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Friday, December 30, 2016

Memorial Service

Ricky LaChance drew the above picture. Todd Fisher, the brother of Carrie Fisher, shared the image with the public. In the picture, the spirit of Carrie Fisher is dressed as Princess Leia in "Star Wars" of 1977, and the spirit of Debbie Reynolds (in a yellow raincoat) is dressed as Kathy Selden in "Singin’ in the Rain" of 1952. The lyrics, "What a glorious feeling. I’m happy again.", are from a song in the latter movie, according to a report by "People". The two women are walking toward heaven.

According to a report by "People", their family had been considering both a private memorial service and a public one. According to another report, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds would be interred together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

According to a report by "People", the family of Carrie Fisher held a private memorial service at her home on January 5. The event was attended by her relatives and friends. The guests dined on fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. These dishes were standard fare at parties hosted by Fisher.

According to a report by "People", Reynolds and Fisher were laid to rest on December 6. Fisher had been cremated, and some of her ashes were stored in an urn (shaped like a large Prozac pill) that was placed alongside her mother.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Goodbye

According to a report by the "New York Times" (NYT), a report by TMZ, and a report (which is partially based on a report by TMZ) by "USA Today", Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack during the remaining 15 minutes of a flight on a United Airlines jet from London to Los Angeles on December 23. Upon arrival at the destination, she was transported to the emergency room of a hospital within the UCLA Medical Center. Later, she was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU). She died in the ICU at 8:55 a.m on December 27 (Tuesday).

Most Westerners remember Fisher for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. In addition to being an actress, she was also an accomplished writer. The author of an essay published by the NYT suggests that you remember Fisher by reading her many books.

During the final 2 decades of her life, she had established a close relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. According to a report by "People", Reynolds on December 28 told her son that she deeply missed his sister and wanted to be with her in death. Several hours later, Reynolds suffered a stroke and also died, according to a report by the NYT and a report by TMZ.

Reynolds was a classy lady and represented an American era that is fading away. (The new American era is represented by people like Ariana Grande. According to a report by CNN, she relished using her saliva to contaminate some doughnuts that were later purchased by unwitting customers.)

We at theclearsky.blogspot.com regret the passing of both Fisher and Reynolds. We hope to "meet" them soon.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The Real Reason for the H-1B Visa

The author of a report in "The Economist" criticizes the plan by Donald Trump to suspend the program that issues H-1B visas to foreigners. Are H-1B visas really necessary?

The H-1B visa is not necessary. There is not a need for importing foreign labor into the United States to maintain its high technology. Indeed, Japanese technology is as sophisticated as American technology, yet Tokyo prohibits the massive importation of foreign labor.

The typical false narrative about the H-1B visa is the following horse manure. There is supposedly an awesome XYZ technology that needs to be commercialized. There are supposedly an insufficient number of American engineers to hire to develop the product based on this technology. Without its commercialization, the American economy will be damaged permanently.

Technologies come and go. That XYZ technology is not commercialized in the USA will not permanently damage the American economy. If such technology were commercialized in China, then QRS technology will come along to utilize the talents of American engineers. (In the 1990s, the hot technology was microprocessors and their interconnects. In the 2010s, the hot technology is search and artificial intelligence.)

There are plenty of American engineers. According to a report in a prominent engineering journal, 75% of Americans with college degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) have jobs that are outside STEM. The reason that a typical company may not hire technically capable Americans is that it does not want to train them in the QRS technology. To avoid the cost of training an American, the company hires the foreign engineer who already knows QRS technology. Yet, even for the sake of cost, there is not a need to import foreign engineers. The company and its entire management can simply relocate to the country -- e.g., India -- which has the cheap engineers with the right skill set, including knowledge of QRS technology.

When you understand the above facts, you soon realize the real reason for the H-1B visas. Some wealthy elites like starting or running companies, ignore the well-being of Americans (like American engineers), but insist on living in the USA (instead of moving themselves and their companies to a barn like India). So, these elites then clamor for H-1B visas to bring the cheap foreign engineers to the USA in order to populate the elites' companies.

Such elites deserve to be pummeled by the fist of Donald Trump.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Make America Great Again!

The Democratic elites, the Republican elites, the news media, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley (with its horde of South Asian supremacists) joined forces to defeat Donald John Trump, but he prevailed on November 8 to become the 45th president of the United States. According to a report by "The Economist" and a report by "The Washington Post", European-American voters in the working class gave him the necessary victories in the rust belt: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

European-Americans in the working class have been abandoned by the elites in Washington. For example, according to a report by "Salon", "a 2012 study concluded that between 1990 and 2008, white women who had attained only a high school education saw their lifespans shrink by five years." Free trade robbed these women of jobs with decent pay. Meanwhile, Washington diverted its resources toward helping Africans and Hispanics due to the power of the Democratic Party. Forgotten by the Republican and Democratic elites, these women drowned in drugs, alcohol, and their own despair.

