Sunday, July 10, 2016

It's not about black versus white; it is about the tolerant versus the intolerant

After this week's shootings here is how I see it - because its not about blacks versus whites, as some say.

It's about those who respect others and those who don't. (Racism is a lack of respect).

It's about those of us in each race sex and religion being tolerant, versus those who are intolerant and disrespectful towards others.

It's about those like Hillary who speak respectfully, as head of a diverse party of like-minded people of all religions and colors, versus the hate speech and overt racism that led voters in a mostly aging "whites only" party to pick Donald Trump, who is disrespectful of all and a generator of hate.

The choice is between an inclusive party that looks like America today and its future -- versus a "whites only" party, a mostly aging, angry, low skilled whites (especially primary voters) who loved to hear Trump's hate speech. They loved his promoting violence against protesters at his own rallies. They are not what our diverse America founded on "all men are created equal" is all about.

So which presidential candidate and party looks like America or its future?
Who speaks with respect and seeks solutions instead of being on both sides of the issue at the same time and is ignorant of our own constitution?

Easy answer. Women have always acted better than men in communicating instead of insecure hate mongering. The Democratic party includes all people, straight and gay, Christian, Muslim,  Jew, Buddhist and beyond.  The GOP rejects people who don't look like them. Trump has feed off it and been a divider, not a uniter.
ISIS feeds off the Trump's who try to make this a religion war.  Picking Trump would boost ISIS and PUTIN. 
Picking Hillary is a blow to both. It is a blow to bullies and intolerant and purposeful division. It is a blow to inherited wealth turning our democracy into another Oligarchy of intolerance that leads to racism and violence caused by sectarianism. 
Michael Fjetland, Author

Monday, July 4, 2016

American Values Under Attack by Donald Trump - July 4 Refresher

American values that made this country great are under attack by the first presidential candidate in history to make racism a central plank of his campaign -- starting with his statement that Mexicans were "rapists" and "some, I assume, are good people."  After attacking minorities, he went on to disrespect women, when he wasn't bragging about the size of his sexual organ (somehow connected to your hand size).

He called women "fat pigs" and said Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of whatever."Lying Ted" and "Little Marco" is now "Crooked Hillary." Is this what you consider "presidential"!?

Then it was Muslims. When Hitler started it was the Jews. I see no difference between his hate towards Jews and Trumps painting all Hispanics and Muslims as bad people. Trump even pretended not to know who the Ku Klux Klan was; then encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies.

This is one sick bastard who inherited wealth, never faced a day having to chose between food for his family or paying the rent, making phony promises of making our country "great" again - by being a bigoted, sexist promoter of violence and racism.

If his followers think he can bring back coal jobs when natural gas was the killer, or bring back American greatness by inciting attacks on minority Americans, they need to invest $35,000 into Trump University today (never mind the same info is in his $20 book).  They need to ask why he has not revealed his tax returns as every other presumptive nominee has, and why they think he should be immune from following the rules everyone is does?

This is the first election where the choice is between black and white. It is between the real elite - the inherited wealthy like Trump was born rich and whose tax plan would favor the 1% even more and run up another $11  TRILLION in debt.

The other choice is the daughter of a small businessman and her housewife mom who inherited nothing. Dad didn't give her a "it was only $1 million" loan Trump claimed his father gave him. She bootstrapped her way up, just like other Americans

It is between a candidate whose entire campaign has been based on getting votes by racism and gutter talk, name calling and disrespect of one group after another. The other candidate's campaign is entirely based on offering solutions and speaking in respectful dialogue on improving jobs and the economy instead of trash talking street bully language.

In case you think Donald Trump represents American values July 4th is a good time for a refresher on what American values really are:

Our Declaration of Independence states: "All Men (and Women) are Created Equal"

Our Bill of Rights includes the 1st Amendment that addresses both free speech and treats ALL religions with equal respect.  It reads:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

That means that Muslims and Jews are free to practice their religion. We don't have religions dictating laws. We don't have Sharia law or any state religion dictating how people dress, work or play. When our first immigrant forefathers came to North America, it was to flee England's monarchy rule and its state religion. The "Church of England" was picked by a king, not its people. When our forefathers set up camp, having the right to practice your religion without interference was a high priority.

Mr. Trump endangers our 1st amendment rights to a free press which we take for granted. He has "banned" certain news organizations from attending his rallies, such as the Washington Post, because he didn't like what they wrote. Its not the first and won't be the last. That is classic Fidel Castro and Putin - who eliminated Russia's independent press soon after he was elected. Who is to say his friend Trump would not do the same since he is so thin skinned about press criticism.

