value behind poor economic philosophies. When Trump says the United States isn’t going to continue to be the world’s piggy bank are those same socialists arguing with Elon Musk who don’t understand, because they haven’t been taught, what the real difference between capitalist governments and socialist ones really are. The fairest thing to do would be for all markets everywhere to be fair and open, trade value for value. But governments that are used to lots of government tampering and use state ownership of resources to attempt to compete with free people in the United States know they have to be subsidized through tariffs if they even want to participate in the big global game. And by forcing markets to compete with each other evenly, Trump is exposing the tyranny of communist regimes who have big problems going toe to toe with freedom. Trump isn’t an isolationist, he’s simply calling a big global bluff that has been allowed to simmer but was always a house of cards about to fold. China is a propped-up superpower and investors were always going to find that out eventually. Forcing fair trade only brings that to a reality faster, which is good for everyone really, because it saves America so that the United States can continue to help the world the way it has. But the wealth redistribution that has been going on is coming to an end so that everyone involved can measure value for value the way it should have always been. And that is a good change that will bring great peace to the world in just a few years without having to fire a single shot from our military.

Rich Hoffman

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The Summit in Singapore: I’m so proud of President Trump

The last time I stayed up all night to watch a political event was the election of Donald Trump in November of 2016. But last night I stayed up to watch all the fanfare of the Singapore Summit by a master deal maker. I am so proud of Donald Trump. I’m proud to have stuck with him through the hard times, I was proud to be one of the very first to support him, and I was proud to have seen through all the haze to get to this point in time to watch him take charge of that Summit and literally bring the world to a stop. A complete stop. The Singapore Summit was literally the most epic thing many of us may ever see—it was on par to the ending of World War 2. In a lot of ways, I think this deal with North Korea is larger than the collapse of Russia because of what it means and under the conditions for which it was achieved. Trump went from near all out war with North Korea to shaking hands with a path to peace in just 7 months—and he got a lot more done as a result. At five PM that evening with no sleep in 25 hours Trump held this amazing press conference.

In subsequent articles I will break down all the elements that led to this Trump success. I’m sure there are a lot of jaws that will have to be picked up off the floor, and people are going to reassess their lives after this, and they will be hungry for information. I understand it, but I also understand that a lot of people don’t remember that all along I have predicted everything that happened and I was able to make those statements because of that understanding. What it comes down to is that most people just have not been taught how to think correctly about things in their life. I’ve read all of Donald Trump’s books, written works that he produced before he was ever president. So nothing here is a surprise including the wonderful press conference that went on for well over an hour. Trump is very honest about everything he does, and he has been for many years, and it takes that type of person to be successful in big events. Typically, in the past, his type of personality has not been in politics or in a position to help with things like this, so what transpired was truly a unique event.

Trump just put himself on a completely different scale of American leadership and it was quite good to see. He has elevated the bar for the future, there will never be another presidential candidate who won’t be expected to perform at the level of President Trump and in that fashion we all win. Trump has literally changed the world overnight from one of skepticism and fear to one of hopes and dreams. People like me have always been there, but now that people have seen it, now there is a model in Trump to live up to and that is the most beautiful aspect of this Summit.

The key to the whole event however is the hard work of the 72-year-old Trump, a tireless person who is willing to work around the clock to achieve anything. It really comes down to unshakable self confidence and the desire to out work everyone. As an older person Trump is never asking to have a nap, or to delay a meeting like this so that he could recover from the negotiations at the G7 Summit. Trump simply does what has to be done, and he doesn’t complain. Without question, by the time Trump was back on Air Force One he was on the phone with China to talk about how well the meeting went and to discuss what comes next. That tireless, childlike energy is what many critics of Trump really don’t like because deep down inside them all is the fear that Trump raises the bar of expectations for everyone. Trump could use all the same excuses that other people use, he could blame his age, his weight, his lack of political experience—but he never does. He always expects to win whatever he does and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to obtain a victory, even at the expense of his personal comfort, and that is the key to this whole experience. It’s not so much that Trump is smarter than everyone else, it’s just that he’s willing to win and do whatever it takes to have victory. He’s like that if its just a golf game, or in international dealings. The guy likes to win in a way that young people do, and that is why this was a successful exchange.

A few days ago, I was in a pretty good fight with some colleagues over the pace of a project I am working on. For their part of it they were drag assing, and it was getting on my nerves, so we had a rather explosive “discussion.” My problem with them is that they are just going through the motions of their jobs and do not exhibit any real passion for their tasks, and that makes me sick, because I have passion for everything I do. They call my enthusiasm child-like exuberance, I would say that it is an unconquered virtue. My passion for things is only child-like in that children do not yet know what the sting of defeat is, so they approach everything with a level of play that carries them enthusiastically through every task they get involved with. For them life is an open book full of possibilities, and I can say that at my age now of over 50, I still very much have that same attitude. When I run into conquered people who do not find passion in the things they do from their work to their leisure activities, I have a very short wick with people like that. It doesn’t take long for a conflict to ensue between me and them because they literally make me sick by slowing down the process of whatever I’m doing. If their laziness robs me of the fun I get in being productive, then I consider it a personal attack. In watching President Trump work, and meeting him a few times now, I can say that he is very much of a similar mind. The guy just loves to work, and he finds people who look for excuses not to do things very frustrating, and he is confrontational to preserve his own playful spirit from the lackluster dealings of people craving to be very average in life.

