CA Home Prices

by Jack

Latest study discovered that almost 20% of a CA home price is due to regulations and taxes levied and imposed before the first shovel hits the dirt.   So, when liberals complain about the lack of affordable housing, remind them of their contribution to the problem.

Next, CA continues to suffer from a 20 year exodus that is taking this state from 1st place to near last place in all the areas that count, education, medical, energy costs, good highways, limited government, etc.  You can thank the liberals for this great destruction, because they have controlled everything from top to bottom in this great decline.  CA has suffered more at the hands of liberals than  any state in America has ever suffered.

If this isn’t enough to wake up America to the dangers posed by socialist liberals in control then nothing will.

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Jack Lee Art – Sunset in a Nieuport – Aviation Art

by Jack

This is a small painting compared to most all of my others.  It measures about 14X16 and again its acrylic on canvas and depicts a later version Nieuport, but flown by the British as the rondel on the wing indicates.

This was done as an overpaint, in other words it was a painting I picked up at the Goodwill and painted over the original to save a few bucks.  Before you call me cheap, remember I’ve not really sold anything, most just sit here collecting dust.    So, I still used than top quality paint and bargain canvas, because I keep myself on a tight budget.   I wonder sometimes what they would look like done in good oil paint?  I have to work pretty hard to bring out the colors with acrylic, sometimes layering it on 3 or 4 times.

As usual, all comments are welcome, criticism especially.  This is how I learn.  So, thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed, but if not, let me know why.

 

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22 Acts of Kindness+

Posted by Jack

Sixth-grader Ruben Martinez wants to hold up posters, pass out flyers and promote a challenge on Facebook he thinks will help his Texas community begin to heal from a devastating shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 others.

He calls it the #ElPasoChallenge.

Here’s how it works: The 11-year-old is challenging each person in El Paso to do 22 good deeds for others — one for each of the victims shot and killed when a white supremacist began firing Saturday inside a Walmart.

You can mow someone’s lawn, visit a nursing home, pay for someone’s lunch or dinner, donate to families in need, write someone a letter and tell them how great they are, hold the door for everyone, take flowers to someone in the hospital or leave a dollar on the vending machine for the next person, the young boy suggests, among other ideas in a list of “kind acts” examples.

I think Ruben has a great idea.   It wouldn’t hurt any of us to take a moment, reflect on our life, our giving and our taking.  Think about how being kind to others has made us feel and perhaps added just a little bit more to our value as inhabitants of this earth?  Our time is short here – we should try to do it right.  

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Thanks go to RHT….

“The recent rash of mass shootings has left the nation stunned but, sadly, not speechless. The usual media and political suspects are saying the usual things, using the bodies of the innocent as a sickening ideological soapbox.

We’re not going to do that here. These gruesome murders are not about, nor caused by, politics. Rather, they are the unavoidable and perhaps unstoppable product of a deeply diseased culture. A culture which has become the perfect growth medium for psychopathy.

“Loners” are no longer alone when in their online worlds. They can communicate without actual human contact. They can find reinforcement for their darkest and most twisted thoughts and fantasies. They can give the worst demons of their psyches an artificial, external life in cyberspace – free to express hatred and anger anonymously and without consequence. And on the Internet, madness can hide in plain sight.

After all, who’s going to notice or care about garden variety insanity in a world which routinely describes everyone as murderous: baby killers on one side, Earth-destroying Nazis on the other. The stakes are absolute, the “other” is the enemy, and words are just words…until they become actions.

The social mechanisms which formerly prevented these massacres have crumbled. The bonds of family, friendship, and faith. A shared sense of community. Optimism about the future. Moral certainty and personal responsibility.

Instead, we now live in a crowded world of communal loners, all staring at their phones instead of the world and people around them. Politicians and media figures preach an unsubtle and dangerously divisive message of absolutes: you are either on this side or that, either all good or all evil. There is no middle ground – only calls for action. Calls that the wrong people are hearing.

We live in a culture in which too many feel they have no meaning or importance, but believe that one spectacular act of madness can give them the instant celebrity which defines success in a sick society. And so they kill to feel alive. To experience an illusion of power at the expense of the powerless. And even knowing the likelihood that they will be killed during their heinous act, they believe they will live eternally in the electronic ether, washed in the blood of the sacrificed.