Never in history has a party nominated a candidate so flawed, bigoted, ignorant and consumed with his own self. When "Brexit" -- the biggest event in a half century hit the UK as Trump was visiting his golf course in Scotland  -- all Trump could talk about was how the crash of England's currency would help his golf course and his pocketbook. Not a word about the damage to ordinary people.

He was clueless that Scotland, where he was standing, had voted in mass to remain in the EU. Trump and Putin both wanted them out of the EU - unbelievable for an American president to want what a dictator desires!

America has always been special because our nation was founded on equal treatment and respect for all --a justice system with a jury of peers designed to not favor the rich over the poor. It wasn't based on labeling various ethnic groups and religions as evil. Hitler did that. Americans fought that.

Global American Values takes those American values of equality, justice and fairness and applies them on a global scale - that's how we win the battle of ideas in the world. Not by following a foul mouth candidate who was born rich and whose opinions change by the minute depending on whether it will yield votes or not.

We don't need a president who pretended to be his own press agent who called the press to brag about cheating on his wife with multiple women at the same time. Trump is a candidate suitable for school yard bully scum, but not president of the United States.

Michael Fjetland, JD/BBA
Author, Better Times Ahead April Fool

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Shooting Combines ISIS and Gay Bashing Religious Right Hostility Towards Gays

There were actually TWO guys with assault weapons heading towards gay celebrations today.

One was arrested in Santa Monica while heading for a West Hollywood gay festival. Oddly it is NOT linked but the same intent. He even had a pipe bomb. To my knowledge he was NOT Muslim, just another nut wanting to do violence to people just because they are gay. But there is a common ground here.

Ironically, ISIS and the anti-gay U.S. conservatives are on the same page, I regret to point out. That should be a message. Both of these group have had open season on hate on gays and and the consequences are violent. I don't believe we can reform ISIS, but I would hope conservatives can finally see the deadly consequences of hate speech.

The Orlando attack was inspired by ISIS. it was made EASY by our very own loose gun rules. This is why we don't sell grenades at the KMart folks.

It was very predictable (I am onYoutube record having predicted 911). It won't change without action by Congress. The Orlando mass shooter was investigated by the FBI --twice-- and yet was cleared to buy an assault weapon the very week he used it!

So, yes, we have our first -- combined acts of terrorism and a hate crime. It mixes religious extremism from the middle east with American conservative discrimination and constant condemning of gays.

Who is to say that this shooter was not also influenced to kill based on listening to American Evangelicals and radio hosts calling for them to burn in hell? He too was born in America. Why was he feeling so alienated? The Santa Monica would-be shooter was NOT following ISIS. So, WHO influenced that intended killer?

Forget big 911 events. That was so last century. Enter a new age.

LONE Wolf attacks will be the new normal. They are made easy by Internet communications and "big lie" propaganda. Once radicalized by ISIS and its sleek bullshit, we make it easy for these morons to kill us with efficiency. America is so stupid it makes it easy for deranged terrorists to get the worst weapon possible, a war weapon designed solely for mass killing.

If the shooter only had a 9 mm, it is very possible that someone would have been able to tackle him after just 9 shots. The odds are better than the alternative--over 50 dead in minutes. So awful.

If you are facing a shooter with an AR 15 and 30 round clip, you are screwed even IF you had a handgun in your pocket, especially in a small place where you can't run. One shot from you and he sends 30 your way and you are history (and everyone around you).

You can't fight firepower like that with a security officer and his 9 mm. And no, we don't need a guard spewing AK 47 rounds at a shooter either. How many would he kill while trying to defend them?

Out of millions of people in America, all ISIS has to do is to get 1 or 2 or 3 to ACT and we get another San Bernadino or Orlando. Yet, insanely we continue to keep it easy for them to get the weapons of mass destruction to do it.

The more this happens, the more it inspires other losers to do the same. Have you forgotten that a lone shooter just shot the voice singer within 24 hours before this mass shooting. What's the difference? Then he shot himself after killing her. We have some attitude adjustments to make folks...

My condolence to the families of those killed and injured in Orlando. Let us work together to stop this insanity, worldwide.

www.GlobalAmericanValues.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 28, 2016

RESIGN or RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS TRUMP AND SANDERS....NOW! EVERY Presidential candidate has done for 40 years - Stop Hiding

For the last 40 years EVERY candidate for President of the United States has disclosed (his and her) tax returns -- except for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Until they do, they need to withdraw from consideration because Americans have the right to know.

