The Other Washington

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Several years ago when I was yet a “China Hand”, I would often hear those involved in Washington State politics refer to D.C. as “The Other Washington”. At the same time, people who live on the East Coast refer to “our” (local) politics as “The Other Washington”. I am quite certain that this hasn’t changed.

Now disregarding your political inclination, imagine what happens when someone gets all bent out of shape when someone from the other location will not submit to the same view. Essentially this person for the sake of maintaining the “integrity” of her self identity absolutely has to have her belief recognized as to which location is the “real Washington”… which of course also allows her to distinguish it from “The Other Washington.”

Pretty stupid … right? Quite evidently, this is a trivial discussion. But, this dichotomy can help to understand some of the zaniness attendant to boundary disputes. So let’s explore this mental construct a bit more and then draw some conclusions.

Imagine we have a person living here in Greater Seattle transplanted from D.C. and she still wants to maintain that she now lives in “The Other Washington” because naturally in her mind D.C. is “the real Washington.”

Now it would be one thing if this person went around town wearing  cap and scarf of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Though many in our state who are loyal to the Seahawks may find it “different” when she opens her mouth and talks about how she is living in “The Other Washington”, most people would probably dismiss the matter as an allowed loyalty to her version of reality. Who cares – right?

But what happens when she becomes absolutely “in your face” about this “issue?” You can be just about certain she will receive a good dose of “Seattle Nice” whereby when she goes on one of her rants people will just smile – albeit likely with a cringe – in order to appease her rather strident view. Yet here, they will do their best to just give this person plenty of space.

Now that is the critical point. Because this person is not challenged on her (locally) out of place perceptions, she has been given more space … i.e. a vacuum.

Here, please remember that “nature abhors a vacuum.” So, this oddball likely becomes increasingly expansive and perhaps expressive in her view because she is not self-limiting and her mental boundaries are rarely if ever challenged … its just not worth it.

Unfortunately for you, this person now moves in next to you and gets it in her head that she is entitled to land which the majority of people – i.e. both jury and judge – are highly unlikely to [assist to] determine as hers.

The jury isn’t disinclined to grant her the land because she disregards normal convention. No, instead the jury is simply assisting the court to determine the facts and afterward the judge determines how those facts will fall into place with respect to the law.

Remember though, this person fails to recognize bounds and has not been challenged for her transgression of them for quite some time because of the space given to her.

Question #1: Do you think she will use rational faculties when presented with law and fact?

Answer: NO!

You are likely in for one heck of a confrontation in which her patterns of thought must be interrupted and scrambled before she will begrudging relent to have her physical boundaries properly bound.

If money were no object, having the court drop its gavel to interrupt her “regularly scheduled program” might be completely satisfactory.

But, with the exception of extraordinarily wealthy individuals, money is indeed an object.

Question #2: What is the best answer for anyone who isn’t an extraordinarily wealthy individual involved in an impossible situation like this?  

Answer: Do everything you can to get the matter to mediation.

Now, there are three types of mediation approaches: (1) facilitative; (2) evaluative; and (3) transformative.

Determining which of these three approaches to pursue is perhaps the most important determination when seeking to bring a boundary dispute to resolve.

If wanting help evaluating your boundary dispute and determining the best process and strategy to attempt to bring resolution to it, please answer less than a dozen questions by contacting Justice Smiles [HERE].

 

 

Justice Smiles’ Welcome to Prospective Clients

Thank you for taking some valuable time from your schedule to review this law blog.

If you are at all like the majority of those who have previously engaged Justice Smiles, pllc (“Justice Smiles”), you are anxious about a negative situation which is or could possibly unfold with your neighbor.

From this day forward, you have a choice. You can choose whether or not to engage your neighbor in a spirited battle over boundaries.

Justice Smiles will help you determine the likely legal outcome in a “money is no object”, pure merit-based assessment.

Additionally, Justice Smiles will help you craft the best strategy in recognition that “money is no object” is probably neither your reality nor that of your neighbors.

