Omarosa the Dog: The context behind the comment

It wasn’t black people or a group of women who decided to record General Kelly and apparently others in the White House situation room, it was Omarosa Magnigault Newman. Various political groups identified through peer politics were not responsible for her illegal actions in breaking a confidentiality agreement with her employer. Therefor when Donald Trump called her a lowlife dog he wasn’t calling all women a dog or even black people. Yet that was the defense thrown up to defend the former White House staff member who was given a job out of kindness when the president showed his anger at having someone who had been close to him betray him for a climb at her own brand of celebrity. Trump’s term as Omarosa “the dog” is purely out of hurt and intended toward her as an individual. People say Trump should have known better and never given her such an important job to begin with, but I understand what he was trying to do. He liked her and wanted to give her a chance at something really respectful, and she fell short like a lot of people do, and it disappointed him. Sure he could have hired a more polished person for that position, and she should have considered herself lucky for even having the chance. But Trump was also trying to think outside the box and when things work, they work wonderfully. When they don’t, sometimes you get a Omarosa.

At the heart of the criticism of her is her blatant disrespect for the opportunities that she only obtained by riding on Trump’s coattails. A person like her will never amount to anything if left to her own merits so Trump being the eternal optimist that he is thinks he can fix anybody. That is a trait that I share with the president and is one of the reasons I like him so much. He’s willing to take chances on people the way a poker player will make bets even if their hand is weak, because they believe if they stick with it, that things will turn in their favor. It takes guts to take someone you know isn’t going to get many opportunities in life and give them a shot at the big picture. From my own experience such things fail about 80% of the time, but when they work 20% of the time really good things usually happen so the payoff is most of the time worth it. But you have to be willing to have failures, to make some bets that won’t lead directly to a payoff.

Looking at Trump’s White House at the Michael Cohen situation, of course Omarosa, General Flynn, even Roger Stone and Alex Jones, Trump isn’t afraid to make bets on wild people because often the payoff for one of them leads to a big treasure. But when the others fail, it looks like chaos to people who don’t understand what’s going on. If the goal of the White House was to look professional, then Trump should hire only people finely polished out of the media industry and the university system. But when Trump wins, like he did with Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Sanders, the benefits far outweigh the downside. When people are critical of Trump’s management style what they are really mad at is that he has steered away from convention always going for jackpots instead of playing the safe game and putting an emphasis on the visuals of an Executive Branch that matches the rest of Washington D.C. culture.

If you are a person with a big personality, like Trump has, you can endure disappointments. Just like in poker, you may lose a few chips on a bluffing hand, but the payoff comes when you find that real diamond in the rough and find they outproduce and outthink everyone else. It’s worth dozens of failures to find that one exceptional individual, and obviously that was what Trump was trying to do with Omarosa, and Steve Bannon. Most people can’t handle it though when they go from relative obscurity to being a respected figure around the globe, so they sabotage the efforts as a psychological defense mechanism against their own self-perception. That was clearly the case with Steve Bannon. That is certainly what Omarosa is doing and that is why Michael Cohen started to flip to the other side on the FBI case. Notice how now that the FBI is falling apart in its case against Trump that Cohen is trying to mend fences in little ways? That is the way it is with these edgy people. When they are good they are great. When they fall off the fence for which their lives are entangled, they fall hard and often break more than bones.

It hurts to put a lot of love and effort into people only to have them turn back toward decadence and the life of a loser. But you can’t often shape them into wanting to be a better person, especially if their upbringing trained them to be losers. You can hope like Trump obviously does that people will listen to you and want to be better, but you often can’t polish a turd into a diamond. Most of the time the materials just aren’t there to make it happen and the people you invest in fail. But that still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try. If you are a person of boundless energy, like Trump is, then there is always energy to give someone a shot. Omerosa is one of those people, he should have tried, and he did. She just couldn’t hack it and when she realized it, she started recording and plotting for her own tell all book and chance at fame on her own volition. So sure, it hurts President Trump and he appropriately called her a dog for her actions.

However, his comments are not racist. As I’ve explained often, Republicans who truly believe in individual rights cannot be racist. Omarosa is being judged on her individual behavior, not her connections to any groups whether they be that of women or those of blacks. And she can’t hide behind those groups when she gets herself in trouble which is precisely what she has been doing. It is not Trump’s fault that she flew too close to the sun and had her wings melted and lost her courage for what the administration is trying to do, that she retreated to the world of identity politics where her own insecurities could be hidden behind group assimilation.

Omarosa is a dog because like that canine species of quad walking feces eating suck asses they are often happy to sit at the side of a table and eat the scraps that people throw down at them, and that is where she has retreated. Trump tried to dress her up and give her an actual seat at the table out of compassion for her, but she just couldn’t hack it. So she jumped down off the chair and started to wag her tail begging for table scraps. For Trump that is a painful realization because she could have just eaten directly from the table, but after all, she’s just a dog. Put a dress on her, give her a nice place to reside, but she still wants to act like a dog, so he called her what she showed him was her preferred conduct. And that wasn’t racist, or sexist, it was just the correct observation of reality.

