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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Satire, Humor, and Editorial Criticism of the Constitutionally Illegal To Run For President Of The United States, Foreign Born Birth Citizen "R.Ed Ted" Cruz

Fictional Political  Humor:

 The New Freedom Tower built in New York City is now in place of the World Trade Centers destroyed by terrorists doing an unprovoked sneak attack in 2001.  Well, in that 104 story Freedom Tower, the neo-cons in Goldman Sachs and the Council On Foreign Relations decide to put up the money to name and dedicate a 92 story express elevator after Ted Cruz, which runs on the outside from one floor above the bottom and never ever makes it to the top.  

    Well, Jim, one of the engineers and designers of this new elevator operator required express elevator ends up putting his own creativity into the device, and on the first run for the device, he exclusively brings in 12 of star-struck Cruz campaigners who refuse to ever consider any citizenship issue or anything else could ever exclude Ted from running for President of the United States in 2016 or anytime else he chose.   The elevator has no buttons on the walls of it for the public to use, only an elevator operator who is strapped down like he was an astronaut with hand on what looks like a car's gear shift lever with a button to either side of the lever, a straight T-shaped thick metal shift stick by which he gently pushes forward to go down and pulls back to go up.  The elevator capacity is huge, able to easily transport 18 passengers at an accelerated speed of 66 miles per hour to the 93rd floor (the building excluding a 13th floor)  and  having a super heavy duty turbo capacity to haul up as much as 19,666 pounds.

     Well, there is a ribbon cutting dedication ceremony that Cruz and his wife refuse to attend because he isn't being offered a six figure showing up fee for his slush fund, on top of a six figure donation to his campaign demand for his showing up in a lear jet, driven by a limo for himself and his mistress and another limo for Heidi to ride in behind, to be escorted by a 50 man security detail, be given the best French Champagne so he can get "lit" on the way there, and then get "lit" all the way back and have a little adultery on the side.  

The Cruz supporters in attendance knew something was up when they saw the elevator operator, all strapped in, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.  The ride to the top was very swift.  So much so, that the Cruz supporters fell to the floor by means of the overwhelming increase in g-force (gravity increased by means of acceleration)  and felt pinned until the elevator stopped so swiftly, that in a pile of mass intertwined limbs and humanity, they flew up nearly  4 feet from the floor and plunged back down again in screams of agony.  

At this point, the Trump elevator operator smiled, and announced,

"Now folks, we will get to experience the real treat of the ride, the bungee cord... death plunge... free fall!!!"   

 Suddenly, with the push of a left on the lever button, the elevator did a free fall of 62 stories as all the passengers went anti-gravity into the air (and some up into the ceiling) as if the the floor dropped out and they were suddenly plunging to their deaths before the elevator bungee cord system took hold and began to slow the descent, as the people in a mangled glob grabbed one another and crushed into the elevator floor.  The elevator decelerated as it fell all the way down to the 3rd floor and then, in bungee cord fashion, reeled up again to the 73rd floor, tossing people as a mound two feet in the air before bungeeing down to the 5th floor and bungeeing back up again.  

About 6 minutes later, the elevator operator pushes the right lever button and re-pushes the left lever button that immediately puts on the brakes and stops the elevator.   On the floor of the elevator, now lies all these moaning interlocked Cruz supporters at the 34th floor.   The elevator operator then shifts using  standard operations, and descends back at regular speed down to the second floor base floor for the elevator.

Inside, the disoriented Cruz supporters were covered in vomit and the loss of the bowels and urinary tracts.  Hurriedly, the elevator operator unstraps from his astronaut like seat, and leaves the elevator, saying to the reporters gathered in front of the Second Story elevator opening  (as he quickly walks past them to the nearest restroom)  that he feels this ride is a cure for his chronic constipation, both physically and politically.  Politically, he means, by what he's leaving behind in the elevator.  A bunch of sick puppies who experienced the same ride their candidate would give the USA before totally destroying it and replacing it with Region 1 of a world-wide governance where we become slaves, leaving us battered, bruised, broken, a physical mess, and nothing like what we are supposed to look like or experience as human beings.  

After which, the Freedom Tower renames every toilet in the building to be painted red, after Rafael Edward or R.Ed (Cruz),  adding a vibrating seat, and calling the new toilets as "Cruzers".  While Ted might enjoy the experience either cross-dressed as he experiences a reliving of his Princeton University undergraduate days or in accompaniment with his adulterous liaisons looking for a more bumpy ride with "Stumpy", the rest of us are expected to know what the real implication of renaming the now colored red Freedom Tower toilet  is.  

Not So Fictional Political Humor, Perhaps? 


Question: "What would happen if Donald Trump's chauffeur stated that if he saw Ted Cruz in the rear-view mirror walking behind the vehicle he was driving, he wouldn't know it he would put it in reverse and hit the gas or not the same way that the normally whiny and sniveling Cruz says he would like to do to Donald Trump and finds humorous?"