Beyond this, Justice Smiles helps you engage your neighbor in a “conversation” – whether by negotiation, mediation, or through the courts – to reconcile boundaries of decency, privacy, safety, self-expression, aesthetics, and other uses and abuses of real property.

Notably, a surveyor’s opinion as to the proper property boundary does not address these other boundary questions as to how you will interact with respect for and toward your neighbors … and them toward you.

These other boundary questions are generally the drivers of boundary disputes. Justice Smiles’ hard fought experience understands this all too well.

So, if you recognize through your frustration, anger, and fear that indeed these other boundary questions are the problems which need to be resolved, Justice Smiles welcomes your contact and is ready to help.

 

James Comey is the Double-Hinged Gate of American Democracy

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Today’s op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times leads with the intriguing question: “Why doesn’t James Comey run for President?” [1]

This of course is completely impractical with exactly one week to go until the 2016 election. But there is an important sentiment worthy of exploration here.

Just like this election in which many undecided voters  – myself not least of which included – believe we have a choice between the most unfit Presidential Candidates past, present, and (hopefully) future, Comey was not only once, but twice confronted with making a choice of the lesser of evils.

Specifically, on July 5, 2016 in his prepared remarks titled: Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s  Use of a Personal E-Mail System, he indicated:  

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent. [2]

This shows either that Secretary Clinton is careless in the handling of sensitive information, had an improper disregard for the duty to safeguard sensitive information, or some combination of both. In that Secretary Clinton has been embroiled with numerous other scandals over her career – as is generally the case with any politician along the path for the highest office – it would have been worthwhile for the country to know what the emails contain right?

Wrong!

Note again that of those 30,000 e-mails, 8 contained information which was “Top Secret”; “Secret Information” ballooned to contained 36 chains of emails; and again [only] 8 e-mails (or perhaps e-mail chains) contained what would normally be considered Confidential information. Strikingly, 2,000 emails were apparently on the bubble as and were up-classified to Confidential status.

Now note that the purpose of the FBI is NOT to shape presidential elections, but rather “[t]o protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” [3]

So, notwithstanding the fact that Republican challenger Donald J Trump “earnestly” sought for Secretary Hillary Clinton to disclose her emails so much so that he offered during the first presidential debate to release his [faulty] tax returns if she did so … who was fooling who? [4]

Those emails are privileged and the fact that they were on a private server wouldn’t remove that status from them such that were open to review … again the initial issue is the LOCATION of the information NOT the INFORMATION itself.

This is the reason why James Comey was duty bound to stop further investigation and allow the election to proceed.

However, the feared effects of the wrongly placed LOCATION came back to haunt Secretary Clinton when it was found that her emails were on the same servers as her closest aid Huma Abedin.

Huma Abedin through marriage – which incidentally also privileges conversation – on August 29, 2016 separated from her husband Anthony Weiner. [5]

In a separate investigation of his emails and sexting miscreance, it was discovered that the INFORMATION was beyond secured bounds in that it showed up in Anthony Weiner’s continued sexting investigation. [6]

It is because of this fact, that James Comey was now duty bound to the American public and the FBI to share that information is out … while yet refraining from specifying what that information is.

Again, he can not share the information broadly. But, the investigation needs to be reopened because of the now recognized lack of security to this information. Again, this is consistent with his duty.

Interestingly, Hillary Clinton is now the one calling for the information disclosure knowing full well that James Comey can not provide it … just as Trump had originally.

So, did James Comey do the wrong thing in both cases? Maybe? But, I think not.

Comey has alerted the public to national security problems for which the experienced Secretary Clinton is believed to be most qualified … but clearly demonstrates lack of facility.

Trump has made a very frontal charge on every and all comers. We have a sense of what he is about in that way … but he is cast as inexperienced and many of the things he has said over the course of this election have been absolutely repugnant.

That said, Clinton – who doesn’t hide it well – [now] appears to have plenty of warts herself.

Who should the vote go to? Well, I thought perhaps if enough people voted for Gary Johnson American might indicate that it is sick of this polarized-political race.

The frames presented by the candidates could not be more stark.

Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” to “Make America Great Again”  v. Clinton’s “Stronger Together” while no less than maintaining democratic politics as usual.