Gun control can not and will not change any of this. The phenomena of mass shootings is, in fact, unstoppable absent a wholesale change in our culture, our way of life, and our society’s unhealthy obsession with an inhuman and inhumane electronic world.

The good news is that the vast majority of people still retain values strong enough to keep them morally centered in our crumbling culture. The bad news is that unless those values can regain cultural dominance, and unless we can replace combativeness and angry confrontation with honest conversation, mass murder will continue to be our inescapable new normal.”

Link-

https://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/2019/08/unintended-consequences.html

 

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Mass Killings – The 4 Warning Signs

by Jack

The nation was rocked once again by back to back mass shootings.  Why haven’t we done a better job to prevent these mass killings?  Is it even possible?  I think so, but we’re going to have to work together and not settle for knee jerk fixes like we’ve done in the past.

First step – identifying the problem.  The National Institute of Justice has recently completed a study that includes interviewing incarcerated perpetrators, their friends, their family, first responders, the media, social media, they read manifestos, suicide notes  and interviewed a host of psychiatric experts.   After this extensive study they concluded there was strong commonality among almost all the killers and I’ve listed them below.

There are four common denominators in the personal profile of virtually every killer.

  1.  Severe, long term early childhood trauma and exposure to violence, this included sexual assault, severe bullying, parents that committed suicide and this was often a precursors to mental health issues that frequently resulted in extreme depression, anxiety, thought disorders and or suicidal thoughts.
  2.  There was a crisis point or crisis trigger in the weeks or months preceding their rampage.  They become angry and despondent because of a specific grievance.  This could have been a parent that died, relationship rejection or loss, fired from the job, change in job status or kicked out of school, and this left them with a crisis trigger, something they could rationalize as justifiable cause for their rampage.  This was communicated to others by a marked change in behavior, suicidal plans or talking about specific acts of violence.   In almost all cases there was a period of weeks to months where these people could have been identified if those around them were paying attention to the symptoms.
  3.  Notoriety, validation and education.  They wanted the world to know their hurt and anger.  The thought of leaving behind a legacy the world would remember was a strong incentive. They studied the actions of other mass shooters.  They noticed there were scripts to be followed that would guarantee them notoriety, even in death.  So they modeled their attack after previous attacks.   The news media becomes an important part of the plan.  Without the news media speaking their name and showing their pictures every hour, the study concluded it could have drastically compromised their motivation to follow though with the killings.  This is why mass shootings always tend to come in clusters; such violence becomes socially contagious.   Note: Many are radicalized online in their search for validation.
  4. Access to weapon or the instrument of injury.  Once a person has come to the conclusion that once their life is no longer worth living and that murder is a proper revenge only means and opportunity stand in their way.   In over 80% of cases the weapon was obtained in some way from their friends or family.   In less than 5% of the cases was the weapon obtained completely lawfully.

Without the publicity, mass killings would lack one of the key reasons motivating the killer.  However, for the media to cut back on coverage runs contrary to everything they  have been taught to do.  They want the whole story, they have been conditioned to publicize the name and face of the killer and to do background stories on them because this is what sells.  In a free society like ours I’m not sure how we would ever get the cooperation of the news media, but if we did it would save hundreds of lives, that I have no doubt.

Additional background checks on gun sales may be near worthless.  Background checks are nearly universal now, even at gun shows.  There’s no evidence to show how expanding the current system would be helpful.  But, if the background check included a psychiatric check, that could be helpful in keeping guns out of the hands of some mentally ill persons, not all, but some.   Currently we have no way of knowing the psychiatric history because it is difficult to access without a court order.  Probation, prisons, child protective services, county jail, psychiatric facilities, parole, courts, law enforcement often operate without sharing valuable case history.   We definitely could improve on this through a common data entry point.

Restricting a magazine capacity for a semi-automatic rifle is too simplistic and it diverts our attention away from real solutions – solutions that would identify a problem before it blows up in our face.   This is not an easy fix, pass a law and it goes away kind of thing. We’re going to be required to up our game, starting in Congress.  In the case of the media, its going to take a monumental effort to reverse what they are currently doing, which is to provide the killer with motivation.  We will then find out what is the most important to the media, a juicy story or lives.