Answer: Ted would go before the television cameras, channel John Boehner just as he is about to cry, stomp his foot, and pout to the Media how mean Donald Trump's people are being to him. Meanwhile, another 132 dollars was added to the Secret Service pool on how long before Cruz magically dives into the wheel well of a passing Mack Truck as the Secret Service on cue are all told to look up in the sky, and look up, (as if perhaps looking in upper windows and looking for overhead drones) as Heidi pushes Ted off the curb of a busy street, and if caught, later says he ('ol Ted) tripped (over a minimum of 7 continuous adulterous affairs or "infidelities"), but never the less he tripped (or he committed suicide...same thing), and she herself is perfectly willing to accept the Party nomination, have a debate without make-up on Halloween, and really scare the "bleep" out of the country!

No Joke: 
Question: What happened when a member of the Media actually asked Ted Cruz about his cheating on his wife?

Answer: Remember, this already happened. Just as Ted was channeling John Boehner and about to cry, Carly Fiorina suddenly became Ted's surrogate mommy and acting on maternal instincts, lashed out at the question for being asked as Ted, with the all too fake abused child look being happily rescued, began to smile as he look childishly on.  

Video at:  

 Great for those in diplomacy and psychology who study facial expressions and body language. 

And realizing Carly Fiorina wants to be his surrogate “mommy” and how he love being like a little child while she attacks those who righteously question him of his sins, while Fiorina wants him to play her new 5 year old that she never had, Rafael Edward  “R.Ed  Ted” Cruz announces on April 27, 2016 that [even though he has no legal way to be President of the United States,]  he chooses HER as his Vice-Presidential running mate, who then sings as if she were going on a field trip to play with her new "pretend" children, and infers by the song that  both Ted and Heidi are her girls?

 Meanwhile, as a foreign born foreigner himself, while United States Citizens get shafted, R.Ed Ted demands that H-1B Visa holders be immediately awarded $110,000 a year as minimum wage compensation, and and to hell with U.S. workers.  

The joke is on YOU America, if you follow and adore the foreign Canadian Born wannabe usurper of R.Ed Ted Cruz.  

Question: What would happen if Heidi Cruz ever pulled a Lorena Bobbitt on Ted?

Answer: Ted would have his male member buried and enshrined in the land of his birth, and in an homage to him, a Canadian Artist would erect a Princeton Sorority second story Bathroom where Ted used to sneak in cross-dressed as a woman, and do the peeping tom of scantily or undressed college gals as he struggled for glimpses between the door cracks as he sat on the toilet, only to find himself as the butt of the joke that he was his own john. It would be the artist rendition of a mannequin Ted, crossed dressed with his eye pressed to a bathroom toilet door crack, and a specially made mannequin of a 300 plus pound ugly broad, half dressed with many ripples of fat looking in the mirror at herself in disgust, and over a loud-speaker, a voice of the grand-father from that Shirley Temple movie shouting, "Heidi! Heidi!"

No Joke?  
And should you think it can't happen, there are two reliable sources from R. Ed Ted's Princeton days who reported to Wayne Madsen that as an undergrad, more than once, Cruz cross-dressed and did the same type of peeping Tom activity as an undergraduate at Princeton. 

Start at 15:15  (less than 1 minute for context)

 No Joke:    
Question: When only about two dozen people even bothered to pay attention to Ted Cruz out of 800 others talking over him at a $1,000 a plate dinner, who were the two dozen cheering for Ted? 

Answer:  Goldman Sachs, Citibank, you know, the Wall Street Bankers whose loans make them know they own the Canadian Birth National Ted Cruz.   

Question: If Ted ever drops dead from one of his adulterous exercises, what will Heidi demand be played at his private funeral (to be unattended by her or their kids) in a coffin that looked a lot like a sardine can so as to pass the word that he is now sleeping with the fishes and how,  by her arrangement,  he got there? 

Answer: Oh, Can-a-duh!

 No Joke:   An Uncovering Of What Must Be  R.Ed Ted's Idea Of A Joke On The U.S. Citizen SUCKER That Believes Into Ted    

Ted Cruz, who was a Canadian Birth Citizen and retained such citizenship without dispute until May 2014, who if stripped of any claim to be a United states Citizen would have been a BORN CITIZEN OF CANADA, can in NO WAY claim a Natural Born Citizenship to the United States where he was completely subject to U.S. jurisdiction only at his birth, because he would have been a State Citizen of a nation somewhere other than the United States and NOT have been "Stateless" were his United States Citizenship stripped at any time from birth to May 2014.

Ted Cruz is a Goldman Sachs - Citibank
with his wife Heidi Cruz (who think tanks with the Council on Foreign Relations on how to destroy U.S. Sovereignty) 

Make no mistake, Ted is NOT a Conservative except in the actor's role he plays to con the public. For example, Ted is all for gun control and majority passed legislation of 50% plus 1 that over-rides the Constitution. An example of this is that Ted is partial to banning anything legislated to bypass the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

When, in March 2015, Ted Cruz went to Liberty University, he was expected to speak, not make a speech that would surpass Obama's employment of mass hypnosis techniques, and be on the same command threshold as that found in the speeches of Adolf Hitler. The following are direct quotes from Ted Cruz's Indirect Induction Hypnosis Speech given at Liberty University where he opened his illegal to run for President of the United States campaigning.