Should an undecided voter cast a ballot for the first woman president with baggage which will continue to spill or a man self-presenting as aggressive and noted for misogyny.

The choice is that of the American people and while not all the INFORMATION is out, the fact that it exists is.

This means we can get on with making this decision with arguably a proper shadow of knowledge in front of us all … AND THEN LIVE WITH THE DECISION OF THE MAJORITY!!! [7]

Let’s not ever forget that we do have a democracy which requires people to make hard decisions which weigh both law and politics in the performance of its defense.

I suspect most believe James Comey is a little unhinged. I do not concur with this sentiment. Instead, Comey has allowed each side to see more information about the other.

The fact that each side has secrets is not his fault. He’s merely the double-hinged gate which allows appropriately limited flow through. Our democracy requires that sufficient information is allowed the governed so they may make this important hiring decision … while at the same time offering protection to the governed by not striking the proper balance. [8]

James Comey for President? We not only could but already are going to do a lot worse no matter who the nation decides. We don’t have a proper choice!

[1] See op-ed piece [HERE].

[2] See Comey’s full prepared remark[HERE].

[3] See FBI Mission website page [HERE].

[4] See Fortune article which includes a debate snipit [HERE].

[5] See New York Times article indicating the Huma | Weiner separation [HERE].

[6] See NPR report titled: FBI Led Back To Clinton Email Server Case By Anthony Weiner Investigation [HERE].

[7] Note that I am not in a present position to expound on the benefits and detriments surrounding the use of the Electoral College. However, I certainly can not condone Trump’s potential unwillingness to cede to the results of the election.

[8] See Scott Adam’s blog for overall analysis which greatly informed this post on James Comey [HERE].

What is a Fulcrum Fact?

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A Fulcrum Fact is my designation for the one particular, ambiguous fact for which the argued attached meaning determines the legal contest. 

First, recall a fulcrum is that point on a scale where balance is struck between the scale’s two sides. As such, if the weight and dimensions of both sides are equal then the fulcrum is right in the middle like the pivot point of a teeter totter. Extending this teeter totter example, if the weight or dimensions are greater or longer on one side (and thus by necessity slighter or shorter on the other side), the fulcrum point shifts toward the side with heaver or greater dimensions.

Below I offer my definition of a Fulcrum Fact; the means to identify a Fulcrum Fact through explanation of its elements; and an example of a Fulcrum Fact through review of the 1974 Francis Ford Coppala film The Conversation.

A Fulcrum Fact must be: (1) undeniably relevant; (2) significant; (3) undisputed; (4) ambiguous; (5) central to the alternate theories offered by the opposing parties; and (6) best at incorporating all other relevant facts.

  1. Relevance is the most immediate threshold in determining a Fulcrum Fact. Any fact which doesn’t advance understanding in the pursuit of the truth is a waste of time unless the fact serves to assist the process of casting proper tone or light on the other facts. Notably as a result of this qualifier, one party may offer Casting Facts as relevant whereas the other party may believe those facts irrelevant. This is folly which I address below the body of this post at [1]. The point though is both parties must believe any [potential] Fulcrum Fact assists their case.
  2. Significance is the second threshold in the determination of a Fulcrum Fact. Not only do both parties need to believe the fact assists their case, but each must believe it does so significantly.
  3. Undisputed is the third threshold in the determination of a Fulcrum Fact. If the existence or non-existence of the fact is under attack, the fact is not a Fulcrum Fact until its existence becomes unquestioned by both parties.
  4. Ambiguity is the fourth threshold in the determination of a Fulcrum Fact. Whereas existence is undisputed, the meaning attached to the fact must be at significant – if not complete – odds with the meaning offered by the opposing party.
  5. Centrality of Importance means that both parties must be able to rest control of the ambiguous meaning of the fact as it is central to understanding their theory of the case. This element is the very essence of the Fulcrum Fact because if one fails to have the Fulcrum Fact understood as desired and the Fulcrum Fact becomes understood instead as  desired by the opposing party … the case is won by the other party.
  6. Incorporation of Relevant Facts is the elemental necessity of assuring that the Fulcrum Fact is consistent with the greatest number of relevant facts so as not to need to explain or qualify those facts and the disharmony which may otherwise arise if required to do so.