Rich Hoffman

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Why the World Needs a Space Force: Thinking back to the moon landing and the vile music festival of Woodstock


It is a little surprising that there is so much mockery toward the Trump administration over the new fifth branch of the armed forces they are proposing called the Space Force. We’ve known and talked about it for a long time on this site and many others that progressives are actually a regressive group of people who desire with everything in their being to follow the human trajectory of the Vico cycle and to return to a world of theocracy, as mankind has done over and over again throughout history for what looks like many hundreds of thousands of years. That is the nature of politics, to control mankind in a sort of passive role under the rule of our planet and its conditions. Modern progressives in order to sell their warped desire to control all human effort simply can’t have people leaving earth and settling in space because once that happens they lose power and influence over the direction of all achievement. Out the window go the carbon credits, the taxing of farts from people and animals, the emissions of cars and capitalism, and the development of suburbia. By moving into space and settling on massive space stations as exotic metal minors on the moon, around Venus and Mars, the moons of Jupiter the concern of over populating the earth goes away. Humans can have all the babies they want, they can even double or triple their intellectual power with the use of artificial intelligence, all the concerns of today regarding human influence over that goddess mother earth go away. So why are liberals so against Trump’s Space Force and why is it so mocked?

The Trump administration had a nice little fundraiser where they presented several concept drawings for the new Space Force and I picked the design that was mostly red that looked a lot like the NASA emblem. As I made the selection I was proud to do it because it felt like a step forward that should have happened many years ago. The point of a blog like this as opposed to writing for a magazine or a newspaper is that I can bring my personal experiences into focus to share with readers which makes it an unusual platform if you are the kind of person with a lot to say. That happens to be an excellent description for my particular lifestyle as I cover a lot of topics that I am personally interested in, and even professionally involved. I was born one year before the moon landing so I’ve watched this thing come and go in strange ways. I was in high school as the space shuttle program was the envy of the world and I watched three eight-year presidents reduce NASA to an Islamic study group prior to the Trump administration. I’m close to aerospace in many aspects, its something I’ve always enjoyed and wanted to help advance in any way possible because I see it as the next great frontier. As I share often my favorite period of American history was the westward expansion into the American west during the gold rush period which created massive wealth for a new nation and I see the space age as a new period with the same level of potential, actually proportionally greater.

Just this past week my wife and I got a call about a hot new condo property coming available at Cape Canaveral where our family has some vested interest in providing housing to the great engineers who come and go from assignments at the Cape. Business was good through the late 80s and 90s but dropped off considerably during the second term of the Bush administration and was utterly destroyed during the Obama years where that socialist president pointed NASA to Russia and told them that if they wanted to study space, then ride with the Russians. No more Space Shuttles, and nothing was coming after. Of course, from the investment side of things you can’t plop down a half million dollars on a condo that no engineers are going to use because there’s no work at the Cape. But for this latest proposal it looks attractive because Space X has moved in and is routinely firing off rockets into space putting a lot of people to work with their fabulous Falcon 9 which just launched again the other night. And with the Trump administration getting behind NASA once again, things are looking good again at the Kennedy Space Center, and they should always have. If America is going to climb out from under the massive debt that Trump inherited of over 20 trillion dollars that money has to come out of new markets and revenue streams. Space is where that revenue is at, and the United States needs to be in charge of it, for the sake of the entire world. Seeing the situation up close it has been sad, but now the entire market is looking better and the next great frontier is there for us to enjoy as the next great adventure.

Talking about the moon landing which occurred on July 20th 1969, I actually remember it. I was just over one year old. I have memories of it and before which is unusual, for being so young but it was hot. We didn’t have air conditioning and I was sweating but I remember the day being hot and very sunny outside and the sounds of the television as the radio broadcasts came back from the moon and my mom talking about what an important day it was. Then I remembered the news reports a month later coming from the music festival in Woodstock on August 15th. It was ugly to me, to see so many people stuck together in the mud of a field listing to music that I have never liked—depressing loser music. As I became older I was able to think about those two events often and came to understand them as two choices of American direction. Woodstock was the progressive answer to the moon landing. The stuffy engineers in their suit and ties at NASA versus the naked hippies and drug induced losers of Woodstock. One group was saying yes to new challenges of human endeavor, the other was saying no, let’s go back to being a tribe of hunter and gathers erecting rocks to the gods and having sex in front of each other covered in mud while our language is reduced to tribal chants. The same debate rages today, those descendants of Woodstock are now running universities, magazines and television stations and are the foundation of progressive politics while aerospace development has been continually ridiculed by them in what we call the Mainstream Media. Those same stuffy suits still desire to explore what’s beyond earth like a teenager wanting to move out of their parent’s house and start of life on their own.