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Admiral Calls Trump’s Iran Story Suspect

by Jack

Retired Admiral William McRaven has once again grabbed liberal press headlines by calling into question Trump’s account of averting an air strike against Iran.   But, why?  Well, first let’s take a look at who McRaven is.  McRaven was Obama’s go to guy in the Pentagon.  He often gushed praises of Obama while he was President.  McRaven surfaced shortly after Trump took office, when Trump started pulling security clearances of those insiders  involved in the “resistance” movement to derail Trump.   Those folks were acting out of pure partisanship and they were vehemently opposed to anything Trump.

McRaven said, “I would consider it an honor if Trump revoked my security clearance” and of course this made headlines too.

So, now he (McRaven) calls into question the Iran story, but why?   It will do us absolutely no good to know whether or not it happened exactly as Trump said.  Besides, presidents are allowed to posture or say things from time to time in order to gain leverage when dealing with rogue nations.  They’ve all done it to a certain extent.

For example, was Obama lying or bluffing when he warned Syria of a strong military response if they employed poison gas in the battlefield?  Technically he lied, but we know why he said what he did and unfortunately it didn’t work out.   Syria had Obama all figured out ahead of his threat, so they called his bluff.   However, Iran’s doesn’t know what Trump will do and neither does anyone else, that’s a good thing.   Trump was in effect playing poker when he said he cancelled the airstrike to avert Iranian deaths.   Now, we don’t need to know if there was or wasn’t an airstrike about to happen!   That part is not relevant, unless McRaven is trying to flip Trump’s cards over after he won the hand and that’s a real serious offense in poker.

However, apparently Admiral McDumbell doesn’t play poker nor does the Lamestream media that ran with this partisan story.   McRaven does knows a lot about progressives dirty tricks and I strongly suspect this was just pure partisan politics.   What a loser.

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Fixing the White House Fence

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.

One is from New Jersey, another is from Kentucky, and the third is from New Orleans.  All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The New Orleans contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

“Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $9,000. That’s $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me.”

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $7,000. That’s $3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me.”

The JERSEY contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$27,000.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?   ? 

“The New Jersey contractor whispers back, “$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the Government Stimulus plan worked.

Remember… Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.

“I love my country; it’s the government I’m afraid of!”

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More On Great Baltimore!

by Jack

We don’t normally get a lot of news about Baltimore, but now that Trump has put the spotlight on this dump, we are learning exactly why he said what he did – that got the democrats livid.  Their anger now looks like a diversionary tactic as another scandal breaks.

After Pres. Trump’s tweet about a filthy and corrupt Baltimore, the new Mayor of Baltimore calls it a great city, but for what, kickbacks, graft, corruption and fleecing the taxpayers?   The last Mayor, Ms. Catherine Pugh, (shown at left) resigned quickly and went into hiding as the FBI were serving search warrants on her luxury homes, her lawyer’s office, at City Hall and associates homes.

The FBI would like to know what became of the 16 billion dollars Baltimore received a year ago to rehab a lot of it’s infrastructure.  They also want to know a lot more about a book deal that looks like a scam run by Pugh.

Former Mayer Catherine Elizabeth Pugh wrote a kids book called Healthy Holly a number years back and then had it self published.  She used the sale of the book as conduit for taking bribes (allegedly).    She (allegedly) did this while serving on various boards and eventually as the Mayor.  People seeking special interest favors paid dearly for this  book (which was published in Canada) and in return they {allegedly} got exactly what they wanted from Pugh in her position of trust.

When the FBI raided her luxury homes, offices, etc., in April of this year Pugh suddenly went missing.  Did she think the search warrants were also arrest warrants?  An arrest warrant are highly likely given what the FBI has uncovered, but they move at their own pace.  So far Pugh remains’ free.

Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was an American Democratic politician who served as the 50th mayor of Baltimore.  She’s been involved in Maryland politics since 1999 when she served on the Baltimore City Council.   She has also held office in the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, serving as the Majority Leader from 2015 to 2016.  She entered politics with nary a dime and she’s now worth millions, a common story among the morally challenged politicians that control vast sums of taxpayers money.