I recognize this is extremely high concept so I’ll attempt to bring it to bedrock with a short overview of use of a fact very much akin to a Fulcrum Fact as used in The Conversation.

As to expository casting facts The Conversation starts with Jonathan Caul played by Gene Hackman; his regular employee Stan played by the late John Cazele [2]; and a couple of other outside contractors surveilling what seems to be the conversation between lovers as they walk around and around San Francisco’s Union Square.

Though initially obscured, John Caul – who we later learn has apparently exiled himself from the East Coast after one of his surveillance jobs may have resulted in the death of a mother and son – is able to untangle a frighteningly intriguing snippet of dialog expressed by the surveilled man:

“He’d kill us if he had the chance”.

That one phrase is essentially a Fulcrum Fact in that it is (1) undeniable relevant; (2) significant; (3) undisputed; (4) ambiguous; and (5) of central importance to the alternate theories which seem to occur as the conversation which John Caul is either having with reality and to some unclear extently within his own head … and the terrifying endpoints which each portends.

Specifically, the phrase: “He’d kill us if he had the chance” is ambiguous as to whether a question or a statement. Because of this ambiguity its meaning could be (a) an inquiry as to the gravity of consequences if the lovers are discovered by her husband or possibly as  (b) justification for a preemptive strike on the woman’s husband to prevent those same consequences.

Notably, the rest of the movie appears to be John Caul’s quest to identify the remainder of relevant facts in order to (6) incorporate their full meaning.

The Conversation is a thought provoking film eclipsed at the 1975 Oscars by Coppala’s most notable film The Godfather. I recognize some may believe its pacing and conclusion may not be sufficiently current. Yet, I think it is an absolutely fascinating film which wonderfully captures the idea of the Fulcrum Fact.

Although attempting to track the two lines of thought to their respective endpoints requires deep and perhaps unpleasant thought, for those seeking cerebral instead of emotive fright … Happy Halloween!

[1] Casting Facts serve to allow greater “weight and dimension” to the opposing party’s theory of the case and so failure to attack them significantly increases the likelihood the Fulcrum Fact is interpreted to the opposing parties’ advantage.

[2] John Cazele is the late actor who’s most famous role was as Fredo Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.

Fame Right off the Stage Trump

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In a previous post, I indicated why I think Trump is making this bid for president. He want’s Fame! [1]

Think about it. The guy has plenty of money, but he’s getting older.

He has to be thinking to himself that it won’t be long before things like “Trump steak” will have any meaning.

But, if he can become the United States president. Well, then he would have some sort of permanent legacy upon which to hang his hat.

Sorry Don-Don, I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

True, if you win it, you would be president, but in all reality how many of us remember many of the presidents beyond those which we encounter during our lifetime.

Think you are going to magically snap your finger and a wall will be built to keep out illegal mexicans and then again to balance the current accounts deficit with China. Yea right!

What you will achieve at best is infamy. But, as you have shown to date, that’s a boundary you are not at all afraid to cross.

[1] Enjoy David Bowie’s Fame [HERE].

Love You Till Tuesday?

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The Republican race only worsened by virtue of Trump’s widening margin after his coral of majorities yesterday in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii. [1] There appears to be potential room for Ted Cruz if Marco Rubio and John Kasich were to fall in line behind him … but they won’t.

Whereas Trump is otherworldly in a completely inappropriate way, Cruz is quite likely too far right to be a viable candidate in the general election. So, what might be the best way to get out of the morass?

If I had the power to wave a wand, I would convince Rubio to step in behind Kasich.

Rubio is young and had – as game theorists call it “defected” on his mentor Jeb Bush. At present, he faces the prospect of losing in his home state of Florida. To avoid this political nightmare, he should strike a deal with Kasich to serve as his mentor by taking him under his wing as the man he would declare his running mate.

The benefit of this would likely be to bring Rubio’s ties to the Hispanic community under a Kasich-Rubio tent.