The Summit in Singapore was one of those situations where nobody of an average mind, of someone who plans for lunch the moment they awake in the morning after 8 to 10 hours of sleep could have achieved. Perhaps a hard-working president like Calvin Coolidge might have matched Trump in these North Korean efforts, but not even he could have had the boyish charisma to cheer on capitalism the way Trump did, even walking Kim Jong Un over to his car to show off what capitalism could buy the young man. North Korea could very well be one of the next great economic centers of the world and Trump had the playfulness in his approach to bring that level of optimism to the negotiating table, and nobody in political theater of the world is functioning at such a level. There are a few business leaders here and there, a few film producers—some scientists—mavericks that come to mind—but nobody like that ever makes it into high level politics, yet there Trump is for the first time in history—and history has been boldly made. It is truly a significant day in so many ways. The ramifications of this day are incalculable not just historically, but philosophically. As a person who shares many of Trump’s passions as a human being—a person who just likes to be productive and has fun being that way, I am so proud of him. And I’m proud of the human race for giving a guy like that a shot at the big stage. Trump is doing great things there and guess what—-he’s far from finished. This is only year number two.

Rich Hoffman

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Everything You Need to Know About the G7 Summit, and Peace with North Korea: Han Solo and ‘The Fountainhead’ tell the whole story–the Wicked Witches of Globalism are melting

Well, the Wicked Witch of Globalism is melting before our eyes, first uttered at the socialist G7 Summit where Justin Trudeau now famously complained about President Trump’s domestic trade politics only to be slapped down by Trump while in route to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong Un. I thought John Brennan’s comments in the wake were most alarming, which represent globalists from John McCain to Barack Obama, we are now seeing just how far their roots of ideology have permeated our intellectual foundations, and it’s a little alarming. Not that we didn’t know what was there, but its kind of like pulling out a huge snake that has been parasitically feeding off a sewage pipe coming out of our house. You know it’s there but removing it and seeing how big and ugly it really is can be alarming. What we are seeing from these globalists is truly alarming and is specifically why those of us smart enough to understand the complexity of these matters supported and voted for Donald Trump very early in the election process.

When people say they couldn’t predict what would happen at the G7 Summit, or that nobody could believe that North Korea would be unified with the rest of the world, they are wrong. I predicted all these things well in advance. Even as Kim Jong Un was launching missiles over Japan, I was saying it, and only I outside of the White House, that North Korea didn’t have any real threat that they proposed to throw against the world. They were always drowning in communism and it was obvious when the reports that Dennis Rodman was becoming best friends with the North Korean dictator that the kid wasn’t such a scary person. If Kim Jong Un didn’t have a private plane in his country that could take him 3000 miles away to anywhere in the world, how was he going to launch nuclear missiles into the heartland of America? Simply put, Trump knew that all the missile launches were a bluff and he called the kid on it, and now there is nowhere but toward peace for North Korea, and Trump smartly is giving the dictator a way out into the great world of capitalism.

This of course has the globalists very terrified. As I’ve said before I look at lots of indicators in our social fabric to tell the truth about what is really going on in the world and as many readers here know I was particularly interested in the box office numbers of the new Star Wars movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. The movie has done decently, not what Disney expected, but it’s not a failure in any regards, critically or economically. Yet I thought it was strange that there was so much fury and hope from the print media around the world, especially overseas, that the new Star Wars movie fail. It took, me a few weeks to figure it out, but I have, and its related to all this news about North Korea and the G7 Summit ironically. Solo: A Star Wars Story is essentially a kid’s version of The Fountainhead. I know the Kasdans who wrote that recent Star Wars film will deny such a thing, but there is quite a cult in Hollywood emerging, especially on the Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan side of the business toward the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Anne Hathaway is a part of it—(notice she hasn’t been working so much over the last few years, she did do the new Ocean’s movie, but not much else)—and there are many actors, producers and directors who secretly enjoy Ayn Rand’s work. Well, globalists hate Ayn Rand essentially because of the basic premise of the philosophy of Objectivism that counters their notions of collectivism. The many hit pieces done unjustly against Solo: A Star Wars Story were to essentially isolate the film from the fans and to take a shot at Disney for even daring to produce such a movie. But, Disney had to come to terms with the currents of the world for which the Trump presidency were unlocking, so they made their Han Solo movie with those factors in mind.