"Imagine your parents when they were children.
Imagine a little girl...
Imagine a young married couple...
Imagine another little girl...
Imagine another teenage boy...

the purpose of the Constitution that as Thomas Jefferson put it, is to serve as chains...

imagine, imagine...

Imagine instead millions of people of faith...
Imagine instead...
Imagine innovation...
Imagine America...
imagine in 2017...
Imagine health care reform...
Imagine abolishing the IRS...
imagine a president...
imagine a legal immigration system...

imagine a federal government...
imagine a federal government...
imagine a federal government...
imagine a federal government...

imagine repealing every word of ...
Imagine embracing...
imagine a president...
imagine a president...
imagine a president...

imagine it’s 1775...
Imagine it’s 1776...
Imagine it was 1777...
Imagine it’s 1933...
Imagine it’s 1979...

I’m going to ask you to break a rule here today and to take out your cell phones, and to text the word constitution to the number 33733.
You can also text imagine. We’re versatile...."

And what is truth to Ted?
To Ted Cruz, a Canadian born, and for the first years of his life, Canadian born and reared citizen,  “Imagine” and “Constitution” are interchangeable when it comes to the Constitution of the United States of America, and he wants YOUR $$$$, he wants YOUR cold hard cash or an electronic transfer of YOUR wealth for him to destroy YOUR Constitutional Rights is just fine and dandy to him, too.

It is directly intended by Ted Cruz himself in this March 2015 Ted Cruz mass hypnosis Liberty University Speech that those hypnotized be made to believe that the Constitution of the United States thus becomes a work of fiction and as a dream passing in the night, as if the Constitution is fake and something that is bypassed by time, the next day, and discarded, as something to be forgotten and cast behind. In advance, Ted is telling us what he intends to do to the Constitution of the United States if he ever suckers America the way Obama did into usurpation of the Presidency of the United States...

Cruz has said clearly in his Liberty University
mass indirect induction hypnosis speech
that he intends to shred and overthrow
the Constitution of the United States!

Do you really want to give up your rights of free speech, of freedom of religion, of the right to jury trial, of the right to bear arms, of the right to not have to house troops against your will and feed them at your own expense, of the right to an attorney, if arrested et cetera? Ted's mass hypnosis speech demands we discard our Bill of Rights.

Ted states:
"imagine, imagine millions of courageous conservatives, all across America, rising up together to say in unison “we demand our liberty."
... Imagine millions of young people coming together and standing together, saying “we will stand for liberty.”

It followed the hypnotist's suggestion that 
" the purpose of the Constitution ...is to serve as chains...."

In other words, his goal is to throw off the chains and shackles of the Constitution through those he hypnotizes, and push for what his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz sat on a Council on Foreign Relations Board for: a North American Union, where Canada and the USA and Mexico merge into 1 regional Government of a 10 region one world Government that will be the New World Order. This is not much different from the 2009 Carbon Taxing Schemes by one of the world's leading think-tanks.

Glenn Beck Administers ‘Presidential Oath of Office’ to Ted Cruz In Iowa
by MATTHEW BOYLE 23 Jan 2016

ANKENY, Iowa — 
Media personality Glenn Beck administered a mock presidential “oath of office” to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as he endorsed him on stage—and Cruz got the oath wrong when he took it.

“What is the oath of office that you have to take?” Beck asked Cruz after the Texas Senator joined him on stage after Beck’s more-than-half-hour-long speech endorsing Cruz.

“What—what?” Cruz replied.

“Dear God, if you don’t know this, everything else—“ Beck joked. “When you raise your right hand, what are you going to say?”

“I pledge to HONOR and defend the Constitution of the United States of America,” Cruz replied."    

When I read this, the question was:
"TED will do what?"

And the answer based on what we know about him (and Heidi's and the CFR's and Goldman Sachs's and Citibank's and the billionaire Mercer's political hooks into funding Ted Cruz)   is that what he actually is saying is:
That he perhaps "
will pledge to maintain the Constitution as nothing more than a Museum a relic and swear that he will continue to honor that we merely protect a document of what describes how the USA once was by armed guards 24/7"?

The Presidential Oath in the Constitution says: 
 "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. 

Ted himself meets with and is groomed by Henry Kissinger 
(his wife's Council On Foreign Relations boss)
and adopts the same exclusive Foreign Policy Advisory firm as is used by Hillary Clinton.  

Ted and his wife also utilize outside the United States Firms, and employs 
psychological harvesting data from a firm called Cambridge Analytica in the United Kingdom

The Washington Post, which noted that in October 2015, $750,372 was paid out by the Cruz Campaign to Cambridge Analytica (a London based firm then having 85 employees)

(which apparently or allegedly will NOT include accounting in that figure any private contributions of services paid for the benefit of the Cruz Campaign by billionaire donor Robert Mercer.