By acknowledging a Space Force progressives know there will never be any going back because government in the context of American history never gets smaller, it only grows and if that growth is to encompass the level of personal freedom that conservatives demand, then the influence of American reach must grow to justify that potential. There is of course the addition of space tourism that is a market happening this year as well as many advanced satellites that are important to our culture that need protection, so a Space Force now only makes sense to meet the needs of a growing civilization. Yet people like Al Gore, and Michael Moore, and the greenie weenie Democrats truly do desire to turn off the minds of human beings with drug use, which is why they support the legalization of pot, and to have another music festival like a bunch of cannibals dancing around a rock in the mud praying to the gods to make it rain so that they can grow food. Today the god is no longer some Celtic tyrant, or Roman myth, but is the earth itself. But science says that the earth won’t be around much longer anyway. It’s only a matter of time before Yellowstone’s massive volcano erupts destroying much of North America, or something hits earth from space, or the sun grows to a size that eventually swallows our entire planet to a fiery cataclysm. The human race has a choice to survive and move into space to escape that fate, and we should take it. And we will need a Space Force to protect that advancement for the sake of our species. And I picked the red emblem as my vote for the patch that those new members of the military should wear while doing it.

Rich Hoffman

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Red Dead Redemption 2: A Western for a new generation

One thing is quite clear, Hollywood as a culture doesn’t know how to make westerns any more, which is a shame. Westerns have always been about what makes American culture work, so losing that ability to communicate western values has been missed. Disney has been best positioned to make westerns and I thought their two best attempts were quite good, The Lone Ranger in 2013 and Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018 which was essentially a western set in space, but the company obviously has more progressive concerns on their mind and didn’t understand how to market those efforts because they were torn as a company as to whether any western should even be made. Ending America is a primary concern of progressives, so making stories about the birth of America is something that modern film studios just don’t like to do unless they are making fun of westerns. But that’s alright, because movies are on their way out anyway. Video games are becoming the new narrative device of choice and Rockstar Games is about to reveal their newest western, Red Dead Redemption 2 which is featured in the video seen below, and is yet the latest benchmark in storytelling through a video game. I have said often that the first Red Dead Redemption was one of the greatest games I’ve ever played, and is certainly one of the best westerns produced. But nearly a decade after the release of the first Red Dead Redemption this second game looks to be essentially a West World type of experience that will be the next great western for which a new generation will gain exposure.

The ambition of this game is incredible, and will go a long way to introducing the western back to audiences in a way that the genre has always deserved. In this age of Netflix and Amazon streaming a two-hour western just feels too short, people want and need at least 10 hours of content to really get into a story these days, so movies never really have time to get into a narrative experience. It’s just not the way that story telling is done any more. But even further than that, video games are the new dominate form of entertainment because it allows the consumer a chance to be a participant rather than just a consumer. And the problem with a real-life West World type of experience in an amusement park setting is the insurance liability of all the dangers you would encounter trying to duplicate something like that in real life. So a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 is the closest thing to a real experience that people can get, and it just so happens that Rockstar Games has picked a western for that platform.

Rockstar is the same company that makes the Grand Theft Auto games that I am not a fan of. But they do several things very well in them, and the best of what they do as a company ends up in their western games that come out every eight years or so. The amount of effort Rockstar has put into Red Dead Redemption 2 is just jaw dropping. When it is released it will set the new standard of what a video game should be. The previous benchmark holder was Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which came out last year for the Nintendo Switch and was an awesome experience. But it’s also in a fantasy setting whereas Red Dead Redemption 2 is all about the foundations of American society, which is actually very relevant to today.

The period of American history from the late 1870s to the late 1890s is one of my favorite periods. As we prepare as a civilization to enter the wild frontiers of space, there is a lot we can learn from this most open capitalist market that erupted during western expansion during this particular time. Western expansion happened so fast that governments hadn’t yet established themselves, and the race to acquire land away from the French, the British and the Spanish was incredible, so putting bodies on the frontier was the primary concern of government as opposed to ruling over their citizens. That left human need and desire open and raw leaving justice to be truly determined by the gun. It was during westward expansion that the Second Amendment was truly tested for the first time and it proved that people could govern themselves while cut off from Washington D.C. due to the vast distances involved only recently connected by railroads.

The gambling, the prostitutes and the gunslingers were obviously the default modes of human operation when given unlimited amounts of freedom to behave without the restrictions of too much law and regulation. As primal as those desires were they do provide an insight into the kind of world that humans make for themselves when government is so limited that it’s not a daily concern for the people. Modern day Las Vegas can be viewed as the most modern rendition of that early western idea of limited government and lots of personal freedom, but the tradition was started during the many frontier towns that rose up in that delicate period after the Civil War and disintegrated by the time the new century was ushered in.

