Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bill O'Reilly RETURNS with NEW Podcast Monday

Eli Blumenthal

Bill O'Reilly is coming back!

The former Fox News host is set to appear Monday with a new episode of his "No Spin News" podcast. The news was revealed in an update to O'Reilly's personal website Saturday night.

The podcast, available to premium subscribers of O'Reilly's website, would be the former cable news host's first time speaking publicly since his ouster at Fox News Wednesday following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. O'Reilly was previously the host of The O'Reilly Factor on the network, anchoring a steady ratings winner for the network for over two decades.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

OpEd: Life Before Morality

theodore  M I R A L D I.

Throughout Antiquity the use of unbridled violence against Individuals, Communities, City States and Nations raged across the planet leaving behind pockets of power ruled by the Sword, Knife and later the Gun.

Individuals were slaughtered by marauding invaders from near and far citing ideology, or access to power and resources. This was the way human life existed. Slavery was non-discriminatory and anyone, at any given moment could be enslaved by the sheer power of others.

The Brutes, Bullies and Murderers, raped wives, daughters and even sons of the oppressed and downtrodden.  Life was tenuous at best, and if you survived, the destruction left behind only the carcasses of the dead.

This unfortunate paradigm succeeded for the few at the costs of hundreds of millions of lives that had little more than the inhale and exhale of existence.

It took humankind hundreds of thousands of years to examine these behaviors and make a valiant attempt to work together, socially, economically, and yes even politically to give a small minority of
people and countries, a life worth living.

What we are experiencing today is a return to Instinctual Type Behaviors in the most socially integrated and technologically advances societies. 

My question; Why are we just standing and watching the savagery and not wiping it off the face of the planet once more?

Like it, or not, no amount of rationalizations and logic will reverse the course of real hatred. The kind of hatred based on an idea. One idea prevalent today is Death equals Paradise, and killing anyone and everyone is how to get there.

The second oxymoron is Political Ideology which constitutes itself as Morality. The higher purpose of humanity to hate anyone that disagrees with you, Family, Friend or Neighbor.

Sometimes Common can be Exemplary like Common Sense and Shared Goals. Different, yet Alike.

The Savages are trying to make a comeback. Maybe Common Sense is too hard for some to understand. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

OpEd: War, Aberrations & Mental Health

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theodore  M I R A L D I.

Our entire existence depends on one thing that our intelligence will never conquer... the Natural Laws of Science.

The one universal paradigm that man and his machinations will never over-come. So in our efforts to control our realities, we create lots of alternatives and call them truths.

Our world works best when all living things work in harmony as God has planned. Every creature has its purpose, small or large, intelligent or mechanical. This is where we have gone wrong. 

As the curators of this world we have lost the insight necessary to tend the flock and justify our existence.

We have replaced nurturing with destruction, somehow feeling that we have a better plan. And to many Death has become a way of Life, and proof of their existence.

Our world teeters on a solution that removes humanity from its canvas. I for one believe it's nature's way of cleansing a terminal disease that not only effects humanity, but the planet itself. And Mother Nature will swat us away to survive and flourish once more.

We may have replicated one too many times, like a copy machine low on toner. We have made our lives weak and malleable to succumb easily to the charlatans and bad actors who rely on the fictions of bad actors.

They offer use too many choices, most of which kill the spirit and confuse the soul. We know the right path, we have been there before.

What is wrong with our World is not its Natural Science of Existence, what is wrong with the World is US. 

Diluted, Misdirected and Susceptible to bright, shiny objects that inhibit a Natural Life, a Purpose and Belief in Something Greater than Ourselves.

Monday, April 10, 2017

OpEd: East MEETS West

theodore  M I R A L D I.

Is it possible that China may be a natural Ally to The United States? Are we spending too much time and energy coddling Europe and playing a stagnant game with Russian interests?  Russia, for over 100 years has been a thorn in the side of the West.

While Russian Apparatchiks continue to have their eye on Global Dominance, the Chinese have slowly been integrating themselves into the Global Economy.

China is now our largest trading partner by far. Mind you, there is plenty of room for improvement in our Trade Agreements with the Chinese, they have shown an acumen toward logic and progress. I for one, feel we are on the precipice of much closer ties with a Silent Giant that understands and respects
Real Power, and not Bluster.

The Big Difference between the Chinese, and the Russians is simple;  The Russians are stuck in the Past. The Chinese are well invested in the Future.

So much like Nixon's historic visit to China, Xi Jinping's visit to meet Trump may yield enormous benefits for the American Economy and World Stability.

After years working with the Chinese to build a World Economy with special trade agreements, the time has come to even the Trade field. The Chinese have always played the long game, unlike the impatient Russians always seeking to be relevant, when slow incremental growth would have served them better.

We have also learned that the Russians can not be trusted partners over extended periods of time. It took over 70 years to dismantle the horror of Eastern Europe, and a Cold War that nearly ended in Nuclear War. Let us not forget the Berlin Wall.

What we have witnessed with China is the ability to change and adjust. They are heavily invested in the United States maintaining its economic engine and strategic capabilities around the world.

It may be time to recognize China's achievements and move toward a more stable world by partnering with the Chinese.

The Economic and Strategic Military balance of the world is in the hands of the United States and China. Together we can build a better world.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

OpEd: Emotionalism, DEMOBRATS Inane Narrative

theodore  M I R A L D I.

I experience it nearly every single day. Any mention of Trump, Immigration, Obama, Clinton or anything anti-democrat, or logical analysis, turns into an all out verbal assault ending in outrageous labeling and sometimes threats of physical violence.