For those who don’t know the great American novel, The Fountainhead, probably the most powerful part of the book for me anyway is when the architect Howard Roark was invited to be a part of the World’s Fair team to design a new pavilion. Through the entire book Roark had been struggling to become an elite architect and here he was being given an opportunity to have his name next to the best in the business at the World’s Fair project. But Roark always demanding out of himself personal authenticity could not allow others to loot the value of his good work under the guise of collective assimilation. To his view the other architects were not at the same level of him, they were not as advanced and no matter what he did individually, his work’s value would be associated with the board of architects as a collective value they all shared, and to him that wasn’t fair, or accurate. Much of the same thing was going on in Solo: A Star Wars Story where the character of Han Solo was looking for that same kind of authenticity. His girlfriend in the film was very much like the Dominique Francon character from The Fountainhead. Qi’ra is a young woman looking for security in a scary galaxy. She has been raised and believes that the way to stay alive is to cozy up to the most powerful—so she ends up being the head of a gang. Throughout the whole movie she is torn between Han and her protection under gang rule. Much like Dominique throughout The Fountainhead had many relationships with men trying to find happiness, but always putting security before her own personal sanctity, Qi’ra in Star Wars is playing that same type of role, and critics noticed it and slammed the film hoping that the public would reject the story. That same type of intensity is now being thrown at Donald Trump for doing in real life what much of these rogue art pieces are attempting to do, and have been for over a century now, starting really with Ayn Rand during the golden age of cinema.

Globalist have been using that big scary North Korean threat as a reason to scare everyone into some big joint global unification where the values of socialism could be assimilated with capitalism. At the G7 Summit the GDP of all those countries put together if the United States is removed from the mix hardly adds up to an equal share. The unspoken value is that without the capitalism of America, the socialism of Canada, Mexico, Germany, France—essentially all of Europe cannot match. It is essentially the Howard Roark scene in The Fountainhead where Roark quits the World’s Fair board, or when in Solo: A Star Wars Story Han tries to get Qi’ra to go against her boss at the end of the film and run off with him to live a life of freedom, which she of course turns away from tragically in a pursuit of security.

When Trump told Justin Trudeau to take a hike on Saturday while climbing on Air Force One to fly to Singapore to make peace with Kim Jong Un the world went into a panic, the globalists who need everyone to recognize that the path to everything means that individuals must toss away their personal values in favor of the collective sum of eternal assimilation—the age-old question, are we the bulb or the light that emits from it emerged without a cover to hide it. For globalists, the light bulb can be changed it’s the light that comes from it that matters. But for individualists, if there is no bulb, there is no light. Without America, there is no economy. Without America, the socialist’s failures can’t hide behind anything. And without war with North Korea, there are no villains to hide all the maliciousness of groupthink—such as in China, Russia, and all of Europe to camouflage their intentions. That is in essence what The Fountainhead is all about, what comes first, the fountain which gives forth the water, or the water. Without the fountainhead, the water cannot spring forth, it remains locked in a state of nature. It takes the brilliant mind of individuals, not boards of collectivists to unlock that potential and that is what has everyone in the global community terrified.

With Trump’s brilliant response at the G7 Summit and the wonderful actions taking place presently in Singapore the world just changed in favor of the fountainheads, and the globalists are melting. For them it’s a far bigger problem than just political ideology, it’s a scary ripping away of the covers for which they have been hiding. We now know that John Brennan as the former director of the CIA was a communist and is comments over these past few days reveal everything that I have just said. He knows that this is the end for his movement. With peace in North Korea there is no cover story for which the world stays on the board of the World’s Fair and allows the few to give value to the many when it isn’t deserved. And in Canada, a country with the amount of population of one American state, they have no economic power without the capitalism of America. Like the situation in North Korea Trump is calling their bluff and refusing to sanction the socialism of Canada—and panic is now in the air because now people will see the truth. And that truth is a wonderful thing for which many of us will see for the very first time. America has always been the world’s fountainhead. Globalists have worked really hard to hide that notion from the world insisting that we all join hands and share in the wealth. But the truth is, without America, there is no world—without the merits and values of capitalism, nobody does anything. North Korea is learning that, and now, so will everyone else. And that is the miracle for which we are currently observing.