Hollywood built itself on westerns taking this rough period of personal freedom and establishing values upon them for which to instruct our society what America was and strived to be. The westerns made by Hollywood may not have been very realistic, but they were about what we all wanted to be. The Disney Company made its bread and butter off westerns like Davy Crockett and Zorro, before they allowed themselves to fall into more of a progressive company trying to undo those values as opposed to learning about them and communicating to a new generation. What Rockstar Games has done with Red Dead Redemption 2 is settle for the more realistic version of life on the western frontiers. The focus is on personal choice, to be a villain or a hero, many of the decisions are driven by the human necessity for survival and that is an important distinction. If we are to understand ourselves today, as a species about to colonize space, then we need to understand ourselves as a society of people stripped of government rules and to witness how we behave when choices are truly free. Do you shoot someone in the head just because you can and steal all his possessions or do you make a friend out of them so that you can have an alley later on to draw from? These are the choices of a free society and are at the heart of our Bill of Rights, so actively participating in a world where those ideas are openly at play is very useful.

When talking about westerns we ultimately these days think about the plight of the Indians. As I have said often, Indians were part of declining cultures holding onto their past while the gunslingers and gold prospectors were part of a growing culture that was rapidly expanding. If it wasn’t the Americans who settled the west it would have been the Spanish or English who were racing against us to settle all that newly discovered land from a European perspective. It is popular progressively to think of the Indians as a superior culture only from the perspective of the progressive nature lovers. In reality, the Indians were part of cities that rose and fell in North America and throughout Mexico and had to resort back to the status of hunters and gatherers. To view the Indians as villains as they were often thought of in early Hollywood westerns is the subconscious reaction to this social failure on their part. While they were chucking rocks and shooting arrows while worshiping crazy nature gods the American frontiersmen were using guns, building wagons and using printed Bibles to advance their culture over the savages who were gross reminders of where humans came from—not the optimistic visions of where they were going.

For Red Dead Redemption 2 to pick this era as the backdrop of such a participatory environment it is exciting that so many people will gain exposure to such a great western as told by the fairly new venue of video game play. The ability to play in that world and learn about the era and the values is something that I think is truly beneficial to modern society. As Hollywood has lost its ability to tell a two-hour story that would entertain people with a mix of values and thrills, the video game industry has taken over and is now the king setting the benchmarks for the future. And nothing will have done that better up to this point than Red Dead Redemption 2. It is truly a modern miracle lovingly put together to capture a period of time that is very important to the human species and allow people to learn what it truly means to live free and how to make choices when the gun is all that stands between justice and villainy.

Rich Hoffman

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Peer Pressure Won’t Save the Political Left: Insight into how racism is used to distort reality

I don’t get a lot of comments and it’s certainly not for a lack of readership, most of the readers here are reserved to a kind of voyeurism which validates their own thought processes. And those who are against me don’t like that I engage people directly, and that I will often do so for years—so they don’t often comment. It’s not good to pick a fight with a guy like me because I can out write, out think and through sheer will, outlast just about anybody. There may be people out there somewhere who are just as stubborn as I am, but I’ve never met them. I reserve the right that they may exist, but they have yet to show themselves. Likely if they are there they are residing on top of a mountain somewhere and have decided to just watch sun sets everyday instead of doing what I do. But the comment below is from a long-time voyeur of sorts who decided they couldn’t deal with my comments on the recent white on black shooting in Clearwater, Florida centering on a “stand your ground” case. So before picking the comment apart, like this person knew I would, lets see what they said:

I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and aside from your political ramblings I’ve found your other topics to be either laughable at best or appalling. This entry falls into the latter. Both men in this case acted childishly. That much I can agree on with you. Where I differ begins with the title. I think you couldve gone a different route to prove your point but instead opted to become part of the problem and not the solution. To say that blacks fundamentally are targeted because they don’t follow rules is both silly and absurd. To label someone a thug because they didn’t abide by the rules of the handicap parking space is just as outlandish as saying you, yourself, are a thug for speeding, jay walking, littering, etc…the list goes on. It has nothing to do with the skin color of a person as to be determined a thug by your own admission. So to say that blacks must assimilate if they do not want to be staring down the barrel of a gun is frankly stupidity. I would challenge that you wouldve even bothered to write on this subject had it been a white on white crime and before you go and try to pick my comment apart for entertainment/material for a future blog post. I have read other post made by you suggesting a racial bias on your part. I fail to see how you call yourself a leader and a international business man yet, can’t see the injustices that are spouted by you on a daily basis. Honestly, I’m surprised you even have a job in the public sector for behaving in a manner that I’m sure would make your employers shudder if they were to read this site. Good day sir!