Aside from a lack of knowledge of the real world (Mr. Trump has now decreed California not to be in drought, his godly powers are so strong). Bernie Sanders bailed out of a radio interview when asked what real jobs he has had other than being a taxpayer-funded politician, and had no idea how to answer questions related to Central America "It's not something I know anything about" he admitted.

These two jokers claim the right to be our president--by hiding their tax returns from the people they want to vote for them?  What are they hiding? The truth for sure.

Let me guess. Voters would find Bernie to be worth a lot more than he pretends on the campaign trail as he promises free everything.  Trumps voters would discover that once again it was all a lie and he's not worth a fraction of what he claims.

The American system depends on transparency and honesty.  Whatever those returns says, it is an important document that is a bridge of openness between the one we pick as president and the people of this country. We aren't seeing it with these two. They are acting like the corrupt leaders of 3rd world countries I've been in where their people are kept in the dark.

What about Hillary your ask?  She has released 33 years of tax returns. You are free to go look at them. Compare them to returns ZERO for Trump and Sanders. 33 to 0.  So, WHY should a guy who wrote in "The Art of the Deal" that when you tell a lie 3 times its easy to screw people" and why should a guy who has lived on taxpayer money his entire adult life be so "special" to avoid doing what every other candidate has done for DECADES?

Are we Americans going to accept a president who can be a dictator whose tax returns we never see?  Trump is scheduled to be the defendant in a FRAUD trail November 28, so let that soak in if you don't think tax returns are important. Besides, if they don't have to release these returns now why do you think they would ever release another one if  they were elected? Then we do have a dark turn to an open country that has made America special in the world. Obama, leader of the strongest country in the world, releases his tax returns every year.

Failure of them to release these returns now opens the road to dictatorship, like the 3rd world corrupt leadership I have seen in my decades negotiating in nearly 50 countries. that is where we are going if all Americans don't DEMAND THEY RELEASE THEIR TAX RETURNS NOW.

Let's stick apples to apples. Tax returns are NOT speeches (which NO ONE has ever had to release so that's another issue for another day).

What are you hiding Deceitful-two-faced-change-my-mind-every-second Donald?

 What about you Bernie, who is so righteous and pious on "corruption" yet won't release all your returns "because Jane can't find them"?  What's next? The dog ate it? What makes you "special" from all the others who disclosed their tax returns including the woman you claim to be better than.

Until you candidates play by the same rules, we don't need you running for the highest office in the land that requires open disclosure BEFORE taking office.

RESIGN or RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS TRUMP AND SANDERS....NOW!

Pass it  on.
Michael Fjetland, Author
Better Times Ahead April Fool
"Agenda for American Greatness"
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Egypt Air flight 804 - A Crash Mystery. Trump Not Qualified to call this Mystery even if it proves to be terrorism

 I was on TV on 911 as a terrorism analyst and hold a commercial pilot's license with a current medical.  I find it very curious days after the violent crash of Egypt Air 804 NO TERRORIST group has claimed credit for it.  It is becoming a mystery.

Donald Trump is talking about an international incident in which he has zero qualifications to judge. I predicted 9/11 on TV a decade before the event. This was about the time when Trump was calling the media as "John Miller" to brag how a guy named Trump was cheating on his wife. BIG difference. Later, he was having someone make his shirts in China, which is no harder then writing a check. It was nothing like when I was promoting American products in China, selling American products to them, which creates jobs HERE, not buying their stuff. BIG difference. (Worse: Trump and his racist statements is being used in ISIS propaganda today as a way to recruit new jihadi's - the opposite of what we need in order to REDUCE, not increase, terrorism!)

Typically, a group would love to claim success in bringing down a plane, so was it  terrorism or something else?  If it was terrorism, why would they not brag about it?

One of the most reliable airplanes in the world is the AirBus 320.  Here is the Wikipedia info:

"The aircraft involved was a 12-year-old Airbus A320-232,[c] registration SU-GCC, MSN 2088.[2] It made its first flight on 25 July 2003, and was delivered to EgyptAir on 3 November 2003.[3]
The flight was the aircraft's fifth that day, having flown from Asmara International Airport, Eritrea, to Cairo; then from Cairo to Tunis–Carthage International Airport, Tunisia, and back. The final flight before the crash was Flight MS803 to Paris.[4]"  

The answer matters.  If it was terrorism, then somewhere along the 5 flights that aircraft made through several countries that day, a device was planted, by someone. How? When? Where?  If it was a mechanical issue, they can check all the other 320 aircraft to avoid a future mechanical issue on future flights. But the 320 hasn't had major issues. If it was terrorism, we need to know the weak link in the system so it doesn't happen again.