The working class needs Trump to help them, and according to a report by NPR, expects that Trump will implement his populist agenda.

After Trump takes the Oath of Office, he must immediately replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with single-payer national health care (SPNHC). For many years before he entered the presidential race, he supported SPNHC. Senator Mitch McConnell specifically mentioned Trump's support of SPNHC when McConnell tried to prevent Trump from becoming the Republican nominee.

With the money that we save from forcing our military allies to pay their fair share of military defense, we can afford SPNHC, but the Republican elites in Congress may try to force Trump to replace ACA with nothing. We should ally with the supporters of Bernie Sanders, and together, we should organize protests in support of SPNHC.

According to report after report by "The Economist", the elites expect Trump to fail and to betray his supporters. He should prove them wrong just as he proved them wrong when they expected him to lose the election.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Justifying a Vote for Donald Trump

According to a report by NBC News, Donald Trump supports the national objectives (e.g., terminating detrimental agreements on trade) that most Americans want.

At the same time, he has serious flaws in his personality. One flaw is an utter lack of humility, which Senator Susan Collins of Maine noted in her op-ed. These flaws cause many Americans to hesitate at supporting Trump for president.

In other words, Trump has the right message but is the wrong messenger. So, how should Americans vote in November?

Hillary Clinton has character flaws that are as severe as the character flaws of Donald Trump. (Her callous indifference to "unimportant people" like Christoper Stevens, the late ambassador to Libya, resulted in his death.) So, what distinguishes the 2 presidential candidates is their national objectives for the United States of America. The American voter should choose a candidate on the basis of his national objectives.

In an op-ed, David Gelernter agrees. He wrote, "There is only one way to take part in protecting this nation from Hillary Clinton, and that is to vote for Donald Trump. [...] It’s too bad one has to vote for Mr. Trump. It will be an unhappy moment at best. Some people will feel dirty, or pained, or outright disgraced. But when all is said and done, it’s no big deal of a sacrifice for your country. I can think of bigger ones."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pride Before Country

Donald Trump often states that he puts America in the first position of importance.

Trump is a liar. What he values most is his pride. If you criticize him, he will try to hurt you in any possible way. "If people hit me, I will certainly hit back. That will never change," Trump declared (according to a report by the "New York Times").

Unlike the regular folks, Trump has both extreme wealth and the extreme power that such wealth entails. They ensure that Trump is safe from any harm caused by even the most severe criticism. There is no reason whatsoever for him to "hit back" at people who have much smaller socioeconomic stature than he has.

Yet, Trump continues to engage in petty fights with his critics even though such fights convince an increasing number of voters to vote against him. In order to satiate his pride (in himself), Trump is willing to lose in the presidential election in order to "win" these petty fights. For him, his pride is more important than fixing the numerous problems (that affect regular folks) as president of the United States.

Trump has betrayed us -- the regular folks. His claim about wanting to help us is a lie

For Trump, America is not first. His pride is first.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Callous Indifference is Lethal

According to a report by ABC News, the Accountability Review Board concluded that staff at the Department of State under the leadership of Hillary Clinton had acted negligently. This negligence resulted in the death of Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya.

To understand Clinton's role in his death, we must go back to 2008. After losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton decided that she would try again in 2012 (if Obama did not win the election of 2008) and in 2016.

After Obama won the election of 2008, he fulfilled his promise (in return for her support during the election) to give her a prominent position in his government. She became the Secretary of State. Her goal at the Department of State was to avoid making any change in the department in order to ensure that such change could never be used against her in the election of 2016. She maintained the status quo and used her job at the Department of State to only burnish her resume.

What she did not anticipate was the dangerous situation which arose in Libya due to her (and Obama's) support for the successful British and French military operation that dismantled the government of Libya. The ensuing power vacuum there was filled by violent chaos, which would eventually kill Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Consequently, Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president.

How can you be sure that she is not qualified for the presidency? Read a recent blog, written by "The Economist" and presenting the facts surrounding Benghazi. Then, ask yourself, "If Chelsea Clinton (the daughter of Hillary Clinton) instead of Christopher Stevens had been the ambassador to Libya, would Hillary Clinton have acted differently and would she have run the Department of State differently in order to ensure that the ambassador is safe from harm?"