The nature of this little comment in many aspects are completely dedicated to peer pressure, the reference in the first sentence to diminish the content is an attempt to make me feel self-conscious about the judgment of a larger tapestry of society—that my work here is “laughable,” and “appalling” as if such judgements might make me run for the security of a social blanket of approval. Then there is some commentary that is rather thoughtful about their opinion on the nature of black gun violence. But the last third of the comment is dedicated to attacks designed to put me on the defensive, such as suggesting that if the dead person had been white, I wouldn’t have even written about it. Then there is the veiled threat of social superiority toward my ability to make a living, as if to say that because I have a thought that is not one they agree with that I should not even be allowed to make a living. So it is worth doing to understand how such people like this are functioning in the world and why they think the things they do.

As any reader here knows I pick everything apart and white people have been the brunt of most of my wrath. Just ask James Comey, Lois Lerner, Hillary Clinton or that skanky prostitute in the Lee Wong incident locally. They were all white people and yet I never considered their skin color when criticizing their detriment to our society. Yet the critic of this published comment assumes that because a person is black, that they shouldn’t be held to any kind of standard otherwise its racism. If a black person does something wrong, such as breaking the laws of our society we are supposed to look the other way because of some sin committed long ago when slaves were brought from Africa to North America and that forever we owe something to people of color because of this heinous act. Well, I wasn’t there to commit those evils and just because I’m white I am not connected to my ancestors. If my grandfather got drunk and slept with crazy bar whores and slapped around women I am not connected to this sin. I am my own person and am not attached through ancestry to any sins of any past. And the same holds true for blacks. They aren’t owed something for what their ancestors went through. They are to be judged on what they do and say in the here and now. That is the way of things.

But even more alarming is this notion that a person’s employment should be attacked if they have opinions that drift from the media-controlled culture of today’s liberalism—that boycotts and marches with a wink toward potential violence should be utilized to keep dissenting opinions locked up away from others to see. That is after all what’s going on with Alex Jones and Google owned YouTube. So let me establish some advice to this commenter and to other reading this who might need some ground to stand on in a confusing world sometimes—confusing only because people like this are always trying to make things murky. Every person should strive to make themselves the best at something out of all others in the world. If you are the best at what you do you are always in demand. No matter what political opinions you might have—people will want to pay you for the things you can do that others can’t. I have many things that I am the best there is at and that is very valuable to the world of commerce. Now the world is a big place and there are a lot of people in it, so I understand what kind of statement that is, but I have worked harder than others for many years to develop those aspects of myself so I do enjoy the fruits of those endeavors.

The assumption from this commenter is that jobs are handed out as favors to people and that if someone misbehaves, that the job can be taken away. Or that if an angry mob of insurgents hell-bent on socialist democracy protest in the streets that a person like me might lose their ability to make a living. That is the threat that is occurring quite often these days, where CEOs must step down to avoid controversy, or men are losing their entire careers over the #metoo movement, and so on. I would propose that if such people are losing their livelihoods they weren’t very valuable to begin with and people wanting to take them down politically only needed an excuse, which radical protestors gave them. But if you are truly valuable, such measures will never work.

As to the nature of who reads here, I’m not writing these articles in the vacuum of space. I get many hundreds of readers every day and they come from all demographic backgrounds all over the world. People I deal with professionally obviously read my content, everyone does. Anyone who Googles “Rich Hoffman” runs across my many millions and millions of published words and knows my thoughts on things. But if they want access to those things I do better than anybody else in the world—the entire world—then they put up with it. However, and I do deal with hundreds if not thousands of people every week, most people agree with me on most things. They are just afraid to say so because they fear a social stigma. And that is what people like this really fear. They hope that they can keep people’s opinions hidden away while a more progressive society takes over and rules us all. But when people have an outlet, like I provide, then all that intention falls apart, and people choose freedom, logic, and order over anarchy, chaos and progressivism. And you can’t censor those who are living beyond the controls of peer pressure.

Rich Hoffman

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Blacks need to Learn to Follow the Law if they Want Fairness: Markeis McGlockton made a sad mistake but the fault is not “Stand Your Ground”

As a defender of the “stand your ground” laws that many states in America have, I have to say something about Michael Drejka who shot Markeis McGlockton at a convenient store. If you watch the video of the incident, McGlockton saw Drejka talking to his wife in a car parked in a handicapped parking spot and without much provocation at all, shoved the guy so hard it put him on the ground. Then Drejka did something really stupid, he pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton in the chest, killing him. Both acts were stupid, McGlockton should have known that this isn’t a jungle setting and that you can’t just go around pushing people around because you are the biggest animal in an attempt to protect your “mate.” Drejka should have pushed McGlockton back and fought him hand to hand instead of just doing the easy thing and just shooting the bigger man dead.