 So WHAT happened?

It's a complex problem because of Egypt. It is a country I have personal experience with. I was sent there as a young legal negotiator in the late 70's. (President Carter turned up during my visit and took over the hotel along with my room). 

I arrived when President Sadat was in power - the first Arab leader to cut a peace deal with Israel. Since then Sadat was assassinated, and his No. 2 Mubarak was a dictator for 30 years. Then Arab Spring knocked him out. The Muslim brotherhood won an election and was soon displaced by the military under Sissi.  Egypt has fallen on hard times through all of it.  There is no free speech, the economy sucks and the Sinai - acquired from Israel in the peace agreement hammered out by Carter, is now a battleground. The new government has been reckless in killing civilians, so the insurgents are doing well.

They blew a Russian airliner out of the sky last year after taking off from an airport on the edge of the Sinai - after Russian warplanes started dropping bombs in Syria. It was a message to Putin by ISIS. Fight us and you die. Egypt is in the same box. It's the typical mideast mess, now that Iraq and Syria are also unstable, unlike when I first arrived.

Don't forget that to this day, the extremist views of ISIS is being funded by rich backers in Saudi Arabia.  The plague of religious intolerance is fueled by our own oil purchases from Saudi Arabia. It's past time to boycott their oil until they thing their deal with the devil that doesn't even tolerate WOMEN driving cars.

Stay tuned at Global American values...
Michael Fjetland, BBA/JD
www.BetterTimesAheadAprilFool.com

2016 Presidential Election - Trump Unqualified & May Face Libertarian 3rd Party Challenge


Trump has called for Bernie to run as 3rd party candidate, so Trump could win by splitting the vote on the left. Very clever, but Bernie says he won't run as 3rd party (since he can gain more by influencing the Dem platform).

Now it appears Libertarians will field a candidate, possibly former GOP Governor Gary Johnson, which could steal from Trump. Polls say 45% want a 3rd choice, so Libertarians are the only 3rd choice on all 50 states.

This could be 1992 all over again, where a Clinton won a plurality to win the prize. Stay tuned. Libertarians make their choice final next weekend. Johnson made some interesting comments on guns, etc.

BTW, I was ran as an independent and was approached by the Libertarians (story in www.BetterTimesAheadAprilFool.com) but I couldn't go with their platform. frankly it reminded me of Somalia, where no gov't means chaos.

On Friday, I dropped a copy of "Agenda for American Greatness" (at the link) with the Hillary staff at the fundraiser. If they need vision, as one of the talking heads said on TV today, they can find it in that chapter.

BTW, We weren't fat cats at the Hillary fundraiser- I met retired teachers, professional women, etc in the back of the tent. lol. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't see how important it is to have someone as president who isn't a poor role model for our kids who acts as the boss-from-hell bigot loudmouth insulter-in-chief who is clueless about the world.

Inherited wealth does not equal global knowledge. No global skills are required to say "Hey, go get me some shirts from China to sell here at inflated prices for suckers. I know, because I was the young American negotiator in China, selling American products to China which actually creates the jobs HERE in America! (the OPPOSITE of Trump)....(story at the link).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Only 1 Presidential Candidate has More Global Experience Than Me - This is Who I Endorse

When I endorse a President (or other office seeker) its not because I spent my life as an accountant, although I have an accounting degree.

It's not because I spent my life as an attorney, although I have a JD with honors and practiced law for decades.

It's because I also negotiated globally and I see the world as it is, not as I might imagine it to be if I had never left Iowa or Texas while doing my job. Why does that matter? Because even Reagan was stunned and admitted that he was amazed how much of the presidents job was foreign affairs. It's complicated folks.

Other countries are not as simple as what you read about if you haven't been there and death with the unwritten rules and cultural nuances. I was in China in the early 80's selling American technology, which created jobs HERE. On the other hand, Trump had people buying his shirts from China, creating jobs THERE. BIG difference!

From that experience I see which candidate's platform will really advance America which faces global competition in an inescapable high tech global economy. The roadmap is laid out in "Agenda for American Greatness" at the link.

It is based on the bizarre global 'Alice in Wonderland' experiences described in "Better Times Ahead April Fool" at the link.

Only 1 presidential candidate has more global experience than I have, shocking as that may sound. One candidate will advance us. The other will destroy us. Check it out at:
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