To see the whole picture, we must observe how entertainment reflects politics, because epistemologically they feed each other. We can make observations about entertainment media that directly correlate the situation at the G7 Summit for instance or the miracle of North Korean peace. Only in the case of North Korea, as I said I predicted this a long time ago, and without question, Trump knew it too. The difference between individuals making decisions and watering down the effect of thought through collective assimilation is what we are talking about here. How can Trump just step into a meeting with Kim Jong Un without armies of people to prepare him for the task? The answer, because he’s good, and individually, he knows more and is more effective than the collective assimilation of the masses which call themselves experts. It’s why Howard Roark quit the board of architects in The Fountainhead. “No man can live for another. He cannot share his spirit just as he cannot share his body. But the second-hander has used altruism as a weapon of exploitation and reversed the base of mankind’s moral principles. Men have been taught every precept that destroys the creator. Men have been taught dependence as a virtue.” Chapter XVII Part 4 p. 738. This to the collectivists who call themselves globalists these days is the most dangerous phrase in the vocabulary of mankind, for people to realize this nature in themselves and to act on it. That’s why Robert De Niro used curse words on a big award show on NBC during live television, and its why John Brennan is literally having a panic attack. Because people are learning the truth, and the fall of North Korea is not good for them. It’s the worst news in the world. But for the fountainheads, it’s the first time in the history of the world that a big name political figure has stood for them and defended their right to exist free of the assimilation of collectivists. And that is a real game changer.

Rich Hoffman

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Samuel Ronan Arrested: I told you so…………

When we talk about unstable people who find themselves in a situation where they may snap, remember that I will always be the first to say I told you so. And I don’t mean that in a haughty way, just as a relevant fact into all matters for which I spring forth information that people ought to listen to. It seems like an eternity ago when I suggested to the Lakota school board that we arm teachers in the classroom after the school shooting in Florida, when the congressional candidate Samuel Ronan from Springboro crashed the meeting and gave a disturbing speech in favor of the progressive political positions. After the meeting I warned that it was just such a person as Ronan who might attack a school or cause a public disturbance. Well, as an update, after losing the congressional primary to Steve Chabot the 28-year-old kid was arrested over the weekend, and like he did during the Lakota school board meeting which you can review at the following link, (CLICK HERE) Ronan recorded the whole thing. The video is a fascinating view of the world as understood by a typical progressive minded liberal. Like I said of Ronan before, this is a kid who ran for the top job of the Democratic Party on CNN, he’s no small-time mouthpiece. But here he is fresh off a loss after switching parties in an attempt to gain some ground into congress from a different direction behaving in a way that could have easily have escalated out of control.

There is a big difference between being a valued member of something, anything–and just being a pain in the ass. The section of video that I saw of Ronan’s arrest, I would tend to side with him on. I’m not a big fan of a “police state” where some fat slob might think that he can take over my life and cause me to surrender my existence to their doughnut eating diatribes. I actually wrote a novel about my hatred of just this very kind of arrest and taken at face value, my engagement with the officers in a situation like this wouldn’t be much different. But guess what, I’ve been in far worse situations under far worse conditions, and I’ve never been manhandled by a cop in any way over my long life at this point. So for Ronan to find himself in that type of situation there is always more to the story. Knowing that kid, he likely baited the police to act in such a way so that he could advance some progressive political issue. Like I said of Ronan at the Lakota school board meeting, I think he’s a smart kid, and an articulate person who is quite talented, but he’s also the type of person who would act on some diabolical plan and is more of a potential menace to society than the typical dissident of justice.

My warnings about people like Ronan were that if there was a person of such a mind who might think to attack a public school, because they certainly didn’t think twice about bending the rules to speak at a public meeting intended for community residences—and had the kind of charisma and lack of respect for the law that was displayed—it doesn’t take much to become a terrorist. Most people who have been fighting for the ISIS movement or ANTIFA here in the United States are people just like Ronan, radicals looking to make their mark in the world and that is often more important to them than living peacefully in society at large. Ronan is a hungry young kid looking to make his political mark in the world, and his aggression isn’t much different from the kid who was picked on too much in school who happens to pick up a gun and shoot up classrooms. The mind of a terrorist is just slightly different from that of the freedom fighter only that the terrorist uses fear to advance their cause.

Samuel Ronan clearly was attempting to use fear when he spoke at the Lakota school board meeting back in February of 2018 concerning the arming of teachers. Of course, he was of the progressive mind which was consistent with at least three of Lakota’s school board members and the teacher’s union, so he was allowed to go over his time limit and was not harassed otherwise by the officials maintaining order at the meeting that night. By the time some of us started to suspect foul play by the kid, Ronan did at that time leave the meeting. Given his behavior at Lakota it was no surprise to me to learn that Samuel Ronan had been arrested for some unspecified reason. Watching the video he took of his own arrest, it was quite clear that this won’t be the last we hear from the young man. He’s out to make a name for himself using tactics designed to evoke fear in people, and that makes him particularly dangerous.

Police are overbearing, and they can be rather stupid following orders without question and enjoying the use of excessive force whenever they get an excuse to use it. But as I’ve said, I’ve been in far worse situations than Ronan was and I’ve never been arrested for anything, even when guns and death were part of the story. When you are the good guy, police tend to detect a thug from a hero pretty fast, and it didn’t take them long to lose patience with Samuel Ronan. The young activist was obviously trying to push their buttons for his greater cause of trying to be a progressive version of Alex Jones, the radio personality and he needed this arrest to launch him on his next big political thing. But that is precisely why people like him are dangerous. So long as there are such people roaming freely around in the world, we always need guns to protect ourselves, because they are the type of people who would consider attacking a school to make a point which might make perfect sense in their own heads. The rest of the world might think they are crazy, but that doesn’t matter to people like Ronan.