Ted fundraises whining and moaning how billionaire Trump with $20,000,000 of his own money (travel on a large jet, auditorium rentals, security, et cetera takes a large chunk of that), is kicking his soft pansy backside.   On Friday April 22, 2016, his campaign yet again spammed me with the ff. quote representing “Ted” Cruz.

You may have heard -- Donald Trump won New York last night.

As I write you, Politico is breaking the news that Donald Trump has just committed $20 Million dollars to his campaign -- a move calculated to crush my campaign and wrestle the nomination away from Conservative Americans.

You also have probably heard that Hillary has also already raised well over $100 million for her campaign.

Both Trump and Clinton are used to throwing money around and using it to get whatever they want.

Friend, I'm now in the middle of a big-money firestorm, with Hillary Clinton on one side and Donald Trump on the other.

I'm quite literally fighting for my political life, and your response to this email will determine the success of this campaign and ultimately the direction of our country for years to come.

So, I'm personally asking you one more time: will you help me unite the GOP and take on Donald Trump and his friend Hillary Clinton? Will you make an urgent gift to help me compete with Donald Trump's billions?”

What BULLSH*T!!!  R.Ed Ted has billionaire Mercer and others funding his pansy backside, while Trump alone funds his own run for POTUS legitimately, unlike LYIN' TED who can't even use his real name.  Poor baby.  Go cry to your new mommy Carly, RAFAEL!  Be the next usurper who struts around wearing man diapers, and brag how when you go "poo-poo" Carly changes it for you, and calls you a bad baby as you go "goo-goo" "gah-gah" and baby powders your messy butt.  You go, baby man.  You go  ''SQUIRT"!

Cruz is Media KNOWN to have engaged in psychological manipulation of U.S. Citizen voters  in his campaigning, especially employing a British Psychological Front Operation of British Intelligence to put this foreign born citizen of CANADA over on unsuspecting psychographically and psychological behavioral warfare targeted U.S. citizenry.  

Obama used hypnosis techniques in order to help win the 2008 election.

January 6, 2008:
The Washington Post 
"Swept up in the Obama Moment"
"An Obama event is not a friendly place for cynics, skeptics, or the chronically unimpressed. This is revival-tent stuff. The senator from Illinois used the metaphor of a religious conversion: "I am going to try to be so persuasive, so that those of you who are still wavering...will suddenly come to the conclusion -- a light beam will shine through -- will light you up -- and you will experience an epiphany -- I have to vote for Barack!"

See Campaign video at 31 seconds to 45 seconds

See also:
Seeing the Light in South Carolina By Gal Beckerman JANUARY 25, 2008
“At some point in the evening, a light is going to shine down and you will have an epiphany and you’ll say, ‘I have to vote for Barack.’”
If that epiphany never came, you couldn’t blame Obama."

But Cruz has engaged in the same mass deception, using mass hypnosis techniques, most notably with his Liberty University IMAGINE speech. 

Hypnotic Inductions and How To Use Them Properly

"There are several kinds of hypnotic inductions varying in approach length of time and tone.
...Indirect Induction. ...you use analogies or metaphors. Indirect induction is used for subjects who resist any direct suggestions. When you use indirect induction, the subject doesn’t resist the suggestion, because he doesn’t know he is receiving it."

These hypnosis techniques that Ted Cruz employed are in many ways similar to what Obama did, but on steroids in trying to recreate Obama's 2008 mass hypnosis "presidential" campaigning techniques  

Olavo de Carvalho on 20 August 2008, warned that the psychological engineering conducted by the Obama Campaign in 2007-2008 was first experimented and carried out in Brazil.

[Link no longer active, but was:
http://www.brazzil.com/articles/195-august-2008/10100-obamas-psychological-blackmail-has-been-done-before-in-brazil-with-success.html  ] 

[Again, Link no longer active and altered by Brazzil.com under its Communist Regime.]

The use of psychological engineering was employed,
"… not to win over voters through rational persuasion, but to weaken, shock, and stupefy them to the point of making them accept every loss, every humiliation, every defeat, just in order not to contradict the assumed moral obligation to elect him, it being of little importance whether he actually is an enemy in disguise.” - - Olavo de Carvalho, 20 August 2008 

In Brazil, they eventually brought in a COMMUNIST Regime and leaders there looted the voters and the country.  

 Cruz employs the same techniques and wants America to be part of Region 1 of a 10 Region Global Governance, where we LOSE national sovereignty, and 19 other nations by Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership example alone (not to mention insane European wannabe dictators over the USA  who invite filthy backward and barbaric sub-human behaving  jihadis to loot and rape them by the millions) to dictate to us that we have to pay slave taxes to foreign nations for any tax THEY wish to pass because our government no longer has a voice, it is but a 1 in 20 vote, and we will have to submit, live with rolling blackouts, poor sanitation, be given permission to even breathe because of Carbon Emissions we exhale, or be executed as an excuse for the environment or a convenience of a Tyranny that perhaps wants to reduce unemployment by TERMINATING undesirable (non-globalist) labor pools.  NO JOKE.  

[Updated on 4/28/2016 with minor editing for clarity.]

Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech - Quotations and Video

Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Speech of April 27, 2016.   Video of longer full speech above, but these following quotes from that speech are what I deem to be an essential abridged version:

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump:

My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else. It has to be first. Has to be.

America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

 In the 1940s we saved the world. The greatest generation beat back the Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Then we saved the world again. This time, from totalitarianism and communism. The Cold War lasted for decades but, guess what, we won and we won big. Democrats and Republicans working together got Mr. Gorbachev to heed the words of President Reagan, our great president, when he said, tear down this wall.

History will not forget what he did. A very special man and president. Unfortunately, after the Cold War our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

The whole world will be safer if our allies do their part to support our common defense and security. A Trump administration will lead a free world that is properly armed and funded, and funded beautifully.

In negotiation, you must be willing to walk.

When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win — you just can’t win. At the same time, your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them.

Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power.

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and now they’re starting to look elsewhere for help. Remember that. Not good.

[[[Due to the foreign Marxist-Leninist Muslim usurper Obama]]]...our rivals no longer respect us. In fact, they’re just as confused as our allies, but in an even bigger problem is they don’t take us seriously anymore. The truth is they don’t respect us.

America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, we’ve lacked a coherent foreign policy.

the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.    We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that, for that lack of action.

Obama won’t even name the enemy, and unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem.

Hillary Clinton also refuses to say the words radical Islam, even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible.

And now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil. And you know what? We don’t blockade, we don’t bomb, we don’t do anything about it. It’s almost as if our country doesn’t even know what’s happening....

To our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It’s going to be a great and reliable ally again. It’s going to be a friend again. We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests and the shared interests of our allies.

We’re getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.

First, we need a long-term plan to halt the spread and reach of radical Islam. Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed the world. Events may require the use of military force, but it’s also a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.

We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street. They must also be good to us. Remember that. They have to be good to us, no longer one way. It’s now two-way. And remember, us and all we’re doing, they have to appreciate what we’ve done to them. We’re going to help, but they have to appreciate what we’ve done for them.

The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies. We have no idea where these people are coming from. There’s no documentation. There’s no paperwork. There’s nothing. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how.

But they’re going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly. They will be gone very, very quickly.

Our nuclear weapons arsenal, our ultimate deterrent, has been allowed to atrophy and is desperately in need of modernization and renewal. And it has to happen immediately. Our active duty armed forces have shrunk from 2 million in 1991 to about 1.3 million today. The Navy has shrunk from over 500 ships to 272 ships during this same period of time. The Air Force is about one-third smaller than 1991. Pilots flying B-52s in combat missions today. These planes are older than virtually everybody in this room.   And what are we doing about this?

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest, single investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody.

A Trump administration will give our servicemen and women the best equipment and support in the world when they serve and where they serve. And the best care in the world when they return as veterans and they come back home to civilian life.

Our veterans have not been treated fairly or justly. These are our great people and we must treat them fairly. We must even treat them really, really well and that will happen under the Trump administration.

Finally, we must develop a foreign policy based on American interests. Businesses do not succeed when they lose sight of their core interests and neither do countries.

We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests.
Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries.  Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.
Fixing our relations with China is another important step — and really toward creating an even more prosperous period of time. China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect. We have a massive trade deficit with China, a deficit that we have to find a way quickly, and I mean quickly, to balance. A strong and smart America is an America that will find a better friend in China, better than we have right now

After I’m elected president, I will also call for a summit with our NATO allies and a separate summit with our Asian allies. In these summits, we will not only discuss a rebalancing of financial commitments, but take a fresh look at how we can adopt new strategies for tackling our common challenges. For instance, we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO’s outdated mission and structure, grown out of the Cold War to confront our shared challenges, including migration and Islamic terrorism.

I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must only fight to win.  I will never sent our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.

Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war and destruction. The best way to achieve those goals is through a disciplined, deliberate and consistent foreign policy.

I will also be prepared to deploy America’s economic resources. Financial leverage and sanctions can be very, very persuasive, but we need to use them selectively and with total determination.

The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends and when old friends become allies, that’s what we want. We want them to be our allies.
We want the world to be — we want to bring peace to the world.

To achieve these goals, Americans must have confidence in their country and its leadership. Again, many Americans must wonder why we our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.

And under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country.

I will view as president the world through the clear lens of American interests. I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.
The world is most peaceful and most prosperous when America is strongest. America will continue and continue forever to play the role of peacemaker. We will always help save lives and indeed humanity itself, but to play the role, we must make America strong again.

We must make America truly wealthy again. And we must — we have to and we will make America great again. And if we do that — and if we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever, ever known. Thank you very much, everybody. I appreciate it. Thank you.

My Comments:

We need jobs and a strong economy for all United States Citizens  (regardless of your ethnicity) in the United States of America, and that will only come about in the next few years if we have a President Donald Trump.