 

 

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Jack Lee Art – WW1 Plane and Balloon

First, a big thank you to Joe, Peggy, Pie, Hal, Chris, Libby, CJ, JS, DHB, Tina, Bud, Hank, everyone…. for your comments, helpful criticisms and encouragement on my art.  You all played a very important part in helping me bring my art to the current level.

The one below is my latest painting.  It is based off two black and white photographs.  Then I did some research and found out the most likely colors.  The airplane photo did not list it’s type, we think its an S.E. 5  (thanks to RHT) probably a 1915 model.  I  also believe that’s a V8 engine with the heads sticking out of the cowling.

What I tried to achieve in this painting:   A sense of altitude (2000′) with believable clouds.  I wanted the airplane wings to reflect light through them.  See the shadow of the machine gun?   Light direction and shadows in a painting are critical.  Tried to achieve a sense of motion, did it work?  I also wanted a balanced painting, weighted between clouds, plane and balloon and the last thing was loitering time.  This is where your eyes go from one small object to the next and you start noticing all the little things.  When you start doing that I know I did a good painting.

Ok, Pie I did what I could on the drag stick and I also added more support wires and louvers on the lower portion of the cowling.  Tried to make the balloon more authentic too.

 

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Did Trump say Something Racist about Baltimore?

by Jack

President Trump recently tweeted a response to Congressman Elijah Cummings.  Cummins has been unrelentingly in his criticism of Pres. Trump.  Trump had enough and fired back:   “….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded.  Cummings District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

In what way is this statement racist?  For that matter how is it not true?  I’ve been there and as an eye witness I can tell you Baltimore is filled with corrupt politicians who squander millions of dollars in federal grant money every year.

Yes, there are rats on the streets, sidewalks and alley ways.  There are bums, gangs and trash everywhere.  It is is a very dangerous place to be as crime stats prove.  It is my opinion that Baltimore makes Oakland look clean and we all know what filthy rat hole that place is.  In a survey of our 30 largest cities Baltimore was the deemed the most dangerous.

Then Baltimore Mayor Jack Young weighed in on the exchange, and he did not mince words.  Young called it “completely unacceptable” for POTUS to say such negative things about the city.  In other words, HE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

“As the Mayor of Baltimore, I won’t stand for anyone, not even the alleged Leader of the Free World, attacking our great City or our representative to Congress.”   Lets take a look at Baltimore’s greatness:

From the Baltimore Brew – 2015: “…after an hour-long litany of Council members’ complaints about the city’s endemic trash, rampant rat problems and concerns about the effectiveness of street and alley sweeping. The agency had also announced that it would be ramping up its proactive rat abatement efforts. (didn’t happen)

Councilman Warren Branch was in rare form, going on a tirade about mattresses in the median strips and piles of trash in his district. He invited Public Works Director Rudy Chow to get in the car with him and go on a trash ride-along.”  Trash and rats have been a decades old problem.

CRIMEBy any measure of systemic urban collapse, Baltimore is, as Trump said, “very dangerous & filthy.” Among the largest 30 American cities, Baltimore has the highest crime rate, and is a close second to Detroit for the highest rate of violent crime. But for murders, Baltimore is second to no other city, with more than 50 homicides per 100,000 people. That puts Charm City in the ranks of Jamaica, Venezuela and El Salvador in terms of lethality.

Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police President Left ‘Speechless’ By Commissioner’s Crime Plan – Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison hoped to address this crisis with his recent crime plan, but Baltimore City FOP President Mike Mancuso said it will do little to help. First and foremost, they don’t have the staff – they don’t even have enough officers to respond to all 911 calls. That’s not to mention their lack of other resources.

In Mancuso’s statement you’ll also get a glimpse of his feelings toward Commissioner Harrison. Mancuso says he was left “speechless” by Harrison’s claim the city isn’t all that bad.

“This leads us to Commissioner Harrison’s recent public assertion that Baltimore is not a dangerous place; a comment which left me speechless,” Mancuso wrote. “For him to try to alleviate the public’s fear of being a victim of violent crime by stating that most suspects and victims know each other, is outright fantasy.”  (Harrison is a democrat)

Trump started his feud with Baltimore officials after House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) confronted border patrol agents at a recent round of hearings. The president tweeted directly at Cummings, suggesting that the congressman focus on his struggling Maryland district instead of trying to upend his administration’s policies.
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