If your answer to this question is "Yes", then Clinton is morally disqualified from being president. Vote against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

Clinton's callous indifference to "unimportant" people resulted in the death of Christopher Stevens.

George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama are globalists. Bush ruined Iraq. Clinton (and Obama) ruined Libya. Libya is Clinton's Iraq.

The soul of Christopher Stevens cries in agony from the grave.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Asking the Right Questions

According to a blog and another blog by "The Economist", Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have become the presidential nominees of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, respectively.

Between now and November 8, operatives from both parties will be bombarded you with political propaganda. The operatives play you for a fool. They correctly believe that imagery and messaging can change a negative vote into an affirmative vote for their presidential candidate.

Do not be a chump. Judge every candidate by only his political positions on the issues before he announced his candidacy for the presidency. If a candidate changes his position after announcing his candidacy, then he is lying. His true position is the pre-announcement position, not the post-announcement position.

If operatives for the campaign of Hillary Clinton accost you in the shopping center, the grocery store, etc., then ask them 2 questions.

  1. What are the negative aspects of Hillary Clinton?
  2. If Chelsea Clinton (the daughter of Hillary Clinton) instead of Christopher Stevens had been the ambassador to Libya, would Hillary Clinton have acted differently and would she have run the Department of State differently in order to ensure that the ambassador is safe from harm? (Read a recent blog at http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/06/bitter-end , written by "The Economist" and presenting the facts surrounding Benghazi.)

Refusing to answer both questions means that the operative is a slick liar and an aggressive fraud. Vote against Hillary Clinton.

Answering "yes" to the second question means that Hillary Clinton does not care about "unimportant" people like Christoper Stevens. In other words, Clinton is disqualified from being president. Vote against Hillary Clinton.

Question 2 is particularly important. It forces the operative and you to look at the whole picture of Clinton's actions. Clinton did not violate any law: callous indifference to "unimportant" people is not a crime. Yet, could she have run the Department of State differently so that Stevens would be alive today? For many people (including Democrats, Republicans, and the Greens), the answer is "Yes". Answering "Yes" means that Clinton is morally disqualified from the being president.

If the operative says, "No", to question 2, then ask yourself the same question. If you answer, "Yes", then your "Yes" is the only answer that counts. You must vote against Hillary Clinton.

The soul of Christopher Stevens cries in agony from the grave.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Donald Trump

According to a blog by "The Economist", Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency. She hails from and is supported by the Democratic establishment.

In other words, Sanders has been a liar and a fraud. During his entire presidential campaign, he criticized the elites in and the policies of the establishment. Yet, he now supports a champion of the Democratic establishment.

What should the supporters of Sanders do? In general, what should the voters do? They should carefully consider the remaining prominent candidates who are qualified to be president. They include Gary Johnson (of the Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (of the Green Party), and Donald Trump (of the Republican Party).

Hillary Clinton is not among those 3 people because she disqualified herself from the presidency when her callous indifference to the situation in Libya resulted in the death of ambassador Christopher Stevens. According to a blog by "The Economist", the officials at the Department of State wasted precious time in arguing with the officials at the Department of Defense before the impending deployment of soldiers to Benghazi to protect Stevens. The argument involved the type of uniform that the soldiers should wear. If Chelsea Clinton (the daughter of Hillary Clinton) instead of Stevens had been the ambassador to Libya, would Hillary Clinton have acted differently and would she have run the Department of State differently in order to ensure that Chelsea Clinton is safe from harm? Answering "yes" to this question means that Hillary Clinton should not be president.

Among the candidates who are qualified to be president, select the candidate whose policies (which he supported before becoming a presidential candidate) most closely align with your views. Stein and Trump have the same position on numerous policies. They support the single-payer system of national health care, oppose free-trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and support a significant increase in the minimum wage. Their political positions differ sharply from the positions of Johnson.

There is an additional factor that you must consider when you decide between Trump and Stein (or Johnson). The additional factor is personal character.

Whereas the litmus test for Sanders is whether he will endorse Clinton, the litmus test for Trump is whether he will select a woman for vice president (VP). Trump has been constantly making insensitive remarks which have created grave doubts about his character in the minds of the voters. For example, his mocking the imprisonment of Senator John McCain in Vietnam was extremely inappropriate.

To fix this political damage, Trump must pick a female VP. A tough, smart, and compassionate VP from the feminine gender will show that Trump is, in his heart of hearts, a decent person. In this case, picking a woman for VP is not about pandering to women but, rather, is about showing that Trump is not a bigoted misogynist.

Picking a VP is his first, significant test of good judgment. Picking a male VP means that he fails this test. If he fails this test, then voting for Jill Stein (or Gary Johnson) is a reasonable option.