I therefore urge all United States Citizens to vote for economic prosperity, bringing work and jobs and opportunity to America first, and to VOTE TRUMP.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Guest Blog: Hillsdale College Guest: Charles Leerhsen - "Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong"

Ty Cobb :  Baseball's First Hero

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Detroit Tigers (1905–1926), 
Philadelphia Athletics (1927–1928)
See also:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb


Who Was Ty Cobb? 

The History We Know That’s Wrong

 “Reprinted by permission from Imprimis,
    a publication of Hillsdale College.”

Charles Leerhsen
Author, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

Charles Leerhsen

Charles Leerhsen is a journalist, author, and adjunct professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has been an editor for Sports IllustratedPeople, and Us Weekly, and spent eleven years as a senior writer at Newsweek. He has also written for EsquireRolling StoneThe New York Times MagazineSmithsonian, and Money. He is the author of several books, including Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America and, most recently, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, which won the 2015 Casey Award for best baseball book of the year.

Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players of all time and king of the so-called Deadball Era. He played in the major leagues—mostly for the Detroit Tigers but a bit for the Philadelphia Athletics—from 1905 to 1928, and was the first player ever voted into the Hall of Fame. His lifetime batting average of .366 is amazing, and has never been equaled. But for all that, most Americans think of him first as an awful person—a racist and a low-down cheat who thought nothing of injuring his fellow players just to gain another base or score a run. Indeed, many think of him as a murderer. Ron Shelton, the director of the 1995 movie Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones in the title role, told me it was “well known” that Cobb had killed “as many as” three people.

It is easy to understand why this is the prevailing view. People have been told that Cobb was a bad man over and over, all of their lives. The repetition felt like evidence. It started soon after Cobb’s death in 1961, with the publication of an article by a man named Al Stump, one of several articles and books he would write about Cobb. Among other things, Stump claimed that when children wrote to Cobb asking for an autographed picture, he steamed the stamps off the return envelopes and never wrote back. In another book—this one about Cobb’s contemporary Tris Speaker—baseball historian Timothy Gay wrote (implausibly, if you think about it) that Cobb would pistol-whip any black person he saw on the sidewalk. And then there were the stories about how Cobb sharpened his spikes: before every game, numerous sources claim, he would hone his cleats with a file. In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe Jackson says that Cobb wasn’t invited to the ghostly cornfield reunion of old-time ballplayers because “No one liked that son of a bitch.” The line always gets a knowing laugh.

When I pitched my idea for a book on Cobb to Simon and Schuster, I was squarely in line with this way of thinking. I figured my task would be relatively easy. I would go back to the original source material—the newspaper accounts, documents, and letters that previous biographers had never really looked at. I would find fresh examples of Cobb being monstrous, blend them with the stories that Al Stump and others wrote, and come up with the first major Cobb book in more than 20 years. But when I started in on the nuts-and-bolts research with original sources—the kind of shoe-leather reporting I had learned working at Newsweek in its heyday—it didn’t even take me ten minutes to find something that brought me up short.

Cobb being from Georgia—he grew up and is buried in Royston, a town in Georgia’s northern hills—I had begun by searching old issues of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I quickly came across a curious article written in late 1911, after the baseball season had ended, when Cobb was touring in a three-act comedy called The College Widow. (In those days, ballplayers were tied to their teams by the reserve clause and couldn’t sell their services for their true market value; to make extra money, they often capitalized on their fame by appearing in plays or vaudeville.) The writer of the article was recounting a backstage visit with Cobb, and described him as a man who very much wanted to please the audience. Cobb was also going out of his way to accommodate the interviewer (who was asking tedious questions) while simultaneously being hospitable to a second guest—a catcher he had played with in the minor leagues—who showed up in the small dressing room smoking a cigar. It was like the crowded stateroom scene in the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera, and meanwhile the play was in progress, Cobb was trying to make costume changes, and the stage manager was barking at Cobb to be on his mark in 30 seconds.
What did this story say about Ty Cobb? On the one hand, he was just doing what any decent person would do—being as polite as possible under trying circumstances. But on the other, Cobb’s ordinary decency was exactly the point. For me, with this one story, the myth of the evil Ty Cobb began to crumble.

As I proceeded I found many more stories contradicting the myth. Was he widely hated? An old newspaper clipping reported that the Chicago White Sox gave Cobb an award—remarkably, a set of books; Cobb was known as a voracious reader of history—for being Chicago’s most popular visiting player. And it turns out that when the Detroit Tigers were in town, Ring Lardner, Chicago’s smartest and best sportswriter, bought cheap seats in the outfield so he could spend the game bantering with Cobb.

Did he steal stamps from children? Letters in museums and private collections make abundantly clear that Cobb responded to his young fans, sometimes with handwritten letters that ran to five pages. And he always told them he was honored by their autograph requests.

What about race? It is “common knowledge” that Cobb was “an avowed racist”—but when and where did he make such a vow and where is it recorded? A 1984 biography of Cobb, written by a college professor named Charles Alexander, is typical. It describes three people who fought with Cobb—a night watchman, a bellhop, and a butcher—as being black. Such evidence was enough for documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, whose made-for-PBS series Baseball described Cobb as an embarrassment to the game because of his racism and cast Cobb as the anti-Jackie Robinson.

