Monday, April 29, 2019

$alute Captain America!

$alute Captain America!!!
The column below indicates at the end that it was first published in President Trump's favorite fake newspaper, The Washington Post, and then it was picked up by a Russian-owned newspaper.

The Independent is a British online newspaper. Established in 1986 as a politically independent national morning newspaper published in London, it was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev in 2010.

Why Trump will win in 2020 and it won't even be close

 Hugh Hewitt,The Independent Sun, Apr 28 6:27 AM CDT 
  • sloan
    Some things that come into my thoughts ...

    In the old days, they stoned prophets
    Be careful what you wish for
    We plan, God laughs

    I'm one of those traitors who did not vote for Hillary or Trump, and thinks they both should be locked up. Felt same about Barack Obama and G.W. Bush and his daddy. I gave Bill Clinton a pass, because he made a national apology to Vietnam for that invented war. Perhaps some day, America will have a president who makes a similar national apology to Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • KL
    Economic Growth

    4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
    For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.


    4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
    More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
    Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
    The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
    Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
    Unemployment claims at 50 year low
    African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
    Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
    Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
    Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
    Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
    Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
    Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
    Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
    Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
    Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
    100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

    American Income

    Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
    Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
    Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
    Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
    Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
    Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
    Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

    American Optimism

    Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
    Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
    Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
    12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
    Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

    American Business

    Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
    Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
    ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
    Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
    Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
    Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.


    Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
    Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
    Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
    Rolled back Obama’s burden
  • Rational Being
    The Dow was at 17,800 when Trump was elected and the experts said the economy was going to crash due to Trump. As it rapidly soared past 25,000 I said that Democrats are disappointed with every bit of good economic news and are rooting for a recession. Once January 2020 comes and there is no recession they will be frantic in their desperation for bad economic news. Stories about how the strong economy, low unemployment, and rising wages aren't the good news they seem will become as common as stories about the 'walls closing in on Trump' were during the Mueller investigation. And those stories will be just as false. Looking forward to Democrat tears again...
  • John
    Well, I have KIDS. I'm looking for a president who can give America a better future.
    If we are better off TODAY than 2-4 years ago .. why RISK voting for an UNPROVEN bec
    the latter is CHILL and COOL? What is having a COOLEST president if he/she can't deliver results or get things done!

    The fact is America under the INCUMBENT president has achieved the STRONGEST economic growth and LOWEST jobless rate in decades. America is now an ENVY of the world. In the world prompt, America has REIGNED our adversaries .. reversing the FRIENDLY and ONE-SIDED deals being offered or given by the Obama admin.
    In short, America is leading infront and our allies our following our lead in Iran, Syria and
    North Korea ... It helps for Trump being a straight shooter bypassing the overrated politically correct nature practice by the left.

    #Winning in 2020 and beyond!
  • Deagleninja
    Honestly? I don't even like Trump, but I can't deny that he's doing something right cause business is booming and people are optimistic about the future for the first time since probably Clinton, Bill that is. I most likely will be voting for him this time around even though I didn't last time. And I'm sure I'm not alone.
  • Daniel
    The Independent is a British online newspaper.[1] Established in 1986 as a politically independent national morning newspaper published in London, it was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev in 2010
  • Lori
    There is still the silent majority out there. We that like Trump can't post about it or talk about it, my kids and friends kids also keep quiet about it so we don't have to hear the argument. They can't agree to disagree anymore. He will win hands down because the platform for the dems is so far left. I was a vote down the line dem most of my life until recently. Now I would leave the ballot blank before voting Dem. Many people feel this way and most don't talk about it.
  • Larry
    Here in my town under Obama we had two malls. The anchor stores left and one by one other stores closed entirely or moved. The main mall got torn own and the other remained half empty. Then Trump got elected. Except where blocked by Dems, Trump has kept every election promise he's made or is well on the path to doing so. The main mall is in the process of being rebuilt and all future spaces already rented and it's sister mall is full. In town businesses that were laying under Obama are now rehiring. Businesses that were closing are still open. Businesses that had closed are re-opening where possible. I still remember Obama's speech where he said businesses that had left were gone for good and 1% GDP was the new normal and we'd better get used to it. He wanted to know how Trump was going to fix that, "A magic wand, perhaps?" The Dems are praying to a deity they don't believe in for economic disaster to hit and hit hard. Recession, even a depression, would cause cheers and tears of joy for the Dems. Bill Maher said a recession would be with it's high unemployment and attendant business closures would be "acceptable collateral damage" to get of Trump and put Dems back in their rightful power. I've been registered independent for 40 plus years. Even voted Democrat sometimes. Never again.
  • Esperanza
    I am surprised that the Media is not bad mouthing Trump. One of the reasons that Trump will win, is the negativism of the media against Trump. They will never admit that he has done great for our economy. That unemployment has gone down, that foreign countries have more respect and even worry about losing relations with us, that our military is stronger, that we don't let foreign countries ask for our help and then laugh behind our backs. And the biggest thing is that he is no longer letting anyone from anywhere come across our borders to take advantage of our generosity as they wave their country's flag.
    We are stronger today then we have been in a long time. No politician cared about us before. I am old and I thought that I would leave this world feeling so hopeless. I no longer feel bad about my country. We are becoming great again!!!
  • Russell
    I say this. As long as long as the economy is doing well and people are working he will be re elected which just goes to show if the country is doing great nothing else matters.
  • Neo-Geo
    It seems to me right now that all the Democratic party stands for is opposing Trump. That platform won't do anything but get Trump re-elected. I want to know what these candidates plan to do to actually help America out of its mess, because right now I haven't heard anything to convince me that they won't simply mess it up further.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Is "Avengers: Endgame" a statement that religion, science and politics have failed and humanity will destroy itself and Planet Earth?