Luckily in this case Ronan’s quest for attention was limited to a self-sacrificing arrest where he’s baiting the police to make a political point. But a similar personality type might go further and use those same bold tactics to attack a school full of children—especially if they are thinking of committing suicide anyway. For such people who have the kinds of talents that Samuel Ronan has, but does not have that extra gear that many of us possess which allows for the tolerance of opposing viewpoints without major acts of violence, it is they who are the ones that we all must watch out for. Locked doors and extra security guards do not protect well enough against these types of people, only the personal protection of a firearm can. An armed teacher is the best way to keep kids safe because there always have been people like Samuel Ronan in the world. I knew he was trouble when I first heard him speak at the Lakota school board meeting, and I said as much then. After watching the video of his arrest just a few months later, people should consider themselves warned. When I say something, people should listen carefully and take action appropriately because if I care enough about something to say it, I am almost always right. And I was certainly right about the behavioral characteristics of Samuel Ronan.

Rich Hoffman

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What Being A Winner Requires: A cautionary tale of refocusing the Tea Party movement

I received the following letter shown below, which I have reproduced in its entirety for reference, from the Warren County Tea Party. They think it illustrates massive corruption in Columbus, Ohio regarding the speaker of the house race and the FBI investigation of Cliff Rosenberger. The letter is written by a person who calls themselves a Republican by the name of Nino Vitale. After reading it carefully I have determined that the letter and the writer are simply ankle biters clawing their way for a piece of scrap meat waiting to fall from the table—which is where the real corruption often starts. But taking this letter along with observations I made during this past week at the West Chester Tea Party meeting where I learned that the organization that I’ve been with virtually from its inception did not fully support the arming of teachers in Lakota schools, and that other members were very suspicious of the intentions of politicians who had long been a part of the West Chester Tea Party I think some perspective is in order. But first, let’s read this letter:

Representative Nino Vitale (District 85), a conservative representing Champaign, Logan and Shelby Counties, had this to report this morning about what took place in the State House yesterday.

Un-Friggin Believable! – I’d Rather Have a Government Pause Than This Corruption.

As you know, the former speaker, Cliff Rosenberger, resigned in disgrace and under a cloud of an FBI investigation. This has embarrassed the Ohio State House and our members. This is a time when government officials are not well liked and we need to be above reproach.

Then it was found out that one mega-donor, Ginni Ragan, had been giving millions to ‘select’ house members that would then ensure the legislation she wants is brought to the floor and they vote the way she wants, even if that conflicts with their district. One of many examples of this is Medicaid Expansion, which Ohio cannot afford but the hospitals love it because it’s a direct line of cash from the taxpayer to the bottom line of the hospital. It would probably be no surprise for you to learn that Ragan has a large financial interest in the hospitals around Ohio.

We were all called into town yesterday [May 15] to vote on a new speaker. Many asked me, who will you be voting for? I was aware of a few candidates but heard there could be a few more as well. Instead of locking in on a specific person, I decided to go to Columbus with a set of principles on who would be best for a speaker. I decided on the following;

1 – The person should be removed from the current cronyism and FBI investigation.
2 – The person should be distanced from the former speaker, Cliff.
3 – The person should not be a member of the current or past leadership team that Cliff had set up in case they too could be under investigation and we elect someone who then has to resign themselves.

I felt these were ‘common sense’ principles. Given all that is going on, someone who is removed from this process is good. And why elect someone that very well could be next on the FBI’s most wanted list in the Ohio House? Elect someone clean.

Three people were nominated. Dorothy Pelanda, who was a member of Cliff’s leadership team in the last session. Ryan Smith, who is currently the finance chair and was Cliff’s roommate, in a high rise, expensive apartment, all financed by Ragan herself who owns the apartment. And Andy Thompson, an outsider who is not in leadership and not part of the current or past teams that Cliff had put together. I know all three of these people and while this is not about personalities, in looking at my three (3) principles and listening to all three (3) candidates give their speeches, Rep. Andy Thompson was clearly my choice. This was not personal, just simply about the principles I had laid out.

The speaker pro tem informed us that a new speaker would need to get to 50 votes on the floor in order to secure the speaker’s gavel. That is where the election is official. Everything we were doing in yesterday was not official.

When the vote was taken, Smith had 42, Pelanda had 3 and Thompson had 20. I was frankly shocked that 42 of my colleagues in the house felt comfortable voting for someone like Smith who was Cliff’s roommate and righthand man and was on the take from Ragan, the mega donor, living in her high-class apartment with Cliff. Why elect someone so close to all this scandal who very well could be the next person to drop and resign? Wow!