With this tent constructed, one would then hope that Kasich and Rubio would together would  take down not only Florida and Kasich’s Michigan, but also Illinois – certainly in both Trump and Christie’s mind – the state which holds a mere “Second City.” To Rubio: “Think long and hard about it.”

You really ought to beware the Ides of March when those three states and North Carolina all have their primaries.

Trying to bet on an open convention is too low of a bar. Individually, you might not be able to cement your intended locks. Together, it just might work out. If so, start the lovin’ now. Because if you don’t, your respective state electorates might just pull a Love You Till Tuesday – i.e. next Tuesday, March 15 – at which time they will pitch you aside for Trump’s bromides. [1]

[1] See The New York Times results for the March 8 Primaries [HERE].

[2] See David Bowie’s Love You Till Tuesday [HERE].

2016: A Space Oddity?

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Yesterday, while focusing on religion touched on the topic of space exploration. A year prior to David Bowie’s release Space Oddity in 1969, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was released. It’s story sought to explain that there must be some advanced knowledge which has at critical thresholds – i.e. boundaries –  in the development of mankind has provided an assist.

Notwithstanding that assist, mankind’s over reliance on rational thought proved deadly in the mission which the two astronauts – and their space ship – were aiming at accomplishing. Essentially, there was no “Kill Hal” switch worked into the space ship’s mechanisms to provided needed relief when Hal’s functioning was clearly out of bounds.

Today – on my father Walter Marshall Zierman’s 76th birthday – I post out an article rejected for the King County Bar Associations March Bar Bulletin for the topic of Force.  Notwithstanding, I want to put this out into “space.”

– RWMZ


— Force Yourself to Consider the End Game —

 

By Robert WM Zierman

 

This year’s Super Bowl had quite likely the most forceful and yet arresting advertisement of all time. In this advert, [1] sitting just shy of catatonic in his I Dream of Jeanie-esque home, filled with glory days gone by memorabilia, is an astronautical “commander.” Both his dispassion and his visage remind one of the penultimate scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

He doesn’t alter his stare when his house assistant removes his tray of uneaten chicken, mashed potatoes, cubed carrots and peas. Neither does his trance alter as his son low roars up onto the drive nor the next frame which cuts to the inquiry: “Is he eating?” A question simply answered: “Nope.” [2]

 

However, he does slightly raise his head when his son says softly: “OK commander, come with me.”

They languidly pace together to the son’s sports car as the strum of a mic’d acoustic guitar begins. Son passes his key to Dad – the “Commander.”

 

And then it happens!

 

Blasting off to the sound of the late, incredibly great David Bowie’s [or perhaps better – Ziggy Stardust’s]  Starman … he’s alive again. Not to go unnoticed, this is one moon shot he shares with his son.

 

The 60 minute spot might not say it all … but it comes damn close. The father led the ultimate life of Icarus. Almost certainly he put everything into his career. This garnered not “a” but instead “the” most unique experience imaginable. This certainly was an experience which played out triumphally on a world stage. So, how do you beat that?

 

Even if you go in a new direction … and say set out on a course to run a three and a half minute mile … at some point don’t you break down under the strain thinking: “Oh what’s the use?”

 

You want to better your relationships with your spouse and kids? Get real. They’ve lived their life without you for far too long. You are just as distant from them when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner as when you walked on your personal moon … whatever that happens to be.

 

So, now you are old. You’ve got all that great memorabilia which if you don’t donate to a museum will probably be hawked on eBay after you pass along.

 

Now it would be nice to think that a car ride with your child will give you reawake. Will it? The answer is probably not. And even if it does, how long will that shot in the arm last?

 

Ours is a culture in which we are told, no rather we are browbeat with the notion that, if we are to be really successful we will concentrate on one thing. And that one thing is something we will do over and over and over again.

 

Yet, when you look at some of the people who have done this, you realize that life for many if not most of them is generally rather pallid. That’s the very nature of life. It’s not the end game that counts … it’s the journey.

