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ARCHIVE - MAY 2016

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Who will be the
2016 candidates
for President of
the United States?


Republicans


DONALD TRUMP??

Donald Trump has come out
of nowhere and stolen the
show. He seems to have
captured the zeitgeist, the
spirit of the times. Can it last?



Who, from among this
strong, diverse field , will
emerge victorious to return
the GOP to the White
House?

COMPETITORS
With the inept Obama
Administration in its final
days, one would have
expected that experienced
governors with a record
of accomplishment would
dominate the Race 2 Replace
but outsiders and novices
Trump, Carson and Fiorina
are in the hunt! Seasoned
executives for sure, but
not the ones the beltway
had in mind!


Democrats


BERNIE SANDERS??

The creaky, rusty Clinton
machine grinds slowly
onward, wayward, relying
solely on muscle memory
for movement. Will
Democrats suddenly rise
from their slumber to the
realization she cannot win a
General Election?



Is Hillary a foregone
conclusion, or will
someone else swoop in and
steal the show?


COMPETITORS
Folks on the right can barely
contain their joy at the
prospect of a Clinton
candidacy. Shouldn't that
give pause to the Democrats?
Biden and Warren are both
better candidates and better
Democrats than Clinton, but
aren't even in the race. And
then there are O'Malley and
Sanders, again, both better
Democrats and better
candidates. Yet the Dems
seem intent on following
Clinton in a lemming-like
charge over the cliff.

THE CHALPREM 2016 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

2016/05/26 - With the Graduation Season upon us, there is no lack of speechmaking. So many offering feel good messages of nonsense that won't tally in the real world almost all the graduates will face. I certainly don't remember a single word spoken at any of my graduation ceremonies. In fact, most college graduates are already, by definition, on the path to success, so most of the speeches they will hear are essentially useless. So we offer these suggestions for success in life:

  1. Be nice to those around you. Engage people - smile, say hi, pay a compliment. Put the phone down and enjoy the company of people, not electronics. Parents should teach "nice" to their kids right from birth. Be nice to your kids, they'll be nice to you. And nice to others. And cause a lot less problems down the road. Stay positive.

  2. Choose your friends carefully. They will influence you and to some extent, you will become like them. Choose positive influences - the friends you choose, the entertainment you choose, for all the choices you make, choose positive influences.

  3. Eat well - focus on quality. Some things never change. Proteins, fruits and vegetables. Don't worry about carbs, they come along for the ride. When you order bacon & eggs the restaurant will toss in toast and potatoes for nothing. If you order toast & potatoes do you think eggs or bacon will magically appear on your plate? That tells you something about their relative value.

  4. Exercise - focus on quantity. None of us get enough exercise. Before the industrial revolution almost everyone worked too hard; now, in the high-tech age almost none of us get enough exercise. From toddlers to the aged, we are not getting enough exercise. Get a bicycle, start riding. Start easy, gradually add time and distance, and most importantly, get out every day.

  5. Science tells us over and over the importance of good, consistent sleep habits. A month doesn't go by where a new study tells us for the millionth consecutive time that early to bed and early to rise is the best pattern; that consistency is important; and that we all need at least six hours and no more than eight hours. Stick with the pattern.

  6. Don't abuse substances. Why would anyone light something on fire for the express purpose of breathing the smoke? Don't smoke. Not tobacco, not pot. Don't take pain killers - an opioid addiction is worse that whatever pain you were trying to kill. When it comes to getting high, it is true what you don't know can't hurt you. Not to mention alcohol... is getting drunk really that great? Don't adopt a lifestyle in the first place that down the road might cause you to seek help.

  7. Don't commit crimes. A criminal record closes doors to opportunity. You'll never look back afterwards and wish that you had committed even more crimes.

  8. Avoid out of wedlock pregnancy. Statistics show that this is one of the most effective methods of putting yourself on the path to poverty - poverty - and your descendants as well, and their descendants afterwards. Sure, some people pull themselves out of the vortex, but the odds are against it. Some say this proves the system is "rigged", but it actually proves the opposite - good choices do in fact reward you and your posterity; bad choices haunt you and your posterity. If you don't want to doom your legacy to tragedy, then do net get pregnant out of marriage, do not make pregnant out of marriage.

  9. Stay in school. Stay in school. If you do nothing else, at least stay in school. Even after you graduate, stay in school and keep learning. The world keeps changing, and there is no certainty that the valuable skills you picked up in school will be so hot later in life. The world is changing and you need to change with it.

  10. Work hard. Don't kid yourself, life is tough. If it was easy we would all be driving Ferraris. Life has always been tough, everywhere. And it isn't fair either. Life has always been unfair, everywhere. Don't blame America, don't blame the system, don't blame politicians. Don't blame. Period. Blame is a waste. Life is less tough, and less unfair, here in America than it's ever been, anywhere. But it's still tough. Work hard, keep working hard, that's how you make your own luck.

None of this is particularly difficult to understand or difficult to accomplish. It's just common sense. These are the building blocks of success and happiness, irrespective of how you choose to define success or happiness. But your life is the sum of your choices both good and bad; and the strength of America is the sum of all of our choices; both good and bad.




Analysis


May 23, 2016 - Baltimore policeman Edward Nero has been cleared of all charges stemming from last year's death of Freddie Gray.

Gray had died while in police custody, an event that triggered rioting and looting that went on for days. The rioting amounted to black-on-black violence, a truly ill-conceived way to protest ill-perceived police-on-black violence.

Doesn't such nastiness - rioting, violence, looting - only serve to just the allegedly nasty beahavior of police? Not helpful for winning the battle of public opinion. But we digress.

Six police officers were charged in Gray's death by Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby. Mosby went way overboard, charging too many crimes, that were far too serious, against too many officers. Another example of out-of-control Big Government.

Mosby is an example of a real, not imagined, injustice in our system - narcissistic self-righteous prosecutors (persecutors?) using ordinary people as fodder to leverage their political ambitions.

Add the name "Mosby" to that shameful list of crooked prosecutors that includes Nifong, Spitzer, Earle, Lehmberg, Chisholm, and far too many others.

Unfortunately Mosby did double duty, also acting as a "Community Organizer" to embellish her credentials by stirring up hate and division, rather than showing morals and spine by standing up to the mobs. Terrible.




May 03, 2016 - Donald Trump has shut out his opponents in the Indiana Republican primary, thus all but clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

Ted Cruz desperately needed a win, but carried only 6 of Indiana's 92 counties. Trump won a majority of the vote, and has captured all 57 delegates.

We can only hope Cruz and Kasich will accept reality, and drop out immediately. There simply is no realistic way forward for anyone else but Trump.

It is time for Republicans to stop expending resources attacking each other, and now focus our energies on removing Democrats from elected office.

It is time for conservatives, libertarians, populists, for Republicans of all stripes, to make our peace with, and aggressively support, our nominee. He is Donald J. Trump.


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