The first rule of Boyd: Observation.

“This is unprecedented,” said Brad Crone, a longtime Democratic consultant and North Carolina history buff. “This is new waters that we’re sailing into.”

Author’s note: I apologize for using the image of the German leader. It turns out, according to my DNA my structure is 36% Western Europe, 26% Celtic speaker, and 19% Scandinavian and I wanted you to pay attention.

Well said Brad Crone. Just like the waters Jesus walked on, new waters means it is time to bring out the Evangelicals.

Just because you are the Architect, Builder, or Carpenter, as I am trying to be, doesn’t mean you don’t need the people who will get the word out–to tell the world what your project is all about. It’s called transparency.

Like all knowledge and subsets of knowledge, transparency is inheriantly destructive. The wise Architect, Builder, or Carpenter gives the nod, to go ahead and spread the word, after all the decision making is done and it’s now time for action.

The time for action is when the Carpenter, Builder, and Architect have a position and are postured to go forward with the project. This time may be upon me.

In house building or remodeling, those “Evangelicals” are the inspectors working with the code guys. In my city they used to be in the planning department. My favorite Evangelical was named Jim Schwinof.

He turned out to be one of the good-guys who ran their departments well, at the smelter that I worked as a millwright. His time, at the position he held, could be called tumultuous times for him, but he postured through it.

Jim had to navigate the path between the working gray areas between the Union and Management.I was a part of the send-off committee, representing the Union, seeing him down the path and into that tumultuous filled void. I can tell you the send-off wasn’t pretty.

Well maybe it was beautiful, in a touchy feely way sort of way. At least it was a send-off where everyone had a red and toasty feeling afterwards.

This is the first rule of Boyd–Observation.

Source: Democrat’s lead widens in North Carolina governor’s race

Amid signs of transition trouble, Trump huddles with Pence

“After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together — not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said. She called Bannon’s appointment “an alarming signal” that Trump “remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign.”

For Trump to retain his base, Trump must remain committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign. That vision represents his base and to ignore or lose that base would be like pulling the foundation out from underneath a house. The result would be a collapse of those things and ideals that Trump has, so far, built his legacy on.

In other words, to remain Trump, the base needs to remain in some shape and form. Other than hanging a white sheet on the door to the oval office and owning that vision, most likely Bannon represents the less worst choice Trump needed to make, to remain Trump, and to preserve his legacy.

Trump understands branding, and sometime that brand isn’t pretty nor sweet.

Source: Amid signs of transition trouble, Trump huddles with Pence

The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action

The verdict is completely absurd.

Absurd, maybe. But there seems to have may been some government informants present at the stand off, and that may have been what this verdict was all about.

In that context, it may be accurate to say that the Bundys “hired’ enough informants that the government was paying for the standoff, and, in at least one case, for the repair of vehicles and body armor. So, yeah in that context, it was a militia standoff.

So while the Bundys may have been some great inspirational leaders and strategist–it is my opinon that without the help of the U.S. government, their “stand off” would have been less than successful.

Some white privilege, yes?

In this case those recieving, so called, “White privilege” may, to some degree, be called suckers, by non-whites, as their movement was not so much “white” as federal.

At least it looks to me like the government had the Bundy’s backs, and they were in no danger from the feds, unless they  tried to run road blocks and such.

Which, in itself, is a privilege, but I wonder what their father would say, if he knew?

Good help is hard to get? 🙂

Source: The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action – Vox

Former Pennsylvania attorney general is due to be sentenced

Kane, 50, argues that the loss of her career, law license and reputation is punishment enough. She has asked a judge in suburban Philadelphia to sentence her to probation or house arrest so she can be home to raise her two teenage sons.

However, prosecutors call her crimes “egregious” and will push for jail time. They say a paranoid Kane ruined morale in the 800-person office and the wider law enforcement community through a calculated scheme to embarrass rival prosecutors who had left the office.

Let’s hope Trump can also claim the loss of career, licenses, and reputation as punishment enough for ruining morale by his implied threats not to concede power if Hillary is elected. He definitely doesn’t deserve to do hard time, because, if for no other reason, during this election he has helped make the U.S.A. more transparent to more Americans, which is an American tradition.

