Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again. Winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America! Thank you. God bless America.

I Love Jews, but Hate Zionists – Rebutted!

I ask you to put yourself into the time period that political Zionism was born in. Jews were persecuted everywhere they lived. They faced violent mobs. Zionism was the only answer to protect them from people who, unlike you, actually did hate Jews. They fled to Germany, which was actually a safe haven at the time…then look what happened. They had their citizenship stripped from them and where hunted down and exterminated.

So, put yourself in their shoes and tell me honestly that you wouldn’t be a Zionist. Would you rather you and your people continue on as a vulnerable minority until you’re finally wiped out than purchase uninhabited lands and build a future from scratch? Because that’s largely what they did. They bought the land (and they were kicked off it anyway!)

We condemn every injustice – including those committed by Zionists and Jews – but can you honestly say you hate those people for what they did? Look back at the history and give me a good reason why this movement is uniquely undeserving of our love and empathy. Yeah, they wanted a state. States are evil institutions…but everyone who had a state was using their state to oppress, expel, and exterminate them. They wanted their own state for self protection.

Everyone else had a state. Why not the Jews? Has this state committed any crimes worse than any other state? Shouldn’t we condemn Palestinian nationalism under the same logic?

If you’re anti-Zionist, what that practically means is you are for the abolition of the state of Israel and an end to Jewish nationalism. What makes Arab states and Arab nationalism different? What gives your state the right to exist?

Very few countries in the world should exist either if you held them to the same standard you hold Israel. Certainly the USA would not make the cut. I’d say start with your own state. Chances are it’s far more criminal than Israel.

3D Printing May Change the Collectors Industry Forever

Knowledge is like a flame. It spreads. It can be shared without depriving it’s source. It only requires basic fuel – raw materials.

In the same way we can all stream a copy of a movie or song or run a computer program without denying others the pleasure of the exact same lines of code we can now craft physical objects from designs conceived anywhere in the world.

Just like the fire requires a stable source of fuel for it’s heat and light to be enjoyed, 3D printing requires specialized hardware, energy, and an internet connection…but then so do movies or songs we stream.

We will eventually reach a point where if you can dream it (and you have the resources for it), someone can design it, your machine can “print” it, and you can or your machine can assemble it.

Photo by Subhashish Panigrahi
Photo by Subhashish Panigrahi

What does this new era represent for collectible merchandise?

Entering a new year is a both a time of retrospection and looking into the future. It’s also a time for packing away Christmas decorations including prized, collectors ornaments. Some of the gifts you may have given or received might fall into the “collectibles” category.

Being in a Christmas-y, anti-consumerism spirit I began questioning the value we place in something that is mass-produced and made out of plastic. Why is it something worth collecting when there are millions exactly like it in the world?

Why do we value something that may well just end up being put in a box…especially in the case of Christmas tree ornaments that are only displayed once a year then kept in a box for the other 11 months?

What happens to this entire industry based on mass-production and “limited edition” when it meets a new era of technology that never forgets; permanent, instantly accessible data; creative and productive minds that we can communicate with and trade with directly from anywhere in the world and a new generation that already values authentic

ity, uniqueness, hand-made products more than pop-cultural familiarity?

What happens when a physical design can be copied, customized, and produced on-demand conveniently in your own home?

What does this mean for an industry that molds, assembles and paints plastic into recognizable figures and sells them to us for a limited time?

What does this mean for an industry that offers us fragile, difficult to replace clay or glass nick-nacks in a world when we might “print” ourselves a replacement copy from a digital master and raw material.

The future is here and it is becoming more affordable, more practical, and more skillful.

It’s only a matter of time before we have the ability to mass-produce on an individual scale…or is that individually produce on a massive scale?

It may be possible to preserve some sort of exclusivity, but as we’ve seen with entertainment media, it will be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible.

What is Putin Up To? Part II

Putin appears to be more motivated by a pre-Bolshevik notion called “Eurasianism” than in rebuilding the USSR. Eurasianism is about a unified Slavic identity, separate and distinct from Europe. Sounds groovy, but with Putin and his ilk at the helm, it could mean something more fascistic and radical than Soviet socialism. A totalitarian super-power nationalism. Ukraine is an invaluable part of this planned super-national power. The loss of the pro-Slavic_distribution_originRussian administration in Kiev was a huge blow. American and EU involvement in this, real or perceived, is a major irritant. The Ukrainian protests and coup sabotaged Putin’s plans for what he called a “Eurasian Union” which was set to be founded at the end of the year.

Minimalism on the Net Going Too Far?

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It seems like Microsoft’s new graphic direction is sending ripples through the internet.

Take a look at the new Facebook icons, undoubtedly influenced by the new “Metro” Windows look.

I am a huge fan of minimalism, but is there such a thing as to-much-of-a-good-thing if that “thing” is a more-is-less approach?

There is no denying that these monochrome glyphs are easy on the eyes, but there’s a time and a place. (Boy, what is it with me and the clichés today?) simple, monochrome icons look great for tiny icons in say…the Windows 7 system-tray. They are quickly identifiable, but even here there is some variation…like a red X when something isn’t working right. I think in the right context even these new Facebook icons can work, but I hope this trend doesn’t go too far because there is such a thing as too easy on the eyes – as in dull and uninspiring. After all, vision, just like the other senses is not just about functionality. The senses work best when they are entertained…entertainment requires a measure of creativity and complexity. Too much sensationalism and you are lost and confused, but too little sensuality and you have no desire to stay focused.

Word of the……….When-I-Feel-Like-It

rancidity

A way awesomer way of saying “rancidness” – the noun form of rancid

  • The quality of possessing an unpleasant, stale smell or taste: the rancidity of spoiled milk.
Origin:

1640-50; < Latin rancidus   rank, stinking, equivalent to ranc ( ēre ) to be rotten + -idus –id4

rancidity. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rancidity (accessed: December 01, 2011).