 

In a brief interview segment, Steve Jobs explains success as being a result of two primary things. The first is to find and do what you love. He indicates this is necessary because if you don’t love what you are doing, when it gets really tough – and it will – you’ll otherwise quit. You’ll quit because you are sane.

 

The second reason he similarly explains is that you have to get a team of good people around you. Presumably, he meant to express this is to be a team who also loves their respective jobs and as a result will work hard and not quit. [3]

 

Yet, as Jack Nicholson so forcefully demonstrated in another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece The Shining: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” [4]

 

So what’s one to do? Give up? No, that’s not the answer. Instead, work hard … and play hard.

 

In younger days I would equate “play” with “booze.” And though I’m not saying to refrain from liquoring up from time to time, or now even have a marijuana smoke-out if that’s your thing, I am saying figure out something else that you can pour some of your time in – most preferably with family – so you can enjoy your whole life which of course includes your work.

 

Why? If you force it too hard and too long you’re likely to break. And even if you don’t, when all is said and done and you’re staring back at your life’s course … will it even matter? [5][6]

 

Robert WM Zierman is the founder of Justice Smiles, pllc, a firm that seeks to attack boundary dispute problems and provide resolutions for its clients and their neighbors.

[1] See the Washington Post article and the advert itself [HERE].

[Author’s Note: I am reluctant to provide this link as I suspect it is more likely you will hunt it down and enjoy if not so readily available.]

[2] As an aside, I once had the displeasure of being billed $40 for an intellectually rigorous and temporally extensive exchange with another attorney in our community in which my query was answered exactly the same.

[3] See Steve Job’s interview segment about passion [HERE].

[4] See Shelley Duvall’s discovery of the depths [absent breath] of her character’s husband’s written works [HERE].

[5] Enjoy Huey Lewis & The News’ We’re Not Here For A Long Time –We’re Here For A Good Time [HERE].

[6] Enjoy David Bowie’s Starman in full [HERE].

 

Religious Rebel Rebels are Needed to Strike Peace

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‘May you always be able to look further beyond the horizon than your neighbor. Yet, let it not be so far beyond that you can’t point it out to him.’

That’s the essence of a message which an expat friend of mine in China shared well over a decade ago. However, it wasn’t until more recently that I came to learn this wasn’t his idea, but rather one which he found in Samuel Butler’s The Way of all Flesh. [1] I haven’t read this book about multi-generations living through England’s Victorian-era. I’ve also never watched any Downtown Abbey shows either.

Notwithstanding this ignorance, I suspect I would not be too far off the mark to conjecture that each explores the boundaries of class during the English periods which they represent. My understanding is social boundaries in England are much more rigid than here in the United States. As a result, the United States has generally had more social mobility.

So what happens when you defy social boundaries? It could easily devolve into the social anarchy in which patriarch Charles Manson orchestrated multiple murders and stabbings in the summer of 1969. Or, it could result with the incredible gift to the world of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. [2] That song’s release was orchestrated to occur mere days – 9 to be exact – before ground control received word from Neil Armstrong of his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” [3] [4]

In this Rebel Rebel dichotomy of extremes, what is the difference? [5]

I would suggest it amounts to the regard one places on life. David Bowie appears to have had a very high regard for life and wanted to push the boundaries of its exploration. By contrast Manson – with his Swastika on his forehead – does not. He appears to have been more interested in using the ability of mind control to explore death. [6]

So how is all this important?

Well, because my dear “neighbor” I want to take a moment to point out the dust stirring – not all that far off into the horizon – which will be the yield from the very harsh political rhetoric to which our ears currently are made to ring.

It is important for diplomacy to first be engaged in softly and then, only if necessary, war must be engaged hard – not vice versa!

This is to say that the lunacy which is being bandied about to gin up the vote on the right is very dangerous and if not willing to put to pursue to the endpoint of all out war – for which we would certainly feel great pain too – it is time for the Republican candidates to ratchet way back on their maniacal rhetoric.

This is a position which I have held for some time and though writing for January’s issue of the King County Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin with the theme of Trios was held back until this February’s issue subject Faith.

You may read my article titled, Could It Be World War III? [HERE].