There is not much that anybody can say about punishment if Trump is elected and the USA becomes Russia, 1995. Russia’s structure was completely broken by the collapse of its economy, and something similar could happen in the U.S.A. unless succession is quick or he concedes power quickly.

War (which is what succession is) tends to destroy markets as much as it builds new ones given time. By not conceding power, Trump is giving more time to those who want to destroy the structure of our country.

You might also say that not conceding tears out a huge piece of fabric from some of the greatest structure that the U.S.A. has known. And in the context of fabric, sometimes one can observe structure, because of its transparent covering, and observe it for its strengths and weaknesses. At other times one can’t observe how fragile a structure is, because of a non transparent fabric that covers it, and that nontransparent blanket is called security.

The U.S A.’s structure is, in part, covered in its citizen’s right to vote, and that right to vote gives us transparency.

By not conceding, Trump is saying that we have lost the right to vote, if he loses his campaign. It is a close call, but I don’t think we are there yet, not really even close if you think about it.

Voting still matters. You can tell that it still matters, because both competitors are pretty evenly matched, and what they try to get away with means something matters, at least to someone.

It is that “3rd party” that everyone is talking about that is having a hard time breaking out. One problem in these elections is that both parties are treating each other like the third party, and neither one is.

Getting back to my fabric metaphor (that our country is wrapped in), sometimes tearing off a non transparent fabric reveals great strength inside. I think  the latest estimates I read on the subject says that this election found 30% of Americans are Trump supporters. If that is true that is over 100 million people. Under the blanket of security, I don’t think most Americans knew there were that many.

So yeah, Trump’s non-conceding the election results could give our country great transparency, but does anyone really want Trump to take us there, considering his outlook on life?

I mean, with his values he may be a great one to lead the U.S.A through a 1995 Russia, but does anyone, including Russia, want us to go there?

Maybe so. The vote is still out.

Source: Former Pennsylvania attorney general is due to be sentenced

Does McCain Have a Shred of Honor Left? – The Atlantic

If you have any views on McCain’s career or latest ploy, especially if you can defend him, send us a note and we’ll post: hello@theatlantic.com.

You gotta  understand that most likely McCain believes Pence will be in charge of policy overseas and domestic and that Trump will preserve the post of the Commander and Chief for himself. There has been stories of that degree for other Trump prospect for the job of V.P..

So if you are McCain who do you want to appoint the next judge, Clinton or Pence?

I am sure McCain believes that he is more than able to handle a Commander in Chief Trump, as he would have been, if there was a V.P. Palin.

Pense is another matter.

Source: Does McCain Have a Shred of Honor Left? – The Atlantic

Trump family values: Are the kids starting to worry about dad’s behavior?

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Last Wednesday, as the Republican presidential nominee spiraled down into a week that would ultimately be dominated by his personal attacks on a former Miss Universe and his seething response to poor reviews of his debate performance, NBC News reported that among those growing increasingly concerned about the trajectory of his campaign were his three adult children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. The kids, NBC’s Katy Tur reported, were starting to worry about the campaign’s adverse impact on the family business.

Exactly! If Trump loses he is not going into retirement a winner, as he has stated.

His empire will crumble, much like the concrete in his buildings, from continuity, or at least the lack of.

As the article underlines, this security risk to their empire is not something the kids are going to allow happen, as long as they have access to his resources.

I think pop is going to lose funding in a big way, i.e. “to he who hath it shall be given; from he who hath not even what he hath shall be taken away.”

Perhaps his employees (who he doesn’t pay pay taxes towards their wages) and are in charge in keeping him alive should be looking more into his state of health (for changes), than attacks from the outside and from the Left?

It is always the people within dagger range that one should look out for, eh Caesar?

Source: Trump family values: Are the kids starting to worry about dad’s behavior?

Defense Secretary Says 615 More US Troops Will Be Deployed to Iraq

Currently the United States has 4,565 military personnel in Iraq who are training, advising and assisting Iraq’s military in the fight against ISIS. With the additional increase, the authorized troop number for Iraq will rise to 5,262.

So the troop level is getting close to what Trump wanted left in Iraq. Trump, if elected, should be pleased Obama is going to leave him looking good.

On the other hand, like Bush, it could be that the Republicans could blame him for the increase, if a nasty war breaks out again.

But what are the chances that will happen?

Source: Defense Secretary Says 615 More US Troops Will Be Deployed to Iraq – ABC News