42 votes were not enough to meet the threshold of the 50 needed to vote on the floor. So a standing vote was taken of those who refused to vote for Smith on the floor in public. This standing vote was intended to embarrass us and make us targets to other members could start beating on us to change our vote and ‘get in line.’ I’m proud to say I was one of 18 members who held strong and stood up to say NO to swamp politics and corruption.

I simply do not understand how 42 members could vote for someone like this. I learned yesterday that Smith used his money to try and get a Democrat elected in Franklin County, who was running as a Republican. This person never voted Republican in his life, but yet Smith, because he wanted him for his speaker vote, agreed to fund a Democrat to the tune of thousands of dollars, and tried to defeat the Republican. This is swamp politics at its best. Without 8 of us 18, they did not have the votes and had to suspend session for today [May 16]. I had many reps tell me we need to get to the ‘people’s business’ and there were ‘important bills’ that needed to get passed. Well, why didn’t you pass those bills the last 18 months when you had the chance? We are only talking about 1 or 2 session days left for voting until the fall. I say let’s let these investigations play out over the summer and see who might be next. There are potentially other members of the House and bills that could be under investigation. Should we really be voting on bills that could be illegal or improper? I think the people are better served by a government ‘pause’ to sort this out rather than pay to play government where megadonors are funding select members who then get their bills on the floor and passed and the FBI has to step in. That’s not government of, by and for the people! One rep actually told me, people don’t know what’s going on back home in my district and they don’t know about FBI investigations and don’t know the name Cliff Rosenberger. You need to get in line and not shut the House down and vote for Smith. Well, maybe my district is more informed as people ask me about this all the time. See most of the Reps like it when you aren’t informed, because you can’t beat on us for things you don’t like. I don’t mind at all. That’s why I ran for office, to represent YOU!

I’d rather have a government ‘pause’ than a corrupt swamp government passing bills that may be pay to play and rigged by a few megadonors and their financial interests. These swamp creatures actually had the nerve to put the pay day lending bill on the floor schedule for a vote today which is a likely main target of the FBI investigation! You have got to be kidding me! I hope my other 17 colleagues stand firm. No government is better than this corruption. As for now, session has been cancelled for today and no speaker has been elected. Again, I’d rather take care and have a pause then continue on as business as usual, which is defined as pay to play, resignations, mega donors, republicans funding democrats and FBI investigations.

It’s my honor to serve you and I am doing my part to make government honorable and above reproach. I guess Trump would call that, draining the swamp. I’m dealing with 42 out of 65 Republican swamp creatures who voted for more corruption. Un-friggin-believable! Yes, I’m ticked off and I’ll fight this!

Sounds like a person who wants money from Ginni Ragan.  Click here to learn a lot more about this issue in a very educational video by George Lang.

My take on this letter is that the people distributing it are looking for an excuse to rebel against something, anything because they are unsure what to do about the change in narrative for which they are now a part of. Based on what I know about the situation, which is likely more than most people know, is that this FBI investigation of Cliff Rosenberger is a political hit not unlike that of the one that has been leveled at President Trump and the “swamp” creatures who are upset about it are the alligators, snakes, and lizards who are trying to suddenly make themselves appear to be bunny rabbits, field mice, and harmless turtles sunning themselves on an inconspicuous log floating in the waters of a marshland. Things can get pretty tricky if you don’t know what you are looking for, and that’s why its important to have an educational perspective.

What I see happening in these Tea Party organizations is that the world has shifted and people are unsure how to continue. Before Donald Trump was elected and several elected officials that were backed by the various Tea Parties started gaining seats, being a member of the rebellion was a mutual sentiment of kinship that was like a nice warm blanket for the ever-questioning participant who wanted to make needed changes to the world around them. That’s what brought the Tea Party together. It became fashionable to attend Tea Party meetings and gather in the back of the room before and after these events and shake our heads at how corrupt everything was and what a steep hill it was going to be to fix it all. But like there always is in these types of things there were people who secretly prayed in the back of their minds, probably at the unconscious level, that chaos and mayhem would always continue because they believed that those were the elements that gave them new friends within the Tea Party movement.

However, the times have changed, and the Tea Party is on the winning side—and it was because of them that the changes took place. The members of the Tea Party are not the victims of some big government conspiracy any longer, they are not the passivists who were being ignored by Disney and Homeland Security—they are now the target audience struggling to find their own way in a swamp that has the water draining more and more day by day leaving the real villains with fewer places to hide. The battle for the fate of America has shifted from Tea Party meetings into actual legislative centers where Tea Party members are now holding some of those seats and the Trump agenda is cascading down from the Executive Branch and is providing for the first time in American history a truly global approach that is favorable to the Tea Party movement, fiscal responsibility, open markets, and limited government. North Korea is actually considering joining South Korea under a capitalist unification of that entire peninsula. The Deep State has been exposed, taxes have been lowered, unemployment is better than its been in half a century—we are winning, not losing and that requires a shift in approach that many are finding difficult.

