Archive for April, 2016

A wall could not be built along the southern border because of flooding along the Rio Grande. Really?

People have argued that a wall could not be built along the southern border because of flooding along the Rio Grande (i.e. the logistics were non-existent).
The following is a three-part article I put together to debunk the Luddites beliefs.


1) The Chinese built a 13,000 mile plus wall beginning 2200 BC!
However, the part you see in pictures was built in 1600 AD.
Now remember, they had to deal with creeks, streams, and rivers!

2) The military has a rapid barrier wall system that is stack-able and all you need is a front-end loader. It protects soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is used for floods too (like it was during Katrina)!

3) Finally, there is a part of “the wall” (a fence really) that goes out into the Pacific ocean in San Diego that will last from 20 to 30 years. If we can extend the barricade out into the Pacific ocean, then how hard is it to fashion one on land?

Here is the bottom line: “The fencing is just another tool that we have,” said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Michael Jimenez, referring to its design. “It helps to slow down the entry of these people to give our agents a chance to make an arrest. Because a fence alone isn’t going to stop people from coming in.”…but it will slow them down… just long enough for the Boarder Patrol to make an arrest!

Don’t believe the hype!

So I read Trump’s op-ed about the primary in Colorado.

Trump’s blunder in Colorado may have been a stroke of genius!

Reading his op-ed sure gives me the impression that he is trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Trump is very skillful, I might even say genius, at generating and then using his supporters’ emotions to overcome their logic.
Colorado changed their system from a binding straw poll to a caucus system way back in August (that is over 8 months  or 2/3 of a year before the delegates were chosen). Trump left this important information out of his op-ed. If this snuck up on Trump and his team, then he obviously doesn’t pick “the best people” to help him and he may not be ready to be El Presidente.
Colorado’s delegates were chosen by the 65,000 registered Republicans in a republican (representative) democracy. Each Republican from their neighborhood precinct caucus voted for a district captain and a number of precinct delegates proportionate to the number of Republicans in that district (precinct)There were no crossovers from the Demowitz like South Carolina. I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
Next, the district (precinct) captain and the district(precinct) delegates selected from each precinct attended their county’s caucus or A.K.A. county assembly.
I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
At the county assembly the precinct delegates voted to select each countydelegate to go to a congressional assembly and state assembly
Delegates to the Republican National Convention were then elected from both of those assemblies.
I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
 If you wanted to be a delegate to the national convention, you had to fill out a form and email it to a state Republican official, noting whether you would be pledged to a particular presidential candidate or not.
I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
In the lead-up to those assemblies, each delegate received communications about logistics. Since all campaigns had access to delegate emails, each delegate received communications from all the campaigns seeking their vote.
I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
According to the national assembly delegates, the Cruz campaign was very organized with an easy-to-navigate interface that allowed delegates to quickly see who was on the Cruz slate for each assembly. The Trump campaign wasn’t so well organized, and they issued error-filled ballots that caused problems for the Trump supporters. I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
Most interesting of all is the fact that BEFORE the state-wide delegates voted, the all the Republican candidates were scheduled to meet with the delegates. Trump arranged for local security, but then cancelled his appearance at the last minute. 
I did not see this fact in Mr. Trumps’ op-ed.
Being snubbed by the Donald left many of the Colorado delegates feeling like they were unimportant to Trump. 
Why would he do that, and what could be more pressing? Did his team drop the ball? No one but Trump can say for sure, however, the most logical hypothesis is that his internal polling suggested he was going to lose big, and in order to snatch victory from defeat, he used the same device as he did in Iowa, that is blame Cruz as a cheater. It worked before, and when you have a majority of low-information voters and seemingly unlimited press coverage to spread your spin, then why not?
I am sure this post, since it is not a pitch to emotion, is not going to sway emotion, but as Saint John said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 
I just hope there is still enough time for you to be free before we get a gold Air Force One and buyer’s remorse.

The presidential primary system is unfair to Trump (but in his favor)!

The presidential primary system is unfair to Trump?

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I hear Trumpsters, especially the Trumpster himself, lamenting about how the people of Colorado were cheated (but what they really mean, whether they admit it on not, is that Trump didn’t win there so it is unfair).
Trumpsters argue that the Republican presidential primary delegates should be given proportionally to the percentage of votes the candidate gets!
The people of Colorado should stand up and demand it!
I find it ironic that so-called Republicans (who derived their name exactly because we have a republican-style government where We the people elect representatives to make decisions for us about governmental function) want the presidential primary delegates to be awarded  proportionally to the percentage of votes a candidate gets!
They need to be careful what they wish for.
For example:
South Carolina: Trump 32.4% of the vote & 100% of the delegates.
Florida: Trump 45.7% of the vote & 100% of the delegates.
Arizona: Trump 45.9% of the vote & 100% of the delegates.
Illinois: Trump 38.8% of the vote & 78.3% of the delegates.
Missouri: Trump 40.8% of the vote & 71.2% of the delegates.
Alabama: Trump 43.4% of the vote & 72% of the delegates.
Northern Mariana Islands: Trump 72.8% of the vote & 100% of the delegates.
Tennessee: Trump 38.9% of the vote & 56.9% of the delegates.
Georgia: Trump 38.8% of the vote & 56.6% of the delegates.
Vermont: Trump 32.7% of the vote & 50% of the delegates.
Hawaii: Trump 42.4% of the vote & 57.9% of the delegates.
Mississippi: Trump 47.3% of the vote & 62.5% of the delegates.
New Hampshire: Trump 35.2% of the vote & 47.8% of the delegates.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Trump 6.4% of the vote & 16.7% of the delegates.
Idaho: Trump 28.1% of the vote & 37.5% of the delegates.
Arkansas: Trump 32.8% of the vote & 40% of the delegates.
Maine: Trump 32.6% of the vote & 39.1% of the delegates.

Michigan: Trump 36.5% of the vote & 42.4% of the delegates.

Alaska: Trump 33.6% of the vote & 39.3% of the delegates.
Texas: Trump 26.7% of the vote & 31% of the delegates.
Massachusetts: Trump 49.3% of the vote & 52.4% of the delegates.
Oklahoma: Trump 28.3% of the vote & 30.2% of the delegates.
Kentucky: Trump 35.9% of the vote & 37% of the delegates.
Nevada: Trump 45.7% of the vote & 46.7% of the delegates.
North Carolina: Trump 40.2% of the vote & 40.3% of the delegates.
Virginia: Trump 34.7% of the vote & 34.7% of the delegates.
Kansas: Trump 23.4% of the vote & 22.5% of the delegates.
Iowa: Trump 24.3% of the vote & 23.3% of the delegates.
Louisiana: Trump 41.4% of the vote & 39.1% of the delegates.
Puerto Rico:  Trump 13.1% of the vote & 0% of the delegates.
Washington DC: Trump 13.8% of the vote & 0% of the delegates.
Utah: Trump 14% of the vote & 0% of the delegates.
Wisconsin: Trump 35.1% of the vote & 14.3% of the delegates.
Ohio: Trump 35.6% of the vote & 0% of the delegates.
New York: Trump 60% of the vote & 95% of the delegates.
Do the Trumpsters know that more people voted for Cruz in Wisconsin than voted for Trump in New York, yet Trump was awarded 55 more delegates for his New York win than Cruz for his Wisconsin win?
In fact, in one New York district, Trump gleaned only 642 total votes yet was awarded 3 delegates!
So Trump has won a higher share of delegates than votes in unfair system!
How can you stand for this! 
Don’t believe the hype!