That’s not all that’s wrong with this scene, McGlockton should have never just parked recklessly in the handicapped zone. Doing so showed tremendous disrespect for the law. But then Drejka should have not pressed the issue as far as he did with McGlockton’s wife. Maybe he should have said to her that she should not have parked there and left it alone. Obviously both men involved in this incident were making power moves over the other, and that led to a conflict—which could have easily been avoided. The fault is not the NRA’s or the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law that gave Drejka the legal right to open fire because McGlockton created a situation of imminent threat as perceived by the smaller man Drejka. McGlockton should have never parked in the handicapped zone and Drejka should have minded his own business. The store located in a run-down suburb of Clearwater, Florida wasn’t going to dramatically improve by enforcing a handicapped parking violation. It could be argued that if someone wanted to make the neighborhood better that it starts with little things. But shooting a man dead in front of his kids doesn’t solve any problems, especially when he wasn’t armed with anything except for a bigger body.

There was plenty of blame to go around over the incident. Up until this moment I didn’t mention that McGlockton was a black man, because it shouldn’t matter. But now that blacks have taken to the streets in an effort to make it an issue of racism, it changes things considerably. While it’s terribly sad that the three kids involved in the incident lost their father for really something stupid, it was their disregard for the law in the first place that ignited the incident. McGlockton was teaching his kids that they could do anything they want wherever they went and if anybody challenged them, then they could just kick the ass of whoever was involved. That travesty started when McGlockton parked his car and went into the store to get some snacks for his family. His resolution for resolving a conflict was violence. He didn’t try to talk to Drejka or provide a reason for what was happening, he just resorted to brute force to intimidate Drejka into submission. If anyone is concerned about racism and the reason that law biding white people are afraid of law breaking black people, this incident is a perfect example. If blacks want to be treated fairly, they need to assimilate into a law biding culture. But if they are parking in handicapped parking places to show a disregard for the rules of white people, and when challenged want to pick a fight, then there will continue to be animosity between the two sides.

If it would have been me I would have never even thought to pull a gun on McGlockton for just a silly push. If Drejka wanted to be a tough guy, which he obviously did, he should have fought McGlockton man to man without using a gun in any way. The situation clearly didn’t call for deadly force. If Drejka was intent to intrude on another family’s business, he should have had the guts to fight McGlockton directly. The two men might have lost some teeth and had some broken bones, but they’d all be alive today and there would be a lot less trouble. While advocates of peace would say that no conflict should have occurred, sometimes an ass kicking is needed and it looks like McGlockton had one coming, just because he was obviously used to using his big body and his skin color as leverage in society to push people around.

But this was not an example of why Florida has a “Stand Your Ground” law. The gun should have never been pulled from Drejka’s pocket. Stand your ground laws are for situations much less obvious, such as someone breaking into your home. Or when an attacker is presenting deadly force as a direct threat to you such as using a knife, a chair, or a gun themselves. Not an unarmed man just threatening physical violence. Even after pulling the gun, McGlockton took a step back—and that’s when Drejka should have put the gun away and brought down the tempers of the incident. Instead he pulled the trigger showing terrible judgment. Such a handling of a gun is a terrible use of the responsibility of carrying one. It was just stupid in every way you can look at it.

However, Stand Your Ground is needed, because there are often thugs running around like McGlockton who do think to use weapons to rob, steal, and intimidate innocent people and they need to know that there is a chance that someone will pull a gun on them and shoot them dead. I say that McGlockton was a thug because he fundamentally didn’t care about the rules of the handicapped zone. If he’s not going to observe that simple little law whose to say that he would obey other laws created by white society—in his view—and sought to use force to push the limits of anything he could get away with. With such people police officers have little means to enforce a law that all members of society will observe so at that point people like carrying weapons around as civilians are really our only means of enforcement. Even though there is a desire to use racism to punish Drejka for such a poor use of a firearm, the sheriff knows that if not for such gun owners, that society in his community would break down to every thug walking around seeking to dominate others with sheer intimidation.

Stand your Ground laws should be present in every state and community because it is essential to the preservation of private property, individual rights and the basics of the rule of law. Critics will say that we are not living in the Wild, Wild West and we should not be giving civilians guns to walk around in public with. But, we aren’t living in the jungle either where primates fight each other over the mating rights of a female, and so long as we have sectors of society who do think we live by the laws of the jungle, we will always have a need to use deadly force to put down dangerous attackers who threaten the basic responsibilities of a civilized society. Parking in a handicapped zone was an open disrespect for a basic law, and it started a fight that was handled poorly. But the first mistake happened when McGlockton parked in the wrong place and when someone questioned him, he resorted to violence. He shouldn’t have died over it, but the original fault was completely his.

Rich Hoffman

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The Great Game of Poker: Lucky for us, President Trump knows how to make other countries fold

I am not what I’d consider to be a gambler. I’ve never lost once cent in a casino and I don’t put any faith in “fate” to provide any financial enrichment. But I have of late had quite an obsession with the card game of poker, for a lot of reasons. I suppose you could say that I’m at a juncture in my life that is inevitably linked with the popular gambler’s game that originated out of New Orleans just prior to westward expansion and became the modified representation of American capitalism. Poker is essentially a game of playing the cards you are dealt and making the most of them while forcing those around you to do things to your advantage. Poker is not about the cards, it’s about controlling the people who are playing the game. The chips that are bet in poker are currency which often become representative of actual cash, so the emergence of the game in America is a unique attribute that I have found myself studying of late because it fits my present lifestyle. We all play poker to some degree or another. The game just represents a frame of reference for casual play. Some are better at the game than others and it is to my great relief that we finally have a president who knows how to play it to win it all, when all the chips are on the table—he knows how to play the cards.