This paradox can be seen in other fields of endeavor, everything from business to sports, its fun for people to sit around and plan things, and to talk about how great this or that will be, but they secretly hope that someday never comes and that their plans never arrive to fruition because they are actually lonely people who find friends in rebellion, and the value of those exchanges come from the relationships that they build. That is clearly going on in the Tea Party movement where now that we are all on the winning side of things the pressure to perform is the first concern as the ideology of action now demands reality instead of speculation. The friendships formed in the back of the Tea Party rooms are now the leaders on the battlefield and our champions are people like Donald Trump who are draining that swamp with trade deals, a global conquest of communism, eliminating the Obama agenda, and the Clinton agenda, clearing the way for real reform at the state houses across the country, like the one in Ohio.

Those fights require the best of what we all bring to the table, but many people just aren’t ready to be on the winning team, because there were friends in the gentle rebellion of being a member of the oppressed sector of society—the people who knew better but were powerless to act. Now though, that power has been granted and they have been empowered to act and are expected to act—now is the time to put guns on teachers to save kids from the menaces of our society, now is the time to put together a Tea Party house of representatives at both the local races and at the federal level. Now is the time to put FBI agents in jail, not to follow blindly their weaponized political activism. These are the days when many of us are part of the winning team, not the team standing in the rain feeling the sting of defeat from a scoreboard not in our favor with only a cold shower and the comfort of our friends to keep us from sobbing on the sidelines. We are now the ones winning and its about time to act that way.

You must always be cautious dear reader in separating the need for human companionship from the needs of a functional republic. It is tempting to create problems so that there is a reason to discuss some great tragedy over coffee and doughnuts with a new friend. The loneliness that many bright-eyed people who see the world with too much reality coming at them is often alleviated by the camaraderie of rebellion. But that was never what the Tea Party movement was about, it was not about making friends and being happy with inaction, it was to solve problems and educate more people so that they too could participate in a thriving republic. And that is where we are today. We are winning and this is what winning looks like. Nobody should be afraid of success, of losing friends gained in rebellion, or the warm covers of chaos that provides some story of illicit behavior which lures the ear of a friend over tea—we should always be about striving to win, and to conquer those who wish to oppress us. Whether that oppressor is a young terrorist attacking our schools for one last shot at immortality before they commit suicide, or some state representative trying to use chaos to climb their way into a power position by trying to hide their alligator swamp nature into that of a docile turtle, we must be keenly aware of our surroundings—and always strive to have victory, because winning is what we were always intended to achieve, and now we are. This is what it feels like, and its time to embrace it, not to hold on to the chaos of the past out of fear of what might come next on a path none of us have been on for a destiny being written by us, not some stuffy patrons of our past. History is happening now, and its important that we approach it boldly and without fear.

Rich Hoffman

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The Box Office Trouble for ‘Solo’ is Not the Movie’s Fault: Free advice to Disney on how to proceed forward–I just want it to work

I’d like to thank Disney and Lucasfilm for making the new Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story. I am very sorry that financially it didn’t work out the way they needed it to. It was a bold film for them to make in these highly politically charged times and I’m amazed by the product that ended up on the screen. I’ve seen it many times now and after taking some of the emotion out of it, I think it’s the best Star Wars movie to date. It’s certainly in my top ten movies of all time. Part of that is that Han Solo is my favorite character but a lot of it is that it is a wonderful anthology film put together at a breakneck pace that was very positive. The characters are fun, the scenarios entertaining and the scope of it is just jaw dropping. Its science fiction and adventure on a top-tier level and is on par with the first two Indiana Jones films from back in the 1980s. I think the movie will go a long way to repairing the Star Wars brand which was severely damaged by The Last Jedi which came out just 5 months prior. I hope that Disney still gives Lucasfilm the latitude to continue making Star Wars films—because they are valuable. Solo: A Star Wars Story may have fallen short of expectations financially, but I think in the long run will prove to be one of the most important. It may have taken everyone three prior films to find their footing, but they certainly did—unfortunately the fan base was already damaged which played a major part in the poor financial outing of this latest movie.

The hatred and rebellion that many fans showed toward Disney and Lucasfilm prior to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story is complicated and filled with many contemporary minefields that are specific to our times. I knew what was going on during the second weekend of the film’s release when Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair all did hit pieces on Solo: A Star Wars Story about the weekend box office take before anybody really had a chance to get to the theater. Clearly, they were trying to shape the story as the media picked up and created a narrative that actually contributed to low ticket sales. Many people who I talked to on Saturday June 2nd who had not yet seen the film told me they hadn’t gone because they heard the movie wasn’t very good and was struggling financially, so they were holding out for Jurassic World or seeing The Avengers again. I was thinking that this situation was very much an Ellsworth Toohey moment from the great American novel, The Fountainhead. It didn’t matter how good Solo: A Star Wars Story was, critics intended to torpedo the film due to their own political activism and it was having an impact. People who might otherwise want to see the film weren’t going because they got caught up in the narrative created by the entertainment press that was using the power of their media to instigate more Star Wars films without “white” heroes in them and more gay characters focused on diversity, not unrealistic adolescent popcorn action sequences.