But Burns, like so many others, was letting himself be misled by the oft-repeated myth. Looking into census reports, birth certificates, and contemporary newspaper accounts, I found that all three of the black fighters cited by Charles Alexander were in fact white. Yes, Cobb had also fought with two black men during his life, but those fights didn’t have racial overtones, and Cobb—who had an extremely thin skin—fought with many more white men. So how did such a distinguished author make such obvious mistakes? When I asked Alexander about this, he simply replied, “I went with the best information I had at the time.”

But what about Cobb’s 19th-century Southern roots? How could someone born in Georgia in 1886 not be a racist? What I found—and again, not because I am the Babe Ruth of researchers, but because I actually did some research—is that Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an educator and state senator who spoke up for his black constituents and is known to have once broken up a lynch mob.
Cobb himself was never asked about segregation until 1952, when the Texas League was integrating, and Sporting News asked him what he thought. “The Negro should be accepted wholeheartedly, and not grudgingly,” he said. “The Negro has the right to play professional baseball and whose [sic] to say he has not?” By that time he had attended many Negro league games, sometimes throwing out the first ball and often sitting in the dugout with the players. He is quoted as saying that Willie Mays was the only modern-day player he’d pay to see and that Roy Campanella was the ballplayer that reminded him most of himself.

Cobb was, like the rest of us, a highly imperfect human being. He was too quick to take offense and too intolerant of those who didn’t strive for excellence with the over-the-top zeal that he did. He did not suffer fools gladly, and he thought too many others fools. He was the first baseball celebrity, and he did not always handle well the responsibilities that came with that. And yes, he once went into the stands and repeatedly punched a man who had been heckling him for more than a year, and who turned out to have less than the full complement of fingers—hence the story of him attacking a handicapped fan. This is a mark against him. But was he a racist and an embarrassment to the game? Far from it.

Cobb’s mind-boggling statistics don’t tell half the story of the ballplayer he was. It is often not remembered, because there is very little motion picture footage of him, but Cobb was likely the most exciting player of all time. Yes, he got thousands of hits with his unusual split-hands grip, and that in itself was entertaining; but it was what happened after he got on base that set him apart. “Ty Cobb getting a walk is more exciting than Babe Ruth hitting a home run,” a sportswriter once said.

When Cobb made it to first—which he did more often than anyone else; he had three seasons in which he batted over .400—the fun had just begun. He understood the rhythms of the game and he constantly fooled around with them, keeping everyone nervous and off balance. The sportswriters called it “psychological baseball.” His stated intention was to be a “mental hazard for the opposition,” and he did this by hopping around in the batter’s box—constantly changing his stance as the pitcher released the ball—and then, when he got on base, hopping around some more, chattering, making false starts, limping around and feigning injury, and running when it was least expected. He still holds the record for stealing home, doing so 54 times. He once stole second, third, and home on three consecutive pitches, and another time turned a tap back to the pitcher into an inside-the-park home run.

“The greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen,” George Sisler said, “and to see him was to remember him forever.” Cobb often admitted that he was not a natural, the way Shoeless Joe Jackson was; he worked hard to turn himself into a ballplayer. He had nine styles of slides in his repertoire: the hook, the fade-away, the straight-ahead, the short or swoop slide (“which I invented because of my small ankles”), the head-first, the Chicago slide (referred to by him but never explained), the first-base slide, the home-plate slide, and the cuttle-fish slide—so named because he purposely sprayed dirt with his spikes the way squid-like creatures squirt ink. Coming in, he would watch the infielder’s eyes to determine which slide to employ.

What of the stories about him sharpening his spikes and injuring opposing players? Cobb believed strongly that the runner had the right of way in what he called “my little patch,” in front of the bag. The opposing players who were asked to comment on him respected his ability and consistency, and agreed with his “little patch” theory. “It was no fun putting the ball on Cobb when he came slashing into the plate,” said Wally Schang, who caught for almost every American League Club. “But he never cut me up. He was too pretty a slider to hurt anyone who put the ball on him right.” Infielder Germany Schaefer, a teammate of Cobb, called him “a game square fellow who never cut a man with his spikes intentionally in his life, and anyone who gets by with his spikes knows it.” And if Cobb could dish out the punishment, he could also take it. Catcher Steve O’Neill of the Cleveland Naps once favored Cobb with the greatest compliment a catcher can give: “He came home on a base hit and I was blocking the plate. I got him in the kidneys and knocked him out. When he came to he didn’t say a word. He just got up and limped out to his position.”
There is a famous photograph that is often used to indict Cobb. It shows Cobb and St. Louis Browns catcher Paul Krichell in 1912. Cobb appears to be flying foot-first into Krichell’s crotch while the catcher squints in pained anticipation. But there is a 1950s interview with Krichell, then a scout for the Yankees, and by his own testimony, Cobb was aiming his foot at the ball in Krichell’s glove, and succeeded in knocking it to the backstop. Here is Krichell’s account: “The ball hit the grandstand on the fly. I was mad and stunned. Cobb was mad and shaken. In a way it was really my fault. I was standing in front of the plate, instead of on the side, where I could tag Ty as he slid in. But out of that mix-up I learned one thing: never stand directly in front of the plate when Cobb was roaring for home.”

