Election of the Century

I’ve been following every election since I was a kid, many, many moons ago. I have never seen a more vicious and crazy one in my life. But then, it doesn’t surprise me. We have let things get out of hand for far too long. We have let crooks and crazies run the show. It’s reaching a boiling point where what happens now will determine a sea change in this country.

Many people think that has already happened. But change is an eternal constant in society and political shifts are something that happens once every other generation or so. We are at a point where a major one is taking place.

All my life, and this has never changed, I have been an independent voter. I have not trusted the establishment of either party. I have seen corruption is a massive problem in every administration. I almost never like the candidates we get to choose from. I have always seen the system as rigged.

So, I’ll fully confess here that I have only voted in three presidential elections so far. One was against Mondale in the 80s, one was against Bush 41 in the 90s, the other was against Kerry in the 2000s. I regret voting for Clinton the first time. The other two was the best choice we had. This time, it’s an easy choice for me. Hillary Clinton is the worst politician I have ever had the displeasure of having to witness. She is corrupt beyond measure. She has no scruples at all. She is everything Trump has been accused of. In fact, it has been her common tactic going back to the 90s to accuse other people of her own failings.

Trump is far from perfect, but he seems to actually care about this country and is not saying the same canned speeches I have heard for decades. I don’t know if he will effectively be able to do what he promises but I know for a fact Hillary won’t because I have seen how she operates. Hillary will only bring ruin. Trump is a businessman who has been very successful. Hillary has only been successful at getting away with crimes, stealing and getting rich through pay for play and other larceny.

Now, I know how fruitless it is to try to explain to a Hillary voter why she’s bad news. And millions of people have already voted. I am not advocating people to change their vote because it’s not likely to matter at this stage and I believe political choice is a personal thing,

But, I just want to point something out. Trump is anti-war and basically modern candidate on most things. Hillary, on the other hand, will say or do anything she wants. She has no scruples. She changes her positions based on whether it will help her goals. She has no principals. She is basically owned by her rich corporate and foreign government donors And where Trump is basically anti-war, Hillary wants to get into a war with Russia. It’s insane.

This video, but a Brit, so he is non-partisan, not even American, says it all. She is bad news. And if you haven’t voted yet, I ask you to consider what he says.

UPDATE: This is an updated explanation of the FBI email server investigation and why the Comey actions are another example of a coverup.

Answering False Arguments

Most bogus arguments that people make were classified long ago by the Ancient Greeks. Others have added to the logical fallacy list. Here is a handy chart so the next time someone tries to lay some whopper on you, you have ammo. Click to enlarge. logic to enlarg

No One Trusts the Media Anymore

Why should they when it’s become such a partisan joke. The press today are largely cheerleaders for the Democrats. And the Democrats have become the party of rich special interests. The corruption in this administration is beyond the pale. It’s no surprise then, that people are losing their trust in the opinions of talking heads. The world is basically on fire, economies are in a state of decline the world over, and the elites want us to think everything is hunky dory.

We have riots happening almost regularly now, terrorist incidents are becoming common. Blatant disregard for the law by our so called government leaders. And the news, largely, wants us to believe the economy is great and there’s nothing to see here. The public is turning and the businesses that have been lying to us are feeling the heat.

Pity, Fear, Catharsis

Great Ted Talk on writing that’s well worth a look if you care about the subject.

9/11 Isn’t Going Away

There are 15-year-olds who are being taught about 9/11 in school as history. Many of them weren’t born or were babies when it happened.

9/11 was a shock to the system. It caused a depression and many people lost their jobs, including me. I was engaged at the time, and I think it had a partial effect of helping that relationship end. I was lucky compared to the people who lost their lives or loved ones in that tragedy. When 9/11 happened, I was getting ready for work and had the news on and saw the event happening live and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It looked like a scene from a movie. My fiance, who was Russian said, “Oh, we have terrorism all the time in Russia.” I said “Not like this you don’t.” Then I told her, the US will respond with an overreaction that will include armies and mass bombings. She was like “That’s horrible. Innocent people don’t deserve that.” I shrugged and pointed at the screen where people were jumping out of windows in the towers.

“Those innocent people didn’t deserve it either. And that is how war works.”

Needless to say, we know what followed. Bush said it would take ten years to defeat terrorism. My thought at the time, that depends on who follows you. The rest is history.

War is a horror. Terrorism is just a form of war. We have been in WWIII since 9/11. The politicians may pretend otherwise but it is far from over.

The Truth about Energy

The problem with subjects like Global Warming is people don’t want to listen to the facts. They take ideological positions as a defense and that is getting us nowhere. A lot of hysteria and ignorance is spread on this subject, which is basically unnecessary. This episode of the Rubin Report is will worth your time because he talked to author Alex Epstein about the fossil fuels where he debunks a lot of the falsehoods that have been spread on the subject. It’s sad that we’ve come to this stage where hysteria and ignorance has taken such a hold on society. People should bother to educate themselves and this is a good start.

Make it Yourself!

Here’s my pep talk of the day:

You do not need a company behind you to create anything. You do not need anyone’s permission to write whatever you feel like creating. It may be harder to go it alone, but you have total control and own the rights if you do.

This young guy in Sweden, Adam Samberg, made Kung Fury all by himself in a basement with his $5k. When he had a trailer, he did a Kickstarter and made enough to do a short film, and now Sandberg is doing a full-length feature because he’s got full backing from the movie industry.

When I decided to do Espers, my first comic, I produced it myself. Eclipse Comics only distributed it. I had to pay the artist, letterer, and colorist myself. I called up some of the best cover artists at the time to do the covers. It was a huge gamble for me and I lost money, but it launched my career. It led to me getting a lot more work. In order to get ahead as a creator, you have to create something first. No one cares about your dreams until you do something with them.

Sandberg busted his butt to make that trailer. And it paid off. I also worked hard on my first book and it paid off with a career and I have a lot of comics properties that I own to show for it.

The tools are out there for you like never before. What are you waiting for?

Site Upgrade

I am working on upgrading the site. A lot of pages had broken links from when I moved servers a couple months back, so I will be doing that for the rest of the week. Pardon our dust.