Random Thoughts

Target Department Stores have come under fire for their transgender bathroom policy.  Per their “inclusiveness” policy, any person that identifies as the opposite gender is allowed to use the restroom of their choice, i.e., a man that identifies as a woman can use the women’s restroom.

Does anyone else see a problem with this?

I’m just waiting for some pervert to dress up as a woman, go into the women’s restroom, and sexually assault a woman/teen/child.  Then the lawsuits will fly and everything gets muddled more than it is.  Lost will be the rights of the victim along with the injuries (physical and emotional) that they received.

At this point in time, Target has received over 1,000,000 notices from people that will not shop at Target over this policy.  Target has not budged in their position.  Considering that Target Canada has declared bankruptcy, it doesn’t make business sense in losing over a million plus customers for accommodating roughly 0.3% of the population.  A smart company would have three restrooms – one for men, one for women, and one for the gender-confused (i.e., unisex).  But such is the social justice movement of the corporate world and politics of the day.

Between this new policy and being anti-gun, Target will not be getting the hard-earned dollars of my wife and I.

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The Liberals have been characterizing conservatives and Republicans as having a “war on women.”  Really?

Somehow, with pushing the transgender policy that Target has adopted, I would think that these policies have put more women in physical danger than any of the supposed anti-women proposals from the conservatives.


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez


I read that the Bernie Sanders campaign may be in financial trouble as they are letting people go.  Hmm…looks like even Socialists eventually run out of money…


The political race is turning into a circus-themed casino.  Instead of presenting the most qualified people for the highest office of the country, we have clowns to the left and jokers to the right…


To stay sane in this crazy world of ours, we have to be a little insane ourselves…


Political correctness running rampant leads to the idiotic rantings of the faculty and their sycophant snowflakes on various college campuses.  “Safe spaces,” “code words” and “trigger warnings” are a disservice to the educational process of our young adults.  These people must learn that there are other opinions that run counter to the opinions of themselves.  Lost is the critical thinking that ensures a well-rounded education.  Open minds lead to sharing of ideas, and everyone benefits.

“It’s about how to study, cooperate, listen carefully, think critically and resolve conflicts through reason. Those are the most important skills in the working world, and it’s why colleges have always exposed students to challenging and uncomfortable ideas.” – former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Commencement Speech, University of Michigan, 2016


That’s all for now.  Note that the posting over the next few months will be slowing down somewhat due to weather and much needed time off.  There will be posts, just not on a weekly basis – Tom Roland

Political Parties

I read something the other day that set me back on my heels because I had not thought of it before, and it clarified so many things for me – Political parties are private entities.  Their sole purpose is to get people elected to office that reflect their political ideology  Political parties do not necessarily represent the interests of the American People nor vow to uphold the Constitution & Bill of Rights, especially if these represent a threat to their continued quest for power and political ideology.

I keep wondering about how the Democratic Party could back a person that belongs in prison, or a person that espouses ideals contrary to the founding of this country.  I also wonder how the Republican Party is, at least to me, attempting to manipulate the nomination toward a “chosen” candidate.  Both parties are steeped in controversy and secrecy, seeming not to represent mainstream Americans, but those chosen few.

It now is clear – we have a political elite that seeks to completely rule the American People, and to eventually subjugate them into sheep.  It doesn’t matter if they are Brand “D” or Brand “R”, the goal is the same.

Some examples of this are:

After 9/11, the Patriot Act contains some of the most egregious civil rights violations was passed, all in the name of protecting the “Homeland.”  Another police agency was created with sweeping powers which included the suspension of civil rights if terrorist activity was suspected.  We, the American People, allowed ourselves to be groped, prodded, X-rayed, and scrutinized in the name of security.  And yet, terrorist acts still occurred on American soil.  Even with this spotty track record, the Patriot Act was renewed.

President Obummer signed the Paris Climate Treaty without ratification by the Senate (as required by the Constitution), thereby obligating the United States to reduce carbon emissions but allowing other developing countries to spew to their heart’s content.  The mandates of the EPA have already lead to the closing of coal companies and coal fired power plants, removing a source of relatively clean electrical power from the grid, and this will result in higher electricity prices.  This will affect the poor and elderly as evidenced by similar actions in Europe which resulted in 40,000 elderly Europeans dying this past winter because they could not afford heat.

Neither political party wants to hear criticism of their policies and positions.  In fact, those Democrats (and some Republicans) that support the Liberal positions of Manmade Climate Change, abortion, and LGBT policies have called for criminal prosecution of the people that oppose or voice dissent.  People have lost jobs, been taken to court, and otherwise been harassed in what I see as violations of their First Amendment rights.  This reminds me of the following quote:

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

Indeed, those Liberals that invite open dialog to discuss the issues are the same people who want to toss you in jail (or worse) for expressing opposition unless you agree with them.