Interestingly, it led to an invitation for me to attend tonight’s Interfaith meeting:

Standing Together for Human Dignity-Justice-Compassion-Wisdom. [7]

As a citizen of the world in which our ‘equalizers’ are guns of such scale as to have the ability to obliterate it- i.e. WMDs, it is no time to deny religion.

Yes, I realize many people wrongly believe that eliminating religion will eliminate non-tempered emotions … but they are wrong!

The way to change the way people act is not so much by changing external factors. Instead, it the internal factors of mind and soul which need to be explored. And it is religion – especially those tenants which are universally accepted by all religions – which best assists to conduct this exploration.

So, it is time to agree on the fact that there is not a one of us who knows with certainty what is beyond life’s boundary into death and as such each of us is free to seek to reconcile the fact of our mortality in the manner most suitable to our upbringing, culture, and temperamant.

So, I suppose in a round-about way it really does come down to the Tea Party’s idea of “Don’t Tread on Me” …

However, the corollary of that which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be regarded in turn is that – unless you are stirring up discord in the world – it then becomes necessary for me to …

Not Tread on You!

[1] Find more at Amazon [HERE].

[2] See video of Space Oddity [HERE]

[3] See video of Neil Armstrong’s first moments of the [earth’s] moon [HERE].

[4] As an aside, I am often reminded by my mother that my due date was July 20, 1969 – the day of the moon landing.

[5] See David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel [HERE]. 

[6] For an interesting New York Times video article about what the effect of at least one whose mind became controlled by Manson and the subsequent consequences see [HERE].

[7] If yet able and wanting to attend this or further events between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, I invite you to come [HERE].

Time to Fully Reposition Your Aim Hillary

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Bernie Sanders appears to be on a trajectory to drive his political vehicle into the left ditch of oncoming-traffic. As an upshot, Madame Secretary Clinton will likely get the nod to take on the Republican’s challenger. Below I argue she should almost fully dismiss Mr. Sanders and train her guns elsewhere.

Why should she recalibrate?

Because Sanders’ message and Trumps’ message appear to meet at the political equivalent of the international date line.

So by taking down Trump, where everyone else in the Republican race is too much of a wuss to do so, she effectively get a two-for-one shot.

All that said, there is one one resonant stump message of Sanders which must be qualified.

Sanders unqualified message is essentially: ‘No one gets anything without a fight.’

Yet, the reality of the “fight” prattling around in the Bernstein Bear’s mind is much more nuanced as than he explains.

Yes, privileges are extended to certain people merely as a result of the fact that they as Warren Buffet says: ‘win the birth lottery.’ From Buffets’ perspective this means he was lucky that of all the countries in the world into which he could be born, the one to which he was born was the Unites States.

Perhaps if we all felt so lucky we would end up more like Warren Buffet.

Now it is true that Buffet further had the “privilege” of growing up in a fairly stable home environment. But what really made Buffet the success he is today is that he was able to learn and apply certain principles repeatedly. For Buffet, even though investments are enjoyable, staying as focused on one thing is often times extremely hard work. [1]

And it is this, the “fight” to overcome one’s aversion to exerting extreme effort in the performance of hard work, which is the “fight” from which the thing of success is made.

Why is this important?

Because Sanders appears to be suggesting that the United States ought to fight to “take back” wealth that is in the concentrated aggregation of the “1 percenters.”

Those folks are considered to be the ones who control the political right. Give me a break!

Don’t be so naive, people of that status have their chips down on every square, corner, color, and strata (and remember there are three running both horizontally and vertically) of the roulette table.

For the 1% the maxim is: “Any port in a storm.”

So listen up folks, though World War II started by fighting and defeating a far right-wing, nut-job and the official end of that war’s conflict in the European Theatre ended on May 8, 1945 followed shortly thereafter on September 2 with Japan’s surrender, the war was only half complete.

This is because the heat of World War II was soon followed by the Cold War of the US against the USSR. This was where democracy had to turn away from fighting the far right – i.e. fascism – and instead contend with the far left – i.e. communism.