This past Friday, I went to my local cinema to see "Avengers: Endgame". I had seen the prequel,  "Avengers: Infinity War", and all but the Ant Man and Wasp precursors:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Iron Man
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. The Incredible Hulk
  5. Thor
  6. Avengers
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Black Panther
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Doctor Strange
  18. Thor: Ragnarok
  19. Avengers: Infinity War
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  21. Captain Marvel
When I reached the cinema for the 4:30 p.m. showing, I saw the very large parking lot had only a few open parking spaces. I'd never seen the parking lot anywhere close to that full. Usually, it was most full on Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday afternoons, when kids were not in school. 

The cinema's website had shown Endgame running about every hour in the 16 theater cinema. I was told at the ticket office that the 5:30 p.m. showing was the only one with tickets still available for purchase that day, and a line would start forming soon. I bought a ticket and walked to where the line already was forming. I spent the next 45 minutes diddling on my I-Phone and pondering my navel and the fate of myself and the Universe, actually, and in movie theaters. 

In Infinity War, the big bad super villain Thanos had eradicated half the people on Earth and everywhere else, to save the remaining people and their many habitable planets and the universe from over population and pollution. More than half the avengers were killed. Or rather, they, like half the regular Earthlings, crumbled into molecules and atoms and disappeared. 

Endgame is the remaining Avengers' effort to reverse the Infinity War outcome. Joined by Captain Marvel, who had not yet made the scene when Thanos won the Infinity War. 
Captain Marvel is actually an alien, who through Sci-Fi methods in her coming out movie, became an Earthling with amensia, loaded with latent alien super hero abilities surpassing all the Avengers' abilities.

That's nearly all I'm gonna say about what happens in Endgame, which is breaking box office sales records:

Box-office analysts expect “Endgame” to collect around $275 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, with some estimates approaching $300 million. Either way, it is widely expected to beat the record held by last year's “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opened to $258 million.2 days ago
I've been a Sci-Fi nut since I was a kid. I always thought there were other worlds with people on them. Had to be. Too many other suns and galaxies for there not to be other people. Even if they didn't look like Earth people. So, I've always been a sucker for Sci-Fi movies. 

And, I long felt I am not originally from this planet. Then, I became convinced, based on weird things that happened in this life, which could leave no other sane conclusion, regardless of what anyone else might think about my state of mind. 

Note that I have not dragged angels into this, until now. That's an entirely different realm and discussion, other than, it's logical, as Spock might opine, to think, behind the scenes, supernatural beings and ETs inspire SciFi films, in an effort to cause Earth humans to at least wonder if, or believe, or be convinced "their" planet is not the only place in the entire great Creation where so-called intelligent people, beings, or whatever, exist. 

Such a microscopic insular view is but devolution from when so-called great minds on this planet absolutely, and pathetically, knew the world was flat and the sun revolved around it, and God made the planet and the entire Universe in 6 days, and then God rested.

I have to wonder how many right-wing Christians still believe that version, despite all the fossils, including the dinosaurs?

I hate to think those people's president is in the Oval Office. A president who says the climate is not changing. There is nothing to worry about. Thanos has no reason to come to Earth.

Maybe the Avengers need to have themselves another movie, in which they deal with what Thanos fixed in Infinity War, and they then unfixed in Endgame?

Perhaps the huge global popularity of the Avengers movies is hard proof that religion, science and politics are not working on Planet Earth?