To the extent that the myth of Ty Cobb is connected to his aggressive style of play, it has seeds in his playing career. People in those days were fascinated by spikes—an adult fan in the early days of baseball had almost certainly not played the game, and thought of spikes as exotic. The legend of “the man who sharpened his spikes” had been around since at least the 1880s, and had been attributed to many, including John McGraw. And some sportswriters—understanding that sports is less about scores than about storylines, and that without antagonists stories fall flat—were willing to fan the flame and depict the aggressive, unpredictable Cobb as a dirty player. Many of the quotes I found from opposing players defending Cobb’s style were in response to charges that he was a spiker. To a man, they said he wasn’t. And in 1910, Cobb wrote to the American League president asking that players be forced to dulltheir spikes so that he might be free of the dirty-player charge.
In that sense Cobb was always controversial. But how did he come to be portrayed as a monster? After he retired in 1928, he stayed out of Major League Baseball, and the game changed to a slugger’s sport. It became the game of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle, and Cobb faded from memory. By the late 1950s, when Cobb went on the TV quiz show I’ve Got a Secret, the panelists not only didn’t guess his “secret”—“I have the highest batting average of all time”—they couldn’t identify him by sight. Cobb didn’t like that, and he disliked even more being remembered as a dirty player. As he grew older and less healthy he became obsessed with setting the record straight, and he started to shop around an autobiography. Doubleday & Co. agreed to publish it and assigned a ghostwriter, Cobb being too ill to write it himself. For this job they picked a man who was known for quantity over quality, a hard-drinking hack newspaperman named Al Stump.

Stump, who had never met Cobb, spent only a few days with him before setting off to write. For several months he refused to show Cobb the work in progress, and when Cobb finally prevailed upon the publisher to give him a look, he was angry. Stump was filling in the gaps by making up stories out of whole cloth, and Cobb’s voice in the book sounded suspiciously like Stump’s own. Cobb wrote letters threatening a lawsuit if the book wasn’t cancelled or rewritten. But he died soon thereafter, and the book—entitled My Life in Baseball: The True Record—came out a few months later.

Stump also struck a deal with a sensationalist barber shop magazine called, ironically, True. For $4,000, a tidy sum in 1961, he would write a seamy tell-all about what it was like to live and work with Cobb in his final days. Stump had negotiated the fee by pitching the tale of a wild man drinking to excess and driving around the Lake Tahoe area waving a gun at (unnamed) people, cursing at (unnamed) emergency room doctors, flinging drinks at (unnamed) bartenders, and waking up an (unnamed) bank president in the middle of the night—in person, with a gun—to stop a $5 check. All the women in Cobb’s family feared him, Stump wrote, again without naming names. Furthermore, he may have killed some unnamed person, though he was never prosecuted and the story never made the newspapers. Everyone in baseball had hated him, Stump claimed, adding meanly and dishonestly that only three people went to Cobb’s funeral.

It didn’t matter that sportswriters rushed to Cobb’s defense, saying they had visited his homes in Tahoe and Georgia during this same period—had spent more time with him than Stump, in fact—and never witnessed such behavior. It didn’t matter that all of Stump’s sources were anonymous, all his quotes unidentified, and that Stump himself had been banned from several newspapers and magazines for making things up. It didn’t matter that Cobb’s family had put out the word that his funeral was a private service, or that four of his closest friends in baseball did attend, or that thousands of people packed the church and lined the way to the cemetery. Despite all this, people thrilled to the story of the monstrous Cobb. And the story got a lot of attention because no one had ever written anything like this before about a major sports figure.
The next big development came in 1984, when Charles Alexander published his book. The word “racist”—non-existent in Cobb’s time—was by then very much a part of the lexicon, and people were eager to make assumptions about a Southern white man. A decade later, director Ron Shelton bought the screen rights to Stump’s True magazine article and urged Stump, still alive, to write yet another book—a biography this time—that would serve to promote the movie. This 1994 book, also entitled Cobb, was a huge bestseller and was excerpted in Sports Illustrated. Then came Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary, which parroted Stump and Alexander. And the myth grew further with the rise of the Internet—search for “Ty Cobb” on Twitter and see what you find.
I knew going into this project—having been at one time an editor at People magazine—that human beings take delight in the fact that the rich and famous are often worse and more miserable than they are. What I didn’t understand before was the power of repetition to bend the truth. In Ty Cobb’s case, the repetition has not only destroyed a man’s reputation, it has obliterated a real story that is more interesting than the myth. Is it too late to turn things around? John the Evangelist said, “The truth will set you free.” But against that there is the Stockholm syndrome, whereby hostages cling avidly to what holds them in bondage.

I guess it’s me versus Al Stump. Who knows who will win? What I know for certain is that the greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen, and to see it was to remember it forever.

 “Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.”