This is what has become the defining factors in any, and all discussions from the streets of New York City to the Halls of Government. Americans lose their bellies when challenged with alternate facts.

Never in my life have I met anyone that was always right on target on all subjects. After all,  many of the facts we claim are gotten from others. What seems to be lost is the ability to have an open civilized dialog, negotiation and settlement, based on agreement to which facts are relevant to any particular issue.

As Merriam Webster describes Emotion;  a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.

Instinctual in nature, emotion has always been the wild card of interpersonal relations necessary to resolve simple and complex problems. Emotion is a symptom and not a solution. 

What we are experiencing is an alarming reliance on emotion to guide fundamental core issues and beliefs. Although emotion may be a driving force for positive change, it can not rule analysis, or agreement.

Relying on the hyper-emotional assessments of any issue blurs the truth and makes all things subjective. This may work in our personal relations with friends and family, but it is surly disastrous when dealing with whole communities and national policies.

Most of us learn from an early age that emotions can create a narrative that is untrustworthy and pieced together by unrelated facts.

It is no wonder that the greatest minds the world has experienced are void of Emotionalism as a solution. What sane and cogent mind would assess, that calling your neighbor a multitudinous amount of insulting names would lead to a positive outcome.

Sounds more like Insanity than Solution.

The Hyper-Ventilators need to control their emotions and assume the posture of Logical, Social Mechanics, where every issue is vital to success.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

OpEd: Americans LEANING Toward EVIL

theodore  M I R A L D I.

People are so far removed from the nexus between Good, Not So Good, and Leaning Toward Evil.

There are endless rationales today of why throwing the baby out with the bath water is appropriate in culture and society.

Never mind the centuries of progress human beings have attained by adhering to few core values and behaviors.

Like it, or not Western Cultures are more successful because of these core values. Mind you, there is always a corrosive narrative by the sub-cultures that are trying to gain power by destroying norms.

The unfiltered and vicious narratives attacking others who may disagree has become epidemic in proportion and frequency. no longer is it acceptable to offer alternatives and solutions to issues.

The Screaming MeMes just won't have it!

The behaviors appear to be more like insect communication where a central command is released and the group just follows, no questions asked.

These anomalies were tolerated when scattered among the few, the real problem exists within the ruling elite and government.

Whole agencies working as political operatives. Institutions that require the Public Trust have become a cesspool of propaganda, lashing out at all who will not follow the party line. Actually punishing Americans who still believe that government works for the people. Now, unfortunately only selected groups of the people.

After 8 years of unchallenged edicts, rules and regulations those who bought into the darker side of human interaction aren't taking any prisoners. No one is off the field of their disdain.

How can things go so wrong?

In an effort to be inclusive by accepting behaviors that have long been frowned upon and codified within our Civil and Criminal Codes, we have opened the flood gate of Evil. I could name numerous personal characteristics displayed by those who are adherents of Leaning Toward Evil.

Ideoloques, Zealots, Ethno-Centrics, Fanatics and those who don't respect Life are just a few. In an age where exposing the seedy side of life delivers Friends and Tweets, the weaker souls among us
lack integrity and personal responsibility for themselves, find it easy to take their abuse to the next level, maligning others.

And That's Not So Good for the individual or the community.
We are in a world where building Walls makes more sense than building Trust. 

Respect me and I'll respect you. Simple code, seems nearly impossible at present.

What reasonable person could trust Evil? 

Friday, March 31, 2017

OpEd: Ryan & Republican SHAME

theodore  M I R A L D I.

I,  for one have never been more disappointed in The Republican Party. It's inept and filled with ideologues, just like that other party I frequently rant about.

What has transpired in the last few weeks regarding the Repeal and Replacement of the cancer on American Health should be sobering. How can Republicans govern our nation if the can't
rally around an issue, or piece of legislation.

Make no mistake, put the blame where it belongs on the leadership starting with Paul the loser Ryan. Trump's big mistake was to trust a man who ran a losing campaign with another slap-stick Republican Mitt Romney. Trusting a man who virtually waited until the last moment to throw his support to the man who won the nomination.

And after 7 years of the ObamaCare debacle and 60 failed attempts to repeal, the Republican Establishment has no more than a few loose ideas championed by Ryan and his career political robots.

The real partisanship that cripples Republican Unity are the Republicans themselves.

Still embedded with competing narratives so soon after the election has Republicans a little disjointed and evolving. So what's happening within the party will be shared, it's failures and its victories.

The Democrats full court press to sabotage the incoming administration is nothing less than domestic sedition. That being said, Republicans have been, and still are, acting in concert to disrupt Trump as well.

Ryan and his confederates still think they hold power over the fickle Republicans. Think again! It took the president to see and understand a defeat just having the vote, would do more damage and unmask a party in total disarray.

I do believe Paul Ryan must go. A leader must know when to play hard ball and when to schmooze.

Ryan's mixed messages helped lose an election, and now the opportunity to Repeal and Replace the Unaffordable ObamaCare fraud. 

Republicans should have constructed a Repeal and Replace Bill that would have included the entire party, passed it in the House, and then let the Democrats defeat it in the Senate. 

Unfortunately Ryan thought being surreptitious and not using the proper Senate rules and procedures he would finesse, not only the Democrats, but Republicans who had every right to be included structuring exactly what should have been passed by the House.

Ryan used his power and limited abilities to trick Trump into endorsing this fiasco. Ryan may be too clever for the good of the party.  In doing so he gave the Democrats a win.