If you are in business of any kind the game of poker is being played, you have to use whatever cards you have to manage value against the marketplace. You are either getting played by the system or you play the system, and that’s the reality of capitalism. The by-product is worth it, but the process can be brutal. Wimpy soft minded people obviously are drawn to socialism because they don’t have the heart for that kind of game and those were the types of critics that were angry at President Trump for invoking his trade tariffs against the world markets. Yet when it came time to go all in with Europe Trump did it without blinking and the European Union blinked, and now we are suddenly talking about working toward zero tariffs in our trade with Europe starting with pharmaceuticals, medical products and soybeans—as announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This was enormous news and it shows that Trump knows what he’s doing in regard to trade.

I think if more people in America understood the great game of poker they’d understand why President Trump is poised to win all these trade wars. The economics of the situation declares that all trade between nations be free and open, which is what conservatives have always wanted. The tariffs as they have been established through other administrations has been to leverage favoritism toward China, the EU and many other oversea markets to give them a shot at global dominance. But only free trade can truly do that when the value of the product traded sets the competitive circumstances of the exchange. The game between nations really isn’t any different from the game of poker, the values and strategies are the same, and Trump knows how to play it. So it is quite a relief that we finally have an American president who knows how to not only play the game, but to win it.

The aim of these tariff negotiations is to achieve a tariff free world where products can flow globally without modified value trying to shift favoritism to one country or another. If the value of the product is good, then the country trading it will benefit, naturally. Just as in poker, the values on the chips are universal throughout the game. But a $10,000 chip from one player can’t become a $100,000 chip when it comes in possession of another player and that is essentially what is happening under the present tariff system. Trump has been essentially calling the bets from the other players who clearly don’t have a hand better than what the President has, and the entire game is being reset.

What I find interesting about any game that human beings invent I find that most of them were created to fulfill a psychological relationship that the players have with the world they are living in. Such as poker emerged to play with the basic concept of capitalism as inherited from the Europeans during the 13th century where kings, queens and jokers were part of that Dark Ages world. On the river boats of the Mississippi in 1840 through 1950 the old European game evolved to incorporate American ideas about private property and having the ability to generate value and to use that value to push competitors into situations that the winner of the game desires. The trading of values through betting one value against another is what poker is all about and it’s the backbone of American business.

Politicians play poker all the time, and while they know the rules of the game, they don’t seem to be able to connect the game to real life largely because as government employees they don’t have to work very hard to generate value in their lives. When they bet something, they didn’t have to work very hard to earn it, so they don’t apply much risk to the game. For them smoking cigars and sipping on mixed drinks and talking with friends is what the game of poker is. They really don’t care who wins or loses because they are not personally invested in any of the values represented in the chips. That is essentially why traditional politicians are not good at doing what America needs done on the world stage and why we’ve been getting played more than we’ve played. Our presidents just didn’t understand the game that was being played against them so we ended up with all these terrible tariffs that other countries had placed on us and we’ve been getting short-changed when all along we have had the best cards at the table.

It took someone like Trump to know how to play our good cards, which is why Jean-Claude Juncker from the European Union is now leveraging toward a no tariff system. China isn’t far behind this decision and to understand the why and how, reporters and political commentators really need to understand the game of poker. My obsession with it is in recognizing the patterns and history of the game and how it applies to current events. That’s the reason we have games like this so that we can use leisure activity to inform us of the truly important things in the world. But when it comes to a high stakes game, whether it is for millions of dollars in a casino or a big business deal with even more value at stake, or its international political negotiations that Trump is conducting, the efforts and motions are all the same. And knowing how to win those engagements is more important than just the fun of casual play. If you are going to play, you should always play to win, and it is such a relief to find that Donald Trump is finally an American president who gets it and knows how to play poker. When the European Union folded yesterday, China is right behind them. Trump knows he has the cards to win, it’s just a matter of time before China has to reveal that they’ve been bluffing and will have to fold as well. It’s really that simple.