The Democratic candidates for President both state that the American citizen does not have the right to be armed, thereby stating that we have no right to self-defense against an attacker or overbearing government.  There are some Republicans running for President that have had the same opinion, although they have reformed their image for the election.  If they are elected, I wonder if they would change their tune…

Corporations give funds to candidates of both parties, but not because they support the platforms of the candidates.  No, it’s to curry favor for legislation that would be beneficial to the corporation.  Donald Trump has admitted to as much, and I highly suspect this is the reason for the Hildebeast “earning” millions of dollars in speaking fees.  Personally, I would like the politicians to wear logos on their suits like the NASCAR and other racing drivers do to know who has “contributed” to their campaigns…

And I could go on, but I won’t.  Do your own digging, and you will understand that both political parties have their own interests first, not the American people.  It especially expands on something that I wrote back in November 2005:

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

Nothing’s changed…

Firearm Safety

Both Democratic candidates for President have stated in one way or another that private ownership of firearms is not protected by the Second Amendment.  The Hildebeast has further stated that the Supreme Court was wrong on the Heller and McDonald decisions, and that she, as President, would appoint Justices to reverse that decision in order to implement an Australian style of confiscation of firearms.

I fully understand why some people are not comfortable around firearms.  For most of the people in one category, they believe that firearms are mysterious beasts of destruction of which the lethality has been over-hyped by both Hollywood and the gun control industry.  These people choose to remain ignorant of the reality of what a firearm is, and believe what they have been spoon-fed by the media.

Others hate guns because of some tragedy that has occurred in their lives that involved a firearm.  While I share their grief and loss of a loved one, it bears in mind that a firearm is a tool which can be misused or used for evil purposes as well as for self-protection and putting food on the table.  These people have fallen into the trap of blaming an inanimate object instead of the person that committed the crime.

Then there is a group of people that simply hate firearms for whatever reason that comes to mind – they look dangerous, people cannot be trusted with them, they cause crime, criminals use them, they promote violence, etc. Their response is to ban them all no matter the consequences.

Before I go too much further, I would like to relate this story that was told to me by my mother…

My mother hated guns.  Period.  She was afraid of them, even though my father showed her how to use them.  But she also saw the necessity of them.

Long before I was born, my parents were living in Nashville, Tennessee.  My father was out of the house working, and my mother was at home when she heard the door in the back of the house open.

Thinking my father had come home early, she rounded the corner expecting to see him only to find a strange man standing in the kitchen.

She ran to the bedroom and retrieved a revolver just as the man entered the bedroom.  She shouted at him to get out, and he left in a hurry.  One can only imagine what might have happened had she not had a firearm.

But she still hated guns.

Whenever I hear politicians and people “who know better than you” state that there is no place in modern society for firearms, I think of this story of where a ninety-pound woman successfully defended herself against a two-hundred pound man, and I also wonder how many times a day, month, or year this same scenario is played out.

The bottom line is that when you hear these people state their opposition for the private ownership of firearms, they are really telling you that you, as a person, do not matter to them what so ever as long as they are elected and/or get their way.  Often, they are protected by bodyguards with, you guessed it, firearms.  They do not care what happens to their fellow man, woman, or child – you are a means to an end if you support them.

Think about this when you hear these morons spout their gun control drivel.

It’s a Mad World

The past couple of weeks have just shown me that the world is mad indeed.  For instance…

College students at Emory University and the University of Kentucky needed to retreat to their “safe spaces” to crawl into a fetal position because someone wrote, in chalk, “Trump 2016” on the sidewalk.  Harvard students find pro-life opinions and the American flag offensive.  If this is the future of America, then idiocy is just around the corner.  Or is it already here?

President Obummer attended the Nuclear (in)Security Summit this past week, and promoted the Iran nuclear deal as a success even as the Iranians continue to develop a ballistic missile program.  Perhaps to deliver some of those non-existent nuclear weapons or dirty bombs, hmmm? 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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I feel safer now, don’t you?

I particularly find it shameful of this same President playing nice with Cuba and the response that he had when the Brussels attack took place.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Finally, the political process is absolutely frustrating.  The candidates personally attacking each other and their families, mostly ignoring the issues, and demonstrating behavior more reminiscent of a grade school recess skirmish than supposedly mature adults.  And these are the people we have to choose from to lead the country!!

Yes, it is a mad world…