So, it wasn’t until the November 9, 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall – which beyond being a huge physical boundary was an even more formidable boundary of political ideology – that democracy finally won.

It was only on that date in 1989 that the US – With a Little Help From [its] Friends – had finally taken care of both of the far ends of the political spectrum. [2]

And all of this is important WHY?

It is of critical importance because while current, political left-wing wacko Bernie Sanders is losing ground to the moderating leftist Ms. Clinton …,

On the right – and I’ll clarify that I am a Republican – we currently have an abject nut-job who is a far, far worse candidate out in front.

Trump appears not to have any editor and has assisted to array “mobs” – both physical and virtual – against individuals and protesters. That’s damn scary!

Ms. Clinton appeared to originally want to make her presidency one which flows from the benefit of having a woman as president.

Perhaps that would be a great thing for the women’s movement on its own.

But in a political environment in which many others on the right appear to believe that Barrack Obama was an “all ranch and no cattle” political pollutant created from an environment of political correctness run amok, it would be very stupid for Hillary to continue to hitch her cart to a horse which consummates the Nineteenth Amendment – the Constitutional disallowance of prohibiting women their right to vote.

Now returning to the late ’80s – just before the fall of the Berlin Wall – do you remember who was the 1988 democratic nominee? [3]

No? Well, let me remind by giving further explanation to the above Featured Image.

That is none other than Michael Dukakis. Mr. Mike’s campaign was destroyed as a result of his “joy ride” in that tank.

Though Dukakis wanted to use that imagery to project that he was tough enough to take on the USSR, his diminutive features didn’t quite fit that exosceletal profile and instead it was his campaign which tanked.

So, why do I say this Hillary?

Because there is an image which I am sure the republicans will trot out in much the same fashion. It is the one in which Secretary Clinton purportedly in apparent horror witnessing the live feed of the kill of Osama Bin Laden.

Hillary, there is a very good chance that the United States – including Republicans like me – will need you.

So, in a contest of you against Trump which you should consider to have already commenced, I highly suggest you knock off all this women’s rights nonsense.

Women, like incoming president-elect of the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington AND Surveyor of the Year Carla Meritt who received that award last night have fought hard – admittedly very likely much harder than most men – to do a great job!

It is because of that fight that the LSAW president-elect was honored. It certainly was not because it “ought” to be given to her.

So, my advice would be to “fight hard” to convince voters what you can and will do.

Get on board with Obama for the greater good of not only your party, not only the US, but quite likely the world, and have him – Obama – man up to the fact that the Iran deal was a loser.

This will give you free reign to attack it with more relish than Trump.

Afterward, go on the stump and TROMP,  tROMP, trOMP, troMP, tromP, tromp on donald trump as if he had dismissed you like Goodfellas’ Spitshine Tommy. [4]

Beat him into a bloody pulp. Make Trump bleed from … wherever! [5]

True, the effects of that will redound not just to you but to another candidate in the Republican party if you get this done before the Republicans finally select their candidate. That certainly may involve some political risk.

However, if you think you can wait until after the Republican primary is locked up to start pounding in earnest on Trump … you are gravely mistaken. In all honesty, I think about the only thing which will stop this guy is an Act of God.

So, how about this, please scrub any sound of Suffragette City from your talking points – at least for now – and go for the kill. [6]

You do that and the nation will thank you with their vote. And then you can help your gal pals. OK?

[1] To purchase Warren Buffet’s biography by Alice Schroeder The Snowball, Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, go [HERE].

[2] See The Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends [HERE].

[3] See YouTube video of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes [HERE].

[4] See the “shine box” scene from Goodfellas [HERE].

[5] See Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly question Trump about his on record views of women from the first republican debate of this political season [HERE]. Then view Trump’s double down recoil in which he says Kelly was “bleeding from … wherever” [HERE].

This derivative news event was given more import in articles by The Washington Post [HERE]; The New York Times [HERE]; The Wall Street Journal’s report of its backlash [which Trump now clearly appears to have overcome] [HERE]; and perhaps is best analyzed by Slate [HERE].

[6] See David Bowie’s Suffragette City [HERE].

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