Even with all that against it, a movie like this can still make a billion dollars at the box office, but Solo: A Star Wars Story unfortunately was the victim of a massive rebellion of fan wrath that I was afraid was going to happen. If Solo: A Star Wars Story had come out in December of 2017 and The Last Jedi had come out this past May 25th, the fan base might have been aligned more than it was. But as it stood, the fan base for Star Wars was split and a percentage of fans just were not going to see Solo no matter how much they wanted to. That in itself was complicated as there are many cultural trends locked up in that protest intention—for instance the belief that big companies like Disney should not be in the movie making business to make a profit. But if the real roots of the narrative were explored there was a very legitimate fan complaint that Disney had ejected the previous expanded universe of Star Wars and had stuffed the new era films with political activism that just didn’t fit.

Politics has always been a part of Star Wars, but the vantage point has always been on the big scale. For instance, the Empire was always reminiscent of Nazi Germany and most everyone going to the movies could agree that Hitler and the Nazis were evil. However, these days not even the filmmakers at Disney and Lucasfilm can agree on what a Nazi is. To liberal filmmakers like Jon Kasden and the director Ron Howard, Nazis are Trump Republicans while Republicans from the flyover states see the Empire as the tenants of liberalism. George Soros is the ultimate Emperor in the eyes of the Midwest so there is already a divide in the fan base that was exacerbated by the filmmakers due to their liberal activism, such as Jon Kasden, the writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story letting it leak ahead of the film’s release that the character of Lando was pansexual. I understand why he said what he did—he was looking for a way to appeal to the liberal critics and get better reviews on the Rotten Tomato meter—which didn’t work. But it was worth a shot, I can’t blame him. Then Ron Howard Tweeted nearly the same day a bunch of anti-Trump information that fed into the story of Solo: A Star Wars Story, that the Empire was like the United States and taking over domestic planets against their will. In the Han Solo film, the political activism wasn’t nearly as bad as it was in The Last Jedi, but it was there certainly as a distraction, something that just wasn’t done back in the days of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Once the makers of Star Wars allowed it to be known that they were all liberals, they turned off half the American nation to their product and if the Americans weren’t going to support such a movie then the oversea markets certainly weren’t going to give it a chance.

Then there are the fans who just wanted to protest this film by denying it support. They are angry, and I understand it. I was one of those guys after The Force Awakens. I took a whole year off Star Wars and it was only about a month before Rogue One was released that I decided to give the movie a chance, and it was good and did win my approval. So I decided to give The Last Jedi a chance, which I thought was good enough to enjoy. It’s my least favorite Star Wars movie by far, but it was worth the attention. Solo: A Star Wars Story however won me back. I felt that Lucasfilm and Disney went well out of their way to win back fans, but for many it came too late. So Disney is going to have to keep listening and work hard to build back the fan base. They did for me with Solo, hopefully they stick with it and give people the films they want, not the political activism that they think the fans will just take so they can get a Star Wars fix—which is what I think Kathy Kennedy got caught doing. She and many of the top executives at Disney thought that Star Wars fans would put up with gay characters, progressive plot points, and the complete eradication of 30 years of books and comics just so they could get another Star Wars movie and that turned out not to be the case. Many people just didn’t even give Solo: A Star Wars Story a chance, they were intent from the beginning to protest the film to force Disney to make executive level decisions about the entire franchise.

If I were Disney I would let Lucasfilm make more films like Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’d set a budget cap at a $150 million and force the filmmakers to stay under it. I wouldn’t let any Star Wars film go up over $200 million assuming that the movies will make over a billion dollars each. That may not be the case even when the fans come back to Star Wars, I’d keep the projects down to something reasonable and focus on rebuilding the franchise, because the nostalgia factor is no longer there. It’s time to make movies that make history not ones that remember it. Solo: A Star Wars Story had both elements in it, and if Disney made more movies like it, the fan base would expand, not contract. But its going to take time, I just hope they have the patience to follow through on it. Three Star Wars movies a year with budgets of $150 million each and a box office take of $500 million each globally would do a lot more for the franchise than one movie a year that makes a billion. It’s just simple math, but the fans need to be fed. If Disney is smart, they’ll give the fans what they want, and then everyone can be happy. Solo: A Star Wars Story was certainly a step in the right direction. The fans will agree once the politics of the moment drift into history. But not until then.

Rich Hoffman