Rich Hoffman

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They’ve Done it Before: Remember Benghazi–the anti-Islamic filmmaker–FISA is just the latest

Obviously by now I shouldn’t have to say it again. Now we all know that the FISA warrant obtained to spy on Donald Trump was paid for by the Clinton campaign and created by a foreign intelligence officer to create a storyline which would hopefully divert attention from crimes that American intelligence agencies weaponized toward election tampering. I am again proud to say that I was one of the first in the country to profess that this is what has been going on from the beginning, well before anybody else was willing to make such statements. But how did I know so early on, well, this is a mode of behavior that is not new for them, the Obama administration attempted to do the same thing with the Benghazi terrorist attack during Obama’s second election period and they tried to pin the whole thing on a small-time filmmaker who had supposedly irritated the Islamic community in Libya with an anti-Islam movie, and that was the cause of the attack. Many of the same characters were involved in this fake dossier of the Donald Trump story. They picked an innocent person, Carter Page who had a fascination with Russian culture and lived there for several years, who had a remote connection to the Trump campaign and attempted to plant the seeds of suspicion which would then keep all of Trump’s people on their heels allowing the real crimes committed by the Clinton campaign in conjunction with the FBI to percolate unimpeded. It is not hard to predict the future when people show you what they intend to do. In the case of Benghazi there was enough benefit of the doubt to let the story go. But in this FISA warrant issue in spying on Donald Trump to get dirt on the new president so that he could be removed from office, the FBI was caught red-handed.

I’ve said it over and over again and a few media personalities like Sean Hannity have joined in the drum beats for justice—this is by far the largest political scandal in American history. The only reason it hasn’t manifested into jail time yet is because most of our modern heads of law enforcement are caught in the whole thing. They got caught betting on Hillary Clinton being their next boss and they worked to make it that way in spite of her illegal deeds for which they were covering up to make it happen, so nobody is willing to fall on the sword as of yet. Half the nation is made up of Democrats and as it is quite clear now, the political left is taking a hard turn toward the hard left—out-right socialism and communism so there are lots of denials because liberals know that once they admit to what happened, the Democratic Party is done for as we know it and they still have hopes of gaining seats in congress in 2018. But the writing is on the wall.

Trump has done a good job of baiting his aggressors. While he could make moves to declassify all these documents and fire all the people responsible, he has shown that he would be a good fisherman if he were so inclined. He is letting the hook sink deeper into the mouth of his enemies not letting them wiggle free to rip it out. Trump is dragging the story out and letting everyone wear down so that he can reel them all into his boat for a nice dinner shortly. All these bad guys, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rice, and Obama have all been used to getting away with these crimes because nobody ever pressed them. Well now they are being pressed and we have testimony that they have outright lied. It brings my mind back to that moment I had on CNN when I was asked if I thought Comey—the recently fired FBI Director had lied, and I stated that he did which was very scandalous at that moment. Well, I was right even though it was far from clear at the time. Now we know he lied and so did everyone around him. Peter Strzok who worked directly for Comey and headed up the investigations into Clinton and Trump lied—clearly. Paul Manafort isn’t a great guy, but he’s rotting in jail right now just because he was close to Trump. Why are these people free? They have many hard days in front of them and they deserve every bit of what happens to them.

One thing is for sure, we can’t just forget about it. Its one thing to have political rivalries, but when one political party crosses the line and starts putting people in jail or trying to, its time to draw blood. If the Democrats had just left things alone and let the election take place letting the chips fall where they may, we wouldn’t have this crisis. But they did, just as they tried to pin the deaths of innocent Americans in Benghazi on a completely innocent filmmaker to keep the story subverted in the media and protect Obama’s re-election. Obama is just as guilty as James Comey is in all this, because he knew what kind of trouble Hillary Clinton was. He knew about her illegal server, so she could keep information out of any future house oversite committees. He knew she had bungled the Benghazi situation killing Americans on his presidential watch—during an election of all times—yet he told us all that Hillary Clinton was the most qualified person in the United States to run for president. He knew all these things, yet he said it anyway—how can we trust anything he has said about anything, ever?

And that holds true for all the characters wrapped up in the American intelligence debacle in obtaining the FISA warrant against Donald Trump who was doing well in the polls and might just become president of the United States. This obviously wasn’t their first rodeo, they had done this type of thing before. So how many times? The greatest thing that has happened in recent years is that Donald Trump did get elected and that caused these people to be caught—otherwise we’d never know. Many people like me suspected it all along, but we needed hard evidence, and because of Trump’s election, we now have it.

All this goes well beyond partisan politics, this is a case of basic law and order. If we can’t trust our top law enforcement officers—which we obviously can’t, then what are we to do about it? Each day that this Russian meddling story proceeds I get angrier, because just as these political activists tried to blame Benghazi on a filmmaker or the Trump election on a fake political funded dossier that describes disgusting sexual acts in an attempt to embarrass a new president into cuddling up to the FBI for safety, this Russian collusion story is to hide the real crime, that the DNC and FBI worked together to overthrow an American election and that is essentially the basic foundation of our American republic. Without basic law and order we have chaos—which explains many of the problems we are witnessing today. And the bad guys in our world like those mentioned in obtaining this very illegal FISA warrant would rather have death and chaos than justice for all, and that tells you all you need to know about this matter.

Rich Hoffman

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